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Giada F110D and Asus E210 Fanless mini PCs Feature Intel Bay Trail Celeron N2807 Processor

December 19th, 2014 6 comments

We’ve seen many small computer based on Intel Atom Bay Trail-T (Tablet) Z3735F/G processor lately including MINIX NEO Z64 and MeegoPad T01, which should ship by the end of the month (it keeps getting postponed). But Intel also makes Bay Trail-M (Mobile) processor for laptops, including Celeron N2807 dual core processor found in ECS Liva. Two new products based on N2807 processor has recently surfaced: Giada F110D and Asus E210. According to CPU Boss (see Google cache if link has problem), Z3735F has slightly greater multi-core performance than N2807, but the latter has better single thread performance based on Passmark. One key advantage of the Celeron processors over the Atom ones is that they support up to 4GB RAM instead of 1 or 2 GB for the Bay Trail-T processor. Giada F110D also has one version with a more powerful Intel Bay Trail-D (Desktop) Celeron J1900 quad core processor.

Giada F110D

Giada_F110D

Specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N2807 (Bay Trail M) dual core processor @ 1.58 GHz (Burst: 2.16 GHz – 4.5W TDP) or Intel Celeron J1900 (Bay Trail D)  quad core processor @ 2.0 GHz (Burst: 2.14 GHz – TDP 10W), both with Intel HD graphics.
  • System Memory – Not included. Supports up to 4GB RAM
  • Storage – Not included. Support 2.5″ SATA drive, or mSATA SSD, and comes with 4-in-1 (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO) card reader.
  • Video Output – 1x HDMI, 1x VGA
  • Audio – HDMI, and Audio In and Out jacks
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet. Optional 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 module.
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 4x USB 2.0 ports
  • Misc – 2x COM ports, IR receiver
  • Power – N/A
  • Dimensions – 190 x 149 x 26 mm
It will run Windows 7/8.1, and Linux operating systems, pricing and availability have not been announced.

Asus E210

Asus_E210

Specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N2807 (Bay Trail M) dual core processor @ 1.58 GHz (Burst: 2.16 GHz) – 4.5W TDP
  • System Memory – 2GB to 4GB RAM via 1x SO-DIMM
  • Storage – Up to 128GB SSD, 4-in-1 card reader
  • Video Output – 1x HDMI, 1x VGA
  • Audio – HDMI, and headphone and microphone jacks
  • Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi with external antenna
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 3x USB 2.0 ports
  • Misc – 1x COM ports, 1x Kesington Lock
  • Power Consumption – 6.36W (idle)
  • Dimensions – 219 x 172.5 x 29 mm
  • Weight – 690 grams

Asus mini PC is sold with a keyboard, mouse, an AC adapter with a power cord, a warranty card, a quick manual, and a VESA mount kit. It will ship with Windows Embedded 8 Standard, Windows Embedded Standard 7, or DOS (FreeDOS?). The latter is probably to let you install your preferred operating systems by yourself. Price and availability are unknown at this tage.More details can be found on Asus E210 product page.

Based on the specs both Giada and Asus models are probably targetting business users first, but there’s no reason why you would not able to use these for private use. Ubuntu is running on ECS Liva, albeit with some caveats, so it should also run on these two models. but possibly without Wi-Fi support. Having said that, Giada claims Linux support so they must have the right drivers…

Via NoteBook Italia, Liliputing, and Fanless Tech

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e-con Systems Unveils eSOMiMX6 SoM based on μQ7 Form Factor, and Ankaa Development Kit

December 4th, 2014 2 comments

QSeven is one of the many standards for system-on-modules, and it defines both Qseven (Q7) 70x70mm modules, and smaller μQSeven (μQ7) 70x40mm modules. While there are quite a few SoMs following the larger form factor, few modules are based on micro Q7, and e-con Systems eSOMiMX6 has just launched one of these tiny modules with eSOMiMX6 system-on-module powered by Freescale i.MX6 processors, as well the corresponding Ankaa development kit comprised of the SoM and a baseboard.

uQseven_Freescale_i.MX6_SoM

eSOMiMX6 module specifications:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX6 single, dual or quad Cortex A9 processor @ 800MHz to 1.2 GHz with Vivante GPUs
  •  System Memory – 256MB/512MB (Solo only), 1GB (default), or 2GB (dual/quad only) LVDDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 4GB (default) to 64GB eMMC flash, 2MB SPI NOR flash, and SD/MMC + SATA II  interfaces via MXM connector
  • Display / Video Output:
    • HDMI up to 1920 x 1080
    • Dual channel 24-bit LVDS
    • 24-bit LCD RGB
    • MIPI DSI
  • Camera:
    • 4-lane MIPI-CSI  (2-lane for Solo)
    • 10 bit parallel camera I/F
    • 20-bit parallel camera I/F
  • Connectivity – Optional Gigabit Ethernet controller,  optional module for 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 BLE
  • Other I/O accessible via 314-pin MXM connector:
    • USB 2.0 host, USB 2.0 OTG
    • SPDIF audio in and out
    • 2x CAN (FlexCAN)
    • 5x serial UART
    • 3x I2C,  3x PWM, SPI
    • Up to 50x GPIOs
    • PCIe x1 Gen2
  • Power Supply – 3.3V @ 3A
  • Dimensions – 70 x 45mm
  • Temperature Range – Commercial: 0 to 70°C; or Extended: -40 to 85°C

You may have noticed the module size is 70x45mm, and not 70×40 as in Q7 specifications, which is probably why the companies refers to a custom μQseven” form-factor, where they’ve kept the MXM connector, the same mounting holes position, but increased the width of the board. So it should still work with most Q7 baseboards, unless the 5 millimeters extra interfere with your baseboard.

The company provides BSPs for Linux (with bootloader), and Android, with Windows Embedded Compact (WEC) 2013 still in development.

Ankaa Development Kit (Click to Enlarge)

Ankaa Development Kit (Click to Enlarge)

To speed up development, e-con Systems can also provide Ankaa development kit with including eSOMiMX6 Module (eSOMiMX6-CS-P1G-F4G-R1G-WB-E with i,MX6 Solo @ 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 4GB eMMC, Wi-Fi/BT, and Ethernet), Ankaa carrier board, and HDMI cable, a USB to serial port cable, and a 9V power supply. They have both Linux and Android version of the kit, and the latter also adds a 10″ LCD with capacitive touch.

Ports and features available on Ankaa development kit:

  • 314-pin MXM connector for uQ7 SoM
  • Storage – SATA connectors (DATA + Power, not working with Solo SoM),  SD Card slot
  • Camera – MIPI – 4 lane interface; Parallel interface 1 – 10 bit; Parallel interface 2 – 20 bit (Quad processor only) with 5MP, 8MP and 13MP MIPI Cameras available as add on boards.
  • Display –  1x HDMI, 2x LVDS
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack
  • Connectivity – WIFI 802.11 b/g/n & Bluetooth 4.0 BLE (on SoM), 1x Gigabit Ethernet
  • Serial Ports – 1x RS232, 1x Debug Port (serial console) via mini USB port.
  • USB –  1x USB Host (2.0), 1x micro USB OTG (2.0), 1x mini USB debug port (UART)
  • Expansion
    • GPIO header with access to GPIOs, I2C, SPI, etc…
    • CAN header
    • mini PCIe slot
  • Misc – Boot selection switch, RTC + battery
  • Dimension – 135mm (L) x 90mm (B)
  • Power Supply – 9V @ 2.5A; 5V supply also available via header
  • Temperature Range – – 0°C to 70°C
Ankaa Devkit Block Diagram

Ankaa Devkit Block Diagram

eSOMiMX6 module price starts at $47 for 1,000+ unit orders for the Solo version, and up to $199 for the extended temperature range quad core version will all options, in 1-99 units orders. Ankaa kits sells for $349 for the Linux version, and $449 for the Android version with LCD display. Price for the Android kit is only valid until the end of the year, after which it should cost $674. The camera add-on boards sell between $69 to $99. Further details can be found on  eSOMiMX6 modules and Ankaa devkit product pages, and you can purchase SoM samples, Ankaa devkit, and/or the camera modules via e-con Systems Webstore.

Via Embedded.com and LinuxGizmos

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$199 Gizmo 2 Development Board Powered by AMD G-Series GX210HA SoC

November 11th, 2014 2 comments

There are only a few Intel / AMD x86 embedded development boards on the market, at least for the hobbyist market, namely MinnowBoard MAX based on Intel E3815 or E3825 processors, and Gizmophere Explorer Kit powered by AMD G-Series GT-40E dual core APU + A55E hub controller. Gizmosphere, a non-profit organization, had now released a new version of their embedded board called Gizmo 2 powered by AMD G-Series GX210HA SoC combining a dual core x86 processor, a Radeon GPU, and peripherals.

Gizmo2 AMD Development Board (Click to Enlarge)

Gizmo 2 AMD Development Board (Click to Enlarge)

Gizmo 2 development board specifications:

  • SoC –  AMD Embedded G-Series GX210HA SOC with a dual core “Jaguar” processor @ 1.0 GHz and a Radeon 8210E GPU @ 300 MHz with support for DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2x and OpenCL 1.2. 153 GFLOPS of performance. 9W TDP.
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3-1600 SDRAM
  • Storage – mSATA/mini PCIe Connector + micro SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI
  • Audio I/O – HDMI and 3.5mm earphone jack
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports,  2x USB 2.0 host ports, 4x extra USB ports available via headers.
  • Expansion Connectors
    • High-speed and Low-speed Special Features Card Edge Connectors
    • 4×1 links of PCIe Gen2 for GPP, and 1×4 links fo PCIe for GPU
    • 2x 2.54mm headers with access to GPIO, SPI (for programming), I2C, UART, DAC, ADC
  • Debugging – JTAG AMD Debug Header
  • Misc – RTC + battery slot
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A
  • Dimensions – 10.16 x 10.16 cm (4” x 4”)
Bottom of Gizmo2 Embedded Board (Click to Enlarge)

Bottom of Gizmo2 Embedded Board (Click to Enlarge)

The board comews with a micro SD card pre-loaded with TimeSys Embedded Linux and a Qt UI, but Minoca OS (That’s new!), and  Windows Embedded 7 and 8 are also supported, and a Debian Linux distribution will soon be available. . The platform also includes a coreboot-based SageBIOS open source package from Sage Electronic Engineering. Documentation, hardware design files (schematics, gerber, PCB layout), software downloads (including BSP, application and demo code),  project examples, and news will be available on Gizmosphere Community and Element14.

The kit will include the Gizmo2 board, as well as a 12V/A universal power supply, international plug adapter, a micro SD and a coin cell battery. It can be used for digital signage, set-top boxes, IPTV applications, thin clients, home automation, point-of-sale systems, robotics, and more.

Gizmo2 can be purchased on Element14 for for $199. (Product code: GIZMO-2-GSOCD9W-1.0).

Promo video:

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F&S Electronik Systeme Introduces eFus A9 Industrial Computer Modules Powered by Freescale i.MX6 SoC

October 7th, 2014 No comments

F&S Electronik Systeme, a German embedded systems company, has announced their efus A9 Computers-on-Module (CoM) based on Freescale i.MX6, are now in mass production. The CPU comes in two variants A9V2 for i.MX6 Solo, and A9V3 with i.MX6 DualLite, both of which are certified for automotive and industrial applications, and support commercial, extended, and industrial temperature ranges.

eFus_A9_CoM

eFuse A9 computer-on-module specifications:

  • SoC –  CPU Freescale i.MX6 Solo (eFus A9V2) or DualLite (eFus A9V3) @ up to 1.2 GHz + Vivante 2D and 3D GPUs
  • System Memory – 512MB (Up to 1GB RAM)
  • Storage – 256 MB NAND flash (Up to 1GB), 2 GB eMMC (eFus A9V3 only. up to 32GB), optional SPI NOR, optional I2C EEPROM
  • Display I/F – 18-bit RGB, 2x 24-bit LVDS, and DVI
  • Other interfaces available via 230 pins MXM-2 edge connector:
    • 2x SD card I/F
    • 1x Gigabit Ethernet
    • 1x USB Host, 1x USB Device
    • 2x CAN
    • 4x UART
    • 2x I2C, 2x SPI
    • I2S
    • Touch Panel ext. via I2C
    • 1x digital camera interface
    • 1x PCIe
  • Power Supply – +5VDC/ ±5%
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0°C – +70°C, optional:-20°C – +85°C or -40°C – +85°C.
  • Dimensions – 47×62.1x11mm
  • Weight – 15 grams

eFus A9 modules come with BSPs for either Windows Embedded Compact 7, Windows Embedded Compact 2013, or Linux 3.3 operating systems. Wireless modules (Bluetooth, WLAN, ZigBee, Z-Wave, EnOcean) can also be connected to the CoM without changing the layout of the CPU area.

eFus A9 Starter Kit

eFus A9 Starter Kit

For evaluation and development, the company provides Starter kits composed of eFus A9 CoM and eFus Start Interface baseboard with the following hardware details:

  • CoM Connector – 230-pin MXM-2 socket
  • External Storage – 1x micro SD card slot, 1x SD card slot, 1x SATA (AFAIK not usable with i.MX6 Solo / DualLite modules)
  • Video Output – DVI/HDMI connector, digital RGB connector, backlight, resistive and capacitive touch headers
  • Audio I/F – HDMI, Line In, Line Out, Mic IN
  • Connectivity – 2x Ethernet RJ45 ports
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB device port
  • Camera – Analog and digital camera interfaces (analog not supported by current eFus A9 modules)
  • Expansion Headers:
    • 2×29-pin “feature” connector with SPI, I2C, PWM, UART, VBAT, etc…
    • 2×5-pin CAN headers
    • Three 2×5 serial headers
  • Expansion slots – mini PCIe socket
  • Misc – Reset button, RTC with battery slot
  • Power Supply – 5V power barrel

There are four versions of the starter kit depending on the operating system (Linux or Windows), and the version (V2 or V3) or the eFus CoM. The kit includes the baseboard and module, as well as a cable kit, and access data to documentation and software. V3 kit also adds a 7“ WVGA TFT display.

F&S eFus A9 computer-on-modules are available now starting at 39 Euros, Starterkit efus A9 Linux/Windows (V3 module) for 399 Euros including the display, and Starterkit 2 efus A9 Linux/Windows (V2 module) for 169 Euros. The company commits to long term availability of the modules until 2027. Further details about the modules and devkits, including some publicly available hardware and software documentation,  can be found on F&S Electronik Systeme’s eFus A9 product page.

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Toradex Colibri i.MX6 SoM with Freescale i.MX6 Solo and DualLite Processors

September 26th, 2014 No comments

Toradex has added a new system-on-module to its Colibri family with Colibri IMX6 SoM powered by either Freescale i.MX 6Solo singl core processor, or i.MX 6DualLite dual core core processor. The SoMs are available in both both commercial and industrial temperature grade, come with up 4GB eMMC, 256 to 512MB RAM, and support Linux or Windows Embedded operating systems.

Toradex Colibri iMX6 (Click to Enlarge)

Toradex Colibri iMX6 (Click to Enlarge)

Specifications listed for the Toradex Colibri i.MX6 module include:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX6 Solo single core or DualLite dual core Cortex-A9 core @ 800MHz (Industrial temp.) or 1GHz (Commercial temp) with Vivante 2D/3D GPUs.
  • System Memory –  256MB (Solo) or 512MB (DualLite) DDR3
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC flash
  • I/Os available via the 200-pin SO-DIMM connector:
    • 3x 8-bit SDIO/SD/MMC
    • 10/100M Ethernet (Micrel KSZ8041NL PHY)
    • USB 2.0 host, USB 2.0 OTG
    • Video Output
      • HDMI 1.4a up to 1080p resolution
      • RGB up to 1920×1200 (24bpp)
    • Camera – 2x Camera Parallel inputs
    • Audio – Audio line-in (stereo), mic-in (mono), and headphone (stereo). Freescale SGTL5000 Audio Codec
    • Others I/F – 4-wire resistive touch interface, 3x I2C, 3x SPI, 5x UART, 2x CAN, 1x IrDA, 4x PWM, up to 154x GPIOs, 4x analog inputs
  • Temperature Range – Commercial: 0 to 70°C; or Industrial: -40 to 85°C
  • Power Dissipation – TBC
  • Dimensions – 67.6 x 36.7 x 6.2mm

Linux, Windows Embedded Compact 7, and Windows Embedded Compact 2013 will be supported. You can also contact Toradex for Android support. For some reasons, the first samples will come with Linux, but WEC 2013 will be pre-loaded for mass-production instead.

Colibri IMX6 Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

Colibri IMX6 Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

Several carrier board are available with Colibri IMX6 modules: the tiny and low cost Viola baseboard, as well as the more feature-rich Colibri evaluation board, Iris carrier board, and Orchid carrier board. You can access documentation and tutorials on Toradex’s developer site.

Toradex Colibri IMX6 modules will be available in Q4 2014 starting at 42 Euros for 10,000+ unit orders for the commercial grade version of the Solo SoM. In single quantity, Solo 256MB module costs 58 Euros, and if you add Viola carrier board, the total cost of an evaluation board would be 107 Euros. There’s 7 to 9 Euros difference between the commercial and industrial grade versions. The modules benefit from i.MX6 long term availability, you would be able to purchase modules until the year 2028. Further details can be found on Toradex’s Colibri IMX6 product page.

Via  LinuxGizmos

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Microsoft is Giving Away Intel Galileo Arduino Compatible Boards to Developers

July 7th, 2014 35 comments

Microsoft has already launched several initiatives to reach the maker movement and app developers with .NET Gadgeteer supported by platform like Bambino 200, as well as Intel Shark Cove development board for Windows development. The company has now launched a website called windowsondevices.com where they currently have a signup page for developers to send a kit based on Intel Galileo, an Arduino compatible board powered by Intel Quark processor.

Intel_Galileo_Windows_EmbeddedThere’s currently very little information on the software and documentation part of the development kit, but there are links to Visual Studio Express, Windows Embedded’s Internet of Things page, and a link to Maker Faire, so it gives what the kit will be for.

Apparently they’ll send the kit to selected candidate whether “you are an experienced Windows developer looking to jump into the Internet of Things or you are new to Windows development and want to build the next big thing”.

The initial form is pretty simple. They’ll ask for minimal personal details, whether you have Windows programming experience or not, the programming languages you are familiar with (C, C++, JavaScript, C#, Python…), and if you’ve ever used a Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone Black, Spark IO or Arduino. You’ll then receive another email to fill your address, and some informations about your expected project. Click OK, and you’ll soon receive an email reading:

<insert_name_here> ,

Thank you for signing up for the Windows Developer Program for IoT. We’ll let you know when your kit has shipped.

Thank you,
Microsoft IoT Team.

So I’m not sure there’s even a thorough selection process…

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Texas Instruments Announces Sitara AM437x Cortex A9 SoCs and Evaluation Modules

July 2nd, 2014 5 comments

Texas_Instruments_Sitara_AM437xThe first time I heard about Texas Instruments Sitara AM437x was via a TechNexion EDM-CT-AM437x system-on-module back in 2012, but Texas Instruments Sitara Cortex A9 processors development seems to have dragged a little longer than expected. Nevertheless, the company has now formally announced their Sitara AM437x ARM Cortex A9 SoC targeting automation, IoT gateways, and other industrial applications, and featuring four PRUs (Programmable Real-time Units), and support for dual camera for terminals with bar code scanning.

At launch there will be four AM437xprocessors: AM4376, AM4377, AM4378, and AM4379. The processors will all be based on a single Cortex A9 core  @ 800 to 1000 MHz with 64KB SRAM shared with 32KB data cache and 32KB programmable cache, 256 KB L2 and L3 caches, a 32-bit memory interface supporting LPDDR2, DDR3, and DDR3L, a 2-port Gigabit Ethernet switch , two USB 2.0 OTG + PHY and the following other interfaces:

  • Serial Ports – 6x UART, 5x SPI, 3x I2C, 2x McASP, 2x CAN, HDQ, QSPI
  • System – EDMA, Debug, Counter (SyncTimer32K), WDT, RTC, 3x eQEP, 3x eCAP, JTAG, 12x Timers, 6x PWM
  • Parallel – 3x MMC/SD/SDIO, GPIO, 2x Camera, 2×12-bit ADCs, NAND/NOR (16bit ECC)

Some interfaces (HDQ, McASP, eQEP..) seem specific to Texas Instruments, and if you’d like to get a short explanation of these, I’ve updated my technical glossary.

The main differences between the four SoCs are related to the presence of a PowerVR GPU and EtherCat support as shown in the table below.

AM4376 AM4377 AM4378 AM4379
Graphics N/A PowerVR SGX530
PRU-ICSS 4x 32-bit Programmable Real Time Unit (PRU) 4x 32-bit Programmable Real Time Unit (PRU) + EtherCAT slave support 4x 32-bit Programmable Real Time Unit (PRU) 4x 32-bit Programmable Real Time Unit (PRU) + EtherCAT slave support

Total power consumption will be less than one watt in active mode, about 5mW in deep sleep, and less than 0.03mW in RTC-only mode. AM437x processors are available in 17x17mm, 0.65mm VCA packages.
AM437x_Block_Diagram
Texas Instruments already have a software development kit based on Linux 3.x mainline and with a GUI launcher, as well as graphics and other demos. Adeneo Embedded also announced a Windows Embedded Compact 7 (WEC7) BSP for AM437x processors, SYS/BIOS RTOS with support for real-time industrial protocols will be available in Q3 2014, Android 4.3 or greater support will be released by a third-party in the fall of 2014. Other various RTOS solutions by Mentor Graphicsm, QNX, Wind River, Green Hills Software and Ittiam are also planned, but no timeline has been provided.

Texas Instrument AM437x Evaluation and Development Kits

The company has already readied an evaluation module based on AM4378 with a 7″ touch screen.

AM437x Evaluation Module (TMDXEVM437X)

AM437x Evaluation Module (TMDXEVM437X)

TMDXEVM437X Kit has the following key features:

  • Sitara AM4378 ARM Cortex-A9 Processor
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – On board 4GB NAND and 4GB eMMC memory, 1x Micro SD/MMC
  • Vido Output / Display – 7″ capacitive touch screen LCD, HDMI output
  • Audio – Audio in/out
  • Camera – 2 camera modules
  • Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB – 1x USB2.0 OTG, 1x USB 2.0 host
  • Other I/O – 1x UART, 2x CAN, 1x JTAG
  • Misc – Connector for Wilink8 (Wi+Fi + Bluetooth module)
  • Power – TPS65218 Power management IC

The development kit currently supports the Linux SDK, and sells for $599. You can find more information on AM437x evaluation modules page. Two other evaluation modules are schedule for later this year: TMDXIDK437X Industrial Development Kit based on AM4379 with 1 GB RAM, and no display but with industrial protocols support thanks to SYS/BIOS RTOS (Q3 2014 – $329), and TMDXSK437X based on AM4378 with 1GB RAM, a 4.3″ capacitive touchscreen (Q4 2014 for less than $300). Eventually, I suspect there may also be a low cost platform for hobbyists… Beaglebone Green anyone?

You can watch the introduction video below for an overview about TI Sitara AM437x SoCs, evaluation modules, and software solutions.

LinuxGizmos reports Sitara AM437x processors will start sampling later this month, mass production is expected to begin Q4 2014, and pricing will be around $15 per unit for 1k orders. You can find more information on Texas Instruments’ Sitara AM437x page, as well as TI Wiki.

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Toradex Customized Single Board Computers Powered by Freescale Vybrid and i.MX6 Sell for 39 Euros and Up

June 30th, 2014 5 comments

Toradex has launched what they call “Customized SBCs” (Single Board Computers) comprised of the usual carrier board an computer-on-module (CoM) combination, using their Apalis & Colibri families. The company offers various combination of Freescale i.MX6 and Vybrid VF50 single board computers, with price starting at 39 Euros for 1k order, or 49 Euros for samples.

Viola Carrier Board and Colibris VF50 SoM

Viola Carrier Board and Colibri VF50 CoM

I’ve already featured Toradex Colibri VF50 (and VF61) modules in another post, but to summarize Colibri VF50 is a computer modules based on Freescale Vybrid VF50 ARM Cortex A5 CPU with 64 to 128MB DDR3, and 128MB NAND flash that targets industrial applications requiring long term availability (15 years). VF50 sells as low as 19 Euros per unit for 10k orders.

Viola is a new open source hardware carrier board with the following features:

Viola Carrier Board (Click to Enlarge)

Viola Carrier Board (Click to Enlarge)

  • Compatible with all Toradex Colibri CoMs
  • External Storage – microSD interface
  • Video – RGB LCD Interface, 4 wire resistive touch interface
  • Connectivity – 10/100 Mbit Ethernet
  • USB – 2x USB Host (High Speed)
  • Other I/Os:
    • 50 pin-header for access to I2C, SPI, UART A/B/C ???, GPIOs, PWM
    • 4x Analog Input
    • 3x (UART) RS232
    • 1x CAN (Colibri VFxx and iMX6 only)
  • Misc – 1x RTC on Board (Not Assembled)
  • Power Supply – 5V
  • On-board Power Supplies – 5V/2A, and 3.3V/2A
  • Dimensions – 74 x 74mm

Toradex will soon provide Altium CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering) files meaning schematics, PCB layout, and Gerber files for Viola. The baseboard also has a 10+ year longevity, just like the CoMs, and costs 13 Euros per unit for 1K orders.

Colibri VFxx CoMs support Windows CE 5.0 / 6.0, Linux 3.0.15 with U-boot 2011.12 (Timesys / OpenEmbedded), and Android is available on request. There are more software options for modules based on i.MX6.

Both Freescale i.MX6 and Vyrbid VFxx solutions appear to be available, and you can get more information on Toradex’s Customized Single Board Computers’ page.

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