Programming NXP Microcontroller directly through WEB? Here we go …

I hope you will like it :) Simply just start writing your code on OpenRex, hit "Verify", then "Upload" and that's it :) The on board NXP microcontroller will be running the new code. Soon I will release more info, I just couldn't keep it for myself :D

BTW: We may be looking for an intern this summer. I just would like to ask if someone would be interested? The location will be somewhere around San Jose area. You would need to be already living there. If you would be interested, please send me an email. Thank you.

Picture: OpenRex & NXP LPC13xx WEB IDE
openrex - lpc web ide with compilation

iMX6 TinyRex Baseboard Lite Altium & Manufacturing files released to public

A lot of people have been interested about iMX6 TinyRex and it’s HDMI input. I am very happy to announce, that iMX6 TinyRex Baseboard Lite files have been released to public today. After registration you can download the complete Altium & Manufacturing files from here. Enjoy! :)

Martin also created a new 3D PDF (use Adobe Reader to check it):

iMX6 TinyRex Baseboard Lite V1I1 - 3D Model

Would you like to control your board through a WEB interface?

I have spent couple of days to prepare step-by-step instructions and video tutorial with detailed description about how you can run a Linux command through WEB interface on OpenRex. The example is based on WordPress Plugin, as it provides great flexibility. This means, if someone writes a plugin for OpenRex, it's very simple to install and run it on any OpenRex board :)

In this example, I am reading I2C temperature sensor placed on OpenRex board, but the same technique can be used on any board running Linux and the way described on this page can be used to run any Linux command. I hope you will find it useful :)

If you would like to learn how to do it, have a look at: How to create a simple WordPress plugin to Access and Control Hardware >

Or you can watch this tutorial:


Here are some screenshots from the plugin
TMP101 - Result TMP101 - Settings Page

How to setup Webserver on OpenRex

In case you would like to use OpenRex as a webserver, this can be handful for you. I have created a page with instructions how to setup Apache + PHP + MySQL on OpenRex. Have a look at: How to install WordPress on OpenRex (Apache + PHP + MySQL + WordPress)

Once you have it installed, you can run a CMS (Content Management System) e.g. WordPress, Joomla, …. As an example, I setup RexFace wordpress website:

Wordpress on iMX6

Picture: WordPress running on OpenRex

OpenRex Development & Manufacturing Status

We have done a lot of work in the past few weeks:

- Software: We ported uBoot 2015, Kernel 3.14 and YOCTO Jethro to OpenRex. All the most important peripherals are already supported. The current source codes can be found at our FEDEVEL Github >

- Documentation: We have created a lot of pages about how to work with OpenRex (and we still continue writing new pages), see the Content >

- Testing: Martin is preparing OpenRex for Environmental Chamber and EMC testing

- Manufacturing: Our plan is have some boards available for you guys in Q2 2016

OpenRex - Testing - Animated

Picture: Testing OpenRex

OpenRex is Alive!

I really hope, you will enjoy this new fully Open Source Hardware Project. We got the boards yesterday. OpenRex booted up to Linux GUI. We are going to test the peripherals and we will be adding new information on our website in coming weeks. When everything looks good, we will also place online the full Altium Project. Have fun! :)

OpenRex

Arduino Raspberry Pi OpenRex

If you would like to see OpenRex (and our other boards such TinyRex), we will be on the Embedded World Exhibition in Nuremberg 23 – 25 February 2016.
OpenRex

OpenRex Status Update

OpenRex is in assembly house and we are expecting prototypes within two weeks. Fingers crossed.

I attached an idea of OpenRex supporting add-on boards. The TOP OpenRex add-on board is also Raspberry Pi compatible. It may be used on the OpenRex SOLO version (with no or low profile heatsink). The BOTTOM add-on boards are larger. The plan is to support multiple add-on boards stacked on top of each other. It will require a lot of testing and playing :)

This is a 3D PDF, use Adobe reader to have a look at the board in 3D view.

OpenRex V1I1 - 3D Model with add-on boards - Default view

iMX6 TinyRex HDMI Video Input

I hope you will like the new TinyRex HDMI input interface. You can connect there any HDMI output (e.g. GoPro, Settopbox, PC ….) and process the video or transfer it over network.

Watch how it works, the picture is even nicer than from my USB camera.

Thanks everyone who was helping us with this interface. For more information about HDMI input, check out here >