On orangepi forum was released pictures of new Orange Pi single-board computer which si called Orange Pi Zero Plus ORANGE PI 2G-IOT.

As you can see on the picture, the main component - processor, is RDA8810PL by RDA electronics.

About RDA8810PL
MCU subsystem:

- ARM Cortex-A5 with FPU up to 1 GHz
- GSM/GPRS/EDGE modem

Memory interface:
- 2 Gb (256MB) LPDDR2 SDRAM
- 4 Gb (512MB) SLC NAND flash
- two SDIO interfaces for TF cards and WiFi
- support eMMC memory, SPI-NAND and SPI-NOR...
 


New version of router board called Banana Pi - R2 (BPI-R2) by SinoVoip.

The first version includes 5 gigabit ports and also SATA interface.

The second version of router board contains Mediatek MT7623A processor up to 1.3GHz (quad-core Cortex A7), which includes Mali-450 GPU, 2 GB RAM, eMMC 8 GB FLASH, also 5 gigabit ports...
 


Maybe you have not ESP32 module, but if you plan to buy it, you should check this tutorial "ESP32 in Arduino IDE for Mac and Debian/Ubuntu".

On this page you find what to do for correct working ESP32 in Arduino IDE.

After these steps you check if it works properly through example program, WiFi scanner, which you load to ESP32.

All steps there: http://randomnerdtutorials.com/installing-the-esp32-board-in-arduino-ide-mac-and-linux-instructions/
 


Espressif released info about a new development board with ESP32.

The board contains of course ESP32 module, 3.2" SPI LCD, external pSRAM memory and VGA camera interface.

ESP32 supports JTAG debuging and so you can use USB debugger. Next, you can develop with micro SD card, the board contains micro SD card slot.

All pins are connected to header.

Another info there: http://www.espressif.com/en/products/hardware/esp-wrover-kit/overview
 


NanoPi released news of a new single-board computer which is called NanoPi A64.

The CPU is used Allwinner A64 quad-core Cortex-A53 up to 1.15GHz with Mali400MP2 GPU which supports OpenGL ES2.0 and OpenGV1.1.
The amount of RAM is 1 GB DDR3 and the storage is micro SD slot which is standard for similar single-board computers...
 


The information about a new single-board computer which is called Lichee Pi One by a new company - Lichee (lychee chinese) is availble.
The news shared cnx-software.com website.

Single-board computer by Lichee wants to be interesting of course by price. The first model is Lichee Pi One and the price could be $6. The board is marked for the Chinese market for now...
 
This is the end of this year and so I would like to inform you about time4ee stats.

News:
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ST has introduced a new member of the STM32 mcu family, the STM32F413. It is the highest member of the STM32F4 Access Line sub-family.

The STM32F4xx family, based on ARM Cortex-M4 core processor, represents the upper-middle class within the STM32 mcus. It features clock frequencies of 100MHz to 200MHz, 0.5 to 2MB of FLASH and up to hundreds of kB of RAM memories, plus a generous portion of peripherals. But even this family has been split up into three classes. The lowest of them, Access Line, aims to replace the
oldest STM32F1xx family.


 
This article is short and brief. It is a few weeks after release Orange Pi Zero and so we can find other important informations about it. I show you one expansion board (shield).

Article: https://time4ee.com/articles.php?article_id=39
 
This Orange Pi Zero article will be about how to run WiFi (after boot) for OS armbian.
What speed of WiFi and ethernet we can expect. I used speedtest for WiFi and ethernet. USB speed was measured for one big file and a few thousands small files.

https://time4ee.com/articles.php?article_id=38
 


We shared a few interesting products by Firefly team and now we have the imposant single-board computer by Firefly too.
The most powerful SBC with Rockchip RK3399

Rockchip RK3399 contains two types of processors dual-core Cortex - A72 and quad-core Cortex - A53. The GPU is used quad-core ARM® Mali-T860 MP4 which supports dual cameras...
 


FiPy, name of the new project by pycom. Maybe you know SiPy or LoPy.
What is it?
Development board which supports five wireless networks like WiFi, BLE, cellular LTE-CAT M1/NB1, LoRa and Sigfox.
The ESP32 is main component in ...
 


Another very interesting kickstarter project called Badgerboard. That's LoRa® devel board with Arduino compatible pinout.
The team say that the radio range is from 1 to 3 km in urban area, up to 10 km in open area.
What Badgerboard contains?
The main component of devel board is ATMega32U4 microcontroller by Atmel Microchip. The wireless module was chose ...
 
The Sixfab Raspberry Pi IoT Shield Family was made specifically to add connectivity to your IoT projects. You can now connect wherever and whenever without the need for a wifi network or ethernet cables. With our added capabilities, the IoT Shield Family will also work with other devices, not only the Raspberry Pi.

News there: http://www.open-electronics.org/raspberry-pi-iot-shield-family-on-kickstarter/
 
New program for programming of Arduino. Alternative to Arduino IDE.
Maybe you know another IDEs like PROGRAMINO, PlatformIO or Eclipse . Now you can check CODINO.

On the homepage, is written about autosave function, highlighting, auto completing and another features.
CODINO also contains serial inspector - terminal and plotter.

CODINO is IDE, which is 100% free to using.

CODINO is NOT multiplatform. Available is only windows version.

Homepage of project: http://codino.businesscatalyst.com/

Notes:
CODINO doesn't know "go to declaration" and another advanced functions as Arduino IDE
CODINO needs Arduino IDE for uploading of the code
 
Well, here is another article about Orange Pi Zero. I would like to write these articles similar like for CHIP computer.

So, in this article I write something about power consumption by Orange Pi Zero, what is temperature of Orange Pi Zero and at the end I show you results of benchmark sysbench.

Orange Pi Zero - power consumption, thermal imaging camera, benchmark
 
Maybe you heard about Orange Pi. The cheaper clone of Raspberry Pi, but do you know Orange Pi Zero? This version is no such "cut down" like Raspberry Pi Zero.

The article here: https://time4ee.com/articles.php?article_id=36
 


As I wrote on social networks, I took a pictures of STM32H7 which you could see on Electronica 2016.

If you don't know what is STM32H7, check this news: https://time4ee.com/news.php?readmore=146

photogallery here: https://time4ee.com/articles.php?article_id=35
 
My ferric chloride was saturated and so I couldn't etch. I looked for equivalent, but I found something so much better.

I found very interesting video here.
But some etching bath are very unstable or/and dangerous - e.g. hydrogen peroxide with hydrochloric acid - it excludes chlorine.

Tutorial here: https://time4ee.com/articles.php?article_id=34
 
Microchip released a new group of microntroller with AVR® core.
That are microcontrollers with up to 20 MHz clock, up to 8 KB FLASH, up to 512B SRAM and 128B EEPROM.
The packages are available with 14, 20 and 24 IO pins.
The microcontrollers offer better management of low power modes and peripherals, includes Event System and touch controller QTouch®.

Website of company: http://www.microchip.com/wwwproducts/en/ATTINY817

The news shared: http://www.mikrozone.sk/news.php?item.1206.2
 
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