IoT and embedded systems products 2018

This post is here to comments links and news on intetesting IoT products I see. I plan to post mainly information on new products, but sometimes I can post also information on older but what I see still relevat IoT products. I might also post here some embedded systems products that are not directly related to IoT as well.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Getting Started with Orange NB-IoT

    Where to start with NB-IoT? The Orange Maker IoT platform provides an easy way to connect, collect and visualise your IoT device data.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Radxa Releases Cheap RK3399-Based Rock Pi 4 Development Board

    Rockchip’s RK3399 SoC is a favorite chip among manufacturers for its AI capabilities and high computing power,

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    EEVblog #1132 – The 3 Cent Microcontroller!

    Taking a look at a sub 3 cent microcontroller, and other obscure Chinese manufactures, how to find them, and were to get them in stock.

    EEVblog #1140 – 3 CENT Micro LED Blinky with ICE!

    Getting the 3 cent Padauk microcontroller to blink a LED.
    Or at least the in-circuit emulator blinking a LED with C.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Maxim Integrated esittelee Electronica-messuilla PLC-referenssikortin Go-IO, joka pakkaa puolikkaan luottokortin kokoon 17 konfiguroitavaa IO:ta. Kyseessä on uusi pienempi versio vuonna 2016 julkaistusta Pocket IO -korttimoduulista.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    A New Six Dollar Linux Computer?

    just last month with the arrival of the Air602 module from Seeed Studio — a Wi-Fi-enabled microcontroller which can be picked up Taobao for just a single dollar.

    But none of these “practically free” boards run Linux.

    cheapest way to run Linux is still the Raspberry Pi Zero, or the Zero W if you want a board with Wi-Fi.

    It’d be nice if there was some competition? Which is perhaps where this new C-SKY board might come in, although you’ll have to make some compromises.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    PAN1762 Series Bluetooth® 5.0 Low Energy RF Module

    Introducing Panasonic’s new PAN1762 Series RF Module, the PAN1762 Series is Panasonic’s Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy RF Module based on the Toshiba TC35680 single-chip controller

    The new Bluetooth 5.0 features with the PAN1762 Series enable a higher symbol rate of 2 Mbps using the high-speed 2M PHY or a significantly longer range using the LE coded PHY at 500 kb/s or 125 kb/s. The new channel selection algorithm improves the performance in environments which are busy at 2.4 GHz.

    The New PAN1762 Evaluation Kit is an all-inclusive and comprehensive Evaluation Kit consisting of two USB dongles.

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Blueooth does not need battery

    Bluetooth IoT Development Kit (B-IDK)
    Easily Develop Low Power Wireless Applications

    Built on the industry’s lowest power Bluetooth 5 certified SoC, RSL10, the B-IDK is a configurable node-to-cloud development platform for Bluetooth Low Energy applications. The B-IDK features modular hardware comprised of a wide selection of sensors and actuators. The development software includes a CMSIS pack that contains sample code for several use cases and detailed documentation. In addition to controlling the hardware, the accompanying mobile app allows publishing and subscribing (MQTT) of sensor and actuator data from several popular cloud services.

    Key Features

    Features Industry’s Lowest Power Bluetooth 5 radio
    62.5 nW Deep Sleep
    7 mW Peak Receiving
    Configurable mobile application supporting cloud connectivity
    Compatible with AWS, Azure, Bluemix or custom cloud services
    Ready-to-Use Sample Code
    Easily Connect to Other IoT Development Kit Shield Boards
    Complete range of options for sensing (proximity, motion, touch), and control (dual LED, stepper motor, brushless DC)

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Voice-Optimized Codec Serves Often-Overlooked Niche

    Designed for applications that only need voice-optimized performance, this small, low-power codec can eliminate features and functions associated with full multimedia codecs, cutting IC size and dissipation.

    That’s where the CMX655D from UK-based CML Microcircuits can help (Fig. 1). This tiny, audio-focused codec supports single or dual MEMS microphones, with parallel processing of both data streams to maintain phase alignment between their two channels. On the output side, its efficient, 1-W, mono Class-D amplifier with programmable filtering and digital gain control drives differential audio outputs for a filterless speaker. A separate single-ended, analog, line-level output function is also provided for a headphone. The 4- × 4-mm, 24-lead VQFN IC interfaces to serial buses via an SPI/TWI control interface.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Preventing physical damage from cyberattacks
    All too often, security vulnerabilities are much closer to home, much simpler, and in some ways more concerning precisely because they can affect our everyday lives.

    Ways to increase system security

    Broadly speaking, defending these systems can be broken down into two categories: external and internal attacks. External attacks will most likely originate from the Internet. For this reason, all Internet connections should be treated as potentially hostile and secured against intrusion. Several options can be explored:

    No connection – while obviously secure, this severely limits the functionality of modern systems, which need to exchange data with a host of other applications or need to be monitored / controlled from remote locations.
    Remote desktop application – this requires a dedicated software package running on a remote computer. While effective, this in turn creates another point of vulnerability at the remote computer itself, which must likewise be protected.
    Virtual Private Network (VPN) Firewall – similar to a remote desktop but with a more secure connection. The remote computer itself still requires protection.
    Dedicated EMCS / SCADA Web Server – rather than connecting an EMCS directly to the Internet, a separate server is placed behind a firewall and access to the server itself is restricted.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Saksalainen congatec on esitellyt uusia versioita NXP:N i.MX 8 -pohjaisiin SMARC 2.0- ja Qseven-formaatteihin. Ultravähävirtainen, mutta tehokas prosessori tuo lisävaihtoehtoja 2-4 watin tehobudjetilla suunniteltaviin teollisuuden laitteisiin.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Sony Makes Its Multicore Microcontroller Available to Everyone

    Sony is now making its multicore CXD5602 microcontroller accessible to any developer via the launch of its Spresense development board in U.S. and Europe.

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Introducing Arm Mbed Linux OS

    Arm is expanding the Mbed family with a brand-new operating system, Arm Mbed Linux OS.

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Dialog Expands Nanopower PMIC Family for IoT

    Building on its nanopower family, Dialog Semiconductor PLC has launched its first fully-integrated nanopower power management ICs (PMICs), the new DA9070 and DA9073, for low-power IoT applications. The devices target ‘always on’ fitness trackers, smartwatches and smart home products that are placing bigger challenges on a device’s battery life as functionality increases.

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Sveitsiläinen u-blox on esitellyt LTE-verkkojen IoT-moduulin, joka tukee valmistuvaa uutta LTE Cat NB2-standardia ja toimii kaikkialla. Moduulista on kehittäjille tarjolle versio Kiinaan. Toinen versio tulee NB-IoT-taajuuksia kaikkialla muualla. Moduuli on myös 5G-valmis.

    4G-verkossa datakanavien lomassa toimiva 200 kilohertsin levyinen IoT-kanava tuotiin osaksi standardia 3GPP:n Release 13 -määrityksissä. Tällä NB1-tekniikalla IoT-laitteisiin tuotiin 60 kilobitin datansiirtonopeus verkkoon päin.

    Release 14:ssa tuodaan tekniikasta toisen polven evoluutio eli NB2. Siinä data liikkuu solmuista tukiasemaan 160 kilobitin nopeudella. Toiseen suuntaan linkki kiihtyy NB1:n 20 kilobitistä NB2:n 120 kilobittiin sekunnissa.

    SARA-N3 Multi-band NB-IoT modules – ready for NB2

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Bourns Introduces Line of Environmental Sensors based on MEMS Technology

    Bourns’ new sensors feature state-of-the-art technologies that provide the ability to operate in conditions that typically cause many sensors to fail. The BPS110 and BPS120 pressure sensor models deliver extremely accurate ultra-low pressure sensing capabilities for sensitive applications. The BPS110/120 families offer fully calibrated and compensated output for more efficient processes as well as long-term stability for reliable repeatability.

    The Model BPS130 pressure sensor line features harsh media compatibility and high temperature operation with high accuracy. This sensor family offers particularly stable performance over the product’s lifespan, and the ability to work with a wide range of pressures. Bourns also offers port configuration and calibration customization for all three BPS pressure model families.

    The Model BPS230 family offers precision relative humidity sensing in a small (2.0 x 2.0 x 0.75 mm) surface mount package. Bourns’ new line of humidity sensors features low current consumption for battery supported applications and low voltage operation compatibility with high reliability over the life of the sensor.

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Revolutionizing your IoT Prototyping
    NXP’s Rapid IoT

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    PAN1762-sarjan moduuli on Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy RF -moduuli

    PAN4620 sisältää NXP:n 2,4 GHz 802.15.4 Kinetis KW41Z SoC-piirin ja Armin Cortex-M0 + -ydintä käyttävän Bluetooth Low Energy -radioliitännän

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Control I²C Devices and Monitor I²C Busses with I²CDriver

    I²CDriver offers a cornucopia of capabilities and features, including a “heatmap” of active network nodes and live snooping and decoding of network traffic

    I²CDriver is an easy-to-use, open-source tool for controlling I²C devices. It works with Windows, Mac, and Linux and has a built-in color screen that shows a live “dashboard” of all the I²C activity. It uses a standard FTDI USB serial chip to talk to the PC, so no special drivers need to be installed. The board includes a separate 3.3-V supply with voltage and current monitoring.

    As you’ll see on the I²CDriver Crowd Supply Project,

  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Miniature Bluetooth 5.0 Module in SIP Package

    A specialist in ultra-miniature RF modules, Insight SiP claims the first fully Bluetooth 5.0 long-range compliant RF module in a miniature SIP package with the introduction of its ISP1807-LR module. The miniature BLE module, packaged in a 8 mm x 8 mm x 1 mm footprint, is based on Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF52840 chip.

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CircuitPython is becoming a thing! CircuitPython was originally developed from MicroPython and ported to various ARM boards by Adafruit. Now, SparkFun is shipping their own CircuitPython board based on the nRF52840, giving this board an ARM Cortex-M4 and a Bluetooth radio.

    SparkFun Pro nRF52840 Mini – Bluetooth Development Board

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    RS Components – Low-power board computer for the IoT is equipped with a GPS receiver (Sony CXD5602PWBMAIN1E)

    Sony’s SPRESENSE is a low-power board computer for the IoT that comes equipped with a GPS receiver and supports high-resolution audio codecs. The board provides for IoT versatility and can be developed for a broad range of uses, such as a drone utilising the GPS and a high-performance processor, a smart speaker using High-Resolution Audio recording and playback as well as the built-in full-digital amplifier, or a low-power time-lapse camera using the camera interface. The device makes the IoT smarter and more efficient.

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Mouser – Wi-Fi module specifically designed for Wi-Fi 802.11ax systems (Qorvo QPF4588)

    Mouser is now offering the Qorvo QPF4588 Wi-Fi Module. This device is an integrated Wi-Fi Front-End Module (FEM) specifically designed for Wi-Fi 802.11ax systems. This FEM operates at 5150MHz to 5925MHz frequency range. The Wi-Fi module integrates a 5GHz Power Amplifier (PA), a regulator, SP2T Switch, a bypassable LNA, and a coupler.

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    miniNodes Now Accepting Pre-Orders for 5 Node Raspberry Pi 3 CoM Board

    miniNodes — known for the Arm-based servers — is now taking pre-orders for their 5 Node Raspberry Pi CoM Carrier Board, which can host up to five Compute Module 3 SBCs for any number of uses.

  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Preventing Food Loss and Meeting Compliance: The SeaConnect 370 Restaurant Kit

    Sealevel Systems, Inc. announces the newest addition to the SeaConnect family of IoT edge devices: the SeaConnect 370 Restaurant Kit. The Restaurant Kit brings IoT to the commercial kitchen with continuous temperature monitoring for coolers, freezers, refrigerators and more.

    Product Highlights

    Cellular connectivity
    Monitors up to 10 sensors with two temperature sensors included
    Alerts via text message or email
    Historical data accessible via SeaCloud
    Designed for simple, “plug and play” installation

  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Onion Omega2 Pro

    A tiny, open source, plug-and-play Linux dev board with Wi-Fi and lots of storage

  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Bluetooth-pohjaista RuuviTagin yksittäispakkausta myydään netissä 29 euron (0 %) hinnalla eli Suomessa kuluttajille 36 euron verollisella hinnalla. Ennen tiistaita 11.12 tilanneet saavat nettisivun mukaan erikoislahjan ja tuote luvataan toimittaa vielä ennen ennen jouluaattoa.

  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    a satellite module and a CanaKit Raspberry Pi Starter Kit package, valued at $330. The RockBLOCK Mk2, sold by SparkFun, is a satellite modem that allows you to send and receive short messages from anywhere on Earth with a clear view of the sky.

    Works far beyond the reach of WiFi and GSM networks
    Communicate in an emergency
    Transmit weather information from mid-ocean
    Control your robot or drone anywhere, including the middle of the desert

    RockBLOCK Mk2 – Iridium SatComm Module


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