DIY pushes open hardware from kindergarten to Kickstarter

Resurgence of the Do It Yourself (DIY) community has driven a range of open networking platforms, giving aspiring technologists cheap and easy access to embedded development. Outside of hobbyist toys and educational devices, however, “hacker” boards are increasing performance and I/O flexibility, and have become viable options for professional product development.

The “maker” movements of the past few years quickly gained traction in the education and hobbyist markets, as organizations began producing open hardware boards with a “less-is-more” architecture at a price to match. DIY boards like the Arduino, BeagleBoard, and Raspberry Pi provide “known state” programming platforms that allow easy exploring for novice developers, and enough flexibility for advanced hackers to create some pretty remarkable things – which they have solutions.

Now, Kickstarter projects like Ninja Blocks are shipping Internet of Things (IoT) devices based on the BeagleBone (see this article’s lead-in photo), and startup GEEKROO is developing a Mini-ITX carrier board that will turn the Raspberry Pi into the equivalent of a PC. Outside of the low barrier to market entry presented by these low-cost development platforms, maker boards are being implemented in commercial products because their wide I/O expansion capabilities make them applicable for virtually any application, from robotics and industrial control to automotive and home automationsystems. As organizations keep enhancing these board architectures, and more hardware vendors enter the DIY market, the viability of maker platforms for professional product development will continue to increase.

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http://embedded-computing.com/articles/diy-pushes-open-hardware-kindergarten-kickstarter/

Series adoption for In-vehicle application

Various car makers have already started with first series projects implementing this latest MOST Technology. In-Vehicle computers enables the use of a higher bandwidth of 150 Mbps, an isochronous transport mechanism to support extensive video applications, and an embedded Ethernet channel for efficient transport of IP-based packet data. It succeeds in providing significant speed enhancements and breakthroughs while keeping costs down. The MOST Cooperation – the organization through which the leading automotive multimedia network Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) is standardized – proudly announces that the newest Specification Rev. 3.0 is on its way to production. In-Vehicle computers  and the new Intelligent Network Interface Controller (INIC) architecture complies with Specification Rev. 3.0 and expands the audio/video capability for next generation automotive infotainment devices such as Head Units, Rear Seat Entertainment, Amplifiers, TV-Tuners and Video Displays.

refer to: http://embedded-computing.com/news/most150-series-adoption/

BrowsingBench and its effectiveness of embedded computer market

While BrowsingBench and DPIBench are embedded computer  system-level benchmarks, they are implicitly testing the underlying multicore hardware (as well as software stacks). Take BrowsingBench as an example. The primary function of this embedded computer  is to perform html page loads on a client device (i.e., smartphone, tablet). The page-load operation involves a series of steps that includes serial functions (i.e., enter or click URL, fetch initial HTML, parse the HTML, and determine the workload) and parallel functions that could take advantage of a multicore device (i.e., parsing, Javascript, image decoding, page rendering after all elements have been assembled, and animation). Inherently, if the client device’s browser and operating system are designed appropriately, we will see significant performance improvements on these parallel functions.

How are these technical problems best solved, by industry and the EEMBC?

refer to: http://embedded-computing.com/articles/moving-qa-markus-levy-founder-president-eembc/

 

Qseven scalability QUICK CHECK

The ability to transition between x86 and ARM embedded computer processors is critical for low-volume medical applications because a single carrier board – often the most costly component of a COM architecture – can suit the needs of both graphics-intensive systems and platforms that require more mobility and lower power. In addition to reducing Time-To-Market (TTM), this decreases Bill Of Materials (BOM) costs and eases Board Support Package (BSP) implementation, says Christoph Budelmann, General Manager, Budelmann Elektronik GmbH in Münster, Germany (www.budelmann-elektronik.com).

“Scalability is a key factor, especially for lower embedded computer volumes, and the Qseven standard offers the possibility to use the same baseboard with different processors depending on the user’s needs,” Budelmann says. “Some users only need a small control unit and prefer a simple ARM processor, whereas other customers want to implement large screens and need the graphical power of an x86 system. Of course, this can also be the case in medical applications. Even if the baseboard has to be adapted to very special demands, this is less complex than switching from a pure ARM platform to an x86 platform or vice versa. In the majority of cases, only some drivers, such as Ethernet PHY, have to be exchanged whereas the real application software can remain the same.”

refer to: http://smallformfactors.com/articles/qseven-coms-healthcare-mobile/

Credit card sized SBC

Vehicle PC, Embedded pc, single board computer

 

The initial goal in creating the Raspberry Pi credit card sized, Linux-based Single Board Computer (SBC) – targeted primarily at education – was to develop a response to the decline of students engaging with computer science and related engineering disciplines. Our desire was to reverse the trend of children becoming consumers rather than creators. The following case study follows the hardware development process from an early failure, initial prototypes, and through to the finished production design.
Over recent years there has been an increasing trend for children to be consumers of digital content rather than be future creators or engineers. This trend is driven by manufacturers looking to provide a seamless experience for target customers on a variety of electronic platforms, from gaming consoles to tablets and laptop computers.

refer to :http://embedded-computing.com/articles/case-card-sized-sbc/

Fanless and Embedded System

AR-ES5430FL

Fanless and Dustproof Intel 945GME Embedded System

 

1. Intel 945GME + ICH7M
2. Support Core 2 Duo/Core Duo/Celeron M
3. VGA/DVI/LVDS/TV-Out
4. Dual Giga LAN
5. PCI-104 Expansion
6. Anti-Shock 2.5″ HDD Mounting Kit
7. Audio, USB2.0, IDE, CFII, COM, GPIO, SATA