Azure IoT MCU Chip

Microsoft launched a new MCU that offers device connectivity to Azure platform with builtin security to offer a secure pipe for control and data communication..

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Microsoft has fully embraced Unix with a variant as Kernel and calls it Azure Sphere OS!.

Produced by MediaTek, it is a  single-core ARM-A7 running at 500MHz with Wi-Fi and other I/O connectivity options..

Amazon had a similar OS launch last year, It is OS alone with capability to run it on any chip that can be embedded into devices. Microsoft has gone one step further to test it with a particular chip also.

Who’s Next?

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AI on a chip..

Seems to be getting some focus lately. Nvidia’s Volta, ARM’s Trillium, Intel with Nervana, Microsoft with Catapult and Google with TPU are the starting points for the silicon AI.

With comparisons to 80387, GPUs the AI in silicon seems to be suited for getting high speed analytics into edge devices if dedicated chips can help in reducing device footprint rather than using general purpose CPUs.

 

Dropbox saving with onpremise infra

Dropbox moved out of the AWS and went in reverse direction two years ago. Saw a news item explaining the savings that they had with moving to onpremise infrastructure.

Begs the question : What is the saving we get moving to cloud?.

What is cheaper : Compute, Storage, better security, maintenance, technology refresh, technical resources to manage infra?.

Any thoughts?

AWS Greengrass

So far it has been devices were reaching out to IoT Hub’s and Cloud and using the compute power for Edge and/or main computing apart from data handling, with AWS Greengrass it is reverse current!. You can use IoT and Lambda infrastructure that can trigger actions on devices that are connected via this framework and circuit is complete in terms of usage of the computing power in both directions apart from the existing bi-directional data transmission

Check this link for more.

Ubuntu Unity – RIP

With Ubuntu 18.04 your familiar Unity interface will be dead. I had love-hate relationship with it when it was introduced in 12.04, I have been using GNOME 1/2 from Ubuntu 8. With Microsoft Windows 8 mimic-ing Unity (right side pop-in menu) Unity seems more comfortable with my personal laptop on Ubuntu and official one on MSFT.

With 16:9 monitors Unity did provide lot of real estate for multiple screens (4 terminals) to be opened comfortably, two documents/browsers for comparisons etc. With the left side menu hidden full screen is practically for the apps. Dash is still something that’s inconsistent in it’s behaviour, will not miss it.

Was not a big fan of GNOME either but hopefully it will look similar to Unity interface that has been comfortable for many when 18.04 is released to smooth out transition to the back to the past windows manager!. It brings back the thought of trying to use the multiple workspaces/terminals that was popular in GNOME..

More on the reasons of the going back here written by Mark Shuttleworth, founder of canonical the creator of Ubuntu.

Sad to hear it go!.

Update [11Apr] : Looking at it from positive perspective here