A13-SOM-512 Android image for 4.3″ LCD with touchscreen released

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We got request from customer for Android image which supports 4.3″ LCD with touchscreen. He did his development with Beagle Bone, but wanted to optimize the cost for production so A13-SOM512 price was very attractive, but default Allwinner Android image although allow you to define smaller LCD resolutions has no working touchscreen calibration for small LCDs, also default Android screen was not set well and status bar was taking big portion of the screen.

Here is the newly released SD-card image for A13-SOM512 Android with 4.3″ LCD with touchscreen display.

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Now you can develop your embedded Andoid application on low cost board with small LCD.

Embedded World 2016

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Today is last day of Embedded World, really spectacular exhibition.

Lot of peoples from 9.00 to 18.00 on our booth and leg pain at the end of the day.

We are exhibiting our IoT platform and The DIY Laptop.

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ST has interesting display on their booth showing how many STM32 devices they have sold and this display is interractive as the numbers go up every second, if this is real or just show it not so interesting, the number of 1.5 billion devices sold is impressive! And this is just one ARM vendor, I wonder what is the total number of all ARM devices sales.

NXP had interesting truck on their booth:

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Lot of companies were exhibiting metal formed boxes, we already stolen few ideas to experiment with when we come back 😉 Time to learn LibreCAD for 2D drawing!

First PIC32-EMZ64 boards for Embedded World are now testing

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This board was made from the design idea to mass production in just few weeks 🙂

The PIC32 microcontroller model was choosen January 21st, so we had 1 week to design and PCB layout the board, 1 week to produce the blank PCB, make stencils, prepare software demo code and one week to setup the assembly line and run the PCBs for asssembly.

Today we got first batch of the assembled boards.

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For these who do not remember this board is using the new PIC32MZ2048EFH064 with 2MB of Flash, 512KB RAM, Ethernet, CAN and fast 18Msps 12bit ADC!

On the board you can see:

  • USB-OTG
  • USB Host
  • Ethernet 100Mb
  • Audio input
  • Audio output
  • OLED LCD 128×64 pixels
  • microSD card
  • CAN driver
  • 3x buttons
  • Reset
  • LEDs

all this in compact credit card size format.

At Embedded World in Nurenberg 23-25 of February we will give away these boards but only to registered/approved developers. If you want to take your board at the show please send us e-mail and write what projects you have done, so we can confirm that your board is reserved. Important: we will not give away boards to Embedded world visitors who have no reservation/approval from us in advance.

You can’t visit Embedded World? Do not worry you still have chance to receive free board – just send us e-mail and tell us what projects you have done with PIC or Olimex boards before. We can decide to send you by post one of these free of charge.

Embedded World giveaway board update! Processor will have 2MB Flash, 512KB RAM and 2x CAN

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After our blogging about the Embedded World giveaway board, there was short discussion / comments after the post that it would be great the PIC32 on the board to have more RAM and CAN and do you know what?

Microchip is reading this blog too 🙂 as today we got message that they decided to upgrade the processor for this board to PIC32MZ2048EFH064-I/PT which is with 2MB of Flash, 512KB of RAM and dual CAN!

Now you should have got idea why this company is expanding and grow so fast – they are flexible and their managers obviously have freedom to take prompt decision!

It took them less than 24 hours to react and change the processor on board so you guys will benefit from PIC32 which beside Ethernet also have dual CAN and x4 times more RAM and FLASH than what originally was planned!

We give away 1000 boards worth EUR 25000 on Embedded World 2016 – 23-25 of February in Nuremberg Germany – the biggest event in Europe for development boards and tools

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Embedded World 2016 is as usually held in Nuremberg, Germany in February.

We are there exhibiting in hall 2, booth 2-651.

What we will show you there?

Our super duper new Internet of Things WiFi-PLUG, WiFi-SWITCH and WiFi-Dimmer, all of them based on ESP8266 and allowing easy to setup Home Automation. They work with mains power supply 85-240VAC 50/60Hz and are with small 40 x 35 x 12 mm so can fit inside existing power supply sockets.

Also we will show you our new BLE development boards and Bluetooth audio.

And of course there will be our Open Source DIY Laptop powered by A64-OLinuXino.

For these who remember several times we give away free boards on Embedded World.

This year will be no exeption. We are planning promotion together with Microchip and work on new board with their PIC32MZ0512EFE064-I/PT which will have these features:

– PIC32MZ running at 200 MHz/330 DMIPS, MIPS Warrior M-class core
– Flash 512KB
– RAM 128 KB
– 4x SPI 50Mbps, 4x I2C up to 1Mbps, I2S, 6x UARTS 25 Mbps
– temp sensor +-2C
– USB-OTG
– USB host HIGH Speed
– ADC 12bit, 24 channels, 18 Msps
– 9x PWM
– 10/100 Mb Ethernet
– OLED 128×64 pixels
– Analog input for microphone
– Analog output for headphones
– micro SD card
– industrial grade -25C+85C

This board will be add to our web shop after the show and will be priced at EUR 25.00 but note! On Embedded world we will give away free of charge 1000 of these worth EUR 25 000!

How you can get one?

Past experience show that people like to get freebies even if they have no use of them, small kids, 70 years old developers, all they came to our booth and ask for free boards, but we doubt they use the boards afterward which is pitty.

This board is quite good with industrial temperature specs, 18Msps ADCs, and fast UARTs, SPIs, I2Ss, so we really do not want these boards to go to someone who will have no use of them and just will let the board collect dust in the table corner, so if you want to get one of these boards send us to info@olimex.com email with link to web page with project you already have done with other Olimex boards.

Interesting projects and open source projects will have advantage, so please think twice before submitting your blink LED done with something :))).

We will confirm with email back that we have booked board for you which you can take on Embedded World.

If you have no ticket let us know we will generate free ticket for you as exhibitor we can do this, these tickets otherwise are expensive, so prepare yourself well 🙂

For these who do not have chance to come to Embedded World, but still have interesting project, if the project is interesting enough we can decide to cover shipping by post. The boards which will be shipped by post will be shipped after Embedded World i.e. about end of February.

The last date to send us link with your project is February 22nd.

LinuxCon/Embedded Linux Conference 2015 recap

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LinuxCon and Embedded Linux Conference 2015 this year was in Dublin 5-7 of October in Dublin Convention Center:

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We have been sponsoring the conference for second year:

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As you see the “bad” Arduino team also was sponsor on this event 😉 I had chance to chat with some of their developers on beer and things seems not so black/white as most of the internet blogs make to look.
Usually all articles I read are about how these bad guys have not developed nothing in the software and how Arduino IDE and community are done alone by Massimo Banzi group while Gianluca Martino just produced the hardware and nothing else, but looks like YUN is developed completely by the bad guys. So nothing is simple black and white, Massimo Banzi always have been the face of Arduino in all articles, so it’s normal that people associate him with Arduino brand and simpatize him when the split become real, but the fact that Massimo Banzi dropped the use of Arduino outside USA and now name the boards Genuino also speak of itself.

Anyway I really do not follow so closely what happens with all their arguing. Arduino is still great for beginners, but now the development tools are very confusing, both teams use term Arduino IDE and similar revision numbering which is very confusing for instance arduino.cc IDE is version 1.6.5 while arduino.org IDE is 1.7.7!

C’mon guys Arduino used to be simple for beginners, now they will struggle even at the first step to install their software, wondering which and where to download to may work with their boards!

Most interesting at LinuxCon/ELCE of course is to see face to face lot of Linux developers which you usually otherwise see only in IRC and G+.

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Try the famous Guinness beer:

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Personally I didn’t like Guinness, but there were lot of other beers to try like: Murphy’s, o’Hara’s and even some 7.5%-8% alcohol content beers which are pretty strong which we found in the store near our hotel

There were plenty of talks, one of the most interesting (at least for us) was about DTS debugging.  We didn’t knew such thing exist!

Next talk to mention is from Linux-Sunxi developer Hans de Goede, who talked for the mainlining efforts for the new $9 CHIP computer with Allwinner A13 derivate inside. What I like is that Hans was using A10S-OLinuXino to present his slides as CHIP still have no video working.

Surprisingly there was lecture from Bulgarian Academy of Science about making cluster of small computers. Too bad these guys didn’t know about OLinuXino and made their experiments with some unknown Chinese board 😉

As on any other event here also had big “looking for job / offering job” panel. The Bulgarian presence at LinuxCon/ELCE was also noticed there:

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For these who don’t know Bulgarian the cyrillic text in the right hand side “Бича Айляк – Hire me, please!” is slang used in Plovdiv area and could be translated like “I do nothing and enjoy it – Hire me please!”. We still investigate who wrote it to hire him/her here at Olimex 😀

We are Sponsoring again Embedded Linux Conference Europe (ELCE)

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Embedded Linux Conference Europe this year will be in Dublin, Ireland from 5th to 7th of October.

For these who don’t know once per year there is LinuxCon at different spots of the world. Linux developers and supporters come together, talk about news and trends in Linux and discuss the future. There are lot of presentations, talks, discussion groups.

Embedded Linux is exactly what we use with OLinuXino Open Source Hardware computers.

In 2014 we have been invited and decided to sponsor LinuxCon for very first time. We went there and loved it. It’s nice to see face to face and chat with lot of people who you just know as IRC and Mailing Lists nicks.

This year we decided to do it again, so we will be there again. All sponsors have their own booths where show what they have, so if you are there you are welcome to pass to our booth!

 

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