Windows compatible hardware development boards

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 3

Operating System: Windows 10 IoT Core (IoT Core)

SoCBroadcom BCM2837 Raspberry Pi 3
CPU 900 MHz quad-core ARM Cortex A53
Memory 1 GB (shared with GPU)
GPU Broadcom VideoCore IV @ 250 MHz
USB ports 4
Networking

Onboard WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n

Onboard Bluetooth 4.1

Video input 15-pin MIPI camera interface (CSI) connector
Video outputs HDMI, composite audio via 3.5 mm jack
Audio inputs I²S
Audio outputs Analog via 3.5 mm jack
Storage MicroSD
GPS No
Peripherals 17 GPIO plus specific functions, and HAT ID bus

 

Raspberry Pi 2

Operating System: IoT Core

SoCBroadcom BCM2836Raspberry Pi 2
CPU 900 MHz quad-core ARM Cortex A7 (ARMv7 instruction set)
Memory 1 GB (shared with GPU)
GPU Broadcom VideoCore IV @ 250 MHz
USB ports 4
Networking 10/1000 Mbit/s Ethernet
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
Storage MicroSD
GPS No
Peripherals 17 GPIO plus specific functions, and HAT ID bus

 

MinnowBoard MAX

Operating Systems:

Windows 10 for desktop editions (Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education)

IoT Core

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

SoCIntel Atom (x86)MinnowBoard MAX
Memory

1GB

2GB

GPUIntel HD Graphics
USB2 Ports (1 USB 2, 1 USB 3)
SensorsI²C
Audio InputI²C, I²S
GPSUART
Networking10/100/1000 Ethernet
Video OutputMicro HDMI
Audio Output

Digital via HDMI

Analog via MinnowBoard MAX Lure (sold separately)

Peripherals12 GPIO pins
Other InterfacesSPI, PCI-e, SATA, micro HDMI

 

Qualcomm DragonBoard 410C

Operating System:

IoT Core

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
GPUQualcomm ADreno 306 @ 400 MHz
Display

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

MIPI-DSI on Expansion Connector for optional display/touch

(mutually exclusive with HDMI output)

Video OutputHDMI 1080p HD @ 30 fps
Storage MicroSD
Networking

Onboard WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n

Onboard Bluetooth 4.1

USB4 Ports
Peripherals12 GPIO pins

 

Sharks Cove

Operating System:

Windows 10 for desktop editions

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

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

 

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