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1. Indroduction Python is a great general purpose high level programming language. It is beneficial for many reasons, one being that its simple syntax rules allows the language code to be readable and maintanable. It is fairly easy to develop also due to the wide array of available packages to support most types of development. When it comes to embedded development you may be asking why Python over C or C++. Each has their own advantages of course, mainly coming down to the debate of developmen ...
1. Introduction The MaaXboad by Avnet is based on the NXP i.MX 8M processor running quad Arm® Cortex®-A53s and a single Cortex-M4 core. Out of box the MaaXBoard supports both a Debian based linux image and a Android 9 image. In this blog lets discover what the Android enviroment has to offer.   To allow for a simple setup i'll be using a keyboard, mouse, and an external HDMI monitor to communicate with the MaaXBoard. If you wish you could connect to the board via TTL or use a SS ...
One of the main key drivers behind hardware adoption tends for any platform to be the availability of software resources. In the case of the MaaXBoard things are no different. Lets discuss what is currently available and what is to come!   First lets talk about the currently available resources.   Currently Available Resources   Debian Linux Out of Box Image - The Debian Out of Box Image is a users first experience with getting their MaaXBoard up and running. In the Quick Start ...
The other week Avnet attended the Consumer Electronics Showcase (CES)! There Avnet showcased many IoT Platforms and example applications where the Avnet ecosystem can be applied.  One such demo showcased was an example of a Smart Crane which addresses the Industrial and Construction vertical markets.   A brief overview of what was shown was a dashboard application that would display what an operator would see, in which you control the movement of the crane using a controller. As you ...
Introduction   On its surface, this is a simple question and chances are, if you’re already reading this, you’re smarter than the average electronically inclined bear and already know the answer. For those of you who are still getting a handle on the basics, let’s dive into the details.   What is a Microprocessor?   Like a brain to a body, a microprocessor is an integral part of any computer system. You can separate the two for sure, but they’re not all tha ...
Introduction     While it might be tempting to lump Single Board Computers (SBC’s) and Dev Boards together, as many retailers do for the sake of convenience, SBCs and Dev Boards have distinct roles and functionalities which separate them. Here’s how to tell the two apart and decide which board, or combination of the two (there are no rules!), will be right for your next project or mass-market, whizzbang IoT gadget:     What is an SBC?   Lower cost, lower pr ...
Rice farmers in Asia have always used ducks to keep their plants pest-free, acting as a healthier, natural solution to pesticides. Ducks work in rice fields by waddling around flooded areas, rooting out weeds and devouring insects. Their manure is an added bonus too, providing fertilizer for farmers. Nowadays, times are changing, and with recent technological advancements, ducks will no longer be a necessity for farmers to rely on. Their prowess could eventually be replaced by robots. Named af ...
Introduction The NVIDIA Jetson Nano is a compact board approximately 70x45mm in size, with a large heatsink : ) It's got a very powerful microchip, the NVIDIA Tegra X1, which contains four ARM applications processor cores, as well as 128 graphics processing units (GPU). GPUs are used for more than graphics purposes, because it turns out that some of the interesting applications for computers today, to do with neural networks, which can be used to recognise patterns with ever increasing accuracy, ...
Scientists have designed and developed a robotic shrimp that's eerily similar to the pistol shrimp. The pistol shrimp is just a few inches in length and has a massive claw that is so strong it can knock out its prey with the shockwave when the claw snaps. Once the claws come together, bubbles develop, collapse and shoot out a bolt of plasma that creates a flash of light with temperatures reaching 8,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Researchers explain how they designed a robotic claw inspired from the pis ...
Hot Wheels has always been great at giving users the virtual experience for the past few years when it comes to toy cars. Their toys like Hot Wheels AI, Mindracers and Augmoto all have been focused on making it a driving experience that is  played like a video game. This year, Hot Wheels has finally created something that will please their fans - the new TechMods set. The vehicle is controlled by an app, and you build the vehicle yourself and which can be controlled with your phone. The pro ...
I'm looking for  a $1 single board computer or controller that can control 60 LEDs, a buzzer, 2 three digit seven segment displays and one buzzer.  This controller must be acurate to a second. is there such a controller?  Is there a controller or a group of components in this cost range? ...
Introduction I recently needed a small form-factor computer and I was lucky enough to get given an Intel NUC (model NUC7i3DNKE) as part of my work. I thought I’d take some photos of it as I explored it.   My primary use-case will be to use it for demos. It is very small so it can be taken with me when I travel. However, there are other uses planned for it too.   In the drive for a silent environment to work in, I hardly ever turn on the desktop PC. The laptop works fine for m ...
NASA to send robotic bees to Mars in an attempt to study the planet further. The space agency has implemented this idea ahead of sending humans to our neighbor planet. The image shows a concept of how Marsbees would work. (Photo via NASA)   What’s the next step after Mars rovers? Swarms of robots!   Dubbed “Marsbee,” a swarm of robotic bees are being planned to boost and support a central rover. The rovers have some limited capacities in their technology, but that ...
Introduction The Leap Motion Controller is something that can be used as an input device for a computer (desktop/laptop or a single board computer). It can be placed on the desk, or if desired can be strapped onto a virtual reality (VR) headset if you have one. In brief, when it sees your hand or hands, it can analyse them to figure out where your fingers, palms and so on, are in three dimensional space. It can also figure out certain movements such as swipes. You could use it for controlling st ...
merlinuk55

diy sbc

Posted by merlinuk55 Feb 24, 2018
hi all i am not new to eletronics but i am new to microcontrolers and sbc but i was wondering were do i start in building my own sbc i know you need the basics the prosesor ram rom and mic parts ...

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