Microchip Technology MPLAB PICkit 4 In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer allows for fast debugging and programming of PIC and dsPIC flash microcontrollers. The MPLAB PICkit uses the powerful MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE) graphical user interface. Connect the MPLAB PICkit 4 to a PC using a high-speed 2.0 USB interface and to the target via a Microchip debug (RJ-11) connector. The connector uses two device I/O pins and the reset line to implement in-circuit debugging and In-Circuit Serial Programming. An additional micro SD card slot and the ability to be self-powered from the target means you can take and program your code on the go.
The MPLAB PICkit 4 can program faster than its predecessor and supports PIC and dsPIC MCU devices, along with a wider target voltage. The PICkit 4 supports advanced interfaces like 4-wire JTAG and Serial Wire Debug with streaming Data Gateway. The PICkit 4 is backward compatible for demo boards, headers and target systems using 2-wire JTAG and ICSP. The PICkit 4 also has a unique programmer-to-go function with the addition of a micro SD card slot to hold project code and the ability to be powered by the target board.
Toradex and The Qt Company highlight their long-standing partnership. Risto Avila from The Qt Company provides an overview of interesting demos using Toradex such as the fast boot demo which boots in 1.2 seconds based on the Apalis iMX6Q SoM and Qt 5.7 with support for 3D GPU with OpenGL ES 3.0; the fact that the Toradex SoM won Qt’s battle of the boards; Qt’s readymade images for Toradex, and much more. Toradex Partner Atechnology emphasizes Toradex’s focus on its partner network.
Toradex also showcased its demo showcasing its new Apalis iMX8 SoM running Qt 3D Studio - the SoM based on NXP’s i.MX 8QuadMax processor. The Apalis iMX8QM offers one click OS installation via the Toradex Easy Installer and offers dual Arm Cortex-A72, quad Arm Cortex-A53, and dual Arm Cortex-M4. The Apalis iMX8QM also contains on-board dual-band 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi and is Bluetooth 5 ready. This SoM offers advanced hardware security and safety features, and is ideal for signal processing, computer vision and HMI applications. You can sign up for early access for the Apalis iMX8QM here.
NXP launches the i.MX 8M Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 with ARM Cortex-M4 for audio (pro audio fidelity with more than 20 audio channels each @384KHz and DSD512 audio), voice and video (4K with HDR (Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG)), fully supported on NXP’s 10 and 15-year Longevity Program. At Embedded World 2018, NXP partnered with 8 development board providers who all launched their boards with i.MX8M support.
NXP also announced their new i.MX 8M Mini, their first embedded multi-core heterogeneous applications processors built using advanced 14LPC FinFET process technology. The i.MX 8M Mini family of processors features up to four Arm Cortex-A53 cores running at up to 2GHz and an ARM Cortex-M4 based real-time processing domain at 400+MHz.
wolfSSL is a commercial grade TLS library available in open-source GPL form on GitHub (http://github.com/wolfSSL/wolfssl) written in C and designed for Embedded use because its modular design. They provide build-time options for enabling and disabling all algorithms and TLS features. They support progressive algorithms such as Ed25519/Curve25519, ChaCha20/Poly1035 and SHA-3 using TLS 1.2/TLS 1.3. The part used for the demo is an STM32F777ZI. They are going to add support for ARMv8-M TrustZone-M hardware security when chipsets become available in the near future.
Bero (Bernhard Rosenkränzer) from the Linaro Mobile Group who I have interviewed many times in the past, see my playlist with all his videos here. Bero is at Embedded World 2018 to look for parts so he can build an even better ARM Powered Laptop.
ST Microelectronics Booth Tour at Embedded World 2018 featuring their major new product announcements (STM32WB, STM32C2C and ST25DVW), featuring ST partners in the ST fanzone with Photon with ToF (Time-of-flight), Conrad robotics, Style spinner, universities and research organisations that ST collaborates with: the CEA-leti for self-flying drones (360 sensor fusion), INSA from Toulouse France for some gameboy projects to teach students about system integration, software defined instrumentation with the CTU university from Prague.
STM32WB is a dual-core MCU with wireless support based on an Arm Cortex‐M4 core running at 64 MHz (application processor) and an Arm Cortex‐M0+ core at 32 MHz (network processor). With two totally independent cores, this innovative architecture is optimized for real‑time execution (radio‑related software processing), resource use flexibility, power management, and a low BOM cost, to bring better user experience. The STM32WB platform is an evolution of the well‐known market-leading STM32L4 ultra‑low‑power series of MCUs. It provides the same digital and analog peripherals suitable for applications requiring extended battery life and complex functionalities. STM32WB proposes a variety of communication assets, a practical crystal-less USB2.0 FS interface, audio support, an LCD driver, up to 72 GPIOs, an integrated SMPS for power consumption optimization, and multiple low-power modes to maximize battery life. On top of wireless and ultra‐low‐power aspects, a particular focus was placed on embedding security hardware functions such as a 256‐bit AES, PCROP, JTAG Fuse, PKA (elliptic curve encryption engine), and Root Secure Services (RSS). The RSS allows authenticating OTA communications, regardless of the radio stack or application.
The STM32WB55 Bluetooth 5 -certified device offers Mesh 1.0 software support, multiple profiles and flexibility to integrate proprietary BLE stacks.
ST25DV-W series of dynamic NFC/RFID tags offers a 13.56 MHz long-range interface compatible with NFC phones and readers. Based on an ISO/IEC 15693 and NFC Forum Type 5 tag, ST25DV tag ICs can be operated from an RFID reader or an NFC phone. They also include an I²C interface that lets them connect to a host (MCU, MPU, etc.). These tags feature an innovative fast transfer mode between an embedded host and an NFC phone or reader thanks to their half-duplex 256-byte buffer. ST25DV dynamic NFC/RFID tags can be used in a wide variety of applications including consumer electronics, industrial, metering, electronic shelf labels, IoT objects and more.
STM32C2C P-L496G-CELL01 STM32 discovery pack for 2G/3G cellular to cloud (STM32-C2C/2G-3G) is a turnkey development platform for cellular and cloud technology based solutions. The pack is composed of an STM32L496AGI6-based low-power discovery mother board with preloaded firmware, and an STMod+ cellular expansion board with antenna. The P-L496G-CELL02 discovery pack for LTE IoT cellular to cloud (STM32-C2C/LTE IoT) is a turnkey development platform for cellular and cloud technology based solutions. The pack is composed of an STM32L496AGI6-based low-power discovery mother board with preloaded firmware, and an STMod+ cellular expansion board with antenna.
The Zephyr Project is a scalable real-time operating system (RTOS) supporting multiple hardware architectures with more than 82 development boards supported already, with additional hardware support being added regularly, optimized for resource constrained devices, and built with security in mind. The Zephyr Project wants to be the open source "Linux of Embedded". Zephyr Project members include Linaro and the Open Source Foundries, Intel, NXP, Synopsys, Nordic Semiconductor, DeviceTone, runtime.io, Texas Instruments, Oticon and more. This video features functional prototype devices using the Zephyr kernel, including a functional Bluetooth Mesh network, a low energy Bluetooth controller, and an OpenThread demo. Other demos include the World’s first Bluetooth 5.0 qualified, open source low energy Bluetooth Controller that features open source code from Application to Radio, a BlueZ Bluetooth Host stack, a Zephyr kernel, low energy link layer, OS Host Controller Interface, the Nordic Semiconductor nRF52, and the Arm Cortex M4F + Bluetooth 5 and Radio SoC. This demo will take a closer look at the different layers that make up a full BLE protocol stack helps explain this capability. Bluetooth Mesh in action on BBC micro:bit boards available since Zephyr OS v1.9 showcases the many-to-many BLE communication, how every node can be a relay and the user interface. A functional Bluetooth Mesh Network with Lightweight Machine to Machine Device Management showcases the Cloud Device Management System using Linux-based IoT gateways and Zephyr-based IoT devices for real-world project prototypes and smart objects. A demonstration of OpenThread integration, benefits from the Zephyr infrastructure and how it works with Nordic nRF52840 and OpenThread 6loWPAN Thread Stack. The flow of IP traffic is handled seamlessly by both the Zephyr native IP stack and OpenThread: 802.15.4 traffic received by radio driver is forwarded to the OpenThread stack, where it is processed by the 802.15.4 MAC, 6loWPAN and IPv6 layers implemented in OpenThread.
Reinhard Keil, Senior Director Embedded Tools, Arm talks about the Arm Keil MDK which is a complete development environment and supports over 5000 microcontrollers. At Embedded World, Arm introduced the TrustZone-M firmware project for security and a runtime software system for safety applications that accelerates software development for Cortex-M press release The certification enables the use of the runtime system in projects that run on Arm Cortex-M0, Cortex-M0+, Cortex-M3, Cortex-M4 and Cortex-M7, and target certification according to ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 up to ASIL D and SIL 3, respectively. Certification for Cortex-M23 and Cortex-M33 is planned for 2019.
Karim Yaghmour at Embedded World in Nuremberg, he is most widely known as the author of O'Reilly's "Embedded Android" and "Building Embedded Linux Systems" books. He talks about a wide-range of topics including Android's Project Treble, Android Things and Embedded Android in general. Karim will be holding a live session on Android's Project Treble on YouTube on March 27th (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XJAdK9XKcQ) and another one on the HIDL mechanism introduced as part of Treble on March 28th (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFaWqdxBW4E) you can click on these to set a reminder so that you can watch them live and later on demand.
Jack Ogawa, Senior Director of Marketing, MCU at Cypress Semiconductor talks PSoC 6 and arm PSA at Embedded World 2018, PSoC 6 MCUs now support the highest level of security as defined by the Arm Platform Security Architecture (PSA). In the interview, Jack discusses the three levels of hardware-based isolation for securing connecting devices. Cypress also gave a cool demo illustrating how a LoRaWAN edge node can be secured with a PSoC 6 MCU.
PSoC 6 is purpose built for the Internet of Things, enabling easy integration of sensing, processing, connectivity and security functions all in a low-power MCU. Integrating secure element functionality with on-chip hardware accelerated cryptography, PSoC 6 MCUs enable designers to easily implement security in a single chip without needing an external secure element device. For more information you can check out the announcement here and here.