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Android 5.1 SDK Release for Rockchip RK3128 Based FirePrime Board

June 29th, 2015 No comments

T-Firefly has just announced the release of Android 5.1 SDK for their newly announced Fireprime development board powered by Rockchip RK3128 quad core Cortex A7 processor.

FirePrime

You can get the SDK (fireprime_android5.1_git_20150612.tar), a 6.1GB download with full source code for the board via Baidu or Google Drive, and then upgrade it to the latest version with git pull on the company’s bitbucket account as explained in the Wiki. The SDK must be specific to Fireprime board, but it should be feasible to use to create / modify Android 5.1 firmware for other RK3128 products.

If you don’t need the source code, but would just like to install the firmware for Android 5.1, and the other image recently released (Ubuntu 15.04 Desktop or Server, or Android 5.1/Ubuntu 15.04 dual boot image)  via the links provided in the announcement.

Thanks to Nanik for the tip.

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Tronsmart Pavo M9 is a $90 Android HDMI Recorder and 4K Media Player

June 27th, 2015 15 comments

If you need your Android TV box to record external video via HDMI, few options are available on the market, and one of them is Zidoo X9. It works relatively well, and gets frequent firmware update. It now costs around $120, but Tronsmart has now launched a model based on the same Mstar MSO9810 processor with HDMI recording function that costs $89.90 shipped on GeekBuying or Ebay.

Tronsmart_Pavo_M9

Tronsmart Pavo M9 specifications:

  • SoC – Mstar MSO9180D1R quad core Cortex A9 processor up to 1.5GHz with a Mali-450MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot
  • Video Output / Input –  HDMI output up to 4K, HDMI input with PVR and Time Shifting support (up to 1080p), and AV port (Composite + stereo audio)
  • Audio I/O – HDMI Out and In, AV, and optical S/PDIF
  • (Main) Video Codecs – H265, VC-1, WMV-HD, MPEG1/2/4 up to 4Kx2K, etc..
  • Audio Codec – MP3, AAC, AC3, DTS-HD Master, TrueHD 7.1 pass-through, etc…
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (Realtek 8188)
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 host ports.
  • Misc – ON/OFF switch, IR receiver
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A
  • Dimensions – 15.24 x 15.24 x 4.06 cm
  • Weight – ~260 grams

Compared to Zidoo X9, you’ll have to trade the aluminum enclosure for  plastic one. you’ll lose Bluetooth, Wi-Fi only support 2.4GHz (no 5.0 GHz), the two external antennas are gone, and so is the small LCD display on the front panel, and finally the system features 1GB RAM instead of the 2GB RAM found in Zidoo X9.

Tronsmart_Pavo_M9_ConnectorsPavo M9 comes with an IR remote with IR learning function (The same as Zidoo X9), a 12V/2A power adapter, an HDMI cable, an a user’s manual. The box runs Android 4.4 with Kodi pre-installed, and OTA firmware updates support. Since Kodi is likely to be the same version as in X9 TV box, bear in mind that some videos, especially 4K ones H.265 videos, may not play very well in Kodi, and HDMI audio pass-through may not work, but all these will often work just fine in the other media player that comes pre-installed in the box, and that gets updates more often.

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Linaro 15.06 Release with Linux 4.1 and Android 5.1

June 26th, 2015 1 comment

Linaro 15.06 has been released with Linux 4.1-rc8, Linux 3.10.80 and 3.14.44 (LSK), and Android 5.1.1.

Highlights of this release:

  • Linux Linaro 4.1-rc8-2015.06
    • linaro-android topic updated to 4.1-rc8 and recent aosp/android-3.18
    • included GATOR version 5.21.1
    • updated integration-linaro-vexpress64 topic by ARM LT
  • Linaro builds of AOSP 15.06 is released
    • CI bring up: setup AOSP master build on Emulator
    • implemented boot-to-gui test for Emulator
    • CI bring up: setup AOSP 5.0 headless build for APM X-Gene Mustang
  • Linaro OpenEmbedded 2015.06
    • updated linux-linaro to ll-20150616.0 (based on 4.1-rc8)
    • updated linux-linaro-stable to 3.10.79
    • workaround meta-virtualization breakage
    • upstreaming
      • fixed bootimg.bbclass to work with all kernel image types
      • imported xorriso v1.4.0 from luvOS
      • cloud-image-*: catch up with OE-core class rename
  • Linaro Ubuntu 15.06 – updated packages: fvp-pre-boot (FVP firmware), LSK 3.10.79/3.14.44/3.18.16 and linux-linaro 4.1-rc8 kernels
  • CI bring up: uprobes/systemtap enabled build

Visit https://wiki.linaro.org/Cycles/1506/Release for a list of known issues, and further release details about the LEB, LMB (Linaro Member Builds), and community builds, as well as Android, Kernel, Graphics, Multimedia, Landing Team, Platform, Power management and Toolchain components.

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LeMaker Guitar is a $25 Single Board Computer Powered by Actions Semi S500 Processor

June 25th, 2015 1 comment

LeMaker, better known for the Banana Pi, has recently unveiled three boards at an event in China:

  • LeMaker Bass – a 96Boards compliant board powered by Actions Semi S900 quad core processor
  • LeMaker Piano – An industrial grade single board computer based on Freescale i.MX6 Solo, Dual or Quad
  • LeMaker Guitar – A low cost board powered by Actions Semi S500 processor

There are plenty of Freescale i.MX6 industrial boards on the market, and LeMaker Bass appears to be the previously announced Bubblegum-96 board now supported by Lemaker, so I’m going to focus on LeMaker Guitar in this post. It’s good to see at least one company dropped the “fruit + pi” theme for their new boards…

Guitar Module

Guitar Module

The Guitar board is comprised of a system on module (SoM), and a baseboard. The SoM comes with the following technical specifications:

  • SoC – Actions Semi S500 quad core Cortex A9r4 processor @ 1.3 GHz with 512KB L2 Cache and a PowerVR SGX544 GPU with OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0, OpenVG 1.0.1, and OpenCL support
  • Memory – 1GB DDR3 RAM (Option: 2GB)
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC (SK Hynix H26M41103HPR), with optional ranging between 4GB and 32GB eMMC (or NAND flash)
  • PMU – ATC2603C (also audio codec)
  • Misc – LCD interface switch to select different voltages depending on the LCD interface such as RGB/LVDS/MIPI.
  • SoM Connector – 204-pin SO-DIMM edge connector
  • Dimensions – 67.6 x 42.2 mm
LeMaker Guitar Board (Click to Enlarge)

LeMaker Guitar Board (Click to Enlarge)

The baseboard will feature the following:

  • Processor/Memory/Storage – Via Guitar SoM
  • External storage – micro SD card slot
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet (RJ45), 802.11 b/g/n WiFi (AP6181 module)
  • Video Output – HDMI up to 1080p, AV output (composite), LVDS & MIPI-DSI for LCD panels.
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack (AV port), built-in microphone
  • Camera – MIPI -CSI/Parallel 8-bit camera interface
  • USB – micro USB 3.0 host/device port, 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Debugging – COM3 port for serial console
  • Expansion – 40-pin header with 28x GPIO, that can also be configured as UART, I2C, SPI, PWM, I2S, ADC, FM-IN
  • Misc – IR receiver, power button, power and user LEDs, RTC + battery slot, 1KB EEPROM
  • Power Supply – 5~12V / 2A input in 5.5/2.1mm power barrel
  • Dimensions – 88mm x 88mm
Block Diagram for LeMaker Guitar SBC

Block Diagram for LeMaker Guitar SBC

The company announced support for Android 5.0 for the board, but Linux is also likely to be supported. It might be something to confirm on their forums.

The board is somewhat similar to what is offered by Lemon Pi, but at $25 it should be cheaper, if the price announced during the event is indeed for the complete SBC. Launch is scheduled for summer 2015. Some more information is available on the product page, and more details should eventually be added to the Wiki.

Thanks to quillan for the tip.

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Freescale Introduces a Coin-sized Single Chip Module (SCM) Based on Freescale i.MX 6Dual

June 24th, 2015 13 comments

As the Freescale Technology Forum 2015 is taking place in Austin, Texas, the company will announce a few new products over the 4-day conference. After the official launch of Freescale i.MX 7 series processors, Freescale unveiled a new product based on their existing i.MX6 platform with “i.MX 6Dual SCM” (Single Chip Module) that integrate a dual core i.MX 6Dual processor with 1 or 2 GB LPDDR2 (PoP), a 16MB NOR flash and a PMIC in a tiny, coin-sized module.

SCM_i.MX6D Key feature of SCM-i.MX6D module:

  • Freescale i.MX 6Dual application processor with two ARM Cortex A9 core @ 800 MHz and Vivante GPUs (2D/3D)
  • System Memory – 1 or 2 GB LPDDR2 (PoP configuration)
  • Storage – 16 MB SPI NOR (Micron N25Q128A13)
  • Power Supply – Freescale PMIC PF0100
  • Dimensions – 17mm x 14mm x 1.7mm

There are also 109 discrete components on the module. BSPs for Linux and Android will be provided.

Module Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

Module Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

To help with early development, Freescale is also planning to soon launch an SCM-i.MX6D Evaluation Board with the following specs:

  • Module: SCM-i.MX6D with 1GB RAM
  • Storage – eMMC + 2x SD car slots, usable for boot, storage, and WiFi cards
  • Connectivity – 1x GbE port, WiFi (via SD slot)
  • USB – 1x Type A USB port, 1x Micro-AB USB port
  • Audio – Stereo audio codec; microphone input
  • Expansion – 1x Mini-PCIe socket
  • Misc – 1x CAN connector

Optional modules adding HDMI output, LVDS (10.1″ display), WiFi, and others will also become available with the evaluation kit.

SCM i.MX6D Evaluation Board

SCM i.MX6D Evaluation Board

Freescale’s SCM modules are expected to be used in applications ranging from 3D gaming goggles, to “next-generation” IoT drones as well as other IoT products, a medical equipment, and autonomous sensing applications.

The i.MX 6Dual SCM should become available in August 2015 either directly from Freescale, or through Arrow Electronics, and more SCM products are planned for the next two years. Check out SCM-i.MX6D product page for details.

Via Liliputing and LinuxGizmos

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Freescale Launches i.MX 7 Series Cortex A7 + Cortex M4 Processors for IoT Applications

June 23rd, 2015 6 comments

Freescale announced plans for i.MX 7 and i.MX 8 processors in 2013, but it’s only in the last few months there have been some patchsets submitted to the ARM Linux Kernel mailing list, and so far all documentation was only available to companies and developers under NDA. Now the company has officially launched i.MX 7 series, and although all documents are not available yet, Freescale has released a factsheet providing an overview about the processors. Freescale i.MX 7 series processors targets applications such as wearables, e-readers, secure point-of-sale equipment, smart home controls, industrial automation products and other IoT solutions.

Freescale_i.mx7_Block_Diagram

Freescale i.MX 7Dual Processor Block Diagram (Click to Enalrge)

Two processors are currently available: the single core i.MX 7Solo processor, and the dual core i.MX 7Dual processor. Both basically share the same specifications, but beside the extra Cortex A7 core, i.MX 7Dual also adds on extra USB host port, a PCIe interface, an extra Gigabit Ethernet port, and a 4th generation EPD controller.

Freescale i.MX 7 specifications:

  • Main CPU
    • i.MX 7Solo – ARM Cortex A7 @ 800 MHz with 512MB L2 cache, 256KB SRAM, 96KB ROM
    • i.MX 7Dual – 2x ARM Cortex A7 @ 1.0 GHz with 512MB L2 cache, 256KB SRAM, 96KB ROM
  • Secondary CPU – ARM Cortex M4 @ 266 MHz
  • Memory I/F
    • 16-/32-bit DDR3/DDR3L and LPDDR2/3 @ 533 MHz
    • MMC 5.0; 3x SD 3.0
    • NOR Flash/SRAM I/F
    • 8-bit NAND I/F
    • Dual channel Quad SPI
  • Connectivity – 1 or 2 Gigabit Ethernet (AVB)
  • Display
    • 24-bit parallel RGB
    • MIPI DSI (2 lanes)
    • EPD controller (7Dual only)
  • Camera
    • Parallel CSI (up to 24-bit)
    • MIPI CSI (2 lanes)
  • Other Interfaces
    • 1 or 2 USB 2.0 host (w/ PHY), 1x USB 2.0 host interface (w/ HSIC)
    • 7x UART, 4x I2C, 4x SPI
    • 3x I2S
    • 2x CAN
    • 4x PWM
    • 2x FlexTimer
    • 2x SmartCard I/F
    • 2x 12-bit ADC
    • PCI-e slot (1x lane, 7Dual only)
  • Security with tamper resist – Secure RTC, RSA 4096, Ciphers, 10-pin tamper, etc…
  • Manufacturing – 28nm ultra low leakage process technology

Freescale claims their i.MX 7 Series processors consume about one third of their i.MX 6 Series based on Cortex A9 cores, with a core efficiency of 15.7 DMIPS/mW, and a new Low Power State Retention mode (LPSR) of 250 μW. The processors will also be coupled with the new PF3000 PMIC to achieve higher efficiency.

SABRE board for Freescale i.MX 7 processors

SABRE board for Freescale i.MX 7 processors

A SABRE board with i.MX 7Dual will also be available, and integrate a PF3000 PMIC, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 and an SD card preinstalled with a Linux based operating system, and Android is also available from Freescale. I could not find details or pricing (usually around $500) for the development board.

i.MX 7Solo and i.MX 7Dual processors are sampling now, with mass production scheduled for November 2015. More information should soon become available on Freescale i.MX 7 Series product page.

Thanks to Nanik for the tip.

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$28 CX939 Android TV Stick is Powered by Rockchip RK3128 Processor

June 22nd, 2015 6 comments

We’ve seen a few low costs devices powered by Rockchip RK3128 quad core processor recently, such as FirePrime development board, or Ruach A20s TV box, but CX939 is an even cheaper device, in HDMI TV stick form factor that currently sells for $28.20 on Aliexpress.

CX939Transpeed CX939 TV dongle specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3128 quad core ARM Cortex A7 @ 1.2 GHz with ARM Mali-400MP2 GPU @ 500 MHz
  • System Memory – 1 GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8 GB NAND flash + micro SD card slot
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi with external antenna, and Bluetooth
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 1.4 up to 1080p
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 port, 1x micro USB OTG port, 1x micro USB port for power
  • Misc – Button (for power?)
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A via micro USB port
  • Dimensions – N/A

The device runs Android 4.4.2, and is said to be pre-loaded with Kodi, and with “more than 100 channels pre-installed”, whatever that means exactly. The stick ships with a power supply, a USB cable, an HDMI Cable, and a user’s manual.

Via AndroidPC.es

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DragonBoard 410c 64-bit ARM Development Board in Stock for $75

June 21st, 2015 15 comments

There has been a few 96Boards announced so far, and a Banana Pi96 could soon be launched, as LeMarker has just joined the Linaro Community Board Group, but so far the board that generated the most buzz was Qualcomm Dragonboard 410c, but at the time pricing was not officially disclosed, although a $75 target price was posted in several blogs. And now it seems Qualcomm 64-bit ARM board indeed costs $75, as it is listed for that price on Arrow Electronics website with a few pieces in stock.

Qualcomm_Dragonboard_410cDragonboard 410c specifications have also been further detailed:

  • SoC- Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (APQ8016) quad-core ARM CortexA53 @ 1.2 GHz with Adreno 306 GPU @ 400MHz
  • System Memory – 1GB LPDDR3 @ 533MHz, Single-channel 32-bit (4.2GBps)
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC 4.51 + micro SD 3.0 (UHS-I)
  • Video Output – HDMI up to 1080p
  • Video Playback -1080p@30fps HD video playback and capture with H.264 (AVC), and 720p
    playback with H.265 (HEVC)
  • Connectivity – Integrated 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with on-board antenna
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB port (device only).
  • Camera – Support for 13 MP camera with Wavelet Noise Reduction, JPEG decoder, and other post-processing techniques done in hardware
  • Expansion:
    • 1x 40 pin low speed expansion connector – UART, SPI, I2S, I2C x2, GPIO x12, DC power
    • 1x 60 pin high speed expansion connector – 4L-MIPI DSI, USB, I2C x2, 2L+4LMIPI CSI
    • Footprin for optional analog expansion connector – Headset, Speaker, FM antenna
    • Arduino compatibility through mezzanine board
  • Misc – Power, reset and volume buttons. 6 LEDS (4x user, 1x Wifi, 1x Bluetooth)
  • Power Supply – 6.5 – 18V DC input
The board will run Android 5.1 and Ubuntu developed in collaboration with Linaro, and Windows 10 support is also being worked on.
I have not been able to check shipping (requires registration), but it will ship from the US, so it should mostly be interesting for people based in North America, until other distributors sell the board, or Arrow gets stock in Europe or other parts of the world.

Via miniNodes

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