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How we resolved a coffee conundrum with a Storyboard UI

By Courtney Stevenson on Sep 2, 2019 11:55:27 AM

 

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Elevating the role of the embedded UI designer

By Jason Clarke on Jul 31, 2019 12:37:03 PM

You’ve heard us talking about design in the embedded realm before, and if you know anything about the team at Crank Software, you know that this is something we feel passionate about. Here’s a simple example of the power of design.

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How to build your next smartwatch UIs - without killing your battery.

By Alecia O'Brien on Jul 25, 2019 11:08:37 AM

NXP's i.MX 7ULP and Crank Storyboard UIs – a winning combination for 3D graphics processing on small battery-operated devices.

When I went looking for a forgotten smart watch charger while camping this past weekend, I cursed at the manufacturers who hadn't met my power needs. Yes, my girls were all over my watch playing with the graphics, but the fact my battery died hours before the sun went down was beyond frustrating.

For this reason, giving consumers a brilliant, touch screen experience that doesn't have a battery-sucking trade off is the goal of engineers globally.

Consider this: the present battery technology road map has a 2x capacity improvement every decade, while the power demand will probably increase at the rate of 2x every 18 months or so. This stat reinforces the need to continually innovate power solutions for small battery-operated devices. 

Our partner NXP went to work on this several years ago and appear to have solved this challenge with the launch of the i.MX 7ULP - the lowest power consuming GPU enabled microprocessor on the market. It runs a rich OS, but operates at MCU level low-power all while having both a 2D and 3D GPU on board, which means future smart devices like the smart watch I want for Christmas is going to have an incredibly long battery life, while having ALL the features and fancy 3D and 2D graphics I didn't even know were possible.

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Webinar: How to optimize your embedded UI for mass production

By Jason Clarke on Apr 9, 2019 8:15:00 AM

In the graphics world, much attention is always paid to the biggest and fastest Microprocessor (MPU) and Graphics Processor (GPU), but this is not always where the innovation is happening. Since Crank Storyboard is providing UI solutions on both Microcontrollers (MCU) and MPUs we have been seeing some of the fastest movement and excitement is on the new class of ARM M7 MCUs. NXP is one of the leaders in this area with their i.MX RT line of M7 MCUs that they are calling the “Crossover Processor”.

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Video: ST and Crank Software partner for the STM32MP1

By Jason Clarke on Mar 8, 2019 1:51:34 PM

Crank was honored to showcase Storyboard's capabilities for STM32 platforms in the ST booth at Embedded World in Germany. For those of you who weren't able to join us, check out this video filmed at the show for a front row seat to all the excitement surrounding ST's new STM32MP1 microprocessor.

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