DSR System Development News July 2014

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920IP

The ZigBee® Alliance announced it has completed testing and development of 920IP,
an update to ZigBee® IP, the first open, global standard for an IPv6 based full wireless mesh networking solution
to control low power, low cost devices.
920IP was developed in response to Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications designation of 920 MHz
for use in HEMS and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry endorsement of ECHONET Lite as a smart home standard.

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Spansion in ZigBee® Alliance

Spansion a global leader in embedded systems has just joined the ZigBee® Alliance.
“We are pleased to welcome Spansion to the Alliance and their commitment to developing interoperable Internet of Things products,”
said Ryan Maley, Director of Strategic Marketing for the ZigBee® Alliance.

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IEEE P2413

The IEEE has just launched a new IoT development development project, IEEE P2413,
to develop a standard architectural framework for the Internet of Things.
According to Oleg Logvinov, chair of IEEE P2413 WG, upon completion,
the standard will provide a robust architectural framework for the IoT, reducing market fragmentation,
improving interoperability, and serving as a catalyst for continued IoT growth and advancement.

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Battle for the Smart Home

The race for the smart home is really on in earnest. Recently, Nest Labs made the software behind its
internet-connected thermostat and smoke detector systems accessible to outside developers.
Nest Labs says that more than 5000 developers are interested in tapping into its system.
Both Google and Apple are among them.

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Android: Now on 64bit ARM

Android has been ported to 64bit ARMv8-A hardware by Linaro, the open source software industry body devoted to ARM cores.
Available as part of the Linaro 14.06 release, the port has been tested on ARM’s ‘Juno’ development hardware,
which has dual Cortex-A57s and quad Cortex-A53s, coupled in the firm’s power-saving big.LITTLE arrangement, plus a quad core Mali T-624 graphics processor.

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Tiny Image Recognition System

A US-based start-up has come up with a way to port its image recognition SDK to the Raspberry Pi.
“This because it shows that even tiny, cheap devices are capable of performing sophisticated computer vision tasks,”
said Pete Warden, chief technology officer at Jetpac.

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Customers++

A company named Swarm has developed a pretty cool Bluetooth® Smart solution for in-store
tracking and managing of foot traffic.
It consists of a Bluetooth® Smart sensor tag and an app on a smart device, with a monthly service fee for managing the analytics of the collected data.

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Find a Fish with a Smartphone

Are you looking for the solution to connect your smartphone with the oldest hobby in the world – fishing?
If so, then look no further than the Bluetooth® Smart Fishfinder. It syncs with an iPhone or iPad and uses a sonar
transceiver to locate fish.

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Why wear IT?

In the era of emerging wearable devices, the most important part of the debate shouldn’t be “how” a wearable device looks
(its form factor, if you will).
It’s more important to understand the “what for”. In short, why attach a gadget to yourself?

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Don’t major in CS

Do you want to work for one of the IT industry giants? But are you sure that you need CS degree to achieve your goals?

DSR Application Development News June 2014

mysqlfabric MySQL Fabric is now generally available

Oracle has announced MySQL Fabric, an open source framework to manage farms of MySQL servers. MySQL Fabric is a component of Oracle’s MySQL Utilities 1.4.3 package. Automatic Failover and Data Sharding Now Available for Web and Cloud Applications.

MySQL Fabric Capabilities:

  • Monitoring of the master database; if the server fails, a slave database is selected and promoted to a new master.
  • The automatic routing of transactions to the current master and load-balancing of queries across slave databases.
  • Automated data sharding and re-sharding to make the lives of DevOp team easier.
  • Users can allow tables to be sharded for scale-out of both reads and writes, select which tables should be sharded and specify the columns to be used as sharding keys, and move existing shards to new servers or split them into multiple shards.
  • Extensions to PHP, Python, and Java connectors allow transactions and queries to be routed directly to the correct MySQL Server, eliminating extra latency caused when passing through a proxy.

Further reading, with examples, analysis and slides:

git A successful Git branching model

This article is not news since it was written more than 4 years ago, but here at DSR we use a similar approach in many projects. And not only with Git. The branching strategy which is described by Vincent Driessen can be successfully used with other version control systems (SVN, CVS, Bazaar, etc).

The branching model consist of two branches with an infinite life time: master and develop, and three types of branches which always have a limited life time: feature, release, and hotfix.

More reading:

securetunnel ngrok – secure introspectable tunnels to localhost

One of the more common tasks we have in web development involves the need to share our web application with other developers and APIs. But while developing, you’re probably working on your local development server where sharing can be a really difficult task.

ngrok is a simple service that lets you expose a local web service to the internet. Not only does it let you expose services, it lets you examine the requests coming in as well as replaying them.

There are alternative methods: http://alternativeto.net/software/ngrok/

flickr Flickr Architecture

Flickr is the web’s leading photo sharing site. More than 2 billion photos served, more than 4 billion queries per day.

Flickr must handle a vast sea of ever expanding new content, ever increasing legions of users, and a constant stream of new features, all while providing excellent performance. How do they do it?

The article describes the software and hardware of the service, together with some interesting statistics.

scent No, a scent wasn’t just sent over the Atlantic Ocean

What do you think about being able to smell a photo? An Indiegogo campaign offers a new device – oPhone, which introduces a new kind of sensory experience into mobile messaging. “With the oPhone, people will be able to share with anyone, anywhere, not just words, images, and sounds, but sensory experience itself.”

Is it a new technology? Probably. Would you pay $199 or more to be able to smell a photo? The Indiegogo campaign is betting you will.

infowerload Information overload: I know too much to program quickly. What can I do?

The article’s author fears that the more he knows about the programming (architectures, approaches, frameworks, etc) the more time he takes to implement even a trivial task? He starts thinking about possible approaches, pitfalls, known limitations, etc, etc. “The more knowledge I gain, the slower I am in completing projects.”

The comments in response to this article are also interesting and informative.

twoemails How to Go From Working 60 Hours a Week to 40 By Sending 2 Emails a Week

The author believes that sending only two emails a week can significantly reduce the time you spend at work.

Email #1: What you plan on getting done this week

Email #2: What you actually got done this week

The article is about how you can organize your work process and set the expectations of others to achieve this. Good luck!

DSR System Development News June 2014

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Headphone jack as a peripheral port

NXP has suggested to connect external sensors to cell phones and smartphones via the headphone jack instead of using high speed USB or Lightning interfaces,
because many external devices operate with at a very low data rate, and so they do not need a high speed interface to communicate with mobile apps.

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PLL with the lowest noise offers improved RF sensitivity

Texas Instruments has introduced a 14GHz fractional-N phased-locked loop (PLL) with the industry’s best noise performance, for improved RF sensitivity, radar range and accuracy.

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Glasshole-free zone

The ability of Google Glasses to record everything around and publish the video in Internet is not loved by everyone.
Berlin artist Julian Oliver has written a simple program that detects any Glass device attempting to connect to a Wi-Fi network based on MAC addresses.
And as soon as the Google Glass device is detected, the owner of the Wi-Fi network can drop the connection with the device or notify people nearby.

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Bluetooth Smart Starter Kit

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has introduced a free Bluetooth Smart starter kit, designed to help developers reduce the time it takes to get their prototypes into production.

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Marvel believes that ZigBee is the important technology in IoT

In contrast to Broadcom and Qualcomm who argue that ZigBee will be supplanted by Bluetooth and Wi-Fi,
Marvel believes that Zigbee will be the key wireless technology in the internet of things.

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Web based FPGA design

Chip Path Design Systems has announced the industry’s first device-mapping tools and IP directory for FPGA front-end design.
Based on a web browser and with no software installation required, the Chip Path portal and IP directory
allow engineers to design, research, compare and select hundreds of IP blocks for use with FPGA devices from multiple vendors.

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Embedded Design Show

Last year’s Electronics Design Show in the UK attracted more than 1000 engineers.
For 2014, organiser Findlay Media has decided to expand the Show with a new section dedicated entirely to the embedded sector.
The Embedded Design Show will run at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena from 22-23 October.

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Audi’s semiconductor strategy

There are now between 6000 and 8000 semiconductor parts in each new Audi automobile – and one rolls off the production line at Ingolstadt every 88s.

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Smart Standards for a Smarter Grid

ZigBee Smart Energy is the world’s leading standard for interoperable products that monitor, control, inform and automate the delivery and use of energy and water.
Utility Horizons latest magazine gives some impression on its key features, benefits and perspectives.

DSR System Development News May II 2014

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On May 28th Wireless Japan – one of the largest regional exhibitions in the wireless technology world – opens its doors. Over 200 exhibitors from all over the world will there to show off their products to customers in the Japanese and wider Asian market.
DSR will also be there with our ZigBee® and Bluetooth® Solutions:

  • ZBOSS – DSR’s certified ZigBee® Pro 2012 software stack, together with HA1.2, ZLL and GreenPower and suite of tools for rapid development and deployment
  • ZBOSS Sub1-GHz – now the most popular wireless technology in Japan, together with ZBOSS API
  • BluRapport – portable, high-performance Bluetooth® stack ideally suited for both embedded and desktop applications – now with Bluetooth Smart® support
  • IoE Home Automation Cloud solution – build and deploy your cloud solution in no time with DSR’s IoE cloud framework

DSR System Development News May 2014

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TI Cloud Ecosystem

Texas Instruments introduced a third party ecosystem of IoT cloud service providers.
This ecosystem will allow manufacturers using TI technology to connect with the IoT more easily and rapidly.
The first members of the ecosystem include 2lemetry, ARM, Arrayent, Exosite, IBM, LogMeIn, Spark, and Thingsquare.
Each member has demonstrated its cloud service offering on one or more of TI’s wireless connectivity,
microcontroller and processor solutions for a wide-range of IoT applications.

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TI Befriended with iBeacon

One more important announcement from Texas Instruments is its support for Apple’s iBeacon technology
across Bluetooth and SimpleLink wireless controller families, a move that could bring various iPad,
IPod and iPhone mobile devices into the mainstream of manufacturing, retail asset tracking,
building automation, automotive and industrial factory systems.

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Newby Friendly IDE from TI

Texas Instruments has announced version 6 of its Code Composer Studio IDE.
In addition to offering users an intelligent apps center, advanced integration,
and enhanced learning tools, this new version of the IDE also makes things simple
and easy to learn for new users.

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BLE in Cars: Ready, Steady, Safety?

Carmakers are planning to exploit Bluetooth® Low Energy technology,
so that vehicle owners can open and close doors and windows or adjust seats, mirrors, and lighting,
by touching a smartphone/key fob or punching a wirelessly controlled in-vehicle button.
But here’s the thing. How secure is BLE for controlling body electronics inside cars?

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ARM with DDR3

Krivi Semiconductor has announced its initial working silicon of a 28nm DDR3 PHY.
The new Krivi DDR3/3L PHY with ARM® CoreLink™ DMC-400 Dynamic Memory Controller is JEDEC compatible, feature rich and supports maximum speeds of up to 2.133Gbps.

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Continuous Development

In modern software development, we are accustomed to seeing the term “continuous” used in expressions
such as continuous integration and continuous delivery.
IoT with its growing number of smart devices can require Continuous Development soon…

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Open-Source Project Teaches Design of ARM Boards

A Linux programmer from the Slovak Republic has created an open-source project to help engineers and students
to learn about advanced hardware design and how to port Linux to your own ARM board.

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Berry Gateway

A strong community of electronic and computing enthusiasts developed several Raspberry Pi-based applications.
One of these is home automation. With its multi-connectivity and powerful processing options,
Raspberry Pi is the perfect platform for a low-cost smart home gateway that controls energy harvesting wireless sensors.
This can be realized in a few steps…

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Titan Drones

Titan Aerospace’s drones are expected to help deliver Internet connectivity to remote regions.
Google has agreed to acquire Titan Aerospace, a maker of aerial drones based in Moriarty, N.M., for an undisclosed sum.

DSR Application Development News April 2014

Databases

MariaDB
The MariaDB Foundation Announces General Availability of MariaDB 10

The MariaDB Foundation, an independent body that promotes the popular open source database MariaDB, announced today the much-anticipated general availability of MariaDB 10, providing today’s generation of application developers with enhanced performance and functionality.

Among the key improvement areas:

  • Improved Replication
  • New NoSQL capabilities
  • Built-in Sharding

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MySQL query engine:Shard-Query

is a high performance MySQL query engine that offers increased parallelism compared to stand-alone MySQL. This is achieved by taking advantage of MySQL partitioning, MySQL sharding, common MySQL query clauses like BETWEEN and IN, or some combination of the above.

Overviews

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The Rise And Fall of Languages in 2013

“On the surface, 2013 appeared to be a quiet year in terms of language popularity and adoption. The reality, however, suggests considerable activity. As I usually do in January, I analyze several language metrics from multiple sources: Ohloh.net, which measures activity across almost 600,000 open-source projects, Google Trends, and the much maligned Tiobe index…”

Education/Resources

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An Online Handbook for C++ Developer

  • Description of the most important classes, functions and objects of the Standard Language Library, with descriptive fully functional short example programs.
  • General information about the C++ programming language, including non-technical documents and descriptions.
  • Collection of tutorials covering all the features of this versatile and powerful language.
  • User-contributed articles, organized into different categories.
  • Message boards where members can exchange knowledge and comments.

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Review Requirements Anywhere

ReqView is a document based requirements definition tool enabling effective offline collaboration.

ReqView provides the following tools/components:

  • ReqView Desktop – a rich web application allowing users to create requirements documents, browse requirement’s structure, change requirement’s attributes, view discussion related to each requirement and add new comments.
  • ReqView Synchronizer – a native Windows command line application for synchronization of requirement documents between ReqView and RM tools.

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Git Immersion

Git Immersion is a guided tour that walks through the fundamentals of Git, inspired by the premise that to know a thing is to do it.

Git is a powerful, sophisticated system for distributed version control. Gaining an understanding of its features opens a new and liberating approach to source code management. The surest path to mastering Git is to immerse oneself in its utilities and operations, to experience it first-hand.

Tools

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Vagrant – Development Environments Made Easy

Vagrant provides easy to configure, reproducible, and portable work environments built on top of industry-standard technology and controlled by a single consistent workflow to help maximize the productivity and flexibility of you and your team.To achieve its magic, Vagrant stands on the shoulders of giants. Machines are provisioned on top of VirtualBox, VMware, AWS, or any other provider. Then, industry-standard provisioning tools such as shell scripts, Chef, or Puppet, can be used to automatically install and configure software on the machine.


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Gearman

Gearman provides a generic application framework to farm out work to other machines or processes that are better suited to do the work. It allows you to do work in parallel, to load balance processing, and to call functions between languages. It can be used in a variety of applications, from high-availability web sites to the transport of database replication events. In other words, it is the nervous system for how distributed processing communicates.


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Console

Console is a Windows console window enhancement. Console features include: multiple tabs, text editor-like text selection, different background types, alpha and color-key transparency, configurable font, different window styles.

Utilities

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Virtual Router

Virtual Router is a free, open source software-based router for PCs running Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. Using Virtual Router, users can wirelessly share any internet connection (WiFi, LAN, Cable Modem, Dial-up, Cellular, etc.) with any WiFi device (Laptop, Smart Phone, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android Phone, Zune, Netbook, wireless printer, etc.). These devices connect to Virtual Router just like any other access point, and the connection is completely secured using WPA2 (the most secure wireless encryption).

Privacy

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Chrome Bugs Allow Sites to Listen to Your Private Conversations

By exploiting bugs in Google Chrome, malicious sites can activate your microphone, and listen in on anything said around your computer, even after you’ve left those sites.

Even while not using your computer – conversations, meetings and phone calls next to your computer may be recorded and compromised.

Health

Eye-Exercises
Eye Exercises

When your eyes get tired and you start feeling the eye strain, but still have some work to do, use the Exercises for Eyes. Regular eye exercises can help you improve eyesight and prevent eye diseases such as nearsightedness and farsightedness.

DSR System Development News April 2014

nist
1 Second over 300 Million Years

Since 1999, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has been using an atomic clock NIST-F1
with accuracy of plus or minus one second over 100 million years.
And although that sounds plenty accurate, NIST believes some applications could use three-times greater accuracy.

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Retail Site Intelligence

eInfochips, The Kroger Co., and Wincor Nixdorf introduced a new enterprise IT architecture called Retail Site Intelligence (RSI).
This architecture for stores of the 21st century uses ZigBee® wireless mesh networks to integrate long battery life sensors,
hand held devices, point-of-sale devices and video management software into a next generation platform for retail applications.

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USB Selective Suspend

“The USB host can either enable or suspend a port/peripheral as needed via software control,
resulting in a marked reduction in the overall power consumption,” said FTDI Chip.

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Python for Embedded Systems

Embedded systems world is known to be the most conservative when talking about programming languages.
However, embedded software training company, Feabhas has announced a course covering the use of the Python programming language for system testing.
Feabhas believes Python can offer real benefits to embedded systems because of its simplicity.

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The Smallest ARM

Freescale Semiconductor announces a breakthrough addition to its Kinetis mini portfolio with the introduction of the Kinetis KL03 MCU,
the world’s smallest and most energy efficient 32-bit MCU based on ARM® technology. The new MCU can easily fit a golf ball dimple.

toyota
Toyota Underestimated ‘Deadly’ Risks

A software expert whose testimony led to a guilty verdict against Toyota Motors in one of a series of runaway acceleration accidents said
that the best assurance for preventing similar “deadly” outbreaks must be stronger, smarter oversight by federal regulators.

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Green Hill Brings its Security Expertise to IoT

Recognizing that the increasing ubiquitous connectivity of wired and wireless devices also presents a security challenge
that will only grow as what is now called the Internet of Things becomes more pervasive, Green Hills Software has formed its IoT Security Advisors group.

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Tracing and Visualization of Embedded Linux Systems

Debugging embedded software can be a challenging, time-consuming and unpredictable factor in the development of embedded systems.
Detecting errant program execution begs the question “How did the software reach this state?
What combination of inputs and timing resulted in the error, and why?” Tracing can often provide the answer.

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Ugly IoT

“There’s no Internet-enabled device I’ve made that I would give to a non-geek friend,” said embedded software engineer Elecia White,
speaking at the Embedded Systems Conference at EE Live!

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Night in Marseille

Google gives anybody a great chance to take a stroll at night in Marseille.

DSR System Development News March 2014

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ESC, March 31 – April 3

The Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) returns to San Jose this year
for four days of technical training, tutorials and post-mortems taught by leading industry experts.
From year to year, ESC delivers a unique and highly useful educational experience
for embedded systems designers and technical professionals
involved in designing electronics products and systems.
DSR will be at ESC – please contact us at
contact@dsr-company.com
to set up face-to-face time.

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Javascript, IoT and Hi-tech Design

Marvel just launched its Kinoma Create – a JavaScript-powered Internet of Things construction kit,
targeting the Internet of Things segment, where it already has a considerable presence.
Marvell says that the software/hardware combined toolkit is designed for
“software developers, makers, and designers” to easily start creating connected consumer electronics and their companion apps.

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5 Cents Charger

Before the end of this year, expect to see a variety of new mobile phones and other wirelessly connected consumer device
incorporating NXP Semiconductor’s new Qi wireless charging transmitter circuit building block.
The company expects to have reference designs by the beginning of summer and in mass production by fall with the Qi,
which integrates all the circuits for a 5V mobile phone charger in an extremely small package measuring only 5-mm square.

btawards
Bluetooth® Breakthrough Awards. Winners

The overall and category winners of the 2014 Bluetooth® Breakthrough Awards were announced at Mobile World Congress.
The category winners list includes even a 15-year old student…

iar
IAR has the Answer to Runtime Code Analysis

At Embedded World IAR Systems showed off its C-RUN runtime analysis tools
that it claims will give developers several ways to analyze their code early in
the design process and quickly improve development workflow.

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Broadcom and Freescale Boot Up SDN

The OpenFlow standards for implementing Software Defined Networks are still in an early stage.
Broadcom and Freescale announced chip-specific interfaces to the current OpenFlow version 1.3,
hoping it might be the first version to see significant commercial adoption.

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Cortex M3/M4 with Linux

?CLinux has the advantages of Linux, being stable, reliable, flexible, and secure,
and is also able to run on microcontrollers with no memory management unit (MMU).
This is what makes it a viable and reliable OS for Cortex-M3/4 microprocessors.

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New Age Thieves and IoT

“My job is to educate people, to make the internet-of-things secure on delivery,” Povey told Electronics Weekly.
“The first internet fridge was hacked, and a lighting system has been hacked. Preventing this is just a set of good practices.
There are good solutions already. It can all be done today with existing technology.”

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Tiny Intel Atom Board

Kontron has demonstrated at Embedded World 2014 two Intel Atom processor boards in the Pico-ITX (100mm x 72mm)
form-factor with a bootable slot for micro-SD cards and an mPCIe slot for mSATA drives.

olympic
Back to Olympic Games

Now when Olympic games in Sochi are over, it’s time to look at the most interesting technologies that games were full of.

DSR System Development News February 2014

nan
ZigBee® with IPv6 in Smart NANs

ZigBee® Alliance announced that a group of leading smart metering and smart grid member companies are developing
a communication profile aimed at achieving true plug-and-play interoperability between the members’
wireless smart grid Neighborhood Area Network (NAN) products and solutions.

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Dual-core SD card

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich used the stage at his first CES keynote address to announce the company’s
new smart product lines, and in addition revealed Intel Edison – a 400MHz computer board that fits into an SD card.
Having a dual-core processor, Edison is also equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® modules.

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Tesla soul in GeForce body

NVidia introduced the first mobile SoC that supports next-gen graphics capabilities.
Tegra K1, super chip containing 192 Kepler cores, is promised to erase the lines between
desktop and mobile devices and even run Unreal engine 4 on mobile.

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CES overview

Here is the list of the most interesting CES events by
www.electronicsweekly.com
including smart lightning, Bluetooth® jewelry, Android in cars, printable keyboards and much more.

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8 Ways the ‘Internet of Things’ will impact your everyday life

CES has shown us that IoT is more than a catchword.
Moreover it is more than industrial innovation.
The article describes the near future where we will start to see a plethora of “dumb” objects become connected,
sending signals to each other and alerts to our phones,
and creating mounds of “little data” on all of us that will make marketers salivate.

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IoT starter kit

Wunder Bar is a single board based on Cortex-M3 processor and called “IoT starter kit” by creators.
It is designed to look like a bar of chocolate and can be broken into: main board, 6 Bluetooth® Low Energy sensors
and Wi-Fi.

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IoT or IoE?

When Cisco CEO John Chambers announced that there was a difference between the
Internet of Things (IOT) and the Internet of Everything (IOE), many cried semantics.
But…

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Wearables: the third wave of computing

Wearables are truly upon us. It takes about a decade to shift: from the basements of the 70s, to the desks of the 80s,
the laps of the 90s, the front rooms of the noughties and pockets of the twenty teens, the location of hot computing –
the place where the most interesting developments are happening – always moves and shrinks with every generation.

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Texas Instruments DAC runs at 2.5GS/s

The industry’s fastest 16bit d/a converter has been unveiled by Texas Instruments.
The 4-channel, 2.5GS/s DAC38J84 is said to be 66% faster than competing devices.

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What if Skynet was a bash script?

Even being a programmer you is simply not able to recognize the code that is shown in movies.
However, moviecode.tumblr.com has already analyzed that for your fun. Site updates regularly
and already contains a great base of filmframes with code and its explanation.

DSR System Development News January 2014

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CES 2014 (January 7-10)

While you are reading this article, CES 2014 is in full swing in Las Vegas, NV.
More than 3,000 exhibitors from around the world are showing their products that can represent
the future of electronics.
DSR is also taking part in CES this year. We are located in the ZigBee® Alliance pavilion,
booth 20624-E in South Hall 1, presenting our ZigBee and Internet of Everything solutions.
Stop by and check us out or
contact us
to learn more!

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New ETSI Standards

The number of wireless devices using technologies such as WLAN, ZigBee® or Bluetooth®
has grown rapidly over the last few years.
This is why the EU has changed two important ETSI standards, mandatory for market access in Europe.

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The Second OS Hiding in Every Mobile Phone

Every smartphone or device with mobile communication capability (e.g., 3G or LTE)
actually runs not one, but two operating systems.
Aside from the operating system that we as end-users see (Android, iOS, etc.),
it also runs a small operating system that manages everything related to radio.

btsmart
Bold Startup Brings Bluetooth® to Smart Home

Forget ZigBee® and Z-Wave®, here is a startup that wants to make
Bluetooth® the mesh networking protocol of choice for the smart home.
But can Bluetooth® deliver a mesh?

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Bluetooth® Wallets

Digital wallets and mobile payment solutions are now a dime a dozen,
but hardly anyone uses them in place of credit cards or old-fashioned cash.
The latest Bluetooth® iteration comes with a low power variant called Bluetooth LE,
which allows two nearby devices – like a cash register and a smartphone –
to connect when they’re in range of one another.

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Pedestrians Dead Reckoning

To actualize a whole range of pedestrian navigation applications,
Sensor Platforms in San Jose, Calif. – the software specialists licensing motion algorithms –
has added Pedestrian Dead Reckoning (PDR) to its FreeMotion Library of algorithms.

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Red Hat Releases OpenShift Enterprise 2

Red Hat has made widely available version 2.0 of its OpenShift Enterprise private Platform-as-a-Service
as the underpinning of its xPaaS Services for OpenShift offering.

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iOS and Android UI on Qt

To reinforce its drive to become the leading cross-platform development environment
for embedded system and user interface design,
Digia has just released its upgraded Qt 5.2 with support for Android and Apple’s mobile iOS.

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Improve Wi-Fi After Weekends

Here is a guide that was published just before Christmas about how to improve your wireless network
to handle all your guests.
(In our opinion the best way to do it is to turn Wi-Fi off).
Although holidays are over, these tips can still be useful.

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Totally Embedded Johny Depp

The first trailer of “Transcendence,” published on
YouTube,
is the new Sci-Fi film about an artificial intelligence researcher who becomes part of his work