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Provides fastest and most stable path to take innovative ideas for Android and Linux smart connected devices from prototype to production   Taipei, Taiwan, 31st October, 2013 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient computing platforms, today announced the launch of VIA Springboard, a unique platform developed to provide embedded developers, start-ups, and…

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ProtoSpring, part 3: manufacturing and demo After coming up with the idea in part 1 for ProtoSpring, the prototyping board for Springboard,  and creating the PCB in part 2, this final segment shows the end-result and a demo application – using GPIO to control a 7-segment display from an Android app! Finished Prototyping Board After finishing the v1…

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Go is a modern and quite popular systems programming language developed at Google. I’ve recently came across a wiki page describing its ARM support, I thought it would be interesting to check how VIA devices can make use of Go. I’ve checked out the VAB-820, VAB-600, and the APC 8750 boards, all a bit different from each other.…

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All VIA’s current ARM boards (VAB-600, 820, 1000) have an online mini-PCIe connector, and I’ve been planning to do something interesting with that for a long time (see this intro post from more than a year ago). Thus I’m very happy to introduce the PCIeDuino – mini-PCIe form-factor Arduino-compatible microcontroller, which can add a whole new set of…

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It has been quite a few years since I’ve last used Xenomai, the real-time application framework for Linux, during the work on my thesis back at the university physics lab. When I’ve found that the VIA VAB-820 board is listed on Xenomai’s compatible hardware page, it brought back a lot of interesting memories and I got excited trying it out again.…

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Previously I’ve described here the ProtoSpring board to support quicker prototyping with  Springboard. Since then it was put to good use for just that: I’ve tested how the I2C bus works, and created a new device. The inspiration for that new device comes from Tindie, the indie hardware marketplace (where ProtoSpring is listed as well). Browsing existing hardware I’ve…

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After coming up with the idea in part 1 for ProtoSpring, the prototyping board for Springboard,  and creating the PCB in part 2, this final segment shows the end-result and a demo application – using GPIO to control a 7-segment display from an Android app! Finished Prototyping Board After finishing the v1 of the PCB, I’ve exported the…

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In the first part of this series I’ve outlined the idea of making a prototyping extension board for the Springboard, and finished with a rough schematic. Since then I’ve revised the schematic based on experience, and laid out the prototyping board PCB.  By the end of this write-up we’ll have a complete design, ready to send to manufacturing.…

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I was looking for a project to showcase how easy it is to extend the functionality of the Springboard platform, drawing inspiration from the expansion board that is bundled in the kit. Springboard and expansion board (top), from klinger.net The expansion board connects to the main board with a couple of pin headers (power, GPIO, sound)…

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