Critical Link MityARM-5CSX CoM Powered by Altera Cyclone V SoC

Earlier this week, I wrote about EnSilica eSi-ZM1, a system-on-module based on Xilinx Zynq7000 Extensible Processing Platform that comes with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 and FPGA fabric. It turns out Xilinx is not the only game in town, and Altera’s Cyclone V SoC, announced last December, also includes a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor with Altera FPGA logic, and Critical Linux recently announced MityARM-5CSX computer-on-module based on this platform. Target applications include machine vision, scientific imaging, motor control, medical imaging and instrumentation, test and measurement, industrial instrumentation, as well as a military & aerospace. MityARM-5CSX specifications: SoC – Altera Cyclone V SX-U672 with FPGA logic and dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 up to 800MHz System Memory – 1GB DDR3 RAM, and 256MB DDR3 FPGA RAM (optional) Storage – 32MB QPSI NOR flash FPGA I/O fabric: PCIe  hard core Up to 145 user-programmable I/O lines (including several 875MHz SerDes lanes) […]

Are You a Student? You Could Win a Toradex Colibri NVIDIA Tegra Kit and Up to $20,000

Toradex has launched the “Embedded Design Challenge”, a global design challenge for students and enthusiasts with a background in Research & Education. All you have to do is to submit your proposal, and if it is selected you’ll receive a free Toradex Colibri NVIDIA Tegra Kit (worth 250 USD) to realize your project. Toradex did not mention whether the kit is based on their Tegra 2 or Tegra 3 modules, but I assume they’ll provide “Toradex Colibri NVIDIA Tegra Kit” composed of Colibri T20 CoM (Tegra 2 + 256 or 512 MB RAM+ 512 MB / 1 GB Flash) and the Iris carrier board. This kit can run either Windows Embedded Compact 7 or Linux. You can find more information about the kit and associated resources on a previous post. To apply, you’ll need a resume (PDF), a proof of your enrollment with an educational institution (e.g. copy of your […]

$89 Compulab CM-iGT CoMs Feature AMD G-Series APUs

Compulab, an Israeli company specialized in embedded computing, has recently introduced computers-on-module based on AMD G-Series APUs that will sell for as low as $89 per unit (for 1k orders) depending on selected features and options. The module is available in commercial, extended and industrial grades, and supports up to 4GB RAM, and 32 GB Flash. Here are the specifications of these modules: CPU  – AMD G-Series Processor: G-T16R single-core @ 600MHz, G-T40E dual-core @ 1GHz or G-T56N dual-core @ 1.65GHz GPU – Integrated GPU Radeon HD 6250 supporting the following standards: DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.0, OpenCL Video Processing Unit – UVD 3 engine with native H.264, VC-1, MPEG2, and DivX, 1080p Blu-Ray playback support System Memory –  2GB – 4GB DDR3-1066, 64-bit Storage: On-board BIOS flash, 1MB, reprogrammable On-board SSD, up to 32GB, MLC, through SATA interface Interfaces: Display – Up to two DisplayPort interfaces, up to two HDMI […]

BDD Group Announces AllWinner A10 Computer-on-Module

BDD Group (Black Dragon Development Group), a US based technology startup, has recently announced an AllWinner A10 Computer-on Module (CoM) targeting the industrial embedded market with support for Linux, Android and WinCE operating systems. The company did not provide complete specifications for the CoM/SoM, and they basically listed A10 specifications and added an RTC: SoC – AllWinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 CPU + Mali-400 GPU VPU – Support for 2160P video decoding, 3D video decoding, various codecs such as VP8, AVS, H. 264 MVC, VC-1, MPEG-1,2,4, etc, and H.264 HP video encoding up to 1080p @ 30 fps or dual-channel 720p @ 30 fps. Display Multi-channel HD display Integrated HDMI 1.4 YPbPr, CVBS, VGA Multiple LCD interfaces, including CPU, RGB, LVDS up to Full HD Memory 32-bit DDR2/DDR3 up to 2GB SLC/MLC/TLC/DDR NAND up to 64 GB Boot Devices – NAND Flash, SPI NOR Flash, SD Card,USB RTC – Real time […]

ISEE Introduces IGEP COM CYGNUS & AQUILA Powered by TI Sitara AM335x Processor

ISEE will officially launch and showcase 2 new computers-on-module at Embedded World 2013 on February 26-28, in Nuremberg, Germany: IGEP COM CYGNUS and IGEP COM AQUILA. Both CoM shares the same characteristics except the former is powered by TI Sitara AM3352 (Cortex A8, no GPU) and the later by TI Sitara AM3354 (Cortex A8 + PowerVR GPU). This makes the CYGNUS suited for cost sensitive applications such as industrial control, home automation, and test and measurement devices, and the AQUILA for applications that requires more advanced graphics and multimedia capabilities such as gaming, auto infotainment and navigation devices. The key specifications of the 2 modules are as follows: Processor – Texas instruments Sitara AM3352 Cortex A8 @ 720 Mhz (CYGNUS) and AM3354 Cortex A8 @ 720 Mhz + PowerVR SGX GPU (AQUALIA) System memory – 256 MB DDR3 SDRAM, 303 MHz, 16-bit Storage – 128 MB SLC NAND FLASH + […]

Lernstift – Linux Based Learning Digital Pen

Lernstift UG, a German startup, is working on a digital pen, called Lernstift as well, that can help children learning how to write by vibrating in case of errors. The Lernstift can be used in 2 modes: Calligraphy Mode – Pointing out flaws of form and legibility. Orthography Mode – Detecting orthographic (1 vibration) and grammatical (2 vibration) mistakes. Since it features a ballpoint, it can be used as a real pen, you know to write on paper…, but you can also write in the air, so I suppose they’ll also make a version without ballpoint, so that kids can enjoy one of their favorite pastimes: writing on the walls! The pen features a CPU module (2) that’s used to handle handwriting recognition, gather data from the motion (1) and pressure (3) sensors, and manage the Wi-Fi module (4). A battery, a power switch, and a pen refill complete Lernstift […]

Rhombus Tech EOMA-68 CPU Card Prototype

Do you remember Rhombus Tech AllWinner A10 EOMA-PCMCIA CPU card that targets a BOM cost of $15 US, that was announced at the end of last year? Well, after much wait, the first prototype is now available. This CPU module is based on AllWinner A10 Cortex A8 processor, with 1GB RAM, a NAND Flash, one USB OTG port, microSD slot, HDMI, PMIC, an Ethernet PHY (at the back), an expansion header, and the EOMA-68 connector giving access to peripherals signals (SATA, Ethernet, RGB/TTL, I2C etc…). It can act as a Linux/Android stand-alone computer or be connected to a baseboard. One of the first project will be a laptop for the Chinese market. AllWinner A10 SoC may be a little underpowered to be used in laptop compared to the latest ARM processors, but since EOMA-PCMCIA is a standard, pin-to-pin compatible modules will eventually be designed and manufactured with different/faster (ARM) processors. […]

Kontron Unveils ULP-COM-sA3874i Module Powered by TI Sitara AM3874

Kontron introduced ULP-COM-sA3874i, another family of computer-on-module based on ULP-COM standards, based on Texas Instruments Sitara AM3874 Cortex A8 processors that aims to drive down system costs for ultra-low power SFF (small form factor) solutions in military, industrial automation/HMI, digital signage and medical markets. Here are the technical specifications of this module family: CPU – Texas Instruments Sitara AM3874 Cortex A8 @ 800 MHz Main Memory – On-board 1 or 2 GB DDR3 depending on model. Flash – Onboard Up to 32GB NAND FLASH build option Graphics – Single Channel 18bit,24bit (18bit compatible) LVDS, and HDMI with dual independent displays support. Ethernet – 10/100/1000 MBit Ethernet USB – 2x USB 2.0, USB OTG SATA – 1x SATA Interface Interfaces – GPIO, I²C, 4x I²S, 2x CAN, 2x SPI, 4x UART Camera input – 10bit parallel interface PCI Express / PCI support – 1x PCI Express x1 Lanes Power Supply – […]

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