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  • Tiny Arduino clone starts at $14 July 20, 2017
    A 15 x 15mm “Arduino Pico” board has launched on Kickstarter with a Leonardo-compatible 16MHz ATMEGA32U4 chip and a micro-USB port. A Toronto based startup called MellBell Electronics is closing in on funding its Arduino Pico Kickstarter project. Billed as “the world’s smallest Arduino board,” the Arduino Pico measures 0.6 x 0.6 inches, or approximately […]
    Eric Brown
  • Low cost Cortex-A9 SBC offers GbE and up to 28K FPGA logic cells July 19, 2017
    MYIR’s 91 x 63mm, $69 “Z-turn Lite” SBC runs Linux on a Xilinx Zynq-7000 SoC, with up to 28K FPGA logic cells and single or dual Cortex-A9 CPU cores. The Z-turn Lite board joins a growing number of SBCs and COMs built around the popular Xilinx Zynq-7000 ARM/FPGA SoC family. These include MYIR’s Z-turn board […]
    Rick Lehrbaum
  • Linux-ready COM supports up to 16-core Xeon-D July 18, 2017
    Portwell’s “PCOM-B700G” is a COM Express Type 7 Basic module with Intel’s 5th Gen Xeon or Pentium CPUs, plus dual 10GbE ports and up to 32x PCIe links. Portwell has launched its first COM Express Type 7 module, which features COM Express 3.0. Like other Type 7 modules, the PCOM-B700G offers a choice of server-class […]
    Eric Brown
  • Linux-based automation controller offers choice of RPi, NanoPi, and UP cores July 18, 2017
    [Updated: July 19] — Techbase has revised its ModBerry 500 controller to the RPi CM3, and has added M700 and M1000 models based on the NanoPi M2 Plus and UP boards, respectively. Gdansk, Poland based Techbase was one of the first manufacturers to tap the original, ARM11-based Raspberry Pi Compute Module in 2014 with its […]
    Eric Brown
  • Alexa-ready digital alarm clock radio runs Linux on hackable Chip Pro July 17, 2017
    PAI’s “Sandman Doppler” is an Alexa-enabled smart alarm clock and music streamer that runs Linux on the Chip Pro COM, and offers 6x USB charging ports. Palo Alto Innovation (PAI) had a troubled first-time Kickstarter launch with its original Sandman Clock, but the company fulfilled all its orders and moved on to a next generation […]
    Eric Brown
  • Android signage computer taps new quad Cortex-A17 SoC July 17, 2017
    VIA’s ALTA DS 4K signage box-PC runs Android 5.1.1 on a Zhaoxin ZX-2000 SoC, and offers dual Ethernet plus simultaneous decoding of 4K and HD video streams. VIA Technologies has been active in the Android digital signage market for years, with products such as its VAB-630 SBC. While that product tapped a homegrown dual-core, Cortex-A9 […]
    Eric Brown
  • Fanless Kaby Lake computer offers SATA, M.2, and dual GbE ports July 14, 2017
    Habey’s Linux-friendly “BIS-6862” embedded PC offers 7th Gen Core U-series CPUs, a SATA 3.0 bay, -20 to 60°C support, dual GbE ports, and M.2 and SIM slots. The fanless BIS-6862 embedded PC is a follow-on to Habey’s similar, Intel 5th Gen Core “Broadwell” based BIS-6861 computer, upgrading the SoC to the 7th Gen Core U-series […]
    Eric Brown
  • SMARC module runs Android or Linux on the Snapdragon 820 July 14, 2017
    iWave’s SMARC 2.0 “Snapdragon 820 SOM” features 3GB LPDDR4, 32GB eMMC, WiFi, and Bluetooth, plus I/O including GbE, HDMI 2.0, MIPI-CSI, USB 3.0, and PCIe. Earlier this year, iWave launched a rugged, 56 x 50mm iW-RainboW-G25S SBC with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 (APQ8096) SoC. Now it’s back with a SMARC 2.0 short form factor Snapdragon 820 […]
    Eric Brown
  • Open spec GoPiGo robot kit rev’d with more sensors and new Linux distro July 13, 2017
    The Dexter Industries, Raspberry Pi based “GoPiGo3” robot kit has more sensors, better durability and motor control, and new DexterOS and Bloxter software. The self-proclaimed “world’s best selling Raspberry Pi robot” has received a major upgrade that includes a new DexterOS Linux distribution and a Bloxter visual programming environment. Like the Raspberry Pi SBC that […]
    Eric Brown
  • 10 top Raspberry Pi HATs to doff your cap to July 13, 2017
    Here are 10 of the most interesting HAT add-on boards for the Raspberry Pi, covering audio, robotics, wireless, IoT, and more. The large ecosystem of add-on boards is a key factor in the success of the Raspberry Pi, which torched the competition in our recent hacker board reader survey. Much of the Pi add-on business […]
    Eric Brown
  • i.MX7 module features eMMC, dual GbE, extended temps July 13, 2017
    Kontron’s “SMARC-sAMX7” module runs Yocto Linux on an i.MX7 SoC with up to 64GB eMMC, dual GbE controllers, -20 to 85°C support, and an optional eval board. The last time we checked in on Kontron’s SMARC computer-on-modules, it was to report on the Atom E3800-based SM-20 to 85°C ARC-sXBTi, billed as the “world’s first x86-based […]
    Eric Brown
  • SBC and box computer run Android or Linux on a Snapdragon 410 July 12, 2017
    Advantech’s 3.5-inch “RSB-4760” SBC and “EPC-R4760” box PC feature the quad -A53 Snapdragon 410, and offer WiFi, BT, GNSS, M.2, GbE, mini-PCIe, and more. Advantech’s IoT gateway-like EPC-R4760 box PC is the first embedded computer we’ve seen that builds on Qualcomm’s quad-core, 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 Snapdragon 410, also known as the APQ8016. Advantech’s 3.5-inch RSB-4760, however, […]
    Eric Brown
  • Industrial Kaby Lake module runs Ubuntu July 12, 2017
    Arbor’s “EmETXe-i90M0” COM Express Basic Type 6 features 7th Gen Core EQ SoCs, -40 to 85°C support, triple displays, and an optional carrier. While most of the embedded boards we’ve covered with Intel’s 7th Generation “Kaby Lake” Core processors use the lower-power, dual-core U series, Arbor Technology’s EmETXe-i90M0 module instead taps the faster EQ series. […]
    Eric Brown
  • Rugged in-vehicle computer keeps on truckin’ with Bay Trail Atom July 10, 2017
    Lanner’s Linux-friendly “LVC-2001” in-vehicle PC runs on a Bay Trail Atom, and offers GPS, 2x GbE, SATA, 3x mini-PCIe, and MIL-STD-810G ruggedization. Lanner has launched a fanless, rugged “vehicle gateway controller” for in-vehicle fleet management applications. The 198 x 185 x 52mm LVC-2001 ships with dual core, 1.33GHz Atom E3825 or quad-core, 1.91GHz Atom E3845 […]
    Eric Brown
  • i.MX6 UL based Pico-ITX SBC is a wireless wonder July 10, 2017
    Digi’s rugged “ConnectCore 6UL SBC Pro” runs Linux on an i.MX6 UL with dual Ethernet, WiFi-ac, BT 4.2, NFC, mini-PCIe, and a Digi Xbee socket. Digi International’s Pico-ITX form factor ConnectCore 6UL SBC Pro expands upon its an integrated ConnectCore 6UL computer-on-module, which is based on NXP’s low-power i.MX6 UltraLite (UL) system-on-chip, and adds a […]
    Eric Brown