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Cubieboard 5 (aka CubieTruck Plus) Development Board is Powered by Allwinner H8 SoC

August 3rd, 2015 8 comments

Merrii unveiled H7 Hummingbird board based on Allwinner H8 octa core Cortex A7 processor a few days ago, but it turns out they’ve not been the only ones working on a board with that processor, as Cubietech also showcased prototypes of Cubieboard 5, which they also call CubieTruck Plus, around mid July.

Top of Cubieboard 5 (Click to Enlarge)

Top of Cubieboard 5 (Click to Enlarge)

They’ve only shown pictures of the board, without much more information, but we can derived most specifications from the pictures:

  • SoC – AllWinner H8 octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor @ up to 2.0GHz with PowerVR SGX544 GPU @ up to 700MHz
  • System Memory – 2GB RAM (4x H5TQ4G63AFR-PCB DDR3 chips)
  • Storage – FORESEE eMMC or NAND flash + micro SD card slot + SATA port (via GL830 USB 2.0 to SATA bridge)
  • Video Output – HDMI and DisplayPort
  • Audio – HDMI, optical S/PDIF, 3.5mm headphone jack, built-in microphone
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (RTL8211E),  dual band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6330 module)
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Expansion – 30-pin, 24-pin and 16-pin expansion headers
  • Debugging – 4-pin header for serial console
  • Misc – IR receiver, 4x LED, power/reset/u-boot button
  • Power Supply
    • 5V (2A without HDD, 3A with 2.5″ HDD).
    • External battery support
    • AXP818 PMIC
  • Dimensions – Probably 11 x 8 x 1.4 cm
Bottom of Cubieboard 5 Board (Click to Enlarge)

Bottom of Cubieboard 5 Board (Click to Enlarge)

The board appears to have the same form factor as the original CubieTruck, and beside the new processor (Allwinner A20 dual core vs Allwinner H8 octa core), they’ve also replaced the VGA port by a DisplayPort connector. This also means most accessories such as CubieTruck Metal Case will also be compatible.

There no official information about the supported operating systems, but again it’s very likely that the ones provided for CubieTruck (Cubieboard3) will be updated to the new board, i.e. Android, CubieEZ, Ubuntu Linaro server, and Debian server.

Pricing and availability information have not been announced yet.

Via miniNodes.

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Freescale i.MX7 96Boards Compliant Board Coming in Q4 2015

August 2nd, 2015 6 comments

96Boards is an open hardware platform specification for 32-bit and 64-bit processors boards (64+32 = 96), but so far only 64-bit board have been launched or announced, and 32-bit boards were missing from the equation. Freescale will soon change that as they’ve partnered with Arrow Electronics on a 96Boards compliant board powered by Freescale i.MX7 Dual due to be released at the same time as i.MX7 enters mass production, which is scheduled for November 2015.

Freescale_i.MX7_96BoardsFreescale i.MX6 96Boards (MCIMX7 ?) preliminary specifications:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX 7Dual with two ARM Cortex A7 cores @ 1.0 GHz, one ARM Cortex M4 core @ 266 MHz, and a 2D image processing engine (no 3D GPU)
  • System Memory – TBD (Probably 512MB or 1GB RAM)
  • Storage – micro SD card slot up to 64GB + flash? (TBC)
  • Video Output – HDMI connector + DSI via HS expansion header
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 LE (Qualcomm Atheros module)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 2x micro USB (OTG?) ports
  • Camera – CSI interface via HS expansion header
  • Expansion headers as per 96Boards CE specifications
    • 40-pin LS (Low Speed) Expansion connector – 2x UART, 2x I2C, GPIOs, SPI, Audio, reset, 1.8V and GND, as wekk as 5V/12V cooling fan support
    • HS (High Speed) Expansion connector – DSI, CSI, SDIO, USB, etc…
  • Power Supply – 8-18V / 2A as per 96Boards CE specification (Linear Technologies solution)
  • Dimensions – 85x54x12 mm

Freescale i.MX7 supports both Linux and Android, but the latter is probably limited since there’s no proper GPU, with only some 2D acceleration. I found out about the board in a video recently uploaded to YouTube by Freescale.

The board is expected by the end of the year, and no pricing information has been announced so far.

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Linaro 15.07 Release with Linux 4.2 and Android 5.1

July 31st, 2015 No comments

Linaro 15.07 has been released with Linux 4.2-rc3 (Baseline), Linux 3.10.83, 3.14.45 and 3.18.17 (LSK), and Android 5.1.1_r8.

The Linux kernel got various bug fixes, and a power reduction technique has been implemented for Qualcomm processor. Progress has been made to boot Android with UEFI on Hikey board, and work is still on-going on 96boards including Hisilicon Hikey, Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c, and an upcoming and yet-to-be-formally-announced Marvell PXA1928 board called Helium.

Highlights of this release:

  • Linux Linaro 4.2-rc3-2015.07
    • linaro-android topic updated to 4.2-rc3 and recent AOSP/android-3.18
    • included GATOR version 5.21.1
    • llct-misc-fixes topic: “HACK: of: Limit FDT size for CRC check on arm64” has been dropped. FVP model was the last target to require this hack, but the new FVP firmware doesn’t need it anymore
    • updated integration-linaro-vexpress64 topic by ARM LT: Versatile Express TC2 support is back, HDLCD display now works on TC2, the topic will be renamed to integration-linaro-vexpress next cycle
    • updated integration-linux-qcomlt topic by Qualcomm LT: QCOM Core Power Reduction (CPR) support has been added
    • linaro-builddeb-tweaks topic is dropped (most of our changes have been upstreamed)
  • Linaro builds of AOSP 15.07
    • Android baseline updated to 5.1.1_r8
    • ART CI setup for TIP and stable builds
      • Boot to gui tests added for tip and stable builds
      • ART code coverage for tip and stable builds
      • m-preview based builds setup for emulators
      • ART-host-gtests added for tip and stable builds
    • Hikey builds updated to 5.1.1_r8. Android boots with UEFI and GRUB on HiKey. Wifi drivers are integrated in the build system. Drivers are built as part of Android build process.
  • Linaro OpenEmbedded 2015.07
    • integrated Linaro GCC 4.9-2015.06
    • updated linux-linaro to 4.2-rc3
    • disabled aarch64 bootwrapper
    • integrated various improvements for LNG CI
    • upstreaming:
      • fixed bootimg.bbclass to work with all kernel image types
      • fixed cmake builds for native recipes
  • Linaro Ubuntu 15.07 – updated packages: fvp-pre-boot (FVP firmware), LSK 3.10.83/3.14.45/3.18.17 and linux-linaro 4.2-rc3 kernels
  • 96boards contributions:
    • DragonBoard 410c is now using NetworkManager only to manage the network (previously a combination with systemd-networkd/resolved has been used).
    • HiKey made some progress toward the switch to UEFI. GRUB is now integrated into the snapshots builds for both AOSP and Debian.
    • Initial Debian based build for Marvell PXA1928 Helium is setup and available.

Visit https://wiki.linaro.org/Cycles/1507/Release for a list of known issues, and further release details about the LEB, LMB (Linaro Member Builds), and community builds, as well as Android, Kernel, Graphics, Multimedia, Landing Team, Platform, Power management and Toolchain components.

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96Boards Enterprise Edition Specification Published

July 10th, 2015 3 comments

When AMD announces its 96Boards Enterprise Edition complaint server board, I could read quite a few complains because the board used a non-standard form-factor such as mini-ITX. The first version 96Boards Enterprise Edition specification has now been published, and the goods news is that there are two versions: the low cost ($199 to $399) “Standard version” with the new proprietary format, and likely more expensive “MicroATX version” that must complies with MicroATX v1.2 specs.

AMD 96Boards (Click to Enlarge)

AMD 96Boards Enterprise Edition (Click to Enlarge)

The minimum hardware requirements are listed as follows:

  • Small form factor
    • Standard EE version – 160 x 120mm
    • microATX EE version – 244 x 244mm
  • Design is SoC independent (targets 32 or 64 bit SoCs)
  • 1GB RAM (16GB strongly recommended for server software development)
  • Minimum on-board connectors and expansion I/O
    • 1x Serial over USB UART with microUSB interface
    • 2x USB
    • 1x RJ45 Ethernet
    • Standard version board power from low cost 12V DC Jack connector or standard 12V high power DIN connector
    • microATX version board power from ATX power supply
    • 1x 40 pin 96Boards 1.8V expansion interface header with UART, SPI, I2C &
      GPIO
    • Standardized positions for PCIe connector(s), If implemented

These are just the minimum requirements, but most board are likely to feature extra SATA, networking or USB interfaces.

Board Drawings for Standard Version (Click to Enlarge)

Board Drawings for Standard Version (Click to Enlarge)

There are also some software support requirements, where support means binary and source code:

  • Boot architecture (at least one open source implementation shall be available)
    • Support for bootloader such as U-Boot/FDT, UEFI/ACPI, UEFI/FDT
    • Support for a secure execution environment (optional)
    • Support for ARM Trusted Firmware (ARMv8), including PSCI APIs (recommended)
  • Kernel
    • An unmodified kernel.org mainline, stable or long term (latest two releases) kernel. Note: Upstream mainline support is a 96Boards program goal
    • A Linaro or vendor-supported kernel with additional patches against a kernel.org mainline, stable or long term (latest two releases) kernel
  • Operating system – The latest released (stable) version of one or more of the following open source distributions shall be made available for a 96Boards EE compliant design:
    • Debian
    • Ubuntu
    • Fedora
    • Red Hat
    • A Linaro or vendor supported Linux using the OpenEmbedded/Yocto build system
  • Other Operating Systems/Distributions –  Other operating systems or distributions may be provided for a 96Boards product and can be made available to end users on the 96Boards community portal

There’s no royalty or license requirements for the specs, so anybody who wishes to do so could make 96boards compliant hardware. An optional “96Boards Certification Program” is also available in order to provide hardware
and software certification, and getting the board listed and supported via 96Boards website.

Thanks to miniNodes for the tip.

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AMD Announces 96Boards Enterprise Edition Server Board Powered by Opteron A1100 Processor

June 28th, 2015 11 comments

When Linaro announced the 96Boards initiative, they started by launching “Consumer Edition” boards with a target price of around $100, but they also had plans to launch more powerful and feature-packed “Enterprise Edition” board in the $300 to $400 range. The first Enterprise Edition is based on AMD Opteron A1100 quad core Cortex A57 processor.

AMD 96Boards (Click to Enlarge) - Source:

AMD 96Boards (Click to Enlarge) – Source: ARM Community

The company has not released the full specs yet, but the press release mentions the board features a 4-core AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor with two SO-DIMM memory slots, PCIe, USB, SATA (3x), and Gigabit Ethernet capabilities. It measures 160×120 mm.

CentOS, Fedora, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server for ARM Development Preview are the main operating systems planned for the board but additional software and operating systems will be available later on.

The board is should become available in H2 2015, and will be supported through the Linaro Enterprise Group’s 96Boards.org site. Exact price has not been announced, bu it should be much cheaper than the $3,000 Opteron A1100 development kit launched about a year ago.

Via miniNodes

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Linaro 15.06 Release with Linux 4.1 and Android 5.1

June 26th, 2015 1 comment

Linaro 15.06 has been released with Linux 4.1-rc8, Linux 3.10.80 and 3.14.44 (LSK), and Android 5.1.1.

Highlights of this release:

  • Linux Linaro 4.1-rc8-2015.06
    • linaro-android topic updated to 4.1-rc8 and recent aosp/android-3.18
    • included GATOR version 5.21.1
    • updated integration-linaro-vexpress64 topic by ARM LT
  • Linaro builds of AOSP 15.06 is released
    • CI bring up: setup AOSP master build on Emulator
    • implemented boot-to-gui test for Emulator
    • CI bring up: setup AOSP 5.0 headless build for APM X-Gene Mustang
  • Linaro OpenEmbedded 2015.06
    • updated linux-linaro to ll-20150616.0 (based on 4.1-rc8)
    • updated linux-linaro-stable to 3.10.79
    • workaround meta-virtualization breakage
    • upstreaming
      • fixed bootimg.bbclass to work with all kernel image types
      • imported xorriso v1.4.0 from luvOS
      • cloud-image-*: catch up with OE-core class rename
  • Linaro Ubuntu 15.06 – updated packages: fvp-pre-boot (FVP firmware), LSK 3.10.79/3.14.44/3.18.16 and linux-linaro 4.1-rc8 kernels
  • CI bring up: uprobes/systemtap enabled build

Visit https://wiki.linaro.org/Cycles/1506/Release for a list of known issues, and further release details about the LEB, LMB (Linaro Member Builds), and community builds, as well as Android, Kernel, Graphics, Multimedia, Landing Team, Platform, Power management and Toolchain components.

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DragonBoard 410c 64-bit ARM Development Board in Stock for $75

June 21st, 2015 15 comments

There has been a few 96Boards announced so far, and a Banana Pi96 could soon be launched, as LeMarker has just joined the Linaro Community Board Group, but so far the board that generated the most buzz was Qualcomm Dragonboard 410c, but at the time pricing was not officially disclosed, although a $75 target price was posted in several blogs. And now it seems Qualcomm 64-bit ARM board indeed costs $75, as it is listed for that price on Arrow Electronics website with a few pieces in stock.

Qualcomm_Dragonboard_410cDragonboard 410c specifications have also been further detailed:

  • SoC- Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (APQ8016) quad-core ARM CortexA53 @ 1.2 GHz with Adreno 306 GPU @ 400MHz
  • System Memory – 1GB LPDDR3 @ 533MHz, Single-channel 32-bit (4.2GBps)
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC 4.51 + micro SD 3.0 (UHS-I)
  • Video Output – HDMI up to 1080p
  • Video Playback -1080p@30fps HD video playback and capture with H.264 (AVC), and 720p
    playback with H.265 (HEVC)
  • Connectivity – Integrated 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with on-board antenna
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB port (device only).
  • Camera – Support for 13 MP camera with Wavelet Noise Reduction, JPEG decoder, and other post-processing techniques done in hardware
  • Expansion:
    • 1x 40 pin low speed expansion connector – UART, SPI, I2S, I2C x2, GPIO x12, DC power
    • 1x 60 pin high speed expansion connector – 4L-MIPI DSI, USB, I2C x2, 2L+4LMIPI CSI
    • Footprin for optional analog expansion connector – Headset, Speaker, FM antenna
    • Arduino compatibility through mezzanine board
  • Misc – Power, reset and volume buttons. 6 LEDS (4x user, 1x Wifi, 1x Bluetooth)
  • Power Supply – 6.5 – 18V DC input
The board will run Android 5.1 and Ubuntu developed in collaboration with Linaro, and Windows 10 support is also being worked on.
I have not been able to check shipping (requires registration), but it will ship from the US, so it should mostly be interesting for people based in North America, until other distributors sell the board, or Arrow gets stock in Europe or other parts of the world.

Via miniNodes

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Inforce 6410Plus Qualcomm Single Board Computer Adds GPS, MIPI CSI and DSI Interfaces

June 13th, 2015 No comments

[Update on June 16 with comments from Inforce Computing:

  1. The Inforce 6410Plus is a product/application ready SBC that can be mass-manufactured to be designed-in directly by OEMs into end-products. Of course developers, DIY enthusiasts, and research houses may use it as a development board, but essentially it’s a product ready SBC.
  2. CSI and DSI interfaces – A single 40-pin LSHM MIPI connector on the previous generation product has been replaced with a single 51-pin FI-R MIPI CSI connector. A single connector enables support for 2 cameras/up to 20MP. Similarly, we’ve replaced the LVDS interface with a single 51-pin MIPI-DSI connector that supports two simultaneous displays.

]

Inforce IFC6410 board is one of the few low cost Qualcomm Snapdragon development boards / SBCs available on the market. Released in 2013, it features a Snapdragon 600 processor (APQ8064) coupled with 2GB RAM, 4GB eMMC, and various connectors. Inforce Computing has now introduced an upgraded version of the board, simply called Inforce 6410Plus, which adds GPS, one extra MIPI CSI interface, two MIPI DSI interfaces, and a few other changes, while keeping the same $143 price tag.

Inforce_6410PlusInforce 6410Plus specifications (Upgrades / changes highlighted in bold):

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (APQ8064) Quad Core Krait 300 processor  @ 1.7GHz + Adreno 320 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB on-board PCDDR3, up to 533MHz
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC + μSD card connector + SATA interface
  • Connectivity:
    • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi (Atheros QCA6234)
    • Bluetooth 4.0 (Atheros QCA6234)
    • 10/100/1000bps Ethernet (Atheros 8151)
    • GPS/GLONASS
  • Video and Audio Interfaces:
    • μHDMI (1080p)
    • LVDS (Not supported anymore)
    • MIPI-CSI2 (4-lane, up to 20MP camera @ 15 fps) +  an extra MIPI-CSI2 interface
    • Dual MIPI-DSI (4 lane) – Primary : up to QWXGA (2048 × 1536), 60 Hz refresh rate; Secondary:  up to QHD (960 × 540), 60 Hz refresh rate
    • HD Audio and Mic-in compact combo jack for headphone and mic-in
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0, 1x micro USB OTG
  • Misc I/O
    • 1x I2C, 1x SPI, 1x UART, UIM, 12x GPIO
    • On-board 34-pin expansion header to connect to Peripheral Abstraction Core (PAC) mezzanine adapter card
  • Debugging – via serial console on 3-pin header
  • Power – 12V/1.5A power supply (Instead of 5V/5A)
  • Dimensions – 10cm x 7cm (Pico-ITX); Thickness: 16mm
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0 to 70 C | Storage: -20 to 80 C
  • Relative Humidity – 5 to 95% non-condensing
Inforce 6410Plus Board Block Diagram

Inforce 6410Plus Board Block Diagram

The company also claims to have improved heat dissipation, and implemented a fastboot switch for Android to enter into fastboot as recommended by Google. Android 4.4.2 and Ubuntu 14.04 board support packages (BSP) can be provided with the board. There’s no mention about Linaro support, although the older IFC6410 board gets images released monthly and published on the Download page. [Update from Inforce Computing: “The Ubuntu 14.04 BSP is in fact based on a Linaro Linux release, so we do support Linaro.”

You can find more details including software and hardware documentation on Inforce 6410Plus product page, with some links required credentials only available to customers. Inforce Computing will start taking orders on June 15.

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