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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).

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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.

Giada F105D Apollo Lake Mini PC Supports up to 3 Displays via HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort, and VGA Ports

December 22nd, 2016 No comments

Giada F105D is an upcoming mini PC powered by either a Celeron N3350 dual core or N3450 quad core processor part of Apollo Lake family with up to 4GB RAM, a 2.5″ SATA bay, and three video outputs: HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort and VGA.

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Except for the processor, F105D-BS200 and F105D-BQ200 mini PCs have the same specifications:

  • SoC
    • F105D-BS200 – Intel Celeron N3350 dual core processor @ 1.1 / 2.4 GHz with 12EU Intel HD 500 graphics (6W TDP)
    • F105D-BQ200 – Intel Celeron N3450 quad core processor @ 1.1 / 2.2 GHz with 12EU Intel HD 500 graphics (6W TDP)
  • System Memory – Up to 4GB DDR3L-1600MHz with 2GB on-board + 2GB on 204-pin SO-DIMM socket
  • Storage – 1x 2.5″ SATA drive bay (max. height 7.5mm), 1x M.2 (PCIe), 1x mSATA III, 1x micro SD slot
  • Video Output
    • VGA up to 2560×1600 @ 60Hz, 24bpp
    • HDMI 2.0 up to 3840×2160 @ 60Hz, 2560×1600 @ 60Hz, 24bpp
    • DisplayPort up to 4096×2160 @ 60Hz
  • Audio – Realtek ALC662-VDO, 1x MIC-IN, 1x AUDIO OUT & SPDIF, HDMI & DisplayPort
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports (Realtek 8111F) with Wake-on-LAN support
  • USB – 3x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Expansion – 1x full-length Mini-PCIe with SSD support, 1x halg/full-length Mini-PCIe with Wi-Fi / BT module support
  • Misc – 1x COM port (DB9), watchdog timer
  • Power Supply – 19V/2.1 A
  • Dimensions – 190 x 149 x 26 mm
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The mini PC will support Windows 10 and Linux operating systems, and optionally comes with desk, wall and/or VESA mounting kits. The company states that the solution is ideal for “digital signage applications, such as government, office, bank, shopping mall, hospital, interactive All-in-One PC”.

I could not find any details about availability and pricing, but the F105D appears to be an upgrade of Braswell based F103D model that sells for the equivalent of $250 in South Africa with 2GB RAM. You may find a few more details about the two new Apollo Lake models on their product page.

Via AndroidPC.es

Grid-EYE Breakout Board is a $49 Low Resolution Thermal Camera Module

November 29th, 2016 10 comments

Thermal cameras can be really expensive pieces of equipment, and even the cheap 60×60 thermal cameras available on Aliexpress costs a little over $200. However, PURE Engineering has made an breakout board with Panasonic Grid-EYE infrared 8×8 array sensor that allows you to experiment with the technology, or integrate into your own projects for just $49.

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Grid-EYE breakout board features:

  • Panasonic Grid-EYE AMG8834 64 pixel infrared / thermal camera sensor with 60 degree viewing angle using MEMS thermopile technology
  • Pinout compatible with Arduino Zero,  ST-NUCLEO board, and other 3.3V boards with I2C, VDD, GND, INT, and AD pins
  • PUREModules PCB edge connectors with UART, GPIO, to interface with the company’s IoT board
  • Power Supply – On-board regulator handles 3 to 5V input

The Panasonic sensor transfers thermal presence, direction, and temperature values over I2C. The company wrote a demo for the module with an Arduino sketech and a Processing sketch both available on github, and you can see it in action in the video below using an ice pack and a hot coffee mug.

Applications listed by Panasonic for this sensor include digital signage, security, lighting control, kiosk/ATM, medical imaging, automatic doors, thermal mapping, people counting, robotics, and others.

The board is now listed on GroupGets for $49, and 100 boards need to be sold for the group buying campaign to be successful. More details may be available on the product’s page on Pure Engineering website. Alternatively, you could also get AMG8834EK Grid-EYE evaluation kit with the IR camera, an Atmel SAMD21G18A MCU, and Bluetooth Smart connectivity for about $95 on Newark or 48.99 GPB (~$61) on Farnell UK.

[Update: PUREmodules modular system has been launched a kickstarter campaign, but it does not seem to include the thermal camera]

Zidoo Releases Digital Signage SDK for X8 and X9S Android TV Boxes

November 23rd, 2016 2 comments

Zidoo X9S and X8 are Android 6.0 + OpenWrt TV boxes powered by Realtek RTD1295 processor with HDMI input supporting PIP, UDP broadcasting and video recording, which works reasonably well despite some 4K video decoding limitations. The company has now released a “digital signage SDK” – which I’d rather just call a digital signage demo – working on either device on github, but you can still study the source code in order to build your own.

zidoo-digital-signageSome of the possible features showcased in the demo include:

  • Digital Signage (AD) player as shown above with video, picture and scrolling text
  • Multi Views display (HDMI IN + Video playing + Web browsing)
  • Multi Videos decode
  • Screen rotation
  • Screen zoom in / out
  • Display output resolution switch
  • HDMI IN player
  • HDMI IN picture in picture (PIP)

So it’s not a total solution, just an “SDK” showing what can be done with media files, and you’d still have to write your own app managing content updates (from storage or network), as well as some content management software.

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Two apks are used: ZidooDigitalDemo_1.0.apk whose Java source code is available as shown in the screenshot above, and zidoo_share_1.0.5.apk, closed source with not details provided, but that’s probably what ties the solution only to Zidoo X8 or Z9S hardware. I’m guessing it’s just a server/service between the demo and lower level functions.

[Update: A demo video has been uploaded

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Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 to be launched by the end of the year, used in NEC displays

October 14th, 2016 38 comments

Eben Upton had already mentioned the Raspberry Pi Foundation was working on a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 based on the same Broadcom BCM2837 quad core Cortex A53 processor and 1GB LPDDR2 RAM used in Raspberry Pi 3 board earlier this year, but few details had been provided at the time.

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RPI Compute Module 3 in NEC Display – Click to Enlarge

The module is still not available, but NEC Display Solutions Europe has already announced they are working on integrating Compute Module 3 into commercial displays starting with 40″, 48″ and 55″ models in January 2017, and up to 98″ by the end of next year, used for digital signage and presentation platforms.

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation goes on to say they’ve been working on NEC project for over a year now, and they expect to release Compute Module 3 to the general public by the end of the year. Price and complete technical details have not been released yet.

You can also watch the video below with NEC announcing Raspberry Pi 3 module based Displays at the 7:43 mark.

Via Raspberry Pi Blog