HABEY USA, a leading manufacturer of embedded computer and a Freescale Connect Partner, announces The HIO Project, an open hardware project to enable developers and users to have access to an affordable Freescale i.MX6 ARM Cortex A9 Processor based open architecture platform.
The core component of the HIO Project is the HIO Mainboard, model HIO-EMB-1200. It is a Post-it sized, Lego-like ARM based open modular platform for rapid prototyping, quick application module development and fast time to market. Unlike the traditional Computer-on-Module (COM) or PC/104 standard, the HIO Mainboard is a fully functional ARM computer board with on-board Freescale i.MX6 ARM processor, RAM, iNAND flash, HDMI, USB and power input from mainboard or add-on boards. Measuring just 72mm x 80mm, the HIO-EMB-1200 is based on HIoTX, a newly developed form factor by HABEY USA for the HIO Project. It is 80% smaller than the mini-ITX form factor and 20% smaller than the tiny PICO-ITX standard. The HIoTX form factor leverages the Freescale i.MX application processor's rich I/O feature and flexibility. The HIO Mainboard's unique low-profile modular design allows it to fit into space-restrictive applications while still allowing 3-dimensional expansion utilizing its 200-pin female header on the top and bottom of the board. It provides an fresh platform for the latest generation of small, smart, interactive and connected devices in the new Internet of Things.
The HIO Project was created to unlock the traditional restraints seen in the embedded hardware industry, enable developers at any level to participate in hardware development much like we have seen in the open source software realm. Reminiscent of the popular Raspberry Pi, the HIO Mainboard has greater expandability and four times the processing ability. In addition to providing the open source Linux and Android SDK for the HIO Mainboard, HABEY is also planning to open the hardware designs of the its IO boards, Panel boards, POE boards and other daughter boards, add-on modules developed for the HIO Project. This open hardware project will also help to form a community of like and open-minded developers and makers to share knowledge and designs to benefit the community.