Wand-Pi-8M: Wandboard.org Unveiled Its New Open Source SBC

By on November 22, 2017
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The Wand-Pi-8M is an open source hardware project with community support and a full range of Linux-based distros, starting with Yocto, Ubuntu, and Android Oreo.
The board schematics and software sourcecode will be available for free download.

This Raspberry Pi like sbc is available in three different  models:

  • Wand-Pi-8M-Lite ($89) – 1GB of DDR4 and 4GB eMMC
  • Wand-Pi-8M-Pro ($99) – 2GB DDR4 and 8GB eMMC
  • Wand-Pi-8M-Deluxe ($119) – 2GB DDR4 and 16GB eMMC

All three Wand-Pi-8M models use the quad-core, Cortex-A53 i.MX8M Quad clocked at up to 1.3GHz. The SoC incorporates a Vivante GC7000Lite GPU and VPU, enabling all three Wand-Pi-8M models with 4K UltraHD with HDR (high-dynamic-range rendering technology) @ 60fps video with H.265 and VP9 support. The i.MX8M also provides a Cortex-M4 core, a security subsystem, and more.

Furthermore, all boards have a Gigabit Ethernet port with an Atheros AR8035 controller and Raspberry Pi compatible 40-pin expansion connector.

Full specifications are listed below:

  • Processor — i.MX8M (4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.3GHz); Vivante GC7000Lite GPU; Cortex-M4 MCU
  • RAM — 1GB DDR4 (Lite) or 2GB DDR4 (Pro and Deluxe)
  • Storage — 4GB (Lite), 8GB (Pro), or 16GB (Deluxe) eMMC
  • Display — HDMI port at up to 3840 x 2160 (4K HDR)
  • Wireless (Pro and Deluxe only) — Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 module with 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.2 (BR+EDR+BLE) and MHF4 antenna connector
  • Networking — Gigabit Ethernet port (Atheros AR8035)
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 3.0 host port
    • USB 3.0 Type-C port with 5V input support
    • Micro-USB debug port
    • 2x MIPI-CSI
  • Expansion — 40-pin RPi-compatible GPIO header; mikroBus connector
  • Other features — Reset button
  • Power — 5V DC input via USB Type-C; NXP PF4210 PMIC
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 50°C
  • Shock resistance — 50G/25ms
  • Vibration resistance — 20G/0-600Hz
  • Dimensions — 85 x 56 x 19.3mm
  • Operating system — Linux, Yocto, Ubuntu, Android Oreo

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