VIA Announces VIA VAB-800 Pico-ITX Board Based on Freescale i.MX537 Processor

VIA Technologies has announced the VIA VAB-800 Pico-ITX board powered by a Freescale i.MX537 (ARM Cortex A8) processor clocked at 800MHz or 1GHz depending on the requirements, with 1GB DDR3-800 SDRAM and support for eMMC Flash with a capacity of up to 64 GB. The VIA VAB-800 is an industrial board that can operate in a wide temperature range and targets high-end industrial and in-vehicle embedded applications.

VIA VAB-800 (Click to Enlarge)

Here are the specs of the board:

  • Processor – Freescale Cortex-A8 single core iMX537 @800MHz
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3-800 SDRAM, using 128M x16 memory devices
  • Flash – eMMC Flash, up to 64GB
  • Graphics  – Supports two independent, integrated graphics processing units: an OpenGL® ES 2.0,  3D graphics accelerator and an OpenVG™ 1.1 2D graphics accelerator
  • Ethernet – SMSC LAN8720A 10/100 PHY transceiver with HP Auto-MDIX support
  • Audio – Freescale SGTL5000 low power stereo codec with headphone amp
  • HDMI – Silicon image SiI9024A HDMI transmitter
  • CAN – TI SN65HVD1050 EMC optimized CAN transceiver
  • USB – Hub SMSC USB 2.0 high speed 4-port hub controller
  • Onboard I/O
    • SATA I connector with voltage select jumper
    • SATA DOM power supply connector
    • 2 x COM connectors with power supply (one supports 8-wire, another supports 4-wire)
    • 2 x Single-channel, 18/24-bit LVDS connectors
    • CMOS sensor connector for BT.656 camera module
    • RTC battery connector
    • Front audio pin header for line-in, line-out and MIC-in
    • JTAG connector
    • 2 x Boot flash select pin headers
    • Miscellaneous pin header for 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB device port, 2 CAN bus ports, system power-on and reset
    • Miscellaneous pin header for 1 SDIO port, 4-wire resistive touch screen interface, 1 I2C pair and 8 GPIOs
    • 5V DC-in power connector
  • Back Panel I/O
    • VGA port
    • 2 x USB 2.0 ports
    • Mini HDMI port
    • RJ-45 LAN port
  • Watch Dog Timer
  • Power – 2W typical, 5W max.
  • Operating Temperature – 0 ~ 60°C (-20°C ~ 70°C for option)
  • Operating Humidity – 0% ~ 95% (relative humidity ; non-condensing)
  • Dimension:  10 cm x 7.2 cm (Pico-ITX)

The company provides Android 2.3, Ubuntu 10.04 and Windows Embedded Compact 7 (through third party) BSPs for the board.

VIA VAB-800 Pico-ITX board samples are available now. You can find more information on VIA VAB-800 page.

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8 years ago

Very interesting! Remarks:

Why Android 2.3 and Ubuntu 10.04? Why not Android 4.0 and Ubuntu 12.04? Just a matter of “not yet finished”, or are the modern versions of these OS-es too demanding? So … what’s the Antutu Benchmark score? 😉

What’s the price? The “industrial board” leaves little hope it will be affordable for consumers, I would say.

8 years ago

And then the never-ending question: what is a good price for such an ARM board?

Newegg sells a “ASRock E35LM1 AMD E-240 APU AMD A50M Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo”, with onboard (VGA)video, onboard audio, onboard LAN for 59.99 USD (ex VAT ex shipping). BTW: I don’t understand how that’s possible.

Anyway: Hopefully it means a consumer ARM board is also possible in that price range. However, looking at the 50 USD ARM sticks, I think it’s hard (or the ARM sticks have a big margin).

8 years ago

> VIA VAB-800 Pico-ITX board samples are available now.

It’s pointless to say that w/o mentioning the price. And if the price is not known, it’s not exactly ‘available now’.

8 years ago

@ rm
whoops, I think I misread, somehow missed the word “samples”.

fred buining
8 years ago

In stock
soon a barebone will be released. VIA will expand this platform with products the coming years.