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May 15th: Good news everyone! We have had a great price drop on the Tiny210 family. The Tiny210SDK-CAP7, the capacative touch 7 inch with the Tiny210 and SDK board is now $174.95 And the Tiny210SDK-S70 resistive touch is $164.94. This is an awesome deal and the Tiny210V2 based units will have similar pricing as they hit the site.
Note: The armworks.cc Wiki has been eaten by hackers. Whatever security was set up was way too weak. We have a full backup and will find a better hosting solution.
April 12th: Good News Everyone! There is a nice new NAND driver for Linux and Mini/Tiny210 systems. This solves some of the MLC versus SLC and 4G/2G/1G problems that have proven to be bumps in the road for developers. Thanks to JKent, ReggieUK, and the folks at FriendlyARM Galactic Headquarters. If you know how to patch and compile a kernel, you can give this a shot. Tested on Android 4 so far. (Do a cut & paste. I didn't want to leave a direct link for the more primitive bots --Charlie)
And how to add it to your system http://www.friendlyarm.net/forum/topic/5092
The Mini6410 is now RoHS - certs downloadeable from the product page. Aside from that, what is all this stuff about cable kits? Just how much I/O do these boards have? There are cable kits for the Mini2440/6410/210s and the Micro/Tiny SDK boards. This is a sample using the Mini6410, which has been very popular the last three months. The first picture shows a Mini6410 with 256 MBytes RAM and 1 GByte NAND with the accessories normally included in the SDK. You can see 5V power in the barrel jack, serial RS-232 on a DB9, miniUSB, Cat5 on an RJ-45 Ethernet connector, and something in the USB host. The LCD, SD card, audio headphone, and the video composite output are empty.
Below, a Mini6410 with the communication and power, plus the optional I/O cable kit. Clockwise from upper right: the 5V power barrel jack is replaced by the 4 pin locking power header. Though the DB9 RS232 is still connected, the TTL of that COM port (UART3) is split out by the 4 pin header. The next 4 pin header is COM1 (UART2), the 6 pin is COM2 (UART1) including control lines (CTS and RTS), then another 4 pin is UART0. Bottom: The wider ribbon cable (2mm header, 1mm spacing cable) is the system bus expansion. The one to the left is GPIO. The red/white wires are in CON12 which is a duplicate of the interrupt lines that go to the 6 push button switches visible in the bottom edge of the photo above. These can be assigned to other functions. There is an SD card in the socket (up to 32 GB). Two 20 pin headers follow. The first is the CMOS camera interface and the second is SDIO used for Wifi and other circuits that can use the IIC or SPI interfaces. Top wide cable is for custom LCD connections (the standard LCD connector is the white one just below) and finally the empty 10 pin header is JTAG. Now that is a lot of I/O! Add your IIC and SPI devices and maybe some shift registers to add more digital I/O and the sky is the limit.
And we didn't even use everything. Missing is the display FFC cable, a composite video cable, a headphones cable, JTAG, and a cable for one of the 20 pin headers. The PSU power jack is empty because the 4 pin power cable is attached - the white connector and cable right behind the barrel jack. The power header bypasses the power switch and eliminates the moving parts and potential failure point.
March 5th. If you have been compiling Android variations and other things for Mini210s you may have hit the ECC NAND error problem. Reggie has added a page to our Wiki (Wiki has been eaten by hackers. New one soon) that will help a lot. It is all about keeping sources and images organized. Also, tonight we will start putting items on eBay as "Buy It Now". WE have some boards that are a little different. Like Mini6410 with 128M RAM and 256M NAND. There are not enought to make it worth a web site page. They work fine and Linux or other OS's don't care about the difference. All the boards that don't fit the OEM quantity specs will go eBay if this works out.
Feb 15th. Whew! That was a close one. The asteroid missed and most of us are still here. CTO Charlie was in Vancouver B.C. Thursday and met with the head of FriendlyARM manufacturing and design and his family, who we have not seen in 18 or 20 months. Driving up from south of Seattle was a lot easier than flying to China! We had a great day filling tables with drawings, PCBs, and tea cups. There are some cool things coming this Spring and more ideas than any of us will ever have time for. More to come....
Jan 21st. Good news everyone! First Class International shipping has been a real bargain for our customers who can wait for delivery. On the downside we have had some very long shipping times for First Class International. Like 3 to 6 weeks for some places, and this is very frustrating for the buyer. It is especially bad for people with a schedule to keep. The US Postal Service quotes 7 to 21 days, not counting time in local Customs which can be considerable. We have country by country control of this in our shopping cart but as of this weekend, First Class International is disabled. This week will will go through the details and only disable the most troublesome countries, like France and South Africa and a few others. The French Poste will hold an item forever then return it if there is the slightest deviation from their addressing standard.
Note that if you read the fine print on other web sites, under U.S. law ARMWorks has no responsibility for a shipment after it is in the hands of a "common carrier", meaning the post office, FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. But delivery reliability is so high these days that we loose maybe 2 shipmemts a year. There are always some we think are lost and they show up postal return 6 months later, so the total is very small. As a result we generally re-ship a missing package if we reach the date for making a claim. This can be a long time, like 45 days after shipment. Please note also that international shipments via the US Postal service will always indicate they were last in some US city like San Francisco. Their tracking system ends when the package leave the US (unless it is Express International and requires a signature - these are often actually delivered by DHL in the EU). We get emails saying "My package is still in San Francisco! Why is it not here!" And the answer is always that your package LEFT San Francisco on the date listed and is very likely sitting in your country's Customs fascilities.
Meanwhile there are some changes leaking into the Mini210S product line. We are moving to 2G SLC NAND with Open Source drivers. As a result, the downloads on the FTP server now include images for several versions or combinations of boards, NAND type, and display. More on this and a new Debian SD card coming soon.
Jan 3rd. Good news everyone! The sale price of the Mini210S with H43 display is the new regualr price! All the 210 based systems will be adjusted as well. The Mini210S with Capacitive Touch is now $144.95, which is a truly awesome price. Compare if you dare to the various fruit and animal boards that don't even support LCDs (or warranty). We are thinking about Mini210S systems with 512M or 1G NAND. The 4G has been oversized for everyone. We find that people needing big space have been using uSD cards. Pricing of NAND chips has been shifing around. Look for a change from 128M NAND to 256M as the minimum system on Mini2440. The change has no effect on any current software.
Nov 26th: Good News Everyone! We have a Cyber Week sale item. Not to be left out of Cyber Madness, we have the Mini210S-SDK43 for $129.95 - an instant savings of $70!!!! This is our flagship system with ARM Cortex A8 at 1 GHz, 4 GB MLC NAND, and 512 MB of RAM easily allows running Ubuntu. See all the details on the product page.
1000 MHz of Extreme 32 bit Coolness! In Stock Now!
Oct 11th, 2012. Good news everyon! Some of you have met our Chief Computer Scientist, Dr. Forrest Sheng Bao. Forrest received his PhD in Computer Science this summer at Texas Tech, with an EE bonus round. His research is proving very useful in areas from massive ad-hoc networking to brain research. In fact, he already has 200 citations of his publications! Congrats Forrest! If you are curious, take a look. Be warned -- attempting to read his thesis can make you wonder why you thought you knew something about computer science!
More good news for 2440 users. We have new kernels for the Mini/Micro 2440 that support the 1-wire versions of the LCDs. This means rock-solid noise free touch screen operation. How come? The 1-wire versions of the displays have a very nice Analog Devices touch screen device and a micro that handles the details. These work a lot better than the Samsung built in resistive touch screen system. If you have a display for a Mini6410 or a Mini210/210S, you can now use it on a Mini2440. Both sets of kernels will be on the Downloads page.
Sept 10th: Good news everyone! Google Play is here. Do you have a Mini210/Mini210S and want to use Google Play with Android 4? ReggieUK, a prolific contributor to open source efforts, has worked it out. See his solution.
Linux development on FriendlyARM boards. What do you need and when do you need to know it?
Linux computer or VM (Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora are the favorites), Tool chain, source code, NFS Ethernet connection to your board, Serial connection and a program like Minicom on the Linux PC (your host), an IDE like Eclipse with GDB if you like, 4G or 8G SD cards for 6410 and 210 systems (and 2440 if you want to use Debian) - class 10 cards will write much faster, an understanding of the Linux file system - here is a very handy reference.Just about any PC will do the job. One with a true DB9 serial port will save the trouble of getting USB to serial drivers working. If you plan a lot of work and recompiling, a multi-core bare bones system will pay for itself quickly. The GNU Make system has a threads option, -j to tell the system how many compilation threads to create. The kernel has thousands of files and each can be a thread. A 4 core system with -j12 or -j20 can drop a multi-hour compile to 10 or 15 minutes. There are 6 and 8 core 3GHz+ bare bones AMD based systems on Tiger Direct for under $500 and 20" Acer LCDs are often on sale for $100 or less. You can make a heck of a system if you watch for bargains and don't need gamer graphics. A lot of the motherboards have VGA and DVI ports that can run seperate monitors. Here is a quad 3.4GHz and an 8 core 3.1GHz. Laptops are certainly OK. A dual monitor stand and a fast multi-core bare bones box is hard to beat. Recent benchmarks show the AMD chips do as well as the Intel for drudgery like compiling thousands of files of source code.
Network File System. NFS is your embedded zauberflöte. You should set up NFS from a tutorial for your Linux distribution. In most, you will need to pick the directory to share and 'export'. You can share your home directory, or a special sharing directory in the root of your system, or just a directory that receives the output of your compiler. You set it in /etc/exports as a root user. Put the full path to the directory you wish to share. Then there will be something needed to enable NFS or restart it. Setting up your FriendlyARM board is another story and begins with deciding between installing U-boot or using supervivi/superboot and the included Linux with Qtopia. Follow this on the blog.
Aug 27th: What? No update since July? Well, Europe was on vacation and the rest of us were busy! A bunch of Min210S's have been received by a Dream Team of Linux kernel and application developers. We could see some very cool stuff and a great demonstration of open souce at its best. There is a rumor that a COBAL compiler will be included for those of you who have been begging for one. Expect a Wiki and repositories in short order.
July 27th: Good news everyone! Timesys, a provider of professional Linux builds, is supporting the Mini/Micro2440 and the Mini6410 platforms (We sent them a Mini210 a while back and are hoping to see that soon as well). You configure and build customized Linux distributions on their servers using their configuration tools, or they do it for you. You can try "LinuxLink" for free and build your own too. http://www.timesys.com/supported/processors/samsung#s3c6410 Check Timesys Professional Services if you are in a time or resource crunch on a big project.
July 5th: We want to welcome a new consulting firm to our References Page. Keith and Frank at Middleton Management Services in Wyoming have been getting some good experience with FriendlyARM boards. They have extensive experience with a number of platforms, so if you need some help on a project, check them out.
June 19th: Good news everyone! This will be a week of new products, if we can keep up with them. First today is the Mini210S, a smaller, simpler version of the Mini210 at an outstanding price. We have a few in stock with the 4.3" LCD. The Mini210S is 11x11 cm just like the Mini6410 and uses all the same cables + HDMI. This 1GHz ARM A8 Cortex has 512M of RAM and 4G and NAND on board. Can you say Ubuntu or Android4? Plus some more software surprises soon.
June 12th: Say, do those Chameleon enclosures with the black wrinkle finish take paint very well? Why yes, they do. Here is one with Rustoleum Bright Yellow. The white plastic bezel has been sprayed with Krylon Fusion yellow. The Fusion paints are made to dry properly on plastic. The rear plate was left black. Who votes for pin striping and racing flames?
New product: We looked around a lot for a good quad band GSM/GPRS MODEM and settled on a Wavecom with the P5186E chipset, and here it is. Till we get all the full volume pricing info, it is the same price as our dual band (non-USA) cell MODEM and a little shorter. RS232 interface DB9. This uses the OpenAT command set and will work from any of the Linux systems, Arduinos, or Coridium ARM boards. Did you know you can send an SMS with a simple AT command? There are a few other new products, including internal quad band MODEMs from Kingbird. Posting shortly.
Everyone's tool kit needs a caliper, and nearly every electronics site sells one. We brought in a batch at a really great price. After shipping costs we saw why they all sell for $14.95. So now we sell them too, but probably only till they run out. They have a nice, tough plastic box. Add one to the shopping cart for your tool kit. Or get a couple extra. You won't be sorry. Extra-large digital readout.
April 4th: We have added the Coridium PROplus to our Arduino pin-compatible ARM boards. Most of you are probably not in love with BASIC, but this nice little ARM Cortex M3 averages more than 25 million LINES of compiled BASIC per second! It doesn't get much easier than BASIC and this special compiler includes all the I/O and still keeps a small list of keywords. I/O is all 5V tolerant.
Feb 13th: How about a couple of new products? PoE is gaining more users all the time. Here are a couple of very useful PoE passive power injectors. The 8 port is only 6 inches wide and fits just about anywhere. The 16 port is a heavy gauge steel for 19" racks, but you can mount it any place it will fit. It is less than 2 inches deep, and leaves room for a barrel jack plug for power. We tested some cool MuRata DC/DC converters that take up to 37 volts and deliver 5v or 3.3v and will post some part numbers and specs. They are great for DiY PoE and have a TO-220 form factor. DigiKey has them here.
On another note: Buyers have asked why the 7" Innolux displays are $116 and the S70 OEM is only $65. There is actually a good reason. The S70 is a simple LCD panel and drive electronics meant to be mounted by the buyer. The mounting has to be in a recessed frame with additional support. The A70 (Inn70 or Innolux 7.0) is a panel plus bezel/frame and full size PCB with matching mounting holes for the bezel. This gives full support on the back side and full mounting stiffened by a big slab of FR4 PCB.
Jan 18th: If you are desperate for some good solid tech fun, check out the free online DSP books linked here: DSPGuru.
Jan 4th: Good news everyone! More Mini210s have arrived! Backorders will ship tomorrow. These are so cool. They've got 512M RAM, built-in WiFi, USB2.0, and all that stuff. Aside from the Android we have seen before, the latest DVD also has Linux (220.127.116.11) with Qtopia and QtE or Qt4. Some testing is in order.
Jan 2nd: Miracle on 112th Street - CTO Charlie: Over the weekend I had an amazing experience. Guess what? You can assemble a new computer, install Ubuntu, build cross development tools and BSP, and generate a new Linux for the Mini2440 in one day! A few weeks ago I had decided to set up a new computer for experimenting with some Linux tool variations, to be followed by Mini2440/Mini6410 GUI tests. I ordered this "Bare Bones" system from Tiger Direct with a quad core AMD and 8Gbytes of DRAM. There was also a sale and rebate for Acer monitors so I duplicated my favorite setup with a pair of these and the dual monitor stand. It was cheaper to get the monitors with rebate and the stand separately than their combination discount. I'll add a $10 video card for the second display later. For now it goes to a Mac Mini and the keyboard and mouse are switched. If you don't know about the -j option for 'make', it sets the number of threads to run. For a quad core try -j12 and watch your Linux compile drop from over an hour to about 6 minutes. Kernel compiles so fast it doesn't leave time to get a cup of coffee. I wonder what one of the 12 core Macs would be be like with -j36 or more. (When is Apple going to do a new spin on the 12 core Mac Pro and jump the 2.66 GHz up to the i5's at 3.4 GHz? That is like adding 4 more cores at the current speed (don't forget burst mode to 3.9 or 4.0)).
Saturday afternoon I gathered all the parts to begin what I thought would be a very long, frustrating process only slightly less irritating than installing Windows. I have rarely been so glad to be wrong. I assembled the computer and installed Ubuntu 11. Everything worked quite easily. No wonder Ubuntu has become so popular. I have wanted to check out the Pengutronix system for building Linux systems... read more.
Enough! People have been asking for a USB hub for the Mini2440, so we now stock a USB2.0 Octopus, or half an octopus, or more of a Squidward-type device. In any case, it expands a USB host to 4 connectors and is the kind that can dangle. Yes, we tested with a keyboard and mouse and a Mini2440 and it works great. Opened a console and typed Linux commands, etc. Very cool. That is the human side of the meter stick - inches.
Dec 8th: Good news everyone! A note from CTO Charlie: Over the weekend I was reading threads on some FriendlyARM forums and noted the number of postings like "I am new to embedded Linux and ARM. Can you tell me how to control my (gizmo of your choice)?" and, without quick answers that give total solutions some of them get a bit demanding. This got me thinking about our products and the level of sophistication, which in turn got me thinking about performance compared to some old benchmarks. I am wondering how to convey just how much computing power we can hold in our hands, and the amount of computing power it takes to make Linux seem quick and graphics look snappy.
The PDP VAX11/780 has become a standard in benchmarking. It was 32 bits and ran at about 1 MHz. And one VAX handled 64 or 128 or ??? users on a small to middle sized college campus, or a Boeing engineering division. It had a staff to keep it running, swap the big stacks of removeable hard drives, do OS updates, and work with the many people writing or running applications with remote terminals, or the Vector General vector displays and Tektronix storage tube graphics systems that had to be in the same room as the CPU. And all in a tiny amount of RAM, like 64K per user. The performance of this system is called one VAXMIPS or VMIPS. (MIPS is Million Instructions Per Second).
I had an Apple IIe (8bit 65C02) with an 8MHz accelerator, so I cheat with the Apple IIe values in the Dhrystone benchmarks. (Apple could have done 8 or 10 MHz 65C02 if they wanted the Apple II line to continue - then moved to ARM). That IIe performed at 0.18 VMIPS. That is not a very good comparison. If the Apple IIe had 128 serial cards, it would have burned up. An IBM PC/XT was a little slower and a Mac 512 was about 2 times faster (16 times faster than a base Apple IIe) at 0.35 VMIPS. Three of the earliest Macs combined had better benchmarks than a room sized VAX!
Now here is where it gets interesting. An 8MHz Arduino Pro executes the Dhrystone benchmark at 1.1 VMIPS and a Cray supercomputer from the 80's is only 11 VMIPS. The ARMMite Pro on this web site, an ARM7 at 100MHz in Arduino Pro form, does 98 VMIPS. 98 VAX's!
What about the Mini2440? ARM says the ARM9 core executing from local RAM and cache runs at a rate of 1.1 VMIPS/MHz. So, we get 445 VMIPS. 445 Vax computers? Yes, and orders of magnitude more RAM and Flash (or hard drive) than VAX users ever dreamed of. Then the Mini6410 is rated 662 VMIPS and the Mini210 Cortex A8, an awesome 1935 VMIPS. It is absolutely amazing that one person can develop sophisticated applications on these processors. The most impressive software to run on these systems is Linux. Think of the thousands of man-years invested in Linux that makes it possible for a single user to actually jump in and get a project going in a day or two. That great effort has also led to the expectations that one person who is new to embedded and Linux should be able to do the same and then complain when they can't, never realizing that what they hold in their hand is the equivalent of a building with 445 air conditioned rooms full of 1980 state of the art computing equipment and an army of support personel.
Here is the benchmark list and I have added the A15 core and Intel CoreI7 with burst clocking.
| System ||Processor||Speed||VMIPS|
|Apple IIe||65C02|| 8 MHz||0.17|
|IBM PC/XT|| 8088|| 4.77 MHz||0.15|
|Mac512||68000|| 7.7 MHz||0.35|
| Arduino Pro || AT328|| 8 MHz|| 1.11|
|Cray X-MP/48|| || 105 MHz||11.00|
|ARMite Pro|| ARM7|| 100 MHz|| 98.00|
|Mini2440|| ARM9|| 405 MHz || 445.00|
|Mini6410|| ARM11|| 533 MHz|| 662.00|
| Mini210|| A8 Cortex|| 1000 MHz||1935.00|
| ARM A15|| Dual Core|| 1500 MHz|
| Intel|| Core I7||2.8 - 3.6GHz|| 10,094.00|
Nov 15th: Good news everyone! The latest herd of newly manufactured boards is coming in. Today a load of Tiny6410 with 7" LCD. The default configuration of Tiny6410 is now 256M RAM and 2G of NAND. For Mini6410 the default is 256M RAM and 1G NAND. Tomorrow we expect Mini6410 systems, and all backorders will be shipped within 24 hours.
Oct 15th: Good news everyone! So many blogs and web sites (and other resellers) have linked to our downloads as if they are their own, that it is sucking up all our bandwidth. The only easy way out looks like killing all the files until we install a security systems and set up Apache so that downloads must originate from our own pages. Sorry for the inconvenience. It is temporary.
Oct. 7th: Good news everyone! Is it a new product? Yes! The Mini210? That is right, a Mini with a hi-def 800x480 W50 LCD and the Samsung S5PV210. How fast? 1GHz. How much RAM? 512 MBytes. Are you kidding? 512? Wow! How much NAND? 1GByte. Is that all? Plus two TF/SD slots for 64 GBytes possible. Oh. But the graphics must be slow? Not at all! 2D/3D graphics acceleration and 1080P 30 fps MPEG decode/encode. Really? Encode? Yes, and on-board WiFi and HDMI video out and extra connecters for embedded access to USB and serial. Plus a lot more. A dual camera interface means the possibiity of some amazing stereo vision and robotics. About 10 in stock with some allocated for OEM evaluation. Look and see!
Sept 8th: How about a new product? These Yagi antennas provide 14 to 16 dB gain and we have them for Wifi and for GPRS/Cellular frequencies. Great for anyplace a bit out of range of a cell tower or for extending Wifi over a large piece of property. They are 24 inches long and clamp to any post up to 2.5" diameter (60cm and 6 cm) - or bolt to anything flat. Weight is a very back-packable 14oz. Set up a hot spot in a camp site. Use for Wifi across a valley in data collection. Or, as below, provide net access in a remote woodland hideaway. We are testing with a Wavecom Fastrack and anything else with an antenna connection. I supose you could aim the WiFi version out the window and down the street to a hot-spot at the coffee shop? These are Called "Wifi" at 2400 MHz and "3G" at 1920 - 2170 MHz. There is an arc in the mounting bracket that allows about plus or minus 10 degrees of elevation.
July 1st: Good news everyone! To get in the mood for some new products that are on their way, here are some short clips from the China trip.
(Yes, these comments are over a year old, but we like the pictures in China)
First is a pair of mighty fine pick and place machines making sweet music. OK, I'll add some music later. The audio is off because the conversation was rather proprietary. What is that flashy redish light? Preheat with IR diodes! It makes sure there is absolutely no moisture on the leads when they hit the solder paste on the boards. Moves a lot of parts at a time, doesn't it? Anyway, they feed straight into reflow then test and through-hole rework.
Now for somethng completely different: Here is what happens when you tell a real expert that you want to try another kind of NAND Flash. Note no solda-wick or anything. Just a can to bang the iron on to knock off excess solder.
Makin cables. Here is some cable making at one of the manufacturers of cables made for us. We can easily have custom lengths made of any typical cables.
Street of dreams. Apparently people who sell LED signs have a strong affinity for each other.
Places to go and things to do. This is a street corner in Canton (Guangzhou). Notice in the background there is an escalator to a pedestrian overpass. Everyone is going someplace and pushing carts. Whole offices worth of computers and networking stuff go by every minute or so. (Note: Top Secret Starship under construction near end of video).
June 17th: Good news everyone! Charlie, Clete, and Forrest are back from 2 weeks in China. This is not the best time of year for Seatlites to hit the 90 deg (F) 100% humidity, but we caught the Dragon Boat Festival and made a full day side trip to the Sun Yat-Sen Museum outside Guangzhou (Canton), which was definitly worthwhile. FYI, most of the place spellings that look like they are for Western pronounciation are actually PinYin, a phonetic system of using the alphabet in Chinese and is nothing like it looks. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c35GDOHgrnQ The kids are saying "I am" and the letter sound.) Guangzhou is more like "Gwang Joe". Test your ear with this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dZdGXW-EQU
Here are a few highligts. For instance we met an actual Transformer (maybe an Autobot?) named FAW. It wouldn't talk or transform but we got this picture as proof.
View from an office window. In fact, looking away from SEG. In Guangzhou there were a lot of windmills and solar collectors on the roofs. Not so much in Shenzhen. We didn't get a chance to investigate but think they are mostly used to run air-conditioning.
Of course, the SEG building in Senzhen is mandatory. The only drawback is that unless it is trade fair season, things like CDMA and GPRS MODEMs tend to be for locals and not quad band so we have to go visit the manufacturers to get samples - even if they have a booth at SEG.
The main market is the big part, the first 5 floors. More details next week! And here is Kowloon from a hotel room at North Point in Hong Kong.
May 16th: Good News Everyone! Well, maybe for everyone in the PRC? Today is financial talk day. As some of you know, the Chinese RMB or Yuan is no longer linked directly to a particular currency like the Dollar, and floats, partly determined by the market and partly by the Chinese leadership. The RMB is rising in value (to be honest, it has been undervalued for a long time) plus Western inflation is weakening the Dollar and Euro. The RMB has climbed 5% in the last two weeks alone. We have ignored it during 2011 but now the precentages are higher and affecting our ability to buy inventory and expand the product line. Beginning later this week, there will be about a 10% price increase on most items from China. We are considering ways to keep the individual SDK's as low as possible to keep the entry level products the bargains they have always been.
Aside from the good news of the price increases, there is some really good news. The new release of the StarGPS is King Cool! Now it is on a breakout board so that a typical Mini2440 COM cable (included) will power the GPS and Rx/Tx the serial connection to the GPS. Works with the Mini/Micro2440 Mini/Tiny6410. The new breakout also has a new much lower price. We will link to some nice GPS packages for Linux shortly.
May 6th: Good news everyone! Our newest batch of Tini6410-SDK70 units have a new mounting scheme. The SDK carrier board is mounted reversed (as you always could if you wanted) but with shorter FFC cable through a slot and a set of short standoffs so you can lay it on a work surfave or mount it without interference. We have the origianl length FFC available as well as a new 50cm for those who need to mount any of the displays further from a Mini/Micro2440 or 6410.
All the click box sizes living happily together.
April 28th: Good news everyone! We have added the Mini6410 English Manual to the Downloads page. FriendlyARM did a nice job on this.
April 18th: Good news everyone! We have a few new products today. The clik-boxes for parts storage are back and we have two additional larger sizes. These things are so nice we are using them all over the company. Plus we have added three sizes of small solderless breadboards to go with our jumper wires. They interlock in nice ways and the power supply rail sections can be moved around. They are all backed by adhesive foam. The boxes and breadboards are under "Acessories" for the time being. Oh, yes. We renamed the smallest click-box the "Cube" and the next bigger one is "Small" (it was medium). The Acessory page calles them all "snap-top" but we are liking "Click-Box" better.
April 15th: Note new download of Mini2440 DVD iso on the downloads page. This is an update to our English DVD and reflects all the software currently shipping on Mini and Micro2440.
March 22nd: We have added E.L.L.K. versions for all the combinations of Mini2440 and LCDs. See the new category at the top on the left.
Feb 25th: Good news everyone! The Elk are here! The Mini2440 E.L.L.K. by Doug Abbott is an Embedded Linux Learning Kit that is a great piece of work with a tremendous amount of the good stuff without a six pound Linux book. Impossible you say? Just look!
Time for new products: First up is the G2403-M, a GRPS MODEM with industrial housing. We have some fleet customers who are ready to try this out for mobile reporting. It includes a serial cable and power supply and takes a SIM card. Be the first on your block to build your own OnStar! Add a GPS and a Mini2440 and keep track of just about anything.Note: This one i900/1800 MHz and will not work in the US. Quad bands are coming soon. They will work anywhere (Don't try Antarctica).
Many have asked if there will be a Micro6410. No. Too many manufacturers use the name 'Micro'. So, there is a Tiny6410, visible on the left of the SDK board. One of the cooler features is the backlight control. With a little more patience than this photographer had, you can adjust the backlight to match the ambient light and get great pictures of the board and display. If you need the math, the 6410 has the VFP* for you! Note Qt and QtE on the Qtopia 2.2.0 desktop. Woohoo! *(Vector Floating Point processor)
Jan 30th: Out of stock of Mini6410 128/256. All Mini6410 links now point to the new Mini6410 with 256MBytes RAM and 1GByte NAND. Those of you who ordered in the window between us running out and changing the pricing and pages, will get the larger memory version. We are also out of the miniUSB cables used by the 6410 boards. If you can get one localy, we will ship without the cable. This was going to be a new product announcement over the weekend. More of the 128/256 are coming but Spring Festival starts soon in China and things will be slowed down till some time after February 12th.
New Products this week: We start of with the simple and useful. These "click" boxes interlock and are great for small parts. The small one is sold in 10x8 blocks of 80 for $19.95 and the larger model is sold in 2x8 blocks of 16 for $5.95. Very nifty! Great word, nifty.
High Quality German power supply. 5.2V and 2.4A with barrel adapter for Mini/Micro2440 and Mini6410. CE and all the good certs. $9.95.
Univeral RS232. This adpater works with the TTL COM ports on Mini2440, Micro2440, and Mini6410. $12.95
USB to RS232 Converter: We have been giving these away with ARM9 SDKs if requested for about 2 years to help insure success with the product. There is nothing like a happy customer. Need more? $9.95
Jan 5th: Do you develope your Linux software with NFS (Network FIle System) so your working directories are on your work station and mounted over Ethernet on your Mini/Micro2440 or Mini6410? Don't like to mess with your Ethernet setup and plug the target system into a hub? You need a USB to Ethernet converter! Add more ports with this simple device (and simplify your addressing)! Use static IP for your development system. Yes, there is an RJ45 in the end of the green part. Sorry for the picture. Hmmm. At $9.95 I wonder about using my PC as a server with several of these.....
Dec 1: Have you been frustrated trying to do downloads with USB in Linux? Check the improved s3c2410 boot usb utility. (In the "Other Linux" section).
What can you do with a Supercomputer in your pocket?*
We are outgrowing our space and will have to move for the second time in a year. Charlie thinks he found the perfect new location. We think it was the price that got him. Let's see how it looks with a nice ARMWorks sign.
"Experience Gained is Directly Proportional to the Amount of Equipment Destroyed." *
Embedded Linux? Violating the Laws of Nature since 2004!
What can you do with a Supercomputer in your pocket?**
Don't settle for less when you can have sense and simplicity!
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Many people have asked "Who is Charlie?". He answers some emails and phone calls and writes various home page items. If you really want to know, here are a couple of (interupted) takes from a demo when he was a physics lecturer. And a test of our YouTube account while we figure out how to embed the video in this CMS and what to set on Youtube so a bunch of irrelevant videos are not displayed.
Good news everyone! is the well known standard Professor Farnsworth greating.
*Dr. C. Towne Springer quoting Professor Z. F. Danes. A famous Danes thought experiment was proposed at an American Geophysical Union convention in the mid 1960s. A NASA scientist was speaking on the upcoming Moon missions and proclaimed that once they had some Moon rock they would be able to explain the origin and evolution of the Moon. Danes stood for attention and asked "What if it is basalt?". The speaker paused and asked him to please repeat the question. Danes replied "You said if you had a Moon rock you could tell us the origin and history of the Moon. What if it is basalt?". Of course, there was no answer because the claim was fantastic and part of the politics of the space program, not the science. Danes has never been patient with exagerations or outlandish statements by scientists.
What is the opposite of a positron? A negatron, of course.
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