SolidRun

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SolidRun Ltd.
Industry Internet of things, mini computers, Embedded systems
Founded 2010
Headquarters 7 HaMada St., Yokneam Illit Industrial Park, Israel
Area served
International
Key people
Atai Ziv (CEO)
Rabeeh Khoury (CTO)
Kossay Omary (Chairman)
Products Various SOMs, COMs & SBCs, including HummingBoard, CuBox, ClearFog & SolidPC
Website solid-run.com

SolidRun is an Israeli company producing Embedded systems components, mainly mini computers, Single-board computers and computer-on-module devices. It is specially known for their CuBox family of mini-computers (said to be the world's smallest desktop computer at the time of its launch), and for producing motherboards and processing components such as the HummingBoard motherboard.

Situated in the Yokneam Illit Industrial Park, SolidRun develops and manufactures products aimed both for the private entertainment sector, and for companies developing processor based products, notably components of "Internet of Things" technology systems.[1]

Within the scope of the IoT technology, SolidRun's mini computers are aimed to cover the intermediate sphere, between sensors and user devices, and between the larger network or Cloud framework. Within such a network, mini computers or system-on-module devices, act as mediators gathering and processing information from sensors or user devices and communicating with the network - this is also known as Edge computing.

History[edit]

Three of SolidRun's MicroSOMs from the i.MX6, Intel Braswell & Marvell ARMADA product families.

SolidRun was founded in 2010 by co-founders Rabeeh Khoury (formally an engineer at Marvell Technology Group) and Kossay Omary, today chairman and CTO respectively. The goal of SolidRun has been to develop, produce and market components aimed for integration with IoT systems.

The company today is situated in the Yokneam Illit HiTech Industrial Park in the Northern District of Israel, and headed by Dr. Atai Ziv (CEO).

The major product development line aimed at the consumer market is the CuBox family of mini-computers. The first of which was announced in December 2011, followed by the development of the CuBox-i series, announced in November 2013. The most recent addition to the CuBox line has been the CuBoxTV (announced in December 2014), which has been marketed primarily for the home entertainment market. A further primary product developed by SolidRun is the Hummingboard, an uncased single-board computer, marketed to developers as an integrated processing component.

SolidRun develops all of its products using Open-source software (such as Linux and OpenELEC), identifying itself as a member of the OSS community and a promoter of Open-source software platforms.

The products developed by SolidRun are classed into three families, based upon the processor maker. Each family offers roughly the same range of mini-computers, SOM's & COM's - currently divided into NXP iMX-6, Marvell Armada & Intel Braswell families. Every processing family offering different advantages with different application capacities.

NXP i.MX6 family products[edit]

A CuBox-i quad-core variant housing a Freescale I.MX6 Microprocessor.
The HummingBoard i.MX6-based computer-on-module.

CuBox-i & CuBoxTV[edit]

Announced in December 2011, CuBox and CuBox-i are a series of fanless nettop-class mini computers, all cube shaped and approximate 2 × 2 × 2 inches in size, weighing around 91 g (3.2 oz).[2]

CuBox is a low-power ARM architecture CPU based computer, using the Marvell Armada 510 (88AP510) SoC with an ARM v6/v7-compliant superscalar processor core, Vivante GC600 OpenGL 3.0 and OpenGL ES 2.0 capable 2D/3D graphics processing unit, Marvell vMeta HD Video Decoder hardware engine, and TrustZone security extensions, Cryptographic Engines and Security Accelerator (CESA) co-processor.

In November 2013, SolidRun released a family of CuBox-i computers named CuBox-i1, i2, i2eX, and i4Pro, containing a range of different i.MX6 processors by Freescale Semiconductor.[3]

Announced in December 2014, CuBoxTV is a mid-range CuBox-i SOM device for running Kodi on an OpenELEC Operating system, developed for the home entertainment market.[4]

CuBoxTV is based on an ARM architecture Quad core CPU, 1 GB, 64 bit memory, GC2000 GPU with an OpenGL ES quad shader, and a host of video, audio and picture decoders and encoders supporting all major file type. The device has a number of connection ports including HDMI, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, USB 2.0, eSATA and optical audio.[5][6]

HummingBoard[edit]

A compact computer-on-module ARM based mini computer, running a i.MX6 or iMX8M SoC. HummingBoard is marketed as a modular fanless mini computer, to be integrated with larger networks or systems, especially in the area of IoT development.[7]

HummingBoard base [1] HummingBoard Pro [2] HummingBoard Gate [3] HummingBoard Edge [4] HummingBoard Pulse [5]
µSOM model i.MX6 Single/Dual/Quad core i.MX6 Single/Dual/Quad core i.MX6 Single/Dual/Quad core i.MX6 Single/Dual/Quad core i.MX8M Dual/Quad core
Dimensions 85 mm × 56 mm 85 mm × 56 mm 102 mm × 69 mm 102 mm × 69 mm 102 mm × 69 mm
Voltage in 5 V 5 V 7 V – 36 V 7 V – 36 V 7 V – 36 V, PoE
RTC no on board (RTC battery off board) on board (RTC battery socket/header) on board (RTC battery socket/header) ???
Back to back connectors 2 2 3 3 3[8]
LVDS display out no yes no yes ???
SATA II no mSATA Full Size M.2 2242[9] M.2 2242[10] M.2
PCI express 2.0 no mPCIe – Half Size mPCIe – Half & Full Size mPCIe – Half & Full Size mPCIe – Half & Full Size
Infra red remote control receiver no yes no yes yes
MikroBUS Click Board support no no yes no ???
Enclosure no no optional optional optional

i.MX6 SOM[edit]

The i.MX6-based System-on-Module.

A compact system-on-module ARM based processing board, with a Freescale i.MX6 system-on-chip & networking, power management and storage capabilities. At 47 × 30 mm big, the MicroSoM is aimed for device and system developing, as an all rounded modular processing component.[11]

The SOM varies between 4 models ranging in performance, especially in regard to processing. The Single-core and Dual-Light-core SOMs house a Vivante GC880 GPU, 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet network connection and a 2 Lane CSI camera interface port. The Single-core variant holds 32-bit DDR3, 512 MB memory, while the Dual-light variant holds 64-bit DDR3, 1 GB memory.
The Dual-core and Quad-core SOM's house a Vivante GC2000 GPU, 10/100/1000 Mbit/s Ethernet network connection and a 4 Lane CSI camera interface port, they also include a built in 802.1 b/g/n wireless and a 4.0 Bluetooth port. Both variants offer 64-bit DDR3 memory at a 1066 Mbit/s speed, the dual-core coming with 1 GB of memory, while the Quad-core comes with 2 GB of memory.[12]

Models & specifications:[13]

SOM i1 SOM i2 SOM i2ex SOM i4Pro
SoC i.MX6 Solo i.MX6 Dual Lite i.MX6 Dual i.MX6 Quad
Processor Single core ARM A9
1 GHz (up to 1.2 GHz)
Dual core ARM A9
1 GHz (up to 1.2 GHz)
Dual core ARM A9
1 GHz (up to 1.2 GHz)
Quad core ARM A9
1 GHz (up to 1.2 GHz)
Memory 32 bit, 512 MB DDR3 @ 800 Mbit/s 64 bit, 1 GB DDR3 @ 800 Mbit/s 64 bit, 1 GB DDR3 @ 1066 Mbit/s 64 bit, 2 GB DDR3 @ 1066 Mbit/s
GPU Vivante GC880 Vivante GC880 Vivante GC2000 Vivante GC2000
Dimensions 47 mm × 30 mm 47 mm × 30 mm 47 mm × 30 mm 47 mm × 30 mm

Marvell ARMADA 38X family products[edit]

ClearFog Pro, based on the ARMADA 38x SoC with the MicroSoM clearly visible on the left side.

A388 SOM[edit]

Based on the Marvell ARMADA 388 SoC, the MicroSoM features a Dual core ARM Cortex A9 with 1.6 GHz processing power (up to 1.3 GHz in industrial grade), and up to 2 GB, 32-bit DDR3L memory. At 30 mm × 50 mm the ARMADA MicroSoM is the basis for a number of SolidRun's products in this product family.

ClearFog[edit]

Announced in November 2015, SolidRun's ClearFog Single-board computer (SBC) is based on Marvell's Armada 38x ARM Cortex-A9 Dual SoC and is marketed as a modular development integration SBC.[14] The ClearFog is divided into two grades: Base and Pro, differing mainly in connectivity options and size.

The ClearFog is a fanless SBC based on a Marvell ARMADA A388 dual 1.6 GHz core SOM, with 1 GB memory, Mikroelektronika mikroBUS Click Board support, and various connection ports including USB 3.0, mPCIE & Ethenet ports.

Marvell ARMADA 8040 family products[edit]

SolidNet OCP-8K SmartNIC

SolidRun has developed a range of products based on the Marvell ARMADA A8040 System-on-Chip, with its Quad core Cortex-A72 processor.

Intel Braswell family products[edit]

Intel Braswell SOM[edit]

SolidRun's family of Intel Braswell-based SOMs includes four SOMs based on two SoCs; the Atom E8000 & Pentium N3710.

IB8000 2 GB IB8000 4 GB IB3710 4 GB IB3710 8 GB
SoC Atom E8000 Atom E8000 Pentium N3710 Pentium N3710
Processor Quad core 1.04 GHz (burst 2 GHz) Quad core 1.04 GHz (burst 2 GHz) Quad core 1.60 GHz (burst 2.56 GHz) Quad core 1.60 GHz (burst 2.56 GHz)
Memory DDR3L 1600 Mbit/s, up to 8 GB total DDR3L 1600 Mbit/s, up to 8 GB total DDR3L 1600 Mbit/s, up to 8 GB total DDR3L 1600 Mbit/s, up to 8 GB total
Dimensions 52.8 mm × 40 mm 52.8 mm × 40 mm 52.8 mm × 40 mm 52.8 mm × 40 mm

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Company page". SolidRun. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  2. ^ http://www.cnx-software.com/2013/09/05/solidrun-announces-cubox-i-platform-with-freescale-i-mx6-for-as-low-as-45/ SolidRun Announces Cubox-i Platform with Freescale i.MX6 for as low as $ 45
  3. ^ "CuBox-i specifications". Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Honorof, Marshall. "CuBox is a Tiny XBMC Set-Top Box in a 2-inch Cube". Tom's Guide. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "CuBoxTV tech specs". CuBoxTV. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Lehrbaum, Rick. "Hands-on review: CuBoxTV running OpenELEC+Kodi and Android". Linux Gizmos. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Sims, Gary. "HummingBoard-i2eX review, dual-core SBC which runs Android and Linux". Android Authority. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  8. ^ https://wiki.solid-run.com/lib/exe/fetch.php?media=imx8:som:docs:sr-imx8m-som-user_manual-rev-1.0.pdf
  9. ^ https://wiki.solid-run.com/lib/exe/fetch.php?media=imx6:hummingboard:docs:sr-imx6-hummingboard-gate-datasheet.pdf
  10. ^ https://wiki.solid-run.com/lib/exe/fetch.php?media=imx6:hummingboard:docs:sr-imx6-hummingboard-edge-datasheet.pdf
  11. ^ "SOM product overview". SoildRun. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "SOM specifications". SolidRun. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "iMX6 MicroSOM announcement". Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "ClearFog Pro datasheet" (PDF). SolidRun. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 

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