SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The DESIGN West show floor contained a diverse gathering of people, demos and products that caught my attention and made me reach for my camera. The following images span the spectrum from the Internet of Things to the servers and switches that make the cloud.
I saw executives from China and Germany, new faces and familiar folks--and a few robots. The mustachioed man from Texas Instruments (below) probably best represents my tongue-in-cheek tour of the exhibits where there was often beer but far too little chocolate.
The TI demo came from the nearby Embedded Vision Summit. The device around his neck recognizes and places mustaches on the faces of all attendees who peer into its camera.
BBone Black's chief advantage over RasPi is that BBone has far more I/O pins so it's a superior platform for hardware development. There are some lively discussions at raspberrypi.org and element14 comparing the two.
The new Beaglebone Black seemed to be making quite a stir. The mustache camera at the Ti booth is powered by one.
From what I've heard and read about it, it's potentially a rival to the Raspberry Pi in terms of cost and capability. The Beaglebone is open source, but the Pi has a few more connectors built in.
I've been evaluating the Raspberry Pi for a couple of weeks now and I find it relatively easy to use (considering that it's Linux powered) and has quite a bit of power for the size and cost.
I'm anxious to get a chance to look closely at the new BBB and see how it measures up. I tried to find someone to order from while I was down in San Jose, but at the time, everyone was sold out. I'm sure they're available now though.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.