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Low Power News, December 20, 2013

ARM Acquires Geomerics
You may have noticed the mention of the partnership between ARM and Geomerics in this months Research Review.  ARM took the partnership to the next level by announcing their acquisition of Geomerics last Friday.  Pete Hutton, executive vice president and general manager of ARM’s Media Processing Division said,

“The innovative technologies being developed by Geomerics are already revolutionizing the console gaming experience and are set to rapidly accelerate the transition to photo realistic graphics in mobile.  Empowering Geomerics’ portfolio with ARM’s graphics capabilities and market reach will be transformative for the user experiences in future mobile and entertainment devices.”

STMicroelectronics joins the ARM mbed Project
STMicroelectronics announced that it has joined the ARM mbed Project giving users of their STM32 microcontrollers access to the mbed software, development tools, and collaboration platform.  Simon Ford, director of IoT Platforms for ARM explained the mbed project,

“The mbed project is bringing together leading technology companies to create a step change in productivity for embedded device development.  We have learnt from the web and smartphone revolutions that by building an open-source software platform with reusable software components and free development and collaboration tools, we can enable the creation of IoT and smart devices on a previously unimagined scale.”

New Wireless Charging SDK for Nordic Semiconductor nRF51 Series
Nordic Semiconductor announced the availability of the S120 8-link central protocol stack and the nRF51 Wireless Charging SDK for wireless charging applications based on the Rezence standard, developed and maintained by the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP).  Nordic’s nRF51 series of devices enables Bluetooth low power which is the out of band communications channel used by the Rezence standard.  For those not familiar with the technology, Rezence is a magnetic resonance charging technology utilized for the wireless charging of battery operated devices.  If you’d like to find out what the nRF51 series is all about via hands on experience, check this out.

Silicon Labs Announces new Wireless MCUs
Silicon Labs has announced two new entries in their series of RF enabled 8 bit microcontrollers, the Si106x and Si108x wireless MCUs.  These devices combine an 8051 MCU with a sub-GHz RF transceiver and a number of handy peripherals such as ADCs and serial interfaces.   Both MCUs feature low power consumption when the radio is active puling 18 mA when transmitting at +10 dBm and 10.7 mA in low-power receive mode.

Atmel On Wearable Computing and CES 2014
Finally, read about what you might expect to see in the latest wearable computing at CES 2014 on Atmel’s blog.  According to Gartner’s Angela McIntyre, the segment will be hot!

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