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Braswell Pico-ITX board features HDMI, SATA, GbE, M.2

Friday 12th of August 2016 05:54:06 PM
IEI’s wide temperature “Hyper-BW” Pico-ITX SBC expands upon Intel’s Braswell chips with 2x mini-HDMI, 4x USB, and 2x serial, plus SATA, M.2, and GbE. IEI’s 100 x 72mm Hyper-BW recently showed up on an IEI product page with a “preliminary” tag, and without an announcement. The SBC follows earlier IEI Pico-ITX boards like the Bay […]

10-core MediaTek Helio X30 SoC to include two Cortex-A73 cores

Thursday 11th of August 2016 11:14:11 PM
[Updated: Aug. 12] — MediaTek’s Helio X30, due mid-2017, will likely be one of the first 10nm SoCs, and among the first to tap ARM’s new Cortex-A73 cores. MediaTek has revealed an upcoming Helio X30 system-on-chip (SoC) that will likely be one of the first 10nm fabricated SoCs to arrive when it ships in mid-2017. […]

Tough, expandable Bay Trail SBC measures just 95 x 55mm

Wednesday 10th of August 2016 11:42:54 PM
VersaLogic’s sandwich-style “Osprey” SBC offers Atom E3800 SoCs, dual GbE ports, dual mini-PCIe slots, MIL-STD-202G ruggedization, and -40 to 85°C support. Like VersaLogic’s recent BayCat and earlier Bengal single-board computers, the Osprey is based on Intel’s “Bay Trail” Atom E38xx family of SoCs. Unlike those boards, which conform to 4.2 x 3.8-inch (107 x 97mm) […]

Embedded oriented Mini-ITX board packs serious Skylake-S heat

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 07:57:35 PM
Perfectron’s “INS8349A” Mini-ITX runs on 6th Gen “Skylake-S” CPUs, and offers triple displays, 8x USB, 4x SATA, optional M.2, and PCIe and mini-PCIe. With its 14nm-fabricated 6th Generation Core based INS8349A Mini-ITX board, Perfectron has leapfrogged several generations of Intel Core chips since its previous 3rd Gen “Ivy Bridge” INS8346B. The upgrade over Ivy Bridge […]

Is that a Debian all-in-one PC in your pocket?

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 12:44:54 AM
Guest columnist Rob Reilly checks out Next Thing’s PocketChip, a pocket-sized Debian based all-in-one computer, in this HackerBoards hands-on first look.     Is that a Debian all-in-one PC in your Pocket? by Rob Reilly   From Chip to PocketChip Next Thing Chip(click to enlarge) I’ve experimented with Next Thing’s Chip SBC, connected to a […]

Raspberry Pi Zero sized HAT has four sensors with 10 variables

Friday 5th of August 2016 10:17:47 PM
Pimeroni’s Enviro pHAT is a $20 Raspberry Pi HAT add-on that provides sensors including temperature/pressure, light/color, motion, and ADC. The Enviro pHAT, available at Pimeroni in the UK and Adafruit in the US, is a Raspberry Pi HAT (Hardware Attached on Top) add-on with four multipurpose sensors that provide up to 10 different sensor variables. […]

Tiny Linux SBC with mini-PCIe slot runs Linux or Android on 2W

Friday 5th of August 2016 09:40:03 PM
[Updated: Aug. 6] — The Gateworks GW5530 SBC runs Linux, OpenWrt, or Android on an i.MX6 SoC, and features video I/O, an inertial sensor, optional GPS, and mini-PCIe expansion. Gateworks announced a tiny new single-board computer in its “Vantana” product line that’s hardly bigger than the mini-PCIe socket with which it expands. The 100 x […]

15W Skylake SBCs include Mini-ITX, Nano-ITX, and 3.5-inch

Thursday 4th of August 2016 10:44:58 PM
Commell announced three Intel 6th Gen Skylake-U boards in Mini-ITX, Pico-ITX, and 3.5-inch formats, with DDR4 RAM, GbE, USB 3.0, and triple display support. Commell, which in April announced an LV-67S Mini-ITX board running Intel’s 6th Gen (“Skylake”) Core S-Series and Xeon processors, has followed up with three SBCs offering the more energy-efficient, 15W, dual-core, […]

Exploring the security challenges in Linux-based IoT devices

Thursday 4th of August 2016 08:56:28 PM
In a talk at the Embedded Linux Conference, Mike Anderson, CTO of The PTR Group, explored the unique security challenges that face Linux-based IoT devices. Until fairly recently, Linux developers have been spared many of the security threats that have bedeviled the Windows world. Yet, when moving from desktops and servers to the embedded Internet […]

Free IoT development and management platform adds Arduino

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 06:42:52 PM
myDevices announced Arduino support for its web- and mobile-based, Raspberry Pi compatible “Cayenne” drag-and-drop IoT development and management platform. Cayenne, with which developers, designers, and engineers can “quickly prototype and share their connected device projects,” has expanded support beyond the Raspberry Pi to Arduino boards, says myDevices. Billed as the world’s first drag-and-drop Internet-of-Things Project […]

Compact networking SBC runs OpenWrt on dual-core Cortex-A9

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 06:00:37 PM
SolidRun launched an OpenWrt networking-focused ClearFog Base SBC with a Marvell Armada 38x dual-core -A9 SoC, dual GbE ports, SFP, and mikroBus expansion. Last December when SolidRun launched its ClearFog Pro sandwich-style networking SBC featuring an Armada 38x-based computer-on-module, it also announced a lower-end ClearFog Base model that uses the same COM and was said […]

Compact Skylake and Braswell COMs share a carrier board

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 11:54:07 PM
DFI is sampling two Linux-friendly COM Express Compact Type 6 modules that use the same carrier: a 6th Gen Core based “SU968” and an Intel Braswell “BW968.” DFI has brought its line of 95 x 95mm COM Express Compact modules up to date with new Intel Skylake and Braswell models. Both the 6th Generation Core […]

Hackable, educational walking bot can add a Raspberry Pi

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 09:42:26 PM
Robotical’s hackable, Cortex-M4 based “Marty” educational robot has flexible legs, and can be upgraded with an onboard Raspberry Pi. A startup called Robotical is seeking funds on Indiegogo for a 3D printable, mostly open source, walking robot called Marty. The WiFi-controlled bipedal bot has a 180MHz Cortex-M4 MCU, and is primarily designed to teach kids […]

COM Express 3.0 Type 7 debuts: 10GbE added, video deleted

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 06:45:11 PM
Adlink unveiled the first COM Express 3.0 module, debuting a server-oriented Type 7 pinout that replaces graphics with 10GbE ports. Adlink’s rugged, Linux-ready “Express-BD7” module with 14nm Xeon and Pentium CPUs is the first computer-on-module to use PICMG’s preliminary COM Express 3.0 spec with its new Type 7 pinout. The spec is expected to be […]

Skylake taken to EPIC proportions

Monday 1st of August 2016 11:17:40 PM
IEI’s “Nano-ULT3” is an EPIC SBC with 6th Gen Core “Skylake” U-Series CPUs, up to 32GB DDR4 RAM, and coastline ports for 2x GbE, 2x HDMI, and 4x USB 3.0. One of the nice things about backward compatibility is that you can take a legacy form-factor like EPIC and match it with one of the […]

OpenWrt router card plugs into a mini-PCIe socket

Monday 1st of August 2016 09:49:09 PM
AsiaRF’s “AP620-MPE-1” is an OpenWrt WiFi-ac router based on Mediatek’s MT7620A. It plugs into a mini-PCIe slot but is somewhat non-standard, mechanically. Unlike many other OpenWrt Linux router boards running on MIPS-based WiFi chipsets, AsiaRF’s AP7620-MPE-1 board is not a standalone SBC, but an add-on card that give its host WiFi-ac routing capabilities. AP7620-MPE-1 (click […]

Facebook open sources a 17-camera 3D-360 video capture system

Sunday 31st of July 2016 04:45:22 AM
Facebook has open-sourced a 17-camera “Surround360” 3D-360 video capture system, and has posted full specs and code on GitHub. In April, Facebook announced that it had built a “Surround360” 3D-360 video capture system, but that it did not plan to sell it. Instead, the social networking giant promised it would open source both the hardware […]

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Report: DOD must embrace open-source software

The Defense Department increasingly relies on software for everything from weapons systems to accounting, but it is failing to capitalize on the power of open-source software, according to a report from the Center for a New American Security. In "Open Source Software and the Department of Defense," CNAS argues that a number of cultural factors, biases and regulatory barriers are keeping DOD from embracing open-source options. "Unfortunately, software development is not currently a high-profile, high-priority topic in the discussion about diminishing U.S. military technical superiority," the report states. "It should be." Industry relies heavily on open-source software with great success, and DOD's continued reliance on proprietary code is more expensive, slows innovation and puts America's warfighters at greater risk, according to CNAS. Read more

How Google Does Open Source

Marc Merlin has been working as an engineer at Google since 2002 and has seen (and done) a lot of open source and Linux work during that time. Speaking at the LinuxCon North America event this week, Merlin provided a standing room only audience with an overview how Google uses and contributes to open source. "Google wouldn't be around today without open source software," Merlin said. Read more

High-end music player has a Raspberry Pi running Raspbian inside

Bryston has launched a high-end, compact “BDP-π” digital music player built on a Raspberry Pi running Raspbian, plus a HifiBerry “Digi+” audio HAT add-on. Bryston’s new Raspberry Pi-based BDP-π digital music player costs a hefty $1,295. Yet that’s less than half the cost of the highly acclaimed Bryston BDP-2 player, while offering many of these same features and much of the same high-end sound quality. The BDP-π is faster and more capable than the BDP-1, says the company. Read more

Leftovers: Gaming (Mighty No. 9 and Wine)

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    The creators of the Kickstarter-funded video game, Mighty No. 9, announced on Thursday they released the Mac and Linux versions of the game. This announcement comes just a little over two months after the game was delivered to North American and Asian backers via PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The team revealed that both Mac and Linux versions are now available on Steam.
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