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Headless ARM9 SBC boots Debian in 0.87 seconds

Thursday 27th of November 2014 12:12:21 AM
Technologic released a fast-booting headless PC/104-expandable SBC, running Debian on a PXA16x SoC, and with a Lattice FPGA and wide temperature operation. The TS-7250-V2 SBC provides an upgrade path for customers using the circa-2004 TS-7250 or circa-2006 TS-7260 single board computers, says Technologic Systems. The PC/104 form-factor board offers a choice of the 1GHz, ARM9-based […]

Tiny quad-core ARM mini-PC runs Ubuntu with Cinnamon

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 06:24:01 PM
A startup is pitching a $129-$199 “Imp” mini-PC on Indiegogo based on a quad-core Odroid-U3 SBC, with HDMI streaming and an Ubuntu/Cinnamon Linux desktop. A day after reporting on one Israeli-based, non-Android ARM mini-PC — SolidRun’s $100 CuBoxTV with OpenElec Linux — here comes another. Aside from the usual hyperbole found on crowdfunding pages — […]

Linux-based AUV maps Antarctic sea ice thickness

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 12:42:34 AM
Woods Hole Oceanographic used a Linux-based “SeaBED” AUV to build the first 3D map of Antarctic sea ice — and found it’s thicker than had been estimated. Every now and then we see some good news about climate change sprinkled in with all the increasingly dire warnings. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that solar […]

Quad-core media player runs Kodi/XBMC on OpenElec Linux

Tuesday 25th of November 2014 07:35:12 PM
SolidRun’s tiny, $100 “CuBoxTV” media player runs OpenElec Linux and Kodi (formerly XBMC) on a quad-core i.MX6 SoC, and offers 100Mbps+ video decoding. The CuBoxTV is the first Freescale i.MX6 based media player to run the Kodi (formerly XBMC) multimedia distribution, says Israel-based SolidRun. CuBoxTV is closely based on the company’s latest i.MX6 based CuBox […]

Android game console runs on quad-core Cortex-A17

Tuesday 25th of November 2014 02:57:36 AM
Ugoos announced a “micro game console” spin-off of its Android-based quad-core Cortex-A17 UT3 media player, and released an Ubuntu 14.10 build for the UT3. The Ugoos “G-box” micro game console appears to use the same design as the company’s Android-based, 4Kx4K ready UT3 media player, which sells for as low as $130. The G-box follows […]

Android drone tracks you by computer vision

Monday 24th of November 2014 08:11:14 PM
Kickstarter is showing an $899, Android-based “Mind4″ follow-me drone that tracks you entirely by computer vision, and interprets full-body gestures. Like fellow Kickstarter drone projects AirDog and Hexo+, as well as 3D Robotics’s Iris+, AirMind’s Mind4 quadcopter is designed as a “follow-me” drone for recording videos of a moving target. Unlike these products, however, which […]

Android 5.0 dev kits simplify octacore Snapdragon designs

Saturday 22nd of November 2014 11:06:07 PM
[Updated 11:40pm] — Intrinsyc unveiled an Android 5.0 dev platform for the Snapdragon 810 SoC in phone, tablet, SBC, and COM versions that debut DDR4 and TransferJet tech. Intrinsyc Technologies has released three Android 5.0 development platforms, as well as a computer-on-module, supporting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 system-on-chip: Open-Q 8094 System on Module (SOM) — […]

Android projector offers 400 lumens on battery power

Friday 21st of November 2014 08:41:21 PM
AAXA’s Android-based M4 is claimed as “the world’s brightest battery powered projector,” with 400 lumens running on battery power, or 800 lumens plugged-in. AAXA Technologies offers a wide variety of projection systems, including a recent Android-based LED Pico Projector selling for $499. The LE Pico received a “Good” rating earlier this week from PCMag, which […]

Linux-friendly COM offers a choice of Bay Trail SoCs

Friday 21st of November 2014 02:33:22 AM
Thirteen months after Intel debuted its “Bay Trail” SoCs, we’re still seeing new boards based on it emerge, as in the case of this Aaeon COM Express module. Although Taiwan-based Aaeon pre-announced the “COM-BT” computer-on-module last October, as part of Intel’s big Bay Trail sytem-on-chip rollout, the module is just now becoming available for production […]

Finnish Sailfish/Android tablet rivalry heats up

Wednesday 19th of November 2014 10:13:43 PM
Jolla quickly hit the Indiegogo goal for its first Sailfish-based tablet, with a quad-core Intel SoC, while Nokia tipped a similar Atom-based Android slate. After the MeeGo Linux project was killed off to make room for Tizen, and Nokia abandoned the smartphone-oriented Mer development branch of MeeGo it had used on the Nokia N9 in […]

Intel to merge mobile and PC divisions amid mobile losses

Wednesday 19th of November 2014 02:16:15 AM
Intel is planning to merge its struggling mobile division with its PC division, and Rockchip released an ARM mobile SoC that was developed with Intel. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich recently sent an email to employees saying the company plans to merge its mobile computing division with its PC-Client group, according to the Wall Street Journal. […]

Intel’s MICA fashion bracelet features Linux and 3G data

Tuesday 18th of November 2014 08:18:04 PM
Intel and Opening Ceremony unveiled a $495, Linux-based “MICA” smart bracelet with 3G data, Facebook notifications, navigation, and “intelligent reminders.” Intel teased its MICA (My Intelligent Communication Accessory) bracelet at the launch of the Edison module in September. Yet, while it is similarly based on Linux, the MICA appears to be too small to house […]

$199 Linux-ready zero client offers GbE connection

Tuesday 18th of November 2014 07:36:17 PM
Viewsonic and Userful announced a $199, 3.5W VDI client that lets up to 20 Linux or Windows sessions run from a single Linux server via gigabit Ethernet. Userful has been selling its Linux-ready, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) thin clients to educational and corporate buyers for years. The company claims to have one million “seats” out […]

Thin Mini-ITX boards offer Atom and Core options

Tuesday 18th of November 2014 12:08:40 AM
Congatec announced two Linux-ready, industrial thin Mini-ITX boards measuring 25mm thick, featuring Intel Atom E3800 and 4th Gen Core SoCs, respectively. Congatec may be a big name in computer-on-modules, but it announced its very first single board computer only last May: the AMD G-Series SoC based Conga-IGX Mini-ITX board. Now the German embedded firm is […]

Timesys tips LinuxLink support for Renesas RZ/A SoC

Sunday 16th of November 2014 02:00:22 AM
[Updated Nov 21] — Timesys announced LinuxLink support for the Cortex-A9 based Renesas RZ/A SoC and RSK HDK. Renesas also tipped an RZ/A-based board for ARM Mbed development. Renesas Electronics announced the RZ/A1, the first of its RZ/A Series “high-end microprocessors,” over a year ago for HMI-driven industrial automation, medical, and consumer electronics applications. Now […]

Qseven computer-on-module debuts 3W Atom

Saturday 15th of November 2014 02:09:43 AM
Congatec announced a “Qseven Headless” module based on a new 1.33GHz Intel Atom E3805 SoC that lacks graphics, but has a TDP of only 3 Watts. Congatec’s first-ever “headless” computer-on-module — designed for embedded applications that don’t require displays — debuts the most power efficient Intel Atom processor yet, with a Thermal Design Power rating […]

Shrunken SODIMM-style Cortex-A9 COM delivers the goods

Thursday 13th of November 2014 11:47:46 PM
Variscite announced a reduced-sized, Linux friendly COM based on Freescale’s i.MX6, featuring extensive I/O including HDMI, GbE, WiFi, Bluetooth, and more. In September, Variscite refreshed its i.MX6 COM line with a VAR-SOM-MX6_V2 model that added built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and eMMC flash. Now, the company has introduced a “VAR-SOM-SOLO” that provides nearly all of the V2’s […]

Tiny MIPS COM aims Linux and Android at wearables

Wednesday 12th of November 2014 08:15:59 PM
[Updated Nov 13] — Ingenic’s tiny “Newton2″ wearables module is smaller and more power efficient than the original, and runs Linux or Android on a MIPS-based Ingenic M200 SoC. The Ingenic Newton2 provides a “complete development platform for wearable and Internet of Things,” according to Imagination Technologies, which announced the product to highlight the MIPS […]

Dev board runs Yocto Linux on Altera ARM+FPGA SoC

Tuesday 11th of November 2014 07:14:50 PM
Newark Element14’s “Lark Board” SBC runs Yocto Linux on Altera’s ARM/FPGA Cyclone V SX SoC, and offers USB Blaster II, camera, and expansion interfaces. The Lark Board, which sells for $940, is one of the more powerful ARM development boards you’re likely to find, at least if FPGAs are what you’re looking for. It’s designed […]

AMD’s Gizmo 2 SBC powers up with G-Series SoC

Tuesday 11th of November 2014 05:01:13 AM
[Updated Nov 11] — AMD’s GizmoSphere.org unveiled an updated version of its open-spec Gizmo SBC, with a dual-core G-Series SoC plus new HDMI, microSD, mSATA, and USB 3.0 ports. The Gizmo 2 is the next generation of the the Linux-ready Gizmo single board computer (SBC) released by the AMD-backed GizmoSphere.org community in Aug. 2013. The […]

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