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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 […]

Raspberry Pi supercapacitor micro-UPS seeks funding

Monday 10th of November 2014 05:30:19 PM
Nelectra is crowdfunding a supercapacitor based micro-UPS for Raspberry models B and B+, enabling brownout protection and “last gasp” shutdown sequences. Bratislava, Slovakia based Nelectra’s first product was a generic “Juice4Halt” supercapacitor based micro-UPS (uninterrupted power supply) module aimed at single board computers used in industrial and embedded applications. The adapters protect the SBC’s operation […]

Tiny Raspberry Pi A+ SBC goes for $20

Monday 10th of November 2014 04:07:03 PM
The Raspberry Pi Foundation launched a Model A+ with a $20 price, and a tiny 65 x 56mm footprint, 23g weight, and compact 40-pin expansion header. Despite its lower, $25 price, the Raspberry Pi Model A has never come close to the popularity of its newer, more feature rich sibling, the Model B. This summer, […]

BeagleBoard-X15 sports dual-core Cortex-A15 Sitara

Saturday 8th of November 2014 06:45:32 PM
BeagleBoard.org is prepping a “BeagleBoard-X15″ SBC that will ship in February with 2GB of RAM, dual GbE ports, eSATA, and TI’s dual-core Sitara AM5728 SoC. ELinux.org posted a photo and basic specs for the first update to the original BeagleBoard single board computer in four years. The BeagleBoard-X15 will run Linux on a new dual-core, […]

Rugged Linux box-PC excels at industrial fieldbuses

Saturday 8th of November 2014 12:00:50 AM
Ixxat’s ruggedized “Econ 100″ DIN rail computer runs Linux on an ARM/FPGA Xilinx Zynq SoC, and supports multiple industrial Ethernet and fieldbus protocols. Ixxat Automation, which was acquired last year by HMS Industrial Networks, has spun a multi-protocol, industrial PC that supports a variety of fieldbus and industrial Ethernet standards. The Econ 100 “combines the […]

Rugged industrial gateway runs Linux on TI Sitara

Friday 7th of November 2014 08:22:48 PM
Advantech’s rugged, industrial gateway computer runs Linux on a Sitara AM3352, and features dual gigabit Ethernet ports, WiFi, CAN, and five serial ports. Previous UBC-branded box computers have offered the Freescale i.MX6 system-on-chips, but for the Linux-ready “UBC-FA30,” Advantech has turned to the Texas Instruments Sitara AM3352. This low-end, Cortex-A8 Sitara AM355x SoC lacks the […]

BeagleBone cape eases access to the Sitara SoC’s PRU

Thursday 6th of November 2014 10:58:40 PM
TI has launched a $39, Linux-ready cape for the BeagleBone Black for evaluating the Sitara SoC’s programmable real-time unit for applications like robotics. BeagleBone Black Rev C The PRU-ICSS (Programmable Real-Time Unit and Industrial Communication Subsystem) coprocessor, typically shorthanded to PRU, is built into the Texas Instruments Sitara AM3559 system-on-chip that drives the Linux-ready Beaglebone […]

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