30 Jan '14, 8pm

Article on CPU and geometry discussions for #IoT #ARM @Atmel @Freescale @Andreas…

Those were changes already in progress, but the Internet of Things (IoT) appears to be having a major influence on how microcontroller technology develops. In broad terms, the IoT comprises three elements: edge devices, which often perform one dedicated function; hubs or fusion devices, which integrate data from edge devices; and larger processing elements. It's the first two categories which are currently focusing the minds of MCU developers. The reason? The IoT demands two things above all others – minimal power consumption and the lowest possible cost. Thomas Barber, director of marketing for wireless products with Silicon Laboratories, explained why. "Estimates suggest there may be 30billion edge devices. They can't all consume 1W because we don't have enough energy, so they need to consume microWatts and they need to be inexpensive." Andreas Eieland, Atmel's senior pr...

Full article: http://www.newelectronics.co.uk/electronics-technology/th...

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