FriendlyARM NanoPC-T1 board powered by Samsung Exynos 4412 processor with 1GB RAM and 4GB eMMC flash was unveiled at the start of 2014 for $69. The company has now announced NanoPC-T2 with Samsung S5P4418 processor with 1GB RAM, and 8GB Flash, as well as WiFi and Bluetooth, as Gigabit Ethernet all of which were missing in the first version. NanoPC-T2 also has a power management chip, and a larger heatsink, meaning that it does not suffer from overheating like NanoPi2 according to FriendlyARM.
SoC – Samsung S5P4418 quad core Cortex A9 processor @ up to 1.4GHz with Mali-400MP GPU
System Memory – 1GB 32bit DDR3 RAM
Storage – 8GB eMMC flash, and 1x SD card slot (on the bottom of the board)
Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth LE 4.0 (Ampak AP6212) with on-board chip antenna and 1x IPX antenna connector
Video Output / Display I/F- 1x HDMI 1.4a, LVDS, MIPI DSI, 0.5 mm pitch SMT FPC seat for type-A full-color LCD (RGB: 8-8-8)
USB – 2x USB 2.0 type A host ports; 1x micro USB 2.0 OTG port; 2x USB 2.0 host port via 8-pin header
Expansions Headers – 30-pin header for GPIO, 8-pin header for power signals, reset and LED 1-2
Debugging – 4-pin header for serial console
Misc – Power switch, 1x power & 2x user LEDs, RTC battery header, boot selection button (SD card / eMMC)
Power Supply – 5V/2A via power barrel; AXP228 PMIC
Dimension – 100 x 60 mm (6-layer PCB)
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The board can run Debian and Android from either anSD card or eMMC flash using the boot selection button. The Wiki page is currently empty, but should eventually have all the technical details needed to get started and more.
NanoPC-T2 board will launch on February 28, 2016 for $59 + shipping on FriendlyARM shop. Individuals based in South and North America will instead be able to purchase it from Andahammer.
Allwinner H3 processor is quite popular in development boards thanks to some of Shenzhen Xunlong’s Orange Pi boards such as Orange Pi PC or Orange Pi One. However, some specific features may not work 0ut of the box, or are undocumented, so it’s always a plus when more companies create boards for a platform, and that’s exactly what Olimex has done with H3-OlinuXino-NANO, a board that’s smaller than any Orange Pi boards, the first open source hardware Allwinner H3 board on the market, and featuring many more I/O pins available.
The board above actually comes after the larger H3-OLinuXino board with 1GB memory, but as the first prototypes would overheat, it looks like the NANO version may be released first. Eagle schematics and PCB layout are will soon be available on github. The board will support Linux distributions and Android, and can be used as a general purpose Linux computer, a digital signage, a low cost IoT gateway, an Android TV box, for education and so on.
Testing is still in progress, and price and release date are unknown at this stage, but the company said H3-OLinuXino-NANO will be cheaper than A10-OlinuXino-LIME board selling for 30 Euros.
We previously knew ODROID-C2 was in development thanks to a document and source code from Amlogic themselves. We did not have the full details at the time, and Amlogic’s document even got the RAM capacity wrong. Hardkernel has finally announced ODROID-C2 development board based on Amlogic S905 will be selling on March 2016 for $40, and released specifications and some photos.
40-pin header with GPIO, I2C, UART, and ADC ; All I/Os are 3.3V, except ADC that is limited to 1.8V.
Debugging – Serial console port (3.3V)
Misc – Status & power LEDs, IR receiver, boot selector, power jumper
Power Supply – 5V/2A DC input via 0.8mm/2.5mm power barrel, or micro USB port (selectable via jumper)
Power Consumption – Less than 500mA in most cases, and up to 2A with USB peripherals
Dimensions – 85 x 56mm (Same as ODROID-C1+)
The board will ship with a heatsink covering most of the board, and the company will provide Ubuntu 16.04 and Android 5.1 Lollipop images and source code based on Linux kernel 3.14 LTS. Beside having the same dimensions as ODROID-C1+, the board layout look identical to me so any enclosure and accessories for the 32-bit board should probably be mechanically and electrically compatible with ODROID-C2, except if you need an SPI interface or the internal RTC both of which are lacking on Amlogic S905.
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You can already find some hardware and software documentation on ODROID-C2 wiki, as well as the Android 5.1.1 firmware image.
ODROID-C2 board production will start on February 15, 2016, you’ll be able to purchase the board on March 2, 2016 for US$40 + shipping fees, and actual shipping is scheduled for March 4, 2016.
WeTek Play satellite receiver was initially launched with Android and OpenELEC support, but the community started to provide other operating systems such as Ubuntu, Elementary OS, Lakka and Enigma 2, and the hardware is even used to receive educational materials or emergency info via satellite thanks to Outernet project. The device now support OpenPLi Linux based distributions for DVB receivers.
If you want to try, you can download one of the latest images of OpenPLi for WeTek Play by loading the firmware onto an SD card. Bear in mind that official has just started so some features may not be implemented, and OpenPLi documentation specific to WeTek Play is basically inexistent. Support is available on the forums.
If you want to get an idea about what OpenPLi is capable, you may however check out th list of specific features in the wiki, including PLi Movieplayer to allow you to playback different video file formats from any computer that will run the VLC application, PLi Remote Control key mapper, PLi Software management and download tools for add-ons, softcams, games, etc…
AAEON has recently launched BOXER-6404 embedded box PC suitable to industrial application, powered by Intel Celeron J1900 “Bay Trail-D” or Celeron N2807 “Bay Trail-M” processor, with up to 8GB RAM, a CFast slot, four Gigabit Ethernet ports, and to HDMI outputs.
Anti-shock – 50 G peak acceleration (11 msec. duration, CFastTM)
MTBF – 152,670 hours
Four models of the fanless computer are available with combination of 1 or 2 HDMI ports, and 2 or 4 Ethernet ports. An optional VESA/Din-rail kit is also available for mounting it on walls. The device supports Windows 10/8.1/7, Windows Embedded 8/7, and Fedora Linux.
The embedded computer is available now at an undisclosed price. Documentation such as product brief and user’s manual, as well as drivers and BIOS download can be found on AAEON BOXER-6404 product page.
MINIX showcased some unnamed Braswell mini PCs at IFA 2015 last September, but since then the company has been pretty quiet about their new Intel based mini PCs. The good news is that MINIX NGC-1 will be launched in about two weeks with an Intel Celeron N3150 quad core “Braswell” processor coupled with 4GB RAM, and 128GB M.2 SSD, and beside running Windows 10 64-bit, it will also support Ubuntu.
MINIX NGC-1 specifications:
SoC – Intel Celeron N3150 quad-core processor @ 1.6 GHz / 2.08 GHz (Turbo) with 2MB L2 cache, and Intel HD graphics with 12EU (4W SDP / 6W TDP)
System Memory – 4GB DDR3L
Storage – 128 M.2 SSD
Video Output – HDMI 1.4 up to 4K @ 30 Hz, and mini DisplayPort
Audio I/O – HDMI, 3.5mm stereo jack (microphone + headphone), and optical S/PDIF
Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 with two external antennas
USB – 3x USB 3.0 host ports on front panel
Misc – Kensington lock
Power Supply – 12V/3A
We also know the mini PC has a fanless design.
Braswell and Cherry Trail processors have similar performance, but if you check the features’ comparison between Atom x7-Z8700 and Celeron N3150, you’ll find the Braswell processor has more PCIe lanes, USB 3.0 ports, and natively supports SATA 6Gb/s.
Tech Connect noticed the mini PC at CES 2016 and shot a short video.
MINIX did not provide pricing information yet, but another CES video mentions the price should be $399. Since the product will launch in about two weeks, we shall find out the exact price soon.
Intrinsyc has released several Qualcomm Snapdragon development kits and system-on-modules over the last few years, and the company has now unveiled their first single board computer with Open-Q 600 SBC powered by Snapdragon 600 quad core processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB eMMC flash.
The company supports Android 5.1 Lollipop and Linux for the board, but access to the image, source code, and full documentation requires login with the serial number of your boards. Potential application for OEMs include robotics, medical devices, and industrial applications.
BeagleBone Black is a great little board for hobbyists with plenty of I/Os, and decent software support, but the development board has not been designed to be used in low or high temperatures as found in some industrial settings, so Element14 has designed BeagleBone Black Industrial 4G with the same specifications as BeagleBone Black Rev C, but a red PCB, support for an extended temperature range between -20 and +85°C, and additional board protection with a conformal coating.
Misc – Boot Button, Power Button, LED power indicator, 4 user configurable LEDs
Power Supply – 5V via miniUSB USB, DC Jack, or external via expansion heade; rTPS65217C PMIC is used along with a separate LDO to provide power to the system
Dimensions – 8.64 x 5.34 cm
Temperature Range – -20°C to 85°C
The board ships with a miniUSB to USB Type A Cable, and a Quick Start Guide. It is fully software compatible with BeagleBone Black, works with existing BeagleBone Black Capes, and Element14 claims it to be a “BeagleBoard.org compatible product”.