VIA ARM Cortex-A8 computer has two GPUs
VIA Technologies has announced a small ARM Cortex-A8-based embedded computer with two independent graphics processors.
Called VAB-800, the Pico-ITX size (10x72mm) PCB has a choice of 800MHz or 1GHz Freescale Cortex-A8, and support for 3D/2D graphics acceleration with video playback up to 1080p.
Memory is up to 64Gbyte eMMC flash and 1Gbyte DDR3 SDRAM; and there is a lot of I/O:
Mini HDMI, VGA, two USBs, and 10/100 Ethernet ports at the rear.
Pin headers for line-in/out, MIC-in, two more USB 2.0s, SDIO, and eight GPIOs at the front.
Ports for SATA, LVDS (two single-channel display), two COM channels, and CAN Bus mounted mid-board.
Power consumption is 5W (fanless), operating range is -20 to 70°C, and the computer is “backed with a minimum seven years longevity support”, said Via.
For development, there is a hardware starter kit with board support packages (BSPs) for Android, Ubuntu, and Windows Embedded Compact 7.
“Via can tailor our ARM based offerings for customers to create systems through starter kits, customisation support or offering complete systems for different applications,” said Epan Wu, head of the firm’s embedded platform division.
Via recently released a $49 Raspberry Pi-like Neo-ITX (170x85mm) ARM11-based computer called APC specifically for running Android http://apc.io/
VAB-800 is sampling now.