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核心板模组 (SOM) - Einstein-S500

Till now CubieTech company already has one open source hardware models based on Actions S500, it is CubieBoard6 SBC or development. Our team also has made many projects and technical support cases that adopt with S500 chipset. So, we have a lot of experiences on this solution. And there is one other view point that A20 is really a wonderful application processor with very rich features and low cost. 

Although we have the CubieBoard6 SBC product on sale to meet the needs of different customers. But during the operating period, we still found many projects can’t get the best match. Many customers frequently ask our team to modify the hardware. But in the hardware modification aspect, what we can do is very limited. Yes, we can easily remove some parts and components when we are producing this board. But it’s very difficult for us to modify the whole board design. Even a few small changes, the production engineering will be changed. In this case, its cost will rise. And also our company management cost will generate additional overhead. This kind of issue was seen quite often, and it may hinder many innovations. 

To sum up the reasons, we decided to make a very easy to use computing module, core-board, hardware minimum system, system on module, something like that. It must be low cost, complete, easy to use, and very sturdy. So that’s why about Einstein series, Einstein-S500 is the second member with quad-core CPU. 

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Product Information
Name: Einstein-S500 development Kit
Contents: Einstein-S500 board, WiFi&BT antenna, USB-URAT debug cable with 2.0mm pitch, a micro USB cable, a IPEX connector AV cable, a 5300mAH 3.7V Li-Polymer battery, and packaging
Property: Software open source, Production materials closed, reference documents available
Owner: CubieTech Limited
Chipset: Actions S500, Arm architecture Cotex-A9, Quad Core
Target:  Developer, Company, Factory

 

Product Introduction

Easy to Use
Einstein-S500 is a very easy to use SOM / core-board, we offer a development kit for evaluation in the early stage of projects. The Einstein-S500 development kit includes Einstein-S500 board, WiFi&BT antenna, USB-URAT debug cable with 2.0mm pitch, a micro USB cable, a IPEX connector AV cable, and a 5300mAH 3.7V Li-Polymer battery. With these accessories, you can easily develop or evaluate the SOM. Generally, most of the SOM in the market cannot run dependently without carry-board, but this is precisely the most important highlight of Einstein-S500. So that, you will spend little few cost to know whether the Einstein-S500 will fit your project or not. 

 

Complete Functions
Einstein-S500 module is a small core-board, but we prefer call it a complete Minimum Computing System. It’s a perfect computer with arithmetic unit, control unit, storage unit, input devices and output devices. The arithmetic unit and control unit are integrated within the chipset S500. Einstein-S500 has 512M/1GB/2GB LPDDR3 memory and 8GB eMMC storage on board. The USB-UART debug cable is the input device, people can operate this minimum computing system via this cable. And the output device is CVBS signal via IPEX to AV cable. 

Beyond that, Einstein-S500 has complete power management, it supports wall adapter power DC 5V input, USB power and battery power input. The built-in power management simplifies the project development and application. The battery power feature provides the possibility for mobile applications as well. 

 

Easy to develop
Einstein-S500 is a complete minimum system, from a theoretical point of view, developers just need to extend the signals, circuits and features what they want. So it’s very easy to do product board development. What’s more, Einstein-S500’s vendor, CubieTech company has developed an application demonstration product for the developers. It is named CubieAIO-S500, which’s full name is Cubie All-In-One computer based on S500. We supply the fully open hardware design file, source code, necessary documents, and we sell the whole machine as well. We think it will be helpful for all the developers in the initial stage. 

 

Short Time to Market
The original intention of Einstein series is short time to market. Simplify the design difficulty, lower the design threshold, but keep the flexibility in use, in this context, we want to make the project have shorter time to market. We also do lots of work on electromagnetic compatibility to compliance with regulations of different nations and regions. We can supply the metallic shield as well if you want to simplify the EMC debugging efforts. 

 

Product Features
1. CPU: Actions S500, ARM Cortex-A5 1.2GHz, Imagination PWR SGX544 complies with Open GL ES2.0/1.1
2. Memory: LPDDR3, 512MB/1GB/2GB, 2GB default
3. Storage: eMMC chip storage, 8GB default, up to 32GB
4. Wireless: AP6212 onboard, WiFi 802.11bg/n, Bluetooth 4.0, BLE. Supply IPEX connector, can support ceramic antenna, FPC antenna, telescopic antenna. 
5. Power: Support wall adapter, USB VBUS, Battery power supply. 
6. RTC: 40mAH default. It’s about 6 days hold time. If need longer time, can replace the more larger capacity RTC battery. 
7. Dimension:  66mm*50mm*5.2mm, support whole board metallic shielding. Help the developers easily pass the EMC certifications. 
8. Keys: Power on/off key. U-boot/ADFU key is for reflash the images. 
9. Others: Micro USB connector, 2pin 2.54mm pitch connector for Li-Polymer battery. UART0 debugging port. IPEX connector for antenna. IPEX connector for CVBS signal.
10. Expansion:  166pins stamp hole package, 24 of them are GND. 142pins are for signal pins. 
11. Software: Inherit the CubieBoard6 software ecosystem. It’s open source hardware, can support Android and many Linux distros. CubieBoard official team will maintain Android, Debian, and Debian sever system. 

 

Other Specifications

Operating Temperature: -20~70
Environment Friendly: RoHS
Radio Standard: FCC & CE compatible
Packing Weight: 170g



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