Category: Development Boards

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$15 Pine64 Development Board on 64bit Allwinner A64 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53

Posted by Charbax – September 14, 2016

Pine64 is one of the most successful 64bit ARM development boards yet, raising $1.7 Million on Kickstarter, shipping to 36,781 backers, it's released as a $15 development board, featuring the 64bit Allwinner A64 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 with ARM Mali400 MP2 GPU. Allwinner announces their partnership with Microsoft to get Windows 10 Azure IoT to run on this development board. It can also run several Linux, Android and more.

$59 Geniatech Dragonboard 96Boards, Dronecast DVB-T HD video Streaming for Drones

Posted by Gennie – June 16, 2016

Geniatech shows their dragonboard development board following the 96board credit card size, to be sold at $59 it uses the 64bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53, 1GB RAM, 8GB Nand Flash, 2x USB 2.0 host, HDMI out, compared with the other 96boards, it comes with Ethernet port and uses a regular 6.5V-18V DC-in power. For Smart Drone development, Geniatech shows their Dronecast development board, for drone video streaming using DVB-T standards, it support 720p live video streaming and controls for the Drone at up to 2 Kilometer distance.
Geniatech also shows their 23" FHD All-in-one on Amlogic S812 Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A9, HDMI-in and tuner TV inside.

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TechNexion ARM industrial modules, NXP i.MX7D dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 with ARM Cortex-M4

Posted by Charbax – June 8, 2016

TechNexion is a Taiwanese company under European Management with own manufacturing facilities in Taipei, Taiwan. Florian Wohlrab, Marketing manager at TechNexion shows us around their booth at COMPUTEX 2016. The first thing to see is their tiny Modules which pack an ARM based NXP i.MX6/7 CPU (UltraLite/Solo/DualLite/Dual/Quad) with RAM, Memory and WiFi on just 36mm x 40mm. They are also the only one running a NXP i.MX7 live demo at their booth. The NXP i.MX7D is with 2x Cortex-A7 and a Cortex-M4 this a tiny, ultralow power, that can be used for vending machines, industrial applications or generic headless systems. TechNexion is also committed to the open source EDM standard for ARM Modules. Their boards are fit for Digital Signage, rugged industrial Applications and many more. Technexion can scale up to the NXP i.MX6 QUAD Plus, which will be available shortly. They also have some cool ARM bassed systems like their BoxPC the TEK Series. This Box PC’s have MiniPCIe slots with SIM-Card holder inside and also M.2 Slots for memory upgrade. Technexion also supports USB Type-C and for automation a VGA connector as well a HDMI to fit it for Digital Signage as well. Inside is a modular system which allows you to switch e.g. Power input between 12V/24V/10~30V/PoE (Power over Ethernet). TechNexion HMI series ranges from 7” to 10” and 15” again with NXP processors. All the Software is freely available on their website with no need to register.

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$20 Red Bear BLE Nano development board uses ARM mbed and Device Cloud Connector

Posted by Charbax – May 31, 2016

At the ARM booth at Computex 2016, Shenzhen based Red Bear presents their $20 BLE Nano development board, the world's smallest Bluetooth Low Energy development board using a Nordic Semiconductor nRF51822 16Mhz ARM Cortex-M0 SoC with 32KB RAM, 256KB Flash that supports BLE Central and BLE Peripheral roles, supports voltage from 1.8V to 3.3V and that work's with their free Android or iOS app. ARM IoT Business Unit Marketing Engineer Neil Tan also shows his project to make a Strength Enhancing Exoskeleton developed with ARM mbed on an STM32F401 ARM Cortex-M4 based development board. Filmed in 4K using Sony AX53

Allwinner Open Source, Tina OS Linux for Allwinner R8, R16, R40, R58, CHIP and Banana Pi dev boards

Posted by Gennie – May 30, 2016

Allwinner unveils Tina OS, their open-source OS based on Linux with their full range SoCs with open source support from Allwinner. Allwinner R8 is their entry level Single-core ARM Cortex-A8 SoC; Allwinner R16 is their quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 at 1Ghz with WiFi; Allwinner R40 is their new enhanced Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 for the IoT and open source market, with better performance and enhancements including HDMI support; Allwinner R58 is their 28nm Octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 at up to 2.0Ghz with ISP and a higher performance GPU. Allwinner open source partners making and selling development boards includes the $9 CHIP deveplopment board based on Allwinner R8 with 512MB RAM, 4GB Nand Flash, with WiFi and Bluetooth4.0. CHIP got 2 million dollars funding from their kickstarter campaign and they have shipped to all their backers last December/January. Banana Pi is made by Foxconn, they make open-source development boards powered by Allwinner SoCs, having already shipped over 600 thousand, used in different applications like drones, robotics, education, servers, toys, smart home, IoT and more. BananaPi's product line includes:
BananaPi BPI-M1 and M1+ powered by Allwinner A20 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 with Mali-400 GPU;
BananaPi BPI-M2 is powered by A31s Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 with PowerVR SGX544 GPU;
BananaPi BPI-M2+ is powered by H3 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 with Mali-400 GPU;
BananaPi BPI-M3 is powered by A83T Octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 with PowerVR SGX544 GPU.

Filmed in 4K using Sony AX53

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Phoenix OS team interview, Android based multi-window UI

Posted by Charbax – April 22, 2016

Phoenix OS is being developed by a team of 30 developers in Beijing China, based on Android, it supports to open any Android app in resizeable windows, to run and use several Android apps at the same time, usable with a mouse and keyboard as well as for the 2-in-1 tablet/laptop convertible market. Here at the Actions Semiconductor booth, Phoenix OS is shown running on the Actions s900 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 open source Bubblegum-96 development board platform. The Phoenix OS team has optimized their UI platform on several ARM Platforms at the moment and they also have an x86 optimized version that can boot on any old Intel/AMD laptop or desktop off of a USB stick for example.

Bubblegum-96 development board with Actions s900 64bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53

Posted by Charbax – April 21, 2016

UCRobotics presents Bubblegum-96 development board with Actions Semiconductor s900 Quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 at 1.8GHz with 600MHz PowerVR G6230 GPU, 2GB RAM, USB 3.0, HDMI with 4K output, 1080P@60fps H.264 video capture, ARM TrustZone security support, it can be used to drive up to multiple 3D printers, it is shown running Debian Linux with GPU acceleration and the Android based Phoenix OS and Remix OS smoothly for productivity. Read more about Bubblegum-96 at and you can buy the development board at

$189 Firefly-RK3288 Reload development board, quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 with SATA, HDMI input, 2x HDMI-out

Posted by Gennie – April 21, 2016

Firefly-RK3288 Reload is a development board powered by Rockchip RK3288, 32bit Quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 with ARM Mali-T764 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB Flash on board, support dual-boot OS Android 5.1 & Ubuntu. It support OpenGL ES1.1/2.0/3.0, OpenVG1.1, OpenCL, Directx11;4K H.265 hardware decoding. It comes with Gigabit Lan, Dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth4.0, 2pcs HDMI-OUT for dual display , 1pcs HDMI-IN support picture-in-picture, with SATA2.0 and dual-camera connector. The retail price is $189 for worldwide shipping.

You can check more details information about Firefly-RK3288 Reload and other Firefly development board here and buy from the link directly.

Windows 10 IoT Core runs on Raspberry Pi and Inventec Avatar advanced Bluetooth Beacon

Posted by Charbax – March 10, 2016

Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core is Windows 10 for the IoT market. Windows 10 IoT Core is free, Windows 10 IoT Core Pro is licenced and sold to OEMs like Inventec here showing their Qualcomm APQ8009 powered Inventec Avatar also connecting to Microsoft Azure, bringing advanced Bluetooth beacon platform with Wi-Fi cloud access to upload the log on Azure. Windows 10 IoT Core is also shown running on Raspberry Pi. From a Universal Windows app a developer can talk directly to the sensors and modules on the Raspberry Pi. Windows 10 IoT core is Windows 10 that can run on lower spec ARM devices, taking up about 200megabytes of space, can run on just 256MB RAM.

DisplayPort 1.4 Brings 8K Support and Lossless Video Compression over USB Type-C

Posted by Charbax – March 9, 2016

Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) Executive Director Bill Lempesis (who I previously interviewed at introduces DisplayPort 1.4 A/V standard, which VESA developed, with input and cooperation from more than 230 global members. DP 1.4 includes a number of next-generation features, including capabilities for High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 8K video across the USB-C connector. It also features, for the first time, VESA’s Display Stream Compression Standard (DSC) standard, which enables up to 3:1 video compression with visually lossless performance. Stephane Boisclair, senior hardware designer for Hardent, provides an in-depth description of the latest DSC specification update, v1.2. A VESA member company, Montreal-based Hardent develops IP cores to support DSC encoding and decoding. DSC 1.2, which supports up to 16 bits per color and HDR, has great implications for high-end TVs and PCs, as well as automotive applications, where the growing number of camera sensors requires less cabling and greater range.