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Rugged Skylake embedded PC has wide range power

Monday 5th of December 2016 10:10:14 PM
Axiomtek’s “eBOX565-500-FL” computer runs Linux or Windows on dual-core Intel 6th Gen CPUs, and offers four USB 3.0 ports and wide-range power. The eBOX565-500-FL updates the two-year-old eBOX560-880-FL embedded PC, which provides dual-core Intel 4th Gen “Haswell” Core and Celeron CPUs. The very similar eBOX565-500-FL instead taps the 14nm Intel 6th Gen “Skylake” ULT processors, […]

Pico-ITX SBC runs Ubuntu on Braswell

Monday 5th of December 2016 03:29:40 PM
DFI announced an Intel Braswell based “BW051” Pico-ITX SBC with up to 8GB DDR3L, mini-PCIe, SATA 3.0, mSATA, and Linux support. DFI, which earlier this year tapped Intel’s “Braswell” generation of SoCs for its BW968 COM Express Compact Type 6 module, has now chosen Braswell for a Pico-ITX SBC. The 100 x 72mm BW051 ships […]

Rugged EPIC SBC gets a lift from Bay Trail Atoms

Friday 2nd of December 2016 04:43:58 PM
The rugged, Linux-supported WinSystems “EPX-C414” is an EPIC SBC with an Atom E3800, mini-PCIe and PC/104 expansion, and industrial temperature support. WinSystems, which recently announced an EBX-style EBC-C413 single board computer based on the Atom E3800, once again taps a Bay Trail Atom, this time for an industrial strength, EPIC form-factor EPX-C414. This upgrade for […]

Amazon extends AWS IoT with offline processing

Friday 2nd of December 2016 04:00:42 PM
The AWS IoT cloud platform now offers Lambda-based “AWS Greengrass” software for Linux IoT devices, enabling offline processing and communication. In Oct. 2015, Amazon unveiled its AWS IoT platform for aggregating data to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The software, which runs on embedded devices including Linux hacker boards, is now being extended with an optional […]

Tiny i.MX6 module has a trim little carrier too

Thursday 1st of December 2016 05:06:53 PM
E-Con’s Linux-ready “eSOMiMX6-micro” COM offers an i.MX6 SoC, optional WiFi/BT and GbE, and a 54 x 20mm footprint. Its “Meissa-I” carrier is only 80 x 40mm. In 2014, we called the E-Con Systems eSOMiMX6 computer-on-module “tiny” because it used the 70 x 45mm “μQseven” form-factor to expand upon the i.MX6 SoC. Now E-Con has bested […]

3.5-inch Apollo Lake SBC hands you a sixpack of USB 3.0

Thursday 1st of December 2016 03:21:33 PM
Portwell’s 3.5-inch “PEB-2773” SBC features dual- or quad-core Atom E3900 SoCs, wide-range power, industrial temperature support, and six USB 3.0 ports. Portwell’s PEB-2773 extends the 14nm-fabricated Atom E3900 (“Apollo Lake”) system-on-chips in the 3.5-inch single board computer form factor. Other 3.5-inch Apollo Lake SBCs include Advantech’s MIO-5350 and PCM-9366, as well as Aaeon’s GENE-APL5 and […]

First open source RISC-V chips arrive in Arduino board

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 06:07:26 PM
SiFive’s Arduino ready “HiFive1” dev kit features its 320MHz FE310, the first MCU using the open RISC-V ISA. Also, Samsung is rumored to be using RISC-V. In July, San Francisco-based startup SiFive unveiled the first system-on-chips based on the open source RISC-V processor architecture: a Linux-ready octa-core Freedom U500 and a FreeRTOS-based Freedom E300. Now, […]

“Greenlight for Girls” seeks to inspire STEM stars

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 12:01:02 AM
A keynote at the Embedded Linux Conference Europe described Greenlight for Girls, which aims to give girls around the world the opportunity to love STEM. There is growing anxiety within tech companies about the lack of skilled professionals to keep up with demand. There’s also a realization that one of the largest untapped resources is […]

IoT gateway runs Linux on i.MX6UL, offers Thread and ZigBee

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 11:09:39 PM
NXP’s Volansys-built, highly secure “Modular IoT Gateway” reference design runs Linux on an i.MX6 UL SoC, and offers Thread, ZigBee, WiFi, and NFC. NXP has released a Modular IoT Gateway reference design for large-node, 250+ wireless IoT networks. The gateway provides pre-integrated, tested, and RF-certified 802.15.4 mesh networking modules connected via MikroBus connectors, including Thread […]

Linux-friendly modules adopt hexa- and octa-core Rockchip SoCs

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 07:31:28 PM
Theobroma unveiled a Qseven module built around a hexa-core, Cortex-A72/-A53 Rockchip RK3399 SoC, plus a µQseven version based on an octa-core -A53 RK3368. Austrian Qseven specialists Theobroma Systems announced two computer-on-modules that build on Rockchip SoCs with Linux and Android support. The Qseven-based “RK3399-Q7” features the new Rockchip RK3399, with dual Cortex-A72 cores at up […]

Raspberry Pi shields offer 3G, 4G, GPRS, GPS, and XBee support

Monday 28th of November 2016 11:46:22 PM
Sixfab has launched an open source “Raspberry Pi IoT Shield Family” of RPi communications shields, including GPS, XBee, GPRS, 3G, and 4G add-ons. Sixfab, which is known for its Arduino-compatible Tinylab maker boards and kits, several of which integrate ESP8266 wireless SoCs, has now turned to the Raspberry Pi shield market with its Raspberry Pi […]

3.5-inch Apollo Lake SBC supports extended temperatures

Monday 28th of November 2016 04:58:03 PM
Litemax announced a 3.5-inch “AECX-APL0” SBC with Atom E3900 SoCs, up to 4K video, SATA and mSATA, dual mini-PCIe, and extended temperature support. Earlier this year, Taiwan-based industrial display manufacturer Litemax Electronics acquired embedded board maker WynMax Technologies, and the company has now unveiled its first Intel Apollo Lake based single board computer. The 3.5-inch […]

Open source lab-on-a-board costs $29

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 04:10:26 PM
The tiny, open source “EspoTek Labrador” board combines an oscilloscope, waveform generator, power supply, logic analyzer, and multimeter. We’ve seen several open source projects that have slashed the price and complexity of data acquisition (DAQ), testing and measurement, and other lab gear, such as the Red Pitaya, which is now selling kits under the STEMlab […]

First 64-bit distro for Raspberry Pi 3 is… SUSE?

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 09:46:17 PM
[Updated: Nov. 24] — SUSE released the first 64-bit distribution for the Raspberry Pi 3 with its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. OpenSUSE, Fedora and Ubuntu should be there soon. When we reported on the potential for 64-bit Linux distributions supporting the Raspberry Pi 3 earlier this year, the server focused SUSE Linux was not even […]

Open source Raspberry Pi IoT HAT starts at $21

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 05:01:53 PM
The “RabbitMax Flex” is a RPi HAT board for IoT with an IR transceiver, relays, 5x cable slots for I2C sensors, and optional dev kits with LCDs and sensors. A growing number of Internet of Things add-ons are available for the Raspberry Pi SBC, including HAT add-on boards and other development kits, but most are […]

Embedded PC roll-out spans Apollo Lake and Bay Trail

Friday 18th of November 2016 07:14:00 PM
Advantech unveiled two rugged embedded computers built on Intel’s Apollo Lake SoCs, as well as an embedded PC with a Bay Trail Atom E3845. We recently covered the five SBCs and three COMs in Advantech’s announcement of products built around Intel’s 14nm Apollo Lake family of Atom E3900, Celeron, and Pentium SoCs. Here now are […]

Open source AI voice interface mounts on dashboards

Friday 18th of November 2016 04:09:12 PM
The Next Thing’s “Dashbot” is an automotive gizmo that offers voice control of a phone’s music, nav, and texts. Inside is a CHIP Pro module running Linux. A little over a month after announcing a computer-on-module version of the CHIP (Computer Hardware in Products) SBC called the CHIP Pro, The Next Thing went to Kickstarter […]

Particle Cloud IoT platform adds Raspberry Pi support

Thursday 17th of November 2016 10:41:32 PM
Particle announced Raspberry Pi support for its Particle Cloud IoT development platform, and has launched a $100 starter kit based on the Raspberry Pi 3. Particle is opening its Particle Cloud IoT development platform to integrate Raspberry Pi-based endpoints, expanding its lineup of prototyping hardware from MCU-based devices like the Internet Button to more advanced […]

Latest Banana Pi offers SATA and 2GB RAM

Thursday 17th of November 2016 10:30:00 PM
Sinovoip’s $48, open-spec “Banana Pi M2 Ultra” SBC updates the M2 with native SATA support and 2GB RAM, plus a new quad core Cortex-A7 Allwinner R40 SoC. Sinovoip’s Banana Pi project has launched the Banana Pi M2 Ultra on Aliexpress for $48, only $4 more than the Banana Pi M2 SBC, which similarly has a […]

Rugged, Linux-friendly SBCs tap Atoms of today and yesterday

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 05:04:49 PM
WinSystems unveiled the first PC/104 SBC to use Apollo Lake SoCs, featuring PCIe/104 OneBank and dual GbE, and launched an EBX SBC based on Bay Trail Atoms. WinSystems announced the PC/104 form factor PX1-C415 and EBX-style EBC-C413 — two SBCs featuring Intel Atoms from the current, 14nm “Apollo Lake” Atom-E3900 generation and the 22nm “Bay […]

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Open spec SBC dual boots Android and Ubuntu on hexa-core RK3399

T-Firefly is Kickstartering the first hacker SBC with Rockchip’s Cortex-A72/-A53 RK3399. The Firefly-RK3399 has up to 4GB DDR3, M.2, and USB 3.0 Type-C. T-Firefly, which offers Linux- and Android-ready open source boards like the Firefly-RK3288 and sandwich-style Firefly-RK3288 Reload, both of which are based on the quad-core, Cortex-A17 Rockchip RK3288, has advanced to a more powerful Rockchip SoC for its new open spec Firefly-RK3399. The hexa-core Rockchip RK3399 features two server-class Cortex-A72 cores clocked to up to 2.0GHz, as well as four Cortex-A53 at up to 1.42GHz. This appears to be the first RK3399 SBC and the first SBC to include Cortex-A72 cores. Read more

Leftovers: Software

  • Manuskript is a Promising Open-Source Scrivener Alternative
    Whether you plan to work on a book, a screenplay, or better structure your dissertation, you’ll probably see apps like Scrivener recommended. If you’re running Windows, macOS or even Android then you’re spoilt for choice, with various competing proprietary apps at varying price points readily available. On Linux the choices are somewhat limited.
  • Tor 0.2.9 Is Just Around the Corner As 0.2.8.10 Fixes Memory Leak in OpenSSL 1.1
    The past weekend brought us new stable and development builds of the Tor anonymity network project, versioned 0.2.8.10, as the most advanced version out there, and 0.2.9.6 RC (Release Candidate).
  • Pitivi 0.98 Linux Video Editor Adds Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts
    Version 0.98 of the GNOME-aligned GStreamer-powered Pitivi non-linear video editor was tagged today as the newest development milestone. The main feature addition of Pitivi 0.98 is now supporting customizable keyboard supports! Aside from finally supporting customizable keyboard shortcuts for this open-source video editor, a lot of warnings were fixed from GTK 3.22, and there has been a lot of other bug fixing. Bugs around Pitivi's timeline were primarily targeted by this release.
  • Phoronix Test Suite 6.8-Tana Officially Released
    Phoronix Test Suite 6.8.0 is now available as the latest version of our open-source, fully-automated, reproducible benchmarking software for Linux, BSD, Solaris, macOS, Windows, and other operating systems. Phoronix Test Suite 6.8 is the latest stable release now of our GPL-licensed benchmarking software updated on its regular quarterly release cadence. Phoronix Test Suite 6.8 development focused on a number of low-level improvements to particularly benefit Phoromatic and the Phodevi (Phoronix Device Interface) software/hardware library abstraction layer.
  • iPerf As Another Network Benchmark Is Now Available Via The Phoronix Test Suite
  • Chromium-Based Vivaldi 1.6 Browser Enters Development, Brings Tab Stack Renaming
    Vivaldi's Ruarí Ødegaard informs us about the availability of a new snapshot for the cross-platform, Chromium-based Vivaldi web browser, which promises to let users name tab stacks. Vivaldi Snapshot 1.6.682.3 marks the beginning of the development of Vivaldi 1.6, the next major version of the popular web browser, and it looks like it has been rebased on Chromium 55.0.2883.64. Besides fixing a bunch of regressions, the new development release implements an option under Settings -> Tabs -> Tab Features -> Tab stacking -> Allow Tab Stack Renaming, which lets you rename or name tab stacks.

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