September 11, 2012

Buildroot for i.MX5 and i.MX6

We recently had a need for a quick RAM-disk image and went to the tool we’ve been using for years: Buildroot and took some notes along the way. With less than 10 minutes of effort, I had a …

July 31, 2012

Fastboot on i.MX

One of the hidden gems produced by Google as a part of the Android project is the inappropriately named Fastboot tool. In this article, we’ll describe Fastboot as implemented for our Nitrogen-E and Nitrogen53 boards. We’ll also make …

June 16, 2012

Timesys demo image

The team at Timesys put together a very nice package to showcase various hardware and software features of the i.MX6 in general and the Nitrogen6X in particular. We’ll be showing this in our booth at FTF Americas in …

June 10, 2012

Where’s the BSP (for i.MX5x, i.MX6)?

This is a question we’re often asked, and we generally respond through e-mail. Since we’re getting the question a lot lately from new customers, a blog post is in order. This seems like a question that should have …

December 11, 2011

Revisiting LTIB and Qt on i.MX51 and i.MX53

In a previous post, we walked through the process of building Qt using the LTIB tool, but we were a bit cavalier about the steps involved. Since that time, we’ve been shipping demo software based on LTIB and …

June 3, 2011

Booting into your own application on Android

Here’s another favorite for fixed-point Android users.  How do we skip the home screen and go directly into our own custom application on system start?  Once again, this is an easy change to make, and we really don’t …

April 19, 2011

Set Android default orientation to portrait mode

The default screen orientation for the Android-ready Nitrogen and Nitrogen53 is landscape. That’s fine for most people, but say you want it in portrait. Or upside down, or whatever. That’s a problem, since Android usually takes rotation instructions …

April 15, 2011

Camera subsystem overview for i.MX Gingerbread

That’s kind of how I felt as a naive software intern thumbing through the vast amount of information in the Android source code. There’s a lot to take in: Android covers an enormous set of use cases, and …

April 15, 2011

How to write an Android camera app

Now that we’ve covered the internals, we can talk a little about how the surface application should look. As a reference we’ll use the AOSP’s own default Camera app; you can find the source here. It’s a lot …