Embedded news: Week of Nov. 10 to 14, 2014

Collected here are my Editor’s Top Picks of embedded industry product and technology news stories for the week of Nov. 10 – 14, 2014.

Micron debuts high-speed serial twin quad-I/O NOR Flash
At Electronica, the Boise, Idaho memory specialist showed its new Twin-Quad (x8) family for use in a variety of industrial, consumer, home connected designs.

Freescale creates Thread IoT beta development program
At Electronica Freescale unveiled its Thread software and beta development kit, which is based on Kinetis W series MCUs.

The testing challenges ahead for the Internet of things
At Electronica, Reinhart Richter, CTO of test system manufacturer Xcerra Corp. talked about the challenges that IoT related technologies present to test houses for semiconductors and PCBs.

Electronica: Chip Industry's IoT Facelift Comes With Security Wrinkle
The semiconductor industry is recognizing that the IoT security wrinkle may itself provide an opportunity via hardware-based security as the backbone of the connected world.

AMS rolls intelligent sensors
AMS AG announced a new family of intelligent sensors for gesture control at Electronica this week in Germany.

CogniVue, Fraunhofer Debut Supersmall Camera
Electronica: The Ottawa embedded vision IP vendor CogniVue and Berlin's Fraunhofer Institute revealed Tuesday that they have collaborated on development of a microcamera.

Microchip's new MCU family targets core independent peripherals
Electronica 2014 – Microchip has expanded its 8-bit PIC microcontroller (MCU) portfolio, with the peripheral-rich, low-pin count PIC16(L)F161X family.

OriginGPS launches world's smallest GPS module
Electronica: The Nano Spider module is designed to support ultra-compact applications where size is at a premium, such as smart watches, wearable devices, trackers and digital cameras.

Freescale's regulator supports QorIQ Layerscape LS1 processors for IoT
Electronica: Freescale's highly efficient VR500 regulator is specifically designed to enable comprehensive system solutions leveraging Freescale’s QorIQ Layerscape LS1 processors.

Atmel demos new IoT solutions at Electronica 2014
Atmel Corporation is unveiling new solutions to enable smart, connected, and secure devices in the Internet of Things (IoT) at Electronica 2014 held in Munich, Germany, November 11-14.

NXP uses dual core ARM SoC for always-on sensor apps
At Electronica, NXP is showing off its newest ARM based family of PC54100 MCUs with two cores: a Cortex M-0+ for sensor data collection and a Cortex-M4F for motion sensor fusion.

The future of Google's Thread for IoT in the home
Signaling its support for Thread, a new low power wireless protocol designed by a Google-led industry allaince to bring IoT into the home, Freescale demoed a development board at Electronica.

Tektronix test tools for MIPI M-PHY v3.1 now available
Tektronix MSO/DPO70000DX Oscilloscopes, P7600 Series TriMode Probes now available for low noise M-PHY measurements

eCosCentric adds integrated USB Device support to eCosPro
eCosCentric Limited has announced the introduction of eCosPro-DeviceUSB, a USB device stack for eCosPro.

Raima releases version 3 of Database API
Raima has released version 3 of the Raima Database API for NI LabVIEW.

Atmel launches dual-band transceiver for Smart Energy/automation apps
Atmel Corporation has launched the AT86RF215, a dual-band sub-1GHz / 2.4GHz transceiver compliant to IEEE 802.15.4g-2012 and ETSI TS 102 887-1.

Mirabilis Design announces VisualSim RapidIO Modeling Library
Mirabilis Design has released its VisualSim RapidIO system-level modeling library.

TI expands industrial MCU portfolio with integrated smart analog
Texas Instruments (TI) offers a new series of MSP430 industrial microcontrollers (MCUs) integrated with smart analog for high accuracy, precision and cost savings.

Spansion rolls out industrial grade e.MMCC NAND flash
Spansion is using its its high-density multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash process in a family of embedded MultiMediaCard (e.MMC) devices to meet demands for more reliable and higher-density storage in industrial apps.

New industry group pushes for common sensor fusion algorithms
The MEMS Industry Group sponsored Accelerated Innovation Community is focused on creation of open source algorithms for sensors in cooperation with the MIPI Alliance.

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