(Taipei, Taiwan – August 14, 2018) – AAEON, an industry-leading developer of embedded computers, proudly launches the EPIC-KBS9, the world’s only 4” SBC built to accommodate 65W Intel® Core™ i socket-type processors. Fitted with these incredibly powerful CPUs, the board is ideal for data encryption, video streaming, and advanced machine vision applications.
The EPIC-KBS9’s high-powered specifications don’t end with its CPU capabilities – everything on this board has been designed for accelerated computing. Two SODIMM sockets enable a 32G dual-channel memory platform, and thanks to its PCIe [x4] slot, the board also supports NVMe SSDs for significantly faster boot times and response rates.
As a solution for LAN applications, the EPIC-KBS9 is fitted with four GbE LAN ports. It also features two USB3.0 ports, two USB2.0 internal connectors, an HDMI port, and two COM connectors, so it can easily handle multiple peripherals. The motherboard can be expanded through its PCIe [x4] slot and an additional full mSATA/Mini-PCIe slot.
The EPIC-KBS9 completes AAEON’s range of EPIC SBCs. Featuring Intel Core i socket-type processors, the series offers a level of computing performance usually only seen with Mini-ITX products,” said Alicia Wang, AAEON embedded computing division product manager. “The EPIC-KBS9 is the most powerful of these boards, and it produces computing speeds that simply can’t be matched by any other 4” SBC.
SinoVoIP is going to launch their inexpensive Raspberry Pi Zero compatible, Allwinner H2+ powered board Banana Pi-P2 Zero. This is going to be the successor to Banana Pi M2 Zero. The new Banana Pi-P2 Zero combines support for PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) as well as a CSI camera interface.
The Banana Pi BPI-P2 Zero is almost identical to last year’s $21 Banana Pi BPI-M2 Zero with a few significant enhancements. The board attaches 8GB eMMC storage, as well as a 10/100 Ethernet port with Power-over-Ethernet support available via an optional PoE module. The new board doubles the weight to 30 grams and extends the smaller dimension by 22.5mm giving it a 65 x 52.5mm footprint.
Other features are almost the same as the M2 Zero, which itself is an emulation of a Raspberry Pi Zero W. The P2 Zero board can run Linux and Android on a 1.2GHz, quad -A7 Allwinner H2+, which is like an Allwinner H3, but with HD instead of 4K video support. The SoC integrates a Mali400 MP2 GPU.
The Banana Pi BPI-P2 Zero comes with 512MB DDR3, a microSD card slot, and a WiFi/Bluetooth module. Other features include MIPI-CSI, 40-pin RPi expansion, a mini-HDMI port, a USB 2.0 host port, and a power-only micro-USB OTG port.
Banana Pi BPI-P2 Zero specifications:
SoC: Allwinner H2+ quad-core Arm Cortex A7 processor with Mali-400MP GPU.
512MB DDR3 SDRAM.
8GB eMMC flash
Micro SD card slot
Video Output: mini HDMI port
10/100M Ethernet with PoE support
WiFi & Bluetooth via AP6212 module
The camera I/F: CSI camera interface
USB: 1x USB OTG port
40-pin GPIO header with UART, SPI, I2C, etc…
3-pin UART header for serial console access
5V/2A via micro USB port
Dimensions: 65 x 52.5mm
Supported OS: Linux, Android
No pricing or availability information was provided for the Banana Pi BPI-P2. More information may be found on SinoVoip’s Banana Pi BPI-P2 Zero wiki page.
Sapphire Technology, a Hong Kong-based technology company, has launched a 147.3 x 139.7mm Mini-STX (almost 5×5-inch) form factor SBC that runs Ubuntu 16.04 or Windows. It is powered by AMD’s new Ryzen Embedded V1000 SoC. AMD’s Ryzen V1000 is highly competitive on CPU performance with the latest Intel Core chips, and the Radeon Vega graphics with it, are superior enough for enabling four 4K displays to run at once.
The only other Ryzen V1000 based SBC, 120 x 120mm is Udoo Bolt, which ships to Kickstarter backers in December. Sapphire’s commercial board FS-FP5V is available for sale now with shipments beginning later this month.
The FS-FP5V base model starts at $325, equipped with the dual-core, quad-thread V1202B version of the Ryzen V1000 with lower-end Vega 3 graphics. The three models with the quad-core, octa-threaded versions of the SoC go for $340, $390, and $450, with increasing clock speeds and graphics ranging from Vega 8 to 11.
Pricing, which does not include RAM or storage, seems to be a bit higher than the Udoo Bolt. The Bolt also adds an Atmega32U4 MCU for Arduino and Grove compatibility but is limited to the two lower-end V1000 SoC models. The FS-FP5V, which has up to 4x DisplayPorts, is more directly aimed at digital signage and other media-centric applications including electronic gaming, medical imaging, thin clients, and POS terminals.
This is Sapphire’s first Mini-STX SBC. Its other AMD-based motherboards include AMD R-Series based Mini-ITX boards and some 4×4-inch eNUC form factor boards such as the G-Series based LX 210. A Sapphire representative says his company can make custom boards based on the Ryzen V1000. They also show a Kubb enclosure for the FS-FP5V from Bleujour, as well as an upcoming 2×2 digital signage display wall from Seneca Data that taps the FS-FP5V to generate 4x 4K displays.
The FS-FP5V is available now starting at $325, with shipments starting later this month. More information may be found on Sapphire’s FS-FP5V product page.
Google has come up with its Edge TPU machine learning chip announcement by also revealing a USB Type-C based device that can be plugged into any Linux or Android Things computer, including a Raspberry Pi. The company announced a USB stick computer version of Edge TPU that can work with any Linux or Android Things computer. It also published more details on the upcoming, NXP-based Edge TPU development kit, including its SoC NXP i.MX8M.
The Edge TPU Accelerator uses the same mini-scaled Edge TPU neural network coprocessor that is built into the upcoming dev kit. It has a USB Type-C port to connect with any Debian Linux or Android Things computer to accelerate machine learning (ML) inferencing for local edge analytics. The 65 x 30mm device has mounting holes for host boards such as a Raspberry Pi Zero.
Same as the Edge TPU development kit, the Edge TPU Accelerator enables the processing of machine learning (ML) inference data directly on-device. This local ML accelerator increases privacy, removes the need for persistent connections, reduces latency, and allows for high performance using less power.
The Edge TPU Accelerator starts competing with products like Intel’s Neural Compute Stick, previously referred to as the Fathom. The USB-equipped Neural Compute Stick is equipped with the Movidius Myriad 2 VPU and neural network accelerator.
The Edge TPU dev kit details
The Edge TPU Accelerator is going to ship in October this year along with the Edge TPU chip and development kit. It was informed that the computer-on-module that features the Edge TPU will run either Debian Linux or Android Things on NXP’s i.MX8M. The 1.5GHz, Cortex-A53 based i.MX8M integrates a Vivante GC7000Lite GPU and VPU, as well as a 266MHz Cortex-M4 MCU.
The yet unnamed, 48 x 40mm module will ship with 1GB LPDDR4, 8GB eMMC, dual-band WiFi-ac, and Bluetooth 4.1. The baseboard of the dev kit will add a microSD slot, as well as single USB Type-C OTG, Type-C power (5V input), USB 3.0 host, and micro-USB serial console ports.
The Edge TPU development kit baseboard is further provided with GbE and HDMI 2.0a ports, as well as a 39-pin FPC connector for 4-lane MIPI-DSI and a 24-pin FPC for 4-lane MIPI-CSI2. There’s also a 40-pin expansion connector, but with no claims for Raspberry Pi compatibility. The 85 x 56mm board also provides an audio jack, a digital mic, and a 4-pin terminal for stereo speakers.
Singapore-based startup Kobol has successfully launched its open-spec “Helios4” NAS (network-attached storage) SBC and fanned system. In May 2017, Kobol tried to launch the open-spec Helios4 SBC and fan-equipped system for NAS on Kickstarter. Though a total of 337 backers helped to raise $74K for the Helios4, Kobol fell short of its $110K funding goal.
The Helios4 NAS SBC runs Debian on a Marvell Armada 388, a dual Cortex-A9, 1.6GHz SoC with cryptographic and XOR DMA engines with 2GB ECC RAM and offers 1x GbE, 2x USB 3.0, and 4x SATA 3.0 ports for up to 48TB. Kobol no longer offers the low “early bird prices” of the Kickstarter campaign, but pricing is otherwise the same as the standard 2GB RAM packages. The 1GB packages are discontinued. The Helios4 Basic Kit (SBC only) is available at $176.12 and a Full Kit with SBC, fans, and 4x SATA is available at $194.46. Both of the kits ship with 2GB of DDR3L ECC RAM.
The Armada 388 SoC and 2GB of error-correcting DDR3L are made available via a SolidRun MicroSoM A388. This Linux-ready module was first announced as the 38x-MicroSoM and is also referred to by Kobol as the A38x MicroSoM. Kobol’s new SBC sports with 4x SATA 3.0 ports, 4x SATA cables and 2x Molex interfaces “to dual SATA power cable”. The clever design lets the user connect up to 48TB storage. Also, Helios4 features 2x USB3.0 port and a full duplex GbE port. A microSD slot and a mini-USB-to-serial port for the console are too present. Other features incorporate I2C, GPIO, control panel, and PWM fan headers. A DC jack connects to 12V/8A adapter, and there are HDD power connectors and a reset button.
The company is now running its own funding campaign to manufacture a second 500-unit batch. So far, the Full Kit is half funded while the Basic Kit has drawn little interest. Kobol says that it will refund the money if the campaign doesn’t reach its 500-unit goal by Aug. 5. Shipments are due in October. The Helios4 SBC Basic Kit and Full Kit system are available for crowdfunding on Kobol’s website for $176.12 and $194.46, respectively. More information may be found on Kobol’s relaunch announcement, as well as the Basic Kit and Full Kit crowdfunding/shopping pages. There’s also a Helios4 wiki.
The Rasberry Pi 3 and other boards like the Asus Tinker Board are Single Board Computers (SBCs) that gives the user the full power of a computer without the need of any external parts. SBC offers a ready-to-use embedded development platform and helps to accelerate the time to market for a new product with mitigating risks. The Raspberry Compute Module 3, on the other hand, is a Computer on Module/System on Module that usually designed to be used in an embedded product.
Unlike SBCs that usually comes with fixed computing, resources, memory, peripherals, and I/O sections, CoM/SoM gives engineers and developers the full ability to customize their board as per the needs of the application. You can decide on what you want, the GPIO ports you need to extend out, or even the memory options. Another significant use of SoM is they are usually future proof, unlike SBCs.
So what if we don’t have to choose between both worlds, get the smooth deployment of the SBCs plus the customisation of the SoM without necessarily having to purchase 2 different boards. The Khadas Edge is an upcoming product that is going to make this realization possible.
The Khadas Edge board is a board that attempts to combine both worlds. A single standalone board and system on module powered by the Rockchip RK3399 SoC. It combines a USB receptacle and HDMI output as well as 314-pin MXM3 edge connector to connect to a Khadas Captain baseboard or any other custom compatible baseboard.
The Khadas Edge will be a different step from their usual Amlogic based SBC as found on the Khadas Vim and Khadas Vim2 SBC. It is powered by a hexa-core Rockchip RK3399 SoC carrying Big Cluster CPU; a Dual-core Cortex-A72 running at up to 1.8GHz, and a Little Cluster CPU; a quad-core Cortex-A53 running at up to 1.5GHz with a Mali T864 GPU.
The Khadas Edge is expected to come in three variants; the Basic, the Pro, and the Max. The Khadas Edge can plug into the Khadas Captain baseboard to act as a full standalone SBC.
Other features — 3x buttons; 2x LEDs; heatsink (TBC); optional Edge IO and Khadas Captain boards
Power — 5-20V DC input via USB Type-C, Pogo Pads, MXM3; 2-cell battery module
Weight — 25 gm
Dimensions — 82.0 x 57.5 x 5.7mm
Operating system — Android Oreo, Ubuntu 18.04, Debian 9.0, etc. with mainline Linux and U-Boot; support for TensorFlow and Android NN (Neural Networks API)
The board should ship with two Wi-Fi antennas and a heatsink. Operating systems support includes Android Oreo, Ubuntu 18.04, and Debian 9.0 with mainline Linux, as well as AI features such as TensorFlow, Android NN (Neural Networks API).
The Khadas Edge and Khadas Captain are expected to launch in a crowdfunding campaign in August, and more information should be available on the product page by then.
Shanghai Naxing Electronics (NXElec) has now entered to the NXP world with its miniature version of the new “Innostick 6”SBC. The 80 x 42mm footprint board features the low-power, i.MX6 ULL, a variation on the i.MX6 UltraLite (UL) that offers a single Cortex-A7 core which is clocked at 900MHz. Other i.MX6 ULL SBCs include MYIR’s 70 x 55mm MYS-6ULX and PolyVection’s open source VoltaStream Zero, an audio streaming SBC that features a similar footprint.
The system is equipped with a variation of Yocto Project “Morty” based Linux stacks, one with X11 and one with Qtopia. Debian Stretch is also supported by this board. There is no evidence that this is an open source board. However, there’s a wiki on elinux.org and the company has a section in the forums at the PhpBB community site.
The Innostick 6 ships with 512MB DDR3L RAM and either 16GB or 32GB eMMC storage. There’s no Ethernet port available, but WiFi and Bluetooth are present. The only coastline ports are the USB 2.0 host and micro-USB OTG ports. The SBC is further equipped with a resistive touch-enabled LCD interface and a CSI Parallel camera interface. There are also 16- and 50-pin GPIO headers.
Specifications listed for the Innostick 6 include:
Processor: NXP i.MX6 ULL; 1x Cortex-A7 @ 900MHz
Memory & storage: 512MB DDR3L; 16GB or 32GB eMMC
Wireless: 802.11b/g/n with Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6212 module)
Display & camera:
24-bit RGB LCD interface with 4-wire resistive touch support
Flipper is a unique embedded development platform that enables makers to create their own applications using whatever language they want and interestingly open-source with a growing community. Flipper completely rethinks the traditional embedded programming model, you can either build with the flipper board or interact flipper with other awesome hardware.
Flipper can be thought of as a hardware that acts like a software library, so all you just have to do now is call the library in your existing language project. According to Flipper’s designer George Morgan,
“I wanted to create an embedded development platform that could be used from any language, on any platform, and from the tools familiar to the user of the platform.”
The Flipper: Carbon board is powered by an Atmel ATSAM4S16B Arm Cortex-M4 SoC, which featured 1MB of Flash Memory, 128KB of SRAM and it allows up to 8Mb of external Flash storage. Just like every other board, it provides support for up to 32 GPIO, I2C, SPI, USART, ADC and a 8-bit DAC. It comes with one ATMega32U2 that handles the code uploading from USB to the main MCU.
The board is not totally 5V tolerant, most of the pins are only 3.3v compatible and any 5V passed through those might likely damage the board.
Flipper development board is designed to interact with a host device like a PC, a powerful SBC (Single Board Computer), and others. This strategy allows most of the heavy work to be done on the host device and then passed off to the embedded system. The Flipper board can be controlled in three main ways:
Programmed directly like the way we have seen on Arduino and the code runs directly on the hardware.
Programmed indirectly from a Host device, where the code runs on a PC for example and the information are sent in real time to the board.
Combining both options; in this case, some codes run directly on the board while others on the host.
The possibility of programming with several languages is possible due to the Flipper API. The MCUs on the board come pre-installed with a custom real-time operating system called Osmium that enables the device to talk to a variety of higher-level libraries written in a variety of programming languages. These libraries contain API that can control the device’s hardware peripherals. For example, if you’re writing an iOS or macOS app, you can simply drag and drop the .framework into your Xcode project and get started.
Flipper is still under development and already has bindings for the following languages:
Flipper is special because it lets anyone control devices in the real world from applications written in any programming language, on any platform, with absolutely zero headache. Developers simply drag and drop our software library into their applications and start hacking. Everything works right out of the box using tools the developer is already familiar with. There is no need to learn how to use a new IDE, no need to learn a new programming language, and no need to focus on what doesn’t matter.
The Flipper board is available for purchase on tinder at a price of $49.49. More information about the Flipper platform is available on their Github page and the team behind the flipper is also looking for more contributions.
So irrespective of what hardware you want to build, the chances of building it with any language of your choice is now possible with the Flipper platform.
(Taipei, Taiwan – July 10, 2018) – AAEON, a global leader in industrial computing, releases the EPIC-KBS8, a powerful and expandable embedded controller purpose-built for retail and fintech applications.
The EPIC-KBS8 features a 6th/7th Generation Intel® Core™ i socket-type processor and up to 16GB DDR4 SODIMM memory. With other manufacturers only offering this level of computing power on larger, Mini-ITX boards, the EPIC-KBS8 represents a clear upgrade on competing products.
Modern retail solutions might include a camera, barcode scanner, cash register, scale, and even a fingerprint detector. To accommodate all these peripherals – and possible future technologies – the EPIC-KBS8 has two USB3.0 ports, up to ten internal USB2.0 connectors, and six COM connectors. The board also features possible dual LVDS support and the option of an eDP connection.
With its pair of LAN ports, the EPIC-KBS8 is also already being used as a powerful wireless Internet station, and its 0oC~60oC operating temperature range means it can be reliably used in the field. SATA, mSATA, and MiniCard slots provide multiple expansion slots, and the board’s CPU socket enables users to quickly and easily upgrade their processor whenever they want.
“Putting fast, socket-type processors on an EPIC board will give our customers a huge advantage,” said Alicia Wang, AAEON embedded computing division product manager. “Not only does the EPIC form factor’s smaller size make it cheaper to produce, but 4” boards can also be used in systems that Mini-ITX SBCs are just too bulky for.”
Libre Computer announced their new ROC-RK3399 Renegade Elitesingle board computer that can run Android Oreo or mainstream Linux 4.19+. The SBC features GbE (Gigabit Ethernet) with PoE, HDMI 2.0, 2x USB Type-C with DP, 3x USB 2.0, and dual 60-pin headers. It is accompanied by a 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and eMMC 5.x interface for storage.
ROC-RK3399 Renegade Elite is built around the high-end Rockchip RK3399 SoC. The SoC features 2x Cortex-A72 cores, which are typically clocked up to 2.0GHz, as well as 4x -A53 cores and a Mali-T860 GPU. This SBC is larger than the Raspberry Pi but is smaller than the more feature-rich Firefly-RK3399. The Renegade Elite is equipped with dual USB 3.0 Type-C ports that support DisplayPort as well as USB functions, and one of them is designed as a power input for the 12V SBC. Three USB 2.0 ports are also available along with an HDMI 2.0 port, an eDP interface, and a mix of MIPI-DSI and CSI interfaces.
Unfortunately, the Renegade Elite lacks discrete audio interfaces unlike many other SBCS, so it’s impossible to utilize the SoC’s exceptional audio features. Though it’s safe to assume that the HDMI 2.0 supports audio. The 60-pin high-speed PCIe and 60-pin low-speed connectors may include audio among many other interfaces.