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Luke Shield’s Open Source Platform for Development

Posted by Charbax – December 3, 2013

Luke Shields of JCSC shows off his supposed to be platform for open source platform development in schools, encouraging children to experiment making hardware, re-painting old home consoles, integrate ARM development boards, modulate, what you want may not be what I want and what I want may not be what you want. Check it out.

$50 Merrii HummingBird Kit Allwinner A20 Development Board and PCB Design House Tour

Posted by Charbax – November 26, 2013

The Merrii Hummingbird Kit is a cheap $50 Allwinner A20 Development Board, with Android 4.2.2 and Linux 3.4 currently available officially. It has two USB hosts, an OTG, Gigabit Ethernet, line in, HDMI output. The Hummingbird motherboard which is only slightly larger than a credit card. It has all the basic functions of a PC when connected TV and to a keyboard/mouse, it can support things like spreadsheets, word processing, games, HD videos and more.

Merrii provides a forum for Hummingbird enthusiasts, developers to share advancements developed for the system, the latest information of the A20 Hummingbird system will also be released through the forum.

Users can download the official firmwares (Android 4.2.2 and Linux 3.4) separately by PhoenixSuit tool to burn to hummingbird development system, while Merrii also will provide Android and Linux SDK for enthusiasts to research.

The Linux System GUI provided by Merrii is based on Qt 4.7.3 graphics library written, the function of this program is for individual system tests of a variety of OS resource. As we all know, Android OS is a very excellent OS, but the drawback is system structure is very large, it will consume more hardware resource and start slowly. Compared to Android, A20 Hummingbird Linux system will consume less hardware resources, start quickly and can run smoothly at a lower configuration and less cost. And if the user wants to do dedicated system rather than just a APK, then they can choose Linux, but the disadvantage is likely to develop cycle is relatively longer.

Linux GUI of hummingbird system is written by Qt, Qt is a development framework of cross-platform C + + GUI application which developed by Trolltech in 1991. It can develop GUI program and non-GUI program, such as console tools and servers, the program can be run on Windows, MAC OS X, Linux \ X11, embedded Linux because of cross-platform, hummingbird Qt is running on the embedded Linux.Based on this system,it can be applied to video surveillance, POS, advertising machine, automotive system and other fields. Linux UI interface as following,

Due to the expansion interfaces of hummingbird development system are much more than some other similar products, and it has got global high attention. Thus making it very powerful,rich social environment and market value. the more people participate, the more rapid development, the greater the potential market, followed by the more purposes. Currently,besides the children's education above-mentioned, it also can be used as basic computer, home theater HD player etc.As following:
• Multimedia player
• PlayStation
• IPTV
• Emulation box
• Auto PC
• Car GPS
• smart robot
• Server
• Electronic Album
• remote surveillance
• Home alarm apparatus / automation system

Hummingbird Kit Contact Details
Contact Person:Dora
TEL:(86)755-28805788#611
QQ:406289497
Skype:dora.liu330
E-mail: ljx@merrii.com

Industry Core Board and Digital Signage Board
Contacts: Rebecca
TEL: 86-755-28806588 EXT: 815
Skype: rebeccadai09011
E-mail: dn@merrii.com

Design Service Group
Contacts: Allen
TEL:(86)755-28805788 EXT:646
Skype: yemazhang
E-mail: zmh@merrii.com

Hummingbird Kit A20
Hummingbbird Kit A20 with LCD
Hummingbird Kit A20
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InSignal Samsung Exynos5420 Arndale Octa Board

Posted by Charbax – November 23, 2013

InSignal shows the Exynos5420 Arndale Octa Board, with four ARM Cortex-A15, four ARM Cortex-A7, six Mali-T628, adding eMMC, PCI, HDMI, Sound, USB device, USB Host, Ethernet, Camera module, providing full development board platform for developers wanting to develop solutions based on the Samsung Exynos5420, possibly the fastest ARM Processor on the market today. We may see quite advanced software development for Android, Chrome OS (or Chromium OS), Ubuntu and more. People can order it right now for $179 at pyrustek.com

ARM shows the Internet of Things and MBED at ARM Techcon 2013

Posted by Charbax – November 3, 2013

The mbed development platform is the fastest way to create Internet of Things devices based on ARM microcontrollers. Anyone with an idea, can rapidly prototype devices using it, connect the idea to the cloud, form a proof of concept that can get the idea funded, demonstrate to the boss that the idea can fly.

Latest Embedded processing solutions from Freescale Semiconductor Inc.

Posted by m@ddy – August 12, 2013

Freescale demonstration their products already in the market and upcoming at computex 2013. Freescale is focused on MCU (Micro Controllers Unit), Sensors, Automotive, Network and other industrial areas. One of the interesting things noticed here is The worlds smallest ARM powered MCU. 1.9 x 2.0 mm MCU enables new wave of product miniaturization for the Internet of Things.

Measuring just 1.9 x 2.0 mm, the Kinetis KL02 MCU is 25 percent smaller than the industry’s next-smallest ARM® MCU. Within this miniscule device, Freescale has included the latest 32-bit ARM Cortex™-M0+ processor, cutting-edge low-power functionality and a range of analog and communication peripherals. This enables system designers to dramatically reduce the size of their boards and products while retaining the all-important performance, feature integration and power consumption characteristics of their end devices.

Garmin Forerunner® 10: Containing Kinetis K20 MCUs, Forerunner 10 is a GPS running watch that tracks your distance, speed/pace and calories. It also identifies your personal records and provides motivation along
the way.

GoPro HERO3: Black Edition
Featuring Kinetis K20 MCUs , the HERO3: Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro, ever. The camera is wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197' (60m), capable of capturing ultra-wide 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60 fps and 720p 120 fps video and 12MP photos at a rate of 30 photos per second. Built-in Wi-Fi, GoPro App compatibility and the included Wi-Fi Remote (normally a separate $79.99 accessory) make the HERO3: Black Edition arguably the world's most powerful and versatile solution for capturing and sharing immersible and engaging footage of your favourite life experiences.

i'm Watch
Powered by Freescale's i.MX233 applications processor, i'm Watch connects to smartphones, so you can use it for inbound calls and text messages. Facebook, Twitter, and weather forecasts look their best on its high-resolution screen.

Smart connected home:
Collect real-time energy consumption from smart meter and power consumption data from various in-house objects
Control activation/deactivation of home appliances Generate dashboard to provide feedback about power usage
Provide control menus to control appliances Provide a link to the utility and/or Internet

Regarding development board and end production chip sets demonstration
Q7-IMX6 Freescale i.MX 6 Qseven module.

The Q7-IMX6 scales from single core, dual to quad core CPU. The clock frequency is 1,2 GHz, DDR3 memory spans from 1 to 4GB, Gigabit Ethernet is there as well as industrial interfaces including on-board Flash memory. The graphics unit supports OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0/Halti, OpenVG 1.1 and OpenCL 1.1 EP. The HDMI/DVI graphics output is compatible to HDMI V1.4 and offers resolutions up to WUXGA (1920x1200). The Qseven module is truly low power (4-6W) and is suitable for applications such as POS/POI, Digital Signage, industrial Automation, Medical, Transportation, Home and Security Technology.

Reference:
http://http://media.freescale.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=196520&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1789231
http://www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/site/overview.jsp?code=HOLIDAYGIFTS
http://
http://www.hectronic.se/website1/embedded/arm-modules/q7-imx6.php?group=prod_prod_grp-s1/54
http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o00rjFPiYqo
http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6JvVG5kCvE

Related Articles:
www.greencarcongress.com/2013/06/freescale-20130625.html‎
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freescale_68HC12
www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/site/homepage.jsp?code

Filmed at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) 2013

ARMdevices.net Shenzhen Sourcing Service launched

Posted by Charbax – August 12, 2013

Do you need help/advice sourcing bulks of devices out of Shenzhen? You can now get support and sourcing service from me at http://armdevices.net/sourcing/ and from my new team of experts in Shenzhen to connect you with the best prices, the best quality, the most reliable Shenzhen factories making Tablets, HDMI Sticks, Smartphones, Laptops, Wearables and any of the other emerging devices from the Shenzhen tech market.

For a fixed fee of $500, you can talk to me on video-chat (Google Hangout or Skype) for at least 1 hour, at a time of your choosing, I'll tell you what I know for what you want to know, and you get to be connected by emails with my sourcing expert partners here in Shenzhen. We will do our best to get you to the best possible prices/features for the devices that you are looking to import into your country.

Have you been looking at all my videos and checked the business cards visible to $20/year members, but you are still unsure which factory is the best for what you want? Do you want ideas for devices to sell? Do you want my opinions on what may be best for your market? Do you want to ask me questions and do you need my advice on email? This is the service for you.

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ARM Mali-T604 GPU Compute Renderscript and Open GL

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2013

ARM demonstrates GPU Computing on the new ARM Mali-T604 GPU, rendering graphical features, filters, encoding, processing certain things much faster and using much less power by processing those things on the GPU instead of on the CPU.

ARM Mali-T604 Graphics performance beyond 1080p

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2013

ARM runs the Epic Citadel benchmark at 55fps at 2560x1600 (4 megapixels = 2x 1080p) on the Mali-T604 while on Intel's latest mobile platform, that same benchmark runs 10fps slower at a resolution of only 1280x720 (less than 4x lower resolution?). ARM also shows the improvements when using the Mali-T604 with Open GL ES 3.0 which hopefully is soon going to be added in Android, providing higher quality 3D graphics features.

Arduino Due with ARM Cortex-M3 explained by Massimo Banzi, Co-founder of Arduino

Posted by Charbax – February 9, 2013

Possibly the biggest project in the world getting people involved with prototyping and developing hardware and software projects, Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project. He is an Interaction Designer, Educator and Open Source Hardware advocate.

The Arduino Due is a microcontroller board based on the Atmel SAM3X8E ARM Cortex-M3 CPU. It is the first Arduino board based on a 32-bit ARM core microcontroller. It has 54 digital input/output pins (of which 12 can be used as PWM outputs), 12 analog inputs, 4 UARTs (hardware serial ports), a 84 MHz clock, an USB OTG capable connection, 2 DAC (digital to analog), 2 TWI, a power jack, an SPI header, a JTAG header, a reset button and an erase button.

ARM Versatile Express TC2, ARM Cortex-A15 with ARM Cortex-A7 in big.LITTLE configuration

Posted by Charbax – November 2, 2012

Versatile Express is ARM's development board using real prototype silicon for developers to be able to work on future upcoming ARM designs months in advance of their release. Here is the Versatile Express TC2 being used to demonstrate software solutions that use the big.LITTLE configuration with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 and a triple-core ARM Cortex-A7.