Compact dual stack IoT microcomputer now on Kickstarter

3rd February 2017
Alice Matthews

Got a software app and need a hardware platform to launch with? Or are you looking for an IoT microcomputer that enables connectivity in small spaces or at edge of network? Based in Sydney, Australia, the team at SRKH Designs has announced that their innovative dual stack microcomputer Virtualette V1 launched on Kickstarter on 31st January 2017.

More than a Single Board Computer (SBC), the new product is a fully-equipped microcomputer suitable for use as a deployable device. Supporting Linux/Android operating systems and with a compact design, examples of V1’s potential capabilities are:

  • As an individual controller for a drone or robot
  • As M2M nodes in a distributed intelligent security system
  • Deployed as a peer-to-peer, machine-to-machine network in applications such as display information systems in airports or train stations

Virtualette V1 is a ‘virtually anything’ microcomputer – just requiring your preferred Linux/Android software app to drive it. Virtualette V1 will be shipped with its own optimised Linux-based OS, which can be tuned to suit the distro of your choice. SRKH Designs are optimistic that the format will make V1 useful to create many future new platforms.

With a small footprint and weight of 39g, the company claims that it is one of the smallest yet most powerful microcomputers available. Dimensions are 7.6x3.7x1.8cm (3x1.4x0.7") with its mounting feet.

Virtualette V1 is designed with a dual stack layout of PSU and CPU powered by an Allwinner A20 SoC. There is 8GB onboard NAND flash, 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, SATA, CAN capability, Real Time Clock with onboard battery and ‘Wakeup’ function, ports including USB, micro SD and multiple IO interfaces.

With the launch of their Kickstarter campaign, SRKH Designs aim to raise awareness and funding for V1. The company wish to raise AU$30,000 (approximately £18,500), offering backers Virtualette V1 devices from the first production run as their reward.

Post campaign, a roadmap of hardware products for the Virtualette range is planned. This includes future quad-core and octo-core versions, an add-on FPGA-based development board, a desktop platform, popular video adaptor interfaces and an ‘All in One’ peripheral board designed to embed V1 inside a slimline display case.

To view the Kickstarter campaign, click here.

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