Beagle Bone v1.0 -[via]
New from the fine people who have brought us the Beagle Board, we now have a smaller, lighter, but powerful single board linux computer, Beagle Bone! We like this move to a more compact and integrated SBC. For example, there is onboard Ethernet and USB host, as well as a USB client interface (a FTDI chip for shell access). It even comes preloaded with Angstrom Linux on the 2GB microSD card, all you need is a 5V adapter and a mini-B cable and you’re ready to rock!
Beagle Bone v1.0 - [Link]
Daniel tipped us off to a new consumer device in the works called the NeTV. It’s being branded as an inline device to allow the transformation of dumb HD TVs into smart ones. You can check out the consumer features on the “What is” wiki. Since it is coming from chumby industries it looks like it will have good support for developers and hackers.
NeTV is a robust, wifi-enabled embedded linux computer that can connect to HD video sources and sinks. It has very strong potential applications in education, digital signage, smart energy, and low-cost computing.
NeTV - [Link]
At Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) 2011 in San Jose, CA, Microchip Technology Inc announced its next-generation, open-source integrated development environment — the MPLAB® X IDE — with cross-platform support for Linux, Mac OS® and Windows® operating systems. MPLAB X (beta 6) was successfully demonstrated to Elektor and Circuit Cellar editors Jan Buiting and CJ Abate respectively. [via]
Linux and MacOS users please welcome: MPLAB X IDE – [Link]
Hacking the Rigol DS1052E Oscilloscope with Linux, hardwarehank writes – [via]
I was in the market for an oscilloscope, but I didn’t want to spend much. I found out about Rigol and their line of $300-400 scopes, and was getting ready to buy one. Then I found a post on how to make your DS1052E, which costs about $400 into a DS1102E, which costs about $700 with a simple firmware modification! I bought the scope right after, and I received it in the mail today. It’s pretty nice by default, but doubling the bandwidth is always a plus.
The DS1052E has a 50Mhz maximum frequency, but it has exactly the same hardware (as far as the reverse-engineering folks can tell) as the DS1102E, which has a 100Mhz maximum. This guide will show you how to make the switch very easily using Linux. You can do it in Windows too, but it’s a bit more involved, and Linux makes it really really easy.
Hacking the Rigol DS1052E Oscilloscope with Linux - [Link]
This project is a meter that measures your Internet connection bandwidth using an antique gauge. It is based on an old voltmeter and on Arduino board. A perl script is getting the information from a Linux router and send it to Arduino via serial connection emulated by FTDI chip. The Arduino convert it into a pulse width. To drive it full scale it needs about 10V and 150mA and that too much fro Arduino to handle, so it uses a switching amplifier made from transistors.
TorrentMeter – A steampunk bandwidth meter – [Link]
TeenyChron project is a clock that pulls time from a NTP server and uses a Garmin GPS module, a TS-7400 single board and two displays to display both UTC and local time. The heart of the system is a single board computer based upon an ARM processor running Linux. This project is well documented and you can find more information on the link below. [via]
TeenyChron: A Linux-based GPS-synched NTP server – [Link]
Matt from Antipasto Hardware introduces a 100% open source hardware and software Graphing Calculator based on Beagleboard embedded Linux hardware. This module is able to run R programming language. The motivation behind this project is to build a graphic calculator that is different from existing calculators, can run Linux and R code, can be programmed in C and Perl, has a Wifi connection and run on a web browser. Check project details on the link below. [via]
Open Source HW/SW Graphing Calculator - [Link]
Now that we listen to MP3s, and watch XVIDs or x264s, a computer is the entertainment center in at least one room of most homes. Unless you have a special HTPC, though, you’re probably stuck using the keyboard to pause, change the volume, and fast-forward through annoying Mythbusters recaps. PC remote control receivers range from ancient serial port designs (who has one?) to USB devices not supported by popular software. In this how-to we design a USB infrared receiver that imitates a common protocol supported by software for Windows, Linux, and Mac. We’ve got a full guide to the protocol plus schematics and a parts list. [via]
Make a USB remote control receiver - [Link]
This is small blinking LED demo application for LPC2103 Olimex board. Project compilation was made under Linux by using GCC tools and debugged openOCD debugging software.
Benedikt Sauter describes the process of building project with arm-elf-gcc and debugging with openOCD via JTAG interface. Follow these steps and you will make your first ARM7 project under Linux. Necessary project files can be downloaded here. [via]
Blinking LED with LPC2103 under Linux - [Link]
Fit-PC is the brainchild of the Israeli company CompuLab, a manufacturer of embedded, low power systems. In fact, if you check out CompuLab’s web site, you’ll find the ENC-iGLX, which is essentially the fit-PC without the operating system.
Although the fit-PC web site mentions that it’s shipped with Gentoo Linux, the system arrived on our doorstep with Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (7.04) installed. You can also download Windows XP drivers from the fit-PC web site, but you’ll need to install Windows yourself.
The fit-PC offers two USB 2.0 ports, dual fast Ethernet (10/100) ports, a VGA connector, audio jacks, and an RJ-11 jack. The RJ-11 jack isn’t a modem, but subs in as a dumbed-down RS-232 port. Two audio jacks are also built in.
Fit PC – A Tiny Linux PC that Fits Anywhere - [Link]