Giveaway Week 2023 – VOIPAC iMX8M industrial development kit

VOIPAC IMX8M Industrial Development Kit Review

The 10th edition of CNX Software giveaway week is on! We’ll have seven items to give away this time around: six items that I will send myself from my review samples and one from a company that will offer one of its own IoT development kits… We’ll start this year’s giveaway week with the VOIPAC iMX8M industrial development kit equipped with an “iMX8M Industrial Pro” system-on-module powered by an NXP i.MX 8M quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, fitted with 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC flash, and a WiFi and Bluetooth module. The VOIPAC iMX8M industrial development kit is quite a feature-rich development board whose main purpose is to evaluate the company’s system-on-module for integration into final products. I tested it last summer showing how to get started with the Yocto BSP by building the image from scratch, booting from the eMMC flash or a microSD card, and testing several features such as networking, […]

MediaTek Genio 1200 Arm Cortex-A78/A55 EVK gets official Ubuntu 22.04 support

Mediatek Genio 1200 Ubuntu

Canonical and MediaTek announced optimized Ubuntu images for the Genio 1200 EVK during Embedded Word 2023 last March, but at the time, I could not find any images for download, and there was just an invitation to come check out Ubuntu Core running on the MediaTek Genio platform at the event. But things have progressed well, and Canonical has now announced the availability of Ubuntu 22.04 Desktop and Server for not only the high-end Genio 1200 EVK, but also the mid-range Genio 700 EVK, and the entry-level Genio 350 EVK. That should be good news, as when I tested the i-Pi SMARC 1200 devkit earlier this year (June 2023), the Genio 1200 Arm Cortex-A78/A55 processor (aka MediaTek MT8195) showed really good performance in benchmarks, but at the time, the only option was to use a Yocto image, which is great, but there were still some unresolved software issues and the […]

Renesas RZ/G2L and RZ/V2L SMARC 2.1 system-on-modules target HMI and Edge AI applications

SMARC 2.1 Evaluation Kit for Renesas RZ/G2L and RZ/V2L

ARIES Embedded has recently launched two SMARC-compliant MRZG2LS and MRZV2LS system-on-modules (SoM) powered by respectively a Renesas RZ/G2L dual-core Cortex-A55/M33 microprocessor with Arm Mali-G31 GPU and H.264 video codec (H.264) and a similar Renesas RZ/V2L MPU adding a built-in ‘DRP-AI’ AI accelerator for vision applications. Those are the first SMARC modules from the company and they are well-suited for applications such as entry-class industrial human machine interfaces (HMIs), embedded vision, edge artificial intelligence (edge-AI), real-time control, industrial Ethernet connectivity, and embedded devices with video capabilities. ARIES Embedded MRZG2LS and MRZV2LS key features and specifications: SoC – Renesas RZ/G2L or GZ-V2L with Application CPU – Single or dual Arm Cortex-A55 up to 1.2GHz Real-time core -Arm Cortex-M33 GPU – Arm Mali-G31 VPU – H.264 codec AI accelerator – DRP-AI on Renesas RZ/V2l only (MRZV2L SoM) System Memory – 512MB to 4GB DDR4 RAM Storage – SPI NOR flash, 4GB to 64GB […]

AMD Kria K24 Zynq Ultrascale+ system-on-module targets motor control and DSP applications

AMD Kria 24

The AMD Kria K24 System-on-Module (SOM) with a custom-built Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC and the KD240 Drives Starter Kit are designed for the development of cost-sensitive industrial and commercial edge applications. The new Kria K24 is about half the size of a credit card and uses half the power of the larger, but connector-compatible, Kria K26 SOM that was introduced in 2021 for computer vision applications when the company was still known as Xilinx. That means existing K26 carrier boards can be reused with the Kria K24 SOM without modifying the PCB, but note there’s only one 240-pin connector on the new module, plus an extra 40-pin connector. AMD Kria K24 specifications: MPSoC – Custom-built Zynq Ultrascale+ XCK24 Quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor  up to 1.3 GHz Dual-core Arm Cortex-R5F real-time processor up to 533 MHz Mali-400 MP2 GPU up to 600 MHz FPGA fabric with 154K logic cells AMD Deep Learning […]

Nordic Semi nRF7001 is a 2.4GHz WiFi 6 companion IC for nRF52, nRF53, and nRF91 wireless chips

nRF7001 2.4GHz WiFi 6

Nordic Semi nRF7001 is the second nRF70 Series WiFi 6 companion IC. It is designed to add 2.4 GHz WiFi 6 connectivity to Nordic Semi nRF52 and nRF53 wireless SoCs and nRF91 cellular IoT system-in-package and support both client and access point mode. The nRF7001 follows the introduction of the nRF7002 dual-band (2.4GHz/5GHz) WiFi 6 companion IC last year, and target power or cost-optimized use cases where 5 GHz WiFi 6 may not be required or even suitable. Nordic Semi nRF7001 key features specifications: Complies with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2.4 GHz band Wi-Fi 6 Station (STA) 1x Spatial Stream (SS) 20 MHz channel bandwidth 64 QAM (MCS7), 86 Mbps PHY throughput OFDMA (Downlink and Uplink) BSS coloring Co-existence interfaces, including Bluetooth LE Low-power and secure Wi-Fi for the IoT Target Wake Time (TWT) Security – WPA3 Host interface – SPI / QSPI Package – 6×6 mm QFN Since the nRF7001 is based […]

Tiny STM32MP135 system-on-module comes with up to 512MB RAM, 256MB NAND flash or 4GB eMMC flash

MYC-Y135 development board

MYiR Technology’s MYC-YF13X is a system-on-module powered by the latest STMicro STM32MP135 cost-optimized Cortex-A7 microprocessor with 256MB or 512MB DDR3L, 256MB NAND Flash or 4GB eMMC flash, and 32Kbit EEPROM. The new MYC-YF13X has the same 39x37mm stamp-size form factor as the company’s earlier MYC-YA15XC-T CPU module based on the STM32MP15 Cortex-A7 processor, and a development board is also provided with LCD and camera interfaces, dual Gigabit Ethernet, RS485/RS232/CAN bus interfaces, and more. MYC-YF13X specifications: SoC – STMicro STM32MP135 (STM32MP135DAF7) single-core Cortex-A7 processor up to @ 1 GHz Two configurations for memory and storage 256MB DDR3L, 256MB NAND Flash, 32KB EEPROM or 512MB DDR3L, 4GB eMMC Flash, 32KB EEPROM 148-pin stamp hole expansion interface (1.0mm pitch) Display I/F – RGB Interface Camera – Parallel camera Audio – 4x I2S, 2x SAI Networking – 2x RGMII interface USB – 2x USB 2.0 Up to 8x UART Up to 5x I2C Up […]

Panthronics PTX30W is a 1W NFC wireless charging listener IC

PTX30W NFC Wireless Charging Chip

Panthronics PTX30W is an NFC wireless charging listener chip that can receive up to 1W as per the NFC Wireless Charging (WLC) specification unveiled in 2020 and integrates a power management unit and a Li-Ion battery charger. Offered in a compact 3.2mm2 (1.78 x 1.78 mm) WL-CSP package, the PTX30W will enable small battery-powered products, such as smartwatches and other wearables, to be charged over NFC. The chip can operate in standalone mode or connected to a host microcontroller, and the company claims it is around four times smaller than existing designs based on multiple discrete components. PTX30W features and specifications: Integrated NFC Wireless Charging Listener device Efficient Active Rectifier RF interface according to Forum Type 2 Tag Li-Ion battery charger with charging current from 5mA to 250mA MCU LDO with 1.8V or 3.3V output, up to 50mA Embedded power negotiation logic High-efficiency NFC wireless charging listener IC with up […]

NVIDIA Jetson Nano based AI camera devkit enables rapid computer vision prototyping

AI Camera Devkit

ADLINK “AI Camera Dev Kit” is a pocket-sized NVIDIA Jetson Nano devkit with an 8MP image sensor, industrial digital inputs & outputs, and designed for rapid AI vision prototyping. The kit also features a Gigabit Ethernet port, a USB-C port for power, data, and video output up to 1080p30, a microSD card with Linux (Ubuntu 18.04), and a micro USB port to flash the firmware. As we’ll see further below it also comes with drivers and software to quickly get started with AI-accelerated computer vision applications. AI Camera Dev Kit specifications: System-on-Module –  NVIDIA Jetson Nano with CPU – Quad-core Arm Cortex-A57 processor GPU – NVIDIA Maxwell architecture with 128 NVIDIA cores System Memory – 4 GB 64-bit LPDDR4 Storage – 16 GB eMMC Storage – MicroSD card socket ADLINK NEON-series camera module Sony IMX179 color sensor with rolling shutter Resolution – 8MP (3280 x 2464) Frame Rate (fps) – […]

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