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Rugged, Linux-ready transportation PC has four SIM slots

Friday 21st of September 2018 03:46:59 PM
Nexcom’s Apollo Lake based “VTC 6220-BK” in-vehicle PC features triple displays, 2x SATA bays, 3x GbE with optional PoE, Ublox GPS, and 4x mini-PCIe or M.2 slots paired with SIM slots. Intel-based in-vehicle computers have been around for a while — here’s a Linux-friendly Kontron model from 2004 -– but over the last year or […]

Slim signage player features Radeon E8860 GPU and six HDMI ports

Thursday 20th of September 2018 08:51:53 PM
Ibase’s high-end “SI-626” signage player runs Windows or Linux on 7th or 6th Gen Intel Core CPUs with Radeon E8860 graphics, and offers 6x HDMI 1.4b ports, EDID remote management, and a 30mm profile. Ibase’s new SI-626 digital signage and video wall (VW) player combines high-end functionality with a slim 30mm height — 1.5mm thinner […]

Linux-ready Apollo Lake mini-PC offers optional Movidius AI

Wednesday 19th of September 2018 09:22:52 PM
Aaeon’s rugged “Boxer-6405” mini-PC features an Apollo Lake SoC plus 2x GbE, 4x USB 3.0, 3x or 4x serial, and an HDMI port. Options including SATA, wireless, and an UP AI Core card with Movidius technology. Aaeon announced a Boxer-6405 mini-PC that will be unveiled at the 20th China International Industry Fair, held Sep. 19-23 […]

Variscite’s latest DART module taps headless i.MX6 ULZ

Wednesday 19th of September 2018 04:14:29 PM
Variscite is prepping a headless version of its Linux-friendly DART-6UL module with NXP’s new i.MX6 ULZ SoC, a cheaper version of the i.MX6 UL without display or Ethernet features. Variscite is spinning out yet another pin-compatible version of its 50 x 25mm DART-6UL computer-on-module, this time loaded with NXP’s headless new i.MX6 ULZ variant of […]

Raspberry Pi I/O add-on targets aquaponics and hydroponics

Tuesday 18th of September 2018 09:02:00 PM
Upsilon is Kickstartering a “BioControle” I/O add-on board for the RPi 3 designed for aquaponics and hydroponics. The $89, open-spec add-on offers power-protected 12-bit ADC and DAC, 4x relays, servo outputs, and sensor and logical I/O. We knew it was only a matter of time before we covered a board from Luxembourg, and that time […]

First Azure Sphere dev board launches

Monday 17th of September 2018 08:22:58 PM
Seeed’s “Azure Sphere MT3620 Development Kit” features MediaTek’s MT3620, a Cortex-A7/Cortex-M4F hybrid that runs Linux and integrates Microsoft’s Azure Sphere security tech. A Grove Shield and Starter Kit are also available. If you missed Microsoft’s Azure Sphere announcement in April, you might be somewhat flummoxed by Seeed’s new Azure Sphere MT3620 Development Kit, which runs […]

Compute module to debut faster i.MX8M Mini SoC

Monday 17th of September 2018 06:00:31 PM
Variscite unveiled a “DART-MX8M-Mini” module that runs on NXP’s new i.MX8M Mini SoC, a 14nm variant of the i.MX8M with one to four 2GHz Cortex-A53 cores and a 400MHz Cortex-M4, plus scaled down 1080p video via MIPI-DSI. Variscite announced that it has been selected as NXP’s alpha partner for its upcoming i.MX8M Mini SoC and […]

Nano-ITX dev kit shows off Samsung Exynos 8895

Friday 14th of September 2018 09:39:44 PM
Howchip has launched a sandwich-style, Nano-ITX form factor “ExSOM-8895 DVK” that runs Android 7.0 and Linux 4.4.13 on Samsung’s octa-core Exynos 8895 SoC with 4GB DDR4, dual UFS 2.1 storage interfaces, and MIPI-DSI and -CSI. A Chinese firm called Howchip, owned by Unibest, has launched an Android Nougat Development Platform. The ExSOM-8895 DVK showcases Samsung’s […]

Touch-enabled version of Raspberry Pi based Kano kit arrives

Friday 14th of September 2018 06:28:12 PM
Kano has launched a $280 “Computer Kit Touch” version of its Raspberry Pi based computing education kit with an RPi 3B, a 10.1-inch HD touchscreen, plus a keyboard, speaker, mic, and 3000mAh battery. Kano’s Raspberry Pi Model B based Kano kit computing education platform and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B based Kano Computer Kit were […]

Refund offered for Raspberry Pi PoE HAT due to power issues

Thursday 13th of September 2018 10:41:15 PM
With several users reporting problems with the recently released Raspberry Pi Power-over-Ethernet HAT, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is offering to refund customers that have purchased the faulty board. In the days since its release in late August, users had been reporting limitations in the power supplied by the Raspberry Pi PoE HAT. The HAT is […]

Core i5-7500-based signage player supports NVIDIA MXM graphics cards

Thursday 13th of September 2018 04:22:20 PM
Ibase launched its “SI-614” signage player that runs Linux or Windows 10 on a Core i5-7500 processor with up to 16GB DDR4, a choice of NVIDIA MXM NV1050 graphics cards and a 128 GB 2.5-inch SSD storage device. Ibase Technology has announced the SI-614, its latest digital signage player based on 7th Gen Intel Core […]

Skylake mini-PC has dual M.2 slots and up to 32GB DDR4

Wednesday 12th of September 2018 09:46:21 PM
Aaeon has launched a Linux-ready “Nano-002N” mini-PC with a 6th Gen Core CPU, up to 32GB DDR4, 2x GbE, 2x HDMI, and 4x USB 3.0 ports, plus dual M.2 slots. Aaeon’s Nano-002N upgrades its Intel 5th Gen Nano-001N from 2015 with a dual-core, 6th Gen “Skylake” U-series CPU and additional new features. These include a […]

RK3399 based 96Boards SBC starts at $99

Wednesday 12th of September 2018 07:09:18 PM
Vamrs has begun shipping the “Rock960” — the first 96Boards SBC based on the hexa-core Rockchip RK3399. The community-backed SBC sells for $99 (2GB/16GB) or $139 (4GB/32GB). Shortly before Shenzhen-based Vamrs Limited launched a Rockchip RK3399 Sapphire SBC in Nov. 2017, the company announced a similarly open-spec Rock960 SBC that uses the same Rockchip RK3399 […]

Apollo Lake industrial computer offers wide range of display panels

Friday 7th of September 2018 04:54:47 PM
Cincoze’s “P1101” embedded PC is built around an Intel Apollo Lake SoC, and offers -40 to 70°C support, shock and vibration resistance, triple displays, and support for Cincoze’s CDS line of display panels. Cincoze has launched a new line of P1100 “fanless slim embedded computers” starting with a P1101 model. The company describes the product […]

Raspberry Pi HAT does hydroponic root zone monitoring

Friday 7th of September 2018 03:26:41 PM
Autogrow has released open source files for building an “OpenMinder” root zone monitor HAT and API for the Raspberry Pi that manages water, pH, and nutrient usage in hydroponic farming. Auckland, New Zealand based AgTech firm Autogrow has launched an OpenMinder project for DIY water management and root zone monitoring by releasing schematics and other […]

Compact thin client runs on Raspberry Pi 3 B+

Thursday 6th of September 2018 08:24:05 PM
Clientron has launched an “S-Cube Pi 3 B+ Thin Client” built around the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ SBC with Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft RDP, and VMware Horizon View support. The S-Cube Pi 3 B+ Thin Client is the first thin client we’ve seen built around the new Raspberry Pi 3 B+ SBC. This is Clientron’s first […]

Tiny, 4K signage player runs on Cortex-A17 SoC

Thursday 6th of September 2018 03:14:20 PM
Advantech’s compact, “USM-110” digital signage player runs Android 6.0 on a quad-core, Cortex-A17 SoC, and offers 4K support, up to 2x locking HDMI ports, M.2 and mini-PCIe, and multiple mounting options. Advantech announced a fanless, USM-110 digital signage player with support for Android 6.0 and its WISE-PaaS/SignageCMS digital signage management software. The compact (156 x […]

Linux-driven Wi-Fi RTT access point can find Android 9 phones within 1-2 meters

Tuesday 4th of September 2018 10:28:06 PM
Compulab has launched a Fitlet 2-based “WILD” Wi-Fi RTT access point for real-time indoor location of Android 9 “Pie” phones with 1-2 meter accuracy. WILD devices can find each other at half-meter accuracy. One of the interesting new features in Google’s latest Android 9 “Pie” release, which was announced a month ago, and which today […]

Stereo vision camera pumps up images with Jetson TX2

Tuesday 4th of September 2018 08:00:14 PM
E-con’s “TaraXL” stereo vision camera works with Nvidia’s Linux-driven Jetson TX2 module and other Tegra based systems to stream 3D depth maps with 752 x 480 resolution at up to 50fps over USB 3.0. E-con Systems’ TaraXL is designed for stereo vision imaging applications including autonomous driving, robotics, drones, mixed reality applications, people detection/counting, stock […]

Motion control system targets visual inspections

Tuesday 4th of September 2018 04:13:57 PM
Ibase announced a rugged “MAI602-M4D80” motion control computer with 6th or 7th Gen Core CPUs and a PCIe card with 4-axis motion control and a camera. You also get 80-channel DIO and mini-PCIe expansion. Ibase’s rugged MAI602-M4D80 computer is billed as a motion control system, but it combines features from both motion controllers and embedded […]

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