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Junsun H552C Android 4.4 Car DVR and GPS Navigation System Comes with a 7″ Display

December 9th, 2016 4 comments

There are plenty of Android car systems for sale with DVR and/or GPS navigation capabilities on the net, but sometimes they lack some features, or come in a 2 DIN form factor, which is nice if you know how to disable your car dashboard, but it might be a little complicated if you don’t. An alternative is to get an Android rear view mirror, but obviously the display is much smaller, and it reduces the usable space on the rear view mirror to see what’s going on behind. However, this morning I’ve come across Junsun H552C Android 4.4 system with a 7″ display, rear and front cameras, and GPS navigation system that might be easier to install since it sits on top of the dashboard, and is selling for $118.54 on Dealextreme.

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Junsun H552C specifications:

  • Processor – Quad core CPU @ 1.3 GHz
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 16 GB flash (13.07GB available for apps and data) + micro SD slot up to 32GB
  • Display – 7″ touch screen display with 1920×1080 resolution
  • Camera – 2.0 Wide angle (170°) front camera for 1080p recording + external rear camera (140° angle) for 720p recording; simultaneous recording support; PiP display with both camera shown on display
  • Video – AV input
  • Audio – Built-in microphone and speaker
  • Connectivity
    • GPS ( SiRF Star III module) with built-in antenna
    • WiFi & Bluetooth 4.0
    • FM transmitter to output audio to car speaker
  • Navigation – Sygic maps for US and Canada
  • USB – 1x mini USB port
  • Sensor – G-Shock Sensor to automatically save the record video in case of collision
  • Battery – 8,000 mAh battery
  • Dimensions – 12 cm x 4.4 cm x 8.4 cm
  • Weight – 750 grams

Maps appear limited to North America, but descriptions on DX are often incorrect, and since the system is running Android 4.4, you should be able to install your own GPS navigation app.

android-car-dvr-gps-kitThe kit include the 7″ “car dvr system”, a power cable, the rear camera and cable to use while you drive in reverse gear / park your car, a USB data cable, a bracket for the dashboard, and a suction cup bracket in case you prefer to hook the system to your windshield, and a user’s manual.

junsun-rear-viewI could not find H552C on other website, but found the same model without model number on Junsun’s official Alipress store selling for $101.83 shipped. They provided some more information about support maps, and indicate that they will load Europe, North America, South America, Southeast Asia, or Middle East map depending on the country of the buyer. They also mention yearly map updates:

About the map, if you want to update the map, please contact us, we will upload it to the “Dropbox”, please do not download in other places, otherwise it will damage the original map. Update map time: once a year

SDMC DV8219-LTE Android TV Box Comes with a Built-in 4G LTE Modem

December 8th, 2016 5 comments

Most users connect their TV boxes to the Internet through WiFi or Ethernet, but in some specific use case, such as digital signage in mass transport or in remote locations, it might be useful to get access to cellular networks. We’ve seen a few Android TV boxes with a built-in 3G modem in the past including CS918S and MBX-3G, but the former is based on the rather old Allwinner A31s processor, and the latter did not raise enough found on Indiegogo. But there’s nothing new, as SDMC DV8219-LTE is a more recent TV box powered by Amlogic S905X processor and running Android 6.0, equipped with a 4G LTE modem.

android-tv-box-lte-modem-sim-cardSDMC DV8219-LTE TV box specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S905X quad core Cortex A53 processor @ up to 1.5 GHz with a Mali-450MP GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3 SDRAM (2GB as option)
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash (4 to 64GB as option) + micro SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0a with CEC / HDCP2.2, 3.5mm AV port
  • Audio Output – HDMI, AV, optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity
    • 10/100M Ethernet port
    • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi (Dual band optional)
    • Optional Bluetooth 4.0
    • Built-in 4G Module:
      • FDD-LTE ( B1/B3/B8), TDD-LTE (B38/B39/B40/B41), WCDMA/HSPA+ (B1/B8), TD-SCDMA (B34/B39), CDMA 1x/EVDO, GSM.
      • Throughput – LTE up to 150/50Mbps; WCDMA: 42/5.76 Mbps; TD-SCDMA: 4.2/2.2 Mbps
      • Max. Transmitter Power – Class 3 for LTE, WCDMA, and CDMA
      • Standard 6-pin SIM card interface
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Misc – IR expansion port; IR receiver; power, IR, and network LEDs; power key
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 120 x 120 x 28 mm
  • Temperature Range – 0~40℃ (operating)

amlogic-tv-box-4g-modemThe box will ship with an IR remote control, a user’s manual, a power adapter, and an HDMI cable. What we don’t know is the price of the device, but interested parties should be able to inquire the company via the manufacturer’s product page.

Via AndroidPC.es

Categories: AMLogic, Android, Hardware Tags: 3G, 4g, 4k, Android, lte, marshmallow, TV box

Hardkernel ODROID-VU8C is 8″ LCD Display and Case Kit for ODROID C1+ and C2 Boards

December 6th, 2016 7 comments

While it’s quite easy to find displays for development boards, they do not always come with a case, so you’d have to make your own. One easier option for the Raspberry Pi boards is the official Raspberry Pi 7″ LCD touch screen Display, plus RS Premium touchscreen case that selling for $132 in total including Raspberry Pi 3 board. But Hardkernel has now launched their own ODROID-VU8C 8″ Touch Display Shell Kit compatible with ODROID-C1+ and ODROID-C2 boards.

odroid-vu8cSpecifications and Kit Contents:

  • 8-inch TFT-LCD with 1024×768 resolution (4:3 ratio)
  • 10 finger capacitive touch input
  • Back-light brightness control with ODROID GPIO PWM
  • Viewing angle : Left 75, Right 75, Up 75, Down 75 degree
  • Screen Dimensions : 189 x 149 x 29 mm
  • Viewable screen size : 162 x121.5 mm (active area)
  • Power Supply – 5V/4A DC to power barrel (powering both the LCD and ODROID ARM Linux board)
  • Power consumption – 700mA/5Volt (Only LCD and display controller)
  • Plastic bottom case
  • DVI to LVDS Converter board
  • HDMI dual gender board
  • 8 x 3.5mm screws; 2port jumper cable
  • Cables – Micro-to-Micro USB Cable (approx. 8cm), Micro-to-TypeA USB Cable (approx. 20cm)

odroid-8-inch-display-assemblyYou’ll have to provide your own ODROID-C1+ or ODROID-C2 board, micro SD card or eMMC module, and assemble the kit. Bear in mind that after assembly, it’s not possible, or rather not convenient, to remove the micro SD card or eMMC module. It works with both Android and Linux operating system, but you’ll have to make sure you use a recent version of the firmware (Linux 3.10.80-128 or higher) and change boot.ini file to 1024×768 (60Hz) resolution (setenv m “1024x768p60hz”) and DVI mode (setenv vout_mode “dvi”). The hardware design is interesting as they’ve used a DVI to RGB converter and a RGB to LVDS converter, instead of just a DVI to LVDS converter, maybe because it’s hard to find?

ODROID-VU8C Block Diagram

ODROID-VU8C Block Diagram

If you still want to access the 40-pin GPIO header in the panel, you can do so easily through the “cutting line ”  on the case.

ODROID-VU8C sells for $90 on Hardkernel website, to which you’d need to add about $32/$40 for ODROID-C1+/C2 board, and shipping. If you’re based in North America, it will be better to purchase the kit from Ameridroid instead, Alternatively the company has other 5″ and 7″ display solutions for their board, but AFAIK there’s no specific case.

Firefly-RK3399 Rockchip RK3399 Development Board Launched on Kickstarter for $139 and Up

December 5th, 2016 18 comments

Firefly-RK3399 is the first, and for now the only one, development board equipped with the latest Rockchip RK3399 hexa-core Cortex A72 & A53 processor. It’s just not available yet, but the board has now been launched on Kickstarter where it is offered for $139 to $199 depending on options.

rk3399-development-board

Firefly-RK3399 board specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3399 hexa-core big.LITTLE processor with dual core ARM Cortex A72 up to 2.0 GHz and quad core Cortex A53 processor with ARM Mali-T860 MP4 GPU with OpenGL 1.1 to 3.1 support, OpenVG1.1, OpenCL and DX 11 support
  • System Memory
    • Standard – 2 GB DDR3
    • Plus devkit – 4 GB DDR3
  • Storage
    • Standard – 16 GB eMMC flash, micro SD card, M.2 socket
    • Plus devkit – 32 GB eMMC flash, micro SD card, M.2 socket
  • Video Output & Display Interfaces
    • 1x HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60 Hz
    • 1x DisplayPort (DP) 1.2 interface up to 4K @ 60Hz (via USB type C connector)
    • 1x eDP 1.3 (4-lanes @ 10.8 Gbps)
    • 1x MIPI DSI interface up to 2560×1600 @ 60 Hz
  • Video Decode – 4K VP9 and 10-bit H.265 video codec support up to 60 fps
  • Audio
    • Via HDMI or DisplayPort
    • 3.5mm headphone jack with stereo audio output and mic input
    • optical S/PDIF
    • 1x LINE Out and 1x speaker via GPIO header; Speaker: 1.5W or 2.5 W per channel for respectively 8Ω or 4Ω speakers
    • Built-in microphone
    • I2S output and input interface up to 8 channels
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) port using RTL8211E transceiver, WiFi 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO and Bluetooth 4.1 (AP6354 module)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 3.0 type C port
  • Camera
    • 2x MIPI CSI interfaces up to 13MP or 2x 8MP
    • 1x DVP camera interface up to 5MP
  • Debugging – 3-pin serial header
  • Expansion
    • 42-pin GPIO female header with access to 1x I2S, 2x ADC, 2x I2C, 1x SPI, 2x GPIO, 1x LINEOUT, 1x SPEAKER
    • 1x mini PCIe for LTE, 1x PCIe 2.1 M.2 slot B-key (2x PCIe, SATA, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HSIC, SSIC, Audio, UIM, I2C)
    • SIM card slot
  • Misc – RTC battery header; power & user LEDs; power, reset and recovery buttons; IR receiver
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A DC (5.5×2.1mm barrel connector)
  • Dimensions – 12.4 x 9.3 mm (8-layer PCB)
  • Weight – Board: 89 grams; board + cooling fan and heatsink: 120 grams

The company will provide Android 6.0.1 and Ubuntu 16.04 firmware images for the board, including a dual boot image. There are also work-in-progress documentation and placeholder links to Android SDK and schematics in the product page which will hopefully soon link to the actual documents and files, as well as a work-in-progress Wiki. It may also be worth monitoring the company’s  Github account.

firefly-rk3399-boardThe company aims to raise $50,000 from the crowdfunding campaign, and you’d have to pledge $139 to get “Firefly-RK3399 Development Kit” with 2GB RAM, and 16GB flash together with a 12V/2A power adapter, a USB Type C adapter, a USB to UART serial board, a USB cable, and a a cooling fan (I assume with an heatsink). After the 50 first pieces, the price goes up to $159, and if you want the “Plus development kit” with 4GB RAM and 32GB flash, you’d need to pledge $199 instead. Shipping adds $5 to $30 depending on the destination country, and delivery is planned for March 2017.

Hisense A2 Android Smartphone Coming Soon with AMOLED and E-Ink displays

December 4th, 2016 5 comments

Yotaphone popularized dual display smartphones with your standard color display on the front panel complemented with an always-on E-Ink display on the rear panel that consumes less power, and even shows the latest screen update (e.g. your plane ticket) when the battery is depleted. The latest model – Yotaphone 2 – was launched in 2014, but for whatever there has not been an update since,  and companies appear to be clearing their stock with for example GearBest selling it for $119.99 shipped. However, even if the company never produces a Yotaphone 3, other have reproduced the design with the latest being Hisense A2 samrtphone whose specs have recently been published on TENAA (China equivalent of the FCC).

hisense-a2Preliminary specifications for Hisense A2 smartphone:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor @ 1.4 GHz with Adreno 505 GPU
  • System Memory – 4GB LPDDR3
  • Storage – 64GB internal storage + micro SD slot
  • Displays
    • Front – 5.5″ AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with Full HD (1920×1080) resolution
    • Rear – 5.17″ E-Ink capacitive touchscreen display with qHD (960×540) resolution
  • Cameras – 16MP rear camera with LED flash; 5MP front-facing camera
  • Cellular Connectivity – GSM, CDMA, TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE, LTE FDD, WCDMA, CDMA 2000; dual SIM dual standby
  • Wireless Connectivity – WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS
  • USB – 1x micro USB 2.0 port
  • Battery – 3,000 mAh
  • Dimensions – 157.25 x 76.8 x 8.4 mm
  • Weight – 190 grams

The phone runs Android 6.0.1 with some custom skins. Since it has passed TENAA certifications should be launched very soon in China.

Via Liliputing, PhoneRadar

You Can Buy AirPods-like Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Earbuds for $16 and Up

November 30th, 2016 7 comments

Most Bluetooth headsets on the market actually come with some sort of wire or holding mechanism, which may not always be convenient, for example I can’t use mine comfortably while lying down on the bed. But that to electronics miniaturization, companies have recently started to offer truly wireless Bluetooth earbuds, including Apple’s yet-to-be available $159 Airpods. This morning I noticed two similar products in new arrivals list, first with $59.99  QCY Q29 mini Earburds on GeekBuying, and then even cheaper, but not quite as good looking (and likely not so good sounding), “FreeStereo Twins Wireless Bluetooth v4.1 In-Ear Headset w/ Mic” on DealExtreme going for just $22.25 including shipping.

qcy-q29-earbudsLet’s start with QCY Q29 earbuds specifications:

  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.1 with HFP, HSP, A2DP, AVRC protocols support; up to 5-10 meter range
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Charging port – pogo on earbuds, micro USB to storage/charging box
  • Battery – 45mAh for up to 12 hours per charge; Charging time: one hour
  • Dimensions – Earbud: 17 x 25 x 29mm
  • Weight – 5.3 grams per earbud

QCY Q29 earphones ship with three pairs of silicon earcups, a charging cable, a charging box, and an English manual. You’ll be able to answer/reject call, lsiten to music, and all the things you’d normally do with a Bluetooth headset. The earbuds are also available on other shops such Banggood (now with 18% discount coupon), and Amazon US where you can also buy individual earbud for $13.5 in case you lose one. Reviews are generally positive on Amazon, but one person did mention that “Was ok but don’t stay in the ear well“, so I’m not sure it’s suitable for running for example…

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The cheaper noname version shown above with all accessories has a shorter battery life:

  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.1 with support for SP / HFP / A2DP / AVRCP; up to 10 meter range
  • Embedded Microphone
  • Charging port – pogo on earbuds, micro USB to charging dock
  • Battery – LiPo battery for up to 3 hours talk time, 5 hours music , 55 hours in standby mode; Charging time: 3 hours
  • Misc – Not waterproof
  • Dimensions – Earbud: 2.7 cm x 1.8 cm x 2.7 cm
  • Weight – 9 grams per earbud

The earbuds also ship with three pairs of silicon earcups, a charging cable, a charging dock, and an user’s manual in English and Chinese.

You’ll also find various “true wireless stereo earbuds” on Aliexpress for various prices, and one pair that could be interesting is X1T earbuds selling for $15.99 and up.

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LeMaker HiKey 96Boards Board Sells for $29.70 (Promo)

November 29th, 2016 17 comments

[Update: The promo is over back!]

You’d think Cyber Monday should be over by now, but ITEAD Studio still has a clearance with real 70% discount, as 96Boards hardware compliant LeMaker Hikey board is now sold for just $29.70 instead of the usual $99 price.

96boards-discountA quick reminder of the specifications:

  • SoC – HiSilicon Kirin 620 octa core Cortex A53 processor @ 1.2 GHz with ARM Mali-450MP4 GPU
  • System Memory – 2 GB LPDDR3 @ 800 MHz
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC + micro SD slot
  • Video Output / Display – HDMI up to 1080p, MIPI-DSI interface
  • Connectivity – 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE (WL1835MOD module)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG
  • Camera – MIPI CSI interface
  • Debugging – UART header), unpopulated 10-pin JTAG header (back)
  • Expansion headers
    • 40-pin LS (Low Speed) Expansion connector – UART, I2C, 12x GPIOs, SPI, PCM, PWM, SYS_DCIN, 1.8V, 5V, and GND,
    • 60-pin HS (High Speed) Expansion connector – SDIO, MIPI_DSI, MIPI_CSI, I2C, USB 2
  • Misc – Power button, jumper for power/boot/user, LEDs for Wi-Fi/Bt, and 4x User LED
  • Power Supply – 8-18V @ 3A as per 96Boards specs via 4.5/1.7mm power jack. Hi6553V100 PMU
  • Dimensions – 85 x 55 mm

You’ll be able to run Android and Debian images provided by Linaro. The board is also one the rare development board to be officially supported by AOSP.

You may also be interested in LeMaker Guitar quad core ARM Cortex A9 board sold for $13.50 with 1GB RAM.

Thanks to Nanik for the tip.

Theobroma Announces Rockchip RK3368 and RK3399 Qseven System-on-Modules

November 29th, 2016 2 comments

Theobroma Systems, an embedded system company based in Austria, has designed several Allwinner systems-on-module compliant with μQseven & Qseven standards in the past. The company has now started to work with Rockchip and reached “an advanced design stage” for the development of μQseven and QSeven systems-on-module powered by RK3368 and RK3399 processors.

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RK3368-uQ7 module specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3368 octa-Core ARM Cortex-A53 processor up to 1.2GHz with Imagination Technologies PowerVR G6110 GPU
  • System Memory – up to 4GB DDR3-1600 SDRAM on-module (512MB, 1GB, 2GB (default) and 4GB configuration available)
  • Storage – Up to 128GB eMMC flash on-module (8GB default), 16 Mbit to 128 Mbit SPI NOR flash on-module
  • Video Capabilities –  H.264 decoding up to 2160p30, H.265 decoding up to 2160p60, video encoding up to 1080p30
  • Connectivity – GbE PHY on-module
  • CAN – On-module communication offload controller for CAN
  • 230-pin MXM edge connector with:
    • 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
    • USB – 1x USB 2.0 dual-role port, 3x USB 2.0 host port
    • Display – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K (60fps), LVDS (single-channel), MIPI-DSI, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) up to 4 lanes (2.7Gb/s each)
    • Camera – MIPI-CSI, each with 4 lanes (up to 1Gb/s per lane)
    • Additional Interfaces – UART, 8x GPIO, I2S, I2C, SMBus, SPI, FAN, CAN
  • Security Module – Global Platform 2.2.1 compliant JavaCard environment, on-module EAL4-certified smartcard controller
  • Power Supply – 5V supply
  • Power Consumption – < 9W
  • Dimensions – 70 x 40mm (μQseven 2.1 form factor)
  • Temperature Range – Commercial: 0°C to 60°C; Industrial: -20°C to 85°C
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Theobroma “Hainan” carrier board for Q7 and μQ7 modules – Click to Enlarge

RK3399-Q7 module specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3399 hexa-Core processor with 2x Cortex-A72 up to 2.0 GHz (48KB+32KB L1 cache and 1024KB L2 cache), 4x Cortex-A53 (32KB+32KB L1 cache and 512KB L2 cache), and an ARM Mali-T864MP4 GPU
  • System Memory – up to 4GB DDR3-1600 SDRAM on-module (512MB, 1GB, 2GB (default) and 4GB configuration available)
  • Storage – Up to 128GB eMMC flash on-module (8GB default), 16 Mbit to 128 Mbit SPI NOR flash on-module
  • Video Capabilities –  Decoding up to 2160p60, encoding up to 1080p30
  • Connectivity – GbE PHY on-module
  • CAN – On-module communication offload controller for CAN
  • 230-pin MXM edge connector with:
    • 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
    • USB – 1x USB 3.0 superspeed dual-role port, 2x USB 3.0 superspeed host ports, 1x USB 2.0 host port
    • Display – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K (60 Hz), 2x MIPI-DSI up to 250×1600 @ 60 Hz, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) up to 4 lanes (2.7Gb/s each)
    • Camera – 2x MIPI CSI, each with 4 lanes (up to 1.5 Gb/s per lane)
    • 4-lane PCIe 2.1
    • Additional Interfaces – UART, 8x GPIO, I2S, I2C, SMBus, SPI, FAN, CAN
  • Security Module – Global Platform 2.2.1 compliant JavaCard environment, on-module EAL4-certified smartcard controller (optional)
  • Power Supply – 5V supply
  • Power Consumption – < 15W
  • Dimensions – 70 x 70 mm (Qseven form factor)
  • Temperature Range – Commercial: 0°C to 60°C; Industrial: -20°C to 85°C

Both modules support Linux and Android 6.0 operating systems, and the company can provide Hainan development kit with a carrier board to get started with development.

RK3399-Q7 SOM will ship to early-access customers in Q1 2017, I could not find availability information for RK3368 module. You’ll find some more details in the announcement, and RK3399-Q7 product page.