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VIA Mobile360 ADAS System Includes a 4G Connected Rugged Computer, a 7″ Display and 4 to 6 Cameras

July 31st, 2017 2 comments

VIA Mobile360 ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) System is a road safety-enhancing solution that supports Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Pedestrian Detection, Vehicle Detection and Classification for special vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles, Speed Limit Detection, and Rear-end Collision Avoidance. The system is comprised of “Mobile360 System” rugged computer, 4 to 6 cameras, and an optional 7″ display.

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Mobile360 System computer specifications:

  • SoC – Unnamed Octa-core big.LITTLE processor with four ARM Cortex-A17 cores @ 1.8GHz, and four Cortex A7 cores @ 1.4GHz (Likely Zhaxin ZX-5880 SoC also including Elite 2000 GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenVG 1.1 and OpenCL EP 1.1)
  • System Memory – 2GB Mobile LPDDR3 1600MHz RAM (Package-on-Package with SoC)
  • Storage – 1x 512GB Transcend 2.5″ MLC SSD (-40°C-90°C); 16GB eMMC Flash memory; 1x Micro SD card slot; 1x full size SD card slot
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 1x 4G LTE module, 1x Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 module, 1x GPS receiver; 3x antennas for 4G, GPS and Wi-Fi
  • Camera Interfaces – 6x FAKRA connectors
  • Video Output – 1x HDMI port
  • Audio I/F – Line-out and Mic-in audio jacks
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 ports (1 lockable), 1x Mini USB 2.0 port (for debugging), 1xUSB 3.0 port
  • Other I/Os – 1x D-Sub connector for CAN Bus, 2x DIO ports (4 GPI + 4 GPO)
  • Power Supply – 9-36V DC-in with ACC/IGN
  • Temperature Range – Operating: -20°C ~ 65°C;  storage: -20°C ~ 70°C
  • Vibration Loading During Operation – With SSD: ISO-16750-3 Mechanical Loads, test VIII equipment mounted on decouple commercial vehicle Cab. Longitudinal (X) : 1.20Grms, Lateral (Y) : 1.34Grms, Vertical (Z) : 2.17Grms , 32hr/axis
  • Shock During Operation – With SSD: 50G, ISO-16750-1:2003, Half-sine wave, 6 directions, 6ms, 10 per direction
  • Dimensions –  215mm(W) x 48mm(H) x 282mm(D) (Metal chassis housing, aluminum top cover)
  • Weight – 3.5 kg

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VIA Mobile360 ADAS sample kit also includes four Sharp 1.3M FOV-50 automotive grade cameras with a 10 meter cable each, and a 7″ automotive grade HD resistive touch monitor with VESA mount support. The system runs Android 5.0 with software capable of handling features mentioned in the introduction, as well as VIA Mobile360 E-Track cloud portal that enables fleet owners to collect and organize vehicle and driver data for real-time vehicle tracking, event and data recording, and asset management. The software can also be customized to the requirements of the customer.

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VIA Mobile360 ADAS sample kit sells for $4,200 with VIA Mobile360 System ($1,800), four FOV-50 cameras (4x $500), and a 7″ automotive grade display ($400). You can also add up to two more cameras for example for license plate recognition, and/or driver or cargo monitoring. Last year, VIA started to sells a Surround View sample kit based on the same system but with instead four FOV-190 cameras for vehicle surveillance for a total of $3,500. More information is available on VIA Mobile360 Solutions page.

Meizu Pro 7 is a Dual Camera Dual Display Android Smartphone

July 27th, 2017 No comments

Smartphones with dual rear cameras are becoming more common, and we’ve see some smartphones in the past with an extra rear display such as Yotaphone 2. Meizu Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus smartphones combines both features, but instead of using an E-Ink or other e-Paper display for the secondary display, Meizu used an 1.9″ AMOLED display that automatically turns on when you flip the phone, and can be used to check the time or notifications while the main display is still off.

Meizu Pro 7 / Pro 7 Plus partial specifications:

  • SoC – Mediatek Helio X30 deca-core processor with 2x cortex A73 cores @ up to 2.6 GHz, 4x cortex A53 cores @ up to 2.2 GHz, and 4x cortex A35 cores @ up to 2.0 GHz, as well as Imagination PowerVR 7XT GPU
  • System Memory
    • Pro 7 – 4GB LPDDR4x
    • Pro 7 Plus – 6GB LPDDR4x
  • Storage
    • Pro 7 – 64 eMMC 5.1 flash storage
    • Pro 7 Plus – 64 or 128 GB UFS 2.1 storage
  • Display
    • Pro 7 – 5.2″ super AMOLED display with 1920×1080 resolution
    • Pro 7 Plus – 5.7″ super AMOLED display with 2560×1440 resolution
    • Both models – 1.9″ secondary super AMOLED display with 536×240 resolution
  • Camera
    • Dual 12MP Sony IMX386 rear camera
    • 16MP front facing camera
  • Audio – Separate audio chip, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • USB – USB type C port
  • Battery
    • Pro 7 – 3,000 mAh battery with mCharge 3.0 fast charging
    • Pro 7 Plus – 3,500 mAh battery with mCharge 4.0 fast charging allowing to charge the phone to 67% in 30 minutes using a 25W charger

Both phones run Android 7.0 with Flyme interface.

Beside checking out the time and notifications, the small rear display can be used to take selfies with the rear camera, and as as MP3 player with control showing on that display.

Meizu does not have a page in English for the phone yet, and AFAICS only shared details on twitter in English. You’ll likely find more details in the product page in Chinese, including the price in China for both phones: 2,880 RMB (~$428 US) for Pro 7, and 3,580 RMB (~$532 US) for Pro 7 Plus.

Via Liliputing

USB type C to HDMI Cables Coming Soon thanks to HDMI Alt Mode for USB Type-C

June 29th, 2017 1 comment

Some devices already support video output over a USB type C connector, but they normally rely on DisplayPort over USB type C, so you’d either need a monitor that supports DisplayPort, or some USB Type C to HDMI converter. A DisplayLink dock is another solution, but again it converts video and audio signals. But soon you’ll be able to use a simple USB type C to HDMI cable between a capable device (camera, phone, computer, TV box…) and any HDMI TV or monitor.

This is being made possible thanks to HDMI Alt Mode for USB Type-C  that supports all HDMI 1.4b features including:

  • Resolutions up to 4K (@ 30 Hz)
  • Surround sound
  • Audio Return Channel (ARC)
  • 3D (4K and HD)
  • HDMI Ethernet Channel (HEC)
  • Consumer Electronic Control (CEC)
  • Deep Color, x.v.Color, and content types
  • High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP 1.4 and HDCP 2.2)

There’s no video or audio conversion inside the cable, but there’s still a small micro-controller to handle messaging to negotiate the alt mode to use, which means the source device will have to be specifically supporting the new standard.

Charbax caught up with a representative of HDMI Licensing Administrator inc. demonstrating USB-C to HDMI cable with a 2-in-1 laptop connected to an HDMI monitor, as well as a camera prototype getting both HDMI signal with CEC support, and power (USB-PD) over a single cable.


The new specification is good news, and we should expect capable devices later this year. We’d just had to hope manufacturers will get serious with logos and description of features of their USB type C connectors, as there are now so many optional features that it could end up getting really confusing to end users. In case you wonder why HDMI 2.0b, with features like 4K @ 60 Hz and HDR, is not supported, the FAQ explains that “the HDMI Forum is responsible for the HDMI 2.0b specification and they have not made any public statements regarding the HDMI Alt Mode for the HDMI 2.0b spec”.

Categories: Hardware, Video Tags: camera, hdmi, standard, usb

GR-LYCHEE Development Board to Combine Renesas RZ/A1LU Processor, ESP32 Module, and a VGA Camera

June 23rd, 2017 9 comments

Japanese semiconductor vendors have mostly stayed away from the maker market, at least outside Japan, as most people would be hard-pressed to come up with a hobbyist development board powered by processor or micro-controller from Toshiba, Sony, Renesas or other Japanese companies, despite the three aforementioned names being in the top 20 semiconductors companies. I can only remember having written about Fujitsu F-Cue 96Boards, as well as Renesas GR-PEACH mbed board since I started this blog 7 years ago. Renesas seems to be the only company to have a real community behind with their “Gadget Renesas” pink-colored development boards, and the latest and seventh board is GR-LYCHEE powered by Renesas RZ/A1LU ARM Cortex-A9  processor, and equipped with a WiFi & Bluetooth module, and a camera.

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Renesas GR-LYCHEE board preliminary specifications:

  • Micro-processor – Renesas RZ / A1LU (R7S721030VCFP 176-pin QFP) ARM Cortex-A9 Processor  @ 384 MHz with 3MB on-chip SRAM
  • Storage – 8 MB flash+ micro SD card
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE via ESP32 wireless module
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack (heaphone + mic)
  • USB – 1x USB host port
  • Camera – 1x camera interface for VGA (640×480) camera
  • Expansion – Arduino UNO headers
  • Debugging & Programming – 1x micro USB port, JTAG interface
  • Misc – 32.768 Hz RTC clock, 2x user buttons, reset button, 4x user LEDs
  • Power Supply – 5V via 1x micro USB port; operating voltage: 3.3 V / 1.18 V

The board is mbed compatible so at launch you’ll be able to use the mbed compiler with the board. The board is still in beta version, documentation is still being worked on, and launch is scheduled for the end of November 2017. While most Gadget Renesas’ users are likely in Japan, Renesas also organized events in India, ASEAN, and Oceania with GR-PEACH board earlier this year as you’ll find out by visiting the community’s English page.

Documentation and more details about GR-LYCHEE board should eventually surface in the product page (in Japanese only for now).

HD3S Android-on-TV Box with HD Webcam is Powered by Amlogic S905X Processor

June 16th, 2017 No comments

What I call “Android-on-TV” boxes are some sort of TV boxes, usually with a webcam, that are meant to be placed on top of the TV instead of on the furniture, and apart from being used to watch videos like other TV boxes, are also well-suited for videoconference over Skype or Google Hangout. Over the years. we’ve had a few of those products such as  HD23 TV box, but recently I don’t recall having seen new Android-on-TV boxes. That’s until today, and I found out about HD3S TV box running Android 6.0 on Amlogic S905X processor.

HD3S specifications:

  • SoC –  Amlogic S905X quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 1.5GHz with a penta-core Mali-450MP GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash + micro SD card slot up to 64GB
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0a up to 4K @ 60 Hz, and AV port (composite video)
  • Audio – Output via HDMI, and AV port (stereo audio); dual speaker and built-in dual microphone (up to 3 meters range)
  • Video Codecs – 4K VP9 @ 60 fps, 4K 10-bit H.265 @ 60 fps, 4K H.264 up to 30 fps
  • Webcam – 1.0 MP webcam up to 720p (Omnivision OV9712 sensor)
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz only), and Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Misc – Power button, IR receiver, WiFi and camera status LED
  • Power Supply –  5V/2A
  • Dimensions- 210 mm (L) x 52 mm (D) x 54 mm (thickness)

The box ships with an AC adapter, a HDMI cable, an IR remote control, and a user guide.

HD23S can be purchased on Aliexpress for $119.99 including shipping. The price is quite steep considering you could achieve pretty much the same with a low-end Amlogic S905X TV box (<$30), and a USB webcam ($5). Having said that, there are sometimes compatibility issues with Skype and Hangout in TV boxes, and we’d hope those would have been tested in HD23S. I could only find one seller, so price may come down over time. I also tried to look for the manufacturer, but all I could find was Sumhen on Alibaba, a company that resells products from various manufacturers.

Via AndroidPC.es

RAK WisCam is a $20 Arduino Compatible WiFi Camera Linux Board Powered by Nuvoton N32905 ARM9 Processor

May 23rd, 2017 10 comments

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Rakwireless’ RAK CREATOR Pro development board based on Realtek Ameba RTL8711AM Wireless MCU, and part of their Wiskey family of development boards. Sub-family include WisNode for IoT boards, WisAP for OpenWrt boards, WisPLC for PLC hardware, and WisCam for WiFi video camera boards. The company has recently introduced Wiscam RAK5281 Arduino compatible Linux board powered by a Nuvoton ARM9 MCU, and supporting a camera module or an SD card + USB module.

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RAK WisCam specifications:

  • SoC –  Nuvoton N32905R3DN ARM926EJ processor @ 200 MHz with 8KB internal SRAM, 16KB IBR internal booting ROM, 16Mbit  x16  DDR2 memory
  • Storage – 128 MBit SPI flash, included sub-module adds micro SD card
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n WiFi via Realtek RTL8189FTV module
  • Camera via sub-module
    • 648×488 pixel VGA CMOS Image Sensor (GC0308); 102° FOV
    • Video –  QVGA (320×240) 30FPS, VGA(640×480) 30FPS, MJPEG encoding
    • Photo – JPEG, 16 bits/pixel – RGB565, 32bits/pixel – ARGB8888
  • Audio – 16-bit stereo DAC; built-in microphone, speaker header
  • USB – 1x micro USB port for power and programming, USB 2.0 port via sub-module
  • Expansion – Arduino UNO compatible headers with PWM, I2C, GPIO, ADC, UART, I2S, USB2.0 HS (High-Speed)
  • Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port
  • Dimensions – 55.61mm x 55.88mm

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The board runs Linux, and support both USB UVC mode (like most webcam), and video streaming in Android, iOS, or Windows app using RTSP or Nabto P2P cloud server running on the board.  Wiscam board appears to share most of the same components as Nuvoton NuWiCam development board, so software and apps for it may also be compatible. Wiscam documentation is available in the Wiki, and hardware design files such as Altium schematics and PCB layout, as well as source code for board and mobile apps, and datasheets can be found in Github. For some reasons, they shared some of the files in a compress archivve files in github, instead of using the revision control system. Another downside, but common to most ARM9 “IP camera” SoCs, is that the board runs an ancient Linux 2.6.35 kernel.

Some has already done a short video review with the board.

RAKwireless is a startup company, but their WiFi video camera solutions are also being used in products such as Waggle 3D printer remote controller. They seem to be quite responsive, and if you have questions or remarks, they’ll certainly reply to your comments here or by emails.

RAK Wiscam board is sold on Aliexpress for $19.90 + shipping ($3.75 in my case)

$399 Intel Euclid Robotics Devkit Runs Ubuntu & ROS on Intel Atom x7-Z8700 Processor

May 22nd, 2017 No comments

We’ve seen many mini PC based on Intel Atom x5/x7 “Cherry Trail” processor in the last year, but Intel has also integrated their low power processor into hardware aimed at robotics, such as Intel RealSense development kit based on Atom x5 UP Board and RealSense R200 depth camera. The company has now launched its one-in-all Intel Euclid development kit combining Atom X7-Z8700 processor with a RealSense camera in a single enclosure.

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Intel Euclid specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom x7-Z8700 Cherry Trail quad core processor @ up to 2.4GHz with Intel HD Graphics Gen 8
  • System Memory – 4GB LPDDR3-1600
  • Storage – 32GB eMMC 5.0 flash, Micro SD slot up to 128GB
  • Video Output – micro HDMI port up to 4K @ 30 Hz
  • Audio – 2x I2S interfaces, 1W mono speaker, 3x DMIC with noise cancellation
  • Camera – Intel RealSense ZR300 camera
    • RGB camera – 2MP up to [email protected], 16:9 aspect ratio, rolling shutter, fixed focus, 75° x 41.5° x 68° FOV
    • Stereo imagers – 2x [email protected], global shutter, fixed focus, 70° x 46° x 59° FOV
    • Depth output – up to 628 × 468 @ 60fps, 16-bit format; Minimal depth distance: 0.6 M (628 x 468) or 0.5 M (480 x 360); active IR stereo technology
    • Tracking module
      • Fisheye camera resolution: VGA @ 60fps,  FOV: 166° × 100° × 133° FOV,
      • IMU: 3-axis accelerometer & 3-axis gryroscope with 50 μsec time stamp accuracy
  • Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n 1×1 WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS (GNS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, WAAS, EGNOS)
  • Sensors – Integrated Sensor Hub (ISH), accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope, ambient light, proximity, thermal, environmental (barometer, altimeter, humidity, temperature)
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x micro USB OTG port with power, 1x micro USB 2.0 port for UART / serial console
  • Misc – ¼” standard tripod mounting hole; power and charging LEDs;
  • Battery – 2000 mAh @ 3.8V
  • Power Supply – 5V/3A via battery terminals
  • Temperature Range — up to 35°C (still air)

The kit runs Ubuntu 16.04 with Robotic Operating System (ROS) Kinetic Kame, and custom software layer to allow developers to control the device using a web interface. It also supports remote desktop application, and includes evaluation versions of Intel SLAM and Person Tracking Middleware.

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Intel RealSense SLAM Library middleware enables applications in robots and drones to understand their location and surroundings more accurately than GPS allows in GPS denied environments and inside yet unmapped spaces. You’ll find documentation about SLAM, person tracking middleware, the camera API,  RealSense SDK framework, Euclid user guide and more in Intel Euclid product page. You’ll be able to get support in RealSense forums and Euclid developer kit community, where you’ll find tutorials and example projects.

Intel Euclid Development Kit can be pre-order for $399.00 on the product page with shipping starting on May 31, 2017.

Via LinuxGizmos

HTC U11 Android Smartphone Adds “Edge Sense” Squeeze Input, Ranks Best at DxOMark Mobile Camera Benchmark

May 16th, 2017 1 comment

We’ve come so far in the smartphone market that most hardware releases are rather boring with a processor a little faster, maybe a higher resolution screen and so on, without real exciting innovations. HTC U11 does change that somewhat as the smartphone allows to interaction by squeezing the edges for example to quickly take a picture. The company calls that “Edge Sense” technology.

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HTC U11 specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor @ up to 2.45 GHz
  • System Memory – 4GB / 6GB RAM
  • Storage – 64GB / 128GB flash, micro SD slot up to 2TB (shared with SIM2 slot), flex storage (aka adoptable) supported
  • Display –  5.5″ Quad HD  (2560 x 1440 pixels) Super LCD; 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Cellular Connectivity
    • Dual nano SIM
    • 2G/2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE @ 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    • 3G – UMTS @ 800/900/1900/2100 (B5/B8/B2/B1), HSDPA 42, HSUPA 5.76
    • 4G LTE – Cat 15 LTE up to 800Mbps/75 Mbps; FDD: Bands B4/B12/B17/B28/B20/B5/B8/B3/B1/B7/B32; TDD: Bands B39/B40/B38/B41; with 2CA, 3CA, 4CA Carrier Aggregation
  • Other Wireless Connectivity
    • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
    • BlueTooth® 4.2
    • NFC
    • Streaming to Chromecast, DLNA, AirPlay, Miracast devices
    • Localization: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
  • Camera
    • Rear – 12MP (HTC UltraPixel 3 with 1.4μm pixel), UltraSpeed Autofocus, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Dual LED flash; 4K video recording; 1080p 120 fps slow motion
    • Front-facing –  16MP camera, full HD 1080p video recording
  • Audio – HTC USonic with Active Noise Cancellation; HTC BoomSound™ Hi-Fi edition; 3D Audio recording with 4 microphones; Hi-Res audio stereo recording; Hi-Res audio certified
  • USB – USB 3.1 gen 1 type C connector with DisplayPort support
  • Sensors – Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Motion G-sensor, Compass sensor, Gyro sensor, Magnetic sensor, Fingerprint sensor, Sensor Hub, Edge Sensor
  • Battery – 3000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support; 3G/4G talk time:  up to 24.5 hours; 3G/4G standby time: up to 14 days.
  • Dimensions – 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9, 169g
  • Ingress Protection Rating – IP67

The phone Android 7.1 with HTC Sense user interface. Beside Edge Sense, on the selling point of the smartphone is that it tops DxOMark Mobile camera benchmark with 90 points, and just ahead of Google Pixel with 89 points.

The smartphone can be pre-ordered in Blue, Black or Grey for $649 directly on HTC U11 product page, where you’ll also find a few more details.