Archives September 2018

Rockchip Android Tablet Processors

Rockchip-Based Boards Offer Efficiency for  Embedded Linux

When it comes to processing units for embedded boards, there are typically two options – Intel x86 architecture chips, and ARM (SoC) chips. In embedded technology, ARM SoC chips have widely become the preferred technology due to their cost and power efficiencies in limited spaces. However, when it comes to x86 type chips, the major trustworthy brands are known – Intel, AMD, and a couple other makers. Less well known are some of the ARM manufacturers, who often work an an OEM or white box basis with other manufacturers. Estone Technology has partnered with manufacturer Rockchip, a top name in the ARM chip market.

Estone Tech has been a customer of and partner with Rockchip for quite a long time, and we feature the Rockchip RK 32xx and 33xx models in a variety of our boards. These CPUs feature the advanced ARM Cortex A-17, A-53, and A-72 ARM processing cores, supporting a wide variety of extremely advanced functions. In fact, the RK3399 unit features 6 64-bit processing cores, supporting 4K Video Capture and Playback, advanced audio processing and speech recognition, and other features essential for modern embedded device design.

Among the most popular operating systems for these embedded devices is Embedded Linux. Whether some form of QT, Yocto, Ubuntu, or a fully custom design, these efficient, slim OSes make these devices hum quickly and operate with security. Even better, these distributions are full supported and work perfectly with Rockchip processors. The cross-product support is excellent, with a number of resources, wikis, and articles from both Rockchip and Linux enthusiasts describing how to easily integrate processor and operating system in one design. Various Wikis explain how to flash specific Linux distributions to the chipset, and configure them to work with the SoC and board hardware.

The latest embedded Linux distributions support the most modern features found on Rockchip processors, like advanced Voice Recognition, an essential tool for modern cloud and edge based HMI functions. Unlike some other ARM based chips, Rockchip RK32xx and RK33xx chips are dedicated to Open Source, making their integration with Linux operating siystems as simple as possible.

For more information on how Rockchip based boards can benefit your projects, contact Estone Technology.

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Estone Tech’s OEM Marine Solutions on display at IBEX 2018

Marine industry companies from boat manufacturers to fishing tackle makers will descend on Tampa, FL in just two weeks for the International Boat Expo 2018, powered by Metstrade. Estone Tech will be in attendance, patrolling the expo floor and available for meeting opportunities.

Beginning Tuesday, October 2nd, the 3 day show is an opportunity for dozens of exhibitors to show off their latest product lines, and learn about opportunities to partner with other companies. In addition, the show will offer dozens of seminars on watercraft design, onboard communications and connectivity, and other elements. Seminars will be hosted by Boat Builder Magazine, NMEA organization, and others.

Estone Technology is excited to present some of our most recent OEM watercraft electronics technology, and speak with companies regarding their needs.

TekVisions IMTS 2018

Partner TekVisions Shows Off Long-Life Tablet at IMTS2018

TekVisions IMTS 2018

Some of the best things about of being an electronics OEM are the great companies we get to work with. It’s always a pleasure when a company comes to us with a vision that we can help them design and execute. So we were pleased to see partner TekVisions at this week’s International Manufacturing Technology Show presenting their new “Marathon” 14-inch semi-rugged PC, developed and manufactured in cooperation with Estone Technology.

TekVisions has dubbed the 14” tablet “Marathon” due to its massive 22 hour runtime. The Marthon represents the largest device in their Mobile Devices category.

IMTS is always one of the highlights of the year for manufacturing companies. This year’s event is being held at Chicago’s McCormic Place, and runs through Saturday, September 15th. IMTS expects more than 115,000 attendees at this year’s event. Dozens of exhibitors will be showing the latest in manufacturing technology, while classes and other opportunities for learning keep everyone involved.

Estone Tech and our partners attend many trade shows and other events throughout the year. Keep an eye on this space to learn where we’ll be next.