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Tiny radio-on-a-chip devices could spur on the IoT

In a move which could give the Internet of Things (IoT) a serious kick start, researchers from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley have created a radio-on-a-chip that is so energy efficient it can gather all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna – no batteries required.

Wireless MCU suits low power applications

Texas Instruments has launched the SimpleLink CC2540T, a low power wireless MCU that can operate in temperatures ranging from -40 to 125°C. Featuring Bluetooth Low Energy functionality and USB connectivity, the CC2540T is said to be a complete solution supporting easier development. Amongst benefits claimed by the company include a small form factor, a range of personalised preferences and a range of development tools and software.

FreeRTOS gets another upgrade

Real Time Engineers says FreeRTOS version 8.1.2, the latest upgrade to the popular operating system, is now available for download. The release maintains backward compatibility with V8.0.x versions, but brings a number of improvements and features.

Mouser to stock Broadcom’s mass market products

Mouser Electronics has signed a global distribution agreement with Broadcom under which it will offer same day shipping on a variety of Broadcom products intended for mass markets, including the Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) platform.

Hypervisor upgraded with ‘advanced features’

Mentor Graphics has introduced the latest version of its Embedded Hypervisor. The upgrade brings what the company calls 'advanced features' for system configuration, debugging, and hardware support in markets such as industrial, medical, automotive, networking, telecommunications and consumer electronics.

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