NanoPi Note: As of this weekend Debian Jessie is running on the NanoPi. Loaded system description and resource usage coming soon.
The new NanoPi from FriendlyARM is a 400 MHz S3C2451 with a GPIO header that is compatible with the Raspberry Pi. It also have WiFI and Bluetooth (BT 10M range in tests). The MicroUSB provides pwoer fpr developemnt ot application and can be serial or Ethernet for SSH. The camera interface has the typical CMOS camera FFC cable connector. Power use is low and size is only 30 x 75mm. You can order here or on our armworks.us site where it is easier to order kitted with LCDs. Both sites are undergoing work and will be combined soon. Your shopping cart is the same for either site.
We have high hopes for the NanoPi as a sophisticated Debian/Python based IoT device or for education or for Mini2440 and Mini2451 users, a smaller product. A family of add-ons and instrument boards is nearly ready and the NanoPi works with the excellent FriendlyARM LCD displays. Check the details on the product page. There is a 360 motion gif over on Charlie's blog http://comedicles.com/
Big announcement day! July 23, 2015. This is "CTO Charlie" and I have not been active in the business for the last 14 months. We have just finished the legal and financial part of an exciting change in ownership. Industrial ARMWorks was a DBA of Toone Enterprises. Now the company is simply ARMWorks, LLC. The new ownership is divided amongst me, Charles Springer, the guy who answers his phone as Charlie, Prof. Forrest Bao, PhD and chief computer science advisor (a computer scientist who is in much demand - we can post a regular schedule of conferences he is attending). And FriendlyARM Computer Company's owner and chief designer. We are changing the organization of web sites and product pages. There will be changes in product names, at least the extended name, that will simplify ordering and inventory contriol. Right now, the correct pricing is on www.armworks.us but as an international seller we may shift hobby versus ProAM and OEM between them for branding reasons. Sometimes a .us sounds too much like a U.S. only retailer.
There will be old products phased out and some very cool new products. Meetings start today and there will be new anouncements next week. In the meantime, thanks to our regular customers and OEMs for dealing with some of the confusion. If you have a problem ordering a product you are familiar with or any difficulty with the sites, please call or email. The phones may be answered sporadically for a few days of owners and staff meetings while we work on strategery.
You can expect: More better easier support. Eaiser product selection, Wiki for each product, Open Source code on Github, continued Debian and Python support as well as products with MicroPython (We are original supporters of MicroPython and if not for the company purchase delays would be in the thick of it. Lovely stuff.), tutorials and video demonstrations and classes/tutorials. Advanced technical assitance and drivers for much more in the way of I/O devices and methods in C, C++, and Python. Also, Charlie is pretty handy with ARM assembly code. A new emphasis on custom design and manufacturing on the ProAM/OEM site. Lots of new sensors and break-outs for higher resolution professional level instrument work. Plus some surprises. Again, thanks for your patience while we move into this new phase.
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Aside from the awesomeness of being black, and saying "ARMWorks", it has a couple other features. First, the microphone, ADC test pot, and the piezo buzzer can all be removed (unsoldered - they are through hole parts) and a 6 pin socket gives access to those signals. You can see it in the lower left here, by the user buttons. OEMs may order boards without the three parts and the GPIO and bus extension headers unpopulated. Oh, and 1G SLC NAND to make sure there are open source drivers.
However, the coolest feature is a write protect jumper for the EEPROM. Why is this so cool? There is now a place to safely store an Ethernet address, phone number, serial number or anything that will fit in 256 bytes. The EEPROM is independent of the NAND flash so you can switch OS's, reburn the flash, or anything else and still get to EEPROM data that uniquely identifies the board. This also opens the way to ship boards with different Ethernet addresses. On the current boards, in order to have more than one on a network, we have to fiddle with the bootloader or the Linux or other OS and configure each board. And do it again if any changes are made and NAND is rewritten. With the EEPROM, we can quickly load the data then remove the jumper for the write-enable.
with 1024x600, precise resistive touch screen
LED backlight, backlight adjustable
With a fixed panel, size: 25x16cm - power supply: 5V/2A
The hugely popular Mini2440 has been updated. The Mini2451 has 128 MBytes of RAM and a bunch of other new features. Size, connector locations, mounting holes are all the same as Mini2440 with two welcome exceptions. The PSU barrel jack is now the same as all other FriendlyARM boards, and the USB Device is a MiniUSB connector and still in the same location. Make that three. The bus expansion header is replaced by a standard SDIO header. The S3C2451 processor is made in Samsung's 90 nm process and is so much smaller that the whole Mini2451 uses 1/3 the power of the Mini2440. The S3C2440 chip production has been halted by Samsung. We have plenty for OEMs who need time to switch. But we encourage all new customers to use the Mini2451 (or Mini210S, etc.).
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