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MYIR MYS-6ULX is a $25 Single Board Computer based on NXP i.MX 6ULL/6UL Processor for IoT and Industry 4.0

April 12th, 2017 8 comments

MYIR Tech has released MYS-6ULX single board computer based on  NXP i.MX 6ULL/6UL Cortex-A7 processor designed for either Industry 4.0 with MYS-6ULX-IND model, or the Internet of Things for MYS-6ULX-IOT. Both boards include 256MB DDR3 SDRAM, 256MB NAND flash, USB, USB, Ethernet, LCD interfaces and more, in a compact 70 x 55mm form factor.

“Industry 4.0” Board

Both boards have very similar specifications.

Features MYS-6ULX-IND MYS-6ULX-IOT
SoC NXP i.MX 6UltraLite (MCIMX6G2CVM05AA) with an ARM Cortex A7 processor @ up to 696 MHz and 2D graphics accelerator NXP i.MX 6ULL (MCIMX6Y2DVM05AA) with an ARM Cortex A7 processor @ 528 MHz and 2D graphics accelerator

DDR3

256MB (support up to 2GB)
NAND Flash 256MB (support 512MB/1GB)
eMMC DNP (Do Not Populate – Reserved design for optional 4GB flash)
Ethernet 10/100Mbps
USB 1x USB Host, 1x micro USB OTG
Micro SD Card 1x Micro SD card slot
Buttons 1x Reset Button, 1x User Button

LED

1x Power Indicator, 2x User LEDs
LCD Connector 24-bit RGB LCD & Touch Screen (50-pin FPC connector)
Debug Connector 2.5mm pitch 3-pin Headers, TTL
Expansion Headers Two 2.0mm pitch 2x 20-pin headers with 1x Ethernet, 8x UARTs, 4x I2C, 2x CAN, 4x SPI, 8x ADC, 4x PWM, 2x I2S, 1x 8-bit Camera, 1x JTAG, up to 46x GPIOs
WiFi Module USB based, 2.4GHz, IEEE 802.11b/g/n standards
Dimensions 70mm x 55mm
PCB Layer 8-layer
Power Supply 5V/1A
Power Consumption About 5V/0.25A (single board)
About 5V/0.4A (board + 4.3” LCD)
About 5V/0.8A (board + 7” LCD)
Working Temp. -40°C~85°C 0°C~70°C
Target Applications Industry 4.0 IoT

So the main differences between the industrial and IoT versions are the use of i.MX 6UL processor and a wider temperature range for the former, and NXP i.MX 6LL processor and an extra WiFi module for the latter. Both boards run Linux 4.1.15 with Debian or Yocto + Qt images and BSP. The company has also implemented a demo using Amazon Alexa Voice Service available to customers.

MYiR IoT Board

Sample price for the boards is $26.80 for MYS-6ULX-IND, and $24.80 for MYS-6ULX-IOT, which you can purchase directly via the product page together with optional optional 4.3″ or 7″ LCD modules.

Hornbill ESP32 Development Boards Come with an Optional IP67 Rated Enclosure (Crowdfunding)

April 7th, 2017 1 comment

While there are plenty of ESP32 development boards, and prices have recently plummeted, getting a case for your project can still be a problem especially if you plan to use it outdoor, as you need to protect your hardware from rain and dust. Hornbill project offers two ESP-WROOM-32 based boards, a prototype board, and an IP67 certified case that could be useful for outdoor use.

Hornbill ESP32 Development Boards

Let’s start by checking the boards available starting with ” Hornbill ESP32 Dev” board with the following specs:

  • ESP-WROOM-32 module with WiFi, Bluetooth LE,  FCC, CE, IC, MIC (Telec), KCC, and NCC certifications
  • I/O headers
    • 2x 19-pin headers with GPIOs, I2C, UART, SPI, ADC, DAC, touch interface, VN/VP, 5V, 3.3V and GND
    • Breadboard-friendly
  • Debug – Built-in CP21XX USB-to-serial
  • Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port, battery header + single cell LiPo charger
  • Dimensions – TBD

ESP32 Dev (left) and ESP32 Minima (right)

ESP32 Minima is also based on ESP-WROOM-ESP32 module, but is designed for wearables with its round PCB, it only includes a header for battery power, and is limited to 16 large pads with through holes for I/Os, as well as 6 pins for programming and debugging the board.

Hornbill ESP32 Dev Pinout Diagram – Click to Enlarge

Finally, the company has also designed Hornbill ESP32 Proto board where you can solder ESP32 Dev board, and add whatever components you may need for your project. The Proto board also includes a microSD card slot, an RGB LED, an SHT 31 humidity and temperature sensor, as well as footprints for 6x IR transmitters and 1x IR Receiver.

Hornbill Weather Proof Case and Kits

Beside the boards, the developers also provide an IP67 case for it, as well as kits leveraging the case:

  • Hornbill OUR (Open Remote Control) – Bluetooth (BLE) to Infrared (IR) bridge to control IR devices with your smartphone
  • Hornbill Lights – Control RGB LED strips over Bluetooth Smart
  • Hornbill IDL (Industrial Data Logger) – Logs power and temperature values, and upload them securely to the cloud.

There’s also Hornbill Makers Kit without the case, but with Hornbill ESP32 Dev and plenty of modules to play with, such as relays, various sensors, LEDs, a buzzer, an OLED display, a mini breadboard and so on… You’ll find ESP32 firmware and Android app source code for all kits on ExploreEmbedded github account.

 

Hornbill project has just launched on CrowdSupply with the goal of raising at least $2,000. A $12 pledge is asked for Hornbill ESP32 Dev or Hornbill Minima, $15 for the case, and the kits go from $39 (Hornbill ESP32 Dev + Proto board + Case) to $79 for Hornbill Lights with a WS2812 LED strip. Worldwide shipping is included in the price, and delivery is scheduled for June 2017. Noe that this is not the first project from ExploreEmbedded, as they previously launched Explorer M3 board based on NXP LPC microcontroller. However, since CrowdSupply do not show backers’ comments, I could not check whether backers are happy, or the project shipped on time.

Bosch Rexroth IndraControl XM22 PLC Runs Ubuntu Core IoT, Supports Industrial Apps

March 23rd, 2017 7 comments

Canonical wants you to run Ubuntu apps (snaps) for everything and on all types of devices, not only on your computer or smartphone. For example, base station apps (4G LTE, Bluetooth, LoRa…) can now run on LimeSDR board, the company is pushing for branded app stores, like the one for Orange Pi Boards, and now they have introduced the concept of App Logic Controllers (ALC) which are PLC devices running apps, thus bringing the concept of apps to the industrial world. Bosch Rexroth demonstrated the solution at Embedded World 2017 on their IndraControl XM22 PLC running Ubuntu Core.

Let’s have a look at the hardware first with IndraControl XM22 specifications:

  • Processor – Intel Atom E620 one core / two threads processor @ 600 / 1300 MHz (3.3W TDP)
  • Memory – 512 MB RAM
  • Storage – likely some flash + SD card slot
  • Networking Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) port
  • USB – 1x USB host port, 1x USB device port
  • I/Os
    • Function extension – Connection of IndraControl XM extension modules XFE01-1-FB-xx via controller bus socket module XA-BS02
    • I/O extension – Connection of IndraControl S20 modules via controller bus socket module XA-BS01 or XA-BS02
  • Fieldbus
    • PROFINET RT Controller/device via extension modules
    • Master/Slave Sercos
    • EtherNet/IP Scanner/adapter via extension modules
    • PROFIBUS DP Master/Slave via extension modules
  • Power Supply – 24 V DC; Umin … Umax = 18 V … 31.2 V (including all tolerances, including ripple)
  • Certifications – CE/UL/CSA
  • Weight – 380 grams
  • Temperature Range – -25 °C … +60 °C
  • Relative humidity – 5% to 95%, EN 61131-2
  • IP Rating – IP20
  • Fatigue limits according to EN 60068-2-6 – 5 g
  • Shock resistance (single shock) according to EN 60068-2-27 – 30 g

Normally, you’d connection a few IO boxes to the PLC, and run the software. The video below shows IndraControl XM22 in action with Ubuntu.

It’s pretty with all the LEDs blinking, but I could not find the exact details about the setup. Nevertheless one of the goals of apps to to reduce the cost of hardware and software, as it should work on any device that runs Ubuntu Core with the right interfaces, including Kunbus Revolution Pi industrial computer based on Raspberry Pi.

One example of industrial app is Induscover snap app which identifies and enumerates devices through various industrial standards such as  BACnet, CoDeSys V2, EtherNet/IP, etc.. and compatible for hardware platforms such as Schneider Electric Modicon PLCs, Omron PLCs, PC Worx Protocol enabled PLCs, ProConOS enabled PLCs and Siemens SIMATIC S7 PLCs.

Snaps are supposed to be easy to install and use, and Induscover is no exception:

Those two commands will install induscover, discover attached devices, and publish discover/plc/out MQTT topic with the information. The github link to Induscover above also explain how to use Node-RED to manage and control the devices.

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You’ll find more about Rexroth IndraControl XM22 PLC / ALC on the product page.

Thanks to Jian for the tip.

NXP Introduces Kinetis K27/K28 MCU, QorIQ Layerscape LS1028A Industrial SoC, and i.MX 8X Cortex A35 SoC Family

March 15th, 2017 3 comments

NXP pushed out several press releases with the start of Embedded World 2017 in Germany, including three new micro-controllers/processors addressing different market segments: Kinetis K27/K28 MCU Cortex M4 MCU family, QorIQ Layerscape LS1028A industrial applications processor, and i.MX 8X SoC family for display and audio applications, 3D graphic display clusters, telematics and V2X (Vehicle to everything).

NXP Kinetis K27/K28 MCU

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NXP Kinetis K27/K28 MCU family is based on an ARM Cortex-M4 core clocked at up to 150 MHz with FPU,and includes up to 1MB embedded SRAM, 2MB flash, and especially target portable display applications.

Kinetis K27/K28 MCUs share the following main features:

  • 2x I2S interfaces, 2x USB Controllers (High-Speed with integrated High-Speed PHY and Full-Speed) and mainstream analog peripherals
  • 32-bit SDRAM memory controller and QuadSPI interface supporting eXecution-In-Place (XiP)
  • True Random Number Generator, Cyclic Redundancy Check, Memory Mapped Cryptographic Acceleration Unit

K28 supports 3 input supply voltage rails (1.2V, 1.8V and 3V) + separate VBAT domain, implements a Power Management Controller supporting Core Voltage Bypass and can be powered by an external PMIC, and is available in 169 MAPBGA (9x9mm2, 0.65mm pitch) and 210 WLCSP (6.9×6.9mm2, 0.4 mm pitch) packages.

K27 supports 1.71V to 3.6V input voltage + separate VBAT domain, and is offered in 169 MAPBGA (9x9mm, 0.65mm pitch) package only.

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FRDM-K28F development board will allow you to play with the new MCUs’ capabilities. It features a Kinetis K28F microconroller, on-board discrete power management, accelerometer, QuadSPI serial flash, USB high-speed connector and full-speed USB OpenSDA. Optional add-on boards allows for USB-Type C, Bluetooth low energy (BLE) connectivity, and a 5” LCD display board with capacitive touch.

Software development can be done through MCUXpresso SDK with system startup code, peripheral drivers, USB and connectivity stacks, middleware, and real-time operating system (RTOS) kernels.

Kinetis K27/K28 MCU family will be start selling in April 2017. Visit NXP K2x USB page for more information.

QorIQ Layerscape LS1028A

LS1028A Block Diagram

NXP QorIQ Layerscape LS1028A SoC comes with two 64-bit ARMv8 core, support real-time processing for industrial control, as well as virtual machines for edge computing in the IoT. It also integrates a GPU and LCD controller enable Human Machine Interface (HMI) systems, and Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) capabilities based on the IEEE 802.1 standards with a four-port TSN switch and two separate TSN Ethernet controllers.

The processor especially targets “Factory 4.0” automation, process automation, programmable logic controllers, motion controllers, industrial IoT gateway, and Human Machine Interface (HMI).

OEMs can start developing TSN-enabled systems using LS1021ATSN reference design platform based on the previous LS1021A processor in order to quickens time-to-market.The reference design provides four switched Gigabit Ethernet TSN ports, and ships with an open-source, industrial Linux SDK with real-time performance. Applications written for LS1021ATSN will be compatible with the LS1028A SoC since the API calls won’t change.

It’s unclear when LS1028A will become available, but it will be available for 15 years after launch, and you’ll find a few more details on the product page. You could also visit NXP’s booth (4A-220) at Embedded World 2017 to the reference design in action.

NXP i.MX 8X ARM Cortex-A35 Processors

Block Diagram of NXP i.MX 8X family

The last announcement will not really be news to regular readers of CNX Software, since we covered i.MX 8X processors last year using an NXP presentation. As previously known, i.MX 8X family comes with two to four 64-bit ARMv8-A Cortex-A35 cores, as well as a Cortex-M4F core, a Tensilica HiFi 4 DSP, Vivante hardware accelerated graphics and video engines, advanced image processing, advanced SafeAssure display controller, LPDDR4 and DDR3L memory support, and set of peripherals. The processor have been designed to drive up to three simultaneous displays (2x 1080p screens and one parallel WVGA display), and three models have been announced:

  • i.MX 8QuadXPlus with four Cortex-A35 cores, a Cortex-M4F core, a 4-shader GPU, a multi-format VPU and a HiFi 4 DSP
  • i.MX 8DualXPlus with two Cortex-A35 cores, a Cortex-M4F core, a 4-shader GPU, a multi-format VPU and a HiFi 4 DSP
  • i.MX 8DualX with two Cortex-A35 cores, a Cortex-M4F core, a 2-shader GPU, a multi-format VPU and a HiFi 4 DSP

The processors are expected to be used in automotive applications such as  infotainment and cluster, industrial control and vehicles, robotics, healthcare, mobile payments, handheld devices, and so on.

The i.MX 8QuadXPlus and 8DualXPlus application processors will sample in Q3 2017 to selected partners. More details may be found on NXP i.MX8X product page.

MYD-C437x-PRU Development Board Leverages TI Sitara AM437x Programmable Real-time Unit

February 16th, 2017 No comments

MYIR Technologies launched MYC-C437x system-on-module based on TI Sitara AM437X processor, and the corresponding MYD-C437x development board at the end of 2015, but the latter did not make use of the processor’s PRU-ICSS (Programmable Real-Time Unit Subsystem and Industrial Communication SubSystem) block. The company has now released a new version of the baseboard called MYC-C437x-PRU which exposes I/Os pins to leverage the PRU-ICSS and enable implementation of protocols like EtherCAT and Profibus.MYD-C437x-PRU industrial development board specifications:

  • System-on-Module – MYC-C437x module with
    • SoC – Texas Instruments AM437x ARM Cortex A9 processor @ up to 1GHz with PowerVR  SGX530 GPU (AM4378/AM4379 only)
    • System Memory – 256 or 512MB (default) DDR3 SDRAM
    • Storage – 4GB eMMC Flash (reserved 256/512MB Nand Flash design), 16MB QSPI Flash (unpopulated by default), 32KB EEPROM
    • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet PHY
  • Storage – 1x micro SD slot
  • Serial ports – 1x 3-wire RS232 debug serial port, 2x  5-wire RS232 serial port, 1x RS485 with isolation
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x mini USB 2.0 device port
  • Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet interface, 2x 10/100 Mbps PRU-ICSS Ethernet interfaces
  • Display – 1x 16-bit LCD interface, 1x 24-bit LCD interface, 1x 4-wire resistive touch screen interface
  • Camera – 1x Camera interface (0.5mm pitch 30-pin FPC connectors)
  • Debugging – 20-pin JTAG interface
  • Other Expansion Ports
    • 1x CAN interface with isolation
    • 3x 20-pin expansion connectors (2.0mm pitch) with:
      • 8x ADC
      • 2x SPI, 1x I2C, 2x UART
      • PRU-UART with support for PROFIBUS
      • 2x EnDat, 2x eQEP
      • eHRPWM
  • Misc – 4x Buttons (1x reset, 1x PMIC, 2x user), 1x power LED (red), 3x user LEDs (blue)
  • Power supply – +12V/1.5A (base board)
  • Dimensions – 150mm x 105mm (4-layer PCB)
  • Temperature Range – -40 to 85 Celsius (industrial grade)

The company provides a Linux 4.1.18 BSP for the modules and board, as well as Texas Instruments’ SYS/BIOS v6.45 Real-time Operating System. Note that you can only used one LCD interface at a time, and some of EtherCAT and LCD signals are multiplexed so only one can be used.

You can find some limited hardware & software documentation on the product page, as well as purchase MYD-C4377-PRU development board with TI Sitara AM4377 SoC, 512MB DDR3, and a 4GB eMMC flash for $189. Several modules are also offered with LCD displays, WiFi, and cameras.

Janz Tec emPC-A/RPI3 is an Industrial Embedded Controller Based on Raspberry Pi 3 Board

February 15th, 2017 No comments

We see more and more industrial devices making use of Raspberry Pi boards, after Kunbus RevolutionPi RevPi Core industrial computer based on Raspberry Pi Computer Module, and RailPi 2.0 embedded computer equipped with a Raspberry Pi 3 (or ODROID-C2) board, Janz Tec is now offering another option with emPC-A/RPI3 industrial embedded controller featuring Raspberry Pi 3 board, and supporting variable DC power input, 24V digital inputs and outputs, and interfaces such as CAN, RS485…

Janztec emPC-A/RPI3 specifications:

  • SoC – Broadcom BCM2837  quad core ARM Cortex-A53 processor @ 1.2 GHz (but limited to 4x 600 MHz on purpose to avoid overheating) and VideoCore IV GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • Storage – externally accessible micro SD slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 port
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet port, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth LE (BCM43143)
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 ports
  • Debugging – 1x 9-pin D-SUB connector for serial debug console (RS232 only with RxD and TxD)
  • I/O connector with:
    • 1x CAN (ISO/DIS 11989-2, opto-isolated, term. settings via jumper, SocketCAN supported)
    • 1x RS232 (Rx, Tx, RTS, CTS) or switchable to RS485 (half duplex; term. settings via jumper)
    • 4x digital inputs (24V DC)
    • 4x digital outputs (24V DC)
  • Misc – Real-time clock, battery buffered
  • Power Supply – 9 … 32 V DC
  • Dimensions – 99.8 x 96.7 x 30.0 mm
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0 °C … 35/40°C; storage: -20 °C … 75 °C
  • Humidity – 5 % ~ 95 %, non-condensing

The enclosure supports desktop, wall or DIN rail mounting. While customers can boot the operating system of their choice from micro SD card, the company offers support for Raspbian JESSIE Lite operating system, and can also provide – at extra cost – CODESYS V3 runtime environment, Oracle Java Embedded, and CANopen protocol stack and tools.


As with all other industrial solutions, the added features come at a costs, as Janz Tec emPC-A/RPI3 pricing starts at 250 Euros without micro SD card, power supply, nor any optional software options. The embedded computer can be purchased on Saelig website, and you may want to visit the product page for more information.

Via LinuxGizmos

Barionet 1000 DIN Rail Programmable I/O Controller Runs OpenWrt

February 9th, 2017 1 comment

Barix, a Swiss company specializing IP- based communications and control technology, has introduced a new Barionet programmable I/O controller with Barionet 1000, the first model of the company to run Linux, and in this case OpenWrt, and to offer WiFi and USB connectivity.

Barionet 1000 specifications:

  • Processor – Undisclosed
  • System Memory – 64MB RAM
  • Storage – 16MB flash
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n; IPv4 & IPv6 support.
  • USB – 2x USB Host Ports
  • Serial – 1x DB9 RS-232 serial port
  • User programmable I/Os
    • 2x relay outputs (30 VDC max, 5 A)
    • 4x open collector digital outputs (4 x 24 VDC, 0.3 A)
    • 8x contact closure inputs (0 – 15 V), including 4x 12-bit analog inputs (0 – 15 V)
    • 1-wire interface for 18DS20 temperature sensor
  • Misc – 11 LED status indicators
  • Power Supply – 9 to 30V DC (2.5 Watts max)
  • Dimensions –  103mm x 85mm x 31mm; plastic DIN Rail Case
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0 to +50°C; Storage: 0 to +70°C
  • Certifications – CE (A&B), RTT&E, FCC (A&B), RoHS

They also have another similar model, named Barionet 1100, which adds RS-485, an RTC clock, Wiegand capability, and “future optional internal interface” for LoRa. Hardware & software documentation appears to be missing for now, but they’ll certainly update their Wiki, like they did for their previous models.Typical applications for the system include access/door control, environmental monitoring, photovoltaic power management, temperature monitoring & logging, and HVAC control.

Pricing and availability of Barionet 1000 have not been announced, but for reference, the older Barionet 50 is currently selling for $189, so the new model should cost more with the extra features. Barionet is currently showcasing their products at ISE 2017 (Integrated Systems Europe) in Amsterdam, Stand 8-N270. Further details may be found on the product page.

Via LinuxGizmos

Supermicro A2SAV mini-ITX Board Powered by Intel Atom E3940 SoC Features 6 SATA Ports, Dual GbE, and Up to 9 USB Interfaces

February 6th, 2017 14 comments

Intel introduced three Atom E3900 series Apollo Lake processors last fall that target IoT, industrial and automotive applications, and Supermicro has designed A2SAV mini-ITX board powered by Atom x5-E3940 SoC that comes with lots of interfaces include 6 SATA ports, two Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports, and up to 9 USB interfaces accessible from connectors or headers.

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Supermicro A2SAV motherboard specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom x5-E3940 quad core “Apollo Lake” processor @ 1.6 / 1.8 GHz with 2MB L2 cache, 12 EU Intel HD graphics (6.5W TDP)
  • System Memory – 1x 204-pin DDR3 SO-DIMM socket for 2, 4, or 8GB 1866/1600/1333MHz Unbuffered non-ECC 204-pin SO-DIMM DDR3
  • Storage
    • 6x SATA3 ports include 2x from SoC, and 4x via Marvel 88SE9230 controller
    • 1x SATA DOM (Disk on Module) power connector
    • 64Mb SPI Flash EEPROM with AMI UEFI BIOS supporting Plug and Play (PnP), DMI 2.3, ACPI 5.0, USB Keyboard, SMBIOS 2.7.1, and UEFI
    • mSATA and M.2 (See  expansion below)
  • Connectivity – Dual GbE LAN with Intel i210-AT controller
  • Video Output – 1x VGA, 1x Display Port, 1x HDMI, 1x eDP (Embedded Display Port)
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports (rear), 7x USB 2.0 port (2x rear, 4 via headers, 1x type A)
  • Serial – 3x COM ports using RJ45, RS232 and RS485 ports
  • Expansion
    • 1x PCIe 2.0 (in x8) slot
    • 2x M.2 PCIe 2.0, M Key 2242/2280
    • 1x Mini-PCIe with mSATA
  • Misc – Voltage and temperature monitors, chassis intrusion header and detection, system overheat LED, 2x 4-pin fan headers
  • Power Supply – ATX Power connector, 4-pin 12V DC power connector
  • Dimensions – 17.145cm x 17.145cm (Mini-ITX form factor)
  • Temperature Range – 0°C to 60°C

The company can provide mid and mini-tower chassis for the board, as well as a 1U chassis all “optimized for A2SAV motherboard”. There’s no list of supported operating systems yet, but Windows 10 (IoT), and various Linux distributions will certainly run on the board.

Supermicro product page has a few more details including some documents, but it does not mention pricing information. However, the board is listed for back order on Arrow Electronics for $253.73 (back order), and TigerDirect has the light version of the board, named A2SAV-L, with just two SATA ports and fewer USB ports for $169.99.

Thanks to Paul for the tip.