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ARM, Nest, and Samsung form Thread Group to build IoT networks

ARM, Nest, and Samsung form Thread Group to build IoT networks

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the thing that everyone seems to want to talk about. But before it becomes a real thing, it seems that it will be thing that creates groups and consortia and all sorts of seen and unseen alliances. Just a week after the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) was born, a new fellowship called the Thread Group is rising up around the same IoT vision, but this time with a slightly different focus and slightly different members.

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Fifty cents more in sensors could’ve made the iPhone 5s an empath

Fifty cents more in sensors could’ve made the iPhone 5s an empath

An extra fifty cents worth of sensors and your iPhone 5s could have read your emotions rather than just track exercise and fitness, chip manufacturer Freescale says, predicting a time soon when smartphones will know more about our moods than our friends and families do. The iPhone 5s' M7 co-processor, added by Apple in its latest smartphone iteration, is just a few senses away from a whole new level of understanding about its owner, Kaivan Karimi, executive director of global strategy and business development at Freescale Semiconductor, suggested today.

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Freescale i.MX6 quad-core reference design caught on video at FTF 2011

Freescale i.MX6 quad-core reference design caught on video at FTF 2011

Back in January around CES time, we uncovered some details on the Freescale i.MX6 platform that was then said to support up to four ARM Cortex A9 processing cores. The platform was aimed at tablets and smartphones when we first saw it. Freescale said at the time that the platform was up to five times faster than the current generation chips inside devices. The platform promised some nice features that had us intrigued like 1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode and support for 3D playback as well.

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PS Squared Smart Mobile Device Concept Design

PS Squared Smart Mobile Device Concept Design

A design concept for Sony called PS Squared created by industrial designer Hirotaka Matsui, takes on a sleek and angular form. The device looks to be a small-sized tablet featuring a slide out QWERTY keyboard with raised buttons, a thin LCD screen, and PlayStation style D-pad buttons. The design was used in a video by Freescale Semiconductors to illustrate the future possibilities of smart mobile devices and how they can be integrated into all facets of our daily lives.

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Alcatel-Lucent lightRadio promises tiny 2G/3G/4G cell base-stations

Alcatel-Lucent lightRadio promises tiny 2G/3G/4G cell base-stations

Cellular base-stations generally aren't all that interesting or visually endearing, but at least Alcatel-Lucent's new lightRadio technology promises to make them easier to ignore. Billed as a way to break down existing base stations into a combination of individual antenna and cloud-based components, rather than demanding multiple 2G, 3G and 4G antennas the lightRadio system has a single, 5cm cube with a software-defined radio.

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Freescale i.MX 6: up to 1.2GHz quadcore chips for tablets/smartphones

Freescale i.MX 6: up to 1.2GHz quadcore chips for tablets/smartphones

Manufacturers often get criticized for showing off new hardware at CES and then not shipping it for months, but new chips are even more frustrating; they can take a year or two to go from fanfare to retail. Freescale is whetting our appetite with the new i.MX 6 series, a range of single, dual and quad core application processors based on up to four ARM Cortex A9 cores, each motoring along at up to 1.2GHz. The company reckons the single-core i.MX 6Solo, dual-core i.MX 6Dual and quad-core i.MX 6Quad are up to five times as fast as the current-gen chips.

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Freescale mobile device concepts get video outing

Freescale mobile device concepts get video outing

You might remember that we've been highlighting some of Freescale's tablet and ultramobile device concepts created with SCAD over the past month or so; now the company has put its (virtual) silicon where its pens have been, and created some concept videos.  The company sensibly reckons that different demographics will prefer different functionality, and so they've four different types of tablet ranging from young kids gaming, through teenagers using them for education, to adults wanting slates that work in business environments.

Video demos after the cut

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AllGo $15 Android computer could enable super-cheap tablets [Video]

AllGo $15 Android computer could enable super-cheap tablets [Video]

We're seeing Android tablets all around, but just how many of them are actually reaching shelves where we can buy the damned things is another question entirely.  ARMDevices discovered what manufacturers AllGo are describing as an Android-based computing platform with a bill of materials coming in at $15; thrown in a 7-inch WVGA resistive touchscreen and a battery and they reckon it could still be just $35.

Video demo after the cut

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SurfaceInk 12.1-inch Ubuntu tablet design gets video demo

SurfaceInk 12.1-inch Ubuntu tablet design gets video demo

SurfaceInk may not be a name you're familiar with, but the product development firm may well have a tablet you want.  They've been showing off their latest prototype, a 12.1-inch 1280 x 1024 capacitive slate running Ubuntu on Freescale's i.MX51 800MHz Cortex A8 chipset, and which they're currently trying to persuade manufacturing partners to adopt.  ARMDevices caught up with the company recently, grabbed some footage of the unnamed reference design, and also found out about SurfaceInk's future plans for smaller versions.

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