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Compulab CM-T54 Computer-on-Module Powered by Texas Instruments OMAP5432

March 26th, 2014 No comments

CompuLab has introduced CM-T54 Computer-on-Module (CoM) powered by Texas Instruments OMAP5432 SoC with dual ARM Cortex-A15 CPU @ 1.5GHz coupled with Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX544 GPU. The module also features up to up to 4GB DDR3,  up-to 64GB eMMC, and provides Ethernet, SATA, USB 3.0 interfaces among others. Target applications include digital signage, industrial media players and IPTV.

Compulab CM-T54 CoM

Compulab CM-T54 CoM

CM-T54 specifications:

  • SoC – Texas Instruments OMAP5432 dual Cortex-A15 @ 1.5GHz with PowerVR SGX544 GPU, 2x Cortex M4 cores, IVA-HD video subsystem and TMS320DM64 32-bit DSP core
  • System Memory – 512MB – 4GB DDR3-1066, single / dual-channel 32-bit data bus
  • Storage – Up to 64GB eMMC flash, SATA II interface, 3.0 Gbps, Up to 3x MMC/SD/SDIO (3V levels) up to 32GB each.
  • Display
    • Parallel 24-bit display. Up to 1920×1080 @ 60Hz
    • HDMI 1.4. Up to 1920×1080 @ 60Hz
    • MIPI/DSI (4x lanes) @ 1Gbps
    • Optional LVDS. Up to 1920×1080 @ 60Hz
    • Support for three independent displays
    • Optional TSC2046 touchscreen controller Supports 4-wire resistive  panels.
  • Audio
    • Up to 2 I2S (McBSP)
    • HDMI audio out
    • Digital microphone interface for up to 3 stereo mics.
    • Optional audio codec with stereo in, out, and microphone
  • Connectivity
    • Optional 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi module (Marvell 88W8787)
    • Optional Bluetooth 3.0 + High Speed (HS) (also compliant with Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR)
    • Optional 100Base-T Ethernet (Microchip LAN9730)
  • USB – Optional USB 3.0 OTG port, Up to 3x USB 2.0 ports
  • Camera:
    • Parallel camera up to 16-bit wide, up to 148.5 MP/s
    • Up to 3 serial camera ports with MIPI D-PHY v1.0 / SMIA CCP2 compliant PHY receivers up to 1.5 Gbps (750 MHz) per lane.
  • Other I/Os:
    • 1x RS-232, up to 5x UARTs
    • Up to 106 multifunction signals (GPIOs and others)
    • Up to 4x I2C ( up to 3.4Mbps)
    • Up to 3x SPI (eCSPI)
    • HDQ/1-Wire, up to 5Kbps
    • JTAG
  • Misc – RTC powered by external lithium battery
  • Power – 5VDC / Li-Ion battery
  • Dimensions – 73 x 68 x 5 mm (Connector – 204-pin SODIMM)
  • Operating temperature – Commercial: 0 to 70°C, Extended: -20 to 70°C, Industrial – -40 to 85°C
  • Storage temperature – -40 to 85°C

The company provide Linux and Android Jelly Bean SW packages (no details on exact versions), as well as documentation for the module. Development resources are not available online at this time.

SB-T54 baseboard with CM-T54 CoM

SB-T54 baseboard with CM-T54 CoM

The company also offers a baseboard SB-T54 for CM-T54, which combined become SBC-T54 single board computer with the following key features:

  • CM-T54 Com with Texas Instruments OMAP5432, Up to 4GB DDR3 and up to 32GB on-board eMMC, Video Processing Unit, 1080p decoding and encoding, Integrated PowerVR SGX544 GPU with OpenGL-ES and OpenCL EP support
  • External storage – SATA, SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI, DVI, LVDS, parallel RGB
  • Audio – Stereo output, line-in, microphone input, 3.5mm jacks
  • Connectivity – Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth,
  • USB – 1xUSB 3, 3x USB2
  • Debugging – RS232
  • Various expansion headers
  • Power – 10V to 17V

CM-T54 & SB-T54 evaluation kit is composed of the module and baseboard, as well as an LCD panel, an HDMI to DVI video cable,a serial port cable, a WiFi antenna and cable, and a 12V power supply.

Compulab CM-T54 CoM and SB-T54 baseboard are available now, starting at respectively $93 and $51 per unit for 1k orders. You can find mode information, including exact pricing of different options, on Complab’s CM-T54 and SBC-T54 pages.

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DATA MODUL mini-ITX Board Supports Freescale i.MX6 & Intel Bay Trail-I QSeven Modules

March 5th, 2014 1 comment

DATA MODUL, a specialist supplier of display technology, has recently unveiled eDM-mITX-CB-Q7-Info, a mini-ITX Baseboard for ARM & x86 Qseven modules optimized to drive large panels for digital signage applications. In theory, the board should support any Qseven modules, but for now only Data Modul’s Freescale i.MX6, and Congatec conga-QA3 Intel Atom E3800 series modules have been optimized and officially certified to work with the motherboard.

DATA MODUL eDM-mITX-CB-Q7-Info

DATA MODUL eDM-mITX-CB-Q7-Info (Click to Enlarge)

Precisely, the board is optimized and certified for the following modules:

  • DATA MODUL ARM Qseven SoMs:
    • eDM-QMX6 (i.MX6Quad)
    • eDM-DMX6 (i.MX6Dual)
    • eDM-DLMX6 (i.MX6Dual lite)
  • Congatec x86 Qseven SoMs:
    • Conga-QA3 with Atom E3845 (Quad core)
    • Conga-QA3 with Atom E382x (Dual core). Three models: Atom E3827, E3826 or E3825.
    • Conga-QA3 with Atom E3815 (Single core)

You may have heard about EDM, a competing module standard, previously, but the eDM prefix in the ARM modules or the mini-ITX board names has nothing to do with this standard, as all is based on Qseven standard.

DATA MODUL eDM-mITX-CB-Q7-Info give access to the following external interfaces (depending on the used module) :

  • 1 x RS232
  • Up to 2x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2 x USB 2.0/3.0, 1 x USB OTG
  • 1 x DVI-D, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
  • 1 x Audio Line Out

You can also connect a monitor via the 2x 24 Bit LVDS interface, and access more I/Os via connectors on the board including more USB Ports, CAN, SPI, GPIOs, I²C, and SD Card. Optical isolated RS485/422 Interface modules, IR-remote control interface, light sensors, external LEDs, temperature sensors and up to 6 PWM system fans are also available as an option. The company also mention a 2.5″ SATA slot to connect SSD or HDD without cables. It can be seen on the picture, so I’m not sure if it’s another option, or the slot is just at the back of the board. The baseboard can be powered by +12VDC or +24VDC and optionally +5VDC can be supported for standby voltage.

DATA MODUL can provide its own Monitoring Software for Linux (QT) and Windows operating systems.

Availability and pricing information has not been disclosed, and there’s very little information about this ARM/x86 Qseven mini-ITX board except the actual announcement. There are however more details about the company eDM-QMX6 module. Refer to my post about conga-QA3 for more details about the Bay Trail-I Qseven modules.

Via LinuxGizmos

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VIA VAB-1000 Pico-ITX Board Features VIA Elite E1000 Dual Cortex A9 SoC, Targets Embedded Android and Linux

February 24th, 2014 1 comment

Via has introduced VAB-1000 Pico-ITX board at Embedded World 2014. This new embedded board features VIA Elite E1000 dual Cortex A9 SoC together with 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 4GB eMMC Flash memory, and numerous I/Os. The board targets interactive kiosk, digital signage and HMI (Human Machine Interface) applications running Android or Linux.

VAB-1000 Pico ITX Board (Click to Enlarge)

VAB-1000 Pico ITX Board (Click to Enlarge)

VIA VAB-1000 Specifications:

  • SoC – VIA Elite E1000 dual core Cortex A9 SoC with unnamed 2D/3D GPU with Unified Shader Architecture featuring 64 stream processors
  • System Memory – 2GB DRR3
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC + microSD slot
  • Back panel I/O
    • 2x HDMI connectors for HDMI-in and HDMI-out
    • 2x mini-USB 2.0 port
    • 1x MicroSD slot
    • 1x Gigabit Ethernet port
    • 1x DC-in Jack.
  • Front panel I/O
    • 1x pin header for two additional USB ports
    • 1x pin header for SPI and 8-pin GPIO
    • 1x pin header for three I2C and two COM ports
    • 1x pin-header for front audio (Line-in/Line-Out/Mic-In).
  • Internal I/O
    • 1x dual channel LVDS connector
    • 1x S-video pin header
    • 1x Mini-PCIe connector.
  • Misc – Watchdog, RTC
  • Dimensions – 10 cm x 7.2 cm, Pico-ITX form factor

I’m never heard about VIA Elite E1000 SoC before, and I can’t find any information about this new processor at this time.

The board supports Android and Linux OS, and developers can either use VIA Android Development package with Android 4.1, a Smart ETK (Embedded Tool Kit) comprising several APIs for Watchdog Timer, GPIO access, COM port access, RTC for auto-power on, as well as a sample app, or VIA VAB-1000 Linux Development Package which comes with a pre-built OS image, the kernel and bootloader source codes, and a toolchain (GCC?).

VAB-1000 Starter Kit (Click to Enlarge)

VAB-1000 Starter Kit (Click to Enlarge)

As an option, VIA can also provide VAB-1000 I/O extender card, which adds Line-In, Line-Out and Mic-In audio jacks, two USB ports, one suspend LED power indicator, a power on/off button and pin headers for one COM port (TX/RX support only) as well as 3 board-to-board connectors and one USB board-to-board connector.

The extender card is part of VAB-1000 Starter Kit pictured above, which also includes the pico-ITX board, a serial debug cable, as well as spacers and screws, and comes pre-loaded with either Android or Linux.

Sample units are available now. You may find further details on VIA VAB-1000 page.

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BrightSign 4K Digital Signage Player Delivers 4K HEVC Video Playback at 60 fps via HDMI 2.0

February 5th, 2014 6 comments

When you buy a media player advertized as supporting 4K (aka 2160p, 4K2K, or UHD), you have to read the fine print to find out what you really get. First on the market were media players capable of decoding 4K videos put outputting to 1080p60 maximum such as Mele M9, then we’ve been shown some media players such as Geniatech ATV1800, decoding 4K video using 2160p resolution (3840×2160) as expected, but with a framerate limited to 24 fps or 30 fps due to limitation of HDMI 1.4. However, if you want to experience 4K video with the maximum framerate (60 fps) or “True 4K”, you’ll need a player and a TV support HDMI 2.0 standard. There are not many players currently supporting 4K @ 60fps, but BrightSign 4K digital signage media player is one of them, and it also happens to support  HEVC/H.265 video codec.

BrightSign_4KThe company did not disclose hardware specifications, but they did provide the key “user” features for their player:

  • Native video playback – 4K video at 3840×2160 resolution H.265 via HDMI 2.0 out at 60 fps
  • Video Engine – Supports native 4K video content or two 1080p videos simultaneously
  • Hardware accelerated HTML5
  • IP Streaming (HLS, UDP/RTP/RTSP, HTTP, SHOUTcast), IP Streaming server, UDP control
  • Live TV – Either using ATSC/Clear QAM tuner or HDMI input
  • Interactivity – Playback can be triggered from barcode scanners, motion sensors, RFID, GPIOs, USB buttons, touch screens, IR remotes, serial devices, keyboards, mice, etc..
  • Geo-fencing – Play content targeted to location via USB GPS dongle
  • Digital sound via SPDIF output

Brighsign offers provides content authoring and player signage tools such as the company’s BrightWall, BrightAuthor, and BrightSign App with support for multiple zones, live feeds, sign preview, etc.. The players runs the company’s “Slim OS”, which could be a Linux distribution, but no details are provided.

Brightsign previous models (XD230, XD1030, XD1230) are based on Broadcom BCM7421, so I would not be surprised if BrightSign 4K was also powered by a Broadcom SoC, specifically BCM7445 released early last year with Brahma15, a 4 core ARMv-7 compliant processor (Cortex-A15 equivalent), as well as 4K @ 60fps, and HDMI 2.0 support. However, HEVC decoding is said to be handled by Elemental Technologies HEVC video engine in BrightSign 4K, and the implementation makes use of GPU capabilities, so this digital media player could also be an x86 + GPU solution.

BrighSign 4K will be available in Q3 2014 for less than $1,000. Check out BrightSign 4K page for more information.

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Cisco Edge 340 Digital Media Player Targets Digital Signage & Business Applications

January 22nd, 2014 6 comments

Most of the time I feature low cost (Chinese) media players in this blog, but today I’ve had a look at a media player at the other side of the market that targets business users with applications such as webcasting and video sharing, digital signage, and business IPTV. Cisco Edge 340 digital media player (DMP) comes in two flavors “Wireless” and “non-wireless”, and boast features such as PoE or RS-232 which are not often found in consumer devices.
Cisco_Edge_340_Digital_Media_PlayerCisco Edge 340 Specifications:

  • SoC – Dual 1.60 GHz processor with integrated GPU @ 400MHz, most probably Intel Atom Z2560. It turns out it could be Intel Atom CE5335 instead.
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3 @ 800 MHz
  • Storage – 32GB SSD (70MB/s write speed) and SD card slot
  • Connectivity – 1x Ethernet 10/100/1000-Gbps port with PoE and PoE+ support. Wireless version only: Dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0
  • Video Output – 1x HDMI 1.3a, 1x 1 VGA port, dual-display support, single touch and multi-touch screens support.
  • HD Video – MPEG-2 and MPEG-4, H.264, and VC-1 hardware decoding, Up to two simultaneous HD video streams.
  • Audio – 1x audio-in and 1x audio-out port (3.5mm jack)
  • USB – 4x USB ports
  • Misc -  1x RS-232 (DB-9) port, 1x infrared extender port, 1x console port (RJ45), Kensington safety lock, factory mode and power buttons, as well as Bluetooth, HDD, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet LEDs.
  • Power Supply – 12V/3A
  • Power Consumption – Typical: 11W
  • Dimensions – 244 x 186 x 35 mm

Cisco_Edge_340_Description
Cisco digital signage player runs Fedora 16 with Linux kernel version 3.1, and includes VLC for video playback, as well as Chrome 26.0 and Firefox 18.0 browsers which can support most web content, including video, audio, RSS feeds, text, rolling banners, Adobe Flash animations, and HTML5.

The device can be management via Local CLI (CLISH), a Web GUI, and HTTP API , and the company provides a 200-pages Software Configuration Guide to do so. SNMP is also supported for remote monitoring.

Further information is available on Cisco Edge 340 page.

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Gumstix Announces Solution Kits for their CPU Modules and Boards

November 20th, 2013 2 comments

Gumstix has recently unveiled several solution kits featuring their Overo and DuoVero Computer-on-Modules (CoMs), Pepper single board computer, and several expansions boards, together with required accessories, and software packages, in order to help their customers getting started more easily. All these solutions are based on Texas Instruments OMAP3, OMAP4, and/or Sitara processors, and run Linux (Ubuntu or Yocto), and sometimes Android for the kits with displays.

Robotics Kit

Robotics Development Kit

The solutions kits target 6 different types of applications and/or markets:

  • Robotics
    • Robotic Development Kit (Pictured above) with one Overo AirSTORM CoM (OMAP3703), and RoboVero expansion board. The kit is better suited for motor control applications.
    • Mobile Robotic Development Kit with one Overo AirSTORM CoM, and Turtlecore expansion board to be used with iRobot Create.

    The kits ship with a Linaro (Ubuntu for Overo) system card and Robot Operating System (ROS) pre-installed.

  • Handhelds
    • 3.5″ Handheld Development Kit featuring Overo AirSTORM CoM with Alto35 cutomizable LCD touchscreen.
    • 4.3″ Handheld Development Kit with Pepper SBC and a 4.3″ LCD touchscreen

    Both kits provide Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity, and Pepper SBC support Yocto Project Linux or Android , and the kit with the Overo CoM support Ubuntu, with Android coming soon.

  • Network Appliances (for IoT)
    • Barebones Wireless Appliance Development Kit with Overo AirSTORM CoM and Alcatraz Breakout board which provides access to 140 signals and 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi.
    • Overo Network pack featuring Overo Water CoM and Tobi expansion board to provide DVI display, 10/100baseT Ethernet, USB Host, USB OTG, USB console and Stereo Audio.

    Both kits support Linux (Ubuntu or built with Yocto).

  • Digital Signage
    • Home Theater Demonstration Kit with DuoVero Zephyr CoM (OMAP4) and an HTPC expansion board to provide an HDMI connector. From the website, it’s not very is the micro SD card is pre-loaded with Yocto Linux, XBMC, or an XBMC image built with Yocto.
  • Remote Data Collection
    • Barebones Remote Data Collection Development Kit featuring Overo TidalSTORM CoM (OMAP3730) and PintoTH expansion board providing access to USB OTG, 3.3V supply and level shifters.
    • Overo EVM pack with Overo Fire CoM (OMAP3530), Chestnut43 expansion board (LCD Touchscreen, Ethernet, USB host and Stereo Audio), and a 4.3″ touchscreen LCD display.
    • Remote Data Collection Development Kit featuring Overo TidalSTORM CoM and Tobi expansion board.

    All 3 kits ship with an SD card pre-loaded with Ubuntu (Linaro)

  • Education
    • Overo Summit Pack featuring an Overo Earth CoM (OMAP3503), and Summit expansion board to provide DVI display, USB Host, USB OTG, USB console and Stereo Audio. This kit apparently ships with 2GB? micro SD pre-loaded with Ubuntu Linaro. I’m not quite sure how it relates to education more than the other kits.
Overo EVM Pack, One of the Remote Data Collection Kits.

Overo EVM Pack, One of the Remote Data Collection Kits.

I’ve only listed the main parts of the kits. i.e. CoM, expansion board, and display if any,  but all kits also come with power adapters, a bootable microSD or SD card and relevant cables. More kits will be added over time.

The kits are available now for prices ranging from $189 to $422. More information is available on Gumstix’s Development Kits page.

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Habey EMB-3700 Embedded Board Features AMD G-Series SoC

August 24th, 2013 3 comments

AMD recently announced their G-Series SoC family that combines a CPU, a GPU, and a controller hub into a single chip, as ARM has been doing for a while, and more products based on the platform are entering the marketplace. I’ve already written about Win Enterprises MB-60830 and Netboard A10 single board computers, and today I’ll introduce another option with Habey EMB-3700, a 3.5″ embedded board that targets applications such as digital signage, point-of-sale (PoS),  industrial automation, machine to machine, in-vehicle telemetry, and medical technology.

Habey_EMB-3700_AMD_SoC_BoardHabey EMB-3700 Specifications:

  • SoC:
    • GX-420CA quad core @ 2.0GHz (25W TDP) with Radeon HD8400E or
    • GX-415GA quad core @ 1.5GHz (15W TDP) with Radeon HD8330E or
    • GX-210HA dual core @ 1.0GHz (9W TDP) with Radeon HD810E
  • System Memory – 1x 204-Pin DDR3 SODIMM, up to 4GB (ECC) RAM
  • Storage – 2x 6Gb/s SATA 3.0 connectors
  • Video Output:
    • HDMI up to 1920 x 1200
    • VGA up to 2048 x 1536
    • 18/24bit LVDS Internal Header up to 1600 x 1900
    • Dual independent display support: VGA+HDMI or HDMI+LVDS
  • Audio I/O – HD audio (Realtek ALC892) with line-in/out, mic-in
  • Connectivity – 2x Gb Ethernet (Realtek RTL8111E), support for 3G and Wi-Fi modules.
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 ports
  • Serial ports – 4x RS-232 headers, 1x RS-232/422/485 header, and 1x RS-232 DB9 (optional)
  • Expansion – Mini-PCIe socket with SIM socket and optional mSATA support
  • Misc – 8-Bit GPIO, PS/2 keyboard/mouse, wake on LAN, watchdog timer, and  TPM encryption/security support
  • Power input – 12V DC
  • Dimensions – 146 x 102mm  “3.5-inch embedded form-factor”
  • Temperature range – Operating: 0 to 60°C. Storage: -40 to 60°C
Habey EMB-3700 Embedded Board (Click to Enlarge)

Habey EMB-3700 Embedded Board (Click to Enlarge)

The company mentions the board features “AMD Embedded G-Series SOC processor family with 6W-25W TDP options”, which implied it should support more than the 3 processors (9W to 25W TDP) listed in the specifications. They do not mention operating systems or software support, but I’m pretty sure Linux and Windows (Embedded) should be support on this boards.

The company’s website does not indicate price or availability either. You may find a bit more information on Habey USA EMB-3700 page.

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