Collected here are my Editor’s Top Picks of embedded industry product/technology news stories and commentary for the week of June 30 to July 4, 2014.
Wearable devices: First ask “Why Wear It?”
Aside from the brief thrill of bragging about your cool new smart watch, how does wearability enhance the gadget, for the person wearing it?
Expanding the input expressivity of smartwatches
Wearable smartwatches promise to bring enhanced convenience to common communication and information retrieval tasks. Because of their placement on the wrist, they must be small and otherwise unobtrusive, which limits interaction range and sophistication.
Consortium releases spec on 25-50 Gigabit Ethernet for nextgen networking
Arista Networks, Broadcom, Google, Mellanox and Microsoft collaborate on new Ethernet specification to drive greater performance and cost efficiency on nextgen network data centers
EM Micro offers COiN Bluetooth Smart Beacon
Hoping to get some market visibility out of the attractiveness to consumers of the Apple brand, EM Microelectronics has just introduced its COiN Blueutooth beacon for use in apps where Apple's iBeacon is used
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.
Spansion offers CAN FD interface in new vehicle MCUs
Spansion Inc. is shipping samples of its Spansion Traveo automotive microcontroller S6J3100 series incorporating the high-performance CAN FD interface for enhanced in-vehicle networking.
Bluetooth Low Energy module needs no host MCU
Microchip Technology. announces its first Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy module.
ST Unlocks extra power savings with STM32 Dynamic Efficiency MCUs
New STM32 Dynamic Efficiency microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics improve the power-saving performance of data batching – the technique also used in Google’s latest Android 4.4 (KitKat) operating system to maximize battery life.
Corelis' semiconductor validation tool helps identify counterfeit components
Corelis, Inc. has introduced the JTAG Interrogator, a simple software tool designed to assist in the validation of authentic semiconductors.
TI's new processor family combines higher performance with real-time
The new Sitara AM437x processor family from Texas Instruments (TI) integrates support for industrial protocols for both automation and industrial drives and includes new features such as dual camera for data terminals with bar code scanning.
Altium and In-Circuit team on high speed PCB design extensions
Altium and In-Circuit Design have worked together on new extensions for Altium Designer for high speed PCB design including tools for stackup and power distribution network planning.
What's next for Google's Android software platform
Android L, Google's version of its distribution of the Linux OS, will be cross platform and support 64-bit operation on ARM, x86 and MIPS
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ARM Jumps on Open-Source Sensors
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Auto design gets help from old and new tools
Connected car Where threats meet new business opportunities
Though Still Viewed as Hype, IoT Gaining Engineers' Attention
Decades-Old Vulnerability Threatens Internet of Things
Bridging Networks to Enhance Industrial IoT Security
The Five S's of IoT
HyperCat Specification Seeks to Simplify IoT Device Interactivity
Mobile Devices Can Solve IoT Connectivity Challenges
Internet of Things New Architecture Needed
IoT How Ready Is Your Infrastructure
5 Data Types in the Internet of Things
IoT's Current Privacy Policies Don't Work
DARPA Robotics Challenge Meet the Robots
BlackBerry Swipes at Android Security