BeagleBoard, Octavo Systems, Matlab & Simulink Embedded World 2019 Innovations

We're incredibly excited to be on the ground at Embedded World 2019. Among the awesome innovators we had the pleasure of speaking with were Octavo Systems, BeagleBoard, and Matlab. 

Octavo Systems Marketing Manager Greg Sheridan showed off a system in package (SIP) solution. As he revealed, "You may have seen us on some of the BeagleBoard products." Essentially, Octavo Systems integrated over 150 different components into a solitary unit. RAM, power management, processor, and passive components are held in a single device. This simplifies construction for the manufacturers so that they don't have to worry about the likes of routing RAM.

Sheridan also unveiled the new OSD3358 complete system in package. This adds eMMC and an oscillator, so there's a complete Linux computer in a tiny package. "It's a zero layer board Linux PC," Sheridan revealed. Demonstrating its prowess, Greg showed the OSD3358 CSIP running a web server for a PCB-less full Linux PC.

BeagleBoard makes some of our favorite Raspberry Pi alternatives including the BeagleBone Black. BeagleBoard Executive Director Christine Long showcased the new BeagleBone AI, a single-board computer (SBC) which seeks to fuse the open-source community with AI. 

The BeagleBone AI touts a 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A15 CPU with out-of-order speculative issue three-way superscalar execution pipeline, which translates to the fastest execution of 32-bit code. You'll find four embedded vision engines (EVEs), two C66x floating-point VLIW DSPs with OpenCL support, dual ARM Cortex-M4 co-processors, and a dual-core PowerVR SGX544 3D GPU. It's loaded with 1GB RAM and 16GB of eMMC onboard. There's 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet. For video, the BeagleBone AI boasts 4K video output. 

Meanwhile, Matlab and Simulink talked embedded intelligence. Think along the lines of code generation, deep learning, and image processing. Some of its forward-thinking projects include training a machine learning model, train it, then deploy it on a microprocessor. 

Though there's a variety of groundbreaking tech being flaunted at Embedded World 2019, the trend is clear. AI, machine learning, and deep learning continue to evolve and become easier to work with. Devices themselves are becoming smaller yet more powerful and capable, as evidenced by the BeagleBoard AI, and Octavo Systems with its CISP running a Linux PC on a PCB-less system. This latter point is even seen in a recently announced 1TB microSD card which proves that more capable components are being crammed into smaller form factors. 

Stay tuned for more Embedded World 2019 coverage, and come by the Electromaker booth if you're here!

Moe Long

Moe Long is an editor, writer, and tech buff with a particular appreciation for Linux, Raspberry Pis, and retro gaming. When he's not hammering away at his keyboard, he enjoys running, reading, watching cinema, and listening to vinyl. You can read his writings on film and pop culture at CupOfMoe.com and check out his thoughts on movies on the Celluloid Fiends podcast.


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