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Archive for November, 2011

3.5-inch SBC goes for AMD’s G-Series chips

November 30, 2011

Avalue announced a 3.5-inch single board computer (SBC) equipped with AMD's dual-core 1GHz G-Series T40E or 1.6GHz T40N processors. The ECM-A50M has up to 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM, a CompactFlash slot, VGA and HDMI connectors with dual display capability, and an optional touchscreen interface.

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OK Labs spins Linux- and Android-ready automotive hypervisor

November 30, 2011

OK Labs announced a Genivi Linux and Android-ready “OKL4 for In-Vehicle Infotainment” (IVI) hypervisor, designed to keep infotainment and telematics environments separate despite running on the same processor. Meanwhile, Wind River announced a deal with IVI provider Clarion to use its Wind River Platform for Infotainment in an Android-based system.

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PCI Express 4.0 sticks with copper, will be twice as fast

November 30, 2011

The PCI-SIG (PCI Special Interest Group) says the next generation of its PCI Express I/O technology will run over copper at twice the speed of the current version. PCI Express 4.0 will move data at 16 gigatransfers per second (GT/sec.), according to the organization, which says the spec won't be finalized until at least 2014.

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Samsung’s Cortex-A15 SoC enables tablets with 2560 x 1600 resolution

November 30, 2011

Samsung has begun sampling its first ARM Cortex-A15 processor, aimed at high-end tablets and capable of supporting resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 pixels. Scheduled for production in 2Q 2012, the Exynos 5250 is equipped with two Cortex-A15 cores clocked at 2GHz, providing what the company says is four times the graphics performance of its previous top model.

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COM Express module goes Hollywood — Type 6, that is

November 30, 2011

Congatec announced a COM Express module that offers a Type 6 pinout and a choice of four different Intel “Sandy Bridge” processors. The conga-TM67 offers up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, has eight USB 2.0 ports and four SATA ports, supports VGA, LVDS, and DDI (digital display interface) displays, and has multiple PCI Express expansion lanes, according to the company.

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Rugged computer’s ready to set sail

November 29, 2011

Moxa announced a rugged computer compliant with ECDIS, IEC 60945, DNV, and IACS-E10 industrial marine standards. The MC-5150 is equipped with a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 520E processor, 2GB of pre-installed DDR3 SDRAM, internal and removable SATA storage trays, plus optional NMEA ports along with more usual gigabit Ethernet, VGA, DVD-I, USB, and serial offerings.

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Compact PC offers AMD G-Series CPUs, quadruple serial ports

November 29, 2011

Kontron announced a fanless PC that measures just 5.1 x 3.9 x 2.2 inches and offers a choice of AMD G-Series processors. The Microspace MPC-p2 includes up to 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard disk drive or 40GB SSD (solid state disk), two gigabit Ethernet interfaces, four serial ports, and a Mini PCI Express slot, according to the company.

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Type 6 COM Express module shrugs off heat, shocks

November 29, 2011

Adlink announced a shock-resistant COM Express module that offers a Type 6 pinout and a choice of three different Intel Core i7 processors. The Express-HRR accepts up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, has eight USB 2.0 ports and four SATA ports, supports VGA, LVDS, and DDI (digital display interface) displays, and has multiple PCI Express expansion lanes, the company says.

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Compact industrial PC offers multiple PCI/PCIe expansion options

November 29, 2011

Neousys Technology announced a compact, fanless industrial computer based on a 1.8GHz Intel Atom D525 processor, and offering resistance to shock, vibration, and extended temperatures. The Nuvo-2000 supports up to 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM, with CompactFlash, SATA, mini-PCI Express, gigabit Ethernet, USB, serial, and isolated DIO connectivity, while PCI slots range from one to three, depending on model.

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Lenovo spins two Android tablets, one five-inch smartphone

November 29, 2011

Lenovo announced three dual-core Android gadgets destined for China: a five-inch LePad S2005 I smartphone, a seven-inch LePad S2007 tablet, and a 10.1-inch LePad S2010 tablet. In the U.S., meanwhile, AT&T announced the 4G LTE-ready LG Nitro HD smartphone, featuring a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and a 4.5-inch display with Galaxy Nexus-like 1280 x 720 resolution.

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Android signage system includes 10.2-inch touchscreen

November 28, 2011

I Display announced an interactive digital signage computer that runs Android 2.3. The I View Android is equipped with a 10.2-inch, 1024 x 600 resistive touchscreen that swivels on an optionally battery-powered base, a microSD slot, a USB 2.0 port, and Wi-Fi, says the company.

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LAN security appliance uses dual-core Nano

November 28, 2011

Ibase announced a network security appliance based on a dual-core Via Nano X2 processor clocked at 1.2GHz. The FWA7404 includes four gigabit Ethernet ports, a serial console connector, two USB 2.0 ports, a 2.5-inch drive bay, plus CompactFlash and Mini PCI Express slots, according to the company.

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ETX module offers choice of AMD G-Series CPUs

November 28, 2011

Kontron has added AMD's G-Series processors to its line of ETX computer-on-modules (COMs). The ETX-OH offers LVDS, VGA, and DisplayPort graphics interfaces, has two SATA ports, accepts up to 4GB of RAM, and features an optional TPM (trusted platform module), according to the company.

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ARM releases free Android development toolkit

November 28, 2011

ARM announced a free edition of its Eclipse-based development toolkit that's aimed at Android developers. ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Community Edition (CE) helps create performance- and power-optimized native software by integrating a graphical debugger for code generated for the Android Native Development Kit (NDK) and a version of the ARM Streamline Performance Analyzer, the company says.

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Linux Mint 12 ships as distro’s popularity soars

November 28, 2011

The final version of Linux Mint 12 (“Lisa”) was released, with “MGSE” extensions to GNOME 3.2 that let users create a more GNOME 2.3x-like environment. Based on Ubuntu 11.10 and Linux 3.0, Linux Mint 12 features upgrades to Firefox 7.0, LibreOffice 3.4.3 and Thunderbird 7.0.1, and introduces a new DuckDuckGo default search engine.

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MicroATX board offers broad support for Intel processors

November 23, 2011

Ibase announced a microATX motherboard whose Intel G41 Express chipset supports Intel Core2 Quad/Duo and Intel Celeron processors. The MB941 offers up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, PCI and PCI Express expansion, four SATA ports, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, an RS-232 port and three RS-232/422/485 ports, and eight USB 2.0 ports, says the company.

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Atom-powered COM Express module doubles up on RAM

November 23, 2011

Kontron announced a COM Express Compact module featuring Intel's dual-core Atom D525 processor and up to 4GB of DDR3 memory. The microETXexpress-PV features PCI and PCI Express expansion, gigabit Ethernet, LVDS and VGA video outputs, eight USB 2.0 ports, and three SATA ports.

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Android e-reader debuts Mirasol display technology

November 23, 2011

Kyobo Book Centre and Qualcomm MEMS Technologies (QMT) announced an Android 2.3-based e-reader, said to be the first device to use QMT's sunlight-readable Mirasol color display technology. Equipped with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the Kyobo E-Reader provides a 5.7-inch, 1024 x 768-pixel display and offers “weeks of reading” on a single charge, the companies say.

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Kontron unveils ARM-oriented module format

November 23, 2011

Kontron announced a computer-on-module (COM) standard designed with ARM processors in mind, employing modules that are 82mm (3.23 inches) wide and use a MXM 3.0 connector. The unnamed format, which Adlink is also supporting, offers features such as LVDS output and dedicated camera interfaces, supports rugged designs, and comes in both full and half-sized versions.

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Android robots spy, race, and mix cocktails

November 23, 2011

A startup called Romotive is readying a small, tank-tread “Romo” robot controlled by Android and iPhone smartphones that communicate to the robot via audio signals. Meanwhile, a prototype bartending robot called the iZac — based on a Motorola Xoom tablet and Arduino Mega controller board — has been created by developer Nick Johnson via the Android Open Accessory Development Kit.

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