The $74 Open-Source RIoTBoard, element14 (Booth 1608)
Creating a virtual frenzy among attendees at Embedded World, the RIoTBoard (Riotboard.org) is a $74 open-source, single-board platform based on the Freescale i.MX 6Solo processor using the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture. Operating at 1 GHz, the board is ideal for Android and Linux development and in fact comes preloaded with Android 4.3 (Jellybean). element14 is showcasing the new board at Booth 1608 and will be doing a hands-on demo in the vendor training booth (2310) on Tuesday, April 1, from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
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.