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Octa-core Cortex-A53 hacker SBC sells for $60

Friday 29th of April 2016 11:10:41 PM
FriendlyARM’s $60, open spec “NanoPC-T3” SBC runs Android or Linux on an octa-core Cortex-A53 SoC packed with wireless and media interfaces, plus 8GB eMMC. The over-caffeinated board builders at Guangzhou, China-based FriendlyARM have shipped their highest-end hacker board yet. The NanoPC-T3 is almost identical to the NanoPC-T2 board, but swaps out the quad-core, Cortex-A9 Samsung […]

Chromium OS comes to Raspberry Pi 3

Friday 29th of April 2016 05:44:39 PM
Chromium OS for SBCs has been released in v0.5 for the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3. The Pine64 appears to be next up, with other hacker SBCs waiting in line. The “Chromium OS for Single Board Computers” project, which is taking the open source Chromium OS progenitor of Chrome OS, and tuning it for SBCs, […]

Contest rewards best Raspberry Pi 3 based IoT projects

Friday 29th of April 2016 12:10:03 AM
Element14 has launched a “Pi Iot Smarter Spaces Design Challenge,” giving away Raspberry Pi-related gear for the best RPi 3 IoT designs. Premier Farnell’s Element14, which bills itself as “the world’s largest electronic design community,” has long been known for selling Raspberry Pi’s and related embedded gear. It makes sense then that the manufacturer/distributor/community site […]

Cherry Trail hacker board is a Windows/Arduino mashup

Thursday 28th of April 2016 11:08:16 PM
DFRobot’s LattePanda hacker board, built around a 14nm quad-core Cherry Trail Atom SoC, is now available starting at $99, including Windows 10 Home Edition. We skipped the Kickstarter launch of the Windows 10-oriented LattePanda hacker board back in December. In our three years as, we covered plenty of single-board computers that run Windows, but […]

FPGA-driven board is an Arduino Uno clone on steroids

Thursday 28th of April 2016 12:29:31 AM
AloriumTech’s “XLR8” board is an Arduino Uno clone with an Altera MAX10 FPGA that enables faster processing of specific hardware-accelerated functions. Alorium Technology (AloriumTech) has developed an Arduino Uno drop-in replacement powered by an FPGA, enabling much faster performance of hardware-accelerated functions. The XLR8 has the same 68.6 x 53.4mm footprint as the Uno, including […]

Skylake Pico-ITX SBC has optional I/O boards

Wednesday 27th of April 2016 08:50:12 PM
Axiomtek’s 6th Gen Core “PICO500” Pico-ITX SBC offers extended temperature support, a mini-PCIe slot, and expansion ports with optional I/O cards. Following in a line of earlier Axiomtek Pico-ITX boards with Intel Core processors, such as the 4th Gen “Haswell” PICO880, the PICO500 brings the 14nm 6th Gen Core “Skylake” U-series CPUs to the 100 […]

Cortex-A9 SBC offers online DIY customization

Wednesday 27th of April 2016 06:21:46 PM
The Gumstix “Poblano 43C SBC” features a TI AM4378 SoC with WiFi, Bluetooth, GbE, and optional cameras, touchscreens, and Geppetto-based design customization. The Gumstix Poblano 43C updates the two-year old

OpenELEC fork LibreELEC 7.0.0 arrives with Kodi 16.1

Wednesday 27th of April 2016 05:06:19 AM
The new LibreELEC fork of the media player focused OpenELEC Linux distribution is available in a final version 7.0.0 built around the new Kodi 16.1 release. The fork of the Kodi-centric OpenELEC Linux mini-distribution has been building in recent months, and culminated in the Mar. 20 announcement of a new LibreELEC project. Since then the […]

Ultra-modular automation controller runs Linux on Sitara

Wednesday 27th of April 2016 01:44:39 AM
[Updated: Apr. 27] — Tibbo’s first Linux-based modular “Tibbo Project System” is based on a 1GHz TI Sitara SoC and features optional “Tibbit” I/O and sensor add-on modules. TibboT1000 ASIC Taiwan-based Tibbo Technology has been developing embedded devices since 2001, including a highly modular Tibbo Project System (TPS) platform that runs its lightweight Tibbo OS […]

A trio of community backed x86 hacker SBCs

Tuesday 26th of April 2016 12:06:46 AM
The first community supported x86 hacker SBCs not backed by Intel or AMD are pricier than most ARM SBCs, but offer faster CPUs and competitive power drain. The first x86-based community supported hacker SBCs not backed by Intel or AMD have reached market, offering higher prices than most ARM SBCs, but featuring faster processors and […]

Tiny ARM9 COM and SBC support dual Ethernet and CAN

Monday 25th of April 2016 11:07:06 PM
Boardcon’s 40 x 40mm “MINI287” COM runs Linux on an NXP i.MX287 SoC, offers dual Ethernet and CAN ports, and is also available as a sandwich-style SBC. Thanks to the cost and power consumption sensitivities of the IoT market, old-time ARM9 system-on-chips continue to arrive in new embedded boards. Boardcon’s tiny (40 x 40mm) MINI287 […]

Raspberry Pi cameras jump to 8MP, keep $25 price

Monday 25th of April 2016 06:42:22 PM
The v2 Raspberry Pi Camera and low-light PiNoIR Camera advance from 5- to 8-megapixels via a Sony IMX219PQ sensor with improved image quality. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has replaced its official 5-megapixel Raspberry Pi Camera and night-vision Raspberry Pi NoIR Camera with improved 8-megapixel models. Like the older cameras, which are almost out of stock, […]

Wireless-equipped Arduino clone is AA battery sized

Saturday 23rd of April 2016 01:21:01 AM
The open source “AAduino” Arduino clone measures 44.9 x 13.8mm, and integrates an ATmega328P MCU, 32KB of flash, temp sensors, and a RFM69C radio. For two and a half years, Nathan Chantrell’s open-spec Tiny328 has held the record for smallest, radio-enabled Arduino clone. It was therefore fitting that Chantrell was one of the first to […]

Sandwich-style RK3288 SBC loads up on wireless options

Friday 22nd of April 2016 06:08:09 PM
Boardcon’s “EM3288” SBC runs Android on a “MINI3288” COM, based on a Rockchip RK3288 SoC, with 2GB RAM and 8GB eMMC, plus optional WiFi, BT, 3G, and GPS. Boardcon Embedded Design, an ODM in Shenzhen, China, has previously shipped single-board computers with quad-core ARM SoCs including the Samsung Exynos4412 (EM4412) and Allwinner A31 (Compact A31S). […]

$20 WiFi-enabled IoT module runs FreeRTOS on Cortex-M4

Thursday 21st of April 2016 06:17:58 PM
MediaTek’s $20 “LinkIt 7687 HDK” module runs FreeRTOS on its WiFi-enabled, Cortex-M4F based MT7687F SoC, and offers Arduino shield expansion. LinkIt Smart 7688 Readers of LinuxGizmos are likely familiar with the MediaTek Labs LinkIt family of IoT-focused, open spec hacker boards from its only Linux-friendly board, the $13, OpenWrt-based LinkIt Smart 7688. Now that we’ve […]

Legacy ETX module taps power-sipping x86 CPU

Wednesday 20th of April 2016 10:01:08 PM
VIA’s Linux-friendly legacy replacement ETX computer-on-module features a vintage VIA Eden X1 CPU, native PCI/ISA support, and an optional Mini-ITX carrier. VIA Technologies has gone to the way-back machine with the VIA ETX-8X90-10GR, a computer-on-module that complies with the ETX 3.0 standard introduced by Kontron back in 2006. Like Adlink’s ETX-BT module from 2014, the […]

Arduino compatible IoT board offers LoRa wireless

Wednesday 20th of April 2016 12:31:05 AM
SODAQ’s “LoRaONE” is a tiny Arduino-compatible board with an Atmel SAMD21 MCU, plus a LoRa radio and a GPS, sensors, micro-USB, and optional Grove add-on. Dutch embedded firm SODAQ (SOlar powered Data AcQuisition) has almost doubled its $22,740 Kickstarter funding goal for its Arduino compatible LoRaONE SBC, aimed at low-power LoRa wireless applications. The cheapest […]

Tiny, rugged COM runs Linux or Android on Snapdragon 820

Tuesday 19th of April 2016 12:16:01 AM
The 50 x 28mm Inforce 6601 Micro SOM runs Ubuntu or Android on a Snapdragon 820 SoC, and offers wireless, 4GB RAM, 64GB UFS, and a Mini-ITX carrier board. Inforce Computing’s Inforce 6601 Micro SOM is the third computer-on-module we’ve seen that runs Linux or Android on Qualcomm’s latest, powerhouse Snapdragon 820 SoC. At 50 […]

“Apollo Lake” Atoms to offer graphics-rich Goldmont cores

Monday 18th of April 2016 10:35:04 PM
Intel unveiled an “Apollo Lake” Atom SoC that integrates 14nm “Goldmont” cores and Gen9 graphics, plus a reference design featuring USB Type C and WiFi. At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Shenzen, China, Intel tipped a new version of the Intel Atom code-named “Apollo Lake” along with a 14nm “Goldmont” core that will power […]

Rugged SBC runs Debian on i.MX286, offers supercap backup

Monday 18th of April 2016 04:42:17 PM
Technologic’s open-spec “TS-7680” SBC runs Debian on an ARM9 i.MX286, and offers up to 4GB eMMC, WiFi, BT, wide-range power, and -40 to 85°C. Technologic’s TS-7680 single board computer uses the same NXP/Freescale i.MX286 system-on-chip found on last year’s TS-7670 and the TS-7400-V2 SBC that came out in 2014. The power-sipping i.MX286 has an ARM926EJ-S […]

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