Habanero Qualcomm IPQ4019/IPQ4029 SoM Brings 802.11ac Wave2 WiFi to Linux Gateways and Routers

Last April, we first wrote about Qualcomm IPQ4019 quad-core Cortex-A7 processor with built-in 802.11ac Wave 2 WiFi, as it was found in Qualcomm Mesh Networking DevKit with support for Amazon Alexa. A few months later, we discovered router boards powered by either IPQ4019 or IPQ4029 processor such as Dakota DR40X9 or MikroTik RB450Gx4. The latter does not come with WiFi at all and instead leverages the hardware IPSec encryption built-into the processor.

Habanero System-on-Module

Today, we’ve come across the first IPQ4019 / IPQ4029 system-on-module we’ve countered so far, courtesy of 8devices with their Habanero and Habanero-I 802.11ac Wave 2 modules based on the respective processors.

Habanero(-I) specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm IPQ4019/IPQ4029 quad-core Arm Cortex-A7 processor @ 717 MHz with NEON, FPU, hardware-based NAT engine, and crypto accelerator
  • System Memory – 512 MB DDR3L RAM
  • Storage – 32MB NOR flash; up to 1 GB NAND flash on baseboard
  • Connectivity
    • QCA8075C 5-port Gigabit Ethernet transceiver
    • Dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wave2 Wi-Fi 5 2×2 MiMo up to 866.7Mbps (5 GHz) and 400 Mbps (2.4 GHz)
    • Max output power – up to 22 dBm per chain
  • Castellated holes and pads exposing the following signals
    Top of module with shield (left), bottom of module (right) – Click to Enlarge
    • 46x GPIO
    • 1x PCIe 2.0
    • 1x USB3.0, 1x USB2.0
    • 2x UART, 1x SPI, 2x I2C, 4x PWM,
    • 1x JTAG
    • 1x I2S/TDM
    • 5x 1000/100/10 Ethernet interfaces, 1x RGMII
    • 1x SDIO3.0/eMMC interface, parallel NAND flash interface (multiplexed with LCD?)
    • Parallel LCD interface (MIPI DBI 2.0)
  • Power supply – 3.3V, max power consumption 11.5W
  • Dimensions – 49 x 45 mm
  • Temperature Range – Commercial: 0-65°C; industrial: -40-85°C
Block Diagram

The company provides an OpenWrt Linux image for the board that boots from the NOR Flash. Both OpenWrt and U-boot (Caraboot) source code appears to be available on Github here and there.

There’s no detailed information about the differences between Habanero (IPQ4019) and Habanero-I (IPQ4029), but last time we have seen IPQ4029 supports “Qualcomm IoT Connectivity”, and is also available with an extended temperature range of -40°C to +110°C.

Habanero DVK

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8devices also offers Habanero DVK for early software development and evaluation. The development board comes with the following features:

  • Habanero module with processor, memory, WiFi, Ethernet PHY… as described above
  • Storage – External NAND flash, SD card socket, and eMMC module connector
  • Networking – 5x Gigabit Ethernet ports; 2x chip antennas for WiFi
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port (5V/1A), 1x USB 2.0 port (5V/1A)
  • Display – FPC connector
  • Expansion
    • Unpopulated headers:
      • 26-pin J13 header with GPIOs, 3.3V, and GND
      • 11-pin J17 header with more GPIOs
      • 20-pin J18 header with GPIOs, UART, RESET, 5V, 3.3V and GND
    • PCIe slot
  • Misc – Reset and user (GPIO8) buttons, power and 4x user LEDs, 4x heatsink mounting holes, bootstrap switches
  • Power Supply – 12V-24V via power barrel jack
  • Dimensions – 140 x 95 mm
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Habanero module is sold for $55, Habereno-I module for $69, and the development kit for $119. You’ll find more details and links to purchase online on the product page.

Via Electronics Lab

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14 Replies to “Habanero Qualcomm IPQ4019/IPQ4029 SoM Brings 802.11ac Wave2 WiFi to Linux Gateways and Routers”

        1. MT7621A does have offload support in OpenWrt however it’s only for 4.14 and isn’t completely stable. There’s work being done on QCA hardware https://forum.openwrt.org/t/hardware-nat-for-lede/1094/169 however it doesn’t seem to have made it into mainline as far as I can tell. That said, most ARMv8 SoCs can handle linespeed (Gbit) without any form of acceleration so it’s probably not a priority especially since it seems to cause issues if you want to use qos for example.

          1. Nop, if you have pppoe like me it isn’t able to push enough data. (I really would scrap my pfsense box and go back to OpenWrt but so far I don’t have found a capable router)

  1. Looks like this module could make a really nice, compact, covert drop box.

    Put it on a base board with 2 GbE ports, WiFi antennae (or IPX connectors), bring out the USB3 as a device/OTG port, USB2.0 port and PCIe to an mCPIe connector for 4G/LTE, and possibly a battery charger IC, it would be fantastic!

    1. It does support EC25 LTE modem (Qualcomm) as well. So most of the parts that you mentioned it already has. I believe 8devices would help you to bring it even faster if there’s just a need. I did contact them before regarding other module that they have and did receive a quick help regarding my application

      1. Not sure what you mean by it supporting the EC25 LTE Modem? Seems like that is an external component, connected via the mPCIe or USB connectors as I suggested in my initial post?

  2. What does “hardware IPSec encryption built-into the processor” mean? ESP? AH? IKE? Various IPsec-related NAT-dodging hacks?

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