Shipments to UK after Brexit


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Many people are concerned about shipments from and to UK after UK officially leaved the EU on 31.01.2020. We also were quite uncertain should we continue to ship UK parcels as intra-EU shipments, should we charge VAT or we have to do export paperwork like for shipments to Switzerland and Norway.

We asked our customs how to handle UK shipments and today we got reply that there is transition period to 31.12.2020 and everything stays as is till then. So we will keep shipping to UK as it’s still in EU till end of the year.

Christmas promotion for Pioneer-FreedomBox-HSK – upgrade to 128GB for EUR 0.01!

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Christmas is approaching and we have great news for you!

Pioneer-FreedomBox-HSK have XMAS upgrade to fast 128GB Class 10 micro SD card inside instead of the regular 32GB micro SD card.

Note that the 128GB cards we have in stock are limited quantity, so the promotion ends on 24 of December 2019 or when the cards we have in stock are sold out.

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Product Change Notification feature is implemented on our web site so our customers can stay up to date with planned new features and board revision changes

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Many of our customers asked us to implement Product Change Notification on our web, so they can subscribe and be notified when we start working on new revisions of our boards or when the new revision is in production together with the new features implemented.

Now we have it implemented as you can see on the picture above when you are in product page you can see small letter icon with red dot in the upper right corner, when you click on it you can subscribe for notification about this product.

 

USB-ISO USB 2.0 Full Speed insulator passed all EMC tests in certified laboratory and now can bear CE mark!

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After our first product which pass CE requirements (ESP32-POE-ISO) now we are happy to announce that we have second product which pass CE standard tests.

USB-ISO have been tested and passed these standards tests in certified laboratory:

  • EN 55032:2015
  • EN 55035: 2017
  • EN 61000-3-2: 2014
  • EN 61000-3-3: 2013

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So it can be now CE marked.

 

Olimex.com server maintenance

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We have scheduled maintenance for olimex.com server at 2:00 PM PST on Friday, May 24th, 2019. So our site will be down for couple of hours.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Bye Bye G+, Hello Mastodon (Fosstodon.org)

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G+ is closing our account from April 2nd, we have no idea if they will keep our posts or will delete them, anyway there are always copies in Twitter and Facebook.

As many people do not want to use Twitter and Facebook for their own reasons, we searched for G+ replacement and it seems that Mastodon is the perfect choice.

So we are replacing now G+ with Mastodon and you can read our posts at https://fosstodon.org/@olimex

Rockchip is releasing low power SOC with NPU targeting deep learning.

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We are hacking cheap Chinese soldering robot aiming to make it usable with camera fiducials and solder joint inspection. I shared some info on Hackaday 2018 Belgrade conference.

As we want to make the robot easy to use we are looking around for capable SOC with Deep Learning capability. It seems the only embedded available solution now is nVidia.

Allwinner has put in their V5 SOC info about AI and Trensorflow support, but looking at info for the only available board on the market it looks just statement and no actual implementation.

The AI they advertise looks more like OpenCV / Tensorflow lite libraries using the V5 GPUs, but not real NPU.

Rockchip seems to be this time a little bit ahead of Allwinner and has released RK1808 and RK3399pro SOCs.

Some info also start to appear in their rockchip-linux repositories.

We got RK1808 brief datasheet and here are the SOC internals:

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  • Dual core Cortex-A35
  • Internal 2MB SRAM
  • DDR 32-bit data width, 2 ranks max 2GB of DDR3/DDR3L/LPDDR3/LPDDR3L -1600
  • Neural Process Unit with 512KB internal buffer and Support for: max 1920 Int8, max 192 Int16 and max 64 FP16 MAC operations per cycle
  • eMMC 4.5 1-4-8 bit max 150MB/s
  • SD/MMC support
  • SPI Flash x1-4-8 data
  • video encoder/decoder up to 1080p
  • video input DPI 8-10-12-16 bit up to 150MB/s
  • camera input MIPI CSI up to 4 data lane, 2.0Gbps, MIPI-HS, MIPI-LP
  • LCD RGB 8/8/8 up to 1280×800@60fps
  • MIPI DSI 1920×1080 up to 4 data lane, 2.0GbpsA
  • Audio I2S
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB2.0 HOST/OTG
  • USB3.0 5Gbps
  • PCIe 1/2 links with 2.5Gbps per link
  • SPI, I2C, UART
  • x4 10bit SAR ADC 1Msps
  • -40+125C operating temperature, targeting automotive and industrial vision apps

This chip is definitely not hobby friendly with FCCSP 420 0.3mm balls spaced at 0.5/0.35mm!

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Price info is not available yet. First evaluation boards will be ready end of March 2019. Rockchip will sell SDK with the NPU API also at unknown yet price.

Rockchip also upgraded their RK3399 including inside RK1808 and naming it RK3399Pro.
They keep the same RK3399 ball layout, so people who already made RK3399 boards can upgrade with RK3399Pro without changing lot on their PCB layout.

How they do it? They bond RK1808 in the same package and connect RK3399 with RK1808 via USB3.0 this is why RK3399Pro has NO externally available USB3.0:

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How they will manage power dissipation when they put together two quite power hungry chips is yet to be seen. RK3399 alone requires quite big heatsink as it dissipates up to 20W when the Cortex-A72 cores are running.

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