Arm Announces Cortex-A78 CPU, Mali-G78 GPU, Ethos-N78 NPU and Custom Cortex-X1 Core

Arm Cortex A78

Arm has just announced its 2020 Arm Mobile IP portfolio with no less than five IP blocks including Arm Cortex-A78 CPU, Arm Mali-G78 and G68 GPUs, Arm Ethos-N78 neural processing unit, and the custom Cortex-X program starting with Cortex-X1, the most powerful Arm core to date. Arm Cortex-A78 CPU Cortex-A78 highlights: Architecture –  Armv8-A (Harvard) Extensions – Armv8.1, Armv8.2, Cryptography, and RAS; Armv8.3 (LDAPR instructions only) ISA support – A64, A32, and T32 (at EL0 only) Microarchitecture Pipeline – Out of order Superscalar Neon / Floating Point Unit Optional cryptography Unit Max number of CPUs in cluster – 4 Physical Addressing (PA) – 40-bit Memory system and external interfaces 32KB to 64KB L1 I-Cache / D-Cache 256KB to 512KB L2 Cache Optional 512KB to 4MB L3 Cache ECC and LPAE support Trustzone security Cortex-A78 delivers 20% extra performance compared to Cortex-A77 at the same power budget (one Watt), but peak performance is about 7% faster, and machine learning performance is …

19″ Rackmounts Support up to 12 Raspberry Pi SBCs

4x Raspberry Pi Rackmount

Last time, we wrote about we covered their Tesla Cybertruck Case for Intel NUCs which housed the mini PC into a mini CyberTruck looking enclosure. The company has now come up with new housing solutions specifically designed for Raspberry Pi 1/2/3/4 Model B/B+ boards. The 19″ rackmounts support one to twelve Raspberry Pi SBCs and can be used for Raspberry Pi clusters, video walls, and so on. The 4-board model fitted with four Raspberry Pi 4 boards caught my attention as it also offers an option to bring the HDMI outputs on the same side as USB and Ethernet port like in Argon One case but with more convenient full-sized HDMI ports. The other Raspberry Pi rackmount model allows you to insert up to 12 Raspberry Pi board in a vertical position with optional HDMI ports as shown above. That’s great for density, but you may have to take care of cooling. They also have another rack option with …


UP Xtreme Smart Surveillance Combines Whiskey Lake SBC, Myriad X VPUs, and Video Management & Analytics Software

UP Xtreme Smart Surveillance

We’re seeing more and more computer vision products with built-in artificial intelligence accelerated features like face recognition or object detection including AI cameras, facial recognition systems, and AI NVR systems. It’s great as a consumer because of less frequent and more accurate alerts in security camera systems but more worrying as a citizen due to mass surveillance. But the trend is here to stay, and AAEON has just announced the UP Xtreme Smart Surveillance solutions powered by UP Extreme Whiskey Lake SBC with either an Intel Core i5-8365UE or Intel Core i7-8665UE processor, as well as two Intel Movidius Myriad X VPUs using OpenVINO SDK. The system also leverages Milestone video management software (VMS) and SAIMOS video analytics software. Based on the photo above, the hardware looks to be UPX-Edge Embedded Computer which we previously covered in details at launch last December. Instead of hardware, the focus of Up Xtreme Smart Surveillance is to provide a turnkey solution combining AAEON …

SMD Books Keep Up to 8500 SMD Resistors or Capacitors

SMD Books

I have some SMD chips at home that I keep in an organizer box, but if I had to store lots of them, it would take a lot of space. Luckily, there’s a better way: SMD Books. I’ve just found out about those on Aliexpress and Banggood, and they store up to 8500 SMD resistors or capacitors in lots of 50 pieces, meaning you’d have up to 170 different resistors or capacitors value in the book. It can really be convenient for small projects or repairs, and you won’t break the bank as SMD Books only cost $15 to $40 with components and around $8 without any components in order to store your own. If you want to cover your bases, you’ll probably end up spending over $100 since you’d want both resistor and capacitor books, plus different SMD sizes such as 0402, 0201, 0805, etc… But in the end, if you are an electronics hobbyist working with SMD components, …

megaAI 4K AI Camera Board Features Movidius Myriad X VPU (Crowdfunding)

megaAI Myriad X board

megaAI 4K AI camera board reminds me of Kendryte K210 based boards such as Maixduino used for computer vision for tasks such as object tracking or face recognition, but instead of just handling QVGA at around 15 to 18 fps, megaAI can supports inference at 4K resolution up to 30 fps. The tiny board can achieve this feat by leveraging the 4 TOPS of AI processing power delivered by Intel Movidius Myriad X VPU (Vision Processing Unit) while consuming only around 2.5 Watts. megaAI board specifications: AI Accelerator – Intel Movidius Myriad X VPU delivering up to 4 TOPS (Trillion Operations Per Second) Camera – 12 MP 4056×3040 Auto-Focus (8cm-∞) camera with 81 degrees  horizontal Field of View (HFOV) Video RAW Output – 4K @ 60FPS or 12MP @ 30FPS (with USB3.1 Gen2 Host) Hardware Image Encoding – 12 MP JPEG encoding Hardware Video Encoding: 4K H.265 encoding at 30 FPS Host Interface – USB 3.1 Type-C port (5 Gbps) …

$13 RPI_AC108 Audio Board Ships with a 4-Mic Array for Raspberry Pi

RPI_AC108 4-mic array for Raspberry Pi

X-Powers is a subsidiary of Allwinner, better known for its PMIC chips for Allwinner Cortex-A processors., but we also discovered X-Powers AC108 quad-channel ADC chip for microphone arrays in 2017. Soon after, Seeed Studio launched ReSpeaker 4-Mic Array for Raspberry Pi, but I had completely forgotten about the audio chip since then. That’s until this morning when I came across RPI_AC108 audio board also coming with four microphones and several LEDs. RPI_AC108 specifications: Audio X-Powers AC108 quad-channel ADC with I2S/TDM output transition 4x MEMS microphones Expansion 2x Grove interfaces (1x I2C, 1x GPIO port using pins 12 & 13) 40-pin Raspberry Pi compatible header working with Raspberry Pi Zero / Zero W / 2B / 3B / 3B + / 4 and other compatible development boards Misc – 12x LEDs (APA102) connected over SPI, GPIO5 enables power Dimensions – 65mm x 65mm x 9mm The board gets its power (3.3V and 5V) from the 40-pin header, and communicate with Broadcom BCM2xxx processor using I2C …


Sponsored: Wondershare UniConverter is an All-in-One Video Converter, Recorder and Editor

Uniconverter Video Editor

You may have multiple programs or plugins to manage your videos, one to download videos from the web, one to edit your own videos, a separate video converter, etc… and they may have incompatibilities, leading to some painful headaches. Available for both Windows and Mac OS, Wondershare UniConverter should make handling videos much easier as an all-in-all video suite that allows you to convert, edit, and download videos, as well as burn video DVDs and transfer videos to mobile phones and other devices. Key features of Wondershare UniConverter include: Video conversion of 1000 formats at up to 30x faster speed without quality loss, and with the ability to greatly reduce video size. Video Editing with support for Cropping & trimming Saturation, brightness & contrast adjustment Special effects such as BW filter, Raindrop, and many other filters Watermarks, either text or images Adding external subtitles from local files (.srt, .ass, or .ssa) or online sites Editing/adding audio tracks Videos downloading from …

Zigbee Firmware News – TI Z-Stack 3.0 Zigbee for CC2530 & ptvo Zigbee FW Configuration Tool

Sonoff BASICZBR3 TI Z-Stack 3.0 Zigbee

We’ve been writing about Zigbee more in recent months with either product announcements such as Sonoff ZBBridge WiFi to Zigbee gateway, and open-source software updates such as Tasmota support for Zigbee connectivity. We’ve recently been tipped about Zigbee-related news, namely TI Z-Stack 3.0 Zigbee router firmware port to Sonoff BASICZBR3, and ptvo Zigbee Configurable Firmware v2.4 GUI tool designed to create alternative Zigbee switch and router firmware for TI CC253x based modules and devices TI Z-Stack 3.0 Zigbee Router Firmware on Sonoff BASICZBR3 Kirovilya, a well-known open-source developer and founder of ioBroker open-source home automation software, has ported TI Z-Stack 3.0 Zigbee router firmware to CC2530 and tested it on Sonoff BASICZBR3 with DS18B20 waterproof temperature sensor. This is significant as Sonoff BASICZBR3 is only shipped with TI Z-Stack Home 1.2 Zigbee router firmware and I was told no one else had ported TI Z-Stack 3.0 Zigbee to CC2530 chip so far. You’ll find source code on Github, and a …