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A Selection of FOSDEM 2013 Events

February 1st, 2013 No comments

FOSDEM is a 2-day (or 3 if you include Friday beer event) event where over 5,000 members of open source communities meet, share ideas and collaborate. It’s free to attend, and there’s no registration, so you just show up to attend. FOSDEM 2013 takes place on Feb 2-3 (yep, this week-end) in Brussels

There are 7 main tracks where sessions are organized:

  • fosdem logoOperating systems
  • Open source challenges
  • Security Janson
  • Beyond operating systems
  • Web development
  • Miscellaneous
  • Robotics

There are also keynotes and devroom for a total of 488 sessions. Developers rooms that may particularly be of interest to readers of this blog are:

All in all that’s a lot of sessions, and even though I won’t attend, I’m going to select a few from the main tracks:

This talk introduces the Fedora ARM Project and in particular the work we are doing to bring Fedora to emerging 64-bit ARM server systems.

Where are we today, one year after the unveiling of the Lima driver. This talk will cover the Lima driver (ARM Mali 200/400), but also other open source GPU driver projects such as the freedreno driver (Qualcomm Adreno), open source driver for Nvidia Tegra, etnaviv project (Vivante GC) and cover the status for Broadcoms Videocore and Imaginations PowerVR GPUs.

Based on the speaker’s experience of getting the support for the new Armada 370 and Armada XP ARM processors from Marvell into the mainline Linux kernel, this talk will detail the most important steps involved in this effort, and through this, give an overview of those changes and summarize the new rules for ARM Linux support.

  • Sunday 11:00 – 11:50 – Firefox OS by Jonas Sicking

Firefox OS is the next product being developed by Mozilla. It’s an open source OS based on the web and following the principals which have made the web a success. A phone running recent builds of Firefox OS (it’s not a finished product yet) will be demoed, and  the technologies and ideas behind Firefox OS will be discussed.

The systemd project is now two years old (almost three). It found adoption as the core of many big community and commercial Linux distributions. It’s time to look back what we achieved, what we didn’t achieve, how we dealt with the various controversies, and what’s to come next.

How Aldebaran Robotics is using open source on their NAO robot.

This talk will provide an overview of the Robot Operating System (ROS), an open software integration framework for robots.

This talk describes how the automotive industry has moved to embedded Linux and Open Source to develop the next generation of In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) and how it has met the challenges along the way.

What, why, when, where and how SecureBoot changes the way we build F/LOSS

 

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Audi Piloted Parking – How to Park Your Car Automatically with Your Smartphone

January 11th, 2013 2 comments

Audi is currently showcasing an autopilot car at CES 2013, and more specifically “Audi Piloted Parking” which allows you to get out of the car before your enter the parking, run an app on your smartphone, and tap somewhere to let the car park itself, as you go shopping or attend a meeting. Once you’re done with your business, walk by the street, run the same app, and call your car back, sit on the driver seat and drive home.

The car is said to use 12 ultrasound sensors to navigate and avoid obstacles, and it can park itself using those sensors, as well as sensors in the garage & road, and information provided by the parking computer(s) to let it know where a parking space is available. The car is able to make turns on its own and knows how to maneuver around the garage with external laser sensors. All of this is still experimental, as PCWorld reports that people could not walk by the vehicle as it parked, because they may interfere the garage sensors.

It’s not only for parking, as Audi also achieved to drive an experimental car up to Pikes Peak on autopilot on 2010, completing the 156-turn, 12.42-mile Pikes Peak circuit in just 27 minutes.

Audi recently obtained a license from Nevada to operate self-driving autonomous cars, and you may see auto-piloted cars on the roads, or at least in parkings, within the next decade.

Thanks to Connolly.

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QNX CAR 2.0 Demo and Texas Instruments OMAP5 Jacinto 6 Processor

January 10th, 2013 No comments

There’s a Bentley GT concept car at CES 2012 to demonstrate QNX CAR 2.0 platform that provides dual screen support with the dashboard and an infotainment display for the automotive industry. Under the hood, the platform features TI DLP technology, and TI OMAP5 and Jacinto processors running QNX Neutrino RTOS.

Bentley GT Concept Car Featuring QNX CAR 2.0 dashboard and user display

Bentley GT Concept Car Featuring QNX CAR 2.0 dashboard and user display

Texas Instruments and QNX uploaded a video demo of the concept on YouTube. They explain that they switched their platform from HTML5 to native OpenGL for optimal performance using Storyboard Suite from Crank software, and they can now show 3D maps smoothly on the platform. The 1080p user display is curved to be more user friendly (better touch angles). You must have certainly heard about touchscreens before, but maybe never heard about “pretouch”. Pretouch is a feature of the system that detect when you hand comes close to a control virtual and pops up a virtual menu. The dashboard shows virtual instrument clusters, that shows the tachometers, and other car system information, as well as directions if you are using GPS navigation.

The system comes with standard features such as media player, climate control, etc.. as well as a full duplex video conferencing system with 7kHz audio. In the last part of the demo, they showed that you can get information and control your car with your smartphone, and open/close windows, open the doors, and even horn, although they did not dare to demonstrate the latter at CES 2013.

OMAP5 Jacinto 6 processor (DRA74x) is the latest automotive SoC by Texas Instruments. Jacinto 6 is based on the OMAP5 platform, and features 2 ARM Cortex-A15 cores, multiple Imagination Technologies POWERVR SGX544-MPx graphics cores, and adds TI C66x DSP for software defined radio and advanced audio processing. High-definition surround view cameras, multiple concurrent HD displays, USB 3.0, PCIe2, and SATA are all supported by this SoC, and it also adds automotive peripherals such as CAN, MOST Media Local Bus (MLB), Ethernet AVB, PCI Express and dual external memory interfaces.
TI Jacinto 6 Block Diagram
QNX, Linux, and Android are supported on the platform. The DRA74x “Jacinto 6″ processor will sample in mid-2013 and is expected to be available for production by the H2 2014. You’ll need to be an “high-volume automotive manufacturer” to buy it though.

You can get more information by reading QNX CAR 2.0 product brief and TI Jacinto 6 technical brief.

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VIA Announces VIA VAB-800 Pico-ITX Board Based on Freescale i.MX537 Processor

July 24th, 2012 8 comments

VIA Technologies has announced the VIA VAB-800 Pico-ITX board powered by a Freescale i.MX537 (ARM Cortex A8) processor clocked at 800MHz or 1GHz depending on the requirements, with 1GB DDR3-800 SDRAM and support for eMMC Flash with a capacity of up to 64 GB. The VIA VAB-800 is an industrial board that can operate in a wide temperature range and targets high-end industrial and in-vehicle embedded applications.

VIA VAB-800 (Click to Enlarge)

Here are the specs of the board:

  • Processor – Freescale Cortex-A8 single core iMX537 @800MHz
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3-800 SDRAM, using 128M x16 memory devices
  • Flash – eMMC Flash, up to 64GB
  • Graphics  – Supports two independent, integrated graphics processing units: an OpenGL® ES 2.0,  3D graphics accelerator and an OpenVG™ 1.1 2D graphics accelerator
  • Ethernet – SMSC LAN8720A 10/100 PHY transceiver with HP Auto-MDIX support
  • Audio – Freescale SGTL5000 low power stereo codec with headphone amp
  • HDMI – Silicon image SiI9024A HDMI transmitter
  • CAN – TI SN65HVD1050 EMC optimized CAN transceiver
  • USB – Hub SMSC USB 2.0 high speed 4-port hub controller
  • Onboard I/O
    • SATA I connector with voltage select jumper
    • SATA DOM power supply connector
    • 2 x COM connectors with power supply (one supports 8-wire, another supports 4-wire)
    • 2 x Single-channel, 18/24-bit LVDS connectors
    • CMOS sensor connector for BT.656 camera module
    • RTC battery connector
    • Front audio pin header for line-in, line-out and MIC-in
    • JTAG connector
    • 2 x Boot flash select pin headers
    • Miscellaneous pin header for 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB device port, 2 CAN bus ports, system power-on and reset
    • Miscellaneous pin header for 1 SDIO port, 4-wire resistive touch screen interface, 1 I2C pair and 8 GPIOs
    • 5V DC-in power connector
  • Back Panel I/O
    • VGA port
    • 2 x USB 2.0 ports
    • Mini HDMI port
    • RJ-45 LAN port
  • Watch Dog Timer
  • Power – 2W typical, 5W max.
  • Operating Temperature – 0 ~ 60°C (-20°C ~ 70°C for option)
  • Operating Humidity – 0% ~ 95% (relative humidity ; non-condensing)
  • Dimension:  10 cm x 7.2 cm (Pico-ITX)

The company provides Android 2.3, Ubuntu 10.04 and Windows Embedded Compact 7 (through third party) BSPs for the board.

VIA VAB-800 Pico-ITX board samples are available now. You can find more information on VIA VAB-800 page.

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VIA Technologies Announces VIA AMOS-3002 System For Embedded Applications

May 17th, 2012 No comments

VIA Technologies has just unveiled the VIA AMOS-3002, a fanless system based on VIA EPIA-P900 Pico-ITX board, targeting embedded applications such as telematics, in-vehicle control, machine to machine controller (M2M), digital signage and kiosks.

Embedded Systems based on VIA Eden X2 dual core processor and the VIA VX900H media system processor

VIA AMOS-3002 System (Click to Enlarge)

The VIA EPIA-P900 Pico-ITX board is powered by VIA Eden X2 dual core processor (1GHz) together with VIA VX900H media system processor (MSP) and VIA Chrome 9 video processor which render VIA AMOS-3002 systems capable of handling hardware video decoding for MPEG-2, WMV9 and H.264 codecs at 1080p resolution.

Two models are available: AMOS-3002-2D10A1 and AMOS-3002-2D10A1. The latter features a 2.5” SATA hard disk drive bay which is not available in AMOS-3002-2D101A1.

Here are the specifications for both VIA AMOS-3002 Models:

  • CPU – VIA Eden X2 @ 1.0GHz
  • Chipset – VIA VX900H Media System Processor
  • Memory – 1x DDR3 1066 204-pin SODIMM socket (Up to 4GB)
  • Storage:
    • 1x CFast Flash disk socket
    • 1 x 2.5” SATA hard disk drive bay (Model AMOS-3002-2D10A1 only)
  • Graphic Controller – Integrated VIA Chrome 9 HD DX9 3D/2D video processor with MPEG-2, DivX, WMV9/VC1, H.264 video decoding acceleration
  • Video Output:
    • 1x External VGA port (Up to 2560 x 1600)
    • 1x Onboard HDMI 1 port connector
    • Dual View support with independent display of VGA and HDMI
  • Ethernet – 2x Gigabit Ethernet
  • Audio I/O – 1x Line-out and 1x Mic-in
  • USB – 6x USB 2.0 ports
  • Serial Ports:
    • 1 x RS-232
    • 1x RS-232/422/485
  • GPIO – 1 x D-Sub 9-pin connector of 8-bit GPIO (4 inputs+ 4 outputs) + 5V power source
  • Expansion:
    • 1x MiniPCIe slot
    • 1x SIM slot
  • Watchdog timer
  • Power Supply – [email protected] A
  • Dimensions – 197mm (W) x 49mm (H) x 104mm (D)
  • Weight – 1.4 kg
  • Operating Temperature:
    • -10 °C up to 60°C
    • 0 °C ~ 45°C when system equipped with 2.5” hard disk drive
  • Certifications – IEC 60068-2-64, IEC 60068-2-27, CE, FCC Class A and CCC
VIA Eden X2 + VX900H Block Diagram

VIA EPIA-P900 Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

VIA AMOS-3002 systems support Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Embedded Standard, Windows Embedded
Compatibility Standard 7 and Linux operating systems.

You can find more information on VIA AMOS-3002 (Pico-ITX) page as well as EPIA-P900 page.

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A Novel Approach to In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) – Android Builder Summit 2012

March 15th, 2012 No comments

Thomas B. Rücker,  Program Manager at Tieto, discusses In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) with Android at the Android Builder Summit in February 2012.

Abstract:

In the future vehicles are going to be always online. The constantly increasing number of electronic devices raises consumer expectations. Both driver and passengers want to be online. This requires new and flexible IVI and HMI solutions. Users expect intuitive and simple to operate interfaces, but at the same time they expect the systems to handle a lot of their data and apps. We are witnessing a paradigm shift in Infotainment solutions. Open software platforms will allow users to add new functionality and services, also by third parties, over the whole life-span of a product. This requires solutions that reconcile the multi-media world of consumers with traffic security requirements, in a cost effective and secure hardware platform. The presentation will highlight challenges and opportunities by bringing Android to the IVI environment and introduce the audience to security requirements so far not addressed by smart-phones or tablets. A technology demonstrator will be shown.

You can also download the presentation slides on linuxfoundation.org website.

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Huawei M2M Solutions: Android Rear-View Mirror, Smart Grid and more

March 10th, 2012 No comments

Huawei is exhibiting their Machine to Machine (M2M) solutions at Cebit 2012 until March 10, 2012.

They are showcasing Smart Meter solutions with home energy gateways, smart gas meters, smart electric meters, in-home displays.. all communicating via Zigbee. Their solution is currently being implement in the UK market. They are also exhibiting diverse modules (mainly based on Freescale i.MX5 processor) featuring Huawei 3G technology that could be used in tablets among other things.

Rear-view mirror with an operating system

Rear-view Mirror Running Android 2.3

But the thing is really found interesting was their M2M solutions for the auto industry especially the Android car rear-view mirror where you can have the left half of the rear-view mirror displaying a menu so that you can access apps such as GPS maps, control your music or your phone and see information about your car.

Here are some details above this rear-view mirror:

  • Samsung SP5V210 Cortex A8 Processor
  • 4.3″ TFT capacitive touchscreen – Resolution: 800×480
  • Operating System: Android 2.3 or WinCE 5.0
  • Camera: 2.0 MPixel
  • GPS support with antenna built-in the rear-view mirror.
  • G-sensor (why?) / Bluetooth / 3G: WCDMA or CDMA2000 or TD-SCDMA
  • Voice recognition

You can watch the video showing Huawei M2M solutions below starting with automotive solutions, different system on modules and finally their smart meter solutions.

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