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Embedded System Design using UML State Machines


A state machine model is a mathematical model that groups all possible system occurrences, called states. The course emphasizes project-based learning, learning by doing. The goal of this course is to introduce an event-driven programming paradigm using simple and hierarchical state machines. After going through this course, you will be trained to apply the state machine approach to solve your complex embedded systems projects. If you are a beginner in the field of embedded systems, then you can take our courses in the below-mentioned order.

Canonical With Xilinx to Accelerate the Development of Adaptive SoCs


The companies are collaborating to bring enterprise-grade Linux to the world of adaptive SoCs to accelerate the development of new software-defined devices across all IoT verticals. The goal is to ensure a smooth experience from prototyping on evaluation and starter kits to production-grade SOMs, reducing development costs and time. The past decade saw huge growth in the demand for fully configurable adaptive computing devices, integrating the traditional hardware programmability and flexibility of an FPGA with the software programmability of embedded processors. Xilinx addresses this market need with the Zynq UltraScale MPSoC family of products widely adopted across various industry verticals, including the industrial, vision, and healthcare markets. Now, Xilinx and Canonical are working together to enable Ubuntu on select Xilinx Zynq UltraScale MPSoC-based platforms to bring the reliable and proven Ubuntu OS experience.

Compact edge AI box runs Ubuntu Server on 24-core Arm SoC with choice of NPUs


Like most embedded system manufacturers, Vecow focuses on Intel-based products. Yet earlier this year the Taiwan-based company released an i.MX6 UL powered VIG-120 IoT gateway for electric vehicles and it has now unveiled a similarly compact and Arm/Linux-driven VAC-1000 series. The rugged, 170 x 118 x 40mm system features a Foxconn FXN3102 SoC with 24 up to 1GHz Cortex-A53 cores and offers a choice of GTI Lightspeeur 2801S (VAC-1000) and Hailo-8 (VAC-1100) NPUs. Although Vecow lists no additional FXN3102 features, the headless SynQuacer SC2A11 features a 4MB L3 equipped cache coherent interconnect. Up to 64 SC2A11 chips cab be combined for a server with 1,536 cores running in parallel.

Nikon's latest Z6 II camera firmware unlocks 4K 60 fps recording


Nikon has released firmware updates for it latest full-frame Z6 II and Z7 II that should improve eye-tracking autofocus and video performance for the Z6 II. The key feature that applies to both cameras is improved human eye-tracking performance when your subject's face size is small within the frame. That means that it'll pick up and track them more quickly if they're approaching the camera from afar, for example. One of the key new firmware features applies to the Z6 II only, however. You can now shoot 4K UHD video at up to 60 fps, rather than 30 fps as before.

The Power of Edge-to-Cloud AI is Big News at embedded world


The first day of embedded world has wrapped up and thankfully there are two more days to explore, listen, and learn. The power of edge-to-cloud AI, security built from the ground up and super valuable developer tools. And because so much of the IIoT is way out on the edge, ruggedized was another word for the day. Here are a few highlights--be sure to check them out. From technology and tools, to new products and ecosystems--AI is front and center.

Firmware Update For The New Amazon Echo Delivers Better Audio Quality

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The second-generation Amazon Echo smart speaker has received a new firmware update that fixes an audio issue. The firmware update has finally pumped up the bass of the Echo speaker, which is now able to deliver better sound quality.

CSIRO fund backs makers of Wi-Fi chips and quantum computing firmware


The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has announced the first companies to receive funding from its AU$200 million Main Sequence Ventures co-investment fund. Beneficiaries include Q-Ctrl, a startup led by professor Michael Biercuk from the University of Sydney that is developing the firmware framework for quantum computers to address the issue of error control; Morse Micro, a startup building "next generation" Wi-Fi chips that could allow IoT devices to last for years on a single coin cell battery; Maxwell MRI, a startup that is combining edge deep learning with medical imaging technologies for the early detection of prostate cancer; and Intersective, which delivers "experiential" learning programs through its cloud-based platform. The CSIRO was unwilling to disclose the amount that was invested in each of the companies, but said it expects the investments will create more than 60 new jobs. "This is some of the best and most exciting research from the Australian innovation sector, and we look forward to working with them to realise their potential in the commercial market," said Bill Bartee, the venture capitalist and co-founder of Blackbird Ventures who was selected to head up the Main Sequence Ventures fund. Main Sequence Ventures' partners include Phil Morle, who co-founded the now-closed startup incubator Pollenizer; Mike Zimmerman, formerly from Bondi Ventures and H2 Ventures; Martin Duursma, previously a mentor at CSIRO and the University of Sydney's Incubate program; and Mike Nicholls, resident entrepreneur at Incubate and founder of computer vision company VisiMagic.

iPhone 8 Features: iOS 11 Firmware Leak Confirms Face ID, Animoji, More

International Business Times

A leak of iOS 11's firmware reveals more iPhone 8 features, including Face ID, according to 9to5Mac. Apple is set to hold its press event next week, in which it is expected to reveal the iPhone 8. Before the event kicks off, the recent leak is already showing what the 10th anniversary iPhone could include. Previous rumors have pointed to support for face recognition technology on the iPhone 8. The iOS 11 firmware shows "Face ID" will be the official name of the feature. The firmware includes a video tutorial for setting up the Face ID feature, which shows a face moving around.

The iPhone 8 might be able to read your face even if you're not holding it


The upcoming iPhone 8 could be ditching its home button entirely, if the latest leaks are to be believed -- but Apple might just have come up with an even more powerful method to unlock the flagship phone in its place. You might not even have to hold it in your hands to make it work. Apple's new facial scanning feature, which has long been rumored to come with the iPhone 8, could be more effective than expected. Newly spotted details in the fine print of the now-public HomePod firmware suggest that the facial recognition feature, codenamed Pearl ID, might be functional even when the phone is sitting face-up on a table. The line in question, which was discovered by Spanish-language site iHelp BR before being confirmed by Tech Crunch, reads "accessibility.resting.pearl.unlock."

HomePod Firmware Leaks More iPhone 8 Specs, Apple Smart Speaker Screen, Processor

International Business Times

The briefly available HomePod firmware last weekend did not only contain information on the smart speaker's specs and features, but also details about Apple's upcoming iPhone 8. While everything that's known so far about the next-generation iPhone is from various leaks and rumors, what the firmware has is the real deal. Thus, the discovery made by developers recently through their close examination of HomePod's firmware could pertain to the official specs of the next Apple flagship phone. On Monday, developer Steven Troughton-Smith took to Twitter to disclose that upon checking the firmware codes, he learned that the next flagship iPhone would pack in a 2436 x 1125 screen resolution. This resolution is quite bigger than the one that came with the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus last year.