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Single Board Computer in PicoITX Formfaktor with Samsung S5PV210 CPU




The Linux BSP (multiplatform-linux-f+s-V2.0) contains the customized Linux Kernel Source Code (v3.3.7), the customized U-Boot Source Code (2012.07) and a customized Buildroot (2012.08), as well as our Cross-Toolchain. The package also holds our standard binaries of the Linux Kernel Images, U-Boot and a UBIFS Root Filesystem. For a first impression, the Root Filesystem based on Buildroot has the following features installed:

Busybox 1.20.x, gdb 6.8, alsa-utils, gstreamer, madplay, directFB, fbv, X.Org rel-7.5, Matchbox, feh, X11vnc, openssl, openssh, freetype, glib2, tslib, libv4l, ncurses, can-utils, iproute2, ftpd, httpd, telnet, tftp

The BSP also contains our First-Step documentation and example applications.

Windows Embedded Lifetime

Feature Available until  End of Mainstream Support End of Extended Support
Windows Embedded Compact 2013 31.05.2028  10.09.2018 10.10.2023
Windows Embedded Compact 7 28.02.2026  12.04.2016 13.04.2021
Windows CE 6.0 28.02.2022  09.04.2013 10.04.2018

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3/Compact 7

Windows Embedded CE6.0 R3 or Windows Embedded Compact 7 offers Bootloader, interface drivers and kernel (with e.g. Silverlight, Mediaplayer or IE). Interface drivers for almost every offered interface are ready to use (an access code for this software is shipped with the starter kit). Hard work with PlatformBuilder is unnecessary, since we already did that. Create your software with Visual Studio .NET (not shipped with the starterkit) in C, C++, C# or VB.NET. Use interfaces like I²C in the same way like a RS232 interface, without having to handle the underlying hardware. Configure the display and other settings with the F&S configuration tool. This is software development at its easiest.

Our FailSafe Flash File System F3S is also available in WCE 6.0 and Compact 7.

Windows Embedded Features for FSV210


Feature Description
.NET Support Library to easily access DIO, CAN, I²C and SPI from .NET Compact Framework
AnalogIn Stream driver to easily access the analog inputs
Audio Codec Support for Microphone, LineIn and LineOut.
Implements Mixer interface and special F&S mixer control panel applet to easily change settings.
BusEnum2 Support for asynchronous loading of drivers. Use events to start loading of drivers. 
Broadcast Stream driver
Boards can be easily identified and configured over LAN connection
CAN Stream driver to easily access CAN interface. Special tool suit to generate traffic or check communication.
Digital I/O  Stream driver to configure pins as input, output or interrupt.
Possibility to adjust drive strength or enable/disable internal pull-up or pull-down. Settings can be stored pin registry.
Display Display driver can be configured by registry settings without modifying operating system.
Display Multi-Monitor Support
Adjustable by registry
Display 2D software acceleration using NEON co-processor
Multiple overlays with alpha blending 
Display 2D hardware acceleration
3D OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0 hardware acceleration
Multiple overlays with alpha blending
Multiple monitor support (incl. 2D acceleration and Video support)
Firmware Update Software to update Bootloader and/or operating system from running operating system.
Software Update Program to update application and registry settings from USB stick, SD card or other source. Includes automatic detection.
Can incorporate with Firmware Update
I²C Stream driver
Support for hardware I²C controller (NI2C)
Support for using GPIOs as I²C (I²C)
JPEG Stream driver
Hardware accelerated JPEG encoder/decoder
Keyboard Support for German 0407, Spanish 040A, French 040C, Italy 0410 and English 0409
Matrix keyboard support: Use IO pins for keyboard
SPI Stream driver
Support for hardware SPI controller
Touch Resistive touch driver with virtual key support - Capacitive touch driver for ATMEL EDT and others
Extended USB mouse driver to accept absolute coordinates
USB Host EHCI and OHCI driver
USB Device  
KBDHID Extended MS kbdhid - Support for all keys on the keyboard
MOUTOUCHHID Support for absolute coordinates
Power Management Support for screen saver and touch activation
PWM Stream driver
Video Streaming Filter framework for streaming video over HTTP
VoIP Voice over IP sample solution

File System

Feature Description
F&S BinFS Bug fixed BinFS file system for XIP images
F3S F&S Secure Flash File System
Optimized throughput on all file operations
Wear-Leveling strategies to reduce flash abrasion (including Garbage Collector)
Transaction-based concept already cooperates with a lot of applications
Filter Driver
Used to limit access to file system.
Possible restrictions: Move, Delete, Rename
FAT/TFAT Microsoft Windows Embedded FAT/TFAT solution.


Feature Description
Telnet Server Enabled by default. Easy access to command shell.
FTP Server  
HTTPD Server Use device as web server. Create ISAPI extensions in C/C++. HTTPD DirectShow stream filter (i.e. camera)
OpenSSH Offers SSH server functionality for Windows Embedded. Based on OpenSSH
SSH SCP/SFTP server SSH Library (also used from SMTP). 
SMTP SMTP library to send EMail


Feature Description
Bootscreen Showing custom image during boot.
Control Panel Standard Windows Embedded Control Panel with additional tools.
CE Remote Display Driver and application to access desktop of device remotely.
ndcucfg Command line configuration tool.
Can be used locally, over Telnet connection and over serial connection.
Registry editing
Reading/writing of boot loaders and splash screen
User administration
Certificate administration
* Can be used in own applications as DLL.
* As a command line tool from telnet or serial debug console
Update tool Update of boot loader
Update on WinCE image
Registry changes
Update of user application
Runs from SD/USB/LAN
F&S 2D control utility Control panel applet
Change 2D acceleration on the fly
F&S Board Config Control panel applet
Check hardware revision, version of boot loader, version of WinCE image and much more.
Change system startup and registry.
F&S Audio Mixer Control panel applet
Change audio features like volume, bass, treble, input ...
F&S HDMI config utility Command line tool
Configure HDMi interface on the fly
Change HDMI resolution
Change position and size of layers
Change priority, color key and blending
F&S SSH/SMTP control utility Control panel applet
Start stop SSHD service
Send test EMail by SMTP
F&S USB Loader Uses USB device connection to update Bootloader, operating system, boot screen, configuration information, partition information.
Can be used to update software or to automate production.


Feature Description
Codec Filter Hardware accelerated DirectShow Filter
Max. Resolution: 1920x1080
Formats: ITU-T H.264, ISO/IEC 14496-10, ISO/IEC 14496-2 MPEG4
Camera Filter Max. Resolution: 8192x8192
Supported: Cameras: OVM9665, OVM7690
Supported PINs: Preview, Capture, Still
MJPEG Filter Hardware accelerated MJPEG filter.

armStoneA8 - Hardware

armStoneA8 - Windows Embedded CE/Compact

armStoneA8 - Display


armStoneA8 Top windows aStoneA8-WCE
256MB-RAM, 128MB Flash, Audio, 1x Ethernet, no CAN, 800MHz, 0°C-+70°C, Windows CE 6.0R3 Core
SKU: aStoneA8-WCE
armStoneA8 Top windows aStoneA8-LIN
256MB-RAM, 128MB Flash, Audio, 1x Ethernet, no CAN, 800MHz, 0°C-+70°C, Linux
SKU: aStoneA8-LIN
armStoneA8 Top linux aStoneA8-Prem-LIN
512MB-RAM, 128MB Flash, Audio, 2x Ethernet, CAN, 1GHz, 0°C-+70°C, Linux
SKU: aStoneA8-Prem-LIN
armStoneA8 Top windows aStoneA8-Prem-WCE
512MB-RAM, 128MB Flash, Audio, 2x Ethernet, CAN, 1GHz, 0°C-+70°C, Windows EC7 C7E license
SKU: aStoneA8-Prem-WCE
armStoneA8 Top linux aStoneA8-PremI-LIN
512MB-RAM, 128MB Flash, Audio, 2x Ethernet, CAN, 1GHz, -25°C-+85°C, Linux
SKU: aStoneA8-PremI-LIN
armStoneA8 Top windows aStoneA8-PremI-WCE
512MB-RAM, 128MB Flash, Audio, 2x Ethernet, CAN, 1GHz, -25°C-+85°C, Windows EC7 C7E license
SKU: aStoneA8-PremI-WCE

The SBC... ...with convincing Equipment

Many applications in the industrial and medical area demand for a high-performance SBC. For solutions with Computer on Module (COM), which need a base board, a Single Board Computer (SBC) in an established form factor offers an alternative. This PicoITX form factor with Cortex™-A8-1GHz is perfectly suited for developing small, but high-performance applications. armStone™A8 is a small, powerful and very cost-effective SBC, offered by F&S.

Powerful and Cost-Effective

The first PicoITX SBC by F&S is based on a Cortex-A8 CPU with 1GHz. armStone™A8 has 512 Mbyte RAM and 128Mbyte NAND Flash, which is sufficient to boot WCE or Linux directly from Flash. A micro SD-Card can be added optionally.


The board offers interfaces such as USB Host/Device, 2x LAN, RS232, CAN, SPI, I²C, and Audio (IN/OUT). Furthermore, a LVDS interface (max. resolution up to XGA/WXGA), a HDMI/DVI interface up to 1920 x 1080 and a touch panel interface are available, so it is possible to control two displays/ screens independently.

Multimedia Prozessor

The CPU offers functions like 2D/ 3D, 5 Window-Layer, FPU and a MPEG4/ H264 Decoder up to 1080p@30fps, so many multimedia applications can be realized.

With a power consumption of less than 4W, armStone™A8 can be operated without fan or cooling element.