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Embedded NUC SBC expands upon quad-core -A53 Snapdragon

Friday 24th of March 2017 09:24:19 PM
Seco announced a wireless-ready “SBC-B47-eNUC” SBC that complies with the 4×4-inch eNUC form factor, and runs Linux or Android on a Snapdragon 410E. Seco is prepping its first SBC based on the 101.6 x 101.6mm (4.0 x 4.0-inch) Embedded NUC (eNUC) SBC standard from the Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies (SGET). The eNUC form factor […]

Linux-based imaging dev kit targets Basler cameras

Friday 24th of March 2017 07:53:36 PM
Critical Link unveiled an imaging dev kit based on its Cyclone V-based MitySOM-5CSx module, featuring an interface to Basler BCON dart cameras. Critical Link announced a Linux-driven “MitySOM Embedded Imaging Dev Kit” for automation, robotics, motion control, and vision applications based on its Intel Cyclone V based MitySOM-5CSx COM and baseboard. The latter has been […]

Modular, open source robotics kit lets you build your own 3D printer

Thursday 23rd of March 2017 11:19:03 PM
The Plugg.ee Labs Cortex-M3 based “JuicyBoard” robotics kit is designed for building stepper motor controlled devices like 3D printers or CNC routers. The JuicyBoard has surpassed its modest funding goals on Crowd Supply, providing a modular, open source development kit for stepper motor oriented devices such as 3D printers and CNC routers. Built around an […]

Rugged, expandable 3.5-inch Skylake SBC supports Linux

Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 08:29:27 PM
Diamond’s 3.5-inch “Venus” SBC offers an Intel 6th Gen CPU, -40 to 85°C support, up to 20GB of ruggedized RAM, and mini-PCIe and PCIe/104 OneBank. The Venus is “believed to be the very first rugged small form factor single-board-computer” based on Intel’s 6th Generation “Skylake” Core processors, says Diamond Systems. This may well be true, […]

Toughened up PC/104 SBC runs Linux

Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 04:11:33 PM
WinSystems unveiled a rugged “PCM-C418” SBC with a dual-core, Vortex86DX3SoC, Fast and Gigabit Ethernet ports, SATA and CF storage, and PC/104 expansion. The WinSystems PCM-C418 SBC offers a combination of PC/104 expansion, GbE and Fast Ethernet ports, shock and vibration resistance, and a Linux-friendly, x86-based Vortex86DX3 SoC — attributes shared by the Diamond Systems Helix […]

Rugged, Linux-ready sandwich style SBC packs Skylake CPUs

Tuesday 21st of March 2017 04:12:41 PM
VersaLogic’s 125 x 85 x 37mm “Blackbird” offers Skylake CPUs, up to 32GB of DDR4, 3x mini-PCIe sockets, wide-range power, and MIL-STD-202G ruggedization. VersaLogic calls its dual-layer Blackbird an Embedded Processing Unit (EPU). Like the other VersaLogic EPUs we’ve seen, such as the Atom-based Osprey EPU, the Blackbird is a three-layer sandwich consisting of a […]

Nvidia’s Jetson TX2 module gains third party carrier boards

Monday 20th of March 2017 05:11:53 PM
Connect Tech released three carriers for the Jetson TX2 and TX1: Cogswell with GigE Vision, Spacely for cam-intensive Pixhawk drones, and a $99 Sprocket. Last April, Connect Tech announced an Astro carrier board for Nvidia’s Tegra X1-driven Jetson TX1 COM, and then followed up with the Orbitty and Elroy boards in May. Now, following Nvidia’s […]

Pico-ITX board gives you Rockchip RK3288 and optional wireless

Monday 20th of March 2017 02:34:18 PM
Aaeon’s RICO-3288 Pico-ITX SBC runs Android 6.0 on a quad Cortex-A17 RK3288, and offers up to 4Kx2K resolution and optional wireless, CAN, and -20 to 70°C. The RICO-3288 is the first Aaeon product we can recall featuring a Rockchip SoC, and one of the relatively few Rockchip RK3288 based SBCs we’ve seen outside of Firefly’s […]

Apollo Lake 3.5-inch SBC doubles down on security

Monday 20th of March 2017 01:07:37 PM
Kontron’s Linux-friendly, x86 3.5-inch form factor Apollo Lake-based SBC features triple display support, TPM 2.0, and optional security services. Kontron’s 146 x 102mm “3.5”-SBC-APL” single board computer expands upon the 14nm “Apollo Lake” Atom E3900 series and Celeron N3350 system-on-chips with an SBC focused on security. Other 3.5-inch Apollo Lake SBCs include Portwell’s PEB-2773, Advantech’s […]

Consortium aims to unify Linux and Android IoT

Friday 17th of March 2017 08:39:41 PM
Advantech and nine firms, including Retronix, ThunderSoft, Canonical, and Timesys, launched an Embedded Linux & Android Alliance (ELAA) for IoT standards. Just when we thought there couldn’t possibly be another IoT organization promising to usher us into the nirvana of true interoperability, here comes the Embedded Linux & Android Alliance (ELAA). For all we know, […]

UP Core SBC is a smaller, wireless version of the Atom-based UP

Friday 17th of March 2017 03:56:04 PM
Aaeon’s UP Core is a smaller version of the community-backed, Atom x5 Z8350 based UP board that swaps out the GbE port for WiFi and Bluetooth. Aaeon closed out the Embedded World show by announcing a more compact and COM-like UP Core version of its community-backed UP board SBC. The similarly Linux- and Android-ready UP […]

Ubuntu snaps expand to Orange Pi SBCs and a QorIQ SoC

Thursday 16th of March 2017 09:02:42 PM
Shenzhen Xunlong is launching an Ubuntu snap app store for its Orange Pi SBCs. Canonical also ported its snap-based Ubuntu Core distro to NXP’s LS1043A SoC. Shenzhen Xunlong Software Co. Ltd has achieved considerable success with its Raspberry Pi compatible, open-spec Orange Pi SBCs. However, many buyers have avoided these amazingly low-cost boards due to […]

NXP aims new MCUs and QorIQ SoCs at IoT

Thursday 16th of March 2017 07:52:34 PM
NXP announced a Linux-ready, dual ARMv8 QorIQ LS1028A SoC with TSN Ethernet, and unveiled several new MCUs including a tiny, 4x4mm MC9S08SUx. NXP used this week’s Embedded World show to announce a new QorIQ LS1028A SoC for Time-Sensitive Networking applications, plus a “Modular IoT Framework” of preconfigured, wireless enabled NXP hardware and software for IoT. […]

NXP’s Cortex-A35 based i.MX8 X SoCs put safety first

Thursday 16th of March 2017 02:29:30 PM
NXP’s i.MX8 X SoCs offer 2-4 Cortex-A35 cores, plus Cortex-M4F, Vivante, and Tensilica cores and safety features like ECC and SER. At this week’s Embedded World show, NXP Semiconductors N.V. unveiled three dual- and quad-core Cortex-A35 based i.MX8 X SoCs. The new SoCs — the i.MX8 QuadXPlus, i.MX8 DualXPlus, and the i.MX8 DualX — also […]

Wireless enabled SODIMM-style COM runs Linux on new i.MX6 ULL SoC

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 03:57:17 PM
Toradex unveiled a Linux-driven Colibri module with NXP’s i.MX6 ULL SoC that offers industrial temperature support and dual-band WiFi-ac and BT 4.2/BLE. Toradex has revealed preliminary specs — but so far no photo — of its Colibri iMX6ULL — the first of Toradex’s 67.6 x 36.7mm Colibri computer-on-modules to offer onboard wireless. It’s also the […]

Tough, 84 x 55mm Intel Atom module offers soldered memory

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 02:18:15 PM
Eurotech’s rugged, Linux-friendly “CPU-163-15” is an 84 x 55mm COM Express Type 10 Mini module with Bay Trail Atoms and soldered ECC and eMMC. Eurotech’s Intel Atom E3800 “Bay Trail” based CPU-163-15 COM Express Type 10 Mini computer-on-module continues the Amaro, Italy based company’s tradition of offering rugged embedded boards with support for its cloud-based […]

Intel Media SDK eases smart camera development on Apollo Lake

Tuesday 14th of March 2017 05:47:54 PM
The Intel Media SDK for Embedded Linux opens up the video codecs found on Apollo Lake SoCs for Yocto Project based smart camera applications. Intel has released a free Intel Media SDK for Embedded Linux that offers easier access to the video codecs in its 14nm Apollo Lake SoCs. The kit, which is already available […]

Tiny, headless, GbE-equipped, quad Cortex-A53 SBC sells for $15

Tuesday 14th of March 2017 04:29:39 PM
[Updated: Mar. 15] — FriendlyElec’s 40 x 40mm, headless, Ubuntu Core ready “NanoPi Neo2” updates the Neo with a 64-bit Allwinner H5 and a GbE port. FriendlyElec (FriendlyARM) has added to its line of tiny, open spec NanoPi Neo SBCs with a Neo2 model that advances to an ARMv8 architecture. Whereas the similarly 40 x […]

Robotics savvy BeagleBone Blue SBC turns on the servos

Tuesday 14th of March 2017 03:15:31 PM
BeagleBoard.org’s $80 “BeagleBone Blue” robotics SBC runs Debian on an Octavo SiP, and adds motion control and battery friendly power to the BB Black. BeagleBoard.org first showed off a prototype of its robotics-targeted, community backed BeagleBone Blue back in Jan. 2016. The BeagleBone Black spin-off was designed and developed in coordination with the UCSD Coordinated […]

How to add Alexa to your Raspberry Pi 3 gizmo

Tuesday 14th of March 2017 01:11:13 PM
At Embedded Linux Conference 2017, Mike Anderson explained how to add Amazon Echo’s Alexa voice agent to the Raspberry Pi 3. One of the leading items on embedded developers’ to-do lists these days is to add Amazon’s Alexa voice agent to a hacker board or another Linux device. Of course, you could simply buy an […]

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