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Infineon XMC 2Go Cortex M0 Development Kit Sells for 5 Euros

September 15th, 2014 4 comments

Infineon brought another tiny, portable, and cheap ARM Cortex M0 board to market with XMC 2Go development kit featuring XMC1100 ARM Cortex M0 micro-controller with 16KB RAM, 64KB Flash, and tow breadboard friendly headers to access various serial interfaces and ADC pins.

 

Infineon_XMC_2GoKey features listed on Infineon website:

  • MCU – Infineon XMC1100 ARM Cortex-M0 MCU @ 32 MHz with 64KB flash, 16KB RAM.
  • Debugger – On-board J-Link Lite Debugger using an XMC4200 Microcontroller.
  • Headers – 2×8 pin headers suitable for Breadbord with access to 2x USIC (Universal Serial Interface Channel: UART, SPI, I2C, I2S, LIN), 6x 12-bit ADC, external interrupts (via ERU), 4x 16-bit timers
  • Misc – 2 x user LED, RTC
  • Power – 5V Micro via USB, or 3.3V external power. ESD and reverse current protection
  • Dimensions – 14.0 x 38.5 mm

XMC1100_Development_BoardThe board is programmed via USB using the same Dave IDE I tried with XMC4500 Relax Lite Kit. Documentation includes PCB design data, the board’s user manual, and various documents to get started. The board has been released in March, so some people have already played with it (Link in Polish), and another ran some Arduino code on the board (in English!).

You can find more information and purchase the board on Infineon’s XMC 2Go page. The board is sold for 5 Euros + shipping, but you can also find it on Mouser and Digikey for about $6 to $12.

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Broadcom Introduces WICED Sense Bluetooth Low Energy Development Kit

September 1st, 2014 No comments

Broadcom has recently announced a new development board for IoT applications using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) called WICED Sense. The kit consists of a “sense tag” powered by the company’s BCM20737S Bluetooth SIP Module with five micro-electromechanical sensors (MEMS), and Bluetooth 4.1 compatible WICED SMART software stack.
WICED_Sense_Development_KitThe key features of WICED Sense devkit are as follows:

  • Broadcom BCM20737 Bluetooth Smart system in package (SiP) module
  • Five low-power MEMS sensors by ST Micro (part of the module):
    • Gyroscope (L3GD20)
    • Accelerometer (LIS3DSH)
    • eCompass (LSM303D)
    • Pressure sensor (LPS25H)
    • Humidity Temperature sensor (HTS221)
  • Bluetooth Smart connection covers distance of roughly 30 meters.
  • USB – 1x micro USB connector to update applications
  • Encryption, decryption, certificate signing, verification and various algorithms for increased privacy
  • Secure Over-the-air (OTA) download capability to enable firmware updates from central device including smartphone, tablet and computers
  • Misc – iBeacon, NFC, Wireless charging (Rezence A4WP) support.
  • Power – Coin-cell battery

The tag can communicate with mobile devices running iOS and Android OS (App coming to Google Play in October), and supports up to 8 simultaneous master/slave connections. You can get started within 5 minutes, by install the demo app on your iPhone or iPad, and pressing the Wake button on the tag to get sensor data, But If you want to go further, you’ll want to download WICED Smart SDK (Registration required) that integrates with Eclipse IDE, and comes with sample applications. You can get a little more info about the SDK on WICED Smart community.

Possible applications includes text alerts based on sensor data, car keys finder, security device for pets, tennis coach by attaching WICED sense to a tennis racket and using accelerometer and e-compass data, indoor humidity and temperature monitor, and more.

Broadcom WICED Sense is a direct competitor to TI SensorTag, and sells in the same price range at $19.99 via Mouser, Avnet, or other distributors. You can find more information on Broadcom WICED Sense page, including a quick start guide and a product brief, and in case you wonder, WICED stands for Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices.

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AMD Announces Availability of their $3,000 Opteron A1100-Series 64-bit ARM Development Kit

July 31st, 2014 3 comments

AMD Opteron A1100 Server SoCs, codenamed “Seattle”, come with four to eight ARM Cortex A57 cores, and earlier this year, the company unveiled both the processors and a development kit. You can now apply for “AMD Opteron A1100 Series 64-bit ARM developers kit”, and if you’re selected, you’ll “just” need to pay $2,999 to receive the board and related tools. The kit targets software and hardware developers, as well as early adopters in large datacenters.

AMD_Opteron_A1110_Development_BoardAMD Opteron A1100 Board hardware specifications:

  • SoC – ARM Opeteron A1000 with 4 ARM Cortex-A57 cores
  • System Memory – 2x Registered DIMM with 16 GB of DDR3 DRAM (upgradeable to 128GB)
  • Storage – 8 Serial-ATA connectors
  • Connectivity – Not mentioned, but there seems to be an RJ45 port on the pic, and another SFP cage, both probably 10 Gbit Ethernet since it’s the speed supported by Opteron A1100.
  • Expansion slots – PCI Express connectors configurable as a single x8 or dual x4 ports
  • Dimensions – Micro ATX form factor (244 × 244 mm)
  • Power – Compatibility with standard power supplies

The kit also includes a standard UEFI boot environment, a Linux environment based on “Fedora technology from the Red Hat-sponsored Fedora community”, a standard Linux GNU (cross and native) toolchains, device drivers, apache web server, MySQL database engine, and PHP scripting language for developing robust Web serving applications, and Java 7 & 8.

Thanks to Peter, via AMD.

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Freescale WaRPBoard Reference Platform for Wearables is Now Available for Pre-order

July 25th, 2014 1 comment

Back in January, Freescale announced WaRP (Wearable Reference Platform) comprised of the WaRPboard, a tiny board based on Freescale i.MX 6SoloLite running Android, and a daughter board with KL16 Cortex M0+ MCU and several sensors. The company collaborated with Revolution Robotics for the hardware design, and Kynetics for the software, and the platform is now available for pre-order for $149, and a few more details have surfaced since my first article.

WaRPboard Connected to Daughter (center) and the Other side of WarRPBoard (Right) - Click to Enlarge

WaRPboard Connected to Daughtercard (center) and the Other side of WarRPBoard (Right) – Click to Enlarge

The hardware specifications of WaRP are as follows:

  • WaRPboard:
    • SoC – Freescale i.MX 6SoloLite Cortex A9 processor @ 1GHz with 2D graphics Vivante GC355 and  GC320 GPUs.
    • System Memory – LPDDR2 (Micron Multi-Chip Package)
    • Storage – 4Gbit eMMC  (Same Micron MCP chip as for RAM)
    • Connectivity – WLAN and Bluetooth 4.0 LE via Murata LBEH17YSHC
    • Display I/F:
      • MIPI DSI for LCD display + touchscreen
      • EPCD for E-Ink Display
    • Sensors – Xtrinsic FXOS8700CQ, 6-Axis Sensor with Integrated Linear Accelerometer and Magnetometer.
  • Daughtercard:
    • MCU – Freescale Kinertis KL16 Cortex M0+ MCU
    • Sensors – Xtrinsic MMA955xL Motion-Sensing Pedometer
    • Misc – 2x user buttons
  • Power – Via micro USB, single cell 500 mAh LiPo battery connected to WaRPboard, or Wireless Charging via daughterboard

There are also two optional displays LCD LH154Q01 and E-ink ET017QC1 that will be available for the board.

WaRPboard + Daughterboard Block Diagram

WaRPboard + Daughter Board Block Diagram

The board can be used to develop applications for various type of wearables including activity trackers, sports/heart rate monitors, smartwatches, ECG monitoring, smart glasses, smart clothing, wearable imaging devices, augmented reality headsets, wearable computing and wearable healthcare devices.

Android 4.3 operating system will run on Freescale i.MX 6SoloLite, and a Standard Android SDK will be provided. At this time, there’s still not much other details about software,  firmware, hardware design files, and documentation, except the hardware and software will be full open sourced, development can be done with open source development tools without licensing fees needed, and all will be  managed via WaRPboard.org community.If you want more information or have questions, you may want to head over WaRPboard Google Group.

As mentioned on the introduction, the board can be pre-order for $149 now, and shipping is expected in September. Depending on your destination. shipping costs can be pretty expensive, as it would cost nearly $100 to ship to Thailand via UPS. The only other shipping option being to pick it up in Texas for free… I can’t find the optional displays in Boardzoo.

Thank you Nanik!

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More Details on Mediatek MT2502 Aster SoC and Linkit Platform for Wearables (Video)

July 12th, 2014 1 comment

Last month, Mediatek announced their Mediatek MT2502 SoC for wearables, codenamed Aster, as well as the Linkit development platform targeting the developer’s community. But at the time they did show the actual hardware, and thanks to Charbax we know have more interesting details about Aster and Linkit.

Mediatek Linkit Hardware Platform (Click to Enlarge)

Mediatek Linkit Hardware Platform (Click to Enlarge)

First they compare a design based on Aster to Samsung Galaxy Fit wearable band, and show why it uses less space, will cost less, and they claim  over twice the battery life.

  1. Simple and smaller design (~36% reduction in size)
    • Aster solution – MT2504 (6.2 x 5.4 mm) plus all required resistors, capacitors and inductors require 89.97 mm2
    • Galaxy Fit – MCU. Bluetooth Transceiver,  external memory, a linear charger, and all required resistors, capacitors and inductors require 140.97 mm2
  2. Battery life – Samsung Galaxy Fit is supposed to last between 1 and 1.5 days on a charge, whereas devices based on Aster should last about 4 days on a charge during regular usage. This is achieved partially by switching between Mentor Embedded Nucleus RTOS during active use to something called “Tiny System” in suspend where the processor runs at just 24 MHz.
  3. Lower Cost – The cost will be lower because they integrate all functions, including a modem, into one single chip.

We also learn MT2502 is based on the older ARM7 architecture, and that it can support screens up to QVGA (320×240). So it clearly aims a entry level wearables, similar to the Pebble smartwatch, or Fitness Trackers, and it’s not a candidate to run Android Wear.

LinkIt will be ready in August, and any developers will be able to work on the platform. Mentor Embedded’s Nucleus real-time operating system will stay closed source, but an SDK will be provided, including a plugin for the Arduino IDE,  integration with cloud services (baidu and others), and sensor algorithms (Accelerometer, Gravity, Gyro, Magnetometer, HRM, etc…), to allow developers to design their own smartwatch, smart wristband, or other IoT applications.  Mediatek previously announced the board would be provided by a third party, which turns out to be Seeed Studio, and the board is called Seeduino Kyuubi. Based on MT2502, Kyuubi board features a micro SD slot, a SIM card slot, a micro USB port for programming, an Audio port, as well as Wi-Fi and GPS via respectively MT5931 and MT3332 chips. It looks to feature Arduino compatible headers letting you connect Arduino shields.

Via ARMDevices.net

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Renesas RZ/A1H Starter Kit and Emtrion DIMM-RZ System-on-Module Run Segger embOS RTOS or Linux with 10MB SRAM

July 10th, 2014 1 comment

Announced just about a year ago, Renesas RZ/A1 ARM Cortex A9 processor family can be used for human machine interface applications, and has the particularly to embed large amount of SRAM, especially the RZ/A1H series with 10 MB SRAM which allows the development of some applications without external RAM chip, lowering both board size and BoM cost. I’ve just come across a development kit dubbed “RZ/A1H Starter Kit”, and the just released Emtrion DIMM-RZ system-on-module both powered by Renesas RZ/A1H SoC.

Renesas RZ/A1H Starter Kit+ (RSK)

Renesas_Starter_Kit_for_RZA1HThe development kit includes the mainboard, a 7″ TFT LCD (Optional), a detachable Colour LCD Board Pmod Compatible,a detachable AD Adjustment Shaft, Segger J-LINK Lite debugger, various connection cables, a power supply, a Quick Start Guide, and a DVD-ROM with documentation, ARM DS-5 IDE (with 32K code limit), KPIT GNU compiler for Cortex A9, Segger debugger drivers. and sample code.

The mainboard has the following specifications:

  • SoC – Renesas RZ/A1H ARM Cortex A9 processor @ 400 MHz with 2D GPU and 10MB SRAM
  • System Memory – 64MB to 512 MB SDRAM
  • Storage – 128MB to 1GB QSPI flash, 256MB to 2GB NAND Flash, 64MB to 512MB NOR Flash, 16KB EEPROM, SD/MMC card slot
  • Video I/O – LVDS, RGB888 to LVDS for external display panel, 8- or 16-bit Digital Video Connector (MIL), 2x Channel Composite Video Input
  • Audio I/O – Line IN, Line OUT, S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet
  • USB – 1x USB host / function, 1x USB function / host
  • Other I/Os – 2x CAN, CMOS camera connector, SIM card (pads only, not fitted)
  • Expansion – 2 Pmod interfaces, SSI interface header, 4x “Application” headers
  • Debugging – JTAG: JLINK 20-pin ULINK2, 20-pin ETM, USB to serial interface
  • Misc – 4x user LEDs, 4x Power LEDs, configuration switches, analog potentiometer
  • Power – +5V by default, +12V can be set with a jumper
  • Dimensions – 180x150mm
RZ/A1H Starter Kit+ Block Diagram

RZ/A1H Starter Kit+ Block Diagram

The board can be programmed without operating systems, but Segger can also provide embOS RTOS for the platform.

Some documentation can be downloaded online via Renesas Starter Kit+ for RZ/AH1 page including schematics (PDF) for the TFT board and mainboard, a user’s manual, a quick start guide, and a tutorial for ARM DS-5. There’s also supposed to be a hardware manual, but I could not find it online. A Windows installer can also be download with ARM DS-5 IDE, compiler, emulator debugger, sample code and documentation (Registration required). The development kit appears to be available now with or without the 7″ TFT LCD module, and it’s listed on Digikey for around $1,100 including the LCD module. But if you’ve working for a company, you may be able to get a free evaluation sample.

Emtrion DIMM-RZ SoM

If you’ve developed your application with a development kit, and would rather have a CPU module for your end product, instead of designing the complete board, Emtrion DIMM-RZ system-on-module could be one option.

Emtrion_DIMM-RZA1HHere are the listed key features for the module:

  • SoC – Renesas RZ/A1H Cortex A9 processor @ 400 MHz with 10MB SRAM
  • System Memory – No external RAM
  • Storage – Up to 64 MB NOR Flash, 1x SD Card Interface (SDIO)
  • Video Output – RGB or LVDS output up to WXGA with a 4-wire resistive touch interface, and capacitive touch in option
  • Audio – SSI interface (Analog), S/PDIF In/Out
  • Camera – 1x CMOS camera I/F up to WXGA or PAL/NTSC codec
  • USB – USB 2.0 Host and Device
  • Connectivity – 100BaseTX Ethernet
  • Other I/O – 2x CAN 2.0 A/B, 1x serial Interface, 3x LVTTL, 10x GPIO, 2x SPI, 2x I²C
  • Misc – RTC support (battery buffered)
  • SoM Connector – 200-pin SO-DIMM
  • Power Consumption – Max. 450mA @ 3.3V
  • Temperature range – Commercial: 0°C to 70°C; Industrial: – 40°C to 85°C (option)
  • Dimensions – 67.6 x 45 x 10 mm
Emtrion_DIMM-RZ_Block_Diagram

Emtrion DiMM-RZ Block Diagram

The company provides Segger embOS real-time operating system with the module by default, but Linux 3.2 can also be used on request. Emtrion can also provide carrier boards, development kits and custom solutions for their SoM. DIMM-Base Cadun is the baseboard that can be used with DIMM-RZ (and other Emtrion DIMM modules). It exposes an Ethernet RJ45 connector, USB ports, HDMI, RGB and LVDS interfaces, serial ports, and various headers for expansion.

DIMM-RZ and Cadun baseboard appear to be available now at unspecified price. You can find more information on Emtrion DIMM-RZ and DIMM-Base Cadun product pages.

I’ll complete this post by embedding an 8-minutes video that explains the advantages of Renesas RZ/A1H compared to traditional MCU and MPU solutions for HMI applications.

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Peek into the Smart Home of the Future with ARM Seamless Computing IoT Demo

July 3rd, 2014 No comments

We’ve seen lots of home automation being launched on crowdfunding platforms in the last year or so, and companies like Samsung, Archos, Google and Apple have launched, announced, or bought smart hone solutions. Recently ARM has hosted a demo for the smart home based on Cortex-M MCU mbed development boards, a single board computer gateway, and sensinode connected home software framework.

Smartphone as Desktop PC on Wireless Charging Desk

Smartphone as Desktop PC on Wireless Charging Desk

Although some parts of the demo are unlikely to really have uses, e.g. you can look at the window to check the weather, I found the demo to be very interesting, especially with regards to the central role of the smartphone, and computing convergence. The list of different demos that can be seen in the video below is as follows:

  • As you walk close to the main door, the system checks the weather, and if it rains, blinks a LED and emits a sound close to your umbrella, and if it’s sunny, does the same for your hat.
  • Place your smartphone on a wireless charging desk, and it switches to desktop / tablet mode, connects to a display via Miracast, and Bluetooth mouse and keyboard automatically. Take it back in your hand and it become a smartphone again. No desktop computer needed.
  • Now sits on your living room’s sofa (a seat is used), it starts your TV and launch a TV remote app automatically on your phone.
  • Turn on your kindle, and PhotonStar Halcyon connected reading light will turn on, turn it off, the connected light will turn off.

You could also envision your smartphone fulfilling all your computing needs seamlessly;smartphone on the the go, desktop PC on your wireless charging desk, media player in your wireless charging coffee table in your living room or bed table in your bedroom, and so on.

Via ARMdevices.net.

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