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Sony taps Linux robot car tech for self-driving car project

Wednesday 18th of February 2015 08:59:23 PM
Sony is developing self-driving car technologies with ZMP, which sells autonomous RoboCar development platforms with Linux-based control and sensor systems. Sony has turned to fellow Japanese company ZMP to develop a self-driving car, says the Financial Times (FT). Sony also invested 100 million yen ($842,000) in ZMP for a 2 percent share. The partners are […]

Is Linux heading toward the big 4.0?

Wednesday 18th of February 2015 05:01:39 PM
Linux 3.19 was released, to be followed by either a version 3.20 or 4.0. Also, the 2015 Linux Kernel Report reveals a growing rate of kernel contributions. Linux kernel 3.19 was released on Feb. 8 (see farther below). Meanwhile, the next release has a good chance of being renamed from Linux 3.20 to Linux 4.0. […]

Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit keynotes to stream live

Wednesday 18th of February 2015 12:34:26 AM
Keynote sessions from the 2015 Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit will stream live Feb. 18, with topics including the kernel, IoT, drones, and lots more. The Linux Foundation describes its annual Collaboration Summit as a gathering of its corporate members along with invited participants including core kernel developers, distribution maintainers, ISVs, end users, system vendors, and […]

Open source robot kit builds on Raspberry Pi 2

Monday 16th of February 2015 08:01:09 PM
[Updated 3PM] — On Indiegogo, CoroWare launched a 4WD “CoroBot Spark,” open robot platform for STEM education, based on a Raspberry Pi SBC and a CoroWare controller board. CoroWare Robotics Solutions’s CoroBot Spark is the latest of several open source robot kits that have used the Raspberry Pi single board computer. Recent examples include iRobot’s […]

3.5-inch SBC runs Linux on Haswell, has powered serial ports

Friday 13th of February 2015 06:45:56 PM
Axiomtek’s “CAPA881″ SBC runs Linux on Intel’s 4th Gen Core chips, supports extended temperatures, and has powered COM ports, plus SATA, CFast, and mini-PCIe. Like Axiomtek’s CEM880 and CEM881 COM Express Type 6 modules, the CAPA881 SBC uses 4th Generation Intel Core (Haswell) processors. Like its AMD G-Series based CAPA112 SBC, the 146 x 104mm […]

Linux-powered quadcopter acts like a smart shuttlecock

Friday 13th of February 2015 01:47:55 AM
[Updated Feb 13] — On Kickstarter, Zyro is pitching a “DroneBall” quadcopter that runs Linux on Gumstix COMs and acts like a smart aerial ball for multi-player games. The Zyro DroneBall doesn’t look like a ball — nor does it act like any ball you’ve ever seen that isn’t made of Flubber. The quadcopter can […]

Graphics-rich EPIC SBC uses 5th Gen Core, expands flexibly

Thursday 12th of February 2015 10:02:06 PM
Aaeon’s “EPIC-BDU7″ SBC uses Intel’s 5th Gen Core processors, and offers multiple graphics, GbE, USB, and SATA ports, plus mini-PCIe and PCI-104 expansion. Aaeon’s EPIC-BDU7 single board computer uses the same old-school EPIC form factor adopted by its Atom-based EPC-CV1 board, but instead loads up with Intel’s brand new 5th Generation Core processors using the […]

Rugged signage player runs Android on quad-core i.MX6

Thursday 12th of February 2015 06:02:28 PM
AOpen’s rugged “MEP320″ media player and signage device runs Android 4.2.2 on a 1GHz Freescale i.MX Quad, and offers a thin profile and dual HDMI ports. Taiwanese OEM vendor AOpen has long been making Linux-ready mini-PCs such as its circa-2010 Intel Core-based MP57. Now, it’s introducing a rugged AOpen Media Engine MEP320 Android media player […]

Hackable Pi-like SBC opts for 1.6GHz quad-core STB SoC

Wednesday 11th of February 2015 11:40:53 PM
Shenzhen Xunlong has launched a $59 open-spec “Orange Pi Plus” SBC with a 1.6GHz quad-core Allwinner H3 SoC, 40-pin Pi-compatible expansion, WiFi, and SATA. In December when Shenzhen Xunlong Software announced its open-spec, Linux- and Android-ready Orange Pi and Orange Pi Mini SBCs, both of which use the dual-core, Cortex-A7 Allwinner A20 system-on-chip, the company […]

Linux-based mobile manipulation robots due soon

Wednesday 11th of February 2015 06:16:45 PM
Former Unbounded Robotics execs have launched “Fetch Robotics” with $3 million in funding, and will ship a ROS-on-Linux mobile manipulator bot in Q2 2015. A startup called Fetch Robotics has announced $3 million in Series A financing from O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV) and Shasta Ventures, along with a development team that jumped from the apparently […]

Firefox OS dongle redesign will add quad-core SoC, DRM

Tuesday 10th of February 2015 08:04:42 PM
The Firefox OS-based “Matchstick” media player has been delayed a half year to August, and will receive an overhaul to move to a quad-core SoC and add DRM. The Matchstick was one of the biggest Kickstarter success stories of 2014, finishing its funding run in October with $470,310, almost five times’s $100,000 goal. The […]

Linaro launches open ARM SBC spec, and an octa-core SBC

Monday 9th of February 2015 10:00:10 PM
Linaro has launched an open-source spec for ARM SBCs called “96Boards,” first available in a $129 “HiKey” SBC, featuring a Huawei octa-core Cortex-A53 SoC. Linaro, the ARM-backed not-for-profit engineering organization that has aimed to standardize open source Linux and Android software for Cortex-A processors, is now trying to do the same thing for hardware. Linaro, […]

High-end dev board runs Linux on Allwinner octa-core A80

Monday 9th of February 2015 06:31:48 PM
Merrii announced a high end, Android- and Linux-ready “H88 Hummingbird” SBC based on the octa-core Cortex-A15/-A7 Allwinner A80 SoC. The second-generation Raspberry Pi 2 managed to maintain its $35 price despite moving to a quad-core Cortex-A7 system-on-chip, but faster, pricier quad- and octa-core ARM SoCs haven’t seen as much traction in the single board computer […]

First Ubuntu Touch smartphone ships for $190, unlocked

Friday 6th of February 2015 09:36:34 PM
Canonical and BQ are launching the first Ubuntu Touch phone — the dual-SIM, quad-core, 4.5-inch “Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition” — for 170 Euros unlocked. Starting on Monday, Spanish mobile manufacturer BQ will begin selling the world’s first Ubuntu-based phone, the Aquaris E4.5. The long-awaited Ubuntu phone will initially be sold in a series of limited […]

IoT gateway runs Linux on QorIQ, accepts Arduino Shields

Thursday 5th of February 2015 10:22:05 PM
TechNexion and Freescale launched an IoT Gateway that runs Linux on a dual-core, Cortex-A7 QorIQ SoC, offers six GbE ports, and expands via Arduino Shields. The $429 LS1021A-IoT Gateway Reference Design, which is built by TechNexion and co-branded with Freescale, is the first product we’ve seen to run the first ARM-based versions of Freescale’s previously […]

New ARM Cortex-A72 nearly twice as fast as -A57

Thursday 5th of February 2015 08:03:57 PM
ARM unveiled an ARMv8 Cortex-A72 CPU for mobile said to be twice as fast as the -A57, plus a faster new Mali-T880 GPU and CoreLink CCI-500 interconnect. We’ve only recently seen the 64-bit, ARMv8 Cortex-A57 design arrive in mobile system-on-chips, such as Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 810 and hexa-core Snapdragon 808, both of which mate the […]

ROV dives deep in Antarctic waters with Linux-based cams

Thursday 5th of February 2015 07:40:52 PM
[Updated 7PM] — A “Deep-SCINI” submersible with Linux-based Elphel cameras discovered surprisingly diverse life under the Antarctic ice shelf — and rapidly melting ice. Linux has once again been spotted in the frigid seas around Antarctica, which is not so surprising considering that Tux, the penguin, enjoys a nice cold bath. In November, we learned […]

Linux-friendly i.MX6 SBC offers dual-GbE, PoE, HDMI

Thursday 5th of February 2015 01:51:58 AM
Gateworks unveiled a compact “Ventana GW5520″ SBC with Linux and Android BSPs, HDMI, dual PoE-ready GbE, dual mini-PCIe, and industrial temperature range. The GW5520 is a member of Gateworks’s 5th generation Ventana family of network processor boards. Like the six Ventana models we covered back in 2013, the GW5520 integrates a Freescale i.MX6 system-on-chip, in […]

Fanless Pico-ITX SBC rocks Bay Trail up to 2.4GHz

Wednesday 4th of February 2015 11:51:50 PM
Data Modul’s fanless, Pico-ITX “eDM-pITX-BT” SBC runs Linux on Intel’s Bay Trail SoCs, ranging from a single-core 1.5GHz Atom to a quad-core 2.4GHz Celeron. Munich-based Data Modul says it developed the eDM-pITX-BT “in cooperation with a long-term partner, a leading manufacturer of industrial computers.” In addition to its passively-cooled, soldered Intel processor, the board features […]

Mesh-enabled WiFi router runs Linux, promises better coverage

Wednesday 4th of February 2015 07:15:44 PM
The Linux-based “Eero” WiFi router uses mesh networking and self-correcting code to reduce dead zones and optimize speed, and offers mobile app access. WiFi routers can be extended with WiFi repeaters or extenders to reduce dead zones and boost signal strength in large or multi-story homes, as well as long railroad apartments. Yet, these devise […]

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