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Linux Leading Containers Into the IoT Market

by Robert Shapiro | 12/09/2020

The development of containers largely originated from Linux-based operating systems (OSs), making Linux the essential groundwork for the vast majority of modern container deployments, including Docker containers and those orchestrated through Kubernetes. Learn more

Samsung Joins Google’s Android Enterprise Recommended Program

by Chris Paggioli | 11/23/2020

Google launched the Android Enterprise Recommended (AER) program in 2018 to help enterprise mobility decision makers select, deploy and manage Android devices with more confidence. The AER program makes it easier for businesses to scale and support their mobile fleets while attempting to curtail platform fragmentation. Learn more

Juniper Networks Announces Strategic Acquisition of 128 Technology to Further Develop AI-WAN Capabilities

by Chris Paggioli | 11/06/2020

Juniper Networks will be acquiring smart wide area networking startup 128 Technology for $450 million. In March 2019 Juniper Networks acquired Mist Systems for $405 million, another AI-powered networking company. Learn more

The Pandemic is Clouding In-Store Automation Investments: Walmart to End Robotics Pilot Program

by Michael Clarke | 11/06/2020

The retail landscape continues to face key challenges around inventory management and accuracy where enterprises are looking towards automation to drive productivity. The lack of accurate inventory management and stock availability has cost retailers sales and consumer satisfaction in their in-store shopping experience. Read more

AMD-Xilinx Becomes New Market Leader for Embedded System-on-Chips

by Dan Mandell | 10/29/2020

2020 has been a year of tremendous change for most everyone including the global market for IoT, embedded and mobile processing solutions. Earlier this week, AMD announced it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Xilinx in an all-stock transaction valued at $35B – just below the record-setting acquisition of Arm by NVIDIA for $40B announced just over a month ago. Learn more

Ivanti Announced Strategic Acquisitions of MobileIron and Pulse Secure to Strengthen Security and Automation Solutions

by Chris Paggioli | 10/08/2020

Ivanti, backed by Clearlake Capital and TA Associates announced it will strategically acquire MobileIron Inc. and Pulse Secure. Ivanti will acquire MobileIron for approximately $872 million with MobileIron stockholders receiving $7.05 in cash per share, a 27% premium. Learn more

Developers Need More AI/ML in Software Testing, Who Will Answer the Call

by Rob Shapiro | 09/11/2020

The evolution of device functionality continues to expand performance requirements of software. In turn, software becomes more complex year after year. Meanwhile, the surge in organizations adopting Agile and DevOps redefines their approach to software development with rapid release and testing cycles for faster time to market competence. Learn more

Motorola Solutions Strengthens Camera-Based Portfolio with Callyo Acquisition

by Pat Nolan | 09/09/2020

In a continued effort to solidify its role as an end-to-end solutions provider for first responder and critical communications environments, Motorola Solutions has recently acquired Callyo, a Florida-based software-as-a-service company. Learn more

The Impact of 5G on Unmanned Aerial Systems in Ports Operations

by Rowan Litter | 09/02/2020

Maritime trade accounts for 90% of overall global trade. By far the most cost-effective way to move goods, this method of trade is essential to the world economy. Once vessels arrive at their destination, they must anchor and wait to be called into port, which can sometimes take over a month. Learn more

Further Enterprise Ambitions Hinted at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked

by Pat Nolan | 08/13/2020

Samsung’s 2020 Galaxy Unpacked, a virtual product reveal event, took place last week. Leaders from the technology giant’s mobile teams spent over an hour unveiling five new products: the Note20 smartphone and Note20 Ultra phablet, the Tab S7 / S7+ tablet, the Watch3 smartwatch and Buds Live wireless earbuds. Learn more

Collaborative Tools, Telehealth Solutions, AI-Driven Diagnoses: Healthcare’s Best Tech Bets to Alleviate Pressures and Disruption of COVID-19

by Pat Nolan | 06/30/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has given pause to nearly every facet of the world as we know it. The sudden and unpredictable nature of this global crisis has urged every element of society and industry to take a step back and reevaluate how it functions. Learn more

Panasonic Announces Release of the New TOUGHBOOK A3 Rugged Android Tablet

by Rowan Litter | 06/30/2020

Panasonic officially released the TOUGHBOOK A3 tablet along with Productivity+ Android Platform Support. The new fully-rugged tablet is the fourth Android-based TOUGHBOOK device released from Panasonic, following the 7” TOUGHBOOK L1, 5” TOUGHBOOK T1, and 4.7” TOUGHBOOK N1. Learn more

Microsoft Acquisition of CyberX Reinforces IoT Commitment

by Jared Weiner | 06/24/2020

Following months of speculation, Microsoft, announced on Monday its acquisition of CyberX, a cybersecurity startup that provides a continuous monitoring and vulnerability management platform built for OT networks. Terms of the deal were not officially disclosed, though several media outlets, including TechCrunch, reported the acquisition will cost Microsoft approximately $165 million. Learn more

Designing Modern Mobile Solutions for the Ground Solider: Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition

by John-Luke D’Amico, with David Krebs | 06/11/2020

The opportunity to equip ground soldiers with secure and reliable and at the same time easy to use and ergonomic has confounded mobile OEMs and DoD decision makers for years. Options frequently came up short and were described as too expensive, too bulky/heavy, not user friendly or not sufficiently secure. Learn more

COVID-19 Impacts Consumer Behavior, Grocery Retail

by Rowan Litter | 05/01/2020

The COVID-19 virus changed every day life in an instant. People around the world are stuck inside while countries institute prolonging stay-at-home and lockdown procedures. As a result, businesses deemed non-essential are shutting doors, some forever. Learn more

Amid Automakers’ Supply Chain Slowdown, Will Embedded Software Vendors Share the Same Fate?

by Robert Shapiro | 04/24/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused delays in manufacturers’ supply chains across business segments, stopping several key consumer facing industries in their tracks. The automotive sector faces particular financial losses due to factories temporarily shutting down to mitigate the spread of infection, as well as slackened demand for new car purchases during the pandemic. Learn more

Infineon Boosts MCU Positioning, Pursues High-performance Edge with Cypress Acquisition

by Dan Mandell | 04/16/2020

The acquisition of Cypress Semiconductor by Infineon Technologies closed today and continues a prolonged period of embedded processor market consolidation. The takeover was not without a few bumps along the journey ending roughly 10 months after Germany’s Infineon announcing its intent to acquire Cypress for €9 billion. Learn more

How to Keep Your Devices Sanitized (Without Damaging Them)

by Pat Nolan | 04/14/2020

Step One: Wash Your Hands. Step Two: Read This. Some of the most valuable personal assets that we have are our mobile computing devices: our tablets, laptops, and the smartphones that we feel uneasy being away from for too long. The same applies to the business world. Learn more

RISC-V is Here to Stay

by Dan Mandell | 03/19/2020

The commercial market for RISC-V has established a firm foothold in embedded processing. The open-source RISC-V instruction set architecture has been a hot topic for the past couple of years and continued to be a couple of weeks ago in Embedded World as highlighted in our VDC View covering the event. Learn more

Covid-19 Pandemic Reveals Next-Generation Manufacturing Risks, Benefits

by Jared Weiner | 3/17/2020

The global economic turbulence and uncertainty incited by the coronavirus pandemic has affected businesses of all shapes and sizes. In the manufacturing sector, organizations have struggled to balance their business and operational needs with the health and safety of their workers, most of whom are unable to work remotely due to the inherently physical nature of their positions on the factory floor. Learn more

MWC Barcelona 2020 – The Biggest Event that Didn’t Happen

by Rowan Litter | 03/14/2020

The last week in February usually marks the biggest time of the year for mobile technology. Every year since 2006, leaders in the mobile industry convene at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, hosted by the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA), to announce product launches, hold special press conferences and hammer out deals behind the scenes. Learn more

Iowa Caucus 2020: How Digital Initiatives Can Go Horribly Wrong. Or…The Mission Critical Importance of User Design and SW Testing

by John-Luke D’Amico, with David Krebs | 02/11/2020

One week ago marked the day Shadow Inc. made a grievous error by launching their faulty smartphone application to track voting records at the Iowa Caucus. The application was part of a technological policy push to create greater efficiency, ease, and transparency within an important process for the Democratic Party to choose their lead candidate in the presidential election. Learn more

Fulfillment Center Tour Recap: Inside Amazon’s Fall River, MA Operation

by Pat Nolan | 1/24/2020

Amazon has been offering guided tours of some of its warehouse facilities and fulfillment centers for just under a year now – the anniversary of its first tour will be February 1st. The everything giant allows anyone older than the age of six to tour 25 of its 145 facilities throughout the US and 20 others internationally, as long as they book ahead of time. Learn more

CES2020: Automotive and Transportation Highlights

by Steve Hoffenberg | 01/17/2020

For the past several years, CES has been a premier showcase for automotive technology. In this gallery of photos, we highlight selected automotive and transportation infrastructure exhibits from the big show, as well as the GO-NV transportation summit and technology showcase event hosted by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, just prior to CES on the campus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Learn more

CES2020: Amazon Web Services Named Winner of VDC’s Embeddy Award for Automotive IoT Services

by Steve Hoffenberg | 01/14/2020

In the first week of the new year CES once again invaded Las Vegas, and among the vast range of products and services was a plethora of automotive and transportation-related technology. (See a forthcoming VDC View document for a broader overview of automotive and transportation tech at the show.) Learn more