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Atom-based gateway taps new open source IoT cloud platform

Thursday 30th of June 2016 08:46:48 PM
Eurotech’s rugged, IP40 protected “ReliaGate 20-26” IoT gateway runs Red Hat Linux on a Bay Trail Atom, and has cellular, GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth options. Eurotech’s ReliaGate 20-26 is the latest in a line of Internet of Things gateways, such as the ReliaGate 10-11, based on a TI AM3352 Sitara SoC, and the Intel Atom […]

Rugged COM Express Type 6 modules adopt Skylake and Braswell

Thursday 30th of June 2016 07:32:54 PM
Win Enterprises unveiled a COM Express Compact module for Intel Braswell, following two COM Express releases for Skylake. They all operate from -40 to 85°C. The Win Enterprises MB-73450 is a 95 x 95mm COM Express Type 6 Compact computer-on-module that supports Intel Pentium and Celeron N3000, as well as Intel Atom x5-E8000, system-on-chips from […]

Tough Mini-PC with up to four GbE ports runs Linux Mint on AMD SoC

Thursday 30th of June 2016 05:31:50 PM
CompuLab’s Fitlet-RM is a rugged mini-PC that runs Linux Mint on an AMD A10 Micro-6700T, and offers -40 to 70°C operation, WiFi, and up to four GbE ports. Enclosed in an all-metal, 108 x 83 x 24mm housing, the fanless Fitlet-RM mini-PC “provides excellent durability at extreme temperatures and conditions of shock, vibration and dust,” […]

Raspberry Pi 3 add-on loads up on sensors, wireless radios

Wednesday 29th of June 2016 04:07:17 PM
Matrix Labs’s FPGA-driven “Matrix Creator” IoT daughter board for the Raspberry Pi 3 is loaded with sensors, 802.15.4 radios, and a mic array. The disc-shaped Matrix Creator add-on for the Raspberry Pi is based on AdMobilize’s successfully Kickstartered Matrix home automation and surveillance hub. AdMobilize spun off Matrix Labs, which has now built this cheaper, […]

COMs run Android on quad- or octa-core Samsung SoCs

Wednesday 29th of June 2016 04:17:32 AM
Boardcon announced a pair of 70 x 58mm COMs that run Android on Samsung’s quad-core, Cortex-A9 S5P4418 and octa-core, Cortex-A53 S5P6818 SoCs. The MINI4418 and MINI6818 computer-on-modules are “compatible” with each other, as well as with Boardcon’s earlier MINI3288, which is based on the quad-core, Cortex-A17 Rockchip RK3288. The new COMs instead tap two Samsung […]

Expansive Mini-ITX board runs Linux on Skylake

Tuesday 28th of June 2016 09:27:47 PM
Axiomtek’s “MANO500” Mini-ITX board supports 6th Gen Intel Core, Pentium, and Celeron CPUs, and offers three SATA, two GbE, and mini-PCIe with SIM. Mini-ITX boards are typically among the first form-factors to support new Intel Core chips along with COM Express modules. We’re not sure why Axiomtek, one of the more prolific of embedded vendors, […]

Dual-core MCU Arduino compatible SBC has WiFi and audio

Tuesday 28th of June 2016 01:43:47 AM
T-Firefly’s open-spec, Arduino Uno compatible Fireduino SBC offers Rockchip’s dual-core, Cortex-M3 RKNanoD MCU, plus WiFi, RTC, and MP3 audio. Chinese embedded firm T-Firefly is apparently the new name for T-Chip Technology, which sponsors the Firefly open source hardware project. Its Arduino I/O- and IDE-compatible, dual-core Fireduino board is supported by the Firefly project along with […]

96Boards SBC showcases Mediatek’s deca-core Helio X20

Monday 27th of June 2016 09:50:05 PM
MediaTek launched the fastest open-spec SBC to date with a 96Boards development board that runs Android on its deca-core Cortex-A53 and -A72 Helio X20 SoC. The “Helio X20 Development Board” is MediaTek’s first 96Boards form-factor single-board computer, and the most powerful open-spec hacker SBC to date. Although we’ve seen some fast 64-bit SoCs among 96Boards […]

Google “Project Bloks” education kit starts with RPi Zero

Monday 27th of June 2016 08:04:04 PM
Google’s “Project Bloks” education platform is built around a Raspberry Pi Zero that controls baseboards that talk to “Puck” inputs via a capacitive sensor. Google announced a Project Bloks hacker platform for kids, developed with IDEO and Paulo Blikstein of Stanford University. A prototype has been built based on the Linux-driven Raspberry Pi Zero SBC, […]

MinnowBoard Turbo Dual-E packs quad-core Atom, M.2, dual GbE

Saturday 25th of June 2016 06:00:26 PM
[Updated: June 26] — ADI’s “completely open source” MinnowBoard Turbot Dual-E offers a quad-core Atom E3845 option, dual GbE, and an M.2/micro-SIM combo for WiFi, LTE, or SSD. ADI Engineering, which built the latest MinnowBoard Turbot version of the open source, Linux- and Android-ready MinnowBoard SBC for the Intel-backed MinnowBoard.org community, has revealed a major […]

Industrial SBC builds on Raspberry Pi Compute Module

Friday 24th of June 2016 09:21:24 PM
On Kickstarter, a “MyPi” industrial SBC using the RPi Compute Module offers a mini-PCIe slot, serial port, wide-range power, and modular expansion. You might wonder why in 2016 someone would introduce a sandwich-style single board computer built around the aging, ARM11 based COM version of the original Raspberry Pi, the Raspberry Pi Compute Module. First […]

Raspberry Pi 3 takes the cake in 2016 hacker SBC survey

Thursday 23rd of June 2016 12:01:43 AM
Readers selected the Raspberry Pi 3 as their favorite among 81 Linux/Android hacker boards in our 2016 SBC Survey, followed by the Odroid-C2 and BeagleBone. Earlier this month, HackerBoards.com and Linux.com (the Linux Foundation’s community site) sponsored a 14-day SurveyMonkey survey that asked readers to choose their favorite three Linux- or Android-based open spec single-board […]

Raspberry Pi Zero IoT adapter adds Grove modules and more

Tuesday 21st of June 2016 06:41:45 PM
Dexter’s $17 “GrovePi-Zero” IoT expansion board for the Raspberry Pi Zero features analog, digital, and serial ports that support Grove modules. Back in 2014, robotics specialist Dexter Industries released a GrovePi expansion kit for the Raspberry Pi equipped with ports that support SeeedStudio’s catalog of hundreds of Arduino-compatible Grove sensors and I/O modules. This was […]

Secure home automation, without clouds or dedicated hubs

Monday 20th of June 2016 11:37:42 PM
Home Assistant enables mobile and desktop browser clients to control smart home devices from afar, without requiring cloud support or a dedicated home hub. Several home automation platforms support Python as an extension, but if you’re a real Python fiend, you’ll probably want Home Assistant, which places the programming language front and center. Paulus Schoutsen […]

PowerPC gains an Android 4.4 port with Big Endian support

Monday 20th of June 2016 10:08:51 PM
eInfochips has ported Android 4.4 to the PowerPC architecture on behalf of an avionics customer that will use it for an HMI that monitors engine health. eInfochips has developed the first Android port to the PowerPC CPU architecture using a modern Android build and featuring Big Endian support. The port is based on Android Open […]

Pico-ITX board and six others gain wide operating temps

Friday 17th of June 2016 05:43:59 PM
Aaeon has added extended temperature support to seven embedded boards, including a “PICO-BT01” Pico-ITX SBC with Bay Trail CPUs and optional add-on boards. Aaeon has added wider temperature range options to a number of its embedded SBCs and COMs. Most of these boards originally came out before LinuxGizmos (now HackerBoards) was launched in early 2013. […]

Canonical pushes “snap” as a universal Linux package format

Wednesday 15th of June 2016 11:33:41 PM
Could the transactional mechanism that drives Canonical’s IoT-focused Snappy Ubuntu Core help unify Linux and save it from fragmentation? This week, Canonical announced that the lightweight Snappy Ubuntu Core’s “snap” mechanism, which two months ago was extended to all Ubuntu users in Ubuntu 16.04, can also work with other Linux distributions. Snap could emerge as […]

Hackable Runcible pocket smartwatch goes on pre-order

Wednesday 15th of June 2016 10:01:55 PM
Monohm has relaunched its disc-shaped, open source “Runcible” mobile device, which runs an Android-based OS on a Snapdragon 410, and has a 2.5-inch display. The Runcible received a lot of media attention when it was originally announced running Firefox OS in Feb. 2015. But it also left a lot of questions. Was the rounded, disc-shaped […]

Xilinx adds dual core Cortex-A53/FPGA Zynq SoC model

Wednesday 15th of June 2016 09:14:01 PM
Xilinx unveiled a dual-core “CG” version of its Cortex-A53/FPGA Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC, and Mentor Graphics announced Android 5.1 and Linux support. Back in Feb. 2015, Xilinx announced its next generation Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC (multiprocessor system-on-chip) follow-on to its popular Zynq 7000 hybrid ARM/FPGA system-on-chips. The 16nm, quad-core Cortex-A53 SoC, which features a faster FPGA, a […]

3.5-inch Braswell SBC doubles down on I/O

Tuesday 14th of June 2016 06:36:44 PM
Commell’s 3.5-inch “LE-37F” SBC supports Intel Braswell processors, and offers a pair each of SATA, GbE, and mini-PCIe connections plus four USB 3.0 ports. Like its recently introduced Pico-ITX form-factor LP-176, Commell’s 3.5-inch LE-37A single board computer takes Intel’s 14nm Braswell family of processors for a spin. It similarly supports quad-core Pentium N3710 or Atom […]

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