Geniatech Announces Dragon Board Industrial SBCs Powered by Amlogic Dual and Quad Core Processors

Not to be confused these DragonBoards, Geniatech has announced two industrial single board boards, namely Dragon Board I and Dragon Board II, respectively powered by Amlogic AML8726-MX dual core Cortex A9 SOC, and S801/S802/M805 quad core Cortex A9r4 SoC, and targeting applications such as digital signage player, and display applications for the hospitality industry.

Dragon Board II
Dragon Board II

Let’s go through the specifications of both boards:

  • SoC
    • Dragon Board I (DB I) – Amlogic AML8726-MX dual core ARM Cortex A9 @ 1.5GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU
    • Dragon Board II (DB II) – Amlogic S802 quad core ARM Cortex A9r4 @ 2GHz with Mali-450MP6 GPU
  • System Memory
    • DB I – 1GB (1600Mbps data rate)
    • DB II – 2GB (1600Mbps data rate)
  • Storage – 4GB NAND flash (up to 32GB as option), micro SD card slot, SATA interface
  • Video I/O
    • Common – HDMI output, LVDS, and CVBS.
    • DB I only – VGA
    • DB II only – HDMI input  and MIPI interface
  • Audio I/O – 3.5mm headphone jack and microphone jack, CVBS, and HDMI. speakers header.
  • Connectivity – 0/100Mbps Ethernet (RJ45)
  • USB – 2x full size USB ports, 1x USB OTG header, 1x USB header for touch panel
  • Serial – 1x 4-pin serial port , 1x DB9 RS232
  • Debugging – 4-pin serial port, JTAG
  • Expansion Headers – 30-pin header for USB, ADC, I2C (TP), GPIO interface
  • Expansion slot – mini PCIe, optional SIM card slot
  • Misc – IR sensor, 4x LEDs, 5V for fan (and +12V for DB II), 5V buzzer, 1x reset button, 1x power button (DB II only)
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A
  • Dimensions – DB I: 80*170mm; DB II: 107.7×176 mm
Dragon_Board_I
Dragon Board I Ports Description (Click to Enlarge)

The company can provide support for Android 4.2 and embedded Linux for both boards. Documentation seems a bit messy and at time inaccurate, and they mention Dragon Board is limited to 1080p, but with S802 is nearly certain they do support 4K30, and that’s what they confirmed at Computex 2014 (see ARMFlix video below). It’s also possible Dragon Board II supports Android 4.4, and not Android 4.2, as I’ve only seen Android 4.4 for devices based on Amlogic S802.

The boards appear to be available now, but the company did not disclose princing. Further more or less accurate details can be found on Geniatech’s Dragon Board page, and especially in the download section where you can download the product briefs.

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I wonder if “embedded Linux” is something Linaro based modern thing and not some unknown linux-alike blob.