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Freescale i.MX6 SoloX SoC gains embedded Linux support

March 16, 2015

The Timesys LinuxLink tool suite now supports Freescale’s i.MX6 SoloX SoC, including support for Freescale’s MQX RTOS that runs on the SoC’s Cortex-M4 MCU.

Quad-core MediaTek SoC spins Cortex-A72 into Android tablets

March 3, 2015

MediaTek unveiled an “MT8173″ SoC for Android tablets that mixes 2.4GHz Cortex-A72 and -A53 cores with a PowerVR GPU, and also showed an octa-core -A53 SoC.

NXP gobbles up Freescale in smart car and IoT silicon push

March 3, 2015

NXP Semiconductor has merged with Freescale Semiconductor, in a $11.8 billion deal that creates a $40 billion firm focused on ADAS automotive and IoT apps.

Intel unveils Atom x3, x5, and x7 mobile SoCs

March 2, 2015

Intel announced new “Cherry Trail-T” Atom x5 and x7 SoCs, mainly targeting Android and Windows 10 tablets, plus a low-cost LTE-enabled “Sofia” Atom x3 SoC.

16nm Zynq SoC mixes Cortex-A53, FPGA, Cortex-R5

February 27, 2015

Xilinx unveiled a 16nm “UltraScale+” version of its ARM/FPGA hybrid “Zynq” SoC with four Cortex-A53s cores, a faster FPGA, a GPU, and two Cortex-R5 MCUs.

Freescale’s popular i.MX6 SoC sprouts a Cortex-M4 MCU

February 24, 2015

Freescale added a “SoloX” SoC to its Cortex-A9 i.MX6 family, featuring a Cortex-M4 MCU, plus new security, power management, and GbE bridging features.

MXM COM runs Linux on new Freescale i.MX 6SoloX SoC

February 24, 2015

[Updated 4PM] — F&S Elektronik Systeme debuted a COM based on Freescale’s new MCU-enabled “i.MX6 SoloX” SoC, and offering dual GbE, multimedia, serial, and PCIe interfaces.

New ARM Cortex-A72 nearly twice as fast as -A57

February 5, 2015

ARM unveiled an ARMv8 Cortex-A72 CPU for mobile said to be twice as fast as the -A57, plus a faster new Mali-T880 GPU and CoreLink CCI-500 interconnect.

Free embedded computing conference posts agenda

January 12, 2015

The RTC Group announced the agenda and keynote topics for its annual Real-Time Embedded Computing Conference (RTECC), to be held Jan. 22 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Nvidia aims octa-core, 256-GPU, Tegra X1 SoC at smart cars

January 6, 2015

Nvidia debuted a car-focused, octa-core Tegra X1 SoC with a 256-core Maxwell GPU and 15W consumption, and demoed Tegra X1-based autopilot and IVI hardware.

Intel debuts 5th Gen Core processors

January 5, 2015

Intel revealed its 14nm 5th Generation Core (“Broadwell”) processors, as well as its first 14nm, 64-bit Atom (“Cherry Trail”) SoCs, which target tablets.

$6 quad core SoC targets low cost 4K set-top boxes

December 8, 2014

[Updated Dec 10] — Allwinner unveiled a $6 “H3″ SoC targeting $35 to $50 OTT STBs, featuring four Cortex-A7 cores, a Mali-400 GPU, 4K HDMI output, and 5MP camera support.

KitKat BSPs support TI Sitara and BeagleBone Black

December 5, 2014

Adeneo announced Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) BSPs for the TI Sitara AM335x and Sitara AM437x development platforms and the AM335x-based BeagleBone Black SBC.

First Quark-based SMARC module runs Linux on 2W

December 2, 2014

Kontron unveiled the first SMARC COM for headless, industrial IoT devices based on Intel’s Quark X1000 CPU. The Linux-ready module runs on just 2 Watts.

Android 5.0 dev kits simplify octacore Snapdragon designs

November 22, 2014

[Updated 11:40pm] — Intrinsyc unveiled an Android 5.0 dev platform for the Snapdragon 810 SoC in phone, tablet, SBC, and COM versions that debut DDR4 and TransferJet tech.

Intel to merge mobile and PC divisions amid mobile losses

November 18, 2014

Intel is planning to merge its struggling mobile division with its PC division, and Rockchip released an ARM mobile SoC that was developed with Intel.

Timesys tips LinuxLink support for Renesas RZ/A SoC

November 15, 2014

[Updated Nov 21] — Timesys announced LinuxLink support for the Cortex-A9 based Renesas RZ/A SoC and RSK HDK. Renesas also tipped an RZ/A-based board for ARM Mbed development.

Qseven computer-on-module debuts 3W Atom

November 14, 2014

Congatec announced a “Qseven Headless” module based on a new 1.33GHz Intel Atom E3805 SoC that lacks graphics, but has a TDP of only 3 Watts.

BeagleBone cape eases access to the Sitara SoC’s PRU

November 6, 2014

TI has launched a $39, Linux-ready cape for the BeagleBone Black for evaluating the Sitara SoC’s programmable real-time unit for applications like robotics.

LG’s first SoC debuts on 5.9-inch G3 Screen phone

October 24, 2014

LG announced its first SoC, a Cortex-15 and –A7 octa-core “Nuclun” with LTE-A Cat.6 tech that debuts this week in a Korea-bound LG G3 Screen Android phone.