BayLibre becomes a SolidRun partner!

We’re happy to announce that BayLibre has joined the partner program at SolidRun to support customers using their best-in-class System-on-Module products.

The well-known SoMs from SolidRun support a variety of system-on-chip platforms and are supported by an open hardware carrier board. BayLibre adds world-class expertise in custom board design for these SoMs as well as porting and customizing Android, Yocto and Linux for the end product. We take the design that last mile to realize the final product.

SolidRun’s outstanding hardware products are a perfect match for BayLibre’s software world class system software expertise!

Zotac’s first ARM-based mini PC coming in September for under $200 – Liliputing

Zotac’s first ARM-based mini PC coming in September for under $200 – Liliputing.

The first ARM based PC is eventually shipping for less than 200 dollars.

AMD Opteron 64-bit ARM-based developer kits now available | ZDNet

AMD Opteron 64-bit ARM-based developer kits now available | ZDNet.

Chipmaker AMD has announced that the AMD Opteron A1100-Series developer kit, which features AMD’s first 64-bit ARM-based processor, codenamed “Seattle,” are now available.

Complete developer kits are available for $2,999.

Google’s Nest thermostat hacked with Linux — backdoor enabled on device

Google’s Nest thermostat hacked with Linux — backdoor enabled on device.

The story of how GTV Hacker attaqued the google TV device and managed to boot with unsigned code. Read unsecure code for unsigned code here:-)
They managed the same exploit with Nest thermostat based on an OMAP platform. Again this raises the issue of the Internet of Things and the security. This article claimed that the release of their smoke detector was delayed due to these security issues. 

Russian gov to dump x86, bake own 64-bit ARM chips – reports • The Register

Russian government wants to ditch Intel and AMD processors in favour of a locally-developed ARM effort. Russian companies are banding together to develop to be called “Baikal” that will use ARM’s 64-bit kernel Cortex A-57 as its base design, offer at least eight cores, be built with a 28nm process and run at 2GHz.
Cavium’s staff includes folks from failed ARM server chipmaker Calxeda, who told us they feel enough enterprise software runs on ARM. That’s no longer quite such a problem. If Russia follows this path, and the rules of open source, the problem could disappear entirely. 

Russian gov to dump x86, bake own 64-bit ARM chips – reports • The Register.

New chip will save you from competing wireless charging standards | Ars Technica

| Ars Technica.

Broadcom offers one product that seamlessly supports all standards to solve the wireless charging problem. The BCM59350 seamlessly and automatically switch between the three major wireless charging standards.

Linux Foundation Announces Renesas Electronics Becomes Gold Member – MarketWatch

“Linux and collaborative development are the optimal ways to provide higher value and address increased system complexity,” said Hisao Munakata, Executive Manager of Automotive Information System Business Division, Renesas Electronics Corporation.

via Linux Foundation Announces Renesas Electronics Becomes Gold Member – MarketWatch.

Renesas increases its involvement with the Linux foundation to become a gold member. The company has been a member since 2011. 
Linux is becoming an increasingly important part in the automotive industry where IHS expects its sales to spur to 53.7 million units by 2020. It is particularly present in the infortainment system. 

DALLAS: Freescale introduces new family of QorIQ multicore processors built on Layerscape architecture, delivering a breakthrough, software-defined approach to advance the world’s new virtualized networks | Business Wire | Rock Hill Herald Online

Freescale positions its line of QorlQ SoCs with a complete hardware and software product offer. They want to go into the new trend of software defined networking (SDN). The series of SoCs is provided with C libraries for open standards protocols. The IoT and 5G increases the networking traffic and creates new needs for networking products. The QorlQ LS2 is based on a 64 bit ARM Cortex A57. This SoC encompasses a hardware L2 switch. The C libraries provided implement networking and virtualization libraries. The QorlQ LS2 2085A is based on an eight cores cortex A57 in 28 nm technology. It is aimed at products such as routers, printers, imaging, encryption and compression.

DALLAS: Freescale introduces new family of QorIQ multicore processors built on Layerscape architecture, delivering a breakthrough, software-defined approach to advance the world’s new virtualized networks | Business Wire | Rock Hill Herald Online.

Faster, cheaper, smaller: The state of the system-on-a-chip in 2014 | Ars Technica

The trend for 2014 for the SoC market is described here. It tells us about how 2014 is about adding more cores and controlling the power consumption. We do not necessarily agree with the opinion of the journalist. The market grows in the mid-range while volumes stagnate on the high range segment. The journalist believes very much in Nvidia, less in Intel and a little in Qualcomm when we would bet more on Qualcomm for their integrated approach and on Mediatek. We also believe Rockchip will be a key player. So in a nutshell after the race for the higher clock, now is the time for the race for the higher number of cores. Let the game begin.

 

Faster, cheaper, smaller: The state of the system-on-a-chip in 2014 | Ars Technica.

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Skully Helmets Wins Distinguished SXSW Accelerator Award in Wearable Technology Category — Skully Helmets

Our partner Skully Helmets did it again! They have won the SXSW Accelerator Award for best #wearable technology: congratulations.

Skully Helmets Wins Distinguished SXSW Accelerator Award in Wearable Technology Category — Skully Helmets.