• Ultra-compact 10cm x 7.2cm Pico-ITX form factor
  • 800MHz Freescale i.MX537 Cortex-A8 SoC
  • Wide operating temperature range up to -40°C ~ 85°C
  • Supports dual CAN bus and dual COM ports
  • Linux and Android BSPs, including VIA Smart ETK, to speed up development times


VIA VAB-800 Pico-ITX ARM Board

Featuring an 800MHz Freescale™ Cortex-A8 ARM SoC, the VIA VAB-800 combines advanced multimedia performance and rich I/O connectivity with ultra low power consumption and a wide operating temperature range to provide a flexible and reliable solution for a wide range of HMI, industrial automation, energy management, and in-vehicle applications.


The VAB-800 delivers a rich array of I/O and connectivity features on an ultra-compact Pico-ITX form factor measuring just 10cm x 7.2cm.

VAB-800 Hardware Overview


The VAB-800 Android EVK features Android 4.2.3 as well as the VIA Smart ETK comprising a number of APIs, including Watchdog Timer (WDT) for safeguarding against system crashes, GPIO access, COM port access, RTC for auto-power on, and a sample app.

The VAB-800 Linux EVK has a pre-built Ubuntu image, including the kernel and bootloader source codes. Other features include a Tool Chain to help make adjustments to the kernel and to leverage the onboard pin-headers, GPIO, I2C, and other hardware features.

A full set of software customization services that speed up time to market and minimize development costs is also available.


The functionality of the VAB-800 can be further enhanced with the integration of an optional high-speed USB WiFi module.


With a wide operating temperature range of up to -40°C ~ 85°C (industrial grade model) and extremely low power consumption of a maximum 5W TDP, the VAB-800 provides a rugged and reliable platform for even the most demanding environments.


The VIA AMOS-800 provides a complete ruggedized system solution based on the VAB-800 board.


VAB-800 Datasheet

Get the PDF version of the VAB-800 datasheet, or browse the information below:

VAB-800 Specifications

Model NameVAB-600
Processor800MHz Freescale™ i.MX537 Cortex-A8 SoC
System Memory1GB DDR3 SDRAM onboard
Storage4GB eMMC Flash memory
GraphicsAMD Z430 GPU
2 integrated, independent 3D/2D graphics processing units
Graphics engine supporting OpenGL® ES 2.0 and OpenVG™ 1.1 hardware acceleration
Supports MPEG-2, VC-1 and H.264 video decoding up to 1080p
LANSMSC LAN8720A 10/100 PHY transceiver with HP Auto-MDIX support
AudioFreescale™ SGTL5000 low power stereo codec
HDMISilicon Image SiI9024A HDMI transmitter
USBSMSC USB2514 USB 2.0 high speed 4-port hub controllers
CANTI SN65HVD1050 EMC optimized CAN transceiver
Onboard I/O1 SATA connector with voltage select jumper for DOM
1 SATA power supply connector for 2.5" HDD/SSD
1 Miscellaneous pin header for 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB device port, 2 CAN bus ports, system power-on and reset
2 COM port connectors with power supply (one supports 8-wire DCE mode, another supports 2-wire for debug)
1 Miscellaneous pin header for 4-wire resistive touch screen interface, I2C and Digital I/O (4 GPI + 4 GPO)
2 Single-channel 18/24-bit LVDS panel connectors
1 Micro SD card slot
1 RTC battery connector
1 JTAG pin header (for debugging)
1 Boot Flash select pin header for eMMC or SD
1 Front audio pin header for Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in
1 DC-in connector
Back Panel I/O2 USB 2.0 ports
1 Mini HDMI port
1 VGA port
1 10/100M Ethernet port
Watch Dog TimerIntegrated watch dog timer supports two comparison points. Each comparison
point can interrupt ARM core, 2nd comparison point capable of generating external
interrupts on WDOG line
Power Supply5V DC-in
Operating SystemAndroid 2.3, Linux kernel 2.6.35
Operating TemperatureCommercial grade: 0°C to 60°C
Industrial grade: -40°C to 85°C (optional)
Operating Humidity0% ~ 95% (non-condensing)
Form FactorPico-ITX (10cm x 7.2cm, 3.9" x 2.8")


VAB-800 Documentation

User Manualv1.042014 Dec 16
Quick Guidev1.022013 Mar 11
Linux BSP Development Guidev1.042014 Dec 26

VAB-800 Software Downloads

Android Board Support Package (BSP) (272.8MB)v1.3.32015 Feb 13
Android Evaluation Kit (EVK) (270MB)v1.3.32015 Feb 13
Linux Board Support Package (BSP) (1GB)v1.4.82014 Sep 23
Linux Evaluation Kit (EVK) (87MB)v1.4.82014 Sep 23
Linux Evaluation Kit with QT Embedded (949MB)v1.0.12013 Apr 25
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Products of Interest

Android BSP & EVK v1.3.3 Major Features

  • Kernel version:  2.6.35
  • U-boot version: 2009.08
  • Evaluation image: Android Gingerbread  2.3
  • Support VAB-800 (i.MX537) Rev.A/Rev.B w/ with 1GB RAM
  • Support AMOS-800, ARTiGO A800
  • Support eMMC and uSD boot
  • Support HDMI/VGA/LVDS single display
  • Support AUO 7″ (800×480) G070VW01V1 LVDS panels with touch (4-Wire resistive interface)
  • Support 2 LVDS single channel ports
  • Support display auto detection either for HDMI and VGA
  • Support COM1 DCE mode, COM2 is as debug port in default
  • Support 10M/100M RJ-45 Ethernet
  • Support EMIO-1533 USB wireless LAN (VNT9271)
  • Support Watch Dog/GPIO (through the debug port)
  • Support FlexCAN x2 (through the debug port)
  • Support HDMI audio output
  • Analog sgtl5000 audio Line-in/Line-out/Mic-in
  • HDMI Audio
  • Support Ethernet static IP configuration.

Linux BSP & EVK v1.4.8 Major Features

  • Kernel version: 2.6.35
  • u-boot version: 2009.08
  • Developed based on Freescale Linux BSP 11.09.01
  • Evaluation demo image: Ubuntu 10.04
  • Support board: VAB-800 Rev.A1, VAB-800 Rev.B, AMOS-800, ARTiGO A800
  • Support eMMC and uSD boot
  • Support HDMI/VGA/LVDS single display
  • Support dual display: HDMI+VGA, LVDS1+VGA, HDMI+LVDS2 or LVDS1+LVDS2; clone/extend mode supported
  • Support XRandR
  • Support display auto detection either for HDMI and VGA
  • Support 2 LVDS single channel ports
  • Support AUO 7″ LVDS(800×480) panel with touch (4-Wire resistive interface)
  • Support COM1 DCE mode, COM2 as debug port
  • Support 10M/100M RJ-45 Ethernet
  • Support 2 FlexCAN BUS
  • Support wireless LAN (VNT9271)
  • Support Watch Dog/GPIO
  • HDMI audio
  • Analog sgtl5000 audio Line-in/Line-out/Mic-in


VAB-800 Ordering Information

Model NameSoCDescription
Commercial Grade:
Freescale™ i.MX537 @ 800MHzPico-ITX board with 800MHz Freescale™ Cortex-A8 SoC, 4GB eMMC, 1GB DDR3 SDRAM, VGA, mini-HDMI, 2 LVDS, 5 USB 2.0, 2 COM, 10/100Mbps Ethernet, SATA, CAN bus, 5V DC-in

Packing List: VAB-800 board, DC power cable, debug COM cable, audio cable, 2-port USB cable
Industrial Grade:

VAB-800 Wireless Modules

EMIO-1533-00A2VNT9271 IEEE 802.11 b/g/n USB Wi-Fi module with assembly kit