hIoTron Modular & Enterprise IoT Development Kit is Designed for Fast Prototyping

Tweet hIoTron modular & enterprise IoT development kit is described by the company has a “fully pre-programmed prototyping kit for quickly building and testing your IoT concept” with plug-n-play module allowing for flexible prototyping. Beside the hardware comprises of a gateway and nodes, the kit also integrates with the company’s enterprise IoT Platform enabling easy design of custom mobile application & GUI dashboard. The company offers standard, advanced, and custom kits, but to keep things simple, let’s focus on the content of their standard kit first: Hi-Gate IoT gateway: WiSoC – Texas Instruments CC3200 Arm Cortex-M4 @ 80 MHz with 1MB flash, 256KB RAM Storage – 1MB serial flash, 512KB EEPROM Connectivity 802.11 n/g/n Wi-Fi,  2G GSM/GPRS (optional 3G/4G), ZigBee, BLE 4.0, sub-1GHz RF/NON RF to REST/MQTT gateway Expansion – 2x GPIO port pins, 2x analog port pins Power Supply – 9-12V DC 3x modular Hi-Nodes (up to 25 supported per gateway) based on Microchip/Atmel ATmega328P MCU: Powering node – …

Microsoft Introduces Azure Sphere OS Linux Operating System for Certified Microcontrollers (MediaTek MT3620 for now)

Tweet Last year, Microsoft announced they were working with Mediatek on Project Sopris Secure WiFi MCU, based on Mediatek MT7687 MIPS microcontroller with 7 properties enhancing security (Hardware-based Root of Trust, failure reporting etc…). The company has now unveiled a complete secure IoT solution with Azure Sphere comprised of three main components: Azure Sphere certified secured MCUs which combine real-time and application cores with built-in Microsoft security technology and connectivity. The first compatible MCU will be Mediatek MT3620, which differs from MIPS based Project Sopris, as it features one Cortex A7 and two Cortex M4 cores as well as WiFi connectivity. Azure Sphere OS that provides  four layers on top of the hardware: security  monitor, custom Linux kernel, on-chip connectivity services to Azure Sphere Security Service, and app containers for computer (A7 core) or/and real-time I/Os (M4 cores). Azure Sphere Security Service, a secure cloud service for Azure Sphere device that brokers trust for device-to-device and device-to-cloud communication through certificate-based …

Qualcomm QCS603 / QCS605 “IoT” SoCs are Designed for AI and Computer Vision Applications

Tweet Qualcommn has unveiled the “Qualcomm Vision Intelligence Platform”, which aims at IoT devices with camera leveraging artificial intelligence and computer vision. The first SoCs part of the platform are QCS605 and QCS603 manufactured with a 10nm process, and equipped with an “advanced image signal processor” and the Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine, as well Arm CPU cluster, Adreno GPU, and Hexagon DSP. QCS603 & QCS605 specifications: CPU QCS603 – 2x 1.6GHz Qualcomm Kryo 300 Gold cores, 6x 1.7GHz Qualcomm Kryo 300 Silver cores QCS605 – 2x 2.5GHz Qualcomm Kryo 300 Gold cores, 6x 1.7GHz Qualcomm Kryo 300 Silver cores Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence Engine DSP Qualcomm Hexagon 685 Vector Processor 2x Qualcomm Hexagon Vector eXtensions (HVX) GPU – Qualcomm Adreno 615 with OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan, OpenCL support Neural Processing – Qualcomm Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine programming interface with support for Tensorflow, Caffe/Caffe2, ONNE, Android NN; 2.1 TOPS @ 1w Memory I/F – 16-bit LPDDR4x @ up to 1866MHz Connectivity …

IBASE AGS100/AGS102 Smart IoT Gateway Targets Industrial Control and Factory Automation

Tweet IBASE has introduced AGS100 and AGS102 intelligent IoT gateways powered by an Intel Apollo Lake processor, and specifically geared towards industrial control and factory automation applications. AGS100 can be powered by Intel Atom processor E3950/ E3930 with extended operating temperature (-40°C to 70°C), Intel Pentium N4200, and Celeron N3350 processors (-20°C to 60°C), while AGS102 adds support for two RS232 ports and more GPIOs. Specifications: SoC – Intel Atom E3950/E3930 or Pentium N4200/ Celeron N3350 processor System Memory – 1x 4GB DDR3L-1866 SO-DIMM, up to  8GB Storage – 1x mSATA socket (Mini-PCI-E), 1x 2242 M.2 B-Key socket for mSATA SSD Rear Panel External I/O 1x DVI-I + 1x DisplayPort connector 4x USB 3.0 ports 2x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port 3x LED indicators (HDD, WLAN, WWAN) 1x power button with green LED 1x 3-pins DC-in terminal block type for 9-36V DC input 1x Antenna hole for WLAN module AGS102 only – 2x RS232 ports for COM3/COM4, 1x 4-in & 4-out …

Embedded Systems Conference 2018 Schedule – IoT, Security, Artificial Intelligence, and More

Tweet The Embedded Systems Conference takes place each year in Boston, US in April or May. This year, the event will occur on April 18-19, and the organizers have published the schedule with 7 tracks: Advanced Technologies, Center Stage (free), Embedded Hardware Design & Verification, Embedded Software Design & Verification, IoT and Connected Devices, Keynotes (free) and Special Event (free). Even if you can’t attend, it’s always useful to have a look at the schedule to learn about potential industry developments. So I’ve made my own virtual schedule with some of the sessions I found relevant to this blog. Wednesday, April 18 8:00 – 10:00 – An Introduction to RTOS by Jean Labrosse (Software Architect, Silicon Labs) This tutorial will help you understand what RTOSs are and how they work so that you can make better use of their features. The class will explain what an RTOS is and why you should use one. We’ll explain what tasks are, why …

A Look at LoRaWAN and NB-IoT Power Consumption

Tweet LoRaWAN and NB-IoT are both designed for low power long range communication for the Internet of Things. We’ve previously seen both protocols have about the same 15km range in rural areas, and NB-IoT bitrate is a little higher since it can reach around 100 kbps, against 300 bps to 38.4 kbps for LoRaWAN. All LPWAN standards usually claim 10-year battery life, but it would be interesting to get some data about power consumption, and that’s exactly what AMIHO Technology has done by comparing LoRaWAN to cellular IoT (NB-IoT / eMTC) power consumption. They started by checking public information from datasheets, and compare Tx, Rx, Idle and Tx current for the three standards, and LoRaWAN is about three to five times more efficient in terms of current compared to NB-IoT, and as expected even more compared to LTE Cat-M1. They then went on to compare airtime for the different power states,  look at the energy comparison for a 50 byte …

Real Time Logic Releases Web-based SharkSSL FreeRTOS/lwIP ESP8266 IDE

Tweet Real Time Logic claims SharkSSL is the smallest, fastest, and best performing embedded TLS v1.0/1.1/1.2 solution. It works with ColdFire, Kinetis K60, all the Cortex-M3 and -M4 processors,  as well as Tensilica LX3 based ESP8266. The solutions can be tuned via compile-time options to a less than 20kB footprint that still supports full x.509 authentication. SharkSSL is a commercial solution, but the SDK is free to use for non-commercial projects. In order to simplify development on ESP826, the company has released the SharkSSL ESP8266 IDE running in a virtual machine, and providing a complete FreeRTOS and lwIP based development environment using a web based interface. Once you’ve downloaded the virtual machine image,  you can start it in VirtualBox or VMWare with bridged networking enabled. The IP address of the virtual machine will be shown in the console, and you can use it in your favorite web browser in the host machine to start development with opening samples, and loading …

Logic Supply CL200 Series Compact Embedded Mini PCs To Ship with Ubuntu 16.04 or Windows 10 IoT

Tweet After launching their ML350 customizable fanless industrial computer, Logic Supply is back with another Apollo Lake family of mini PCs – CL200 series – with a much more compact form factor (Ultra Small Form Factor), and equipped with an Intel Celeron N3350 processor. Two models are available for now with CL200 featuring  1 GB RAM,  8 GB storage and running Ubuntu 16.04, and CL210 with 2GB RAM, 32 GB storage, and shipping with either Windows 10 IoT or Ubuntu 16.04. Specifications: SoC – Intel Celeron N3350 dual core processor @ 1.10 / 2.40 GHz with Intel HD graphics 500 System Memory & Storage CL200 – 1 GB LPDDR4, 8 GB eMMC flash, mSATA Up To 1 TB, micro SD slot CL210 – 2 GB LPDDR4, 32 GB eMMC flash, mSATA Up To 1 TB, micro SD slot Audio – CL210 only: 3.5 mm audio jack (mic in, line out) Video Output – CL200 : 1x Mini DisplayPort; CL210: 2x …