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Grant Likely talks EBBR bootloader for ARM

Posted by juliusaugustus – November 21, 2018

Grant likely is a Senior Software Developer at ARM and a developer for the EBBR project https://github.com/ARM-software/ebbr. The EBBR or Embedded Base Boot Requirements is a specification for bootloaders for ARM based devices. This specification would enable arm based devices to share the same bootloader thus reducing development costs. This would enable the same OS to more easily boot on multiple devices

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.

Arrow shows latest 96Boards and Mezzannine boards

Posted by juliusaugustus – November 21, 2018

Arrow shows some of their latest 96Boards and Mezzanine boards such as the Renesas ANT96 board based on the Renesas RZ Family Renesas RZ/G1E processor featuring a dual-core Arm Cortex-A7. Novtech Meerkat i.MX7D and Chameleon Cyclone V Altera/Intel FPGA board. NextBiometrics NB-2023-S fingerprint sensor mezzanine board, STM32 Sensor mezzanine board and more. Arrow has more than 5 Mezzanine boards in the pipeline and at least 2 base boards too. Oxalis Layerscape LS1012A.

Stuart Monteith of Linaro on OpenJDK, Java Development Kit and Virtualization

Posted by juliusaugustus – November 21, 2018

OpenJDk is a free and opensource implementation of of Java SE (Standard Edition). OpenJDK provides a browser VM, and Java code compiler. OpenJDK is available on most operating systems and is supported by several major companies.

Marcelo Knörich Zuffo of the University of San Paolo in Brazil at Linaro Connect Vancouver 2018

Posted by juliusaugustus – November 21, 2018

Marcelo Knörich Zuffo is a professor of the Electronic Systems Engineering Department of the Polytechnic School of the University of San Paolo in Brazil. He teaches people how to design electronics and has projects going on such as drones using development boards such as the 96Boards platform. He also teaches PCB design. His particular specialty is autonomous drones that don't require human control. He uses boards from 96boards.

James Bottomley of IBM talks ARM vs x86, Power, Linux containers at Linaro Connect Vancouver 2018

Posted by juliusaugustus – November 14, 2018

James Bottomley is a software engineer from IBM. Bottomley specializes in container and cloud technology as well as general open source technologies. He is a board member of the Linux Foundation and has experience and involvement in several open source projects. He is a maintainer for both the Linux kernel and SCSI project.

Martin Riddiford interview, designer of Psion, Gemini PDA, Cosmo Communicator

Posted by Charbax – November 6, 2018

Martin Riddiford talks about the Psion, which he designed in the 90ies it was a ground-breaking PDA design with a full mechanical qwerty keyboard. Trying to combine laptop functions in a pocketable size. In partnership with Planet Computers, Martin Riddiford is happy to have been able to bring back the full keyboard design in with Android on the Gemini PDA and now into the upcoming Cosmo Communicator design that is now being crowdfunded for $549 on https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cosmo-communicator

$549 Cosmo Communicator interview, now on Indiegogo

Posted by Charbax – November 6, 2018

Planet Computers launches the Cosmo Communicator for $549 for early backers at Indiegogo, powered by MediaTek P70 Octa-core quad ARM Cortex-A73, quad ARM Cortex-A53 with Mali-G72 MP3 GPU, on TSMC 12nm FinFET. It comes with WorldMode LTE dual-SIM (one is likely eSIM) support. Strong antenna with good signal, and now it also comes with a second 2" touchscreen display, a toggle switch with fingerprint reader, a 24 megapixel high quality front facing camera with flash, and a backlit keyboard. The CPU is thus a performance upgrade over Gemini PDA, it also comes with 6GB RAM, 128GB Flash, MicroSD card slot, headphone jack, dual Type-C ports, dual speakers and microphones and a 4220mAh battery. Planet Computers shipped over 9500 Gemini PDAs to their backers over the past several months which I filmed here previously I have been using Gemini PDA as my main phone over the past 7 months and it has been an awesome experience. The backlight keyboard, fingerprint authentication, high quality back facing camera, improved phone calls support, better signal reception with a stronger processor, all these things are very welcome in their new flagship. Planet Computers intends to continue selling both Gemini PDA and Osmo Communicator as two in their range of devices available for 2019, with continued support and software updates coming on both. In this video they show a working Android 8.0.1 firmware on Gemini PDA and they are talking about Project Trebble, Android 9, new Sailfish releases to be supported, hopefully hardware accelerated improved Debian and other Linux distributions also to be supported throughout. Within less than a day, they have already reached more than 200% funding on crowdfunding here on Indiegogo with shipments scheduled for May 2019, as they optimize and develop everything, impressive working samples are going to be shown in the months to come.

World’s Most Powerful ARM Desktop: Marvell ThunderXStation ThunderX2 Workstation

Posted by Charbax – November 5, 2018

Gigabyte announces the industry's first ARMv8 workstation based on Cavium's ThunderX2 ARM64 multi-core processor. This 4U workstation is called the ThunderXStation. GIGABYTE has designed and is manufacturing the ThunderXStation. The 4U tower is 27" (D) x 17" (H) x 7" (W) and designed for floor mounting. The power supply included is a 800W PSU with a 1+1 redundant option. The motherboard is a standard GIGABYTE motherboard form factor.

The motherboard includes:
Dual or single ThunderX2 processor support. Optionally with LGA 4077 socket.
Integrated chipset.
8x DIMMs per CPU.
DDR4 2666/2400/2133 MHz DIMMs.
1x Management LAN 10/100/1000 Mbps.
Integrated VGA, 1920x1200.
ASPEED AST2500 BMC.
2x PCIe Gen 3.0 slots per CPU. (1x x16/x8/x4/x1 AND 1x x8).
1x Type-1 OCP PCIe Gen 3.0 x16 slot per CPU.
2x NVMe PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 ports with on board SAS slim line connectors per CPU.
2x SATAIII on board connectors.
2x U.2 or SATAIII 2.5" drive bay, supports any combination of NVMe and SATAIII SSDs.
1x RS-232 port.
4x USB 3.0 ports.
2x 8-pin GPU power connectors.

Each CPU can support upto 8 DDR4 DIMMs. The front 2.5" drive bay supports upto 2 drives. An optional 3.5" storage bay holds 4 drives. Initially, 2.2GHz 32-core 4-threads per core. Other SKUs will be available depending on demand. Various nVidia video cards have been tested with the open source Nouveau driver. Initial shipments include the nVidia GeForce 710 with dual monitor support. The AMDGPU driver has been tested with various AMD GPUs. Additional AMD and nVidia GPUs are being tested. Initial shipments include a 1 GbE PCIe adapter. If standard PCIe slots are in short supply a QLogic dual port 1/10 GBaseT RJ45 OCP adapter and driver are available. Units ship with Ubuntu 17.10. CentOS 7.4 and OpenSUSE are also available. Pricing is competitive with high end single and dual socket workstations from leading name brand workstation vendors with comparable Gold/Platinum processors. For the most upto date pricing and sales information on ThunderXStation please contact: http://www.phoenicselectronics.com