VIA VAB-1000 Pico-ITX Board Features VIA Elite E1000 Dual Cortex A9 SoC, Targets Embedded Android and Linux

Via has introduced VAB-1000 Pico-ITX board at Embedded World 2014. This new embedded board features VIA Elite E1000 dual Cortex A9 SoC together with 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 4GB eMMC Flash memory, and numerous I/Os. The board targets interactive kiosk, digital signage and HMI (Human Machine Interface) applications running Android or Linux.

VAB-1000 Pico ITX Board (Click to Enlarge)
VAB-1000 Pico ITX Board (Click to Enlarge)

VIA VAB-1000 Specifications:

  • SoC – VIA Elite E1000 dual core Cortex A9 SoC with unnamed 2D/3D GPU with Unified Shader Architecture featuring 64 stream processors
  • System Memory – 2GB DRR3
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC + microSD slot
  • Back panel I/O
    • 2x HDMI connectors for HDMI-in and HDMI-out
    • 2x mini-USB 2.0 port
    • 1x MicroSD slot
    • 1x Gigabit Ethernet port
    • 1x DC-in Jack.
  • Front panel I/O
    • 1x pin header for two additional USB ports
    • 1x pin header for SPI and 8-pin GPIO
    • 1x pin header for three I2C and two COM ports
    • 1x pin-header for front audio (Line-in/Line-Out/Mic-In).
  • Internal I/O
    • 1x dual channel LVDS connector
    • 1x S-video pin header
    • 1x Mini-PCIe connector.
  • Misc – Watchdog, RTC
  • Dimensions – 10 cm x 7.2 cm, Pico-ITX form factor

I’m never heard about VIA Elite E1000 SoC before, and I can’t find any information about this new processor at this time.

The board supports Android and Linux OS, and developers can either use VIA Android Development package with Android 4.1, a Smart ETK (Embedded Tool Kit) comprising several APIs for Watchdog Timer, GPIO access, COM port access, RTC for auto-power on, as well as a sample app, or VIA VAB-1000 Linux Development Package which comes with a pre-built OS image, the kernel and bootloader source codes, and a toolchain (GCC?).

VAB-1000 Starter Kit (Click to Enlarge)
VAB-1000 Starter Kit (Click to Enlarge)

As an option, VIA can also provide VAB-1000 I/O extender card, which adds Line-In, Line-Out and Mic-In audio jacks, two USB ports, one suspend LED power indicator, a power on/off button and pin headers for one COM port (TX/RX support only) as well as 3 board-to-board connectors and one USB board-to-board connector.

The extender card is part of VAB-1000 Starter Kit pictured above, which also includes the pico-ITX board, a serial debug cable, as well as spacers and screws, and comes pre-loaded with either Android or Linux.

Sample units are available now. You may find further details on VIA VAB-1000 page.

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10 years ago

Looking forward to seeing some information on the E1000 SoC. VIA has been in the embedded space with their x86 Eden and Nano processors for quite some time.

Carlos Montoya
Carlos Montoya
9 years ago


Reading this post, i see you say there is a Linux Development Package for the VAB 1000, but i have been searching and i havent been able to find a way to install a linux BSP in this board, so if you know a way to do this i would be very grateful if you could help me

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