Have you ever wanted to develop for the Android platform whether hardware or software, but didn’t have the right tools to do so? VIA can help you with this as the company announced the launching of the VIA Springboard which is described as “a unique platform developed to provide embedded developers, start-ups, and DIY enthusiasts with the fastest and most stable path for prototyping next-generation ARM-based smart connected devices and taking them to mass-production.” It’s a small ARM-based board that is being sold at $99.
Epan Wu, Head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division, said that “The growing availability of affordable open hardware platforms is leading to an explosion of exciting new concepts for innovative new connected devices, but taking a great idea from a prototype to mass production remains a major challenge with many such projects. Our goal with VIA Springboard is to provide highly stable and scalable development platforms backed up by a comprehensive range of hardware and software support services that will enable them to reduce new system development costs and speed up their time to market.”
VIA VAB-600 Springboard Kit Technical Specifications
- 10 cm x 7.2 cm
- low power 800MHz ARM Cortex-A9 SoC
- built-in multi-standard decoder supporting resolutions up to 1080p
- one Mini HDMI port
- two Mini-USB 2.0 ports
- one 10/100 Ethernet port
- one 12~24V DC-in jack
- 4GB eMMC Flash memory
- 1GB DDR3 SDRAM
- one DVO connector
- two COM ports
- one USB 2.0 connector
- one Mini Card slot
- touch screen support
- front pin headers for line-in/out and MIC-in
- GPIO pin headers
This kit comes integrated with all of the essential tools needed to get you started developing for the Android or Linux platform. It’s a cost effective solution that even comes with a three year guarantee.
The company is also offering the VIA VAB-600 Springboard WiFi Kit that costs $130 and has an added 802.11bb/g/n WiFi module.
This isn’t the first developer board released by the company as their APC mini-computer which features ARM based chips has been around for more than a year already.