Wednesday, November 22, 2017
The Toradex blog encapsulates key insights and updates from our developers that would help provide an in-depth understanding of our product portfolio and its many advantages. Additionally, trends and tools are outlined in order to keep you abreast with developments at Toradex.
Currently, graphical user interfaces (GUIs) are used in a large number of embedded projects. GUIs allow users to interact with digital devices through graphical elements like icons and other indicators present on the screen. Good GUIs are important for embedded devices, as they improve ease of use and help users to understand a device’s operation more readily.
Cloud services have been a reality for some years already. Right now, one of the biggest concepts in the field is the Internet of Things, or IoT for short. When we electronics folk think of the cloud, the first thing that comes to our minds is connecting several devices to it and uploading data to be visualized, stored and analyzed - among other possibilities. Of course, other uses may come to mind, too.
One thing we don't always realize is that the cloud can be much more than simply an IoT tool, or something only large corporations have access to. We can make use of the cloud for everyday tasks, too. As a matter of fact, that's the motivation behind this article - taking a time-consuming task and using the cloud to simplify our lives a little!
In this guest blog post, Diamond Systems explains considerations to use Computer Modules for an application inside an emergency response vehicle. Diamond Systems is a valued member of the Toradex Partner Network providing off-the-shelf ready-to-use Carrier Boards for Toradex Modules.
In this blog post, our partner TES Electronic Solutions GmbH presents a customizable 3D Surround View Turn-Key solution based on the Toradex Apalis iMX6 SoM that can be quickly adapted concerning the specific requirements of the targeted vehicle.
You most likely have heard about the recent WannaCry cyber attack. With IoT, there are more and more connected embedded devices, so security is a big concern. After WannaCry, requests about security peaked, especially among Windows CE/Windows Embedded Compact users. Here's a short blog post reflecting our view.
In this post, our partner Antmicro provides details of its brand-new Android 7.1 demo image for Toradex Apalis TK1 and the accompanying TK1 baseboard, bringing a familiar, cutting-edge UI experience to a small form-factor, high-performance Tegra™ K1 solution, easy to embed in your product.
This is a series of articles aiming to demystify the development of embedded systems using Heterogeneous Multicore Processing architecture powered SoCs. Through a practical approach and presentation of several demos, this will provide to you a quick start to your development.
The flash storage is often a topic on our support channels. Toradex invests a lot of resources into making the storage as reliable as possible. Nevertheless, it is important to understand some basics of the underlying storage device. One of the most important things you have to know: the storage wears out, you can destroy your storage device by writing a lot to the built-in storage device. With this post, we want to give you a basic overview of potential issues flash storage can have.
Traditionally, microcontrollers are used for systems with deterministic real-time response. With the increasing need for higher performance, exciting UI and high-speed connectivity in end-products, many system designers are inclined to use application processors or SoCs with a feature-rich OS, a combination that may compromise real-time response. In this blog post, we present three approaches to add real-time behaviour in SoC-based designs.
Despite OpenEmbedded/Yocto being nice tools to generate your image, using the build system to compile and test tiny alterations applied to independent packages, although possible, can become confusing and slow. Read this post for details on the author's suggestion on how to alter the kernel and add the changes to OpenEmbedded/Yocto.
Wondering whether to use Android or Linux for your next embedded product development? In this post, our partner Antmicro attempts to answer this question and also discusses the differences and commonalities between these two operating systems.
Over 10 years ago, we wrote some small pieces of WinCE code in order to demonstrate different features of our computer on modules (CoM), or system on modules (SoM); for example: GPIOs, I2C, Analog Inputs (ADC), etc. With the pure demo purpose in our minds we didn’t pay attention to things like maintenance, compatibility across different modules, etc. However, these demos were used by a huge Windows Embedded Compact customer base. We received more and more support and feature requests which we then started to integrate into the demo code. As a result, we got the library package for our PXA and Tegra® based SoMs as it exists today.
The development of a carrier board can be divided into 3 main tasks, system design, schematic capture, and layout. In my previous blog post, I have already talked about the system design and the schematic capturing. Here, I would like to give you some insights to the third phase of the design, the layout. I personally enjoy this phase since it requires a lot of imagination and experience. Also in this part, I would like to focus on designing a low-cost carrier board for a Toradex computer module.
This is a Guest Blog Post by Antmicro, a Toradex Partner since many years. Antmicro can support Toradex customers in integrating Toradex modules in their own application, including product design with customized Toradex carrier boards or with custom software. Antmicro has a wide spectrum of SW and HW capabilities, for this blog they will focus on their knowledge around CUDA® and Vision Processing and on the new Toradex Apalis TK1 SoM, based on NVIDIA’s powerful Tegra® K1 SoC.
In the previous blog posts, my colleagues already brought up many arguments for using a computer module for your next hardware project. So, let us assume you have taken the decision in favour of a SoM and you now want to know how to start with your carrier board design. I would like to give you some valuable information and insights that can help in successfully designing a low-cost carrier board for a Toradex Module.
This is the third – and final – part of a series of articles introducing how to start developing an IoT solution. It focuses on using the cloud services provided by Azure to provide easily understandable data visualization and business intelligence. The embedded system chosen for this purpose was a Toradex customized SBC solution: the Colibri VF61 SoM + the Iris Carrier Board.
This blog post explores various ways to view and record videos using Toradex Colibri VF61 Computer on Module (CoM) running Embedded Linux. Various operations such as video recording, video playback, video streaming, etc. are demonstrated in this post.