element14 is proud to offer an advanced “first look” at the next-generation BeagleBone – one of the most popular open source hardware platforms developed. The new BeagleBone boasts even more memory and higher performance than previous generations.
Availability is slated for the April timeframe, but students and hobbyists can register thier interest in receiving a BeagleBone now on the element14 engineering community. Plus, leading up to the official launch, open hardware enthusiasts and BeagleBone fans are invited to join element14’s Open Source Group to share ideas, exchange code, read reviews of the device, and sign up for the free Engineering 101 webinar series produced by the top experts in the electronics industry.
element14 offers sneak preview of next-gen BeagleBone - [Link]
Common methods of reverse-voltage protection employ diodes to prevent damage to a circuit. In this article alternative methods of using relays are discussed. This way achieve zero voltage drop on the circuit and effectively protect the system.
Simple reverse-polarity-protection circuit has no voltage drop - [Link]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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:
- Get more in our new loyalty program PREMIUM
- Learn more about components practically during Pizza workshops
- Custom-fit coat – enclosures HAMMOND 1553 will fit into hand
- Quectel M95 will provide you SMS, voice, data and a simple usage
- 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]
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
- 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]
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]
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]