Volumio for Compulab Utilite

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Volumio for Compulab Utilite. Integrated Wi-Fi, S/PDIF, IMX6 dual or quad core processors.

The postman hates me. I see him quite too much, and I know that when someone rings early in the morning, he’s him delivering fines or fancy electronic gizmos.
This time, I’m really proud to announce that he delivered a shiny Compulab Utilite mini PC. Some days ago I got a suggestion from one Volumio user (thank you  hassellbear!) to get in touch with Compulab and see what could be done to port Volumio on Utiltite Computer. So why is this a really good news? 

utilite-computer-

As you may see the Compulab Utilite has a great form factor. Boxed, nice to see, and cleverly thought (you can’t see from picture, but the top is made of polished metal, and gives the unit a really good solid feel). The dimensions are comparable to a small router.
The specs are also quite interesting also. It relies on IMX6 platform, which I know very well (UDOO and Cubox-I are based on the same architecture) and is the current top performing one in the embedded scenario.
Porting Volumio on that will be a great value for those looking to have a ready to play, and nice to see Audiophile Music Player.
Let’s examine Utilite’s connectivity options:

Compulab-overview

You can just see you’ve got plenty of flexibility out of that. What I really like is:

  • Great form factor: nice to see and solid build
  • IMX6 dual or Quad Core processors, with 2 gb of RAM available (someone said Ramplay?)
  • Coaxial S/PDIF out (and a coaxial cable comes bundled)
  • Integrated Wi-Fi with external antenna
  • Two USB ports in the Front

So I think that Utilite and Volumio will be a great combo, as an Audiophile Music Player. I will for sure think on a way to use all this options (like double ethernet…) . But really think I’m going to have fun with that, I received the Compulab Utilite Standard and in my opinion this is your best bet in the range of Compulab’s with Volumio.

So, thanks Compulab for this donation, and really think that this machine will make lots of Volumio users happy…

Development has just started…

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  • yoghurtlidlicker

    really interesting…
    do you think that’s going to better than Udoo Quad?

    • mikelangeloz

      These are really two different devices. Hardware wise in my opinion the performance will be the same, they rely on the same platform. As for the usage, they play on 2 different fields. With UDOO you have an amazing platform for DIYing, and you can customize as you want (example, connect physical buttons, touch display etc). With the Utilite you’ll have a finished and boxed device, with probably better wi-fi capabilities.
      Again… It depends on what you look, wether a standalone device or a DIY platform!

  • Bary

    Hi, I am looking forward to the new distro, but do you have a time for that? 🙂 I mean what starts with RaspyFi and Pi only product, it has now 4 other hardware confugaration 🙂 But what I am interested in: Does volumio accept A2DP bluetooth source? I mean like in menu you see play from NAS, weradios, any bluetooth sources do you planning? Play local music from my phone would be nice, or it is not in schedule at all? Thank you for an answer.

    • mikelangeloz

      Hi Bary, actually caring Volumio development is quite overwhelming for me, but the big is done… I think bluetooth support is not a priority, but it would be interesting to see how to integrate that. I’ll take a look at it, but anyway don’t expect it to come soon…

      • Bary

        No prob sir, You do a great job for all audio possitive people. Respect!

        • Bary

          Btw: i see forum is phpBB. Can we expect tapatalk support? It is 10 minute install and for mobile users it would be great. Thanks 😉

          • mikelangeloz

            Good idea! I’ll do that this week!

          • Bary

            Gr8 🙂 Thank you very much. I hope I am not alone.

          • mikelangeloz

            Done! Now Volumio’s Forum features tapatalk support! Enjoy!

      • Charlie

        Hi,

        A2DP would be very enjoyable. Today it’s the only way for listening to music flow like letournedisque.com stereomood.com, grooveshark.com …
        Are you listening to webradio..? I trully think thoose sources are the future of webradio.

        And that’s the reason why i have tested different solution (like volumio) but at the end i use a bluetooth AD2P receiver like the logitech wireless speaker adapter. I can listen to my own music with shared folder, +unusual source (soundcloud etc..) broadcasted by every electronic device i own : Smartphone, tablet, computer.
        And the little extra : My guest can broadcast there souds without any more settings than pushing a single button on the receiver.

        Well, i realy think this could be a verry usefull feature for your development, and you would have the only system compatible with it by now

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