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Automotive i.MX6 SoC to include Cortex-M4 MCU

April 14, 2014
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Freescale announced an automotive focused version of its Cortex-A9 based i.MX6 SoC that integrates a Cortex-M4 microcontroller and supports Android and Linux.

64-bit Snapdragon 810 sets high bar for mobile SoCs

April 7, 2014
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Qualcomm revealed 20nm, 64-bit Snapdragon SoCs featuring Cortex-A57 and –A53 CPU cores, 4K video encoding, LTE Advanced, DDR4 RAM, and more.

Revamped Intel Edison IoT module to use mystery Atom

April 2, 2014
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Intel is overhauling its Linux-ready Edison module for wearables, replacing the Quark SoC with a new dual-core, 22nm Atom SoC, while adding to I/O and size.

TI’s Sitara SDK moves to mainline Linux

March 31, 2014
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TI released Sitara Linux SDK 7.0, now based on the mainline Linux kernel. The SDK supports the Sitara AM355x, and coming soon, the new Sitara AM4x and AM5x.

New Intel Bay Trail-T SoCs target Android tablets

March 30, 2014
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Intel is prepping a new Atom Z37x5 lineup — a family of at least nine Android-ready, quad-core Bay Trail-T tablet SoCs that offer better graphics.

Free ebook tackles Android on x86

March 27, 2014
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Intel and Apress have released a free 380-page ebook called “Android on x86: an Introduction to Optimizing for Intel Architecture.”

Rockchip SoC rocks the Cortex-A17

February 27, 2014
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Rockchip announced the RK3288 SoC, which combines four ARM Cortex-A17 cores with a 4- or 16-core Mali-T7xx GPU, a 4Kx2K video decoder, and HDCP2.x security.

Intel aims 2.3GHz quad-core 64-bit SoC at Android 4.4

February 24, 2014
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Intel launched a 64-bit dual-core Atom Z34xx mobile processor and announced an upcoming quad-core “Moorefield” version, promising Android 4.4.2 support.

MediaTek fires up new ARM Cortex-A17

February 11, 2014
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[Updated Feb 12] — ARM unveiled a Cortex-A17 core for midrange mobile devices, which will appear first in a MediaTek MT6595 octa-core SoC that includes four 2.5GHz -A17 cores.

Nvidia opens Tegra K1 driver, wins Torvalds thumbs-up

February 4, 2014
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Nvidia announced it has released “experimental” open source driver code for its upcoming Tegra K1 SoC, and even won praise from former Nvidia critic Linus Torvalds.

Intel aims tiny Linux-ready module at wearables

January 7, 2014
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At CES, Intel unveiled a tiny module for wearables that runs Linux on a new dual-core Quark SoC, and promised a smartwatch, headset, and other wearable devices.

Nvidia unveils Tegra K1 with 192 GPUs, preps 64-bits

January 6, 2014
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Nvidia unveiled its Tegra K1 SoC, which adds a 192-core Kepler GPU to a Tegra 4-like quad-core Cortex-A15 design, and it’s also working on a 64-bit “Denver” version.

LinuxDevices content returns to the Web

December 23, 2013
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One of most widely respected repositories of embedded and mobile Linux news and information has returned to the web as an archive hosted here at

Marvell SoC targets Jelly Bean-ready Google TV

December 5, 2013
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Marvell unveiled a more secure, graphics-rich Armada 1500 Plus SoC for Android 4.2.2 smart TVs “with Google services,” but never mentioned Google TV.

Linux-enabled kit targets custom SoC developers

November 23, 2013
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Faraday Technology has begun shipping a system-on-chip dev kit aimed at developers of custom SoCs. The “SoCreative! IV” kit’s baseboard is built around Faraday’s A380 SoC, which boasts a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, a Faraday-developed RISC core, and a high speed expansion bus for interfacing with FPGA daughtercards, and comes with Linux 3.3 and Android 4.x BSPs.

Intel wakes up and smells the post-PC era

November 22, 2013
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At its investor meeting on Nov. 21, Intel exhibited its readiness to face the new realities of the “post-PC era.” Led by CEO Brian Krzanich, top executives outlined strategic efforts to speed its mobile Atom system-on-chips toward 14 and 10nm geometries, 64-bits, and integrated basebands, and to look beyond Windows on the client end, with increased focus on iOS and Linux-based OSes like Android and Chrome OS.

ARMv8 Project Thunder SoC gains Linux support

October 30, 2013
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At ARM TechCon, Cavium demonstrated an SDK for its upcoming ARMv8-based Project Thunder SoC family, and announced Ubuntu support for Project Thunder, while Cavium subsidiary MontaVista announced Carrier Grade Linux support for ARMv8. Meanwhile, Cavium and MontaVista joined Linaro and other companies in launching OpenDataPlane, an open source networking SoC interoperability standards organization for Linux.

IoT framework appears first on Raspberry Pi

October 29, 2013
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Echelon Corp. announced an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) framework for peer-to-peer networking of embedded controllers. The IzoT multi-protocol stack is now available in an ARM-ready beta version and reference implementation optimized for the Linux-based Raspberry Pi SBC, and will soon be included in Marvell’s Easy Connect SDK for Marvell’s 88MC200 WiFi SoC.

ARM/FPGA hybrid SoC taps Cortex-A53, 14nm process

October 29, 2013
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Altera announced a new high-end ARM/FPGA Stratix SoC, and also the first processor to be manufactured with Intel’s 14nm 3D Tri-Gate process. The Linux-friendly Stratix 10 SX SoC will incorporate a quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 subsystem integrated with floating-point DSP blocks and gigahertz-speed FPGA fabric that offers twice the core performance of previous Stratix FPGAs, claims Altera.

Next-gen Cortex-R chips to run full Linux and Android

October 29, 2013
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ARM announced an embedded version of its ARMv8 architecture that will add virtualization and lightweight Linux support to the next of generation Cortex-R processors. The ARMv8-R architecture is 32-bit, but borrows features from the 64-bit ARMv8-A such as hardware-based virtualization and a more advanced MPU, enabling safety-critical embedded applications like automotive computers to run RTOSes, bare metal code, and Linux and Android on a single processor.