Lattice Avant mid-range FPGA platform features up to 500K logic cells, 25 Gbps SERDES, Hard PCIe Gen4

Lattice Avant

Lattice Avant is a new low-power and small form factor mid-range FPGA platform, manufactured with a 16nm FinFET process, and equipped with 25 Gb/s SERDES, hardened PCI Express, external memory PHY interfaces, a high DSP count, and a security engine. Lattice Semi is better known for its entry-level FPGAs such as the iCE40 which is popular in the community thanks to low-cost hardware and support for open-source tools, but the Avant platform marks the company’s entry into the mid-range FPGA market, defined by chips with 100k to 500k logic cells (LCs). Lattice Avant highlights: FPGA fabric – 200K to 500K logic cells up to 350 MHz DSP – 700 to 1,8000 18×18 multipliers @ up to 650 MHz to support the latest AI algorithms Memory 14-36 Mbit embedded memory up to 650 MHz DDR3L/DDR4/LPDDR4 and DDR5 support I/Os 4x to 28x 25 Gbps multi-protocol SERDES Hard PCIe Gen4 200 to […]

UP Xtreme i12 Alder Lake SBC supports up to four 4K displays @ 60 Hz, Raspberry Pi HATs

AAEON has just introduced the UP Xtreme i12 single board computer (SBC) with Intel 12th generation Alder Lake-P hybrid SoC with up to 12 cores/16 threads, up to 32GB LPDDR5 memory, support for four 4Kp60 displays, and equipped with high-speed interfaces such as USB 4.0 and 2.5 GbE. The board also features four M.2 sockets for NVMe storage, Wi-Fi 6 and 5G cellular connectivity, a SATA III port, several USB 3.2/2.0 Type-A ports, and a 40-pin GPIO header and mounting thread for Raspberry Pi HATs, which should make it especially suitable for IoT, robotics, and smart retail applications, as well as smart manufacturing with a 12 to 36V wide supply voltage range. UP Xtreme i12 specifications: Alder Lake-P SoC (One or the other) Intel Core i7-1270PE 12-core/16-thread processor @ 3.30GHz / 4.50GHz (Turbo) with 96EU Intel Xe graphics – PBP: 28W, up to 64W MTP Intel Core i5-1250PE 12-core/16-thread processor […]

DFI EC70A-TGU embedded computer promises long-term support until 2035 (at least)

Some industries require long-term support of hardware, and DFI’s EC70A-TGU rugged embedded computer could fit the bill as the Tiger Lake IOTG processor used in this model has a 15-Year CPU life cycle guaranteeing availability until Q3 2035. The fanless computer is equipped with 8GB RAM, supports M.2 NVMe SSD storage, also well M.2 expansion slots for 5G modules, features HDMI and VGA video output, four serial DB3 ports, and offers up to four Ethernet ports and up to six USB ports through three SKUs with a different number of USB and Ethernet ports. DFI EC70A-TGU specifications: Tiger Lake UP3 “IoTG” SoC (one or the other) @ 1.5GHz to 4.4GHz depending on SKU Embedded Intel Core i7-1185G7E quad-core processor with Iris Xe graphics; TDP: 28W Intel Core i5-1145G7E quad-core processor with Iris Xe graphics; TDP: 28W Intel Core i3-1115G4E dual-core processor with Intel UHD graphics; TDP: 28W Industrial-grade Intel Core […]

Getting Started with CrowBot BOLT smart robot car

CrowBot BOLT is a smart robot car based on an ESP32 wireless microcontroller and designed for the education market with the ability to program the robot with visual programming, Arduino, or MicroPython. Elecrow sent me a sample of the CrowBot BOLT kit for evaluation so I’ll have a look at the hardware, show how to assemble it, showcase the features of the built-in firmware, and demonstrate how to program the robot with visual programming, Arduino, and MicroPython using some of the provided code samples. CrowBot BOLT unboxing The package lists some of the highlights with 16 teaching courses, support for multiple programming platforms, scalability with Grove connectors, and the inclusion of the Joystick that’s also programmable. The CrowBot BOLT comes as a kit so there will need to be some work to do to assemble the robot, but no soldering is required (in normal cases, more on that later). The […]

MSI MS-98M3 3.5-inch SBC is made for autonomous mobile robots

MSI is better known for its consumer-grade motherboard and mini PCs, but they also have a division called MSI IPC (industrial PC) that makes embedded hardware such as the MS-98M3 3.5-inch single board computer (SBC) powered by an Intel Tiger Lake UP3 processor and designed for autonomous mobile robots (AMR). The SBC supports up to 64GB DDR4 RAM, SATA and NVMe storage, offers two 2.5 Gbps Ethernet ports, up to four display interfaces with HDMI, DisplayPort, LVDS and/or eDP,  four USB 3.2 ports, M.2 expansion sockets for storage and wireless connectivity, as well as various other internal headers.     MSI MS-98M3 specifications: Tiger Lake UP3 “IoTG” SoC (one or the other) @ 1.5GHz to 4.4GHz depending on SKU Embedded Intel Core i7-1185G7E/i5-1145G7E quad-core processor with Iris Xe graphics; TDP: 28W Intel Core i3-1115G4E dual-core processor with Intel UHD graphics; TDP: 28W Intel Celeron 6305E dual-core processor with Intel UHD […]

Elephant Robotics Black Friday 2022 Sales (Sponsored)

Elephants Robotics is selling some of its educational robotic kits and toys as part of the company’s Black Friday Sales event taking place until November 25, 2022. You can get various discounts depending on the total amount of the order: Save $50 On Orders Over $400 Save $100 On Orders Over $800 Save $200 On Orders Over $1500 Save $250 On Orders Over $2500 The company also offers product-specific discounts with the metaCat robotic plush toy / smart cat going for $129 – its lowest price ever – instead of the original price of $219, and the Raspberry Pi 3-powered MarsCat selling for $999, or $400 less than the original price tag of $1,399. Elephants Robotics is also having a Black Friday Sale on Amazon that includes a 10% discount for the myCobot 280 robotic arm that we reviewed last month with a Raspberry Pi 4 and a 30% discount […]

Giveaway Week 2022 – Pico:ed Smart Cutebot Kit

The third prize of this year’s giveaway week comes courtesy of ELECFREAKS which offers a Cutebot Pico:ed kit based on the Pico:ed board with a Raspberry Pi RP2040 microcontroller and following BBC Micro:bit form factor. The kit also includes two high-speed motors to drive two wheels, ultrasonic & distance sensors, two RGB LED lights and clearance lamps on the bottom, two line-tracking probes, and an active buzzer used as a horn. It is powered by three AAA batteries. The company initially me asked me if I wanted to review the board/robot, but since I may not have the time to do so, I asked whether they wanted to be included in our yearly giveaway week which they accepted. The company provides instructions to program the robot with “Micro block” visual programming IDE, C++, and CircuitPython. You’ll find resources to get started and eight projects for the robot in the Wiki. […]

Review of myCobot 280 Pi robotic arm with Python and visual programming

myCobot 280 Pi is a versatile robotic arm with a 6 degree of freedom design. It was developed by Elephant Robotics using the Raspberry Pi 4 board as the main controller. The robot is compact and delivers stable operation making it ideal for confined spaces. It can also be programmed in a variety of languages, is easy to use, and offers a lot of features. It is suitable for those who are interested in learning how to program a robotic arm controller and for engineering projects. Unboxing myCobot 280 Pi The myCobot 280 Pi arm has a working range of 280 mm, weighs 850 grams, and can handle a payload of up to 250 grams. It is powered by 6 servo motors, one for each degree of freedom, and comes with a 5×5 matrix LED display, and supports LEGO parts as well. Controlled by a Raspberry Pi 4 single board […]