Plan Ahead for Spring Festival

Planning for Spring Festival: There is still time for an order to be placed now and shipped after Feb 5th. The Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year occurs on a Lunar calendar. This year, FriendlyELEC (FriendlyARM) will be closed from January 25th to February 5th.

Good news everyone! We are going to have a company name change. We are changing from ARMWorks LLC to EigenWorx. What? Yes. EigenWorx. And we will be designing and manufacturing some industrial embedded systems which will be in our EigenBoards family. We will remain the FriendlyARM North and South American distributor and source for support. Also, FriendlyARM is now FriendlyELEC and is in the process of doing the name change throughout their manufacturing process and documentation, etc. Why all this you ask? ARM Limited is cracking down on any dilution of their trade name and mark. Anyone with capitalized "ARM" in their company or product names has been getting letters from law firms. This is understandable. They don't want ARM to become generic like Kleenex and Xerox. It is a bit late, and we have been using ARMWorld and ARMWorks since 1990, but who is going to fight with a company that just sold for $32 billion? The change will be easy because our domain is and not affected. ARM Limited wants our redirection site,, turned over to them, but they will have to fight it out with the folks at since there are no caps in domain names. (One of us mentioned that if he had kept his Apple stock from the 1980's he could have bought ARM Limited!)

Now, why "EigenBoards"? First, it has a nice sound to it. Second, anyone who studies engineering or physics or math will recognize the reference to eigenvectors and eigenvalues which are the solutions to linear algebra / matrix equations. These are often the solutions to mechanics problems in motion and rotation and found in a lot of other places, like quantum mechanics. This is a bit obscure but the implication that the boards are the solutions to your problems will be a recurring theme. (Eignevalue is often translated form the German as "characteristic value". The value and the vector describe the solution. Here, the Mona Lisa photos are a nice explanation The third reason is that the domain name hoarders have grabbed up everything with "Works" or "Tech" or just about anything cool and want $45,000 for the name. One person has actually got the entire Greek alphabet with "Works" tacked on the end. AlphaWorks, BetaWorks, GammaWorks, DeltaWorks .....

Jan 2, 2017: Good news everyone! A limited number of Smart4418 core modules are on hand. A quad core module that fits the Smart210 SDK and can drive the hi-def displays like the HD101! Or the new Smart4418 SDK shown below (available by pre-order).

Note: Thanks to the low cost of China Post, we are referring all NanoPi purchases direct to FriendlyELEC in Guangzhou. You can see the pages here with links to the direct product pages. If you need a batch for a group buy or a class, give us a call or email. We can probably save you some shipping.

New products: T28 2.8 inch SPI display. NanoPi2-Fire, New low cost GPS-01X710  low cost 7 inch cap touch display, NanoPi M1 quad core A7, and the incredible NanoPC-T3  8 core Cortex A57 64 bit ARM!


The Smart210-SDK is just what it says. A Smart choice for design and application. What is so smart about it? Just about everything! First, the Smart210 Core Module has all its voltage regulators on board plus the Ethernet chip. If you plan to plug the core onto a design of your own, the Ethernet is taken care of and the regulation. See the Smart210 Core Module page for more goodness. The single Cortex A8 runs fast and cool. Second, the Smart210 module is pin compatible with the Smart4418. Need more processing juice? Pop in the Quad Core Cortex A9 4418 at 1.4GHz. Now if that isn't enough, the module is ALSO pin compatible with the Smart6818 Core Module - 8 cores of Cortex A53.  1GHz A8, 1.2GHZ Quad A9, 1.4GHz Octo A53. You choose your caliber. As needs change, you change the module, not your whole design and interface. With their built in voltage regulation and power control, the Smart Core Modules can take 2 to 6V as input power.

Good news everyone! We have added the first product to the Experimenters section. Just a little Arduino Nano compatible board. We call it the NanoAT and it is a 16MHz ATMega 328P about as long as a silver dollar is wide. These things are such a blast and solve so many problems. Programs download over the USB connection and the official Arduino tools and IDE work just fine. (That silver dollar is worth 4 times as much as the NanoAT in silver content alone!)