Via Technologies announced a ruggedized, fanless industrial “AMOS-820″ computer based on its VAB-820 Pico-ITX board and Freescale’s i.MX6Quad SoC. The Via AMOS-820 supports Linux, Android, and WEC7, offers a variety of USB, serial, CAN, HDMI, and gigabit Ethernet connectivity, and can withstand -20 to 65°C temperatures.
Vuzix has begun shipping an Android-based eyewear computer to developers, and is now taking pre-orders from the general public. The $1,000 Vuzix M100 device is equipped with a 1GHz, dual-core processor and a 16:9, WQVGA display, and offers WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, sensors, a five-megapixel camera, and voice and gesture recognition.
Embedded developer Robert Feranec, founder of Slovakian-based Fedevel Academy, is giving a free seminar on ARM board and software design at the Hacker Dojo hacker community center in Silicon Valley on Dec. 14. The seminar will cover embedded development details ranging from DDR3 layout to building a Linux kernel.
Kontron has begun sampling a Linux-ready Mini-ITX motherboard with a soldered 4th Generation Intel Core processor (“Haswell”) and seven-year availability. The Kontron KTQM87/mITX offers up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and features triple simultaneous displays, four SATA ports, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, 12 USB ports, and extras such as a SIM socket for cellular data.
MSC Embedded announced a Linux-ready COM Express Type 6 computer-on-module built around AMD’s Embedded G-Series system-on-chip, ranging from a quad-core 2GHz SoC to a dual-core 1GHz processor that runs on only 9 Watts. MSC’s C6C-GX COM measures 95 x 95 mm, and features I/O including dual display interfaces at up to 4096 x 2160 pixels, dual SATA, eight USB ports, and PCI Express expansion.
Kontron announced a tiny, COM Express Mini Type 10 computer-on-module fitted with a choice of five Intel Atom and Celeron Bay Trail SoCs. The 84 x 55mm COMe-mBT10 module offers up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and up to 64GB flash, supports I/O interfaces including gigabit Ethernet, dual SATA, USB 3.0 and up to eight USB 2.0, plus dual DisplayPort and LVDS displays, and is available in a model rated for -40 to 85°C operation.
Russian robot developer R.bot will soon launch a pair of low-cost telepresence robots in North America. The Synergy Mime and larger Synergy Swan use an attached BYOD Android smartphone or tablet for display, camera, microphone, and wireless communications and control functions, and are being offered for a limited time to Android developers for $250 and $500, respectively.
DM&P Group has begun shipping an Arduino compatible boardset and mini-PC equipped with a new computer-on-module based on a new 300MHz x86 compatible Vortex86EX system-on-chip. The new SoC and COM are available as part of a $39 “86Duino Zero” boardset that mimics an Arduino Leonardo, in a $49 “86Duino Educake” mini-PC, and will soon be available in a more I/O-rich, $69 “86Duino One” boardset.
Anichips announced a $59 SBC said to be the first Pico-ITX board based on Allwinner’s dual-core, Cortex-A7 based A20 SoC. The 100 x 72mm, open source, Android- and Linux-ready PhoenixA20 offers multiple display and wireless interfaces, as well as camera and Ethernet ports, and is supported by the same SwiftBoard.org community that backs the company’s Allwinner A10-based SwiftBoard.