Rob Clark, maker of the open source GPU driver Freedreno shows off his latest Freedreno open source GPU working on an upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 based Dragonboard 820c development board, one that is going to use an expanded 96Boards specification to add PCI-E and Gigabit Ethernet ports among other things to the development board. This Freedreno and 820 board provides a significant jump in performance for the GPU, possibly 4x to 5x between the Adreno 306 in a Dragonboard 410c and the Adreno 530 in a Snapdragon 820 based board. The availability of the Freedreno open source GPU driver on Qualcomm based development boards means that these development boards can run all sorts of Linux distributions, including Debian, not just Android. You can read more about the Dragonboard 820c here.
Robert Wolff of the weekly 96Boards Open Hours show interviews Oliver "Ogra" Grawert of Canonical about the status of Snappy Ubuntu Core on the 96Boards including the Dragonboard 410c and more about Ubuntu Core, Canonical's strategy in IoT, security and updates through the Build.Snapcraft.io platform. You can watch the 96Boards Open Hours episode featuring Robert Wolff and Ogra here.
The Inforce 6410Plus is a Snapdragon 600 based development board. The Inforce 6410Plus features compatibility with a wide array of I/O such as camera connectivity and various sensors such as accelerometer. The Inforce 6410Plus features Arduino connectivity. The Inforce 6410Plus can run either Android or Linux. The Inforce 6410Plus is aimed primarily for robotics applications.
Johnny Austin is the CTO of the micro:bit foundation, they have distributed about 1 million units for free to every school kid age 12 in the UK, who use them to learn programming. The retail price is £13 in the UK. Micro:bit Foundation has announced three new Founding partners to join the current six. The British Council, Amazon and Lancaster University will be joining the BBC, Nominet, ARM, IET, Microsoft and Samsung. Zach Shelby is the CEO and he talks about how they are working to make the micro:bit available worldwide to everyone who wants to use it. The micro:bit is now available in 32 countries, with resellers in eleven. The micro:bit Foundation with element 14, the distributor of the BBC micro:bit, announced resellers in six new countries. This means educational organisations, teachers, kids, parents and makers will now also be able to locally purchase the BBC micro:bit in Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands and Finland.
Diamond Systems, a global supplier of compact, rugged, I/O-rich embedded computing solutions for real-world applications in a broad range of markets, unveiled its EAGLE family of compact, rugged ARM single-board computers and carrier boards designed to work with the Toradex Apalis family of ARM computer-on-modules (COMs), see my Toradex at ARM Techcon video here.
The product line is composed of two models, the full-size, full-featured Eagle and its smaller sized, low-cost Eaglet. For greatest convenience, customers may purchase a fully configured off the shelf solution from Diamond, including a select ARM module and heat sink installed, or they may purchase the baseboard and ARM module separately for greater configuration flexibility and lower unit cost. Development Kits, including the fully configured SBC, pre-configured Linux OS on a microSD card, and a full cable kit, are available from Diamond Systems.
Key highlights of the Eagle/Eaglet family are long product lifetime, configuration flexibility, and a wide range of I/O.
You can read the press release and access links to EAGLE product web pages, datasheets, photos here.
Since 1989, Silicon Valley-based Diamond Systems Corporation has provided compact, rugged, board- and system-level real world embedded computing solutions to companies in a broad range of markets, including transportation, energy, aerospace, defense, manufacturing, medical and research.
The company is renowned as an innovator of embedded I/O standards and technologies; it was an early adopter of PC/104 module technology, originated the FeaturePak I/O module and RSODIMM rugged memory module standards, and holds a patent for a unique analog I/O autocalibration technique.
Diamond's extensive product line includes compact, highly integrated single board computers (SBCs); an extensive line of expansion modules for analog and digital I/O, wired and wireless communications including multiprotocol serial ports and Ethernet switches, GPS, solid-state disk, and power supply functions; and complete, rugged, system-level solutions.
Toradex is showcasing the popular TAQ balancing robot featuring a Colibri iMX7 SoM based on NXP’s new heterogeneous multicore i.MX7 processor with Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A7 and additional ARM Cortex-M4 core for low-power, real-time or connected-standby IoT. Amid Toradex's broad product portfolio is the new high performance Apalis TK1 SoM based on NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 featuring a Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A15 processor with 192 CUDA cores for high-end computer vision and 4k video applications for example. Other demos include an impressive Qt Linux fast boot demo featuring an automotive cluster on Apalis i.MX6.
Allwinner is showing off some of their latest technologies at their CES 2017 showroom. Allwinner claims to have a leading market share of the all-in-one VR market. They are entering the Amazon Alexa and Google Home compatible Smart Speakers market. Allwinner Double OS is being pushed for the affordable 2-in-1 market changing the UI from Tablet mode to Productivity mode. Allwinner partners with Qualcomm for their affordable LTE enabled Tablet range. A64 is being pushed for the Laptop market. The Allwinner R16 with Tina OS powered sweeping robot is sold on the Xiaomi ecosystem. The end of this video also mentions the roadmap where Allwinner will have over 16 new chipsets in 2017 and they are working to introduce a 16nm solution the end of the year.
Marvell AndromedaBox Networking Edge development board, following the http://96boards.org size but with larger ports than the initial 96boards spec, it that can be configured to be used in many applications such as mobile NAS (network-attached storage), IoT gateways, home cloud server etc. The board features the 64bit dual-core ARM Cortex-A53 Marvell Armada 3700 processor, PCI-E 2.0 support, a USB 3.0 port, a SATA 3.0 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, WiFi 802.11ac built in, 8GB of eMMC memory, and Bluetooth 4.2.
On display here is the SECO UDOO x86, a computer along the lines of Raspberry Pi that combines a processor (a 2.56GHz 14nm quad-core Intel 64-bit part), RAM (up to 8GB), and storage (8GB eMMC upgradable to 32GB). The board features WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 (integrated Intel Curie microcontroller), and a fanless design. It can drive up to 3 4K displays via the 1xHDMI and 2XMini DisplayPorts. It is intended for use as a Windows/Linux/Android x86 computer, or as a development board for universities and students. The basic version starts at US$89.
Makeblock present the new educational and entertainment robot Gemini on CES 2016, this wheel-balancing robotic have 2 mode, the standard model can dance, play music, race, voice-control.The battle mode with a LED light turret at the top turn Gemini became a fighting robot.