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Monday, February 27, 2017

IoT drives fragmentation as VIA launches ticketing platform

By Nick Flaherty

VIA Technologies has launched an 'IoT Acceleration Platform' for the rapid development of automated ticketing, signage, and kiosk devices, highlighting the move to more fragmented developments.

Rather than a general purpose platform, the ARM-based SOM-6X50 Linux board is optimised for a particular IoT application area.

“Self-service systems that let consumers access information or purchase items with a tap on the screen or through their smart phone are critical for improving the user experience no matter whether it’s at a retail store or a parking lot,” said Richard Brown, VP International Marketing at VIA Technologies. “With the VIA SOM-6X50 IoT Acceleration Platform, we make it fast and easy for operators to design and build automated information display and transaction processing systems that meet their exact deployment needs.”

The VIA SOM-6X50 is an ultra-compact system-on-module that measures 6.76cm x 4.3cm. Powered by a 1.0GHz VIA Cortex-A9 SoC, it provides a highly-flexible multimedia package for a wide range of IoT automation and HMI applications. 

Gartner predicts 8.4bn connected devices in the IoT in 2017...
I/O and display expansion options include two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 2.0 device port, one HDMI port, one single-channel 18/24-bit LVDS panel, six UART, one CSI camera input, 10/100Mbps Ethernet, eleven GPIO and one SD Card slot. The VIA SOMDB1 carrier board multi-I/O evaluation carrier board is available. A custom baseboard can be also be developed meet specific requirements.

The VIA SOM-6X50 features a Linux BSP which includes the kernel (3.4.5) and bootloader source codes. Other features include a Tool Chain to help adjust the kernel and to support the VIA SOMDB1 carrier board I/O and other hardware features.

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