US-based Gateworks is known for its Ventana and Newport embedded networking single board computers, and the company has now introduced a third family with Venice SBC family based on NXP i.MX 8M Mini SoC with support for multimedia capabilities through MIPI-DSI, MIPI-CSI and I2S Audio headers, and targetting industrial IoT with dual Ethernet, and mini PCIe expansion sockets that can be used for 802.11ax/ac/b/g/n WiFi, 5G/4G/3G/CATM1 cellular modems, and more.
The company plans to introduce four different models with GW7100, GW7200, GW7300, and GW7400 with an increase in size and feature set for each model, and mechanically compatible with previous Gateworks families. But at launch, only GW7300 SBC is available so we’ll focus our reporting on this particular model.
Gateworks GW7300 specifications:
- SoC – NXP i.MX 8M Mini single, dual or quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor @ up to 1.6GHz, with Arm Cortex-M4 at 400+MHz, 3D GPU (OpenGL ES 2.0), 2D GPU, and 1080p VPU
- System Memory – Up to 4GB LPDDR4 DRAM (1GB by default)
- Storage – Up to 64GB eMMC Flash (8GB by default), MicroSD card socket
- Display Interface – MIPI DSI connector for LCD panels
- Camera Interface – MIPI CSI connector
- Audio – I2S Audio connector
- 2x GbE Ethernet Ports with PoE Support (Passive or 802.3at PoE)
- Optional Laird Sterling 802.11b/g/n WiFi & BLE v4.2 Module
- Optional Ublox ZOE-MQ8 GNSS GPS Receiver with PPS
- Optional cellular connectivity via mini PCIe model and on-board SIM card socket
- USB – 2x USB2.0 ports
- Serial – 2x RS232 or 1x RS485
- Sensor – 3-axis accelerometer
- Expansion – 3x Mini PCIe sockets (see block diagram for details), 1x I2C Bus, 1x SPI Bus, digital I/Os
- Misc – Gateworks System Control with Real-time clock (RTC) with coin cell battery, voltage & temperature monitor, fan control, etc…
- Power Supply – 8-60V DC via power barrel jack or PoE
- Dimensions – 105 x 100mm
- Weight – 74g
- Temperature Range – -40°C to +85°C
The company provides a Linux Ubuntu Board Support Package for the board, as well as a GW7300 Development Kit (GW11049) with the board, U-Boot bootloader, the Linux BSP, interface cables as appropriate for the SBC, a power supply, and a JTAG programmer to update firmware and provide serial console access. You’ll find more technical information about Gateworks’ new embedded SBC in the wiki.
Made in the USA, the Venice SBC’s are especially suited for IoT gateways, machine learning, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) equipment, digital signage, robotics, smart grid, smart city, and factory automation.
As mentioned in the introduction, other models are in the works with GW7100 starting with one mini PCIe socket, and GW7400 gets four mini PCIe sites.
Since the boards are customizable there’s no public pricing information, and you’ll find further details on the product page.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.