Sfera Labs Strato Pi Max DIN rail industrial controllers are built around Raspberry Pi CM4 or Zymbit SCM module

Sferalabs Strato Pi Max XL & Pi Max XS

Sfera Labs has recently introduced two new Pi Max DIN rail industrial controllers – the Strato Pi Max XS and Strato Pi Max XL configured with a Raspberry Pi CM4 or the Zymbit Secure Compute Module (SCM). Both have options for different RAM and eMMC flash configurations and can come with or without wireless connectivity. The module also features a Raspberry Pi RP2040 microcontroller that manages tasks such as power management and boot sequence control. Additionally, it enables connections to the CM4 module through I²C, USB, and UART. Strato Pi Max industrial controller specification Base Module – Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 or Zymbit SCM options. Microcontroller – Raspberry RP2040 dual ARM Cortex-M0+ at 133 MHz. Storage – eMMC, microSD (dual for XL), M.2 PCIe SSD. Connectivity – Wi-Fi, BLE, dual Ethernet ports (GbE and 100MbE). USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports with power control and fault detection. Sensors – 3-axis accelerometer. Cooling – Internal […]

HPMicro HPM6800 600 MHz RISC-V MCU comes with a Vivante 2.5D GPU with OpenVG support


HPMicro HPM6800 is a family of high-end RISC-V microcontrollers clocked up to 600 MHz integrating a VeriSilicon Vivante 2.5D GPU with support for the OpenVG 1.1 vector graphics API, and peripherals making it suitable for digital dashboard displays and human-machine interfaces (HMI). The family is comprised of three parts: the HPM6830 without video support, the HPM6850 with 2D graphics and video input/outputs, and the HPM6880 adding support for the 2.5D OpenVG GPU from VeriSilicon.  All variants come with 1064KB SRAM, support for external DDR2/DDR3/DDR3 memory, NOR, PSRAM and eMMC flash, audio interfaces, and a range of peripherals with eight CAN FD interfaces, gigabit Ethernet, USB high-speed, and many more. HPMicro HPM6800 specifications: CPU – Single core 32-bit RISC-V (RV32-IMAFDCP) processor @ 600MHz with 32KB I/D Cache (3390 CoreMark) Memory 1064 KB SRAM with 256KB ILM + 256KB DLM in the RISC-V core, 512KB AXI SRAM, 32KB AHB SRAM, and 8KB […]

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 […]

Entry-level Industrial Shields ESP32 PLC 14 sells for 100 Euros

ESP32 PLC 14

Boot & Work Corp has just introduced an entry-level PLC based on ESP32 wireless microcontroller with the “Industrial Shields ESP32 PLC 14” that comes with seven inputs and five outputs, as well as I2C, RS485, Ethernet, WiFi, and Bluetooth communication interfaces. We first covered “Industrial Shields” automation devices in 2017 when the company introduced panel PCs based on Banana Pi, Raspberry Pi, and Hummingboard (NXP i.MX 6) SBCs, as well as a few Arduino and Raspberry Pi PLCs. Boot & Work Corp then launched a Raspberry Pi 4-based PLC in 2021, and now the company has introduced the ESP32 PLC 14 part of a larger family of PLC devices as we’ll see further below. ESP32 PLC 14 specifications: Wireless module – ESP-WROOM-32U with ESP32 dual-core wireless microcontroller @ 240 MHz with 4MB SRAM, 4MB flash, 2MB PSRAM I/Os through terminal blocks 4x Digital Outputs 12/24 V DC (can also act […]

FOSDEM 2024 schedule – Open-source embedded, mobile, IoT, robotics, RISC-V, etc..


FOSDEM – which stands for Free and Open Source Software Developers’ European Meeting – is a free-to-participate event where thousands of developers meet in Brussels on the first week-end of February to discuss open-source software & hardware projects. FOSDEM 2024 will take place on February 3-4 with 880 speakers, 818 events, and 66 tracks. Although I won’t attend, I’ve created a virtual schedule like every year with sessions most relevant to the topics covered on CNX Software from the “Embedded, Mobile and Automotive” and “Open Hardware and CAD/CAM” devrooms, but also other devrooms including “FOSS Mobile Devices”, “ Energy: Reimagining this Ecosystem through Open Source”, “RISC-V”, and others. FOSDEM Day 1 – Saturday, February 3, 2024 10:30 – 10:55 – Screen Sharing on Raspberry Pi 5 Using VNC in Weston and Wayland with the Yocto Project and OpenEmbedded by Leon Anavi In 2023, embedded Linux developers received eagerly awaited news: […]

Olimex launches STMicro STM32MP157 SoM and open-source hardware EVB

Olimex STM32MP157 EVB

Olimex has just launched the STMP157-BASE-SOM-EXT system-on-module (SoM) powered by an STMicro STM32MP157 dual-core Cortex-A7 microprocessor along with the open-source hardware STMP157-BASE-SOM-EVB evaluation board designed in KiCAD. The CPU module comes with 1GB RAM, an EEPROM for configuration, and power management circuitry, and the carrier board exposes all features of the microprocessor with HDMI video output, LCD display interfaces, a 2MP camera, gigabit Ethernet, USB ports, CAN bus terminal block, audio jacks, several GPIO headers, and more. STMP157-BASE-SOM-EXT System-on-Module specifications: Microprocessor – STMicro STM32MP157DAA1 dual-core Cortex-A7 processor @ 800 MHz with Arm Cortex-M4 real-time core @ 209 MHz, Vivante 3D GPU with OpenGL ES 2.0 support System Memory – 1GB DDR3 Storage – Linux configuration EEPROM Host interface – 6x 40-pin board-to-board connect with 1.27mm pitch for I/Os Misc – User LED, 24 MHz oscillator Power Management  – AXP209 PMIC, LDO, DCDC power management Dimensions – 72 x 48 mm […]

Renesas RZ/G2UL Arm Cortex-A55/Cortex-M33 industrial system-on-module sells for as low as $17 in volume

Renesas RZ/G2UL development board

MYiR Tech MYC-YG2UL is a tiny (39x37mm) system-on-module based on the Renesas RZ/G2UL SoC with a 1GHz Arm Cortex-A55 application core and 200MHz real-time Cortex-M33 cores designed for industrial HMIs and gateways, and the company has also launched the MYD-YG2UL development board with the module and interfaces such dual gigabit Ethernet, RS485, RS232, CAN Bus, and more. MYC-YG2UL Renesas RZ/G2UL CPU module Specifications: SoC – Renesas RZ/G2UL (Type-I) CPU – Arm Cortex-A55 processor at up to 1 GHz MCU – Arm Cortex-M33 clocked at up to 200 MHz GPU – 2D graphics (Image Scaling Unit) System Memory – 512MB DDR3L Storage – 4GB eMMC flash, 4KB EEPROM 1.0mm pitch 140-pin castellated holes and 50-pin LGA Display – RGB LCD interface Camera – MIPI CSI interface Networking – 2x RGMII (gigabit Ethernet) USB – 2x USB 2.0 Analog – 2x ADC Other I/Os – 5x SCIF, 2x SCI, 2x CAN FD, 4x […]

The Portenta Hat Carrier board adds Raspberry Pi HAT support to the Portenta X8 SBC

Arduino Portenta Hat Carrier

The Arduino Portenta Hat Carrier board aims to interface the Linux-capable Portenta X8 board with the vast ecosystem of Raspberry Pi HAT (Hardware on Top) expansion boards. Introduced last year, the Arduino Portenta X8 is the first Arduino Pro hardware that can run Linux thanks to its NXP i.MX 8M Mini Arm Cortex-A53 quad-core processor. But it comes in a tiny 66.04 x 25.4 mm form factor which may be great for integration into products, but for prototyping or design of products such as IoT gateways, the company has now launched the Portenta Hat Carrier that enables the board to easily connect with the Raspberry Pi HATs available today. Portenta Hat Carrier specifications: Compatible with the Portenta X8 board and future Portenta with the same high-density connectors Storage – MicroSD card slot Camera I/F – MIPI CSI camera connector (CNXSoft: Arduino does not explicitly say whether it’s compatible with the […]

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