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Google’s Fuchsia OS will support Linux apps

5 hours 31 min ago
Google’s non-Linux-based Fuchsia OS has added an emulator for running Debian Linux apps. Like its upcoming Linux emulator for Chrome OS, Fuchsia’s “Guest” app will offer tighter integration than typical emulators. Google has added a Guest app to its emergent and currently open source Fuchsia OS to enable Linux apps to run within Fuchsia as […]

Hackable Raspberry Pi add-on boards enable CAN-bus home automation

6 hours 22 min ago
Omzlo’s open spec “NoCAN” IoT platform for home IoT includes an “Omzlo PiMaster HAT” board for the Raspberry Pi that connects with multiple Arduino compatible CANZERO nodes on a CAN-bus cable that can stretch up to 300 meters. Athens, Greece based startup Omzlo has won Kickstarter funding for a NoCAN platform for “wired IoT” home […]

Hacker board survey extended — vote for your favs and win SBC prizes

11 hours 44 min ago
We have extended our 2018 reader survey on open-spec Linux/Android hacker boards through June 22. Pick your favorite SBCs from our catalog of 116 and win a chance at receiving one of 15 DragonBoards, Chatterbox boards, and UP boards.   GO HERE TO ENTER THE SURVEY AND VOTE NOW Catalog with brief descriptions of all […]

Rugged NVR system for buses has 10x GbE ports for IP cameras

Tuesday 19th of June 2018 04:34:01 PM
Lanner’s Linux-friendly “V6S” vehicle surveillance NVR computer runs on a Core i7-7600U CPU, and offers 10x PoE-ready GbE ports, 2x mini-PCIe slots, 2x swappable SATA bays, -20 to 60°C support, and shock/vibration resistance. We’re a little leery of surveillance systems with video analytics that focus on interior public spaces, such as the buses where Lanner’s […]

Open source board lets you analyze SPI connections on a USB-connected laptop

Monday 18th of June 2018 10:19:23 PM
Excamera Labs has launched an open source, $27 and up “SPIDriver” board on Crowd Supply for analyzing and testing SPI-connected displays, sensors, flash, and other components on a laptop or via a built-in color LCD display. Monitoring SPI devices such as LCD panels, LED arrays, sensors, and SPI flash may not be quite as gnarly […]

3.5-inch Apollo Lake SBC is loaded with options

Friday 15th of June 2018 09:33:20 PM
DFI is prepping an Ubuntu friendly 3.5-inch “AL551” SBC with an Apollo Lake SoC, triple display support, up to 2x GbE and SATA III ports, and mini-PCIe, M.2, and optional “expansion I/O” connectors. We discovered the AL551 while reporting on DFI’s Linux-ready, 15.6-inch KS-156AL panel PC, which was announced along with a Windows-only, 7-inch KS070-AL […]

LTE-equipped automotive gateway runs Ubuntu on Bay Trail

Friday 15th of June 2018 08:17:26 PM
Kontron’s rugged “EvoTrac G102” is an in-vehicle cellular gateway that runs Ubuntu on a quad-core Atom E3845, and offers 64GB eMMC, GbE, CAN, 2x USB, and a 3G/4G module with GPS. Kontron unveiled the EvoTrac G102 last month, and earlier this month announced that it will act as the control box for Hyliion’s 6X4HE “intelligent […]

15.6-inch Apollo Lake panel PC supports Fedora, Ubuntu, and Yocto Linux

Thursday 14th of June 2018 08:43:18 PM
DFI’s “KS-156AL” industrial touch-panel PC runs Linux or Windows on Apollo Lake and features a 15.6-inch, 1366 x 768 touchscreen with IP65 protection and shock and vibration resistance. DFI’s Linux-friendly, 15.6-inch KS-156AL panel PC is based on its AL171 mini-ITX board, which was announced a year ago along with the similar AL173 which is otherwise […]

Compact Kaby Lake embedded PC has SATA, M.2, and mSATA

Thursday 14th of June 2018 02:52:07 PM
Kontron announced a compact, Linux-ready “KBox B-201” embedded PC with a Kaby Lake CPU, triple displays, 2x GbE, 10x USB, and SATA III storage available via 2.5-inch, M.2, and optional mSATA slots. Kontron’s KBox B-201 embedded PC runs Yocto-based Linux or Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSB on 7th Gen Intel Core “Kaby Lake” processors. The […]

Debian variant offers safe homeland for systemd haters

Wednesday 13th of June 2018 10:20:54 PM
[Updated: June 20] —The Devuan project has released a v2.0 ASCII version of its Devuan fork of Debian that replaces the systemd init with OpenRC, and let’s you load other inits of your choice. The release supports several major Linux hacker boards. The Devuan project was announced in 2014 as a Debian fork for those […]

Cortex-A76, Mali-G76, and ML chip designs pump up AI

Wednesday 13th of June 2018 06:50:49 PM
Arm’s Cortex-A76 design offers speed/efficiency improvements including a 4x boost in AI performance, and is paired with a new Mali-G76 GPU that is also said to aid AI. Meanwhile, Arm revealed more details on its upcoming ML co-processors. Very few non-server systems run software that could be called machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). […]

RK3399 SBC has 9-36V DC and optional 4G, WiFi, serial, and HDMI-in modules

Wednesday 13th of June 2018 05:32:09 PM
ICNexus’ “SBC3100” SBC runs Ubuntu or Android on a Rockchip RK3399 with up to 4GB RAM and 16GB flash plus HDMI 2.0, DP, eDP, MIPI-DSI and -CSI, 9-36V power, optional WiFi/BT, and a mini-PCIe slot with optional 3G or 4G. Taiwan-based ICNexus’ SBC3100 joins a growing list of SBCs that feature, the hhigh-end Rockchip RK3399 […]

Embedded Linux Conference Europe wants your presentations (and money)

Tuesday 12th of June 2018 09:18:17 PM
The Linux Foundation opened a call for papers for the Embedded Linux Conference Europe to be held Oct. 22-24, in Edinburgh, and released the speaker list for the Aug. 29-31 Open Source Summit North America in Vancouver. The Linux Foundation is asking for presentation pitches for this fall’s Embedded Linux Conference Europe (ELCE) and integrated […]

Automation controller upgraded with new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

Tuesday 12th of June 2018 07:20:54 PM
Techbase has upgraded its Linux-powered ModBerry M500 controller with the RPi 3 Model B+ SBC, advancing to a 1.4GHz SoC, GbE, and dual-band WiFi-ac. The launch follows several new NanoPi and Orange Pi based ModBerry M300 models. Techbase announced the availability of a new version of its ModBerry M500 industrial control computer (also called the […]

Tiny Apollo Lake module targets factory automation

Tuesday 12th of June 2018 04:08:52 PM
Aaeon’s “NanoCOM-APL” COM Express Type 10 Mini module features an Apollo Lake SoC, as well as up to 10x USB plus PCIe x4, GbE, SATA, DDI, and optional industrial temperature support. The NanoCOM-APL is an Apollo Lake upgrade for customers of Aaeon’s similarly COM Express Type 10 Mini form-factor NanoCOM-BT module, which runs on a […]

Latest ReSpeaker voice board moves to Rockchip RK3229

Monday 11th of June 2018 07:12:28 PM
[Updated: June 13] — Seeed’s v.2.0 version of its ReSpeaker Core mic array board advances to a Debian-driven, quad- A7 Rockchip RK3229 and offers a 6x mic array with a 16-meter wake-word range. Seeed’s $99 ReSpeaker Core v2.0 is a major upgrade to its ReSpeaker far-field voice control SBC, replacing the MIPS-based Mediatek MT7688 SoC […]

Jetson based embedded vision kit has three 4K cameras

Friday 8th of June 2018 09:08:09 PM
[Updated: June 9] — E-con’s “e-CAM120_TRICUTX2” is a camera system powered by a Linux-driven Jetson TX1 or TX2 module that features three 13-megapixel, 4K@30 cameras via 4-lane MIPI-CSI-2 interfaces. Last September, E-con Systems launched an e-CAM30_HEXCUTX2 system with six 3.4-megapixel, HD cameras. Now it has followed up with an e-CAM120_TRICUTX2 camera rig with only three […]

NXP’s EdgeScale IoT management suite tapped for Linux gateways

Thursday 7th of June 2018 10:18:17 PM
NXP announced partnerships with Alibaba and six embedded equipment companies that are deploying its EdgeScale middleware for secure edge computing device management on Linux-driven devices based on NXP QorIQ Layerscape SoCs. In March, NXP announced its EdgeScale IoT middleware platform for its Arm-based QorIQ Layerscape networking SoCs. At Computex this week, NXP revealed a partnership […]

Robotics dev kit runs new Isaac SDK on octa-core Xavier module

Thursday 7th of June 2018 06:30:35 PM
Nvidia announced an “Isaac” software developer platform for robots and other autonomous machines that runs on its Linux-friendly octa-core, ARM64 “Jetson Xavier” module with integrated high-end Volta GPU. A $1,300 dev kit is due in August. In 2016, Nvidia unveiled its AI-focused Nvidia Xavier computer-on-module, a more powerful follow-on to its Tegra-based Jetson modules. Last […]

Sandwich-style hacker board debuts new quad -A7 Rockchip SoC

Thursday 7th of June 2018 03:32:47 PM
Firefly’s Core-PX3-SEJ COM runs Ubuntu or Android on a new quad -A7 Rockchip PX3-SE SoC. The module is available as part of a $120 Firefly-PX3-SE dev board with -20 to 80℃ support. Firefly’s SODIMM-style, 67.6 x 40mm Core-PX3-SEJ module runs Android 5.1 or Ubuntu 15.04 on a Rockchip PX3-SE (translated), a new 1.3GHz, quad-core, Cortex-A7 […]

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