E-ALE is a Free & Open Source Linux Training Program for Embedded Engineers

E-ALE official hardware kit

As I wrote about the Embedded Linux Conference 2019 schedule a few days ago, I found out one of talk planned to use E-ALE hardware kit for the session. I had never heard about this kit, but a quick search led me to e-ale.org website which explains E-ALE stands for Embedded Apprentice Linux Engineer. The training program is made for embedded engineers with experience designing firmware for microcontrollers, but now need to transition to embedded Linux. Training only happens in-person (no webinar) at existing Embedded Linux conferences and is comprised of 8 to 9 seminars over 2 to 3 days. It usually starts with a presentation on one subject, followed by lab time to practice the relevant learned skills. The training takes place on the E-ALE kit at each conference, but it does not refer to a specific hardware platform. In most conferences, the PocketBeagle and BaconBits add-on board are used to lab sessions, but for example this year at …

Linux 5.1 Release – Main Changes, Arm, MIPS & RISC-V Architectures

Linux 5.1 Changelog

Linus Torvalds has just announced the release of Linux 5.1: So it’s a bit later in the day than I usually do this, just because I was waffling about the release. Partly because I got some small pull requests today, but mostly just because I wasn’t looking forward to the timing of this upcoming 5.2 merge window. But the last-minute pull requests really weren’t big enough to justify delaying things over, and hopefully the merge window timing won’t be all that painful either. I just happen to have the college graduation of my oldest happen right smack dab in the middle of the upcoming merge window, so I might be effectively offline for a few days there. If worst comes to worst, I’ll extend it to make it all work, but I don’t think it will be needed. Anyway, on to 5.1 itself. The past week has been pretty calm, and the final patch from rc6 is not all that …

TI AM5729 Powered BeagleBone-AI Comes with TI C66x DSP and EVE Cores

BeagleBone-AI

Launched in 2013, BeagleBone Black is still one of the most popular hobbyist board thanks to its many I/Os, software support, and affordable price with being the cheapest board around those days. But it looks like we’ll soon have a new version that allows to experiment with artificial intelligence workloads. BeagleBone-AI is powered by Texas Instruments AM5729 SoC equipped with TI C66x digital-signal-processor (DSP) cores and embedded-vision-engine (EVE) cores supported through a TIDL (Texas Instruments Deep Learning) machine learning OpenCL API. BeagleBone-AI preliminary specifications: SoC – TI AM5729 dual core Cortex-A15 processor featuring 4 PRUs, Dual core C66x DSP, and 4 EVEs System Memory – 1GB RAM Storage – 16GB on-board eMMC flash with high-speed interface Networking – Gigabit Ethernet and high-speed WiFi SB – 1x USB type-C for power and superspeed dual-role controller, 1x USB type-A host Expansion – BeagleBone Black (BBB) compatible headers Dimensions – 86.4 x 53.4 mm (compatible with BBB) The board will support Linux and …

PHYTEC phyCORE-AM65x SoM Features TI Sitara AM654x Processor

phyCore-AM654x SoM

We already knew Texas Instruments was working on AM654 processor, the first 64-bit Arm SoC from the company, featuring four Cortex A53 cores, a PowerVR SGX544 GPU, dual lock-step capable Cortex R5F cores, and interfaces targeting industrial applications. Now at least one company has announced a system-on-module based on the solution. PHYTEC phyCORE-AM65x is equipped with AM654x processor,  DDR4 and ECC DDR4 memory, up to 32GB eMMC flash, as well as built-in Ethernet, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity.  phyCORE-AM65x specifications: SoC – Texas Instruments Sitara AM65x with 4x Arm Cortex-A53 cores, dual-core Arm Cortex-R5F MCU subsystem, PowerVR SGX544 GPU, 6x PRU-ICSSG System Memory – DDR4 with support for discrete DDR4 ECC Storage – Up to 32GB eMMC Connectivity Optional 2.4 or 5GHz Certified WiFi Solution 10/100/1000 Mbit/s Ethernet PHY on SOM Board-to-board connectors – 2x “high-density PCB interconnects” Dimensions – 65 x 55 mm The company provides Linux (Yocto Project), Android, and TI-RTOS BSP’s for the SoM. phyCORE-AM654x Rapid Development Kit …

Linux 4.19 Release – Main Changes, Arm and MIPS Architectures

Linux 4.19 Changelog

With Linus Torvalds taking a leave from the Linux kernel project, Greg Kroah-Hartman was the one to release Linux 4.19 last Sunday: Hi everyone! It’s been a long strange journey for this kernel release… While it was not the largest kernel release every by number of commits, it was larger than the last 3 releases, which is a non-trivial thing to do. After the original -rc1 bumps, things settled down on the code side and it looks like stuff came nicely together to make a solid kernel for everyone to use for a while. And given that this is going to be one of the “Long Term” kernels I end up maintaining for a few years, that’s good news for everyone. A small trickle of good bugfixes came in this week, showing that waiting an extra week was a wise choice. However odds are that linux-next is just bursting so the next -rc1 merge window is going to be bigger …

Texas Instruments To Finally Launch a 64-bit Processor with AM654 SoC

Sitara AM652 Block Diagram

Texas Instruments has a wide portfolio of Arm based processors tagetting industrial control with their Sitara family. So all all their models, including the latest Sitara AM57x family, were based on 32-bit Arm cores. But a somewhat recent Linux mainline kernel commit reveals the company has been working on a 64-bit Arm processor family, namely AM65x family, and one the first processor will be TI AM654 “Keystone III” quad core Arm Cortex-A53 + dual lockstep Cortex-R5F processor. The AM654 SoC is said to be a lead device of the K3 multicore SoC architecture targeting both the broad market and industrial control. Some of the key features and specifications include: CPU – Quad ARMv8 A53 cores split over two clusters GPU – PowerVR SGX544 GICv3 compliant GIC500 Configurable L3 Cache and IO-coherent architecture Dual lock-step capable R5F uC for safety-critical applications High data throughput capable distributed DMA architecture under NAVSS 3x Gigabit Industrial Communication Subsystems (ICSSG), each with dual PRUs and …

Octavo Systems Adds eMMC flash and Oscillator to its TI Sitara AM335x SiP

OSD335x-C SiP

Octavo Systems unveiled their OSD3358 System-in-Package (SiP) in 2016 with the package integrating TI Sitara AM3358 Arm Cortex-A8 SoC, 256 to 512MB memory, PMIC, LDO and passive components into a single package. The SiP is notably found in the $25 PocketBeagle board, which only adds a micro SD card slot, a micro USB port, and a few passive components to the PCB. The company has now gone further by also adding an eMMC flash and an oscillator to their OSD335x C-SiP. That means another version of PocketBeagle could potentially be made without the micro SD card, using the eMMC flash in the SiP instead, and adding an oscillator – missing in PoketBeagleBone – necessary to use low power modes and RTC wake-up. OSD335x C-SiP main specifications: SoC – Texas Instruments Sitara AM335x Arm Cortex-A8 processor @ up to 1 GHz with PowerVR SGX530 GPU, PRU Subsystem System Memory – Up to 1GB DDR3L Memory Storage – Up to 16GB eMMC …

Forlinx OK5718-C Development Board is Powered by TI AM5718 Cortex-A15/M4 processor

TI AM5718 Development Board

Forlinx Embedded Technology (Forlinx) has just launched a new development board for indsutrial applications with audio and video processing requirements.  OK5718-C development board features Texas Instruments AM5718 Sitara SoC with a single Arm Cortex-A15 core, two real-time Cortex-M4 cores, a dual PRU, and a TI C66x DSP core. OK5718-C development board consists of a carrier board and FET5718-C SoM with the following specifications: FET5718-C System-on-Module SoC – TI AM5718 Sitara Arm Cortex-A15 processor @ up to 1.5GHz, C66x DSP @  750MHz, dual-core Arm Cortex-M4 @ 213MHz, dual core PRU @ 200MHz, PowerVR SGX544 3D GPU,  Vivante GC320 2D GPU, IVA-HD video accelerator subsystem (H.264, MPEG4, MPEG2, VC1) System Memory – 1GB DDR3L Storage – 8GB eMMC flash Board-to-board connectors for interface with baseboard – 320–pin exposing USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, HDMI 1.4a, LCD RGB, 10x UART, 1x QSPI, 2x CAN, 2x Gigabit Ethernet, etc… PMU – TI TPS659162RGZR Supply Voltage – 5V Dimensions – 70 x 50 mm (12-layer PCB) Carrier …