Linaro Announces First Development Board Compliant with 96Boards IoT Edition Specification

Cambridge, UK - 26 September 2016 - Linaro Ltd, the collaborative engineering organization developing open source software for the ARM® architecture, today at Linaro Connect Las Vegas 2016 announced availability of the 96Boards ‘Carbon’ board – the first development board compliant with the 96Boards IoT Edition (IE) specification. The board is the latest addition to the 96Boards family, the open specification defining a platform for the delivery of low-cost 32-bit and 64-bit ARM ecosystem developer boards. It is available to purchase from  SeeedStudio.

Designed by SeeedStudio and Linaro, the 96Boards Carbon is an IoT reference development board targeted at IoT and embedded developers, the hobby community, and the open-source community. The board features the STM32F401RE Cortex-M4 SoC with 512KB onboard flash and Bluetooth LE. The board will be launched with Zephyr pre-installed. This is a small, scalable, real-time OS for use on resource-constrained systems.

The  IoT Edition (IE) specification is a joint effort between 96Boards, the Linaro IoT and Embedded (LITE) Group and its members. This specification is intended to foster the delivery of IoT devices using ARM Cortex-A and Cortex-R/M processors targeted at software developers, the maker community, higher education, and embedded OEMs. To comment on the specifications, please visit the  Specification forum. If you wish to be involved in defining future versions of the specifications please contact for information about joining the Linaro 96Boards Group.

SoC STMicroelectronics STM32F401RE
CPU Cortex-M4
Clock speed 84MHz maximum
Storage 512KB onboard Flash
Wireless nRF51822 Bluetooth*
USB 2 x Micro USB
Expansion Interface 30 pin low speed expansion connector: +3.3V, +5V, VCC, GND, UART, I2C, SPI, GPIO x4
Digital Out Voltage 3.3V
Analog In Voltage 0-3.3V
Analog Pins 6
LED 1 x UART Tx, 1 x UART Rx, 1 x Power, 1 x Bluetooth, 2 x User LEDs
Button RST (Reset the STM32F4), BOOT0 (Boot into bootloader for flashing)
Power Source micro-USB
OS Support Zephyr
Size 60x30mm

*Note: Flashing the nRF51 chip requires a SWD programmer such as an ST-Linkv2 or Segger JLink

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About Linaro

Linaro is leading collaboration on open source development in the ARM ecosystem. The company has over 250 engineers working on consolidating and optimizing open source software for the ARM architecture, including developer tools, the Linux kernel, ARM power management, and other software infrastructure. Linaro is distribution neutral: it wants to provide the best software foundations to everyone by working upstream, and to reduce non-differentiating and costly low level fragmentation. The effectiveness of the Linaro approach has been demonstrated by Linaro’s growing membership, and by Linaro consistently being listed as one of the top five company contributors, worldwide, to Linux kernels since 3.10.

To ensure commercial quality software, Linaro’s work includes comprehensive test and validation on member hardware platforms. The full scope of Linaro engineering work is open to all online. To find out more, please visit and

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