Embedded Systems News

Onion pitches MIPS universal cloud-to-hardware interface

Aiming at programmers who want to interface to the real world, Toronto-based Onion has created a tiny MIPS-based Linux cloud-to-hardware development board, and made it the subject of a Kickstarter project.  The firm has an interesting pitch. Called Omega, the PCB is tiny, with on-board…

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Raspberry Pi goes retro gaming

Raspberry Pi continues to inspire young developers of embedded systems products. One games enthusiast has used a Raspberry Pi to create a pocket-sized games console. Dubbed the MicroPi : Play, it is the work of developer and retro games enthusiast Tarsem Dhillon, who decided the micro sized Linux board would…

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Raspberry Pi gets e-paper display driver board

Raspberry Pi can now drive an e-paper display with an add-on board designed by a Cambridge-based developer. The board, which meets the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s HAT specification, including device tree configuration of the required GPIO pins by the HAT EEPROM, is the work of Percheron Electronics…

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Peratech presses button for touch expansion

A touch screen controller which measures both the amount of pressure applied to a touch keypad as  well as position is being demonstrated by Peratech at the Hannover Messe 2015 this week. The demonstration uses a keyboard sensor with the Yorkshire-based firm’s Opaque QTC force-sensing technology to…

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CodeBug teaches coding to beginners

CodeBug is a programmable wearable for teaching coding and ‘physical computing’ (interfacing computers to the real world) to beginners. It comes from team lead by Dr Andrew Robinson, the man behind PiFace interface boards for Raspberry Pi, and is the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. Small enough to fit in…

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Most efficient Cortex-M, officially

Atmel’s SAM L21 microcontroller has scored 185 on the EEMBC ULPBench test, making it the most energy efficient ARM Cortex-M processor implementation yet measured. The microcontroller is based in ARM’s smallest Cortex-M series core, the Cortex-M0+. This is a good time for low-power processors…

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Linux in hi-rel is growing, says McPherson

Xilinx has joined the Linux Foundation, the industry organisation supporting growth of Linux and collaborative development. The FPGA firm’s interest indicates how Linux is expanding its footprint beyond consumer and computing markets and into high reliability industrial, automotive and aerospace systems. The theme of this year’s Embedded Linux…

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Microsemi offers FPGA with secure comms, and explains PKI

The internet-of-things concept – using IPv6 addressing, standard protocol stacks and standard wireless links to connect products together – simplifies design because it removes the need for proprietary interfaces. It also means that remote-control of products can be extended as far as the internet extends – a blessing for anyone…

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