pcDuino Acadia 1 is a Freescale i.MX6 Quad Development Board with Arduino Headers

Linksprite has been pretty busy recently. After announcing the $39 pcDuino3 Nano, they’ve now unveiled a new board named pcDuino Acadia 1 powered by Freescale i.MX6 Quad processor with 1GB RAM, 8GB eMMC, a few common ports, and Arduino headers in order to connect Arduino shields to their Linux/Android board.

pcDuino_Acadia_1pcDuino Acadia 1 (preliminary) specifications:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX6 Quad with four ARM Cortex A9 cores up to 1.2GHz, and Vivante GC2000 GPU with support for OpenGL/ES 2. x, OpenCL EP support, and OpenVG 1.1.
  • System Memory – 1GB DRAM
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC, 2x micro SD card slots (up to 128GB), and SATA
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 with HDCP support, LVDS
  • Audio Output – 3.5mm analog audio interface
  • Camera – 1x MIPI, 1x CSI
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet (limited to 470Mbps)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG
  • Expansion Headers – Arduino UNO compatible header with 14x GPIO, 2x PWM, 6x ADC, 1x UART, 1x SPI, 1x I2C
  • Misc – IR receiver, up to 6 buttons?
  • Power – 5V/2A via power barrel, Li-Po battery interface.
  • Dimensions – 12 x 6.5 cm

The company claims to provide Ubuntu 12.04 and Android 4.4 for the board, as well as the usual API and development tools available for other pcDuino boards. The operating systems seem about right, since these are the exact versions you can get with the Wandboard, and the Yocto Project should be easily portable to pcDuino Acacida 1. This board is not the first Freescale i.MX6 Quad board with Arduino headers, as UDOO Quad has been around for a while, and features an external Atmel SAM3 MCU to manage I/Os. On a side note, UDOO is currently flooding my twitter feed with their Biggest Joystick in The World project which has gone viral.

There’s no heatsink on Freescale i.MX6 Quad, but based on the other boards design, one will certainly be needed unless they underclock the CPU. UDOO Quad achieves it without affecting the Arduino header, but adding another set of connector, to move the shields higher, so I’d expected something similar with the new pcDuino.

pcDuino Acadia 1 availability and pricing are not available yet. More information should eventually be published on Acadia 1 product page.

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Heatsink is definitely needed on this soc. The bigger the better. And god thermal contact between.

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Do you know any informations about the 470Mbps limit on the GigE port?

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I think all i.MX6 devices has the same limitations due to internal chip bus limitation.

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Miklos Marton :
Do you know any informations about the 470Mbps limit on the GigE port?

ERR004512 [ ENET: 1 Gb Ethernet MAC (ENET) system limitationon ] = pag 81 of MX6DQCE.pdf ( Chip Errata for the i.MX 6Dual/6Quad – Errata )

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I think it did not expose JTAG & extra PCI-E interface.