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Lemaker.org is Giving Away Banana Pi Development Boards to Developers and Fans

July 26th, 2014 1 comment

Banana Pi is a development board powered by AllWinner A20 dual core SoC with 1GB RAM, and with expansion headers and a form factor very similar to the Raspberry Pi. It can run Debian, Lubuntu, Android 4.2, Arch Linux ARM, Scratch OS, and OpenSuse, but Lemarker.org community would like more educational materials such as open source software or hardware projects, tutorials, etc.., so they’ve launched a program to give away boards to developers and people who can help writing and maintaining documentation.
Banana_Pi_Board

There are three categories of projects:

  • STEAM – “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics” educational, open source projects running on the the Banana Pi
  • Hardware or Software Project -  Open source projects based on Banana Pi which could be helpful to the community, including open source hardware peripherals projects;
  • Banana Pi Fans – You don’t need to be as technical as for the two others categories, but you must be committed to write tutorials or user guides, participate to the Wiki, upload video guides, etc.., under CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

To apply, you just need to create a poll in the forums in the category that matches your project, describe the project, the licenses used, links to existing documentation if any, etc…Other members of the community can then comment or/and vote for your project for two weeks, and you’ll be send a board if accepted.Current projects include a Self-Managing Uninterruptible Power Supply for Banana Pi, and WTherm web connected thermostat.

Selected applicants will have to bear the cost of shipping via SF-Express, DHL (Priority), UPS, FedEx, or China Post depending on the applicant’s preference.

All details and conditions are available on Apply for Banana Pi page.

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Hardkernel Unveils $179 ODROID-XU3 Development Board Powered by Samsung Exynos 5422 SoC

July 8th, 2014 9 comments

Remember ODROID-XU2 development board based on Exynos 5420? The bad news is that it apparently got scrapped, but the good news is that it gave birth to ODROID-XU3 development board powered by the latest Samsung Exynos 5422 octa core big.LITTLE SoC with support for Ubuntu 14.04 and Android 4.4, including GPU 3D acceleration with the company promising a full desktop experience in Ubuntu.

ODROID-XU3ODROID-XU3 specifications:

  • SoC – Samsung Exynos 5422 quad core ARM Cortex-A15 @ 2.0GHz+ quad core ARM Cortex-A7 @ 1.4GHz with Mali-T628 MP6 GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.0 / 2.0 / 1.1 and OpenCL 1.1 Full profile
  • System Memory – 2GB LPDDR3 RAM PoP (933Mhz, 14.9GB/s memory bandwidth, 2x32bit bus)
  • Storage – Micro SD slot (up to 64GB) + eMMC 5.0 module socket (16, 32, or 64GB module available)
  • Video Output – micro HDMI (Up to 1080p) and DisplayPort (up to 2160p)
  • Audio Output – micro HDMI and 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Network Connectivity – 10/100Mbps Ethernet (Via LAN95144 USB + Ethernet controller)
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 host port, 1x USB 3.0 micro USB OTG port, 4x USB 2.0 ports
  • Expansion – 30-pin header for access to GPIO, IRQ, SPI and ADC signals
  • Debugging – Serial console header
  • Misc – Accurate current sensors and voltage sensors for energy measurement, Power and RGB LEDs, cooling fan header
  • Power Supply – 5V/4A power adapter using 5.5/2.1mm barrel.
  • Dimensions – PCBA: 94x70x18mm; Enclosure: 98x74x29mm
ODROID-XU3 Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

ODROID-XU3 Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

The company can also provide USB modules / dongles for optical S/PDIF output, Gigabit Ethernet (USB 3.0 to Ethernet adapter), Wi-Fi 802.11n/g/n 1T1R with antenna, and 2.5″/3.5″ SATA drives (USB 3.0 to SATA III adapter).  Hardkernel will provide Ubuntu 14.04 support with OpenGL ES + OpenCL support, and Android 4.4.2 both based on Linux kernel 3.10 LTS, and the source code will soon be available on their github account. This is also the first ODROID board that supports Heterogeneous Multi-Processing / Global Task Scheduling implementation of big.LITTLE processing. You can get an overview of the board and see Ubuntu 14.04 running OpenGL ES 3.0 demo, and playing a windowed YouTube video – which makes me think hardware video decoding may not be implemented yet – in the video below.

ODROID-XU3 comes with a plastic case, an active cooler and a 5V/4A power adapter, and you get pre-order it for $179 + shipping on Hardkernel website with delivery schedule for the 18th of August 2014. There’s no internal storage with the board so you’ll need a micro SD card (Class 10 strongly recommended), or even better purchased one of the eMMC module with the board. The 16GB eMMC sells for $39 and includes an adapter to connect it to your PC. You can get more information, and/or purchase the board and a few of its 23 accessories on Hardkernel’s ODROID-XU3 product page.

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SolidRun HummingBoard Raspberry Pi-Like Board is Now Available for $45 and Up

July 2nd, 2014 2 comments

HummingBoard is a board made by SolidRun that’s mechanically compatible with the Raspberry Pi, and offering the same expansions connectors, and a few extras. The board is comprised of a baseboard and a microSoM powered by Freescale i.MX6 Solo, Dual Lite or Dual. At first it looked like an internal project,  but the board went viral together with the Banana Pi, and the company has now announced availability for the HummingBoard with pricing starting at $45 for the single core version up to $100 for the dual core version with extra options.

HummingBoard-i2

HummingBoard-i2

There are currently three models:

  • HummingBoard-i1 ($44.90) – Freescale i.MX6 Solo with GC880 GPU, 512 MB RAM, 10/100M Ethernet
  • HummingBoard-i2 ($74.99) – Freescale i.MX6 Dual Lite with GC880 GPU, 1GB RAM, 10/100M Ethernet
  • HummingBoard-i2ex ($99.99) – Freescale i.MX6 Dual with GC2000 GPU, 1GB RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, LVDS output, mSATA II interface, PCI Express Gen 2 slot, RTC with baterry backup, and IR receiver

All three boards also come with an HDMI video output, two powered USB ports, a 2-Lane CSI-2 camera interface, a microSD interface, a coaxial S/PDIF output, and the same GPIO header as the Raspberry Pi. They sell with options such as 110V or 220V power adapters, or a micro SD card.Just like the Raspberry Pi, there’s no internal storage (NAND or eMMC), and instead the board boots from a micro SD card with operating systems such as Android, Ubuntu, and Debian, and it’s also likely there will be an XBMC port. The company also has Micro-SOM i4Pro with Freescale i.MX6 Quad but for some reasons (thermal dissipation?) it is not included in a HummingBoard-i4, but it can be found in Cubox-i4Pro.

HummingBoard Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

HummingBoard Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

The company has uploaded a promo video comparing their HummingBoard to the Raspberry Pi.

It offers a more powerful hardware with faster processing power and better peripherals, more operating systems choices including Ubuntu and Android which are not available for the Raspberry Pi, but you can’t expect the same level of software support and community as the original Raspberry Pi, and although some Raspberry Pi accessories (enclosures and expansion board) will work on the HummingBoard, you can’t expect them to all work at least without some serious software work.

You can find more information and/or purchase a board on SolidRun’s HummingBoard product page.

Thanks to dhead666 for the tip.

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Linaro 14.06 Release with Linux Kernel 3.15 and Android 4.4.3

July 1st, 2014 No comments

Linaro 14.06 has been released last week with Linux Kernel 3.15 (baseline), Linux Kernel 3.10.44 (LSK), and Android has been updated to 4.4.3.

One interesting development this month is that Android for ARMv8 (64-bit ARM) is booting on the fast models using ARM Trusted firmware and U-Boot.  SELinux has been enabled in Android. I could not see much new member hardware, except possibly B2120 (HDK) reference board for STMicro STiH407 “Monaco” STB SoC.

Here are the highlights of this release:

  • Linux Linaro 3.15-2014.06
    • GATOR version 5.18 (same version as in 2014.04)
    • updated basic Capri board support from Broadcom LT
    • cortex-strings-arm64 topic (same as in 2014.02)
    • updated Versatile Express ARM64 support (FVP Base and Foundation models, Juno) from ARM LT.
    • updated Versatile Express patches from ARM LT
    • more HiP0x Cortex A15 family updates from HiSilicon LT (hip04_eth, hip04_defconfig)
    • updated LLVM topic
    • Big endian support (same as in 2014.05)
    • ftrace_audit topic from the Kernel WG (same as in 2014.05)
    • config fragments changes – android: Enable SELinux related configurations
  • Linaro Toolchain Binaries 2014.06
    • based on GCC 4.9 and updated to latest Linaro TCWG releases
    • Linaro GCC 4.9-2014.06
    • Linaro Binutils 2.24.0-2014.06
    • Linaro GDB 7.7.1-2014.06
  • Linaro Android 14.06 – Built with Linaro GCC 4.8-2014.05, upgraded to Android 4.4.3
  • Linaro OpenEmbedded 2014.06
    • integrated Linaro GCC 4.9-2014.06
    • integrated Linaro EGLIBC 2.19-2014.06
    • integrated Linaro binutils 2.24-2014.06
    • integrated Linaro GDB 7.7.1-2014.06
    • integrated powerdebug 0.7.3
    • several ODP updates
    • upstreaming: fixed hwlatdetect metadata,  fixed recipes related to oe-core binconfig changes: apache2, php and swig, and updated PM QA to 0.4.11
  • Linaro Ubuntu 14.06
    • added openssh-server to the images, SSH keys are generated on first boot.
    • updated packages: ARM trusted firmware (0.7), openssl (1.0.1h), PM QA (0.4.11), powerdebug (0.7.3), powertop (2.6.1), LSK 3.10.44 and linux-linaro 3.15 kernels.
  • ARMv8 Ubuntu engineering build for Enterprise
  • Android for ARMv8 is booting with ARM Trusted firmware and U-Boot on Models
  • CI loop has been setup for Juno Android member build
  • CI bring up: ST B2120 engineering build
  • Build rootfs image for toolchain benchmarking
  • CI bring up: HiSilicon Hi3716cv200
  • CI bring up: ARM64 kexec build and regression test setup
  • CI bring up: Juno OpenEmbedded member build
  • LSK: add RT patchset CI loop
  • LSK: add Juno CI loop
  • Build Ubuntu rootfs image for toolchain automation framework
  • SELinux is enabled on LSK with Android 4.4.3 for ARMv7

You can visit https://wiki.linaro.org/Cycles/1406/Release for a list of known issues, and further release details about the LEB and community builds, Android, Kernel, Graphics, Multimedia, Landing Team, Platform, Power management and Toolchain (GCC / Qemu) components.

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Pictures and Specs for CubieBoard 8 Development Board Powered by AllWinner A80 SoC

July 1st, 2014 14 comments

Back in April, AllWinner announced partnerships with Linksprite and CubieTech for respectively PcDuino 8 and Cubieboard 8 development boards to feature  AllWinner A80 octa core ARM Cortex 15/A7 big.little SoC. However, at the time all we got was some photo-shopped pictures of older versions of the boards with an A80 processor pasted by graphics designers. Some pictures of Cubieboard 8 have now surfaced, and they are clear enough so that we can start to get most of the specs.

Cubieboard 8 (Click to Enlarge)

Cubieboard 8 (Click to Enlarge)

Here are Cubieboard 8 specifications derived from the pictures (incomplete because we don’t have pictures of the back of the board):

  • SoC – AllWinner A80 octa core big.LITTLE processor with 4 ARM Cortex A15 cores, 4 Cortex A7 cores, and Imagination PowerVR G6200 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3 (4x SKhynix H5TQ4G83AFR – 4Gbit RAM chips) – TBC in case they’ve added more RAM chips at the back, unlikely IMHO.
  • Storage – TBD (At the back?) + SD Card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI and VGA
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, Line In, Line Out, and optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6330 module)
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x Micro-B USB 3.0 port
  • Debugging – UART close to VGA port (TBC)
  • Expansion Header – 20 pin header
  • Misc – RTC battery slot, 2 LEDs, 3 push buttons
  • Power – Round DC power jack (5V?)
Top View (Click to Enlarge)

Top View (Click to Enlarge)

That’s about all we know for now. AllWinner announced support for Android, Chrome OS (Chromium OS?), Ubuntu, Firefox OS, and Windows RT, so hopefully most will also be available with the board expect probably Windows RT, and possibly Chrome OS. Price and availability are unknown, but since AllWinner A80 MP is supposed to start this month, and in a previous interview, a $100 price target had been talked about, I’m really expecting the board to be available for around $100 by the end of this month.

Thanks to Jibril!

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64-bit ARM Server Motherboards by SoftIron

June 20th, 2014 8 comments

We’ve already seen development board such as X-Gene XC-1, and 64-bit ARM servers have been demonstrated by Dell and HP, but SoftIron, a British startup, claims to be the first to provide a production ready ARMv8 solutions for the enterprise server market (e.g. data centers), with its SoftIron 64-0400 and 64-0800 server motherboards powered by Applied Micro X-Gene quad and octa SoC.

softiron_64-0800

Although the company did not release complete pictures of the board, they seem to have done a better job with specifications:

  • SoC
    • SoftIron 64-0400 – Applied Micro X-Gene APM883204 with 4x 64-bit ARMv8 cores @ 2.4 GHz, 4x 32-bit ARMv5 cores for Network/Security offloads and Acceleration, and 1x Cortex M3 for server management
    • SoftIron 64-0800 – Applied Micro X-Gene APM883208 with 8x 64-bit ARMv8 cores @ 2.4 GHz, 4x 32-bit ARMv5 cores for Network/Security offloads and Acceleration, and 1x Cortex M3 for server management
  • System Memory – Up to 128GB ECC DDR3L at 1600MT/s
  • Interfaces
    • 2 x USB 3.0 Superspeed hosts
    • 2 x 10/100/1000 Ethernet RJ-45, and 1 x 100/1000 Ethernet RJ-45 for Server Management (includes Virtual Serial Port)
    • 1 x 10 GbE SFP+
    • 1 x 8 Lane PCIe3.0
    • 4 x SATA 3.0 SSD ports
  • Power supply – + 12 VDC at <7A, Voltage range: 110-240 V AC, Frequency range:50-60 Hz
  • Dimensions – 244 × 244mm (Micro ATX form factor)
  • Enclosure – Rack or Pedestal

SoftIron motherboards only feature one processor socket, and will run Fedora or Ubuntu with Linux 3.x with support for hardware virtualization. I’ve actually just discovered that X-Gene SoCs had ARMv5 and Cortex M3 companion cores to assist with security and server management, actually making APM883208 a 13 cores ARM SoC. If you are interested in the security features allowed by the ARMv5, please refer to “Server Boards –Security Features” (PDF), as I won’t reproduce here the long list of cypher, hash and other security protocols supported by the systems.

SoftIron launched their server motherboards today, but I’m not sure it means it’s already available. Pricing has not been disclosed, but it’s not surprising, as it’s not something individuals will be able to put their hands on. The company will showcase the boards at the 2014 International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), in Leipzig, Germany on June 22-26, 2014. More information is available on SoftIron Products page.

Thanks to David for the tip.

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$99 PCDuino3S is an AllWinner A20 Based Mini PC with a Steel Enclosure

June 18th, 2014 No comments

LinkSprite has recently showcased PCDuino3S, a Linux / Android mini PC powered by AllWinner A20 dual core SoC, and with features similar to PCDuino3 development board. Possible applications include media player and thin client terminal for desktop visualization.
pcDuino3S

PCDuino3S technical specifications:

  • SoC – AllWinner A20 Dual Core ARM Cortex A7 @ 1 GHz + Mali-400MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DRAM
  • Storage – 4GB NAND Flash, internal microSD card slot for up to 32GB
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 with HDCP support
  • Audio Output – HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports  1x micro USB OTG port
  • Misc – 2x LEDs, power button
  • Power supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions -  12.7 x 6.35 x 2 cm

pcDuino3S_ConnectorsThe company provides images for Ubuntu 12.04 and Android 4.2. It should be software compatible with PCDuino3, but based on the “enclosure opening” video below, and the ports position on the enclosure, it’s a completely different board inside.

The back of the case reads “OCLOUD Network Computer”, so it seems it may be an older products from Ocloud Technologies, a company which has developed a desktop virtualization system for PCDuino, and has been rebranded to PCDuino3S.

PCDuino3S appears to be available now, and you can purchased directly from Linksprite for $99, or on Amazon for $108.90.

Thanks to Oliveira!

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