IoT and embedded products 2019

This post is here to comments links and news on intetesting IoT and embedded systena products I see on news.

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Wi-Fi Modules Cut Power Consumption in Half
    https://www.eeweb.com/profile/eeweb/news/wi-fi-modules-cut-power-consumption-in-half

    Silicon Labs recently announced an expansion of its Wi-Fi portfolio of modules and transceivers specifically designed for end-node products. The new products address some of the biggest challenges in wireless designs — power efficiency, RF blocking performance, and security. The Wireless Gecko portfolio is designed for a variety of connected IoT devices such as battery-operated IP security cameras, point-of-sale scanners, and personal medical devices.

    The Wireless Gecko portfolio cuts Wi-Fi power consumption in half compared to competitive products, according to the company, by providing best-in-class transmit current (138 mA), receive current (48 mA), and sleep current (<40 µA). In addition, high throughput and fewer retransmissions allow designs to use less channel capacity, further reducing power consumption.

    The Silicon Labs Wi-Fi portfolio features three modules — the WF200 transceiver IC (which works with a variety of 8-bit to Linux-based processors) for pre-existing high volume designs; the pre-certified WFM200 Wi-Fi system-in-package (SiP) module with an operating temperature range of –40°C to 105°C, making it suitable for outdoor and industrial applications; and the pre-certified WGM160P module, aimed at cloud-connected IoT devices, with 512K RAM and 2-MB flash memory, onboard Gecko microcontroller, integrated antenna, and peripheral capabilities.

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    IKEA TRADFRI Smart Lights 2019 Roundup – Worth it?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIx7BJOl4Eg

    IKEA is poised to make moves in the smart home market in 2019. This is my review of the existing Trådfri smart bulbs and plugs available in early 2019.

    5 Things You Should Know About IKEA Tradfri: Hue Alternative Smart Home Review
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr1Bd1zaDTw

    At £25 IKEA’s Tradfri gateway is the cheapest Zigbee smart home hub that you can buy and as a complete alternative to Philips Hue it could pose a major threat. The products are compatible with Alexa, Google Home, Philips Hue, Samsung Smartthings and it is even compatible with Apple Home Kit! So why on earth is IKEA’s new Smart home hub one of the cheapest home automation products that money can buy?

    In this review I’ll explain the Tradfri gateway setup process, how the IKEA Tradfri and Alexa relationship works, the problems with Tradfri gateway setup and the relationship with Philips Hue and Smartthings when it comes to IKEA lighting and zigbee switches.

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ikea Tradfri with GoogleHome
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lcjs0hmYtiA

    In addition to the existing integrations with Apple Homekit and Amazon Alexa, Ikea has introduced support for the GoogleHome smarthome ecosystem. In this video we will setup the integration between the Ikea Tradfri Smarthome system and my GoogleHome and show some basic voice controls.

    If you’re interested in making your house a little smarter using Apple Homekit, please check out my udemy course with this discount code:

    How to control IKEA Tradfri Smart Lighting with Philips Hue!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU9za1qlego

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Extreme Networks Launches IoT Defense Solution For Enterprises
    https://www.securityweek.com/extreme-networks-launches-iot-defense-solution-enterprises

    New Solution Secures Connections for IoT Devices that Lack Embedded Security

    Cybersecurity issues for Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices are known and understood. Newer devices are coming with in-built security. Older devices often have no security and are used by organizations with limited security resources — and are frequent targets for cybercriminals. Last year Symantec reported a 600% increase in IoT attacks.

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    ConnexThing Toolkit
    https://insight.averna.com/averna-connexthing-toolkit-teststand?utm_campaign=FY19%20PTC&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9YucmNh3CREtQ57x8uYLhRQVNNvB7m3lO43eZoSIVaHehpuISqtHqWYnerO8flR3nLl7EAupt6QrswweGmBzJHanRNJRrbjsNkzrQ8TC-18hbQ9Zs&_hsmi=69574602&utm_content=69499709&utm_source=hs_email&hsCtaTracking=478fb8b1-af40-4ed3-8e94-76a13799fea7%7C0b02a6ff-f4ae-467c-befd-f982d72ad044

    The Averna ConnexThing Toolkit delivers rapid communication between PTC ThingWorx and NI TestStand. The Toolkit simplifies the implementation and management of applications and comes with ThingWorx templates, data shapes, widgets and dashboard examples that easily link test stations.

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    GL.inet GL-USB150 Microrouter Is USB Powered and Comes Packed with OpenWrt
    https://blog.hackster.io/gl-inet-gl-usb150-microrouter-is-powered-usb-and-comes-packed-with-openwrt-21ba67e6bdd3

    OpenWrt is an excellent open-source platform for routers that are highly customizable with much more in the way of security options (VPN packages, advanced encryption tools, etc.) over the mainstream firmware that’s packaged with off-the-shelf routers. There are plenty of routers on the market that support OpenWrt

    Cheap and portable probably aren’t the best words to describe GL.inet’s GL-USB150 Microrouter, but it costs just $30, and you can carry it in your pocket. While it does look like a USB thumb drive, it’s anything but, as the router comes packed with a Qualcomm QCA9331 SoC

    While the GL-USB150 can be used as an open source OpenWrt router, it can also be employed for ‘penetration testing,’

    When plugged into a PC or laptop, the GL-USB150 registers itself as an Ethernet device and becomes the default route to access a network.

    https://www.gl-inet.com/products/gl-usb150/

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Cricket LoRa/LoRaWAN/GNSS Asset Tracker
    https://www.tindie.com/products/TleraCorp/cricket-loralorawangnss-asset-tracker/?utm_source=hackaday&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=fromstore

    Low-power LoRaWAN-enabled asset location tracker

    New Crickets are here!

    Now supporting LoRa radio, FSK radio, and LoRaWAN!

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Automatic blind controller for Nema 17
    https://hackaday.io/project/162271-automatic-blind-controller-for-nema-17

    Made for my office since everyone is lazy to stand up and close the blinds on every rare occasion the sun shines in Berlin.

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  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Development of modules with an embedded antenna compatible with Bluetooth® v5.0
    2 Mbps and Long Range
    https://www.yuden.co.jp/ut/solutions/ble/

    Bluetooth® is rapidly spreading as technology that supports the Internet of Things (IoT). With support for this technology becoming standard on smartphone and cell phone operating systems, Bluetooth® is being embedded in devices and used in ways that were previously unimaginable.
    This has diversified requirements for Bluetooth® modules, creating demand for smaller sizes, embedded software, and a built-in antenna.
    TAIYO YUDEN is an electronic component manufacturer that has grown together with Bluetooth® technology

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Large Volume Production of IEC 61869 Compliant Rogowski Coils
    https://www.powerelectronics.com/white-papers/large-volume-production-iec-61869-compliant-rogowski-coils?code=MER1-02072019&utm_rid=CPG05000002750211&utm_campaign=23138&utm_medium=email&elq2=bfeb4c1749c04fd9b2cfce5c79dc7d32

    The ART overcomes the main disadvantage of split-core Rogowski coils by adding a simple ferrite core at the clasp.

    The growing integration smart city and smart grid technologies is fueling the need for accurate, affordable sensors at a cost-effective price point. LEM’s ART Rogowski coil design provides Class 0.5 accuracy for substation and smart building applications.

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    MicroPython Unveils New Pyboard D Series Board with STM32F7xx MCU
    https://blog.hackster.io/micropython-unveils-new-pyboard-d-series-board-with-stm32f7xx-mcu-a7721bc09877

    MicroPython unveiled their new Pyboard D board earlier this year at FOSDEM 2019, which is designed to complement the Pyboard original, although you don’t need it to use the D series. For those not in the loop, MicroPython is a lightweight version of Python 3 optimized to run on microcontrollers, which is described as a ByteCode + virtual machine + file system compiler for the BareMetal OS implemented on the microcontroller.

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  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    “The STM32 clones are also making their way into the popular Blue Pill development board, as some sellers have already replaced STM32 with CS32.”

    CS32 MCU Clone Of STM32 Makes It Into Bluepill Board
    https://www.cnx-software.com/2019/02/10/cs32-mcu-stm32-clone-bluepill-board/

    CS32 comes with an Arm Cortex-M3 core clocked at 72 MHz, 64 to 128KB flash, and 20 KB RAM. A datasheet and user manual are available but only in Chinese. Several STM32duino members suspect it’s an actual copy of STM32 without modifications. What’s unclear is whether it’s a pirated copy, or a properly licensed one.

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  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Suomalainen älylukko sopii vanhan rinnalle
    http://www.etn.fi/index.php/13-news/9072-suomalainen-alylukko-sopii-vanhan-rinnalle

    Suomalainen Oviku esitteli viime syksynä Nero-nimisen älylukon, jonka ansiosta lukin voi avata Bluetooth-yhteydellä älypuhelimella tai tabletilla. Koska vanhat avaimet toimivat edelleen virtuaaliavainten rinnalla, hybridilukon voi asentaa myös kerros-, rivi- ja paritaloihin, joissa lukitusta hallinnoi taloyhtiö.

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  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    New Gateway and Sensor Node Hardware From The Things Network
    https://blog.hackster.io/new-gateway-and-sensor-node-hardware-from-the-things-network-e181f0c5c820

    From its start on Kickstarter, The Things Network has grown into a global crowdsourced data network for the Internet of Things, and arguably has become one of the main driving forces in making LoRaWAN the leader in the war for low-powered, long-range, but low-bandwidth wireless connectivity.

    a weather-proof Outdoor Gateway will costing $399, and an Indoor Gateway which will be available at just $69.

    The Outdoor Gateway, also know as the “Industrial” Gateway, features a 3G/4G backhaul and has an onboard GPS radio. The gateway should work out-of-the-box, pre-configured to The Things Industries, with an already inserted SIM.

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  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    FMC Module
    https://www.avnet.com/wps/portal/silica/products/new-products/npi/2018/avnet-multi-camera-fmc-module/

    The Avnet Multi-Camera FMC module supports up to four high definition camera modules using MAXIM Integrated’ s GMSL (Gigabit Multimedia Serial Link)

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  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nokia tarjoaa neljää valmista IoT-pakettia
    http://www.etn.fi/index.php/13-news/9084-nokia-tarjoaa-neljaa-valmista-iot-pakettia

    Nokia on lanseerannut operaattoreille neljä valmista IoT-palvelupakettia, joiden avulla ne voivat tarjota asiakkailleen toimivia IoT-ratkaisuja nopeasti. Paketit perustvat Nokian toissa vuonna julkistamaan WING-palvelualustaan (Worldwide IoT Network Grid).

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  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Bluetooth- ja wifi-yhteys ilman koodaamista
    http://www.etn.fi/index.php/13-news/9083-bluetooth-ja-wifi-yhteys-ilman-koodaamista

    Sveitsiläinen u-blox tunnetaan paikannus- ja radiomoduuleistaan. Nyt yhtiö on esitellyt uuden työkalun moduulien helppoon ohjelmointiin. u-scriptConnect-ohjelmiston avulla moduulit voidaan toteuttaa Bluetooth- ja wifiyhteys ilman varsinaista koodaamista, ainoastaan Javascriptien avulla.

    Tämä onnistuu ilmaisessa Javascript-kehitykseen tarkoitetussa Visual Studio Code -ympäristössä, johon ladataan tarvittavat u-blox Script IDE -laajennukset Microsoftin sovelluskaupasta.

    Laajennukset lisäävät joukon käskyjä esimerkiksi sarjaportin valintaan, AT-käskyille, tiedostojen siirrolle moduuliin ja niiden poistamiselle sekä skriptien käynnistämiseen. Tarjolla on myös moduulin lähtösignaalien monitorointi.

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  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Boundary Devices Unveils First NXP i.MX8-Based SBC with Nitrogen8M_Mini
    https://blog.hackster.io/boundary-devices-unveils-first-nxp-i-mx8-based-sbc-with-nitrogen8m-mini-a02c3cef40ed

    Boundary Devices is set to release the first i.MX8-based SBC with their Nitrogen8M_Mini geared towards IoT applications.

    Boundary’s new board is a stripped-down version of the company’s Nitrogen8M but still packs a punch with an NXP i.MX 8M Mini SoC that sports four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, a Cortex-M4F MCU, a Vivante GCNanoUltra 3D GPU, Vivante GC320 2D GPU, up to 4Gb of LPDDR4, and 8Gb of eMMC (expandable up to 128Gb via UHS SD card slot).

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  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Hardkernel Set to Release the Odroid-N2 with Amlogic S922X SoC
    https://blog.hackster.io/hardkernel-set-to-release-the-odroid-n2-with-amlogic-s922x-soc-f510ecff098

    Last year, Hardkernel was forced to cancel the Odroid-N1 development board due to RAM supply issues.

    announced the Odroid-N2, which offers a more powerful SoC with a cheaper price tag.

    Under the hood, the Odroid-N2 features an Amlogic S922X SoC with hexa-core big.LITTLE processor that sports 4X Arm Cortex-A73 cores, 2X Cortex-A53 cores, Mali-G52 GPU, up to 4Gb of DDR4 RAM, and 8Mb of SPI Flash, along with an eMMC module socket and micro SD slot for additional storage.

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  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    MINHF4, An STM32F4 Arduino Compatible Board
    A feather-like STM32F4 with Arduino Compatible
    https://hackaday.io/project/163853-minhf4-an-stm32f4-arduino-compatible-board

    MINHF4 is an Arduino-compatible in a Feather form factor.

    Adafruit Feather M0 and I absolutely love it. However, it needs some upgrades that I think it is worth it:

    First, the main controller is an ATSAMD21G18, a pretty powerful microcontroller, but it does not have 5V Tolerant Pins. This can be an issue when I want it to directly connect it to 5V devices such as HC SR04.

    Second, it uses an AP2112K LDO. This is not very efficient when using it with LIPO or LI-Ion Battery.

    Third, in case of me wanting to go low level programming, or just debugging purpose, I have to buy a separate SWD Programmer such as Atmel ICE or JLINK. And Atmel ICE only supports its SAM variants.

    That’s why I created this project: the MINHF4

    The main microcontroller used in MINHF4 is an STM32F411CE; it runs at 100MHz, has 128kB RAM and 512kB Flash and use ARM – Cortex M4F. Except PA0, PA4, PA5 and PB5 pins, the rests are 5V Tolerant. It is better if I want to directly connect it to 5V devices such as HC SR04 Ultrasonic Sensor.

    Instead of using an LDO on Feather system, MINHF4 has a buck – boost converter, TPS63000. It is more efficient and suitable for battery powered projects.

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  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nordic partners with one of world’s largest international cellular data carriers, iBASIS, to offer ultra-easy global connectivity for its nRF9160 cellular IoT module
    https://www.nordicsemi.com/News/2019/02/Nordic-partners-with-iBasis

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  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    New Hardware From PINE64
    https://blog.hackster.io/new-hardware-from-pine64-a7c95e26684d

    That’s a lot of new products to announce in one go. Over the last year or two we’ve seen the Raspberry Pi form factor starting to become a defacto standard for single board computers, much like Adafruit’s Feather has for micro-controllers, and while they’ve only made minor revisions to their existing SBC hardware—the new Rock64 board

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  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Robotics Masters Set to Launch MM1 HAT Control Board
    https://blog.hackster.io/robotics-masters-set-to-launch-mm1-hat-control-board-38878b9ff195

    Robotics Masters are gearing up to crowdfund their MM1 HAT robotics control board for the Raspberry Pi

    The board sports the standard HAT dimensions (65mm x 56.5mm) and packs a SAM D21G processor (256K internal Flash, 2Mb SPI external Flash), MPU-9250 9DoF IMU, INA219 current sensor, and enough space for additional sensors in the future (pressure sensor, dual IMU, etc.).

    https://www.crowdsupply.com/robotics-masters/mm1-hat

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  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Estone Technology Unveils i.MX 8M-Equipped EMB-2238 SBC with DSP Audio Module
    https://blog.hackster.io/estone-technology-unveils-i-mx-8m-equipped-emb-2238-sbc-with-dsp-audio-module-2792a8c1c404

    “The EMB-2238 embedded board takes advantage of the latest NXP i.MX8M application processors with scalable computing platforms, best in class multimedia performance, multiple high-speed interfaces and 15 years long life cycle support.”

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  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Digi XBee® Cellular LTE Cat 1
    https://www.digi.com/products/embedded-systems/cellular-modems/digi-xbee-cellular

    Digi XBee Cellular LTE Cat 1 embedded modems provide OEMs with a simple way to integrate cellular connectivity into their devices

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  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    STMicroelectronics Reveals First Multi-Core STM32MP1 Microprocessor with Linux Support
    https://blog.hackster.io/stmicroelectronics-reveals-first-multi-core-stm32mp1-microprocessor-with-linux-support-9ade989e69aa

    STMicroelectronics has unveiled their new STM32MP1 Linux/Android-driven microprocessor series with Arm architecture.

    https://www.st.com/content/st_com/en/about/media-center/press-item.html/p4140.html

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  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    ARMv8.1-M Adds Machine Learning to Microcontrollers
    The latest microcontroller architecture definition from Arm—ARMv8.1-M—stirs machine-learning hardware acceleration into the mix.
    https://www.electronicdesign.com/industrial-automation/armv81-m-adds-machine-learning-microcontrollers?NL=ED-005&Issue=ED-005_20190220_ED-005_566&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_1_b&utm_rid=CPG05000002750211&utm_campaign=23424&utm_medium=email&elq2=f3363fb86e984996bbac396824acd23c

    Arm’s ARMv8.1-M architecture specification redefines its microcontroller offerings (Fig. 1). It includes the company’s Helium technology, which addresses machine-learning (ML) applications. Arm estimates that by 2022, more than 20% of IoT endpoint devices will have ML support.

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  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    This Modular LTE-M Solution Provides AI and Security at the Edge
    https://blog.hackster.io/this-modular-lte-m-solution-provides-ai-and-security-at-the-edge-5f73d3862eea

    Avnet and Octonion have teamed up with mobile network operator Orange to launch a customized, plug-and-play SmartEdge Agile IoT device using Octonion’s Brainium meta-sensing artificial intelligence software, designed specifically for the LTE-M network.

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  29. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Octavo Systems Unveils First STM32MP1-Based System in Package
    https://blog.hackster.io/octavo-systems-unveils-first-stm32mp1-based-system-in-package-2688ad64b590

    Octavo Systems has introduced the company’s first OSD32MP15x system in package (SiP) based on STMicroelectronics’ STM32MP1, which retains the latter’s 18mm x 18mm footprint while packing up to 1Gb of DDR3, EEPROM, and more.

    https://octavosystems.com/octavo_products/osd32mp15x/

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