IoT Podcast: Episode 203: Amazon’s Eero buy and RISC-V
There were several acquisitions this week and the end of two prominent IoT platforms to cover, so Kevin and I had a lot to talk about. We kicked off the show with Amazon’s purchase of mesh Wi-Fi company Eero and then segued into a conversation about Amazon’s data collection efforts. From there we moved into security company ADT buying a DIY security company called LifeShield, and then DIY security company abode entering into a partnership with do-it-for-me helper Hello Tech. After that, we talked about Google’s demotion of the Android Things platform and the end of Samsung’s Artik module and cloud. We covered news from Sigfox, a new wearable, and Arlo’s earnings before getting Kevin’s thoughts on the Hubitat Elevation hub. And we ended by answering a listener question on how to prevent smart TVs from spying on you.
Our guest this week was Loic Lietar, CEO of Greenwaves Technologies, a chip design firm using the new open-source RISC-V architecture to design a low-power IoT processor. Lietar explains what RISC-V is, how difficult it is to get the industry to adopt a new processor architecture and what RISC-V could mean for the IoT. He also discusses how the economics of open source silicon could change how chips get adopted and designed. You’ll want to tune in.