Vodafone joins prpl Foundation with eye on advancing digital home and smart gateways

Curt Schwaderer

The prpl Foundation recently announced that Vodafone has joined their membership. The prpl Foundation is a non-profit foundation with the goal of driving innovation in a variety of Internet of Things (IoT) markets. The founders, Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom, and Imagination Technologies, set out to accelerate the maturity of the IoT ecosystem by making interoperability easier and increasing the level of products’ built-in security. Since its inception, the foundation has grown to more than 30 member companies and 200-plus active engineers. To achieve the “smart…Continued...

Raspberry Pi Zero and Zero W: Linux computing in an even smaller package

Jeremy Cook, Engineering Consultant

When the original Raspberry Pi (Rpi) became available in 2012, it was amazing that a Linux computer could fit in the palm of your hand for the low, low price of $35 . On the other hand, if you’re a student without a real job, for which these boards were in part intended, $35 can still be a lot of money. To bring this cost down even further, the RPi team announced the RPi Zero in late 2015 , which is available for $5,…Continued...

Stop wasting energy: Use predictive maintenance

Jonathan Cooper, Augury

According to a U.S. Department of Energy study , maintenance techniques targeting energy efficiency can result in an annual savings of up to 20%. Why, then, did two-thirds of energy generated in the U.S. last year go to waste? Plants, factories, facilities, and commercial and residential buildings account for nearly 40% of the total amount of American energy consumed. Running faulty or substandard equipment is often the culprit, and energy leaks are easy to overlook. When you add it all up, you can see…Continued...

PIC MCU development tool gets faster, smarter

Rich Nass

In my opinion, a great CPU family needs to be coupled with a great ecosystem/development environment. If you can’t develop/prototype, it makes the engineer’s job too hard, and in too many cases, he’ll move on to a lower performance architecture simply because he can get to market quicker and more easily produce future generations. A good example of such an ecosystem comes from Microchip , with its MPLAB ICD 4 environment . Based on a faster processor and increased RAM, the in-circuit programming and…Continued...

Automotive Grade Linux moving beyond infotainment with a hypervisor architecture

Majeed Ahmad, Automotive Contributor

Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is making waves amid Toyota's announcement that its 2018 Camry will run AGL software in its infotainment system. Moreover, AGL software platform is adding a virtualization solution via a hypervisor in order to move beyond infotainment. The open-source AGL platform — comprising of Linux-based operating system and application framework — shares software stack for connected cars among its member companies like Toyota, which is using Renesas' R-Car system-on-chip (SoC) in Camry's infotainment system. AGL's Unified Code Base (UCB) 4.0 encompasses…Continued...

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