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Banana Pi M2 is an Allwinner A31s Quad Core Board with Raspberry Pi Model B+ Form Factor

December 2nd, 2014 6 comments

Banana Pi, and the recently announced Banana Pro, are Android & Linux development boards based on Allwinner A20, with a form factor similar to Raspberry Pi Model B and B+ boards respectively. A new revision of the board is now available with Banana Pi M2 powered by Allwinner A31s quad core processor, and in a form factor similar to R-Pi B+.

Banana_Pi_M2Banana Pi M2 specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner A31s quad core Cortex A7 @ 1.0 GHz with PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage –  Micro SD slot up to 64GB
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi  (Realtek)
  • Video Output –  HDMI, CVBS, and LVDS/RGB header
  • Audio Output – HDMI and 3.5mm stereo jack
  • Camera – CSI connector
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports + micro USB port (power only)
  • Debugging – UART pins for serial console
  • Expansion Header – 40-pin R-Pi “somewhat” compatible header with 2×13 UART, I2C bus, SPI bus, CAN bus, ADC, PWM, 3.3V, 5V, ground
  • Misc – IR Receiver, power, reboot and reset buttons.
  • Power Supply – 5V in via MicroUSB (DC in only)
  • Dimensions – 92x60mm (R-Pi B+: 85×56 mm)
  • Weight – 48 grams
  • Temperature Range – -15 to 75 C

Banana_Pi_M2_Realtek_WiFiAlbeit similar, components placement and board dimensions are not exactly the same as on the Raspberry Pi B+, as are mounting holes, so it may not be compatible with Hats expansion boards, and other R-Pi accessories. The board will run Android 4.2, Firefox OS, and Linux distributions, but there isn’t any information yet on bananapi.com, and I got details from G+.

Banana Pi M2 is not yet listed on SinoVoiP Aliexpress store, but one European retailer will set it for 99 Euros excluding VAT (currently out of stock). [ Update: retail price has not been confirmed yet. but volume price should be $50 per unit]

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MatchStick’s Firefox OS Firmware Ported to MK808B mini PC

October 7th, 2014 4 comments

MatchStick is an HDMI Stick running Firefox OS and designed to stream online video, mirroring browsers, etc.. which makes it very similar to a Chromecast, even using the same DIAL protocol. The hardware is based on Rockchip RK3066, and Mozilla released an SDK for the device. Since there are quite a few Rockchip RK3066 TV sticks out there, BalintBanyasz announced he ported MatchStick’s firmware to MK808B (with RK903 Wi-Fi module), and has now provided the firmware and instructions on Freaktab. The firmware is based on Linux kernel 3.0.36+ used in Android 4.2.2.

MatchStick Home Screen (Click for Original Size)

MatchStick Home Screen on MK808B (Click for Original Size)

Once you’ve flash the firmware (matchstick-flingone-b2g2.0-201409281739-mk808b.img.7z) to MK808B, and installed MatchStick app / add-on in your Android device or Firefox Browser (iOS app coming) soon, you can “fling” a YouTube video from your phone / browser to your TV through MK808B as follows:

  • Open MatchStick app on your phone in order to detect the hotspot (MatchStickXXXX) created by MK808B.
  • Click on the ESSID and press “Set up”
  • Select the “I can find the code” option and set a name for the device
  • Select your Wi-Fi router ESSID, enter the Wi-Fi password, and click “Setup network”.
  • The app will show “MatchStickXXXX is successfully set up!” and the TV: “Ready to Fling” as in the screenshot above
  • Now that the setup is completed, you can close MatchStick app.
  • Open any app that support Google Cast (e.g. YouTube, Netflix…), press the Cast button in the top-right corner, select your MatchStick device, and enjoy!
Youtube Video Casted to MK808B with MatchStick Firmware

Youtube Video Casted to MK808B with MatchStick Firmware

The firmware might also work on other Rockchip RK3066 based hardware featuring RK903 Wi-Fi module (Broadcom BCM40183 chipset), including Uhost U2, Probox2 Ultimate, and Minix Neo X5. So if you already have one of these devices, you can give it a try while waiting for the $18 MatchStick, which has now raised well over $300,000 from about 12,600 backers on Kickstarter, and should ship on February 2015.

Thanks to Harley for the tip.

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KDDI Unveils Tiny BLE/Zigbee Development Board Running Mozilla Firefox OS

October 6th, 2014 3 comments

KDDI has recently announced Open Web Board, an HDMI TV stick powered by Rockchip RK3066, and running Firefox OS, just like the recently announced MatchStick. The board is however aimed at embedded and web developers who want to create apps for Firefox OS, and interface with external devices over Bluetooth Low Energy or Zigbee (optional module) communication, optionally using Gluin, a web based graphical “application development tool that enables simple linking programming between electronic devices”.

Open Web Board (Click to Enlarge)

Open Web Board (Click to Enlarge)

Open Web Board specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3066 dual core Cortex A9 processor @ 1.6 Ghz with Mali-400 MP4 GPU
  • System Memory – 1 GB RAM
  • Storage – 8 GB flash
  • Video Output – HDMI
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x micro USB for power
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (AP6210 module), Bluetooth 2.1 (HFP/A2DP/AVRCP)/4.0 GATT. and optional Zigbee via external module
  • Dimensions – Small

This dongle runs Firefox OS 1.4. KDDI showcased the board at Mozilla Open Web Day in Tokyo yesterday (05/10/2014), with ToCoStick wireless (Zigbee?) dongle as shown in the picture above.

Screenshot of Gluin Graphical Development Tool

Screenshot of Gluin Graphical Development Tool

KDDI launched a developer website called “au Firefox OS Portal Site” (Japanese), although it appears mostly under constructions at this stage with limited information. I could not find price information, and it will probably only be available in Japan. However, somebody already ported MatchStick Firefox OS firmware to MK808. so you may be still be able to play with KDDI solution as long as they release the full source code, if you own another Rockchip RK3066 mini PC.

Via Liliputing and Mini PCs Community.

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$18 Matchstick is an HDMI TV Stick Running Firefox OS (Crowdfunding)

October 1st, 2014 11 comments

A few month ago, a Firefox OS HDMI streaming stick (codenamed netcast) by Mozilla that would compete with Google Chromecast was previewed. It is now called Matchstick, based on Rockchip RK3066 and has just been launched on Kickstarter.

MatchStickMatchStick technical specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3066 dual core Cortex A9 processor @ 1.2 GHz with Mali-400 MP4 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3 (micron)
  • Storage – 4 GB flash.  (FORSEE, NCEFES86 eMMC)
  • Video Output – HDMI
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (AP6181?), but the board supports other Wi-Fi modules include AP6210 and AP6330, and many people are asking for dual band Wi-Fi in comments, so maybe a stretch goal…
  • USB – 1x micro USB port for power
  • Power – 5V via micro USB port. TPS659102 PMIC.
  • Dimensions – 110 x 40 x 11 mm

The Firefox OS dongle will come with an HDMI extension Cable, a micro USB Cable, and a 5V power adapter. The company claims MatchStick is an open source hardware device, but the schematics are only available in PDF format, at least at this stage. The board is called netcast-RK3066 in the schematics. The software however will be completely open source, except the parts that can’t be.

Mozilla_netcast_v20
Based on these hardware specs, MatchStick will be more like a Chromecast, than a fully-fledged Android TV stick. It will let you stream online videos and music from services like Netflix, Youtube, Hulu, Spotify, etc… installable from MatchStick appstore, and since the platform is open to developer, more so than Chromecast, more apps should come online over time. You’ll be able to control the stick from a PC using Firefox or Chrome (mirroring or streaming), as well as Android and iOS devices.

MatchStick/Sender/Cloud Software and Network Block Diagram

MatchStick/Sender/Cloud Software and Network Block Diagram

The company has almost reached it $100,000 funding target in less than a day. The first 500 units were available for $12, but they’ll all been taken away, and you can still get a MatchStick for $18, plus $5 shipping if you live outside of the US, with delivery scheduled for February 2015. If you are not a big fan of crowdfunding platforms, the device will retail for $25. If you are a developer, you can apply for one of the 250 units the company will sent for app development. More information can also be found on MatchStick.tv website, especially with regards to software development with the API details, and SDK download link.

Thanks to Appelboor for the tip.

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$33 Intex Cloud Fx Firefox OS Smartphone Coming to India

August 26th, 2014 4 comments

Mozilla promised $25 smartphones running Firefox OS based on a Spreadtrum Cortex A5 application processor earlier this year, mostly for emerging markets. Thanks to Intex Cloud Fx smartphone selling for 1,999 Rs ($33) in India, we’re almost there.

Intex_Firefox_OS_SmartphoneIntex Cloud Fx specifications:

  • SoC – Spreadtrum SC6821 @ 1.0 GHz
  • System Memory – 128MB RAM
  • Storage – 256MB, expandable up to 4GB via external memory.
  • Display – 3.5” HVGA (480 x 320) touchscreen display
  • Cellular Network – GSM:900/1800MHz. GPRS/EDGE. Dual SIM support.
  • Connectivity – WiFi, Bluetooth, and FM radio
  • Audio – Loudspeaker, 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • Camera – 2MP rear camera
  • USB – Yes (micro SD port?)
  • Battery – 1250mAh lithium-ion battery (4 hours of talk time, 200 hours standby)
  • Dimensions – 115.9 x 62 x 11.8mm
  • Weight – 104 grams

The phone is said to come pre-loaded with Facebook and Twitter apps, some games, Whatsapp is supported via third party app/service, and it can handle English,Hindi,and Tamil languages. The phone comes  with earphones, the battery, a travel charger, a data cable, a user’s manual, and a warranty card. The memory and storage will certainly limit what you can do, but this smartphone is priced like a feature phone, so certainly looks value for money.

If you are based in India, you can get it from Snapdeal.com for 1,999 Rs with free delivery. I usually mention the device should eventually show up on Aliexpress, but this smartphone appears to be manufactured in India by Intex. The company plans to sell 500,000 unit this year alone.

Via Liliputing and The Indian Express.

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Pictures and Specs for CubieBoard 8 Development Board Powered by AllWinner A80 SoC

July 1st, 2014 14 comments

Back in April, AllWinner announced partnerships with Linksprite and CubieTech for respectively PcDuino 8 and Cubieboard 8 development boards to feature  AllWinner A80 octa core ARM Cortex 15/A7 big.little SoC. However, at the time all we got was some photo-shopped pictures of older versions of the boards with an A80 processor pasted by graphics designers. Some pictures of Cubieboard 8 have now surfaced, and they are clear enough so that we can start to get most of the specs.

Cubieboard 8 (Click to Enlarge)

Cubieboard 8 (Click to Enlarge)

Here are Cubieboard 8 specifications derived from the pictures (incomplete because we don’t have pictures of the back of the board):

  • SoC – AllWinner A80 octa core big.LITTLE processor with 4 ARM Cortex A15 cores, 4 Cortex A7 cores, and Imagination PowerVR G6200 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3 (4x SKhynix H5TQ4G83AFR – 4Gbit RAM chips) – TBC in case they’ve added more RAM chips at the back, unlikely IMHO.
  • Storage – TBD (At the back?) + SD Card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI and VGA
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, Line In, Line Out, and optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6330 module)
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x Micro-B USB 3.0 port
  • Debugging – UART close to VGA port (TBC)
  • Expansion Header – 20 pin header
  • Misc – RTC battery slot, 2 LEDs, 3 push buttons
  • Power – Round DC power jack (5V?)
Top View (Click to Enlarge)

Top View (Click to Enlarge)

That’s about all we know for now. AllWinner announced support for Android, Chrome OS (Chromium OS?), Ubuntu, Firefox OS, and Windows RT, so hopefully most will also be available with the board expect probably Windows RT, and possibly Chrome OS. Price and availability are unknown, but since AllWinner A80 MP is supposed to start this month, and in a previous interview, a $100 price target had been talked about, I’m really expecting the board to be available for around $100 by the end of this month.

Thanks to Jibril!

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Mozilla Netcast is ChromeCast-like Device Powered by Firefox OS

June 21st, 2014 2 comments

According to Gigaom, Mozilla has been working on an HDMI TV dongle that might be codenamed Netcast with ChromeCast like video streaming and screen mirroring functionalities, and that runs Firefox OS with an open bootloader.

Mozilla_Netcast
There aren’t any hardware details available for the device, but we more or less know how it will work. As you are using your Firefox browser or another Firefox OS, you can simply click a “Casting button” to watch YouTube videos, mirror the screen or so on. I also understand it will be compatible with ChromeCast apps.

Gigaom got hold of an engineering sample and gave it a try run Firefox browser in Android (Nexus 7), and playing a YouTube video on the TV using Netcast.

It’s also working with Google Music, Plex, but some other apps are not working just yet.

Mozilla’s media casting device has not been officially announced yet, so we don’t know when it will be available, nor its price. But since they’ve given a demo sample to the press, we can only assume it won’t be that far off, and pricing should be at least equivalent to ChromeCast, i.e. $35, or it’s unlikely to gain traction.

Thanks to CSilie!

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Firefox OS Smartphones, Tablets and Reference Designs at Mobile World Congress 2014

February 24th, 2014 3 comments

Beside the $25 smartphone, Mozilla has also announced a number of smartphones and tablets running Firefox OS during an event at Mobile World Congress 2014. The first devices such as ZTE Open featured a single core processor, the new models come with more powerful dual and quad core processors, mostly from Qualcomm, but also WonderMedia and AllWinner, together with better screen and features. Let’s have a look.

ZTE Open C and Open II

ZTE_Open_CZTE Open C smartphone features a 4″ display (800 x 480 resolution), powered by Qualcomm Snadragon 200 SoC @ 1.2 GHz, 512MB of RAM, a 2MP camera, as well as a 1,200mAh battery. Engadget has an hands-on video.

ZTE Open II sports a 3.5″ (HVGA -> 480×320) display, with a dual core Snapdragon processor @ 1.2 GHz, 256 MB, 2GB flash, a 2MP camera, and a 1150 mh, according to CNet. It also supports 3G networks.

Both devices run Firefox OS 1.3.

Alcatel OneTouch Fire C, Fire E, Fire S Smartphones, and Fire 7 tablets

Alcatel_OneTouch_Firefox_OSAlcatel unveiled three Firefox OS smartphones:

  • OneTouch Fire S – 4.5″ IPS display, 960 x 540 resolution, with Quacomm Snapdragon quad core processor @ 1.2 GHz, with 4G LTE support, an 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, NFC, and GPS.
  • OneTouch Fire E – 4.5″ display (not IPS), dual core CPU, 512 MB RAM, 4GB Flash, and 5MP and 0.3MP cameras.
  • OneTouch Fire C – 3.5″ display (HVGA), dual core @ 1.2 GHz,  and VGA camera.

OneTouch Fire 7 will come with a 7″ diaplay (qHD -> 960x 540), a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 4GB NAND flash (expandable via micro SD card slot) and a whopping 2GB RAM (Or is it 2Gbit?), as well as front and rear VGA cameras. It weights  285g and has a thickness of 9.9mm.

CNET reports Fire C and Fire E smartphones will be available in Q2, for respectively 59 and 139 Euros, whereas Fire S and Fire 7 will retail for 169 and 79 Euros in Q3 2014. All new Alcatel devices run Firefox 1.3.

Huawei AscendY300

Huawei_Ascend_Y300Huawei Ascend Y300 will come with a 4″ WVGA display, and be powered by a dual core Snapdragon 8225 processor @ 1 GHz with 512MB RAM. It also packs a 1,950mAh battery, and 5MP and VGA cameras. Contrary to the aforementioned devices running Firefox OS 1.3, Huawei phone runs version 1.1 of the mobile operating system. You can find more details on Huawei Ascend Y300 F1 post.

Firefox OS Flame Reference Smartphone

Firefox OS Flame Reference Smartphone

LG Fireweb

LG will also run Mozilla Firefox OS 1.1, and features a 4″ display (480x 320), Qualcomm snapdragon processor @ 1GHz processor, and 5 MP camera. It also supports 3G, GPS and FM radio. Fireweb will be available in Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.

Firefox OS Flame and VIA Vixen Reference Designs

Beside consumer products, Mozilla also added two reference designs for developers and manufacturers on top of the existing InFocus New Tab F1 powered by AllWinner A31:

  • Firefox OS Flame – Smartphone with a 4.5″ display (854 x 480 pixel), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8210) dual-core processor @ 1.2 GHz , 8 GB  NAND flash, and between 256MB and 1GB RAM (adjustable by developer). The phone also includes 5MP rear and 2MP front-facing cameras, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G UMTS, and NFC wireless, as well as a 1800mAh battery.
  • VIA Vixen – Tablet with 7″ LCD screen (1024×600), powered by VIA WonderMedia WM8880 dual core Cortex A9 processor @ 1.2 GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU, 8GB storage, 1GB RAM, 0.3 MP and 2.0 MP cameras, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, and a 4,000 mAh battery.

Developers, testers, and people ready to localize and translate Firefox OS UI, can apply for a free Infocus or Vixen tablet via Mozilla’s Expanded Tablet Contribution Program.

Via Liliputing

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