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3D Rendering and Video Composite Output on ESP32 Boards

February 22nd, 2018 No comments

A few years ago, we already saw it was possible to transmit color signals over NTSC using an ESP8266 board with the signal received on a TV with an analog tuner. CNLohr had to connect an antenna to the I2S pin of his ESP8266 module, and disable WiFi. But surely we should be able to do the same with ESP32, and potentially even better thanks to the two cores. That’s exactly what Bitluni successfully managed by connecting his LoLin32 board to the composite input of his TV with one handling the TV signal output (in grayscale) and the other core rendering 3D objects in real-time. But any ESP32 board could be use instead. The hardware connection is very easy. We just need two wires, one connected to the GND pin and outer part of the RCA connector, and the other connected to GPIO 25 (DAC1) and the inner part of the RCA connector. The software is more complicated, and basically…

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Categories: Espressif, Hardware, Video Tags: arduino, esp32, hack, wemos

Inforce 6320 Snapdragon 410E Powered IoT Edge Gateway Launched for $250

February 22nd, 2018 1 comment

Inforce Computing launched several boards and modules based on Snapdragon 410/410E including 6301 SoM and 6309 micro SBC, which their customers can integrate into their own products. The company has now launched an “Application Ready Platform” with Inforce 6320 IoT/IoE (Internet of Everything) edge routers that can be deployed directly by their customers. Inforce 6320 comes with a Snapdragon 410E board with dual Gigabit Ethernet, a Wireless module with WiFi and Bluetooth, USB 2.0 ports, a micro HDMI port and other interfaces, as well as a rugged metal enclosure also used for cooling.Inforce 6320 IoT gateway specifications: SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 410E processor (APQ8016E) with four ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit CPU @1.2GHz, Adreno 306 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.0, DirectX, and OpenCL, Hexagon QDSP6 @ 700MHz System Memory and Storage – 1GB LPDDR3 RAM + 8GB eMMC (eMCP package); MicroSD card connector Connectivity 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz WiFi, BT 4.1 LE (WCN3620 module) with one u.FL antenna GPS Dual Ethernet…

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Advantech ROM-7720 is a Qseven 2.1 Compliant i.MX 8 QuadMax Computer-on-Module

February 21st, 2018 No comments

Many solutions based on NXP i.MX8 processors are likely to be announced during Embedded World 2018 next week. We’ve already seen several NXP i.MX 8M Cortex A53 based modules such as Variscite DART-MX8M or Compulab CL-SOM-IMX8 systems-on-module, and more are coming. One of those will be Advantech ROM-7720 computer-on-module (CoM) featuring the top of the line NXP i.MX 8 QuadMax Cortex A72/A53 processor and following QSeven 2.1 specifications / form factor. Advantech ROM-7720 CoM specifications: SoC –  NXP i.MX 8QuadMax processor with 2x Cortex A72 cores @ up to 1.6GHz, 4x Cortex A53 cores, 2x Cortex-M4F real-time cores, a HiFi 4 DSP, and 2x Vivante GC7000XSVX GPUs System Memory – 2GB LPDDR4 @ 1600 MHz (optional 4GB RAM) Storage – 8 GB eMMC Flash for OS, 64 MB Quad SPI Flash for boot loader Video Output / Display I/F 2x 24-bit LVDS, 1366 x 768 for 1ch; 1920 x 1080 for 2ch HDMI up to 4K @ 30fps H/W Video…

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OOOOOO T-1 Desktop 3D Scanner Digitizes Objects in Full Color

February 21st, 2018 2 comments

My keyboard is working fine. Thanks for caring. 3D printing has taken off in recent years, but if you plan to copy an object, you’d have to reproduce it in digital form in AutoCAD or other program, which may be difficult and time consuming. An obvious solution is 3D scanning, and I initially thought that 3-in-1 3D printers that scan print, scan, and copy object would really bring such products into more household, so I wrote about somewhat affordable printers such as AIO Robotics Zeus or Blacksmith Genesis, that would sell for $2,200 and up. The company doing the latter appears to have closed business, and the Zeus is still for sale but some users reported various issues with 3D printing. So if you’d rather not put all your eggs into one basket, it may be smart to purchase a 3D printer and a 3D scanner separately. The price range is impressive from $133 to $7,000 on a site like…

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Categories: Hardware Tags: 3d printing

Microchip Launches $39 Industrial Grade System-on-Module with SAMA5D2 System-in-Package

February 21st, 2018 No comments

Last fall, Microchip introduced four SAMA5D2 systems-in-package (SiP) combining the Cortex A5 processor with 16 to 128 MB DDR2 in a single package, and at the time, the company also offered ATSAMA5D27-SOM1-EK1, a fast prototyping and evaluation platform for the SiP that was designed with a baseboard and a soldered down ATSAMA5D27-SOM1 system-on-module. The kit was available for $245, and pricing for the SiP started at around $9 per unit for 5K order. The company has now started to offer ATSAMA5D27-SOM1 module separately with pricing starting at $39 each for 100 pieces order. ATSAMA5D27-SOM1 specifications: SiP – Microchip ATSAMA5D27C-D1G SiP with Cortex-A5 MPU @ 500 MHz, 128 MB DDR2 DRAM Storage Microchip SST26VF064BT 64Mb Serial Quad I/O (QSPI) flash memory for boot code (Linux kernel or RTOS) Microchip 24AA025E48 2Kb Serial EEPROM with EUI-48 Note Identity for the Ethernet MAC address Connectivity – Microchip KSZ8081RNAIA 10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet PHY for wired Ethernet connection Power Supply Single 3.3V supply Microchip MIC2800-G1JJ Power…

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LTE Cat M and NB-IoT Shield for Arduino Features SIMCom SIM7000-Series Module (Crowdfunding)

February 20th, 2018 6 comments

We’ve already covered several NB-IoT (and/or LTE Cat M1) Arduino shields with products like RAK Wireless WisLTE, Sixfab Arduino NB-IoT shield, or AIS NB-IoT shield, which all happen to come with Quectel modules. A young self-taught engineer has decided to make his own Arduino eMTC/NB-IoT shield, but based on a SIMCom SIM7000-series module instead of a Quectel one found in the other aforementioned products. Board specifications: Cellular Module (one of the list depending on your location) SIM7000A LTE Cat M1 & NB-IoT module certified for AT&T and Verizon in the US SIM7000C Cat M1/NB-IoT module with 2G/2.5G fallback for the Chinese maket SIM7000E Cat M1/NB-IoT module with 2G/2.5G fallback for the European market Note: The developer is also looking into SIM7000G module which should work globally, but the option is not available for now Micro SIM card holder GNSS – GPS/GLONASS with 2.5m accuracy supported by SIMCom modules Antenna – 2x u.FL connectors for LTE and GPS USB – Micro…

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ADL Embedded Solutions ADLEPC-1520 Atom based Industrial Mini PC Supports Stackable I/O Expansion

February 20th, 2018 No comments

ADL Embedded Solutions has recently announced ADLEPC-1520 embedded mini PC powered by a dual or quad core Intel Atom Bay Trail-I processor, supporting wide temperature range, and long term 15 years availability for industrial applications and environments. The computer also includes an expansion header with PCIe, SATA, USB, SM-Bus and DisplayPort interfaces, that allows for standard or custom expansion board stackable on top of the main board. ADLEPC-1520 specifications for the main board (ADLE3800SEC): SoC (one or the other) Intel Atom E3845 quad core Bay Trail-I processor @ up to 1.91GHz, with 2MB cache, 10W TDP Intel Atom E3827 dual core Bay Trail-I processor @ up to 1.75 GHz, with 1MB cache, 8W TDP System Memory – Up to 4GB soldered down Storage – 2x M.2 Key B 2242 SATA II SSD slots Video Output – 1x DisplayPort Connectivity – Dual Gigabit Ethernet USB – 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0 Security – TPM 2.0 via Intel Chipset PTT and…

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OpenSignal Report Shows 4G LTE Availability and Speed around the World

February 20th, 2018 10 comments

We may be starting to see more news about 5G technology whose deployment should start in 2019, but 4G LTE coverage and performance depends very much where you live, as we can see from a recent State of LTE report by OpenSignal which gathered close to 60 billions data points out of almost 5 millions phones aroudn the world during the last three months of last year. The new data shows 4G average speed in the top performing country seems to have hit a plateau at around 45 Mbps, but availability keeps on improving across the board. The reports generated two main charts, with the first reporting 4G networks availability per country, not in terms of geographic coverage, but instead OpenSignal tracked the proportion of time users had access to a particular network. 5 Country now have over 90% availability with South Korea, Japan, Norway, Hong Kong, and the United States. Most of the countries with relatively low availability are…

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Categories: Android Tags: 4g, lte, wifi