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Gumstix Expands Raspberry Pi Support with Stepper Motor, Breakout Board, LoRa PoE, and Yocto Linux

October 14th, 2017 2 comments

Gumstix has recently released of three new expansion boards compatible with Raspberry Pi boards and Compute Modules:

  • Gumstix Pi Stepper HAT for 4-wire stepper motors
  • Gumstix Pi Newgate breakout boards exposing all I/Os of Raspberry Pi Compute Module and Compute Module 3
  • Gumstix Pi Conduit PoE adding PoE support to their LoRa gateway kit based on RisingHF RHF0M301 LoRa concentrator module.

The company also offers a custom Yocto 2.2 (Morty) Linux images with support for their Pi HATs and Compute Module carrier boards.

Gumstix Pi Stepper HAT

The expansion board is designed with the 40-pin header for Raspberry Pi products, and includes Texas Instruments DRV8846, a 4 – 18V, 1.4A stepper motor driver with 1/32 microstepping providing rotational accuracy below a tenth of a degree, and 6,400 distinct positions. The board supports 6 to 36V batteries via a 3-pin headers, includes 256 kbit serial EEPROM, and can be used for printers, scanners, video security cameras, projectors, and other automated equipment.

You’ll find technical documentation and software on the product page, where you can also purchase the board for $35.

Gumstix Pi Newgate

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The Gumstix Pi Newgate is a breakout board for RPi Compute Module and Compute Module 3 that exposes all I/Os of their 200-pin SO-DIMM connector via 2.54mm pitch headers with 3 terminals for each pin. The board is also equipped with a micro USB console port, and level shifters to accommodate 3.3 and 1.8 volt logic levels for peripheral devices.

The breakout board goes for $85 on Gumstix website.

Gumstix Pi Conduit PoE

Pi Conduit PoE is an update of their earlier board with added Gigabit Ethernet and PoE support, and removal of cellular support:

  • 200-pin SO-DIMM connector for Raspberry Pi Compute Module / Raspberry Pi 3 Compute Module (CM3 / CM3L)
  • Headers for RisingRF RHF0M301 LoRa gateway/concentrator module
  • NimbeLink Skywire 2G/3G/4G cellular modem connector
  • Gigabit Ethernet jack with PoE support implemented via ASIX AX88179 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • USB – 1x micro USB port for debugging via an FTDI USB to TTL chip
  • Misc – User (GPIO5) and reset buttons
  • Power Supply – 5V via power barrel

If you’re using any of the Raspberry Pi modules, you’ll however be limited to the USB 2.0 interface (480 Mbps) for Gigabit Ethernet, but that’s still an improvement of the 10/100M Ethernet often used with the modules.

The board sells for $150, excluding RisinRF and RPi CM(3) modules.

Yocto Linux and Hardware Customization

Gumstix does not rely on Raspbian anymore, as the company provides custom Yocto Linux disk images (Morty) with support for Gumstix Pi HATs, Compute Module carrier boards, relevant drivers, and systemd services. The company also offers a “Smart repository” with a variety of packages for easier installation. For all the three products listed above you’ll find two Yocto images, one with XFCE environment, one headless with access to the command line.

All three boards have also been designed with Geppeto, the company’s web platform for hardware design, and can be customized to your needs and ordered right in your web browser.

Habey EMB-2200 Pico-ITX board is Designed for Industrial IoT Gateways & HMI Panels

September 8th, 2017 No comments

Habey USA has sent out an email to announce their EMB-2200 industrial grade Pico-ITX board powered by NXP i.MX6UL processor with up to 512 MB DDR3, WIFi and Bluetooth, optional PoE support, LCD interface, etc…, and designed for IoT gateways, HMI applications, and other embedded applications.

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Habey EMB-2200 board specifications:

  • SoC- NXP i.MX 6UltraLite single core ARM Cortex-A7 processor at 528/696MHz
  • System Memory – 128, 256 or 512MB RAM
  • Storage – Various options of eMMC, iNAND or SLC NAND flash (Default: 8GB eMMC flash)
  • Display – 1x 24-bit Parallel LCD (RGB) interface up to 1366×768, 4-wire touch interface
  • Audio – 1x 3.5mm Line OUT jack
  • Connectivity – 2x 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet ports, WiFi and Bluetooth module
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • I/Os – 5x RS-232 header, 2x CAN Bus, 2x USB2.0, 1x USB OTG Configurable GPIO, SPI, I2C
  • Expansion – 1x full-size mini-PCIe with USB connection for cellular modules
  • Misc – Watchdog Timer Programmable timer system reset
  • Power Supply – 9V~ 36V DC via 2.5mm power jack; PoE ready via add-on module
  • Dimensions – 100 x 72 mm (Pico-ITX form factor)
  • Temperature Range – Operating: -40 ~ 80°C; storage: -50 ~ 105°C
  • Humidity – 5% ~ 95% @ 40°C (Non-Condensing)

The company also provides a Power over Ethernet (POE) 802.3af add-on module, and a 5” resistive touch panel development kit (800×480) to create custom HMI or automation systems easily. One the software side, the board runs Embedded Linux, but apart from that, details are sparse…

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The board – and add-on modules – should be available now, at an undisclosed price. More information about Habey’s EMB-2200 pico-ITX board can be found in the product page.

Inforce 6309 Snapdragon 410E micro SBC is Now Selling for $89 (Promo)

June 22nd, 2017 No comments

With its Snapdragon 410E processor,  Inforce 6309 single board computer is similar to Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c board, except it adds a Gigabit Ethernet port with optional PoE/RS484 add-on, switches HDMI with micro HDMI, replaces Low and High speed connectors with LVDS, dual MIPI-DSI, and 26-pin IO onnector, as well as offering an extended temperature range. It’s also designed for production, rather than just development, but it normally costs $126 instead of $75 for Qualcomm’s 96Boards compliant board. Inforce is now bringing that price down with a summer promotion allowing you to buy the board for $89 using summer coupon, excluding potential taxes, and shipping.

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I’ll reproduce the specifications below for reference:

  • SoC- Qualcomm Snapdragon 410/410E (APQ8016/APQ8016E) quad-core ARM CortexA53 @ 1.2 GHz with Adreno 306 GPU and Hexagon QDSP6 @ 700 MHz
  • System Memory – 1GB LPDDR3 @ 533MHz, single-channel 32-bit (4.2GBps)
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash (eMCP package with RAM) + micro SD slot
  • Video Output / Display IF – micro HDMI up to 1080p30; LVDS and touch screen up to 1920×1200 (24-bit) or 2048×1536
  • Audio – HDMI, combo jack for headphone and microphone, PMM8916 audio codec
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (USB 2.0 to GbE bridge), 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, and GPS/GLONASS
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Camera – Dual MIPI-CSI2 (4/2 lanes) for dual camera support up to 13MP
  • Serial – Optional RS-485 port via interface card
  • Expansion – 26-pin header with I2C, SPI, I2S, UART and GPIOs
  • Power Supply – 12V/1.5A DC input; optional PoE
  • Dimensions – 85×54 mm
  • Temperature Range – Operating & Storage: -30ºC to +85ºC

The board can be purchased pre-loaded with either Android or Linux. The $37 discount also applies to the starter kit which adds an acrylic base, a power adapter and a micro USB cable. The offer is valid for one board only, runs between June 21st and July 12th, or while supply lasts.

Shuttle NS02E Rockchip RK3368 Android mini PC Supports PoE for Digital Signage and Thin Clients

April 28th, 2017 3 comments

The market is flooded of octa-core Android mini PCs or TV boxes for the consumer market, but Rockchip RK3368 powered Shuttle NS02E Android mini PC targets a different mark, specifically digital signage and thin clients as it’s been designed for 24/7 nonstop operation, and supports features such as PoE (Power over Ethernet).

Shuttle XPC nano NS02E specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3368 ARM Cortex A53 processor @ up to 1.5 GHz with Imagination PowerVR G6110 “Rogue” GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB RAM
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash, 2.5″ SATA bay for 7″ drives (requires one extra optional accessory), SD card reader
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0
  • Audio Output – Via HDMI, 3.5mm Line OUT audio jack
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (RTL8211-CG transceiver) with PoE support, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 (RTL8723BS module)
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – Kensington lock hole, power button, power LED, HDD LED, VESA mount, RTC + battery
  • Power Supply
    • Optional 12V/2A via power barrel
    • PoE 802.3af (Up to 12.9W) or POE+ 802.3at (up to 25.5W) with the later recommended with a 2.5″ drive or external USB peripherals
  • Dimensions – 141 x 141 x 29 mm (slim plastic chassis)
  • Weight – 270 grams
  • Operating Temperature Range – 0 to 40 °C
  • Certifications – EMI: CE, FCC, BSMI, RCM, CCC, R&TTE; safety: CB, BSMI, ETL; others: RoHS, EuP Lot 6

The mini PC runs Android 5.1.1, and the company highlights features like screen rotation function, HDMI output scaler function (zoom in/out), auto power-on-after-power-fail, and wake up / Standby by RTC time.

NS02E also includes digital signage software, and DS Creator 2.0 app can be used with an Android 4.2 or greater phone or tablet to upload digital signage content such as scrolling text, pictures, videos and webpage links to your digital signage player, as well as to configure the display layout.

NS02E does not ship with a power supply by default, as it’s meant to be powered by a PoE switch or PoE injector. If you do not need PoE, but are still interested i nthe mini PC features and capabilities, NS02A model is better suited as it does not support PoE, but comes with a 12V/2A power supply by default.

Shuttle XPC Nano NS02E is sold for $162.15 on Amazon US, while NS02A goes for $141.59. You’ll find more details on Shuttle NS02E and NS02A product pages.

Thanks to ML for the tip.

Dell Edge Gateway 3000 Series Are Powered by Intel Bay Trail-I SoCs for Automation, Transportation, and Digital Signage

March 17th, 2017 No comments

Dell has recently introduced Edge Gateway 3000 series with three models powered by Intel Bay Trail-I processor, running Ubuntu Core 16 or Windows 10 IoT, with each model targeting respectively general-purpose automation, transportation & logistics, and digital signage and retail.

The specifications for the three models can be found in the table below.

Dell Edge Gateway 3001
Model for General-Purpose Automation
Dell Edge Gateway 3002
Model for Transportation & Logistics
Dell Edge Gateway 3003
Model for Media & Retail Kiosks
SoC Intel Atom E3805 dual core processor  @ 1.33 GHz (3W TDP) Intel Atom E3815 single core processor @ 1.46 GHz with GPU @ 400 MHz (5W TDP)
System Memory 2 GB DDR3L-1066
Storage 8 or 32 GB eMMC flash
Industrial-grade Micro-SD card: 8GB / 16GB / 32 GB / 64 GB
Connectivity 1 x 10/100 Fast Ethernet (RJ-45)
with PoE (15.4W)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Optional ZigBee module.
2x 10/100 Fast Ethernet (RJ-45), main port supports PoE (15.4W)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Integrated Zigbee/802.15.4 module for mesh
networking.
2 x 10/100 Fast Ethernet (RJ-45).
Main port supports PoE (15.4W)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Optional ZigBee module
Cellular Connectivity 3G or 4G LTE for select countries, US/Canada 4G LTE with AT&T or Verizon
Video & Audio DisplayPort 1.1 up to 2560×[email protected]
3.5mm Line Out/Line
In; RealTek codec
Serial Interfaces 2x RS-232/422/485.
GPIOs 8x channel, independently
programmable, DAC, ADC.
CAN Bus CAN2.0 A/B/FD 1Mbps (CAN2.0), 5Mbps (CAN-FD)
USB 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0
GNSS Integrated GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Pressure, Temperature and Humidity
Power Supply 12V-57V wide DC input;
PoE compliant with IEEE 802.3.af standard up to 15.4 W, 48 V over existing Ethernet infrastructure, no
modifications required.
Dimensions 125 mm x 125 mm x 51 mm
Weight Around 1.1 kg

While all three models can run Ubuntu Core 16 and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSB 2016, the latter requires a 32GB eMMC flash. Each gateway also comes with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0, secure boot, BIOS password and I/O port disablement, and a fleet of gateway can be managed via Dell Edge Device Manager (EDM) cloud-based manageability suite (sold separately).

Gateway 30001 used for Mining Operations – Click to Enlarge

The gateway can be used for all sort of applications from mining management systems as shown above, to 18-wheelers, and revenue generating city fountains.

Dell Edge Gateway 3000 series will start selling this May for $399 and up. More details can be found on Dell website.

Samlinking D240 Mediatek MT7620A Router Boards Support Two 4G LTE mini PCIe Modules, PoE for $38 and Up

December 13th, 2016 2 comments

Samlinking Technologies, a manufacturer of 4G WiFi integrated solution based in Shenzhen, has launched D240 router board powered by Mediatek MT7620A MIPS processor with 128MB RAM, 64 MB flash, four Fast Ethernet LAN ports, one Fast Ethernet WAN port with PoE, as well as two PCIe slots accepting 4G LTE modems.dual-lte-router-boardThree Samlinking D240 models are available with D240A1, D240A2, and D240A3 with different combination of LTE module, and 802.11 b/g/n and/or 802.11ac connectivity.

  • SoC – Mediatek MTK7620A MIPS processor @ 580MHz

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    Enclosure for D240 Board

  • System Memory – 128MB
  • Storage – 64MB flash + micro SD card slot
  • Connectivity
    • 802.11 b/g/n/ac up to 300, or 300 + 867 Mbps depending on model+ 2 u.FL connectors
    • 5x 100 Mbps Ethernet port (RJ45) with 4 LAN ports, 1 WAN port with PoE 802.3af
    • 2x PCIe slot with LTE Cat3 to Cat 6 modem cards
    • 2x SIM card slots
  • Serial – 1x 4-pin header
  • USB – 1x USB host port
  • Expansion – Footprints for Bluetooth, I2S, and UARTF/PCM
  • Misc – 9x LEDs, reset button, extra watchdog timer
  • Power – 12V via power barrel, or 802.3af PoE
  • Dimensions – 11 x 8.3 x 3 cm
  • Temperature Range – Operating: -20ºC to 70ºC; storage: -40ºC to 90ºC
  • Certifications – CE, RoHS, FCC Compliance

The board can run OpenWrt or a custom firmware. I’ve asked the company for more details about software and documentation, but only received information about the hardware…
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D240A1 board is available now for $38 (sample price) plus shipping without any LTE modems, while D240A2 board sells with one LTE cat3/4 modem for $90, or a Cat6 modem for $150, and D240A3 comes with two LTE modems  (cat4+ cat6; up to 450 Mbps) for $220. Prices are cheaper for quantities over 500 pieces. There’s no online shop, so if you are interested you’d have to contact the company directly through their website.

Orange Pi Zero Allwinner H2+ Board with WiFi and Ethernet is Up for Sale for $7 and Up

November 2nd, 2016 79 comments

Orange Pi Zero development board powered by Allwinner H2+ quad core Cortex A7 processor with 256 to 512MB RAM, Ethernet, and USB ports is now available for sale on Aliexpress for just $6.99, which shipping adding $3.39 in my case bringing the total to $10.38.

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Orange Pi Zero specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner H2(+) quad core Cortex A7 processor @ 1.2 GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU @ 600 MHz
  • System Memory – 256 to 512 MB DDR3-1866 SDRAM
  • Storage – micro SD card slot
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet + 802.11 b/g/n WiFi (Allwinner XR819 WiFi module) with u.FL antenna connector and external antenna
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Expansion headers – Unpopulated 26-pin “Raspberry Pi B+” header + 13-pin header with headphone, 2x USB 2.0, TV out, microphone and IR receiver signals
  • Debugging – Unpopulated 3-pin header for serial console
  • Misc – 2x LEDs
  • Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port or optional PoE
  • Dimensions – 52 x 46 mm
  • Weight – 26 grams

Based on the hardware features and likely good availability it’s a serious contender to Raspberry Pi Zero (and Nano Pi NEO) for headless applications, and provided Allwinner H2+ is close enough to Allwinner H3 software support should be fairly good, as I expect armbian support very soon. Allwinner XR819 is a completely new WiFi module, at least to me, so there may be driver issues, but if it is working in the firmware image provided by Orange Pi (none so far), it should be possible to add this to other Linux images too. [Update: Orange Pi Zero schematics are now available]

orange-pi-zero-descriptionThe Aliexpress page explains the default version has 256MB RAM, but it’s not really clear whether / how we can buy the 512MB version. [Update: The 512MB version now available on Aliexpress for $8.99 + shipping]

Thanks to OvCa77 for the tip.

VoCore2 WiFi IoT Board Launched with Audio, PoE & “Ultimate” Docks (Crowdfunding)

October 6th, 2016 1 comment

Vocore WiFi IoT board was popular at its launch in 2014 because affordable WiFi boards with I/Os were not common at the time, and it came with an Ethernet dock making it a complete router within a tiny and cute cube. The developers have been working on VoCore2 (aka Vocore V2) with a faster processor, more memory, a lower power consumption, a better WiFi signal, and more I/Os for several months, and have now launched the board on Indiegogo aiming to raise at least $6,000 for mass production.

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Vocore2 and Audio Dock

Vocore2 board specifications:

  • SoC – Mediatek MT7628AN MIPS processor @ 580 MHz
  • System Memory – 128 MB DDR2
  • Storage – 16MB NOR FLASH, 1x SDXC via I/O pins
  • Connectivity
    • WiFi 802.11n 2T2R up to 300 Mbps with either 2 u.FL connector or 1 u.FL connector + on-board chip antenna (Max signal output >19.5dbm peak)
    • 2x 10/100M Ethernet interfaces via I/O pins
  • I/Os – About 30 GPIOs multiplexed with 3x UARTs, 1x I2C, 1x I2S, 1x reference clock, 1x USB 2.0, 1x PCIe 1.1, 1x high speed SPI (40Mbps max), 1x SPI slave, 2x hardware PWM
  • Power Supply – Input: 3.6~6.0V; output: 1.8V, 3.3V.
  • Power Consumption – 74mA @ 5V (wifi on, no data transfer); 233mA @ 5V (max speed cpu and wireless)
  • Dimensions –  25.4 x 25.4 x 2.8 mm

The new board runs OpenWrt/LEDE based on Linux, and can be programmed in C, Java, Python, Ruby, Javascript, etc… The developers claim they’ll release the “full hardware design including schematic, circuit diagram(PCB); full source code including bootloader, system, applications”, something which they’ve already done with Vocore (v1).

Vocore2 + Ultimate Dock

Vocore2 + Ultimate Dock

Considering we have an embarrassment of choices of low cost Linux WiFi boards with easy to use platforms such as Mediatek LinkIt Smart 7688 or Onion Omega2, the main draw to the new Vocore V2 is mostly because of its three docks:

  1. AirPlay Dock – Adds a micro USB port for power, as well as an audio codec and 3.5mm audio jack to connect to speakers. Dimensions with Vocore2: 25.4 x 25.4 x 9.0 mm
  2. PoE Dock – To upgrade existing wall-mount Ethernet panel to a wireless hotspot
  3. Ultimate Dock – Combines audio jack, Ethernet (RJ45) port, micro SD slot, USB 2.0 host port, micro USB port for power and debugging, and a AD/DA converter to connect sensors. It can be used to store data in the SD card, as CCTV DVR system by adding a USB webcam, as a voice command system with a microphone, and so on. Dimensions with Covore2: 28 x 28 x 22 mm
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Vocore2 and PoE Dock installed in a (not included) Wall-Mount Ethernet Panel

Some extra details about the docks, and some earlier firmware release would have been nice to have, but I could not find this information on their Indiegogo page.

VoCore2 module starts at $12 (Early bird), Vocore2 + Airplay or PoE dock goes for $29, and you’d have to pledge $39 for Vocore2 with Ultimate dock (and case?). Bundle rewards are also available with 5 pieces for each kit.  Shipping is not included but only adds $3 to $10 depending on the selected reward, and delivery is scheduled for November 2016 for most rewards, except PoE rewards which should be shipped later in January 2017.