Gateworks Corp. announced a family of six Linux-ready single board computers for network processing running Freescale’s ARM Cortex-A9-based i.MX6 processors. The Ventana SBCs range from a dual-core 800MHz model with one mini-PCIe slot, to a quad-core 1GHz board with HD video and six mini-PCIe slots, and can be expanded modularly using a choice of four stackable mini-PCIe, PCI, and Gig-Ethernet (copper and fiber) boards.
Traditionally, network board vendors looking to Freescale for a processor would turn to its PowerPC-based PowerQUICC or newer QorIQ system-on-chips. Yet ARM processors like Freescale’s Cortex-A9 i.MX6 are increasingly being applied to moderate networking duty. Gateworks has chosen the i.MX6 for a family of Ventana SBCs designed for network routers and other communication systems in the industrial, medical, automotive, transportation, smart grid, M2M, military, and consumer markets.