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Cortex-A8 SBC offers wireless, display, camera options

Aug 5, 2013 — by Eric Brown — 944 views

Boardcon’s “EM210” SBC integrates a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird SoC via a COM that runs Linux and Android, and features wireless, display, and camera options.

Boardcon Embedded Design, of Shenzhen, China, which specializes in Samsung SoC-based embedded boards, released an “EM210” SBC based on Samsung’s S5PV210AH (“Hummingbird”), the same 1GHz Cortex-A8 SoC that powered Samsung’s first Android-based Galaxy phones.

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The EM210 is a “sandwich-style single board computer” that incorporates a separately available computer-on-module, in this case the 60 x 60mm CM210-III. The EM210 SBC is designed for multimedia advertising, GPS systems, high performance POS, and surveillance applications, says Boardcon.

EM210 SBC, front and back
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Both the SBC and the COM run Linux 2.6 and Android 4.0, as well as Windows CE. The soldered-on COM supplies 512MB of DDR2 RAM and 4GB eMMC flash, with 4GB eMMC iNAND flash said to be optional. A microSD slot is also available.

CM210-III COM, front and back
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Boardcon has crammed a lot of features into the 141 x 108mm EM210 SBC, including a Fast Ethernet port and a SIM card slot with an optional, removable 3G (WCDMA) module. Soldered WiFi and GPS modules are also said to be available.

The EM210 board provides an HDMI port and a 24-bit LCD interface, and supports a variety of optional touchscreens. The latter include a 15-inch SAW (surface acoustic wave) touchscreen. Also optional is a 3.1-megapixel CMOS camera module.

EM210 SBC port detail
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Standard coastline ports include a pair of USB 2.0 host ports, a USB OTG port, an RS-232 port, and dual RS-485/232 ports. Onboard interfaces include a JTAG port, 6*7 keypad interface, a 30-pin GPIO connector, and audio I/O.

The EM210 ships with complete electronic documentation, schematics, and demo applications, says Boardcon. Also available are third party, industry-standard C compilers and embedded development environments for evaluation.

Specifications listed for the EM210 include:

  • Processor (via CM210-III COM) — Samsung S5PV210AH (1x Cortex-A8 core at up to 1GHz)
  • Memory (via CM210-III COM):
    • 512MB DDR2 RAM
    • 1GB soldered SLC NAND flash
    • 4GB optional eMMC iNAND flash
  • Memory expansion — microSD slot
  • Display:
    • HDMI 1.4 port at up to 1080p, 30fps
    • 24-bit RGB parallel LCD interface
    • Optional 4.3-, 7-, or 10.1-inch resistive or capacitive touchscreen
    • Optional 15-inch SAW (surface acoustic wave) touchscreen
  • Camera — 20-pin camera interface; optional 3.1-megapixel CMOS camera module
  • Wireless:
    • 3G SIM card slot
    • Optional removable 3G (WCDMA) module
    • Optional soldered WiFi and GPS (Thinkstar) modules
  • Networking — 10/100 Ethernet port
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 2.0 host ports
    • USB OTG port
    • RS-232 port (DB9)
    • 2x RS-485/232 ports (RJ11)
    • JTAG (on 10-pin header)
    • Audio I/O, including mic and speaker (on 2-pin header)
    • 6 x 7 keypad interface
    • GPIO (on 30-pin SPI connector)
  • Other features — Watchdog; RTC with battery; DIP switch; reset button; 6x user buttons
  • Power — 5V DC
  • Dimensions — 141 x 108 mm (5.5 x 4.3 inches)
  • Operating temperature — (not specified)
  • Operating system — Linux 2.6.32; Android 4.0.3; Windows CE 6.0 (R3)

Further information

No pricing or availability information was supplied for the EM210 SBC or CM210-III COM. More information may be found at Boardcon’s EM210 and CM210-III product pages.

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