This is just a rumour but if true would be impressive. Apple would be leveraging on the expertise it has built by building its in house SoC ARM based to make a new processor for its laptop.
When asked about example of great Internet of Things products, I always take a little while to think before naming one because there are many we love. Among those we love, here is a new product being launched by a great Californian start up. See for yourselves.
These glasses look like google glasses but are not at all the same. They are used to monitor the wearer’s behaviour. 4 cameras, accelerometer, gyrometer, just to see….where you see.
Drones are becoming increasingly popular for hobbyist, civilian applications or military ones. More and more drones are using Linux variants for their OS. Some are still using RTOS such as VxWorks while others are using combinations of Nuttx (open source version of RTOS) and Linux depending on the real time requirements. Several drones are using Ubuntu with Robot OS extension. They are based on open platforms such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino or BeagleBone Black. Examples of projects are Bebop Drone, Spiri, Gumstix AeroCore MAV, Airware, Draganflyer X8, Paparazzi.
“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.
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.
An interview of Linux Torvald in the Huffington Post. Where one can learn that Linus is married to a 6 time martial art champion. He does not care about companies or corporations who have grown around Linux except to be grateful for them to do it.
He loves technology (of course ! :-)). He thinks technology does not change life but rather makes ubiquitous products and services which were availaible to only a few.
The agreement signed between Cadence and ARM boradens the scope of the collaboration. It encompasses ARMv7, ARMv8 and Mali GPU. It allows Cadence to provide tools optimized for the design of SoC based on ARM Cortex-A50 series.
802.11ac also called Gigabit Wifi has been implemented but up to now some features were left out. In particular MU-MIMO allowing for multiple users was not in, wasting bandwidth capacity in smartphones. This feature allows several users to use up to 433 Mbps of bandwidth simultaneously over a single access point. The early players are Qualcomm Atheros and Quantenna for chip design. Reference designs are also available and are being used by companies such as Aerohive.
The Arduino family continues to grow. Former generations of the famous board include Arduino Due featuring an ARM Cortex M3, the the Arduino Yun with a MIPS processor and now the latest member of the family is the Arduino TRE featuring a Sitara from TI. This last version offers a Cortex A8 processor compatible with any ARM Linux embedded distribution. For now, it is available for 50 beta users. Time to register to contribute !
Vanhawks Valour smart bike
This is an IoT bike. Yes it does exist :-). Founded through a kickstarter campaign, the Vanhawks Valour smart bike claims to be safer.
The bike measures the calories burnt and is paired up with a smartphone app.
It also gives the biker turn by turn directions.
A memory corruption available in a function (n_tty_write) is a security flaw in Linux. An account on the corresponding Linux server is required in order to be able to exploit this flaw. However, no privildged acces is required.
This issue can potentially affect Android and Chrome OS.
This year Intel does not release a new CPU architecture. It is not clear why Intel has not released its new Broadwell CPU architecture. The new 14nm manufacturing process is mainly responsible for the performance improvement.
ARM share with us its understanding of the wearable market, from the wrist to the head, find here a fun inventory of the gizmos you could be wearing right now.
AMD and Intel have been competing in the PC and the server world for the past 10 years. However, with the emergence of ARM in this segment, the two companies are adopting arther different strategies. Intel is working hard to improve the power efficiency of its chips mainly through improved process and manufacturing. It wants to be competitive in the tablet segment where it has gained very little ground so far.
AMD is not targeting the tablet segment but rather focusing on the server market. It takes a bold bet by combining x86 and ARM architecture on a single die called Skybridge. This is a very daring and pragmatic approach. Acknowledging that ARM is continuously gaining momentum in the server industry, AMD is trying to get the best of both worlds x86 and ARM.
Other targets for the Skybridge chip are networking products.
James Bruce from ARM explains that, in the tablet world, there are no use case for 8 core SoCs. However 8 is a lucky number for Chinese customers. The Exynos 5 octa is based on 4 cortex A15 combined with 4 A7 for instance. According to James Bruce 75% of the time, such a processor is either asleep or waiting for interrupts. So the actual need for the processing power is not proven.
Out of the 250 millions tablets shipped in 2013, 100 millions were shipped with a Chinese SoC inside.
29 seeds are available under open source license which upsets Monsanto.
The DARPA experiences the reuse of aging drones to serve as wifi hotspots. They want to provide connectivity to their units operating in remote areas. They have run early tests with success. The bandwidth supported is up to 1 Gbps during 9 hours.