Finally. For everyone fighting with Yocto, Linux and uBoot …

When we started iMX6 Rex project couple of years ago, it was always very hard for me to get the software work done. I am a hardware design engineer and we always had to wait for software guys to find some time to work on our boards. It was so frustrating, that I decided to learn it and then, I had to share it …

So, today I am officially releasing a new online course which I hope will find many of you useful. Enjoy!

Learn the Essentials of creating uBoot, Linux and YOCTO for a board
This is a step-by-step course. During this course you will learn the essentials about porting uBoot, Linux and YOCTO on a custom board. Read more >

OpenRexKit.org – OpenRex Education Kit & Community Website

It’s still a lot of work, but I hope you will like it :) I have created a separate openrexkit.org domain just for OpenRex Education Open Source Project. I dream, that together we can create a large community which will help teaching the next generations of young engineers, programmers, thinkers and creators. However, I can not do this alone :(

I need your help! If you are interested to help with OpenRex Education Project, simply sign up for our Community Mailing List. Initially, you can just watch / read the discussions and when you are ready and you feel you could help, join the conversation. Anything you will contribute with, is a huge help. There is a lot of things what you can choose from, it’s not only hardware design or software development, but you can correct spelling mistakes, help with graphics or promotion of OpenRex Education Project.

Click here to Subscribe for OpenRex Education Community Mailing list

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OpenRex and TinyRex Status Update

Couple of updates:

1) OpenRex PCB is in production. Components are in process of ordering. The status of OpenRex production can be find at VOIPAC website (see the blue notes on the bottom of the page): http://www.voipac.com/#iMX6-SBC-432431111

2) As you probably noticed, there was some delay in production of OpenRex. The longest delay was caused by Micrel (Microchip). During our tests, we find out, that KSZ9031 is not working properly in the temperatures below 0°C. We contacted Micrel and it took them 1.5 month to confirm, that it is a silicon issue. Therefore, in the final OpenRex boards we will be fitting KSZ9021 instead (pin to pin compatible replacement), which is working fine in the whole industrial temperature range (this change will be applied on TinyRex too). Additional 3 weeks delay is caused by PCB manufacturing company, which finally confirmed, that the OpenRex PCBs will be delivered in September. TinyRex is in full production.

3) In the meantime we have done Environmental and EMC testing of the final OpenRex and TinyRex configuration. Everything went well and all the tests passed. Here you can find some notes about the tests: OpenRex Testing in an Environmental chamber, OpenRex EMC testing, iMX6 TinyRex Production Testing in Environmental Chamber, iMX6 TinyRex Production EMC testing.
iMX6 TinyRex Env-chamber Board in Enclosure-680px

4) We have also fantastic news :) Marian, one of our contributors, created a HDMI output support for the NXP Microcontroller. I am not sure if you have seen this video:

5) And the last news :) It is now official. We are preparing OpenRex Education Kit for Kids 12+ and for all enthusiastics who would like to play with it. Please, be aware, it’s not going to be cheap, as the OpenRex boards are quite expensive. We are preparing two educational kits: Basic for $199 USD and MAX for $299. Have a look at the box:
OpenRex Education Kit - MAX 530px

If you would like to help us with OpenRex Education Kit development, please send me an email (see our contact page). It’s all open source, so everyone willing to help us to finish this idea is very welcome. If you would like to support the OpenRex Education kit by financial support, please let me know. All the support would be used to finish the kit and prepare awesome examples for kids.

4GB DDR3 iMX6 Rex & Tiny Rex modules are now available

I am very happy to announce, that we have successfully tested 4GB iMX6 Rex & Tiny Rex modules.

Single unit price of iMX6 Rex Module in PRO configuration with 4GB SDRAM is 164.00 EUR. Single unit price of iMX6 TinyRex Module in MAX configuration with 4GB SDRAM is 134.00 EUR. The new ULTRA 1.3 demo images for iMX6 Rex and iMX6 TinyRex Modules including browser and 4GB memory support are available at Voipac downloads. Samples can already be ordered at VOIPAC. Contact sales@voipac.com.

4GB version of OpenRex is coming soon ;)

OpenRex pricelist. Order now!

OpenRex with OSHW Logo 640px

Here is the pricelist for OpenRex. The board is going to be manufactured and sold by VOIPAC. Availability of the first 50pcs is Q2/Q3 2016. For more information, contact VOIPAC here >

Brief overview of OpenRex pricing (commercial temperature)

OpenRex BASIC OpenRex MAX
CPU iMX6 SOLO
1GHz, 1 core
iMX6 QUAD
1GHz, 4 cores
Memory 512MB
DDR3-800
2GB
DDR3-1066
Microcontroller LPC1345 YES YES
Ethernet YES YES
All sensors YES YES
SATA NO YES
Price EUR
(1pc)
199 229
Price EUR
(1000pcs)
158 176

All the boards also include:
HDMI Output, Parallel CSI Camera input or RGB Parallel Display output, Differential Camera Input (Compatible with Raspberry Pi) or LVDS display output, micro SD slot, PCIE mini slot, micro SIM socket, USB OTG Micro, 2x USB, CAN with transceiver, Compass + Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Humidity sensor, Temperature sensor, IR Receiver, Audio (Headphones output, Microphone input), Touchscreen connector (Touchscreen through LPC13xx / Optional 4x Analog input), I2C EEPROM, SPI FLASH, 8+2 USER LED, Power LED, SD Card LED, USB HUB LED, 1x Reset button, 3x User button, 1x Raspberry PI type header (40 pins), 1x Arduino type header (20 pins).

The board is available in commercial & industrial temperature range. Price for industrial board may be different. For more details check with VOIPAC >

As usual, custom builds will be available.

OpenRex is ready for production!

YAHOO! This week, OpenRex passed the preliminary EMC testing :)

Everything is ready for production of the board in Commercial temperature range. The industrial version is also almost ready.

Our plan is to start in smaller quantities, this means, first boards will be expensive. They will be expensive not because we want to make profit from them, they will be expensive, because it’s really expensive to build them. The first batch only will be 20pcs 50pcs and the price will be 349USD 229 EUR per unit. Please, because of very high interest we only can ship 1 board per customer.

UPDATE! We have got enough pre-orders to cut the price to 229 EUR :)

Without these first boards it will be very hard to manufacture more OpenRex boards and lower the price. By buying these first boards you are also supporting future development of OpenRex project. Thank you!