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VIA ALTA DS 4K Digital Signage Player is Powered by Zhaoxin ZX-2000M Quad Core Cortex A17 Processor

June 30th, 2017 12 comments

VIA has just announced their latest ALTA DS 4K digital signage player with a “quad core Cortex A17 processor”, which I first assumed must be Rockchip RK3288 processor since it’s one of the few with that processor core. But the processor is actually from a company I had never heard before: Shanghai Zhaoxin Semiconductor that does both x86 and ARM SoCs for various markets.

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But let’s check out the product fir with VIA ALTA DS 4K Digital Signage specifications:

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  • SoC – Zhaoxin ZX-2000M quad core ARM  Cortex-A17 processor @ up to 1.4GHz with 2D/3G GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.0, and a video processing unit
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3 @ 1600MHz
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC Flash memory, SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 with CEC support
  • Video Codecs –  MPEG-2, VC-1, H.264 and H.265 video decoding up to 3840x2160p @30fps; H.264 encoding
  • Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet port (Realtek RTL8211FS-CG), 1x 10/100M Ethernet port, optional 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 ( EMIO-5531 USB module)
  • Audio – WM8960 Audio Codec; 2x 3.5mm audio jacks: Line-out and Mic-in
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x mini USB 2.0 port for COM (Tx/Rx)
  • Misc – Power on/off button with power indicator LED, CIR receiver, antenna hole for Wi-Fi, Kensington lock, Wake-on-LAN, Watchdog timer
  • Power Supply – 12V DC-in
  • Dimensions – 175mm(W) x 25mm(H) x118mm(D)
  • Weight – 500 grams
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0°C ~ 40°C; storage: -20°C ~ 70°C
  • Operating Humidity – 0 ~ 90% @ 40°C (non-condensing)
  • Compliance – BSMI, CE, FCC, NCC

The player runs Android 5.1.1, and can be placed vertically with a stand holder, or mounted behind a monitor via an optional VESA mount. Beside digital signage, the device is also expected for automated kiosks, check-out counters, and POS systems, and works with the company’s Android Signage Content Management apps. The dual Ethernet ports are designed to connect an IP camera while getting overlay data from the cloud.

ZX-2000M processor seems to be part of ZX-2000 family with M and D parts. While I could not find the differences between the variants, the silicon vendor listed ZX-2000 specifications as follows:

  • CPU – Quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 CPU @ up to 1.6 GHz with 22000 DMIPS
  • GPU – Zhaoxin independent intellectual property GPU with support for 1080p and 4K UI interface; 60 GFlops Smoothly
  • VPU
    • H.265 [email protected] decoding;  H.264 4Kx2K decoding; full format HD video decoding
    • Lossless compression efficiency of video content is above 70%, saving an average of more than 50% memory bandwidth
  • Tuner Support – Built-in two-way DVBC QAM demodulator, supporting a maximum TS stream output of 4-way
  • Security / DRM – SARFT’s downloadable CA; ARM TrustZone; Secure Boot; DRM copyright protection; built-in OTG; Hardware based authentication mechanism preventing illegal software and flashing
  • Process – TSMC’s 28 nm HPM technology

So the amount of information is rather limited, although the claim of a GPU designed in-house is intriguing.

ALTA DS 4K digital signage player can be ordered with or without a wireless module, as well as optional VESA mount, COM cable, and debug cable, but pricing is not publicly available. You may want to visit the product page for more information and documentation, such as the operating guide, and potentially inquire about the solution.

E-ink Demonstrated a Foldable E-Book Prototype, Color-Changing Clothes, Smartcards and More at Display Week 2017

June 12th, 2017 No comments

E-ink is known with their e-paper technology with the same name, that is used in e-book readers and some signage applications, but the company demonstrated some  their prototypes and customer’s products at SID’s Display Week in Los Angeles last month, with some capabilities I had not seen before.

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Some of the notable solutions and products include:

  • 10.2″ foldable e-book reader prototype based on the company’s flexible Carta Mobius plastic display with 220 ppi
  • A dress that can change colors using E-ink Prism film that was made for a fashion exhibition in Japan.
  • A 42″ active matrix E-ink digital signage display
  • Various examples of products based on E-ink such as smartwaches (e.g. Sony FES Watch U), e-book readers, flexible displays…
  • NFC Smartcard with E-ink display that has the same thickness as normal smartcard, but can be used to display account balance, price of last purchased item, etc…
  • QuirkLogic Quilla interactive and connected 42″ E-ink whiteboard / ewriter.

You see all those in the video shot by Charbax embedded below.

Via ARMDevices.net

Boardcon Introduces Rockchip RK3399 PICO3399 CPU Module and EM3399 Baseboard

May 31st, 2017 3 comments

There’s a limited number of boards based on Rockchip RK3399 processor, with the easiest to work with (for non-Chinese readers) probably being Firefly-RK3399. Shenzhen Xunlong is working on their own Orange Pi RK3399 board, 9Tripod released their X3399 SoM and devkit, Boardcon has also launched their own RK3399 SoM (system-on-module) and baseboard solution with respectively PICO3399 CPU module and EM3399 board.

PICO3399 SoM specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3399 hexa core processor with a dual ARM Cortex-A72 core cluster @ up to 2.0 GHz, quad ARM Cortex-A53 cluster, and ARM Mali-T860MP4 GPU
  • System Memory – 4GB LPDDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash
  • 314-pin edge connector with 2x USB2.0 Host, 2x USB3.0 or 2x  Type-C, UART, MIPI, GbE, HDMI in&out, Audio, I2C, I2S, PCI-E, SD/MMC/SDIO, GPIO, eDP..
  • Power Supply – 5V
  • Dimensions – 82 x 50mm (8 layers)

The company provides support  for Android6.0.1 and Debian for the module. If the info provided in the website is correct, the Android BSP includes Linux 4.4.36 kernel, U-boot 2014-10, and drivers, while the Debian BSP includes Linux 4.4.41 kernel, U-boot 2016-12-03, and drivers.

You can get started quickly with the CPU module using EM3399 development board with the following specifications:

  • Socket for PICO3399 CPU module
  • External storage – 1x micro SD socket, PCIe connector for SSD
  • Display & Video Output
    • Output – 1x eDP LCD via 40-pin header, 2x MIPI DSI connector, 1x HDMI 1.4/2.0 port
    • Input – HDMI input via TC358749XBG
  • Audio – ALC5651 audio codec; 3.5mm audio jack
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) port, optional 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi & Bluetooth 4.1 (AP6354), SIM card slot, optional 3G/4G mini PCIe card
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host, 1x USB3.0 host, 1x USB Type-C
  • Camera I/F – 2x MIPI CSI with 3D capture support
  • Expansion
    • 1x PCIe x4 slot for graphics card
    • 1x PCIe connector for SSD or 3G module
    • 5 “GPIO” headers for a total of 122 I/Os
  • Debugging – 1x 3-pin UART header
  • Misc – RTC powered by external lithium battery; Recover, Power, Reset buttons;
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A via power barrel
  • Dimensions – 145 x 100 mm

The module is expected to be used in application such as  smart devices, digital signage, all-in-one machines, PoS systems, vehicle control terminals, etc…

The module and board appear to be available now, but price is not public since I understand the company focuses on the B2B market. You’ll find further details on the product page.

Thanks to Theguyuk for the tip.

Shuttle NS02E Rockchip RK3368 Android mini PC Supports PoE for Digital Signage and Thin Clients

April 28th, 2017 3 comments

The market is flooded of octa-core Android mini PCs or TV boxes for the consumer market, but Rockchip RK3368 powered Shuttle NS02E Android mini PC targets a different mark, specifically digital signage and thin clients as it’s been designed for 24/7 nonstop operation, and supports features such as PoE (Power over Ethernet).

Shuttle XPC nano NS02E specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3368 ARM Cortex A53 processor @ up to 1.5 GHz with Imagination PowerVR G6110 “Rogue” GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB RAM
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash, 2.5″ SATA bay for 7″ drives (requires one extra optional accessory), SD card reader
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0
  • Audio Output – Via HDMI, 3.5mm Line OUT audio jack
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (RTL8211-CG transceiver) with PoE support, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 (RTL8723BS module)
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – Kensington lock hole, power button, power LED, HDD LED, VESA mount, RTC + battery
  • Power Supply
    • Optional 12V/2A via power barrel
    • PoE 802.3af (Up to 12.9W) or POE+ 802.3at (up to 25.5W) with the later recommended with a 2.5″ drive or external USB peripherals
  • Dimensions – 141 x 141 x 29 mm (slim plastic chassis)
  • Weight – 270 grams
  • Operating Temperature Range – 0 to 40 °C
  • Certifications – EMI: CE, FCC, BSMI, RCM, CCC, R&TTE; safety: CB, BSMI, ETL; others: RoHS, EuP Lot 6

The mini PC runs Android 5.1.1, and the company highlights features like screen rotation function, HDMI output scaler function (zoom in/out), auto power-on-after-power-fail, and wake up / Standby by RTC time.

NS02E also includes digital signage software, and DS Creator 2.0 app can be used with an Android 4.2 or greater phone or tablet to upload digital signage content such as scrolling text, pictures, videos and webpage links to your digital signage player, as well as to configure the display layout.

NS02E does not ship with a power supply by default, as it’s meant to be powered by a PoE switch or PoE injector. If you do not need PoE, but are still interested i nthe mini PC features and capabilities, NS02A model is better suited as it does not support PoE, but comes with a 12V/2A power supply by default.

Shuttle XPC Nano NS02E is sold for $162.15 on Amazon US, while NS02A goes for $141.59. You’ll find more details on Shuttle NS02E and NS02A product pages.

Thanks to ML for the tip.

GIGABYTE BRIX IoT Apollo Lake Fanless mini PC is Designed for the Internet of Things, Digital Signage, Thin Clients

April 7th, 2017 11 comments

GIGABYTE has unveiled BRIX IoT mini PC powered by either Intel Celeron N3450 or Pentium N4200 processor both part of Intel’s Apollo Lake family, and as the name implied the devices target Internet of Things applications.

GIGABYTE BRIX IoT specifications:

  • SoC (one or the other)
    • Intel Celeron  N3450 quad core processor @ up to 2.2GHz with Intel HD graphics 500 (6W TDP)
    • Intel Pentium N4200 quad core processor @ up to 2.5GHz with Intel HD graphics 505 (6W TDP)
  • System Memory – 2x SO-DIMM DDR3L slots @ 1333/1600/1866 MHz up to 8GB
  • Storage – 1x M.2 slot, 1x micro SD slot, optional 32 or 64GB eMMC flash
  • Connectivity
    • Dual Gigabit Ethernet via Realtek RTL8111HS
    • Intel Dual band Wireless-AC 3165 module with two SMA antenna connectors
    • 3G via mini PCIe slot and SIM card slot with one SMA antenna connector
  • Video Output – Dual HDMI 1.4b up to 3840×2160 @ 30 Hz
  • Audio – Realtek ALC255 audio codec; microphone/headphone jack, via HDMI ports
  • USB – 4x USB 3.0 (2x front, 2x rear)
  • Serial – 1x COM port (RS232/422/485) via RJ45 connector (ring indicator not supported)
  • Expansion
    • 1x M.2 slot (2280_storage) SATA
    • 1x M.2 NGFF 2230 A-E key slot occupied by WiFi+BT card
    • 1x Half-size mini-PCIe slot for 3G module
    • 1x Micro SIM card connector
  • Misc – Power button, Kensington lock slot, TPM header
  • Power Supply – 19 or 12V DC (shipped with 19V/65W power supply)
  • Dimensions  – 165 x 105 x 27mm; motherboard: 150 x 100 mm
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0°C to +50°C; storage:: -20°C to +60°C

The fanless IoT gateway ships with a power supply, 75×75 and 100×100 VESA brackets, and is said to support Windows 10 64-bit. The company also expects the mini PC to be used in thin clients, POS solutions, and digital signage.

Price and availability information could not be found, but you may be able to find more details on GIGABYTE GB-EAPD-4200 and GB-EACE-3450 product pages.

Via FanlessTech

MQMaker Koala is a Features-Packed Development Board Powered by Rockchip RK3288 Processor

March 31st, 2017 5 comments

MQMaker launched MiQi board based on Rockchip RK3288 quad core Cortex A17 processor last year with the hardware aimed at hobbyists and makers, but the company has been developing a higher-end board – named Koala – based on the same processor, featuring many more ports and features, and geared towards the enterprise market.

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Koala board preliminary specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip 3288 quad core ARM Cortex A17 up to 1.8 GHz with Mali-T764 GPU supporting OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 /3.0, and OpenCL 1.1
  • System Memory –  2GB DDR3 (default)
  • Storage – 16 GB eMMC flash (default) + micro SD slot
  • Video Output / Display Interface – HDMI 2.0, header for eDP, MIPI, LVDS, LCD backlight header, touch panel header
  • Audio – HDMI out, optical S/PDIF, 3.5mm analog stereo audio jack, microphone header, audio L/R header
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi or WiFi + Bluetooth module, mini PCIe slot for 3G/4G card + SIM card slot
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 type A host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port, 3x USB 2.0 headers
  • Camera – CIF connector, MIPI CSI connector
  • Debugging – Serial console header
  • Expansion Headers – I2C header, 4x UART headers, SPI header, SAR ADC header, GPIO header
  • Misc – Power switch, user button, IR receiver
  • Power Supply – 12 V DC via power barrel or header
  • Dimensions – TBD

The board will run Android 5.1 and Debian Linux, with only Linux source code provided, i.e. no Android SDK. Applications for the board include digital signage, gaming and entertainment.

The board is supposed to be available unless there has been some unexpected delays since December, but pricing has not been publicly disclosed, and currently the product page has very limited information.

Thanks to Jernej for the tip.

VIA VTS-8589 OPS Board Powered by NXP i.MX 6 ARM Processor Complies with Intel’s OPS Digital Signage Specifications

March 29th, 2017 2 comments

Intel introduced the Open Pluggable Specifications (OPS) defining mechanical and electrical requirements for boards used in digital signage back in 2010. Since then there has been a few Intel OPS boards launched on the market, and the company introduced OPS+ specifications with support for simultaneous display and broadcast usages, 8K resolution displays, and the ability to drive three individual 4K resolution display outputs. VIA has now launched VTS-8589 OPS board compliant with the older specifications, and featuring NXP i.MX6 quad core ARM Cortex A9 processor combined with 2GB RAM, 8GB flash, and more.

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VIA VTS-8589 OPS has two version of the board with the following specifications:

  • SoC
    • VTS-8589-QP model – NXP i.MX 6QuadPlus quad ARM Cortex-A9 processor @ 1.0 GHz with Vivante GC2000+ GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL and OpenVG 1.1, 512KB embedded SRAM
    • VTS-8589 model – NXP i.MX 6Quad quad ARM Cortex-A9 processor @ 1.0 GHz with Vivante GC2000 GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL and OpenVG 1.1, 256KB embedded SRAM
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC Flash memory, micro SD slot, 4MB SPI Flash ROM for bootloader
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 transmitter
  • Connectivity –  Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port (Micrel KSZ9031RNX), 802.11 b/g/n WiFi (Realtek RTL8189ETV SDIO module )
  • Audio – NXP SGTL5000 low power stereo codec
  • USB – USB 2.0 high speed 4-port hub controller (SMSC USB2514) with 2x USB A ports, 2x USB via OPS connector
  • 1x OPS JAE TX25 connector with 1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x UART (TTL 3V3), GPIOs, audio, and power 12~19V
  • Debugging – 1x JTAG pin header
  • Misc – Reset button, boot Flash select pin header, RTC battery connector
  • Power Supply – 12~19V DC-in included in OPS Connector
  • Dimensions – 12.1cm x 11.4cm
  • Temperature Range – 0°C ~ 45°C
  • Humidity – 0% ~ 90% relative humidity; non-condensing

VTS-8589 model with the older processor supports Linux 3.10.53, while VTS-8589-QP supports Linux 4.1.15. The BSP supports HTML5-based digital signage applications, as well as hardware-accelerated 1080p H.264 or VC1 video decoding in the Chromium browser.

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The board itself is designed to fits in OPS-compliant displays, but for development and testing purpose, the company also offers the VTS-8592 OPS I/O card with an HDMI port, two USB 2.0 ports, an audio jack, reset and power buttons, as well as a 12~19V DC power jack.
The OPS board and I/O card appear to be available now at an undisclosed price. You can visit the product page for more information.

Dell Edge Gateway 3000 Series Are Powered by Intel Bay Trail-I SoCs for Automation, Transportation, and Digital Signage

March 17th, 2017 No comments

Dell has recently introduced Edge Gateway 3000 series with three models powered by Intel Bay Trail-I processor, running Ubuntu Core 16 or Windows 10 IoT, with each model targeting respectively general-purpose automation, transportation & logistics, and digital signage and retail.

The specifications for the three models can be found in the table below.

Dell Edge Gateway 3001
Model for General-Purpose Automation
Dell Edge Gateway 3002
Model for Transportation & Logistics
Dell Edge Gateway 3003
Model for Media & Retail Kiosks
SoC Intel Atom E3805 dual core processor  @ 1.33 GHz (3W TDP) Intel Atom E3815 single core processor @ 1.46 GHz with GPU @ 400 MHz (5W TDP)
System Memory 2 GB DDR3L-1066
Storage 8 or 32 GB eMMC flash
Industrial-grade Micro-SD card: 8GB / 16GB / 32 GB / 64 GB
Connectivity 1 x 10/100 Fast Ethernet (RJ-45)
with PoE (15.4W)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Optional ZigBee module.
2x 10/100 Fast Ethernet (RJ-45), main port supports PoE (15.4W)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Integrated Zigbee/802.15.4 module for mesh
networking.
2 x 10/100 Fast Ethernet (RJ-45).
Main port supports PoE (15.4W)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Optional ZigBee module
Cellular Connectivity 3G or 4G LTE for select countries, US/Canada 4G LTE with AT&T or Verizon
Video & Audio DisplayPort 1.1 up to 2560×[email protected]
3.5mm Line Out/Line
In; RealTek codec
Serial Interfaces 2x RS-232/422/485.
GPIOs 8x channel, independently
programmable, DAC, ADC.
CAN Bus CAN2.0 A/B/FD 1Mbps (CAN2.0), 5Mbps (CAN-FD)
USB 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0
GNSS Integrated GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Pressure, Temperature and Humidity
Power Supply 12V-57V wide DC input;
PoE compliant with IEEE 802.3.af standard up to 15.4 W, 48 V over existing Ethernet infrastructure, no
modifications required.
Dimensions 125 mm x 125 mm x 51 mm
Weight Around 1.1 kg

While all three models can run Ubuntu Core 16 and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSB 2016, the latter requires a 32GB eMMC flash. Each gateway also comes with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0, secure boot, BIOS password and I/O port disablement, and a fleet of gateway can be managed via Dell Edge Device Manager (EDM) cloud-based manageability suite (sold separately).

Gateway 30001 used for Mining Operations – Click to Enlarge

The gateway can be used for all sort of applications from mining management systems as shown above, to 18-wheelers, and revenue generating city fountains.

Dell Edge Gateway 3000 series will start selling this May for $399 and up. More details can be found on Dell website.