At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Chumby unveiled their latest prototype. It’s a network connected digital picture frame that runs Flash widgets. Just like the current Chumby model, they’re publishing the software and hardware under a license designed to let you hack it. They let us borrow one of their open chassis evaluation kits to teardown and photograph. We’ve got more pictures, full specs, and the schematics below.
The new version has an 800×600 LCD touchpanel. They’re still using an open source Linux backend, but they’ve updated the UI. Chumby widgets are now managed on the device. Before, users had to log into the website and then have their chosen widgets pushed down to the Chumby. The software is designed so that it could be a user’s primary photo management application. It instantly recognizes inserted memory cards and lets users drag and drop photos into the widget playlist. The device integrates seamlessly with PhotoBucket letting you easily upload new galleries. You can send these to other Chumby users (Chums) as well.
Keep in mind that this is just an evaluation kit, so it’s mounted in a generic wooden photo frame.
On the left side are stereo speakers connected to the onboard amplifier. The large orange ribbon at the bottom contains all of the display electronics. The lower connector on the right edge powers the backlight. The upper four wire ribbon is for the touchscreen. The cutout at the top is for the USB WiFi card. The coincell holder is battery backup for the real time clock. There are two control panel buttons along the top.
The board includes several headers to make debugging easier. The pins in the lower left provide a serial console (detail). The larger grouping is the CPU JTAG. Next to that is an MMC port for the initial boot image. The cryptoprocessor also has a JTAG connector.
Flipping the board over you can see the optional video camera daughter card.
The silkscreen next to the RAM on the front side says this board version is Stormwind v8.0 revC.
The front side of the board is where most of the interesting bits are. The reset and user buttons are located in the upper left. Next to that is an SD card socket and a CF card socket. The power jack and microphone are on the upper right corner along with the amplifier circuitry. Below the CF is a TSOP socket holding a Hynix HY27UF081G2A-TP memory device. Under that is the main processor, a Samsung S3C6410. It’s a 533Mhz ARM11 CPU. To the right of the chip, are two Hynix RAM chips. This new Chumby can be built with 2-8GB of storage. Below that is the Novatek NT39703 display driver. The crypto processor is left of there. The headphone jack is located in the lower right corner of the board. The board’s lower edge features three USB ports. A USB WiFi card is plugged into one of them. We assume not integrating WiFi means they don’t have to deal with FCC approval; they just use an approved card. The USB and memory cards are controlled by the Alcor Micro AU6350 located next to the camera module.
For those looking for even more detail, here are the full schematics:
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