Category: Development Boards

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Linaro’s validation team demonstrates using LAVA for native toolchain builds and “hack” sessions on Arndale Octa and APM X-Gene ARMv8 platforms

Posted by Charbax – March 12, 2014

Linaro's automated validation architecture (LAVA) is typically used to execute automated tests to validate Linaro's engineering output. However, LAVA has recently integrated features to automate builds and provide secure remote interactive sessions to developers. Linaro's lab lead Dave Pigott shows a native toolchain build orchestrated by LAVA. This technology enables developers to validate the toolchain on many ARM processor designs as well as other architectures. Tyler Baker a technical architect at Linaro explains how LAVA abstracts the image deployment, boot process, and installation of software needed to support these "hack" sessions.

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MHL 3.0 does 4K playback, 600mbitps USB Host data channel, HDCP 2.2

Posted by Charbax – March 5, 2014

MHL demonstrates the amazing Sony Xperia Z2 with 4K output through MHL 3.0 with HDCP 2.2 content protection (required by Hollywood for 4K playback), then they show a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 reference board with Silicon Image Sil8620 doing MHL 3.0 outputting to a MHL 3.0 Docking Board with the SIlicon Image SiI9394 MHL 3.0-to-HDMI 2.0 bridge IC. What's also really awesome is they can stream fast data through the USB Host ports on the MHL 3.0 Dock and back through the phone. This is absolutely awesome and I have been waiting for this type of 600mbitps bandwidth on USB Host to be added to MHL, thus potentially using Smartphones as desktops and laptops when docked in desktop docks and laptop docks like the Acer Extend featured in my other MHL 3.0 video about productivity:

Allwinner A80 OptimusBoard big.LITTLE Octa Core A15/A7

Posted by Charbax – January 22, 2014

Allwinner launches A80 Octa Core ARM Cortex-A15 with ARM Cortex-A7 in big.LITTLE MP OctaCore configuration with the PowerVR6 series GPU with OpenGL 3.0 with GPU Compute. With potential support for Chrome OS, ultra-fast Ubuntu, advanced ARM projects to use extreme parallel processing. Allwinner is shipping these boards in Q1 2014, if anyone is interested to start developing with A80, they should contact Allwinner here (please tell them you saw this video)

Intrinsic Snapdragon 800 APQ8074 Dragonboard

Posted by juliusaugustus – December 26, 2013

This new Intrinsic Dragonboard uses as Snapdragon 800 processor and has an optional display. The Dragonboard is capable of playing 4k video. The Dragonboard can even run Ubuntu. The dragonboard is already available for a price of 499 USD. INTRINSYC makes both system on module designs for 200 USD as well as development boards.

Atmel Sensor Hub Solutions

Posted by juliusaugustus – December 25, 2013

Atmel shows their latest Sensor Hub microcontroller solutions. Here showing a demo showing accurate controlling and measuring with 3d tracking. Showing also a true virtual reality augmented reality 3D accelerated software demo.

Toradex Apalis T30 Module Computer

Posted by juliusaugustus – December 24, 2013

Toradex shows their Apalis T30 module is a module computer with a Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with 2gb of ram. The price of the Apalis T30 is 169 USD individually. The Appalis T30 can be connected to a desktop motherboard with a desktop Nvidia graphics card and can be used with a desktop linux environment with CUDA support. Nvidia Tegra 4 is not available for embedded use so Tegra 5 will be the next platform available.

OmniTek Xilinx HD to 4k Up-scaling Technology

Posted by juliusaugustus – December 20, 2013

Omnitek is a UK based manufacturer of video testing and measurement systems as well as IP core development with Xilinx. The Xilinx development boards can take full HD video and upscale to 4k. OmniTek has been producing professional video equipment for a long time. Xilinx up-scaling technology will eventually make into consumer hardware. Xilinx technology can also be useful for medical or industrial applications as well general broadcasting. ARM powered devices are largely replacing pcs for embedded applications.

Latest Freescale powered devices, wearable, internet of things, home hub and more

Posted by Charbax – December 20, 2013

Freescale shows their wearable reference design, tiny to develop i.MX6 based BT4.0 accellerometer, adding ECG, heart-rate monitor, enabling a new range of Freescale powered wearable computers, smartwatches, headmounted computers, fitness devices, more to be announced and integrated. Freescale powers a range of healthcare products, weightscales, heart rate monitors and more. Freescale shows their Freescale One Box Platform, providing a reference Smart Home hub gateway, using Java, all the different wireless technologies integrated.

XMOS xCORE-XA with ARM Cortex-M3

Posted by juliusaugustus – December 17, 2013

XMOS is a manufacturer of multicore micro-controller devices. xCORE-eXtended Architecture (the XA Family) combines multicore microcontroller technology with an ultra-low-power ARM® Cortex®-M3 processor, to create the next wave in programmable system-on-chip (SoC) products. The xCORE-XA architecture allows embedded system designers to use high-level software to configure a device with the exact set of interfaces and peripherals needed for their design, while re-using existing ARM binary code and standard library functions, and taking advantage of ultra-low energy fixed-function peripherals. Designers can also add real-time data-plane plus control processing and DSP blocks, using multiple xCORE processor cores, with the ARM available to run control plane processing software such as communication protocol stacks, standard graphics libraries, or complex monitoring systems.

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$149 Inforce IFC6410 Qualcomm APQ8064 S4 Pro Development Board Computer

Posted by juliusaugustus – December 14, 2013

Inforce is an embedded Pico-ITX development kit maker using Qualcomm, here their latest APQ8064 SoC with 2GB RAM in a compact dev board retailing at $149. The boards come with basic connections like micro hdmi, micro sd, and ethernet. Inforce also sells a larger more fully featured version of the boards with a battery and camera. The boards have a wide variety applications in embedded computing ranging from software development and hobby uses to medical uses. Future versions of the board will come with the upcoming Snapdragon 8084 processor.

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