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Choosing real-time embedded system products

Monday 20th of July 2020 03:45:23 PM
(Circuit Cellar article) There are many factors to consider when selecting components and board-level solutions for a real-time embedded system. In this article, Pentek’s Rodger Hosking steps through 10 key tips that can help you significantly avoid risks and reduce development efforts.

Whiskey Lake Pico-ITX board supports extended temperatures

Monday 20th of July 2020 01:41:33 PM
Axiomtek’s “PICO52R” Pico-ITX SBC delivers an Intel 8th Gen UE-series CPU, triple display support, 2x GbE, 2x USB 3.0, SATA, M.2, and -20 to 60°C support. The Intel 8th Gen Whiskey Lake-UE powered PICO52R can be considered an update to Axiomtek’s 7th Gen Kaby Lake-U based PICO51R. The 100 x 72mm SBC joins two other […]

15.6-inch panel PC offers choice of Apollo or Whiskey Lake via SDM

Friday 17th of July 2020 08:56:02 PM
Axiomtek’s 15.6-inch, SDM-style “ITC150WM” panel PC runs Linux or Win 10 on a choice of Apollo Lake or Whiskey Lake CPUs. Specs include GbE, up to 2x HDMI, up to 5x USB, and up to 3x M.2. Axiomtek announced an ITC150WM panel-PC series that use Intel’s Smart Display Module form factor to enable easy CPU […]

Industrial mini-PC claimed to be first to provide 5G

Friday 17th of July 2020 06:28:49 PM
A new GigaIPC QBiX-Pro industrial mini-PC offers a 7th Gen Kaby Lake-U CPU and an optional Qualcomm 5G modem via one of the 3x M.2 slots. Gigabyte’s GigaIPC embedded unit announced a rugged, fanless QBiX-Pro-KBLB7100HD-A1 mini-PC billed as the world’s first embedded PC with 5G. No OS support is listed for the 160 x 118 […]

Dual LAN SBC with RK3328 starts at $24

Friday 17th of July 2020 04:07:45 PM
Radxa’s open-spec, $24-and-up “Rock Pi E” SBC runs Linux on a quad -A53 RK3328 with up to 2GB RAM, microSD, eMMC, USB 3.0, 40-pin GPIO, optional WiFi/BT, and 10/100 and GbE LAN ports with optional PoE. Last October while researching Radxa’s Rock Pi 4C, we noticed a preliminary page for a Rock Pi E SBC […]

Medical panel PC has Whiskey Lake and a 24-inch touchscreen

Thursday 16th of July 2020 05:51:45 PM
Advantech’s IP65- and IP54-protected “POC-624” point-of-care terminal runs Linux or Win 10 on an 8th Gen UE-series CPU and offers a 24-inch HD touchscreen, 2x M.2 for NVMe and WiFi, PCIe x4, mini-PCIe, and iDoor expansion. Advantech has launched a fanless, 24-inch panel PC and medical point-of-care terminal equipped with an Intel 8th Gen Whiskey […]

Up to 2.4GHz Odroid-N2-Plus may be fastest open-spec Arm SBC around

Thursday 16th of July 2020 03:45:38 PM
Hardkernel has upgraded its Odroid-N2 SBC to an Odroid-N2-Plus with a new version of the hexa-core Amlogic S922X that boosts the 2x -A53 cores to 2.0GHz and the 4x -A73 cores to 2.2GHz, with overclocking up to 2.4GHz. Hardkernel has updated its high-end Odroid-N2 SBC with an Odroid-N2-Plus model that is likely the fastest community-backed […]

Ryzen Embedded signage system offers secure boot

Wednesday 15th of July 2020 06:56:55 PM
EFCO’s “VideoStar100” signage player runs Linux or Win 10 on a Ryzen Embedded V1000 or R1000 with up to 4x simultaneous 4K displays plus 2x GbE, 4x USB, 2x serial, and optional “SecuBoot” security. EFCO has launched a VideoStar100 digital signage system based on AMD’s Ryzen Embedded SoCs that features the company’s optional SecuBoot security […]

Raspberry Pi add-on offers dead reckoning GNSS with RTK support

Wednesday 15th of July 2020 04:54:51 PM
SparkFun’s “GPS-RTK pHAT” for the Raspberry Pi features u-blox’s 184-channel ZED-F9R module for ADR of up to 4x concurrent GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and BeiDou links with 20cm accuracy when linked to an RTK base station. SparkFun has launched a $250 Raspberry Pi add-on board for “highly accurate and continuous position” in automotive, robotic rover, and […]

Pocketable, $120 and up WiFi gateway has dual GbE ports

Tuesday 14th of July 2020 03:04:03 PM
GL.iNet’s compact, $120-and-up “Brume-W” gateway runs Linux on a dual -A53 Marvell Armada 3720 and offers 1GB RAM, 8GB flash, microSD, 2x GbE, WAN, WiFi, and USB 2.0. GL.iNet has gone to Kickstarter to successfully fund a pocket-sized, dual-GbE wireless gateway that consumes about 6 Watts and is touted for its “excellent VPN routing experience.” […]

Quad-GbE Apollo Lake appliance has dual mini-PCIe slots

Monday 13th of July 2020 06:04:04 PM
Axiomtek’s Linux-ready “NA346” networking appliance is equipped with a Celeron N3350, 4x GbE ports with optional bypass, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, and 2x mini-PCIe slots with mSATA and wireless support. Axiomtek has launched an entry-level “SD-WAN, VPN and security gateway for industrial IoT security applications.” The 146 x 118.2 x 33.5mm NA346 runs Yocto-based Linux […]

Compact, $20 NanoPi Neo3 SBC runs Linux on RK3328

Monday 13th of July 2020 03:29:31 PM
FriendlyElec has launched a 48 x 48mm, $20-and-up “NanoPi Neo3” SBC that runs Linux on a quad -A53 Rockchip RK3328 with 1GB or 2GB DDR4 and provides USB 3.0, GbE, and -20 to 70℃ support. When FriendlyElec announced its NanoPi Neo4 SBC last October, there was a lot to be excited about, starting with one […]

Tiny modules unlock i.MX8M Mini and Nano

Friday 10th of July 2020 03:22:56 PM
Keith & Koep’s Linux-friendly 48 x 32mm “Myon II” and “Myon II Nano” modules feature the i.MX8M Mini and Nano with 8GB and 4GB LPDDR4, respectively, along with eMMC expansion, GbE, MIPI-DSI and -CSI, and up to -40 to 85°C support. Germany-based Keith & Koep has added two new members to its 48 x 32 […]

Rockchip PX30 based in-vehicle system supports OBD-II telematics and ADAS

Thursday 9th of July 2020 03:23:34 PM
Arbor’s 8-inch “IOT-800N” automotive telematics panel PC for ADAS and fleet management runs Android 8.1 or Linux on a quad -A35 Rockchip PX30 and offers CAN/OBD-II, 4G, GPS, WiFi/BT, NFC, and an 8MP camera. Arbor announced a Rockchip PX30-based telematics computer with an 8-inch touchscreen for Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and fleet management that […]

Coffee Lake system supports seven independent displays

Wednesday 8th of July 2020 08:56:52 PM
Vecow’s rugged “RCX-1000 PEG” series runs Linux or Win 10 on 8th or 9th Gen Coffee Lake CPUs with up to 2x PCI/PCIe x16 slots for graphics plus PCIe x4, 2x M.2, 2x mini-PCIe, 4x SATA, 6x USB 3.1 Gen2, and 2x GbE ports. Vecow announced another rugged, PCIe-enabled system with Intel 8th/9th Gen Coffee […]

Coffee Lake-H module features Intel CM246 chipset

Wednesday 8th of July 2020 02:51:47 PM
Nexcom’s Linux-ready “ICES 675” is a COM Express Basic Type 6 module with an 8th Gen Coffee Lake-H CPU and Intel CM246 chipset, triple display support, multiple PCIe connections, and an optional ICEB 8060 carrier. Nexcom’s NexCobot unit has announced a 125 x 95mm COM Express Basic Type 6 module with Intel’s 45W TDP 8th […]

Atom C3000 net appliance offers options for 10GbE, PoE, WiFi 6, and 5G

Tuesday 7th of July 2020 03:57:56 PM
Advantech’s fanless, -20 to 70°C tolerant “FWA-1112VC” net appliance runs Linux on an Atom C3000 with 6x GbE or 4x GbE with 2x 10GbE SFP+ ports along with optional PoE and 3x M.2 for SATA, WiFi 6, and 4G/5G. Advantech has announced a highly customizable, IP40-protected desktop networking system with extended temperature support. The FWA-1112VC […]

Open frame panel PCs run on Kaby Lake-U

Monday 6th of July 2020 08:07:08 PM
Adlink’s rugged, 7- to 21.5-inch “SP-KL Series” panel PCs run Ubuntu or Win 10 on 7th Gen U-series processors with SATA, M.2, mini-PCIe, PCIe x4, DP++, 2x GbE, 2x USB, and Adlink’s optional Function Modules. Adlink has announced a 7th Gen Kaby Lake U-series SP-KL Series counterpart to its almost identical, Intel Apollo Lake based […]

Pico-ITX board based on i.MX8M ships with Linux BSP

Monday 6th of July 2020 03:35:08 PM
F&S has launched a $407 and up “armStone MX8M” Pico-ITX SBC that runs Linux on an i.MX8M with up to 8GB LPDDR4 and 64GB eMMC with GbE, WiFi/BT, 5x USB, MIPI-CSI, DVI, and a mini-PCIe slot. F&S Elektronik Systeme originally announced the NXP i.MX8M-based armStone MX8M Pico-ITX board in early 2018 with an intention to […]

Linux-ready Coffee Lake systems support Nvidia graphics

Monday 6th of July 2020 02:00:20 PM
Neousys’ “Nuvo-8240GC” embedded PC runs on 8th or 9th Gen CPUs with 2x PCIe x16 for dual Tesla T4 GPUs and offers 2x PCIe x8, M.2 for NVMe, and 2x mini-PCIe. A similar Nuvo-8108GC system was tapped by Baidu as a dev kit for its Linux-based Apollo automotive platform. Neousys announced a rugged, Intel Coffee […]

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