ST-Ericsson Snowball Development Board

ST-Ericsson The first Nova application processor developer board and Igloo community

ST-Ericsson introduced the Snowball developer board to drive  Linux software innovation for Android, Sailfish, Firefox, Tizen, Ubuntu,and  other Linux based embedded devices on the Nova™ A9500 platform. ST-Ericsson’s Nova application processor family is taking the mobile computing experience to the next level by offering a combination of high performance mobile processing, advanced graphics cores and powerful multimedia with extreme power efficiency.

Designed by Calao Systems, with the low-level software developed in collaboration with Linaro, Snowball was conceived to put sophisticated mobile technologies within reach of a broad community of professional developers, so that they can create and perfect their apps for a wide range of devices before they are launched.

Features & Benefits
  • A complete mobile development platform
    Snowball combines ST-Ericsson’s Nova A9500 featuring dual Cortex-A9 at 1GHz and Mali-400 GPU with GPS and advanced connectivity plus a complete set of STMicroelectronics sensors – 3D gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, barometer – in a small form factor battery-operated device.
  • IGLOO – a powerful, open community for mobile innovation
    Snowball software is available as open source code through the Igloo community. This allows developers to optimize their apps at every level of the software stack ensuring best possible performance and user experience. ST-Ericsson has selected open source specialist Movial to develop, support and run the Igloo community.


  • ARM® Dual Cortex-A9 with NEON @ 1GHz
  • ARM Mali-400 single core @ 400MHz
  • 4/8GByte e.MMC
  • 1GByte LP-DDR2
  • Micro-SD
  • HDMI 1.4, Full HD, 3D capable
  • CVBS Video OUT
  • Analog Audio OUT
  • Analog Audio IN
  • Serial Port (RS232/Over USB)
  • Ethernet 10/100Mbits
  • USB OTG HS (480Mbits)
  • IEEE 802.11 b/g/n WLAN
  • Bluetooth 4.0/BLE(ex. Antenna)
  • GPS (ex. Antenna)
  • 3 Axis Accelerometer
  • 3 Axis Magnetometer
  • 3 Axis Gyrometer
  • Pressure sensor (300-1100 mb)
  • 3x Expansion Connectors (FSMC HSI, Audio, MiPi CSI / Camera, LC MiPi DSI, UART, SPI, I2C, GPIO)
  • JTAG Connector
  • MiPi Debug Connector
  • DC IN 5V
  • Li-Ion Battery Charger
  • RTC Battery Backup



ST-Ericsson is a world leader in developing and delivering a complete portfolio of innovative mobile platforms and cutting-edge wireless semiconductor solutions across the broad spectrum of mobile technologies. The company is a leading supplier to the top handset manufacturers and was established as a 50/50 joint venture by STMicroelectronics and Ericsson in February 2009. For information or follow us on Twitter: @STEricssonForum

Please visit for ordering and software information