6 SBCs to kick off 2016

The UDOO Neo is an upgrade on the original UDOO that started life on kickstarter as well. It hit kickstarter at the end of April 2015 and was fully funded early June 2015. No limping over the line with this one.

This SBC claims to be “The Internet Of Things Board”, and is looking like it will live up to this claim. Like the LattaPanda it has both embedded and SBC processors onboard, except this runs a Freescale™ i.MX 6SoloX dual core CPU which embeds a 1GHz ARM® Cortex-A9, and up to a 200Mhz Cortex-M4 I/O real-time co-processor onto the same die. The best of both worlds!

It comes in three flavours, which is basically the same board but with additional components soldered on.
Basic: 512M RAM, ethernet.
Extended: 1G RAM, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, IMU.
Full: 1G RAM, WiFI, Bluetooth, 9DOF IMU, Ethernet.

All three also come with 3 UARTs, 2x CAN bus, microSD, RTC, SPC, I2C, LVDS, HDMI with audio, S/PIDF, USB 2.0 and OTG, 22 Arduino and 32 ARM GPIO ports, and, surprisingly, an analog NTSC/PAL video in. Not sure what drove them to include an analog video input on this SBC, but it’s there.

Power can be either through the micro USB connector, or a separate 6-15V DC power jack. Nice for applications required in a car.

OS support is for Linux and Android only.

The fact that this SBC has features such as 6-15v power input, CAN bus and analog video input, (vehicle reversing camera), makes this an ideal fit for vehicle based projects such as OBDII vehicle fleet management devices. A nice little unit for $50.

– CPU: Freescale™ i.MX 6SoloX – 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 and 200MHz CortexM4.
– RAM: 512M and 1G.
– Storage: microSD.
– Video: HDMI & LVDS
– Voltage: 5v @ 1A.
– Power: Micro USB and 6-15V DC in.
– Network: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and BLE 4.0.
– USB: 1x 2.0 and 1x OTG.
– GPIO: 22 Arduino and 32 ARM.
– OS: Android and Linux.
– Size: 89mm x 59mm.
– Headers for DSI touch screen and I2C
– 9DOF IMU, CAN bus

Pros: Wide range DC power in, CAN bus.
Cons: If used within a vehicle – none.
Summary: As mentioned before; if the target application is for an in-vehicle OBDII fleet management unit, then this is one nice unit for $50.

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