Internet of Things is a very present topic today. We want everything connected and monitored when and where we like. And just like everything, we want to keep it simple. Therefore, we have our SBC-SAMA5D36 IOT_EXT developer kit. It provides ready to use WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity and six I/O connectors that comply with the Grove sensor system from Seeed.
The following article gives a short overview on how to use and customize the product to your own needs.
Today there are various demands on a system regarding safety, security, energy efficiency as well as performance, connectivity or real-time capability, especially within the scope of the Internet of Things. Heterogeneous multicore systems provide structures and mechanisms to comply with these demands on a single SoC.
The following article gives a real life example of pitfalls that developers face during their work almost every day and shows how problems can be solved by close cooperation of software and hardware developers.
It all started with a custom specific design which incorporated a CPU that was not used before. Therefore there was almost no know how available at emtrion about that CPU from former projects. Nevertheless the project was almost finished within the given time and hardware and software were working as demanded by the customer.
The only remaining issue was the startup time of the system. As often the customer complained that it lasts too long until the system was running after power up. To reduce component costs a single QSPI NOR Flash chip was used to store all software, including the Linux operating system.
The used CPU incorporates a so called “First level bootloader” which starts fetching code from the QSPI NOR Flash. This is done in 4 bit wide QSPI mode at 41.5 MHz clock. It was assumed that the startup time could be reduced by increasing the clock of the QSPI NOR Flash after the First Bootloader has finished.
We recently released our new mainline-Kernel based Debian and Yocto BSPs for our i.mx6 based System on Modules. In this article we'll give you a short overview of the advantages of the new BSP era! Beside the recent Kernel Versions delivered, new userspace APIs have to be used to access peripherals.
Today we released a beta version of a new root file system for the SBC-SAMA5D36. The main changes are a new Kernel Version and the use of systemd as init system. The Kernel version is 4.9 and is a longterm maintained kernel (see this page for more information). Systemd has some advantages over sysv like parallel start of services (if possible), delaying of the start until a service or device is really needed, and it is compatible to the old sysv init scripts. Systemd also has some other advantages like builtin monitoring of running services and restart of them if they crash or stop working and also better dependency handling of services.
Use this beta release at your own risk. There are some known issues and mabye also some unknown ones. We will stabilize this release during the next weeks and bring out a stable release. Please find the release under following link: