Google announced Brillo, a new operating system based on Android and targeting the Internet of things, at the end of October. The company also disclosed that ARM, MIPS and x86 architectures were supported via respectively TechNexion Pico-i.MX6UL system-on-module and PICO-DWARF baseboard, MIPS Creator CI-40 board, and Intel Edison development board. A few days later, Marvell announced Andromeda Box, an IoT platform supporting Brillo and Weave, based on IAP140, a quad-core ARM Cortex A53 application processor for the “Edge” version, and ARMADA 385 dual core Cortex A9 processor for the “Connect” version, but without the full details.
AndroidMeda Box Edge is now listed on Solid Run and Arrow websites, where it is sold for $74.99. If the board looks familiar, it’s because it clearly follows 96Boards form factor, but instead of officially being supported by Linaro, it has been designed specifically as a Google’s Brillo development platform with the following specifications:
- SoC – Marvell IAP140 quad core Cortex A53 processor @ 1.2GHz with Vivante GC7000UL GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL and DirectX.
- System Memory – 1GB LPDDR3 @ 667 MHz
- Storage – 8GB eMMC 4.5.1 flash + micro SD slot (SD 3.0 UHS-I)
- 2.4 GHz WiFi 802.11n 1×1 / Bluetooth 4.0 combo radio (88W877) with on-board antenna.
- 802.15.4 microcontroller (88MZ100) with on-board antenna.
- Video Output – HDMI
- Audio – headphone jack, PMIC/Audio codec combo chip (88PM886)
- USB – 2x USB host port, 1x micro USB port on board, 1x micro USB port on expansion board
- Expansion headers
- 40-pin LS (Low Speed) Expansion connector with UART, SPI, I2C, I2S, 12x GPIOs, Power signals
- 60-pin HS (High Speed) Expansion connector with 4-lane MIPI DSI, USB, 2x I2C, 2-lane and 4-lane MIPI CSI
- Misc – 4 LEDs, power reset, and download buttons,
- Power – 4.5V to 18V
- Dimensions – 85 x 54 mm
There’s very little information about IAP140 processor on the net, but several pictures of the board show Marvell PXA1908 processor, so IAP140 could be a cost-down version without LTE support.
I could not find any details about AndroMeda Box Connect, but I would not be surprised if it included Solid-Run ARMADA 385 microSOM used in the company’s ClearFog router boards. More details about AndroMeda Box initiative should soon surface on the official website, now just a placeholder.
Thanks to Nanik for the tip!
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.