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Congatec Announces Low Power x86 SoMs based on AMD G-Series and Intel Atom E3800 SoCs

February 26th, 2014 No comments

Congatec has announced two new low power x86 computer modules for embedded systems: Qseven modules based on AMD G-Series GX-210HA, GX-209HA and GX-210JA (6 to 9W TDP), and COM Express modules powered by Intel Atom “Bay Trail-I” E3800 series SoC (5 to 10W TDP), a well as Celeron N2930.

conga-QG Qseven SoM Powered by AMD G-Series SoCs

conga-QC Qseven SoM (Click to Enlarge)

conga-QC Qseven SoM (Click to Enlarge)

Congatec conga-QG Qseven modules specifications:

  • SoC
    • AMD Embedded GX-210HA (2 x 1.0 GHz, L2 cache 1MB, 9 W) with AMD Radeon HD 8210E Graphics
    • AMD Embedded GX-210JA (2 x 1.0 GHz, , 6W) with AMD Radeon HD 8180E Graphics
    • AMD Embedded GX-209HA (2 x 1.0GHz, , 9W) with AMD Radeon HD 8180E Graphics
  • System Memory – max. 8GB ECC with up to DDR3L-1333. 2GB by default
  • Storage – Silicon Motion FerriSSD up to 64G
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet
  • I/O Interfaces
    • Up to 4 x PCI Express 2.0
    • 2 x SATA 2.0 3Gb/s
    • 1 x USB 3.0, 5 x USB 2.0
    • LPC bus,  SM-Bus, I²C bus, UART
    • SDIO
  • Video Output – One DisplayPort 1.2 / HDMI 1.4a interface, 18/24-bit Single/Dual Channel LVDS Interface
  • Sound – High Definition Audio Interface
  • congatec Board Controller – Multi Stage Watchdog, non-volatile User Data Storage, Manufacturing and Board information, Board Statistics, BIOS Setup, Data Backup, I²C bus (fast mode, 400 kHz, multi-master), Power Loss Control
  • Security – Optional Trusted Platform Module (TPM) . Hash and RSA algorithms, key lengths up to 2,048 bits, real random number generator
  • Power Management – ACPI 3.0 with battery support
  • Dimensions – 70 x 70 mm (Qseven form factor)
  • Humidity – Operating: 10 to 90% r. H. non cond. / Storage 5 to 95% r. H. non cond.

The modules comes with AMI Aptio UEFI BIOS, and support Microsoft Windows 7/8, Windows Embedded Standard, Windows 8 Embedded, Windows Embedded Compact 7, and Linux.

The company claims an average 3 watts power consumption in typical application, and mention AMD G-series SoC has been designed to consume 33% less power than previous AMD G-Series (APUs). Most modules are destined to be used in the commercial temperature range, but those based on GX-209HD support industrial temperature range (40°C to +85°C). The Radeon GPU in G-Series SoC are compliant with DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2 OpenCL 1.2, and a Universal Video Decoder 4.2 dedicated hardware can decode H.264, MPEG4, VC-1, MPEG-2 video streams. These modules target cost-sensitive applications in the control and automation industry, digital gaming, communications infrastructures, and graphics-rich devices such as thin clients, digital information boards and medical-imaging equipment.
You can find more information on Congatec conga-QG page.

conga-MA3 COM Express module Powered by Intel Atom E3800 and N2900 Series

conga-MA3 COM Express Module (Click to Enlarge)

conga-MA3 COM Express Module (Click to Enlarge)

Congatec conga-MA3 COM Express modules specifications:

  • SoC
    • Intel Atom E3845 (4 x 1.91 GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 10 W) with Intel HD Graphics Gen 7
    • Intel Atom E3827 (2 x 1.75 GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 8 W) with Intel HD Graphics Gen 7
    • Intel Atom E3815 (1.46 GHz, 512kB L2 cache, 5 W) with Intel HD Graphics Gen 7
    • Intel Celeron N2930 (1.86 GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 7.5W) with Intel HD Graphics Gen 7
  • System Memory – Onboard DDR3L memory support for up to 8 GByte with 1333MT/s. 2GB 1333MT/s DDR3L by default
  • Storage – eMMC 4.51 interface, up to 64GB of MLC NAND or up to 4GB of SLC NAND
  • Connectivity – Intel I210 Gigabit Ethernet controller
  • I/O Interfaces
    • 4 x PCIe x1 lanes with 5 Gb/s
    • 2 x SATA 2.0 3Gb/s
    • 7 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0
    • LPC bus, SPI, I²C bus
  • Display – TMDS (HDMI/DVI), DisplayPort 1.1, and one LVDS channel.
  • Sound – Digital High Definition Audio Interface
  • Motion Video Support – Full hardware acceleration for MPEG2, H.264, DirectX11, OCL 1.2, OGL 3.2, WMV9 and VC1
  • congatec Board Controller – Multi Stage Watchdog, non-volatile User Data Storage, Manufacturing and Board information, Board Statistics, BIOS Setup, Data Backup, I²C bus (fast mode, 400 kHz, multi-master), Power Loss Control
  • Power Management – ACPI 5 .0 compliant, Smart Battery Management
  • Temperature Range – Operating: -40° to + 85°C. Storage: -40° to + 85°C
  • Humidity – Operating: 10 to 90% r. H. non cond. / Storage 5 to 95% r. H. non cond.
  • Dimensions – 55 x 84 mm (COM Express Mini Type 10)

The modules comes with AMI Aptio UEFI BIOS, and support Microsoft Windows 7/8, Windows Embedded Standard, Windows Embedded Compact 7, and Linux.

The Intel HD graphics is said to support DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.2, OpenCL 1.2, as well as hardware decode for multiple high-resolution full HD videos in parallel. Output up to 2,560 x 1,600 pixels with DisplayPort and 1,920 x 1,200 pixels with HDMI are natively supported in the processor, and it is possible to connect two independent displays, including via the 24-bit LVDS output.

Further details may be available on Congatec conga-MA3 page.

Compulab Fit-PC4 Fanless mini PC Powered by AMD GX-420CA Quad Core G-Series SoC

February 26th, 2014 No comments

CompuLab has just announced fit-PC4, a miniature fanless PC based on AMD GX-420CA G-Series SoC with four “Jaguar” cores clocked 2.0GHz,and Radeon HD 8400E graphics, and supporting up to 16 GB RAM, and storage via SATA, mSATA or a micro SD card. This if for the Pro version, but there’s also a Value version powered by A4-1250 APU.


fit-PC4 Value and fit-PC4 Pro

Fit-PC4 specifications:

  • SoC / APU
    • fit-PC4 Pro –  AMD GX-420CA quad core processor @ 2.0 GHz with AMD Radeon HD 8400E Quad-core (25W TDP)
    • fit-PC4 Value – AMD A4-1250 dual core APU @ 1.0 GHz with amd Radeon HD 8210 (8W TDP)
  • System Memory – Up to 16 GB DDR3/DDR3L/DDR3U (2 SODIMM)
  • Storage Internal 2.5” HDD/SSD + mSATA + micro-SD
  • Display 2x HDMI 1.4a up to 1920 x 1200 + CEC support
  • Audio – S/PDIF 7.1 input/output + stereo line-out / MIC in
  • Connectivity
    • 2x Gbit Ethernet (Intel i211 Ethernet controllers)
    • Wireless in fit-PC4 Pro – WLAN 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz dual band Intel 7260HMW) + Bluetooth 4.0
    • Wireless in fit-PC4 Value – WLAN 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
    • Cellular – mini-PCIe for cellular modem + on-board uSIM socket
  • USB 2x USB3 + 6x USB2
  • Expansion Full-size miniPCIe with mSATA + half-size miniPCIe + CompuLab FACE Module interface
  • Enclosure – Passively cooled die-cast aluminum
  • Dimensions – fit-PC4 Pro 16cm x 19cm x 3.7cm, fit-PC4 Value: 16cm x 16cm x 2.5cm
Compulab Fit-PC4 Block Diagram (Click for Full Size)

Compulab Fit-PC4 Block Diagram (Click for Full Size)

There are five models for fit-PC4:

  • fit-PC4 Value barebone – A4-1250, no hard drive, no RAM.
  • fit-PC4 Pro barebone – GX-420CA, no hard drive, no RAM.
  • fit-PC4 Pro Linux – GX-450CA, 4GB (2x 2GB) RAM, 320GB 2.5″ internal hard drive, and Linux Mint 64-bit pre-installed
  • fit-PC4 Pro Windows – GX-450CA, 4GB (2x 2GB) RAM, 320GB 2.5″ internal hard drive, and Windows 7 professional pre-installed
  • fit-PC4 Pro SSD – GX-450CA, 8GB (2x 4GB) RAM, 120 GB internal mSATA SSD, and Windows 7 professional pre-installed

fit-PC4 Value will be available until 2016, and fit-PC4 Pro until 2020. You can find a detailed side-by-side comparison on fit-pc website.

I first got interested in AMD G-Series APU, then SoC because they integrated the CPU, GPU and then chipset in one chip just like ARM, but Intel has since done the same with their recent Bay-Trail processors for tablets, mobiles, and desktops, and I haven’t really found any compelling products based on AMD G-Series SoC. The 25W TDP for the model used in fit-PC4 is now relatively high too, at least compared to the competition.

fit-PC4 is available now starting at $299 for the Value-Barebone model and $380 for the Pro-Barebone model. More details should eventually surface on fit-PC4 page.

Via LinuxGizmos

Cydia Impactor Provides an Alternative Method to Root Android Devices via Windows or Mac OS X

August 24th, 2013 7 comments

Cydia Impactor is a GUI tool for working with Android devices from computers running Windows or Mac OS X.  It can be used to reboot the device, enter fastboot mode, access the shell, scan for USB drivers for your device, and a bit more.


But its key feature is to provide root access to many Android devices by exploiting of the Android “Master Key” vulnerability, and if it does not work falling back to a different signature verification bug. There are other tools (e.g. unlockroot, Moborobo,…) or methods to provide root access, but if those do not work or you have troubles installing drivers, Cydia Impactor may be worth a try.

I did try on MK908 and T428 mini PCs in a Windows XP netbook, but for some reasons the software could not detect the USB connection (with USB debug enabled in Android), although Moborobo did. But Benjamin, who tipped me about this application, told me he successfully rooted a Mediatek MTK6577 based phone, as well as a tablet powered by Rockchip RK3066.

If your device firmware has been patched against the two bugs used for the root exploit, you won’t be able to root the device. Currently three device/firmware combinations are known to not be rootable with Cydia Impactor:  Motorola Atrix 4D 4.1.1, Huawei Ascend Mate 4.1, and HTC One 4.2.2.

Categories: Android Tags: Android, how-to, mac, root, windows 7, windows xp

Ostec Wi-Fi Telescopes, Wi-Fi and USB Portable Microscopes for iOS, Android, and PCs

August 20th, 2013 5 comments

Ostec Electro-Optical Science and Technology, is a company headquartered in Shenzhen, China, with a factory based in Guangzhou, that manufactures optical devices such as telescopes, microphones, endoscopes, and scanners that connects to your computer, or tablet via USB or Wi-Fi. Charbax of interviewed the company in April at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair, and uploaded the video (see bottom of post) very recently. Let’s have a closer at some of the products.

KoPa WiFi Telescope (Model TW501)

The first device is TW501 Wi-Fi telescope that comes with a tablet holder, and allows you to visualize the picture directly on your smartphone, tablet, or other Wi-Fi capable device either via specific Apps or via the web browser. It apparently not suited for astronomy, but can be used for bird watching, building surveillance, hiking, and any application where you may need to take close-up pictures or videos.


Wi-Fi Telescope Specifications:

  • Sensor type – 5M 1/2.5″ CMOS
  • Max resolution – 2592 x 1944 (5.0MP)
  • Frame rate – 40fps
  • White balance – Auto white balance, auto gain, auto exposure
  • Focus mode – Manual focus, and auto focus (via Wi-Fi eyepiece). Minimal focus range: 5m
  • Lens diameter – 82mm
  • Magnification: 25X-75X-300X
  • Field of view – (25x) 1.6 °,  (75x) 0.8 °
  • Connectivity –  Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n @ 2.4000 – 2.4835GHz up to 150Mbps
  • USB – Mini USB
  • Temperature range – Operating: -10 ~ 50 ℃, Storage: -20 to 60 ℃
  • Relative Humidity – Operation: 30 ~ 80%, Storage: 10 ~ 60% HR
  • Battery – 2400mA lithium battery

The telescope can be used with a computer running Windows XP/Vista/7/8 (32 & 64 bit) via USB or Wi-Fi, Mac OS X (Wi-Fi only), or a mobile device running IOS 5 or 6 (Wi-Fi only). There’s no word about Android support.

The F.O.B price for TW501 Wi-Fi Telescope is $1400. You can get more information in Chinese on TW501 page. You can also read more about an earlier model TW201, which has a page in English.

KoPa W5 Wi-Fi Microscope and M101 USB Microscope

Ostec also manufacturer USB and Wi-Fi microscopes that act more like a powerful magnifying glass than an actual microscope as you may think of it. However, it’s still useful for the education market, beauty care, checking PCB traces, etc… The company lists 4 models in their site, including on that does look like an actual microscope, but during the interview, the focus was on W5 and M101 portable microscope, respectively with Wi-Fi and USB interfaces, both of which allowing for real-time visualization on iOs and Android devices, as well as Windows or Mac computers.

Kopa W5 (Wi-Fi + USB) and M101 (USB) Microscopes

Kopa W5 (Wi-Fi + USB) and M101 (USB) Microscopes

Apart from Wi-Fi support, both have slightly different specifications, but I’ll only list W5 specifications here:

  • Sensor type – 5.0MP true color 1/4”CMOS,
  • Max. resolution – 2592 x 1944
  • Magnification 32X-130X (Display in 21” Screen)
  • Image format:
  • Focus Mode – Single Automatic focus/Continue Automatic focus
  • White balance – Automatic White Balance/Automatic Exposure
  • Visible Spectrum – 380-650nm (with IR-cut Filter)
  • Connection modes – USB 2.0 Micro Interface, or WI-FI (802.11 b/g/n up to 150Mbps)
  • Illumination – Built in 8 LEDs
  • “Speed Shooting” – 1 second
  • Power supply – Replaceable and rechargeable LR123 lithium battery (3.6V/1500 mAh), 5V USB power supply by PC, or 5V/1.5A power adapter
  • Dimensions – 62mm (diameter) x 54mm (height)
  • Weight – 90g

There’s also a snapshot control API available in native C/C++, C#, and compatible with Direct Show and UVC.

Application Examples:  PCB Quality and Skin Health

Application Examples: PCB Quality and Skin Health

You can use the device with a computer with an Intel Core2 @ 1.6GHz or greater and 2GB RAM or higher, running Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8 (32 & 64 bit), or MAX OS X. The specifications also list iOS 5 and 6, but not Android. However, Android support is clearly mentioned (in bold) in the product page… Up to 5 Wi-Fi devices can share the same microscope simultaneously.

The Wi-Fi model is said to cost 100$ and the USB model 50$. Another Wi-Fi Microscope (HD51) with magnifying level up to 365x sells for 800$. All price ares F.O.B prices.

The video below shows the telescope and microscopes, as well as an A4 document scanner (A99) that can be used to display document and larger screens.

$55 AX-14 DLNA, WiDi & Miracast Dongle Works with Android / iOS Devices, and Windows 7/8 PC

April 10th, 2013 8 comments

Miracast is a new standard allowing you to play videos or mirror your Android device display on a TV via Wi-Fi direct. All you need is a Wi-Fi device that can be connected to the HDMI and USB (for power) ports of your TV, and decode common video codecs. There are not many devices available on the market, but I’ve just found out about AX-14, a Wi-Di and Miracast HDMI adapter that lets you connect your Windows 7 or 8 to your TV via Wi-Di, or your Android / iOS via Miracast. The device also supports DLNA.

AX-01 Miracast Dongle

AX-01 Miracast Dongle

The hardware specs are said to be as follows:

  • Processor – MIPS24Kc processor (RTD1185PA) @ 500MHz
  • System Memory – 256 MB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Storage – 128 MB NAND Flash
  • Video and Audio engine with HW acceleration
  • Video Codecs & Formats – MPEG-1,MPEG-2,MPEG-4 SP/ASP( Xvid), MPEG-4 AVC(H.264), AVS, VP6, Motion JPEG, H.263 , H.264, DivX 3/4/5/6 (license only), WMV9/VC1, RV8,RV9, MOV, FLV, AVI, MinusVR, MKV, VOB …
  • Audio Codecs – MP3, WMA , WMA pro, WAV, MKA, LPCM, ADPCM, AAC, AIF/AIFF, OGG Vorbis, etc..
  • USB – 1x mini USB 2.0 for power
  • WiFi – Realtek WIFI Module supporting 802.11 b/g/n
  • Video Output – HDMI OUT (Full HD Support – 1080p)
  • Standard – Intel Wireless Display ( WiDi 3.0) / Miracast / DLNA
  • Button – Wake-up and Factory default for SW1 / AP Upgrade and WIDI Switch for SW3
  • Misc –  2x LED: green for power on , red for standby.
  • Power – 5V/0.5A. Typical power consumption is 2 watts.
  • Dimensions – 84.2 x 36.4 x 18.7 mm
  • Weight – 35g

The device is running Linux. There are 3 modes of operations selected with a user button:

  • Direct – The connection between your device and the dongle is done with Wi-Fi Direct.
  • Internet – Your device and the dongle are connected via a Wi-Fi router.
  • Mirroring – Mirrors your device display on the TV via Wi-Di or Miracast standards.

In the first 2 cases, you control the videos to be played with Joylink app for Android. This can work with Android 2.1 and greater. For iOS devices you can use iMediashare instead, and install a DLNA compatible app such as Tencent QQLive HD in Windows clients. Mirroring mode requires a Miracast or Wi-Di certified devices, which means you’ll need a device with Android 4.2 to use this mode. Wi-Di mode requires a computer with an Intel Core i3/i5/i5 processor, and graphics and network chipsets supporting Wi-Di 3.5.

AX-14 product name shows up in reseller website, but further research led me to Tekxon Technology, a Taiwanese company, that appears to be the manufacturer of the device and calls it WFD-01. Your can find a lot of information in WFD-01 page including download link to software, user manual, as well as lots of demo videos.

One of the cool videos they have shows WFD-01 Miracast dongle works with Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. They show video playback, and display mirroring including playing a snowboard game apparently with minimal lag.

AX-14 Miracast dongle is available from several shop, but prices vary a lot. From as low as $55 on Aliexpress to about $95 on Geekbuying and some other sites. If Miracast dongles become popular, I’m pretty sure the price will eventually fall below $30 based on the hardware specifications listed above. Please bear in mind that if DLNA seems to for great, the firmware may not currently be perfect with Miracast support, as some users report that it does not work very well with Nexus 4, either because it does not work at all, or the experience is poor:

…the device itself is not the best, I’m afraid. I tried it in Miracast mode with LG Nexus 4, and it works, but the audio is out of sync with the video and the video playback is jerky. Maybe the firmware upgrade could help, but for now I can’t recommend purchasing this device if you want to use it in Miracast mode.

The comment above was made in January, and the seller promised firmware and app update to fix those issues, but I’m not sure of the status now.

If you already have an Android mini PC, I would expect a Miracast “server” app to become available at some points, so this type of device may not be necessary.

$132 Kingdel NC270 Thin Client Powered by Intel Atom N270

October 26th, 2012 23 comments

Reader onebir tipped me about a low cost Intel Atom based PC on Aliexpress with some decent specs. Kingdel NC270 PC is based on Intel Atom N270 processor @ 1.6 Ghz with 2 GB RAM and 8 GB SSD. It is capable of decoding 720p HD video and features lots of ports which could make it a good entry-level digital signage player among other things.

Here are the specs of this nettop.

  • Processor – Intel Atom n270
  • System Memory – 2 GB (in most places, but it’s also written 1GB in one place in the description)
  • Storage – 8GB SSD (16GB and 320GB version is also available)
  • Connectivity:
    • 10/100 Ethernet
    • WiFi (optional?)
  • Serial Ports – female DB-25, compatible SPP, ECP and EPP | male DB-9, compatible FIFO prefix = st1 16C550
  • 2 PS/2 port (mouse, keyboard)
  • USB – 6 USB host 2.0 ports
  • 1x PCI slot
  • Video Output – VGA port | Composite
  • Audio – Speaker output and Microphone input.
  • Power Supply – Input: 100-140V and 200-260V, 45-65Hz; Output: 12V,48W; external 48W AC adapter
  • Dimensions – 21 x 14 x 4 cm

Kingdel NC270 comes pre-installed with Windows XP Embedded and software to use it as a thin client with support for Citrix ICA and Microsoft RDP 6.1. But since this is an x86 platform you could also install other version of Windows (XP/Vista/7) and/or Linux distributions instead.

The device sells for around $132 on Aliexpress including shipping.

AMD Introduces AMD G-T16R G-Series APU with 2.3 Watts Power Consumption

June 26th, 2012 No comments

AMD has unveiled another APU in its Embedded G-Series processor family with the AMD Embedded G-T16R, which aims to provide a more powerful (up to 3x) and less power-hungry (7% less) replacement to AMD Geode LX processors. The AMD G-T16R is targeted at very low power, small form factor and cost-sensitive embedded designs. The company claims the processor consumes about 2.3 watts on average or 4.5 watts thermal design power (TDP).

Advantech CPU Module Based on AMD G-T16R APU

This new AMD embedded processor targets industrial control, point-of-sale, medical appliance and transportation markets.  As with the other G-Series platforms, the G-T16R can fit into small form factor boards by implementing a two-chip platform: APU + controller hub.

AMD G-T16R is clocked at 615MHz, features a Radeon HD 6250 GPU and supports 1920×1200 resolution via VGA, single link DVI and DisplayPort 1.1a video outputs. It can also output 1080p via HDMI and LVDS.

The APU supports Windows Embedded Compact 7, Green Hills INTEGRITY and Express Logic ThreadX operating systems according to the press release. It also support Windows XP/7 and Linux since they measured the power consumption on “Inagua” development board running Windows 7 Ultimate and performance on IBASE MI958 board (with G-T16R APU) running Ubuntu 11.04.

AMD also introduced several customers boards and modules that are already designed around AMD G-T16R APU:

  • Advantech PCM-3356 PC/104 CPU module
  • Aewin PM-6161 PC/104 board
  • Arbor EmETX-a55E0 ETX CPU module
  • aValue ECM-A50M 3.5” embedded motherboard
  • Axiomtek CM100 COM Express module
  • MEN Mikro Elektronik SC24 computer-on-module.

In addition, AMD announced the availability extension of the entire AMD Embedded G-Series processor family through 2017 both existing and new designs.

You may be able to find further details on AMD G-Series APU page.

Collabora and Fluendo Release GStreamer SDK 2012.5 Amazon

June 14th, 2012 No comments

Last week, Collabora and Fluendo jointly announced the release of an open source software development kit (SDK ) for GStreamer multimedia framework.

The SDK aims at easing the integration of Gstreamer  into projects and provides a pre-built version of the framework which is available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.

GStreamer is used in many Linux applications such as media players (Rhythmbox, Banshee and Amarok),  video editors (PitiVi), and media centers such as XBMC among other applications. It’s also often the framework used to play videos on ARM platforms with implementations for OMAP 4/5 and devices compliant with the OpenMAX standard.

Gstreamer website has also been updated and provides links to download GStreamer SDK and documentation on the home page.

The new documentation looks pretty good with fives main sections:

GStreamer developers also announced that future releases of the SDK will support Android, iOS and possibly other platforms.

Via: H-Online