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Qualcomm IPQ4019-based SOM and dev board run OpenWrt Linux

Sep 12, 2019 — by Jeff Child 3,787 views

The “Habanero” module from 8devices runs OpenWrt on Qualcomm’s IPQ4019 SoC. The $55 open spec board supports dual-band, MU-MIMO 802.11ac (Wave2). A development kit for with module adds 5 Ethernet ports and USB.

8devices has added the Habanero as a new member to its line of dual-band system-on-modules (SOMs). The SOM is available in two versions. The Habanero based on Qualcomm’s IPQ4019 SoC is open for pre-orders for $55. And the Habanero-I, based on Qualcomm’s IPQ4029 SoC can be bought on pre-order for $69. A $119 development kit, the Habanero DVK, provides the IPQ4019 SoC along with Ethernet, USB and other I/O.

8devices provides a number of modules that run OpenWrt Linux, the most recent of which was its Komikan SOM based on a MIPS24k-based Realtek SoC. The Habanero appears to be the company’s 2nd module based on a Qualcomm SoC, following its IPQ4018 SoC-based Jalapeno board.

Habanero SOM top (left) and bottom
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The Qualcomm’s IPQ4019 and IPQ4029—used on Habanero and Habanero-I, respectively, both feature Wave2 (or Wave 2) — the revised version of 802.11ac (WiFi 5) radios with dual-band MU-MIMO technology for simultaneous WiFi connections to multiple devices. Incorporating a quad-core Arm Cortex-A7 processor with NEON and FPU, the 40nm IPQ4019/IPQ4029 SoCs have Qualcomm security features and support for up to 5x Ethernet ports. In June, we covered three boards that sport a Qualcomm IPQ4019 SoC: the Dakota DR4019, MicroTik’s RB450Gx4 and the Kefu DB11 dev kit.

Habanero SOM block diagram
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The 45 x 49 mm Habanero module, which came to our attention from an post, has a QCA8075C PHY that supports 5x Gigabit Ethernet ports. It also has USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports and supports other miscellaneous interfaces (details below), which can be configured as general-purpose I/O pins. Hardware based NAT engine and security features like crypto engine and secure boot make the SOM well suited for high-end, fast and secure networking applications. The Habanero comes in commercial 0 to 65°C, and industrial -40 to 85°C temperature range versions.


For memory, the Habanero SOM provides 32 MB NOR flash and 512 MB DDR3L RAM. There’s also up to 1 GB NAND available externally on the Habanero-DVK. Interfaces on the module include 46x GPIO, 1x PCie 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB2.0, 2x UART, 1x SPI, 2x I2C, 4x PWM, 1x JTAG, 1x I2S/TDM, 5x Ethernet ports, 1x RGMII, 1x SDIO3.0/eMMC and parallels for NAND flash memory and an LCD controller.

Habanero development board details
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The Habanero DVK board provides several sockets and connectors that developers can use to take advantage of the SOM’s capabilities. The DVK has 5 Ethernet ports, an eMMC socket, an SD card socket, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, LEDs, buttons for GPI08 and Reset and 12V-24V power socket.

Habanero dev board with shield covering SOM (left) and shield (right)
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Further information

The Habanero module and Habanero-DVK (including module) are available for pre-orders with shipments beginning September 23. More information may be found on 8devices’ Habanero product pages well as the Habanero, Habanero-I and Habanero-DVK shopping pages.

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