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Thin, tough Mini-ITX board runs Linux on Apollo Lake

Thursday 11th of May 2017 01:38:27 PM
Adlink’s rugged “AmITX-AL-I” is a thin Mini-ITX board based on Intel Apollo Lake. It offers triple and 4K displays, plus mini-PCIe, PCIe, and mSATA. Adlink briefly announced the AmITX-AL-I when unveiling several Intel Atom E3900 “Apollo Lake” COMs back in November. The board now has a product page, although it’s still tagged as “preliminary.” Like […]

Congatec proposes API and middleware spec for COMs

Wednesday 10th of May 2017 08:01:21 PM
Congatec has launched a “ComX” standard for computer-on-module API and middleware spanning COM Express, Qseven, and SMARC form-factors. At the Embedded Systems Expo & Conference (ESEC) in Japan this week (May 10-12), Congatec announced an “extended standardization initiative” called ComX. The proposed standard builds upon existing computer-on-module hardware standards such as COM Express, Qseven, and […]

OK Google: make this Nest hack a standard feature

Wednesday 10th of May 2017 05:18:27 PM
[Updated: May 11] — This easy (“at your own risk”) hack can unlock a Nest thermostat’s “Cool” mode in heater-only installations, allowing control of a heater’s ventilation fan as though it’s an A/C. The Nest Learning Thermostat is a terrific energy saving Linux gizmo, with lots of cool features. I’ve been using one since January […]

Clustering system supports up to 72 ARM modules

Wednesday 10th of May 2017 04:09:24 PM
Christmann’s “RECS|Box” evaluation platform and server enclosures can cluster up to 72 Toradex Apalis COMs, and offer GbE and KVM switching. Toradex announced that Christmann Informationstechnik + Medien GmbH & Co. KG has launched several RECS|Box cluster-computing platforms for Toradex’s ARM-based, Linux-friendly Apalis computer-on-modules. The systems work with any of Toradex’s SODIMM-style, pin-compatible Apalis-brand modules, […]

Portwell’s four new RS4U industrial PCs use a common API stack

Tuesday 9th of May 2017 09:55:13 PM
Portwell’s “RS4U” industrial computers feature a standard set of Portwell APIs. The first four models support Intel Apollo Lake, Skylake, and Haswell CPUs. Portwell’s new RS4U industrial computers are unified with a common set of Portwell APIs that make it easier for applications to access and control Portwell hardware. Two of the first four RS4U […]

Rugged PC/104 SBC sandwich runs on Kaby Lake

Tuesday 9th of May 2017 04:52:48 PM
[Updated: May 10] — VersaLogic’s Linux-ready, “Liger” SBC sandwich offers 7th Gen Core CPUs, ruggedization features, and mini-PCIe, SPI/SPX, and PC/104-Plus expansion. The 108 x 96mm, PC/104 form-factor Liger is a two-layer assembly consisting of Versalogic’s Kaby Lake based Lion SBC on top, along with a down-stacking PC/104-Plus expansion bus adapter on the bottom layer. […]

Design your own RISC-V SoC with SiFive’s new “hassle-free” process

Monday 8th of May 2017 09:34:57 PM
SiFive announced free downloads and tools for rapid evaluation of its “fully synthesizable” RISC-V based E31 and E51 Coreplex IP on a $99 FPGA dev board. The 64-bit RISC-V ISA (instruction set architecture) was developed at the University of California, Berkeley in 2010, and subsequently became the basis of a University of Cambridge sponsored lowRISC […]

Open source NAS, offered as a device or bare PCB, runs Linux on MIPS

Saturday 6th of May 2017 01:25:43 AM
The “GnuBee Personal Cloud 1” open-source NAS device, featuring dual GbE ports and up to six internal 2.5-inch SSDs and/or HDDs, has funded at Crowd Supply. GnuBee designed its $168 “GnuBee Personal Cloud 1” (GB-PC1) NAS device to provide all the functionality of a commercial, proprietary NAS, “but at a much lower cost and with […]

Linux-ready Mini-ITX offers Skylake and Xeon too

Friday 5th of May 2017 05:51:39 AM
Advantech’s “AIMB-242” industrial Mini-ITX board ships with Intel’s 6th Gen Core EQ and Xeon E3 CPUs, and provides SATA, M.2, mini-PCIe, and PCIe expansion. Advantech’s AIMB-242 is not a thin Mini-ITX board like the similarly 6th Gen Skylake-based AIMB-285, but it is billed as “industrial.” Advantech has already released a full-height Skylake Mini-ITX called the […]

Automotive Grade Linux takes center stage for open automotive standards

Thursday 4th of May 2017 09:53:31 PM
At ELC 2017, Walt Miner of Automotive Grade Linux explained how AGL differs from GENIVI, and surveyed the road ahead toward this July’s Daring Dab release. After working for seven years at Tier 1 automotive suppliers that were members of the GENIVI project, Walt Miner, the Community Manager for the Linux Foundation’s Automotive Grade Linux […]

Free Raspberry Pi voice kit taps Google Assistant SDK

Thursday 4th of May 2017 09:21:20 PM
Google is giving away an “AIY Projects” voice/AI kit for the Raspberry Pi to MagPi subscribers, featuring voice and stereo mic HAT add-ons. Shortly after releasing a developer preview of the Google Assistant SDK designed for the Raspberry Pi, Google joined with The MagPi magazine to give away a Google Assistant driven voice kit to […]

Android smart speaker supports Alexa and Google Assistant

Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 08:18:20 PM
An Android-based “Clazio” speaker and smart home hub features a 7-inch touchscreen, dual 5W speakers, and support for both Alexa and Google Assistant. A startup called The Pan Sea Team has garnered more than $312,000 in Indiegogo pledges to successfully launch its Clazio speaker system. Built in China, the $169 device is expected to ship […]

Linux-friendly Skylake modules can take the heat

Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 07:26:04 PM
Eurotech has spun two rugged, Linux-friendly COM Express Type 6 modules in Basic and Compact form-factors, built on Intel’s 6th Gen Core CPUs. Eurotech’s 125 x 95mm COM Express Basic Type 6 “CPU-162-22” and 95 x 95mm Compact Type 6 CPU-161-17 modules expand upon Intel’s 6th Gen Core “Skylake” processors, in EQ- and U-series models, […]

Qseven module runs Linux on TI’s AM5728

Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 02:23:51 PM
Advantech’s Linux-driven “ROM-7510” module offers TI’s dual-core AM5728 SoC, 8GB eMMC, USB 3.0, PCIe, GbE, SATA, and industrial temperature support. Advantech is prepping a ROM-7510 module that runs on the Texas Instruments Sitara AM5728, the highest end model in TI’s dual Cortex-A15 AM57x family. Other AM57x-based computer-on-modules include CompuLab’s 68 x 60mm CL-SOM-AM57x and Phytec’s […]

i.MX6 SBCs include an open-spec, Wandboard-like model

Monday 1st of May 2017 11:36:09 PM
[Updated: May 2] — Poslab’s open source “SavageBoard” SBC runs Linux or Android on an i.MX6 Solo, DualLite, or Quad. There’s also a commercial i.MX6 “HobbitBoard.” Taiwanese embedded OEM firm and Point-of-Sale terminal maker Poslab Technology has launched an open-spec, community-backed SBC that competes directly with Technexion’s venerable, community-backed Wandboard and the new, very similar […]

Rugged Skylake Mini-ITX has 16.5mm profile

Monday 1st of May 2017 04:43:55 PM
Eurotech’s “CPU-521-17” is a -20 to 70°C ready thin Mini-ITX board that runs CentOS, Ubuntu, or Windows on Intel’s 6th Gen Core CPUs. Eurotech has spun a variety of Linux-ready SBCs over the years, such as its i.MX6-based CPU-351-13, but the new 6th Gen Core “Skylake” based CPU-521-17 is the first Eurotech Mini-ITX board we’ve […]

Google Assistant SDK preview brings voice agent to the Raspberry Pi

Friday 28th of April 2017 07:41:03 PM
Google has released a Python-based Google Assistant SDK that’s designed for prototyping voice agent technology on the Raspberry Pi 3. Google’s developer preview aims to bring Google Assistant voice agent applications to Linux developers. The Google Assistant SDK is initially designed for prototyping voice agent technology on the Raspberry Pi 3 using Python and Raspbian […]

Surveying Linux system update and integrity protection schemes

Friday 28th of April 2017 07:01:26 AM
At ELC 2017, Intel’s Patrick Ohly explores the pros and cons of system update mechanisms and integrity protection schemes for Yocto Project. Given the increasing malware attacks against Linux-based IoT devices, there is growing interest in integrity protection schemes, as well as system update mechanisms that support over-the-air (OTA) field upgrades. At the recent Embedded […]

Rugged, Linux-friendly module taps Apollo Lake

Thursday 27th of April 2017 07:02:30 PM
Axiomtek’s “CEM313” COM Express Compact module runs on Intel Apollo Lake, and offers -20 to 70°C support, vibration resistance, and an optional carrier. The CEM313 is Axiomtek’s first computer-on-module to support Intel’s recent Apollo Lake generation of system-on-chips. The 95 x 95mm COM Express Compact Type 6 module lacks Atom E3900 support, but can load […]

Linux-on-Sitara embedded computer triplets offer mini-PCIe expansion

Thursday 27th of April 2017 04:18:48 PM
[Updated: April 28] — Vision Systems has launched a trio of embedded systems that run Debian or OpenWrt on its new TI AM3352-based COM, and offer mini-PCIe and optional VPN. Vision Systems GmbH has tapped the tried-but-true, low-power Texas Instruments Sitara AM3352 SoC for a new VS-SOM-AM335x computer-on-module that drives its new line of fanless, […]

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