The core module ROM-5420 helps the intelligent building automation system

module ROM 5420

The core module ROM-5420 helps the intelligent building automation system

Product: ROM-5420 (NXP i.MX6 modular computer)

Application required functions:

Low cost but reliable

High-cost performance, high reliability

Has a long product life cycle

Application highlights:

The building automation system is connected to commercial HVAC, lighting, security, and protection systems. In addition, the system can communicate with each other on a single platform to transmit the required information, so that it can be operated intelligently, and at the same time improve the safety and productivity of these residents.

Advantech’s ROM-5420 plays a key role in realizing the connection between equipment in the building and exerting imagination.

ROM-5420 core module

Equipped with NXP Cortex™-A9 i.MX6 quad-core 800 MHz high-performance SoC

Onboard 2GB DDR3 memory, onboard 4GB eMMC flash storage

Support Parallel RGB, HDMI, 24-bit LVDS

1 SD/MMC, 1 SATA, 2 CAN, 4 UART, 5 I2C, 12bit GPIO, 1 PCIe, 1 camera input, 1 Gigabit network

Support OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenVG 1.1 hardware accelerator

Support full HD hardware encoder/decoder.

Pine64 single board computer

Pinebook Pro, a Linux laptop for $200

Pinebook Pro is a cheap Linux laptop with a moderate configuration and the price is only $200.

Pine64 is a popular name among single-board computer enthusiasts. It gained fame with the $15 PINE A 64 Raspberry Pi replacement device. Since then, it has formed a large open source community around its products.

A few years ago, Pine64 introduced a low-end Linux laptop called Pinebook. It is basically a single-board computer in a plastic notebook body. The cost of the experimental device is only $89.

With the launch of Pinebook Pro, Pine64 has now improved the specifications of this cheap Linux laptop.

The new Pinebook Pro can play 4K video and can run as a good low-end desktop computer like Raspberry Pi 4.

Pinebook Pro specifications:

64-bit dual-core ARM 1.8GHz Cortex A72 and quad-core ARM 1.4GHz Cortex A53 CPU

Quad-core Mali T-860 GPU

4 GB LPDDR4 dual-channel system DRAM memory

64 GB eMMC 5.0 hard drive

Wireless 802.11AC

Bluetooth 5.0

1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0 Type-A host port

1 USB 3.0 Type-C port with alt mode display output and 15W 5V 3A charging.

1 MicroSD card slot

1 headphone jack and built-in microphone

Full-size keyboard

Large multi-touch touchpad

Lithium polymer battery (10000mAH)

14.1 inch IPS LCD (1920 x 1080) display

2.0-megapixel front camera

Dimensions: 329mm x 220mm x 12mm (WxDxH)

Weight: 1.26 kg (2.78 lb)

Pinebook Pro comes with various Linux distributions, of which Debian is the default operating system. Chromium OS and Android 9 are also available as options.

4K Smart TV box

Smart TV box

CPU (Processor): Quad Cortex-A7

GPU (graphics processing unit): Mali-400 GPU

SDRAM (system memory): DDR3 1GB

Flash (storage capacity): 8GB (EMMC)

Network: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n

WIFI Module: RTL8723BS

The extended storage: SD Card, up to 32GB

Open source volunteering

Open source volunteering is applicable to multiple systems

Car entertainment headrest

Karaoke machine

Smart access control

Smart class card

POS machine

Lottery machine

System Components:

CPU: Octa-Core Cortex-A7CPU @up to 2.0GHz

GPU: PowerVR SGX544GPU @ up to 700MHz

DDR: DDR3 32Bit 2G Byte

Flash: 8G /16/32 Byte EMMC compatible with Nand Flash design

Wi-Fi: WIFI+BT 4.0 AP6212 SDIO interface compatible with AP6335 design

Operation System: Andriod 5.1+Nibiru

AMR maste control applications

The ideal solution for AMR master control applications, Advantech MIO-5375 single-board computer with high AI performance

Automatic guided vehicles (AGV) have been widely used in various applications for a long time. Due to a variety of factors, the demand for AGVs and autonomous mobile robots (AMR) has increased rapidly, including the increase in usage in manufacturing automation and e-commerce warehouses, and the demand for applications that solve the shortage of human resources. Research shows that the market will grow from USD 1 billion in 2017 to USD 7 billion in 2022[1]. In order to meet this development trend, Advantech released the high-AI performance single-board computer MIO-5375 for customers seeking opportunities in the AMR market.   

Reference: [1] Ash Sharma, The Mobile Robot Market in 2022 – Our Predictions, https://www.interactanalysis.com/mobile-robot-infographic/

What is the biggest difference between AGV and AMR?

AMR uses newer technology, which is faster, smarter, and more efficient than AGV. In addition, AMR uses sensors and powerful onboard computers to understand its operating environment. These functions make AMR more flexible and able to adapt to various applications [2]. In order to navigate complex routes inside the facility, AMR equipment needs to use a powerful embedded single-board computer with multiple I/O interfaces to connect with cameras, sensors, control panels, displays, and other terminal devices.

Reference: [2] Fetch Robotics, The Cloud Robotics Platform for On-Demand Automation, https://fetchrobotics.com/fetch-robotics-blog/amrs-vs-agvs-whats-the-difference/

What challenges does AMR face in the application process?

AMR requires a higher computing power master

Requires multiple I/O interfaces to connect to cameras and sensors

Equipment needs to have excellent heat dissipation performance

Mobile robots need to process data in real-time

24/7 operation, adapt to indoor and outdoor environments

What are the advantages of Advantech’s solution?

Unlike AGV applications, real-time data collection and prediction/reaction capabilities are essential for AMR applications. AMR requires high-performance edge AI computers that can quickly process and execute sequential motions. Advantech MIO-5375 is equipped with the 11th generation Intel® Core™, which improves AI performance by four times compared with the previous generation. In addition, the MIO-5375 evaluation kit is also pre-installed with the Advantech Edge AI kit, which can provide customers with a fast AI capability experience, one-click installation, three minutes to complete, and automatically build an AI environment for demonstration.

In order to better manage large-scale edge devices, MIO-5375 also integrates WISE-DeviceOn, which can provide public cloud, private cloud, or local installation for remote management, which can greatly reduce the need for 24/7 remote monitoring and management of large-scale edge devices Maintenance workload of customers. In addition, it can be updated wirelessly to prevent security vulnerabilities.

MIO-5375 product features:

Equipped with the 11th-generation dual-core/quad-core Intel® Core™ processor, which improves performance by 40% compared to the previous generation

Support fanless low power consumption design (15W) and high-performance solution with fan (28W)

Support dual-channel DDR4-2400, up to 64GB

Up to 6 HD input cameras can be expanded: 2 GbE and 4 USB 3.2 Gen.2 (10 GT/s)

Onboard CAN bus interface for motion control

Support 0~60°C room temperature and -40~85°C industrial grade wide temperature to adapt to the harsh manufacturing environment

Easily realize real-time response, self-management, remote control, and firmware OTA update through Edge AI kit and WISE-DeviceOn, and support embedded software API

Subway introduces Advantech's intelligent electronic menu solution

Thailand Subway introduces Advantech’s intelligent electronic menu solution

Subway®, a well-known American fast-food chain, is famous for its delicious submarine fort and fresh salad. Since its establishment, it has rapidly expanded from Western countries to the Asian market. At present, it has successfully expanded its points in 111 countries and has become one of the fastest-growing franchise catering industries in the world.

Mr. Vichit saw this healthy business opportunity and successfully established 16 Subway franchised stores in Thailand. At the beginning of its establishment, all of Mr. Vichit’s franchised stores were mainly based on paper menus. However, Mr. Vichit found that it was time-consuming and uneconomical to frequently change menus, modify discounts and prices. Therefore, Mr. Vichit initially decided to purchase an electronic billboard and play the designed electronic file of the menu through a USB flash drive.

However, after using this method for a while, although the electronic billboard has brought some improvements, Mr. Vichit still thinks that there are some inconveniences. For example, when changing the menu, 16 stores cannot be changed at a time, and each franchise branch needs to be maintained separately. Or during the discount period, because the central government cannot effectively manage it in a unified manner, the implementation time of each branch varies, causing consumer confusion and complaints. In addition, in the face of strong competition from nearby businesses, Mr. Vichit expects to have a more effective operation and management of each store, especially in promotion and marketing and improving management efficiency.

With this goal in mind, Mr. Vichit consulted with Advantech Intelligent and communicated in-depth needs and expectations. After understanding Mr. Vichit’s urgent needs, Advantech Smart assisted Mr. Vichit to introduce the “Advantech Smart Electronic Menu Solution”. The solution connects 16 branch-end devices with the headquarters. Through Advantech’s intelligent WebAccess/IMM software, Mr. Vichit can easily publish the electronic menu to the central office through three-step “editing, scheduling, and dispatching”. 16 branches, edit and update menus, discounts, and other information in real-time.

solution After the introduction of Advantech’s intelligent electronic menu solution, Mr. Vichit can sit in the office through Advantech’s intelligent WebAccess/IMM software, remotely edit and deliver dynamic electronic menus, advertisements, and discount messages to 16 branches at the same time. During lunch and dinner, the contents of the menu and promotional advertisements are replaced on the electronic billboards accurately and in real-time. This solution not only increased Mr. Vichit’s revenue due to precise advertising and promotion but also greatly reduced Mr. Vichit’s original huge menu design expenses and operation management costs.

Advantages after the introduction of the scheme -Significantly reduce operating costs -Achieve remote content management -Three easy steps to complete the editing and delivery of the electronic menu -Dynamic electronic menu achieves eye-catching effect -Improve the effectiveness of marketing advertising and customer interaction results.

use Smart Karaoke Media Box

Smart Karaoke Media Box

  • Project Name:Smart Karaoke Media Box
  • Development Time:August, 2016
  • Max Manufacture: April,2017
  • Platform based:Khadas VIM  (Specifications), Chip-set: Amlogic S905X
  • Marketing:ODM orders
  • Application: Living Room Consumer Electronic Products.
  • Other applications in KTV Bar Marketing support 2xHDMI Output Karaoke Media Box Solutions: Rockchip RK3288, RK3368, RK3399
 

Our project:

Karaoke Media Box Technology:

  • Including industrial design, appearance design, inside construction structure, the shell and the whole manufactures
  • New Audio system setting and development, support:
    • – Multipath mixed singing and beautify the voice,
    • – Mixed singing design with the background music,
    • – Solve the problems of echo aftersound, abatement of noise and audio delay
  • Microphone receiver design and developing.
  • Support 4K display and 4K HEVC Decoder, can be recording, can be shared, can be rewound, can be vocal accompaniment and scoring function. Our project can be developed for camera recording.
  • Software developing to match the APP on Android, IOS.

Karaoke Media Box for Home entertainment:

  • Solutions Recommend: Amlogic S905X
  • Project suggestion: As cover both video stream and Karaoke, require better out-looking design on the case, package and Video Processing.
  • Advantage: Amlogic chip-set will be best solution for Home Karaoke, because Amlogic always do more better with video stream than other SoCs on tv-box marketing.
  • Disadvantage: The only problem of Amlogic is not supported 2 X HDMI outputs, which features will cover KTV bar marketing.
  • Audio output ports for home use product, suggestion: 3.5mm Jack port as the audio output, which can cover both RCA and Coaxial ports(with a 3.5mm to 2RCA cable, or 3.5mm to Coaxial cable). Design with a 3.5mm jack can minimize the device housing and also can come with modern & good looking. (RCA is just too traditional audio ports)

Here is the 3.5mm to RCA and Coaxial cables as something like following:

For KTV Bar Room Karaoke Media Box:

  • Solutions Recommend: Rockchip RK3288, RK3368, RK3399
  • Project suggestion: the above chip-set spec as TWO HDMI output, one for VOD system, one for the big screen. Higher requirement on more professional Audio Codec.

Music Resource and patents: None

Other Details:

1> Chipset

2> RAM & ROM

3> Bluetooth + WiFi

  • AP6212 Normal: spec as 802.11 b/n/g
  • AP6255 Mid-end: AC wifi, spec as 802.11 a/ac/b/n/g
  • AP6359SA Hign-end: 2×2 MIMO AC wifi, double rating then above ac wifi

4> Accessories

  • Bluetooth Remote / IR Remote / Air Mouse
  • HDMI Cable
  • RCA Cable
  • Adapter
  • User Book
  • Package and stickers

5> APP  features.

  • iPhone, iPad, Android App Control
  • New Releases Every Month: Automatic Song Update (Download via Wi-fi)
  • Karaoke Library
  • HDMI 1080P Visual Feast
  • Record and Share
  • Comprehensive Remote Control Feature:
    • iPad, iPhone, Android You could use your iPad, iPhone or Android to wireless operating the HDK Box, easily searching for and selecting your songs through the HDK app. You may also adjust the volume, the tone, the mute and Off Vocal control through the app.
  • Searching Feature:
    • The searching feature of HDK App is as simple as with Google Search. Users only need to input keywords to start searching for the artist and the song. You can play the song you have found by directly clicking it.
  • My iTunes Feature:
    • You could also sing songs that are saved in your iPad, iPhone or Android. You could easily find those songs by simply clicking the “My iTunes” feature. When you click the song you want to sing through your iPad, iPhone or Android music bank, the name of that song will be auto-filled in the searching bar.
  • My Favorite Feature:
    • When you wish to select one of your favorite songs, you only need to click on it in the favorite folder through your iPad, iPhone or Android app. There is no need to search for the song using the search function. Besides that, you may share your favorite songs to Weibo and Facebook through the app.

Karaoke Media Streaming Box for entertainment:

As an OTT Box solutions company, there are many kinds of TV boxes around the worldwide market. TV functional box is only one part of the OTT industry.

OTT box can be as the streaming media center, for Smart Karaoke android wireless entertainment system, it is the singing machine project development. It is also named voice box, google play music, music box, singing box, singing machine, the smart karaoke machine for home entertainment. More of the accompaniment technology can be developed by Amlgoic S905X VIM. Certainly, we need to cooperate with the ODM client’s resource, who can provide the local music source of APP for better work. Different countries have a different language and music resources.

How to allow full play to OTT box?

OTT Box can behave the OTT box Sitting Room Market, as well as the advertising machine, mini projector, Route, digital frame, Medical Testing machines. What is more, an OTT box can be set up as a streaming media entertainment center, as a media box. Now, our company, WesionTek, is trying our best to continuously develop and improve continually on the OTT box industry for the Home Entertainment Media Center.

As well known, WiFi display, which is an old product years ago, actually it is a function for the screen. How to build a perfect media center, how to realize the transfer from OTT Box TV function to OTT box karaoke entertainment functions, is our work today. Certainly, to the China market, most of the functions of karaoke can be pre-install by the APK on the box.  but what about adding more Two microphone receivers? we need to develop a new audio system and beautify the voice, it is our direction for hardworking.

Use the OTT Box to be your home entertainment center, set up a new social contacting way.

What we did to the OTT box development is not just add one more karaoke function on the android tv box, but also a brand new social contacting way. Sitting at home, you can sing songs with your families, friends, classmates, colleagues, having party time and concerts in a comfortable environment just like singing in the KTV Room. No limited to the time and money, as foods and drinks in KTV Room are expensive. Here, at your home, you can cook or buy your favorite foods and drinks for friends. and you can record your voice or video when singing and share them on your Facebook or Twitter/YouTube, to meet some more new friends.

That is what the OTT Box for karaoke series, home entertainment media box will be done.

Ubuntu Media Box

Ubuntu Media-Box for Digital Signage

With the booming economic business, there are more and more requirements for the digital signage industry. The selling price of digital signage is not too expensive to order anymore, seems it has reached a more reasonable range.  More and more shopping malls and supermarkets would like to spend a lot of money on digital signage purchasing, as it can bring quite a lot of income on the advertisement. And the software toady can be more easy and comfortable to manage the digital signage at the same time on the background operations. For the technology of digital signage, which includes LED, LCD, and projections to display contents. If you are looking for hardware to run the Content Management System (CMS) on a Linux Ubuntu Media box for digital signage project development, here I recommend this open-source DIY box-Khadas VIM with the below reasons:

Ubuntu Media Box for Digital Signage:

Check the PCBA:

about hardware:

1. tiny size like a credit card
2. Built-in RTC: Support pre-timer on/off (Android testing method: Settings—>Timer)
3. Built-in power controller unit: Support power on/off via the remote controller
4. Support cooling fan: check the topic first, if you needed, we can update you with more details about the cooling fan
5. Three user buttons: easier for developers
6. Encryption Chips
7. GPIOs on board
8. USB Type-C slot with USB 2.0 OTG Support
9. PCB with 6 layers of PCB. Others usually use 4 layers PCB, SMD with ESD, and Common Mode Choke
10. The VIN Port on PCBA, that can be used for outdoor Digital signage and is powered by a battery

about software:

1. open-source code on Github.com/khadas/
2. all the necessary for further development on docs.khadas.com
3. community with technology support: forum.khadas.com
4. Multi-O/S: Android(pre-install) / LibreELEC / Ubuntu / Buildroot /, also support dual boot and select by the function key

Comparing to other kinds of ubuntu media boxes, we are not only in the price / PCB design advantageS of the hardware but also the software with open source code and community for technology support. Using Khadas VIM amlogic S905x development board as the digital signage development platform can save you quite a lot of time in developing. More and more digital signage requires 4K Video processing, and Khadas VIM seems to be the most professional ubuntu media box on digital signage marketing.

Khadas VIM2

Khadas VIM2 SOC Amlogic S912 2×MIMO WiFi with Gbit Lan

Main Features:
● MCU: power management, EEPROM for customization, and boot media ( SPI flash or eMMC ) setup
● All models feature with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
● RSDB ( Real Simultaneous Dual Band ), which lets VIM2 and other devices transmit and receive data over two bands at the same time
● WOL: power on or wake up remotely over Lan through APP or web page
● UEFI: similar to traditional BIOS, UEFI is a specification that defines a software interface between an operating system and platform firmware
● The UEFI is still at the developmental stage and will be released once finalized

Brief Introduction: