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Multiwireless IoT home gateway has Linux and Android BSPs

Sep 13, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 1,353 views

Via unveiled three new Linux- and Android-based IoT devices, including a multiwireless home gateway, a telestrator, and a wireless display system.

Via Technologies announced a Via IoT Studio series of products for smart home control, building automation, educational applications. The Via IoT Studio line is headlined by a “Via Alegro 100” multiprotocol home gateway router with support for WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Ethernet, and KNX communications. The customizable gateway is supported with Android and Linux BSPs (board support packages).

The other two products are a “Via Document Telestrator” and a Miracast-ready “Via Wireless Display System” (see farther below). All three systems are supported with customization services including chassis design, I/O peripheral integration, and middleware and application development.

Via Alegro 100

Like Via’s Linux-based Artigo A820 and earlier, Android-based Artigo A900, the Alegro 100 is a networking gateway equipped with a Cortex-A9 SoC. Yet, while the Artigo boxes are aimed at various business uses, the more stylishly designed Alegro 100 targets homes and classrooms in applications including home automation hubs.

Via Alegro 100
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Compared to the earlier devices, there are more wireless options on the Alegro 100, although fewer ports overall, and only 10/100 instead of 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet. It also lacks the industrial ruggedization features of the Artigos.

Via Alegro conceptual diagram
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While the Artigos run on dual-core Cortex-A9 SoCs — the i.MX6 DualLite on the A920 and the Via Elite E1000 on the A900 — the Alegro 100 gets by on an unnamed, 800MHz single-core -A9 SoC from Via. This is possibly the Via Wondermedia WM8950, which has appeared on products such as Via’s VAB-600 Pico-ITX SBC.

Although the Via IoT Studio line of products was announced in Brazil, Taiwan-based Via Technologies appears to have the European market in mind for the Alegro 100, which includes a KNX-TP port, as well as support for KNX-RF wireless communications. The European-focused KNX home automation networking standard is based on a serial bus standard that supports media including twisted pair, RF, power line, or IP-based Ethernet or WiFi. Other routers that supports KNX-RF include the Congatec IoT Gateway System, and products that offer more comprehensive KNX support include the Calao Systems Pinball SBC.

Via Alegro 100 detail views
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In addition to its Fast Ethernet port, the Alegro 100 supports WiFi, ZigBee, and Z-Wave wireless. You also get USB 2.0 and KNX-TP ports, 512MB RAM, and 4GB eMMC.

Specifications listed for the Alegro 100 include:

  • Processor — Via 800MHz Cortex-A9 SoC
  • Memory — 512MB DDR3 SDRAM; 512KB SPI flash ROM; 4GB eMMC flash
  • Wireless networking:
    • WiFi
    • Bluetooth
    • KNX-RF (Radiocrafts RC1180-KNX2)
    • ZigBee (Silicon Labs EM3581)
    • Z-Wave (Sigma Designs ZM5304)
    • 4x antennas
  • Wired networking:
    • 10/100 Ethernet (Via VT6113)
    • KNX-TP (Siemens KNX EIB TP-UART2)
  • Other I/O — USB 2.0 port
  • Other features — Power button; wall mountable holes; optional VESA and DIN-rail kits
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 50°C
  • Power — 12 to 24V DC
  • Dimensions — 171.4 x 114.7 x 28.4mm
  • Operating system — Android and Linux BSPs

Via Document Telestrator

Via’s Document Telestrator captures text and pictures in HD resolution, and reproduces it for display in a choice of landscape and portrait views. The classroom-oriented device is equipped with an 8-megapixel camera, and supports most projectors and displays with its HDMI and VGA ports. It also integrates microphone, audio ports, and a 1W speaker for “recording presentations and adding music effects when it is connected to a PC,” says Via.

Via Document Telestrator (left) and its conceptual diagram
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The Via Document Telestrator runs Android on a 1.3GHz, quad-core Cortex-A7 MediaTek SoC, which might be the MT8125. The device features 1GB DDR3, 8GB eMMC, and an SD slot. For communications, you get WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 with BLE, and 10/100 Ethernet.

Via Document Telestrator details
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The Via Document Telestrator is further equipped with a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen, and there are optional HDMI and VGA inputs in addition to the standard outputs. The 5V device has an optional 3000mAh battery. There’s also support for DLNA, Miracast, and “Remote PC,” which appears to refer to RemotePC.

Via Wireless Display System

The Via Wireless Display System lets you “wirelessly share content from almost any device to a projector, monitor, or video wall without the need to install an additional app, says Via. The device provides WiFi and Miracast streaming modes, and supports AirPlay and DLNA protocols. An “intelligent whiteboard” function is built in as well.

Via Wireless Display System (left) and its details
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The Via Wireless Display System runs Android on an unnamed Via 1.5GHz, dual Cortex-A9 SoC backed up with 1GB DDR3, 4GB eMMC, and an SD slot. The device is further equipped with GbE, SPDIF, HDMI, mini-CVBS, and dual USB 2.0 ports. The 147 x 130 x 32mm console runs on 12V power.

Further information

No pricing or availability was provided for the Via IoT Studio series. Additional details may be found at Via’s IoT Studio series Alegro 100, Document Telestrator, and Via Wireless Display product pages.

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