Calm, cruel and connected: June’s best and worst of IoT

June 29, 2016

It seems that every day a new IoT device or means to connect existing devices is revealed. With so much energy in being devoted to tell us how, when, where, what we can connect to each other, the “why” may be getting a little blurry.

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INDUSTRIAL IOT

FPT Software Partners with Udacity to Enhance World-class Digital Transformation Capabilities

FPT Software | May 23, 2022

Southeast Asia’s leading IT firm, FPT Software has officially signed a contract with Udacity, one of the most prominent online education platforms in technology. The contract aims to enhance FPT Software’s Upskilling program, providing its employees with fully sponsored Nanodegree - the extensive training and mentoring program by Udacity. Upskilling is part of a long-term strategy of FPT Software to invest in building high-quality IT engineers workforce, strengthening its world-class Digital Transformation capabilities. The 3-year contract opens up to 9,000 learning opportunities for promising IT engineers who play significant roles in the company’s digital transformation projects, focusing on Data Science, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud, Blockchain and Security. The two parties looked into developing specialized training content for FPT Software employees along with the company's exclusive certifications. Both parties also discussed bringing Nanodegree to IT fresher and students, exploring new opportunities to enhance FPT Software’s technology capabilities as it expands on a global scale. Speaking on the launch, Marc Jones, Regional Vice President of Udacity, said: “FPT Software is one of our first partners in Vietnam and a great example of large scale global companies putting people first. We are excited and look forward to creating a great impact with FPT Software, both in terms of business and giving back to society.” Nguyen Khai Hoan - Chief Finance Officer of FPT Software assessed that the partnership represented the tremendous intangible values which both parties brought to the table. These values go beyond borders as FPT Software continues to grow across regions, investing in its talented people and advanced technological capabilities. Each course will give access to extensive knowledge provided by top experts at tech giants such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon, etc., collaborating with Udacity. With insights coming from the heart of Silicon Valley, in-depth tech updates and extensive mentoring activities, Udacity’s Nanodegree is widely considered one of the most valuable online training platforms. FPT Software is known for its long-standing support for its staff’s personal development through various promoting activities. Recent reports also show that data-related positions are growing prominent in the global IT labor market. The firm has invested early on to enhance its data experts’ skills and experience to provide advisory services and tech solutions to clients. The agreement with Udacity is the latest large investment to improve its staff's comprehensive skills. About FPT Software FPT Software is a global technology and IT services provider headquartered in Vietnam, with USD 632.5 million in revenue and 22,500 employees in 26 countries. As a pioneer in digital transformation, the company delivers world-class services in Smart factory, Digital platforms, RPA, AI, IoT, Cloud, AR/VR, BPO, and more. It has served 700+ customers worldwide, a hundred of which are Fortune Global 500 companies in the industries of Automotive, Banking and Finance, Logistics & Transportation, Utilities, and more.

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SOFTWARE AND TOOLS

Renesas Launches World’s Most Highly Integrated Advanced Bluetooth Low Energy SoC

Renesas | June 22, 2022

Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the SmartBond™ DA1470x Family of Bluetooth® low energy (LE) solutions the world’s most advanced, integrated System-on-Chip (SoC) family for wireless connectivity. The DA1470x Family is the only solution in the Bluetooth LE space to integrate a power management unit, a hardware voice activity detector (VAD), a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and Bluetooth LE connectivity all into a single chip. This combined functionality provides smart IoT devices with the most advanced sensor and graphical capabilities and seamless, ultra-low-power, always-on audio processing. The new family is ideal for wearables like smartwatches and fitness trackers; glucose monitor readers and other consumer medical and healthcare devices; home appliances with displays; industrial automation and security systems; and Bluetooth consoles such as e-bikes and gaming equipment. “The DA1470x family expands on our successful strategy of integrating more functions, including greater processing power, expanded memory and improved power modules, along with VAD for always-on wake and command word detection, This feature-packed SoC product family enables developers to push the boundaries of connected consumer and industrial applications and future-proof their IoT products to fit the needs of multiple applications, while optimizing their bill of materials.” Sean McGrath, Vice President of the Connectivity and Audio Business Division in Renesas’ IoT, Industrial and Infrastructure Business Unit The high level of integration further results in significant cost savings on the Bill of Materials (BoM), enabling cost-effective system solutions. It also reduces component count on the PCB enabling smaller form factor designs and freeing up space for additional components or larger batteries. With less components on the PCB, the reliability of the system is also improved, delivering a further reduction in the total cost of goods sold (COGS) of the end product. The SmartBond DA1470x Family is already gaining acceptance in the market. For example, the DA14706 is at the heart of the newly launched Xiaomi Mi band 7 with an eye catching 1.62“, 192x490 AMOLED display, 120 sports modes and a 15-day battery life for typical use. Key Features of the DA1470x Wireless SoCs Multi core system – Arm® Cortex®-M33 processor as the main application core and Cortex -M0+ as the sensor node controller. Integrated 2D GPU & Display controller supporting DPI, JDI parallel, DBI and Single/Dual/Quad SPI interfaces. Configurable MAC supporting Bluetooth® LE 5.2 and proprietary 2.4 GHz protocols. Integrated 720mA JEITA-compliant USB charger supports rechargeable Li-ion/Li-Po batteries. Integrated low quiescent current SIMO DC/DC converter of the PMU efficiently supplies internal system and external components Ultra-low power hardware VAD enables seamless and always on audio processing Winning Combination Renesas has combined the new DA1470x with multiple components from its broad range of embedded processing, analog, power and connectivity portfolio to create two new Winning Combinations: a Wearable Activity Tracker and an Instrument Panel for Light EVs and eBikes. Renesas offers more than 300 Winning Combinations with compatible devices from the Renesas product portfolio to enable customers to speed up the design process and bring products to market more quickly. They can be found at renesas.com/win. Availability The DA1470x Family consists of four new devices, all of which are in mass production and widely available now. More information about all the new devices is available at renesas.com/DA1470x. About Renesas Electronics Corporation Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) empowers a safer, smarter and more sustainable future where technology helps make our lives easier. A leading global provider of microcontrollers, Renesas combines our expertise in embedded processing, analog, power and connectivity to deliver complete semiconductor solutions. These Winning Combinations accelerate time to market for automotive, industrial, infrastructure and IoT applications, enabling billions of connected, intelligent devices that enhance the way people work and live.

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DEVICES

FPT Software Recognized in IoT Consultancies Report by Independent Research Firm

FPT Software | August 02, 2022

Vietnam’s leading ICT firm, FPT Software, was recently included in The Forrester Wave™: IoT Consultancies In Asia Pacific, Q2 2022 report. The leading global market research firm ranked FPT Software as a “Contender” among the eight most significant Internet-of-things (IoT) consultancies in the APAC region. Released in June 2022, the report evaluated and scored the most significant IoT players based on 28 criteria grouped into current offering, strategy and market presence, to help companies identify the right provider for their needs. As the application of IoT broadens across verticals, Forrester suggests that companies should look for consultancies that can combine deep technical expertise with business transformation know-how, have a bold vision, innovation roadmap and market approach, and be able to leverage their exceptional domain knowledge. Listed in the report for the first time, FPT Software received the highest score possible in the network, communications, and devices criteria, and among the second highest in the market approach criterion. Forrester acknowledges that FPT Software’s “managed services capabilities feature top capabilities in network, communications, and device managed services." The report notes that "FPT Software drives clients’ digital transformation via a strong focus on product engineering and embedded engineering in its IoT services portfolio”. “Reference customers confirm [the company’s] deep expertise in device engineering for IoT and its overall engagement approach”, the report states. "FPT Software has been assisting several clients in achieving smarter operations, improved productivity, quality, and high customer satisfaction with IoT. We believe this recognition from Forrester further consolidates our position as a competent IoT consultancy, with great capabilities and scalability in innovation, transformation and talent", FPT Software Chief Executive Officer Pham Minh Tuan Setting its goal to become a world-class end-to-end digital transformation services provider and among Asia’s top 50 digital companies by 2023, FPT Software has gained recognition from world-renowned analyst firms for its strengths in RPA, Cloud, and more. "We pledge to harness our technologies and talented workforce to accelerate digital transformation for our clients worldwide", Tuan noted. About FPT Software FPT Software is a global technology and IT services provider headquartered in Vietnam, with more than USD 632.5 million in revenue and 25,500 employees in 27 countries. As a pioneer in digital transformation, the company delivers world-class services in Smart factory, Digital platforms, RPA, AI, IoT, Cloud, AR/VR, BPO, and more. It has served 1,000+ customers worldwide, a hundred of which are Fortune Global 500 companies in the industries of Automotive, Banking and Finance, Logistics & Transportation, Utilities, and more.

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ENTERPRISE IOT

Renesas Delivers Industry’s Most Complete Intelligent Sensor Solutions for IoT Applications

Renesas | June 27, 2022

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, is changing the way designers build sensor-connected IoT applications with a range of new solutions targeted at faster design cycles, improved accuracy, and reduced system cost. In addition to the new HS4XXX family of relative humidity and temperature sensors, Renesas is introducing the ZSSC3281 sensor signal conditioning (SSC) IC for highly accurate amplification, digitization, and sensor-specific correction of sensor signals. These new products complement Renesas’ extensive MCU portfolio and embedded AI solutions. The sensor design process is supported by Renesas’ unique system design platform that significantly eases the prototyping of IoT systems. The Renesas Quick-Connect IoT system consists of standardized boards and interfaces, enabling designers to quickly and easily connect a wide range of sensors to MCU/MPU development boards. The new system also delivers core software building blocks that are portable between boards, greatly reducing coding requirements. Now, instead of writing and testing hundreds of lines of driver code, designers only need to graphically select their sensor and write a few lines of code. All the integration and setup effort happen behind the scenes, reducing the time to a working solution. Renesas also provides numerous Winning Combinations that combine sensors with multiple other ICs to offer customers an elevated design platform that mitigates the design risks and reduces development time. According to a recent Zion Market Research study, the Global IoT sensors market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 27.9%, reaching an estimated $27.9 billion by the year 2028. “Sensing solutions are a critical element in IoT systems, and present numerous design challenges during system integration that can slow development and impact overall system performance, The combination of our sensor technology, signal conditioning expertise, and system solution mindset enables us to deliver customers a design platform that is unmatched by any competitor.” DK Singh, Senior Director of the Systems and Solutions Team at Renesas With more than 20 years’ experience, Renesas has deep and broad expertise in the sensor market. Renesas’ portfolio includes sensor signal conditioners, biosensors, humidity and temperature sensors, light and proximity sensors, flow sensors, and position sensors. HS4XXX Relative Humidity and Temperature Sensors The new HS4XXX family of relative humidity and temperature sensors provides high accuracy, fast measurement response time, and ultra-low power consumption in a small package size, making them ideal for a wide number of applications ranging from portable devices to products designed for harsh environments. More information on the new family is available at renesas.com/humidity. Key features of the HS4XXX Relative Humidity and Temperature Sensors Very low current consumption: 0.3µA average for 8-bit resolution with a 3.3V supply Ultra-low sleep current: 0.010 µA Small 2.5 × 2.5 × 0.9 mm DFN-style 8-LGA package Highly accurate relative humidity sensing of ± 1.5% RH Temperature sensor accuracy of ±0.2°C typical ZSSC3281 Sensor Signal Conditioning IC The new ZSSC3281 SSC delivers highly accurate amplification, digitization, and sensor-specific correction of sensor signals. It includes a two-channel analog front end as well as an integrated ARM-based MCU with embedded mathematics for sensor signal processing. It targets high-end applications including industrial, medical and consumer sensing. Key features of the ZSSC3281 Sensor Signal Conditioning IC Highest performance with flexible analog front-end configurations Dual-speed mode for highest accuracy combined with fastest update rate 2 ADC’s running in parallel with up to 24-bit resolution Enables broad use for different sensor elements with multiple characteristics Measurement scheduler for optimized performance Advanced interrupt and diagnostic functions Digital interfaces including I²C, SPI, and One Wire Interface (OWI) 4-20mA current loop output, OWI communication via current loop About Renesas Electronics Corporation Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) empowers a safer, smarter and more sustainable future where technology helps make our lives easier. A leading global provider of microcontrollers, Renesas combines our expertise in embedded processing, analog, power and connectivity to deliver complete semiconductor solutions. These Winning Combinations accelerate time to market for automotive, industrial, infrastructure and IoT applications, enabling billions of connected, intelligent devices that enhance the way people work and live.

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