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Toradex and Digi launch i.MX8X-based Colibri and ConnectCore COMs

Friday 16th of November 2018 09:54:26 PM
Toradex and Digi have released Linux-friendly i.MX8X-based modules via early access programs. The Colibri iMX8X and Digi ConnectCore 8X each provide WiFi-ac and Bluetooth 4.2. NXP’s i.MX8X SoC has made quite a splash this week. Eight months after Phytec announced an i.MX8X-based phyCORE-i.MX 8X module, Variscite unveiled a VAR-SOM-MX8X module and then Congatec followed up […]

Kodak’s new 3D printer has a Raspberry Pi inside

Friday 16th of November 2018 05:02:39 PM
Kodak has launched a Raspberry Pi 3 based Kodak Portrait 3D Printer with a dual-extrusion system, multiple filament types, a 5-inch touchscreen, and WiFi and Ethernet connections to a Kodak 3D Cloud service. Kodak and Smart Int’l. have collaborated on a professional, dual extrusion Kodak Portrait 3D Printer that runs a Linux-based 3DprinterOS on a […]

Congatec shows off Qseven and SMARC modules with new i.MX8X

Thursday 15th of November 2018 09:28:57 PM
Congatec announced two industrial, Linux-ready modules equipped with NXP’s dual- or quad-A35 i.MX8X SoC: the Conga-QMX8X (Qseven) with optional PoE and the Conga-SMX8X (SMARC 2.0) with optional WiFi. When either Variscite or Congatec announces a computer-on-module based on a new processor, the other company typically follows suit shortly thereafter. After Variscite announced its NXP i.MX8X-based […]

New Raspberry Pi A+ board shrinks RPi 3B+ features to HAT dimensions

Thursday 15th of November 2018 03:23:30 PM
A HAT-sized, $25, Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ will soon arrive with the same 1.4GHz quad-A53 SoC, dual-band WiFi, and 40-pin GPIO of the RPi 3B+, but with only 512MB RAM, one USB, and no LAN. As promised, Raspberry Pi Trading has revived its old mini-size, four-year old Raspberry Pi Model A+ SBC with a […]

SBC showcases Qualcomm’s 10nm, octa-core QCS605 IoT SoC

Wednesday 14th of November 2018 09:19:01 PM
[Updated: Nov. 16] — Intrinsyc’s compact “Open-Q 605” SBC for computer vision and edge AI applications runs Android Oreo and Qualcomm’s Vision Intelligence Platform on Qualcomm’s IoT-focused, octa-core QCS605. Also new: an Oreo-based Open-Q 624A Development Kit with a Snapdragon 624. In April, Qualcomm announced its QCS605 SoC, calling it “the first 10nm FinFET fabricated […]

Variscite unveils its first i.MX8X module

Wednesday 14th of November 2018 04:34:40 PM
Variscite’s “VAR-SOM-MX8X” COM runs Linux or Android on NXP’s up to quad -A35 core i.MX8X SoC with up to 4GB LPDDR4 and 64GB eMMC, plus WiFi/BT, dual GbE controllers, and -40 to 85°C support. Variscite has launched its first i.MX8X-based computer-on-module. The 67.6 x 51.6mm VAR-SOM-MX8X runs Yocto Project based Linux or Android on NXP’s […]

Second-gen Intel Neural Compute Stick shows off new Myriad X VPU

Wednesday 14th of November 2018 01:56:08 PM
Intel has launched a $99 “Neural Compute Stick 2” AI accelerator built around a new Myriad X VPU that adds a Neural Compute Engine and more cores for up to 8x greater performance. Intel may be scaling back a bit on its IoT business, but it continues to push hard with the Myriad neural network […]

Rugged DIN-rail PC taps Skylake-U

Tuesday 13th of November 2018 07:29:03 PM
Aaeon has launched a Linux-friendly DIN-rail “Boxer-6750” DIN-rail computer with a dual-core Intel 6th Gen CPU, dual displays, extended temp and vibration resistance, plus 2x GbE, 2x USB 3.0, and 4x serial ports. Aaeon has added to it diverse line of Boxer embedded computers with a rugged, DIN-rail mountable industrial computer. The 183 x 155 […]

This under-$6 SBC runs Linux on C-SKY ISA chip

Tuesday 13th of November 2018 06:07:09 PM
[Updated: 2PM] — Hangzhou C-SKY has launched a “C-SKY Linux Development Board” for $5.60 and up, featuring a 574MHz GX6605S CK610M SoC, 64MB DDR2 with a novel C-SKY ISA, plus an HDMI port, and 2x USB 2.0 ports. Last month, Hangzhou C-SKY Microsystems Co. announced Linux 4.20~5.0 kernel support for its new C-SKY CK810 SoC […]

Rugged, low-cost Bay Trail SBC runs Linux

Tuesday 13th of November 2018 04:13:08 PM
VersaLogic released a rugged, PC/104-Plus form-factor “SandCat” SBC with a dual-core Intel Bay Trail SoC, -40 to 85℃ support, plus SATA, GbE, and mini-PCIe and more, starting at $370 in volume. VersaLogic has spun a simpler, more affordable alternative to its BayCat single board computer, which similarly offers a Linux supported Intel Bay Trail SoC […]

Modular automation controller builds on UP Squared SBC

Monday 12th of November 2018 01:35:39 PM
Techbase is shipping a Linux-friendly industrial automation controller called the ModBerry M2000 based on the UP Squared SBC, featuring GbE, SATA, and M.2. Polish development firm Techbase offers a growing family of industrial control computers based on popular SBCs such as the Raspberry Pi 3B+ based ModBerry M500 and UP board based ModBerry M1000. Now, […]

Snapdragon 2100 dev kit arrives as Fossil debuts smartwatch for new Snapdragon 3100

Saturday 10th of November 2018 09:23:50 PM
Intrinsyc has launched an Android-based Open-Q 2500 SOM module and development kit for smartwatches based on the Snapdragon 2500. Meanwhile, Fossil unveiled the first watch to run Wear OS on the next-gen Snapdragon 3100. Intrinsyc has followed up on last year’s smartwatch oriented Open‐Q 2100 SOM, featuring Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC, with a new […]

Linux-driven 96Boards SBC features AI and RISC-V companion chips

Friday 9th of November 2018 10:56:06 PM
[Updated: Nov. 10] — Bitmain announced a “Sophon BM1880 EDB” 96Boards CE SBC featuring its new Sophon BM1880 AI chip plus dual Cortex-A53 cores that run Linux. There’s also a RISC-V MCU and optional Raspberry Pi and Arduino modules. Beijing-based Bitmain, which is known primarily as a leading vendor of bitcoin mining chips and computers, […]

Android Oreo dev kit showcases the Snapdragon 670

Friday 9th of November 2018 05:48:19 PM
Intrinsyc’s Android 8.0 driven Open-Q 670 HDK mobile development kit for the octa-core Snapdragon 670 SoC features a 5.65-inch touchscreen, 6GB LPDDR4, 6GB eMMC, WiFi, BT, GPS, NFC, and optional camera and sensor boards. The 170 x 170mm, Mini-ITX form-factor Open-Q 670 HDK is one of Intrynsic’s Android mobile “open frame” kits with a smartphone […]

RISC-V Linux development in full swing

Thursday 8th of November 2018 03:39:59 PM
All signs point to a happy marriage between Linux and RISC-V. At Embedded Linux Conference Europe, Comcast’s Khem Raj gave a presentation that strengthens the case. Most Linux users have heard about the open source RISC-V ISA and its potential to challenge proprietary Arm and Intel architectures. Most are probably aware that some RISC-V based […]

Gumstix enhances Geppetto board design service with new Board Builder UI

Wednesday 7th of November 2018 04:51:58 PM
Gumstix has expanded its Linux-oriented Geppetto online embedded board development platform with a free “Board Builder” service that offers a checklist interface for selecting modules, ports, and more. Gumstix has added a free Board Builder service to its Geppetto Design-to-Order (D2O) custom board design service. The Board Builder improvements make the drag-and-drop Geppetto interface even […]

RK3399 Raspberry Pi clone will launch at $39

Tuesday 6th of November 2018 09:38:24 PM
[Updated: 7PM] — Radxa has posted specs for a $39 and up, community backed “Rock Pi” Raspberry Pi lookalike with a Rockchip RK3399, USB 3.0, M.2, HDMI 2.0, and native GbE, plus optional WiFi, BT, and PoE. Radxa is prepping a Raspberry Pi pseudo clone called the Rock Pi that runs Linux or Android on […]

Intel 6th and 7th Gen box PCs offer PCIe graphics expansion

Tuesday 6th of November 2018 04:18:58 PM
Aaeon launched a rugged, Linux-friendly line of “Boxer-6841M” industrial computers based on 6th or 7th Gen Core CPUs with either a PCIe x16 slot for Nvidia GPU cards or 2x PCIe x8 slots for frame grabbers. The Boxer-6841M line of six industrial box PCs is designed for edge AI and machine vision applications. Like last […]

Three open-spec RK3399 SBCs go on sale, including an AI-enabled model

Monday 5th of November 2018 10:48:20 PM
The RK3399-based Khadas Edge SBC has launched on Indiegogo along with a new Edge-1S model that uses the AI-enhanced RK3399Pro SoC and an Edge-V model that replaces the Edge’s MXM3 connector with 40-pin GPIO and adds MIPI-DSI and -CSI. In July, Shenzhen Wesion’s Khadas project showed off the unusual Khadas Edge SBC, which runs Linux […]

Compact embedded PC has three PoE-ready GbE ports

Monday 5th of November 2018 05:11:19 PM
EFCO’s fanless “SmartSL Plus” embedded box computer is built around a Intel Bay Trail based Congatec Qseven module. The system features 3x GbE ports with PoE, mini-PCIe and mSATA, dual displays, and isolated GPIO. EFCO’s compact SmartSL Plus embedded computer has begun sampling at $450 and up, targeting machine vision, video, AOI, test & measurement, […]

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