FriendlyElec Launches Smart6818 Samsung S5P6818 CPU Module

Yesterday, we covered Core4418 low profile board based on Samsung S5P4418 quad core Cortex A9 processor, but that’s not the only product launched by FriendlyElec this week, as the company also introduced Smart6818, a Samsung S5P6818 CPU module following Smart4418 module design, and equipped with 1GB DDR3, and 8 to 32 GB eMMC flash.

Smart6818 Samsung S5P6818 CPU Module

Smart6818 specifications:

  • SoC – Samsung S5P6818 octa core Cortex A53 processor @ up to 1.4GHz, Arm Mali-400MP GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3 up to 800 MHz
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash (16GB and 32GB optional)
  • Connectivity – Realtek RTL8211E Gigabit Ethernet transceiver
  • Audio – ES8316 Audio codec
  • Board to Board Headers
    • 2x 70-pin 2.0mm pitch headers with RGB LCD, LVDS, HDMI Tx, I2C, PWM, USB host, UART, SPI, GPIOs, SDIO, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio input/output, Camera I/F
    • 1x 34-pin 2.0mm pitch unpopulated header with GPIOs, MIPI CSI, ADC, PWM
  • Power Supply – 5V
  • Power Management – Dynamic voltage scaling, software power on, RTC alarm power-on
  • Dimensions – 74 x 55 mm (8-layer PCB)
  • Weight – 23.5 grams
  • Temperature Range – -40 to 80°C

Just like other S5P boards from the company, Android, Lubuntu desktop, and Ubuntu Core based FriendlyCore images are provided. A photo of the development kit is shown, but there’s no Wiki entry yet, so we can check out Smart4418 Wiki and Smart4418 Basic Set’s listing to get a good idea of the features offered on the development kit since Smart4418 and Smart6818 should be pin-to-pin compatible.

Smart4418 S5P4418 SoM Development Kit

Specifications of Smart4418SDK 1606 carrier board:

  • Headers for Smart4418 / Smart6818 SoM
  • Storage – SD card slot, SATA 2.0 interface + power, EEPROM
  • Video Output
    • HDMI 1.3 output up to 1080p30
    • 20-pin LVDS header + backlight headers
    • 45-pin RGB LCD connector with capacitive touch support
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, on-board microphone
  • Camera – 24-pin DVP camera interface
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi + Bluetooth4.0 LE via AP6212 module, optional 3G/4G module + micro SIM card slot
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x micro USB port for data only
  • Serial – 2x 3-wire serial ports with DB9 connector
  • Expansion
    • 26-pin GPIO2 header (2.54mm pitch) with UART, I2C, SPI, 2 PWM
    • 4x sensor ports with 4x GPIO, I2C, UART
    • mPCIe interface for 3G/4G module (data only, no voice)
  • Sensor – 3-axis digital accelerometer
  • Misc – Power & reset keys, 3x user keys (K1, K2, K3), 2x user LEDs, CR1220 RTC battery, PWM buzzer
  • Power Supply – 9 to 24V DC input; 12V/3A is required for connection to SATA drive
  • Dimensions – 190 mm x 118 mm
Smart4418-SDK-Carrier-Board-Features
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Smart6818 module is sold for $49.00 ($46.00 per unit for 50+ orders), while Smart4418 module goes for $45.00, and Smart4418 Basic Kit with carrier board and 8GB Smart4418 module for $99.00.Three optional modules can be added to the devkit order: a $89 4G mini PCIe module (ME909u), $19.99 CAM500B 5MP camera module, and/or $65  HD702 7″ capacitive touch HD LCD.

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S5P6818 is Cortex-A53, only S5P4418 is Cortex-A9 🙂

S5P6818 fully supports ARMv8 Crypto Extensions when brought up with a 64-bit kernel in ARMv8 mode (which is the case with all latest FriendlyELEC software offerings and also mainline kernel)

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Is that real sata or usb->jmicron sata ?

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USB2 of course (behind an internal hub of course so even the USB2 data lines in the mPCI slot have to share bandwidth with a disk). Let’s hope it’s JMicron and not GL830 😉

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http://wiki.friendlyarm.com/wiki/index.php/Smart4418SDK_Comparison — JMicron JM20329. Not the best choice (not UAS capable) but doesn’t matter due to being bottlenecked by single USB2 connection to the host.

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Lalith

priceless .. what are these board designers thinking.

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Well, those two Samsung/Nexell SoCs lack decent I/O bandwidth: 1 x USB2 OTG and 1 x USB2 host. Gigabit Ethernet (on an own RGMII bus) is the fastest interface on these SoCs. And given that companies design ‘industrial boards’ with a bunch of USB receptacles and even two network interfaces based on a crippled joke called Raspberry Pi (or their Compute Module) the above doesn’t look too grotty 😉

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