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9 Feb 2013

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Meet Powah designed and build a little power on/off toggle with an indicator LED. He writes: [via]

It is designed to mount on one end of my breadboard, so as to reduce the wear and tear caused by excessive insertions of power bus leads. The board is approx 1 cm^2.

Power toggle switch with an indicator LED - [Link]

5 Feb 2013

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A smaller version of the Raspberry Pi computer built in the UK is driving the cost to under $25. [via]

element14 has announced the launch of the new credit card sized Raspberry Pi Model A board in Europe, selling at under $25. It uses the same 700MHz ARM1176 Broadcom BCM2835 processor but only 256MB of RAM is included as standard, there is no Ethernet connection and only one USB port, but it does use considerably less energy for battery-powered applications.

Smaller Raspberry Pi costs under $25 - [Link]

26 Jan 2013

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APC 8750 is a mini PC runs a custom Android system, built for keyboard and mouse input. A basic selection of applications is preinstalled. Also included is a full set of consumer I/O ports, enabling APC to connect to your PC monitor or TV.

Powered by a VIA WonderMedia ARM processor, Android PC system (APC) integrates memory, storage, and a full set of consumer I/O features in a small footprint Neo-ITX motherboard. The system also features a custom build of Android that has been optimized for keyboard and mouse input, and comes with a browser and a selection of preinstalled apps.

  • Optimized Android OS
  • HD TV support
  • Hardware acceleration of the most demanding video formats
  • VIA WonderMedia ARM 11 SoC
  • 2 GB NAND Flash Memory
  • 512 MB DDR3 SDRAM Memory
  • VGA and HMDI display ports
  • Four USB 2.0 ports
  • One microSD slot
  • One 10/100 Ethernet port
  • Audio-out/ Mic-in
  • 9 VDC power socket (2.5 mm, centre pin positive)
  • Neo-ITX form factor (170 x 85 mm)

Internet PC for €52 - [Link]

16 Dec 2012

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Building my Own Laptop @ bunnie’s blog – [via]

We are building an open laptop, with some wacky features in it for hackers like me.

This is a lengthy project. Fortunately, ARM CPUs are getting fast enough, and Moore’s Law is slowing down, so that even if it took a year or so to complete, I won’t be left with a woefully useless design. Today’s state of the art ARM CPUs — quad-core with GHz+ performance levels — is good enough for most day-to-day code development, email checking, browsing etc.

We started the design in June, and last week I got my first prototype motherboards, hot off the SMT line. It’s booting linux, and I’m currently grinding through the validation of all the sub-components. I thought I’d share the design progress with my readers.

Of course, a feature of a build-it-yourself laptop is that all the design documentation is open, so others of sufficient skill and resources can also build it. The hardware and its sub-components are picked so as to make this the most practically open hardware laptop I could create using state of the art technology. You can download, without NDA, the datasheets for all the components, and key peripheral options are available so it’s possible to build a complete firmware from source with no opaque blobs.

Bunnie is building an open-source hardware Linux laptop - [Link]


5 Nov 2012

The newest issue of SOSnews SOSnews 2/2012 is already in electronic form on our website. Please take a look.

Previous issue: SOSnews 1/2012

You can read in the newest issue of SOSnews:

SPECTRUM

  • Get more in our new loyalty program PREMIUM
  • Learn more about components practically during Pizza workshops

TOP BRAND

  • Custom-fit coat – enclosures HAMMOND 1553 will fit into hand
  • Quectel M95 will provide you SMS, voice, data and a simple usage

ASSORTMENT

  • SMT measuring tweezers again in stock
  • Save energy and production costs with Myrra 47000 switch-mode
  • High quality for even better price
  • LT3799 – create a LED driver with an active PFC
  • Lantronix xPico – ethernet in the chip-sized module
  • Bolymin BEGV have a sufficient power to control your applications
  • Wago 233 – connected by one click!
  • Top quality solar panels with a 25-years performance guarantee

New issue of SOSnews on web - [Link]

22 Oct 2012

Cubieboard is aLinux computer-on-a-board type device. It features a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU, with 1GB of DDR3 RAM, and the Mali400 OpenGL ES GPU with HDMI output priced at $49

Specifications:

  • 1G ARM cortex-A8 processor, NEON, VFPv3, 256KB L2 cache
  • Mali400, OpenGL ES GPU
  • 512M/1GB DDR3 @480MHz
  • HDMI 1080p Output
  • 10/100M Ethernet
  • 4Gb Nand Flash
  • 2 USB Host, 1 micro SD slot, 1 SATA, 1 ir
  • 96 extend pin including I2C, SPI, RGB/LVDS, CSI/TS, FM-IN, ADC, CVBS, VGA, SPDIF-OUT, R-TP..
  • Running Android, Ubuntu and other Linux distributions

Cubieboard: Another Linux computer on a board - [Link]

8 Oct 2012

drcurzon writes:

This version is much more secure and could easily be used across the internet with very few security concerns. A brief outline:

  • A server program that runs on the Raspberry Pi to read variables
  • A MySQL database to store the variables in
  • An Apache2 served webpage to allow control of the variables

Web Control of Raspberry Pi GPIO - [Link]

7 Oct 2012

lightnin9 writes:

Now everybody knows it’s way smarter to just pay someone to host your website. But what not everybody knows is that it’s way more punk rock to Do it Yourself. So what follows are some tips / pointers / instructions for setting up your own home webserver (which will burn a scant 2 watts) using all free, open source software, a Raspberry Pi, and your home internet connection.

The emphasis here is on lightweight, which fits well with the Raspberry Pi. Sure, you can setup a blog with wordpress or Django, and they will run (I’ve tried it, at least with Django). But they probably will run rather slowly. Why? The rPi doesn’t have a lot of memory or processing power, and a database / front end model requires a decent amount of that. If your site / blog ever gets much traffic, it’ll likely buckle under the load. The answer? Just serve up plain old static HTML pages. It’s fast, secure, simple, and easy on the rPi’s limited resources. But rather than painstakingly handcodeing each new blog entry, you can use a static html generator like Pelican to make it easy

Host your own blog from a $25 Raspberry Pi computer - [Link]

6 Oct 2012

drcurzon writes:

This is my first Instructable so all criticisms and comments are welcome. This will show you how to set up a simple wired web server on your Raspberry Pi, with PHP and MySql.

The Raspberry Pi is a good choice for a webserver that will not recieve too much traffic, such as a testing server, or small intranet, as it doesn;t get too hot (so is nice and quiet), and only uses around 5 Watts of power (costing £3.50 a year where I am if it’s running 24/7)

Raspberry Pi Web Server - [Link]

15 Sep 2012

The steps to make a Raspberry Pi supercomputer!

Raspberry Pi Supercomputer - [Link]



 
 
 

 

 

 

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