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.
Technologies enable true IVI experiences
Although major automotive manufacturers have already begun introducing various IVI technologies, enabling true in-vehicle wireless entertainment requires standards-based technologies built on a single System-on-Chip. The next wave of IVI applications will rely heavily on three wireless technologies – Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Near Field Communication– built on one combination radio chip. And as the market continues to evolve, OEMs will need in-vehicle to leverage traditional Wi-Fi rolling hot spots to offer vehicle-to-vehicle communications such as traffic management, incident avoidance, and social networking.
The speed of innovation in automotive IVI is making a lot of heads turn. No question, Linux OS and Android are the engines for change.
The open source software movement has forever transformed the mobile device landscape. Consumers are able to do things today that 10 years ago were unimaginable. Just when smartphone and tablet users are comfortable using their devices in their daily lives, another industry is about to be transformed. The technology enabled by open source in this industry might be even more impressive than what we’ve just experienced in the smartphone industry.
The industry is automotive, and already open source software has made significant inroads in how both driver and passenger interact within the automobile. Open source stalwarts Linuxand Google are making significant contributions not only in the user/driver experience, but also in safety-critical operations, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, and automobile-to-cloudinteractions.
IT managers are under increasing pressure to boost network capacity and performance to cope with the data deluge. Networking systems are under a similar form of stress with their performance degrading as new capabilities are added in software. The solution to both needs is next-generation System-on-Chip (SoC) communications processors that combine multiple cores with multiple hardware acceleration engines.
The data deluge, with its massive growth in both mobile and enterprise network traffic, is driving substantial changes in the architectures of base stations, routers, gateways, and other networking systems. To maintain high performance as traffic volume and velocity continue to grow, next-generation communications processors combine multicore processors with specialized hardware acceleration engines in SoC ICs.
The following discussion examines the role of the SoC in today’s network infrastructures, as well as how the SoC will evolve in coming years. Before doing so, it is instructive to consider some of the trends driving this need.
1.Networks under increasing stress
2. Moore’s Law not keeping pace
3. Hardware acceleration necessary, but …
4.Next-generation multicore SoCs
The AMB-IH61T1 is the new Mini-ITX industrial mainboard from Acrosser Technology that supports Intel Xeon processor and both of 2nd and 3rd generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3 desktop processor by Intel H61 chipset and LGA 1155 socket.
AMB-IH61T1 has two DDR3 SO-DIMM sockets to support up to 16GB of system memory. Onboard 18/24-bit dual channels LVDS interface support HD resolution LCD panel directly made it suitable for digital signage and panel PC applications.
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Acrosser Technology, the leading industrial computer manufacturer, has successfully integrated significant features into their In-Vehicle Computer series products. These features include i-Button 1- wire interface, combo connector and remote power control switch.
i-Button 1-Wire Interface for Driver ID and Sensors
Driver identification, temperature sensors, NVRAM, digital I/O and analog input are quite often used on vehicle and M2M applications. 1-Wire is a device communications bus system designed by Dallas Semiconductor Corp. that provides low-speed data, signaling, and power over a single signal.
At this time, there are approximately 40 1-wire devices available from Dallas Semiconductor Corp. 1-Wire devices can be grouped by their functions into several categories:
‧Identification plus temperature
‧Identification plus temperature logger
‧Identification plus temperature and humidity logger
‧Identification plus real time clock
‧Identification plus NV SRAM or OTP EPROM or EEPROM
‧Identification plus SHA-1 secure EEPROM
Thanks to the integration of 1-wire interface into Acrosser In-Vehicle Computers, so system integrators now can use one simple interface to connect variety devices which are often utilized in telematics applications. Beside the hardware interface, Acrosser also provide software API to write and read data to and from any kind of 1-wire devices.
Combo Connector Simplifies Many Cables Down to a Single Cable
Signals between a vehicle computer and a touch monitors include VGA, USB, audio and power supply of touch monitor. With a normal design, 4 cables are required. The all-in-one combo connector integrates all of these signals into one single cable. This significantly simplified the routing of the harness. Acrosser’s new in-vehicle computers and in-vehicle touch monitors are all featured with this advanced design.
Remote Power Control Switch, ON/OFF Control become More Flexible
All Acrosser’s In-Vehicle Computers are featured with a remote power control switch beside the power control by ignition switch. When this switch is installed and enabled by software, the switch works together with the ignition switch to control the power on/off of the computer. This has enabled the driver be able to turn off the computer without turning off the ignition. This feature is very useful in some application scenarios.
Acrosser Technology Co. Ltd, global professional industrial and embedded computer provider, announces the new 3.5” SBC, AMB-N280S1, which carries Intel dual- core 1.8 GHz Atom Processor N2800. Acrosser takes advantage of Atom Cedar Trail N2000 series processor in design, such as low power consumption and small footprint as former Atom series. With fanless design AMB-N280S1 has one SO-DIMM supports DDR3 memory to maximum 4GB. Focusing on embedded and industrial applications.
‧ Intel Atom N2800 1.86GHz
‧ 1 x DDR3 SO-DIMM up to 4GB
‧ 1 x VGA
‧ 1 x HDMI
‧ 1 x 18-bit LVDS
‧ 4 x USB2.0
‧ 6 x COM (5 x RS-232, 1 x RS-232/485)
‧ 2 x GbE (Realtek RTL8111E)
‧ 1 x KB/MS
‧ 1 x Mini-PCIe slots
‧ 1 x SATA
‧ 8-bit GPIO
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