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96Boards SBC adds “Giga” expansion and optional GbE card

Oct 27, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 1,290 views


Fujitsu’s 96Boards CE compatible “F-Cue” SBC runs Linux on a quad-core Cortex-A15/A7 Socionext MB86S71 SoC, and offers a PCIe/GbE expansion board.

The Fujitsu Electronics F-Cue is the latest Linux-driven 96Boards CE form factor single-board computer, following others like the uCRobotics Bubblegum-96 and Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c. The open-spec board uses the same 85 x 54mm 96Boards Consumer Edition (CE) spec, featuring standard 40- and 60-pin mezzanine expansion connectors. The board is pricier than most 96Boards entries, selling for $286, plus another for $48 for an optional PCIe/GbE expansion board.



Fujitsu F-Cue
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The F-Cue runs on a Socionext MB86S71 SoC, a Big.Little style hybrid that combines two Cortex-A15 SoCs, here clocked at 1.2GHz, and two Cortex-A7 cores at 800MHz. There’s also a powerful Mali-T624 GPU.


Socionext MB86S71 block diagram
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Like other 96Boards CE SBCs, the F-Cue provides onboard WiFi and Bluetooth, 2GB LPDDR3, a microSD slot, and eMMC, in this case a generous 16GB. Other standard features include HDMI 1.4, a micro-USB port, and dual USB host ports, including a 3.0 model.


F-Cue detail view showing GbE/PCIe expansion board
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In addition to the 96Boards CE standard’s 40-pin low speed and 60-pin high speed connectors, which support third-party 96Boards extension boards, Fujitsu has added a unique, 60-pin “Giga Speed” connector. With this, you can add an optional “MSB7701-E01” expansion board that provides a Gigabit Ethernet port and a 4-lane PCIe slot.


F-Cue GbE extension board
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The F-Cue is supported with a Linux BSP, and OpenGL/CL middleware libraries are available upon request. Customization services are available, including miniaturization, cost reduction, and application development.


F-Cue Linux stack
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Specifications listed for the Fujitsu F-Cue include:
  • Processor — Socionext MB86S71 (2x Cortex-A15 @ 1.2GHz; 2x Cortex-A7 @ 800MHz; Mali-T624 GPU
  • Memory/storage:
    • 2GB LPDDR3 1333MHz RAM
    • 16GB eMMC 4.51 flash
    • MicroSD slot
  • Wireless — 802.11/a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.2
  • Other I/O:
    • HDMI 1.4b port for [email protected] encode/decode
    • USB 3.0 host port
    • USB 2.0 host port
    • Micro-USB 2.0 device port
    • Low speed 40-pin connector — UART, SPI, I2C, PCM/I2S, GPIO
    • High speed 60-pin connector — MIPI-DSI, USB 2.0, SPI, I2C
    • Giga speed 60-pin connector — GbE, PCIe Gen 2
  • Power — supports 12V 3.5A or less AC adapter
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 70℃
  • Dimensions — 85 x 54mm; 96Boards CE
  • Operating system — Linux BSP with Linux kernel, U-boot, device drivers

 
Further information

The F-Cue SBC is available for 30,000 Japanese Yen ($286), and the GbE extension board goes for 5,000 Yen ($48). Orders will be accepted beginning Nov. 14. More information may be found in Fujitsu’s F-Cue announcement, as well as this F-Cue overview page (translated) and F-Cue specs page (translated).

Fujitsu Electronics will exhibit the F-Cue at the Fujitsu Group booth at the Embedded Technology 2016 conference to be held Nov. 16-18 in Yokohama, Japan.
 

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