News Category: Embedded/Mobile

Postage-Stamp Linux

We’ve come a long way from the early days of big iron, and few things demonstrate that better than Microchip’s new SAMA5D27. What’s a SAMA5D27, you ask? It’s a postage stamp that runs Linux. Well, not literally a postage stamp, but a fully realized microcontroller that measures about 1½ inches (...
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Eric Brown rounds up some recently announced processors along with news from this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and Embedded World in Nuremberg. (Image courtesy AMD)

Hot Chips Face Off at MWC and Embedded World

This week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and Embedded World in Nuremberg are primarily designed to showcase smartphones and embedded systems, respectively. Yet, increasingly the shows are focused on the processors that drive them. The only major chip announced in conjunction with this week’s...
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Amazon's Alexa Takes Open-Source Route to Beat Google Into Cars

Amazon engineers are working with Nuance Communications Inc. and Voicebox Technologies Corp. to write code that makes in-vehicle apps compatible with several speech-recognition technologies, eliminating the need for developers to make multiple versions.  The catch is that the cars must use ...
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Mentor Embedded Linux Gains Cloud-Based IoT Platform

Mentor announced a “Mentor Embedded IoT Framework” platform that builds on top of Mentor Embedded Linux with cloud-based IoT cloud services ranging from device authentication and provisioning to monitoring and diagnostics. Mentor’s Mentor Embedded IoT Framework (MEIF) extends its Yocto Project...
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Custom Embedded Linux Distributions

In the past, many embedded projects used off-the-shelf distributions and stripped them down to bare essentials for a number of reasons. First, removing unused packages reduced storage requirements. Embedded systems are typically shy of large amounts of storage at boot time, and the storage...
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A Fast-Evolving New Botnet Could Take Gadgets in Your Home to the Dark Side

Satori is built to turn routers, thermostats, and other household devices into zombies. There’s a new botnet in town. Since December, security researchers have been tracking an insidious piece of malware called Satori, which hijacks internet-connected devices and turns them into “zombies” that can...
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What is the IoT? Everything You Need to Know About the Internet of Things Right Now

What is the Internet of Things? The Internet of Things, or IoT, refers to billions of physical devices around the world that are now connected to the internet, collecting and sharing data. Thanks to cheap processors and wireless networks, it's possible to turn anything, from a pill to an aeroplane...
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First Impressions: Asus Tinkerboard and Docker

I've spent many hours playing with both 32-bit and 64-bit ARM System-on-Chip (SoC) boards, so you may be wondering why I ordered another - the Asus Tinkerboard. Well here are my first impressions with the board as I try to get Docker and Kubernetes up and running. Highlights The Asus Tinkerboard...
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Ringing in 2018 with 103 Hacker-Friendly SBCs

Welcome to our latest biannual round-up of hacker-friendly single board computers that run Linux or Android. Included are a brief review of recent SBC market trends, a catalog with key features, specs, and pricing of each SBC, and a table comparing them all. Relative to our June report, which was...
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Get Started with Your New Raspberry Pi

Creating amazing projects is easy with a Raspberry Pi, but first you need to plug it in and set up Raspbian, the default operating system. This guide will get you up and running in no time. The Raspberry Pi is a wonderful microcomputer that brims with potential. With a Raspberry Pi you can build ...
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