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PowerVR SDK v3.4 Supports WebGL, 64-Bit Android 5.0 Lollipop, and MIPS Linux

October 21st, 2014 2 comments

Imagination Technolgies has just released PowerVR SDK v3.4  including the latest compilers for PowerVR Series6 and Series6XT GPUs to PVRShaderEditor, several performance optimization, a new WebGL SDK, 64-bit support for Android 5.0 Lollipop, and Linux support for MIPS based processors.

PowerVR_SDKThe company has revamped the user interfaces of their tools, and made the following key changes:

  • PVRTrace, a tool to capture and analyze OpenGL ES and EGL API calls, now supports OpenGL ES 3.1, compressed trace files, and they’ve reduce the software memory usage
  • PVRTune, a performance analysis tool, now features new counters, and  “significant” performance optimizations.
  • PVRShaderEditor, a light-weight shader editing too, adds the latest compilers for PowerVR Series6 (FP32 and FP16) and Series6XT GPUs, as well as GLSL disassembler output.
  • PVRTexTool, a utility for compressing textures, adds plugin support for Autodesk 3DSMax and Maya (2015 versions), and improves ETC decompression by up to 20% faster per surface.

Imagination also claims to have improved documentation with a new SDK Browser, part of the SDK,  with installation instructions, examples, source code, documents, etc… More details are available on the release notes page.

PowerVR SDK is available for Windows, Mac OS X & Linux (32-/64-bit).

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AllWinner A80 based Cubieboard4 Development Board is Now Available for $100 (in China)

October 21st, 2014 24 comments

Allwinner and Cubietech announced they were working on Cubieboard8 in May, before we got to see some pictures of the first engineering samples. Cubieboard8 has now been renamed to Cubieboard4, also known as CC-A80 (CubieTech single board Computer A80), and the company has listed the board on Taobao for 620 RMB (~$102), with shipping scheduled for October 30.

Cubieboard_CC-A80_Board

Cubietech CC-A80 board specifications, which have changed since the first pictures were released in July:

  • SoC – AllWinner A80 octa core 4x Cortex A15 @ 2.0GHz,  4x Cortex A7 @ 1.3GHz, and Imagination PowerVR G6200 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC (25MB/s read and write speed), micro SD Card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4, and VGA
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, 2x 3.5mm audio jacks for audio output and microphone
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n up to 300 Mbps + Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6330 module)
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x Micro-B USB 3.0 port
  • Debugging – UART and JTAG (4 pins on top left of battery slot)
  • Expansion Header – 20-pin header with 2x UART, 3x I2C, GND, and VCC (5V)
  • Misc – IR receiver, RTC + battery slot, 2x user LEDs, 1x power LED, 3 push buttons for power, reset, and reboot (FEL).
  • Power – 5V/2.5A, USB 3.0, or 3.7V LiPo battery
  • Dimensions – 146x142mm
Lubuntu running on CC-A80 Board

Lubuntu running on CC-A80 Board

The board is clearly called CC-A80 V1.1 on the PCB, but it will also be referred to as Cubieboard 4. Since the board still have about 10 days before shipping, CC-A80 Wiki is far from being complete (understatement of the month), but you  can find some resources on their FTP server including schematics (PDF), datasheets for A80T, AC100, AXP809 PMIC…, and Lubuntu rootfs. Most directory are currently empty, and there are more details on Baidu including Lubuntu (eMMC and SD card) and Android 4.4 (eMMC) firmware images, as well as instructions to use CC-A80 Linux SDK. There are also some images on http://dl.cubieboard.org/software/a80/, but these may not be up-to-date, or even for Cubieboard 4.

Beside Taobao, I also found it for pre-order on a UK site for 110.79 GBP excluding VAT (about $180), with delivery expected for November 3, 2014. The price delta versus Taobao is a bit excessive, so it may pay to wait a couple of weeks to get a better deal.

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Patched Android 4.4 SDK Supports Beelink R89 & Hotack T031 Boards

October 20th, 2014 3 comments

The first batch Tronsmart Orion R28 Pro/Meta Android TV boxes where ships with a micro SD card loaded with Android 4.4 SDK, so I tried it myself, and posted instructions to build an RK3288 Android image, but when I flashed the image to my device, I quickly realized it was an older firmware (106k4), so the SDK would not be so useful, since all the recent bug fixes were not included. Luckily, more recent Android 4.4 SDK were released or leaked, and naobsd decided to port it to Hotack T031 and Beelink/Netxeon R89 boards that are found in many RK3288 Android TV boxes.

"ITVLauncher"  Found in RK3288 Image (Click for Original Size)

“ITVLauncher” Found in RK3288 Image (Click for Original Size)

Since he does not own any devices based on Netxeon R89, he asked me to try, and I did so on Tronsmart Orion R28 Meta. Bear in mind these are images built from a patched SDK, so not everything may work, there’s no Google Play Store, and it’s mostly targeted to developers wanting to build their own firmware.

To give it a try first download the image, and flash it as per the flashing instructions.

wget http://files.androtab.info/rockchip/sdk/netxeon-r89-sdk-images.zip
unzip netxeon-r89-sdk-images.zip
cd rockdev
./mkupdate.sh
<path_to_tools_in_rockship_sdk>/update_tool uf update.img

Afer installation is complete, and Android boot, you can select the stock launcher or ITV launcher has shown above. Both Ethernet and Wi-Fi worked, but the key mapping is not for the remote control included with Orion R28, so the up arrow key is mapped to the power key, and so on. It should not be too complicated to fix. the code has been updated, and remote control is now working fine.

So if you can to build it yourself (I have not tried), but getting the code from three sources:

  1. U-boot -> https://github.com/linux-rockchip/u-boot-rockchip/tree/u-boot-rk3288
  2. Android 4.4 SDK (master branch) -> http://git.linux-rockchip.org/
  3. Patch for Beelink R89 or Hotack T031.
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ITEAD Core AW204X AllWinner A20 SoM and Core EVB Baseboard

October 14th, 2014 1 comment

ITEAD Studio has been making systems-on-module based on Allwinner processors for a little while which are found in the company’s IBOX mini PC, MOD Duo guitar pedal, and more. They’ve now launched a new system-on-module with a 204-pin SO-DIMM connector instead of the headers used in the earlier modules.

AW2042_AllWinner_A20_System-on-Module

AW2042 SoM (Click to Enlarge)

ITEAD Core AW2041 / AW2042  SoM specifications:

  • SoC- AllWinner A20 dual core ARM Cortex-A7 @ 1 GHz + ARM Mali 400 MP2
  • System Memory – 1 or 2 GB DDR3 RAM (AW2014: 1GB, AW2042: 2GB).
  • Storage – 4GB NAND Flash, micro SD card slot (on the back), SATA connector.
  • Connector – 204-pin SO-DIMM edge connector with UART, I2C, SPI, LCD, I2S, LVDS, GPIO, etc.. signals
  • Misc – Built-in RTC, reset, FEL and power buttons.
  • Power – 5V supply, 3.3V I/Os. AXP209 PMIC.
  • Dimensions – 67.60 x 48.25 x 1.6 mm
  • Weight – 35 grams
  • Temperature Range – Commercial

To facilitate development, the company is also providing an open source hardware baseboard (Kicad) simply called “EVB Core”.

EVB Core (Click to Enlarge)

EVB Core (Click to Enlarge)

Baseboard specifications:

  • SoC / Memory / Storage – Via AW204x modules.
  • Eternal Storage – SATA port on module, 5V SATA power on EVB, 1x micro SD slot on EVB, 1x micro SD slot on module.
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4, 18/24-bit single or dual channel LVDS
  • Audio – HDMI, optical S/PDIF, 3.5mm audio jack supporting 8 Ohm speakers @ 3W via included amplifier.
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000M Ethernet
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 OTG ports, 1x USB OTG port (full size)
  • Expansions Headers:
    • 32-pin connector (beige) with access to UART, I2C, SPI, I2S, and GPIO signals, that can be used with some add-on boards made by ITEAD Studio.
    • 40-pin headers compatible with Raspberry Pi Model B+ (UART/I2C/SPI/GPIO)
  • Misc – IR receiver, bicolor LED, power, reset, FEL buttons,
  • Power – 7-23V DC via 2.5mm power jack
  • Power Consumption – 200mA typical, 300mA max. @ 5V? (without devices attached to EVB)
  • Dimensions – 140.2 x 90 mm
  • Weight – 82 grams
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0 to 60℃; storage: -40 to 80℃

The evaluation board can be fitted into IBOX metallic enclosure. The company provide supports for ITEAD OS based on Debian 7.0 (Link to SDK), and Android 4.2 for their modules. Some documentation, mostly the pinout diagrams. can be found on the Wiki for AW204x modules, and EVB Core.

Both the modules and baseboard appear to be available now. AW2041 SoM (1GB RAM) sells for $45, AW2042 (2GB RAM) for $60, and EVB Core for $29.99, so a complete development kit would start at $75.

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Waxberry Pi3 Rockchip RK3188 Development Board Includes a SATA Port

October 13th, 2014 6 comments

Development boards based on Rockchip RK3188 are a rarity, and until today, I only knew about Radxa Rock boards. Waxberry, a Chinese based company, already made some development boards such as Waxberry Pi2 based on Rockchip RK3066, and recently they’ve launched Waxberry Pi3 development board powered by Rockchip RK3188 processor, with 1 GB RAM, 8 GB flash, a SATA port, expansion headers and more.

Waxberry_Pi3_RK3188_Development_Board_SATA
Waxberry Pi3 (aka WB-RK3188) specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad core @ 1.6Ghz + Mali-400 MP4 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 8GB NAND Flash (SK Hynix H27UCG8TETR) + micro-SD slot + SATA port
  • Video Output – HDMI, LVDS connector, and AV output (TBC)
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet port, 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, AV?, mic IN
  • Camera – 24-pin CSI connector
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG
  • Misc – IR sensor, RTC with battery slot
  • Expansions Header – 2x 48-pin headers
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A

An Android 4.2.2 SDK is said to come with the board, but no links are provided. There’s absolutely nothing about WB-RK3188 on wax-berry.com, except in their forums with there’s a sub-forum dedicated to the new board, but without relevant posts, at least not readable without logging in. The obvious difference with a board like Radxa Rock is the addition of the SATA port, most probably via a USB to SATA bridge, and you do so the same with a USB to Ethernet dongle, but it’s a bit more neat that way, especially if you plan to put the board into an enclosure.

So I got all my information from their listing on Taobao where the board is sold for 499 CNY (~$82), and since the company has not been actively selling their previous board to oversea markets, this could remain a board focusing on the Chinese market. Waxberry Pi WB-RK3288 “development board” can also be found on their Taobao store for 599 CNY (~$98), but it looks more like a TV box board than a development board, albeit it comes with an Adnrodi 4.4.2 SDK.

Thank you Freire!

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Android L x86 64-bit Developer Preview Emulator Image Released

October 10th, 2014 2 comments

Several weeks ago Linaro posted instructions to run Android L ARM 64-bit in QEMU which takes some efforts to setup, and at the time lacked OpenGL support (not sure about the status now). Google has now releases their own 64-bit Android L preview image for the x86 emulator, and hopefully they’ll release a 64-bit ARM image and NDK sometimes in the near future, as 64-bit mobile devices are expected for Q1 2015.

Android_L_Atom-x86-64

That means developers can now test the 64-bit version of their apps build for x86 using Google emulator. Java only apps should most probably work without issues, but apps relying on native code (C/C++/assembler) will certainly require a little bit more work.  The latest Android NDK (r10b) support 64-bit code, and apps can be built with x86_64 build target, or using APP_ABI=all64 in Application.mk. 64-bit support increases addressable memory space, provides a larger number of registers, and new instruction sets.

To install the image, simply go to SDK Manager in Android Studio, and select Intel x86 Atom_64 System Image.

Via Liliputing

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Categories: Android, Intel Atom Tags: Android, lollipop, ndk, sdk

CALAO Systems Introduces PInBALL Industrial Board Based on Raspberry Pi Compute Module

October 1st, 2014 No comments

CALAO Systems has just launched an industrial single board computer (SBC) for professional Raspberry Pi developers called PiNBALL or, if you prefer, PAC-1210-S200-B2835-EXX…. The board is powered by the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, features interfaces such as two mini PCIe slots (for USB, I2C, GPIOs,…), fast Ethernet, HDMI, opto-isolated inputs and outputs, etc., +6 to +36V power input, and can operate in -20°C to +70°C temperature range.

Calao Systems PInBall Board with R-Pi Module (Click to Enlarge)

Calao Systems PInBall Board with R-Pi Module (Click to Enlarge)

PInBALL industrial SBC specifications (Items marker with ‘*’ are optional, and depend on model):

  • SoC / Memory / Storage  – Via Raspberry Pi Compute Module – Broadcom BCM2835, 512MB RAM, 4GB eMMC Flash.
  • Other Storage – 1x 2Kb I²C EEPROM with EUI-48 MAC Address & 128 bit Serial Number (AT24MAC402).
  • Video Output – 1x HDMI Out, 1x CVBS Out (BCM2835)
  • Audio Output – 1x HDMI, 2x S/PDIF Out / Optical & RCA (WM8804),
  • Connectivity – 1x Fast Ethernet (LAN9514), 1x Micro-SIM Socket
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 Host (LAN9514), 1x USB Device,
  • Serial Ports – 2x TTL Serial Ports (BCM2835), 2x TTL Serial Ports (MAX3109)*
  • Other I/Os
    • 1x CAN Bus (MCP2515)*
    • 2x MiPi DSI*
    • 2x MiPi CSI*
    • 3x Industrial Inputs (Téléinfo, Interface S0 or Standard Opto-isolated , 24VDC Output)*
    • 3x Industrial Outputs (1x Relay COM / NO or NC, 2x Isolated Outputs, 24VDC Input)*
  • Sensors – 1x Humidity & Temperature Sensor (Si7020)*
  • Expansions
    • 1x Mini PCIe Slot (USB 2.0 only, no PCIe)*
    • 1x Mini PCIe Slot (I2C, SPI, UART, USB & GPIOs)*
    • x KNX BAOS 820 module (KNX/TP1)*
  • Debugging – 1x JTAG port for BCM2835 (ARM11 or VideoCore GPU)
  • Misc – 1x RTC (DS3232) with BR1632A lithium battery, power/reset/user push buttons & LEDs,
  • Power Supply
    • Main: 12VDC / 2A (9-36 VAC/VDC),
    • Auxiliary Power Input: 9-36 VAC/VDC for 2nd power supply or external battery charger system,
  • Temperature Range – -20°C to +70°C
  • Dimensions – 100 x 120 mm
PInBALL SBC Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

PInBALL SBC Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

There will be three solutions/version based on PInBALL board:

  • CoreAccess – For “multipurpose application”, the variant will less options (No MiPi, no industrial I/Os…). Lacks all options marked with *
  • Home and Building Automation (HaBA) – Includes Industrial I/Os and a base of a Scada OPC UA software. All options listed in the specs above are supported
  • Industrial Automation and Robotics (IAaR) – Same as HaBA minus KNX module, and a “Open HAB Smart home” software is provided.

You can check the PInBall Selection Guide (PDF) for a side-by-side comparison of the three boards. Once you choose a board, you can simply order the carrier board only, a “pre-assembled” computer with the carrier board and the compute module, or an “Embedded System” adding a black anodized aluminum enclosure with mounting brackets.

CoreAccess module comes pre-loaded with XBian (XBMC), and the two others with Raspbian, the Debian distribution for the Raspberry Pi. The company also claims to provide an “open source SW package integrating a BSP maintained in main-line, a Linux Kernel, and then depending of the version, a Java virtual machine, OSGI framework, device abstraction, network and connectivity management”. The software Wiki currently makes use of code on Raspberry Pi github account.

CALAO Systems PinBALL will be sold via Element14/Farnell and CALAO on-line shop in Q4 2014, starting at 325 Euros per unit for the CoreAccess version. The company will also showcase their latest solution at Booth 482 at SEMICON Europa, in Grenoble, France on October 7-9, 2014. Further information is available on PInBALLboard.org.

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