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  • MinnowBoard 3 will offer Apollo Lake, triple M.2s, and Raspberry Pi expansion June 21, 2017
    Minnowboard.org is prepping an open spec “MinnowBoard 3” SBC with a quad-core Apollo Lake, 4GB LPDDR4, 8GB eMMC, 3x M.2 sockets, and an RPi connector. The Intel-backed Minnowboard.org project has posted preliminary specs for an open-spec MinnowBoard 3 model to follow the recently shipped MinnowBoard Turbo Quad. Due to ship in the fall, the community-backed […]
    Eric Brown
  • Open source social robot kit runs on Raspberry Pi and Arduino June 21, 2017
    Thecorpora’s Scratch-ready “Q.bo One” robot is based on the RPi 3 and Arduino, and offers stereo cams, mics, a speaker, and visual and language recognition. In 2010, robotics developer Francisco Paz and his Barcelona-based Thecorpora startup introduced the first Qbo “Cue-be-oh” robot as an open source proof-of-concept and research project for exploring AI capabilities in […]
    Eric Brown
  • Latest quad-core Banana Pi offers SATA support at $32 June 20, 2017
    SinoVoiP’s open-spec, Linux- and Android-ready “Banana Pi BPI-M2 Berry” SBC has a Raspberry Pi-like layout, WiFi, BT, GbE, HDMI, 4x USB, CSI, and SATA. SinoVoip’s Banana Pi project has introduced a variation on its $40 Banana Pi M2 Ultra hacker SBC with a smaller, Raspberry Pi like, 85 x 56mm footprint instead of the Ultra’s […]
    Eric Brown
  • Intel pulls the plug on its Joule, Edison, and Galileo boards June 20, 2017
    Intel is discontinuing its Linux-ready, Atom-based Intel Joule and Intel Edison COMs, its Quark-based Galileo Gen 2 SBC, and its Recon Jet sports eyewear. Just as we were publishing the survey results for our 2017 hacker board survey, which showed increased interest in x86 based Linux hacker boards, Hackaday published a report that brought to […]
    Eric Brown
  • 2017 hacker board survey: Raspberry Pi still rules, but x86 SBCs make gains June 20, 2017
    [Updated: June 21] — The results are in: The Raspberry Pi 3 is the most desired maker SBC by a 4-to-1 margin. In other trends: x86 SBCs and Linux/Arduino hybrids get a boost. More than ever, it’s a Raspberry Pi world, and other Linux hacker boards are just living in it. Our 2017 hacker board […]
    Eric Brown
  • Compact, rugged, low power box-PC targets transportation apps June 16, 2017
    Axiomtek has added a compact, fanless, Bay Trail Atom-based system to its line of rugged box-PCs for vehicle, railway, and marine applications. The tBOX100-838-FL, currently labeled “coming soon” on Axiomtek’s website, is described as a “small footprint fanless embedded system certified with E-Mark and ISO 7637 for vehicle applications.” The device joins nearly a dozen […]
    Rick Lehrbaum
  • Wall mountable, Linux-friendly industrial PCs have Mini-ITX guts June 15, 2017
    Aaeon announced a series of compact, low profile industrial PCs built around Mini-ITX cores, including a fanless model with a quad-core 2GHz Atom J1900 processor. Aaeon’s ACS-1U01 series of compact, low profile industrial PCs are designed to house the company’s Mini-ITX single board computers “along with other module components,” says the company. Aaeon is targeting […]
    Rick Lehrbaum
  • Tiny, Linux-friendly i.MX6 module steps up to 5GHz WiFi June 14, 2017
    Variscite announced a new “DART-6UL-5G” COM model, featuring an on-board WiFi/BT module with dual-band, 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11ac/a/b/g/n support. Earlier this year Variscite launched a faster, 696MHz v1.2 upgrade to its 50 x 25mm DART-6UL computer-on-module, which includes the option of NXP’s power-efficient i.MX6 ULL SoC in addition to the i.MX6 UL. Now, the company has upped […]
    Rick Lehrbaum
  • Linux-based Eero mesh router adds Tri-Band, wall-pluggable Eero Beacon June 14, 2017
    Eero’s second-gen mesh networking router adds Tri-Band WiFi, a second GbE port, and an Eero Beacon model that doubles as a nightlight. The Eero made quite a splash when it launched in 2015 as one of the first mesh networking WiFi routers aimed at the home. Since then, it has been joined by mesh routers […]
    Eric Brown
  • Linux-driven Zynq SBC launches at $89 with WiFi, BT, and Arduino June 13, 2017
    [Updated: June 14] — Avnet’s $89 MiniZed SBC is its lowest cost Zynq-based board yet. It offers 8GB eMMC, WiFi, BT, USB host, 2x micro-USB, and an Arduino interface. The MiniZed SBC breaks new ground in pricing among Avnet’s Xilinx Zynq-7000 based computer-on-modules and SBCs, selling for $89 compared to $199 for the MicroZed SBC. […]
    Eric Brown
  • Open source RF signal generator features WiFi June 12, 2017
    An Arduino-Due based “ERASynth” RF signal generator starts at $499, and offers WiFi and a multiloop integer-N PLL for better performance and reduced noise. Istanbul, Turkey based startup ERA Instruments has successfully funded its open spec ERASynth RF signal generator on Crowd Supply, having raised over $30,000. The ERASynth offers some features found on much […]
    Eric Brown
  • Enter our hacker board survey for a chance to win one of 27 SBCs June 12, 2017
    Our hacker SBC survey is open through June 16. So far, the response is triple that of 2016, but that’s still a 1-in-50 chance to win one of 27 SBC prizes. If you haven’t already voted for your favorite community-backed Linux/Android open spec hacker-friendly boards, you have five more days to check off your first, […]
    Eric Brown
  • All-in-One panel PCs run Linux or Windows on Skylake and Bay Trail June 9, 2017
    Aaeon’s rugged, Linux-ready OMNI-5000 AIO panel PCs include Celeron J1900 based 12.1- and 15-inch models and a Skylake-based, 21.5-inch system. Aaeon has launched a line of OMNI-500 All-in-One panel PCs in three models with 12.1-, 15-, and 21.5-inch capacitive touchscreens. The two smaller models offer an Intel “Bay Trail” Celeron J1900 with four up to […]
    Eric Brown
  • Ubuntu-driven TurtleBot gets a major rev with a Pi or Joule in the driver’s seat June 9, 2017
    A new TurtleBot3 rev of the open source, Ubuntu/ROS-based robot kit is available in “Burger” and “Waffle” models with an RPi 3 or Intel Joule, respectively. The “world’s most popular open source robot for education and research” has received a major upgrade with two modular TurtleBot3 models from Open Robotics that run Linux and Robot […]
    Eric Brown
  • TI Sitara SoC for industrial Ethernet offers choice of dev boards June 8, 2017
    TI’s Linux-driven, Cortex-A8 “Sitara AMIC110” SoC with PRU-ICSS is designed for multiprotocol industrial Ethernet and fieldbus communications. Texas Instruments has announced the AMIC110, the first in a series of Sitara AMIC SoCs designed to “help developers convert existing non-networked designs such as motor drives to networked systems by adding industrial Ethernet.” The SoC’s single-core, 300MHz […]
    Eric Brown