DSR System Development News August 2015

The Real Reasons Behind Most ZigBee Interoperability Problems

With over a decade of experience in wireless communications software development and 7 years working closely with ZigBee, we have seen many cases where although the specification gives adequate description, developers invent their own bicycle.

SmartThings Joins ZigBee Alliance

The ZigBee Alliance today announced that SmartThings is the newest member of the ZigBee Alliance Board of Directors, joining the Alliance at the ‘Promoter’ level.

Wireless Microcontroller with Novel Bluetooth LE Radio

Renesas has introduced a wireless microcontroller that supports Bluetooth Smart. The radio technology was revealed at the IEEE international Solid-State Circuits Conference this year.

Two-factor Authentication Via Bluetooth Smart

The Fast IDentity Online Alliance entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group to use Bluetooth Smart as an alternative to using a USB dongle in Universal Second Factor authentication.

Thread Group Debuts Tech Spec

The Thread Group released Tuesday (July 14) its debut technical spec: Thread Version 1.0. Established to develop reliable, secure and low-power mesh networking protocols for the Internet of Things in the home, the group said that its new specs – which passed rigorous interoperability testing – are available, starting today, to group members.

Wi-Fi Aware

Wi Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Aware™ is a new Wi-Fi Alliance certification program that extends Wi-Fi’s capabilities with a real-time and energy-efficient discovery mechanism that provides an immediate on-ramp to rich here-and-now experiences.

MCCI USB Host Stack for Win 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi

MCCI is providing its TrueTask USB Host stack as the connectivity engine for Windows 10 IoT Core OS targeting Raspberry Pi. A quality USB host stack is needed to make Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2 suitable for for IoT development.

  ARM Shares IoT Wish List

ARM Chief Executive Simon Segars shared an IoT wish list at the recent Imec Technology Forum that suggested semiconductor designers have their work cut out for them. The list started with ultra-low power everything and designs that push costs and area ever closer to zero, but some of the action items were surprising.

  BBC Micro Bit Computer’s Final Design Revealed

The BBC has revealed the final design of the Micro Bit, a pocket-sized computer set to be given to about one million UK-based children in October.

  Arduino Shrunk for Wearables

There is now a slimmed down version of the Arduino embedded system development platform which has been down-sized for use in wearable and IoT applications.

  The Ins and Outs of Embedded Databases for the IoT

While many facets of the Internet of Things are falling into place, some hurdles still exist for the databases that will be used to manage IoT sensor data.

DSR System Development News April 2015

ZigBee® Alliance Aims at IP with Thread Group

The ZigBee Alliance and the Thread Group announced they are collaborating to enable the ZigBee Cluster Library to run over Thread networks. By working together, ZigBee and Thread can jointly provide an interoperable solution to help streamline product development and ultimately improve the consumer’s experience in the connected home.

Biicode Goes Open Source

Biicode is an open source C and C++ dependency manager that basically consists of two parts: a client installed in the user’s machine and a cloud populated with the best and most popular C and C++ libs and frameworks.

Most Efficient Cortex-M, Officially

Atmel’s SAM L21 microcontroller has scored 185 on the EEMBC ULPBench test, making it the most energy efficient ARM Cortex-M processor implementation yet measured.

IoT Platforms: Java

A California-based software company is offering a certified and supported open source development platform which it says will allow Java to become a standard platform for internet of things designs. Zulu Embedded is an open source Java SE compliant development platform from Azul Systems.

Next Industrial Revolution

Over the last few years Jeremy Rifkin, noted economic and social theorist and himself the author of 20 books, has been traveling the world, advocating his ideas about a society based on an optimized use of resources, information, energy transport, and logistics, orchestrated by an all-encompassing communication system, the Internet of Things.

Studying IoT: Codebug

CodeBug is a programmable wearable for teaching coding and ‘physical computing’ (interfacing computers to the real world) to beginners. It comes from team lead by Dr Andrew Robinson, the man behind PiFace interface boards for Raspberry Pi, and is the subject of a Kickstarter campaign.

Solar Mesh IP Network

Linear Technology demonstrated its SmartMesh IP embedded wireless mesh network, powered by Sol Chip’s Solar Battery, at this month’s Hannover Fair 2015 trade show, promoting the use of solar energy to power industrial Internet of Things applications.

IBM Sets Memory Density Record

IBM Research claims to have set the world’s record in storage density on magnetic tape, 123 billion bits of uncompressed data per square inch on low cost, particulate magnetic tape made especially for the project by FujiFilm.

Bluetooth® Privacy

There is a capability within Bluetooth® Smart technology concerned with safeguarding your privacy as it relates to any physical route you travel. This capability has been available since the release of the Bluetooth 4.0 core specification and the introduction of Bluetooth Smart. We’ve recently made some improvements to it in version 4.2.

Bluetooth® as Hotel Key

New app using Bluetooth® Smart technology helps guests open their doors in the hotels. Created for Starwood Preferred Guest members, the app lets guests check in, get their room number, and unlock their door without stopping first at the front desk.


DSR System Development News March 2015

Arm Wrestling

Low power consumption means ARM processors are making headway into the single-board industrial computer market, even as Intel, AMD and Via make lower power x86 chips. Cost, performance, and virtualization are other parameters affecting adoption.

Get Started With ZigBee® Today

Our readers are often interested in ZigBee technology but don’t know how to get started. Here are four starter kits you can order online to get started with ZigBee today!

Apple’s Big Bet

Apple introduces the new MacBook, shares more details on Apple Watch, and discusses a new platform, ResearchKit. All of these announcements share a common thread – Bluetooth® wireless technology.

Bluetooth® Breakthrough Awards

The SIG and media partner CNET announced the overall winner and the category winners of the annual Bluetooth® Breakthrough Awards. Over the last few years, the breakthrough awards have helped bring attention to some of the best Bluetooth® enabled products, applications, and concepts. This year is no exception.

The Power Of JavaScript For IoT

Marvell announced that it has open-sourced the company’s software crown jewel, KinomaJS. The KinomaJS is a JavaScript-based framework designed to build the core applications of embedded devices.

2 Worst Mistakes in Electronics Product Design

Seeing over more than 25 years of manufacturing niche electronics products for a wide range of target industries, George Henning, President of OCM Manufacuring thinks he has seen it all. Unfortunately, that means that he continues to witness some of the same heart-stopping (and product killing) mistakes again and again.

1-Micron Image Sensor Pixel

The OV16880 is a 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor from OmniVision Technologies Inc. with a pixel size of 1-micron. The sensor uses PureCel-S stacked die technology and supports phase detection autofocus.

Less Errors With IAR

IAR Systems has introduced a design tool to provide static analysis as part of its development toolchain for ARM micro controllers.

Accident-Free Cars

Freescale Semiconductor has unveiled at the Mobile World Congress here an automotive vision system-on-chip, dubbed S32V, designed for what the company calls “an accident-free car.”

VNC for Raspberry Pi

The software known as VNC can be used with Raspberry Pi in two ways. If the Raspberry Pi is connected to a monitor or TV and is running a graphical desktop, the software allows the user to run remote access or share the screen with another user.


DSR System Development News February 2015

C++14 in Embedded Systems

In 1998, D.Herity wrote an article for Embedded Systems Programming titled ‘C++ in Embedded Systems – Myth and Reality’. The article was intended to inform C programmers concerned about adopting C++ in embedded systems programming. A lot has changed since 1998…

Open Source Hardware Advances

Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers.

ZigBee® Explained

With home automation steadily working its way towards becoming the hot thing that everyone predicted it would be, there are a number of connection standards being thrown around. One of the best established is ZigBee. So what exactly is ZigBee, and how might it affect you?

Security in Bluetooth® 4.2

A few weeks ago, the Bluetooth SIG released the new Bluetooth® 4.2 core specification. This new release is the most connected, most secure and most power-efficient specification to date. Bluetooth® 4.2 contains feature updates in security, privacy and extended data packet length.

Bluetooth Meets the Internet

While there is no standard end-to-end IoT architecture, we can make some observations about both the architectures and technologies involved. IoT scenarios will be serviced by multi-tier architectures. Furthermore, it is possible to identify an ‘edge tier’ which may be likened to the leaves of an IoT tree. Bluetooth Smart devices exist within this edge tier.

Smart Skepticism About IoT

As a McKinsey analyst, Christopher Thomas is paid to think out of the box. So in this time that is by all accounts the peak of the hype cycle for the Internet of Things, it’s no surprise the co-leader of the firm’s Asia semiconductor practice is something of an IoT skeptic.

Muscular Arm

ARM has announced its most powerful processor ever. Called Cortex-A72, it is 1.8x more powerful than the firm’s 64bit Cortex-A57, and 3.5x more powerful than the 32bit Cortex-A15, according to ARM.

Electric Paintings

Non-toxic, solvent-free, and water-soluble liquid wire can be used for prototyping, repairing PCBs, and painting circuits and sensors on any surface.

Online Linux Training

The Linux Foundation, the organization promoting the take-up of Linux for development, has introduced a new self-paced Essentials of System Administration course as part of its Linux design certification scheme.

10 Must-Have Skills For Embedded Engineers

From getting familiar with open source software to developing apps, industry professionals are urging embedded engineers to get out of their comfort zone and acquire new skills to stay relevant.


DSR System Development News December 2014

2014-12-01-ces International CES 2015

Come join us at the International CES 2015, January 6th – January 9th in Las Vegas, NV! DSR will be exhibiting in the ZigBee pavilion this year in booth 71023 – 7A in Sands Convention Center. We will be showcasing several products for IoT market, including Gateway Manager (allows to quickly add new devices/sensors to existing IoT system), DSR Middleware (enabler of quick integration for IoT devices with settop boxes, hubs, and access points), and DSR Home Automation (white-label-ready, cross-platform Cloud solution for Home Automation that is fully integrated to work with a low-cost ZigBee gateway). If you are interested in DSR ZigBee solutions or just looking for an experienced, professional software development services to get 2015 started right, contact us to set up a meeting or stop by our booth!

2014-12-01-zigbee3 ZigBee 3.0 – Wireless Standard For IoT

The ZigBee® Alliance announced the unification of its market-leading wireless standards to a single standard called ZigBee 3.0. This standard will provide interoperability among the widest range of smart devices and give consumers and businesses access to innovative products and services that will work together seamlessly to enhance everyday life.

iot Defining The IoT

One of the most buzzed-about concepts, or industry trends if you prefer, is the Internet of Things (IoT). It is mentioned in almost every new-product announcement, and not just sensor and sensor-related devices.

Everyone from software and embedded developers, through component makers, and sensor OEMs are jumping on the IoT train. And just to help things along application-wise, the Internet Protocol for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance keeps everyone on track with standards and interoperability concerns.

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2014-12-01-4k 4K For Your Health

Modern medical diagnostics relies heavily on technologies that graphically represent the organs and structures of the human body. The available imaging technologies range from relatively simple ultrasound devices to highly complex computed tomography systems…

2014-12-01-ai AI-Based Programming Tool

A Rice University-led team of software experts have launched an $11 million effort to create a sophisticated tool called PLINY that they believe could make writing computer programs as easy as searching the Internet.

2014-12-01-wifi When Wireless Worlds Collide

“Like many others, the first thing your correspondent does when within hailing distance of a public hotspot is switch off his mobile phone’s 3G/4G data network and join the internet courtesy of freely available Wi-Fi instead. He can then download dollops of data without the anxiety of breaching his wireless carrier’s monthly megabyte cap and running up punitive charges. He is not alone…”

2014-12-01-beacon Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Bluetooth®

In this report 16 different iBeacon hardware vendors are examined, including Estimote, Kontakt, and Gimbal. Over the past three months, the beacons have been stress tested under many conditions examining every aspect of them. This is the first and most comprehensive report of its kind.

2014-12-01-gb Gygabit Promise

New York City unveiled an ambitious plan to roll out a free citywide municipal Wi-Fi network that officials say will be the fastest and most wide-reaching network of its kind in the world.

2014-12-01-gps GPS Tracking For Berries

Add-on modules for the Raspberry Pi computer platform that provide GPS positioning, accelerometer and prototyping functions are available now.

2014-12-01-bone Beaglebone Programming Real-Time

Texas Instrument hopes to simplify the programming of the BeagleBone Black embedded computing board. It has introduced the PRU Cape as a BeagleBone Black add-on board that gives designers access to a Programmable Real-Time Unit (PRU) core.

2014-12-01-fairy Maker Faire Tokyo 2014

A great collection of photos made on exhibition where fairy tales become true.


DSR System Development News November 2014

xbee The First ZigBee Radio Network in Space

XBee radios will form a prototype telemetry system on a NASA Soarex sounding rocket launching this coming January, 2015. A three-node XBee ZigBee network will be used to monitor the exo-brake performance so that no wires need to be added to the device. The nodes will monitor six different acceleration parameters as well as overall temperature and air pressure.

wlan-tv IEEE Standard Defines WLAN Coexistence in TV White Space

The IEEE 802.19.1 standard enables the family of IEEE 802 wireless standards to effectively utilize the TV white space. The 802.19.1 standard specifies radio technology independent methods for coexistence among dissimilar or independently operated wireless networks operating in TV white space.

nodejs Use JavaScript with Node.js to Build Internet of Things Projects

You don’t need to be an electronics engineer to develop IoT prototypes with an Intel Galileo Gen 2 board. Intel XDK IoT Edition provides an IDE that enables you to use JavaScript with Node.js to build Internet of Things (IoT) projects that target specific Intel boards and interact with Arduino shields and modules.

greenvity ZigBee and HomePlug in a Single Chip

Hybrii®-XL GV7011 is the industry’s first hybrid System-on-Chip with HomePlug Green PHY PLC and IEEE802.15.4/ZigBee.

Target Applications include:

  • Smart Energy Management for Home, Buildings and Multi-Dwelling Units
  • Plug-in Electric Vehicle Chargers
  • Smart Meter
  • Smart Appliances
  • Smart Home Network (Home Gateway, Routers and STB)
  • Controlled Lighting
  • Solar Inverter and Micro-Inverters


volvo Volvo Uses a Suite of Discrete Sensors to Make Cars Safe

Volvo has developed new technology that can do a 360 degree scan of its surroundings and suggest actions to avoid incidents.

Key to the technology is a centralized Sensor Fusion framework that allows data from radar, cameras, lidar, GPS, and other sensors to be shared efficiently.

greenpeak “After The Smart Phone: The Smart Home”

GreenPeak Technologies has created a new white paper titled “After The Smart Phone: The Smart Home” that discusses and explores the importance of the smart phone and other web connected devices to the rapid emergence of the Smart Home. The new white paper also includes a discussion of Family Lifestyle systems.

btsmart Bluetooth Smart in Windows 10

The built-in integration with Bluetooth 4.0 first appeared in Windows 8. And now in Windows 10 Microsoft is giving the entire ecosystem one SDK for development. All the OEM needs to do is include the hardware (dual mode Bluetooth BR/EDR + LE radio).

You take Windows 10 software and the OEM’s hardware and it turns the phone, tablet or PC into a powerful Bluetooth Smart Ready hub – ready to connect with billions of Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart peripherals.

ibeacon Beacons are Opening New Avenues for Retailers

Toshiba recently introduced signs that use Bluetooth® Smart technology to create customize the consumer shopping experience. Bluetooth beacons send out a signal and when the smartphone comes into range, the sign becomes an “adaptive storefront”.

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cancer Lab-on-a-chip Could Speed Cancer Diagnosis

The lab-on-a-chip works by detecting miniscule membrane vesicles called exosomes, which are found in most cancer cells.

Until now, exosomes have been hard to separate out and test because of their small size (between 30 and 150nm). Now, however, a team from the University of Kansas has created a device that promises faster result times, reduced costs, minimal sample demands and better sensitivity of analysis compared to conventional bench-top instruments currently used to examine the tiny biomarkers


DSR System Development News September 2014

greenpeak Cees Links – Email Interview

Cees Links is the founder and CEO of GreenPeak Technologies. Under his responsibility, the first wireless LANs were developed, ultimately becoming household technology integrated into PCs and notebooks. He was involved in the establishment of the IEEE 802.11 standardization committee and the WiFi Alliance. And, he was instrumental in establishing the IEEE 802.15 standardization committee to become the basis for the ZigBee sense and control networking.

linux-conference Linux Conference In Three Parts

Europe will see a major Linux conference take place in Germany next month. The Linux Foundation is running the European event on October 13-15, 2014 in Duesseldorf, Germany. Effectively it is three conferences in one – LinuxCon, CloudOpen and Embedded Linux.

zigbee-cs The First Zigbee® Based Inter-Satellite Communication System

Engineers at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have successfully piloted the world’s first ZigBee-based inter-satellite communication system.

core-structure Imagination Reveals 64-Bit Mips Core

Imagination Technologies has released the first complete 64-bit MIPS core for many years. Remarkably, the 64-bit core will be half-way down the firm’s performance range – and will be the first of its I-Class Warrior processors.

moore-law Does Moore’S Law Have Any Limits?

It’s not the first time to think about how long will the Moore’s law stay actual. Lets look at the problem from the side of The Sunflower consortium.

raspberry-pi Raspberry Pi Gets PoE

Raspberry Pi can be powered via an Ethernet connection using a 5V power over Ethernet add-on adaptor board. It is the idea of UK-based manufacturer Silvertel which has released a circuit and PCB layout for a 5V PoE adapter board and the information is available for free download and use.

green-home Almost $2 Billion Market

According to a new report published by Transparency Market Research, the home energy management systems market was valued at $393.8 million in 2012, and it is expected to reach USD $1.9 billion by 2019, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 25 percent from 2013 to 2019.

wearables Wireless Protocols For Wearables

The design of wearable electronics presents developers with a complex problem. Not only do these computer systems integrated into clothing and everyday objects have to be small, they must also be extremely energy efficient in order to guarantee a high degree of mobility.

make-it-wearable Make It Wearable Finalists

Earlier this year, Intel launched its Make It Wearable challenge which asked Developers to submit a proposal and a pitch video of innovative and creative concepts. This week they announced the ten finalists who will be judged in November in San Francisco for a chance to win $500,000.

zero New Age Coders vs Nothing

According to Terry Gilliam, it is the programmer who has the best chance to make a unified physical theory. Find out why.


DSR System Development News July 2014


The ZigBee® Alliance announced it has completed testing and development of 920IP,
an update to ZigBee® IP, the first open, global standard for an IPv6 based full wireless mesh networking solution
to control low power, low cost devices.
920IP was developed in response to Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications designation of 920 MHz
for use in HEMS and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry endorsement of ECHONET Lite as a smart home standard.

Spansion in ZigBee® Alliance

Spansion a global leader in embedded systems has just joined the ZigBee® Alliance.
“We are pleased to welcome Spansion to the Alliance and their commitment to developing interoperable Internet of Things products,”
said Ryan Maley, Director of Strategic Marketing for the ZigBee® Alliance.

IEEE P2413

The IEEE has just launched a new IoT development development project, IEEE P2413,
to develop a standard architectural framework for the Internet of Things.
According to Oleg Logvinov, chair of IEEE P2413 WG, upon completion,
the standard will provide a robust architectural framework for the IoT, reducing market fragmentation,
improving interoperability, and serving as a catalyst for continued IoT growth and advancement.

Battle for the Smart Home

The race for the smart home is really on in earnest. Recently, Nest Labs made the software behind its
internet-connected thermostat and smoke detector systems accessible to outside developers.
Nest Labs says that more than 5000 developers are interested in tapping into its system.
Both Google and Apple are among them.

Android: Now on 64bit ARM

Android has been ported to 64bit ARMv8-A hardware by Linaro, the open source software industry body devoted to ARM cores.
Available as part of the Linaro 14.06 release, the port has been tested on ARM’s ‘Juno’ development hardware,
which has dual Cortex-A57s and quad Cortex-A53s, coupled in the firm’s power-saving big.LITTLE arrangement, plus a quad core Mali T-624 graphics processor.

Tiny Image Recognition System

A US-based start-up has come up with a way to port its image recognition SDK to the Raspberry Pi.
“This because it shows that even tiny, cheap devices are capable of performing sophisticated computer vision tasks,”
said Pete Warden, chief technology officer at Jetpac.


A company named Swarm has developed a pretty cool Bluetooth® Smart solution for in-store
tracking and managing of foot traffic.
It consists of a Bluetooth® Smart sensor tag and an app on a smart device, with a monthly service fee for managing the analytics of the collected data.

Find a Fish with a Smartphone

Are you looking for the solution to connect your smartphone with the oldest hobby in the world – fishing?
If so, then look no further than the Bluetooth® Smart Fishfinder. It syncs with an iPhone or iPad and uses a sonar
transceiver to locate fish.

Why wear IT?

In the era of emerging wearable devices, the most important part of the debate shouldn’t be “how” a wearable device looks
(its form factor, if you will).
It’s more important to understand the “what for”. In short, why attach a gadget to yourself?

Don’t major in CS

Do you want to work for one of the IT industry giants? But are you sure that you need CS degree to achieve your goals?

DSR System Development News June 2014

Headphone jack as a peripheral port

NXP has suggested to connect external sensors to cell phones and smartphones via the headphone jack instead of using high speed USB or Lightning interfaces,
because many external devices operate with at a very low data rate, and so they do not need a high speed interface to communicate with mobile apps.

PLL with the lowest noise offers improved RF sensitivity

Texas Instruments has introduced a 14GHz fractional-N phased-locked loop (PLL) with the industry’s best noise performance, for improved RF sensitivity, radar range and accuracy.

Glasshole-free zone

The ability of Google Glasses to record everything around and publish the video in Internet is not loved by everyone.
Berlin artist Julian Oliver has written a simple program that detects any Glass device attempting to connect to a Wi-Fi network based on MAC addresses.
And as soon as the Google Glass device is detected, the owner of the Wi-Fi network can drop the connection with the device or notify people nearby.

Bluetooth Smart Starter Kit

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has introduced a free Bluetooth Smart starter kit, designed to help developers reduce the time it takes to get their prototypes into production.

Marvel believes that ZigBee is the important technology in IoT

In contrast to Broadcom and Qualcomm who argue that ZigBee will be supplanted by Bluetooth and Wi-Fi,
Marvel believes that Zigbee will be the key wireless technology in the internet of things.

Web based FPGA design

Chip Path Design Systems has announced the industry’s first device-mapping tools and IP directory for FPGA front-end design.
Based on a web browser and with no software installation required, the Chip Path portal and IP directory
allow engineers to design, research, compare and select hundreds of IP blocks for use with FPGA devices from multiple vendors.

Embedded Design Show

Last year’s Electronics Design Show in the UK attracted more than 1000 engineers.
For 2014, organiser Findlay Media has decided to expand the Show with a new section dedicated entirely to the embedded sector.
The Embedded Design Show will run at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena from 22-23 October.

Audi’s semiconductor strategy

There are now between 6000 and 8000 semiconductor parts in each new Audi automobile – and one rolls off the production line at Ingolstadt every 88s.

Smart Standards for a Smarter Grid

ZigBee Smart Energy is the world’s leading standard for interoperable products that monitor, control, inform and automate the delivery and use of energy and water.
Utility Horizons latest magazine gives some impression on its key features, benefits and perspectives.

DSR System Development News May II 2014

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On May 28th Wireless Japan – one of the largest regional exhibitions in the wireless technology world – opens its doors. Over 200 exhibitors from all over the world will there to show off their products to customers in the Japanese and wider Asian market.
DSR will also be there with our ZigBee® and Bluetooth® Solutions:

  • ZBOSS – DSR’s certified ZigBee® Pro 2012 software stack, together with HA1.2, ZLL and GreenPower and suite of tools for rapid development and deployment
  • ZBOSS Sub1-GHz – now the most popular wireless technology in Japan, together with ZBOSS API
  • BluRapport – portable, high-performance Bluetooth® stack ideally suited for both embedded and desktop applications – now with Bluetooth Smart® support
  • IoE Home Automation Cloud solution – build and deploy your cloud solution in no time with DSR’s IoE cloud framework