The Open Source Hardware OLinuXino boards are with new Linux Kernel 5.6 scripts to move Linux OS to eMMC or SATA are included

We are pleased to announce that now the images at http://images.olimex.com/release/ are with the lates Linux Kernel 5.6

All these are build with our Olimage script.

We still keep Ubuntu Bionic 18.04 LTS distribution and didn’t move to 20.04 LTS yet.

To addition for script which set boot from eMMC we add new one which allow you to boot from SATA.

The boot from eMMC and SATA is enabled for OLinuXino boards which has SPI Flash on them like:

  • A20-OLinuXino-LIME-e16Gs16M
  • A20-OLinuXino-LIME-e4Gs16M
  • A20-OLinuXino-LIME-s16M
  • T2-OLinuXino-LIME-e8Gs16M-IND
  • T2-OLinuXino-LIME-s16M-IND
  • A20-OLinuXino-LIME2-e16Gs16M
  • A20-OLinuXino-LIME2-e4Gs16M
  • A20-OLinuXino-LIME2-s16M
  • T2-OLinuXino-LIME2-e8Gs16M-IND
  • T2-OLinuXino-LIME2-s16M-IND
  • A20-OLinuXino-MICRO-e16Gs16M
  • A20-OLinuXino-MICRO-e4Gs16M
  • A20-OLinuXino-MICRO-s16M
  • T2-OLinuXino-MICRO-e8Gs16M-IND
  • T2-OLinuXino-MICRO-s16M-IND
  • A20-SOM-e16Gs16M
  • T2-SOM-e8Gs16M-IND
  • A20-SOM204-1Gs16Me16G-MC
  • T2-SOM204-1Gs16Me4G-C-I
  • T2-SOM204-1Gs16Me8G-MC-I

To make board booting from eMMC you have to boot from SD-card then execute:

$ sudo olinuxino-sd-to-emmc

then wait until script moves the OS to eMMC, remove the SD-card and reboot.

Similar if you want to make board boot from SATA you have to boot from SD-card then execute:

$ sudo olinuxino-sd-to-sata

We got a new Mastodon account, and you can follow us on the Diaspora distributed social network

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We got a new account at Mastodon.social so if you want to keep following us at Mastodon you can use this link.

Our Disapora social network account is at Pluspora

 

Bye-Bye Mastodon, our account on Fosstodon.org was deleted yesterday

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We discovered the Mastodon peer to peer social network in February 2019 from a customer suggestion and we loved it.

The idea of having a decentralized social network, not dependent on one source is great.

At that time we used exclusively Facebook, Twitter and G+ to communicate with our community about new product developments, new products in stock, and new features on designs we work on.

Google at that time announced that it will close G+ in April 2019, so we were looking for another social network to use.

Facebook and Twitter are not liked by many people who refuse to setup accounts there, due to privacy concerns or the small signal to noise ratio or the non so technical community.

G+ seemed to be more professional oriented, with not so many cat pictures and ego scratching posts, but Google shut it down, so when someone suggested to have look at Mastodon we made an account there and were nicely surprised.

The community there is much smaller (thousands of times) than Twitter and Facebook, but we got a lot of valuable suggestions and tips from there, when we were developing new products. The community there was much more active and focused.

Social networking is very important for us to stay in touch with our community, but unfortunately the people who run the Fosstodon server do not like our new product announcements and see them as advertising.

So although we post very rarely, yesterday’s two posts about new products triggered someone and our account, all our posts and conversations on Mastodon got deleted.

We do lot of open source hardware and recently we started to contribute in Linux kernel and drivers development. We love what we do, but our employees have families to feed, so we can’t be non-commercial. Selling our boards is the way we get funds to continue doing what we do.

We love the Mastodon community, but we can’t use a social network which sees new product announcements as problem, so after one year of use we have to say: bye-bye Mastodon!

To all our friends and followers on Mastodon: we will miss you, but you still can follow our blog or the other social networks we use to stay in touch.

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.

Link to:

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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