VIA releases the ARM-based Springboard platform

This new hardware platform uses a Cortex-A9 processor with 1 GB RAM and 4 GB of storage, as well as support for touchscreens.
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VIA Technologies has released a brand new hardware platform called VIA Springboard that aims at Android and Linux embedded developers and startups on a budget, as well as DIY enthusiasts. According to the press release, the Springboard platform "Provides fastest and most stable path to take innovative ideas for Android and Linux smart connected devices from prototype to production."

The VAB-600 Springboard Kit is a Pico-ITX board priced at $99 which packs an 800 MHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor with 1 GB of memory, 4 GB of storage, as well as one Ethernet port, mini HDMI, two USB 2.0 ports, and a Mini Card slot. In addition to these the kit also provides a VAB-600_A I/O Extender for two more USB ports, Line-Out and Mic-In audio jacks.

Available at $130, the VIA VAB-600 Springboard WiFi Kit offers the same as the above, as well as one VIA VNT9271 Springboard USB WiFi Module. This part features the WiFi 802.11b/g/n Atheros AR9271 controller working from 2.4GHz to 2.5GHz. 

The Software Development Packages available for download at this time for the Springboard platform feature Android 4.0.3 or a Linux image based on Debian. The hardware kits can be already ordered from for the prices mentioned earlier, plus shipping.

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Codrut Nistor, 2013-11- 4 (Update: 2013-11- 4)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.