Category: Development Boards

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Testing Arm with Arm with LAVA and 96Boards

Posted by Charbax – October 6, 2018

This is a mini LAVA lab running on a Dragonboard 410c to test any other 96Boards, this is a way to use Arm to test Arm boards in a simple affordable reproducible way.

OpenCV Color Segmentation and Tracking on DragonBoard 820c

Posted by Charbax – October 5, 2018

This demo is based and tested on the DragonBoard 820c, but should be able to work on varying platforms. In summary, it counts objects by color passing in the same direction through the camera field of view. It can count multiple objects simultaneously. The OpenCV functionality leveraged by this demo includes the following:

- Object segmentation using color
- Valid object identification by size
- Frame stitching to track and count multiple simultaneous moving objects by color
- Provides hooks to monitor performance when algorithm changes to - - OpenCV library calls are made for identification tuning
- Provides hooks to export results to the cloud

Standardizing software support for 96Boards with Mani

Posted by Charbax – September 26, 2018

Mani is an Applications Engineer at 96Boards team of Linaro. He works on improving the user experience with 96Boards by upstreaming it's stadardized software support. He goes over the journey of how he started with 96Boards, what his initial responsibilities were and how it has been evolved over time. He also explains his recent work towards standardizing the software support for 96Boards and stresses the importance of having a unified software layout across all 96Boards of same category. In this video, he mentions his latest work towards standardizing the LED labels/triggers in Linux kernel and how that impacts the user experience on userspace library such as MRAA (

MRAA library with Mani of 96Boards

Posted by Charbax – September 26, 2018

MRAA ( is a low level skeleton library for Linux based systems which provides userspace access to the peripherals on 96Boards Consumer Edition boards using multiple interfaces such as C, C++, Python, Java and Javascript. Mani, being the Co-Maintainer of this library, talks about the history of how 96Boards started using this library instead of their legacy 96BoardsGPIO library. Also, he explains how the MRAA library serves well for them to handle multiple 96Boards with different SoCs which no other platform is doing.

96Boards Mezzanine Initiative

Posted by Charbax – September 26, 2018

96Boards Mezzanine Initiative is a community-led, organized and maintained initiative. This initiative aims to expand the 96boards ecosystem and promote open-hardware.

96Boards Mezzanine-Community GitHub:

$50 eduMIP with 96Boards, BeagleBone, Raspberry Pi, with Thomas Bewley (UCSD Professor)

Posted by Charbax – September 20, 2018

UC San Diego Professor Thomas Bewley discusses his Segway-like educational robotics kit, eduMIP, based on the BeagleBone Blue at Linaro Connect Vancouver 2018. This inexpensive kit (available online, for $128, at Renaissance Robotics is used in his Embedded Control & Robotics course at UCSD, which Prof Bewley is currently working on taking online as a MOOC. It is also beginning to be used by a community of researchers and educators at other universities around the world. In this video, Prof Bewley also introduces his early efforts in developing new (and, significantly higher-power) motor-control daughterboards in the 96boards and Raspberry Pi formats. He also discusses eduMIP v.2 and some other advanced prototypes in his lab, as well as the Robot Control (RC) software library that drives this hardware, and will ultimately enable easy porting of control codes across the BeagleBone, Raspberry Pi, and 96boards linux-based product lines, in addition to deployment onto very-low-cost custom targets based on Cortex M based processors running an RTOS. His ultimate goal with this ambitious effort is to facilitate a much more seamless pathway from lab prototype to commercial product.

ARM desktop for everything, Daniel Thompson uses it for everything

Posted by Charbax – September 16, 2018

Daniel Thompson has exclusively been using the ARM developerbox you can read more about it here: and you can see Daniel Thompson's keynote at Linaro Connect here:

Self-driving rover using the 96Boards Carbon development board

Posted by Charbax – September 16, 2018

At the Linaro Connect, Sahaj Sarup, Applications Engineer at 96Boards, based on the IoT Edition Carbon Development Board powered by the STMicroelectronics STM32F401RE ARM Cortex-M4 running Zephyr. There are 6 ultrasonic sensors preventing it from bumping into things, 4 IR sensors preventing it from falling down, there are LED's also representing the distance to the objects on each side of the self-driving rover.

Avnet shows $249 Ultra96 Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC development board

Posted by Charbax – September 8, 2018

From idea to design and from prototype to production, Avnet supports customers at each stage of a product’s lifecycle. A comprehensive portfolio of design and supply chain services makes Avnet the go-to guide for innovators who set the pace for technological change. For nearly a century, Avnet has helped its customers and suppliers around the world realize the transformative possibilities of technology.

Avnet has a very strong, technical community focus and is now home to such entities as Premier Farnell, Element14, MakerSource,, and Raspberry Pi.

Avnet is Xilinx’ global distributor and technical partner. Xilinx has awarded Avnet a Premier partnership level in their Alliance Program. In addition to distributing Xilinx devices, Avnet also designs development boards, creates and delivers training, and also customizes and manufacturers Xilinx-based boards for customers around the world.

The Ultra96 is an example of this closer partnership, as Xilinx and Avnet have worked together to bring the board to market. Both companies will continue to support the board into the future.

Shiratech 96Boards LTE Mezzanine with LTE and context awareness

Posted by Charbax – September 8, 2018

Shiratech LTE and Sensor Mezzanine adds LTE connectivity and full context awareness to devices includes Quectel EC25 LTE Cellular Modem with LTE CAT 4 Max 150Mbps (DL) 50Mbps (UL), LTE category 4 module optimized for M2M and IoT applications, Worldwide LTE, UMTS/HSPA+ and GSM/GPRS/EDGE coverage, Multi-constellation GNSS receiver available for applications requiring fast and accurate fixes in any environment, MIMO technology meets demands for data rate and link reliability in modem wireless communication system, On-Board Sensor Key Features the Bosch BNO055 with fused sensor data - Quaternion, Euler angles, Rotation vector, Linear acceleration, Gravity, Heading. 3 Sensors in one device - triaxial 16bit gyroscope, triaxial 14bit accelerometor and full performance geomagnetic sensor.