Garz & Fricke is a German-based company, which deals with the production of single board computers (SBCs), embedded systems and smart vending machines. Ever since it was founded in 1992, the company has grown and is releasing two new IoT boards, a compact “Nallino Core” SBC and i.MX6 Solo based “Santvend Battery Core” SBC. The IoT boards will be distributed by a UK-based company called Crystal Display Systems (CDS) in Europe and in the UK.
The Nallino Core SBC is equipped with a Bluetooth 4.0 BLE module, a micro SD slot and a micro USB OTG port. Compared to the Santvend model which is equipped with the DDR 3L RAM, the Nallino core module uses DDR 3 RAM. It also has a Real Time Clock (RTC) and buzzers. The Nallino Core has been created to support Linux Operating systems however it also has the option of an Android operating system. As compared to other Linux driven compute modules, the Nallino SBC is slighter bigger than most of boards, it measures for about 113mm by 47mm by 18mm, and weighs 55 grams.
Specifications of the Nallino Core Module:
- Operating Temperature: 0 to 60 degree Celsius
- Storage Temperature: -20 to 70 degree Celsius
- Type of CPU: i.MX6ULL
- Core Type: ARM Cortex – A7
- Memory: 4GB MLC eMMC
- UART & SPI
- Display: 24 – bit RGB TTL.
- 1 speaker and extra buzzer interface.
Santvend Battery Core is an SBC built for the Internet of Things. Unlike the Nallino Core SBC, the Santvend Battery Core supports only Linux Yocto operating systems. However, it comes with a 3G/4G modem which makes it a good option for working on the Internet of Things (IoT) related projects.