About Gateworks

GATEWORKS is the leading supplier of Powerful ARM based Single Board Computers for transmitting and receiving audio, video and data in embedded wireless & wired network systems.

Software Release – Yocto 2.3 BSP

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Gateworks would like to announcethe release & support of Yocto 2.3 on the Ventana Family of Single Board Computers that feature the NXPi.MX6 processor. Yocto 2.3is under the code name Pyro. Yocto is a Linux operating system that Gateworks uses for video input and output, networking, GUI, IoT and more. Gateworks has added enhancementsto Yocto 2.3 thus creating the Gateworks Yocto 2.3 BSP.

Gateworks Yocto 2.3 BSP Highlights:

  • Using the gateworks_fslc_3.14_1.0.x_ga kernel
  • gstreamer-1.12 with many optional plugins enabled
  • gstreamer-imx-0.12.0 – provides access to hardware accelerated codecs, scaling colorspace conversions and compositing
  • 34 additional gstreamer plugins providing more codec/source/sink options
  • Updated gcc 4.9.2 -> 6.3.0
  • Updated bluez4 -> bluez5 (changed in Yocto 2.0)
  • Changed uClibc 0.9.3 -> musl 1.1.16 (changed in Yocto 2.2)
  • Changed midori browser -> ephiphany browser (changed in Yocto 2.0)
  • Changed libmad -> libmpg123 (MP3 audio decoder lib changed as the mad project is no longer maintained) (changed in Yocto 2.2)
  • Changed udev -> eudev (for compatibility when using sysvinit with newer kernels) (changed in Yocto 2.1)
  • Vivante GPU kernel driver (galcore) built as loadable kernel module (allowing flexibility to use an older kernel with a newer graphics release)
  • Changedfsl-alsa-plugins -> imx-alsa-plugins
  • and more changes listed here

To get started, Gateworks has posted Pre-Built images on the Yocto Wiki page. This includes tarballs and ubis for multimedia and gui images. The wiki page also documents building Yocto 2.3from source.

Yocto Software Wiki Page

Please update to the GateworksYocto 2.3 BSP and contact Gateworks with any questions. The support team is happy and available to work with you!

Mini-PCIe Power Expansion Module

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Peripherals connected to Single Board Computers (SBCs) require separatepower, sometimes in large amounts not typically available on the SBC. Additionally, some high power wireless radios require an additional power source, such as 5V for the RF power amplifier.

Gateworks designed the GW16120 Mini-PCIePower and USB Expansion Card to meet these power needs while eliminating the need for an additional separate external power supply. Given the robust power supply on the Gateworks SBCs, using the power from the Mini-PCIe slot can provide many watts of power dependent on the SBC. Both 3.3V and 5V rails are provided along with an additional bonus USB port. The GW16120 also allows for stacking of a Mini-PCIe wireless radio or other card on a riser connector for applications that cannot give up a full Mini-PCIe slot.

The GW16120 Provides :

  • Up to 8.0W @ 3.3V (shared – see datasheet)
  • Up to6.5W @ 5.0V (shared – see datasheet)
  • Additional USB 2.0 connector (for Mini-PCIe slots with USB signalling)
  • Riser Mini-PCIe slot to be used by wireless radio, etc
  • Power and USB Cables available
  • No software required
To learn more about the Mini-PCIe Power Expansion Card:
Gateworks Mini-PCIe Power Card

Intelligent Wireless Access Points

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Wireless access is everywhere and has become an essential convenience that customers expect businesses to provide.Wireless connections can become unreliable and suffer in high density use areas like trains, buses, cafes and stadiums. Users can face slow bandwidth, dropped connections and interruption when streaming video.

To improve wireless reliability, quality, and performance in high density areas, AOIFES has created a software solution called “Cognitive Hotspot Technology (CHT)” that runs on Gateworks Single Board Computers. CHT software is intelligent and designed to efficiently handle a large number of concurrent connections. Wireless access points with CHT software installed throughout a train or building can communicate with each other in real time allowing them to make intelligent decisions based on the current load and demand by the users. CHT increases throughput performance by over 400% thereby increasing the capacity of both number of simultaneous clients and the bandwidth availability for high QoS applications such as video streaming.

CHT on Gateworks SBCs provides the following advantages:

  • Eliminates Bottlenecks
  • Provides Advanced Load Balancing
  • Increases network capacity and reliability
  • Increases network speed and performance
  • Reduces RF emissions, interference, and electricity consumption
  • Reduces the number of needed Wireless Access Points
To learn more about CHT and Wireless Access Points using Gateworks SBCs:

Drones & UAVs – Wireless HD Video Streaming

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Nearly 7 million drones will be shipped by 2020 according to FAA estimates. UAVs require communication to a ground station over a wireless link providing information such as HD video and telemetry data.

Gateworks has Single Board Computers that are Drone & UAV Ready such as the Ventana GW5510 shown below:

Important Features:

  • HDMI Input for video cameras
  • High Power Mini-PCIe Slot for wireless radio
  • Communication busses for telemetry data
  • Industrial Temperature Ratings from -40 to +85C
  • Made in the USA
  • GStreamer Software Framework for video transmission

For videos and more about Gateworks SBCs for Drones and UAVS, visit the link below:

Gateworks Drone & UAV Showcase

Android Digital Signage – Simple & Low Cost

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Digital Signage has exploded over the last few years and is now utilized in businesses ranging from fast food restaurants for menu boards to factories for showing real time productivity analytics. The uses for digital signage is unlimited and the cost has come down to a price point that even small businesses can afford.

Gateworks has created a simple software signage solution for use on the Ventana Family of Single Board Computers. Connect the SBC to an HDMI or LCD display and point to the desired URL.

Gateworks Digital SignageFeatures:

  • Based on Android Lollipop, Optimized for 256MB Flash
  • Displays any local or remote URL in a full screen browser (Kiosk Mode)
  • Supports Hardware Acceleration for smooth playback ofweb content
  • Supports a failover URL
  • Supports automatic refresh

For more information, visit the Digital Signage Wiki Page.

NEW Embedded SBC With HDMI – Wireless – MicroSD for Digital Signage

New Low Profile SBC for Embedded Applications

Gateworks is proud to announce the newest member to the Ventana Family of Single Board Computers, the GW5530.

The GW5530 has an extremely low profile and small form factor ideal for applications inDigital Signage and Wireless Multimedia.

Features include:

  • NXP i.MX6 Processor
  • HDMI HD Video Output
  • New UBlox GPS (Optional)
  • Composite Video Input
  • Mini-PCIe Slot for WiFi or Cellular with SIM
  • MicroSD for storage
  • USB OTG
  • Gateworks GSC

To learn more about theGW5530, visit the following link: GW5530 Product Information

Android Lollipop Embedded Software Release

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Gateworks has just released Android Lollipop support for the Ventana family of Single Board Computers!

Notable updates include:

  • Update to the Android Open Source Projects 5.1.1 code base
  • Freescale i.MX6 performance and stability improvements
  • New3.14 based Linux kernel with many improvements
  • Vivante graphics libraries v5.0.11 p7
Gateworks recommends Lollipopfor all future Android support.

To get started with Android Lollipop, Click the Link Below:

 

Customizing Android & Yocto Splash Screens

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Customizing Android & Yocto Splash Screens

Have you ever wanted to replace that ugly default logo or animation that is shown when your system boots up? Now you can with custom splash screens!

What is a Splash Screen?

  • The logo or image displayed on screen during the boot process of an embedded system

3 Splash Screens can be Customized:

  • Bootloader
  • Linux Kernel
  • Operating System

Why are Splash Screens Important?

  • Splash screen are displayed immediately conveying proper operation and responsiveness to the user
  • Replacing the splash screen logo with a company logo will effectively brand a product for customer deployment

Readmore on the Gateworks Software Wiki:
Customizing the Splash Screen

LCD Touchscreens for Gateworks SBCs

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Gateworks offers a LVDS connector on the Ventana Family of Single Board Computers to allow the connection of a LCD touchscreen display. LCD Displays are a great fit for control panel applications as well as Digital Signage. The displays work with Android, OpenEmbedded Yocto, Ubuntu and more.

The LVDS connector has all the necessary pins for the display signaling as well as I2C for touchscreen control.

Gateworks offers a 7-inch LCD Display with a PCAP Touchscreen. This display is great to get started in development as well as for production projects.

All of the cables, adapters and LCD can be found right on the Gateworks Online Shop so getting up and running is very seamless.

Please review the following links for more information:

New Software Release: OpenWrt 16.02

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Gateworks would like to announcethe release & support of OpenWrt 16.02 on the Ventana and Laguna family of Single Board Computers. This OpenWrt release falls under the Designated Driverrelease of OpenWrt. OpenWrt isa Linux operating system that Gateworks uses for networking centric tasks, wireless access points, router functions, IoT and more. Please review the below updates and highlights and update to OpenWrt 16.02.

OpenWrt 16.02Updates and Highlights:

  • General:
    • Moved to git for SCM of choice
    • Gateworks System Controller drivers
    • Feeds bumped to 2016-02-17
    • Updated to latest wireless drivers (backports-20151218)
    • IEEE802.11 adhoc throughput increased for HT rates (iw 4.3)
    • Bump to Linux 4.4.0 Kernel
    • busybox-1.24.1
    • gcc-5.2.0
    • binutils-2.25.1
    • Moved from uclibc to musl-1.1.12
  • Ventana:
    • Bump to Linux 4.4.0 Kernel from 3.14.16
    • ~50% increased FEC driver performance
    • l2cache enabled
    • Hardware crypto support
    • squashfs+ubifs overlay for recovery
    • dsa/swconfig support for GW16083
    • HDMI out, no VPU/GPU
    • LVDS out, no VPU/GPU
    • Low-Latency RS485 support
  • Laguna:
    • Bump to Linux 4.4.0 Kernel from 3.10.49
    • GW2393 Support

To get started, Gateworks has posted Pre-Built images on the Wiki page. The wiki page also documents building from source.

Please try OpenWrt 16.02 and contact Gateworks with any questions. Their support team is happy and available to work with you!