MinnowBoard MAX is an excellent open source embedded hardware platform based on Intel Atom E38xx 64-Bit Bay Trail System on Chips (SoC), which is quite versatile to our Tizen developer community. Our friend Leon Anavi got a MinnowBoard MAX board during the recent Tizen Developer Summit in Shanghai earlier this year and the first thing he did was port Tizen over to it !!!!

Leon: I have the model with single-core Atom CPU and 1GB RAM. Following the tutorial for installation of Tizen:Common I have created a bootable microSD card to show you the board in action. The installer for Tizen IVI is also compatible with MinnowBoard MAX and this Tizen profile can be easily booted on the board too. The main advantages of the MinnowBoard MAX compared to the other ARM boards on which I have tried out Tizen is the support of mainline Linux kernel and the open source graphics drivers for hardware acceleration.

 

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Specifications

CategoryFeatureNotes
Core Logic64-bit Intel® Atom™ E38xx Series SoC$99 MSRP: E3815 (single-core, 1.46 GHz)
$139 MSRP: E3825 (dual-core, 1.33 GHz)
Integrated Intel® HD GraphicsWith Open Source hardware-accelerated drivers for Linux OS
MemoryDDR3 RAMSystem Memory
$99 MSRP: 1 GB
$139 MSRP: 2 GB
8 MB SPI FlashSystem Firmware Memory
VideoIntel® HD GraphicsHDMI (micro HDMI connector)
AudioDigitalvia HDMI
AudioAnalogTo be available separately via MinnowBoard MAX Lure (sold separately)
I/O1 – Micro SDSDIO
1 – SATA2 3Gb/sec
1 – USB 3.0 (host)
1 – USB 2.0 (host)
1 – Serial debugvia FTDI cable (sold separately)
10/100/1000 EthernetRJ-45 connector
Experimenter
Features
8 – Buffered GPIO pins2 pins support PWM
I2C & SPI bus
System Firmware Flash
Programming Header
Compatible with Dedi-Prog programmer
Board Dimensions99 x 74mm (2.9 x 3.9in)
Temperature Range0 – 70 deg CContact us for industrial temp range needs
Power5V DCSold separately in configurations appropriate to your region
SoftwareOperating SystemDebian GNU/Linux, Windows 8.1, Yocto Project Compatible, Android 4.4 System
System Boot FirmwareUEFI Firmware

 

Have you got the MinnowBoard MAX? Had you had any adventures with it? Let us know in the comments.