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Variscite DART-MX8M is a Compact NXP i.MX 8M System-on-Module

January 12th, 2018 3 comments

NXP has recently launched their i.MX 8M evaluation kit and released documentation, so we can expect multiple products based on the family in 2018. The new NXP i.MX 64-bit processors include three families with i.MX 8, i.MX 8X, and i.MX 8M, but so far it looks like many companies are launching products based on the latter.

The Embedded World Conference 2018 at the end of February should be the occasion for many product launches, especially systems-on-module and related development kit, but several companies have already posted information about their i.MX 8(M) modules minus pricing, and one of those is Variscite DART MX8M a company (55x30mm) module with i.MX 8M processor, up to 4GB LPDDR4, up to 64GB eMMC flash, as well as 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Variscite DART-MX8M specifications:

  • SoC – NXP i.MX8M with dual or quad core Cortex A53 processor @ up to 1.5 GHz, Cortex-M4 real-time core @ 266 MHz, and Vivante GC7000Lit 2D/3D graphics accelerator
  • System Memory – 1 – 4 GB LPDDR4
  • Storage – 4 – 64 GB eMMC  flash, 4K I2C EEPROM
  • Connectivity – On-module Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n & Bluetooth 4.2 LE (via Sterling LWB5), and Qualcomm Atheros AR8031 Gigabit Ethernet tranceiver
  • Video Acceleration – Up to 4K HEVC/H265, H264, VP9 Decode plus HDR
  • Audio – Audio codec on-module
  • 3x 90-pin board-to-board connectors with:
    • Video Inputs – 2x MIPI-CSI2 (4-Lane, each)
    • Display
      • HDMI 2.0 up to 4Kp60
      • Display Port eDP1.4/DP1.3 up to 4Kp60
      • MIPI-DSI 1080p60
      • LVDS Dual channel support 1920×1080 60fps
    • Networking – 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
    • Audio
      • Analog & digital microphone I/F
      • Up to x5 I2S(SAI), SPDIF
      • Line In Yes
    • 1x SD/SDIO/MMC
    • 2x USB 3.0/2.0 OTG
    • 4x UART up to 4 Mbps
    • 3x I2C 3x SPI, 2x QSPI
    • RTC (on carrier)
    • 2 x PCIe 2.0 (1-Lane, each)
  • Supply voltage – 3.4 – 4.5 V
  • Digital I/O voltage – 3.3 V
  • Dimensions – 30.0 mm x 55.0 mm x 4.7 mm
  • Temperature range – Commercial: 0 to 70°C; Industrial: -40 to 85°C

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The company will provide Linux and Android BSPs for the module, but Windows Embedded Compact will not be supported. A DART MX8M kits will also be offered to speed up the early stage of development, with a module, with/without a 7″ WVGA capacitive touch display (VAR-DVK-MX8M/VAR-STK-MX8M) …

VAR-DVK-MX8M Kit

and VAR-DT8MCustomBoard carrier board with the following specifications:

 

  • SoM Interface – B2B socket for DART-MX8M module
  • Storage – SD Card Socket
  • Display
    • HDMI 2.0a
    • DP 1.3
    • 18-bit / 24-bit LVDS connector
    • Backlight Driver (PWM Control)
  • Touch Panel
    • 4-wire resistive touch panel (4-pin FFC/FPC)
    • capacitive touch panel (6-pin FFC/FPC)
  • Audio
    • Headphone – 3.5 mm connector
    • Line in – 3.5 mm connector
    • On-board digital microphone
  • USB – 2x USB3.0/2.0 ports, 1x USB3.0/2.0 type C connector
  • Network – Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps, RJ45
  • Camera interfaces –  Serial Camera
  • Serial Ports
    • USB to serial bridge via Micro USB port
    • FTDI Header for debugging
    • 2x RS232 header
  • Expansion
    • 2x mini PCIe connectors
    • Headers with QSPI, UART, SPI, I2C, GPIOs, JTAG, SAI, S/PDIF
  • Misc – RTC Backup battery socket (CR1225), buttons, LEDs
  • Power Supply – 5V DC input, 2.5 mm DC jack
  • Dimensions – 15 cm x 9 cm x 2.9 cm

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The kits also come with a micro USB cable, an optional Ethernet cable, optional 5V power supply, an antenna, a boot/rescure SD card, and a carrier board design package. There may also be a camera module offered in the future.

The module is shown as “coming soon” and we don’t have price information yet. More details may be found on the module page, where you’ll also find details about the kits and carrier board (Supporting Products tab). The company is also working on VAR-SOM-MX8 SoM based on NXP i.MX 8 Cortex A72/A53 processor, but less details are available for now.

Variscite DART-6UL SoM, an Alternative to Intel Edison Module

July 24th, 2017 5 comments

Intel recently announced it will discontinue manufacturing and selling all SKUs of the Intel® Edison compute modules and developer kits.

The initial version of Edison was released in the beginning of 2014, with a second version being released by the end of 2014. It was intended for the IoT market, with dimensions of 35.5x25x3.9mm. The Edison features an Intel Atom processor, consisting of two Atom Silvermont cores running at 500MHz. It includes a fixed configuration of 1GB integrated RAM, and 4GB eMMC flash on-board. Dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB controllers complete the package.

According to Intel’s announcement, the last shipment of Edison family boards is planned for December 2017. This announcement will have a critical impact on companies that already integrated the Edison board in their products, as well as the many companies that engaged in the development process of integrating the Edison board into their products.

While some of these companies are rushing to place their orders by the end of the year, other companies are already looking for an alternative candidate to replace the Edison module. Naturally, the Edison alternative should be somewhat similar to the original selection, at least in terms of interfaces and connectivity. But if you are looking for an alternative solution, you should take into account that this is a rapidly evolving market, so the alternatives offered today can deliver higher performance solutions than those delivered in 2014, when Intel launched Edison.

Variscite DART-6UL SoM

One suitable alternative for the IoT segment is the DART-6UL System on Module platform, developed by Variscite. The DART-6UL, measuring only 25x50mm, is a highly flexible SoM based on NXP i.MX 6UltraLite / i.MX 6ULL ARM Cortex™-A7 processor, with frequencies up to 900MHz.

The following comparison table will help you see the similarities and the upgraded features:

Intel Edison

DART-6UL

CPU
CPU Name Intel® Atom™ Silvermont CPU and Intel® Quark™ microcontroller NXP i.MX6 UltraLite / i.MX 6ULL (Cortex™-A7)
CPU Cores 2 1
CPU Clock 500 MHz Up to 900 MHz
Memory
RAM 1 GB LPDDR3 128 – 512 MB DDR3L
SLC NAND

128 – 512 MB
eMMC 4 GB eMMC 4 – 32 GB
Multimedia
2D Graphics Acceleration

2D pixel acceleration engine (PxP)
Camera Interfaces

1x 24bit CPI
Display
Parallel RGB

1366 x 768 24-bit
Networking
Ethernet

2x 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
Wi-Fi Broadcom* 43340 802.11 a/b/g/n; Dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz) Certified Laird/LSR sterling LWB /LWB5

DART-6UL: 802.11 b/g/n
DART-6UL-5G: 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n Dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz)

Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 4.1 / BLE
Audio
Headphone driver

Yes
Microphone

Analog
Digital audio serial interface

SSI(AUDMUX)/SPDIF
Line In/Out

Yes
Connectivity
SD / MMC x1 x1
USB Host / Device USB 2.0: 1x OTG USB 2.0: 1x Host, 1x OTG
UART x2 x8, up to 3.6 Mbps
I2C X2 x4
SPI 1 controller with 2 chip selects x4
OS Support
Linux Yocto Yocto, Debian
Mechanical Specifications
Dimensions 35.5 × 25.0 × 3.9 mm 25 mm x 50 mm x 4.0 mm (SoM)
Electronic Specifications
Supply voltage 3.3 to 4.5 V 3.3 V
Environmental Specifications
Operating temperature 0 to 40°C Commercial temperature (0 to 70°C)
Industrial temperature (-40 to 85°C)

More details about Yocto and Debian support can be found in the DART-6UL Wiki.

DART-6UL Block Diagram – Click to Enlarge

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Variscite.

Variscite DART-SD410 Snapdragon 410 SoM Comes with WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 & GPS

February 26th, 2016 1 comment

Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 is the 64-bit ARM processor used in DragonBoard 410c 96Boards platform, but it’s also found in several phones, some single board computers such as Inforce 6309, and we’ve also seen it in system-on-modules includes Graperain G8916 and Intrinsyc Open-Q 410. Variscite has developed their DART-SD410 system-on-module based on the processor with up to 2GB RAM, up to 16GB storage, and on-board 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1.

Variscite_DART_SD410DART-SD410 module specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad core Cortex A53 processor @ 1.2GHz with Adreno 306 GPU @ 400 MHz
  • System Memory – 1 to 2GB LPDDR3 @ 533 MHz
  • Storage – 8 to 16 GB eMMC 4.5 flash
  • Connectivity – WiFi 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.1 LE (WCN3620), GPS (WGR7640), and two u.FL antenna connectors
  • Audio – PM8916 PMIC/Audio codec
  • Snapdragon_410_SoMI/Os available via 2x 90-pin board-to-board connectors:
    • Display
      • 4-lane DSI up to 720p60/1080p30, 24-bit
      • On-carrier DSI to HDMI bridge
      • On-carrier DSI to LVDS bridge
    • Camera – 2x MIPI CSI
    • Storage – SD card
    • Connectivity – 1000/100/10Mbps on-carrier
    • RTC on-carrier
    • Up to 6x I2C, 6x SPI, 2x UARTs,
    • 1x USB2.0 Host/Device
    • Audio – Digital microphone, 2x analog microphone, stereo headphone, mono speaker, 2 x I2S
    • JTAG
  • Power Supply – 3.7 to 4.5V
  • Dimensions – 25mm x 43mm x 4mm
  • Temperature Range – -25 to 85°C
DART-SD410 Block Diagram

DART-SD410 Block Diagram

The module supports Ubuntu Linaro and Android  5.1.1, and soon will also support the Yocto Project and Windows 10 IoT. You can find documentation on Variscite DART-SD410 Wiki, and it might also be an advantage that DragonBoard 410c development board is officially supported by Linaro, and has recently become Canonical’s Ubuntu Core ARM64 reference platform.

VAR-SD410CustomBoard

VAR-SD410CustomBoard

The company can also provide VAR-SD410CustomBoard carrier board to get started with development as quickly as possible. The baseboard features a Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port, HDMI output, a micro SD card, RTC and battery slot, two USB 2.0 ports, audio jacks, an edge connector for a camera board (VAR-EXT-CB410), various headers for LVDS, RS-232, GPIOs…, as well as user LED and buttons. Two version of the development kits with the module and baseboard are available with one including a 7″ WVGA capacitive touch screen.

DART-SD410 SoM and development kits are available now with price starting from $57 per unit for 1000 pieces orders. More details can be found on Varisite DART-SD410 and VAR-SD410CustomBoard product pages.

Variscite DART-MX6 is a Tiny SoM with Freescale i.MX6 SoC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

April 26th, 2015 No comments

Variscite has unveiled what they claim to be the world’s smallest i.MX6 SoM with DART-MX6, a 50x20mm system-on-module featuring Freescale i.MX6 dual or quad processor, up to 1GB RAM, up to 32GB eMMC flash, as well as a wireless module for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Other small i.MX6 modules include TechNexion PICO-iMX6, or SolidRun microSoM found in Hummingbird board, and DART-MX6 has indeed the smallest area among the three.

DART-MX6DART-MX6 specifications:

  • SoC- Freescale i.MX6 dual or quad core Cortex A9 processor up to 800 MHz with Vivante GC2000 3D GPU
  • System Memory –  512 to 1024 MB LPDDR2 (PoP)
  • Storage – 4 to 32GB eMMC flash, 4KB I2C EEPROM
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n + MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0  BLE (TI WL183xMOD WiLink)
  • Audio Codec – Texas Instruments TLV320AIC3106
  • Interfaces and I/Os via 2x 80-pin and 1x 50-pin board to board connectors
    • Camera Interfaces – 1x CSI, 2x CPI
    • Display – HDMI v1.4 up to 1920 x 1080;  Dual 24-bit LVDS up to 1920 x 1200;  24-bit DSI up to 1920 x 1200
    • Connectivity – 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet RGMII
    • Audio –  Headphone driver, digital microphone,  S/PDIF,  Line In/Out
    • Storage – 1x SD / MMC
    • USB – 1x USB 2.0 Host port , 1x USB OTG port
    • 4x UART up to 3.6 Mbps, 2x I2C, 2x SPI
    • 2x CAN bus
    • PWM
    • JTAG
    • RTC on carrier board
    • PCI-Express Gen 2.0
  • Power supply – 3.7 V DC input; Digital I/O voltage 3.3 V
  • Dimensions – 50 mm x 20 mm x 4.0 mm
  • Temperature range – Commercial (0 to 70°C), Extended (-20 to 70°C), or Industrial(-40 to 85°C)
Block diagram for DART-MX6 Module (Click to Enlarge)

Block diagram for DART-MX6 Module (Click to Enlarge)

The company provides support for the Yocto Project (Daisy with Linux 3.10.x), Ubuntu, and Android 4.4, and documentation and source can be found on DART-MX6 wiki with most links pointing to resources for their VAR-SOM-MX6 module so both are likely to be software compatible.

For evaluation and to speed early development, a development kit called VAR-DVK-DT6 can be used. It is composed of VAR-DT6CustonBoard baseboard populated with DART-MX6, a 7″ LCD display with capacitive touch, and relevant cables and accessories, as well as documentation and design package.

VAR-DT6CustomBoard baseboard with DART-MX6 SoM

VAR-DT6CustomBoard baseboard with DART-MX6 SoM

The baseboard has the following key features:

  • Video / Display – HDMI 1.4 connector, 3-pair 18-bit / 4-pair 24-bit LVDS connector + 6-pin FFC/FPC connector for capacitive touch
  • Audio – 3.5 mm jacks for headphone and Line IN, on-board digital microphone
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)
  • Storage – micro SD card slot
  • Camera – Serial/MIPI CMOS sensor interface
  • USB – 1x USB host port, 1x USB OTG port
  • Expansion Connectors:
    • 1x PCI express
    • Serial ports – RS232 header, micro USB debug port, 1x CAN bus
    • SPI, I2C
    • UART, PWM, CLK02, DMIC
  • Debugging – JTAG interface
  • Misc – RTC with CR1225 coincell battery, 5 buttons, one boot select switch
  • Power Supply – 5V (power barrel)
  • Dimensions – 11.8 x 8.7 x 2 cm

According to the press release, DART-MX6 and the development kit are available now, but pricing information has not been released publicly. You can request a quote and find documentation only Variscite DART-MX6 SoM and VAR-DT6Customboard pages.

Variscite Introduces TI Sitara AM437x SoM with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

January 30th, 2015 2 comments

News about Texas Instruments Sitara AM437x processors first surfaced in 2012, before being officially announced last summer. Beside TI’s own development kits, I had not seen any hardware based on the company’s Cortex A9 industrial processor, but Variscite has now unveiled their VAR-SOM-AM43 systems-on-module (SoM) powered by AM4376 , AM4378, or AM4379 SoCs.

Variscite_VAR-SOM-AM43VAR-SOM-AM43 specifications:

  • SoC – Texas Instruments AM437x single core ARM Cortex A9 processor @ 1.0GHz:
    • AM4376 – No GPU, 4x PRU @ 200 MHz
    • AM4378 – PowerVR SGX530 GPU, 4x PRU @ 200 MHz
    • AM4379 – PowerVR SGX530 GPU, 4x PRU @ 200 MHz, and EtherCAT slave support
  • System Memory – 256MB to 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 0 to 512MB SLC NAND flash, and 4GB to 32GB eMMC flash b module. 3x SD/MMC via edge connector
  • Display Interfaces – 24-bit RGB interface up to 1400×1050 resolution; 4/5-wire resistive touch support
  • Connectivity  – 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet PHY + 10/100/1000 Mbps RGMII,  802.11a/b/g/n with optional MIMO, and Bluetooth 4.0 (TI Wilink 8 WL183xMOD module)
  • Other I/Os and interfaces available via the 204-pin SO-DIMM connector:
    • Audio – Analog / digital microphone, S/PDIF, and Line In/Out
    • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host, 1x USB OTG
    • 5x UART up to 3.6 Mbps
    • 3x I2C, 4x SPI, 1x One Wire/HDP, 2x CAN bus
    • RTC (on carrier board)
    • Camera – 1x CPI
  • Power Supply – 3.3V DC; Digital I/IO: 3.3V / 1.8V
  • Dimensions – 67.8 x 38.6 x 3 mm
  • Temperature Range – Commercial 0 to 70°C; Extended: -20 to 70°C, or Industrial: -40 to 85°C
VAR-SOM-AM43 Block Diagram

VAR-SOM-AM43 Block Diagram

VAR-SOM-AM43 modules support Linux 3.14 and Yocto 1.6 (Daisy) with Qt 5, and Android 4.4 support is coming soon. Software documentation is available on the module’s Wiki, and support on Variscite’s forums. The company also provides mechanical and hardware documentation including a product brief, a datasheet, and mechanical design files (DXF) for the module, as well as schematics and a datasheet for VAR-AM43CustomBoard, the baseboard used for development and/or evaluation. TI AM437x TRM can also be downloaded directly from TI website.

VAR-AM43CustomBoard

VAR-AM43CustomBoard Carrier Board

The baseboard has the following key features:

  • SODIMM-200 socket to support VAT-SOM-AM43 system-on-module
  • External Storage – micro SD socket
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet
  • Display – 18-bit 3 pair LVDS interface; 4-wire touch panel and capacitive touch panel support
  • Audio – 3.5mm jacks for heaphone and line INl; digital microphone on-board
  • Camera – Parallel CMOS sensor interface
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports (including on OTG?), 1x micro USB port for debugging
  • Serial – 2x RS232 header (UART1 / UART3), micro USB debug port, RS485 header, 2x CAN buses
  • Expansion Headers – Several headers with access to 8-channel ADC, SD/MMC interface, SPI, I2C, McASP, and GPIOs
  • Misc – RTC + CR1225 battery socket, 4x buttons.
  • Power Supply – 5V DC input, 2.5mm DC jack
  • Dimensions – 11.1 x 8.6 x 2.4 cm

A complete evaluation kit (VAR-DVK-AM43) is also available with VAR-SOM-AM43 SoM, VAR-AM43CustomBoard baseboard, a 7″ WVGA LCD with resistive/capacitive touch, a power supply, an Ethernet cable, an RS232 debug cable, boot/rescue SD cards, and a DVD with documentation and source code.

Variscite Sitara AM437x modules and development kits are available now, with pricing starting at $42 in 1K order. Further information, including hardware documentation, may be found on Variscite’s VAR-SOM-AM43, VAR-AM43CustomBoard, and VAR-DVK-AM43 product pages.

Variscite VAR-SOM-SOLO is a Tiny System-on-Module Based on Freescale i.MX6 Solo Processor

November 14th, 2014 2 comments

Freescale will soon announce i.MX6 SoloX dual core processor with ARM Cortex A9 and M4 cores, and dual-port gigabit Ethernet, but companies still design and manufacture new Freescale i.MX6 Solo/Dual/Quad based hardware for their mostly industrial customers. Variscite has recently launched a smaller version of their VAR-SOM-MX6 system-on-module called VAR-SOM-SOLO powerd by Freescale i.MX6 Solo processor with up to 1GB RAM, up to 512MB NAND flash for boot code, up to 64GB eMMC flash for storage, and TI WiLink8 module with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart.

Variscite_VAR-SOM-SOLOVariscite VAR-SOM-SOLO technical specifications:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX6 single core ARM Cortex-A9 core @ 1.0GHz with Vivante GC 880 + Vivante GC 320 GPU, and VPU supporting 1080p30 H.264 encode and decode.
  • System Memory – 256MB to 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 128MB to 512MB NAND flash for boot code, 4GB to 64GB eMMC flash, and SD/MMC via edge connector
  • Video Output / Display Interfaces:
    • HDMI 1.4, up to 1920 x 1080
    • 2x 24-bit LVDS up to 1920 x 1200
    • 1x MIPI DSI, 24-bit, up to 1920 x 1200
    • 4-wire resistive touch support
  • Connectivity  – Gigabit Ethernet PHY,  dual band 802.11a/b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0 (TI WiLink8 module)
  • I/Os and interfaces available via 200-pin SO-DIMM connector:
    • Audio – Headphone driver (On SoM), digital microphone, optical S/PDIF, and Line In/Out
    • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host, 1x USB OTG.
    • 3x UART up to 3.6 Mbps
    • 2x I2C, 2x SPI, 2x CAN bus
    • PCIe Gen 2.0
    • RTC (not on SoM)
    • Camera – 1x CSI, 1x CPI
  • Power Supply – 3.3V DC
  • Dimensions – 68 x 33 x 4 mm
  • Temperature Range – Commercial 0 to 70°C; Extended: -20 to 70°C, or Industrial: -40 to 85°C
Variscite VAR-SOM-SOLO Block Diagram

Variscite VAR-SOM-SOLO Block Diagram

The module supports Android 4.4 with Linux 3.10, Yocto 1.5 (Dora), and Ubuntu 11.10, and the company also provide on-line hardware, mechanical, and software documentation including a Wiki for VAR-SOM-SOLO. Development can be performed on VAR-MX6CustomBoard carrier board that supports both VAR-SOM-MX6 v1 and v2, and VAR-SOM-SOLO.

VAR-MX6CustomBoard Baseboard with VAR-SOM-MX6 SoM

VAR-MX6CustomBoard Baseboard with VAR-SOM-MX6 SoM

VAR-SOM-SOLO module is available now for $42 and up, with price depending on options and volume. You may want to visit VAR-SOM-SOLO product page for more details.

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Variscite VAR-SOM-SD600 System-on-Module Features Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 SoC

May 14th, 2014 No comments

It turns out Compulab is not the only (Israeli) company to have announced a Qualcomm Snapdradon 600 CoM this month, as Variscite has unveiled VAR-SOM-SD600 system-on-module with Qualcomm APQ8064 quad core SoC, up to 2GB DDR3, up to 64GB eMMC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth BLE connectivity, and various signals available via  a 314-pin MXM 3.0 connector.

Variscite VAR-SOM-SD600

Variscite VAR-SOM-SD600

VAR-SOM-SD600 / VAR-SOM-APQ8064 specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (APQ8064) quad core Krait 300 processor @ 1.7GHz with Adreno 320 GPU and Hexagon QDSP6 DSP
  • System Memory – Up to 2GB DDR3 (Options: 512 MB , 1024 MB)
  • Storage – Up to 64GB on-board eMMC (Options: 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB). 2x SD / MMC and SATA 1.5Gbps interface (via connector)
  • Display
    • HDMI 1.3a, up to 1920 x 1080
    • LVDS, up to 2048 x 1536 24-bit
    • DSI, up to 2048 x 1535 24-bit
  • Audio – Headphone driver, analog/digital microphone, Line In/Out, I2S interface, WCD9311 audio codec.
  • Camera – 2x CSI interfaces
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, Dual-band WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n + optional MIMO, and Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (QSA6234x module)
  • Other I/Os
    • PCI Express Gen 2.0 interface
    • Up to 3 USB2.0 high-speed ports
    • Up to 3 UART ports (up to 3.6 Mbps), up to 6 I2C interfaces, up to 6 SPI interfaces
    • GPIOs
  • Misc – RTC on SoM, JTAG
  • Power – 3-4.5V supply voltage, 1.8V for digital I/O. PMM8920 PMIC
  • Connector – 314-pin MXM 3.0 edge connector
  • Dimensions – 56 x 82 x 3.6 mm
  • Temperature range – Commercial: 0° to 70° C; Extended: -20° to 70° C and Industrial: -40° to 85° C.
VAR-SOM-SD600 Block Diagram

VAR-SOM-SD600 Block Diagram

The company provides Android 4.2.2 (Kitkat 4.4 in July) and soon Linux support for the module, but not Windows Embedded Compact. A carrier board, VAR-SD600CustomBoard, is also available for evaluation and development purpose. The carrier board can interface with a 7″ capacitive touchscreen as well as two OV5640 CMOS sensors. Public documentation include the SoM datasheet, the custom board schematics (PDF), the mechanical design files (DXF and 3D), as well as an Android and Linux Wiki (WIP).

VAR-SD600 Custom Board with VAR-SOM-SD600 System-on-Module

VAR-SD600 Custom Board with VAR-SOM-SD600 System-on-Module

Variscite VAR-SOM-SD600 and VAR-S600 Custom Board appear to be available now, but pricing has not been disclosed. Further details, including the documents and SoM options, can be found on Variscite VAR-SOM-SD600 page.

Variscite DART-4460 SoM is Small, Very Small, and Powered by TI OMAP4460

June 13th, 2013 1 comment

Variscite announced DART-4460, a new system-on-module based on Texas Instruments OMAP4460, with up to 1GB LPDDR2 RAM and 8GB eMMC flash. The key differentiating point of this module is its size (17 mm x 52 mm), which could make it the world smallest dual core module, although Logic PD’s DM3730 / AM3730 Torpedo SOM might be the smallest of all in single core configuration.

Variscite_DART-4460

DART-4460 system-on-module specifications:

  • SoC – Texas Instruments OMAP4460 dual core cortex A9 @ 1.5 GHz max + PowerVR SGX540 GPU
  • System Memory – 512 to 1024 MB LP-DDR2
  • Storage – Up to 8 GB eMMC + 2x SD / MMC
  • Video – 1080p30 H.264 Encode / Decode
  • Camera Interfaces – 2x CSI, 1x CPI
  • Display
    • HDMI 1.3a 1920 x 1080
    • 24-bit RGB 1400 x 1050
    • 24-bit DSI 1400 x 1050
    • 4-wire resistive touch
  • Connectivity
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
    • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Audio – Headphone, digital microphone, S/PDIF, Line In and Out
  • USB – 1x Host, 1x OTG
  • I/O – 3x UART up to 3.6 Mbps, 2x I2C, 2x SPI, 1-Wire/HDQ
  • Misc – RTC + GPMC bus
  • Dimensions – 17 mm x 52 mm x 4.7 mm
  • Power
    • 3.3 – 4.5 V supply voltage
    • 1.8V digital I/O voltage
    • Consumes 5 mA in suspend and 44 mA with a 3.7 V Li-Po battery while running at 400 MHz
  • Temperature range – Commercial temperature (0 to 70°C) and Industrial temperature (-40 to 85°C)
Variscite DART-4460 Block Diagram

Variscite DART-4460 Block Diagram

The company provides support for Android 4.1.2, Linux 3.4, and Ubuntu 12.04. DART-4460 can use the same “VAR-OM44CustomBoard” carrier board as its larger sibling (VAR-SOM-OM44) via an adapter (DART-4460-ADAPTER) that makes it mechanically and electrically compatible. The module datasheet and mechanical files (DXF and 3D files),  as well as the carrier board datasheet and schematics are all available for download.

I could not find availability nor pricing information. Further details may be available on Variscite’s DART-4460 page.

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