Linux 6.8 release – Notable changes, Arm, RISC-V, and MIPS architectures

Linux 6.8 release

Linus Torvalds has just announced the release of Linux 6.8 on the Linux kernel mailing list: So it took a bit longer for the commit counts to come down this release than I tend to prefer, but a lot of that seemed to be about various selftest updates (networking in particular) rather than any actual real sign of problems. And the last two weeks have been pretty quiet, so I feel there’s no real reason to delay 6.8. We always have some straggling work, and we’ll end up having some of it pushed to stable rather than hold up the new code. Nothing worrisome enough to keep the regular release schedule from happening. As usual, the shortlog below is just for the last week since rc7, the overall changes in 6.8 are obviously much much bigger. This is not the historically big release that 6.7 was – we seem to […]

Allwinner T527 System-on-Module features octa-core Cortex-A55 CPU, 2 TOPS AI accelerator

Allwinner T527 system-on-module

MYiR MYC-LT527 is a compact System-on-Module (SoM) based on Allwinner T527 octa-core Arm Cortex-A55 SoC with a 2 TOPS AI accelerator, up to 4GB RAM, 32GB flash, and a land grid array (LGA) comprised of 381 pads with a range of interfaces for displays and cameras, networking, USB, and PCIe, and more. The company also introduced the MYD-LT527 development board to showcase the capabilities of the Allwinner T527 CPU module suitable for a range of applications such as industrial robots, energy and power management, medical equipment, display and controller machines, edge AI boxes and boards, automotive dashboards, and embedded devices that require media and AI functionalities. MYC-LT527 Allwinner T527 System-on-Module MYC-LT527 specifications: SoC – Allwinner T527 CPU Octa-core Arm Cortex-A55 processor with four cores @ 1.80 GHz and four cores @ 1.42GHz E906 RISC-V core up to 200 MHz DSP – 600MHz HIFI4 Audio DSP GPU – Arm Mali-G57 MC1 […]

Semtech AirLink XR60 is the world’s smallest rugged 5G router

Airlink XR60 world smallest rugged 5G router

Semtech AirLink XR60 is a tiny 5G router powered by a quad-core Cortex-A53 processor with up to two Ethernet ports (1Gbps and 5 Gbps), WiFi 6 connectivity, GNSS navigation, and an optional RJ45 serial port. Semtech is better known for its LoRa low-power transceivers, but the company acquired Sierra Wireless last year, so they’ll now have a wider range of wireless products to offer, and the AirLink XR60 5G gateway is the first we cover here on CNX Software since the merger between the two companies. Semtech Airlink XR60 specifications: SoC – Quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor Memory – 1.2 GB RAM (that should be the free memory) Storage –  1.7 GB (available storage) Networking 5G cellular Sierra Wireless EM9291 5G NR Sub-6 M.2 module Peak downlink – 2800 Mbps Peak uplink – 300 Mbps 4×4 MIMO 4x SMA antenna connectors Dual SIM (Nano-4FF) Carrier – AT&T, FirstNet 4G, T-Mobile, Verizon, […]

ElectronicsV2 – An NXP S32K144 development board for DIY automotive projects

NXP S32K144 automotive development board

ElectronicsV2 is a small development board based on the NXP S32K144 Arm Cortex-M4F microcontroller designed for automotive enthusiasts and tech hobbyists who may be interested in DIY projects such as an electric immobilizer, a CAN-based data logger, or experiment with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication Gettobyte aims to make the ElectronicsV2 the “Arduino of the Automotive World” with affordable pricing, plenty of I/Os, a 2-pole terminal block connected to a CAN transceiver, LED and buttons, and easy-to-follow documentation and tutorials. ElectroncisV2 specifications: MCU – NXP 32K144 32-bit Arm Cortex-M4F microcontroller @ up to 112 MHz with 512KB flash, 64KB SRAM, 3x FlexCAN interfaces in LFQP100 package CAN Bus – 2-pole terminal block connected to TJA105 CAN transceiver USB – 1x USB-C port for power and serial console Expansion – 2x 40-pin GPIO headers with CAN Bus, LPUART, ADC, LPSPI, FlexIO, EWM, LPI2C, TRGMUX Debugging Onboard UART for debugging via USB Type-C cable […]

DFI MTH968 Intel Core Ultra “Meteor Lake” COM Express module to power industrial AI PCs

Intel Core Ultra Meteor Lake COM Express

DFI MTH968 is a COM Express Compact Type 6 computer-on-module equipped with an Intel Core Ultra Meteor Lake processor designed for industrial AI PCs thanks to the integrated Neural Processor Unit (Intel AI Boost) and designed for industrial automation, smart transportation, and smart agriculture. It’s not quite the first COM Express module based on the new Core Ultra Meteor Lake SoCs, as we previously covered the ADLINK cExpress-MTL and conga-TC700 with a similar range of features, and the MTH968 provides another alternative with the company highlighting a fanless wide temperature design operating from -40°C to 85°C, DDR5 memory, and NVMe SSD storage (soldered on module). DFI MTH968 specifications: Meteor Lake U/H-series SoC (one or the other) Intel Core Ultra 7 165H 16-core (6P+8E+2LPE) processor @ 0.9 / 1.4 / 5.0 GHz (Turbo) with 24MB cache, 8x Xe-cores Intel Arc graphics @ 2.3 GHz, Intel AI Boost NPU; TDP: 28W Intel […]

Renesas’ first 32-bit RISC-V CPU core delivers up to 3.27 CoreMark/MHz

Renesas has recently announced its first homegrown 32-bit RISC-V CPU core based on open-standard instruction set architecture (ISA).

Renesas has recently announced its first homegrown 32-bit RISC-V CPU core based on the open-standard instruction set architecture (ISA). This CPU core is compatible with Renesas’ e2 studio IDE and supports other third-party IDEs for RISC-V MCUs. According to Renesas, the CPU achieved a remarkable 3.27 CoreMark/MHz performance outperforming similar RISC-V architectures in this category. RISC-V, an open ISA, is rapidly gaining popularity in the semiconductor industry. Many MCU providers have formed joint investment alliances to expedite their RISC-V product development. Previously, Renesas released two CPUs developed by Andes Technology Corp: the R9A02G020, an ASSP EASY MCU for Motor Control, and the R9A06G150, an ASSP EASY MCU for Voice HMI, both based on RISC-V. Additionally, they have introduced the RZ/Five, a Linux-capable 64-bit RISC-V microprocessor family, and RH850/U2B, an automotive System on Chip (SoC).  However, with the release of their new CPU, Renesas independently enters the RISC-V market, highlighting their […]

Toradex Titan Evaluation Kit features NXP i.MX 95 AI processor for IoT, industrial, and automotive applications

Toradex TITAN NXP i.MX 95 evaluation kit EVK

Toradex Titan Evaluation Kit features the NXP i.MX 95 Cortex-A55/M33/M7 heterogenous AI processor introduced at the beginning of the year with an NXP eIQ Neutron Neural Network Accelerator (NPU) for automotive, industrial, and IoT applications. The design is comprised of a carrier board and a SO-DIMM system-on-module with the NXP i.MX 95 SoC, up to 16GB LPPDR5 memory, up to 128GB eMMC flash storage, a WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless module, a gigabit Ethernet controller, a PMIC, and a few other components. The carrier board also comes with 10GbE and Gigabit Ethernet ports, HDMI video output, a few USB ports, and various expansion connectors and headers. Toradex Titan evaluation kit specifications: SoC – NXP i.MX 95 with Up to 6x Arm Cortex-A55 application cores clocked at 2.0 GHz with 32K I-cache and D-cache, 64KB L2 cache, and 512KB L3 cache 1x Arm Cortex-M7 real-time core clocked at 800 MHz […]

Linux 6.6 LTS release – Highlights, Arm, RISC-V and MIPS architectures

Linux 6.6 release

The Linux 6.6 release has just been announced by Linus Torvalds on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML): So this last week has been pretty calm, and I have absolutely no excuses to delay the v6.6 release any more, so here it is. There’s a random smattering of fixes all over, and apart from some bigger fixes to the r8152 driver, it’s all fairly small. Below is the shortlog for last week for anybody who really wants to get a flavor of the details. It’s short enough to scroll through. This obviously means that the merge window for 6.7 opens tomorrow, and I appreciate how many early pull requests I have lined up, with 40+ ready to go. That will make it a bit easier for me to deal with it, since I’ll be on the road for the first week of the merge window. Linus About two months ago, […]