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DrFPGA
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The Next Big Trend
DrFPGA   9/23/2013 10:51:16 AM
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This looks like a good example of the next big trend- adding firmware to MCUs to make them more application specific. Memory space is so cheap now adding program-based functionality can be a big value add. Let's see more of these!

Peter Clarke
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Re: The Next Big Trend
Peter Clarke   9/23/2013 10:55:58 AM
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@DrFPGA

I agree.

And this in turn could generate a market for a large universe of firmware IP companies.

It is interesting that Dialog Semi talked about going down the data fusion route now that they are starting to include ARM cores in their PMICs.

However, it looks like Movea is happily in bed with STMicroelectronics.

 

rick merritt
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Re: The Next Big Trend
rick merritt   9/23/2013 11:59:23 AM
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Maybe a contender for an Apple "M8?"

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This is Great!
Aeroengineer   9/23/2013 4:15:12 PM
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This is pretty great.  I have been looking at using the STM32F401 series for one of my upcoming projects, and had planned to need to do some motion processing.  That with their new 9dof sensor, this could make for some pretty fun projects.

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Re: The Next Big Trend
Robotics Developer   9/23/2013 4:59:57 PM
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I agree Dr FPGA,  I was wondering when we would reach that point in the cost and integration capacity for these sort of ASIC MCU/sensor platforms.  I am sure that smart MCU companies can see a huge market for the hybred MCU/sensor designs targeted to specific markets/applications.  Just an exciting time to be a system designer...!

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Re: The Next Big Trend
junko.yoshida   9/24/2013 6:28:24 AM
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I totally agree with everyone commented here so far. I was aware of Movea for some time, but I must say what took them (ST and Movea) to come up with this?!

Peter Clarke
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Re: The Next Big Trend
Peter Clarke   9/24/2013 7:01:34 AM
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What intrigues me is ........

....when will it be the right time to put as many sensors as possible in the same package as the sensor hub and data fusion software.

Some people are doing this but it is not something ST seems to be mentioning with this announcement.

Some sensors may need access to the outside of the equipment case, but inertial sensors could probably do fine inside the hub component.

 

 

rick merritt
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Re: The Next Big Trend
rick merritt   9/24/2013 3:48:15 PM
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Interest idea, Peter, a sensor system in package. Ideally, something that could be configured for the wide array of different customers and their sensor needs.

Somebody get a startup on this ASAP!

krisi
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what sensors
krisi   9/24/2013 5:23:14 PM
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is software written to deal with specific sensor products? what are the IO requirements?



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