Collected here are my Editor’s Top Picks of embedded industry product and technology news stories for the week of June 23 – 27, 2014.
Silicon Labs goes after capacitive touch control with 8-bit MCUs
Its new 8051based C8051F97x MCU features what it claims is industry's longest battery life in capacitive sensing applications
SmartBear targets mobile with new automated software test recording
The new version of SmartBear's TestComplete tool incorporates real-device automated test recording for native apps developed on either Apple's iOS or Google's Android.
IEEE steps in to sort out Internet of Things confusion
The IEEE P2413 Architectural Framework for the Internet of Things standards development project has been established to sort of the confusing and dangerous market fragmentation which endangers device and protocol interoperability.
The future of MIPS: Imagination makes its case
Does the industry know everything it needs to know about MIPS? Most industry analysts think they do.
Smartphone and wearable IoT firms hot for sensor hubs
One example of the demand for sensor hubs to manage the variety of sensor data and management that wearables and smartphones demand is the use by Coolpad, a Chinese mobile devices supplier of Hillcrest Labs' smart sensor hub architecture.
Mercenary engineers: How subcontractor Synapse works its magic in SoCs
Synapse Design and its team of “stealth” engineers boost ability of Fortune 500 companies to compete by helping them create leading edge system on chip designs in markets that include, routers, switches, smartTVs, and tablet computers.
NXP brings its wireless RoadLINK transceiver to Car-to-X automotive apps
The dual radio multi band RF transceiver for Car-to-X (C2X) applications as well as traditional WiFI and will be released for automotive production in 2015
Giving IoT more radio channels
Opening up new pathways for Internet of Things proliferation is the emerging 802.11ah spec for running low- power WiFi over 900 MHz at distances up to a kilometer is one of the most promising new radios.
STM32 Digital-Power MCUs boost design for 'cleaner cloud'
STMicroelectronics' STM32F334 Digital Power line MCUs are an extension of ST’s STM32 family.
Microchip PIC32MX1/2 Series sports larger Flash and RAM
Microchip has announced a new family of PIC32MX1/2 microcontrollers (MCUs) in 256/64 KB Flash/Ram configurations.
IAR Embedded Workbench supports TI's EnergyTrace technology
By combining IAR Systems’ Power Debugging technology with TI's EnergyTrace, developers are able to take advantage of the ultra-low-power capabilities of the MSP430 microcontrollers.
TI's MSP430 MCUs with EnergyTrace++ enable lowest power MCU systems
The ultra-low power FRAM microcontroller (MCU) platform from Texas Instruments includes all the necessary hardware and software tools, and support for developers to reduce energy budgets, minimize product size and enable a battery-free world.
Magnetic position sensors accurate for high speed rotors
A new series of magnetic position sensors from ams feature extremely accurate angle measurements of rotors spinning at high speed.
RTOS-independent trace added to Rapita Verification Suite
Rapita Systems Ltd has announced version 3.2 of Rapita Verification Suite (RVS).
Long-life paper-thin batteries target wearable and IoT devices
STMicroelectronics has begun limited production of its EnFilm advanced rechargeable batteries that are less than 0.25mm thick.
Coverity releases new version of software testing platform
Coverity, Inc. has released version 7.5 of the Coverity Software Testing Platform.
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Google I-O Pressure Is On
Too Many IoT Standards, or Too Few
When Internet Of Things Meets Imperfect Networks
WiFi Getting Simpler for IoT Designers
Can rust really revolutionize solar cell technology
Supreme Court Rules Against Software Patents
Industrial wireless link achieves “near-wired” reliability
Industry 4.0 May End Outsourcing
Industrial Bots to Awaken Mom-Pop Manufacturing
Battery-free RFID resistance meter tag