Embedded news: Week of Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2014

Collected here are my Editor’s Top Picks of embedded industry product and technology news stories for the week of Sept. 29 to Oct. 3, 2014.

Seven ways to accurately estimate battery life
Seven tricks that can help to help embedded developers of battery-powered designs guarantee an accurate estimate of their system's battery life.

HCC Embedded improves IoT data security and reliability
With the aim of improved data security and reliability for wireless and IoT devices, HCC's Encryption Manager has a new advanced modular design simplifies the encryption of data storage and communications.

Freescale kicks off Internet of Tommorrow tour at ARM TechCon
At ARM Techcon, Freescale Semiconductor put on display the Internet of Tomorrow trailer that will be at the core of an ongoing tour with partners Green Hills Software, Arrow Electronics, Linear Technology and Digikey.

Somnium unveils Device Aware Technology for ARM processors
Somnium unvieled at ARM TechCon its innovative resquencing based device-aware software development environment for achieving code size reductions of over 20% without impact on performance.

Silicon Labs to release beta program for Thread IoT protocol
Based on its Zigbee experience, Silicon Labs is “writing the spec” for Thread's new IP-based mesh networking software stack and developing the golden stack and software that will be needed for interoperability.

ARM creates new division for IoT, OS and cloud software
ARM plans later this year to release a free, open source operating system for Cortex-M devices and processor-agnostic IoT cloud software that it will license on a royalty basis for large service providers.

Embedded PC with i7 expands dSPACE prototyping system
The Embedded PC extension for the compact prototyping system dSPACE MicroAutoBox II is now available in a new, more powerful variant with an Intel Core i7 processor.

Microsemi's SmartFusion2 has kit for largest density 150K LE Device
Microsemi Corporation has announced the company's new largest density, lowest power SmartFusion2 150K LE System-on-Chip (SoC) FPGA Advanced Development Kit.

Coverity's free beta Code Spotter speeds defect detection in Java code
Coverity Code Spotter is a cloud-based service enabling developers to find hard-to-detect defects in Java code. Code Spotter is available for free to the software development community during the beta period.

ST's tiny balun-on-a-chip simplifies Bluetooth Smart design
STMicroelectronics’ new integrated balun, the BALF-NRG-01D3, is a companion chip to ST’s BlueNRG Bluetooth Smart wireless network processor, the BALF-NRG-01D3.

IAR Embedded Workbench supports ARM Cortex-M7
IAR Embedded Workbench incorporates a compiler, an assembler, a linker and a debugger into one completely integrated development environment.

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

Arduino and Atmel launch 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.

Embedded news from around the Web
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Altera Announces Non-Volatile MAX 10 FPGAs & Eval Kits
Eclipse Unveils Open Platform for IoT
IoT Needs Open Discovery Scheme
IoT Calls for Simpler Protocol
Nudging Toward a More Open Cloud
Spansion to Launch 3D-Embedded Automotive MCU
Smartphone Shifts Automotive Processor Demand
Robots Confront Safety Standards
Let's Talk About Open-Source Hardware
FDA's Device Approvals Come Under Fire
7 Alternative Hacker Boards
Bionic Ear Due Soon

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