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MediaTek MT7622 SoC with WiFi Network Accelerator Supports 4×4 802.11n WiFi & Bluetooth 5

June 1st, 2017 5 comments

MediaTek has launched a new ARM SoC for routers, home automation gateways, wireless audio and storage, with MT7622 equipped with a dual core ARM Cortex A53 processor, a dedicated network accelerator, 4×4 802.11n and Bluetooth 5 connectivity. Two models with be available: MT7622A with all features, and MT7622B with router features only, which probably mean no Bluetooth, and possibly less I/Os.

MediaTek MT7622 specifications:

  • Processor – Dual core ARM Cortex A53 @ up to 1.36 GHz
  • Storage – eMMC and SDXC interfaces; storage accelerator (SATA 3.0/eSATA Gen2)
  • Connectivity
    • 802.11b/g/n WiFi @ 2.4GHz, 4T4R antenna; 802.11ac can be added through MT7615 SoC
    • Bluetooth 5
    • Fast Ethernet Switch, RGMII and SGMII
  • Network Accelerator – APT+HQoS,  MediaTek Wi-Fi Warp Accelerator
  • Audio – Audio Amplifier, I2S, TDM, S/PDIF
  • USB – USB 2.0 host/device, USB 3.0 host
  • Other Peripheral Interfaces – PCIe Gen 2.0, ADC, GPIO, I2C, IR, PMIC I/F, PWM, SPI, UART
  • Misc – RTC

The specs on the product page are currently all over the place, with “Zigbee” also dropped somewhere in the text, but not in the specifications list, nor is Bluetooth 5. They also wrote Bluetooth 5.0 instead of Bluetooth 5, but it’s a minor issue. They however provide some more details about the WiFi Warp accelerator:

Firstly it connects the Gigabit+ class 802.11ac networking through to the Gigabit switch/WAN connection via multi-Gigabit internal pathways, ensuring no bottleneck. Secondly, its specialized design not only offloads the CPU from many-user throughput and QoS calculations, it does so at lower power. The result is the MediaTek Wi-Fi Warp Accelerator maintains a sustained high-performance when even supporting multiple, simultaneous heavy users.

Another good news is that MediaTek engineers have started to contribute MT7622 related code to mainline Linux.

Qualcomm Unveils Mesh Networking WiFi Router / Gateway Reference Design Powered by IPQ40x8/9 NSoC

May 30th, 2017 2 comments

Qualcomm has just announced the Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform for OEM and broadband providers to design home WiFi routers/gateways capable of providing “robust and consistent connectivity”, and feature voice control capabilities, centralized management and security, and a range of mesh system features.

In order to speed up adoption the the platform, the company introduced the Qualcomm Mesh Networking Reference Design with the following key features & benefits:

  • Network System-on-Chip (NSoC) – Qualcomm IPQ40x8/9 network system-on-chip with four Cortex A7 cores, 802.11ac WiFi 2×2+2×2, network and crypto accelerators
  • Qualcomm Wi-Fi Self-Organizing (SON) feature suite will ensure corner-to-corner Wi-Fi coverage, easy set-up, automatic management and traffic optimization, as well as additional security safeguards.
  • Carrier-Grade features with Wi-Fi SON APIs, cloud-based diagnostics
  • Integrated voice capabilities thanks to built-in microphone array and speaker, voice recognition software, and APIs support for popular cloud-based assistant applications.
  • Variety of backhaul options to be used to maximize the performance of mesh networks (802.11ac, 802.11ad, 802.11ax, or Powerline technologies)
  • Qualcomm IoT Connectivity Feature Suite will ensure simultaneous use of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, CSRmesh, and 802.15.4 connectivity

Qualcomm is – as usual – light on details, but at least that means your future WiFi routers will work better by using mesh technology for better coverage in your home, and may also be used as your IoT gateway, and Google Home/Amazon Echo replacement.

Via AnandTech

SDMC DV8230-AP LTE is an Android 7.0 TV Box with a 4G LTE Router Module

April 25th, 2017 1 comment

Shenzhen SDMC Technology launched DV8219-LTE Android TV box with 4G modem powered by Amlogic S905X processor a while ago, and the company is back with a new model called DV8230-AP LTE with the same processor, but running Android 7.0, and what they call a “4G LTE router function”.

SDMC DV8230-AP LTE specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S905X quad core Cortex A53 processor @ up to 1.5 GHz with a Mali-450MP GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash (4 to 64GB as option) + micro SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0a, 3.5mm AV port
  • Audio Output – HDMI, AV, optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity
    • 10/100M Ethernet port
    • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi (Dual band optional)
    • Optional Bluetooth 4.0
    • Built-in 4G Module + SIM card slot
    • 2x dBi external antennas
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Misc – IR receiver; LEDs; standby key; reset button; WPS button
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 120 x 120 x 28 mm
  • Temperature Range – 0~40℃ (operating)

Apart from the extra RAM, the two external antennas, and WPS button, I could not see the difference with the previous model. Most Android TV boxes already support “portable hotspot” mode allowing to share an Ethernet connection over WiFi. So for example, if you are in a hotel room with Ethernet only, and happen to have a TV box with you, you could connect it to add a WiFi hotspot for your smartphone.

Since initially the company did not clearly explain that router function in their website, I tried to ask them for more details about the hardware and software related to that function, and after several email exchanges, I could find out there’s a “router module” inside the box, and that “you can still use the WiFi function when the box is in standby.” Later on, the company mentioned the box is using Topwell DXS-WRM50BC module powered by Mediatek MT7628NN CPU, and while I could not find details about that model, it’s probably a card like AsiaRF AP7620-MPE-1, but maybe not with an mPCie connector, that runs OpenWrt or an another Linux based OS.

You could visit the product page, but you’re unlikely to find many more details there. AFAIK, SDMC does not sell to individuals, only to resellers and distributors.

LEDE 17.01.0 “Reboot” Router Operating System Released

February 24th, 2017 8 comments

LEDE (Linux Embedded Development Environment) is a fork of OpenWrt after some disagreements between developers, and while there are talks about merging OpenWrt and LEDE development, this is not done yet, and LEDE 17.01 has been released a few days ago.

Some of notable LEDE 17.01 changes include:

  • Linux kernel updated to version 4.4.50 (from 3.18 in Chaos Calmer)
  • Update to dnsmasq 2.76, busybox 1.25.1, mbedtls 2.4.0, openssl 1.0.2k
  • Improved Security Features
  • Improved Networking Support
  • Added new targets:
    • apm821xx (AppliedMicro APM821xx)
    • arc770 (Synopsys DesignWare ARC 770D)
    • archs38 (Synopsys DesignWare ARC HS38)
    • armvirt (QEMU ARM Virtual Machine)
    • ipq806x (Qualcomm Atheros IPQ806X)
    • layerscape (NXP Layerscape)
    • zynq (Xilinx Zynq 7000 SoCs)
  • Reorganized x86 target – Drop dedicated Xen DomU target, merged with x86/generic * Enable AES-NI support
  • Build system improvements
  • Image Builder / SDK – Rework library bundling to allow for better portability between different Linux distributions, added support for building kernel modules using the SDK

You’ll find a complete list of change since the beginning of LEDE project here. There are also some limitations as available space on devices with only 4MB flash is very low, and devices with only 32MB RAM might not be able to reliably run opkg or sysupgrade operations, especially in when LuCI is also running.

Thanks to Hauke for the tip.

Xiaomi Mi R3P AC2600 Wireless Router is up for Pre-order for $127 without Hard Drive

January 13th, 2017 8 comments

Xiaomi introduced Mi Router HD, an AC2600 router with 1 or 8 TB HDD storage, at CES 2017. The exact same router now appears to be up for pre-order on GearBest for $127, but without any hard drive, which should allow you to use to own.

mi-router-hdGearBest does not call it “Mi Router HD” but instead “Xiaomi Mi R3P”. The photos match the ones of the product unveiled at CES 2017, and the preliminary specifications can be derived from various sources:

  • SoC – Qualcomm IPQ8064 quad core network processor
  • System Memory – TBD
  • Storage – Flash storage for firmware (TBD); SATA drive support
  • Connectivity
    • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi up to 2600 Mbps with 4 antennas
    • 3x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, 1x  Gigabit Ethernet WAN port
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Dimensions – 19 x 13 x 6.5 cm
  • Weight – 1.030 kg

Just like other Xiaomi routers it can be configured with MiWiFi mobile app available in multiple languages. If the router has a web interface with more options, it might only be in Chinese however.

Xiaomi-Mi-R3P-RouterXiaomi Mi Router HD is said to launch in China during the first trimester for just under $200 with a 1TB hard drive, and under $500 for an 8TB drive. Xiaomi said they will use “surveillance-class” hard drives, which may be more expensive, but the price on GearBest at under $130 without hard drive appears to be quite low, especially since oversea shipping is included. It’s also unclear how easy it would be to open the router to insert your own hard drive, and there’s no info at all about that on GearBest. Shipping is scheduled for February 8th, but it’s probably better to wait and see, as in the past people had to wait a long time for pre-orders that got delayed.

QNAP gets into dev board market with the QBoat Sunny at CES

January 8th, 2017 No comments
One surprise at CES was QNAP’s entry into the developer board market with the introduction of the QBoat Sunny developer board. It’s a rather odd beast to say the least and Qnap is even offering a cut-down version of its QTS OS for, simply named QTS Lite. The only thing we know about QTS Lite at this time is that it’ll support “basic server functions” as well as apps from the QNAP app center, such as the Container Station which will allow you to run the QIoT Suite which will apparently help you to build IoT solutions quicker.
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But let’s go back to the board itself. The specs are as follows.
  • Processor – Intel AnyWAN GRX750 @ 2GHz (6W Dual Core Atom based)
  • Memory – 2GB DDR3L
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC, two M.2 2260/2280 SATA only slots for SSDs (RAID-1 support)
  • Network connectivity – 3x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x WAN 2x LAN
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.0 OTG (micro USB 3.0 port), USB 2.0 DOM header
  • PCIe – 1x M.2 2230 for Wi-Fi/Bluetooth
  • Others – Audio out, mic via 3.5mm jacks, I2C, UART, SPI, SDIO, GPIO via 40-pin connector, debug console via 3.5mm jack, RTC battery, indicator LED’s.
  • Power – 12V/3A
  • Size – 120x120mm

Besides the port listed on top, the board on display also had what looks like a USB-C port, but it wasn’t mentioned anywhere in the specs.

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The processor choice is a very unusual one to say the least. Apparently this family of processors from Intel is normally used in things like service provider gateways, although QNAP’s new TGX-150 NAS/Router combo device is based on the same processor. More details about the Intel AnyWAN GRX705 processor family can be found here.

The board seems to be targeting the DIY community rather than being offered as a platform to build commercial solutions on, which sort of makes sense, as it’s unlikely that QNAP is going to want to license it’s full OS to third parties.

The heatsink you see in the top picture is apparently part of the board and it covers the entire back of the board. This is also where the processor, memory and eMMC is located.

We’re not sure that this will be a winner though, as it’s an odd combination of hardware to say the least, and pricing will be $100 to $120 according to a QNAP’s project manager.

Xiaomi Router HD AC2600 WiFi Router Comes with up to 8TB Storage

January 6th, 2017 8 comments

Xiaomi has unveiled a new WiFi router at CES 2017. Mi Router HD is an AC2600 WiFi router that’s also use as a personal NAS with a “surveillance-class” hard drive with up to 8TB capacity.

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Mi Router HD key features:

  • SoC – Qualcomm IPQ8064 quad core network processor with a dual-core Qualcomm Krait CPU @ 1.4 GHz for control plane and applications, and a dual-core 730 MHz Network Subsystem (NSS) to accelerate packet processing.
  • 4×4 multi-user 802.11ac MIMO router, supports up to 2600 Mbps transfer speeds
  • 4 high-gain PCB array antennas
  • Built-in surveillance-class hard drive of up to 8TB
  • Automatically back up all your devices, supports Time Machine
  • Automatically syncs with Dropbox
  • Integrates with Sonos audio system

The router will launch this trimester in China with either 1TB hard drive for under $200, or an 8TB hard drive for under $500. It will very likely be sold through Aliexpress, GearBest, GeekBuying and other websites to the rest of the world once it is launched.

In other news, the company also introduced an ultra thin “4.9mm” TV, which will be much more difficult to get out of China due to shipping and other logistical issues…

Via Hugo Barra on Facebook.

Banana Pi BPI-R2 Router Board Powered by Mediatek MT7623A Quad Core Processor Comes with 5 GbE Ports, SATA, and More

January 3rd, 2017 41 comments

Banana Pi BPI-R1 board was launched in 2014 with 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports, SATA interfaces, and powered by Allwinner A20 board. SinoVoip his now about to launch an updated version – Banana Pi BPI-R2 – powered by Mediatek MT7623A quad core Cortex A7 processor with 2GB RAM, 8GB flash, 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 2 SATA connectors, mPCIe, USB 3.0, and more.

mediatek-mt7623n-boardBPI-R2 board specifications:

  • SoC – MediaTek MT7623A quad-code ARM Cortex-A7 processor @ up to 1.3 GHz with Mali 450 MP4 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash (option 16/32/64GB), up to 2x SATA interfaces, micro SD slot up to 256GB expansion
  • Video Output / Display  I/F – HDMI 1.4 up to 1920×1200, MIPI DSI connector
  • Connectivity – 5x 10/100/1000 Mb Ethernet port (via MT7530), Bluetooth 4.1 & dual band 802.11b/g/n WiFi (MT6625L module)
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x micro USB 2.0 OTG port
  • Expansion – Mini PCIE interface, 40-pin “somewhat Raspberry Pi 3 compatible” GPIO header with UART, I2C, SPI, PWM, I2S…
  • Misc – Power, reset, uboot, and 2x user buttons; LEDs; IR receiver; 5V fan header; debug UART pins
  • Power Supply – 12/2A via power barrel; 6-pin miniJST header for battery + built-in 3.7V Lithium battery charging circuit
  • Dimensions – 148 x 100.5 mm

The company claims the board can run Android 5.1, OpenWrt, Debian, Ubuntu Linux, Raspbian and others operating systems. Some (limited) hardware information is available on the Wiki, but there’s nothing about software right now, apart from a few placeholder links.

banana-pi-bpi-r2-router-boardThere’s no info about availability nor pricing, except the hardware is ready, but the company has been working for the last month or so on operating systems and drivers. It’s not the first board to feature a Mediatek MT762x processor, but previous attempts like FireWrt, MQmaker WiTi board, and Geek Force did not end up being a commercial success. One of the reasons, at least for FireWrt, was the high cost of Mediatek processors in low quantities, but since SinoVoip has a close relationship with Foxconn, they may be able to leverage their purchasing power as the chip should be used in other hardware platforms manufactured by Foxconn.

[Update: Banana Pi BPI-R2 is now sold on Aliexpress for $89.50 + shipping]