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My Experience with Dodocool AC750 WiFi Repeater

My Experience with Dodocool AC750 WiFi Repeater | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
A while ago, I tested Dodocool DC30S USB type C Hub with HDMI, USB port, and a card reader, and recently the company asked me whether I wanted to review another of their accessories.My ISP has recently taken the habit of being down several hours each month, so I rely on my neighbor's WiFi…...
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Run Linux Apps in (PixelBook) Chromebook with Crostini VM

Run Linux Apps in (PixelBook) Chromebook with Crostini VM | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
Ever since the first Chromebooks were released, it has been possible to run Ubuntu or other Linux distributions using Crouton (Chromium OS Universal Chroot Environment) on Chrome OS devices, but that requires to enable developer mode, which disables some of security features that come with Chrome...
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Allwinner VR9 SoC is Specifically Designed for Extended/Virtual Reality Headsets

Allwinner VR9 SoC is Specifically Designed for Extended/Virtual Reality Headsets | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
Virtual reality headsets have been powered by application processors designed for smartphones, tablets, or even TV boxes. For example last year, I reviewed a low cost VR headset good enough to watch 360 / VR videos, but not gaming that was based on Allwinner H8  TV box processor.
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AAEON GENE-APL7 3.5″ Intel Apollo Lake Board Features Up to 12 COM Ports and 10 USB Slots

AAEON GENE-APL7 3.5″ Intel Apollo Lake Board Features Up to 12 COM Ports and 10 USB Slots | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it

If you have an application requiring a relatively powerful – yet low power – and compact platform, and plenty of USB and/or serial ports (COM ports), AAEON GENE-APL7 might just be ideal. The 3.5″ subcompact board is powered by an Intel Pentium N4200 or Celeron N3350 processor with a SO-DIMM slots, some video/display outputs, two USB 2.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 interfaces, and up to 10 COM ports.

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hIoTron Modular & Enterprise IoT Development Kit is Designed for Fast Prototyping

hIoTron Modular & Enterprise IoT Development Kit is Designed for Fast Prototyping | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it

Tweet hIoTron modular & enterprise IoT development kit is described by the company has a “fully pre-programmed prototyping kit for quickly building and testing your IoT concept” with plug-n-play module allowing for flexible prototyping. Beside the hardware comprises of a gateway and nodes, the kit also integrates with the company’s enterprise IoT Platform enabling easy design of custom mobile application & GUI dashboard.

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$38 Nexbox A95X Pro Runs Android TV, Supports Netflix HD

$38 Nexbox A95X Pro Runs Android TV, Supports Netflix HD | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it

TV box manufacturers should move and more more from Android to Android TV operating systems, so we can expect cheaper TV boxes offering an Android TV experience. One of those device is Nexbox A95X Pro that sells for $37.99 on GeekBuying (pre-orders shipping in about 4 days), and also happens to support Netflix HD (720p)

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Flatmax Studio Audio Injector Ultra Sound Card is Designed for Raspberry Pi Boards (Crowdfunding)

Flatmax Studio Audio Injector Ultra Sound Card is Designed for Raspberry Pi Boards (Crowdfunding) | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it

Flatmax Studio has launched several audio cards for Raspberry Pi boards on Kickstarter in recent years,  and their latest board is called “Audio Injector Ultra Sound Card”. The board is said to give high fidelity input and output audio @ 192 kHz, is equipped with digital output (S/PDIF) and offers dual microphone capability. An extra balanced HAT – will send and receive balanced stereo input and output – is also available.

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Google AIY Projects Kits are Easier to Use in 2018 with Raspberry Pi Zero WH and All Accessories Included

Google AIY Projects Kits are Easier to Use in 2018 with Raspberry Pi Zero WH and All Accessories Included | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it

Google launched two AIY Projects kits last year with a Voice Kit that took a Raspberry Pi 3 to create a smart speaker, and a Vision kit for hardware accelerated computer vision using a Raspberry Pi Zero W board. Google reports the kits are popular, especially for STEM education,  but educators/parents had to buy the Raspberry Pi boards and micro SD cards themselves, as well as flash the firmware to the cards.

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Rockchip Reveals RK3308 & RK3326 Evaluation Boards for Smart Speakers and Smart Displays

Rockchip Reveals RK3308 & RK3326 Evaluation Boards for Smart Speakers and Smart Displays | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it

Rockchip introduced RK3308 & Gemini quad core Cortex-A35 processors for smart AI solutions last month, and now the company has shared one more tweet about evaluation boards based on RK3308 and RK3329 (Gemini) processors for respectively smart speakers and smart displays.

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Rockchip Reveals RK3308 & RK3326 Evaluation Boards for Smart Speakers and Smart Displays

Rockchip Reveals RK3308 & RK3326 Evaluation Boards for Smart Speakers and Smart Displays | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it

Rockchip introduced RK3308 & Gemini quad core Cortex-A35 processors for smart AI solutions last month, and now the company has shared one more tweet about evaluation boards based on RK3308 and RK3329 (Gemini) processors for respectively smart speakers and smart displays.

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$1.80 CH551 Mini Development Board Features 8-bit C51 Core, USB Interface, and I/Os

$1.80 CH551 Mini Development Board Features 8-bit C51 Core, USB Interface, and I/Os | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it

Last year, WCH (Nanjing QinHeng Corp.)’s launched a CH55x family of microcontroller based on an 8-bit C51 core with a USB interface, and extra I/Os depending on the selected part number Electrodragon is now listing a tiny USB development board based on CH551 for $1.80, and the chip itself sells for as low as 1.60 RMB (0.25 USD) on Taobao.

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Optimizing JPEG Transformations on Qualcomm Centriq Arm Servers with NEON Instructions

Optimizing JPEG Transformations on Qualcomm Centriq Arm Servers with NEON Instructions | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it

Arm servers are already deployed in some datacenters, but they are pretty new compared to their Intel counterparts, so at this stage software may not always be optimized as well on Arm as on Intel. Vlad Krasnow working for Cloudflare found  one of those unoptimized cases when testing out Jpegtran - a utility performing lossless transformation of JPEG files

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Yamaha RX-V385 A/V Receiver to Support eARC (part of HDMI 2.1 specifications)

Yamaha RX-V385 A/V Receiver to Support eARC (part of HDMI 2.1 specifications) | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it

HDMI 2.1 promises features such as 8K/10K video output, dynamic HDR, or enhanced audio return channel (eARC), but so far I had not seen any hardware boasting support for the new specifications. It's not really surprising, as the HDMI Compliance Test Specifications (CTS) for HDMI 2.1 is expected to be released in stages starting in Q2 2018.

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FFmpeg 4.0 Released with Initial AV1 Support, aptX, etc..

FFmpeg 4.0 Released with Initial AV1 Support, aptX, etc.. | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
Whenever you are playing videos on a machine running Linux, Android or Windows, chances the software is at least partially using code from FFmpeg, a free software project that produces libraries and programs for handling multimedia data.
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RAK8211-NB iTracker Battery / Solar Powered Module Comes with NB-IoT & Bluetooth 5 Connectivity, GPS, and 5 Sensors

RAK8211-NB iTracker Battery / Solar Powered Module Comes with NB-IoT & Bluetooth 5 Connectivity, GPS, and 5 Sensors | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
Rak Wireless has recently launched a new products called RAK8211-NB iTracker based on a Quectel BC95-G NB-IoT module, Nordic Semi nRF52832 Bluetooth 5 chip, and Quectel L70-R GNSS module.The asset tracker module also comes with 5 different sensors to monitor motion and environmental data, and can...
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Hardkernel Now Offers $48 ODROID-MC1 Solo Board for Clusters

Hardkernel Now Offers $48 ODROID-MC1 Solo Board for Clusters | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it

Hardkernel launched ODROID-MC1 (My Cluster One) at the end of last year with four ODROID-XU4S boards powered by Samsung Exynos 5422 processor with Gigabit Ethernet,  metal cases, and a cooling fan. As the name implies it is designed for cluster of boards, but the company found out that one size (4 boards) does not fit all, so they are now offered ODROID-MC1 Solo with one ODROID-XU4S board and stackable case to provide more flexibility to their customers.

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Alfawise JD-T8610-Q2 is Both a WiFi Light Bulb and 360° IP Camera

Alfawise JD-T8610-Q2 is Both a WiFi Light Bulb and 360° IP Camera | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it

IP cameras and WiFi light bulbs are pretty common nowadays, but Alfawise JD-T8610-W2 combines both in a single device. The 3W white light bulb can be controlled with your Android/iOS smartphone to adjust the light, and a 360° camera with IR night vision is also built into the light bulb.

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Intrinsyc Introduces Open-X 8M SoM and Mini-ITX Development Kit with Optional LCD Display

Intrinsyc Introduces Open-X 8M SoM and Mini-ITX Development Kit with Optional LCD Display | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it

Intrinsyc announced their own NXP i.MX 8M system-on-module, as well as a corresponding development kit back in February 2018 for Embedded World 2018. Somehow I missed it until today when the company tweeted about the kit unboxing video, so let’s have a look, starting with the module itself.Open-X 8M SoM

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Nordic Semiconductor nRF52840 Multiprotocol SoC Adds Support for Zigbee 3.0

Nordic Semiconductor nRF52840 Multiprotocol SoC Adds Support for Zigbee 3.0 | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it

Nordic Semiconductor nRF52840 was introduced in late 2016 as one of the first Bluetooth 5 ready SoC, and it’s the only  part from Nordic that fully supports Bluetooth 5 longer range. But the chip is actually a multiprotocol SoC and beside Bluetooth, 802.15.4, Ant, Thread and 2.4 GHz proprietary are also supported.  The company has now announced one more wireless protocol working on nRF52840: Zigbee 3.0.

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Microsoft Introduces Azure Sphere OS Linux Operating System for Certified Microcontrollers (MediaTek MT3620 for now)

Microsoft Introduces Azure Sphere OS Linux Operating System for Certified Microcontrollers (MediaTek MT3620 for now) | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it

Last year, Microsoft announced they were working with Mediatek on Project Sopris Secure WiFi MCU, based on Mediatek MT7687 MIPS microcontroller with 7 properties enhancing security (Hardware-based Root of Trust, failure reporting etc…). The company has now unveiled a complete secure IoT solution with Azure Sphere comprised of three main components: Azure Sphere certified secured MCUs which combine real-time and application cores with built-in Microsoft security technology and connectivity.

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KODLIX Mini PC Comes with Celeron N4000/N4100 or Pentium Silver N5000 Gemini Lake Processor, Supports Up to 16GB RAM

KODLIX Mini PC Comes with Celeron N4000/N4100 or Pentium Silver N5000 Gemini Lake Processor, Supports Up to 16GB RAM | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it

Gemini Lake mini PC announcement keep on coming, with the latest from Plater Electronics which showcased their KODLIX Gemini Lake mini PC at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2018. What makes this model interesting is that beside the usual Celeron N4000/N4100 dual/quad core processor, it also offers the most powerful yet less common Pentium Silver N5000, and support for up to 16GB RAM via two SO-DIMM slots

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Hikey 970 Development Board is Now Up for Pre-order for $299.99

Hikey 970 Development Board is Now Up for Pre-order for $299.99 | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it

Four A.I. development boards compliant with 96Boards specifications were announced at Linaro Connect HK 2018 last month: HiKey 970, Ultra96, as well as ROCK960 PRO & Enterprise Edition. So for we only knew pricing for Ultra96 ($249), but I’ve now noticed Hikey 970 “Super Edge AI Computing Platform”  is now up for pre-order for $299.99 on Lenovator website, with shipping planned for the end of April.

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$200 VOYO i8 Max 2-in-1 4G Android Tablet is Powered by Mediatek Helio X20 Processor

$200 VOYO i8 Max 2-in-1 4G Android Tablet is Powered by Mediatek Helio X20 Processor | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it

Mediatek Helio X20 (MT6797) deca-core processor was announced about 3 years ago, and made into various smartphones – such as Vernee Apollo Lite – as well as MediaTek X20 Android development board. However so far, I did not see any proper tablets based on the processor, but VOYO i8 Max tablet with a 10.1″ display and 4G LTE connectivity has just started to sell for $199.99 and up including shipping.

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How to Install and Use Ace Stream Easily in Ubuntu / Mint Linux

How to Install and Use Ace Stream Easily in Ubuntu / Mint Linux | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it

Ace Stream enabling the streaming of videos using P2P (peer-to-peer) technology - specifically BitTorrent protocol - and is especially useful for live streams, but also works for Audio and Video on Demand, and IOTT (Interactive-Over-The-Top).

 

I found out a snap was released for it, and now everything is much easier in newer versions of Ubuntu or Linux Mint.

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Beelink Gmini1 and S2 Gemini Lake Mini PCs Support 2.5″ SATA Drives

Beelink Gmini1 and S2 Gemini Lake Mini PCs Support 2.5″ SATA Drives | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
Beelink is now showcasing two upcoming Intel Gemini Lake based mini PC at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2018. Beelink Gmini1 is a compact actively cooled mini PC powered by Intel Celeron J4105...
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