LTE WorldMode with MediaTek MT6735 and MT6753, now ready for the USA market and worldwide!

Posted by – March 4, 2015

MediaTek now supports worldwide LTE with the 64bit MT6735 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 and the 64bit MT6753 octa-core ARM Cortex-A53. This is LTE Cat4 for GSM and CDMA! They claim to be 10-15% faster in single SIM mode and 20-30% faster with dual-sim support compared to perhaps a Qualcomm LTE Worldmode. They also claim to use less power than competitor for standby, 3G and LTE mode. Many LTE Telcos around the world have already certified support for these new MediaTek LTE parts, with support on Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile, Three, Deutche Telekom, China Unicom, China Mobile Telefonica, Verizon and AT&T. This LTE Worldmode processor is a big deal for MediaTek as it opens up the USA market for them, where MediaTek previously didn't have much support for American telecoms as MediaTek's previous 3G and LTE solutions mainly was working outside of the USA.

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

Posted by – 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 – 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

ARM Cortex-A72

Posted by – March 3, 2015

ARM Cortex-A72 is ARM’s highest-performance and most advanced processor. Based on the ARMv8-A 64bit Architecture, the Cortex-A72 CPU builds on the wide success of the Cortex-A57 processor across mobile and enterprise markets, ARM has done a number of micro-architectural changes and made some engineering improvements in the design, to deliver three and a half times the performance of ARM Cortex-A15 based devices in the smartphone power budget, as well as significant reductions in overall power consumption also optimizing the design for upcoming 16nm FinFET and smaller process technology.

Huawei Watch, 42mm Android Wear on Qualcomm Snapdragon400

Posted by – March 3, 2015

Gold plated, also to be available in other colors/prices, Huawei is putting final touches to their Android Wear Smartwatch product, to be released by the middle of this year, their highlight for the MWC show and also quite an attraction and loved by tech media, it runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, comes with a 1.4inch 400x400 AMOLED display for an impressive 286ppi pixel density. The question is what price Huawei plans to sell it at, it may not be sold for cheap.

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

Posted by – 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.

Graphene Laboratories interview at Graphene LIVE! by IDTechEx

Posted by – March 3, 2015

Producer and distributor of CVD graphene on different substrates is interviewed by IDTechEx at the IDTechEx event Graphene LIVE!. For more information see http://www.idtechex.com

EP2: Huawei Mate7 vs Note4 vs iPhone6+

Posted by – March 1, 2015

I ask normal people which of the top-3 high-end phablets they think is the better one among Huawei Mate 7, iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the flagship phablets from the top-3 Smartphone manufacturers in the world. I think the Mate7 is the best among those, although for me to recommend it to everyone, Huawei should price it at $299 instead of $499.

ARM Cortex-M processors are everywhere at Embedded World

Posted by – 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/

kernelci.org upstream kernel validation project

Posted by – February 28, 2015

Tyler Baker discusses and demos http://kernelci.org, where development boards all over the world are being booted with the bleeding edge upstream kernel to provide validation results to the kernel community.