VIA Collaborates with IK4-IKERLAN on Fast Time to Market M2M Solutions

Leveraging industry-leading capabilities of VIA VAB-820 Freescale SoC platform for innovative transportation and e-Health applications

Taipei, Taiwan, 29 July, 2014 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient computing platforms, today announced it is collaborating with IK4-IKERLAN, a premier provider of R&D services for prototyping and project feasibility studies, on the development of M2M applications for the burgeoning European transportation and e-Health markets.

VIA and IK4-IKERLAN are leveraging the industry-leading features and functionality of the VIA VAB-820 Pico-ITX board to offer a growing array of services aimed at enabling the rapid proliferation of M2M applications for the Internet of Things (IoT), including:

  1. Development of rich interactive user interfaces
  2. Driver customization for vertical touch screens
  3. Robust CANbus support
  4. Test suite for field validation of several hardware supported functions
  5. Linux image customization for wireless 3G/wireless connectivity

“We are excited to have IK4-IKERLAN as a development partner for the European market,” said Tiziano Albani, European Business Development Director, VIA Technologies, Inc. “The demand for M2M devices to power the IoT is increasing at lightning speed, and this collaboration will enable us to address growing customer needs in the transportation and e-Health segments.”

“ARM-based systems provide a number of significant advantages for application-specific solutions to power the IoT, but require focused development efforts to realize their full potential,” said Iraola Unai, Senior Researcher into Electronic Area. “Collaborating with VIA has proven invaluable in helping us speed up development and overall time-to-market for M2M applications based on the VIA VAB-820.”

VIA VAB-820 Pico-ITX

The VIA VAB-820 combines a 1GHz quad core Freescale iMX6Quad ARM Cortex-A9 processor in a rugged, power efficient platform supporting a wide operating temperature range from -20 to 70 degrees Celsius in an ultra-low TDP envelope of only 7W and is backed with up to seven years longevity support. Including dual independent display support and three independent, fully integrated GPUs, the VAB-820 offers outstanding multimedia performance.


The VIA AMOS-820 industrial system is an ultra-compact marketing leading solution designed to take full advantage of the super power-efficient VIA VAB-820 Pico-ITX board, making it simple to create a broad spectrum of easy-to-assemble, fanless system designs for a wide variety of industrial automation, transportation, HMI, and energy management applications. Supporting optional Power over Ethernet (PoE) provides amazing flexibility in where it can be installed, untethering it from the constraints of power outlets.


IK4-Ikerlan is a leading centre for technology transfer and for enhancing business competitiveness through comprehensive solutions combining different technology domains. This is made possible by its high specialisation in six major areas: embedded systems, power electronics, microtechnologies, energy, mechatronics and product and service customization.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc is the foremost fabless supplier of power efficient x86 processor platforms that are driving system innovation in the PC, client, ultra mobile and embedded markets. Combining energy-saving processors with digital media chipsets and advanced connectivity, multimedia and networking silicon enables a broad spectrum of computing and communication platforms, including its widely acclaimed ultra compact mainboards. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world’s top OEMs and system integrators.

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