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Forlinx i.MX6UL Linux Single Board Computer Supports ESAM Embedded Security Control Module

June 23rd, 2016 3 comments

Forlinx Embedded has introduced i.MX6UL single board computer (SBC) based on NXP i.MX 6Ultralite Cortex A7 processor with 512 MB RAM, 8GB storage, that includes two Ethernet interface, an LCD interface, a CAN bus, as well as ESAM (Embedded System Access Module) support via either a SIM card like slot, or a 8-pin DIP chip compatible with ISO7816 standard, and typically used in the financial, telecommunications, transportation sectors for authentication and secure data transfer.

Forlinx_iMX6UL_SBCForlinx I.MX6UL board specifications:

  • System-on-module:
    • SoC – NXP i.MX 6Ultralite ARM Cortex A7 processor @ up to 528 MHz with 2D graphics GPU
    • System Memory – 512 MB LvDDR3 memory
    • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash (but hardware manual says 1GB eMMC flash, but also mentioned MTFC8GACAAAM-1M WT so it must 8GB after all…)
    • 2x 80-pin board to board connectors with signals for 2x CAN bus, 2x USB device, 2x SDIO, 2x 10/100M Ethernet, 24-bit RGB, 4x I2C, 3x “AUDIO” (I2S?), 4x SPI, 1x QSPI, 8x UART/irDA, JTAG, 8x PWM, parallel camera I/F, 10-ch ADC, 1x S/PDIF, 8×8 keypad ports, and 2x ISO7816-3 interface (for ESAM)
    • Voltage – 5V
    • Dimension – 50 x 40 mm
  • iMX6UL baseboard
    • Storage – SD card slot
    • Connectivity – 2x 10/100M Ethernet (RJ45), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth (Realtek RTL8723BU) with two SMA antenna connectors
    • Audio – 3.5mm earphone jack, 3.5 microphone jack, 2x speaker headers, on-board microphone
    • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
    • Display – 24-bit RGB LCD header
    • Camera – Header with CSI signals
    • Expansion
      • I2c header, UART1, 2 & 3 headers
      • SDIO header
      • PWM for LCD backlight
      • 4x ADC for resistive touch
    • Debugging – JTAG header, DB9 console header
    • Misc – 4x LEDs, power button, boot configuration jumpers, reset button, RTC and battery
    • Security – ESAM sim card holder or 8-pin DIP chip.
    • Power Supply – 5V
    • Dimensions – 190 x 130 mm

The board runs Linux 3.14.38 with Qt, and is also said to support 3G via ZTE MD210 USB dongle, and GPS via one of the serial ports. Since the product page documentation is rather poor, as even the specs are clearly incomplete (e.g. no mention of ESAM), I asked more information to the company, and they provide both hardware manual and Linux user guide, both of which are in English. Sadly, even the information in those document is incomplete, as for example there are not details about software configuration for ESAM and GPS. Once of the document recommends to access more documentation on WITECH BBS, but it appears to be only in Chinese.

The board and module were launched in March, so they should be shipping now. Pricing is not available publicly.

NanoPC-T3 Octa-core Cortex A53 Single Board Computer Sells for $60

April 29th, 2016 14 comments

FriendlyARM launched NanoPC-T2 single board computer based on Samsung 5P4418 quad core Cortex A9 processor about 3 months ago, and the company has now an update based on Samsung S5P6818 Octa-Core A53 processor with the exact same interfaces and features including Gigabit Ethernet, WiFI, and Bluetooth, HDMI 1.4a, 30-pin expansion headers, etc…

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NanoPC-T3 specifications:

  • SoC – Samsung S5P6818 octa core Cortex A53 processor @ up to 1.4GHz with Mali-400MP GPU
  • System Memory – 1 or 2GB 32bit DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash, and 1x SD card slot
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (RTL8211E), 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth LE 4.0 (Ampak AP6212) with on-board chip antenna and IPX antenna connector
  • Video Output / Display I/F- 1x HDMI 1.4a, LVDS, MIPI DSI, parallel RGB LCD
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack, on-board microphone
  • Camera – 1x DVP interface, 1x MIPI CSI interface
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 type A host ports; 1x micro USB 2.0 OTG port; 2x USB 2.0 host ports 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, reset button, 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)

64-bit_octa-core_ARM-development-boardThe board can run Android and Debian from eMMC flash or SD card like its predecessor, as well as Ubuntu Core with Qt, and software and hardware documentation can be found on the Wiki. The board ships with the heatsink shown in the top picture.

The board can be bought on FriendlyARM website for $60 + shipping via China Post ($10), Fedex ($14) or DHL ($34). Shipping fees in brackets are for my location, so you may get other quotes.

Sinlinx SIN-A33 Plus Allwinner A33 Development Board Features LCD, MIPI-DSI, and VGA Interfaces

March 23rd, 2016 2 comments

Allwinner A33 has never been a popular processor for development boards and single board computers, despite its $5 price tag for a quad core processor (in 2014), as without HDMI support, it’s been mostly used in low cost Android tablets. But this morning, I’ve come across Sinlinx company on linux-sunxi mailing list, and one of their latest development board – Sinlinx SIN-A33 Plus – is based on their older Allwinner A33 and features LCD, VGA & camera interfaces, I/Os headers, Ethernet and WiFi/Bt connectivity, and various other ports.

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Sinlinx SIN-A33 Plus specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner A33 quad core Cortex-A7 @ 1.3 GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC, SD card slot
  • Video Output – LCD connector, MIPI DSI header, and VGA port
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jacks for microphone and headphone, speaker header
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, WiFi and Bluetooth
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Other Expansion Headers – User I/O, Camera
  • Debugging – 3-pin UART header for serial console
  • Misc- Power, reset, volume and home buttons
  • Power Supply – 5V via power barrel; 2-pin battery header; AXP233 PMIC on CPU module
  • Dimensions – Mainboard: 145 x 108 mm; CPU module: 63 x 48 mm

There’s actually very little information about SIN-A33 Plus, but there are more details about its smaller predecessor that lacks VGA, Ethernet and wireless connectivity, and a few other features. The company provided me a link to the SDK (password: xfux) with Android 4.4 and Linux 3.4 + Qt 4.8.7, as well as documentation (mostly in Chinese).

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Sinlinx Allwinner A33 CPU Board

SIN-A33 board also have its own page on linux-sunxi community, and while there isn’t any support for Allwinner A33 on the legacy kernel (3.4), there’s some support in mainline U-boot and Linux with sun8i-a33-sina33.dtb device tree binary. This is all for the older board, so modifications would be needed for the new features of SIN-A33 Plus board.

The new board is available on Taobao for 349.00 CNY (~$54). More details may soon be found on Sinlinx website, and if you can read and write Chinese, you may ask question on their forums.

Boundary Devices Nitrogen7 Single Board Computer is Powered by NXP i.MX7 Processor

February 23rd, 2016 No comments

While several system-on-modules based on Freescale/NXP i.MX7 processor have been announced such as Compulab CL-SOM-iMX7, or TechNexion PICO-IMX7-EMMC, I had not seen many single board computers or development boards based on the new processor, apart from Freescale i.MX7 96Boards by Arrow Electronics which was scheduled for Q4 2015, but has yet to launch. Boundary Devices Nitrogen7 board is another option that’s available now (in limited quantities) with NXP i.MX7 Cortex A7+Cortex M4 processor, 1GB RAM, 4 to 64GB eMMC, wired and wireless connectivity, and expansion headers.

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Nitrogen7 board specifications:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX7 single or dual ARM Cortex-A7 processor @ up to 1GHz + ARM Cortex-M4 MCU + 2D graphics engine
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3L
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC flash (expandable to 64GB), 2MB Serial NOR Flash, SD card slot
  • Connectivity – 1x 10/100/1Gb Ethernet, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 (TiWi-BLE combo module)
  • Display – 24-bit RGB (via expansion connector)
  • Camera – 1x MIPI-CSI interface
  • Audio – Headphone jack, analog microphone, 2W audio amplifier
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Expansion
    • PCIe Gen 2.0 + SIM card slot
    • Headers and connectors with  2x I2C, 1x SPI, 2x RS-232, 1x RS-485, 1x CAN
  • Debugging – JTAG
  • Misc – RTC + battery slot
  • Power Supply – TBD
  • Dimensions – 135mm x 79mm
  • Temperature Range – Commercial : 0 to 70C; industrial: -40C to +85C

The company provides Linux support for the board via the Yocto Project or Buildroot. Schematics and 3D files can be downloaded after website registration. A 7″ touchscreen will also be offered as option, and Boundary Devices has a Linux + Qt demo running on the board.

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You can get more information and/or purchase the board for $180 on Boundary Devices Nitrogen7 product page. You’ll also find the board showcased at Embedded World 2016, together with the i.MX6 Quad Plus version. One more NXP i.MX7 SBC is coming according to a blog post on NXP.com with phyBOARD-i.MX7 Zeta single board computer, and Warp7 weareable platform based on i.MX7 Solo processor will be showcased at Embedded World too.

MYiR Tech Introduces Atmel SAMA5D4 CPU Module and Development Board

January 10th, 2016 No comments

MYiR Tech has launched a new development board – MYD-JA5D4X – featuring their Atmel SAMA5D4 Cortex A5 system-on-module called MYC-JAD5D4X with 512MB DDR2, 512MB Flash, and various ports such as Fast Ethernet, RS485, LCD panel interface, USB connectors and so on. Target applications include control panel/HMI, fitness equipment, smart grid infrastructure, communications gateways, and imaging terminals among others.

Amtel_SAMA5D4_SoMLet’s start wit the MYC-JAD5D4X CPU module specifications:

  • SoC – Atmel SAMA5D42 or SAMA5D44 ARM Cortex-A5 processor @ up to 600MHz (945DMIPS) with NEON and FPU, 720p hardware video decoder (SAMA5D44 only)
  • System Memory–  512MB (2x 256MB) DDR2 SDRAM
  • Storage – 512MB NAND Flash, 4MB Data Flash, 64KB EEPROM
  • Connectivity – On-board Ethernet PHY
  • I/Os via 200-pin SO-DIMM edge connector
    • 2 x Ethernet
    • 3 x USB2.0 Host
    • 8 x Serial ports
    • 4 x TWI,  3 x SPI
    • 5 x 12-bit ADC
    • 1 x SMD
    • 4 x 4-bit SDIO
    • 1 x LCD
    • 1 x ISI
    • 7 x GPIOs
  • Misc – Power (red) and user (Blue) LED
  • Power Supply – +3.3V/2A
  • Dimensions – 67.6mm x 45mm (8-layer PCB design)
  • Temperature Range – 0~70 Celsius (commercial grade) or -40~85 Celsius (industrial grade)

SAMA5D44_Development_Board

The module can be inserted into the SO-DIMM socket in MYD-JA5D4X baseboard with the following features:

 

  • Video Output / Display I/F – 1x HDMI, 1x LCD interface with support for optional 4.3-inch and 7-inch TFT LCD with resistive or capacitive touch screen via 4-wire interface
  • Audio – 1x Audio input port (3.5mm jack), 1x Stereo Audio output port (3.5mm jack), 1x on-board microphone
  • Connectivity – 2 x 10/100Mbps Ethernet interfaces
  • Extra Storage – 1x micro SD card slot
  • Serial ports – 1x 5-wire RS232 DB9 debug serial port, 1x 5-wire RS232 DB9 serial port, 1x RS485 with isolation
  • USB – 2 x USB2.0 Host ports,  1x Mini USB 2.0 device port
  • Camera – 1 x ISI Camera interface (2.0mm pitch, 30-pin header, J23)
  • Expansion Headers (2.0mm pitch):
    • 30-pin header with GPIO signals
    • 20-pin header with 1x TWI, 1x SPI, 2x UART, etc…
    • 20-pin header with 2x UART, 8 x secured I/Os
  • Debugging – 1x 20-pin JTAG interface , and RS232 port for serial debug
  • Misc – 1x battery backed RTC socket, 4x buttons (Reset, Wake up, CS_BOOT, and user), 2 x LEDs
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 153.92mm x 109.73mm (4-layer PCB)
  • Temperature Range – 0~70 Celsius (commercial grade) or -40~85 Celsius (industrial grade)
MYD-JA5D4X Development Board System Block diagram

MYD-JA5D4X Development Board System Block diagram

The board support Linux 3.18 with U-boot and a rootfs (headless or Qt) built with buildroot, and the company also provides some sample applications to their customers. On the hardware front MYiR Tech has only released product briefs for the module and baseboard, dimensions files, and datasheet for the Atmel processor.

Sample price of the commercial version of the development board (MYD-JA5D44-512N512D-C) is $299 including one MYC-JA5D44 module and all necessary cables and accessories, while the module itself can also be purchased for $95 for single unit orders. The 4.3″ and 7″ touchscreen displays are respectively available for $60 and $99. Further details may be found on MYiR Tech MYD-JA5D4X product page.

$90 H7 Hummingbird Development Board Features Allwinner H8 Octa-core Processor

July 30th, 2015 3 comments

Allwinner announced Allwinner H8 octa-core Cortex A7 processor in Q4 2014, which targets game console and TV boxes,but since then I had not really heard about hardware based on this new SoC. Merrii Technology has now launched a development board powered by Allwinner H8, and confusingly called it H7 Hummingbird.

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H7 Hummingbird Board (Click to Enlarge)

H7 Hummingboard development board specifications:

  • SoC – AllWinner H8 octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor @ up to 2.0GHz with PowerVR SGX544 GPU @ up to 700MHz
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC flash + micro SD card slot or SD card slot (option) up to 32GB
  • Video Output / Display I/F – HDMI up to 1080p, MIPI DSI connector, LCD  connector for RGB/CPU/LVDS LCD including a 6-pin header for backlight. Capacitive touch panel header
  • Audio – HDMI, headset/microphone jack, audio speaker connector,
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet (Despite the processor support Gigabit Ethernet),  WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 via optional AP6210 module
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x USB 2.0 host header, 1x USB OTG port (full size)
  • Camera – 1x MIPI CSI header
  • Other Expansion Headers
    • Serial – 2x RS232 headers, 1x debug header
    • 6-pin header for recovery, key, reset, power, and uboot keys
    • 6-pin header for 5 GPIOs
    • 5-pin header for 5 GPIOs
  • Misc – RTC with battery slot, IR receiver, LED,
  • Power Supply –  12V DC power barrel (36W power supply), 12V DC via “6-pin socket with STB function”
  • Dimensions – 111 x 90 x 15mm

H7_Hummingbird_System_DiagramBy default, the board comes pre-installed with Android 4.4.2, but the company can also provide a Linux 3.4 + Qt image, and the source code is available to those who purchase the board. In the past, Merrii did not have very good support for overseas customers in the past (at least for individuals/hobbyists), and you’ll find plenty of spam threads in their English forums, so I doubt this has changed.  The Chinese forums appear to be more active though.

Merrii said the board is available right now for $90, and you can find some more details on H7 Hummingbird page, or if you need to find out the headers’ pinout, check out the datasheet. The board is not the only H8 hardware platform available right now, as some Allwiner H8 TV boxes are now selling on Aliexpress for $62 to $75 including inphic i9 and Teclast K8 mini PCs.

Emcraft Systems Introduces IoT Devkit with LCD Display Powered by Freescale Vybrid VF6 SoC

August 7th, 2014 No comments

Emcraft Systems has launched a IoT development kit based on on their Freescale Vybrid VF6 SoM featuring MVF61 SoC with a Cortex A5 MPU and a Cortex M4 MCU, and connected to a baseboard (IOT-BSB-EXT) with various connectors (USB, Ethernet, …) as well as a 4.3″ LCD (480×272 resolution) with touchscreen. The kit targets IoT gateway applications where a GUI (Graphical User Interface) and/or HMI (Human Machine Interface) are required.

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LCD Side

Vybrid IoT devkit specifications:

  • SoC/Memory/Storage – Via Vybrid VF6 SoM with Freescale MVF61NN151CMK50 (No Security), or Freescale MVF61NS151CMK50 (with Security),  128 MB DDR3, Up to 512 MB NAND Flash, and 32 MBytes dual QSPI Flash
  • Storage on Baseboard – micro SD card slot
  • Display – 4.3″ 480×272 LCD with touch panel connected to the back side of the baseboard.
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet
  • USB – 2x micro USB OTG ports, 1x micro USB for debugging and/or power
  • Debugging – 20-pin JTAG interface, USB UART interface connected to UART port of the Vybrid VF6 (can also be used to power the kit)
  • Misc – “Power good” LED, User LEDs, Reset push button
  • Dimensions – 100 x 70 mm
IoT Baseboard and Vybrid VF6 SoM

IoT Baseboard and Vybrid VF6 SoM

The kit includes a VF6 System-on-Module (SOM), the IOT-BSB-EXT baseboard, the IOT-LCD board and 4.3″ 480×272 LCD with touch panel connected to the baseboard, a mini USB Y cable for UART and power interface, an Ethernet cable, and a  USB OTG cable.

Emcraft Vybrid IoT Starter Kit (KIT-VF6-IOT) supports both Linux for the ARM Cortex A5 core and Freescale MQX RTOS for the Cortex M4 core. The kit comes pre-loaded with U-Boot and a sample Linux configuration “demonstrating fast boot to the GUI, sophisticated GUI interfaces using Qt as well as various wired and wireless connectivity interfaces”. Documentation and software/hardware resources specific to the IoT devkit includes a Starter Kit Guide, VF6 SOM Software Development Environment, prebuilt Linux/MQX image ready to be loaded to the VF6 SOM, NAND Firmware configuration block image ready for installation onto the VF6 SOM, as well as schematics (PDF) and BoM the the baseboard and LCD board. Some resources are available publicly, and some require a login only available to those who purchased the kit.

Vybrid IOT Starter Kit is available now (2 weeks lead time) for $229. You can find more information on Emcraft IoT Kit page, as well as links to documentation and software/hardware files via the Release and Hardware tabs.

Categories: Hardware, Linux, NXP Vybrid Tags: emcraft, IoT, Linux, m2m, mqx, qt, rtos

Hummingbird A31 Is a $70 Feature-packed Development Board Powered by AllWinner A31

May 9th, 2014 31 comments

Merrii Technologies introduced the Hummingbird development kit powered by AllWinner A20 last year. Since then they’ve sold 10,000 pieces, and have been working on another development board based on AllWinner A31 with lots of different ports and options, including an optional 7″ capacitive touch screen.

Quad_Core_Hummingbird_development_board“Quad Core” Hummingbird specifications:

  • SoC – AllWinner A31 quad core ARM Cortex-A7 with PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU compliant with OpenGL ES2.0, OpenCL 1.x, DX 9_3
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB Flash + micro SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI, VGA, LVDS
  • Video Input – 3.5mm jack for CVBS (or YPbPr?) In (TV IN)
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, 3.5mm jack for stereo audio, 3.5mm jack for Line IN (Same as TV IN). 2x 15w amplifier on-board.
  • Camera – MIPI interface
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (AP6210 module)
  • Cellular Connectivity – SIM card slot + mini PCIe connector for 3G modem
  • USB – 2x USB host port, 1x micro USB OTG, and 3 internal USB headers.
  • Debugging – UART console
  • Expansion Headers – Two 2×30 headers with access to GPIOs, LVDS, and other signals
  • Misc – Speaker headers, RS485 port, IR receiver, power, reset and uboot keys, RTC + battery slot
  • Power – 12V

 

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Detailed information is not available for this board, but thanks to Charbax video below we know the board will be compatible with the same 7″ display (800×600) support by Hummingbird A20, and the company can provide Android 4.4 and Linux 3.3 + Qt SDKs with full source code for the board. Compared to the previous versions, Hummingbird A31 adds supports for 3G Modules, a VGA interface, and more accessible pins.

The board is available for purchase now via Aliexpress for $70 plus shipping by courier ($15 to $20). [Update: You can now get it for $69.99 including shipping on GeekBuying]

Via armdevices.net