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Display-oriented eNUC SBC runs on Apollo Lake

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Portwell’s 4×4-inch (eNUC) form factor “WUX-3455” SBC offers a choice of Apollo Lake SoCs plus up to 64GB eMMC 5.0, SATA III, 4x USB 3.0, M.2 expansion, and HDMI and DisplayPorts for up to 4K video. Portwell’s WUX-3455 SBC uses the 4×4-inch (101.6 x 101.6mm) Embedded NUC (eNUC) form factor, which we saw last March […]

Toughened up SODIMM-style COM taps i.MX8M

Monday 15th of January 2018 11:01:52 PM
CompuLab’s rugged, 68 x 42mm “CL-SOM-iMX8” computer-on-module runs Yocto or Android on NXP’s dual- or quad-core Cortex-A53 i.MX8M, with up to 4GB LPDDR4, up to 64GB eMMC, onboard wireless, and PCIe and HDMI 2.0 support. CompuLab’s CL-SOM-iMX8 COM, which ships with an optional SBC-iMX8 Evaluation Kit, shares many features with Variscite’s recently announced DART-MX8M module, […]

5.25-inch SBCs offer Kaby Lake or Skylake in S- and H-series options

Monday 15th of January 2018 05:16:23 PM
Commell announced two 5.25-inch SBCs that support Intel 6th and 7th Gen S-series (LS-579) and H-series (LE-577) CPUs, providing up to 32GB DDR4, triple display support, and I/O including SATA, mini-PCIe, M.2, 4x GbE, and 6x USB 3.0 ports. Commell’s LS-579 and LE-577 single-board computers provide Intel 6th Gen (Skylake) or 7th Gen (Kaby Lake) […]

Raspberry Pi Zero WH adds 40-pin GPIO header to Zero W

Saturday 13th of January 2018 11:46:42 PM
The $18 Raspberry Pi Zero WH adds a soldered 40-pin GPIO header to the Zero W for easier prototyping or taking advantage of the new GPIO Expander tool, which lets you access your Pi’s GPIO pins from a PC running Debian Stretch. Raspberry Pi Trading has launched a variation on the Raspberry Pi Zero W […]

Tiny module and SBC run Linux or Android on i.MX8M

Friday 12th of January 2018 11:24:21 PM
Variscite’s 55 x 30mm “DART-MX8M” showcases NXP’s 1.5GHz, quad-A53 i.MX8M SoC with up to 4GB LPDDR4, up to 64GB eMMC, WiFi-ac, BT 4.2, PCIe, and HDMI 2.0, plus an optional carrier that’s also sold as a “VAR-DT8MCustomBoard” SBC. Variscite unveiled a “coming soon” DART-MX8M computer-on-module and VAR-DT8MCustomBoard carrier board/SBC that tap NXP’s new i.MX8M SoC. […]

PiTalk, Gemini PDA, and Eelo take different paths to the Linux phone

Thursday 11th of January 2018 05:23:13 PM
The PiTalk is an RPi phone add-on board. The Gemini PDA is a clamshell re-spin of the Psion. Eelo is a privacy-oriented phone ROM. Samsung is planning to load Ubuntu desktops on Galaxy phones. They all want to reinvent the Linux phone concept. Since our September story surveying a new crop of Linux smartphone contenders, […]

Tiny, solderable quad Cortex-A17 module has 4GB RAM and HDMI 2.0

Thursday 11th of January 2018 04:27:43 PM
[Update: Jan. 12] — Sudo’s solderable, 65 x 40mm “SudoProc” module features a quad-core Rockchip RK3288 with 4GB LPDDR3, up to 512GB eMMC, a GbE controller, HDMI 2.0, and -25 to 85°C support. Slovenia-based startup Sudo Systems will soon launch a SudoProc module touted for being solderable and compact (65 x 40 x 4.3mm). The […]

Rugged mobile gateway runs Linux

Wednesday 10th of January 2018 05:27:05 PM
Artila’s “Matrix-713” mobile IoT gateway runs Linux on a Cortex-A5 ATSAMA5D35, and provides Fast and Gigabit Ethernet, 2x CAN, 2x mini-PCIe, GPS, and an IMU, and supports -20 to 80°C temperatures. Artila’s Mobile IoT Gateway Matrix-713 follows a similarly headless Matrix-710 embedded computer announced last May, which also runs Linux 4.9 on a 536MHz, Cortex-A5 […]

Android Things and Google Assistant appear in new smart speakers, smart displays, and modules

Tuesday 9th of January 2018 10:41:06 PM
Google announced third-party products that run Android Things, Google Assistant, and Cast, including smart speakers from LG and iHome. There are also embedded modules from Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Rockchip that will drive speakers and smart displays from JBL, Lenovo, Sony, and others. Google has avoided the CES show in recent years, but has shown up […]

Tiny industrial temperature module runs Linux on a Zynq-7000

Monday 8th of January 2018 09:08:48 PM
iWave’s “iW-RainboW-G28M” is a SODIMM-style module that runs Linux on a Zynq-7000 FPGA SoC, and offers -40 to 85°C support, up to 1GB DDR3, 512MB flash, a GbE controller, and optional WiFi/BT. iWave has produced several Altera FPGA based computer-on-modules including the Cyclone V based IW-RainboW-G17D, but the 67.6 x 37mm, SODIMM form-factor iW-RainboW-G28M appears […]

Asus Tinker Board S adds 16GB eMMC and more

Monday 8th of January 2018 07:45:19 PM
Asus announced a “Tinker Board S” SBC that has the same Rockchip RK3288 as the original, but adds 16GB eMMC, HDMI-CEC support, a smart audio jack, and improved power management features. Asus unveiled a minor upgrade to its open-spec Tinker Board SBC, which was originally unveiled a year ago. Like the original, the Tinker Board […]

Sub-1GHz IoT gateway combines BeagleBone Black and TI LaunchPad boards

Monday 8th of January 2018 03:31:29 PM
Newark Element14’s “SimpleLink Sub-1GHz Sensor to Cloud Linux Industrial Gateway” kit combines a BeagleBone Black, a wireless cape, and a pair of TI SimpleLink CC1350 LanchPad kits. Newark Element14’s “SimpleLink Sub-1GHz Sensor to Cloud Linux Industrial Gateway” kit provides a Sub-1GHz sensor network development platform with an Internet of Things (IoT) gateway and cloud connectivity. […]

Hackable, Rockchip-based media player also offers NAS and retro gaming

Friday 5th of January 2018 05:49:37 PM
Cloud Media’s open source “Popcorn Hour Transformer Media Computer / NAS” computer is based on Pine64’s RK3328-based Rock64 SBC, and supports Linux and Android media player, NAS, and retro gaming. Cloud Media has spun a new variant of its Popcorn Hour media player that is open source in hardware and software thanks to its mainboard: […]

Ringing in 2018 with 103 hacker-friendly SBCs

Friday 5th of January 2018 01:59:53 AM
Welcome to our latest biannual round-up of hacker-friendly single board computers that run Linux or Android. Included are a brief review of recent SBC market trends, a catalog with key features, specs, and pricing of each SBC, and a table comparing them all. Relative to our June report, which was accompanied by a reader survey […]

January 2018 catalog of hacker-friendly SBCs

Friday 5th of January 2018 01:55:09 AM
This catalog accompanies our January 2018 round-up of hacker-friendly SBCs. Here, we provide brief descriptions, specs, pricing, and links to further details for all 103 SBCs. Our January 2018 hacker-friendly single board computer round-up comprises three resources: an overview of recent SBC market trends; this catalog, which provides descriptions, specs, pricing, and links to related […]

Raspberry Pi sized SBC runs Linux on single-core Cortex-A53 SoC

Friday 29th of December 2017 10:03:07 PM
[Updated Dec. 30] — Scalys announced a “Grapeboard” SBC that runs Linux on NXP’s single-core -A53 LS1012A SoC, and offers dual GbE and WiFi/BT, plus PCIe, USB 3.0, and SATA via M.2 connectors. Netherlands-based Scalys announced an upcoming Grapeboard SBC that will be more fully illuminated at the CES show Las Vegas, starting Jan. 9. […]

Latest $20 Orange Pi runs Android 7.0 on new Allwinner H6

Friday 29th of December 2017 05:37:19 PM
The video-focused “Orange Pi One Plus” updates the Orange Pi One design with a new, 10-bit HDR 4K enabled quad -A53 Allwinner H6 SoC with Mali-T720, and provides GbE and HDMI 2.0 ports. Shenzhen Xunlong has updated its $10, two-year old Orange Pi One SBC with a similarly open source, $20 Orange Pi One Plus […]

Open source, sandwich-style CubieAIO SBCs tap the Actions S700 and S500 SoCs

Thursday 28th of December 2017 10:52:38 PM
CubieTech unveiled “CubieAIO-S700” and “CubieAIO-S500” SBCs, and opened global sales of the CubieBoard6. Like the CubieBoard7, all are based on Actions Sx00 SoCs. CubieTech’s CubieBoard line of open source ARM SBCs was once a major contender in the hacker board market, but there hasn’t been much shaking over the last few years. That changed in […]

Ice station Linux

Wednesday 27th of December 2017 10:29:17 PM
Satish Chetty describes how he designed a Linux-based science station to measure Arctic sea ice melt — and faced obstacles ranging from -40°C temps to polar bears. Developing an embedded system for remote field duty is hard enough, but what if you had to contend with -40ºC temperatures, high winds, ice-encased cables, and attacks from […]

Rugged COM Express module offers 6-core Atom C3000 and 4x 10GbE

Wednesday 27th of December 2017 12:16:52 AM
Adlink’s Linux ready “Express-DN7” is a Type 7 module with an up to 16-core Atom C3000 SoC, 4x 10GBASE-KR ports, PTP, and a new Express-BASE7 carrier. The first COM Express Type 7 modules, including Adlink’s Express-BD7, launched with 5th “Gen Broadwell” Pentium and Xeon processors. More recently, we’ve seen a trend toward using the Intel […]

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Debian Developers: Google Summer of Code, Quick Recap of 2017

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    In between eating fondue and skiing, I found time to resurrect some of my previous project ideas for Google Summer of Code. Most of them are not specific to Debian, several of them need co-mentors, please contact me if you are interested.
  • Quick recap of 2017
         After the Stretch release, it was time to attend DebConf’17 in Montreal, Canada. I’ve presented the latest news on the Debian Installer front there as well. This included a quick demo of my little framework which lets me run automatic installation tests. Many attendees mentioned openQA as the current state of the art technology for OS installation testing, and Philip Hands started looking into it. Right now, my little thing is still useful as it is, helping me reproduce regressions quickly, and testing bug fixes… so I haven’t been trying to port that to another tool yet. I also gave another presentation in two different contexts: once at a local FLOSS meeting in Nantes, France and once during the mini-DebConf in Toulouse, France. Nothing related to Debian Installer this time, as the topic was how I helped a company upgrade thousands of machines from Debian 6 to Debian 8 (and to Debian 9 since then). It was nice to have Evolix people around, since we shared our respective experience around automation tools like Ansible and Puppet.

Devices: Raspberry Pi and Android