Posts Tagged ‘bay trail’ Script Updates Ubuntu ISO Files with Mainline Linux Kernel

March 29th, 2017 12 comments

Devices based on Intel Bay Trail and Cherry Trail processors have been popular due to their integration into low cost system (for an Intel platform), but Intel did not prioritize Linux development for those processors, so while Linux could run, you’d have various problems with HDMI audio, system freezes, and wireless drivers, unless you used a custom kernel. The goods news is that Linux 4.11 will feature fixes for HDMI audio and system freeze, and so you won’t need a custom kernel anymore. Ian Morrison (Linuxium), who has been working on improving Linux for those devices since they were first released, has now released script to automatically update any Ubuntu ISO image to the latest mainline Linux RC kernel built by Canonical, but not integrated by default in the ISO.

Once you’ve downloaded and your ISO of choice, e.g. ubuntu-16.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso, you can update the ISO with mainline Linux using the following command:

The script will update the ISO with the latest Linux-4.11-RC4 kernel, but as new Ubuntu mainline Linux kernel versions become available, you’ll be able to update two lines in the script to match the latest version:

If you run this image on Bay Trail or Cherry Trail mini PC, you should get HDMI audio and no problem with the “frequent freezes” bug, but if you also need WiFi and Bluetooth support, you may have to run a few more scripts for Broadcom or Realtek wireless modules, and analog audio (headphone jack) support.

Intel Atom Z3735F (Bay Trail) vs Intel Celeron N4200 (Apollo Lake) Benchmarks Comparison

February 14th, 2017 3 comments

Intel introduced new processors every year, but in most cases the performance improvement from new processor with a similar power profile is only incrementally better, as we’ve seen in our Atom X7-Z8700 vs Pentium N4200 benchmarks comparison, which means it’s not really worthwhile to upgrade performance-wise, unless you really a specific feature or interface found in the new processor. But what if we compare to processor from 2 to 3 years ago? Intel Atom Z3735F was a popular choice two years ago, and if you’re looking for a cheap Intel mini PC or TV box, that’s still the cheapest option with prices under $80. So I’ve decided to compare Intel Atom Z3735F (Bay Trail) processor with 2W TDP to the latest Pentium Celeron N4200 (Apollo Lake) with 6W TDP.

To do so, I gathered benchmarks results from MeLE PCG03 mini PC (PCMark 8) and PCG01 TV stick (Passmark + 3Dmark) for the Atom processor, as well as Voyo VMac Mini for the Apollo Lake processor. Please note that I only have PCMark 8 Home Baseline for PCG03, and not the Accelerated benchmark with OpenCL, but based on my results with K3 Wintel Keyboard PC, and reviews from Anandtech and IXBT, there’s no difference between PCMark Home Baseline and Accelerated for Atom Z3735F processor as it seems OpenCL is not supported in Atom Z3735F SoC (at least by PCMark), so I used PCMark 8 Home Baseline results for MeLE PCG03, and PCMark8 Home Accelerated for Voyo Vmac Mini. Unsurprisingly, the Pentium processors is faster in all tasks, and I highlighted the tests where it is at least twice as fast in green.

Benchmark MeLE PCG03 / PCG01
Intel Atom Z3735F @ 1.33 / 1.83 GHz (2W TDP)
Voyo V1 Vmac Mini
Intel Pentium N4200 @ 1.1 / 2.5 GHz (6W TDP)
PCMark 8
Overall Score 1,105 1,846 1.67
Web Browsing – JunglePin 0.58064s 0.52267s 1.11
Web Browsing – Amazonia 0.19591s 0.18459s 1.06
Writing 11s 6.89837s 1.59
Casual Gaming 6.7 fps 10.38 fps 1.55
Video Chat playback 30 fps 30.02 fps 1.00
Video Chat encoding 318 ms 196.66667ms 1.62
Photo Editing 2.7s 0.45915s 5.88
Passmark 8
Passmark Rating 466 1,052.1 2.26
Ice Storm 1.2 14,069 2,3511 1.67
Cloud Gate 1.1 1,156 2,347 2.03
Sky Diver 1.0 439 1,384 3.15
Fire Strike 0 (Driver failure) 267 N/A

The main surprise here is how little difference there is for PCMark 8 web browsing benchmarks. Video chat is the same because the video was already rendered at 30 fps previously, and Photo editing is much faster, simply because of OpenCL support, and not because the processor is about 6 times  faster. Passmark 8 and 3DMark benchmark show a clear boost of 2 to 3 times between an Atom Z3735F mini PC/Stick and a Pentium N4200 processor for the overall system and 3D gaming. If you own an Atom Z3735F mini PC, you’ll clearly feel a performance difference if you upgrade to an Apollo Lake processor. Beside the system performance, you’ll also benefit from faster interfaces like USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and potentially SATA, as well as better multimedia capabilities with for example H.265 video decoding. You’ll have to pay 2 or 3 times more for an Apollo Lake mini PC, but contrary to most Bay trail mini PCs, it will be usable as an entry-level computer.

BioDigitalPC Credit Card Sized Pluggable Computer Fits into Desktop Docks, AIO Monitors, Datacenters-in-a-Suitcase, and More

January 12th, 2017 No comments

We’ve seen in the past at last two projects development CPU cards aimed for easy upgrade a replacement, starting with EOMA-68 standard currently with products based on ARM processors and mostly targeting the consumer market, followed more recently by Intel Compute Card that focuses on the smart devices and enterprise markets. But I’ve recently found out a third company has been doing pluggable CPU cards for a little while: Arnouse Digital Device Corporation (ADDC) with their BioDigitalPC cards designed for the military and small businesses, and pluggable into desktop docks, phones, all-in-one monitors, and even portable datacenters that fit into a suitcase. The company also has “reader boards” that you can integrate into your own products / enclosures. Everything is shown in the diagram below.

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The latest generation (Gen 9) of BioDigitalPC cards are based on Intel Atom Bay Trail-I single, dual or quad core processors with 2 to 8 GB DDR3, 32 to 128 GB SSD, four USB 2.0 interface, one USB 3.0 interface, two PCIe interface, and DisplayPort++ video output through a custom connector.

BioDigitalPC-Gen9The cards have roughly the dimensions of a business card (84×54 mm) and 6.5mm thickness. The cards can run any x86 operating system including Windows, Windows Server, LINUX, CentOS, RHEL, Ubuntu and others, and are hot pluggable. They also have a waterproof, dustproof, fire-resistant and rugged epoxy coating, can be purchased in commercial and industrial operating temperatures, and can withstand about 3,000G.

Mobyl Data Center 22 Supports Up to 22 BioDigitalPC Cards

Mobyl Data Center 22 Supports Up to 22 BioDigitalPC Cards

Pricing makes it 100% clear the solutions are not designed for the consumer market, as BioDigitalPC Gen 9 cards sell for $580 and up starting with the single core version, and the Mobyl Data Center 22 shown above goes for $88,000 with four military grade batteries, a 9.7″ display, 22 GbE cards, and a rugged Pelican Storm case, but without any BioDigitalPC cards. You’ll find the full details and price list on ADDC website.

ADLE3800SEC is a Compact Intel Bay Trail-I Board with Dual Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI or DisplayPort, and More

December 27th, 2016 No comments

ADL Embedded Solutions, a US company specializing in… embedded solutions, has unveiled ADLE3800SEC embedded single board computer (SBC) optimized for size, weight and power (SWAP), based on an Intel Atom E3800 Bay Trail-I processor with HDMI, SATA dual Gigabit Ethernet, etc… The board is the first one part of the company’s Edge-Connect architecture defined a 75x75mm form factor with an edge connector exposing additional I/Os for breakout boards.

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ADLE3800SEC board specifications:

  • SoC
    • Intel Atom E3827 dual core Bay Trail-I processor @ up to 1.75GHz with 1MB cache, Intel Gen7 graphics (8W TDP) OR
    • Intel Atom E3845 quad core Bay Trail-I processor@ up to 1.91GHz with 2MB cache, Intel Gen 7 Graphics (10W TDP)
  • System Memory – Up to 4GB DDR3-1333MHz (soldered on-board)
  • Storage – 1x M.2 socket(Key B, 2242); 1x SATA 2.0 (6GB/s) via edge connector
  • Video Output
    • 1x HDMI up to 1920 x 1200 or 1x DisplayPort up to 2560×1600
    • 1x DisplayPort via edge connector
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports (RJ45)
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 2.0 port, 2x USB 2.0 interfaces via edge connector
  • Other Expansion via edge connector – 2x PCIe, SM-Bus
  • Misc – Optional low profile heat spreader; optional conformal coating of CPU board & underfill of BGA components
  • Power Supply – 20 to 30V DC
  • Dimensions – 75 x 75 mm
  • Temperature Range — Optional for extended temperature screen -40 to 85°C

The board can run Linux or Windows 7/8/10. Typical applications would include UAV and UUV unmanned systems, industrial control systems, government and defense, video surveillance, small scale robotics, remote data-logging, man-wearable computing, etc…

The company did not disclose pricing info,  but you should be able to find more info and if needed, inquire ADL Embedded Solutions via ADLE3800SEC SBC product page.

Via HackerBoards

Giveaway Week – Star Cloud PCG02U Ubuntu TV Stick

November 3rd, 2016 268 comments

The fourth device for this giveaway week will be MeLE Star Cloud PCG02U TV stick powered by Intel Atom Z3735F quad core processor, but instead of running Windows 10, the device is sold with Ubuntu 14.04, which I upgraded to Ubuntu 16.04.

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I found out that the device was running pretty well (minus Bluetooth support) in my PCG02U review, and for the price at the time ($70) it was really a good deal. The device has even become the best selling devices on MeLE Aliexpress store, outselling all other Windows devices. However, MeLE ethics are questionable since they used Ian Morrison (Linuxium)’s image in their devices without giving any credits.

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The package will come with all accessories above, minus the “Caution Hot” sticker which must have gone to sticker heaven….

Simply leave a comment below to enter the draw. Other rules are as follows:

  • Only one entry per contest. I will filter out entries with the same IP and/or email address.
  • Contests are open for 48 hours starting at 10am (Bangkok time) every day. Comments will be closed after 48 hours.
  • Winners will be selected with, and announced in the comments section of each giveaway.
  • I’ll contact the winner by email, and I’ll expect an answer within 24 hours, or I’ll pick another winner.
  • Shipping
    • $12 for registered airmail small packet for oversea shipping payable via Paypal within 48 hours once the contest (for a given product) is complete.
    • If Paypal is not available in your country, you can still play, and I’ll cover the cost of sending the parcel by Sea and Land (SAL) if you win.
  • I’ll post all 7 prizes at the same time, around the 10th of November
  • I’ll make sure we have 7 different winners, so if you have already won a device during this giveaway week, I’ll draw another person.

Good luck!

Voyo V2 Bay Trail mini PC with Battery Sells for $70 (Promo)

October 31st, 2016 12 comments

Voyo V2 is an ultra thin mini PC powered by Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail processor with the usual 2GB RAM and 32GB storage configuration, and depending on model an extra 64GB SSD, as well as a battery acting as a UPS. GearBest now has promotion with the mini PC without SSD, but with the 5,000 mAh battery, for $69.99 including shipping with CPVY2 coupon.

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Voyo V2 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom Z3735F “Bay Trail” quad core processor @ 1.33 GHz (Bust freq: 1.83 GHz) with Intel HD graphics
  • System Memory – 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage – 32 GB eMMC flash +  SATA II connector for 1.8″ SATA drives (via USB to SATA bridge)
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4b port
  • Audio Output – HDMI, and 3.5mm audio jack
  • Connectivity – Fast Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 (Ampak AP6212 module)
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host, 1x micro USB
  • Misc – Power Button, power LED
  • Battery – 5,000 mAh battery
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A via power barrel
  • Dimensions – 13.1 x 8.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Weight – 300 grams

The system comes pre-loaded with Windows 10 Home.

I did review of Voyo V2 shortly last year, and found that the system did not have the fastest storage or WiFi performance, it still worked OK for most tasks. However, in my system at least, the computer would shutdown when the battery level dropped below 90%. I have not heard with issue from other people, but many had the battery not working at all, because a wire was not properly soldered, so they opened their Voyo V2 mini PC, and soldered it manually. It’s quite likely this manufacturing problem was solved in future production runs.

Ubuntu 16.10 Images Released for Intel Bay Trail and Cherry Trail Processors

October 14th, 2016 18 comments

Canonical formally released Ubuntu 16.10 “Yakkety Yak” yesterday with  a developer preview of Unity 8 including desktop, tablet and phone UX convergence, Hybrid cloud operations with Juju 2.0, Snapd 2.16 with more than 500 snaps, etc..  Ian Morrison (Linuxium) wasted no time, and put together a Ubuntu 16.10 image working on platforms powered by Intel Bay Trail and Cherry Trail processor with modifications to have audio, WiFi and Bluetooth working.


If you want to try Ubuntu 16.04 on your device you can download ubuntu-16.10-desktop-linuxium.iso and prepare a bootable USB flash the usual way with rufus, or other utilities. If you’d like to try an alternative  Ubuntu flavor such as Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, or Ubuntu MATE, Linuxium got you served too, and you’ll find the images on his blog.

Unity 7 is still running by default in Ubuntu 16.04, but if you are curious about Unity 8 convergence desktop/tablet/phone user interface, Canonical uploaded a video showing what you can expect.

You’ll also find more info about Unity 8’s window management, scopes, multimedia scopes, snappy apps and more on Ubuntu Insights.

Axiomtek Introduces IP67 Rated Waterproof Embedded Computer for Outdoor Applications

October 4th, 2016 No comments

Axiomtek has just launched eBOX800-841-FL rugged IP67-rated fanless embedded system for “outdoor critical applications” such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) gateways. The waterproof mini PC is  powered by a quad core Intel Atom E3845 Bay Trail-I processor, and supports temperatures between -30°C to 60°C.

ip67-embedded-computerAxiomtek eBOX800-841-FL embedded computer specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom E3845 quad core processor @ up to 1.91 GHz with Intel HD graphics (10W TDP)
  • System Memory – 204-pin SO-DIMM DDR3L-1066/1333 slot up to 8 GB RAM
  • Storage – 1 x mSATA,  1x 2.5″ SATA HDD, 1x CFAST slot
  • Video Output – VGA (M12 screw type)
  • Connectivity
    • 2x 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet (M12 type)
    • WiFI & LTE via mini PCIe slots
    • 1x SIM socket
    • 4x N-jack waterproof antenna connectors
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports (M12 type)
  • Serial ports – 2 x RS-232/422/485 ports (M12 type)
  • Expansion
    • 1x full-size PCI Express Mini Card slot (USB + PCI Express signal)
    • 1x half-size PCI Express Mini Card slot (USB + PCI Express signal)
  • Misc – Watchdog Timer, 1x green LED for system power-on
  • Power Supply – 9 to 36V DC power input
  • Dimensions – 210 x 366.8 x 83 mm
  • Weight – 4.15 kg
  • IP Rating – IP67
  • Temperature Range – -30°C ~ +60°C (with the right RAM/storage devices)
  • Relative Humidity – 10% ~ 95% non-condensing
  • Vibration – 3 Grams with SSD @ 5 ~ 500Hz
  • Certifications – CE, FCC

This all weather rugged mini PC supports Wall and VESA mounts, and by default ships with a waterproof power cable (1 m), a waterproof VGA cable (1.8 m), a waterproof USB 2.0 cable (1.8 m), a quick manual, and a driver CD.

waterproof-mini-pcOne of the ways the company made the computer waterproof was not to use “standard” ports like USB (type A), Ethernet (RJ45), etc.. , but instead M12 and N-jack connectors, with which the cables can be firmly tightened and waterproof joints used.

The company mentions Windows 7 and Windows 10 IoT are supported on the computer, but since it’s based on the same Atom E3845 SoC used in MinnowBoard Turbot SBC, other operating systems such as Debian, Ubuntu, or Android 4.4 should also run on the device, possibly with some extra work needed on the drivers side.

Axiomtek eBOX800-841-FL will be available in November 2016 at an undisclosed price, and a few more details can be found in the product page.