Category: Development Boards

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Microchip Mi-V RISC-V CPU with Microsemi FPGA

Posted by Charbax – March 11, 2019

Microchip acquired Microsemi, and with it comes their new Mi-V RISC-V ecosystem, a suite of tools and design resources developed by Microsemi and third parties to support RISC-V designs using RISC-V Soft IP Cores available for RTG4, IGLOO2 and PolarFire FPGAs, introducing the industry's first RISC-V SoC FPGA Architecture, PolarFire SoC which brings deterministic real-time performance to Linux in a coherent multi-core RISC-V CPU. The RISC-V Mi-V Ecosystem consists of various design tools such as the Libero SoC FPGA Design Suite, Eclipse based IDE SoftConsole enabling quick C and C++ development, a Firmware Catalog consisting of numerous drivers, and third party platforms for development, simulation and debug.

$449 Qualcomm Robotics RB3 Platform Snapdragon 845 Development Board, Embedded World 2019 booth tour

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2019

Qualcomm and Thundercomm launches the Robotics RB3 Platform 96Boards development board (available for $449 at Thundercomm), supports the development of smart, power-efficient, and cost-effective robots, uses heterogeneous computing and Qualcomm Artificial (AI) Engine to support on-device machine learning, computer vision, robust security, multimedia, Wi-Fi, and cellular connectivity capabilities, based on the Qualcomm SDA845/Qualcomm SDM845 SoC. It includes hardware, software, and development tools, the Qualcomm Robotics RB3 platform is designed to help manufacturers and developers create robotic products, ranging from large industrial and enterprise robots to small battery-operated ones with challenging power. This video also features a tour of the Qualcomm booth at Embedded World 2019, featuring all the LTE for IoT modems such as the MDM9206 and the MDM9205 LTE IoT modem, and development boards available from Qualcomm's partners including Geniatech, Intrinsyc, eInfoChips, Altek, Inforce Computing, Keith and Koep, Shiratech, Basler and more.

ST booth tour at Embedded World 2019 (Part 2) STM32L5, STM32G0, FOTA over LoRAWAN, Stellar

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2019

This video is Part 2 of the booth tour at the STMicroelectronics booth at Embedded World 2019, featuring STM32L5 ARM Cortex-M33, STM32G0 and USB-C, FOTA using LoRaWAN, STM32WB mesh + LTE, STM32WB BLE Dual + Multilink, Maker moment, Stellar and Asset Tracking.

You can jump to the different parts of the video by clicking on these time codes here:
STM32L5: 00:05 ARM Cortex-M33
STM32G0 and USB-C: 04:40
FOTA using LoRaWAN: 09:08
STM32WB mesh + LTE: 11:26
STM32WB BLE Dual + Multilink: 14:31
Maker moment: 18:01
Stellar: 23:49 ARM Cortex-R52
Asset Tracking: 27:06

STMicroelectronics playlist of all ST Embedded World 2019 videos you can find here.

ST booth tour at Embedded World 2019 (Part 1), STM32MP1, STM32Cube.AI, ST60

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2019

Welcome to the Embedded World 2019 tour (Part 1) at the STMicroelectronics booth, featuring ST Maker Lab Apple 1 and Sega 1000 emulator, the new STM32MP1 heterogeneous single or dual ARM Cortex-A7 and Cortex-M4 cores architecture, the Cortex-A7 core provides access to open-source operating systems (Linux/Android) while the Cortex-M4 core leverages the STM32 MCU ecosystem. Featuring partners on the STM32MP1 such as Kontron, Octavo Systems, Timesys and Shiratech. Then featuring STM32Cube.AI Artificial Intelligence on STM32, ST60 60GHz RF link.

Here you can jump to each part of this video:
ST Maker Lab: 00:41
STM32MP1: 03:42 heterogeneous single or dual ARM Cortex-A7 and Cortex-M4 cores architecture, the Cortex-A7 core provides access to open-source operating systems (Linux/Android) while the Cortex-M4 core leverages the STM32 MCU ecosystem.
STM32MP1 Kontron (System on Module): 10:00
STM32MP1 Octavo Systems (System in Package): 13:03
STM32MP1 Shiratech: 16:03 96Boards Avengers96 and IoT Cube
STM32MP1 Timesys: 18:48
STM32Cube.AI (artificial intelligenc on STM32): 21:38
ST60 60GHz RF link (sparclink): 25:48

STMicroelectronics playlist of all ST Embedded World 2019 videos you can find here.

$100 Lapdock on Indiegogo

Posted by Charbax – December 23, 2018

Now crowdfunding the Lapdock project on Indiegogo at http://igg.me/at/lapdock starting at $100. The future of Laptops will not have a powerful CPU in them but will be modular when you buy them, they can be powered by your phone, or you can buy a small compact ARM Powered internal or external Type-C Stick to run them off of. Laptops are all about getting a great keyboard, mouse and display, but the CPU, Memory, Connectivity, those things can be swapped according to progress in the industry. I will be posting updates on this project at http://Lapdock.net and on the Updates tab at http://igg.me/at/lapdock if this project gets funded by at least $100 thousand, then the suppliers in Shenzhen China will be able to deliver the Lapdock at this price. If Lapdocks can become a larger success with a lot of demand then prices will be able to reach sub-$100 for high quality components, high quality keyboard, mouse pad, display and batteries also that last at least 20 hours on a charge. With a lot of support, this concept will also bring high performance and affordable USB Type-C Sticks to run all sorts of productivity user interfaces based on Android (such as the OXI UI) or Linux OSes or even Microsoft can bring Windows support to the Lapdock. This form factor could also bring the developers who use development boards closer to the mass market consumers, as all work done around the development boards of the future (very compact and affordable USB Type-C Sticks) will directly be able to impact also how end consumers can use devices for actual real work and productivity. The Lapdock will also move Smartphone market more towards their "PC Mode" as Samsung and Huawei already support each their PC Modes, and that is great because Samsung and Huawei are the two biggest Smartphone manufacturers in the world, yet most consumers don't even know that the PC Mode is there. With Lapdocks, the performance of latest 7nm ARM Processors in phones will be tuned further for multi-window, multi-tasking and for running more advanced productivity apps on Android. 2019 will hopefully be the year where ARM Powered productivity finally reaches mass adoption and the mass market and I think that the Lapdock will be at the center point of that major electronics industry upgrade.

Chromium OS on Snapdragon 845

Posted by juliusaugustus – November 25, 2018

At Linaro Connect Vancouver 2018, some engineers are showing the Open Source Chromium OS running on the 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. With some talk on the status of using Freedreno for hardware accelerated GPU support in that Chromium OS demo. Over the past few months this solution has been upstreamed into the mainline kernel, display driver, audio driver, wifi driver, all the connectivity and periferal storage drivers, all to make Chromium OS work on that chipset. Running the 4.18 kernel with very few additional patches, it has hardware accelerated video playback using the open source freedreno driver. This could be a clue towards what I think could be an ultimate ARM Powered Laptop, a Snapdragon 845 Powered Chromebook would be so awesome, with Gigabit LTE, with good ARM single thread and multi-thread performance, with smooth Android and Linux apps supported, perhaps even it would be nice if Microsoft could contribute full x86 and ARM compiled Windows 10 apps support directly on this device.

Ultra96 Xilinx FPGA Development Board with Avnet

Posted by juliusaugustus – November 25, 2018

Ultra96 is an ARM-based, Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC development board based on the Linaro 96Boards Consumer Edition specification. The processor is a Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MP ZU3EG A484 and the RAM is a Micron LPDDR4 memory provides 2GB of RAM in a 512M x 32 configuration. The Ultra96 includes 40-pin 1x 96Boards Low-speed expansion header and 1x 60-pin 96Boards High speed expansion header. The 96Boards’ specifications are open and define a standard board layout for development platforms that can be used by software application, hardware device, kernel, and other system software developers. Ultra96 represents a unique position in the 96Boards community with a wide range of potential peripherals and acceleration engines in the programmable logic that is not available from other offerings.

Shiratech Hackathon at Linaro Connect Vancouver 2018

Posted by juliusaugustus – November 25, 2018

Shiratech is an Israeli company that creates development boards. Shiratech produces ARM system on modules that cut time to market significantly and reduce project development risk. Shiratech has several new platforms launching soon.

Shiratech shows LTE, NB-IoT, FPGA, Bosch sensors Mezzanine boards for 96Boards

Posted by juliusaugustus – November 21, 2018

Shiratech produces ARM system on modules that cut time to market significantly and reduce project development risk. The Mezzanine board by shiratech is a dev board that provides LTE connectivity and can be connected to an arduino or Raspberry Pi. The SPECIFICATIONS are MAX-10 10M04: 256 FPGA package, 4K Logic Elements, 189Kb Block memory, Up to 156KB user FLASH memory, Dual internal configuration, and 178 GPIO FPGA programming using Altera standard programming connector.

Koen Kooi, talks Kodi, Yocto at Linaro Connect Vancouver 2018

Posted by juliusaugustus – November 21, 2018

Koen Kooi is a release manager at Linaro, developer on the Angstrom project, contributor to the Kodi project, demonstrating Kodi running on a lot of different development boards at Linaro Demo Friday here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wipB2_6OKus One of his projects is video playback using accelerated decoding. This accelerated playback can be used in Kodi as well as in HTML5 and web video playback.