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VIA Mobile360 ADAS System Includes a 4G Connected Rugged Computer, a 7″ Display and 4 to 6 Cameras

July 31st, 2017 2 comments

VIA Mobile360 ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) System is a road safety-enhancing solution that supports Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Pedestrian Detection, Vehicle Detection and Classification for special vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles, Speed Limit Detection, and Rear-end Collision Avoidance. The system is comprised of “Mobile360 System” rugged computer, 4 to 6 cameras, and an optional 7″ display.

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Mobile360 System computer specifications:

  • SoC – Unnamed Octa-core big.LITTLE processor with four ARM Cortex-A17 cores @ 1.8GHz, and four Cortex A7 cores @ 1.4GHz (Likely Zhaxin ZX-5880 SoC also including Elite 2000 GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenVG 1.1 and OpenCL EP 1.1)
  • System Memory – 2GB Mobile LPDDR3 1600MHz RAM (Package-on-Package with SoC)
  • Storage – 1x 512GB Transcend 2.5″ MLC SSD (-40°C-90°C); 16GB eMMC Flash memory; 1x Micro SD card slot; 1x full size SD card slot
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 1x 4G LTE module, 1x Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 module, 1x GPS receiver; 3x antennas for 4G, GPS and Wi-Fi
  • Camera Interfaces – 6x FAKRA connectors
  • Video Output – 1x HDMI port
  • Audio I/F – Line-out and Mic-in audio jacks
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 ports (1 lockable), 1x Mini USB 2.0 port (for debugging), 1xUSB 3.0 port
  • Other I/Os – 1x D-Sub connector for CAN Bus, 2x DIO ports (4 GPI + 4 GPO)
  • Power Supply – 9-36V DC-in with ACC/IGN
  • Temperature Range – Operating: -20°C ~ 65°C;  storage: -20°C ~ 70°C
  • Vibration Loading During Operation – With SSD: ISO-16750-3 Mechanical Loads, test VIII equipment mounted on decouple commercial vehicle Cab. Longitudinal (X) : 1.20Grms, Lateral (Y) : 1.34Grms, Vertical (Z) : 2.17Grms , 32hr/axis
  • Shock During Operation – With SSD: 50G, ISO-16750-1:2003, Half-sine wave, 6 directions, 6ms, 10 per direction
  • Dimensions –  215mm(W) x 48mm(H) x 282mm(D) (Metal chassis housing, aluminum top cover)
  • Weight – 3.5 kg

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VIA Mobile360 ADAS sample kit also includes four Sharp 1.3M FOV-50 automotive grade cameras with a 10 meter cable each, and a 7″ automotive grade HD resistive touch monitor with VESA mount support. The system runs Android 5.0 with software capable of handling features mentioned in the introduction, as well as VIA Mobile360 E-Track cloud portal that enables fleet owners to collect and organize vehicle and driver data for real-time vehicle tracking, event and data recording, and asset management. The software can also be customized to the requirements of the customer.

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VIA Mobile360 ADAS sample kit sells for $4,200 with VIA Mobile360 System ($1,800), four FOV-50 cameras (4x $500), and a 7″ automotive grade display ($400). You can also add up to two more cameras for example for license plate recognition, and/or driver or cargo monitoring. Last year, VIA started to sells a Surround View sample kit based on the same system but with instead four FOV-190 cameras for vehicle surveillance for a total of $3,500. More information is available on VIA Mobile360 Solutions page.

VIA ALTA DS 4K Digital Signage Player is Powered by Zhaoxin ZX-2000M Quad Core Cortex A17 Processor

June 30th, 2017 12 comments

VIA has just announced their latest ALTA DS 4K digital signage player with a “quad core Cortex A17 processor”, which I first assumed must be Rockchip RK3288 processor since it’s one of the few with that processor core. But the processor is actually from a company I had never heard before: Shanghai Zhaoxin Semiconductor that does both x86 and ARM SoCs for various markets.

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But let’s check out the product with VIA ALTA DS 4K Digital Signage specifications:

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  • SoC – Zhaoxin ZX-2000M quad core ARM  Cortex-A17 processor @ up to 1.4GHz with 2D/3G GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.0, and a video processing unit
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3 @ 1600MHz
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC Flash memory, SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 with CEC support
  • Video Codecs –  MPEG-2, VC-1, H.264 and H.265 video decoding up to 3840x2160p @30fps; H.264 encoding
  • Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet port (Realtek RTL8211FS-CG), 1x 10/100M Ethernet port, optional 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 ( EMIO-5531 USB module)
  • Audio – WM8960 Audio Codec; 2x 3.5mm audio jacks: Line-out and Mic-in
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x mini USB 2.0 port for COM (Tx/Rx)
  • Misc – Power on/off button with power indicator LED, CIR receiver, antenna hole for Wi-Fi, Kensington lock, Wake-on-LAN, Watchdog timer
  • Power Supply – 12V DC-in
  • Dimensions – 175mm(W) x 25mm(H) x118mm(D)
  • Weight – 500 grams
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0°C ~ 40°C; storage: -20°C ~ 70°C
  • Operating Humidity – 0 ~ 90% @ 40°C (non-condensing)
  • Compliance – BSMI, CE, FCC, NCC

The player runs Android 5.1.1, and can be placed vertically with a stand holder, or mounted behind a monitor via an optional VESA mount. Beside digital signage, the device is also expected for automated kiosks, check-out counters, and POS systems, and works with the company’s Android Signage Content Management apps. The dual Ethernet ports are designed to connect an IP camera while getting overlay data from the cloud.

ZX-2000M processor seems to be part of ZX-2000 family with M and D parts. While I could not find the differences between the variants, the silicon vendor listed ZX-2000 specifications as follows:

  • CPU – Quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 CPU @ up to 1.6 GHz with 22000 DMIPS
  • GPU – Zhaoxin independent intellectual property GPU with support for 1080p and 4K UI interface; 60 GFlops Smoothly
  • VPU
    • H.265 [email protected] decoding;  H.264 4Kx2K decoding; full format HD video decoding
    • Lossless compression efficiency of video content is above 70%, saving an average of more than 50% memory bandwidth
  • Tuner Support – Built-in two-way DVBC QAM demodulator, supporting a maximum TS stream output of 4-way
  • Security / DRM – SARFT’s downloadable CA; ARM TrustZone; Secure Boot; DRM copyright protection; built-in OTG; Hardware based authentication mechanism preventing illegal software and flashing
  • Process – TSMC’s 28 nm HPM technology

So the amount of information is rather limited, although the claim of a GPU designed in-house is intriguing.

ALTA DS 4K digital signage player can be ordered with or without a wireless module, as well as optional VESA mount, COM cable, and debug cable, but pricing is not publicly available. You may want to visit the product page for more information and documentation, such as the operating guide, and potentially inquire about the solution.

VIA VTS-8589 OPS Board Powered by NXP i.MX 6 ARM Processor Complies with Intel’s OPS Digital Signage Specifications

March 29th, 2017 2 comments

Intel introduced the Open Pluggable Specifications (OPS) defining mechanical and electrical requirements for boards used in digital signage back in 2010. Since then there has been a few Intel OPS boards launched on the market, and the company introduced OPS+ specifications with support for simultaneous display and broadcast usages, 8K resolution displays, and the ability to drive three individual 4K resolution display outputs. VIA has now launched VTS-8589 OPS board compliant with the older specifications, and featuring NXP i.MX6 quad core ARM Cortex A9 processor combined with 2GB RAM, 8GB flash, and more.

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VIA VTS-8589 OPS has two version of the board with the following specifications:

  • SoC
    • VTS-8589-QP model – NXP i.MX 6QuadPlus quad ARM Cortex-A9 processor @ 1.0 GHz with Vivante GC2000+ GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL and OpenVG 1.1, 512KB embedded SRAM
    • VTS-8589 model – NXP i.MX 6Quad quad ARM Cortex-A9 processor @ 1.0 GHz with Vivante GC2000 GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL and OpenVG 1.1, 256KB embedded SRAM
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC Flash memory, micro SD slot, 4MB SPI Flash ROM for bootloader
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 transmitter
  • Connectivity –  Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port (Micrel KSZ9031RNX), 802.11 b/g/n WiFi (Realtek RTL8189ETV SDIO module )
  • Audio – NXP SGTL5000 low power stereo codec
  • USB – USB 2.0 high speed 4-port hub controller (SMSC USB2514) with 2x USB A ports, 2x USB via OPS connector
  • 1x OPS JAE TX25 connector with 1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x UART (TTL 3V3), GPIOs, audio, and power 12~19V
  • Debugging – 1x JTAG pin header
  • Misc – Reset button, boot Flash select pin header, RTC battery connector
  • Power Supply – 12~19V DC-in included in OPS Connector
  • Dimensions – 12.1cm x 11.4cm
  • Temperature Range – 0°C ~ 45°C
  • Humidity – 0% ~ 90% relative humidity; non-condensing

VTS-8589 model with the older processor supports Linux 3.10.53, while VTS-8589-QP supports Linux 4.1.15. The BSP supports HTML5-based digital signage applications, as well as hardware-accelerated 1080p H.264 or VC1 video decoding in the Chromium browser.

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The board itself is designed to fits in OPS-compliant displays, but for development and testing purpose, the company also offers the VTS-8592 OPS I/O card with an HDMI port, two USB 2.0 ports, an audio jack, reset and power buttons, as well as a 12~19V DC power jack.
The OPS board and I/O card appear to be available now at an undisclosed price. You can visit the product page for more information.

VIA Introduces AMOS-3005 Fanless Rugged Computer with Eden X4 x86 Processor, and VX11 Media Processor

August 14th, 2015 3 comments

VIA Embedded Store has just sent a newsletter to announce the launch of the company’s latest rugged embedded computer, AMOS-3005, powered by VIA Eden X4 processor and VX11 media processor and chipset, supporting temperature ranges from -10°C to 60°C, and featuring a flexible 9V-36V DC input.

VIA_AMOS-3005AMOS-3005 specifications:

  • Processor –  VIA Eden X4 quad core 64-bit x86 processor @ 1.2 GHz (NanoBGA2 package) with 2MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz front side bus
  • Chipset – VIA VX11 Media System Processor with an integrated VIA Chrome 640/645 graphics processor supporting DirectX 11, and OpenCL, as well as a VIA ChromotionHD 5.0 video engine supporting dual 1080p HD decoding of H.264, MPEG-2, WMV9, and VC-1 codecs.
  • System Memory – 1x DDR3 1333 SDRAM SODIMM socket (Up to 8GB memory size)
  • Storage – 1x mSATA slot, 32Mbit Flash memory for AMI BIOS.
  • Video Output- 1x HDMI, 1x VGA up to 2048×1536, with dual independent displays support
  • Audio – VIA VT2021 High Definition Audio Codec, Line-out and Mic-in
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports (via Realtek RTL8111G PCIe controller), 1x SIM slot. 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi can be added via optional wireless modules.
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports (lockable for secure connections)
  • Serial – 2x RS-232/422/485 serial ports (DB9)
  • Expansion – 1x miniPCIe slot, 1x DIO port for 8-bit GPIO
  • Misc – Power on/off button, LED for HDD and Power, Watchdog Timer
  • Power Supply
    • 9 ~ 36V DC-in (typical: 19 Watts) via 2-pole Phoenix DC jack
    • Supports Wake-on LAN, keyboard power-on, timer power-on, system power management, AC power failure recovery, Watchdog timer control
  • Dimensions – 150.5mm(W) x 48.1mm(H) x 109.8mm(D)
  • Weight – 1.4 kg
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0°C ~ 60°C with qualified industrial grade mSATA; Storage: -20°C ~ 70°C
  • Relative humidity – 0% ~ 95% (relative humidity; non-condensing)
  • Vibration loading during operation with mSATA Flash Drive: 5Grms, IEC 60068-2-64, random, 5 ~ 500Hz, 1 Oct./min, 1hr/axis
  • Shock during operation with mSATA Flash Drive: 50G, IEC 60068-2-27, half size, 11ms duration
  • Compliance – CE/FCC

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The kits includes AMOS-3005 system, a 12V/5A AC-to-DC adapter with a 2-pole phoenix plug to DC jack, screw packs for mounting and  Mini PCI-e card,  washer rubbers pack, thermal pad for the mSATA module, and a syringe with thermal grease. The computer also supports Wall/DIN rail/VESA mounting system. Memory and storage are not included, which means you’ll also need to install your own operating systems, which can be Windows 10/8.1/8/7, WES 7, or Linux distributions.

The computer targets industrial automation, remote terminal and data collection, as well as in-vehicle computing applications. The barebone system is not quite cheap, but it’s expected for an industrial & automotive PC, as it sells without storage nor memory for $539 on VIA Embedded Store. More details, including the user’s manual and Windows drivers, can be found on AMOS-3005 product page.

VIA Embedded Store Launches for Embedded ARM & x86 Boards and Systems

May 5th, 2014 8 comments

Most of the time for boards and systems targeting industrial or embedded applications, companies will not provide pricing information, and if you want a sample for evaluation, or want to order a few for a project requiring limited quantities, you’ll need to contact sales, talk about your project, volume, schedule, etc… But for VIA Embedded boards and systems, you won’t need to go through this loop anymore, as the company has just launched VIA Embedded Store where you can buy boards such as VAB-820 pico-ITX board or a rugged system such as AMOS-820 directly online without questions asked.

VIA_Embedded_StoreI’ve gone through most of the checkout procedure and you can proceed as a guest or by registering, and they’ll just ask billing and shipping information, shipping method, and payment method selection (Only Paypal at this time).  It’s a simple as that, no need to fill some “I’m not a terrorist” forms like on some US websites.

VIA VAB-1000 Pico-ITX Board Features VIA Elite E1000 Dual Cortex A9 SoC, Targets Embedded Android and Linux

February 24th, 2014 3 comments

Via has introduced VAB-1000 Pico-ITX board at Embedded World 2014. This new embedded board features VIA Elite E1000 dual Cortex A9 SoC together with 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 4GB eMMC Flash memory, and numerous I/Os. The board targets interactive kiosk, digital signage and HMI (Human Machine Interface) applications running Android or Linux.

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VAB-1000 Pico ITX Board (Click to Enlarge)

VIA VAB-1000 Specifications:

  • SoC – VIA Elite E1000 dual core Cortex A9 SoC with unnamed 2D/3D GPU with Unified Shader Architecture featuring 64 stream processors
  • System Memory – 2GB DRR3
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC + microSD slot
  • Back panel I/O
    • 2x HDMI connectors for HDMI-in and HDMI-out
    • 2x mini-USB 2.0 port
    • 1x MicroSD slot
    • 1x Gigabit Ethernet port
    • 1x DC-in Jack.
  • Front panel I/O
    • 1x pin header for two additional USB ports
    • 1x pin header for SPI and 8-pin GPIO
    • 1x pin header for three I2C and two COM ports
    • 1x pin-header for front audio (Line-in/Line-Out/Mic-In).
  • Internal I/O
    • 1x dual channel LVDS connector
    • 1x S-video pin header
    • 1x Mini-PCIe connector.
  • Misc – Watchdog, RTC
  • Dimensions – 10 cm x 7.2 cm, Pico-ITX form factor

I’m never heard about VIA Elite E1000 SoC before, and I can’t find any information about this new processor at this time.

The board supports Android and Linux OS, and developers can either use VIA Android Development package with Android 4.1, a Smart ETK (Embedded Tool Kit) comprising several APIs for Watchdog Timer, GPIO access, COM port access, RTC for auto-power on, as well as a sample app, or VIA VAB-1000 Linux Development Package which comes with a pre-built OS image, the kernel and bootloader source codes, and a toolchain (GCC?).

VAB-1000 Starter Kit (Click to Enlarge)

VAB-1000 Starter Kit (Click to Enlarge)

As an option, VIA can also provide VAB-1000 I/O extender card, which adds Line-In, Line-Out and Mic-In audio jacks, two USB ports, one suspend LED power indicator, a power on/off button and pin headers for one COM port (TX/RX support only) as well as 3 board-to-board connectors and one USB board-to-board connector.

The extender card is part of VAB-1000 Starter Kit pictured above, which also includes the pico-ITX board, a serial debug cable, as well as spacers and screws, and comes pre-loaded with either Android or Linux.

Sample units are available now. You may find further details on VIA VAB-1000 page.

Firefox OS Smartphones, Tablets and Reference Designs at Mobile World Congress 2014

February 24th, 2014 3 comments

Beside the $25 smartphone, Mozilla has also announced a number of smartphones and tablets running Firefox OS during an event at Mobile World Congress 2014. The first devices such as ZTE Open featured a single core processor, the new models come with more powerful dual and quad core processors, mostly from Qualcomm, but also WonderMedia and AllWinner, together with better screen and features. Let’s have a look.

ZTE Open C and Open II

ZTE_Open_CZTE Open C smartphone features a 4″ display (800 x 480 resolution), powered by Qualcomm Snadragon 200 SoC @ 1.2 GHz, 512MB of RAM, a 2MP camera, as well as a 1,200mAh battery. Engadget has an hands-on video.

ZTE Open II sports a 3.5″ (HVGA -> 480×320) display, with a dual core Snapdragon processor @ 1.2 GHz, 256 MB, 2GB flash, a 2MP camera, and a 1150 mh, according to CNet. It also supports 3G networks.

Both devices run Firefox OS 1.3.

Alcatel OneTouch Fire C, Fire E, Fire S Smartphones, and Fire 7 tablets

Alcatel_OneTouch_Firefox_OSAlcatel unveiled three Firefox OS smartphones:

  • OneTouch Fire S – 4.5″ IPS display, 960 x 540 resolution, with Quacomm Snapdragon quad core processor @ 1.2 GHz, with 4G LTE support, an 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, NFC, and GPS.
  • OneTouch Fire E – 4.5″ display (not IPS), dual core CPU, 512 MB RAM, 4GB Flash, and 5MP and 0.3MP cameras.
  • OneTouch Fire C – 3.5″ display (HVGA), dual core @ 1.2 GHz,  and VGA camera.

OneTouch Fire 7 will come with a 7″ diaplay (qHD -> 960x 540), a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 4GB NAND flash (expandable via micro SD card slot) and a whopping 2GB RAM (Or is it 2Gbit?), as well as front and rear VGA cameras. It weights  285g and has a thickness of 9.9mm.

CNET reports Fire C and Fire E smartphones will be available in Q2, for respectively 59 and 139 Euros, whereas Fire S and Fire 7 will retail for 169 and 79 Euros in Q3 2014. All new Alcatel devices run Firefox 1.3.

Huawei AscendY300

Huawei_Ascend_Y300Huawei Ascend Y300 will come with a 4″ WVGA display, and be powered by a dual core Snapdragon 8225 processor @ 1 GHz with 512MB RAM. It also packs a 1,950mAh battery, and 5MP and VGA cameras. Contrary to the aforementioned devices running Firefox OS 1.3, Huawei phone runs version 1.1 of the mobile operating system. You can find more details on Huawei Ascend Y300 F1 post.

Firefox OS Flame Reference Smartphone

Firefox OS Flame Reference Smartphone

LG Fireweb

LG will also run Mozilla Firefox OS 1.1, and features a 4″ display (480x 320), Qualcomm snapdragon processor @ 1GHz processor, and 5 MP camera. It also supports 3G, GPS and FM radio. Fireweb will be available in Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.

Firefox OS Flame and VIA Vixen Reference Designs

Beside consumer products, Mozilla also added two reference designs for developers and manufacturers on top of the existing InFocus New Tab F1 powered by AllWinner A31:

  • Firefox OS Flame – Smartphone with a 4.5″ display (854 x 480 pixel), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8210) dual-core processor @ 1.2 GHz , 8 GB  NAND flash, and between 256MB and 1GB RAM (adjustable by developer). The phone also includes 5MP rear and 2MP front-facing cameras, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G UMTS, and NFC wireless, as well as a 1800mAh battery.
  • VIA Vixen – Tablet with 7″ LCD screen (1024×600), powered by VIA WonderMedia WM8880 dual core Cortex A9 processor @ 1.2 GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU, 8GB storage, 1GB RAM, 0.3 MP and 2.0 MP cameras, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, and a 4,000 mAh battery.

Developers, testers, and people ready to localize and translate Firefox OS UI, can apply for a free Infocus or Vixen tablet via Mozilla’s Expanded Tablet Contribution Program.

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VIA APC Rock and Paper Boards Now Officially Support Firefox OS

January 6th, 2014 2 comments

VIA has just announced a partnership with Mozilla for support and development of Firefox OS for APC Rock and APC Paper platforms based on WonderMedia WM8950 single core ARM Cortex A9 SoC.

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$59 APC Rock Now Runs Firefox OS

Firefox OS source code and documentation for the APC boards are available on the company’s apc-firefox-os github repository. To motivate the developer’s community, the company is also offering free APCs to developers that fix specific bugs.

A first version was released on the 22nd of November 2013, with the following fixes:

  1. Updated firmware package to support HDMI hotplug as the solution from VIA
  2. Switched to latest base from Mozilla and using master branch for all Mozilla repos
  3. Support multiple hardware keyboard hot plug
  4. Fixed so that Mozilla soft home button can be enabled via settings
  5. Supports Ethernet cable hot plug
  6. Enabled SNTP with Ethernet network
  7. Set default display timeout to never
  8. Fixed some orientation bug due to migration to master
  9. Fixed WiFi connection bug due to migration to master
  10. Supports Mouse wheel event

But I can’t find a way to download this version via a tarball, a branch, or tag on github, nevertheless it’s probably better to use the latest code as several commits have been done since that release, although there appears to have been no activity in the last three weeks.