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Arm AIOT Dev Summit on December 2nd-3rd in Mountain View

Posted by Charbax – November 23, 2019

Interview with @rexstjohn, the Arm ecosystem including @arduino, @google, @docker, @sparkfun and many more will be on December 2nd-3rd in Mountain View for the Arm AIOT Dev Summit! You can register at: http://armsummit.bemyapp.com

Helmholtz Innovation Lab HySPRINT Printed OLED

Posted by Charbax – October 28, 2019

HySPRINT at IDTechEx Show! Printed Electronics Europe 2019 moving towards broader market. Helmholtz Innovation Lab HySPRINT presented its newest R&D in the field of printing technologies at “IDTechEx Show! Printed Electronics Europe Conference” in Berlin.

“IDTechEx Show! Printed Electronics Europe” is one of the biggest events on printing and hybrid electronics with more than 2500 visitors from all over world. The key goals of this yearly event is to identify and forward the novel technologies, and enable an easy matchmaking between the players in the field.

HySPRINT was one of the very few research institutions to present at the conference. Dr. Paul Harten from HySPRINT spoke about our latest activities in the development of perovskite and silicon-based structures deposited on glass substrates to a large audience of professionals.

The event was combined with an expo that gathered more than 200 exhibitors working on topics of structural electronics, displays, electric vehicles, ink-jet printing. Visitors could communicate with experts from HySPRINT and our industrial partner “Inuru” manufacturing OLEDs. The booth gained a lot of attention from industrial companies and further meetings are already planned to discuss the cooperation opportunities. The interest was moslty focused on our perovskite-based devices, solar cells and dielectric layers. Dr. Rahim Munir working on scalable perovskite solar cells at HySPRINT says: “Guests of the booth, especially from industry, were impressed by our lab facilities. We have agreed on several lab visits and possible tests of their products.” Scaling, ink-jet printing technology and development of non-toxic metal and semiconducting inks gained a special interest in the frame of the recently founded joint lab with Humboldt Universität – “Generative Production Processes for Hybrid Components Lab” - “GenFab”.

Exhibiting at conferences and trade fairs, we get a great opportunity to meet and directly communicate with potential industrial partners in one place.
HySPRINT is eager to develop the innovative ideas and provide the R&D solutions together with our new partners. In order to enable innovations we offer our partners an excellent lab infrastructure equipped with high-end process technologies, access to all relevant characterization techniques and a highly competent and motivated team of scientists and technicians and more.

Radisurf high-performance bonding, Adhesion Technology

Posted by Charbax – October 28, 2019

RadiSurf’s Adhesion Technology
Want high-performance bonding of metals to dissimilar materials?

Say goodbye to glue. At RadiSurf, we’re re-thinking adhesion.

We create nanometer-thin surface coatings on metals so they can be secured with plastics & other dissimilar materials through sub100 nm long polymer brushes. The adhesion interface is almost invisible but the material joint is very robust.

Chemically clean & environmentally friendly, our extremely strong yet seamless bonding can withstand even extreme.

BILIANA K. at IDTechEx Show Berlin 2019 Quantification of Data as Art Work

Posted by Charbax – October 28, 2019

The process of Quantification of Data, created by Biliana K. is an Unique Artistic Concept, that transforms any ordinary Data Input, into new state of the matter, as Digital Mass, by introducing the Digital Mass Particles, that literally attributes Mass and Energy to Data. BILIANA K. introducing the process of Data Quantification as unique Artistic concept, at IDTechExShow, Berlin 2019, the core of powerful new Technology that transforms #Your_Data_As_Art_Work. For the first time an Artistic Concept generates a pure technological artifact with unique technical characteristics and parameters as Mass, Digital Mass Particles, Object, Energy, combined with unique poetical and Human Dimensions, as the Constant A, The Artist, that generates the uniqueness of the process of Data Quantification and the impossibility to be replicated and reproduced. The process of Data Quantification and the resulted unique Art Work, aims at delivering to people an unique personal product, with which you can develop affinity and ultimately fall in LOVE. Powerful Artistic concept that gives birth to a new potent technology, in order to generate a technological artefact with pure poetic dimension. Nothing is accidental.
Your Data As Art Work is the mission of BILIANA K. Your Data, genuine and authentic to each person, will be transformed into pure Art Work, where desire and necessity to transcend reality, inhabit this virtual and physical artefact of Quantified Data. So you can leave with it, so it can last forever and remains relevant for the future people that will leave around it. NON REPLICABLE APPROACH Combining COMPUTING and MEMORY, Biliana K. creates and unique ArtWork from the personal Data of each individual and the memory that it encapsulates at each individual moment in time. Each Art Work is containing different aspects of what makes as humans, emotions, thoughts, desires. The personal data contains all these different aspects of human existence and experience, being captured at any given time. With humans, perhaps what’s uniqueness we have is self-awareness, we are able to reflect on our own awareness. By the actual fact of commissioning an Art Work from Biliana K, and entrusting me with your Data, you exercise the ultimate human act of self awareness, ultimately empowering and exercising the ultimate human experience of transcending your own reality, independently of where you are, who you are, old or young, reach or pure, educated or not, gender, race. The Art Work is the fusion of the Physical Self (Body, environment parameters) Digital Self (Data parameters) and Human Self (emotional parameters) Technology had always had to serve a practical purpose. As far as Art was part of it, it was and it is, in a terms of design, functionality and purposes. Art however, is making sense exactly because it has no practical purpose. Deconstructing and taking out of context reality it where the magic of transcendence of reality takes place. Because of the ultimate peculiar nature of Data, as almost immaterial Substance, it actually caries within the possibilities of fundamentally different perspective and reading of reality. From Art point of you it is the perfect entity to use if you want to make absurdly unique objects/ArtWork
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NXP i.MX RT106A Arm Cortex-M7 MCU for Alexa

Posted by Charbax – October 28, 2019

Turnkey, low cost i.MX RT solution speeds time to market. Cloud-based voice assistants, led by Amazon’s Alexa, have become common in many homes, embedded in smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo products. Soon, the newly emerging trend to build voice assistants directly into smart devices such as light switches, ceiling fans, appliances, smoke detectors, and thermostats, will make voice control ubiquitous throughout the home. Voice assistants conveniently and unobtrusively located throughout the home enable a family’s entire network of connected smart devices to be controlled by voice commands from any room. For example, “Alexa, turn off all the lights,” or even more powerful routines can be created such as, “Alexa, good morning,” which can turn on music, start the coffee pot, adjust the thermostat settings, and more.

Today, a few smart home device and appliance makers are introducing versions of their products with built-in voice assistants. Until now, the technology required to embed cloud voice assistants has required a powerful multicore microprocessor unit (MPU), similar to the application processor in smart phones, with large Flash and SDRAM memories, and complex power management. Such implementations have not been a fit for cost sensitive consumer devices, which has impeded the proliferation of smart home devices with built-in voice.

At Embedded World this week, NXP Semiconductors announced the first MCU based implementation of an Alexa client, based on a new member of NXP’s popular i.MX RT crossover processor family of devices. This new solution enables device makers to build Alexa into products using a low cost, low power microcontroller unit (MCU), a device that is typically already required in any connected smart home product, meaning that OEMs can now add voice to their products at very low incremental cost (not much more than the cost of the microphones). Running on Amazon FreeRTOS, NXP’s new MCU-based AVS solution leverages the power of AWS IoT Core to minimize the processing resources needed to build Alexa into a product. Compared to previous implementations running Linux with large memory footprints, requiring more than 50 MB RAM and several Giga-Bytes of Flash, NXP’s MCU solution needs less than 1 MB of on-chip RAM and fewer than 16 MB of Flash, significantly reducing cost and size.

The i.MX RT106A (“ten-sixty-a”), has a 600 MHz Arm™ Cortex-M7™ processor, 1 MB of on chip SRAM, an LCD display, camera interface, advanced security and flexible communication, combined with a complete turnkey AVS software solution and a production ready hardware design, to enable OEMs to quickly and easily add Alexa to their product designs.

With this solution, device makers realize further benefits of shorter time to market, lower development and lifetime costs. It brings together the Alexa Voice Service, AWS IoT Core, and Amazon FreeRTOS to provide complete and best-in-class security, deployment, and device monitoring.

NXP’s i.MX RT MCU-based AVS solution is available as a complete kit for evaluation, development and prototyping. The hardware consists of two small, 30 mm x 40 mm (1.2” x 1.6”) boards. The MCU system on module (SoM) carries the i.MX RT106A processor, 32 MB of HyperFlash memory, a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module and an optional NXP A71CH secure element. The audio board has three MEMS microphones and connects to a speaker driven by NXP’s TFA9894D smart audio amplifier. The hardware ships with software that includes everything necessary for a developer to, out-of-the-box, connect to the Alexa Voice Service and immediately start prototyping. This one-stop-shop software package includes far-field voice processing (echo cancellation, noise suppression, beam forming, barge-in), an Alexa wake word inference engine, an AVS client application, API and all necessary drivers.

Samples of the i.MX RT106A processor and the SLN-ALEXA-IOT solution kit are available to qualified early access customers now.

Renesas SOTB (silicon-on-thin-buried-oxide) Low Power ARM microcontrollers for energy harvesting

Posted by Charbax – October 28, 2019

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today unveiled an innovative energy-harvesting embedded controller that can eliminate the need to use or replace batteries in IoT devices. Developed based on Renesas' breakthrough SOTB™ (silicon-on-thin-buried-oxide) process technology, the new embedded controller achieves extreme reduction in both active and standby current consumption, a combination that was not previously possible to achieve in conventional microcontrollers (MCUs). These extreme low current levels of the SOTB-based embedded controller enables system manufacturers to take a step further and completely eliminate the need for batteries in some of their products through harvesting ambient energy sources such as light, vibration, and flow. The use of extreme low-power and energy harvesting gives rise to a new market of maintenance-free connected IoT sensing devices with endpoint intelligence for applications in industrial, business, residential, agricultural, healthcare, and public infrastructure, as well as health and fitness apparel, shoes, wearables, smart watches, and drones. Renesas has already begun supplying the new embedded controller to beta customer.

Renesas’ first commercial product using SOTB technology, the R7F0E embedded controller, is a 32-bit, Arm® Cortex®-based embedded controller capable of operating up to 64 MHz for rapid local processing of sensor data and execution of complex analysis and control functions. Consuming just 20 μA/MHz active current, and only 150 nA deep standby current, approximately one-tenth that of conventional low-power MCUs, these industry-leading characteristics make the R7F0E perfectly suited for extreme low-power and energy harvesting.

$399 Weibu Snapdragon 850/8cx/835 Laptop and 2-in-1, Windows 10 ARM Powered

Posted by Charbax – October 22, 2019

Weibu is the Shenzhen design house ready to work with brands to mass produce affordable Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/850 and soon (from Q1 2020) also the Snapdragon 8cx based 13.3", 10.8" and 14.1" and other sizes from FHD to 3Kx2K displays, for long battery, built-in LTE.

Cosmo Communicator shipping now to backers, Dual Display Backlit Keyboard Phone, MTK P70+STM32

Posted by Charbax – October 22, 2019

Cosmo Communicator is right now being mass produced and shipping out to the nearly 4000 backers of the nearly $2M Indiegogo project at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cosmo-communicator#/ here is an extensive interview with Janko Mrsic-Flogel, CEO of Planet Computers, the creator of the awesome Gemini PDA Clamshell Keyboard Phone (which I used for 9 months in 2018 as my main phone) and now following that up with the Dual Display Cosmo Communicator, integrating dual-SIM 4G LTE, supports Android 9, Sailfish and other Linux operating systems to come with a multi-boot support, a full physical backlit keyboard, dual colour touchscreen displays, 24MP camera, external 1.91" touchscreen when the phone is closed and a large 6" internally when the phone is opened in full productivity mode. It also integrated a toggle switch with backside fingerprint reader for quick secure unlocking. In this video, Janko shows some of the features supported on that secondary 570x240, 300ppi, 1.91" external display which runs Free RTOS separately on an STMicroelectronics STM32 processor. With supported interactions such as music control, phone dialing, quick dialing, notifications and much more. The new processor is the MediaTek P70 Quad Arm Cortex A73 with Quad
Arm Cortex A53 with an Arm Mali G72 MP3 GPU.

NEC Drone Taxi, 5G, Face ID, Smart City

Posted by Charbax – October 22, 2019

NEC shows some of their technologies at #CEATEC2019 including a Drone that has flown about 3 meters thus far, but it's just a prototype. And it's not meant to carry any human being, so it's actually not a drone taxi, it's unmanned for cargo only.

Video-coverage from CEATEC 2019 sponsored by Semiconductor Energy Laboratory, watch my videos with SEL here.

Takenaka Robots in Construction, MR, VR, AI, Smart City planning, architecture, CO2 sensing and more

Posted by Charbax – October 21, 2019

Takenaka Corporation is one of the largest architecture, engineering, and construction firms in Japan. Its headquarters is located in Chūō-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture. Takenaka has 8 domestic offices in Japan and overseas offices in Asia, Europe, and the USA.

Video-coverage from CEATEC 2019 sponsored by Semiconductor Energy Laboratory, watch my videos with SEL here.