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pulse Biometric sensor platform for wearables and IoT, by ST and Valencell A scalable development kit integrates ST SensorTile with Valencell's Benchmark biometric sensor system to accelerate smart wearable and IoT product development. Valencell (Raleigh, North Carolina) is a company active in high-performance biometric data sensor technology; in a joint announcement with STMicroelectronics the two companies have disclosed an accurate and scalable development kit for biometric wearables that includes ST's compact SensorTile turnkey multi-sensor module integrated with Valencell’s Benchmark biometric sensor system. Together, SensorTile and Benchmark comprise the most useful portfolio of sensors to support the most advanced wearable use cases, according to their designers. The SensorTile is an IoT module (13.5 x 13.5 mm) that hosts an STM32L4 microcontroller, a Bluetooth Low Energy chipset, a wide spectrum of high-accuracy motion and environmental MEMS sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, pressure, temperature sensor), and a digital MEMS microphone. At just over 180 mm², STMicroelectronics’ SensorTile can be used as a sensing and connectivity hub for developing firmware and shipping in products such as wearables, gaming accessories, and smart-home or IoT devices. Valencell’s PerformTek sensor systems provide accurate, robust and flexible technology, powering biometric hearing devices and wearables. Raspberry Pi’s PIXEL desktop, now on x86/PC/Mac In September 2016, the Foundation released PIXEL, its desktop environment (a Linux/Debian distribution, basically) for the Pi. Now, there is a bootable version that will bring up exactly the same user experience on PC or Mac hardware – including some “mature” and limited-resource machines. Raspberry Pi’s founder Eben Upton calls it, “...the GNU/Linux we would want to use,” and explains, “we asked ourselves one simple question: if we like PIXEL so much, why ask people to buy Raspberry Pi hardware in order to run it? There is a massive installed base of Complete article, here PC and Mac hardware out there, which can run x86 Debian just fine. Could we do something for the owners of those machines? The result is an experimental version of Debian+PIXEL for x86 platforms. Simply download the image, burn it onto a DVD or flash it onto a USB stick, and boot straight into the familiar PIXEL desktop environment on your PC or Mac.” Complete article, here 11 EDN Europe January 2017 www.edn-europe.com


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