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Tiny WiFi-loaded OpenWRT COM starts at $12

Friday 27th of March 2015 06:20:59 PM
OpenEmbed launched a 52 x 28mm “SOM9331″ COM for IoT that runs OpenWRT Linux on a MIPS-based Atheros AR9331 SoC, and offers WiFi and extended temperatures. Shenzhen OpenEmbed M&C Ltd (OpenEmbed) has introduced a tiny MIPS-based computer-on-module starting at $12 and aimed at home automation, wearables, medical devices, toys, and industrial router and sensor devices. […]

Firefox OS ported to MIPS on Ingenic tablet

Wednesday 25th of March 2015 09:48:37 PM
Imagination is hosting a raffle for a 9.7-inch, MIPS-based Ingenic tablet that runs a MIPS port of Firefox OS, which will also support its Creator CI20 SBC. An “experimental” version of Firefox OS has been ported to the MIPS architecture in the form of an unnamed Ingenic reference tablet announced by Imagination Technologies. Imagination designs […]

One-armed manipulation robot runs Linux and ROS

Wednesday 25th of March 2015 01:05:50 AM
Rethink Robotics’s one-armed, Linux- and ROS-based “Sawyer” manipulation robot is smaller, faster, stronger, and more precise than the earlier Baxter. When MIT spinoff Rethink Robotics announced the $25,000+ Baxter manipulation robot in 2012, it inspired a whole new category of small, relatively low-cost robots for light manufacturing and product assembly. The fixed, two-armed, “collaborative” robot […]

Report: Linux takes leading role in IoT-obsessed market

Tuesday 24th of March 2015 06:54:51 PM
Spurred on by IoT, open source Linux will grow from a 56.2 percent share of embedded device shipments in 2012 to 64.7 percent in 2017, says VDC Research. Earlier this month, VDC Research released a report on the embedded OS market that says embedded Linux is growing in adoption in a market increasingly obsessed with […]

Tiny COM adds wireless and storage to i.MX6 Dual SoC

Tuesday 24th of March 2015 05:13:10 PM
Variscite released a tiny “VAR-SOM-DUAL” module starting at $46 that runs Android or Linux on a Freescale i.MX6 Dual, and offers onboard WiFi and Bluetooth. Last November, Variscite announced a smaller version of its VAR-SOM-MX6_V2 computer-on-module called the VAR-SOM-SOLO. Whereas the VAR-SOM-MX6_V2 supports the full range of Freescale’s Cortex-A9 based i.MX6 system-on-chips, including the quad-core […]

Linux-based COMs gain WiFi AP and BLE 4.1 functions

Tuesday 24th of March 2015 07:01:01 AM
Gumstix has updated its wireless enabled, Linux-oriented Overo Storm modules with new “Storm-Y” models that add WiFi access point and BLE 4.1 functions. Last summer, when Gumstix announced a Storm-P version of its wireless-enabled Overo Storm computer-on-modules, the company said the Storm was its most popular model. Whereas the Storm-P added WiFi Direct support via […]

Wind River Linux profiles step up to Yocto 1.7

Monday 23rd of March 2015 10:41:52 PM
Wind River updated its embedded Linux virtualization, security, and Carrier Grade profiles with Yocto Linux 1.7, citing key benefits to IoT applications. The Wind River Technology Profile updates announced today in conjunction with the Embedded Linux Conference in San Jose, Calif. bring three of Wind River’s vertical implementations of Wind River Linux up to date […]

Panel computer runs Linux or Android on AM335x SoC

Monday 23rd of March 2015 07:05:48 PM
AndersDX unveiled a panel computer based on a Sitara AM3354 SoC, with WiFi and BT, and a 5.7-inch, VGA resistive or 4.3-inch, WVGA capacitive touch display. We typically cover UK-based AndersDX (Anders Electronics) in its role as a distributor of products such as CompuLab’s mini-PCs and embedded boards, or TinyGreenPC’s Pi Media Player. In the […]

Pico-ITX SBC runs Linux on 1.9GHz quad-core Atom SoC

Saturday 21st of March 2015 01:08:49 AM
Axiomtek’s “PICO840″ Pico-ITX SBC features a quad- or dual-core Intel Atom, and offers multiple video ports, plus GbE, SATA, serial, USB, and Mini-PCIe I/O. The PICO840 is a lower-powered, but more energy efficient alternative to the similarly Pico-ITX based PICO880 single board computer, which runs on a 4th Gen Intel Core processor. The 100 x […]

DAQ box runs Linux on Core i7, packs Spartan-6 FPGA

Friday 20th of March 2015 09:34:52 PM
Innovative Integration’s Linux-friendly “ePC-Duo” data acquisition box offers an Intel Core i7 CPU, a Spartan-6 FPGA, dual XMC slots, and dual 10GbE ports. Like Innovative Integration’s Mini-K7 from 2013, the Linux-ready ePC-Duo is a turnkey instrumentation computer for distributed data acquisition (DAQ). The computer similarly combines a user-programmable Xilinx FPGA with an off-the-shelf COM Express […]

Rugged box-PC runs Linux on quad-core Bay Trail Celeron

Friday 20th of March 2015 12:11:02 AM
Aaeon’s rugged, fanless “Boxer-6614″ box-PC runs Linux on a quad- or dual-core Celeron SoC, and offers 8GB RAM, HDMI and VGA, dual GbE, and dual mini-PCIe. According to Aaeon, the Boxer-6614 is a vastly improved upgrade to the Boxer-6613, also called the AEC-6613. Indeed, while that system ran on an Intel Atom D2550, which still […]

Android smartwatch enlightens dumb phone and tablet

Wednesday 18th of March 2015 11:45:45 PM
Neptune launched a WiGig-connected “Neptune Suite” on Indiegogo, comprising an Android smartwatch, a barebones phone and tablet, and a keyboard and TV dongle. Neptune, which launched the full-featured, Android-based Neptune Pine smartwatch last year, tipped a Neptune Duo product in February that was to comprise an autonomous smartwatch that controlled a “dumb” smartphone. The Duo […]

Linux-based bipedal robot endures kicks and dodgeball attacks

Tuesday 17th of March 2015 11:30:23 PM
OSU demonstrated its speedy, bipedal ATRIAS robot withstanding a barrage of kicks and dodgeballs. ATRIAS runs on ROS and a real-time Xenomai Linux kernel. Researchers at Oregon State University’s Dynamic Robotics Laboratory have demonstrated their Linux-driven ATRIAS robot withstanding a considerable beating while keeping its cool. OSU recently posted videos of its unusual torture testing […]

Freescale i.MX6 SoloX SoC gains embedded Linux support

Monday 16th of March 2015 10:05:43 PM
The Timesys LinuxLink tool suite now supports Freescale’s i.MX6 SoloX SoC, including support for Freescale’s MQX RTOS that runs on the SoC’s Cortex-M4 MCU. Timesys, which has long supported Freescale’s i.MX6 system-on-chip family with its LinuxLink embedded Linux development platform, has now added support for the new SoloX variant. Freescale’s

Tiny SBC runs Android and Linux on Snapdragon 410

Monday 16th of March 2015 09:14:46 PM
Qualcomm’s Raspberry Pi-sized “DragonBoard 410c” SBC runs Android or Linux on the quad-core Cortex-A53 based Snapdragon 410, and offers WiFi, BT, and GPS. Qualcomm Inc. subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies has unveiled the second single board computer to comply with 96Boards Consumer Edition hardware specification from Linaro’s new community project and standards organization. Qualcomm’s DragonBoard 410c […]

Rugged NUC mini-PCs run Linux on Broadwell and Bay Trail

Friday 13th of March 2015 10:55:09 PM
Logic Supply unveiled two rugged, Intel NUC “ML100″ mini-PCs: one with two GbE ports based on a Bay Trail Celeron, and one with Intel’s 5th-Gen Core CPU. In recent years, Intel has released Linux-friendly mini-PCs based on its Intel (Next Unit of Computing) reference design optimized for home theater applications (the Intel NUC Kit DN2820FYKH) […]

Allwinner’s octa-core A80 SoC tightens its SBC grip

Friday 13th of March 2015 07:30:41 PM
The CubieTech octa-core Allwinner A80 based “Cubieboard4″ SBC goes for $125, competing with LinkSprite’s $129 Beta Arches and Merrii’s $300 H88 Hummingbird. In early February, while covering Merrii’s H88 Hummingbird SBC, based on the octa-core Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 based Allwinner A80 system-on-chip, we found we had missed the release of the A80-based Cubieboard4 SBC. The […]

Automotive bus open sourced with Linux-based design

Thursday 12th of March 2015 10:27:43 PM
[Updated Mar. 18] — A German university is open-sourcing a secure, two tier Automotive Service Bus for car computers, which was developed as part of an electric car project. Technische Universität München (TUM) has open-sourced an automotive computer bus design developed as part of its “Visio.M” (Visionary Mobility) electric car project, according a Mar. 10 […]

Rugged, wireless-enabled COM runs Linux on AM437x

Wednesday 11th of March 2015 10:36:46 PM
[Updated Mar. 12] — CompuLab’s rugged, SODIMM-style “CM-T43″ COM runs Linux or Android on a TI AM437x, and offers up to 1GB RAM, 32GB flash, dual GbE, WiFi, BLE, NFC, and more. CompuLab’s CM-T43 computer-on-module uses the same 204-pin SODIMM connectors as its earlier CM-T335, but instead of running on TI’s 600MHz Cortex-A8 Sitara AM335x […]

“First” Ultra-HD Android TV STB launches in France

Wednesday 11th of March 2015 07:34:42 PM
[Updated 4:30PM] — French IPTV provider Free unveiled a “Freebox Mini 4K,” claimed to be the first Ultra HD Android TV set-top box, based on a new Broadcom Cortex-A15 STB SoC. Free’s Freebox Mini 4K set-top box (STB) was announced by Broadcom as a design win for its new BCM7252 Ultra HD system-on-chip. Available to […]

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