Category: Internet of Things

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App store for the Embedded World, IS2T MicroEJ embedded Java platform on Freescale ARM Cortex-M

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2015

MicroEJ demonstration on ARM Cortex-M4 Freescale K70 device, includes a Z-wave communication through USB host and Bluetooth communication with ARM Cortex-M0+ Freescale KL46Z device, driving a black&white 128x128 display. Both K70 and KL46Z are running MicroEJ Java platform, JVM footprint is 28KB ROM+1.5KB RAM. Boot time to Java main method is 2ms at 120MHz. Java technology brings OOP (oriented object programming) and virtualization (full simulator running on PC) to the embedded microcontroller software development. MicroEJ offers an App store called wadapps (http://wadapps.com), a new way to download application on connected devices. http://www.is2t.com

Freescale Kinetis KV5x ARM Cortex-M7

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2015

This video provides an overview of Freescale’s new ARM Cortex-M7 based MCU – the Kinetis V series KV5x family for motor control and digital power conversion applications. The KV5x is the newest member of the V series and combines leading-edge processing power, sophisticated analog and timing peripherals, and new connectivity, security and safety features. It brings increased motor efficiency, remote system management and end-node interoperability via the Internet of Things (IoT) to a vast range of applications, from home appliances to complex industrial drives. Also featured in the video are the new Kinetis V series Freedom Development Boards and High Voltage Development Platform. You can read more about the Freescale Kinetis V series and supporting development tools here: http://www.freescale.com/kinetis/vseries

Infineon shows €16 ARM Cortex-M0 XMC1100 Starter Kit Development Board with free DAVE “Digital Application Virtual Engineer”

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2015

Matthias Ackermann, Industrial Microcontrollers at Infineon Technologies presents the latest technologies around its XMC 32-bit industrial microcontroller families powered by ARM Cortex-M and a new version of DAVE in action – 600W LLC titanium class power conversion reference design using XMC4000 series, XMC MCU buck kit evaluation platform for XMC MCUs, 1kW BLDC power tool reference design using XMC1300 series, 2-axis FOC motor control using XMC4400 series, MATLAB Simulink coder library integration in DAVE, secure field update/upgrade for XMC4000 series, 24GHz radar for presence and distance detection, flicker-free LED lighting control with RGB LED lighting shield for Arduino.

The Infineon demos show typical use cases and implementations utilizing XMC MCUs that feature deterministic behavior (programmable hardware interconnect matrix), performance (with DSP and FPU or MATH co-processor enabling 32-bit DIV and 24-bit trigonometric calculations), accuracy (peripherals clock up to 120MHz, HRPWM with 150ps), full control (timer concatenate up to 64-bit, POSIF), integration (ΔΣ Demodulator, LED Brightness Color Control Unit), and flexible programmable communication interfaces for M2M and IoT.

The demos use DAVE. DAVE stands for “Digital Application Virtual Engineer”. It is the free of charge software development platform for XMC MCUs offering a configurable and reusable code repository called XMC Lib (low level driver) and DAVE APPs.

ARM Cortex-M processors are everywhere at Embedded World

Posted by Charbax – February 28, 2015

In this video, Thomas Ensergueix and Diya Soubra, product managers at ARM for Cortex-M processors,
discuss how software complexity is driving the increase in the deployment of 32bit Cortex-M processors in the embedded market.

The ARM Cortex-M processor family is a range of scalable and compatible, energy efficient, easy to use processors designed to help developers meet the needs of tomorrow’s smart and connected embedded applications. Those demands include delivering more features at a lower cost, increasing connectivity, better code reuse and improved energy efficiency. The Cortex-M family is optimized for cost and power sensitive MCU and mixed-signal devices for applications such as Internet of Things, connectivity, smart metering, human interface devices, automotive and industrial control systems, domestic household appliances, consumer products and medical instrumentation.

You can read more about the ARM Cortex-M series of processors at http://www.arm.com/products/processors/cortex-m/

ARM Cortex-M7 in STM32 F7 STMicroelectronics, IS2T brings MicroEJ Java apps store for embedded market

Posted by Charbax – February 27, 2015

STMicroelectronics launches STM32 F7 series of very high performance Microcontroller Units based on the ARM Cortex-M7 core. The STM32 F7 devices are the world’s first ARM Cortex-M7 based 32-bit microcontrollers, improving on the benchmark performance. Taking advantage of ST’s ART Accelerator as well as an L1 cache, the STM32 F7 devices deliver the maximum theoretical performance of the Cortex-M7 no matter whether code is executed from embedded Flash or external Memory: 1000 CoreMark/428 DMIPS at 200 MHz fCPU.

Demonstrated running on the STM32 F7, IS2T MicroEJ SDK enables embedded Java development for any MCU and MPU, from the smallest ARM Cortex-M0+ to the newest Cortex-M7 and beyond. The embedded Java platform includes IS2T Java Virtual Machine (footprint: 28KB of RAM, 1.5KB of RAM) and IS2T libraries for IoT, GUI and communication applications. Boot time to first line of Java main is 2ms on a Cortex-M4@120MHz.

IoT solutions includes TPC/IP, Wifi, MQTT, Websockets, HTTP, JSON, XML, COAP... protocols. GUI solutions includes a full set of widgets, drawing, motions, anti-aliased... libraries - typical animations at 60FPS with less than 10% CPU load. Full Java applications run on MCU starting from 256KB of flash.

The MicroEJ demo running on STM32F7 device shows the Waddapps store connection, an online store of embedded applications that can be downloaded to the STM32F7 through any link (e.g. ethernet, Wifi, Bluetooth). Apps are downloaded, installed, started, stopped, uninstalled without reset - same as smartphone users would typically do with an Apps Store.

More information about STM32 F7: http://www.st.com/web/en/catalog/mmc/FM141/SC1169/SS1858?sc=stm32f7
Free MicroEJ SDK evaluation: http://www.is2t.com
Wadapps Store: http://www.wadapps.com

Secure IoT for the future: Thread stack mbed OS on ARM Cortex-M using Atmel 802.15.4 radios

Posted by Charbax – February 25, 2015

Seppo Takalo, Senior software engineer, talks about the work happening at the Thread group to enable secure and reliable Internet of Things, formed from companies who work with 802.15.4 based mesh networking components. The goal is to provide a standard for Secure, Robust, self healing, Native IPv6 based mesh networking that runs on top of 6LoWPAN and uses standard 802.15.4 radios. You can find more about Thread at: http://www.threadgroup.org/

ARM mbed OS platform for Internet of Things

Posted by Charbax – January 28, 2015

ARM talks sensors to servers demonstrations, ways to implement Internet of Things, using the mbed development boards with Arduino headers, the Arduino Shield with a low-power WiFi, doing custom sensor modules with temperature, microphone, ultra-sonic and motion sensors, stacking them up to do sensor nodes, then putting them around the booth to show a dashboard of things happening at the booth hosted on an AppliedMicro X-Gene server.

Greenwave Systems at IDTechEx IoT Applications conference

Posted by Charbax – January 25, 2015

Greenwave Systems is a global Internet of Things (IoT) software and services company. Jim Hunter is the Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems. Greenwave is a profitable mid size start-up (215 people) with offices in Irvine, Copenhagen, Singapore and South Korea, that enables device manufacturers, service providers, utilities, retail channels and other enterprises to realize the promise of IoT through their devices and services. Jim was speaking at the IDTechEx IoT Applications conference, along with his colleague Nate Williams on the business challenges of IoT. In two separate sessions, they explained how Greenwave helps customers such as Verizon, TCP lighting, & E.ON Energy to design, build, manufacture, deliver, manage, maintain and support IoT devices - ranging from content to control, enabled by Greenwave's Axon software platform.

World’s lowest power: Atmel SMART SAM L21 ARM Cortex-M0+, Andreas Eieland

Posted by Charbax – January 22, 2015

This is the lowest power consuming 32bit ARM Processor in the world based on ARM Cortex-M0+ for wearables (can be with basic touch) and for the sensor networks in the Internet of Things, can run up to more than a decade on a battery. The new Ultra low power Atmel | SMART SAM L21 based on the ARM Cortex-M0+ Core uses less than a third of the power consumption of competitive solutions and can run in active mode down to 35uA/MHz and retain 32kB of Flash and run a real time clock at 900nA. In this demo the SAM L21 is powered from the heat of a hand through a Peltier Element, this is enough energy to modulate a music file and transmit it with AM modulation at 1MHz to the nearby radio receiver. This demo shows that the SAM L21 is truly unique in supporting ultra-low power consumption in active mode without having to limit Flash or SRAM size, it is perfect for IoT and other battery powered applications where large embedded memories are needed.

Atmel Corporation discuss Internet of Things

Posted by Charbax – January 21, 2015

Atmel has over 40,000 customers of its Microcontroller units - companies embedding MCUs to make devices powering the Internet of Things. For example, Arduino devices use Atmel MCUs. The Arduino WIFI shield includes a new Atmel MCU processor built from the ground up for WIFI running on batteries. Atmel is launching the lowest power 32bit ARM Cortex-M0+ processor (see their press release here) and Atmel is also launching the highest performance ARM Cortex-M7 Microcontroler (see press release here)

This video was taken at the IDTechEx event Internet of Things Applications. For more see http://www.IDTechEx.com.