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Tough Apollo Lake box offers IP40 protection

Friday 7th of August 2020 07:51:07 PM
Axiomtek’s rugged, IP40-protected “eBOX626-311-FL” embedded PC runs Linux or Win 10 on Apollo Lake with 2x GbE, 6x USB, 3x serial, SATA, mSATA dual mini-PCIe, and wide range power. Axiomtek announced a fanless, Intel Apollo Lake based embedded computer that supports Linux, Win 10 IoT, and the company’s AMS.AXView remote monitoring software. The eBOX626-311-FL is […]

First Tiger Lake SBCs emerge

Friday 7th of August 2020 03:03:55 PM
Aaeon and Kontron are prepping 3.5-inch SBCs — and Advantech will offer a 2.5-incher — that debut Intel’s 11th Gen, 10nm Tiger Lake CPUs. The 15-28W TDP Tiger Lake offers better graphics than Ice Lake, including support for up to 4x 4K displays. Intel’s recent announcement of an additional six months delay in delivering 7nm […]

Linux-driven Home Assistant smart hub starts at $219

Thursday 6th of August 2020 08:58:04 PM
zPoint Products has gone to Indiegogo to pitch an open source, cloudless “BaHa Box” smart hub starting at $219 that runs Linux and Home Assistant on an Allwinner H2+ or i.MX6 ULL with 2x USB, 10/100 LAN, WiFi/BT, and optional Zigbee and Z-Wave. Delta, Canada based zPoint Products, a spin-off of TechSol (Technical Solutions Inc), […]

Datasheet: PC/104 Boards

Thursday 6th of August 2020 04:44:37 PM
(Circuit Cellar article) With roots that grew from the ISA-bus era, PC/104 has grown into an embedded board-level form factor suited to the PCI Express landscape. This Datasheet section updates readers on this technology trend and provides a product album of representative PC/104 and PC/104 family SBCs.

Apollo Lake industrial mini-PC supports Linux

Friday 31st of July 2020 03:32:56 PM
Vecow’s Linux-ready, -40 to 75°C tolerant “SPC-4010C” industrial mini-PC is built around a dual-core Apollo Lake SoC with up to 8GB RAM, 2x GbE, SATA, HDMI, 4x USB, and 2x mini-PCIe with SIM card and mSATA. Vecow announced a minor revision to its Apollo Lake based SPC-4010 mini-PC called the SPC-4010C. If you already know […]

Ubuntu-driven Coffee Lake AI system features Myriad X, FPGA, and PoE add-ons

Thursday 30th of July 2020 07:22:21 PM
IEI’s “FLEX AIoT Dev. Kit” runs Ubuntu on a 8th or 9th Gen Coffee Lake with 2x GbE, 2x HDMI, 4x SATA, 3x M.2, PCIe x4, and 2x PCIe x8 slots with optional Mustang cards with Myriad X VPUs and more. IEI Integration has launched high-end edge AI computer that runs a “pre-validated” Ubuntu 18.04 […]

Kontron debuts hardened OpenWrt stack on new rolling stock computer

Thursday 30th of July 2020 03:07:02 PM
Kontron’s fanless EN50155-certified “SR-TRACe-G40x” railway server and router runs a hardened, new hypervisor based on OpenWrt called SEC-Line on a Skylake or Apollo Lake CPU and offers 2x SATA, 2x GbE, LTE, WiFi, and GNSS. Kontron unveiled an “edge data processing router/server gateway” for the rail industry based on 6th Gen Core or Apollo Lake […]

The Future of Linux Security: Securing Linux-Based Systems in 4 Steps

Thursday 30th of July 2020 03:01:10 PM
(Circuit Cellar article)The intricacies of maintaining today’s Linux-based platforms make it very challenging for developers to cover every potential entry point. In 2019 there was an average of more than 45 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) logged per day. How does a development organization keep up with that?

15-inch touch panel PC builds on Raspberry Pi CM3

Wednesday 29th of July 2020 08:58:40 PM
Comfile’s 15-inch “ComfilePi CPi-A150WR” touch-panel computer is built around a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 and offers an IP65 protected, 1024 x 768 resistive touchscreen pus USB, LAN, serial, and 22x GPIO. Comfile Technology has added to its line of ComfilePi touch panel computers built around the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 (CM3). The new […]

Carrier board duo support Toradex’s Verdin modules

Wednesday 29th of July 2020 07:35:07 PM
Linear Computing has posted specs for two carrier boards with optional enclosures that support Toradex’s Linux-driven i.MX8M Mini and Nano based Verdin modules: a general purpose “VSC-4436” and a “VBB-4449” DAQ controller. While reporting this week on Toradex’s Dahlia carrier board for its Verdin modules, we saw that Ontario-based Linear Computing, Inc. (LCI) had posted […]

UP Xtreme Lite SBC offers more affordable Whiskey Lake option

Wednesday 29th of July 2020 03:56:44 PM
[Updated: July 31] — Aaeon announced a slightly scaled down “UP Xtreme Lite” variant of its 8th Gen U-series based UP Xtreme SBC that provides up to 16GB DDR4, 2x GbE, 4x USB 3.2 Gen2, and 3x M.2 plus SATA, HDMI, DP, and 40-pin GPIO. Aaeon announced a Linux-ready UP Xtreme Lite version of its […]

Stackable Raspberry Pi HAT provides up to 64 Resistance Temperature Detectors

Tuesday 28th of July 2020 10:27:24 PM
Sequent Microsystems is Kickstartering a stackable, $30 and up “Mega-RTD” HAT that supports up to 64 Resistance Temperature Detector (RTD) channels for precise temperature measurements. Resistance Temperature Detector (RTD) sensors, which are used for highly precise temperature measurements in industrial and laboratory systems, can be found on embedded systems such as Advantech’s WISE-710 IoT gateway […]

$149 Nano-ITX carrier extends Verdin SoMs including upcoming i.MX8M Plus module

Tuesday 28th of July 2020 04:26:13 PM
Toradex has launched an open-spec “Dahlia” carrier for its i.MX8M Mini and Nano based Verdin modules with GbE, 2x USB 3.0, 3x USB Type-C, MIPI-CSI, DSI-based HDMI, and mini-PCIe. Toradex also revealed a Verdin module with the NPU-enabled i.MX8M Plus. When Toradex announced a new family of Linux-driven, i.MX8M driven Verdin compute modules at Embedded […]

Embedded Vision Systems Adopt AI and IoT Tech

Tuesday 28th of July 2020 02:41:39 PM
(Circuit Cellar article) As vision systems evolve, they’re leveraging all the latest technology trends in embedded computing. Box-level system solutions are keeping pace with AI-level processing, IoT functionality and advanced camera connectivity.

M.2 card and Raspberry Pi based gateway deliver Real-Time Ethernet

Monday 27th of July 2020 08:34:53 PM
Hilscher unveiled a “cifX M.2” card that brings Real-Time Ethernet and FieldBus to PC based systems. The company also released its previously tipped, Raspberry Pi based netPI Real-Time Ethernet gateway for $445. Hilscher has launched a cifX M.2 expansion card equipped with its netX 90 Real-Time Ethernet controller. It has also begun shipping a netPI […]

Dual-display version of RK3399-based Rock Pi 4 starts at $59

Monday 27th of July 2020 04:07:51 PM
Radxa’s “Rock Pi 4 Model C” SBC starts at $59 with a Debian-driven RK3399, 4GB RAM, and NVMe and dual-display support. Radxa is also offering some free beta samples of its Intel-based Rock Pi X. Last October, Radxa unveiled its Rock Pi 4 Model C variant of its similarly Rockchip RK3399 based Rock Pi 4 […]

Robotics controller runs Ubuntu on AGX Xavier

Friday 24th of July 2020 03:46:17 PM
Adlink’s rugged “ROScube-X” robotics controller runs Ubuntu, ROS 2, Adlink’s Neuron SDK, and AWS RoboMaker on a Jetson AGX Xavier with 2x GbE, 5x USB 3.1, 2x M.2, and optional PCIe, CAN, LTE, and time-sync’d GMSL2 camera I/O. In May, Adlink announced support for Nvidia’s “Nvidia EGX” AI edge solution on four new edge servers […]

Whiskey Lake panel PCs feature Linux-based HMI tookit

Thursday 23rd of July 2020 08:09:31 PM
Kontron’s rugged, 10.1- to 23.8-inch “FlatClient Panel PCs” have been upgraded with 8th Gen UE-series processors, an isolated power supply, and an optional, Linux-based QIWI toolkit for HMI displays. Kontron announced an update to its FlatClient Panel PCs that adds the option of an Intel 8th Gen Whiskey Lake CPU. The announcement links to a […]

SiFive speeds up RISC-V cores as Codasip releases first Linux-ready IP

Thursday 23rd of July 2020 04:32:43 PM
[Updated: July 24] — SiFive has upgraded its RISC-V Core IP, including its Linux-enabled U5- and U7-series CPUs, with a “20G1” release that boosts performance and reduces power. Meanwhile, Codasip unveiled a Linux-ready “Bk7” RISC-V core. RISC-V industry leader SiFive had updated is RISC-V designs for higher performance, lower power consumption, and reduced size with […]

Machine vision camera offers choice of Jetson TX2 or Xavier NX

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020 03:31:00 PM
Adlink’s semi-rugged “NEON-2000-JT2” C-mount camera for machine vision runs Ubuntu on a Jetson TX2 or Xavier NX and offers GbE, USB Type-C with DP, and support for multiple sensors up to 5MP (2592 x 1944). Adlink has launched an all-in-one, Nvidia Jetson based NEON-2000-JT2 camera designed for AI-based factory automation, including faster, more accurate product […]

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Darktable 3.2.1 is now available and it’s the first major update to the application since the introduction of the 3.0 series. If you’re asking, there wasn’t a 3.2.0 release, nor a 3.1 release. The development team jumped straight to the 3.2.1 version number from version 3.0.2, which you’re probably using right now on your GNU/Linux distribution, because of a last minute bug in the 3.2.0 release. But don’t let the version number fool you, because Darktable 3.2.1 is a massive update with lots of goodies for amateur and professional photographers alike. Highlights include support for up to 8K screen resolutions thanks to the complete rewrite of the Lighttable View and the revamped Filmstrip. Read more

Kernel: EULA, Linux 5.8 and Linux 5.9

  • A "Large Hardware Vendor" Wants A EULA Displayed For Firmware Updates On Linux

    The open-source Fwupd firmware updating utility paired with LVFS as the Linux Vendor Firmware Service has seen explosive growth for vastly improving the BIOS/firmware updating experience on Linux. Many major hardware vendors distribute their firmware updates on LVFS for consumption by Fwupd and more than 17 million firmware files have been served. Now though there is a new "large hardware vendor" willing to distribute their firmware updates this way but they want a end-user license agreement (EULA) added.  Fwupd/LVFS lead developer Richard Hughes of Red Hat noted today that "A large hardware vendor wants to join the LVFS, but only on the agreement that every user has to agree to a English-only EULA text when deploying their firmware updates. This is the first vendor that's required this condition, and breaks all kinds of automated deployment." 

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  • SD Times news digest: New Relic and Grafana Lab on open instrumentation, Atlassian TEAM Anywhere, and Linux 5.8 rc-1 released [Ed: No, Linux 5.8 rc-1 released ages ago]

    The Linux working group stated that 5.8 looks to be one of the project’s biggest releases of all time, including a lot of fundamental core work and cleanups, as well as filesystem work and driver updates.  Within the 5.8 merge window, about 20% of all the files in the kernel source repository have been modified.  In total, the release includes over 14k non-merge commits (over 15k counting merges), 800k new lines, and over 14 thousand files changed.

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    The HID changes for Linux 5.9 aren't too many but there are a few worth mentioning for improving input device support on Linux. 

  • XFS Is Packing Many Improvements With Linux 5.9

    The XFS file-system has many improvements ready for the Linux 5.9 kernel.  The main XFS feature pull was sent in on Friday for Linux 5.9 and includes a wealth of improvements for this mature file-system...

Beaker Browser – A P2P Browser for Web Hackers.

Beaker is a free and open-source web browser built to enable users to publish websites and web apps themselves directly from the browser without having to set up a separate web server or hosting their content with a 3rd party. To quote one of the project devs, it has been built to “to give users more control over the Web”. We’ve covered several projects based on similar technology (e.g. PeerTube) but this one has a little more icing on the cake. [...] The Dat protocol is favoured over HTTP for Beaker for 5 main reasons. It can sync archives from multiple sources; the URLs remain the same even when the archives can change hosts. All updates have checksums; changes are written to an append-only version log, and any archive can be hosted on any device. Although it uses Dat by default, Beaker supports connecting to traditional servers with HTTP so you can equally visit typical websites. Read more

Beaker Browser – A P2P Browser for Web Hackers.

Beaker is a free and open-source web browser built to enable users to publish websites and web apps themselves directly from the browser without having to set up a separate web server or hosting their content with a 3rd party. To quote one of the project devs, it has been built to “to give users more control over the Web”. We’ve covered several projects based on similar technology (e.g. PeerTube) but this one has a little more icing on the cake. [...] The Dat protocol is favoured over HTTP for Beaker for 5 main reasons. It can sync archives from multiple sources; the URLs remain the same even when the archives can change hosts. All updates have checksums; changes are written to an append-only version log, and any archive can be hosted on any device. Although it uses Dat by default, Beaker supports connecting to traditional servers with HTTP so you can equally visit typical websites. Read more