Embedded news: Week of July 7 – 11, 2014

Collected here are my Editor’s Top Picks of embedded industry product and technology news stories for the week of July 7 – 11, 2014

Open Interconnect Consortium established to advance interoperability for Internet of Things
Technology industry leaders are joining forces to establish a new industry consortium focused on improving interoperability and defining the connectivity requirements for the Internet of Things (IoT).

DesignCon 2015 extends its deadline for submissions
DesignCon 2015 has extended its deadline for abstract submissions for an extra week to Friday, July 18, 2014.

Vitesse Ethernet switches support gigabit Wi-Fi
To advance 802.11ac upgrades to 5G Wi-Fi in the Enterprise, Vitesse Semiconductor has introduced its SparX-IV family – VSC7442, VSC7444 and VSC7448.

Microchip extends Spotify Connect support in new JukeBlox platform release
A new release of Spotify Connect in the standard Microchip JukeBlox Platform extends support to more than 8 million audio products based on Microchip’s network audio processors.

Allegro's new two-wire ABS wheel speed sensor IC has integrated capacitor
Allegro MicroSystems, LLC has launched a new Hall-effect based integrated circuit (IC) that provides a user-friendly solution for true zero-speed digital ring magnet and gear tooth sensing in two-wire applications.

IDT and eSilicon to collaborate on next-gen RapidIO switches
Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT) and eSilicon Corporation have announced a collaboration to expedite development of next-generation RapidIO switches.

Curtiss-Wright’s rugged SWaP-C optimized mobile IP Router reduces power
Curtiss-Wright Corporation has introduced an enhanced version of its commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Parvus DuraMAR 5915 rugged SWaP-C optimized mobile IP Router subsystem.

OpenVPX Carrier eases integration of XMC mezzanine cards
The VPX6-218 from Curtiss-Wright is a rugged 6U OpenVPX XMC carrier card that enables system designers to add up to two XMC (VITA 42.3) mezzanine module cards to OpenVPX-based embedded systems.

Semtech offers industry's first fully integrated +27dBm transceiver
Semtech Corporation states that its SX1238 transceiver is the first device available to fully integrate transceiver and front-end module into a single package, creating an ideal solution for smart metering applications such as water, gas and electric meters.

More about Google's DIY Modular Smartphone
An illustrated slideshow detailing more of the inner workings of Google's Ara Do-It-Yourself smartphone project.

CEVA makes an agressive push into IoT with RivieraWaves acquisition
The DSP Intellectual Property silicon provider is seeking to expand its range of offerings in not only the Internet of Things, but into connectivity for smartphones, tablets, small cell wireless and mobile base stations.

IEEE launches anti-malware support service
IEEE Standards Association’s Industry Connections Security Group unites key computer security stakeholders in the development of new cryptographic and metadata tools.

Microsemi FPGA kit expidites prototyping and app development
Targeting OEMs pressured to move their designs to production as quickly as possible, Microsemi has just released its SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA evaluation kit for faster prototyping of embedded applications.

Zigbee completes testing on IPv6 update to its wireless mesh spec
Group has completed testing and development of 920IP, an update to ZigBee IP, which brings full IPv6-based connectivity to its wireless mesh networking protocol for low power, low cost control devices.

Six key questions about the Connected Car's software quagmire
A dissection of the connected car and its technology building blocks and a discussion of six fundamental questions about its' multilayered tangle of software.

GrammaTech launches NSF-funded Annotations for All website
GrammaTech, Inc. has launched a new crowdsourcing initiative, Annotations for All, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Embedded news from around the Web
Launching Wolfram's Mathematica 10—with 700+ New Functions
Private Team Fires 36-Year-Old NASA Probe's Engines
OpenCL on FPGAs for GPU Programmers
Networks Ill Prepared for Internet of Things
The IoT Promises Freedom & Tyranny
Today's IoT Devices May Be Tomorrow's Platform Features
XS Embedded Deal Gives Mentor Inside Track in Car Race
Inductive charging takes shape at BMW and Daimler
Linaro's Android Open-Source Project Ported to ARMv8-A
Controller advance makes robots consume 40-percent less power
Allowing Microcontrollers to Learn About Their Environments
Module Boost Indoor Tracking Accuracy
MIT Puts 36-Core Internet on a Chip
IBM Pledges Nanotube Transistor by 2020 or Bust

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