Linux 4.16 Release – Main Changes, Arm and MIPS Architectures

Linus Torvalds has just released Linux 4.16: So the take from final week of the 4.16 release looks a lot like rc7, in that about half of it is networking. If it wasn’t for that, it would all be very small and calm. We had a number of fixes and cleanups elsewhere, but none of it made me go “uhhuh, better let this soak for another week”. And davem didn’t think the networking was a reason to delay the release, so I’m not. End result: 4.16 is out, and the merge window for 4.17 is open and I’ll start doing pull requests tomorrow. Outside of networking, most of the last week was various arch fixlets (powerpc, arm, x86, arm64), some driver fixes (mainly scsi and rdma) and misc other noise (documentation, vm, perf). The appended shortlog gives an overview of the details (again, this is only the small stuff in the last week, if you want the full 4.16 changelog …

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Linux 4.15 Release – Main Changes, Arm and MIPS Architectures

Linus Torvald has released Linux 4.15 last Sunday: After a release cycle that was unusual in so many (bad) ways, this last week was really pleasant. Quiet and small, and no last-minute panics, just small fixes for various issues. I never got a feeling that I’d need to extend things by yet another week, and 4.15 looks fine to me. Half the changes in the last week were misc driver stuff (gpu, input, networking) with the other half being a mix of networking, core kernel and arch updates (mainly x86). But all of it is tiny. So at least we had one good week. This obviously was not a pleasant release cycle, with the whole meltdown/spectre thing coming in in the middle of the cycle and not really gelling with our normal release cycle. The extra two weeks were obviously mainly due to that whole timing issue. Also, it is worth pointing out that it’s not like we’re “done” with …

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Wanscam HW0026 720p IP Camera Goes for $9.99 (Promo)

Wanscam HW0026 is a 720p IP camera with night vision, motion detection, and ONVIF 2.1 support that was launched in 2015, although they seem to have updated the model since then. GearBest now has a promotion for the US version of the camera for just $9.99 shipped. The version with the EU plug is sold for $15 shipped without any deep discount. Wanscam HW0026 IP camera features and specifications: Camera 720P HD resolution, 1.0MP 1/4 inch CMOS sensor, 1 – 25fps adjustable frame rate 90 degree wide angle FOV, 3.6mm lens Supports 10 LEDs for night vision with infrared distance up to 10m Motion detection up to 10 – 15m Video – H.264 codec, AVI container, NTSC or PAL standard. Storage – micro SD card up to 64 GB Connectivity 802.11 b/g/n WiFi Protocols – DDNS, DHCP, FTP, LAN, P2P, RTSP, TCP, UPNP Audio – Built-in mic and speaker, supports two-way intercom Power Supply – 5V / 1A Dimensions – …

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Ingenic T10 is a MIPS Based Video Processor for 720p Cameras

Ingenic has been designing MIPS based SoCs using their Xburst processor engine for several years, which are found in tablets, development boards, and wearables. The company has now launched T10 smart video processor based on the same MIPS32 processor but mobile camera, security survey, video talking, video analysis and so on with image resolution up to 1280×960 (datasheet says 1280×1024), and videos up to 720p30 or VGA @ 30fps. Ingenic T10 specifications: CPU – XBurst single core MIPS32 processor up to 1GHz with FPU, 32KB L1 I-cache, 32KB L1 D-cache, and 128KB L2 unified cache. Memory – Embedded [email protected] up to 512Mbit Encoder engine -H.264 baseline, main profile; MJPEG/JPEG Baseline Encode Performance Max resolution 1280×960 Up to H.264 [email protected] encode H.264 multiple streams [email protected] + [email protected] + [email protected] [email protected] + [email protected] + [email protected] ABR/VBR/CBR/CQP 8 ROIs (Regions of Interest) 5-layer OSD with hardware ISP AE, AWB (automatic white balance), AF Lens shading correction Advanced spatial noise reduction Motion-adaptive temporal noise …

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Two Contests for Makers with BeagleBone Green (ARM) and Creator CI20 (MIPS) Boards

I’ve noticed Hackster hardware community has helped organizing several challenges for makers, and the most two recent one are sponsored by Imagination Technologies with their Creator CI20 MIPS board, and SeeedStudio and Beagleboard.org with BeagleBone Green board. “Terminate the competition with Creator Ci20!” That’s the title for Imagination Technologies contest, who basically wants you to create our robot overloads using their MIPS board, or at least design a Terminator inspired robot or hack using the board. You’ll need to submit your idea by March 4, 2016, and the company will give 50 Creator Ci20 to the best 50 ideas, aftwer which you have until April 29, 2016 to complete your project, and write about it on Hackster with photos, code and schematics. Three winners will be selected by May 6, 2016 to get one of the three prizes: 1st place (worth $400) – A bag of Imagination-powered goodies, including a Meizu MX5 smartphone, the upcoming Creator Ci40 development board, and other accessories …

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Brillo Android based OS for IoT Projects Supports ARM, Intel and MIPS Platforms

You’d think there are already enough lightweight operating systems that could provide a good enough platform for IoT and embedded projects, but Google decided to make their own Brillo operating system for IoT, based on Android, most probably to leverage the existing Android tools, and make it easier for app developers to move to the Internet of Things space. Brillo ‘s hardware requirements are pretty low as the operating system can run on devices with  32MB of RAM, and 128MB of storage. Google will provide a complete ecosystem with an embedded OS, core services, and a developer kit with tools to build, test, and debug. Just like in Android, three architectures will be be officially supports, starting with the following hardware platforms: ARM – TechNexion Pico-i.MX6UL system-on-module based on Freescale i.MX6 UltraLite and Broadcom BCM4339 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0 wireless module, combined with PICO-DWARF baseboard. MIPS – Upcoming MIPS Creator CI-40 development board with Ensigma C4500 RPU with 802.11ac 2×2 …

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Ingenic X1000 MIPS Processor and X1000 Phoenix Board Target IoT and Embedded Applications

Ingenic is a Chinese SoC vendor that makes processors featuring their X-Burst cores based on MIPS architecture. Their JZ47 series can be found in tablets and development boards such a MIPS Creator CI20, while their M series, including Ingenic M200, are dedicated to wearables & IoT applications. The company has now launched X series starting with X1000 processor which include an audio codec, a Voice Trigger Engine (VTE) and 32MB RAM in package. Ingenic X1000 features: CPU Core – Ingenic MIPS XBurst 32-bit core up to 1.0 GHz, Double precision hardware float point unit, L1 cache 16KB/16KB, and L2 cache 128KB Security Core – On-chip security ROM and RAM, hardware AES and RSA, supports security boot and user customization Memory 32MB LPDDR in package Support 16-bit DDR2, DDR3 and LPDDR up to 512MB Support Quad-SPI NOR/NAND, eMMC, SDHC Display –  8-bit, 9-bit, 16-bit parallel interface SLCD up to 640×[email protected], 24 bpp Hardware JPEG encoder Core – Up to 2.0 [email protected], …

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Linux 4.2 Release – Main Changes, ARM and MIPS Architectures

Linus Torvalds released Linux Kernel 4.2 last Sunday: So judging by how little happened this week, it wouldn’t have been a mistake to release 4.2 last week after all, but hey, there’s certainly a few fixes here, and it’s not like delaying 4.2 for a week should have caused any problems either. So here it is, and the merge window for 4.3 is now open. I already have a few pending early pull requests, but as usual I’ll start processing them tomorrow and give the release some time to actually sit. The shortlog from rc8 is tiny, and appended. The patch is pretty tiny too. Go get it, Linus Some notable changes made to Linux 4.2 include: File systems New features for F2FS including per file encryption CIFS support SMB 3.1.1 (experimental) Cryptography – Jitter Entropy Random Number Generator, Chacha20 stream cipher and Poly1305 authentication (RFC7539),New RSA implementation. See lwn.net for details. AMD GPU driver added support for AMD “Tonga,” …

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