VIM2 Beginners Guide



Component Purpose
1 USB-A USB 2.0 speed, 500mA max output
2 RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet with Wake-On-LAN (WOL)
3 HDMI HDMI 2.0a with CEC, 4K@60Hz
4 USB-C USB 2.0 OTG and 5V power input, can be used for upgrading the OS
5 USB-A USB 2.0 speed, 900mA max output
6 Current Limit Switch Prevents damage to VIM2 during uneven loading conditions
7 Fan Header 4-wire fan header utilising pulse width modulation
8 Reset Button Force reboot your VIM2 in the event of a system freeze
9 Function Button Press this 3 times in 2 seconds to enter MaskROM mode
A Power Button This button turns on your VIM2
B M2x4 Mounting Point For mounting to cases and heatsinks
C RTC Battery Header Header for attaching a battery for the real time clock
D 40-Pin GPIO Learn how to access the GPIO from here, or use it to add a Toneboard
E Infrared Module 2-channel infrared receiver for use with Khadas IR remote
F LEDs Status indicator LEDs
G FPC Connector 10-pins, 0.5mm pitch, with I2C, IOs
H I-Pex Wi-Fi / Bluetooth] Connector Wi-Fi / BT Antenna connector
I I-Pex Wi-Fi / Bluetooth] Connector Wi-Fi / BT Antenna connector
Component Purpose
1 Pogo Pads External 5V power input, can be provided by vTV Board (DVB Tuner)
2 Micro-SD Card Slot for extra storage
3 500mA Fuse Fuse for the 500mA USB port
4 WOL Switch Power switch activated via Wake-On-LAN
5 MCU STM8S003 micro-controller with programmable EEPROM
7 SPI Flash Flash memory module that interfaces over SPI
8 20-Pin Pogo Pads USB, I2C, DVB-Bus, IOs, for docking with the vTV Board (DVB Tuner)
9 XPWR Pads Connect an external power switch using these pads
A 900mA Fuse Fuse for the 900mA USB port
Reset Function Power Purpose
x Force Reboot VIM2
x Enter Upgrade Mode (TST)
x Power On/Wake Up VIM2
x x Enter Upgrade Mode (KEYS)
x x x Erase EMMC
Colour Behaviour Meaning
Blue OFF Power source disconnected
Solid ON Power source connected, SBC turned off
White OFF SBC turned off
Solid ON SBC turned on
Red None None

The above behaviours are default out-of-the-box, and can be altered by a user. For example the white LED can be made to blink or breathe. For more information on how to program them via your favourite OS (each OS is different), please consult with experts at

5V 1 21 GND
5V 2 22 I2C_SCK_A
HUB_DM1 3 23 I2C_SDA_A
HUB_DP1 4 24 GND
GND 5 25 I2C_SCK_B
GPIODV_21 6 26 I2C_SDA_B
GPIODV_22 7 27 3.3V
GPIODV_23 8 28 GND
ADC_CH0 10 30 I2S_MCLK
1.8V 11 31 I2S_SDO
ADC_CH2 12 32 I2S_LRCK
GND 14 34 GND
GND 17 37 GPIOH_5
Linux_RX 18 38 EXP_INT
Linux_TX 19 39 GPIODV_13
3.3V 20 40 GND

VIM2 v1.4 What’s New?

Khadas has recently upgraded their VIM2 to v1.4 which features several improvements, such as the addition of XPWR pads for an external power switch, as well as a larger 16MB SPI-flash.

It also has had several components moved / upgraded to accomodate a quieter cooling system:

It is backwards-compatible with the DIY Case, vTV Board and Khadas Tone Board, and supports several new ROMs such as Ubuntu 18.04 and Google Fuchsia.

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VIM2 Power Supply

Although your VIM2 SBC is compatible with various types of power supplies, these are the recommended specs for the best performance-output and stability.

  1. 5V, 2000mA Power Adapter
  2. USB-A to USB-C Cable

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Displays & User Input

These items are useful when you need to connect your VIM2 SBC to an external display + keyboard mouse + remote control, for use as a desktop computer or media center.

  1. 4K HDMI 2.0 Cable
  2. HDMI-Compatible 1080P/4K Monitor
  3. Wireless USB Keyboard + Mouse
  4. CEC-Compatible Remote Control

Note: Please do not attach multiple cables with large heads that interfere with each other, as that may bend or twist the connectors, and this will cause intermittent connectivity issues after some time.

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Upgrading eMMC Operating System Using USB-C Cable

You’ll need these items if you want to use your laptop or desktop PC to upgrade your VIM2 SBC’s operating system stored in its eMMC storage. For example, changing the bootup operating system from Android to Ubuntu, or installing a more exotic 3rd-party OS.

  1. USB-A to USB-C Data Cable (Legacy Computers)
  2. USB-C to USB-C Data Cable (Modern Computers)
  3. Laptop / Desktop PC

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Watching Movies, Expanding Internal eMMC Storage

These items are useful if you wish to use your VIM2 SBC as a media center, for storing/downloading large movie files. A microSDXC UHS-I card is expensive, but its also fast enough for 4K video playback. In addition, you can connect external USB-2.0/3.0 SSDs or HDDs for storage that can encompass your entire media library.

  1. 64GB or larger, USB-2.0/3.0 HDD / SSD
  2. 64GB or larger, microSDXC UHS-I SD-Card

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Software Development / Advanced Crash Recovery

Extreme cases of crash-recovery will require you to use the MRegister to reset your VIM2 SBC. A USB Serial Debug Tool is also useful for developers debugging complex software issues.

  1. Your fingers (for resetting a dead SBC via Khadas-TST, VIM2 V14 only)
  2. Conductive Metal Tweezers (For resetting a dead SBC via MRegister)
  3. USB Serial Debug Tool (For diagnosing software/hardware issues)

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VIM2 Website

For more information, please see our website, read more documentation, or visit our forum.