Toradex is showcasing the popular TAQ balancing robot featuring a Colibri iMX7 SoM based on NXP’s new heterogeneous multicore i.MX7 processor with Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A7 and additional ARM Cortex-M4 core for low-power, real-time or connected-standby IoT. Amid Toradex's broad product portfolio is the new high performance Apalis TK1 SoM based on NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 featuring a Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A15 processor with 192 CUDA cores for high-end computer vision and 4k video applications for example. Other demos include an impressive Qt Linux fast boot demo featuring an automotive cluster on Apalis i.MX6.
NXP connectivity technology is incorporated in a variety of devices such as embedded, automotive, and mobile devices. NXP technology is used in a NFC ring which can be used to activate an electric motorcycle or other vehicles. Most cars in the world use NXP technology for connectivy and other automotive functions. NXP also offers wireless charging technology called Qi. NXP amplifiers can be turn a phone speaker into a microphone to improve audio quality and noise cancellation of smartphones. NXP is the market leader in NFC technology.
An application engineer from NXP demonstrates here their S32V234 automotive-grade image recognition processor that is meant to be used in autonomous self-driving vehicle applications. The board uses 4 Cortex-A53 cores , and an "Apex" signal processor that allows the image to be split into parts and processed on with algorithms in addition to an ISP for filtering. The demonstration is a camera feed processed to show object tracking, with relative motion speed and direction indicated. The board is also meant to recognize traffic signals , and supports 4 cameras with specific framerates for 360° vision processing.
NXP here is displaying their development system for Apple HomeKit. It consists of an RGB LED lightbulb being controlled through the setup using Bluetooth LE, with Siri integration. It uses an ARM Cortex-M4 CPU. Also on display is a Point-of-Sale kit (SLN POS RDR). Lastly we see NXP's modular IoT gateway that supports Zigbee, WiFi, Ethernet, and NFC.
Arizona-based Technologic Systems makes boards for embedded applications using ARM CPUs and Linux support packages. Their field applications engineer displays a range of boards with Marvell, NXP, FreeScale Semiconductor, and Cavium processors. Their BAT12 system on display is meant to provide power backup for a few hours in case of loss. They also display their range of LCD monitors with full computers built onto the back of them.
One of the potential segment for devices that I am quite excited about, is the E Ink based large screen connected stylus touch e-reader. Provided it gets the perfectly smart implementation, it can unlock a world of being more productive reading and annotating all kinds of texts, in all kinds of fields of study, professionalism, creativity and curiosity. Reading on an E Ink display has already been proven by Kindle to be an awesome experience. Make use of customized Android for E Ink devices, WiFi and Bluetooth, and the potential for this device can be really great and for me is quite exciting. This is the Onyx N96ML, a 9.6" 1200x825 E Ink Pearl display with stylus touch and front light, running on the NXP Freescale i.MX6Solo Lite for E Ink, running Onyx's advanced customized Android UI for E Ink. You can buy it for $379 at Amazon.com
iNet is one of the leading design houses in Shenzhen, here presenting their latest IoT Smart Devices, their smart connected toothbrush, their smart food scale, smart kitchen scale, for potentially healthier more accurate better tasting cooking, smart doorbell with camera video call, the smart weight scale. iNet also shows their all-in-one VR using the octa-core Allwinner H8vr. iNet also shows their special VR which is powered through the gamepad remote controller. They also show the smart car mirror, also showing bluetooth temperature and pressure monitors for car tires, smartwatches with transparent display. An NXP54101 powered classical smartwatch with bus payment, NFC/smartcard, wireless charge. MIPS ingenic Android Smartwatch. And also a POS system with fingerprint, smart card reader, nfc, and more developed with Datamini on MediaTek and Intel x86.
Hexiwear platform enables IoT edge node and wearable development. Completely open-source and developed by MikroElektronika in partnership with NXP. The Hexiwear hardware includes the low power, high performance Kinetis K6x Microcontroller based on ARM Cortex-M4 core, the Kinetis KW40Z multimode radio SoC, supporting BLE in Hexiwear. The Hardware features included 6 on-board sensors such as Optical Heart Rate Monitor, Accelerometer and Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Temperature, Humidity, light and Pressure sensors. Hexiwear also includes Color OLED Display, Rechargeable battery and External flash memory. Hexiwear is supported with its own application for Android and iOS, so users can connect the device to the cloud straight out of the box, without any additional software development required. Hexiwear uses FreeRTOS, the Kinetis software development kit (SDK) and the Kinetis Design Studio IDE. It's available for $49 at http://www.hexiwear.com/shop/
ARM launches their first ARM Cortex-M processors based on ARMv8-M architecture with ARM TrustZone technology,
IoT subsystem with ARM CoreLink system IP for fastest, lowest-risk path to silicon, Secure SoC designs fortified by TrustZone CryptoCell technology, Complete wireless solution with ARM Cordio radio IP for 802.15.4 and Bluetooth 5, Cloud-based service for secure management of IoT devices via ARM mbed Cloud, Optimized implementation on ARM Artisan IoT POP IP for the TSMC 40ULP process.
ARM Cortex-M23 and Cortex-M33 are the first embedded processors based on the ARMv8-M architecture, bringing the proven secure foundation of ARM TrustZone to the most constrained IoT nodes. The majority of the top ten global MCU suppliers have already licensed one or both processors. Lead partners include Analog Devices, Microchip, Nuvoton, NXP, Renesas, Silicon Labs and STMicroelectronics.
The highly versatile Cortex-M33 features configuration options including a coprocessor interface, DSP and floating point computation, with increased performance and efficiency relative to Cortex-M3 and Cortex-M4. The Cortex-M23 takes security to the most constrained devices, building on the standard set by Cortex-M0+ as an ultra-low power microprocessor in a tiny footprint
The new Cortex-M processors are backwards compatible with ARMv6-M and ARMv7-M architectures for direct and fast porting, accelerating product development. TrustZone CryptoCell-312 fortifies the SoC with a rich set of security features protecting the authenticity, integrity and confidentiality of code and data.
Read the full press release here: https://www.arm.com/about/newsroom/arm-accelerates-secure-iot-from-chip-to-cloud.php
TechNexion is a Taiwanese company under European Management with own manufacturing facilities in Taipei, Taiwan. Florian Wohlrab, Marketing manager at TechNexion shows us around their booth at COMPUTEX 2016. The first thing to see is their tiny Modules which pack an ARM based NXP i.MX6/7 CPU (UltraLite/Solo/DualLite/Dual/Quad) with RAM, Memory and WiFi on just 36mm x 40mm. They are also the only one running a NXP i.MX7 live demo at their booth. The NXP i.MX7D is with 2x Cortex-A7 and a Cortex-M4 this a tiny, ultralow power, that can be used for vending machines, industrial applications or generic headless systems. TechNexion is also committed to the open source EDM standard for ARM Modules. Their boards are fit for Digital Signage, rugged industrial Applications and many more. Technexion can scale up to the NXP i.MX6 QUAD Plus, which will be available shortly. They also have some cool ARM bassed systems like their BoxPC the TEK Series. This Box PC’s have MiniPCIe slots with SIM-Card holder inside and also M.2 Slots for memory upgrade. Technexion also supports USB Type-C and for automation a VGA connector as well a HDMI to fit it for Digital Signage as well. Inside is a modular system which allows you to switch e.g. Power input between 12V/24V/10~30V/PoE (Power over Ethernet). TechNexion HMI series ranges from 7” to 10” and 15” again with NXP processors. All the Software is freely available on their website with no need to register.