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Banana Pi project forks, as competing gen-2 SBCs emerge

Wednesday 24th of December 2014 11:52:44 PM
SinoVoip is prepping an “Banana Pi M2″ update built with a quad-core Allwinner A31 SoC, while LeMaker has begun shipping a competing A20-based “Banana Pro.” It appears that the Banana Pi project has forked into two rival groups that are now pushing their own Banana Pi updates: SinoVoip’s “Banana Pi M2,” which is announced but […]

Orange Pi SBC tempts Raspberry Pi clone fans

Tuesday 23rd of December 2014 11:48:57 PM
“Orange Pi,” a new hacker SBC and RPi clone, is available in two models using Allwinner’s dual-core A20 SoC, and a third model that’s based on the quad-core A31. Just in time for our upcoming year-end hacker SBC roundup, Shenzhen Xunlong Software unveiled an Orange Pi board that shares a number of characteristics with the […]

Quadcopter drone packs first all-Linux APM autopilot

Tuesday 23rd of December 2014 01:57:02 AM
Erle Robotics launched a ROS-enabled, open source “Erle-brain” autopilot that runs APM directly on Linux. The device also powers an “Erle-copter” drone. Over the last year, Spanish firm Erle Robotics S.L. has been working with 3DRobotics to develop an open source BeaglePilot autopilot for drones that can run Linux on 3DR’s popular, Arduino-based APM (ArduPilot […]

Hands-on review: CuBoxTV running OpenELEC+Kodi and Android

Sunday 21st of December 2014 01:41:14 AM
This hands-on review takes a first look at SolidRun’s tiny CuBoxTV set-top box, running both its default OpenELEC/XBMC OS, as well as an Android 4.4.4 beta. The CuBoxTV is one of several CuBox-i models currently available from Israel-based SolidRun. Whereas the full-up “CuBox-i Pro” model comes with 2GB RAM, WiFi, and Ethernet, the CuBoxTV hits […]

Google building full Android IVI stack, says report

Friday 19th of December 2014 06:28:26 PM
Google is planning to expand its Android Auto project into a full-fledged “Android M” automotive stack within the next year or two, says Reuters. Reuters reports that Google is developing an Android-based automotive in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and telemetry stack called Android M. Google declined comment on its story, says the publication. If Android M is […]

Video: Headless ARM9 SBC boots Linux in less than a second

Thursday 18th of December 2014 12:12:21 AM
[Update to Nov. 26 post] — Technologic has posted a video demo of its fast-booting headless PC/104-expandable SBC, which runs Debian on a PXA16x SoC and includes a Lattice FPGA. The TS-7250-V2 SBC provides an upgrade path for customers using the circa-2004 TS-7250 or circa-2006 TS-7260 single board computers, says Technologic Systems. The PC/104 form-factor […]

Qseven i.MX6 COM adds industrial temperature range

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 01:35:08 AM
Aaeon’s first ARM-based COM — a Qseven-based “AQ7-IMX6″ module running Android or Linux on a Freescale i.MX6 — has added an industrial temperature option. We missed Aaeon’s AQ7-IMX6 Qseven COM when it was released with a Freescale i.MX6 SoC back in the second quarter. Now, Aaeon’s very first ARM-based computer-on-module is being offered in a […]

Low-power COMs run Linux and Android on Cortex-A5 SoC

Tuesday 16th of December 2014 08:26:53 PM
MYIR introduced a pair of Linux- and Android-ready COMs and baseboards featuring Atmel’s low-power, 536MHz SAMA5D3 SoC, with LCD, GbE, and dual CAN ports. MYIR’s MCC-SAMA5D3X-C and MYC-SAMA5D3X computer-on-modules both feature Atmel’s Cortex-A5 based SAMA5D3 system-on-chip, but are implemented on two different form factors, and with different mixes of I/O. The soon-to-ship 82 x 55mm […]

Rugged COM Express module packs quad-core Haswell punch

Monday 15th of December 2014 01:32:39 AM
Axiomtek’s new, Linux-friendly COM Express module offers 4th gen Core CPUs, triple displays, GbE, PCIe x16 and x1 lanes, and extended temperature operation. The Axiomtek “CEM880″ computer-on-module updates the company’s circa-2011 CEM860 COM Express Type 6 module, moving from the “Ivy Bridge” generation of Intel Core processors to the latest “Haswell” Core chips. You get […]

Kontron’s COM Express Steppes up to AMD’s G-Series SoC

Friday 12th of December 2014 10:54:17 PM
Kontron’s first AMD SoC-based COM Express module is a Type 6 Compact design, with a 2GHz quad-core “Steppe Eagle” G-Series SoC, plus up to 64GB eMMC flash. Kontron offers many different computer-on-modules using processors from a variety of vendors, but when it comes to x86 system-on-chips (SoCs), the company has remained an Intel house. Now, […]

Newborn Mini-ITX twins run Linux on Bay Trail SoCs

Friday 12th of December 2014 08:47:56 PM
Aaeon launched two Mini-ITX boards powered by Intel Bay Trail SoCs, and featuring up to three video ports, one or two GbE ports, PCIe expansion, and more. We missed Aaeon’s Atom E3800 based “EMB-BT1″ Mini-ITX motherboard when it was announced earlier this year, so we are including it here as we cover two newly released […]

Google releases Cardboard VR viewer specs and SDKs

Friday 12th of December 2014 12:33:20 AM
Google released open hardware specs and Android and Unity SDKs for its “Google Cardboard,” which turns smartphones into a low-cost stereoscopic VR viewers. Google Cardboard was born as an informal virtual reality brainstorming project inside Google earlier this year, and a DIY kit was given away free to Google I/O attendees in June as a […]

Hackable Roomba integrates Raspberry Pi

Thursday 11th of December 2014 08:42:11 PM
iRobot’s hackable $200 “Create 2″ version of its Roomba robot for STEM education can be programmed with a laptop, or via an onboard Arduino or Raspberry Pi. iRobot’s Roomba was the first — and still one of the few — major successes in consumer robots. Unlike more advanced iRobot designs, such as the Linux-based Ava […]

Rugged SMARC module runs Linux on i.MX6

Thursday 11th of December 2014 01:26:37 AM
Adlink unveiled an “LEC-iMX6″ SMARC COM built around Freescale’s i.MX6, with up to 2GB soldered DDR3L and 64GB eMMC, plus -40 to 85°C temperature support. The LEC-iMX6 is designed for portable — or just plain small — industrial automation, medical, testing and measurement, transportation, and digital signage applications. Like most embedded vendors this year, Adlink […]

Intel extends its Internet-of-Things ecosystem

Wednesday 10th of December 2014 07:06:19 PM
Intel introduced a new IoT “end-to-end reference model” that includes a Linux-ready edge management platform, security, services, and ecosystem partners. The new reference platform, called the “Intel IoT Platform,” helps fill in the gaps in Intel’s growing ecosystem of Internet of Things gateways, cloud-based services, and endpoint devices like the Linux-based Intel Galileo SBC and […]

$35 quad-core hacker SBC offers Raspberry Pi-like size and I/O

Wednesday 10th of December 2014 02:05:09 AM
[Updated Dec 10] — Hardkernel’s $35 “Odroid-C1″ SBC runs Android or Ubuntu on a 1.5GHz quad-core Amlogic SoC, and boasts 1GB RAM plus quasi-RPi-compatible 40-pin expansion. Hardkernel’s community-backed Odroid single-board computer (SBC) project has long been a Samsung Exynos operation, having churned out over a dozen Samsung-based hacker SBCs in recent years. These include the […]

Rugged, fanless box-PC runs Linux on Haswell

Tuesday 9th of December 2014 11:36:46 PM
Aaeon’s “AEC-6638″ rugged box-PC offers 4th Gen Intel Core i5 or i3 CPUs, and features three display outputs, dual GbE, and fanless -10 to 60°C operation. Aaeon’s AEC-6638 fanless embedded PC is a Boxer series variation of its AEC industrial computers, which include this year’s Atom N2600 based AEC-6523. The AEC-6638 is a simpler, and […]

$6 quad core SoC targets low cost 4K set-top boxes

Monday 8th of December 2014 06:22:13 PM
[Updated Dec 10] — Allwinner unveiled a $6 “H3″ SoC targeting $35 to $50 OTT STBs, featuring four Cortex-A7 cores, a Mali-400 GPU, 4K HDMI output, and 5MP camera support. For years, Allwinner Technology has been riding the Cortex-A7 architecture to success in its Android- and Linux-ready system-on-chips. Now, as the company prepares to move […]

KitKat BSPs support TI Sitara and BeagleBone Black

Friday 5th of December 2014 07:57:28 PM
Adeneo announced Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) BSPs for the TI Sitara AM335x and Sitara AM437x development platforms and the AM335x-based BeagleBone Black SBC. Adeneo Embedded is a Platinum Member of the TI Design Network, and has previously released a number of Linux and Android BSPs (board support packages) for Texas Instruments processors and development boards. In […]

Android motorcycle helmet open for pre-order

Friday 5th of December 2014 05:09:12 PM
Skully announced a limited public pre-order round for its Android-based head-up display motorcycle helmet, available for $1,499 through Jan. 8. The “world’s first augmented reality motorcycle helmet,” was a record-breaking $2.8 million Indiegogo success this summer, says Skully. (The frozen Indiegogo page shows a total of $2.44 million, but hey, it’s still a lot of […]

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