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Freescale i.MX 6SoloX ARM Cortex-A9 with ARM Cortex-M4 and the Mentor Embedded Multicore Framework

Posted by Charbax – February 27, 2015

Freescale launches i.MX6SX for Heterogeneous Processing at Embedded World 2015, it has one ARM Cortex-A9 core running at 1Ghz and one ARM Cortex-M4 core running at 200Mhz. Enabling the Heterogeneous Processing on the new Freescale i.MX 6SoloX , Mentor Graphics shows their Mentor Embedded Multicore Framework that enables two capabilities necessary for taking advantage of mixed core architectures: 1) remote processor lifecycle management and 2) inter-processor communication. Remote processor lifecycle management is based on the open source standard remoteproc, and allows the master core to power and boot a remote core. The inter-processor communication mechanism is based on the open source standard rpmsg, and allows the establishment of a communication channel across different types of cores and operating systems.

The demo shown at the Freescale booth at Embedded World boots Mentor Embedded Linux on the A9 core. The Linux system runs a Qt based patient monitoring application. When the start button is pressed on the Qt application, remoteproc interfaces are used to power up the M4 core and launch the Nucleus RTOS firmware responsible for capturing patient data, then rpmsg interfaces are used to establish a VirtIO based communication mechanism between the applications across the mixed core and operating system architecture. Pressing the stop button on the Qt application the reverse happens, ending in a powered off M4 core.

The entire runtime software architecture is instrumented and the trace data is visualized in Sourcery Analyzer for simultaneous timeline performance analysis and debug of both operating systems and applications.

You can read more about the Freescale iMX6 SoloX here: http://www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/site/prod_summary.jsp?code=i.MX6SX

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/

48-core 64bit Cavium ThunderX ARM Server demonstrating Virtualization

Posted by Charbax – February 24, 2015

Cavium is showing the most powerful ARM Processor in the world, with a 48-core ARMv8 64bit processor, demonstrating the high-performance visualization running the Xen Hypervisor running on an internal evaluation board and the KVM Hypervisor running on a rack-mounted 1U platform.

Google Project Ara development boards at Linaro Connect, Greybus status with Greg Kroah-Hartman

Posted by Charbax – February 22, 2015

Greg Kroah-Hartman shows the Google Project Ara prototype phone and development board, and he talks about Greybus the protocol that they are developing to make it possible for these hardware modules that must be able to talk to each other and to the host module, they can be hot swappable, they have to be able to describe themselves so everything just works smoothly, they work on the knowledge that they have from USB, PCI, Firewire and all the previous protocols that people have implemented, they work on the base level of what UniPro can do, and they go from there. This is just another sub-system of Linux that drivers plug into. Rob Herring is the project tech lead at Linaro for Project Ara, and he talks about how the Linaro guys are working on the Kernel portions, the ARM Applications Processor modules and the Android modifications to support hardware modules hotplug in a Smartphone.

Google Project Ara at Linaro Connect 2015

Posted by Charbax – February 21, 2015

Smartphone hardware modules Google Project Ara is being shown by Linaro CEO George Grey, as the modifications to Linux on ARM to support Project Ara are being developed and optimized together with Linaro engineers, many of the Google Project Ara engineers meet at the Linaro Connect conference to advance their development for the project. Linaro is one of many companies working for Google on Project Ara, focused on the firmware and on the software to make Android work with removable modules, to communicate through the UniPro bus for hardware modules. Linaro has a lot of experts in Linux and the Linux kernel, able to deliver what Google needs for this project.

ZTE ZX296702 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 for Set-top-boxes at Linaro Connect

Posted by Charbax – February 20, 2015

The Linaro ZTE Landing Team engineers talk about optimizing Android Kitkat boot time using TuxOnIce hibernation mechanism on ZTE SmartTV board. The net result is that it takes around 10 seconds to get into the Android home screen from a fresh power-on compared to the original over 30 seconds bootup time among other optimizations that they are doing for the ZTE Powered Set-top-box which is in millions of homes in China and around the world.

LAVA Lab to integrate HiKey from 96Boards.org

Posted by Charbax – February 18, 2015

The LAVA Lab is to integrate the Hisilicon Kirin 620 based 64bit HiKey board from http://96boards.org. Tyler Baker and Dave Pigott from the Linaro validation team discuss their plans for the deployment and testing of the HiKey board.

64bit HiKey Board selling at $129 through Arrow Electronics

Posted by Charbax – February 17, 2015

Arrow Electronics is the world's biggest distributor of electronics components, they are a supporting partner in the Hi-Key development board, supported by the new http://96Boards.org program. With experience in distributing many different previous developments like the TI based Beaglebone, Arrow is excited for the things to come in this space. This is the world’s first affordable 64bit ARM development board for software developers, makers, and OEMs. It comes with 4GB of eMMC, WiFi/BLE, and HDMI output. You can order yours today for $129 at https://parts.arrow.com/item/detail/circuitco/999-0005854#GenG

Hisilicon D02, 16-core ARM Cortex-A57 High Performance Board (32-core version coming next months!)

Posted by Charbax – February 15, 2015

Hisilicon engineer Justin Zhao, Software Architect at Hisilicon SoC architecture department, is bringing up the Linux software on the Hisilicon D02 Board, one of the most powerful ARM Processors in the world. They have a configuration with 32-core Cortex A57 @ max 2.1GHz and up to 2 SoC per board coming up within a few months (64-cores per board!), each SoC has 1MB L2 cache/cluser, 32MB L3 cache. The board has 12 SATA\SAS (8 for one SoC, 4 for the other), 2 10/100/1000Mb/s compatible Ethernet ports, 2 10Gb/s SFP+ Ethernet ports, 8 DDR3 RAM DIMMs, 4 PCIE solts (2 pieces/SoC), 2 UARTs & 2 JTAGs for debug, 1 USB host. Rob Savoye of Linaro's Toolchain Group joins in this video discussing the installation of the latest GCC to this Board. Justin Zhao shows how he can bootup from Sata, PXE, Provision mode, NFS, with OpenSuse 13.1, Ubuntu 14.04, working on Red Hat. A LAMP (LAVA) and lxc (container) have already been enabled, and some Benchmarks (e.g. perf, iperf, ltp) have been executed on it too, perhaps Hisilicon will soon publish the test results also.

Linaro Engineers, world’s top Linux on ARM engineers, Hiring process and collaboration

Posted by Charbax – February 15, 2015

Linaro has been going through a 4 and a half year growth hiring the world's top Linux on ARM engineers globally, and working on their collaboration initiatives to keep everyone communicating and happy. This is a conversation between Release Manager, Koen Kool and Director Global Talent, Mike Levine.