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Industry titans band together to improve open source

3 hours 1 min ago
Facebook, Google, Twitter, GitHub, Walmart, and others have formed a group called TODO, designed to standardize and improve open source releases. The TODO (Talk Openly Develop Openly) group was announced with a somewhat vague mission statement to address challenges “including ensuring high-quality and frequent releases, engaging with developer communities, and using and contributing back to […]

Hackable $39 Allwinner A20 SBC packs HDMI and GbE

3 hours 18 min ago
The $39 hackable “pcDuino3Nano” SBC runs Android or Ubuntu on a dual-core Allwinner A20 SoC, and offers GbE, HDMI, and 3x USB, plus Arduino-style expansion. It appears we have a new price/performance standout in the open source single board computer game. Longmont, Colorado based LinkSprite Technologies, which hosts the open source project for Allwinner-based pcDuino […]

MIPS-based Android Wear watch starts at $125

7 hours 9 min ago
A “Com 1″ Indiegogo project is the first Android Wear smartwatch to use a Ingenics MIPS SoC. The watch offers IP67 waterproofing, WiFi, and a $125 price. The Com 1 Android Wear watch, from Brooklyn-based startup “Com LLC,” aims to reach $75,000 in Indiegogo funding by Oct. 6. Considering that major vendors have jumped on […]

Android One phones launch in India

Tuesday 16th of September 2014 07:51:19 PM
Google launched the first Android One phones in India starting at $103 from Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice, and backed by direct Android updates from Google. Google announced its Android One initiative for selling budget Android phones in developing countries at June’s Google I/O conference. Like its Nexus program, Android One defines a mobile reference platform […]

Digia spins off Qt as subsidiary

Tuesday 16th of September 2014 03:04:27 PM
Digia has spun off a subsidiary called “The Qt Company” to unify Qt’s commercial and open source efforts, and debuted a low-cost plan for mobile developers. The Linux-oriented Qt cross-platform development framework has had a tumultuous career, having been passed around Scandinavia over the yearsfrom Trolltech to Nokia and then from Nokia to Digia. Yet, […]

Rugged COM Express module taps quad-core AMD SoC

Monday 15th of September 2014 10:11:13 PM
Hectronic’s Linux-ready “H6066″ COM Express Compact Type 6 module offers a quad-core AMD G-Series SoC, soldered memory, and optional -40 to 85°C operation. Like Hectronic’s Qseven form-factor H6069 computer-on-module, the Linux-enabled H6066 uses the Embedded G-Series SoC (system-on-chip) with AMD Radeon HD 8000E graphics with AMD’s Open CL support. However, instead of the dual-core version […]

Fanless mini-PC runs Linux on Via QuadCore E-Series

Monday 15th of September 2014 05:44:09 PM
Via’s rugged, Linux-ready “Artigo A1300″ mini-PC uses a new Via QuadCore E-Series CPU and VX11PH GPU, and offers dual HDMI, GbE, and optional 3G and WiFi. The $550 Artigo A1300 is one of a long line of Linux-ready Via Artigo mini-PCs, such as the circa 2010 Artigo A1100. The fanless, 7.28 x 6.38 x 1.75-inch […]

Robot OS to support Linux and Android on Snapdragon

Friday 12th of September 2014 09:23:36 PM
The OSRF plans to add ARM support to the Robot Operating System (ROS), starting with the Snapdragon 600 running Linux in Q4, followed by Android in 2015. The Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF), which maintains the open source Robot Operating System (ROS) and oversees the website, has announced the first formal support for an […]

Cortex-A5 SBC offers mainline Linux support

Friday 12th of September 2014 07:02:17 PM
Emtrion’s new SBC uses Atmel’s Cortex-A5-based ATSAMA5D36 SoC and offers HDMI, 2x Ethernet, a battery charger, -40 to 85°C operation, and draws less than 300mA. Germany-based Emtrion has recently focused on Linux projects running on Freescale’s i.MX6 system-on-chip, and has previously spun products including the circa-2008, Renesas SuperH-based HiCO.SH7780 COM. Emtrion’s “SBC-SAMA5D36″ single board computer […]

Dev boards run KitKat on quad-core Snapdragon 805

Friday 12th of September 2014 01:08:12 AM
[Updated Sep 12] — Intrinsyc debuted an SODIMM-style COM with up to 3GB RAM and 64GB flash, running Android 4.4 on a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805, and a Nano-ITX baseboard. If you’d like to design with the same high-powered ARM Cortex-A15 silicon found in the latest Android smartphones and tablets, Intrinsyc Technologies has the board […]

Monstrous TiVo DVR has six tuners, holds 24TB

Wednesday 10th of September 2014 10:55:30 PM
TiVo announced a Linux-based “TiVo Mega” DVR with 24TB of storage — enough for 4,000 hours of HD video — plus six tuners and streaming to mobile devices. Over the years, TiVo boxes have grown smaller, with relatively large digital video recorders such as the circa 2011 Premiere Q slimming down to more recent product […]

Edison IoT module ships with Atom/Quark combo SoC

Wednesday 10th of September 2014 08:15:49 PM
[Updated Sep 17] — Intel launched its Edison COM for IoT apps, with a “Tangier” SoC that mixes a dual-core Atom running Linux with a Quark chip, plus optional breakout boards. Intel’s tiny Edison computer-on-module for wearables and other Internet of Things applications is finally available for $50, along with two Intel development boards plus […]

Quad-core Cortex-A15 SoC features 6MB on-chip RAM

Tuesday 9th of September 2014 08:54:56 PM
TI has launched a Linux-friendly, 1.4GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 AM5K2Ex Keystone II SoC, that runs at under 10W and offers 10GbE switches and 6MB on-chip RAM. Like the Texas Instruments Sitara AMx5 system-on-chip announced earlier this year, the AM5K2Ex uses the ARM Cortex-A15 architecture. However, the AM5K2Ex is part of TI’s higher-end, server and networking focused […]

VR headset mixes Oculus firmware and Android phablet

Tuesday 9th of September 2014 06:41:52 PM
Samsung and Oculus have joined forces on a 3DOF “Gear VR” virtual reality headset with 96° FOV that uses a 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4 as a computer and display. Why reinvent the wheel? That’s the idea behind a growing number of telepresence robots, home automation devices, and other gizmos that leverage existing smartphones and tablets […]

Android hardhat augments reality for industrial workers

Tuesday 9th of September 2014 12:38:41 AM
Daqri is prepping an Android-based augmented reality “Smart Helmet” that integrates 360-degree camera views, plus 3D depth and inertial movement sensors. Google Glass Eyewear computers like Google Glass may be the wave of the future, but in the meantime, their most compelling role is for applications where having free hands is a necessity more than […]

Linux-ready modules support range of Xilinx FPGAs

Monday 8th of September 2014 08:23:12 PM
Avnet released a series of four Linux-ready “PicoZed” COMs based on Xilinx’s Zynq-7000 SoCs, which integrate dual ARM Cortex-A9 cores along with FPGAs. We’ve flip-flopped between calling Avnet’s MicroZed boards computer-on-modules or single board computers. In fact, the compact boards reflect aspects of both, and are much more COM-like than Avnet’s original Zynq-based ZedBoard. Now, […]

Intel debuts “Core M” processors with sub-5W TDP

Friday 5th of September 2014 11:31:23 PM
Intel debuted three dual-core, 14nm “Core M” processors aimed at 2-in-1 laptops and high-end tablets, featuring 50 percent faster performance and sub-5W TDPs. Intel launched its 5th Generation Core processors at the IFA show in Berlin, promising 50 percent faster compute performance and 40 percent faster graphics performance compared to the 4th generation (“Haswell”) Intel […]

MIPS aims new 64-bit Warrior cores at mobile devices

Friday 5th of September 2014 10:21:59 PM
Imagination announced a 64-bit Warrior processor with a MIPS I6400 core that features hardware virtualization, multi-threading, and multi-clustering. Imagination unveiled its I-Class Warrior processor featuring a new family of 64-bit MIPS I6400 cores, thereby filling in the high end of its Warrior family. The new I6400 cores are primarily designed for SoCs used in servers […]

Instant DIY controller project plans Linux add-on

Friday 5th of September 2014 07:17:33 PM
The “PIEP” Kickstarter project offers a snap-together, modular, DIY control system with a wide range of processor and I/O boards, and a future Linux option. E3 Embedded Systems built its “Processor Independent Embedded Platform” (aka PIEP) kit to showcase its various microcontroller unit (MCU) and peripheral boards. The modular development kit not only offers a […]

Android Wear and Tizen smartwatches light up IFA

Thursday 4th of September 2014 10:38:01 PM
Asus, LG, and Sony unveiled Android Wear watches, but the star of the show may be Samsung’s Tizen-based Gear S, which has 3G, WiFi, and a curved screen. Google’s Android-based Android Wear platform was well represented at this week’s IFA show in Berlin. New entries include LG’s round-faced G Watch R, the stylish, curved Asus […]

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