By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk
From 3D printed batteries to security in the Internet of Things, February has been busy in the embedded world. The effects of the Embedded World show in Nuremberg and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week have yet to show up in the data, although some of the stories that emerged before the shows are highlighted in the list this month. Data on the deployment of the ThreadX real time operating system shows that it is being used widely in mobile applications, but IoT continues to be a theme that draws a lot of interest. CEVA's latest digital signal processsing core for IoT applications, Atmel moving its encryption key management into hardware and a ferroelectric memory microcontroller that avoids one of the main hacking attacks are all popular stories and highlight the level of interest from embedded designs for the IoT. This also demonstrates that there is significant interest in the higher end developments, rather than 8bit devices such as Atmel's TinyAVR.
Running stories through March will be more of the stories from Embedded World, the continuing consolidation in the semiconductor business and how that will impact on product lines (such as TinyAVR when it come sup against Microchip's PIC) and more from the IoT.