VIA VAB-950 SBC Features MediaTek i500 SoC for AIoT Applications

While MediaTek is better known for their mobile SoCs and they also offers processors made for AIoT (AI + IoT) applications such as MediaTek i700, i500 or i300 SoCs.

We only covered a few development / evaluation boards so far, with Pumpkin i500 SBC or Innocom SB30 EVK, but we’ve now got another one with VIA VAB-950 single board computer equipped with MediaTek i500 AIoT octa-core processor, up to 4GB LPDDR4, 16GB flash storage, HDMI, dual Fast Ethernet, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and support for 4G LTE cellular connectivity.

Mediatek i500 SBCVAB-950 SBC specifications:

  • SOM-9X50 system-on-module
    • SoC – MediaTek i500 octa-core processor with
      • 4x Cortex-A73 @ 2.0GHz, 4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.0GHz
      • Arm Mali-G72 GPU up to 800 MHz with support for OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL ES 1.1, and Vulkan 1.0
      • VPU for 1080p30 H.264/H.265 decoding
      • 2x Cadence Tensilica Vision P6 DSPs
    • System Memory –  2GB or 4GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
    • Storage – 16GB eMMC Flash memory
    • Dimensions – 7 x 5.5 mm
  • Display I/F
    • HDMI 1.3a port
    • MIPI DSI connector plus touch screen connector (includes I²C for capacitive touch)
  • Camera I/F – MIPI CSI-2 connector
  • Audio
    • MediaTek MT6358 audio codec
    • 3.5mm audio jack (mic+headphone)
    • Mono speaker-out connector
  • Connectivity
    • 2x Fast Ethernet RJ45 ports via Microchip LAN9514 USB hub + Ethernet controller, and ASIX AX88772 USB 2.0 to Fast Ethernet controller
    • 2×2 Dual-band Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac with MU-MIMO and Bluetooth 5.0 via MediaTek MT7668
    • Optional 4G LTE via mPCIe card plus onboard SIM card slot
    • 3x IPEX connectors for RF antennas for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x micro USB 2.0 port (for OS image upload only)
  • Serial – 1x RS-232 COM port
  • Expansion
    • 1x MiniPCIe slot with USB 2.0 connectivity
    • Pin header with for 1x I²C, 1x SPI, 12x GPIO
  • Debugging – JTAG, debug port (RS-232)
  • Misc – Power button with LED, reset button, 4x keypad buttons, 2x USB host/device jumpers
  • Power Supply
    • 12V DC-in connector
    • Battery charger connector (supports I²C and gas gauge)
  • Dimensions – 14 x 10 cm (“EPIC” form factor)
  • Temperature Range – 0°C ~ 60°C
  • Humidity – 0% ~ 95% (relative humidity; non-condensing)

VIA VAB-950 SBC specificationsVIA provides Android 10 and Yocto 2.6 Linux BSP’s for the module and board, as well as optional 10.1″ WUXGA LCD display and 4G LTE mPCIe module.  The board is meant to accelerate the development of smart devices for home, commercial, industrial, and educational use cases.

VIA VAB-950 SBC is available now at an undisclosed price. Additional information may be found on the product page and press release.

Via LinuxGizmos

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3 Replies to “VIA VAB-950 SBC Features MediaTek i500 SoC for AIoT Applications”

  1. Looks interesting. Decoding support is bad. 1995 wants its “Fast Ethernet” marketing back.

    Why is an LCD panel listed as an accessory but not a simple case?

    1. There’s no case, because people will typically design their own products, either directly with the SBC or with the module plus their own carrier board.

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