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Linaro announces launch of 96Boards Consumer Edition Specification v2.0

Linaro is pleased to announce the launch of the 96Boards Consumer Edition Specification v2.0. The specification has been updated to address the ever-increasing demands of high performance computing applications such as AI, mixed-reality, intelligent HMI, automotive and 5G.


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In recognition of the significant progress that has been made in silicon and IP development, 96Boards Consumer Edition V2.0 shows our continued commitment to building a coherent ecosystem around the latest and greatest silicon technology

Linaro Ltd, the open-source collaborative engineering organization developing software for the Arm® ecosystem, today announced the publication of 96Boards Consumer Edition Specification v2.0. The new specification is available to download here

96Boards is Linaro’s initiative to build a single software and hardware community across low-cost development boards based on Arm technology. The consumer edition provides developers with a low cost platform for running standard Linux-based OS, including Android. It is targeted at open source community software development, the maker community and embedded system OEMs requiring low cost off-the-shelf CPU modules. 

The Consumer Edition Specification v 2.0 has been updated to address the ever-increasing demands of high performance computing applications such as AI, mixed-reality, intelligent HMI, automotive and 5G. As a result, it includes additional low and high speed communication interfaces, PCIe for external acceleration or 5G modems, ethernet, field buses, multi-cameras and multi-display interfaces such as CSI-2/DSI/LVDS/eDP.

“In recognition of the significant progress that has been made in silicon and IP development, 96Boards Consumer Edition V2.0 shows our continued commitment to building a coherent ecosystem around the latest and greatest silicon technology”, said Dr. Yang Zhang, Director of 96Boards at Linaro. ”We recognise the diverse use cases supported by the availability of AI accelerators and we see the need for standardised connectivity which was apparent in products developed against the V1.0 specification. We also understand the need for increased levels of IP integration such as PCIe, USB3 and multiple MIPI interfaces for advanced applications. We have addressed all of these challenges in the 96Boards Consumer Edition V2.0 specification. Whilst doing so, we have kept backward compatibility so that products designed using the new specification will be able to leverage the same mezzanine ecosystem built around the previous V1.0 specification.” 

The 96Boards Consumer Edition Specification v2.0 includes the following features

1. Ultra-small low-profile “card” form factor - 85 x 54 x 12mm

  • Footprint compatible Extended Version option - 85 x 100 x 12mm 

2. Design is SoC independent (targets 32 or 64 bit SoCs)
3. 0.5GB RAM (Minimum 4GB recommended for Android)
4. MicroSDHC Socket for up to 64GB on-board or expansion flash storage
5. Wifi 802.11g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 LE
6. On Board Connectors and expansion I/O

  • 2x USB Type A or Type C host ports (USB2.x or 3.x)
  • USB Type C slave
  • Display output shall be available on one of the following:​

             a) HDMI/audio on HDMI full size or micro connector

             b) MHL display/audio on display microUSB

             c) DisplayPort /MHL display /audio on USB Type C

  • Low profile 40 way female header for maker/community use
  • Low profile 60 way high speed female module header for advanced maker/OEM use with high speed interfaces including MIPI-DSI, USB and optional MIPI CSI-2
  • Board power from low profile DC Jack connector

Provided that the above specification is implemented in full, additional functionality can be added. 

96Boards Manufacturing Partner Beiqi Cloud has developed two new boards which are compliant with the new specification. The TB-96AIoT-1126CE is based on Rockchip’s RV1126 while the TB-96AI-3568-CE is based on the RK3568 platform. The two boards can share one mezzanine board and will be available to purchase in May here.

The TB-96AIoT-1126CE (which is based on Rockchip RV1126) is a low cost platform with integrated ISP and dual camera, TPU and ethernet port.  It can be used in a wide range of different scenarios, such as:

  • IPC Smart Webcam Product
  • Battery IPC, Smart DoorBell, Cat Eye Products
  • Gate Lock/Access Control/Attendance Products
  • Education and Training Industry
  • Internet of Things Artificial Intelligence Other Application Fields

The TB-96AI-3568-CE (which is based on Rockchip RK3568) supports Quad core Arm Cortex A55, Mali-G522EE GPU,0.8Tops NPU RKNN, 4K H.264/H.265 decode, multi channel video decoding, as well as colorful high speed interfaces such as PCIe/SATA/ETH and multi display interfaces. It is mainly used in mid to high end applications such as IoT gateways, NVR storage, industrial control panels, industrial detection, industrial control boxes, karaoke, cloud terminals and vehicle central control.

About Linaro
Linaro leads collaboration in the Arm ecosystem and helps companies work with the latest open source technology. The company has over 250 engineers working on more than 70 open source projects, developing and optimizing software and tools, ensuring smooth product roll outs, and reducing maintenance costs. Work happens across a wide range of technologies including artificial intelligence, automotive, datacenter & cloud, edge & fog computing, high performance computing, IoT & embedded and mobile. Linaro is distribution neutral: it wants to provide the best software foundations to everyone by working upstream, and to reduce costly and unnecessary fragmentation. The effectiveness of the Linaro approach has been demonstrated by Linaro consistently being listed as one of the top ten company contributors, worldwide, to Linux kernels since 3.10. To ensure commercial quality software, Linaro’s work includes comprehensive test and validation on member hardware platforms. The full scope of Linaro engineering work is open to all online. To find out more, please visit https://www.linaro.org and https://www.96Boards.org.

About Beiqi Cloud
Beiqi Cloud is a 96Boards Manufacturing Lead partner, and also one of the most powerful solution designers and manufacturers of the Rockchip SOC platform. The supporting manufacturers have passed ISO9001-2008, ISO 14001-2004 and OHSAS 18001-2001. Please contact sales@beiqicloud.com for business cooperation. For more information about the SoM boards and Carrier board, please visit http://www.beiqicloud.com.

About Rockchip
Rockchip is one of China’s leading fabless semiconductor companies and has been honored with China Chip Awards twelve times. Since its establishment, Rockchip has been committed to providing technical innovation and prompt support to fuel successful growth for customers. Being a pioneering IC design company, Rockchip offers comprehensive and professional end-to-end SoC (system-on-chip) for AI, smart voice, IPC, fast charger, tablet, IPTV/OTT-Box, ARM PC, embedded applications, VR, robot, drone, image processor, CVR, Internet of Things (IoT) and smart audio products. For more information, please visit https://www.rock-chips.com/a/en/. 
 

 


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