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Coffee Lake in-vehicle system has four PoE ports

Friday 14th of February 2020 11:51:14 PM
Nexcom’s rugged “VTC 7251-7C4” in-vehicle PC runs Linux or Win 10 on an 8th or 9th Gen Coffee Lake CPU and offers 4x GbE ports with PoE, 4x mini-PCIe slots, plus GPS, HDMI, USB, serial, and isolated CAN. Nexcom announced its second Coffee Lake based, VTC-branded in-vehicle system after the VTC 7250-7C8. The new VTC […]

Coffee Lake system has a pair each of PCIe slots and removable SATA bays

Friday 14th of February 2020 08:22:12 PM
Lanner’s rugged, Linux-friendly “LEC-2290” embedded system combines an 8th Gen CPU with 2x GbE, 4x PoE, 2x HDMI, 6x serial, 4x USB, 2x removable SATA bays, and 2x PCIe slots plus mini-PCIe, M.2, and DP. Lanner announced an industrial edge PC with Intel’s 8th Gen Coffee Lake S-series processors, following earlier embedded systems such as […]

Wind River Linux adds CI/CD support with more frequent releases

Wednesday 12th of February 2020 08:16:04 PM
Wind River Linux customers can now choose a continuous integration and continuous delivery model for access to updated releases every few weeks. Wind River also announced separate, async updates for containers and Linux. Wind River has updated it Wind River Linux distribution with continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) support. This optional “model” for subscribing […]

96Boards-like Cortex-A5 SBC features security suite

Wednesday 12th of February 2020 06:08:26 PM
Arrow’s $159, 96Boards-like “Shield96 Trusted Platform” SBC runs Linux on a Cortex-A5 Microchip SAMA5D27 and pre-loads Sequitur Labs’ EmSPARK Security Suite with secure OTA, secure boot, crypto, and hardware root of trust. Arrow has launched an SBC that runs Linux on Microchip’s single-core Cortex-A5 SAMA5D27 (or ATSAMA5D27) SoC. The $159 Shield96 Trusted Platform features pre-loaded […]

Whiskey Lake Pico-ITX SBC offers M.2 and mini-PCIe expansion

Tuesday 11th of February 2020 05:06:34 PM
Aaeon’s “PICO-WHU4” Pico-ITX SBC is powered by an 8th Gen Whiskey Lake-UE CPU with up to 16GB DDR4 plus SATA, M.2, mini-PCIe, and a pair each of GbE, HDMI, and USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports. There’s also an enclosed “PICO-WHU4-SEMI” variant. Aaeon announced an 8th Gen Pico-ITX board for embedded applications that follows up on […]

Embedded Online Conference reg is free through Feb. 28

Monday 10th of February 2020 09:49:18 PM
An “Embedded Online Conference” scheduled for May 20 is open for free registration through Feb. 28 and will then cost $90. The online event will stream 16 sessions in four tracks. Beningo Embedded Group and EmbeddedRelated.com have launched an Embedded Online Conference scheduled for May 20 with 16 sessions for live streaming and interactive Q&A […]

Rugged, modular, Coffee Lake systems add 9th Gen support

Monday 10th of February 2020 08:12:21 PM
Cincoze has upgraded its rugged, 8th Gen Coffee Lake based DX-1100 and DS-1200 Series embedded PCs with 9th Gen Coffee Lake Refresh chips. The systems provide -40 to 70°C support and up to 8x GbE/PoE+ ports via Cincoze’s CMI expansion. Cincoze announced new support for Intel’s 9th Gen Coffee Lake Refresh processors on two recent […]

First rugged Denverton SBC reaches market

Monday 10th of February 2020 05:37:59 PM
Versalogic has launched a “Grizzly” SBC with a 16-core Intel C3958, up to 128GB DDR4, 2x 10GbE SFP+, 4x GbE (2x with PoE), and 2x USB 3.0 ports. You also get 2x SATA, 2x mini-PCIe, and M.2 plus -40 to 85°C and MIL-STD-202H ruggedization. Designed for rugged embedded server applications “outside the rack and out […]

Networking dev kit runs Linux on NXP’s new S32G SoC

Friday 7th of February 2020 09:25:16 PM
MicroSys’ “miriac SBC-S32G274A” dev kit for automotive networking runs Linux on NXP’s quad -A53, MCU-enabled S32G via an “MPX-S32G274A” module. Features include 2x Flexray, 4x LIN, 18x CAN, and TSN-switched Fast, GbE, 2.5GbE, and T1 LAN ports. NXP announced its S32G automotive networking processor last month at CES along with a S32G-VNP-RDB reference design board […]

Linux-ready mini-PC and 3.5-inch SBC get tough with Apollo Lake

Friday 7th of February 2020 06:52:42 PM
WinSystems’ rugged “SYS-427” mini-PC, based on a new 3.5-inch “SBC35-427” board, runs Linux or Win 10 on an Apollo Lake SoC and offers a pair each of GbE, DP, and USB 3.0 ports plus mini-PCIe, M.2, and -40 to 85C support. Like WinSystems’ Intel Bay Trail based, 150 x 150 x 53mm SYS-ITX-N-3800, the 115 […]

Compact Apollo Lake computer starts at $625

Thursday 6th of February 2020 07:23:32 PM
Advantech’s rugged, fanless “UNO-247” computer runs Linux or Win 10 on a quad-core Celeron J3455 with 6x serial, 2x GbE, and 4x USB ports plus HDMI, SATA, mSATA, M.2, and mini-PCIe. The entry-level UNO-247 IoT edge computer based on Intel’s Apollo Lake starts at $625 with 2GB RAM. The system is a tidy 200 x […]

Ryzen Embedded Mini-ITX board has a 0 to 70°C range

Thursday 6th of February 2020 05:51:00 PM
Kontron’s Linux-ready “D3713-V/R mITX” is a mini-ITX board for signage, medical, and industrial applications with a Ryzen Embedded V1000 or R1000, up to quad 4K displays, wide-range power, and 0 to 70°C support. Typically, we limit our mini-ITX coverage to thin-profile, industrial boards, but despite its stacked ports, Kontron’s latest Ryzen Embedded V1000/R1000 board stands […]

AA battery board for the Raspberry Pi Zero offers two-hour mobility

Wednesday 5th of February 2020 09:11:05 PM
Gumstix has launched a $50 “Gumstix Raspberry Pi Zero Battery IMU” board for the RPi Zero or Zero W with a holder for two AA batteries that can be recharged through the Zero plus a 3-axis accelerometer and gyroscope. Gumstix has added to its line of Raspberry Pi add-on boards such as its Stepper HAT […]

Fan-cooled Raspberry Pi enclosure supplies screw terminals for GPIOs

Wednesday 5th of February 2020 07:44:42 PM
Pi-oT Hardware has launched a $35 “MKR Module” enclosure for the Raspberry Pi that routes unused GPIO pins to screw terminals. There’s also a fan, a breadboard, and circuit protection. Last August, Cleveland-based Pi-oT Hardware successfully launched a Pi-oT add-on board and enclosure for the Raspberry Pi featuring 5x relays, 8x ADCs, and power inputs. […]

Linux-based ML kit for AWS combines i.MX8 QuadMax with an industrial camera

Wednesday 5th of February 2020 05:29:08 PM
Toradex has launched a $490 “Apalis AI Vision Starter Kit” that runs Torizon Linux and an optimized ML stack with AWS IoT Greengrass on its i.MX8 QuadMax based Apalis iMX8 module. The kit includes Toradex’s Ixora Carrier Board and an Allied Vision Alvium 1500 CSI2 camera. Toradex announced a machine learning (ML) kit developed in […]

Cyclone V based imaging and AI kit offers Basler cams and Myriad X

Tuesday 4th of February 2020 08:19:14 PM
Aries’ C-Vision-Kit runs Linux on an Arm/FPGA Cyclone V SoC via an “MCV” module. The dev board includes 2x GbE, 2x serial, 2x CAN, 3x PMOD, a Myriad X AI module, an adapter for 2x Basler Dart cameras, and an optional display. Aries Embedded announced a design platform for artificial intelligence and industrial embedded vision […]

Xeon-driven Coffee Lake system billed as “most powerful fanless industrial” PC

Tuesday 4th of February 2020 05:25:25 PM
Aaeon’s fanless, rugged “Boxer-6641” runs Ubuntu or Win 10 on an 8th Gen Coffee Lake CPU with up to 32GB DDR4, 2x SATA and HDMI, 2x mini-PCIe, 4x GbE, 6x serial, and up to 8x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports. In the spirit of Muhammad Ali, who claimed with substantial justification to be the greatest […]

Pine 64 previews RK3399 based HardRock64 SBC and SoEdge AI module

Tuesday 4th of February 2020 01:13:56 AM
Pine64 unveiled a smaller, cheaper ($35 and up) “HardRock64” variant of its RK3399-based RockPro64 SBC that omits the PCIe and USB Type-C. There’s also a SoEdge module in the works with a dual -A35 RK1808 equipped with a 3-TOPS NPU. At last year’s FOSDEM 2020 event, Pine64 announced an ambitious roadmap of open-spec hardware products […]

RK3288 SBC offers HDMI 2.0 plus M.2 and mini-PCIe expansion

Monday 3rd of February 2020 09:38:36 PM
Boardcon’s “Idea3288” runs Android 7.1.2 on a quad -A17 Rockchip RK3288 via a “CM3288” module with 2GB LPDDR3 and 8GB eMMC. The SBC offers GbE with PoE, WiFi/BT, M.2, mini-PCIe, and display I/O including a 4K ready HDMI port. Boardcon announced the 135 x 90mm Idea3288 as a smaller Rockchip RK3288 SBC alternative to its […]

Teen launches Raspberry Pi 4 based STEM kit

Monday 3rd of February 2020 05:35:28 PM
On Kickstarter: a “Sania Box Embedded Computer Kit” for STEM education developed by 13-year old Sania Jain that combines a Raspberry Pi 4 with a kid-friendly, sensor-equipped add-on board and Python coding lessons. Despite continual efforts by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to remind us, it’s easy to forget that the ubiquitous Raspberry Pi was launched […]

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Linux Candy: xcowsay – displays a cow on your desktop with message

Who loves eye candy? Don’t be shy — you can raise both hands!! Linux Candy is a series of articles covering interesting eye candy software. We’re only featuring open-source software in this series. If you spend all day embroiled in data science, learning a new programming language, sit in countless meetings wishing you were anywhere else, you’ll need some light relief at the end of the day. And what better way by making your desktop environment a bit more fun. You might have heard of cowsay, software that generates ASCII pictures of a cow with a message. cowsay isn’t limited to cow depictions, it also shows other animals, including Tux the Penguin. For this article, we’re looking at a different take on cowsay. It goes by the name xcowsay. This program displays a cute graphical cow and speech bubble. The program was first started over 12 years ago, but it’s still under active development, with a new release published only last week. Read more

OSS Leftovers

  • Open Source DevOps Vendor Chef Launches Its First Channel Program
  • Intel Compute Runtime 20.06.15619 Enables E2E Compression

    Version 20.06.15619 of the open-source Intel Compute Runtime was released on Friday as powering the company's modern Linux graphics hardware compute stack. Notable with this latest Intel Compute Runtime snapshot is E2E compression being enabled for Linux, or engine-to-engine compression. The E2E compression provides a means of lossless compression between hardware engines/blocks for helping to save bandwidth and supplementary to the other compression means for graphics/compute. This Intel compute E2E support is enabled with this release for Tigerlake Gen12/Xe graphics hardware.

  • OPNFV Taps CNTT to Power Its Evolution

    The most recent OPNFV platform release could be the last that adheres to the organization’s legacy mindset with future releases more tied into work around the burgeoning Common NFVi Telco Taskforce (CNTT). Heather Kirksey, VP of community and ecosystem development at the Linux Foundation, explained in a phone interview with SDxCentral that a lot of the updates in the OPNFV Iruya release were targeted at CNTT. She added that targeting will spill into upcoming releases from both CNTT and OPNFV. Kirksey cited a recent LF Networking (LFN) forum in Prague, Czech Republic, that tied together developers from the OPNFV, CNTT, and the ONAP community. That forum resulted in OPNFV taking feedback from CNTT.

  • Adoption of Open Source Technologies is Increasing in Financial Data Management – But what are the Challenges?

    Moreover, adopting open source typically means deploying cloud native apps and migrating workloads to public or private cloud built on open source infrastructure. Open source often provides foundational technology, including languages, libraries and database technologies that can provide a rich foundation to quickly develop applications. That, coupled with an increase in the uptake of managed services options, is making open source still more attractive to financial services businesses – and is further driving innovation within these organizations.

  • NearForm launches Open Source Software R&D hub in Tramore

    NearForm, the premier software development and world-leading Open Source Technology company, headquartered in Tramore Ireland, has officially launched its R&D hub, NearForm Research, to further build on its existing commitment and contributions to the growth in Open Source Software. The move follows the company’s long-standing active involvement in the creation of advanced Open Source software and its importance to the global enterprise market and associated economic growth.

  • NearForm launches software R&D hub in Tramore

    “We are thrilled to be able to make this an official program within NearForm. We can now combine our experience in developing software solutions for some of the world’s leading brands with our in-depth knowledge and understanding of the languages and tools,” said head of NearForm Research, James Snell.

  • How Open-Source is the LoRaWAN IoT Community?

    One of the more positive movements in society has been the growth of organizations serving their industry of interest by creating an open-source development environment. From sports to science, grass-roots groups, clubs, and societies have sprung up to serve their target application spaces. In the embedded electronic design industry, one of those areas of interest is the LoRaWAN community, presented as an open-source development environment serving an unlicensed band of the RF spectrum. Members of this community range from hobbyists to tier-one manufacturers. Members of the group share LoRaWAN network technologies and protocols to advance development while ensuring security, interoperability, and compatibility. The LoRaWAN community and its flagship organizations like the LoRa Alliance are helping make LoRaWAN one of the core infrastructures in the next generation of the Internet of Things (IoT).

  • The Open Source for All Initiative: Investing in Underrepresented Minorities in Tech

    This Dot Labs, a development consultancy known for its work in providing opportunities to underrepresented minorities in tech, and StackBlitz is an online IDE used by millions of developers every month & adopted by open source projects such as Angular (Google), RxJS (Microsoft), and many others, have teamed up this February in the Open Source for All Initiative to provide $20,000 of opportunities to those who need their first foot in the door.

  • Open-source URL shortener ‘YOURLS’ gets updated with Bitly-like random keyword plugin

    YOURLS, which is short for Your Own URL Shortener, is open-source software that allows anyone to host their own URL shortener. It’s similar to Bitly, except you control everything. It works with any hosting provider that supports PHP and MySQL, and is easy to set up and use. For example, Coywolf uses YOURLS on a cheap shared hosting plan at Pair Networks and uses the domain coywolf.io.

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  • Gitea 1.11.0: Open source self-hosting Git solution gets a new update

    Gitea helps you set up your own self-hosted Git service with the use of lightweight Go code. The latest version, 1.11.0, includes a long list of updates, bug fixes, and improvements, including changing the markdown rendering to goldmark, and a new contrib command. Is self-hosting the right solution for you? See how Gitea compares to other Git hosting solutions.

  • NBD: A popular HTTP-fetching npm code library used by 48,000 other modules retires, no more updates coming

    After eleven months of planning, the npm-distributed request module has been deprecated, meaning the popular JavaScript code library for making HTTP requests is no longer supported and won't receive further updates. The almost 48,000 other npm modules that include request as a dependency won't see any immediate effect, other than a deprecation warning from the npm command line client. But the maintainers of those modules should consider revising their code so it uses an alternative library for handling HTTP interactions. Request, now at version 2.88.2 and still downloaded almost 17m times a week, was created in 2009 by Mikeal Rogers, who presently handles community operations at open source biz Protocol Labs.

  • Still Increasing the Power of Hybrid IT Through Open Source

    Broadcom (perhaps still better known as CA) used this year’s Arcati Mainframe Yearbook to highlight the mainframe development revolution and the growth in open source tools. They said that tools, like the green screens of ISPF and the Eclipse desktop IDE, enhanced with proprietary plugins have served mainframe application developers well over the years. However, there are changes in the larger world of development that are creating the conditions for a revolution in mainframe tooling.

  • Tangle EE project joins Eclipse Foundation to bring distributed ledger apps to enterprise

    As the number of IoT devices proliferate, and machines conduct transactions with machines without humans involved, it becomes increasingly necessary to have a permissionless system that facilitates this kind of communication in a secure way. Enter the IOTA Foundation, a Berlin-based open-source distributed ledger technology (DLT) project, which has hooked up with the Eclipse Foundation to bring IOTA DLT to the enterprise via the Tangle EE project. For starters, this involves forming a working group.

  • Eclipse Partners with IOTA on Open Source Distributed Ledger Tech
  • What to know about software development security — why it’s still so hard and how to tackle it

    The right software security practices can prevent many future security problems, and there is an increasingly realisation that software development security needs a cradle-to-grave approach, not just focusing on solving problems once they become apparent. There is still a long way to go and no-one can claim this is easy to address: the increasing complexity of modern software development environments, not to mention the sheer volume of code and other digital assets being created, often in continuous, fast-paced environments, exacerbates the challenge. [...] Coding standards are particularly relevant for some of the more complex programming languages — C++ in particular — which while introducing unprecedented scope for innovation and flexibility, also allow for more interpretation, which can lead even the most skilled developer to inadvertently introduce an error. Again, automation is key, especially for huge codebases and complicated embedded software projects, so static code analysis is increasingly introduced to reduce manual effort and associated risks.

  • Electron 8 - First Release As OpenJS Foundation Incubator

    At the end of last year Electron joined the OpenJS Foundation as an incubator project. The release of Electron 8, less than two months later, is an indication that it is thriving in its new home. Initially developed for GitHub's Atom editor, Electron is a cross-platform desktop application development tool based on Node.js and Chromium enabling apps to be packaged for Mac, Windows, and Linux. Both Atom and Electron were open sourced in 2014. News that Electron was joining the OpenJS Foundation was announced in December 2019 at the Node+JS Interactive conference held in Montreal.

  • Modularity for Maintenance

    One of the best things about maintaining open source in the modern era is that there are so many wonderful, free tools to let machines take care of the busy-work associated with collaboration, code-hosting, continuous integration, code quality maintenance, and so on. [...] But... let’s say you1 maintain a few dozen Python projects. Being a good maintainer, you’ve started splitting up your big monolithic packages into smaller ones, so your utility modules can be commonly shared as widely as possible rather than re-implemented once for each big frameworks. This is great! However, every one of those numbered list items above is now a task per project that you have to repeat from scratch. So imagine a matrix with all of those down one side and dozens of projects across the top - the full Cartesian product of these little administrative tasks is a tedious and exhausting pile of work. If you’re lucky enough to start every project close to perfect already, you can skip some of this work, but that partially just front-loads the tedium; plus, projects tend to start quite simple, then gradually escalate in complexity, so it’s helpful to be able to apply these incremental improvements one at a time, as your project gets bigger.

  • Perl Weekly Challenge 47: Roman Calculator and Gapful Numbers

    These are some answers to the Week 47 of the Perl Weekly Challenge organized by Mohammad S. Anwar. Spoiler Alert: This weekly challenge deadline is due in a couple of days (February 9, 2020). This blog post offers some solutions to this challenge, please don’t read on if you intend to complete the challenge on your own. I have really very little time to complete this blog post in time for the deadline. My explanations will be minimal, sorry about that.

  • The Spyder Development Community and Quansight Labs Announce the Release of Spyder 4

    The Spyder Project and Quansight Labs announced the release of Spyder 4, the latest version of the most popular open source Scientific Python development environment. Spyder 4 boasts new features that users have been eagerly awaiting. Spyder 4 provides users an enhanced coding experience like general purpose editors and IDEs, while strengthening its specialized focus on scientific programming in Python. 

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