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Gemalto Cinterion Concept Board Connects Objects to Internet

Gemalto announced the Cinterion Concept Board for developers. The new board helps Java developers quickly get started creating applications for the Internet of Things (IoT). According to the company, the Cinterion Concept Board is the easiest and most cost effective way for anyone with an interest in M2M and the IoT to create solutions like remotely controlling the temperature of home thermostats. The Cinterion Concept Board will be available this month and can be pre-ordered now.

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Atmel SAM3S Cortex-M3 Flash Microcontrollers

Atmel introduced the SAM3S Series of highly-integrated Cortex-M3 Flash microcontrollers (MCUs). The SAM3S series includes 18 general-purpose Cortex-M3 based Flash microcontrollers that improve impedance matching, simplify PCB design, and save 50% power at 1 MHz operation with a consumption of only 2.3 mW. The SAM3S is available in Flash memory densities of 64k, 128k, and 256k Bytes and ships in 48-, 64- and 100-pin QFP, 48- and 64-pin QFN packages, and in 100-pin 0.8 mm pitch BGA packages. Sampling starts with the 256 kByte Flash memory density parts in 64- and 100-pin QFP packages. Production volumes will be available in Q2 2010, with prices ranging from $2.50 USD to $4.45 USD in quantities of 10k units.

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Intel Architecture White Papers

Why Intel Architecture is Right for your Embedded Application
“Make” versus “buy” is a complex business decision faced by all embedded system Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Expediency, time-to-market challenges, upfront hardware development costs, and the broad availability and breadth of commercial solutions frequently tilt the scale in favor of using proven, off-the-shelf products. The top-to-bottom scalability of the embedded IA product line enables hundreds of board-level solutions ranging from small form factor modules to full ATCA systems. Available from a wide range of board and solution providers within the Intel ECA, these solutions deliver scalable, power-efficient processing for a wide range of applications, an established programming environment, and a clear product roadmap for a reliable path to the future.

Implementing Firmware on Embedded Intel Architecture: Design Guidelines
Embedded Intel architecture designs include a firmware stack which initializes CPU cores, memory, IO, peripherals, graphics and provides runtime support for operating systems. This paper gives a high-level overview of a number of firmware technologies to be considered on Embedded Intel architecture designs. Many links to external references are included. Because of its inherent complexity and number of technologies to be considered, the general recommendation is made that OEM Embedded Intel architecture firmware design teams consider starting with an available solution from an IBV, ISV or the Intel ecosystem and build on it to meet their particular product requirements.

An Introduction to Intel Architecture: The Basics
Intel architecture is a powerful computing architecture that utilizes some fundamental ingredients for specific functions. The basic workings of these ingredients may not be intuitive to those who have never designed with Intel architecture in the past. The goal of this paper is to describe the basic operation and function to the platform for the ingredients used in three classes of Intel architecture platforms. The paper will focus on the platforms featuring the Intel Atom processor, the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, and the Intel Core i7 processor.