Author: Gareth Halfacree

Gareth Halfacree is a technology journalist and technical author best known for his work on the Raspberry Pi User Guide and an upcoming book covering the BBC’s micro:bit project. A keen open source advocate and RISC-V fan, Gareth is responsible for curating our fortnightly community round-up posts.
Bluespec Piccolo Block Diagram

Bluespec Releases Apache-Licensed Piccolo RISC-V Core

Massachusetts-based Bluespec, a founding member of the RISC-V Foundation, has released the first entry in its open-source RISC-V processor family: the 32-bit three-stage Piccolo. Designed, the company explains, for Internet of Things (IoT) and other embedded uses, the small-footprint Piccolo design uses the 32-bit RV32IM variant of the open RISC-V… Read More
'Tux' the Penguin

Linux Kernel 4.18 Released, A Week Past Schedule

Linus Torvalds has officially released Linux 4.18, the latest version of the popular open-source kernel, following a week-long delay to fix networking and driver issues – including a problem with cryptographic operations on Arm architecture processors. Announced via the Linux Kernel Mailing List over the weekend, Linux 4.18 brings… Read More
Planet Labs' OpenLST

Planet Labs Launches OpenLST Satellite Radio Platform

Satellite imaging specialist Planet Labs has announced the launch of OpenLST, an open hardware satellite radio platform for communication with remote vehicles, instruments, and stations using low-cost commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components. “Radio system design is often viewed as a ‘black box’ that is out of reach to all but the most… Read More
Fadu Annapurna SSD Controller

Fadu Announces World’s First RISC-V SSD, Controller

Fadu, a fabless semiconductor company specialising in the memory and storage markets, has announced the launch of the world’s first RISC-V based solid state drive (SSD) controller, the Annapurna, based on SiFive’s E51 multi-core IP. Beating Western Digital, which announced its own plans to switch from proprietary instruction set architectures… Read More
Padlock Aims to Protect Security Researchers

A group of developers, lawyers, and security researchers have joined forces to launch, an effort to produce a standardised framework for security disclosures which provide protections for good-faith researchers and the companies whose products they analyse. The field of security research can be a lucrative one: many companies offers… Read More
AB Open LoRaWAN Dev Kit Label

LoRa Alliance Releases LoRaWAN 1.0.3 Specification

The LoRa Alliance has announced an update to the LoRaWAN 1.0.3 specification for low-power wide-area wireless networks, adding unicast and multicast support to Class B devices and new time synchronisation features for other classes. In its latest update to the open LoRaWAN low-power wide-area network standard, proving popular globally for… Read More