I really want to see hybrid chips like Zynq get somewhere in the market, but the flexibility needs to be more accessible. I would like to see something along the lines of an FPGA JIT, where the OS on the fixed CPU recognises it is doing something difficult and automatically programmes a segment of the FPGA to offload that task. Think back to the transputer concepts of the 80s, well we are now doing this in software with JIT optimisation of code but we should push some of that back down to the hardware. I can foresee a JIT which reprogrammes an FPGA, I just can't make it happen.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.