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Dueling NUC mini-PCs run Ubuntu on Broadwell

Thursday 9th of April 2015 06:32:23 PM
ZaReason and System76 have each launched Intel NUC style mini-PCs running Ubuntu on 5th Gen. Intel Core “Broadwell” processors, starting at about $500. ZaReason and System76 have been competing in the pre-configured Linux laptop and PC market for years. Now, the companies are going head to head with the ZaReason Zini 1550 and System76 Meerkat, […]

New Atom SoC will target IoT devices, says Intel

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 07:47:35 PM
At IDF Shenzhen, Intel announced a rugged IoT version of the Atom x3 smartphone SoC, with built-in cellular radios and supporting both Linux and Android. Intel introduced the Atom x3 (Sofia) system-on-chips, along with more powerful, 14nm-fabricated “Cherry Trail-T” Atom x5 and x7 models, at Mobile World Congress in early March. Some of the x3 […]

SMARC module runs Linux on i.MX6, runs hot and cold

Tuesday 7th of April 2015 11:39:35 PM
Embedian has launched a SMARC COM that runs Linux on a Freescale i.MX6, and offers up to 2GB RAM, 4GB eMMC, -40 to 85°C operation, and a Mini-ITX baseboard. Embedian’s SMARC (Smart Mobility ARChitecture) form-factor SMARC-FiMX6 computer-on-module follows Embedian’s earlier SMARC-T335X, which integrates a TI AM335x Sitara system-on-chip. The SMARC-T335X module also formed the basis […]

Linux-ready smart camera SoC encodes 1080p@70fps video

Tuesday 7th of April 2015 09:03:41 PM
Allwinner unveiled a Cortex-A7 based SoC for smart connected cameras that integrates its HawkView image signal processor, and supports Linux and “Camdroid.” Allwinner jumped on the ARM Cortex-A7 spec early, using it for its popular, low-priced system-on-chips like the Allwinner A10, dual-core A20, and quad-core A31. Like the A10, Allwinner’s new “V3″ SoC has a […]

Compact Cortex-A9 SBC expands on its inner Udoo

Tuesday 7th of April 2015 05:54:54 PM
Seco has released a commercial SBC spun from the original i.MX6-based open spec Udoo hacker SBC, adding eMMC flash and subtracting Arduino compatibility. Seco oversees the popular, community-backed Udoo SBC project, but also sells more commercial single board computers under its own name, such as the SECOpITX-GX. While that board was equipped with an AMD […]

Tiny wireless-rich COM runs Android on 2.7GHz Snapdragon

Monday 6th of April 2015 11:33:54 PM
Inforce unveiled a tiny “6501 Micro SoM” that runs Android on a quad-core 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 SoC, and offers A/V, camera, USB, serial, and wireless I/O. Inforce Computing’s 6501 Micro SoM taps the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC used by its Inforce 6540 Pico-ITX SBC, but in computer-on-module form. The 50 x 28mm module, which […]

11.6-inch HD tablet runs Ubuntu on Intel Core M

Monday 6th of April 2015 06:55:19 PM
[Updated Apr. 7] — Cube’s $399, Ubuntu-based “i7-CM” tablet has an Intel Core M CPU and an 11.6-inch HD display. Meanwhile, at least two other Ubuntu tablets are under development. A Chinese company called Cube, owned by Ele Technology, has begun selling an Ubuntu Linux-based version of its Windows-based i7 tablet. As first reported by […]

Tiny SODIMM-style module runs Linux on Cortex-A5

Friday 3rd of April 2015 10:22:01 PM
Denx announced an “MA5D4″ COM that runs Linux on Atmel’s SAMA5D4 SoC, plus a baseboard kit that adds a touchscreen and CAN, serial, HDMI, USB, and camera ports. Like Denx Computer Systems’s recent, Freescale i.MX6-based Denx M6R computer-on-module, the MA5D4 is supplied with the Yocto Linux based Embedded Linux Development Kit (ELDK) distribution from sister […]

Open spec x86 SBCs gain prototyping add-ons

Friday 3rd of April 2015 07:16:54 PM
Newark Element14 launched a $20 motor control add-on for AMD’s Gizmo 2 SBC, and MinnowBoard.org tipped a new “Lure” LED add-on for the Minnowboard Max. From the start, the Raspberry Pi and the BeagleBoard (BeagleBone) projects have followed the Arduino project’s lead in providing Shield-like expansion modules to attract hobbyists and third party developers. Several […]

Tiny SBC runs Linux on Vybrid-based COM

Friday 3rd of April 2015 05:24:21 PM
[Updated Apr. 7] — F&S announced an open-spec “PCOMnetA5″ SBC, combining a carrier board with a Linux-ready COM equipped with Freescale’s Cortex-A5 and -M4 based Vybrid SoC. The computer-on-module that drives the new F&S Elektronik Systeme PCOMnetA5 SBC is a PicoCOMA5 module announced back in Jan. 2014. The COM incorporates a Freescale Vybrid-F system-on-chip, which […]

Chrome OS gets sticky, as new Chromebooks emerge

Thursday 2nd of April 2015 08:33:41 PM
Google announced an Asus “Chromebit” HDMI stick running Chrome OS, plus four new low-cost Chromebooks, and opened its Android-to-Chrome OS app porting tech. Google took the Linux and Chrome browser based Chrome OS a step closer to a potential convergence with Android as it announced the first embedded form-factor Chrome OS computer, as well as […]

Android IVI system serves up to 56 bus passengers

Wednesday 1st of April 2015 11:43:48 PM
[Updated Apr. 2] — Via announced an Android-based turnkey IVI system for buses called Via BLISS, with 7- and 10.1-inch touchscreens, a VOD server, and networking hubs. The Via BLISS (Bus Line In-Seat System) Platform provides an in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) VOD network of the type typically found only on airlines, says Via Technologies. The Android-based […]

SBC runs Linux on new quad-core Cortex-A9 SoC

Tuesday 31st of March 2015 11:20:54 PM
Actions Technology released a quad-core Cortex-A9 “S500″ SoC, along with an “ActDuino S500″ SBC based on it, plus support for Android 5.0 and Linux. Actions Technology, a subsidiary of Chinese fabless chipmaker Actions Semiconductor, is aiming its new S500 system-on-chip and ActDuino S500 SBC “open source reference design platform” at digital signage, kiosks, Android netbooks, […]

Tiny, stackable, Linux-based IoT module hits Kickstarter

Tuesday 31st of March 2015 08:39:07 PM
On Kickstarter, Onion launched a tiny, Linux-based “Omega” IoT module, along with a dock, stackable expansion modules, a cloud service, and web app tools. Onion’s Omega joins a growing number of single board computers and computer-on-modules for Internet of Things applications that have tapped Qualcomm’s MIPS-based, WiFi-enabled Atheros AR9331 system-on-chip. For a pledge of $25, […]

$13 HAT aims Raspberry Pi at real-world I/O projects

Tuesday 31st of March 2015 05:56:18 AM
Pimoroni’s $13 “Explorer HAT” add-on for the Raspberry Pi can drive motors and touchscreens, integrate sensors, interface with 5V devices, and more. The Raspberry Pi Foundation’s HAT (Hardware Attached on Top) add-on board standard enables the Linux-ready Raspberry Pi SBC to automatically configure its GPIO signals and drivers for use with external devices. Pimoroni has […]

IPC-A-610 Class 3 rated COM runs Linux on i.MX6

Monday 30th of March 2015 08:10:07 PM
Denx released a rugged, IPC-A-610 Class 3 rated “M6R” COM that runs its Yocto-based ELDK embedded Linux on a single, dual, or quad core Freescale i.MX6 SoC. The Denx M6R computer-on-module, which is available with an M6REVK carrier board, follows in the steps of earlier Freescale-based COMs from Denx Computer Systems such as the i.MX53x […]

Android 4.4 field handheld features 3-inch thermal printer

Sunday 29th of March 2015 06:54:15 PM
[Updated Apr. 7] — Two Technologies Inc.’s LTE-ready “N5Print” handheld runs Android on a Snapdragon 800 and has built-in printer, Smart Card, magstripe, and barcode features. Early smartphones were modeled in part on field-service handhelds, which in turn have increasingly imitated smartphones. This has been especially true in recent years as the product category has […]

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