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19 05, 2016

NAND Flash types in embedded: SLC, MLC, TLC, pSLC

By | May 19th, 2016|Application Notes, LInux, System on Module|0 Comments

Does it matter what type of Flash is used for a SoM eMMC? It's very common for a large (4 or 8GB) eMMC Flash device to be offered as an alternative to a small NAND device, or an SD card, for storage of the (compressed) boot image, or other non-volatile storage requirements. But although these devices [...]

1 03, 2016

Secure Boot Service for i.MX6 TRITON-TX module

By | March 1st, 2016|System on Module|0 Comments

Freescale / NXP High Assurance Boot secures modules Hacking of production embedded systems in the field should be an immediate concern to all projects. Happily, for i.MX6 family processors (and some earlier i.MX family devices too), Freescale / NXP provides a system call High Assurance Boot or HAB for short. And it's the basis [...]

21 12, 2015

TX6 (i.MX6 based module) Support for Yocto and Qt5

By | December 21st, 2015|Application Notes, LInux, System on Module|0 Comments

Application note: i.MX6 TRITON-TX module Yocto setup how-to Setting up with a Yocto build is a frequently asked question, and so I've compiled the steps into an Application Note. The first paragraphs are below, but you need to go to our Application Notes page to read in  full or download... Requirements For Yocto a Linux [...]

27 11, 2015

Our new YouTube channel – Theobroma A31-uQ7 devkit unboxing

By | November 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

If you would like to see William White and I making fools of ourselves, take a look at our first ever video, featuring unboxing of the very photogenic A31-uQ7 quad-core module devkit. Unfortunately the camera doesn't love the presenters quite so much. But rather than try to polish the whole thing with edits - we [...]

4 11, 2015

Do we really need standard pinouts for ARM modules?

By | November 4th, 2015|LInux, New Products, System on Module|2 Comments

Our recently-announced quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 module, the A31-uQ7 is based on a standard Qseven pinout - something we've not felt necessary over the last 15 years of pioneering the system-on-module market. So has something changed? While standard pinouts find good use in the x86 world, there have been 3 reasons why they are less prevalent on [...]

9 06, 2015

Will Windows 10 IoT Core replace Windows CE?

By | June 9th, 2015|Compact vNext, Windows 10 IoT, Windows Embedded|0 Comments

Windows 10 is coming this summer,  on July 29th we’re told. Although Windows CE (currently aka Windows Embedded Compact 2013) will continue to be supported, should we expect embedded projects based on CE - or for that matter on Linux - to rush to the new OS? The 3 flavours of Windows 10 IoT are [...]

15 05, 2015

Freescale Yocto support on i.MX6 modules

By | May 15th, 2015|LInux, System on Module|0 Comments

i.MX6 module with mainline Linux and Yocto support The Linux kernel supporting the TRITON-TX pin-compatible range of system-on-modules is substantially mainline - i.e. being maintained to keep as close as possible to the current Linux kernel version. This has obvious advantages. But it has also resulted in the assumption that we don't support Yocto [...]

22 04, 2015

Windows Embedded CE 6, Compact 7 and 2013 still a viable choice

By | April 22nd, 2015|Compact 7, Embedded Compact, Windows Embedded, Windows Embedded CE 6.0|0 Comments

I've recently been working on a number of customer Windows Embedded projects and as part of this I had the opportunity to visit the office of some old colleagues at the design services company Bytesnap. While there I was interviewed about Windows Embedded CE 6 and how it's still a viable choice for embedded designs. If you'd like [...]

5 03, 2015

Product Lifecycle Issues with System-on-Modules

By | March 5th, 2015|System on Module|0 Comments

We have now been supplying modules for over 20 years, and are currently offering a longevity guarantee of 10 years for new design ins. Very nice, but what are the implications and challenges from the user perspective of using a module over a long period? Despite our best efforts (and the level of effort that [...]

20 10, 2014

Meet the Direct Insight team – EDS 22nd/23rd Oct 2014

By | October 20th, 2014|Event|0 Comments

Just a note to say we have stand #F8 at the Embedded Design Show. Which will be co-located with the Electronics Design Show and Engineering Design Show. These award-winning exhibitions were created to champion British engineering and are entirely targeted at electronic and design engineers making this a must attend event for anyone working in this industry. [...]