About two weeks ago, VIA announced the VAB-820, which according to the company, is the first ARM based quad core Pico-ITX single board computer (SBC) on the market. A claim that looks to be incorrect by the way. The board is powered by Freescale i.MX6Quad quad core ARM Cortex A9 processor, and comes with 1GB DDR3 SDRAM and 4GB eMMC Flash. This is an industrial board targeting in-vehicle, surveillance and industrial applications, designed to work in an operating temperature range from -20°C ~ 70°, and with a seven years longevity support.
- SoC – Freescale i.MX 6Quad ARM Cortex-A9 @ 1.0GHz with Vivante GC2000 GPU
- System Memory – 1GB DDR3-1066 SDRAM using 128M x16 memory devices
- Storage – 4MB SPI Serial Flash, 4GB eMMC Flash, and microSD slot (up to 64GB)
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet using Micrel KSZ9031RNX Ethernet transceiver with RGMII support
- Audio – Freescale SGTL5000 low power stereo codec
- Video Decoder – ADI ADV7180 10-Bit, 4 x oversampling SDTV video decoder
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4 transmitter + Composite output
- USB – SMSC USB2514 USB 2.0 high speed 4-port hub controllers
- Onboard I/O
- COM connector with power supply (supports 8-wire DTE mode)
- COM/CAN connector with power supply (supports 2-wire RS232 Tx/Rx and 2 FlexCAN Tx/Rx ports)
- Dual-channel, 18/24-bit LVDS connector
- RTC battery connector
- MIPI CSI-2 connector (supports 2 data lanes)
- SPI master connector (supports 2 SPI slave devices)
- S-video pin header
- 2 POE pin headers (support optional PD power board)
- Front audio pin header for line-in, headphone-out and MIC-in
- Boot flash select pin header (for SPI or micro SD)
- Miscellaneous pin header for 1 USB 2.0 host port, 1 USB2.0 OTG port
- Miscellaneous pin header for 1 I2C pair, 8 GPIOs, system reset button and LEDs for power/WPAN/WLAN/WWAN
- 12V DC-in power connector
- Mini PCI-e slot (supports multiple connections and buses including JTAG)
- Front I/O
- Micro SD connector
- Rear I/O
- HDMI port
- 2x USB 2.0 ports
- RJ-45 LAN port (supports optional IEEE802.3at type 2, that’s PoE)
- Composite RCA jack
- Watch Dog Timer
- Operating Temperature – Extended temperature: -20~ 70°C
- Operating Humidity – 0% ~ 95% (relative humidity ; non-condensing)
- Form Factor – 8-layer PCB, 10 cm x 7.2 cm (Pico-ITX)
The company provides board support packages (BSP) for Android 4.2.2 and Embedded Linux 3.0.35
operating systems. A embedded Linux evaluation kit is available for download for the VAB-820 board and AMOS-820 (VAB-820 board with rugged enclosure). The embedded board comes with a DC-in power cable, an audio cable, a USB cable, and a COM cable (3-wired) for debugging via the console.
Sample units of the VIA VAB-820 Pico-ITX board are available now, and you can visit VIA VAB-820 page.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
7 Replies to “VIA Unveils VAB-820 Pico-ITX Board Powered by Freescale i.MX6 Quad”
This board has support for OpenCL too. Datasheet: http://www.viaembedded.com/en/products/doDatasheetPreview.jsp?id=2150&download_file_id=17581
Finally the new Arndale Exynos 5420 board is publicly presented: http://www.arndaleboard.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
That got to be one of the fastest Linux ARM platforms for a while (CPU/GPU front, not I/O, as no PCIe or SATA), until those AMD Seattle Cortex-A57 Opteron chips start to float around next year. 🙂
What about the latest hardkernel one? &/ Radxa (less cores, older Arm vn, but IIRC RK3188 performance is 50% faster than equivalent spec processors…)
The Odroid-XU is Exynos 5410 vs. Arndale Octa Board’s Exynos 5420 (IKS vs. GTS) that makes a whole lot of difference, Google for more about those, nasty mess.
Bottomline being that the 5420 has about double more processing power (with GTS-enabled kernel) than 5410… But that is all theoretical for now as I haven’t seen that in actual use.
And at $199 (the $179 is for intro time only) is pretty much on par with RK3188 (quad Cortex-A9 @1.6GHz vs. Quad Cortex-A15 @1.8GHz + quad Cortex-A7 @1.3GHz) on bang for buck.
Personally I do use RK3188-based sticks (and RK3066) as those sticks simply have the best bang for the buck where I happen to be.
The Raxda board is very interesting one, nothing too bad about it, limited by the RK3188 silicon, so pretty much the most efficient user of the capabilities of the RK3188.
Thanks for the info; I had no idea 5420 was so different…
So AMOS-820 (VAB-820 in rugged enclosure) was not announced yet, which explained why I had so much trouble finding info… It is now: http://www.viaembedded.com/en/products/systems/2170/1/AMOS-820_%28Pico-ITX,_ARM_based%29.html