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NXP i.MX 8X, CODESYS, EtherCAT, OPC UA, Android, RIMAC at the Toradex Booth

Posted by Charbax – July 9, 2019

Toradex’s NXP i.MX 8X based System on Module. The i.MX 8X SoCs comes with up to 4x Cortex-A35 and 1x Cortex-M4. The Cortex-A35 is an extreme power-effective 64bit Arm Core, the M4 is used to offload real-time tasks, check for errors to increase safety, and check for errors to further lower the power consumption.
The RAM and cache on the 8X can be protected with ECC (Error Correction Code) which make these SoMs ideal for critical applications such as Industrial Automation, Medical, Railways, etc.
Toradex shows the Colibri iMX8X running a GPU accelerated Qt application. The Apalis iMX8X with ECC will be available soon The Industrial 4.0 demo shows a Real-time Time Motion Control Application. A Toradex Apalis iMX6 powers the Midi-Eagle Computer from Diamond Systems featuring dual ethernet interfaces A CODESYS Soft PLC Stack is running on top of real-time Linux with a motion controller software. The motors are connected via EtherCAT. The system also utilizes an OPC-UA Server from Matrikon The demo was put together by the experienced Toradex Partner BE.Services.
RIMAC, famous for its insanely fast electric cars, demonstrates how the pin-compatibility of the Toradex SoM allows them to simply upgrade from an Apalis iMX6 to an Apalis iMX8QM.
Kynetics is providing Android support for Toradex modules. They show off Android on the i.MX 8 QuadMax but also on the i.MX 7 utilizing the integrated Cortex-M4 Core.
This allows it to run on the Cortex M4 Core an RTOS such as FreeRTOS and offload tasks.
Kynetics also provides an over-the-air (OTA) solution called Update Factory for IoT applications based on Eclipse hawkBit.

Toradex https://www.toradex.com/
Diamond Systems Midi-Eagle Computers http://www.diamondsystems.com/products/midieagle
Matrikon OPC UA https://www.matrikonopc.com/
BE.services https://www.be-services.net/
RIMAC and Toradex https://www.toradex.com/applications/automotive-infotainment/rimac
Kynetics https://www.kynetics.com/android-bsp/toradex

Microchip Technology Booth Tour at CES 2019

Posted by Charbax – June 12, 2019

Microchip showcases their demos for the automotive, consumer, medical, industrial markets and more. Microchip demonstrations include: Connectivity
Wireless Sensor Network (WSN)
Networked sensors are the future of improving the efficiency of HVAC systems in smart buildings. Learn how three different networking schemes, LoRaWAN, MiWi™ and Wi-Fi® can all be used to send sensor readings to the AWS cloud.

Low-Power Wi-Fi Sensors
Discover how Wi-Fi devices can be used in hard-to-get-to places in the home without running new power through the walls with the ultra-low power ATWINC1510, an IEEE 802.11 b/g/n network controller to add-on to existing microcontroller (MCU) solutions bringing Wi-Fi and network capabilities through SPI-to-Wi-Fi interface.

Secure picoPower LoRa Node
Learn how to implement Arm TrustZone technology and other crucial security features found in low-power LoRa end nodes powered by the SAM L11MCU in such as this light sensor. The SAM L11 features picoPower Technology, with less than 25 uA/MHz active current and less than 100 nA sleep current, as well as enhanced Peripheral Touch Control, making it perfect for wearable, wireless and security-focused applications.

Versatile picoPower Technology
Learn how one family of 32-bit microcontrollers can serve your needs in low-power, water-tolerant touch and high-trust applications. The SAM L1x family’s picoPower technology, enhanced Peripheral Touch Controller and robust security technologies are well suited for smart city, industrial automation, smart agriculture, medical and accessory authentication applications.

Connected Home Demos
Time is money – especially in development processes where time to market is a key factor in the decision process. Microchip's turnkey touch solutions are readymade for your touch design. Buttons, sliders, wheels, proximity – all available with selectable interfaces (I2C, SPI, GPIO) from a single input, up to 64 buttons. Even appliance safety class B pre-certified solutions are available for designs where functional safety is a focus.

Voice-to-Text with Bluetooth Low Energy
Mobile phones are everywhere and sometimes you need to be able to see what is being said. Watch how the ATBTLC1000-ZR Bluetooth low energy System in Package (SiP) module, hosted by the SAM D21 MCU, can enable you to view the words you hear on an easy-to-use E-Ink display from Ineltek.

Easy Branding and Ease of Use
Drive profitable brand preference and ease of use for your end customers with the PIC32MZ DA graphics microcontrollers and MPLAB Harmony Graphics Composer tools and libraries. Custom graphics, animation and deep-color pallets will have your embedded design reflecting your company’s professional brand image, driving preference and profit.

Security
Wi-Fi to Bluetooth Low-Energy Gateway
Learn how to securely connect Bluetooth devices like a door lock, ceiling fan or LED bulb to the cloud with the combination of the ATWINC3400 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module and the ATECC608A secure element. The ATWINC3400 is an IoT network controller offering Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy network capabilities within a single module. The ATECC608A secure element integrates Elliptic Curve Diffie Hellman (ECDH) security protocol an ultra-secure method to provide key agreement for encryption/decryption, along with Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA) sign-verify authentication, ideal for IoT applications.

Secure Authentication to Google Cloud IoT Core with a Secure Element
Learn how to protect the private key used for authentication in a flexible, secure element while easily implementing JSON Web Token-based authentication. This cost-effective solution uses the ATECC608A secure element to provide robust security, even to systems with small microcontrollers (MCUs) such as an Arm Cortex-M0+ based device.

Secure Authentication to AWS IoT Core with a Secure Element
Protect the private key used for the authentication of your AWS IoT connected device by using our flexible secure element (ATECC608A). Enabling robust, mutual authentication with Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), this cost-effective solution can be used across a wide range of MPUs and MCUs, including small Arm Cortex-M0+ based MCUs.

Qualcomm 8cx, 7nm ARM Laptop Windows 10 platform

Posted by Charbax – June 12, 2019

Qualcomm shows their 8cx ARM Powered Laptop platform. The 8cx is the first ARM Processor designed specifically for the Laptop market. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Compute Platform is the most extreme Snapdragon ever, combines the best of the smartphone with the power and performance of a premium laptop in ultra-thin, fanless form factors to deliver a superior Always On, Always Connected PC computing experience. The first 7nm PC platform, the Snapdragon 8cx supports transformative 5G experiences, multi-gigabit LTE, and multi-day battery life and marks the biggest generational performance increase ever in a Snapdragon platform.

Torizon industrial Linux software platform from Toradex

Posted by Charbax – June 2, 2019

At Embedded World 2019, Toradex shows off its brand new Linux Platform called Torizon, for the first time. Torizon is an open source project based on the Yocto Project, it comes free with Toradex System on Modules (SoMs) including NXP i.MX 6, 7 and 8 SoCs. Torizon is ideal for developers who like to take advantage of the extensive Linux ecosystem, but don’t like to spend time on low-level Linux development. Torizon is built for the requirements of modern industrial embedded/IoT applications in mind. It uses Docker for software containerization, features an Automotive Grade Remote Update Client, supports real-time and has built-in security features. In the video, Samuel, CEO of Toradex, shows the integration with Visual Studio and highlights how it simplifies life for those moving from the Windows and Windows Embedded Compact ecosystem. In the second demo, you can see Debian running in Docker Containers. The last demo shows off the safe and secure over-the-air (OTA) updates and a possible backend to manage a fleet of devices. The update client is Uptane-compatible.

If you’d like to know more about Torizon, you can join Toradex’s Webinar:
https://www.toradex.com/webinars/introducing-torizon-easy-to-use-industrial-linux-platform

If you’d like to learn more about the AI Wall at the end, see my previous video here.

Collabora shows Radxa ROCK Pi 4 running Panfrost open source Mali GPU driver

Posted by Charbax – April 2, 2019

Collabora is at Embedded World 2019, showing their infrastructure for end-to-end, embedded software production, their work on software platforms with reproducible continuous builds, automate testing on hardware to increase productivity and quality control in embedded Linux. They demonstrate Debian-based platform creation with debos and testing on a Virtual Machine - for early identification of issues and regressions, Hardware automated testing of application development through video playing on a Rockchip platform (Chromebook Plus) with VPU decoding and GPU rendering using the Panfrost Open Source driver, Graphics stack development with automated testing, to show how Graphics enablement can be integrated on a Continous Integration pipeline. They also demonstrate two NEW Open Source GPU drivers, etnaviv for Vivante GPU running on an RDU2 Inflight Multimedia Entertainment Device (based on the i.MX6 series SOCs), provided by Zodiac Inflight Innovations, and Panfrost for ARM Mali Midgard & Bifrost GPU, running on a ROCK Pi 4 SBC, provided by Radxa.

Foundries.io Zephyr microPlatform (ZmP) at Embedded World 2019

Posted by Charbax – March 29, 2019

Foundries.io demonstrates OpenThread on Zephyr with Blockchain data publishing controlling Smart Lights and Candy Dispenser – Foundries.io showcases their Zephyr microPlatform (ZmP) using OpenThread and 802.15.4. Providing an OpenThread gateway which acts as a smart speaker enabling users to issue voice commands like “Hey Google, turn it on” to turn on a light, or “Hey Google, start it” to dispense candy. The connected lights will be running ZmP with OpenThread, and the candy dispenser will using 6lowpan over BLE.

The Zephyr Project at Embedded World 2019

Posted by Charbax – March 29, 2019

The Zephyr Project joins some 1,000 exhibitors at Embedded World in Nurnberg, Germany, with Zephyr Project members including Antmicro, Foundries.io, Intel, Nordic Semiconductor, NXP and SiFive, with offer interactive IoT demos powered by the Zephyr RTOS, which supports multiple hardware architectures and is built with safety and security in mind.

The Antmicro and Renode demo showcases how the open source Renode simulation framework that can be used to test multi-node Zephyr setups, including ARM and RISC-V based platforms. Using human-readable scripts and configuration, Renode allows you to easily create complex CI installations, enabling better testability of real products. You will see how to test production-ready code without the hassle of connecting multiple pieces of hardware together against corner-case conditions unachievable in testing rigs.

NXP i.MX 6SoloX (UDOO Neo) with RPMsg Protocol, a Multicore demo with Linux running on A9, Zephyr running on M4 – This demonstration shows how to leverage asymmetric co-processors of modern SoCs on the example of i.MX6SoloX and Udoo Neo board. The embedded Cortex-M4 core is running Zephyr RTOS which implements various low speed serial peripherals (UART, SPI, I2C) in software using GPIO. Cortex-M4 communicates with the embedded Cortex-A9 core running Linux Kernel using the RPMsg protocol. On the Linux side a kernel module is used to present implemented serial peripherals to the user space as regular serial, SPI or I2C interface (e.g. /dev/ttySx). The benefits of such approach consist in the possibility of extending existing set of peripherals without any additional hardware cost and the possibility to place selected peripheral at virtually any available GPIO pin. Thanks to exporting the interfaces to the user space, it can be accessed for example by a Python script.

Intel S1000 Speech Kit showcases basic Alexa functionality

Nordic Semiconductor Gaming Mouse, Zephyr on an nRF52-based low-latency, high report rate gaming mouse prototype

Zephyr on the Nordic nRF91 Development Kit, including a BLE to LTE gateway

SiFive Demo, Zephyr Running on a SiFive HiFive1 Development Board

Zephyr running as a guest on ACRN Hypervisor

Ampere eMAG Skylark 32-core ARM Server CPU

Posted by Charbax – March 26, 2019

eMAG is a family of high-performance ARM server processors designed by Ampere Computing. Ampere's introduction of eMAG to the market concludes and follows on the X-Gene3 design started out by AppliedMicro. eMAG processors targets server workloads capable of taking advantage of a high core count with high throughput. First generation eMAG processors are based on the Skylark microarchitecture, a design that started out by AppliedMicro. Fabricated on TSMC's 16FF+ process, those processors feature up to 32 cores operating at up to 3.3 GHz. DDR4 channels, up to 2666 MT/s with ECC; 1 TiB/socket I/O: 42 PCIe Gen 3 lanes TDP: Up to 125 W Second generation eMAG processors are planned for 2019. Those chips will be based on Ampere's Quicksilver microarchitecture and feature an array of new features and improvements developed also with the new staff that Ampere hired over from Qualcomm's ARM Server team.

SmugMug uses Amazon AWS EC2 A1 ARM Server Instance, 40% cheaper than x86

Posted by Charbax – March 26, 2019

SmugMug achieves 40% cost savings by migrating their photo-serving tier to EC2 A1 instances. SmugMug is able to move their software stack (PHP, Nginx, HAProxy) to A1 instances with minimal effort. And getting everything up and running on A1 instances was like any other EC2 instance for SmugMug.

Nuvoton ARM Cortex-M23 NuMicro M2351

Posted by Charbax – March 26, 2019

Nuvoton Technology Corporation presents three major themes of reference applications incorporating newly launched microcontrollers with ARM Cortex-M0/ M4/ M23, and ARM9 cores. The three themes are: Industrial Control, IoT Security, and Smart Home Appliances. Industrial Control includes factory remote data collecting, environment monitoring, smart number recognition, and interactive Human Machine Interface (HMI) Solution. IoT Security includes USB FIDO key for identity security and fingerprint secure IoT door lock. Smart Home Appliances include intelligent power outlet. Industrial Control – incorporating NuMicro NUC980, N9H20, M480, NDA102 microcontrollers Nuvoton Industrial Control reference applications include: Remote Terminal Unit, Smart Number Recognition, Interactive HMI Solution, and DALI-2 Digital Lighting Control. Industrial Remote Terminal Unit adopts ARM9 based NuMicro NUC980 series microcontroller. The NUC980 series operates up to 300 MHz and has internal crypto accelerators as well as Ethernet. It could be used for factory monitoring and automation control with Wi-Fi/ 4G LTE/ NB-IoT modules. Smart Number Recognition adopts Arm Cortex-M4 based NuMicro M480 series microcontroller. This demo captures water, electricity, and gas meter numbers, using machine learning neural network algorithms to identify. The information can be transmitted to the cloud through Wi-Fi or NB-IoT to realize the auto meter reader function after the identification. Based on the experience with clients, the demand for interactive HMI is increasing. Therefore, Nuvoton released N9H20/30, M480 series microcontrollers, and free emWin graphics software tool. Nuvoton provides HMI solution to help clients save development time and complete interactive graphics interface with high quality and efficiency. DALI-2 Digital Lighting Control adopts Arm® Cortex-M0 based NuMicro NDA102 series microcontroller. The solution is based on Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) technology. This solution includes certified DALI-2 library built by Nuvoton. IoT Security – incorporating PSA Certified Level 1 Arm Cortex-M23 Based NuMicro M2351 microcontroller Nuvoton IoT Security includes: Arm Pelion Secure IoT Device Management supported by M2351, USB FIDO Key for Identity Security, and Fingerprint Secure IoT Door Lock. The NuMicro M2351 series is one of the first Arm Cortex-M23 based MCUs that has been Platform Security Architecture (PSA) Certified Level 1. The Platform Security Architecture keeps the system secure from booting to operating, also keeping data and codes secure. The Pelion IoT Platform is a flexible, secure, and efficient foundation spanning connectivity, device, and data management. It accelerates the time to value of your IoT deployments by helping you easily connect trusted IoT devices on global networks, invisibly administer them, and extract real-time data from them to drive competitive advantages. The Fast Identification Online (FIDO) Identity supported USB Flash memory drive with dual security features of the NuMicro M2351 microcontroller and SunASIC fingerprint sensor module, compliant with the Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) protocol. It could be applied to identity identification applications and more.