Gateworks’s latest Ventana SBC runs Linux, OpenWRT, and Android on an i.MX6 SoC, and offers A/V, serial, and mini-PCIe I/O, plus wide temperature operation.
The Ventana GW5220 is nearly identical to the Ventana GW5200 SBC announced in 2013, “but only supports PCIe signaling on one mIni-PCIe slot and adds SPI support,” says Gateworks. Like the other Ventana SBCs, including the recent, higher-end Ventana GW5520, the new GW5220 supports -40 to 85°C temperatures, and runs OpenWrt, OpenEmbedded/Yocto, or Android on a Freescale i.MX6 SoC. Like the GW5200, it supports the dual-core i.MX6 Dual version at 800MHz, and measures 100 x 70mm.
The Ventana GW5220 is equipped with 512MB of DDR3-800 DRAM, 256MB flash, and a microSD slot. Display features include an HDMI port, LVDS connection, and three analog composite/component video inputs, which support wireless video applications, says Gateworks.
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You also get a PoE-ready gigabit Ethernet port, with an optional second port, as well as a USB 2.0 OTG port. Like the GW5200, there are a variety of serial, CAN, audio, and other onboard interfaces. A 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis magnetometer are also available
The GW5220 offers two (optionally three), mini-PCIe expansion sockets that support a combination of WiFi and cellular modems. Although the GW5220 has two mini-PCIe style sockets, the board omits a PCIe switch used on the nearly identical GW5200. This alternation, which explains Gateworks was done in order to minimize cost, means that only one of the GW5220’s mini-PCIe slots implements PCI Express signaling. The SBC’s other mini-PCI socket “has other signaling, such as USB.” Additionally, the GW5220 “supports SPI which other boards do not expose,” adds the company.
Ventana GW5220 block diagram
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As usual with Ventana boards, there are a number of options, in this case including GPS, an RS485 serial port, and a variety of I/O expansion modules. The SBC provides wide-range 8 to 60VDC DC input. The board is available as part of a development kit that includes a wire terminal breakout adapter, PoE injector, wall-unit power supply, JTAG-USB Programmer kit, and assorted cables.
Specifications listed for the Ventana GW5220 SBC include:
- Processor — Freescale i.MX6 Dual (2x Cortex-A9 cores @ 800MHz); Optional quad-core version
- Memory/storage — 512MB DDR3-800 RAM; 256MB flash; microSD slot
- HDMI 1.4 out with audio
- LVDS out
- 3x video inputs (CVBS, Y/C, YPrPb support)
- Sensors — 6-axis accelerometer/magnetometer; optional GPS
- Networking — gigabit Ethernet port with PoE support (optional second GbE via PCIe)
- Other I/O:
- USB 2.0 OTG port
- 2x serial ports
- Optional RS485 port
- Analog audio line-in/line-out or headphone/mic
- CAN Bus 2.0B (1Mbps)
- SPI (master or slave)
- Mini-PCIe expansion:
- 1x Gen 2 slot with PCIe signaling and USB
- 1x Gen 2 slot with USB and no PCIe signaling
- Optional additional mini-PCIe, legacy mini-PCIe, or second GbE
- Other features — RTC with ext. battery backup; watchdog; voltage/temp. monitor; programmable pushbutton switch, tamper switch
- DC input — 8 to 60VDC
- 2W consumption (typical)
- PoE (passive) or barrel jack input
- 30W shared between mini-PCIe sockets
- Reverse voltage and transient protection
- Power management with programmable board shut-down and wake-up for remote sensor applications
- Operating temperature — -40 to 85°C
- Weight — 57 g
- Dimensions — 100 x 70 x 13mm
- Operating system — Open source BSPs for OpenWRT Linux, OpenEmbedded/Yocto Linux, and Android; BSPs include U-Boot, JTAG programmer
The Ventana GW5220 is shipping now. Development kit pricing is unstated, but in quantities of 100 or more, the Ventana GW5220 SBC alone is priced at $297 each, says a Gateworks official. More information may be found at the Ventana GW5220 product page.