• Ultra-compact 10cm x 7.2cm Pico-ITX form factor
  • 1.0GHz Freescale™ i.MX 6Quad Cortex-A9 quad-core SoC
  • Wide operating temperature range: -20°C ~ 70°C
  • Linux and Android BSPs, including VIA SMART ETK, to speed up development times
  • 7-year longevity support


VIA VAB-820 Pico-ITX ARM Board

Powered by a 1.0GHz quad core Freescale™ Cortex-A9 ARM SoC, the VAB-820 provides the perfect blend of high performance and low power consumption to meet the high end demands of advanced industrial, energy management and in-vehicle applications.


Based on the Pico-ITX form factor measuring just 10cm x 7.2cm, the VAB-820 is equipped with a rich set of I/O and connectivity features.

VAB-820 Hardware Overview


The VAB-820 BSP features Android 4.4.2 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-820 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-820 can be further enhanced with the integration of optional high-speed wireless broadband extender cards and modules.


The VAB-820 combines rich 3D graphics and HD video performance and flexible I/O connectivity options with a wide operating temperature range from -20°C ~ 70°C (3G & Wi-Fi not included) and extremely low power consumption of a maximum 7W TDP to provide a robust and reliable platform for a wide range of IoT and M2M applications in even the most demanding environments.


The VIA AMOS-820 provides a complete ruggedized system solution based on the VAB-820 board.

AMOS-820 45deg


VAB-820 Datasheet

Get the PDF version of the VAB-820 datasheet, or browse the information below:

VAB-820 Specifications

Model NameVAB-820
Processor1.0GHz Freescale™ i.MX 6Quad Cortex-A9 quad-core SoC
System Memory1GB DDR3 SDRAM onboard
Storage4GB eMMC Flash memory
Bootloader512KB SPI Flash ROM
GraphicsVivante GC2000 GPU
3 integrated, independent 3D/2D and video graphics processing units
Graphics engine supporting OpenGL® ES 2.0, OpenCL and OpenVG™ 1.1 hardware acceleration
Supports MPEG-2, VC-1and H.264 video decoding up to 1080p
Supports SD encoding
LANMicrel KSZ9031RNX Gigabit Ethernet transceiver with RGMII support
AudioFreescale™ SGTL5000 low power stereo codec
HDMIIntegrated HDMI 1.4 transmitter
USBSMSC USB2514 USB 2.0 high speed 4-port hub controller
Expansion I/O1 miniPCIe slot
Onboard I/O1 USB 2.0 host port, and 1 USB2.0 OTG port pin header
1 COM port connector with power supply (supports 8-wire DTE mode)
1 COM/CAN port connector with power supply (supports 1 RS-232 (TX/RX) and
2 FlexCAN TX/RX ports)
1 Dual-channel 18/24-bit LVDS panel connector
1 Miscellaneous pin header for 1 I2C pair, 1 Digital I/O (4 GPI + 4 GPO), system reset button and LEDs for power/WPAN/Wi-Fi/WWAN
1 RTC battery connector
1 MIPI CSI-2 connector (supports 2 data lanes)
1 SPI master pin header (supports 2 SPI slave devices)
1 S-video input pin header
2 Power pin headers (support optional PD power board)
1 Boot Flash select pin header (for SPI or micro SD)
1 Front audio pin header for Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in
1 DC-in connector
1 miniPCIe slot (supports multiple connections and buses including JTAG)
Front Panel I/O1 Micro SD card slot
Back Panel I/O2 USB 2.0 ports
1 HDMI port
1 Composite input RCA jack
1 Gigabit Ethernet port (supports optional IEEE 802.3 at type 2)
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 Supply12V DC-in
Operating SystemAndroid 4.4.2, Linux kernel 3.0.35
Operating Temperature-20°C ~ 70°C (3G & WiFi not included)
Operating Humidity0% ~ 95% (non-condensing)
Form FactorPico-ITX (10cm x 7.2cm, 3.9" x 2.8")


VAB-820 Documentation

User Manualv1.072014 Dec 16
VAB-820 Quick Guidev1.002014 Jan 29

VAB-820 Software Downloads

Android Evaluation Kit (EVK) (228.3MB)v3.0.22015 Feb 12
Android Board Support Package (BSP) (292.7MB)v3.0.22015 Feb 12
Linux HMI Solution Pack Evaluation Kit (EVK) (21.5MB)v1.0.102015 Jan 15
Linux HMI Solution Pack (1GB)v1.0.102015 Jan 15

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Android BSP & EVK Major Features

  • Kernel version: 3.0.35
  • U-boot version: 2009.08
  • Developed based on FreeScale android_kk4.4.2_1.0.0-ga_core_source.tar.gz
  • Evaluation image: Android KitKat 4.4.2
  • Support 2nd source SPI ROM Winbond(W25Q32FV) and MXIC(MX25L3206E)
  • Support VAB-820(i.MX6Q) Rev.A1 w/ system memory 1GB/2GB SKU
  • Support SPI w/ eMMC as default boot device
  • Support HDMI or LVDS single display
  • Support AUO 22″ G220SVN01.0 (1680×1050), AUO 10.4″ G104XVN01.0 (1024×768) and AUO 7″ G070VW01V0 LVDS Panels with touch (USB resistance interface) in default
  • Support Mini PCI-E (Verify in EMIO-1541 Wi-Fi module)
  • Support EMIO-1541 (VNT9485)/EMIO-1533 (VNT9271)
  • Support ADV-7180 Capture (S-video/CVBS)
  • Support COM1 DTE mode, COM2 is as debug port in default (Supported in SmartETK and debug port)
  • Support GigaLAN KSZ9031
  • Support Watch Dog/GPIO (Supported in SmartETK and debug port)
  • Support FlexCAN x2 (VAB-820-A) (Operate in debug port)
  • Support EMIO-2550 (ZU200 3G/GPS)
  • Support HDMI audio output
  • Analog sgtl5000 audio Line-in/Line-out/Mic-in
  • Support SmartETK v0.0.11 (UART, GPIO, WatchDog)


VAB-820 Accessories

VAB-820 Ordering Information

Model NameSoCDescription
Freescale™ i.MX 6Quad @1.0GHzPico-ITX board with 1.0GHz Freescale™ i.MX 6Quad Cortex-A9 quad-core SoC, 4GB eMMC, 4MB SPI Flash ROM, 1GB DDR3 SDRAM, HDMI, LVDS, 4 USB 2.0, OTG USB 2.0, COM, Gigabit Ethernet, miniPCIe, S-video, Micro SD card slot, 2 CAN bus, 12V DC-in

Packing List: VAB-820 board, DC power cable, debug COM cable, audio cable, 2-port USB cable

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VAB-820 Wireless Modules

00GO27100BN2B05EVNT9271BB05B-516 IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB Wi-Fi module
00GO48500BE2O0C2VNT9485BE0CW IEEE 802.11b/g/n miniPCIe Wi-Fi module
EMIO-2550-00A1Ublox 3.75G HSPA/UMTS mobile broadband full size miniPCIe module with GPS and SIM card slot