By Freescale Staff
More than 2,000 embedded enthusiasts joined us at the 2014 Freescale Technology Forum this week to explore technology innovations that are making our roads safer, our networks more productive, our homes more connected, our cities more efficient – our world smarter.
Everywhere we turned, partners, customers and engineers were building things together. The Hack-A-Day, sponsored by Make It Lab, brought together participants and mentors to finalize a design and make it Internet-of-Things-ready using the brand new Freescale FRDM-KL64F based on ARM-Cortex-M4. Many of our guests got the chance to program their own Kinetis Freedom Platform and take home the unique swag. We also had the opportunity to spend some quality time with the engineers of tomorrow, when local high school students from the Girl Scouts of Central Texas joined us to design robots that could throw a yoga ball 10 feet in the air. Simply walking around the Tech Lab hallways exposed us to hundreds of innovations that will make our lives more connected and fun. The Cadillac ELR car demo and SteadyServ® iKeg™, for example, were huge hits!
Another technology we are excited about is sensor fusion. The combination of data derived from different sources resulting in better, more accurate, complete and dependable information. We’ve seen examples of it throughout the tech lab – the Xtrinsic sensor fusion for Kinetis MCUs that combines an accelerometer, magnetometer and a gyroscope with the Kinetis MCU analyzing the data. Ideal for a variety of applications such as smart phones, IoT machine monitoring and failure prediction applications. Automotive applications such as Advanced Drive Assistance Systems (ADAS) are also a great example of where sensor fusion plays a critical role in advancing safety and ultimately brining the self-driving car to reality.
In this video, Freescale's Mike Stanley discusses Sensor Fusion to Sensor Intelligence as the IoT continues to help shape the sensor market.
Intelligent battery sensor and i.MX 6 series expansion
To close the week, we announced the industry’s first general market AEC-Q100 qualified intelligent battery sensor designed to support both conventional and emerging battery chemistries for automotive and industrial applications. In addition, Freescale announced the expansion of its i.MX 6 portfolio with the industry’s first applications processor to integrate an ARM Cortex-A9 processor and an ARM Cortex-M4 processor in a single chip design. Freescale’s i.MX 6 series of applications processors is growing quickly, particularly in the automotive space, where shipments grew more than 50 percent from 2012 to 2013.
Inventor Dean Kamen shares the FIRST story
Inspirational, motivational, forward-thinking problem solver -- that's Dean Kamen. "Understated brilliance" is how one attendee described his Friday keynote. In his captivating address, he shared amazing innovations, which make our world smarter, greener and safer, from prostetic arms to tech that cleans drinking water in remote communities. His roles as inventor and advocate are intertwined—his own passion for technology and its practical uses has driven his personal determination to spread the word about technology's virtues and by so doing to change our culture of how we engage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Through it all, one theme was clear: You can help inspire generations of kids to STEM, and the FIRST organization makes it easy for all of us to participate. More on FIRST @ http://www.usfirst.org/.
Thanks to our Diamond sponsors
Our diamond partners and sponsors including Arrow Electronics, Oracle, Wind River, Avnet and Mentor Graphics were also showing off some of the coolest tech. And in partnership with Oracle and ARM, we demoed the Freescale Internet of Things Gateway, the foundation of the one box concept that will support the secure deployment of a vast array of IoT devices under a common standard.
If you didn’t get the change to join us at FTF this year, we hope you’ll consider it for the future! You can relive the 2014 experience by visiting our Google+. Until next time!
Next year: We''re excited to share our hometown with the embedded community. FTF Americas 2015 will be in Austin!