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Embedded news: Week of July 21 - 25, 2014

July 24, 2014

Bernard Cole-July 24, 2014

Collected here are my Editor’s Top Picks of embedded industry product and technology news stories for the week of July 21 - 25, 2014

B&B Electronics rolls out the Wzzard Intelligent Sensing Platform
New platform targets traditional SCADA industrial applications with new architecture for smart, power-efficient Internet of Things applications.

Are you ready to give up driving yet?
Google's made impressive gains with the self-driving car and auto firms are predicting their availabilty as soon as 2020. But technical virtuosity aside, actually agreeing to surrender your steering wheel is quite different.

Google's nextgen Android L release is available for review
Announced at Google I/O 2014, the upcoming fall release of Android, has a new runtime called the Android RunTime (ART) and a new ahead of time compiler to replace Davik and its just in time implementation.

Secure a place at Black Hat USA 2014
Be sure to register and attend Black Hat 2014 USA, August 2 - 7, in Las Vegas, Nev. if you are concerned about the security of your increasingly connected embedded designs.

Mike North of "Prototype This!" goes interactive at Designers of Things 2014
The host of Discovery Channel's "Prototype This!" will present an interactive closing keynote at the Designers of Things 2014 in September.

Despite royalties slump, ARM expects uptick ahead
Growth in mobile device shipments should come out of a slump in the second half of the year and generally stay in low double digits through 2018, according to ARM's chief executive.

Mentor takes on heterogeneous multicore challenge
The hardware/software tool vendor has introduced a comprehensive solution to designing high end embedded apps that combine a diverse mix microprocessors, microcontrollers, DSP and graphics processors.

What's next for Google's Android software platform
Android L, Google's version of its distibution of the Linux OS, will be cross platform and support 64-bit operation on ARM, x86 and MIPS

LG Innotek develops Bluetooth Smart module that measures just 5.3 x 4.7 x 1.0 mm
LG Innotek has developed a Nordic nRF51822 SoC-based Bluetooth Smart (previously known as Bluetooth low energy) module that requires no RF expertise to employ.

Laird offers solution for rapid integration of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity
Laird has released the 45 Series Enterprise-Grade Wi-Fi modules and BT830 Series Bluetooth v4.0 UART HCI (Host Controller Interface) modules.

IDT releases 2-watt wireless power receiver for wearable devices
Integrated Device Technology has announced what the company claims is the world’s smallest 2-watt wireless power receiver and battery charger, designed for small form factors, including wearable applications.

Lauterbach debug tools provide proof of timing and code preferments
A new feature of Lauterbach's TRACE32 tools is the ability to export task event-based trace data for external timing analysis.

Artesyn's 20W high density dc-dc converters target industrial and rugged apps
Artesyn Embedded Technologies announced the new AXA series of compact 20 W high power density dc-dc converters designed for space critical-applications.

Zero-drift instrumentation amp features low power, high accuracy
Microchip Technology Inc. has expanded its instrumentation amplifier portfolio with the new zero-drift MCP6N16.

Micrium adds debug, data logging, IoT to uC/Probe Graphical Live Watch
uC/Probe Graphical Live Watch V3.3 from Micrium is a Windows-based tool that allows engineers to graphically visualize and change the behavior of embedded systems at run- time.

Tiny, low-power Android GPU targets wearables, IoT
A new PowerVR graphics processor IP core from Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) provides what the company claims is the industry’s smallest Android-compatible GPU solution.

Embedded news from around the Web
Too Many Standards May Cripple the IoT
The IoT Poses a Reliability Challenge
IoT Expanding Mechatronics Capabilities
Android Wear Buzzes Sans Babak
Apple-IBM Deal Trouble for Google, Microsoft
MIT Wrist-Robot Adds Extra Fingers
Micro Python Preps for Mass Production
Android Open-Source for ARMv8-A Starts 64-Bit Avalanche
Will laser ignition replace the venerable spark plug
Google Glass' killer app surveillance
Thoughts on energy harvesting for wearable equipment
Smartwatches Suck, Says Pebble Backer
Eric Bogatin's SI courses go online 

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