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Ubuntu/ROS robotics SBC has RPi-style GPIO and a choice of Atom or Rockchip PX30

Tuesday 9th of June 2020 08:55:27 PM
Adlink announced a “ROScube Pico Development Kit” SBC with 40-pin GPIO and a Myriad X VPU that runs Ubuntu and ROS 2 on an Apollo Lake or Rockchip PX30. There is also a Lidar-equipped, 6th Gen Skylake based NeuronBot robot. Earlier today, we looked at Adlink’s ROScube-I robot controller and ROScube-I Starter Kit SBC based […]

Robot controller and SBC run Ubuntu and ROS 2 on Coffee Lake CPUs

Tuesday 9th of June 2020 06:43:30 PM
Adlink unveiled a “ROScube-I” robot controller that runs Ubuntu and Adlink’s ROS 2 based Neuron SDK on 8th or 9th Gen Coffee Lake CPUs. There is also an 8th Gen based ROScube-I Starter Kit SBC. Adlink and Intel have collaborated to launch a ROScube-I robotics computer and other Intel-based robotics products that that run Ubuntu […]

Linux-driven module and dev kit combine Apollo Lake with FPGA

Monday 8th of June 2020 08:36:40 PM
Exor and Arrow announced a “GigaSOM GS01” module and 10GbE equipped dev kit that runs RT Linux on an Apollo Lake along with a Cyclone 10 GX FPGA. The products offer TSN, fieldbus protocol, and Corvina Cloud support. Italian embedded hardware firm Exor Embedded is collaborating with Arrow to launch a GigaSOM GS01 module and […]

Industrial Apollo Lake mini-PCs offer a mix of I/O, M.2, and mini-PCIe links

Monday 8th of June 2020 04:10:59 PM
Portwell’s rugged “Lynx-6000 Series” industrial mini-PCs run Linux or Win 10 on Apollo Lake and offers varying levels of USB, serial, and expansion slots. American Portwell Technology has launched a fanless Lynx-6000 Series of compact, rugged industrial computers. The progressively more advanced Lynx-6110, Lynx-612E, and Lynx-612G follow Portwell’s very similar Kuber-2000 Series. The new systems […]

RK3399Pro module available in $199 and up dev kit

Friday 5th of June 2020 04:20:08 PM
Firefly’s open-spec, $119-and-up “Core-3399Pro-JD4” module runs Linux or Android on a 3-TOPS NPU-enabled RK3399Pro. The module is available as part of a $199 and up “AIO-3399PRO-JD4” dev kit. While we were reporting on the Rockchip RK3399-based Station P1 Geek Mini PC and Face X2 facial recognition device this week we noticed another Rockchip based product […]

Raspberry Pi based dev kit launches for eSync automotive OTA

Thursday 4th of June 2020 07:43:01 PM
Excelfore announced a development kit for its eSync Automotive OTA software that includes two Raspberry Pi’s that emulate device and gateway. CAN expansion boards will be added soon. Excelfore has launched a Linux-based development kit for its eSync OTA software for automotive over-the-air updates and data aggregation. The company refers to the kit as the […]

Security stack adds Yocto Linux support

Thursday 4th of June 2020 06:26:56 PM
RunSafe Security has released a version of its Alkemist security software that supports Yocto-based projects. Alkemist’s Load-time Function Randomization re-stacks memory functions to make it harder for attackers to find a target. RunSafe Security announced new support for Yocto Project in its Alkemist security software. Developers can now use Alkemist to “immunize” their embedded Linux […]

Tiny gateway and SBC run Linux on i.MX8M Mini

Thursday 4th of June 2020 04:26:55 PM
Compulab’s rugged, 112 x 84 x 25mm “IOT-GATE-iMX8” gateway and “SBC-IOT-iMX8” run Linux on an i.MX8M Mini via an LGA module. Features include 2x LAN, 2x CAN, 2x mini-PCIe for WiFi/BT and LTE, and modular I/O. In February, Compulab announced a 38 x 28mm, LGA form factor UCM-iMX8M-Mini module and sandwich-style, 104 x 80 x […]

Facial recognition reader includes thermometry and card readers

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020 08:08:02 PM
Firefly’s $399 and up “Face X2” is a facial recognition device that runs Ubuntu or Android on an RK3399. The X2 has an 8-inch screen, binocular vision, IR thermometry, and card readers. Its Face-RK3399 mainboard sells for $129 on its own. T-Chip Technology’s Firefly unit has launched a smartphone-like facial recognition device called the Face […]

Low-cost air quality sensor works with Raspberry Pi

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020 07:00:45 PM
Metriful is launching a $39 “Sense” indoor air quality sensor module that works with the Raspberry Pi and other I2C-enabled systems. Other sensors include temperature, humidity, air pressure, light, and sound. In recent months, much of the world’s population has spent a lot of time indoors, often crowded into small apartments. If the air quality […]

Firefly’s RK3399-based mini-PC can boot Ubuntu, Android, and media-savvy Station OS

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020 10:03:12 PM
Firefly’s “Station P1 Geek Mini PC” runs Ubuntu, Android, or an Android-based Station OS on an RK3399 and supports dual 4K displays. The price is $129 with 4GB LPDDR4 and 32GB eMMC or $179 with 4GB and 128GB. Since we covered Firefly’s Rockchip RK1808 based Core-1808-JD4 AI Core Board module and AIO-1808-JD4 dev kit in […]

Compact Coffee Lake system features hot-swappable SATA

Monday 1st of June 2020 05:58:00 PM
Neousys’ fanless, rugged “Nuvo-7531” embedded controller runs on 8th or 9th Gen Coffee Lake CPUs and offers up to 32GB DDR4, 4x GbE, 6x USB, 3x mini-PCIe, dual displays, and a hot-swappable SATA tray. Neousys announced a rugged embedded system for industrial automation, machine vision, robotics, and automated guided vehicle applications. Like its higher-end, Nvidia […]

Timesys and NXP partner on BSP maintenance service for embedded Linux

Monday 1st of June 2020 04:16:44 PM
Timesys announced a BSP Lifecycle Maintenance Service for embedded Linux products using NXP processors. The BSP service offers regular board support package release updates okys the Vigiles Prime security and management service. Last June, Timesys launched a Vigiles security monitoring and management service with CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) tracking for embedded Linux. Now, Timesys […]

10th Gen Comet Lake computer has GTX GPU and 10 GbE ports

Monday 1st of June 2020 01:35:39 PM
Sintrones’ fanless, Linux-ready “ABOX-5210G” transport PC features an up to 10-core Comet Lake-S CPU, Nvidia graphics, 3x M.2, 2x mini-PCIe, 3x DP, 2x HDMI, 2x SATA, and 10x GbE ports with optional PoE. Sintrones has announced the second embedded PC we’ve seen with an Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake-S processor after Vecow’s recent ECX-2000 Series. […]

Udoo Bolt Gear mini-PC launches with Ryzen V1000 Udoo Bolt SBC

Friday 29th of May 2020 07:52:16 PM
Seco has launched a $399 “Udoo Bolt Gear” mini-PC kit built around its Ryzen Embedded V1000 based Udoo Bolt SBC. The $399 kit includes a metal case, 65W adapter, and a WiFi/BT M.2 card. A growing number of open-spec, community-backed SBCs ship with optional. and in some cases, standard enclosures, but most of these are […]

Myriad X based AI accelerator module has a built-in 12MP, 4K camera

Thursday 28th of May 2020 07:57:20 PM
Luxonis is crowdfunding an open source, $169 “megaAI” AI acceleration and camera module with an up to 4-TOPS Intel Myriad X VPU, a USB 3.0 port, and a 12-megapixel, 4K camera. When Luxonis launched its Intel Movidius Myriad X DepthAI AI acceleration module last November, an external 4K camera was optional. Now, Luxonis has gone […]

Compact 8K video encoder runs Linux on Kaby Lake

Thursday 28th of May 2020 05:47:36 PM
Advantech has launched a “VEGA-8300E 8K Broadcast Video Encoder” and streaming appliance for 8Kp60, 10-bit 4:2:2 HEVC real-time encoding. The system runs Ubuntu on a 7th Gen Kaby Lake CPU and offers 2x hot-swappable SATA bays. We realize that most of you are not in the market for an 8K video encoder, but we occasionally […]

Raspberry Pi 4 gains 8GB RAM version and 64-bit Raspberry Pi OS

Thursday 28th of May 2020 03:10:18 PM
Raspberry Pi Ltd. has launched a version of the Raspberry Pi 4 with 8GB DDR4 for $75. It also released a beta of Raspbian — now called Raspberry Pi OS — with a 64-bit architecture that can fully exploit the 8GB RAM. A new Raspberry Pi 4 Model B with 8GB of RAM has touched […]

Linux-powered wireless gateway supplies four surge-protected serial ports

Wednesday 27th of May 2020 04:14:11 PM
Artila’s compact “IoT Gateway Matrix-704” runs Linux on a Microchip SAMA5D35 and provides GbE and Fast Ethernet, mini-PCIe and micro-SIM slots, a USB port, and 4x isolated, surge protected RS-485 ports. Artila has introduced several of its Matrix IoT gateways with isolated serial ports, including the Matrix-710 and Matrix-713. Its new Matrix-704 can have its […]

Machine vision computer supports 5GBase-T cameras

Wednesday 27th of May 2020 03:01:39 PM
Imago’s Linux-ready “VisionBox AGE-X5” computer has an Intel 6th Gen CPU plus 2x 5GbE ports for driving new 5GBase-T cameras. Also onboard: 2x GigE, 4x USB 3.0, DIO, LED controllers, and camera triggers. In recent years we have seen a growing number of embedded boards and systems with 2.5GbE and 10GbE ports, but no 5GbE […]

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HeliOS is a Tiny Embedded OS Designed for Arduino Boards

Mannie Peterson (aka FellFromTree) has developed an embedded operating system called HeliOS that’s designed specifically for 8-bit and 32-bit Arduino boards, and can easily be used from the Arduino IDE. HeliOS is said to have only 21 function calls and implements cooperative and event-driven multitasking, task notification/messaging, timers, and memory management. It’s a non-preemptive multitasking kernel so you won’t have to deal with mutexes. The developer explains how scheduling works with HeliOS: HeliOS uses a run-time balanced strategy which ensures tasks with shorter run-times are prioritized over tasks with longer run-times. This ensures all running tasks receive approximately equal total run-time without using context switching. The other multitasking option available in HeliOS is event driven multitasking, which uses the wait/notify and timer interfaces. Mixing cooperative and event driven tasks in HeliOS is not a problem. Read more

Debian vs Ubuntu in 2020- The Ultimate Showdown

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[email protected] ARM64 Linux Beta Release for COVID-19 Vaccine Research

A few months ago, we reported that [email protected] supported 64-bit Arm SBC’s and Servers in the Fight against COVID-19. But [email protected] did not support Arm hardware just yet, but thanks to work from Nercotix, Linaro, Arm, miniNodes, and Packet.com, we now get support for [email protected] on ARM64 meaning you can help researchers studying SARS-CoV-2 virus and help them develop a COVID-19 vaccine with Raspberry Pi 3/4 boards, or other 64-bit Arm SBC’s and servers. The solution relies on Neocortix Cloud Services Platform allowing the unused capacity of large numbers of individual mobile phones or other connected nodes to be harnessed into a single, unified computational engine. The very first application that made use of the platform was Neocortix PhonePaycheck were users get paid to let businesses perform calculations on their phones at night while charging and connected to WiFi. That way users of premium phones like Galaxy S10 or S20 can make around $80 a year when used for 8 hours a day, or $240 per year with a spare phone running 24/7. Read more

Security Leftovers

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    Supply chain attacks are a known issue, and also lately there was a discussion around the relevance of reproducible builds. Looking in comparison at an average IT org doing something with the internet, I believe the pressing problem is neither supply chain attacks nor a lack of reproducible builds. The real problem is the amount of prefabricated binaries supplied by someone else, created in an unknown build environment with unknown tools, the average IT org requires to do anything. [...] Yes some of that is even non-free and might contain spyw^telemetry. [...] In the end the binary supply is like a drug for the user, and somehow the Debian project is also just another dealer / middle man in this setup. There are probably a lot of open questions to think about in that context. Are we the better dealer because we care about signed sources we retrieve from upstream and because we engage in reproducible build projects? Are our own means of distributing binaries any better than a binary download from github via https with a manual checksum verification, or the Debian repo at download.docker.com? Is the approach of the BSD/Gentoo ports, where you have to compile at least some software from source, the better one? Do I really want to know how some of the software is actually build?

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