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Huawei launches 10KB LiteOS to power the internet of things | The Verge

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is preparing to launch an operating system for the internet of things that’s just 10 kilobytes in size. The company says that its “LiteOS” is the “lightest” software of its kind and can be used to power a range of smart devices — from wearables to cars. Huawei predicts that by 2025 there will be roughly 100 billion internet-connected devices in the world, with two million new sensors deployed every hour. The company also said that the OS would be “opened to all developers” to allow them to quickly create their own smart products — although it’s unclear whether this means that LiteOS will be fully open-source. Huawei says LiteOS also supports “zero configuration, auto-discovery, and auto-networking.”

Huawei launches 10KB LiteOS to power the internet of things | The Verge.

CAP-XX Launches 0.6mm Thinline Supercapacitors for Designing Wearable, Ultra-Portable and Connected IoT Devices

CAP-XX, developer of flat supercapacitors for burst and back-up power in space-constrained electronic devices, today launched its Thinline series of single-cell supercapacitors. The world’s thinnest at 0.6mm thick, and with prices starting at less than US$1 in large volumes, Thinline was developed to address the size, weight and cost challenges of designing thin, sometimes disposable electronic devices for the Internet of Things (IoT). Examples include wearables (medical, fitness and health monitors, smart watches, drug delivery systems), portables (active credit cards, smartphones, RFID tags), and connected electronics (smart homes and smart buildings, electronic shelf labels, wireless sensor networks).

To reduce thickness and manufacturing costs, CAP-XX increased the power and energy density in its electrode materials to deliver equivalent performance in about half the volume, and eliminated the folded edges and copper terminals that contribute to thickness in its standard line supercapacitors. (For comparison, CAP-XX’s thinnest traditional single-cell supercapacitor is 1.10mm.)

CAP-XX supercapacitors benefit from a unique nanotechnology construction that stores electrical charge in engineered carbon electrodes on aluminium foil, to minimize resistance and maximize capacitance (scroll down to CAP-XX Nanotechnology to view diagrams at http://www.cap-xx.com/products/photo-gallery). This unique electrode construction packs the highest energy and power densities possible into thin, prismatic packages.

More info here.

Weightless-N Open Standard Released

The Weightless SIG announced the publication of version 1.0 of the new Weightless-N open standard based on a low power wide area star network architecture. Operating in sub-GHz spectrum using ultra narrow band (UNB) technology, Weightless-N offers best in class signal propagation characteristics leading to excellent range of several kilometres even in challenging urban environments. Very low power consumption provides for exceptionally long battery life measured in years from small conventional cells and leading edge innovation in design minimises both terminal hardware and network costs.

Central to the Weightless proposition is its status as an open standard. Weightless is differentiated from all alternative proprietary LPWAN technologies by uniquely enabling a competitive, free and fair market that does not lock developers into using particular vendors or network service providers.

Details of hardware supporting Weightless-N as well as SDKs will be made available on the Weightless website shortly.

More information available here

Call for Participation I3SC 2015

The International Summer School on Smart Cars 2015 will be held at Seggau Castle, Graz, Austria, Sept 6 – 12, 2015.

Smart and self-driving cars will change our daily lives significantly and are expected to have a transformational impact on society by offering more convenience in traveling, accident prevention, improved road logistics, and completely self-organizing traffic with a vast number of fully autonomous and seamlessly interacting cars.

Realizing these visions requires substantial research on automotive embedded computing and networking in order to manage the significantly increased complexity of real-time information processing, to deal with the dynamics of highly mobile networks among vehicles and the surrounding infrastructure, and to provide the dependability and trustworthiness required for safe traffic and efficient transportation.

Topics covered by the Summer School are:

*    Autonomous driving and platooning
*    Smart infrastructure and smart environments
*    Vehicular networks and car2X communication
*    Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS)
*    Automotive hardware/software codesign
*    Automotive safety and security
*    HIL testing and simulation
*    E-Mobility
*    Experience from real-world scenarios

GOALS

The goal of this summer school is to survey fundamental and applied aspects of embedded automotive computing and networking for Smart Cars, as well as to identify novel opportunities and research directions in related areas through a series of lectures held by international experts. Participants will experience various relevant technologies during hands-on courses and will be given a chance to present their own work during seminar modules. The school will provide a great opportunity to network with other people working in the field, to meet distinguished scholars, and to establish contacts for potential future research collaborations.

PARTICIPATION

The target audience are postgraduate students, PhD students, master students, and young researchers from universities and industry all over the world who either want to enter or who already have experience in this exciting research area.

Prospective participants need to upload a description of their interests and background as described on the school website. Participants will be selected based on their work area and background, geographic  distribution, and date of application.

IMPORTANT DATES

May 18, 2015 – application deadline [extended]
May 28, 2015 – Notification of admittance [extended]
September 6-12, 2015 – Summer School


In case you are not interested in receiving more information on this topic, please write to smartcars [at] iti.tugraz.at