IntroductionThe VAB-820 board combines a 1GHz Freescale Cortex-A9 ARM SoC with a big variety of connectivity options. Freescale SoCs are industry-leading in terms of reliability in harsh environments, for example providing a wide operating temperature range of -20°C ~ 70°C. The VAB-820 has a maximum Total Dissipated Power of less than 7W. Among other areas, this board is great for:
• advanced industrial automation
• energy management
• in-vehicle applications
• surveillance systems
This board packs a lot of connectivity into an ultra-compact Pico-ITX form factor. Graphic output is through either HDMI or dual-channel LVDS connectors, and S-video for capture-in. Supports up to 4 USB 2.0 ports, and USB OTG. Has two COM port pin headers, CANbus, and 8-bit GPIO. Extension is possible by the mini-PCIe slot onboard. Audio can be output through stereo lines or over HDMI.
Software is provided in the form of a Yocto based Board Support Package (BSP), building on the industry standard quality of Freescale BSPs, and adding VIA-specific modifications.
Real-time applications are also supported through the widely used Xenomai development framework. For more details and benchmarks see our blog post.
To learn more about this board, you can also check its User Manual on the VAB-820 product page (the Downloads tab).
The Internet of Things / Cloud-readyResin.io is a service to easily deploy applications to a fleet of devices over the Internet. They support the VAB-820 board for their platform. The combination of their modern development tools and VIA's enterprise-ready hardware can accelerate your time-to-production even further. To see how to get started with Resin.io and VAB-820, please check their wiki!
The VAB-820 by default only comes with a power supply adaptor cable that can be used to connect to the onboard 12V power pins a standard 12V/5A/60W wall power supply (with 2.5mm inner / 5.5mm outer diameter pin). For ease of use, you have an option to add a tested power supply + power cord to your board above!
VIA is one of the very few embedded computing providers that do complete systems besides developer boards, to shorten your time-to-market. The AMOS-820 rugged and fanless system is based on this board, if you prefer not to make your own enclosure and mounts.
Q: What is the difference between the VAB-820 and the AMOS-820?
A: The VAB-820 is the bare board that the AMOS-820 system is built around. The internal hardware is the same in both case. The bare board is suggested for hardware product development. The system on the other hand provides a ruggedized enclosure in a ready-to-use form, and lets you focus on software development, knowing that the hardware will work well in a very wide range of environments.
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