Embedded World 2017 will start in about one week, and take place in March 14 – 16 in Nuremberg, Germany, so we can expect interesting embedded news coming soon. Arrow has written a blog post with plans to announce three 96Boards at the event: Meerkat based on NXP i.MX 7Dual, Chameleon96 based on Intel/Altera Cyclone V FPGA + ARM SoC, and Systart Oxalis 96Boards EE board powered by NXP LS1020A single core ARM Cortex A53 SoC. I’ll start with Chameleon (Chameleon96) today, as it’s the first with FPGA fabric, and I could find some technical details and photos about the board.
Chameleon96 board specifications:
- SoC – Intel PSG / Altera Cyclone V SE 5CSEBA6U19I7N with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor @ up to 800 MHz and FPGA fabric with 110K Logic Elements
- Chips, Ports and Features connected to FPGA:
- Integrated USB-Blaster II JTAG cable
- Configuration sources: SD Card, JTAG
- HDMI display output
- WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.1 module interface
- Chips, Ports & Features connected to ARM system (HPS)
- 512MB DDR3 SDRAM (16 bit data bus)
- 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
- Micro SD card interface
- Serial UART
- User LEDs
- Warm reset button
- Expansion Connectors
- 2x 20-pin Low speed expansion connector with UART, SPI, I2C, I2S, GPIO connectivity
- 2x 30 High speed expansion connector with USB 2.0 Host, SPI, I2C, GPIO, and MIPI CSI-2 connectivity
- Debugging – 3-pin UART connector
- Misc – User LEDs, power button, reset button
- Power Supply – 12V DC (8~18V supports as per 96Boards CE specifications)
- Dimensions – 85 x 54 mm
The company will provide a Linux image and source code at launch with the board shipping with a 12V DC power supply, a USB to serial cable, a USB 2.0 AB cable, and a micro SD card pre-loaded with a Linux distribution with a graphical user interface, and source code.
One of the first use of the FPGA will be IoT security with the board including a “quantum-resistant” Ironwood Key Agreement Protocol, and WalnutDSA Digital Signature Algorithm reference design from SecureRF.
The board is not yet listed on Arrow Electronics website, but you can get some extra details on Rocketboard’s Chameleon96 Wiki page.