VIA has this week launched its new VIA Springboard development platform with a kit in the form of a small ARM-powered board which is priced at $99.
The new VIA Springboard VAB-600 Kit comes with an ultra-compact VIA VAB-600 Pico-ITX board with an I/O extender card, A/C adaptor, and COM and USB cables, offering everything you need to start developing and building the next generation of connected hardware devices.
VIA has also created anther VIA Springboard kit that comes with Wi-Fi connectivity for $129 if preferred and both are available to purchase from the official VIA Springboard website. The VIA VNT9271 Springboard USB WiFi Module features the Atheros AR9271 controller chip and is fully compliant with IEEE 802.11b/g/n standards working from 2.4GHz to 2.5GHz. Providing speeds up to 11Mbps for IEEE 802.11b, 54Mbps for IEEE 802.11g or 150Mbps for IEEE 802.11n.
VIA explains a little more about their new VIA SpringBoard platform :
“VIA Springboard provides a tightly-integrated platform of hardware kits, Android and Linux software development packages, and support services that covers all stages of the development process, including rapid system prototyping, application development, hardware and software customization, and pre-production testing and diagnostics. With a three-year longevity guarantee, customers can also be assured that VIA Springboard platforms will be available throughout the entire product life cycle.”
For more information on the new VIA Springboard platform jump over to the VIA press release website for details.