Category: Development Boards

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Qualcomm Dragonboard 600c

Posted by Charbax – October 2, 2017

The Qualcomm DragonBoard 600c features the APQ8064 quad-core Qualcomm Krait chipset, with Adreno A320 GPU, it's in the 96Boards Extended edition form factor with space for Gigabit Ethernet.

96Boards: $99 ROCK960 Rockchip RK3399 development board

Posted by Charbax – September 30, 2017

Yang Zhang, Director of http://96boards.org presents the ROCK960 featuring Rockchip RK3399 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A72, Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53, Mali-T860MP4, USB 3.0, HDMI 2.0, USB Type-C with DisplayPort 1.2, 4-lane PCIe 2.1 for high speed communication to FPGA or external GPU is possible. Rock960 will be used by open AI efforts, with ARM Computing Library available for openCL acceleration. ROCK960 supports Android 7.1, Debian Stretch and Yocto officially, other distributions can be supported by the open source community. Rockchip provides multimedia Linux support for ROCK960. The likely price for the board is going to be $99 for 2GB RAM with 16GB emmc and $139 for 4GB RAM with 32GB emmc.

Specs:
* SoC – Rochchip RK3399 hexa-core big.LITTLE processor with two ARM Cortex A72 cores up to 1.8/2.0 GHz, four Cortex A53 cores @1.4GHz and ARM Mali-T860 MP4 GPU with OpenGL ES 1.1 to 3.2 support,
OpenVG1.1, OpenCL 1.2 and DX 11 support
* System Memory – 2 or 4GB RAM
* Storage – 16 or 32GB eMMC flash + micro SD card
* Video Output – 1x HDMI 2.0 up to 4K@60 Hz with CEC and HDCP
* Connectivity – WiFi 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO up to 867 Mbps, and Bluetooth
4.1 LE (AP6356S module) with two on-board antennas, two u.FL antenna
connectors
* USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 3.0 type C port
with DP 1.2 support

Expansion
* 1x 40 pin low speed expansion connector – UART, SPI, I2C, GPIO, I2S
* 1x 60 pin high speed expansion connector – MIPI DSI, USB, MIPI CSI, HSIC, SDIO
* 1x M.2 key M PCIe connector with support for up to 4-lane PCIe 2.1
(max bandwidth: 2.0 GB)
* Misc – Power & u-boot buttons. 6 LEDS (4x user, 1x Wifi, 1x Bluetooth)
* Power Supply – 8 to 18V DC input (12V typical) as per 96Boards CE
specs; Battery header

Dimensions – 85 x 54 mm (96Boards CE form factor)

The team behind the ROCK960 is Vamrs Limited, a startup based on Shenzhen, China, with eight employees with average more than 10 years electronics and embedded experience. Vamrs is a 96boards contract Manufacturing Partner. (https://www.linaro.org/company/vamrs/)

Distributors and interested parties can contact Vamrs at support@vamrs.com

Qualcomm ARM Server Centriq 2400 at Linaro Connect San Francisco 2017

Posted by Charbax – September 30, 2017

This is the Qualcomm 48-core (custom Qualcomm Falkor cores) Centriq 2400 ARM Server reference evaluation board. Featuring 48-cores with 12 DIMM slots of DDR4 RAM memory, dual PCI riser boards for fully customizable setup. At Linaro Connect SFO17, the ARM team is demonstrating an ELK big data demo with ElasticSEarch, Logstash and Kibana for graphic visualization running on Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor. The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor is designed for cloud computing running these microservices in containers seamlessly. There is a 2nd demo of Linuxkit with NGINX running in a container. Both demos use Docker containers running on Ubuntu 16.04.

sub-$1000 Socionext 24-core ARM Desktop Developer Box

Posted by Charbax – September 30, 2017

Daniel Thompson of Linaro talks about the upcoming new ARM Developerbox that was announced at Linaro Connect SFO17. The box is a 24-core ARM Cortex-A53 low-power workstation allowing software development for ARM to be done on ARM. The board is a collaboration between Socionext, Gigabyte and Linaro and is the first 96Boards Enterprise Edition platform to exploit microATX form-factor and feels like a normal PC motherboard, right up to the row of three PCIe slots that are available.

Socionext CEO Yasuo Nishiguchi at Linaro Connect San Francisco 201

Posted by Charbax – September 30, 2017

Following his keynote to introduce Socionext and the recently announced multi-core desktop Arm developer platform Socionext Chairman and CEO Yasuo Nishiguchi PhD talks about servers, SoCs and the company's new CPU-to-CPU communication technology DDT (Direct Data Transaction), and looks forward to the launch of the new desktop developer platform in the December-January time frame.

Secure96 Security ICs and TPM Mezzanine for 96Boards

Posted by Charbax – September 28, 2017

Joakim Bech presents the Secure96 mezzannine security board, daughter board for engineers to work with symmetric, asymmetric IC’s as well as a TPM chip. You can see Joakim Bech's presentation and slides on this product here.

Bero builds ARM Desktop PC Quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 Marvell MACCHIATObin

Posted by Charbax – September 28, 2017

Bero (Bernhard Rosenkränzer) from Linaro is building his own 64bit ARMv8 quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 Desktop PC with Nvidia GPU (possibly with a Radon GPU card support later), 16GB RAM, today is Wednesday, he hopes to have it running by Friday then I can film a new video. Bero and his colleagues have also worked on many other things such as AOSP TV, Trebble related unifying builds adapting a new partition layout enabling automatic updates among kernel builds to work properly.

OpenGPU on Altera Cyclone V FPGA at Linaro Connect 2017

Posted by Charbax – September 27, 2017

Fabrício Ribeiro Toloczko, ​Systems engineer of The Technological Integrated Systems Laboratory (LSI-tec) and CITI-USP (Interdisciplinary Center in Interactive Technologies from University of São Paulo) presents the OpenGPU, a real GPU implementation that proposes a methodology to progressively develop hardware from a software implementation, making the process for producing hardware more easy and fast. Today, it runs on an Altera Cyclone V SoC FPGA with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9. This processor is used to keep running a Linux distribution, while sending and receiving data through the memory mapped communication with the FPGA. Mesa3D and Gallium's softpipe driver are used for creating most of the graphic pipeline. The FPGA holds one rasterizer, which is a fixed function in graphic pipeline. With that, it's possible to run any OpenGL application, doing the hardware and software changes in real time.

96Boards RoboMezzi, LoFive, PocketBeagle, PocketBone KiCAD, BeagleWire by Michael Welling of QWERTY

Posted by Charbax – September 27, 2017

Michael Welling of QWERTY Embedded Design at Linaro Connect 2017, showing off some of his custom PCB Designs including the 96boards mezzanine boards such as the RoboMezzi, RISC-V based LoFive development board (crowdfunding here), PocketBeagle, PocketBone KiCAD, BeagleWire and how he designs them in KiCAD and more.

You can read more about his projects below:

LoFive
Groupgetspage: https://groupgets.com/campaigns/353-lofive-risc-v
Hackaday.io page: https://hackaday.io/project/26909-lofive
Hackster.io page: https://www.hackster.io/mwelling/lofive-ab6d8a
SourceGithubRepository: https://github.com/mwelling/lofive

Mentions:
https://www.cnx-software.com/2017/08/31/lofive-is-a-tiny-open-source-hardware-board-based-on-sifive-fe310-risc-v-open-soc/
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/09/23/lofive-risc-v-groupgetscom-sifiveinc/
https://hackaday.com/2017/09/18/a-smaller-cheaper-risc-v-board/
PocketBeagle
Homepage: https://beagleboard.org/pocket
SourceGithubRepository: https://github.com/beagleboard/pocketbeagle
PocketBoneKiCAD
Hackaday.io page: https://hackaday.io/project/19495-pocketbone-kicad
Hackster.io page: https://www.hackster.io/mwelling/pocketbone-kicad-4fba09
SourceGithubRepository: https://github.com/mwelling/pocketbone-kicad
Blogsandvideo:
https://hackaday.com/2017/04/15/an-even-smaller-beaglebone/
https://octavosystems.com/2017/07/25/hand-assembly-of-pocketbone-using-the-osd3358/
https://octavosystems.com/2017/04/20/pocketbone-kicad-design/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYUbEIdKWXg
BeagleWire
Hackaday.io page: https://hackaday.io/project/20989-beaglewire
Hackster.io page: https://www.hackster.io/46021/beaglewire-566292
GithubRepos:
https://github.com/mwelling/beagle-wire
https://github.com/pmezydlo/BeagleWire
GSoCProjectPage:
http://elinux.org/BeagleBoard/GSoC/BeagleWire_software_support
96boardscommunityinitiative
https://github.com/96boards/mezzanine-community

Playtronica, play music with fruits, cats and anything

Posted by Charbax – July 8, 2017

Playtronica is an open-source toolkit for creating immersive sensory interactions interactive musical experiences. Touchme and Playtron are devices that transform human touch into midi notes. Work with any conductive material, vegetables, cats and humans. Sounds are generated by Playtronica's web sampler or any other online midi synth. Filmed at the IDTechEx Show!

You can watch some musical sessions played using the Playtronica here, here and here.