That cloud keeps coming back. No, not the dark cloud that sometimes seems to hover over us. I’m referring to the place where you can store your design, access tools, collaborate with others on your design team regardless of where they’re located, and so on. This time, the cloud is “housed” at Arrow, in a tool called Cloud Connect.
Arrow has partnered with Freescale and its Freedom-developed platform on this tool chain. Now, you can more easily design a product for the “Internet of Things” applications based on Freescale’s Kinetis L series 32-bit MCUs, specifically the ARM Cortex™-M0+ architecture. Using the development platform, you can write, compile, and program code to your L series Freescale Freedom development platform, all from within the cloud using the free compiler.
If you’re not familiar with the M0 processors, they are very low power and very inexpensive. And Freescale has a host of peripherals available so you can scale your design to match your application. Freescale also offers a development platform to further expedite your design.
Digi is also a partner in this endeavor, with its iDigi cloud product. The iDigi software gateway provides an instant capability to sense and send data for various end points. This occurs through the iDigi Connector, an open interface for Kinetis processors.
Perhaps a little bit of an unrealized dream, I wanted to create a cloud based OS for my Masters/PhD thesis. I forsee moving every aspect of computing to the cloud, except the physical terminal. As wireless data speeds increase, perhaps the bandwidth of IC interconnects could be emulated. Funding prevents my continuation.
Nvidia's Grid is attempting to take the video processing remote. The cloud is headed in the right direction.
With so many companies offering free stuff in the cloud, I guess I need to start taking advantage, so I can learn more. Wondering how many visitors here are already fully embracing the cloud? Let us know if you are, and why it works for you.
Keep in mind, to go full-cloud on everything, there is an infrastructure to support it. This is all hypothetical. I would imagine, like how we pay for Internet connectivity today, we would for a cloud system. It would always be up to date with the latest tech. To me, it sounds like a dream come true. To only have a screen and input devices, removing the PC tower or heavy electronics would be welcome.
Currently, I use Dropbox for syncing files between my various devices and sharing with colleagues. It is so much easier to collaborate than in the past.
Another thing... I don't have as much redundancy protecting my data as cloud based services would back it up.
I have written articles, code, and drafted at the airport, beech, and lounging at home. I wish I had something lighter to work with. And even more so, I wish I didn't have to protect my data like it "the one ring to rule them all." I would like to just drop the terminal and pick it up elsewhere when I want.
I would look at this fantasy-cloud being 100% online at all times. Just like how we take electricity up-time for granted. Most of us do not have backup power sources, we have learned to trust our providers.
LG has already demonstrated wireless Ultra-HD video transmission, that is 4K resolution. We are close to terminal emulation.
I can see the use of this kind of tools very useful for under financed universities. I have lot of problems in keeping relatively up to date the hardware and develpment tools for my courses in embedded or HDL design. New tools need more processor speed, working and storage memory though you have to do most of the time simple designs. Not speaking about security issues, cleanning the computers at the beginning of the semester.
If you only need a web browser to access the tools in the cloud, knowing also that they are always updated, you have storage space in the cloud and already installed documentation, app notes and sample code, all make teachers life more simpler. You only need to secure a reliable high speed Internet connection.
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
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