Seco brings Snapdragon to the NUC form factor

At Computex last week, Seco was showing off its SBC-B47-eNUC board that’s based on Intel’s NUC (Next Unit of Computing) form factor. NUC type of devices have proven to be fairly popular with companies like Gigabyte, MSI, Asus and ASRock among others having jumped on the trend. However, Seco’s solution is quite different as it’s using a Snapdragon 410E SoC rather than an Intel based processor.

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Spec wise you’re looking at:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 410E quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1.2GHz with Adreno 306 GPU @ 400MHz
  • System Memory – up to 2GB LP-DDR3
  • Storage – micro SD slot, Optional eMMC
  • Video Output & Display I/F – mini DP, LVDS
  • Audio – 3.5mm combo mic/speaker jack, internal pin-header for speakers, mic and headphones, I2S pin-header
  • Connectivity – 10/100Mbps Ethernet, Wi-Fi + Bluetooth LE 4.0
  • USB – 1x micro USB client port port, 2x USB host port (one front, one rear), 1x USB host pin-header
  • Expansion Headers
    • 2x I2C, 2x SPI, 8x GPIO, touch screen connector, CIR (front mounted IR LED), miniSIM slot (combo with microSD card slot)
    • Arduino Interface
    • 2-lane MIPI-CSI
    • 4-lane MIPI-CSI
  • Debugging – Debug header for serial console
  • Misc – Li-Ion battery connector, onboard battery for RTC
  • Power Supply – 12V, internal power connector
  • Dimensions – 101.6×101.6 mm

It’s a rather odd board as far as connectivity goes and Seco seems to have some conflicting information with regards to some features between its website and the product information that was available at the show. It’s not 100% clear if the Adreno 306 will output at 1280×720 or 1920×1080 for example, and the board might have one or two I2S interfaces. The addition of mini SIM support seems odd as well, as there’s no obvious place for a data card.

Seco is targeting the board for home automation, robotics, digital signage and human machine interface applications, but it seems like the (embedded) NUC form factor is not the best fit for most of these applications, as you can get more compact boards with similar features. There was no word on pricing and the board is still listed as under development on the Seco website.

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