Ventana GW5520 Single Board Computer

A high performance dual core SBC with two Mini-PCIe sockets, video and audio capabilities

The GW5520 is a member of the Gateworks 5th generation Ventana family of network processor boards targeted for a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications. The GW5520 features the Freescale™ i.MX6 Dual Core ARM® Cortex™-A9 SoC processor operating at 800MHz, 512Mbyte of DDR3-800 DRAM, and 256Mbytes of System Flash. Two Mini-PCIe expansion sockets support any combination of 802.11abgn radios, 4G WiMAX radios, 3G CDMA/GSM cellular modems and other PCI Express peripherals. The HDMI output extends the GW5520 into wireless video applications. The Gateworks System Controller provides embedded features such as real time clock, voltage and temperature monitor, serial EEPROM, programmable pushbutton switch, and advanced power management with programmable board shut-down and wake-up for remote sensor applications. A wide-range DC input power supply provides up to 16W of power to the Mini-PCIe sockets for supporting the latest high-power radios. Power is applied through a dedicated barrel jack or an Ethernet jack in a Passive Power over Ethernet architecture. OpenWrt, OpenEmbedded/Yocto, and Andriod are supported.


  • Freescale™ i.MX6 800MHz Dual Core ARM® Cortex™-A9 SoC Processor
  • 512Mbyte DDR3-800 SDRAM Memory and 256Mbytes Flash System Memory
  • Two High-Power Gen 2 Mini-PCIe Sockets - Both Support USB
  • One Mini-PCIe Socket supports a mSATA disk drive (only available with Optional Quad-core processor)
  • Two High Performance GbE Ethernet Ports
  • Two USB 2.0 Host Ports up to 480Mbps
  • HDMI v1.4 Video Output Port with Audio Support
  • Three Logic Level Serial Ports
  • Ten General Purpose Digital I/O
  • Real Time Clock with External Battery Backup
  • Voltage and Temperature Monitor
  • Serial Configuration EEPROM
  • Programmable Watchdog Timer
  • 8 to 60VDC Input Voltage Range
  • Power Through Barrel Jack or Passive PoE Ethernet
  • 3W @ 25°C Typical Operating Power
  • 16W Shared Between Mini-PCIe Sockets
  • Reverse Voltage and Transient Protection
  • -40°C to +85°C Operating Temperature
  • OpenWrt, OpenEmbedded/Yocto, and Andriod Board Support Packages
  •  1 Year Warranty



Input Voltage 

  • 8 to 60VDC Barrel Jack or Passive PoE

Operating Current

  • 0.13A Typical @ 24VDC



  • 70x100x13mm (2.8x3.9x0.5in)


  • 2 oz (57g)


Operating Parameters

  • Temperature: -40°C to +85°C
  • Humidity (non-condensing): 20% to 90%
  • MTBF: 81.9 Years at 55°C

Storage Parameters

  • Temperature: -40°C to +85°C
  • Humidity (non-condensing): 5% to 95%
Ventana GW5520 Single Board Computer

Ordering Options

Standard Configuration

GW5520 - Standard Stock Model

  • i.MX6 Dual Core CPU @ 800MHz
  • 512Mbyte DDR3-800 DRAM
  • 256Mbytes System Flash
  • Two Mini-PCIe Sockets

GW5524 - Standard Stock Model

  • i.MX6 Quad Core CPU @ 1GHz
  • 1GB DRAM
  • 2GB Flash
  • Two GbE
  • Two Mini-PCIe Sockets

Development Kit

  • GW5520 Network Computer
  • U-Boot Loader
  • OpenWrt Linux Board Support Package
  • Ethernet, Serial, USB, Audio and Video Cables Passive PoE Power Injector and Power Supply
  • JTAG Programmer


The GW5520 can be customized for volume applications.  Contact the factory for more information.  

  • i.MX6 processor type and speed
  • DDR3 DRAM from 256Mbytes to 2Gbyte
  • System Flash up to 2Gbytes
  • Adding and removing peripherals