Sept 1: Good news everyone! I (Charlie) took a little trip last week to Spokane, Washington to meet some people and talk about products. This involved driving 5 hours into the smoke and fires of the region and a couple days of good healthy smoke breathing. While in the Palouse region I did a some combine riding and was struck by an old question. When a combine is old enough to merrit a retrofit control system, is it too old to make it worthwhile? As computing power gets very very cheap and laser cut panels are easier and easier, the linear programmingcost/benefit model on this looks more worthwhile every year. For example, older machines use a pendulum in an oil pot and microswitches for self-leveling. Obviously this is a job for the mulitiple degree of freedom sensors used in quadcopters and self ballancing robots. There are also safety concerns where a switch flipped at the wrong time will break a big expensive belt and cause other havok. Engine RPM sensing and a little code can prevent costly mistakes. Newer combines have wider headers (cut a wider swath of wheat or peas or barlley) and are more efficient in terms of time, but they cost a small fortune. I was pondering this while a relative was cutting canola on a big flat and there was not much to pay attention to. This will take more info to pencil out. Meanwhile, here is a NanoPi and P43. Now With More Canola!
Aug 25: Good news everyone! We are very excited to announce serious price reductions on FriendlyARM products. Thanks to our new relationship with FriendlyARM and some decisions about tiered pricing, board and display prices have dropped as much as 20% (actually quite a bit more in some cases). Plus we have dropped the standard tiered pricing. Instead we are applying the 10 piece discount across the site and showing a single price. Volume buyers can simply phone or email. Less clutter, better prices, fewer boxes for our minions to fill in. Everyone is a winner! New prices are active now. Some kited systems can be found on armworks.us that you wont find here. Your shopping cart will move with you between the two sites.
Big Price Drops! And the Boss is counting electrons!
Aug 25: Good news everyone! Here is a NanoPi with a P43 4.3" LCD display. Power is from the microUSB cable, which can also be used as Ethernet for SSH access. The keyboard is connected to the main USB. The NanoPi's Debian Jessie launches with a terminal on the display. Connect a KB and command Linux to do your bidding!
Doom anyone? Plus there are a few things happening on the ARMWorks Github account.
What is a better size comparison? An Apple II Super Serial Card?
Or an Altoids tin?
As you can see, we have a nice box that will simplify shipping plus a handy guide in the flap. Very nice job FriendlyARM! Free microUSB cable included for a limited time. That means the nice box will be inside a padded envelope with the cable. The NanoPi has no Flash storage. The Linux kernel, file system, and data are on your uSD/TF card. Card not included. Loading Linux on your own card is very easy.
Here is a NanoPi mount 3D printed today. The mounting holes came out a little off with our printer (Rapide 3D). We will check the file before posting.
NanoPi Note: As of this weekend Debian Jessie is running on the NanoPi. Loaded system description and resource usage coming soon.
The new NanoPi from FriendlyARM is a 400 MHz Samsung S3C2451 ARM9 with a GPIO header that is compatible with the Raspberry Pi. It also has WiFi and Bluetooth (BT 10M range in tests). MicroUSB provides power for development or application and can be a serial device or Ethernet for SSH. The camera interface has the typical CMOS camera FFC connector. Power use is low and size is only 30 x 75mm.
We have high hopes for the NanoPi as a sophisticated Debian/Python based IoT device or for education or for Mini2440 and Mini2451 users who need a smaller footprint. A family of add-ons and instrument boards is nearly ready and the NanoPi works with the excellent FriendlyARM LCD displays. Check the details on the product page. There is some info over on Charlie's blog http://comedicles.com/
Big announcement day! July 23, 2015. This is "CTO Charlie" and I have not been active in the business for the last 14 months. We have just finished the legal and financial part of an exciting change in company status. Industrial ARMWorks was a DBA of Toone Enterprises. Now the company is simply ARMWorks, LLC. The new ownership is divided amongst Charles Springer, the guy who answers his phone as Charlie, Prof. Forrest Bao, PhD and chief computer science advisor (a computer scientist who is in much demand - we can post a regular schedule of conferences he is attending). And FriendlyARM Computer Company's owner and chief designer. We are changing the organization of web sites and product pages. There will be changes in product names, at least the extended name, that will simplify ordering and inventory contriol.
There will be old products phased out and some very cool new products. Meetings start today and there will be new anouncements next week. In the meantime, thanks to our regular customers and OEMs for dealing with some of the confusion. If you have a problem ordering a product you are familiar with or have any difficulty with the sites, please call or email. The phones may be answered sporadically for a few days of owners and staff meetings while we work on strategery.
You can expect: More and better support. Easier product selection, Wiki for each product, Open Source code on Github, continued Debian and Python support as well as products with MicroPython (We are original supporters of MicroPython and if not for the company purchase delays would be in the thick of it. Lovely stuff.), tutorials and video demonstrations and classes/tutorials. Advanced technical assitance and drivers for much more in the way of I/O devices and methods in C, C++, and Python. Also, Charlie is pretty handy with ARM assembly code. A new emphasis on custom design and manufacturing on the ProAM/OEM side of things. Lots of new sensors and break-outs for higher resolution professional level instrument work. Plus some surprises. Again, thanks for your patience while we move into this new phase.
Aside from the awesomeness of being black, and saying "ARMWorks", it has a couple other features. First, the microphone, ADC test pot, and the piezo buzzer can all be removed (unsoldered - they are through hole parts) and a 6 pin socket gives access to those signals. You can see it in the lower left here, by the user buttons. OEMs may order boards without the three parts and the GPIO and bus extension headers unpopulated. Oh, and 1G SLC NAND to make sure there are open source drivers.
However, the coolest feature is a write protect jumper for the EEPROM. Why is this so cool? There is now a place to safely store an Ethernet address, phone number, serial number or anything that will fit in 256 bytes. The EEPROM is independent of the NAND flash so you can switch OS's, reburn the flash, or anything else and still get to EEPROM data that uniquely identifies the board. This also opens the way to ship boards with different Ethernet addresses. On the current boards, in order to have more than one on a network, we have to fiddle with the bootloader or the Linux or other OS and configure each board. And do it again if any changes are made and NAND is rewritten. With the EEPROM, we can quickly load the data then remove the jumper for the write-enable.
with 1024x600, precise resistive touch screen
LED backlight, backlight adjustable
With a fixed panel, size: 25x16cm - power supply: 5V/2A
The hugely popular Mini2440 has been updated. The Mini2451 has 128 MBytes of RAM and a bunch of other new features. Size, connector locations, mounting holes are all the same as Mini2440 with two welcome exceptions. The PSU barrel jack is now the same as all other FriendlyARM boards, and the USB Device is a MiniUSB connector and still in the same location. Make that three. The bus expansion header is replaced by a standard SDIO header. The S3C2451 processor is made in Samsung's 90 nm process and is so much smaller that the whole Mini2451 uses 1/3 the power of the Mini2440. The S3C2440 chip production has been halted by Samsung. We have plenty for OEMs who need time to switch. But we encourage all new customers to use the Mini2451 (or Mini210S, etc.).
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