It’s been a week of wearables watching, Semicon West-gathering and innovation-honoring. Oh, and Pluto. Here’s what caught my eye in our world:
Details of the way-cool $9 CHIP from Next Thing Co. have leaked out in recent months (1GHz AllWinner Tech A13-based R8 CPU based on the ARM Cortex-A8, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of eMMC storage, and WiFi and Bluetooth built-in). Now Makezine illuminates the extent of the open-source technology the designers have
When it comes to IoT, security is the No. 1 priority for enterprises adopting the technology, according to the research firm IDC. So it’s a sobering when we hear about a Wired reporter’s experience getting hacking while in a moving SUV. Speaking of IDC, one of their top analysts briefed the industry on mid-year IoT trends, and (no surprise) security was a big topic: ( Where IoT Growth is Coming From Might Surprise You.)
Wearables are a quickly evolving application area, but they have their challenges. A researcher who helped develop the Samsung Simband who is now COO of the startup Bloom Technologies offers a prescription for improved devices in healthcare applications.
Julien Penders' wearables-in-healthcare presentation was one highlight from the newly rebranded Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley, held in Santa Clara this week. Tuesday night, as part of the event, EE Times and EDN magazine hosted their annual ACE Awards for electronics innovation. A number of ARM partners joined in the festivities and took home some beautiful crystal awards.
At the annual Semicon West event in San Francisco, talk always turns to Moore’s Law and the future of innovation in system design. Semiconductor Engineering Editor-in-Chief Ed Sperling says new manufacturing models need to be considered. He also writes of the unique paradox we face in an era when the semiconductor industry is consolidating but the options available to semiconductor vendors are exploding at both leading-edge nodes and mature nodes.
Speaking of nodes, the design ecosystem is gearing up for 7nm and below but challenges lurk, according to Semiconductor Engineering Editor Mark Lapedus.
Younger engineers might not remember this, but the Amiga was a huge computing breakthrough for enthusiasts back in the day and its inspired a generation of students to pursue computer science and engineering. Back in the day was 30 years ago. So, happy birthday Amiga!
For more, Eoin McCann rounds up the news (59% spike in mobile data; NFV worth $11.6bn in 2019; Green Hills RTOS released for ARM architectures (July 23rd news roundup) and David Blaza surveys the embedded and IoT scene (Embedded & IoT News roundup (July 20, 2015); Thread wireless spec rolls out and US retailer Target shows off their Smart/IoT home).
Until next week, keep on innovating…