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Pi HAT with 16 opto-isolated inputs can stack for up to 128

Friday 19th of February 2021 09:28:05 PM
Sequent’s $40 “16-Inputs for Raspberry Pi” HAT provides 16 opto-isolated, 3-240V AC/DC digital inputs and an RS-485 port and can be stacked 8x high for up to 128 inputs. Sequent Microsystems has included optically isolated digital inputs on its earlier Raspberry Pi Mega-IO Expansion Card (8x opto-inputs) and MegaIO-IND (4x) Raspberry Pi HATs. Now, it […]

Fanless computer serves up Google Edge TPU and PoE

Friday 19th of February 2021 06:55:06 PM
Aaeon’s Boxer-8521AI fanless embedded computers are based on NXP’s i.MX 8M SoC with a Google Edge TPU as coprocessor. The rugged system features a PoE PD port and operating temperatures of -5°C to 50°C. Aaeon has announced that its Boxer-8521AI system is now available on a mass market scale. The system embeds the Google Edge […]

Tiny module combines i.MX8M Mini and rich I/O

Thursday 18th of February 2021 05:38:53 PM
ICOP’s NX8MM-D168 is a 35 x 55mm Linux-friendly module featuring the i.MX8M Mini, 2GB LPDDR4 as well as eMMC, GbE, 2xUSB, MIPI-DSI and -CSI, PCIe, UART, SPI, I2C and PWM. The module provides a 168-pin board-to-board connector. ICOP Technology has released its NX8MM-D168 module based on NXP’s i.MX8M Mini SoC. The NX8MM-D168 runs Yocto Linux […]

i.MX8M Nano appears on Raspberry Pi-like SBC

Wednesday 17th of February 2021 05:31:06 PM
Avnet’s “MaaXBoard Nano” SBC runs Android or Linux on an i.MX8M Nano with 1GB DDR4, 16GB eMMC, GbE, WiFi/BT, MIPI-DSI/CSI, 4x USB 2.0, and 40-pin GPIO. In 2019, Avnet’s Embest unit launched a $60 MaaXBoard SBC featuring NXP’s i.MX8M and followed up last year with a similar MaaXBoard Mini based on the i.MX8M Mini. Now, […]

Pine64 unveils RK3566-powered SBC and reveals an upcoming RISC-V board

Tuesday 16th of February 2021 07:13:08 PM
Pine64 has posted specs for a Quartz64 SBC that runs Linux on Rockchip’s new NPU-equipped, quad -A55 RK3566 with up to 8GB RAM. There are also plans for an under $15 SBC showcasing the RISC-V based Allwinner XuanTie C906. As we noted in our recent report on Geniatech’s RK3568 and RK3566 Development Boards, Pine64 has […]

Elkhart Lake spins into COM Express, SMARC, and Qseven modules

Monday 15th of February 2021 10:51:12 PM
Avnet’s “MSC C6C-EL” Type 6, “MSC SM2S-EL” SMARC, and “MSC Q7-EL” Qseven modules run Linux or Win 10 on Intel’s Elkhart Lake Atom x6000 SoCs and support triple independent displays and up to 256GB flash. In the transition from MSC Embedded to Avnet Integrated, we fell off the company’s PR list –- our last MSC […]

Pico-ITX and Mini-ITX boards take off with Tiger Lake

Friday 12th of February 2021 10:03:02 PM
Commell unveiled “LP-179” Pico-ITX and “LV-6712” Mini-ITX boards with Intel 11th Gen CPUs plus 2.5GbE ports and up to quad displays. Meanwhile, Aaeon has revealed some more details on its Tiger Lake based “PICO-TGU4” SBC. Commell announced two SBCs built around Intel’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake ULP3 processors. The LP-179 is the first Pico-ITX form-factor […]

EdgeX Foundry based edge software adds AI support

Thursday 11th of February 2021 07:57:07 PM
IOTech announced v1.8 of its EdgeX Foundry “Hanoi” based “Edge Xpert” edge computing platform that adds OpenVINO support for computer vision and edge AI. Edinburgh, UK based IOTech has released an AI-focused v1.8 release of its Edge Xpert platform based on the latest Hanoi release of the Linux Foundation’s open source EdgeX Foundry IoT middleware. […]

Dev boards showcase Rockchip’s new RK3568 and RK3566

Thursday 11th of February 2021 05:47:08 PM
Geniatech’s “RK3568 Development Board” runs Android or Linux on Rockchip’s new quad -A55 RK3568, featuring SATA III and M.2 with PCIe 3.0. There is also a similar board based on the slightly lower-spec RK3566. Rockchip’s premiere system-on-chip launch for 2021 will be the octa-core -A76 and -A55, NPU-equipped Rockchip RK3588, due in Q3, which we […]

Open source Linux debugging tool focuses on IPC

Wednesday 10th of February 2021 05:03:30 PM
Guardicore has released an open source debugging tool called “IPCDump” for tracing and visualizing interprocess communication on Linux. Features include tracing IPC between short-lived processes. Guardicore, which defines itself as the “the segmentation company disrupting the legacy firewall market,” announced the availability of IPCDump, an open source debugging tool for Linux interprocess communication (IPC). The […]

Ultra mini-PC with i.MX8M Plus starts at $99

Wednesday 10th of February 2021 03:41:33 PM
SolidRun’s 50 x 50 x 50mm “CuBox-M” mini-PC runs Android 11 or Linux 4.9 on NXP’s NPU-equipped i.MX8M Plus along with up to 8GB LPDDR4, 8GB eMMC, HDMI 2.0, 2x USB, and GbE with optional PoE. SolidRun has announced the latest in its line of 8-cubic-inch CuBox ultra mini-PCs and the first enclosed computer we […]

Compact, Arm-based IoT gateway targets electric vehicles

Tuesday 9th of February 2021 10:46:18 PM
Vecow’s compact, rugged “VIG-120” IoT gateway runs Linux on an i.MX6 UL and supplies 4x COM, 2x CAN, mini-PCIe with SIM, and 2x 10/100 LAN ports with optional M12 connectors. Most of the Vecow systems we have seen are beefy Intel Core based computers such as the 11th Gen Tiger Lake based SPC-7000. Yet, the […]

Jetson Xavier powered “outdoor AI” edge AI computer features 8x GMSL cams

Friday 5th of February 2021 10:38:07 PM
Neousys’ IP67 protected “NRU-110V” edge AI system runs Linux on a Jetson AGX Xavier and offers a 10GbE port and 8x time-synchronized GMSL cameras for rugged applications including robotics and automated vehicles. Neousys announced a rugged NRU-110V computer that runs Linux for Tegra (L4T) on Nvidia’s high-end Jetson AGX Xavier module. The system acts as […]

Ryzen V1000 AI system supports double-wide graphics cards

Friday 5th of February 2021 06:09:51 PM
Vecow’s “MIG-1000” AI edge PC runs Linux or Windows on a Ryzen Embedded V1000 with up to 64GB DDR4, 4x DP, 2x GbE, 4x USB, and a PCIe x16 slot for double-wide graphics. Vecow announced what appears to be its first computer based on AMD’s Ryzen Embedded processors. The Ryzen Embedded V1000 based MIG-1000 edge […]

8MP, ultra-low light Jetson cam kit boasts 4K@44fps streaming

Thursday 4th of February 2021 09:44:02 PM
E-Con’s ultra-low light “e-CAM83_CUMI415_MOD” module has an 8MP Sony Starvis IMX415 sensor with 4K@44fps (Xavier NX) or 4K@90fps (AGX Xavier) streaming. It’s available in a CSI kit for the Xavier NX or Nano and a USB kit for other systems. E-Con Systems has launched an 8-megapixel e-CAM83_CUMI415_MOD embedded camera module with up to 4K@90fps streaming […]

Aaeon’s RK3288-powered Pico-ITX sells for $91

Thursday 4th of February 2021 05:01:20 PM
Aaeon has launched a $91 “RICO-3288MINI” Pico-ITX SBC that runs Android or Debian on a Rockchip RK3288 with 2GB DDR3L, 16GB eMMC, 3x USB, GbE, and a 4K-ready HDMI port. Commercial embedded vendors like Aaeon have long sold SBCs at a premium over similar maker-oriented hacker boards aimed at individual buyers with arguments such as […]

ClusBerry for Home clusters up to eight CM4 modules with a la carte I/O

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021 11:02:52 PM
Techbase unveiled a “ClusBerry for Home” desktop cluster system with 2x to 8x Raspberry Pi CM4 modules and modular configurations including serial I/O, wireless, AI, NAS, USB 3.0 hub, 2.5GbE, and SuperCap. A few weeks ago, Techbase previewed a DIN-rail form-factor ClusBerry clustering system for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4, as reported by CNXSoft. […]

RPi CM4 powered PiTray opens at $14.50 as more carriers prep for launch

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021 07:39:37 PM
Sourcekit has launched a $14.50 “PiTray mini” carrier for the Raspberry Pi CM4. Two more CM4 carriers will soon appear on Crowd Supply: Wiretrustee’s 4-port “SATA Board” and an M.2-equipped “Piunora.” The Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 launched with a large, $35 IO Board, but that has not stopped third parties from spinning their own […]

Dev kit revs up 26-TOPS Snapdragon 888

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021 10:03:11 PM
Lantronix has launched a “Snapdragon 888 Mobile HDK” that runs Android 11 on Qualcomm’s latest 5nm SoC. The kit provides 12GB LPDDR5 and 6x 4-lane CSI links. Qualcomm announced its 5nm-fabricated Snapdragon 888 in December and now the Intrinsyc division of Lantronix has opened $1,349 preorders for a Snapdragon 888 Mobile HDK with shipments due […]

Ubuntu Core 20 adds secure boot and startup service

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021 04:53:20 PM
Canonical has released Ubuntu Core 20, an embedded variant of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, adding secure boot and full disk encryption. There is also a Smart Start service to help launch Ubuntu Core based products. Canonical announced the release of Ubuntu Core 20, its minimalist, containerized version of Ubuntu Linux for IoT devices and embedded systems. […]

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Kali Linux 2021.1 Release (Command-Not-Found)

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Kernel: Millennium Prize, Compute Express Link 2.0, HP Platform Profile Support

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  • Compute Express Link 2.0 Support Sent In For Linux 5.12, Enabling CXL 2.0 Memory Devices - Phoronix

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  • Linux 5.13 Should See HP Platform Profile Support - Phoronix

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Open Source Community Critical Of Chessbase, Fat Fritz 2

The development teams behind the two most successful and influential open-source chess programs, Stockfish and Leela Chess Zero, have issued statements denouncing the commercial program Fat Fritz 2 and the company Chessbase that is selling the program for 99,90 euros. The statements (Stockfish blog, lichess announcement) assert that the engine in Fat Fritz 2 is Stockfish with minimal changes, that Fat Fritz 2 has violated the GNU General Public License under which Stockfish is released, and that Chessbase's marketing has made false claims about Fat Fritz 2's playing strength. Read more

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