2014’s Top 25 Embedded.com Hardware/Software Product Stories

Here are 2014's twenty-five top rated product stories chosen out of the several hundreds published on Embedded.com this year. They reflect a broad spectrum of interests in tools for IoT design, operating systems, programming tools, and development kits as well as the underlying processors and microcontrollers available.


TI launches industry’s first highly integrated NFC sensor transponder
Texas Instruments has announced the industry’s first flexible high frequency 13.56 MHz sensor transponder family.

Broadcom integrates Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart, and NFC into single dev kit
Broadcom Corporation has integrated near field communication (NFC) into its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) software development kit (SDK).

Ultra-low power Whisper advances connectivity IP in IoT, wearables
Imagination Technologies has announced the new Ensigma Series4 Whisper low-power radio processing unit (RPU) architecture, designed specifically for next-generation ultra-low power, cost-sensitive devices.

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.

Zeidman SynthOS synthesizes an app-specific OS for the IoT
Zeidman Technologies, Inc. has announced the release of the online version of SynthOS, a software development tool that automatically generates an optimized real-time operating system (RTOS).

GrammaTech releases CodeSonar 4
CodeSonar 4 from GrammaTech, Inc., is the latest version of the company’s flagship software analysis tool for C/C++, Java, and machine code.

LDRA Tool Suite brings full verification to multicore platforms
LDRA’s capabilities for coding-standard compliance, structural coverage, data and control coupling, and low-level testing can be introduced into the verification workflow as needed on the host, simulator, or actual target hardware

Sub-volt CORDIO BT4 radio core targets massive scale IoT networks
Sunrise Micro Devices Inc. (SMD) has announced its CORDIO BT4 radio core, the first radio core offering from the company's CORDIO family of sub-volt wireless products.

Codescape tools enable comprehensive MIPS software dev
Imagination Technologies has developed new tools designed to provide everything needed for MIPS software development across the entire product lifecycle, from SoC design and integration through SoC bringup to end product.

2nd gen Kinetis ARM Cortex-M4 MCUs boost power efficiency, performance
Freescale Semiconductor has launched the next generation of its flagship Kinetis K series microcontrollers (MCUs) expanding its existing Kinetis K1x, K2x and K6x MCU families, and the introduction of the Kinetis K0x MCU family.

Scalable PowerVR Series7 GPUs feature teraflop performance
Imagination Technologies introduces PowerVR Series7, an entire line-up of GPUs that scale from 16 to 512 arithmetic logic unit (ALU) cores.

TI increases range up to 7x for low-power 2.4 GHz wireless networks
Texas Instruments' SimpleLink CC2592 range extender provides up to a 7x improvement in range when paired with TI’s 2.4 GHz low power RF solutions for ZigBee, 802.15.4, 6LoWPAN, and Bluetooth low energy networks.

Renesas' ARM mbed IoT Device Platform features 1000 DMIPS
Renesas Electronics Corporation has leveraged its RZ/A1 microprocessor to develop an ARM Cortex-A9 processor-based mbed microprocessor board.

Express Logic X-Ware speeds ARM-based IoT Development
Express Logic has launched X-Ware Platform, integrated development software that delivers all X-Ware components pre-ported and fully integrated for use on specific development boards.

NXP unveils versatile MCU family for next-gen embedded designs
NXP Semiconductors has released the LPC82x family of microcontrollers, extending the versatility of the ARM Cortex-M0+-based LPC800 Series for use in connected, sensor-dense, and IoT designs.

MPLAB Harmony firmware dev framework supports all 32-bit PIC MCUs
MPLAB Harmony from Microchip is a flexible, abstracted, fully integrated firmware development platform for all 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs).

Cortus low-power 32-bit core targets IoT apps
Cortus APS23 is the first product to use the v2 instruction set and is aimed at low power, always on/always listening systems.

Atmel and ARM partner on IoT development platform
The partnership broadens the ecosystem support for developers using Atmel’s portfolio of secure, low-power and cost-effective wireless connectivity solutions, specifically the Atmel SmartConnect Wi-Fi and 802.15.4-compliant solutions.

FreeRTOS releases Version 8.1
Version 8.1.x of FreeRTOS includes multiple improvements and new features.

Arduino, Atmel secure Wi-Fi connectivity for all Arduino platforms
Arduino LLC and Atmel Corporation have announced the Arduino Wi-Fi Shield 101, a shield that enables rapid prototyping of Internet of Things (IoT) applications on the Arduino platform.

Imagination I6400 CPUs boast multi-threading, multicore, multi-clustering
The MIPS I-class I6400 CPU family from Imagination Technologies are the first IP cores to combine a 64-bit architecture and hardware virtualization with scalable performance through multi-threading, multicore and multi-cluster coherent processing.

IDT claims world's smallest 2-watt wireless power receiver for wearables
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.

ST launches sub-dollar floating-point MCUs
The new STM32F301/302/303 microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics are based on the ARM Cortex-M4 core with Floating-Point Unit (FPU).

STM32Cube software speeds design of STM32 MCUs
STM32CubeTM from STMicroelectronics is a free design tool and software for the company's STM32 microcontroller portfolio.


Editor's Note: The inclusion of these product stories in this year end list is determined by by a number of factors: the number of views and visits a story has received, the time a visitor spends reading the story, the number of click-throughs to other URLs for more information and finally the number of comments or questions left by visitors.

Even with this many ways to assess a product story's usefulness and interest to the embedded developer, the dividing line between those who made the list and those who did not is often very narrow, so the comments you leave, pro or con are useful in assessing not only whether you liked the story or not, but also give us a measure of interest in the topic or product type.

That sort of feedback also helps us in our evaluation of future product stories and also gives us direction as we seek out supporting design and product how-to articles to help you all through your development process.

So, in the future, take the time to leave a comment, if not immediately, then after you have been to links at the company providing the product. If you still have questions, come back, leave a comment or question and we will do our best to contact the company and have them answer your questions. 

Embedded.com Site Editor Bernard Cole is also editor of the twice-a-week Embedded.com newsletters as well as a partner in the TechRite Associates editorial services consultancy. If you want to see a calendar of topics for upcoming weekly Tech Focus newsletters or have a topic you would like to see covered on Embedded.com, he welcomes your feedback. Send an email to , or call 928-525-9087.

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