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The Toradex blog encapsulates key insights and updates from our developers that would help provide an in-depth understanding of our product portfolio and its many advantages. Additionally, trends and tools are outlined in order to keep you abreast with developments at Toradex.

USB Charging


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

ColibriCarrier Board

This is the third of a 4-part blog post series which provides a broad overview of the application of lithium-ion batteries in embedded systems. Read on for an overview and things to consider in USB charging. 

Battery Management Systems


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

ColibriCarrier BoardThe second of a 4-part series on the application of lithium-ion batteries in embedded systems, this post provides an overview of Battery Management Systems.

How to Build Edge Devices with a Strong Industrial IoT Data Management Framework


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

ColibriIoTThe Internet of Things, IoT, is inviting devices to change our lives. When it comes to the industrial aspect of IoT, devices assist in managing processes during which alarm management adds value to predict faults and catastrophes. Things are getting embedded with and controlled by smart devices that come together to automate tasks, so we can maximize our time.

At the same time, developers and manufacturers of embedded systems and devices need to prepare and keep up with this new trend and build systems that answer the demands of markets and introduce new innovations, which at its core relies on one common thing: data management.

Using Lithium-Ion Batteries in Embedded Systems


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

ColibriCarrier BoardThe first of a 4-part series, this post provides a broad overview of the application of lithium-ion batteries in embedded systems. The focus of this post will be on the battery charging and management system with safety in mind. Also provided are useful hints and links step-by-step explanations of some lithium-ion battery fundamentals; so you feel confident to soon start your own project using lithium-ion batteries.

Improving industrial embedded system development by taking advantage of the maker ecosystem


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

ColibriRaspberry Pi and Arduino are probably the most significant symbols of the Maker Movement. They are, without a doubt, the electronics hardware which boosted and triggered the Maker Movement that is changing the world! Read on for an interesting take on improving industrial embedded system development by taking advantage of the maker ecosystem.

Amazon FreeRTOS, heterogeneous cores and the all-new Apalis and Colibri iMX8


Monday, May 28, 2018

Amazon FreeRTOSFreeRTOS is a real-time operating system kernel for embedded devices. In development since 2003, it is the market-leading real-time operating system, having been ported to more than 40 microcontroller architectures. On November 29, 2017, Amazon acquired FreeRTOS and announced Amazon FreeRTOS (or a:FreeRTOS), a real-time operating system kernel based on FreeRTOS and focused on low-power, connected devices

Introduction of Qt for Automation


Monday, March 26, 2018

QtToday, Industry 4.0 and the IIoT have introduced a whole new set of challenges: There will be more connected devices, which will generate more data, that in turn will lead to even more complex software applications. The playing field will change at an exponentially accelerating pace, including the state of device infrastructure, application complexity, and development. Read on for more insight in this Guest blog post from our partner, The Qt Company. 

Starting with OpenCV on i.MX 6 processors


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

ColibriApalisComputer vision (CV) has been a field of study that is expanding its boundaries every day. This blog post is an introduction to the use of computer vision in embedded systems, by employing the OpenCV 2.4 and 3.1 versions in Computer on Modules (CoMs) equipped with NXP's i.MX 6 processors. The CoMs chosen were the Colibri and Apalis families from Toradex.

Creating graphical interfaces for embedded Linux with Electron


Friday, October 13, 2017

ColibriCurrently, graphical user interfaces (GUIs) are used in a large number of embedded projects. GUIs allow users to interact with digital devices through graphical elements like icons and other indicators present on the screen. Good GUIs are important for embedded devices, as they improve ease of use and help users to understand a device’s operation more readily.

In the current market, there are many tools to create GUIs, such as Electron, a framework for creating native applications with web technologies like JavaScript, HTML and CSS. In this blog post, we will install Electron on a Toradex Colibri iMX6 module, run some basic sample programs to evaluate the software and lastly, develop a basic GUI using Node.js, JavaScript, HTML and CSS.

Cloud-Aided Yocto Build Speedup


Monday, August 21, 2017

Cloud services have been a reality for some years already. Right now, one of the biggest concepts in the field is the Internet of Things, or IoT for short. When we electronics folk think of the cloud, the first thing that comes to our minds is connecting several devices to it and uploading data to be visualized, stored and analyzed - among other possibilities. Of course, other uses may come to mind, too.

One thing we don't always realize is that the cloud can be much more than simply an IoT tool, or something only large corporations have access to. We can make use of the cloud for everyday tasks, too. As a matter of fact, that's the motivation behind this article - taking a time-consuming task and using the cloud to simplify our lives a little!

Considerations on usage of Computer on Modules for applications inside emergency response vehicles


Friday, July 21, 2017

In this guest blog post, Diamond Systems explains considerations to use Computer Modules for an application inside an emergency response vehicle. Diamond Systems is a valued member of the Toradex Partner Network providing off-the-shelf ready-to-use Carrier Boards for Toradex Modules.

Customizable Embedded 3D Surround View Turn-Key Solution on Apalis iMX6 SoM


Friday, June 23, 2017

Apalis

In this blog post, our partner TES Electronic Solutions GmbH presents a customizable 3D Surround View Turn-Key solution based on the Toradex Apalis iMX6 SoM that can be quickly adapted concerning the specific requirements of the targeted vehicle.

WannaCry Cyber Attack and its impact on WinCE


Friday, May 19, 2017

WindowsYou most likely have heard about the recent WannaCry cyber attack. With IoT, there are more and more connected embedded devices, so security is a big concern. After WannaCry, requests about security peaked, especially among Windows CE/Windows Embedded Compact users. Here's a short blog post reflecting our view.

Android 7.1 on Apalis TK1


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Android NougatIn this post, our partner Antmicro provides details of its brand-new Android 7.1 demo image for Toradex Apalis TK1 and the accompanying TK1 baseboard, bringing a familiar, cutting-edge UI experience to a small form-factor, high-performance Tegra K1 solution, easy to embed in your product.

First Steps Developing Embedded Applications using Heterogeneous Multicore Processors – Compiling and Deploying Applications on the Cortex-M core is easy!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

This is a series of articles aiming to demystify the development of embedded systems using Heterogeneous Multicore Processing architecture powered SoCs. Through a practical approach and presentation of several demos, this will provide to you a quick start to your development.

What you should know about Flash storage


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Flash StorageThe flash storage is often a topic on our support channels. Toradex invests a lot of resources into making the storage as reliable as possible. Nevertheless, it is important to understand some basics of the underlying storage device. One of the most important things you have to know: the storage wears out, you can destroy your storage device by writing a lot to the built-in storage device. With this post, we want to give you a basic overview of potential issues flash storage can have.

Developing Real-Time Systems on Application Processors


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

LinuxTraditionally, microcontrollers are used for systems with deterministic real-time response. With the increasing need for higher performance, exciting UI and high-speed connectivity in end-products, many system designers are inclined to use application processors or SoCs with a feature-rich OS, a combination that may compromise real-time response. In this blog post, we present three approaches to add real-time behaviour in SoC-based designs.

Patching Kernel in OpenEmbedded


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Linux

Despite OpenEmbedded/Yocto being nice tools to generate your image, using the build system to compile and test tiny alterations applied to independent packages, although possible, can become confusing and slow. Read this post for details on the author's suggestion on how to alter the kernel and add the changes to OpenEmbedded/Yocto.

Android or Linux for embedded systems, some thoughts


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

LinuxAndroidWondering whether to use Android or Linux for your next embedded product development? In this post, our partner Antmicro attempts to answer this question and also discusses the differences and commonalities between these two operating systems.

Experimenting with OpenCL on Apalis iMX6Q


Friday, December 2, 2016

ApalisIn this post, we experiment with OpenCL using Toradex's Apalis iMX6Q SoM to compare two applications - one of them running on the GPU and the other on the CPU. At the end we share the results found in this experiment.