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RioTboard Android devkit has two ARM cores

RIoTboard from Element 14 and FreescaleJust to flag this one, which has already crossed our news index. Element14 has launched a single-board development system for Android-based handheld devices, writes Steve Bush.

Called RioTboard, and priced at £46, it’s based around a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 core in a Freescale i.MX 6Solo microcontroller.

With its collection of peripherals and physical appearance, it looks very much like a Raspberry Pi, but Element 14 – which also sells Raspberry Pi – insists is is a different beast, aimed at Android product development rather than education and Linux.

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“RIoTboard has been designed to run Android operating systems efficiently and features a processor with a broad range of peripherals and display capabilities, making it suited as a hub for the Internet of Things (IoT),” said the firm, also saying that it will run Linux, and low-power consumption was a key factor in the design.

  • Alongside the main application processor is an ARM Cortex-M4-based microcontroller (Freescale Kinetis K20 chip). Cortex-M4 is a DSP-enabled M3.
  • Memory is 1GByte of 32bit wide 800MHz DDR3, plus 4Gbyte of embedded MMC flash.
  • Interfaces include ports for: 10M/100M/Gbit Ethernet, USB 2.0 OTG, 4x USB 2.0 hosts, LVDS, HDMI and parallel RGB interfaces, micro SD card, analogue headphone, analogue microphone, camera, serial, JTAG, and boot configuration.
  • Also on-board is a Freescale MMPF0100 power management chip.

Element 14 describes the board as “open source”, and is setting up facilities for a community around it.

Applications are expected in industrial tablets, educational tablets, smart home appliances, patient monitoring, tele-health, factory automation, digital signage, point of sale equipment.

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Tags: Android, devkit, Freescale, Raspberry Pi, RioTboard

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