Category: Development Boards

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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 http://www.96boards.org/products/ce/bubblegum96/ and you can buy the development board at http://www.ucrobotics.com.cn/bubblegum96/

$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.

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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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4PGoVR3ENo) 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.

Linaro Connect keynotes: George Grey, Linaro CEO and Eric Hennenhoefer, ARM VP Research

Posted by Charbax – March 9, 2016

George Grey, Linaro CEO, gives the opening keynote of Linaro Connect Bangkok. He discusses Linaro’s activities across the ARM ecosystem from sensor devices to the data-center. New initiatives including end-to-end open source software platform solutions, ARM Based Developer Cloud, $299 Lemaker Cello using AMD 64bit Server SoC following the 96Boards Enterprise Edition specs are announced and demonstrated.

Eric Hennenhoefer, ARM VP Research talks about ARM Reasearch in the High Performance Computing area and more.

$89 Bubblegum-96 Development Board by Actions Semiconductor

Posted by stromium – March 5, 2016

Actions Bubblegum-96 is a 96Boards development board available for $89 at http://www.ucrobotics.com.cn/bubblegum96/ It features an optimized Actions s900 Quad-core 64bit ARM Cortex-A53 at 1.8GHz and 600MHz PowerVR G6230 GPU, 2GB RAM, USB 3.0, HDMI with 4K output, Full HD video capture (1080P@60fps H.264) and ARM TrustZone security support.

Ubuntu booth tour at MWC 2016, Convergence, Phones, Tablets, Drones, IoT and more

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2016

After my interview with Mark Shuttleworth, here's my 17-minute Ubuntu booth tour video. Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition comes with 5.7" 1080p Exynos7420 octa-core ARM Cortex-A57/53, 3GB RAM. At MWC 2016, Canonical is showing Ubuntu Convergence running on a Nexus 4, running a "Full Ubuntu" Unuity 8 out of the phone on the slimport HDMI output from the phone. Running the exact same Ubuntu on desktops and on ARM Powered Smartphone. Canonical is really excited to see more powerful hardware to come out running this Ubuntu Convergence solution, here poiting out that the phone runs LibreOffice, Firefox, GIMP, xchat, gedit, making it possible to use this as a desktop device.

BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Tablet runs on the MediaTek MT8163A Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 with Mali GPU and 2GB RAM. It runs a full Ubuntu, enabling to set it to Desktop mode to run any Ubuntu app.

Snappy Ubuntu Core delivers applications for Drones, Robots and the IoT market. Here showing off the UAVIA Snappy Ubuntu Core powered drone, running on a Toradex Freescale i.MX6 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 System on Module, making a more intelligent drone better to enable autonomous flight thanks to sense and avoid technologies. It also facilitates maintenance of drones by making remote software deployments secure, effective and failsafe. Snappy Ubuntu Core also is being demonstrated for home automation running on a Qualcomm Dragonboard 410c.

Samsung also showcases their new Samsung Artik 1, Samsung Artik 5 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 with Mali400MP2 GPU, 512MB RAM, 4GB eMMC flash, built in wireless WiFi, Bluetooth, BLE, ZigBee, 6LoWPAN based Thread protocol for Google Nest. Samsung Artik 10 octa-core quad ARM Cortex-A15 and quad ARM Cortex-A7. All Samsung IoT Artik modules are offered using their new ePoP (package-on-package) design, optimized for the IoT market. Artik includes also cloud-based device management based on SmartThings Open Cloud providing SDKs to help connect endpoint devices to the cloud using Java, Android, iOS, PHP, and Python tools. Open Cloud is partially based on the Samsung SAMI data driven development platform. The Atik 5 development board with the module is available for $100 at digikey

Also at the Ubuntu booth is the lead developer for the Etherum decentralized software platform, using blockchain to power the IoT market. Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference. The Ethereum team now works on Slock.it, where the vision is that an unused bicycle in your shed gets a new lease on life. Parking spots can be sublet on demand. Airbnb apartments become fully automated. It's the future infrastructure of the Sharing Economy, Slock.it was shown at the Lift Conference here

Rapiro, Arduino/Raspberry Pi powered humanoid robot kit

Posted by stromium – February 27, 2016

Rapiro is a humanoid robot kit that includes 12 servo motors, RGB LED lights for the “eyes”, an Arduino base (upgradeable to Raspberry Pi) to bring robotics to the masses. The kit can be used out of the box even without any programming. The kit is available for around $400 in Japan.

STMicroelectronics STM32 Open Development Environment

Posted by Gennie – February 26, 2016

The STM32 Open Development Environment (STM32 ODE) is an open, flexible, easy and affordable way to develop innovative devices and applications based on the STM32 32-bit microcontroller family (based on ARM Cortex-M cores) combined with other state-of-the-art ST components connected via expansion boards. It enables fast prototyping with leading-edge components that can quickly be transformed into final designs.
The STM32 ODE includes the following five elements:
- STM32 Nucleo development boards
- STM32 Nucleo expansion boards
- STM32Cube software
- STM32Cube expansion software
- STM32 ODE Function Packs
More information on www.st.com/stm32ode