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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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Hot chips on parade at MWC and Embedded World

Mar 3, 2018

Intel debuted a Stratix 10 TX FPGA with 58Gbps transceivers while the industry kicked the tires of major new SoCs like the AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and anticipated Arm’s Project Trillium AI chips and Intel’s 10nm Cannon Lake and Ice Lake.
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Circuit Cellar and LinuxGizmos.com join forces

Mar 1, 2018

LinuxGizmos has joined forces with KCK Media, publisher of Circuit Cellar magazine. The alliance will expand our coverage of the rapidly evolving hardware and software technologies used in new and emerging embedded and IoT devices, while continuing our unique focus on the benefits of open source software and standards.
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Oreo-driven dev board showcases octa-core Snapdragon 845

Feb 26, 2018

Intrinsyc’s Android 8.0 powered “Open-Q 845” HDK debuts the Snapdragon 845 with 8x “Kryo 835” cores split between Cortex-A75 and -A55 like designs, plus security and neural network engines.
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AMD unveils 14nm Ryzen Embedded V1000, boasting twice the performance of R-Series

Feb 23, 2018

AMD announced its Linux-ready “Ryzen Embedded V1000” SoCs with up to 4x cores and 3.6 TFLOPS, designed for mid-range embedded devices, plus an up to 16-core, Xeon-like “Epyc Embedded 3000” for embedded servers.
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Quad-Ethernet SBC and controller tap new Renesas RZ/N1D SoC

Feb 21, 2018

Emtrion’s Linux-ready “SBC-RZN1D” SBC, which will soon power a “Flex2COM” controller, features a Renesas dual-core -A7 RZ/N1D SoC and 4x LAN ports, and is designed for multi-protocol fieldbus communications.
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Module reveals new AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 SoC

Feb 15, 2018

Advantech is prepping a “SOM-5871” computer-on-module with an unannounced AMD V1000 Zen SoC, which appears to be AMD’s rumored, 14nm Ryzen Embedded V1000 “Great Horned Owl” successor to the R-Series. iBase also leaked info on a V1000 based Mini-ITX board and fanless PC.
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Project crowdfunds effort to bring Allwinner VPU support to the Linux kernel

Feb 9, 2018

Free Electrons changed its name to Bootlin, and funded a Kickstarter campaign to bring support for the Allwinner VPU to the Linux kernel, building upon earlier work done in collaboration with the Linux Sunxi community called sunxi-cedrus.
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RISC-V gains momentum as it moves from MCUs to Linux-friendly SoCs

Feb 8, 2018

The open source RISC-V ISA has evolved quickly into silicon, thanks to help from companies like SiFive and Microsemi. SiFive’s HiFive Unleashed board should arrive less than two years after SiFive announced its first Linux-driven Freedom SoCs.
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