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Coffee Lake COM Express modules support new quad-core, 3GHz i3-8100H

Oct 2, 2018

Adlink and Congatec have updated their Coffee Lake based Express-CF and Conga-TS370 COM Express modules, respectively, with Intel’s new Core i3-8100H, an affordable quad-core, 3GHz CPU with a 45W TDP.
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Nano-ITX dev kit shows off Samsung Exynos 8895

Sep 14, 2018

Howchip has launched a sandwich-style, Nano-ITX form factor “ExSOM-8895 DVK” that runs Android 7.0 and Linux 4.4.13 on Samsung’s octa-core Exynos 8895 SoC with 4GB DDR4, dual UFS 2.1 storage interfaces, and MIPI-DSI and -CSI.
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Linux boots on new “Shakti” RISC-V chip

Aug 1, 2018

[Updated: Aug. 2] — The Shakti project, based at IIT Madras, has booted Linux on its first RISC-V processor. The 22nm FinFET fabricated, 400MHz Shakti chip can run at 1.67 DMIPS/MHz, and will be commercialized by a startup called InCore.
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DARPA launches POSH project for open source hardware IP blocks

Jul 26, 2018

DARPA announced the first grants for its $1.5 billion Electronic Resurgence Initiative for accelerating chip development. More than $35 million went to a “Posh Open Source Hardware” project for developing and verifying hardware IP.
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Google tips AI co-processor and IoT framework for Linux and Android Things gateways

Jul 25, 2018

Google unveiled a stripped-down “Edge TPU” version of its Tensor Processing Unit AI chip plus a Cloud IoT Edge stack for Arm-based IoT gateways that run Linux or Android Things. An NXP-based dev kit is due in October.
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Cortex-A76, Mali-G76, and ML chip designs pump up AI

Jun 13, 2018

Arm’s Cortex-A76 design offers speed/efficiency improvements including a 4x boost in AI performance, and is paired with a new Mali-G76 GPU that is also said to aid AI. Meanwhile, Arm revealed more details on its upcoming ML co-processors.
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NXP’s EdgeScale IoT management suite tapped for Linux gateways

Jun 7, 2018

NXP announced partnerships with Alibaba and six embedded equipment companies that are deploying its EdgeScale middleware for secure edge computing device management on Linux-driven devices based on NXP QorIQ Layerscape SoCs.
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Intel and AMD reveal new designs at Computex

Jun 6, 2018

Intel announced its embedded friendly 8th Gen Whiskey Lake U-series and Amber Lake Y-series chips, and AMD is prepping a new Threadripper and two 45W TDP Ryzen models.
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Why Microsoft chose Linux for Azure Sphere

Apr 19, 2018

Why did Microsoft choose to launch an Arm/Linux SoC design with device-to-cloud security? A VDC analyst suggests that Azure Sphere is all about competing with Amazon FreeRTOS.
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Microsoft unveils secure MCU platform with a Linux-based OS

Apr 16, 2018

[Updated: April 17] — Microsoft announced an “Azure Sphere” blueprint for hybrid Cortex-A/Cortex-M SoCs that run a Linux-based Azure Sphere OS and include end-to-end Microsoft security technologies and a cloud service. Products based on a MediaTek MT3620 Azure Sphere chip are due by year’s end.
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Intel Coffee Lake H-series debuts in Congatec and Seco modules

Apr 3, 2018

Intel announced 18 new 8th Gen “Coffee Lake” chips, including up to hexa-core Core H-series and Xeon M-series CPUs, which are appearing in Linux-ready COM Express Type 6 modules from Seco and Congatec.
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RISC-V leader gains $50 million in funding and Western Digital vows to build 1 billion chips

Apr 2, 2018

SiFive has raised $50.6 million in Series C funding, and Western Digital pledged to produce 1 billion of SiFive’s RISC-V cores. Meanwhile, the new Linux 4.16 kernel boosted RISC-V support, and there are rumors of a RISC-V project led by Google, Qualcomm, and Samsung.
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NXP IoT platform links ARM/Linux Layerscape SoCs to cloud

Mar 16, 2018

NXP’s “EdgeScale” suite of secure edge computing device management tools help deploy and manage Linux devices running on LSx QorIQ Layerscape SoCs, and connects them to cloud services.
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Movidius AI acceleration technology comes to a mini-PCIe card

Mar 6, 2018

Aaeon has launched the “UP AI Core” — a $69 mini-PCIe version of Intel’s Movidius Neural Compute Stick for neural network acceleration that’s designed to work with the UP Squared SBC and other Ubuntu-driven x86_64 computers.
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