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Compact IoT gateway has optional WiFi, BT, 3G, and GPS

Nov 30, 2017 — by Eric Brown — 346 views
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VIA’s “Artigo A630” is a slim IoT gateway that runs Linux or Android on a dual -A9 SoC, and offers LAN, HDMI, serial, USB, DIO, and optional WiFi or 3G/GPS.

VIA announced its latest Artigo IoT gateway, following up on last year’s i.MX6-based Artigo A830. Like the earlier Artigo A900, the new Artigo A630 runs on a dual-core Cortex-A9 SoC from VIA. In this case, however, it’s a 1GHz WonderMedia WM8880 with Mali-400 GPU. (The WM880 previously appeared on VIA’s short-lived, Firefox OS driven VIA Vixen tablet.)



Artigo A630, front and back
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Unlike the Android-only Artigo A830 and A900 gateways, the Artigo A630 features a Linux BSP (Kernel 3.4.5), in addition to offering a “coming soon” Android 5.0 BSP. It’s also a bit slimmer in the vertical dimension, measuring only 154.4 x 106.7 x 27mm.

The Artigo A630 has a modest 0 to 50°C temperature range, but also provides vibration resistance per IEC 60068-2-64 (5Grms, random, 5 ~ 500Hz, 1hr/axis) and shock resistance per IEC 60068-2-27 (50G half sine, 11ms duration). The 12V DC system operates at a typical 36W, and offers optional VESA mounting.

The Artigo A630 ships with 1GB DDR3, 512KB SPI Flash, 4GB eMMC, and a microSD slot. The system integrates a 10/100 Ethernet port, 2x USB 2.0 ports, a micro-USB 2.0 OTG port, and an RS-232/485 COM port.



Artigo A630 (left) and internal view showing mini-PCIe slot
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Media features include an HDMI 1.4 port with HD video support, as well as audio in and out jacks. You also get an external DIO port with 8-bit GPIO and a “VIA Smart ETK” interface with GPIO, UART, and watchdog.

There are two optional WiFi/Bluetooth modules, both of which ship with antennas: one that connects via internal pin headers, and the other that uses the onboard mini-PCIe slot. Alternatively, you can populate the mini-PCIe slot with a module that combines 3.75G HSPA/UMTS cellular with GPS. A SIM card slot and 4x antenna mounts are available.

 
Further information

The Artigo A630 is available now at an undisclosed price. More information may be found at VIA’s Artigo A630 product page.
 

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