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96Boards-like SBC offers wireless and Ethernet

Nov 14, 2016 — by Eric Brown 1,651 views

Geniatech’s “Development Board IV” is a 96Boards-like SBC that runs Android or Debian on a Snapdragon 410, and features 40- and 60-pin expansion connectors.

Linaro’s 96Boards spec has taken off to the point that we’re beginning to see clones and near-clones that are not yet sanctioned by with an official mark of compliance, as in the case of Fujitsu’s 96Boards CE compatible F-Cue SBC. In the case Geniatech’s Development Board IV, there is not even a mention of 96Boards. The SBC, which is also referred to as Developer Board 4 and DB4, has 96Boards-like 40- and 60-pin connectors, and a feature set that is very similar to that of Qualcomm/Arrow’s DragonBoard 410c.

Development Board IV
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The Development Board IV measures 85 x 60mm — a bit wider than the 85 x 54mm DragonBoard 410c, which uses the 96Boards Consumer Edition (CE) spec. It’s considerably smaller than the 100 x 85mm 96Boards CE Extended spec, as seen in the eInfochips/Arrow SD 600eval, another board not found on the 96Boards compliance page. Unlike the DragonBoard 410c, there are no claims of open source licensing, nor does set-top box and TV tuner maker Geniatech offer community support.

Compared to the DragonBoard 410c, the Development Board IV adds 10/100 Ethernet and MIPI-DSI, and it offers an option for doubling RAM and flash to 2GB and 16GB, respectively. It also widens the temperature range to -25 to 70°C.

Another view of the Development Board IV
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Otherwise it’s almost identical to the DragonBoard 410c, running Android 5.1, Debian, or Windows 10 IoT Core on Qualcomm’s quad-core Cortex-A53 Snapdragon 410. You also get HDMI and MIPI-CSI connections, dual USB 2.0 host ports, wide-range power, and extensive wireless functionality, among other features.


Specifications listed for the Board IV include:

  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (4x Cortex-A53 cores @ up to 1.2GHz); Qualcomm Adreno 306 GPU
  • Memory/storage:
    • 1GB or 2GB LPDDR3 533MHz RAM
    • 8GB or 16GB eMMC 5.0
    • MicroSD slot
  • Multimedia I/O:
    • HDMI 1.3a port up to 1080p HD playback and capture
    • MIPI-DSI (4-lane) at 720p@60fps, or up to 1080p@30fps with optional display/touch
    • 2x MIPI-CSI (4/2-lanes) for up to 13-megapixels
    • Analog audio via exp. connector with PCM/AAC+/MP3/WMA, ECNS, and optional Audio+ post-processing
    • Audio headset, speaker
  • Wireless:
    • 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz WiFi
    • Bluetooth 4.1 “G2”
    • GPS
    • FM
    • Onboard antennas (WiFi/BT/FM)
  • Networking — Fast Ethernet port
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 2.0 host ports
    • Micro-USB 2.0 device port
    • 40-pin low speed expansion connector (UART, SPI, I2S, 2x I2C, 12x GPIO, DC)
    • 60-pin high speed connector (USB, MIPI-DSI 4-lane, MIPI-CSI 4/2-lane, 2x I2C)
    • Optional 16-pin analog expansion connector
  • Other features — Power/reset; volume up/down; 7x LEDs (4x user); 5-7 year availability
  • Power — 6.5V to 18V
  • Operating temperature — -25 to 70°C
  • Dimensions — 85 x 60mm
  • Operating system — Defaults to Android 5.1; Debian Linux; Windows 10 IoT core

Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for the Development Board IV. More information may be found on Geniatech’s Development Board IV product page.

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