Category: Embedded World

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Allied Vision at Embedded World 2020, Alvium CSI-2 camera for Toradex Embedded Vision Starter Kit

Posted by Charbax – March 26, 2020

Allied Vision and Toradex present Embedded Vision Starter Kit including Allied Vision’s Alvium CSI-2 camera and Toradex Apalis iMX8 Module and Ixora Carrier Board.

Industrial performance and easy integration for Embedded Vision
- Learn more about Allied Vision’s Alvium CSI-2 camera series

00:26 Introduction of Alvium Camera Series
01:27 Embedded Vision Starter Kit
02:31 Allied Vision’s Machine Vision expertise
03:03 Allied Vision’s Embedded Ecosystem
03:27 One CSI-2 driver supports all
04:10 The Alvium platform concept
05:16 Industrial performance for embedded vision
06:27 Image processing for AI applications

Allied Vision is a Toradex ( Partner and is featured as part of the Apalis iMX8 Embedded Vision Starter Kit ( The kit functions as a reference implementation and was built using best in class cloud, industrial-grade edge software and hardware.

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Beagleboard at Embedded World 2020, BeagleBone AI, PocketBeagle, BeagleBone Black Wireless, Blue

Posted by Charbax – March 23, 2020 Foundation founded in 2008 is a 501(C)3 that works with many of the electronics industry leaders bringing innovation to market. By utilizing fully open-source hardware and software, has pioneered new ground for embedded devices, robotics, industrial computing and artificial intelligence. Building on the proven open source ( Linux approach for everything from small projects to industrial systems, single board computers (SBCs) ( help designers meet their goals and get to prototype and production quickly. works with the community ( to develop fully open hardware and has worked on the concept and realization of BeagleBoard, BeagleBone, BeagleBone Black (, BeagleBone Black Wireless (, BeagleBone Blue (, PocketBeagle ( and the new BeagleBone AI ( - Offering a Fast Track to Getting Started with Artificial Intelligence at the Edge at a Price for Every Project.

Filmed at Embedded World 2020, watch all my Embedded World 2020 videos in this playlist here:

PHYTEC Embedded Imaging

Posted by Charbax – March 23, 2020

In this video Mr.Ralf, head of PHYTEC sales explains about Embedded Imaging topics such as why PHYTEC Embedded imaging integrates image processing to embedded devices and how to keep development costs low and a lot more on the advantages of using PHYTEC embedded imaging services in your project.

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Beta Layout at Embedded World 2020, PCBs, laser-cut SMD stencils, front panels, UV-colour printing

Posted by Charbax – March 22, 2020

Beta LAYOUT is a leading company in Europe in the field of printed circuit board services. The company was founded in 1989 as a service provider for printed circuit board design. Today, Beta LAYOUT GmbH not only produces and sells printed circuit board prototypes, high-tech PCBs, and small series according to the PCB-POOL® shared-cost principle at three locations in Germany. But also laser-cut SMD stencils, front panels including laser engraving and uv-colour printing, laser sintered 3D prints. The online shop BETA-eSTORE offers tools and accessories for prototype PCB builds and RFID equipment.
Moreover, Beta LAYOUT provides service for embedding RFID chips into printed circuit boards and offers SMT/THT assembly for prototypes.
Beta LAYOUT with its headquarters in Aarbergen/Germany and further locations in Ireland, and the US, has more than 200 employees.
Product range - Made in Germany:
PCB prototypes and small series
flexible PCBs
RFID technology
SMD stencils
Reflow solder equipment
3D prints laser sintered

Filmed at Embedded World 2020, watch all my Embedded World 2020 videos in this playlist here:

Gowin FPGA at Embedded World 2020, GW1NRF, Bluetooth enabled FPGA, GoAI machine learning, GW1NSE

Posted by Charbax – March 21, 2020

Founded in 2014, GOWIN Semiconductor Corp., headquartered with major R&D in China, has the vision to accelerate customer innovation worldwide with programmable solutions. GOWIN focusing on optimizing products and removing barriers for customers using programmable logic devices. Gowin’s commitment to technology and quality enables customers to reduce the total cost of ownership from using FPGA on their production boards.
It’s the first time GOWIN has had its own stand at Embedded World to showcase and demonstrate latest FPGA technology to the European market.
GOWIN showcasing and demonstrating its leading FPGA solutions including GW1NRF devices and modules, the world’s first Bluetooth enabled FPGA ideal for IoT applications, GoAI machine learning solution for Edge AI inference and GW1NSE Secure FPGA device implementing Intrinsic ID’s highly advanced and capable BroadKey software stack.
GOWIN’s commitment to technology and quality enables customers to reduce the total cost of ownership from using FPGA on their production boards. Company’s offerings include a broad portfolio of programmable logic devices, design software, intellectual property (IP) cores, reference designs, and development kits.
For more information about GOWIN, please visit

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The growing Zephyr RTOS community with Kate Stewart Zephyr Project Linux Foundation Senior Director

Posted by Charbax – March 18, 2020

With the vendor-neutral open source environment, contributors have played an integral role in advancing the Zephyr RTOS. Last year, more than 500 contributors helped launch the 1.14 LTS release, which offers vendors a customizable operating system that supports product longevity, security and interoperability. Since then, the community has hit several additional milestones and now has more than 600 active contributors and support for more than 200 boards. In fact, last month Zephyr had 1390 commits - which equates to almost 2 commits an hour.

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PHYTEC Update & Device management

Posted by Charbax – March 17, 2020

In this video Martin Schwan from PHYTEC Messtechnik Gmbh explains to you about the device management platform that is tailored to PHYTEC products, and how we provides a solution for the management and implementation of software updates, suitable for a large number of devices.
OTA field updates are a common requirement in modern embedded device deployments .We facilitate the roll-out of your software into the field by preparing the RAUC Robust Auto-Update Controller in all current BSPs. The update client ensures the reliable installation of signed BSP updates on the embedded systems and is supported by Yocto in the meta-rauc layer.
With the RAUC update framework, the first major component will make sure that your updates are installed safely and securely whereas the second component is a deployment server hawkBit that manages your update artifacts, controls roll-out strategies, gives feedback about device update states, etc.
PHYTEC supports you both in implementing the update mechanisms and in creating the appropriate infrastructure - from RAUC configuration and setting up cloud services to protecting the hardware from installing malicious software.

Filmed at Embedded World 2020, watch all my Embedded World 2020 videos in this playlist here:

Embedded World PHYTEC booth tour with Yves Astein

Posted by Charbax – March 7, 2020

In this booth tour, Yves Astein (product manager Phytec) explains about how PHYTEC develops and manufactures System on Modules and Single Board Computers for industrial use in Mainz, Germany. He is focusing on a high level of customizability as well as interface standardization of PHYTEC SoMs and how they incorporate essential circuitry common to all embedded applications. By designing a SOM into an application the customers can avoid the challenge and risk of advanced microprocessor design, fine pitch BGA, high-speed routing, design verification, EMC conformance, and the significant effort of board bring-up and BSP development. PHYTEC has passed numerous horizontal and vertical directives and standards such as the UL certification (UL), radio transmitter directive RED, power station approval KTA, automotive directive e1, railway and medical certifications. PHYTEC also has experience in developing modules for global use and getting them certified. PHYTEC's Single Board Computer can be modified and configured according to customer wishes due to their constantly growing Design Library with its off-the-shelf Building Blocks. PHYTEC also offers solutions for Internet of Things and Embedded Imaging as well as hardware specific software. Throughout the video, Yves explains about the working demo of various modules and customer applications.

Full Embedded World 2020 video coverage 40+ videos uploading now, Members get early access first

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2020

The most awesome videos from Embedded World #ew20 are uploading now. Will be published at the rate of about 2 videos per day over the next 3 weeks, but $5/month members at can watch all the unedited videos already at starting tomorrow (just need to complete uploading) thanks for your support!

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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.