Embedded Computing Design

E-Letter
JUNE 2019

 
 
 
 
 
 
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IoT OPERATING SYSTEMS FEATURE
DAVE HUGHES, HCC EMBEDDED
 
First, FreeRTOS was swallowed by Amazon to support IoT development for its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud platform and last month Express Logic was gobbled up by Microsoft for its competing Azure cloud services. The short summary would be that these behemoths are extending their reach from the cloud to edge devices that collect and distribute data. This seems like a straightforward idea, but is it really that simple?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IoT OPERATING SYSTEMS FEATURE
DAVE HUGHES, HCC EMBEDDED
 
The embedded RTOS vendors are being removed from the embedded market at an alarming rate, with three major players absorbed in the last couple of years: Express Logic by Microsoft, FreeRTOS by Amazon and Micrium by Silicon Labs. By my estimations there were about 50 similar companies 12 years ago; now, at most, a handful remain. How does this affect the embedded industry overall and developers in particular?
 
 
 
 
 
IoT POWER MANAGEMENT FEATURE
JAYA KATHURIA BINDRA & NIDHIN M S, CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION
 
For optimizing power consumption at a system level, the power draw of these components must be controlled as well. Many peripherals, such as memories and sensors, come with an option to shut them down when their use is not required.
 
 
 
 
 
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POWER ELECTRONICS FEATURE
BONNIE C BAKER, MAXIM INTEGRATED
 
There are many established models that test the reliability of semiconductor devices against an ESD event to insure effectiveness and reliability. The primary ESD tests are the human-body model (HBM), the machine model (MM), and the charged-device model (CDM).
 
 
 
 
 
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STORAGE & MEMORY FEATURE
DAMIEN COL, HYPERSTONE
 
Microprocessors are now an everyday part of our lives, integrated into all kinds of devices from phones to cars, and computers to TVs. These microprocessors will all contain flash memory and in the modern world of hacks and data breaches, security is a growing concern.
 
 
 
 
 
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IoT DEVELOPMENT TOOLS FEATURE
AARTI PARIKH, VOLANSYS TECHNOLOGIES
 
AWS serverless compute services enable the building and deployment of applications on the AWS cloud without having to manage the servers.
 
 
 
 
 
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SENSOR HARDWARE FEATURE
KHAGENDRA THAPA, ACEINNA
 
Because of its vital nature, power is ubiquitous in electronics, as nothing happens until energy moves through a circuit. Power density, energy efficiency, and reliable operation are all critical factors to consider in modern electronics.
 
 
 
 
 
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DEVELOPMENT KITS FEATURE
JEREMY S. COOK
 
The NRF2401+ is a very capable wireless unit, allowing for data transfer between two Arduinos or similar boards with a fairly straightforward setup programming-wise. Unfortunately, the wiring involved in attaching an Arduino and an NRF24L01+ is less than straightforward, and after struggling with questionable adapters and pasta-like wire arrangements, I happened upon the RF-Nano?which I immediately purchased.
 
 
 
 
 
 
AI & MACHINE LEARNING FEATURE
DAN ZHANG, MOUSER ELECTRONICS
 
AI is starting to move from the cloud to the Edge. AI research now offers the intriguing possibility of using thousands of hours of powerful computing resources to train and refine a neural network that will then be able to run on cheap, low power devices.
 
 
 
 
 
 
5G NETWORKING FEATURRE
SYLVIA LU, U-BLOX
 
5G networks will be faster than their 4G predecessors ? in some cases by more than 10x ? but this is only part of the story. The bigger impact is likely to be elsewhere, with 5G able to provide exceptionally reliable low-latency services, and support very high device densities across wide areas. This promises to unlock the door to a new range of applications.
 
 
 
 
 
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FIVE MINUTES WITH ... PODCAST
EMBEDDED COMPUTING DESIGN
 
Embedded developers need to protect their systems after they are deployed. That?s not always easy to do, as you sometimes don?t know exactly where deployment is taking place. So, what to do? That?s the question I asked of Alan Grau, the Vice President of IoT and Embedded Solutions for Sectigo in this week?s Five Minutes With?discussion.
 
 
 
 
 
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Smart automation and digital transformation are among the trend topics worldwide. Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things are changing production and logistics processes in the long term.
 
 
 
 
 
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User experience (UX) is a term you can?t avoid these days. That?s because an excellent UX can more easily provide something that most other facets of your business cannot ? a direct path to the customer?s heart.
 
 
 
 
 
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Today's video and imaging processing involves developing complex computer algorithms that enable systems to capture and display information and high-resolution images.
 
 
 
 
 
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The performance increase of modern processors, the integration of graphics solutions into processors and the integration of countless interfaces into processor chipsets are driving the trend away from 19? systems and towards solutions with a smaller form factor.
 
 
 
 
 
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You?ve heard it before?artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge is the coolest thing since sliced bread, and if you?re not taking advantage of it, you?re missing the boat. For better or worse, there is a lot of truth to those statements.
 
 
 
 
 
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Buying generic doesn?t cut it. Why waste your time, energy, and dollars on hardware and software that fits your application as well as the next guy?s? OEMs and ISVs can benefit from deeper conversations and planning sessions with their ODM of choice around their overall platform design.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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