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Samsung Begins Production For Its First Internet of Things-optimised Exynos Processor (zdnet.com) 50

An anonymous reader shares a report: Samsung Electronics has launched the Exynos i T200, its first processor optimised for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the company has announced. The South Korean tech giant said the chip has upped security and supports wireless connections, with hopes of giving it an advantage in the expanding IoT market. The Exynos i T200 applies Samsung's 28-nanometer High-K Metal Gate process and has multiple cores, with the Cortex-R4 doing the heavy lifting and an independently operating Cortex-M0+ allowing for multifunctionality. For example, if applied to a refrigerator, Cotext-R4 will run the OS and Cotex-M0+ will power LED displays on the doors.
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Samsung Begins Production For Its First Internet of Things-optimised Exynos Processor

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  • Why would anyone want their refrigerator connected to ANY network? It is a cold box to store food in. Are people really that lazy now that they need their fridge to tell them when they are running out of eggs?

    • Excluding all the perfect people on Slashdot, I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone who hasn't had to 'run back to the store' upon finding out they needed something they thought they had in the fridge, or bought something they didn't actually need. Not saying its worth the cost, but the use cases certainly exist.
      • by sinij ( 911942 )
        Every time I check my fridge from my app I see some weird old man stretching his anus. How did he manage to stretch it that far all while fitting inside my fridge?
      • A fridge capable of doing that would need to be pretty smart. It would have to be able to track contents going and and out of it and know what the hell it is, which means it needs a scanner that can read bar codes (no matter how the object is situated) or scan RFID tags on the items, but really it would need some visual recognition since just because it sees a milk carton in the fridge doesn't mean that it's not almost empty.

        Doing that is going to be incredibly complex and requires solving a lot of probl
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Who cares what the consumer wants when anything can become a sustained source of revenue. Where there is a internet connection and a screen, there is ad revenue to be made.

    • I think the reason they have a fridge connected to the internet, is because they *can* connect a fridge to the internet. There doesn't need to be a reason.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Why the fuck does a refrigerator need an operating system?

    • I don't give two shits whether my fridge can order things for me or not, because I probably won't use that functionality, but it is a convenient place to put a computer for recipes and such.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    "Internet of Things"?

    When you say it aloud, it sounds absolutely retarded (in the low IQ sense), and the name is wildly obtuse, only vaguely hinting at what it refers to.

    I propose a new name: "Internet Networked Devices"

  • Is it Open source friendly?
    If not all the vendors that buy it will end up using
    opaque binary blobs that are crazy difficult to update and audit.
    Even if it is Linux based software...

    The patchwork of ARM SOC hardware has such a tangle
    of secret IP that there be a lot more dragons there than even
    the Raspberry Pi folk (I am a fan) are commonly aware.

    The Pandaboard is one example of such a dead end.
    TI pulled the plug on the handful of contractors maintaining it
    and now progress is totally stuck and the graphics ne

    • My microwave oven has a microcontroller with an 'opaque binary blob' in it and it heats up oatmeal just fine. I wouldn't want it to do anything else.

      I would hope that these things will be open, but I don't expect it.

      Really, the Raspberry Pi hackers need to reverse engineer the stuff in the 'closed' controllers and replace them. Perhaps that will be more and more possible as time goes on.

      I could get to like being able to dig into the controller on my Microwave Oven and adding functionality that would like

      • Really, the Raspberry Pi hackers need to reverse engineer the stuff in the 'closed' controllers and replace them.

        That is illegal due to the DMCA.

    • The Pandaboard is one example of such a dead end.

      The Banana Pi is another. Avoid it.

    • by dwywit ( 1109409 )

      More to the point, closed source products from Samsung appear to trying to hide stuff like this:
      https://www.theguardian.com/en... [theguardian.com]

      Just why, in the light of the VW et al diesel emissions testing scandal, do manufacturers continue to act like we trust them?

      Oh, right, because consumers continue to buy their products.

  • by Tomahawk ( 1343 ) on Friday June 23, 2017 @10:29AM (#54675351) Homepage

    @editor, please fix the typos in that summary. "Cortex" is spelt 3 different ways... (wrong twice in the last sentence: Cotext and Cotex)

    • You're right, when they wrote Cotex they meant Kotex, which you need to insert to stop the rectal bleeding caused by seeing yet another announcement of an IoT PoS.
    • Language changes (even within a sentence), deal with it. You should be able to infer a word's meaning from its cotext, by using the little grey cells in your cotex.
  • With the two processors running separate OS's one can be hijacked and run malware or worse without the other processor even knowing. Didn't they learn anything from Intel [slashdot.org]?
    • Learn what from Intel? That a bug in a feature is exploitable? In the meantime there are thousands of platforms out there with independent microprocessors dedicated to different tasks with different performance at the same time. Remember the Math Co-processor? How about most ASIC or FPGA based systems with an ARM microcontroller on the side? You probably have several such devices inside your house right now and drawing any comparisons between this and Intel is just silly.

    • Cellphones already have two processors running separate OSes. The cellular modem has it's own ARM cores.

  • it wasn't called iot back then. It beat the 386 by a year.
  • Bringing back the "good ol days" of Slashdot.

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