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UDOO BLU and BLU SENSE IoT Modules Integrate Bluetooth LE, Zigbee, and 6LOWPAN Connectivity

April 6th, 2017 No comments

UDOO is known for their Linux boards based on NXP and Intel processors for makers and the education market such as UDOO NEO or UDOO x86, but the company has now developed UDOO BLU and BLU SENSE battery powered modules based on Texas Instruments CC2650 ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller, both with Bluetooth LE, Zigbee, and 6LOWPAN connectivity, and the SENSE model adds some extra sensors.

UDOO BLU and BLU SENSE specifications:

  • Wireless MCU – Texas Instruments CC2650 ARM Cortex M3 MCU @ 48 MHz with 128KB flash, 8KB SRAM with 2.4 GHz radio
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), ZigBee, 6LoWPAN
  • Sensors (BLU SENSE only) –  NXP FX0S8700CQ accelerometer & magnetometer sensor, NXP FXAS21002C gyroscope & temperature sensor
  • Expansion
    • 1x 5-pin sensors Snap-In I2C connector for UDOO Bricks
    • 2x 10-pin headers with 8x Digital GPIOs, 6x ADCs, 1x I2C, 1x SPI, 1x UART
  • Misc – 3x User Configurable LEDs (Red, Yellow, Green), 2x buttons
  • Power Supply
    • CR2032 battery holder
    • 2-pin header for external power supply up to 5.5V
  • Dimensions – 45mm x 35mm

The full documentation and resources for the boards are not ready yet, but an Android Library to manage the UDOO BLU board using BLE has been released on Github.

The company is already taking pre-orders for BLU ($17.50) and BLU SENSE ($19.50), and more information may be found on UDOO BLU product page. The company is also attending DROIDCON Italy 2017 in Milan, where you’ll be able to see BLU boards, and other UDOO boards in action, and the company will give some boards away as part of a Hackathon on April 8-9.

UDOO x86 Development Board Combines Quad Core Intel Motherboard with Arduino 101 Board for $89 and Up (Crowdfunding)

April 14th, 2016 8 comments

UDOO is known for their ARM based development board with an MCU to control I/Os from Arduino compatible headers such as UDOO Quad or UDOO NEO. The community has now launched a new board called UDOO x86 powered by a quad core Intel processor, and integrating the Intel Curie compute module with Quark SE MCU used in Arduino 101, and the Arduino UNO headers. The basic version will come with Atom x5-E8000 Cherry Trail Braswell processor while the advanced version will feature Celeron N3160 Braswell processor.

UDOO_x86UDOO x86 Basic and Advanced specifications:

  • SoC
    • Basic – Intel Atom x5-E8000 quad core processor @ 1.04 / 2.0 GHz GHz with 12EU Intel HD graphics @ 320 MHz (5W TDP)
    • Advanced – Intel Celeron N3160 quad-core processor @ 1.6 GHz / 2.24 GHz (Turbo) with 12EU Intel HD graphics@ 320 MHz/640Mhz (4W SDP / 6W TDP)
  • System Memory
    • Basic – 2 GB DDR3L
    • Advanced – 4GB DDR3L
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC, SATA connector, M.2 SATA slot, and micro SD card slot
  • Video Output – 1x HDMI port with CEC support, 2x mini DisplayPort++ (Dual-mode DisplayPort)
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, mini DP, microphone and headphone combo connector, speaker header, and S/PDIF output
  • Video Codec
    • Decode – H.265/HEVC, H.264, MPEG-2, MVC, VC-1, WMV9, VP8
    • Encode – H.264, MVC, JPEG
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, optional 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 using M.2 slot
  • USB – 3x USB 3.0 host ports
  • Serial – 2x UART ports on interrupt pin headers
  • Headers (for quad core processor) – Up to 20 external GPIOs, LPC, 2x I2C, GPIOs, touch screen I/F
  • Arduino part:
    • Intel Curie module with Intel Quark SE @ 32 MHz and 32-bit ARC core @ 32 MHz
    • SPI flash
    • Bluetooth LE
    • 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope
    • Arduino UNO headers (3.3V I/Os with protection against  5V over-voltage):
      • 14 digital I/Os including 4 PWM
      • 6x 10-bit analog inputs
  • Misc – IR receiver
  • Power Supply – 12V/3A
  • Dimensions – 12 x 8.5 cm
Board with Heatsink and Optional Acrylic Enclosure

Board with Heatsink and Optional Acrylic Enclosure

The board can run Android, Linux, and Windows, and support up to three 4K displays simultaneously. Bear in mind, that HDMI (and DisplayPort?) audio will most likely not work in UDOO x86 Basic, but should be OK in UDOO x86 Advanced (Finally both are Braswell part so HDMI audio  could be working on both). You can program the Arduino part using Arduino 101 IDE running on the Intel part of the board just like you’d if you had a computer and a separate Arduino 101 board, except you’d known need to connect both since they are already connected via a USB interface.

The 8GB internal storage only won’t do it to run Windows 10, but you’ll also be able to boot from USB 3.0, Ethernet, M.2 SATA or a micro SD card. The schematics (PDF), 3D design files, and the Bill of Material (BOM) will released under a Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0 license at the end of the campaign, as they’ve done previously with other UDOO boards.

Sysbench in UDOO x86 and Other Popular Boards

Sysbench in UDOO x86 and Other Popular Boards

Pricing is also pretty good as UDOO x86 Basic is listed on Kickstarter for $89 (early bird), and UDOO x86 Advanced for $109 (early bird), after which the price will go up to respectively $109 and $129. However, the power supply, and various cables are not included, so you may want to check the kit instead ranging from UDOO x86 Basic starter kit ($114) with the board, a 12V/3A power adapter, an HDMI cable, SATA + Power cables, and the acrylic enclosure, to UDOO x86 Advanced performance kit ($169) with the board, a 32GB SATA III M.2 SSD, 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth module, the power adapter, an HDMI cable, SATA + Power cables, and an acrylic enclosure. Shipping adds $18 to anywhere in the world, and delivery is scheduled for November 2016.

UDOO Neo Combines Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Sensors into a Single $49 Board (Crowdfunding)

April 21st, 2015 9 comments

UDOO Neo was unveiled last February as the first hobbyist board features Freecale i.MX6 Solox Cortex A9 + Cortex M4 processor. I was expecting UDOO to design support board since their earlier UDOO board combined Freescale i.MX6 processor with an Atmel MCU, and the new processor allowed for integrating the same functionality into a single chip. The board is now on Kickstarter where you can pick UDOO Neo Basic for $49 (Early bird is $35), or UDOO Neo for $59 (Early bird was $45) adding an Ethernet port, some sensors, and 1GB RAM, instead of 512 MB for the Basic version.UDOO_Neo_Kickstarter

But both versions of the board basically share the same specifications:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX 6SoloX ARM Cortex-A9 core @ 1GHz with 2D/3D GPU and ARM Cortex-M4 Core @ 166 MHz
  • System Memory – 512MB (Basic) or 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – micro SD slot, 8-bit SDIO interface (on expansion headers)
  • Video Input/Output
    • micro HDMI port
    • LVDS interface + touch (I2C signals)
    • Analog camera connection supporting NTSC and PAL
    • 8-bit Parallel camera interface (on expansion headers)
  • Audio – HDMI, I2S and S/PDIF (on expansion headers)
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 Type A ports, 1x USB OTG (micro-AB connector)
  • Connectivity
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (Wi-Fi Direct supported), Bluetooth 3.0 / 4.0 Low Energy
    • UDOO Neo only – 10/100Mbps RJ45 connector
  • Arduino UNO compatible and extended GPIOs headers giving access to the following:
    • Serial – 3x UART ports, 2x CAN Bus
    • 8x PWM
    • 1x I2C interface, 1x SPI interface
    • 36 GPIOs
    • 6 Analog inputs
  • Sensors (UDOO Neo only) – 9-Axis Accelerometer, Magnetometer, & Gyroscope
  • Misc – Coin Cell RTC Battery Connector, Green Power Status LED, Configurable Red LED
  • Power Supply – 5V DC Micro USB;  12V DC power jack
  • Dimensions – 85mm x 59.3 mm

The board features Arduino compatible headers, and can be programmed with an Arduino IDE running on a separate PC or in the board itself. It has similar functionalities as the Raspberry Pi as it runs Linux (and Android), and offers similar interfaces, but adds Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart, and 9-axis motion sensors. So if you have a project that requires the power of Linux, and the I/O flexibility of Arduino, UDOO Neo boards should cost a little bit less than competing solutions, be easier to configure, and provide a more compact solution.

UDOO_Neo_Arduino_Raspberry_PiThe ARM Cortex A9 core will run Android 4.4.3 + Linux 3.10, with UDOObuntu distribution to become available before the board ships, and the ARM Cortex M4 should run MXQ RTOS. Android and Linux source code will be provided. They also claim UDOO Neo will be open source hardware like the original UDOO. However, a Google search for the older board only shows UDOO schematics in PDF format, but after checking a bit more, I found the documentation page where the Gerber files, BoM, and mechanical files are also freely downloadable. Since the original schematics are not available, it’s not 100% open source hardware, but it’s still better than what is provided for the Raspberry Pi boards.

Since it’s UDOO project team have been around for a while, there’s already an active community, and several example projects for the older boards, but many should be adaptable to the Neo boards, and since it’s Arduino compatible, you can also leverage existing Arduino libraries and sketches.

The Kickstarter campaign started yesterday, and they already raised over $40,000 out of their $15,000 goals. Beside the pledges for UDOO Neo boards, they also have various kits including one with a 7″ LCD touchscreen display, a power supply, and cables, and bundles with up to 5 boards. Delivery is scheduled for September 2015.

A few more details may also be found on UDOO Neo product page.

UDOO Neo Development Board is Powered by Freescale i.MX 6SoloX Processor

February 25th, 2015 4 comments

UDOO boards combine a Freescale i.MX6 dual or quad core processor with an external Atmel SAM3X MCU that’s programmable as an Arduino board, so as Freescale has now formally announced their i.MX 6SoloX processor with a Cortex A9 core running Linux and Android, and a Cortex M4 core running MQX real-time operating systems, it was logical that the company would soon launch a low cost development board based on this heterogeneous processor. Meet UDOO Neo. UDOO_NeoUDOO Neo board specifications:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX 6SoloX ARM Cortex-A9 core @ 1GHz and ARM Cortex-M4 Core with 2D/3D GPU
  • System Memory – 512MB or 1GB DDR3 (only Plus version)
  • Storage – On-board NOR SPI Flash, micro SD slot, 8-bit SDIO interface (on headers)
  • Video Input/Output
    • micro HDMI port
    • LVDS interface + touch (I2C signals)
    • Analog camera connection supporting NTSC and PAL
    • 8-bit Parallel camera interface (on headers)
  • Audio – HDMI
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 Type A ports, 1x USB OTG (micro-AB connector)
  • Connectivity –  10/100Mbps RJ45 connector,  Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (including Wi-Fi Direct Mode SmartConfig), Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
  • Arduino compatible and extended GPIOs headers providing access to:
    • Serial – 3x UART ports, 2x CAN Bus
    • 8x PWM
    • 1x I2C interface, 1x SPI interface
    • 6x multiplexable signals
    • 36 GPIOs
    • 6 Analog inputs
  • Sensors – 3-Axis Accelerometer, 3-Axis Magnetometer, 3-Axis Digital Gyroscope
  • Misc – Coin Cell RTC Battery Connector, Green Power Status LED, Configurable Red LED
  • Power Supply – 5V DC Micro USB;  6-15V DC Power Jack
  • Dimensions – 56mm x 68.6mm [Update: LinuxGizmos reports it’s likely to be 80 x 56mm. I’ve checked the picture below and found a Length/Width ratio of 1.44, so that seems correct]

UDOO_Neo_Top_BottomUDOO Neo will run Android & Linux, and the Cortex-M4 MCU will be compatible with Arduino environment, offering an integrated single chip solution for applications requiring both Linux and Arduino. The company claims the board will be open source, but based on the files released for their UDOO dual and quad, that probably means schematics (PDF), mechanical files, as well as resources for Linux / Arduino development will be released. UDOO has also released some fun and useful tutorials for their boards in the past.

Both UDOO Neo and Neo Plus do not appear to be shipping just yet, and pricing information has not been released either. You can checkout the board at Embedded World 2015, at Hall 4, Stand 539 on February 24-26, 2015. More information should eventually surfaced on UDOO Neo product page.

Snappy Ubuntu Core is an IoT Linux Distribution for ARM and x86

January 21st, 2015 14 comments

Canonical has announced a version of Ubuntu specifically designed for IoT devices running Linux, with a low hardware requirements, and a new package manager called snappy, replacing apt-get for this version of Ubuntu, which provides simpler, faster, and more reliable updates, stronger security, and allows roll-backs in case something goes wrong. Easy firmware updates are something missing in most connected device, which means they are more vulnerable to potential hackers, but with snappy security updates should be able to make it regularly, so that if something like heartbleed occurs again, you know your router, home automation gateway, connected washing machine, or robot will be soon patched automatically.

Snappy Ubuntu Core Logo

Snappy Ubuntu Core Logo

Let’s go through the hardware requirements first:

  • Processor – 600 MHz processor (ARMv7 or greater, or x86)
  • System Memory – 128 MB RAM or greater (The system itself uses 40 MB RAM)
  • Storage – 4GB flash / storage for factory reset and system rollback

So the hardware requirements are not quite as low as something as OpenWRT, but still lower than what you’d expect from Ubuntu, so you could use an old laptop or PC as a development platform, and Canonical also recommends BeagleBone Black or ODROID-C1 ARM based development boards. The Raspberry Pi board won’t work with Snappy, because Broadcom BCM2835 processor is using an older architecture (ARMv6) not supported by Ubuntu.

Snappy Architecture

Snappy Architecture

Twenty one companies and organization have partnered with Canonical on Snappy Ubuntu Core:

  • Home automation – Ninjablocks (Ninjasphere), Openhab (smarthub framework), Trasibot
  • Robotic – OSRF – ROS robots, , Erle Robotics with Erle-Copter
  • Development Boards – Hardkernel ODROID-C1, Beagleboarg community’s Beaglebone Black, Lemaker (Banana Pro), Udoo, LinkSprite (PCDuino), and Parallella
  • Silicon Vendors – Allwinner
  • IoT frameworks – Kaa, DeviceHive, IoTSys, Resin.io, OpenSensors.io
  • Misc- Riot-OS, Nwave, Fairwaves,  Docker with Weave

As mentioned in the introduction, apt-get is no where to be found in Snappy, as the distribution is using snappy instead, but the command line options remain familiar in some aspects:

with various new/different options like info, search, versions and more:

You can see in the list above two version of ubuntu-core, with one ACTIVE and the previous available for roll-back with the command:

You can find more example in Ubuntu Developer’s snappy page, and find out snappy can also be used to build software packages from source.

There’s also a work-in-progress web interface called WebDM (Web Device Manager) used to configure the device and install packages. It can be installed with sudo snappy install webdm, but Canonical warns it should not be enabled in production devices for now, as access control is not implemented yet.

WebDM

WebDM

If you want to try it, you don’t even need extra hardware, as a Snappy Ubuntu Core instances can be launched from Azure, GCE or Amazon EC2  cloud services, or run in a Virtual Machine with KVM, OVA (VMWare, VirtualBox,…) or Vagrant. All you have to do is follow the instructions provided here. Complete instructions and a preview image are also available for the BeagleBone Black. There does not seem to be pre-built images yet for the other ARM boards mentioned in this article.

Via LinuxGizmos

Crowdfunding Report 2013 on CNXSoft Blog

December 24th, 2013 9 comments

Crowdfunding has really took off in 2013, with sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, as they enable start-ups to launch new and innovative products, and some established, even large companies, I’m thinking Canonical with Ubuntu Edge here, have also tapped into that market, actually shifting part of the risks from shareholders, to customers / individual funders.

Indiegogo_KickStarter

In this post, I’ll go through all the crowdfunding projects, 16 Indiegogo and 25 Kickstarter campaigns, featured on cnx-software.com between the beginning of December 2012 till the end of November 2013, to find out which ones have been a stellar success in terms of funding and on-time delivery, and those that have failed in one way or another, with some being close to looking like scams. There was a wide range of products with dealing home automation, the Internet of things, wireless Arduino compatible boards, Linux development boards, media players and more.

Let’s go straight to the subject with a table sorted chronologically.

Date Project Crowdfunding Site Funded?
Pledged amount / Goal
Expected Delivery Actual Delivery Comments
6. Dec. 2012 StickNFind Indiegogo Yes
$931,870 / $70,000
03/2013 04/2013 There does seem to be quite a few complains on their Facebook page however
3. Jan. 2013 PlayJam GameStick Kickstarter Yes
$647,658 / $100,000
04/2013 10/2013
11. Jan. 2013 Crystalfontz CFA-10036 Kickstarter No
$12,184 / $30,000
03/2013 The board is now available from the company website
21. Feb. 2013 CoolShip Indiegogo Yes
(Amount unknown)
04/2013 Delayed to eternity The Indiegogo page is gone, the company (Focuswill) website too, and nobody ever got their device. The project owner apparently took the money, saw he could not make profit, and ran with the money.
7. Mar. 2013 The Mojo Kickstarter Yes
$100,490 / $7,000
04/2013 04/2013
20. Mar. 2013 RFDuino Kickstarter Yes
$352,700 / $5,000
07/2013 10/2013 Shipping took place is several batches over 1 month starting in mid-October
12. Apr. 2013 UDOO Board Kickstarter Yes
$641,614 / $27,000
09/2013 10/2013 Boards shipped in several batches in October
29. Apr. 2013 CoAction Hero Kickstarter Yes
$12,110 / $10,000
07/2013 09/2013
2. May. 2013 DroneShield Indiegogo Yes
$8,708 / $3,500
09/2013 09/2013 Only a few units were shipped in September to people willing to be beta testers, and more units have been shipping slowly, with all items shipped by the end of December
28. May. 2013 Aithon Motor Control Board Kickstarter No
$8,460 / $18,000
09/2013 Allegedly working with STMicro to complete the board design, but no news since June 2013.
5. Jun. 2013 Scanadu Scout Indiegogo Yes
$1,664,574 / $100,000
03/2014
14. Jun. 2013 Digitstump DigiX Kickstarter Yes
$107,783 / $50,000
09/2013 11/2013
17. Jun. 2013 Stealth Nighthawk F-117A Indiegogo Yes and No (Flexible campaign)
$7,404 / $40,000
08/2013 The company promised the device to backers, but to date none of them received anything
20. Jun. 2013 Fargo Ethernet Boards Kickstarter Yes
$20,605 / $10,800
09/2013
12/2013 (R4DI)
10/2013
About 15 days delay for the first board, and probably about the same for the next one.
21. Jun. 2013 Babuino Stick & Board Indiegogo No
$9,241 / $40,000
10/2013 The project appears to be canceled
23. Jun. 2013 BLEDuino Kickstarter Yes
$75,126 / $15,000
11/2013 Delayed Delivery might occur in February
26. Jun. 2013 Peloton Bike Kickstarter Yes
$307,332 / $250,000
11/2013 (US) Delayed Probably January in the US
30. Jun. 2013 Wimoto Motes Indiegogo Yes
$115,366 / $22,000
09/2013 Delayed Maybe early next year
10. Jul. 2013 Lernstift Digital Pen Kickstarter No
£26,794 / £120,000
11/2013 Development is still going on
13. Jul. 2013 The Plug (renamed to Lima) Kickstarter Yes
$1,229,074 / $69,000
12/2013 Delayed Delayed at least until spring 2014 due to software redesign
20. Jul. 2013 WigWag Kickstarter Yes
$454,976 / $50,000
11/2013 Delayed Probably at least 3 months delay
23. Jul. 2013 Ubuntu Edge Indiegogo No
$12,814,216 / $32,000,000
05/2014 Project canceled, but Ubuntu will be found on other phones
24. Jul. 2013 Red Pitaya Board Kickstarter Yes
$256,125 / $50,000
12/2013 Delayed Delivery now expected for February 2014
25. Jul. 2013 Borderless Arduino Board Indiegogo Yes
$164,303 / $12,000
09/2013 09/2013 There was however some issues with some parcels, which are almost resolved now.
2. Aug. 2013 OVO Media Player Indiegogo Yes and No (Flexible campaign)
$37,051 / $100,000
10/2013 10/2013
4. Aug. 2013 The “Smart Charger” Indiegogo No
$4,306 / $80,000
11/2013 Project canceled?
12. Aug. 2013 HackRF SDR Platform Kickstarter Yes
$602,960 / $80,000
01/2014
21. Aug. 2013 SparqEE CELLv1.0 Kickstarter Yes
$72,155 / $70,000
11/2013 Delayed Delivery now expected for January 2014
22. Aug. 2013 Iteaduino Plus Indiegogo Yes and No (Flexible campaign)
$6,319USD / $20,000
09/2013 09/2013 On-time but shipping without tracking took a long time.
23. Aug. 2013 Sky Drone FPV HD Indiegogo No
$30,174 / $80,000
12/2013 Project has carried on, and Sky Drone is available for pre-order via their website
29. Aug. 2013 Flutter Kickstarter Yes
$149,906 / $80,000
04/2014
30. Aug. 2013 Pressy Kickstarter Yes
$695,138 / $40,000
03/2014
7. Oct. 2013 Wizarm PVR MediaBox Indiegogo Yes and No (Flexible campaign)
$7,346 / $200,000
04/2014 This flexible campaign did not reach their funding target, but backers have been promised to receive the device, as development and production will go ahead
10. Nov. 2013 Ubuntu for Raspberry Pi Indiegogo Yes
£2,567 / £2,500
04/2014
11. Nov. 2013 The VERVE Kickstarter Yes
$38,617 / $20,000
12/2013 Delayed Delivery now expected for mid-January 2014
14. Nov. 2013 NinjaSphere Kickstarter Yes
AUD $397,346 / $115,000
03/2014
20. Nov. 2013 Touch Board Kickstarter Yes
£122,907 / £15,000
03/2014
21. Nov. 2013 Neptune Pine SmartWatch Kickstarter Yes
CAD $801,224 / $100,000
01/2014
22. Nov. 2013 1Sheeld Arduino Shield Kickstarter Yes
$85,210 / $10,000
05/2014
23. Nov. 2013 Qubi Android Media Center Kickstarter No
$34,032 / $500,000
07/2014 Project will go forward on its own
24. Nov. 2013 AlmaDom.us Indiegogo No
$663 / $150,000
06/2014 Campaign still in progress (sort of)

Hall of Shame

Let’s get the projects with the worse possible outcome – backers money transferred to project owner, but perks never delivered – out of the way first. The worst project featured on CNX Software has to be FocusWill Coolship. This Linux keyboard powered by Rockchip RK3066 seemed promising, but the funds have just gone to money heaven, as the devices were never delivered, the Indiegogo page has disappeared, as well as FocusWill website, the company behind the project.

Stealth Nighthawk F-117A, not the fighter jet, but an HDMI TV Stick based on Broadcom BCM2835 (as found in the Raspberry Pi) capable of running XBMC, comes in second. The campaign was never successful, as it raised $7,404 out of $40,000, but the company still got the money thanks to Indiegogo flexible funding option. The company promised the device to backers, but none of them seem to have received it.

Most Projects Are Delayed

Out of the 41 campaigns, 9 projects did not get funding at all. Out of these 9, only 2 or 3 appear to have definitely been canceled, with the others just carrying development and manufacturing on their own. So a total of 5 products will never seen the light of day, meaning although 75.6% of projects get funded, 87.8% of products may be mass-produced. The Crowdfunding reality is probably much lower, as projects getting media exposure are obviously the most interesting ones.

Failure to meet the estimated delivery is a recurring issue with most crowd-funded projects. Many are just delayed one of two, but some others go way beyond that time frame, such as PlayJam GameStick (6-month delay), and the “Plug”, now called Lima, with project completion now estimated to be in spring 2014 instead of December 2013.

Hall of Fame

The Mojo, an FPGA development board which raised an impressive $100,000, well over their initial $7,000 funding target, appears to be the only fully funded project that delivered perks on time. The project was successfully funded on March 24, 2013, and according to updates and comments, the boards shipped in April, just as promised.

Special mentions go to:

  • The UDOO board, as they were very successfully with over $640,000 pledge for the Freescale i.MX6 Linux and Arduino boards, and manage to deliver most perks in October (Starting on the 4th), against a promised delivery in September.
  • Iteaduino Plus, despite failing to gather the complete funds, still received orders because the project was on a flexible funding campaign, and managed to ship perks on September 2013, just as promised. Actual delivery took a long time however, even 2 months in some cases, due to the shipping method used.

That’s all for today. If you have a good or bad crowd-funding experience to share, feel free to do so in the comments section.

Merry Xmas everyone !!!

UDOO QUAD vs BeagleBone Black vs Wandboard Dual vs ODROID-X2 vs Raspberry Pi

May 27th, 2013 5 comments

UDOO QUAD is a development board featuring both Freescale i.MX 6Quad and an Atmel SAM3 Cortex M3 MCU, that’s currently having a very successful campaign on Kickstarter, as the total amount pledged is now close to $500,000 US. UDOO decided to put a comparison table against four other ARM Linux boards they consider their main competitors: the BeagleBone Black for its numerous I/O options, Wandboard Dual, also a Freescale i.MX6 powered board, the ODROID X2 for its powerful Exynos 4412 processor, and Raspberry Pi model B which is ubiquitous. The Cubieboard board would also have been an interesting addition, but they did not include it.

Low Cost Development Boards Comparison Table (Click to Enlarge)

Low Cost Development Boards Comparison Table (Click to Enlarge)

As you would have guessed the green parts in the tablet shows the winner for each features according to UDOO team. These 5 boards vary greatly in terms of price, and since this is not included in the table above, I’ll mention  the price of the boards (excluding shipping, tax, and accessories):

  • UDOO QUAD – $129
  • BeagleBone Black – $45
  • Wandboard Dual – $99
  • ODROID X2 – $135
  • Raspberry Pi – $35

Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone Black are in a different price range compared to the other three range, with the Raspberry Pi getting the crown for the cheapest board, but as usual you have to think about total cost which is project dependent. When it comes to pure processing power, ODROID X2 is probably the one you want, especially it comes with 2GB memory. If size matters to you, BeagleBone Black is the smallest board in the list, just a bit smaller than the Raspberry Pi. UDOO QUAD is the only board with SATA in the list, although Cubieboard would have been a contender here if it had been included. The Freescale boards (Udoo and Wandboard) have better connectivity options with Gigabit Ethernet, and built-in Wi-Fi, but Wandboard is the only board with built-in Bluetooth. When it comes to digital and analog I/Os, UDOO QUAD seems to outperform all other boards, even the BeagleBone Black which comes a close second.

Other useful fields would have been internal storage (UDOO as none), hardware video decoding capabilities, OS support, power consumption, etc,… but this is a never ending story.

UDOO Single Board Computer Features Freescale i.MX6 Dual/Quad and Atmel SAM3 MCU

April 12th, 2013 8 comments

Have you ever dreamed of a single board with the power of 4 Raspberry Pi and Arduino Due functionality? This dream should soon become reality thanks to UDOO single board computer. This open source hardware board is powered by Freescale i.MX6 Dual or Quad with 1GB RAM, as well as Atmel SAM3 Cortex M3 MCU that provides access to Arduino compatible headers.

UDOO_Board

Here are the specifications of the board:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX6 ARM Cortex-A9 CPU Dual/Quad Core @ 1GHz + Vivante GPU
  • MCU – Atmel SAM3X8E ARM Cortex-M3 (same as Arduino Due)
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – micro SD (boot device) + SATA (i.MX6 Quad only)
  • Video Output – HDMI and LVDS + Touch (I2C signals)
  • Audio I/O – Analog Audio and Mic
  • Expansion Headers – 54 Digital I/O + Analog Input (Arduino-compatible R3 1.0 pinout)
  • Connectivity
    • Ethernet RJ45 (10/100/1000 MBit)
    • WiFi Module
  • USB – mini USB and mini USB OTG,  2x USB type A (x2) and USB connector (requires a specific wire)
  • Camera connection
  • Power Supply – 12V power adapter and external battery connector
  • Dimensions – 11 cm x 8.5 cm

The UDOO board will run Android 4.0 ICS and Ubuntu Linaro 11.10 initially. The Kicksrtarte video below gives and overview of the board, and showcases 6 use cases: educational kit, digital signage with RFID reader, games using sensors, automation, Android hacking with Arduino motor shield (Google ADK 2012), and digital urban furniture.

Seco, an Italian embedded systems company, is a partner of the project, and I’ve written about Seco‘s products several times before, so I’m pretty sure any technical and manufacturing challenges will be resolved. They are also building a community around the board involving some universities (Carnegie Mellon, USA; University of California San Diego, USA; Aarhus University, DK; Siena, IT; OCADU Toronto; CA) before opening up to the rest of the world. The schematics, documentation, education materials, etc.. will eventually be available on udoo.org.

The UDOO board is on Kickstarter, and they have already reached the $27,000 US funding target of their campaign.  You can get an UDOO board for as low as $99 and up to $169 depending on the options you select. Most pledged have gone to the $99 version with Freescale i.MX6 dual with Ethernet and Wi-Fi, but the one I really find interesting is the $129 pledge with Freescale i.MX6 Quad, as you get 1GBe, Wi-Fi, SATA, and Arduino compatible MCU and header. If you prefer received the board with a 12V power adapter, an HDMI cable, and 2 SD card preloaded with Android and Ubuntu, it will cost you $169. Design is almost complete and the boards should start to ship in September 2013. If you live outside the US, you’ll have to add $15 for shipping.

Thanks to Teji and renw0rp for the tip.