VIA SOM-9X20 Module Powers Smart Recognition and Smart Machine Vision Platforms

At the end of last year, VIA launched SOM-9X20 system-on-module powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with 4GB PoP LPDDR4 RAM, 64 GB eMMC flash, as well as WiFi + Bluetooth module, and a GNSS/GPS receiver.

The company introduced two software platform for the SoM and development kit at embedded world 2018: a Smart Machine Vision Platform for manufacturing management and control systems, and a Smart Recognition Platform for facial recognition, object detection, people counting & tracking, etc…

VIA SOM-9X20 module specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad- core processor with 2x high-performance Kryo cores up to 2.15GHz, 2x low power Kryo cores up to 1.593GHz, and Adreno 530 GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.1/ GEP, GL4.4, DX11.3/ 4, OpenCL 2.0, Renderscript-Next
  • System Memory – 4 GB POP LPDDR4 RAM
  • Storage – 64 GB eMMC 5.1/ UFS 2.0 flash
  • On-module Connectivity
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac + Bluetooth 4.1 (QCA6174A -1) with two antenna connectors
    • GNSS/GPS RF receiver (WGR7640) with antenna connector
  • On-module Security – Trusted Platform Module TPM1.2 : ST33TPM12I2C
  • I/Os via MXM 3.0 connector
    • Display – HDMI 2.0, 2x MIPI DSI 4-Lane connectors
    • Camera – 3x MIPI CSI 4-Lane connectors
    • USB – 1x USB 3.0 OTG, 1x USB 2.0 host
    • 1x SDIO
    • Audio – 2 PCM/ MI2S
    • Multi – function pins for UART, I2C, SPI , GPIO
    • 1x JTAG
    • 2x PCIe 2.0 ( 1-Lane)
  • Dimensions – 8.2 cm x 4.5 cm
  • Temperature Range – -20°C ~ 70°C
  • Humidity – 0% ~ 95% ( non-condensing )

The module can runs Android 8.0, and a Linux 3.18.44 BSP is also under development. VIA SOMDB2 multi-I/O carrier board is available for development and/or integration into products.

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The carrier board includes HDMI and MIPI DSI display outputs, a MIPI CSI camera connector, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, a mini PCIe slot, audio/speaker connectors, and more.

Apart from high- level description of their capability, VIA does not provide a lot of details for their smart platform. The Smart Recognition Platform is said to provide a flexible customization path for sophisticated security, surveillance, traffic monitoring, building management, and consumer engagement applications thanks to support for facial recognition, object detection, emotion detection, age and gender detection, and people counting & tracking, while the Smart Machine Vision Platform aims to improve manufacturing quality and yields by ensuring that all components, sub-assemblies, and products undergo thorough inspection thanks to up to eight cameras connected to the platform, various I/Os, and wireless connectivity options.

Visit the SoM product page for more information about the module and baseboard themselves, as well as links to product briefs for the Smart Recognition and Smart Machine Vision platforms leveraging the hardware.

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willy
willy
3 years ago

“a Linux 3.18.44 BSP is also under development”! So while Greg had to temporarily revive the 3.18 kernel because some irresponsible vendors were still shipping products with it after its end of life, now one year later when it’s perfectly known that this one is dead, burried and broken, some vendors plan to start to use it ? We’re dreaming! People, please never ever buy anything from such an irresponsible vendor. They’re putting thousands of bugs and vulnerabilities in your hands and either they don’t care (which is sad) or they don’t understand what they are doing nor the risks… Read more »

TLS
TLS
3 years ago

@willy
Welcome to Asia, where software/software support is an afterthought…

paul M
paul M
3 years ago

a module with the carrier board would be a really great tool; sadly, as @willy says, an outdate kernel doesn’t bode well.

chances are the software support is going to be mix of all sorts of antique drivers and libraries, requiring a funky build chain which is fragile and nasty.

willy
willy
3 years ago

TLS : Welcome to Asia, where software/software support is an afterthought… Well, this isn’t even generally true anymore. Some chip makers have made great efforts towards mainlining. And even some board vendors have made efforts trying to make their products work reasonably well on mainline, while they’re in the most difficult situation. At least I think that those having done these efforts once will be much more careful about the efforts it will require them for future chips. Hardkernel and FriendlyElec are two different but good examples. So VIA here is simply doing crap and is bad even compared to… Read more »

TLS
TLS
3 years ago

@willy We seem to have very different experiences then. Most of the companies I’ve had the (dis)pleasure to work with have mostly been relying on old software and have been less than keen to move to modern kernels, drivers and software. They’ve been slow to patch things or downplayed the issues, or simply don’t respond to submitted bugs. Even talking to AllWinner and MediaTek recently, neither proved to be interested in offering much if any kind of support. RockChip seems a bit more willing at least, but I’ve as yet to try and work with them, so maybe that was… Read more »

willy
willy
3 years ago

@TLS I agree with you, that’s why I was saying “not generally true anymore” : some of them are improving. Some allwinner board vendors like FriendlyElec ship with mainline developed by the sunxi community and don’t use the allwinner crap anymore. Rockchip directly or indirectly tries to take care or mainlining. Samsung and Nexell seem not too far away either (allowing Hardkernel and FriendlyElec to ship on 4.14 LTS and 4.4 LTS respectively). I’m personally fine with having a BSP relying on a modern LTS kernel that is expected to last approximately as long as the product, *if* it comes… Read more »

TLS
TLS
3 years ago

@willy The problem is that the mentality from the hardware makers is that supports costs money and they feel it’s a waste of money and resources, as they’re hardware companies, not software companies… That would be fine if they offered open source drivers, but they don’t, as half of their chips contained licensed technology from a third party that doesn’t have open source drivers. The problem is that the big chip guys aren’t a whole lot better. Even mighty Intel has been quite terrible on the Linux side of things. They make bold promises when a new chip launches and… Read more »

willy
willy
3 years ago

@TLS I agree with most of your points but not all, which shows that the truth lies somewhere between our experiences. For my PC stuff, after having tried and suffered from the radeon and nvidia crap, I’ve switched to intel video only because it simply works out of the box and doesn’t generate 100W of heat to run emacs. Initial support is not perfect but it does the job pretty well. For network stuff, their products are quite good, and extremely well documented. I seem to remember that the well-known 82599 10G NIC has around 1300 pages of doc available… Read more »

Ray Knight
Ray Knight
3 years ago

@willy
Edgerouter X has much more recent kernel available in code from OpenWrt/LEDE project. I’m running LEDE 17.01.4 on mine. It has a 4.4.92 kernel and if you build from source you’ll get a more recent version.

willy
willy
3 years ago

Knight
Ah good to know, thanks for the hint, because I really don’t like the default system on it! (though I like the hardware). That said, I never log into it anymore now that I’ve installed what I needed, so I’ll probably not change it anymore. I’ll keep this in mind in case I buy another one.

Boudyka
Boudyka
3 years ago

The term used in the UK is “Slap Dash”. When it comes to getting the job done, cheap/fast and just enough till you are out the door with the cash. To me this is embodiment of commodity thinking, cheap mp3 cheap watch cheap SOM. Next! But the risk for added value vendors reusing cheap commodity SOM, which continues up the hidden platform chain of cheap integration, takes it into a whole new genre of complex fail. Ask a doctor if their ECG machine is linux 3.18 or 4.4, with FCC regs fixing this, ready and primed for remote hacking. or… Read more »

TLS
TLS
3 years ago

@willy Note that I said Intel “has been terrible”, they seem to have improved a lot since those days, even though they still have a lot of work to do. The issue I have with Intel is that they promise a lot and often under deliver on their promises. This means that hardware vendors can’t trust them, as they in turn end up getting scolded by their customers, as features don’t end up working as promised in the end. Obviously the ARM guys are generally not much better and they make you pay extra licenses to get access to compilers,… Read more »

TLS
TLS
3 years ago

@Boudyka In Chinese it’s 差不多 – chàbuduō which means something along the lines of good enough, it’ll do, almost, not bad, near enough etc. It’s one of the most frustrating aspects of working with “Chinese” companies, as this mentality is found everywhere in society. Why make something really good if good enough will do? But as you say, some day this will cost people their lives and then what? This is also why a lot Japanese companies refuse to touch anything from China. Obviously there have been Japanese companies cutting corners as well, but they tend to have to deal… Read more »

KunYi
KunYi
3 years ago

kernel version still keep on 3.18.44, believe SoC vendor (Qualcomm) official support just on 3.18 for Q820 platform,
but I don’t know why not to apply TPM 2.0

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