Android & GNU/Linux Development Board

February 10, 2014 | 00:00
Android & GNU/Linux Development Board
Android & GNU/Linux Development Board

Element14/Newark has announced the RIoTboard (Revolutionizing the Internet of Things). It is an open-source, single board development platform to support the development of netbooks , nettops, mobile internet devices, PDAs, portable media players (PMP) with HD video capability, portable navigation devices (PNDs), industrial control and test and measurement (T&M) and single board computers (SBCs).


The RIoTboard specs in brief:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX 6Solo ARM Cortex A9 MPCore Processor @ 1 GHz with Vivante GC880 and GC320 GPUs for 3D & 2D graphics, and HD video processing unit.
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC, microSD and SD card slots
  • Video O/P – HDMI, LVDS, and parallel RGB interfaces
  • Audio I/O – Analog headphone/microphone, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Networking – 10/100/1000M Ethernet
  • USB – 1x mini USB 2.0 OTG, 4x USB 2.0 Host, 1x mini USB (OpenSDA)
  • Camera – CSI interface with support for CCD and CMOS cameras,

    1 Gbps MIPI Lane

  • Debug – 3-pin UART TTL level, 10-pin JTAG, OpenSDA
  • Expansion connector – 40-pin header including 3x UART, 2x I2C, 2x SPI, 3x PWM, 10x GPIOs
  • Miscellaneous IOs – 4x LEDs (Power, Open SDA and 2x user-defined), reset button, boot configuration interface
  • Power Supply – 5V/4A
  • Dimensions – 120 mm x 75 mm


In addition you need a 5 V power adapter and any cables. An Android 4.3 image is available for the RIoTboard now and an Ubuntu 11.10 image with Linux 3.0.35 is promised in the near future. Documentation includes a Quick Start Guide, a User’s manual, Freescale i/MX6 datasheet and all schematics in PDF format. Links to the ARM DS-5 and CodeWarrior development tools are also included. The board retails at $74 on Newark and Element14 websites.
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