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JACK is the first guitar device to stream using Wi-Fi

Designed for guitarists by guitars, this smart adapter lets you leave the wires and cords behind. 

Attention all rockers, your jam session is about to get a whole heck of a lot cooler… and smarter. Typically speaking, guitar “jacks” refer to a style of connector used to link one piece of audio equipment to another. And, while wireless systems for a gig or sesh are nothing new, Scotland-based startup Ingenious Audio is hoping to give in-home and on-stage music recording its biggest breakthrough in the last 50 years.


The aptly named JACK is the world’s first guitar device to connect to any Wi-Fi-enabled gadget such as a PC, tablet or smartphone. The ARM9-based unit works by wirelessly relaying an electric guitar’s output to an amp without musicians having to worry about radio interference or annoying Bluetooth latency. JACK’s customized system provides best-in-class bandwidth with no compression, and responsive high-resolution audio over a secure long-range connection to an entire lineup of devices. Those looking to wirelessly play some guitar riffs through an amp will need a pair of devices, one plugged into the guitar’s jack and the other connected to the amp.

Measuring just 3.9″ x 1.9″ x 0.78” in size, the 3-ounce device is the perfect tagalong and can easily fit inside any bag, trunk, or pocket for that matter. As its creators note, JACK eliminates the need to ensure a venue has a wireless network already in place or mess around with complicated login credentials at home. Instead, users just plug the adapter into any guitar, amp or pedal, and instantly go wireless. This is because it creates its own encrypted Wi-Fi network with click-to-connect simplicity. JACK not only enables a quick and easy setup at gigs, its wireless capabilities allow for a mess-free home or dorm, and rock out on-the-road by plugging in a set of headphones.


“JACK is the missing link for modern guitarist – everyone today expects anything they buy to be wireless and connectable, whether it’s a camera, phone, media player and they do all their recording, editing and sharing on PCs and phones. JACK bridges that gap. JACK provides studio quality uncompressed 24-bit real time audio. Wireless guitar kits exist today, but to date none have been able to use the high data rate Wi-Fi system. Using Wi-Fi means JACK can connect to the five billion Wi-Fi enabled devices out there,” the team explains.

In fact, JACK’s patent-pending technology is believed to be nearly 13 times quicker than conventional Bluetooth and about three times faster than compressed low-latency Bluetooth. The unit also works with companion software with an iOS, MacOS and Android apps in the works. Once the tunes are in the computer, users have the ability to record, edit, upload, and when complete, share songs to the world.


Musicians interested in this next-gen, smart device will be happy to learn that team has launched a Kickstarter campaign, where it has already surpassed its £20,000 goal. To learn more or get your jack kit (which will run about $280), head on over to its official page here.

Atmel’s ToT hits the road for EELive!

Atmel’s Mobile Training Center is heading to Las Vegas Nevada on March 26th and EE Live! in San Jose in early April.

We’ll be at the McEnery Convention Center on 150 W San Carlos on Tuesday, April 1 – Thursday, April 3, showcasing a wide variety of tech across a number of spaces 
including touchsecuritymicrocontrollers (MCUs), wirelesslighting and automotive.

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Atmel, along with Xively, will also be co-hosting an Internet of Things (IoT) Engineering Summit at EE Live! on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 @ 11:00 – 11:45 am. Participants are slated discuss the following IoT-related topics:

  • Embedded processing and security
  • Connectivity and interface
  • Software tools and development

You can register for Atmel’s ToT Las Vegas stop here and EE Live! here.

Interested in learning more about Atmel and the IoT? You can check out our article archive on the subject here as well as Atmel’s recent SoMa panel discussion on the IoT here.

Atmel’s Tech on Tour heads to SF

After successfully wrapping up SXSW 2014 in Austin, Atmel’s Tech on Tour (ToT) trailer is back on the road to the Bay Area – with a long-awaited San Francisco SoMa stop scheduled for March 18, 2014.

We’ll be at China Basin, Lot C @ 185 Berry Street (between 3rd and 4th) from 10AM-6PM, showcasing a wide variety of tech across a number of spaces including touchsecuritymicrocontrollers (MCUs), wirelesslighting and automotive.

More specifically, you can check out:

Atmel’s ToT will also be hosting an industry panel on the rapidly evolving Internet of Things (IoT) at 4:00PM.

Join industry experts from Atmel, ARM, Humavox and August for an interactive discussion on how the IoT, the hottest topic in the technology sphere, is impacting today’s market across multiple segments.

Interested? You can register for the event here. See you in SoMa!!!

AT91SAM9X35 powers SBC with touchscreen display

Premier Farnell has launched the EDM6070AR-01, a fully-integrated embedded display module (EDM) that pairs an ARM9-based single board computer (SBC) with a 7” LCD and touch-screen assembly. According to Premier Farnell CTO David Shen, the multi-function embedded EDM is powered by Atmel’s  AT91SAM9X35 industrial microprocessor (MPU).


“The EDM6070AR-01, designed as an all-in-one solution, is ideally suited for a variety of embedded control HMI (human machine interface) applications including industrial control terminals, intelligent instruments, medical products, network terminals as well as data acquisition and analysis,” he explained.


“The module has a plate with display, connectors and place for the Mini6935 module with ARM microcontroller.”

The module also includes a pre-loaded Smart-Home demo app with an intuitive smart-LED controller that allows users to set independent light levels in each room, regulate temperature and humidity, play streamed audio files and manage surveillance cameras.


Aside from Atmel’s ARM-based MPU, key EDM6070AR-01 specs include:

  • 128MB DDR2 SDRAM
  • 256MB NAND Flash
  • 4MB Data Flash
  • 24-bit TFT LCD module, 7” (800 x 480, 24-bit color depth)
  • four-wire resistive touch-screen
  • SD card interface
  • Power supply: +12V@1.25A

On the software side, the EDM6070AR-01 is packaged with Linux BSP, offering support for Linux QT GUI (Graphical User Interface) and multiple file systems such as FAT and NTFS. 

As noted above, the SBC is also supplied with a Smart Home demo app and a number of example applications for developers.


The EDM6070AR-01 is available for $179 with the 7” LCD, although a standalone CPU module can be picked up for $69. Both are live on Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America and element14 in APAC.

Arietta G25 is an Atmel-powered SBC for the IoT

Acme Systems currently offers the Aria G25, a tiny system-on-module (SoM) built around Atmel’s versatile SAM9G25. As CNX Software reports, the company is prepping a smaller and lower-cost ARM Linux SBC powered by the same processor.

Dubbed the Arietta G25, the new board targets the DIY Maker market and IoT applications.

Key specs include:

  • CPU: Atmel’s AT91SAM9G25 (ARM9 clocked @ 400Mhz)
  • RAM: 128 MByte DDR2
  • MicroSD Socket for up to 32GB bootable Linux microSD (not included)
  • USB 2.0 ports: 1 hi-speed host/device, 1 hi-speed host, 1 full-speed
  • I2C bus: 1
  • SPI bus: 1 with 2 chip select (5 to 50 MHz)
  • PWM: 4 lines
  • A/D converters: 4 channels@10 bit
  • Size: 25x51mm
  • Power supply: single 3.3 Volt DC
  • Line levels: TTL 3.3V (NOT 5V tolerant)
  • Operative temperature range: -20 +70 °C
  • Pinstrip: 20×2 pitch 2,54mm (100mils)
  • PCB layers: 8

“Since this is early stage of development, no documentation is available, but we do have some informations about Aria G25 support,” a CNX Software writer explained.

“You can build the latest Linux kernel (3.12.8 release, or 3.13r8) for the board. [Plus], lots of tutorials are provided, including one explaining how to create an Embedded Debian Grip 7.2 image. The board is not open source hardware, but the company provides some hardware documentation. Finally, support is available via Google Groups.”

The Atmel-powered SBC, slated to ship in 2014, will initially be priced at 10 Euros ($13.53) for orders placed before May 2014, increasing to about 20 Euros ($27.06) thereafter.

 Additional information about the upcoming board is available on Roberto Asquini’s blog here.

Sealevel selects Atmel’s ARM9 MPU for hazardous zones

Sealevel has debuted a new flat panel touchscreen computer designed for wide temperature operation in hazardous environments.


Based on Sealevel’s popular SeaPAC R9 system, the new flat panel computer, dubbed “SeaPAC-R9-HAS,” is slated to be used as a process controller and human machine interface (HMI). It will carry Class 1 Division 2 and NEMA 4/IP65 certifications for panel mount applications in addition to standard CE and FCC approvals.

According to a Sealevel spokesperson, the SeaPAC-R9-HAS combines a powerful RISC-based embedded computer with a bright 8.4” TFT LCD in a rugged panel mounted design. Featuring LED backlight technology, the system offers an impressive extended operating temperature range of -30° to +70°C with no heaters or cooling fans required.

Powered by a 400Mhz Atmel ARM9 microprocessor (MPU), the SeaPAC-R9-HAS is available with up to 256MB RAM and 256MB Flash memory for maximum performance in embedded systems. Standard I/O includes Ethernet, serial, USB, and digital inputs and outputs. For intuitive operator interface, the system is equipped with a resistive touchscreen suitable for a wide range of environments and applications.

To provide the fastest time to market, Windows CE 6.0 BSP binary and low-level drivers for system I/O are included. Additionally, the SeaPAC-R9-HAS software package includes the Sealevel Talos I/O Framework, which offers a high-level object-oriented .NET Compact Framework (CF) device interface – providing an I/O point abstraction layer with built-in support for easily interfacing the system’s I/O. As expected, Linux support is also available.

The SeaPAC-R9-HAS will be available as a standard product, with an expected launch date of February 2014.

Designing in-home display units with Atmel tech

In-home display (IHD) units play a critical role in helping customers reduce their energy usage by providing relevant stats in real-time. Indeed, IHD units are typically designed to acquire and display information via a sensor with built-in RF and/or PLC. A more effective method? Transmitting information from a smart meter using a home area network.

“IHD units vary in complexity, from simple wall-mounted segment LCD displays, up to battery-operated products with color TFT displays and touchscreens,” an Atmel engineering rep told Bits & Pieces. “Advanced IHDs can display not only consumption information, but energy consumption advice from energy providers. They can also support a variety of additional functions such as home automation.”

To be sure, IHD units typically support displays, connectivity via USB and RF, as well as low power and touch buttons or screens for a fully interactive user interface (UI). And that is why Atmel offers a wide range of versatile microcontrollers (MCUs) for IHDs, from entry-level 8-bit AVRs to a sophisticated ARM9 core with embedded LCD graphics display controllers.

“In short, Atmel’s MCUs help facilitate flexible touch solutions, from buttons and wheels to sophisticated touch-screens, all providing support for a wide range of user interface features and capabilities,” the Atmel engineering rep explained.

“Meanwhile, power line communications (PLC) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions with full digital implementation deliver best-in-class sensitivity, high performance and high temperature stability. Plus, our CryptoAuthentication lineup provide a cost-effective, easy-to-implement security solution that is critical for wireless communication between meters and  IHD units.”

In terms of power efficiency, Atmel offers a number of advanced capabilities, including 1 µA watchdog and brown-out, picoPower tech for extended battery life, an event system to allow measurement while CPU is in SLEEP mode, support for true 1.6V operation, low-power RF transceivers for connectivity and the lowest power 32 kHz crystal oscillator (650nA RTC).

“In-house display units can range from a basic segment LCD to a more sophisticated color TFT. Depending on the display choice drivers and required  processing power, the primary microcontroller can be either an entry-level 8- or 32-bit MCU, scaling up to a more powerful embedded MPU with on-chip TFT LCD controller,” the engineering rep added.

“As products become more sophisticated, so will the UI. Atmel touch technology provides robust support for state of the art features such as capacitive touch buttons or a full touchscreen. The communications within the IHD depend on the implemented architecture of the HAN (typically RF or PLC). Of course, wireless connectivity can also be supported via Secure Digital Input Output (SDIO) cards.”

Interested in learning more about designing in-home display units with Atmel tech? Be sure to check out our extensive device breakdown here.

The Matrix-505 packs Atmel’s AT91SAM9G45 eMPU

Artila Electronics has debuted an ARM9 Linux-ready computer dubbed the Matrix-505. The industrial device – powered by Atmel’s AT91SAM9G45 400MHz eMPU – boasts 128MB DDR2 SDRAM, 128 NAND Flash and Linux 2.6.38 (pre-installed).


The Matrix-505 also integrates two 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, four high speed RS-232/485 serial ports, two USB hosts, DIN-Rail and a microSD socket into a palm size metal box.

As noted above, the Matrix-505 arrives pre-installed with Linux 2.6.38 OS, as well as a busybox utility collection, lighttpd Web server and various USB device drivers. Meanwhile, a fault-resilient booting function is implemented via a backup Linux file system in the DataFlash to automatically boot up the Matrix-505 in the case of a primary NAND Flash failure.

Although the Matrix-505 was primarily designed for headless application, VNC remote access and control software are readily available.

As previously discussed on Bits & Pieces, Atmel’s AT91SAM9G45 eMPU integrates multiple communication interfaces including high-speed USB host and device with transceivers, 10/100 Mbps Ethernet controller and high-speed SDIO/MMC interface.

The eMPU – which is capable of operating at 400 MHz – also features an LCD controller supporting up to 1280×860 resolution, a resistive touchscreen controller and camera interface.

Additional information about Atmel’s AT91SAM9G45 eMPU can be found here.