Archive for February, 2019

i.MX8 booting IoT Core!

Happy to report I have IoT Core booting on my i.MX8 dev kit.

Ran into some issues with the secure boot but I have been working with the Microsoft development team to work through these.

Great to see 64bit ARM OS working.

Attached see the video.https://www.dropbox.com/s/o3i55y8kiut9962/New%20video2_Small.mp4?dl=0

Android Things going underground

According to this post it looks like Android Things never got the reception Google may have wished for.

They seem to be dropping public support for the platform and just concentrating on OEMs (which smells like marketing spin to me). Strange since they were touting 3 year commitment just a few months ago. I guess they may still do the security updates but we will never see the rich public platforms they were once promising.

Having been burned by Intel (they unexpectedly dropped support for many of their development platforms), Atmel and Microsoft many times in the past it comes as no surprise to me. Many times corporate expectations don’t exactly align with customers or the public. Especially when it comes to the bottom line ($$).

Its hard for a platform to acquire the critical mass to keep it around going forward. Many times I have been asked “How long do you think Intel will continue making 80186 chips”. My answer “As long as they continue to make money on it!”  says it all.

ARM64 support comming to IoT Core

Windows IoT core was originally released with support for x86 and ARM. These are 32bit OS flavors for ARM and Intel based processors. Later came x64 for the Intel line.

Now, with the release of Windows 10 1809 we are seeing an associated ARM64 IoT release.

A September 2018 IoT Core refresh now includes the ARM64 bits along with the x86, x64 and ARM. This rounds of the offering and we can expect to see more ARM64 offerings.

We should expect to see the Raspberry Pi 3 and the i.MX8 platform now support 64 bit ARM as these are based on the 64bit A53 ARM core.

I have been doing some preliminary builds of ARM64 IoT Core on the i.MX8 platform using the new NXP evaluation kit.

Looks very promising …. stay tuned!