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:

    Mouser – Wi-Fi BT prototyping kit enables hardware platform evaluation and demonstration (Cypress CY8CPROTO-062-4343W)

    Cypress Semiconductor PSoC 6 Wi-Fi BT Prototyping Kit, available from Mouser, is an evaluation and demonstration hardware platform, allowing developers to design and debug applications based on the PSoC 6 Microcontroller. The PSoC 6 Wi-Fi BT Prototyping Kit comes with a CY8CMOD-062-4343W daughter card, CapSense for touch buttons and slider, on-board programming and debugging with KitProg3, a microSD card interface, 512Mb Quad-SPI NOR flash, a PDM microphone, and a thermistor. It also includes a Murata Type 1DX 2.4GHz WLAN and Bluetooth module, based on the CYW4343W Single-Chip 802.11 b/g/n MAC/Baseband/Radio with Bluetooth 4.1.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Eval Kit Enables 3D Radar Imaging SoC Development

    Vayyar Imaging has introduced a new mmWave evaluation kit giving engineers and software developers access to its 3D radio-wave–based imaging sensor technology. The kit, which includes a chip with 40-transceiver array (40 Tx/Rx) complete with field-of-view (FOV) embedded antennas and wide-band 60-GHz imaging radar, enables development of applications for smart homes, robotics, retail, medical, and other industries.

    The company’s new Walabot-60GHz evaluation kit, which facilitates development, integration, and scaling of 3D radar image sensing SoCs, is a three-dimensional RF-based sensor and imaging system that can be installed on a wall or ceiling and detects objects in a defined arena and displays a real-time image of their positions within that area. The system comprises a 60-GHz RF sensor unit, an evaluation kit (EVK) engine that hosts software-performing signal-processing functions, a web GUI providing the user interface client software that communicates with the EVK engine via a TCP/IP connection, and an optional customer developed API client to communicate with the EVK engine via a TCP/IP connection.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Review: Amazon Echo Input is the easiest way to stream media to speakers

    The Dot is a great device to add voice services to existing speakers. But with its built-in speaker, I’m paying for features I’m not using.

    That’s why Amazon made the Echo Input.

    The premise is simple: The Input is a Dot without a speaker. It has a mic, two buttons and, most importantly, a 3.5mm output. This output lets the Input serve media to amps and powered speakers — just like I’m doing with a Dot.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Silicon Labs Launches the Next-Gen Z-Wave 700 on the Wireless Gecko Platform

    In April of this year, Silicon Labs acquired Z-Wave technology, which was known for its wide interoperability with IoT devices across the market.

    The Z-Wave 700 is based on the Wireless Gecko platform, which is a line of SoC modules built around the Arm Cortex-M4 MCU. The Wireless Gecko SoCs are available with a range of connectivity options, including Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), Zigbee, Thread mesh networking, and proprietary communication ranging from 2.4GHz down to sub-GHz frequencies. Developers are free to use whichever SoC best suits their application.

    The Z-Wave 700 has no requirements for external memory or regionalized SAW filters, so a single SKU can be used globally 

    Z-Wave 700 platform is very energy-efficient and offers 10-years of battery life from a single coin-cell, which will free them from their electrical sockets.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Bruce Brown / Digital Trends:
    Amazon’s Echo Wall Clock, which connects to nearby Echo devices over Bluetooth to track and display timers via LEDs around its rim, is now available for $29.99

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Qualcomm’s Latest Modem Connects the Internet of Things

    Qualcomm, the largest supplier of modem chips used in smartphones, introduced the X50 modem to give them the ability to communicate over 5G networks, which are expected to be 10 to 100 times faster than current LTE technology. But as it attempts to move everything from wearable devices to factory equipment onto cellular networks, Qualcomm has had to start focusing less on speed and more on power.

    The company’s latest 9205 LTE modem is designed for Internet of Things devices that send small amounts of information infrequently over long distances without depleting battery power too quickly. The modem supports LTE-M and NB-IoT networks, which are capable of tapping into the same LTE technology used by current 4G networks. It also allows electronic devices to connect to second generation, or 2G, cellular networks.

    The company said that the modem is around 50 percent smaller – approximately the size of a dime – and 40 percent lower cost than its current Internet of Things chip, the MDM9206. The idle power consumption has also been lowered by 70 percent. Qualcomm is targeting tiny battery-powered devices that have to remain functional for years without recharging, according to Vieri Vanghi, Qualcomm Europe’s VP of product management.

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Renesas RL78 and SecureRF: Securing Ultra Low-Power MCUs at the Edge of the IoT

    IoT security issue are well known, but not easily addressed. Most security tools use methods developed for our 64-bit laptops, tablets, or smartphones that are not well-suited for the low resource 8-,16- or 32- bit devices that are the foundation of the IoT today. These security methods are also typically computationally intensive—putting both a time-to-compute and energy burden on battery-powered devices.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Embedded Graphics Adapters Drive Multiple 4K Displays

    AMD’s latest embedded Radeon boards and modules target everything from medical imaging to digital signage. They include a pair of MXM modules and a PCI Express board (see figure). The E9550 MXM is a Type B module, while the E9260 MXM is a Type A. The E9260 PCIe is a low-power PCI Express board.

    The E9950 MXM can drive up to six DisplayPort devices. They all support 4K h.265 encoding and decoding. The E9550 MXM has 36 computational units (CU), 8 Gbytes of 256-bit wide memory, and uses less than 95 W of power.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    NGK contributing to the spread of IoT devices through its new line of Ceramic Li-ion rechargeable Batteries

    Ultra-small, ultra-thin, high-capacity and capable to be installed at high temperatures, the EnerCera line of rechargeable Li-ion batteries is looking to change up the market for IoT devices by being adaptable to current manufacturing processes while allowing wireless communication.

    The key lies in the usage of ceramic, in the form of Japanese manufacturer NGK Insulators (hereafter NGK) original Crystal Oriented Ceramic Plate as electrodes, allowing for the battery to be composed of just an active material, containing no organic binder or conductive material and making the high energy density and low internal resistance possible.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Olimex’s eduArdu Board Is an Educational Platform Compatible with Arduino

    Bulgaria-based Olimex recently released their eduArdu development board — an educational platform that packs plenty of sensors, buttons, and LEDs, along with all the tutorials, and source code aspiring makers will need to help them begin their journey with Arduino programming. The board came about when the Digital Children Foundation needed a development board

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    ATOMIC Pi powerful Raspberry Pi alternative mini PC hits Kickstarter from $34

    If you are in the need for a more powerful Raspberry Pi alternative the new ATOMIC Pi mini PC developed by Team IoT might be worth more investigation. The mini PC powered by a Intel Atom x5-Z8350 quad core processor with 2M Cache has launched via Kickstarter this week and is now available to back with early bird pledges from $34.

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Adafruit Grand Central Is Almost Here

    We first heard about the Adafruit “Grand Central” board back in the middle of August. First teased on Adafruit’s “Ask An Engineer,” the new board looks a lot like the old Arduino MEGA and shares the same footprint and pinout of the now venerable board. But that’s where the similarities stop.

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Debugging I²C with Hardware²c-with-hardware-f14bfe711435

    The Inter-integrated Circuit (I²C) communication standard is widely used throughout the maker community.

    Unfortunately the I²C protocol can be somewhat tricky to debug since modern desktop computers just don’t speak it. Which is where the I²CDriver board might prove useful.

    Designed to sit in between your laptop and prototype I²C devices, the board lets you access and control I²C “slave” devices directly from your desktop PC 

    It works with Windows, Mac, and Linux.

    “When an I²CDriver is connected to an existing I²C bus, it ‘snoops’ the traffic and displays it on the screen. This provides an excellent tool for debugging I²C issues

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Anavi Technology Unveils ESP8266-Powered Thermometer Dev Board

    Anavi Technology (software engineer Leon Anavi) already has a series of open source Raspberry Pi HAT modules under their belt, which are geared toward designing IoT applications using a myriad of different sensors. The company is now set to release another development board to their lineup with the Anavi Thermometer — an ESP8266-based board outfitted with a DHT22

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Kit explores 3D radar imaging

    Complete with software and API, the Walabot-60GHz evaluation kit provides access to Vayyar’s 3D radio wave-based imaging sensor technology to enable the development of smart home, robotics, medical, and other diverse applications. The short-range mmWave kit delivers both an exceptionally wide field of view and high-resolution imaging

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Alternative to the Raspberry Pi with ATOMIC Pi

    There are several Atom x5-Z8350 development boards on the market — including DFRobot’s $89 LattePanda, and Aaeon’s $99 UP board, which run on the high side price wise. Team IoT recently took to Kickstarter to crowdfund their high-powered Raspberry Pi alternative ATOMIC Pi, which offers the same Intel Cherry Trail-based SoC, only at a significantly reduced price of $34.

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Philips Hue is a RIPOFF

    Finally a competitor for both LIFX and Philips Hue bulbs that isn’t going to break the bank – Yeelight

    CORRECTION: The newer generation LIFX bulbs no longer make use of a mesh network, instead they all connect directly to the router.


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