Compute Module Offers Three Flavors of i.MX6 UltraLite

By Eric Brown

Variscite has launched its SODIMM-style “VAR-SOM-6UL” module that runs Linux on NXP’s power-efficient i.MX6 UL, ULL, and ULZ SoCs. The WiFi-equipped, -40 to 85°C ready module ships with a new “Concerto” carrier.

Prior to Embedded World in late February, Variscite previewed the VAR-SOM-6UL with incomplete details. The SODIMM-200 form-factor module has now launched starting at $24 in volume along with a VAR-SOM-6UL Development Kit and Starter Kit equipped with a Concerto carrier board. New features include memory and storage details and the availability of 0 to 70°C and -40 to 85°C models.

VAR-SOM-6UL, front and back
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The VAR-SOM-6UL offers a choice of three Cortex-A7-based i.MX6 UltraLite variants at up to 900MHz: the original i.MX6 UL and almost identical i.MX6 ULL and the newer, stripped down i.MX6 ULZ. The i.MX6 ULZ is also available on Variscite’s smaller DART-6UL module along with the UL and ULL.

The headless, up to 900MHz Cortex-A7 ULZ SoC offers most of the I/O of the of the i.MX6 UL and ULL, including their extensive audio interfaces. However, it lacks features such as the 2D Pixel acceleration engine and dual Ethernet controllers.

Recently, NXP launched a next-gen follow-on to the UltraLite line with its 28nm, FD-SOI fabbed i.MX7 ULP. The SoC adds a 3D GPU and Cortex-M4 to the power-sipping, single-core -A7.

The 3.3V powered, 67.6 × 33mm VAR-SOM-6UL offers BSPs for Yocto Thud and Debian Stretch, both with Linux Kernel 4.14.78. Boot2QT is said to be coming soon. The module ships with 128MB to either 512MB or 1GB DDR3L RAM, depending on differing citations. You also get 128MB to 512MB SLC NAND and 4GB to 64GB eMMC storage.

The VAR-SOM-6UL provides certified dual-band WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 BLE, as well as dual 10/100 Ethernet controllers. (It’s unclear if these are included on the ULZ model.) Supported I/O includes USB 2.0 host and OTG ports, 8x UARTs at up to 5Mbps, and SD/MMC, 4x I2C, 4x SPI, and 2x CAN. There are also dual, 10-channel 12-bit ADC interfaces and support for a carrier-deployed RTC.

VAR-SOM-6UL block diagram and Development Kit
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Media interfaces include 24-bit Parallel LCD and 18-bit LVDS, both at up to 1366 × 768 pixels with resistive and capacitive touch support. There’s also a 24-bit Parallel camera interface and audio features including analog line-in/out, headphone support, and digital SPDIF and SSI.

The module offers extended lifetime availability, 3D and DXF mechanical files, and pin-to-pin compatibility with other VAR-SOM modules. These include the quad-core VAR-SOM-MX6 and more recent VAR-SOM-MX8X, among others.

VAR-SOM-6UL evaluation kits

The VAR-SOM-6UL is available with a $149 VAR-SOM-6UL Starter Kit and a more feature-rich, $269 Development Kit. Both kits provide the module and “Concerto” carrier board plus a debug cable, antenna, boot/rescue card, and a carrier board design package. The Development Kit adds an Ethernet cable, a 12V power supply, and a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen.

VAR-SOM-6UL Development Kit contents and Concerto carrier block diagram
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The Concerto carrier, which is available with schematics, is equipped with dual 10/100 Ethernet ports, a microSD slot, and an LVDS connector with backlighting controls and resistive and capacitive touch support. There are also dual audio jacks and an onboard digital mic.

The specs don’t include other features shown in the image and block diagram, including a USB 2.0 host port, a micro-USB OTG port, and a micro-USB debug port. There are also headers for CAN, UARTs, and other I/O.

Further information

The VAR-SOM-6UL module is available now starting at $24 in 1K volume. The VAR-SOM-6UL Starter Kit costs $149 and the VAR-SOM-6UL Development Kit goes for $269. More information may be found in Variscite’s VAR-SOM-6UL announcement and product page, as well as the VAR-SOM-6UL evaluation kits product page — all with links to shopping pages.

This article originally appeared on on August 15.

Variscite |

Tiny Snapdragon 820E Module Boasts Long Lifecycle Support

By Eric Brown

Intrinsyc’s $259 “Open-Q 820Pro μSOM” module runs Android 9 or Debian Linux on a quad-core, up to 2.34GHz Snapdragon 820E and offers long lifecycles, 4GB LPDDR4, 32GB flash, WiFi-ac, and an optional $499 dev kit.

The Open-Q 820Pro μSOM is a pin-compatible drop-in replacement for the two-year old Open-Q 820 µSOM and offers a similar layout and 50 x 25mm footprint. The biggest difference is an upgrade from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 to the faster, second-gen Snapdragon 820E, an embedded-focused version with long lifecycle support. As a result, the Open-Q 820Pro μSOM has a 9 percent faster CPU and 5 percent faster GPU at the same power consumption, claims Intrinsyc.

Open-Q 820Pro μSOM (left) and Open-Q 820Pro µSOM Development Kit 
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The Snapdragon 820E clocks two of its Cortex-A72-like Qualcomm Kryo cores to 2.342GHz, up from 2.0GHz, and the other two at the same 1.593GHz rate. The SoC’s Adreno 530 GPU has bumped up to 652.8MHz and the Hexagon 680 DSP is clocked at 825MHz.

The Open-Q 820Pro μSOM, which supports Debian Linux and Android 9, further improves performance by advancing from 3GB to 4GB LPDDR4 RAM. As before, there’s 32GB UFS 2.0 flash, as well as 2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11a/b/g/n/ac via a Qualcomm QCA6174A chipset. You also get Bluetooth 4.2 BLE, up from 4.1, and the same Qualcomm IZat Gen 8C GNSS location module.

Otherwise, the 820Pro module is pretty much the same as the 820. For displays, you get an HDMI port and dual MIPI-DSI ports for triple display support at up to 4K @ 60fps video. Three MIPI-CSI connectors can drive cameras at up to 28 megapixels.

Open-Q 820Pro μSOM, front and back
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The Open-Q 820 µSOM is further equipped with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 client and host ports, dual PCIe 2.1 expansion interfaces, an SDIO interface, and an 8x BLSP 4-pin port configurable as I2C, SPI, UART, or GPIO.

For audio, the module provides Slimbus and 2x or 3x I2S digital audio connections. There’s no longer any mention of the 3x digital mic connections or the 6x analog in and 6x analog out interfaces. However, the dev kit does offer analog audio I/O. Intrinsyc also lists a sensor interface defined as “SPI, UART, I2C to sensor DSP core.”

The module runs on 3.6V to 4.2V power, and supports extended temperatures of -10 to 70°C. No details were listed for the long lifecycle claims, but the Snapdragon 820E was announced with 10-year support. Software updates are required to achieve the long-term and performance improvements.

Open-Q 820Pro µSOM Development Kit

The Mini-ITX form-factor, open-frame dev kit for the module appears to be similar to the earlier model. The 170 x 170mm Open-Q 820Pro µSOM Development Kit is equipped with an HDMI port and there’s an optional $150 4K touch panel with a smartphone form factor.

Open-Q 820Pro µSOM Development Kit, front and back
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The triple MIPI-CSI interfaces are supported with an optional, 13-megapixel camera for $159. Audio features include a 3.5mm headset jack, a 20-pin header with 3x analog in and 3x digital in, and a 20-in audio output with 5x analog out and 1x digital in.

The Open-Q 820Pro µSOM Development Kit offers 2x USB 2.0 host ports and 2x USB 3.0 via an expansion header. There’s also a micro-USB 2.0 client port and a micro-USB based UART debug port. Other features include a microSD slot, 8-bit DIO, and mini-PCIe 1.2 and PCIe x1 2.1 expansion slots.

The dev kit supplies a 12V/3A input but can run on a single-cell Li-ion battery. There’s also a haptic output and LEDs.

Further information

The $259 Open-Q 820Pro μSOM and $499 Open-Q 820Pro µSOM Development Kit are available for order with shipments due in July. More information may be found in Intrinsyc’s announcement, as well as the Open-Q 820Pro μSOM and dev kit product pages, which link to shopping pages.

This article originally appeared on on June 12.

Intrinsyc |

Drone Video Technologies are Flying High

Cameras, Boards and Kits

The video technologies available for today’s drones continue to advance. New products and solutions are adding new intelligence, features and performance levels to enhance how video is captured and processed aboard both consumer and commercial drones.

By Jeff Child, Editor-in-Chief

While drones can have a variety of sensor types, clearly video ranks the most common capability of today’s consumer and commercial drones. Long gone are the days when placing an ordinary camera on a quadcopter style drone is a big deal. Today, drone cameras are highly sophisticated with designs evolved for drone use. In fact, some cameras embed so much processing, the term camera-computer is gaining steam.

Drone cameras are linked with board-level solutions that support multiple camera video streams and even perform AI-based intelligence functions aboard drones. Add those to the emergence of complete drone design platforms—that include camera and all—and it’s clear that we’re in a golden age for designing and developing powerful drones.
Video technology for drones spans a wide area of subjects including chip-level video processing, 4K HD video capture, image stabilization, complex board-level video processing, drone-mounted cameras, hybrid IR/video cameras and drone development platforms. Over the past 12 months, vendors at the camera-, board- and system-level have been evolving their existing drone video technologies while also creating new innovative solutions.

Complete Reference Platform

Starting at the platform level, drone development has definitely become easier these days, with companies both large and small providing complete drone development kits. One of these on the large company side is Qualcomm. In December, Qualcomm’s partner Intrinsyc Technologies announced it will distribute the Qualcomm Flight Pro reference platform (Figure 1). The platform is Qualcomm’s latest optimized board and development kit targeted specifically for consumer drones.

Figure 1
The Qualcomm Flight Pro reference platform is Qualcomm’s latest optimized board and development kit targeted specifically for consumer drones. 

The Qualcomm Flight Pro reference platform for consumer drones and robotics applications is a follow-on to the Qualcomm Flight platform, which was previously launched under the name Snapdragon Flight. The Qualcomm Flight Pro steps up from a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with 4x Cortex-A53 like Krait cores to a Snapdragon 820 (APQ8096SG) with 4x higher-end Kryo cores—2x at 2.15 GHz and 2x at 1.6 GHz. The Snapdragon 820 also integrates an Adreno 530 GPU and Hexagon 680 DSP.

The system runs on a Linux 3.18 and Yocto/OpenEmbedded based stack with SDK, a Docker container and support for the Robot Operating System (ROS). An optional Qualcomm Navigator SDK supports autonomous, vision-supported Wi-Fi-based flight controls with advanced flight modes, built-in sensor calibration and automatic flight logging.

The Qualcomm Flight Pro is slightly larger than the original at a still very compact 75  mm x 36 mm, making room for 4x cameras driven by MIPI-CSI interfaces. The kit includes a pair of forward-facing stereo-vision cameras using Omnivision OV7251 black and white VGA sensors by way of a Sunny GP161C module, as well as a forward-facing, 13-megapixel, 4K-at-30-fps camera with a Sony IMX214 color sensor in a KLT Module. There’s also a downward-facing camera with a black and white VGA OV7251 sensor via a Sunny MD102A module.

The Pro board includes 4 GB LPDDR4, a microSD slot and 32 GB UFS 2.0 (HS-G3 1-Lane) storage. Other features include a Qualcomm QCA6174 wireless module with 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO and Bluetooth 4.2 (with antenna mounts), as well as a Qualcomm WGR7640 GNSS location chip that supports an optional U-blox GPS module. The SBC is further equipped with an IMU with gyroscope, accelerometer, compass (Dual Invensense MPU9250) and a barometer/pressure sensor (Bosch BMP280).

More recently, in late February, Qualcomm and Thundercomm launched their Robotics RB3 Platform” that includes an octa-core Snapdragon 845 via a new “DragonBoard 845c” 96Boards SBC and tracking cameras. While that platform appears to be marketed toward terrestrial robots, Qualcomm did tell us that it can also be used for developing drones.

Cameras, Cameras, Cameras

Switching to the camera side of drone video, the latest crop of drone-based camera systems includes a wide range of solutions, some focusing on photo and video quality, others on new features and capabilities. For its part, in December, FLIR Systems announced three Neutrino midwave infrared (MWIR) camera cores. These include the small, lightweight FLIR Neutrino LC and two FLIR Neutrino Performance series cores, the SX12 and QX (Figure 2). The latest models expand the FLIR Neutrino cooled camera core family for commercial, industrial and defense OEMs and system integrators.

Figure 2
The Neutrino LC (left) is FLIR’s first High Operating Temperature (HOT) MWIR camera core and the first model in the SWaP+C series. The Neutrino QX, with more than 3.1 megapixels, is FLIR’s highest resolution MWIR camera core.

The Neutrino LC is FLIR’s first High Operating Temperature (HOT) MWIR camera core and the first model in the SWaP+C (Size, Weight, Power and Cost) series. As the smallest, lightest weight and lowest power consuming Neutrino model available, the LC can be integrated with smaller drones and allow drone operators to fly longer. With HOT technology, Neutrino starts imaging two times faster than previous models, allowing optical gas imaging professionals to detect gases faster. Additionally, the Neutrino’s longer operational lifetime allows installation in security applications where maintenance access is restricted, difficult or costly.

The two new Neutrino Performance series products, the Neutrino SX12 and the Neutrino QX, offer the highest-resolution MWIR performance from FLIR. The Neutrino SX12 produces high-definition (HD) thermal imaging video, while Neutrino QX, with more than 3.1 megapixels, is FLIR’s highest resolution MWIR core. Both Neutrino Performance models provide crisp imagery at long distances while maintaining a wide field of view and are well suited for ground-based or airborne intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and counter-drone solutions. The Neutrino SX12, QX and LC are dual-use camera cores for commercial, industrial and defense products and are classified under the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Administration Regulations as Export Control Classification Number 6A003.b.4.a.

Intelligent Camera

One area of innovation in drone cameras is adding more intelligence to them. Exemplifying this trend, in August last year Aerialtronics launched a new version of its Pensar camera-computer driven by artificial intelligence. According to te company, Pensar is one of the world’s first platforms with dual spectrum digital vision that allows real-time analysis of images or data (Figure 3). Infinitely customizable, it can be mounted on a professional drone, mobile robot or used as an independent camera. The dual spectrum is provided by a built-in Sony 30x full HD optical zoom camera with 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 30 fps Boson FLIR integrated thermal camera. The Pensar is 112.5 mm x 98.5 mm x 67.5 mm in size and weighs 672 g.

Figure 3
The Pensar is a dual spectrum digital vision platform that does real-time data analysis using a miniaturized Nvidia embedded processor with 1.5 teraflops of power. The dual spectrum is provided by a built-in Sony 30x full HD optical zoom camera with 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 30 fps Boson FLIR integrated thermal camera.

Pensar does real-time data analysis using a miniaturized Nvidia embedded processor with 1.5 teraflops of power. Its computing power, accelerated by the Nvidia Jetson TX1 GPU processor in the Nvidia Jetson module, enables it to detect, recognize, analyze and classify objects or people in real time. Simultaneous data acquisition and processing allows for immediate decision making.

Pensar’s integrated camera with a 30x optical zoom makes it possible to spot very small details. Also embedded in Pensar is a FLIR thermal camera used to identify heat sources and determine their temperature. The streams from these two cameras, recorded simultaneously, help optimize image analysis in day and night time and bad weather conditions.

This camera-computer can be customized and adapted for multiple applications: surveillance, inspection, public security and anti-terrorist operations, search and rescue and so on. It’s equipped with a system for facial recognition, object recognition such as license plates, animal recognition and similar tasks. A digital “privacy mask” can be integrated into the images to guarantee confidentiality and anonymity. The intelligent platform comes with an Ubuntu Linux Open Source operating system that allows system integrators to customize it to suit their needs. Pensar is compatible with open source libraries such as Google’s Tensor Flow.

Fancy Photography

As today’s drone cameras have evolved, they’re now offering many very sophisticated features for high-end photography. Along those lines, Lucint Systems’ Lucint12 camera basically provides a complete aerial image collection system in a small, rugged, low-power box (Figure 4). Lucint12 is a 12-megapixel high-quality color or monochrome

Figure 4
Lucint12 is a 12-megapixel high-quality color or monochrome image sensor with all the controls, metadata, processing and storage needed for a complete system.

image sensor with all the controls, metadata, processing and storage needed for a complete system. The unit also features a powerful built-in GPU processor to handle real time georeferencing, image preprocessing, and custom user algorithms.

Designed for photogrammetry the camera features large pixels that result in excellent dynamic range. It has lightweight, high-quality Micro Four Thirds lenses and captures metadata and precise GPS timestamp with each frame. Lucint12 provides a number of automated functions including auto-exposure designed for aerial capture ensures consistent exposures, auto-focus optimized for aerial, automotive or ground installations, and auto-trigger at fixed rate, percent image overlap, or external trigger.

The Lucint12 is complete system with rugged and reliable design features. Its global electronic shutter has no moving parts and no rolling shutter distortion. Industrial components extend operating temperature range. The unit has a fully sealed housing for harsh operating environments. The Lucint12 integrates an internal GPS to record image capture location, on-board mSATA-based image storage up to 1TB. Users can configure settings over Wi-Fi by phone or tablet.

Camera with V-SLAM Tech

Qualcomm isn’t the only big chip vendor with a hand in drone technology. Intel’s latest drone video offering is its RealSense Tracking Camera T265. Announced in January, the T265 uses proprietary visual inertial odometry simultaneous localization and mapping (V-SLAM) technology and is suited for applications that require a highly accurate and low-latency tracking solution, including robotics, drones, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality. V‑SLAM uses a combination of cameras and Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) to navigate in a similar way, using visual features in the environment to track its way around even unknown spaces with accuracy.

At the heart of the T265 is the Intel Movidius Myriad 2 vision processing unit (VPU), which directly handles all the data processing necessary for tracking on the machine (Figure 5). According to Intel, the T265 is good for applications where tracking the location of a device is important, especially in locations without GPS service, such as warehouses or remote outdoor areas where the camera uses a combination of known and unknown data to accurately navigate to its destination. The T265 is also designed for flexible implementation and can be easily added to small-footprint mobile devices like lightweight robots and drones, as well as for connectivity with mobile phones or AR headsets.

Figure 5
Intel’s RealSense Tracking Camera T265 uses proprietary visual inertial odometry simultaneous localization and V-SLAM technology. V‑SLAM uses a combination of cameras and Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) to navigate in a similar way, using visual features in the environment to track its way around unknown spaces with accuracy.

The T265 uses inside-out tracking, which means the device does not rely on any external sensors to understand the environment. Unlike other inside-out tracking solutions, the T265 delivers 6-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) inside-out tracking by gathering inputs from two onboard fish-eye cameras, each with an approximate 170-degree range of view. The V-SLAM systems construct and continually update maps of unknown environments and the location of a device within that environment.

Because all position calculations are performed directly on the device, tracking with the T265 is platform independent and allows the T265 to run on very low-compute devices. The only hardware requirements are sufficient non-volatile memory to boot the device and a USB 2.0 or 3.0 connection that provides 1.5 W of power. The camera measures 108 mm x 25 mm x 13 mm in size and weighs only 55 g.

Multi-Camera Support

In August last year, Aetina launched its first carrier board for Nvidia’s Jetson TX1 and TX2 modules that supports up to 6x cameras and offers -40°C to 85°C support. The ACE-N310 enables “360-degree surrounded view application in vehicles, drones, robots, surveillance and automation and intelligent systems at the edge,” says Aetina. With the help of the Jetson modules’ AI-enabled Pascal GPU, the ACE-N310 lets you build multi-visual intelligent systems with advanced on-premises analytics and inference, according to the company (Figure 6).

Figure 6
The ACE-N310 enables 360-degree surrounded view applications in vehicles, drones and robots. With the help of the Jetson modules’ AI-enabled Pascal GPU, the ACE-N310 lets you build multi-visual intelligent systems with advanced on-premises analytics.

The module integrates its iNAVI Linux distribution, which adds customizable security, system recovery and backup features. iNAVI is also available with the ACE-N310 and other Aetina Jetson carrier boards, which similarly support the TX1, TX2 and TX2i. The 87 mm x 70 mm board is most closely comparable to the ACE-N510 carrier, which has an 87 mm x 50 mm footprint that matches that of the TX2 and TX2i modules themselves. Aetina also offers the Nano-ITX (120 mm x 120 mm) form factor ACE-N261 and ACE-N622 boards.

The ACE-N310 can be configured with up to 12x lanes of MIPI-CSI connectors through CSI-II or FPD-LINK III extension modules. This enables the connection of 6x 2-lane, 2-megapixel cameras with 1080p/30fps resolution or 3x 4-lane 4K cameras. Aetina offers a variety of Sony IMX based, HD resolution MIPI-CSI camera modules to choose from, as well as an optional, FPC-connected ACE-CAM6C camera board with 6x CSI-2 cameras. There are also “certified” mini-PCIe based I/O modules including dual isolated GbE and PoE add-ons and a 4x USB 3.0 option, all with 0 to 70°C and -40°C to 85°C support.

Other ACE-N310 features include HDMI, GbE, micro-USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0 host ports. Onboard interfaces include RS-232, I2C and 5x GPIO, as well as 2x CAN Bus connections that work only with the Jetson TX2 and TX2i. A mini-PCIe slot supports PCIe and mSATA, and there’s a 9-19 VDC input. Other options include fan and heatsink add-ons, cable kits, and a 100-240 V, 60 W 12V/5A adapter.

Board for Small Drones

Last summer Gumstix released a version of its Aerocore 2 drone control board that runs Linux on Nvidia’s Jetson TX2. The Aerocore 2 drone control board arrived in 2014 and was followed in 2016 by a more advanced version that swapped out the original’s Gumstix Overo module for a DragonBoard 410C SBC. This most recent 2018 board—dubbed Aerocore 2 for Nvidia Jetson—works with Jetson TX1 and Jetson TX2 modules and can be customized in Gumstix’s Geppetto online design service (Figure 7).

Figure 7
Aerocore 2 for Nvidia Jetson works with Nvidia’s Jetson TX1 and Jetson TX2 modules and can be customized in Gumstix’s Geppetto online design service.

The Jetson TX2 is equipped with dual high-end “Denver 2” Arm cores and 4x Arm Cortex-A57 cores. The 256-core Pascal GPU with CUDA libraries for running AI and machine learning algorithms offer the potential for improved image recognition applications in drones and robotics. The Aerocore 2 is best suited for small drones called micro-aerial vehicles (MAVs), but it can also be used for larger drones, robots and other image processing applications.

The Jetson TX2 module provides the Aerocore 2 for Nvidia Jetson with 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 32GB of eMMC 5.1 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The Aerocore 2 carrier board adds an STMicroelectronics STM32F427 Cortex-M4 chip clocked at 168 MHz. This MCU is pre-loaded with the open source NuttX RTOS and APM-based PX4 firmware for real-time drone autopilot operation. It should also work with PX4-compatible projects such as QGroundControl and MAVLink. Because the Jetson boards are modules rather than an SBC, the Aerocore 2 carrier board has added more ports and other features to compensate. The board ships with a microSD slot, as well as micro-HDMI, USB 3.0 host, micro-USB OTG and micro-USB device ports.

There are two separate 4-lane MIPI-CSI-2 interfaces that support Gumstix’s $30 Caspa 4K cameras, which are built on Sony’s 13-megapixel IMX214 AF Camera sensor and support 4208 x 3120-pixel stills and 4K video at 30 fps. In addition, you get a pair of 2-lane CSI-2 connectors for 5-megapixel cameras with 2592 x 1944 resolution. The Aerocore 2 board is capable of driving 4x cameras with HD or higher resolution simultaneously.

Like other Aerocore boards and most other Gumstix boards, the Aerocore 2 for Nvidia Jetson can be customized with the Gumstix Geppetto D2O online development platform. The Geppetto drag-and-drop GUI interface lets developers add network connections or I/O, as well as create multiple projects and compare alternative designs for features and costs. Geppetto supplies free automated documentation on demand with all saved designs. The service lets you develop custom BSPs and go straight from a design to an order in one session, with 15-day manufacturing turnaround.

We’re obviously far past the days when commercial drone video was just a straightforward proposition of mounting a camera on a drone. Today there are many technology options for building drones for a variety of applications and mission types. Camera, board and system vendors are keeping pace with these trends, feeding the demands of this dynamic and growing market.


Aerialtronics |
Aetina |
FLIR Systems |
Gumstix |
Intel |
Intrinsyc Technologies |
Lucint Systems |
Nvidia |
Qualcomm |


This article appeared in the April 345 issue of Circuit Cellar

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