Year 2020 in review – Top ten posts and stats

CNX Software Year 2021

It’s this time of the year when we look back at what happened, and what may be next. 2020 did not pan out as planned in more ways than one, but there were still some interesting developments. Based on 2019 announcements, 2020 was promising to be an exciting year for Amlogic and Rockchip with the expected launch of RK3588 and S908X high-end processors for 8K capable devices,  but we’ll have to wait for 2021 for this to happen. Instead, the most interesting processor of the year from the Allwinner, Amlogic, and Rockchip offerings was probably Amlogic S905X4 processing adding AV1 hardware decoding. As pointed out in our “RISC-V 2020 highlights” post, it was a fairly eventful year for RISC-V architecture, although there’s still a long road ahead, especially for application processors. We had seen some general-purpose and Bluetooth RISC-V MCUs in 2019, but 2020 saw the launch of the first WiFi IoT RISC-V chips with ESP32-C3 and BL602, Alibaba making […]

Foenix 21-5-inch Android 8.1 smart touch computer features MediaTek MT8167A Cortex-A35 SoC

Foenix Touch Console Mediatek MT8167A Smart Display

Earlier this week, we covered Wireless Tag’s Industio 7-inch smart display powered by a SigmaStar SSD201 32-bit Arm Cortex-A7 processor and offering both Ethernet and WiFi 4 connectivity. If you’d like a 64-bit processor, a much larger display size, and faster wireless connectivity,  Innocomm has just introduced the “Foenix Touch Console”  21.5-inch open-frame touch computer based on the same MediaTek MT8167A quad-core Cortex-A35 processor as found in the PlayStation Classic, and capable of Ethernet and WiFi 5 (AC) networking. Foenix iCOM1019 touch console preliminary specifications: SoC – MediaTek MT8167A quad-core Cortex-A35 processor @ up to 1.5 GHz with PowerVR GE8300 GPU System Memory – 2GB  RAM Storage – 8GB storage, MicroSD card slot Display – 21.5-inch PCAP touchscreen display with 1920×1080 resolution Video Output – Optional HDMI 1.4a Audio – 2-channel 6W amplifier, 2x digital microphones, 3.5mm 4-pole audio jack Camera – Optional 2MP front-facing camera Connectivity 10/100M Ethernet (RJ45) 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi 5 2×2 MIMO Bluetooth 4.2 and 5.0 LE […]

Industio 7-inch smart display features SigmaStar SSD201 SoM, WiFi and Ethernet

SSD201 smart display board

We previously covered the $10 Industio IDO-SOM2D01 module based on SigmaStar SSD201 Cortex-A7 processor with 64MB RAM built-in, 128MB SPI NOR flash, and designed for full HD smart displays. Today I learned Industio was the design team of system-on-module for Wireless Tag, and the latter is the only distributor of Industio branded products. The company also informed us about Industio IDO-SBC2D70 7-inch smart display based on the aforementioned SSD201 or SSD202 module and connected over Ethernet or WiFi. Industio IDO-SBC2D70 smart display specifications: SoM – Industio IDO-SOM2D01 with SoC – SigmaStar SSD201/SSD202 dual-core Cortex-A7 processor @ 1.2 GHz with 2D GPU, 64MB DDR2 (SSD201) or 128MB DDR3 (SSD202) Storage – 128MB SPI NAND flash (option up to 512MB) Video  Decoder – H.264/H.265 up to 1920×1080 @ 60 fps Dimensions – 2.95 x 2.95 cm Storge – MicroSD card socket (SDIO 2.0) Display – 1024 x 600 IPS RGB module by default (supports up to 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz) […]

$25 TTGO T5 4.7-inch e-Paper Display comes with ESP32 WiFi & Bluetooth SoC

T5 4.7-inch epaper display esp32

We’ve very recently covered M5paper IoT development kit based on ESP32 WiSoC, and equipped with a 4.7-inch touchscreen e-Ink display together with a 1,150mAh battery all nicely packed into an enclosure. It looks great, but costs $69, so if you’d like to integrate this type of ESP32 connected display into your own project at a lower cost, you may be interested in TTGO T5 4.7-inch e-Paper display with 16 gray levels fitted with an ESP32-WROVER-E module with 16MB flash, and 8MB PSRAM. TTGO T5 key features and specifications: Display 4.7-inch ePaper display with 960×540 resolution, 16 gray levels , partial refresh support 6-pin FPC touchscreen connector Wireless module – ESP32-WROVER-E with ESP32-D0WDQ6 V3 dual-core processor, 16MB flash, 8MB PSRAM USB – 1x USB-C port Expansion – 4-pin connector with GPIOs, GND, 3.3V Misc – 1x reset button, 4x user buttons Debugging – USB-C port connected to USB to TTL CP2104 chip Power Supply 5V/1A via USB-C port 18650 battery metal […]

MorphESP 240 ESP32-S2 board integrates a 1.3-inch color display (Crowdfunding)

MorphESP 240 ESP32-S2 board with color display

We’ve already seen ESP32 platforms with a color display such as M5Stack, but MorphESP 240 is kind of cute with a 1.3-inch color display, features the more recent ESP32-S2 WiFi processor, and supports battery power & charging. MorphESP 240 specifications: Wireless Module – ESP32-S2-WROOM with Espressif Systems ESP32-S2 single-core 32-bit Xtensa LX7 microprocessor up to 240 MHz with 128 KB ROM, 320 KB SRAM, 16 KB SRAM in RTC, 4MB SPI flash, 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connectivity Display – Onboard 1.3-inch ST7789 display with 240 x 240 resolution, connected over SPI USB – 1x Micro USB port for power/charging and programming Expansion – 16-pin and 24-pin headers with GPIO, I2C, UART, SPI, USB, and power signals Misc – WS2812B RGB LED connected to IO16, Reset button, boot mode switch, battery on/off switch Power Supply 5 V to 3.3 V regulator to feed additional modules JST connector for a battery plus a USB charging module Dimensions – 89 x 28 […]

Raspberry Pi 400 kit ships with 7-inch or 13.3-inch touchscreen display

Raspberry Pi 400 13-3-inch display

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has recently launched the Raspberry Pi 4 keyboard computer with impressive performance thanks to a well-designed cooling solution, and I think it’s a great tool for kids (and adults) who may want to carry a Raspberry Pi around. However, you’d still need a display in each location, so until the foundation releases the Raspberry Pi 4000 laptop next year (full disclose: I made that up!), it might be cool to have a portable display coming with the keyboard PC. That’s what Waveshare is offering with two kits combining a Raspberry Pi 400 together with a 7-inch or 13.3-inch HDMI touchscreen display and other accessories. Not quite as portable as a laptop but it gets close. Here’s the full list of accessories in the kits: Raspberry Pi 400 Kit with keyboard PC with UK keyboard (sadly the only layout option for now), power supply, HDMI cable, preloaded microSD card with Raspberry Pi OS, mouse, and Beginner guide. […]

WT32-SC01 is a thin 3.5-inch ESP32 color touchscreen display

3.5-inch ESP32 Display

Looking for an ESP32 board with a color touchscreen display? There is plenty of choices here, including Espressif Systems own ESP32-S2-Kaluga-1 multimedia devkit with a 3.2-inch display or M5Stack Core2 with a 2-inch display. But if you’d like a thinner and larger display, Tag Wireless WT32-SC01 is an ESP32-powered 3.5-inch color display with a 2-point capacitive touchscreen designed to be integrated into your own project or product. WT32-SC01 WiFi display specifications: Wireless Module – ESP32-WROVER-B module based on ESP32-D0WD dual-core processor up to 240 Mhz with 4MB SPI flash, 8MB PSRAM, 2.4GHz WiFi 802.11 b/g/n up to 150 Mbps, and Bluetooth 4.2 LE Display – 3.5-inch 480×320 display (SPI) with 2-pin capacitive touchscreen (I2C) Expansion – 2x 40-pin I/O pads with GPIO, I2C, VN/VP,  I2S, UART, 5V, 3.3V, GND Misc – Reset button (6), power and UART LEDs Power Supply – 5V/1A via USB type-C port for display only, or 5V/2A when expansion connected via expansion pads. Dimensions – 90.87 […]

M5Stack Launches Core2 ESP32 IoT Development Kit with 2-inch Touch Display

M5Stack Core2 ESP32 IoT Devkit

M5Stack has just launched an upgrade to its M5Stack Core development with M5Stack Core2 based on the same Espressif ESP32 WiFI + Bluetooth SoC, but adding capacitive touchscreen support to the 2-inch TFT LCD, as well as a motion sensor and a microphone. The new version also adds 8MB PSRAM, a larger 390 mAh battery, and targets IoT terminals for Smart Home, industrial automation or robotics, STEM Education, and DIY prototyping. M5Stack Core2 specifications: SoC – Espressif ESP32-D0WD-V3 dual-core Xtensa LX6 processor clocked at up to 240MHz with 520KB SRAM, Wi-Fi, and dual-mode Bluetooth connectivity External Memory – 8MB PSRAM Storage – 16MB flash storage, MicroSD card slot up to 16GB Display – 2-inch IPS LCD screen with 320×240 resolution (ILI9342C driver), and touchscreen support (via FT6336U controller) Audio – 1W speaker (1W-0928), SPM4123 microphone, NS4168 I2S power amplifier Antenna – 2.4GHz 3D antenna USB – 1x USB Type-C port for power and programming via CP2104 chip Sensors – 6-axis […]