Windows compatible hardware development boards

[This documentation is preliminary and is subject to change.]

Leverage the power of the Windows platform and Visual Studio to create innovative experiences and solutions that are brought to life by interfacing hardware components to Windows devices.

Windows compatible hardware development boards offer an affordable, yet a powerful development system targeted towards hardware developer, IHV, OEM or any other developer that loves to incorporate hardware in their projects and needs the power of a full PC. It allows you to easily interface your hardware components to General Purpose I/O (GPIO) pins and low-power buses like I²C and I²S.

Windows-compatible hardware dev boards

Raspberry Pi 2

SoCBroadcom BCM2836 (CPU, GPU, DSP, SDRAM, and single USB port)Raspberry Pi 2
CPU 900 MHz quad-core ARM Cortex A7 (ARMv7 instruction set)
GPU

Broadcom VideoCore IV @ 250 MHz

OpenGL ES 2.0 (24 GFLOPS)

1080p30 MPEG-2 and VC-1 decoder (with license)

1080p30 h.264/MPEG-4 AVC high-profile decoder and encoder

Memory 1 GB (shared with GPU)
USB ports 4
Video input 15-pin MIPI camera interface (CSI) connector
Video outputs HDMI, composite video (PAL and NTSC) via 3.5 mm jack
Audio inputs I²S
Audio outputs Analog via 3.5 mm jack; digital via HDMI and I²S
Storage MicroSD
Network 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet
Peripherals 17 GPIO plus specific functions, and HAT ID bus

 

MinnowBoard MAX

For information about the MinnowBoard MAX board, see minnowboard.org.

SoCIntel Atom (x64), Single Core (1GB), Dual Core (2GB)MinnowBoard MAX
NFCI²C
SensorsI²C
AudioI²C, I²S
GPSUART
WWANUSB
TouchI²C
EthernetRJ-45
Other InterfacesSPI, PCI-e, SATA, micro HDMI

 

Sharks Cove

For information about the Sharks Cove board, see SharksCove.org.

SoCIntel Atom (x86). 1GB RAM, 16GB eMMCSharks Cove
NFCI²C
SensorsI²C
AudioI²C, I²S
GPSUART
WiFi/BTSDIO
WWANUSB
CameraMIPI CSI
TouchI²C
DisplayMIPI DSI
Other InterfacesUSB, GPIO, HDMI, Clks, Voltage rails

 

Qualcomm DragonBoard 410C

More information about this board is coming soon! Keep checking back for updates.

SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 410 (APQ8016)Qualcomm 8016 Community Board
CPU 900 MHz quad-core ARM Cortex A7 (ARMv7 instruction set)
Memory 1 GB LPDDR3, 4GB eMMC
Display

HDMI Full-size Type A connector (1080p HD @ 30fps)

MIPI-DSI on Expansion Connector for optional display/touch

(mutually exclusive with HDMI output)

Audio

1x Loudspeaker output on Expansion connector

Stereo Headphones/Line Out on Expansion connector

Auto headset plug detection

2x Analog line-in on expansion connector

Storage MicroSD
Network WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n BT4.1 + LE, GPS
I/O interface

1x DC Jack

1x USB 2.0 micro B (device mode only)

2x USB 2.0 type A (host mode only

1x 40 pin Low Speed (LS) female expansion connector :

UART, SPI bus, I2C x2, I2S, GPIO x12, DC power

1x 60 pin High Speed (HS) expansion connector:

4L-MIPI DSI, USB, SPI, I2C, 2x MIPI CSI

1x Optional 16 Pin Audio expansion connector

 

Intel Galileo (1st generation)

For information about the loading Windows, see Getting Started with the Intel® Galileo Board on Windows.

SoCIntel Atom (x64), Single Core (1GB), Dual Core (2GB)Intel Galileo (1st generation)
NFCI²C
SensorsI²C
AudioI²C, I²S
GPSUART
WWANUSB
TouchI²C
EthernetRJ-45
Other InterfacesSPI, PCI-e, SATA, micro HDMI

 

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