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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.

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.

Toradex WinCE Libraries' Evolution: The New Library Approach Explained


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

WindowsOver 10 years ago, we wrote some small pieces of WinCE code in order to demonstrate different features of our computer on modules (CoM), or system on modules (SoM); for example: GPIOs, I2C, Analog Inputs (ADC), etc. With the pure demo purpose in our minds we didn’t pay attention to things like maintenance, compatibility across different modules, etc. However, these demos were used by a huge Windows Embedded Compact customer base. We received more and more support and feature requests which we then started to integrate into the demo code. As a result, we got the library package for our PXA and Tegra® based SoMs as it exists today.

How to do a low-cost carrier board design - Part 2


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Carrier BoardThe development of a carrier board can be divided into 3 main tasks, system design, schematic capture, and layout. In my previous blog post, I have already talked about the system design and the schematic capturing. Here, I would like to give you some insights to the third phase of the design, the layout. I personally enjoy this phase since it requires a lot of imagination and experience. Also in this part, I would like to focus on designing a low-cost carrier board for a Toradex computer module.

Building Custom Embedded Linux Distributions


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

LinuxThis blog post will give an overview on - Why use a custom embedded Linux image, The build environment, Qt application development, The GitHub tool, Creating and editing layers and recipes and Building the image

CUDA® and Android on Apalis TK1 in advanced camera systems


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

ApalisThis is a Guest Blog Post by Antmicro, a Toradex Partner since many years. Antmicro can support Toradex customers in integrating Toradex modules in their own application, including product design with customized Toradex carrier boards or with custom software. Antmicro has a wide spectrum of SW and HW capabilities, for this blog they will focus on their knowledge around CUDA® and Vision Processing and on the new Toradex Apalis TK1 SoM, based on NVIDIA’s powerful Tegra® K1 SoC.

How to do a low-cost carrier board design - Part 1


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Carrier Board In the previous blog posts, my colleagues already brought up many arguments for using a computer module for your next hardware project. So, let us assume you have taken the decision in favour of a SoM and you now want to know how to start with your carrier board design. I would like to give you some valuable information and insights that can help in successfully designing a low-cost carrier board for a Toradex Module.

Azure IoT Hub on a Toradex Colibri VF61 – Part 3: Using cloud services to collect business intelligence


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Colibri

This is the third – and final – part of a series of articles introducing how to start developing an IoT solution. It focuses on using the cloud services provided by Azure to provide easily understandable data visualization and business intelligence. The embedded system chosen for this purpose was a Toradex customized SBC solution: the Colibri VF61 SoM + the Iris Carrier Board.

Using Cameras in Embedded Linux Systems


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Camera

This blog post explores various ways to view and record videos using Toradex Colibri VF61 Computer on Module (CoM) running Embedded Linux. Various operations such as video recording, video playback, video streaming, etc. are demonstrated in this post.