Getting electronic devices onto internet and well connected with each other hasnt been a trivial task for the engineering community, always challenged by end price of the product, software scalability from devices running firmware to complex devices running complete OS distro, lack of fine tuned libraries and framework to introduce security of data, over the air upgrade and configuration and calibration of devices, supporting both head and headless units. Though the industry met the end user demand and floating requirements in time, the challenges continue to exist for next generation devices
where the focus is on integrating multiple key components like
security, networking, graphics, AI and ML libraries and sensor control frameworks into one singe device. While solving the system integration requirements is a key thing the other equal important aspect of ensuring the software is maintained for bug fixes, long term supported, simultaneous support for multiple SOCs and controllers is very much essential.
The end equipment manufacturers have various software options to chose from and each have their own advantages and disadvantages, inbuilt features and support infrastructure. Chromium OS is one of the latest open source software distributions maintained by Google for almost a
decade now has made its way into IOT segments.
In this session we look into the key components in Chromium OS that can help us overcome the software challenges in building next generation IOT devices.
- Chromium OS is initially designed for laptops, desktops and stand alone / all inone boxes, the well integrated software components like browsers, networking, security, boot options and window management can be leveraged as is for IOT devices. We go through few of these components to understand if they meet the IOT requirements.
- Chromium OS is built on Linux, thereby the OS has support for multiple latest SOCs and device drivers for various controllers. We should be discussing if chromium OS has picked up all the latest trends in Linux OS related to Power Management, security, upgraded device driver frameworks, etc.
- In general IOT devices are headless or less UI centric, we explore if chromium OS can be easily configured to boot on a headless unit ?
- Understanding the system requirements, memory requirements and power utilization are few key factors to consider if the OS fits the budget available for the end equipment.
- The new set of IOT devices are now pre-integrated with AI algorithms to help end user for better understanding of the surrounding or indecision making etc. The devices are also self learning with ML algorithms. Its important to know if Chromium OS has frameworks to download AI/ML algorithms or firmware at run time on DSPs or SOCs. Also ensure if there are HALs and APIs to exchange data to/from DSPs or SOCs running AI/ML algorithms.
The topics covered in this session should help us quickly assess if chromium os is favorable for IOT devices or if we were bringing an elephant in the room.
Khasim Syed MohammedView website
Senior Android Engineer (Linaro Ltd)
Senior Software Engineer, Developer services, Linaro. Passionate about building and booting Android on ARM based SOCs for mobile and ARM servers.