Edge Computing devices are playing an increasingly important role in the field of IoT. Nowadays, a computer is not just a big rectangular black box under the desk, or a small portable device working on your knees. Computers are ubiquitous devices that span calculating, communicating, and data storage. Based on this definition, here we would like to introduce our new product – the ODYSSEY - X86.
ODYSSEY is a series of SBC (Single Board Computer), allowing you to build Edge Computing applications with ease. The ODYSSEY - X86, based on latest Intel x86 chips, is a Quad-Core CPU that running up to 4.10GHz. It includes all the powerful features of a Mini PC such as including a 32GB LPDDR4 RAM(optional), 64GB eMMC Storage(optional), onboard Wi-Fi/BLE, Dual Gigabit Ethernet Ports or Dual 2.5-Gigabit Ethernet ports, Audio Input and Output, USB Ports, HDMI, SATA Connectors and PCIe, however, within a cost-effective price. With simple connections to Mouse, Keyboard and Monitor to ODYSSEY - X86, you will get a Mini Device right away. With eMMC versions, you even have the Windows 10 Enterprise pre-installed!
Compared with other x86 boards in the marketplace, every ODYSSEY-X86 board has an on-board microcontroller, you can control your machine in real-time. if you are not family with an embedded system, a microcontroller Arduino environment will help you get started quickly. we hope the board will help more people in more different scenes.
For the ODYSSEY - X86 v1 board, the board includes a standard RPI 40-pin Pi HAT. you can add your favorite Pi HAT to the board. We made a lot of ACPI tables to support those Pi HATs. Hope you like it.
For the ODYSSEY - X86 v2 board, we use the latest intel Mobile processor. We want it to consume less power and perform better.
Just simply connect to a mouse, a keyboard and a monitor with the ODYSSEY – X86, you will get a powerful Desktop Mini PC that can run Windows and Linux OS.
Where to buy: ODYSSEY - Single Board Computer - Development Platform
ODYSSEY-X86 V1 Wiki: Getting Started - Seeed Wiki
ODYSSEY-X86 V2 Wiki: Getting Started with reServer - Seeed Wiki
The Yocto Project releases in the table below have been tested by the Mender community. Please update it if you have tested this integration on other Yocto Project releases:
|dunfell (3.1 / 5..0)|
Build Means that the Yocto Project build using this Mender integration completes without errors and outputs images.
Runtime Means that Mender has been verified to work on the board. For U-Boot-based boards, the integration checklist has been verified.
- A supported Linux distribution and dependencies installed on your workstation/laptop as described in the Yocto Mega Manual
- NOTE. Instructions depend on which Yocto version you intend to use.
Set the Yocto Project branch you are building for:
Create a directory for your
mender-seeed setup to live in and clone the
mkdir mender-seeed && cd mender-seeed
Get all of necessary layers:
git clone -b dunfell git://git.yoctoproject.org/poky layers/poky git clone git://git.yoctoproject.org/meta-intel layers/meta-intel git clone -b dunfell https://github.com/mendersoftware/meta-mender layers/meta-mender git clone -b dunfell https://github.com/openembedded/meta-openembedded layers/meta-openembedded git clone https://github.com/Seeed-Studio/meta-odyssey-x86 layers/meta-odyssey-x86
Initialize the build environment:
Add yocto project layers:
bitbake-layers add-layer ../layers/meta-intel bitbake-layers add-layer ../layers/meta-odyssey-x86 bitbake-layers add-layer ../layers/meta-openembedded/meta-oe bitbake-layers add-layer ../layers/meta-openembedded/meta-python bitbake-layers add-layer ../layers/meta-openembedded/meta-networking bitbake-layers add-layer ../layers/meta-mender/meta-mender-core bitbake-layers add-layer ../layers/meta-mender/meta-mender-demo
Apply Mender configuration to build environment:
CONF_VERSION = "1" MACHINE = "odyssey-x86-mender" MENDER_ARTIFACT_NAME = "release-1" INHERIT += "mender-full" DISTRO_FEATURES_append = " systemd" VIRTUAL-RUNTIME_init_manager = "systemd" DISTRO_FEATURES_BACKFILL_CONSIDERED = "sysvinit" VIRTUAL-RUNTIME_initscripts = "" MENDER_STORAGE_DEVICE = "/dev/sda" MENDER_STORAGE_TOTAL_SIZE_MB_DEFAULT = "4096" MENDER_BOOT_PART_SIZE_MB = "64" # MENDER_DATA_PART_SIZE_MB = "1024" # By default MENDER_DATA_PART_SIZE_MB=128MB and it will try to resize # the partition on first boot to the full size of the remaining space MENDER_IMAGE_BOOTLOADER_FILE = "wic-initrd" IMAGE_FEATURES_append = " \ ssh-server-openssh \ "
in your local.conf.
This section is not required for a successful build but images that are generated by default are only suitable for usage with the Mender client in Standalone deployments, due to lack of server configuration.
You can edit the
conf/local.conf file to provide your Mender server configuration, ensuring the generated images and Mender Artifacts are connecting to the Mender server that you are using. There should already be a commented section in the generated
conf/local.conf file and you can simply uncomment the relevant configuration options and assign appropriate values to them.
Build for Hosted Mender:
# To get your tenant token: # - log in to https://hosted.mender.io # - click your email at the top right and then "My organization" # - press the "COPY TO CLIPBOARD" # - assign content of clipboard to MENDER_TENANT_TOKEN # MENDER_SERVER_URL = "https://hosted.mender.io" MENDER_TENANT_TOKEN = "<copy token here>"
Build for Mender Demo Server:
# https://docs.mender.io/administration/demo-installation # MENDER_DEMO_HOST_IP_ADDRESS = "<IP address of Mender demo server>"
Build for Mender Production/ Self-Hosted (on-prem):
# https://docs.mender.io/3.1/system-updates-yocto-project/build-for-production # # Uncomment below and update the URL to match your configured domain # name and provide the path to the generated server.crt file. # # Note that a custom server.crt file is only necessary if you are using # self-signed certificates. # # NOTE! It is recommend that you provide below information in your custom # Yocto layer and this is only for demo purposes. See linked documentation # for additional information. MENDER_SERVER_URL = "<URL of Self-Hosted Mender Server>" FILESEXTRAPATHS_prepend_pn-mender-client := "<DIRECTORY-CONTAINING-server.crt>:" SRC_URI_append_pn-mender-client = " file://server.crt"
You can now proceed with building an image:
odyssey-image-base with your desired image target.
After a successful build, the images and build artifacts are:
if you already have Mender running on your device and want to deploy a rootfs update using this build, you should use the Mender Artifact files, which have
.mender suffix. You can either deploy this Artifact in managed mode with the Mender server (upload it under Releases in the server UI) or by using the Mender client only in Standalone deployments.
There are two different methods of flashing the image and running on the ODYSSEY - X86 board.
Method 1: Flash to a USB Flash Drive connected to the ODYSSEY - X86 board and boot the system from the flash drive.
Method 2: Flash to an HDD/SSD connected to the ODYSSEY - X86 board and run from the HDD/SSD.
Step 1. Download balenaEtcher according to your operating system
Step 2. Plug a USB Flash Drive to the PC
Step 3. Click Flash from file and select
Step 4. Click Select target and choose the connected USB drive
Step 5. Finally click Flash
Step 6. Connect Flash drive to ODYSSEY - X86 board and turn on the board
Step 7. While turning on the board, keep pressing DELETE key to enter BIOS setup
Step 8. Go to Boot section and set the Boot Option #1 to UEFI: USB, Partition 1
- Step 9. Go to Save & Exit and select Save Changes and Reset
Now the OS will be successfully booted from the USB Flash Drive
Step 1. Follow from step 1 - step 9 in above Method 1
Step 2. After booting successfully, turn off the board by executing:
Note: We need to boot once after flashing because the data partition will grow to take up the remaining space on the flash drive, and we will use that space to store the image we need to flash to the HDD/SSD.
Step 3. Remove the flash drive from the ODYSSEY - X86 and connect to the PC
Step 4. Open a terminal window and copy the uefiimg from the Yocto compilation to the data partition of the flash drive
sudo cp mender-seeed/build/tmp/deploy/images/odyssey-x86-mender/odyssey-image-base-odyssey-x86.uefiimg /media/username/data
Note: Replace username with the username of your PC
Step 5. Remove Flash drive from PC and connect to the ODYSSEY - X86 board. Also connect an external HDD/ SSD to the ODYSSEY board.
Step 6. After the board is booted, type the following in the terminal window to list the disk partitions
We can see that the connected HDD as /dev/sdb
- Step 7. Flash the .uefiimg file that we copied before to the connected HDD/SSD using dd utility
dd if=/data/odyssey-image-base-odyssey-x86.uefiimg of=/dev/sdb
Note: Replace /dev/sdb with the name corresponding to the connected HDD/SSD
- Step 8. Once flashing is done, poweroff the ODYSSEY - X86
Step 9. Remove the USB Flash drive and turn on the ODYSSEY - X86
Step 10. While turning on the board, keep pressing F7 to enter BIOS setup
Step 11. Go to BOOT section and set the Boot Option #1 to UEFI: USB, Partition 1
- Step 12. Go to Save & Exit and select Save Changes and Reset
Now the OS will be successfully booted from the HDD/SSD
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