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Der Toradex Blog beinhaltet die wichtigsten Erkenntnisse und Updates von unseren Entwicklern. Dadurch versuchen wir Ihnen ein fundiertes Verständnis unseres Produktportfolios mit den zahlreichen Vorteilen zu ermöglichen. Zusätzlich berichten wir über die aktuellsten Trends und Tools, um Sie bei den aktuellen Entwicklungen von Toradex auf dem Laufenden zu halten.

Creating graphical interfaces for embedded Linux with Electron


Freitag, 13. Oktober 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


Mittwoch, 23. August 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


Montag, 24. Juli 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


Freitag, 23. Juni 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


Freitag, 19. Mai 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


Donnerstag, 4. Mai 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!


Dienstag, 4. April 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


Donnerstag, 2. März 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


Montag, 13. Februar 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


Donnerstag, 19. Januar 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


Dienstag, 27. Dezember 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


Freitag, 2. Dezember 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


Dienstag, 8. November 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


Donnerstag, 13. Oktober 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


Donnerstag, 29. September 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