Renesas Electronics Europe Announces Eclipse-Based Integrated Development Environment
Renesas Electronics Europe today announced the launch of an Eclipse-based platform, the Eclipse studio, known as e2studio, to provide a flexible development environment for its market-leading microcontrollers (MCU). The e2studio development environment will be demonstrated at Renesas' booth, hall 1 / 1-336, at the Embedded World show in February.
Innovative electromagnetic design tool provides short route to motor perfection
Optimal design solutions to rotating electrical machine requirements can now be created in hours, by non specialists, using a new version of design automation software from Cobham Technical Services. Cobham's Machines Environment introduced a new level of user friendliness when it was launched by providing a design entry system that allows precision finite-element analysis (FEA) models of motors and generators to be created and solved in minutes.
Microchip and Digilent Unveil PIC32-based Cerebot Development Boards With chipKIT Prototyping Capabilities
Microchip Technology Inc. and Digilent, Inc. today announced several new 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller (MCU)-based Cerebot development boards with prototyping capabilities for the Arduino compatible chipKIT development platform.
Major New Functionality for SI/PI Engineers in CST PCB STUDIO 2012
Computer Simulation Technology (CST) will be previewing the new release of CST PCB STUDIO 2012 at DesignCon 2012, booth #403. Signal and Power Integrity (SI/PI) engineers working on the design of power distribution systems will benefit from the latest additions to CST PCB STUDIO (CST PCBS), the CST STUDIO SUITE tool for fast post-layout analysis.
e-con Systems Announces Camera Adapter Board to support NTSC/PAL camera for Gumstix Overo COM and Gumstix Overo Storm COMs
e-con Systems Inc. announces its camera adapter board e-CAMNT_35x_GSTIX to support analog camera interface for Gumstix Overo COMs. e-con Systems, e-CAMNT_35x_GSTIX adaptor board can be used as a plug-n- play to interface NTSC/PAL camera. Along with the adapter daughter card, e-con systems also provide drivers for Linux. This Adapter board shall have support for S-Video IN and CVBS IN.
Analog Devices’ FMC Boards Support Xilinx’s FPGA Targeted Design Platforms to Help Designers Reduce Development Time
Analog Devices, Inc. today introduced two data converter FMC boards (FPGA mezzanine cards) that connect to Xilinx Inc.'s new 28nm 7 series FPGA (field programmable gate array) evaluation kits. ADI's high-speed AD9739A D/A converter and AD9467 A/D converter FMC boards support multiple generations of Xilinx kits -- including the company's new Kintex-7 FPGA evaluation kits Xilinx announced today.
LDRA Tool Suite Directly Integrates with Altera’s Nios II Embedded Design Suite
LDRA has extended the LDRA tool suite to support direct integration with Altera's Embedded Design Suite (EDS) for Nios II soft core processors. In the past, these processors lacked sufficient CPU and memory to be used in automotive, medical, industrial and avionics environments.
Synopsys Collaborates with Sigrity to Accelerate Signal Integrity Analysis
Synopsys, Inc. and Sigrity, Inc. today unveiled an enhanced solution that accelerates signal integrity simulation of high-speed systems. In the latest release of the HSPICE circuit simulator, Synopsys has employed in-memory communication to deliver deeper integration with Sigrity's signal integrity analysis offerings.
Vicor Unveils Online IBC Power Simulation Tool
Vicor Corporation today unveiled its new IBC Power Simulation tool, an industry-first online simulation capability that enables power system designers to interactively model the electrical and thermal performance of intermediate bus converters in application-specific operating conditions and thermal environments.
Compact, low-cost and fast hyperspectral imaging solution
At SPIE Photonics West 2012, imec demonstrates a hyperspectral camera solution based on a system-on-chip image sensor with an integrated hyperspectral sensor. Imec's solution is fast and enables small and cost-efficient camera-solutions. It targets multiple industrial vision applications.
e-con Systems Launches High Definition Camera Board for AM37x/DM37x Series of Processors – Adopts OmniVision’s OV5640 Image Sensor
e-con Systems Inc has announced its second 5MP High definition (HD) camera solution based on OmniVision OV5640 HD CMOS Image sensor for AM37x/DM37x processors from Texas Instruments. e-con Systems' new camera daughter card e-CAM52 35x has the e-CAM52 5640 MOD, a 5 Megapixel camera module based on OV5640 image sensor.
DLP® LightCrafter™ From Texas Instruments: Enabling Big Innovations In Light Steering From A Compact, Ready-To-Use Module
Texas Instruments DLP Products today announced DLP LightCrafter, the latest, most advanced platform for modern developers seeking to harness spatial light steering ability for a multitude of applications and products within industrial, medical, security and scientific instrument markets. This evaluation module is the next advancement of tools created to empower developers with components to utilise reliable, award-winning DLP technology in new and unique ways.
Non-Intrusive Board Bring-Up: Software tools ensure fast prototype bring-up
Bringing up prototype circuit boards is a tipping point in the product development cycle. Unfortunately, it too often becomes a tripping point. Boards that won't come up can derail the project entirely, delaying the launch of the product into the market and generating staggering opportunity costs. Board bring-up must verify the functionality of the hardware so that application software can be loaded and debugged. Without a known-good-board, diagnosing software bugs would be futile.
IAR Systems supplies starter kits for industrial applications-targeted microcontrollers from Toshiba semiconductor
The M360 group is part of the Toshiba TX03 microcontroller series, based on ARM Cortex-M3 technology. This group targets a wide range of applications in the areas of industrial control, office automation, and digital consumer applications, such as multifunction printers, audiovisual systems, industrial equipment, and digital appliances. The M360 microcontrollers are suitable for applications where high-performance, minimum power consumption, component count, high-capacity data storage, and high levels of connectivity are key design criteria.
IAR Systems releases complete starter kit for Texas Instruments Hercules safety device
IAR Systems today announces that the IAR KickStart Kit for Texas Instruments Hercules RM48 MCU is released and available for order. The Hercules safety microcontroller platform from Texas Instruments (TI) has built-in hardware safety features, making it suitable for development of systems with high requirements on functional safety, for example within medical, industrial, and transportation applications areas.
Debugging InsydeH2O UEFI BIOS with Lauterbach’s TRACE32
Lauterbach GmbH now supports "InsydeH2O" UEFI BIOS from Insyde® Software with its TRACE32 Debugger tools for Intel's x86 architecture. A new extension to Lauterbach JTAG debuggers allows comprehensive debugging of InsydeH2O systems with TRACE32.
Tensilica’s HiFi 3 DSP IP Core Provides Over 1.5x Better Performance for Audio Post Processing and Voice in Smartphones and Home Entertainment
Tensilica,Inc. today announced the HiFi 3 audio/voice DSP (digital signal processor) IP (intellectual property) core for SOC (system-on-chip) design. This fourth-generation audio DSP offers higher performance with lower power for high-performance audio post-processing and voice processing algorithms used in smartphone and home entertainment systems and expands Tensilica's market-leading HiFi architecture to quad 24/32-bits. Tensilica has already licensed HiFi 3 to a tier one smartphone OEM and a tier one semiconductor manufacturer.
Aldec and SynthWorks deliver Randomization and Functional Coverage Capabilities to VHDL Designers with OS-VVM
Aldec, Inc., in collaboration with SynthWorks Design Inc., today announces the availability of Open Source - VHDL Verification Methodology (OS-VVM™), underscoring the partnership's commitment to provide continued support to the VHDL design community.
Movea Announces Availability of 3D Motion Remote Reference Design Based on InvenSense MPU-6150
Movea today announced the availability of a motion enabled remote control reference design with Movea's Air MotionIC firmware using InvenSense's MPU-6150, the world's first and smallest 6-axis MotionTracking device on a single chip with a built-in Digital-Motion-Processor (DMP™), providing a complete motion enabled remote control reference design.
Perforce Software Introduces Workflow to its Version Management System
Perforce Software's newest version management system is now available. This latest release includes built-in code management workflow called Perforce Streams. The Perforce Streams model and the associated visualization tools give organisations more control and visibility over complicated software development design projects. Out of the box, streams offer a predefined branch-and-merge strategy based on Perforce's own best practices. Companies can adopt streams in whole or in part to facilitate their own processes.
Cadence Expands Proven NAND Flash Design IP Offering with ONFI 3 PHY and Controller
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. today announced it has expanded its Flash IP offering to include support for the Open NAND Flash Interface (ONFI) 3.0 specification. Cadence is the first company to provide a combined ONFI 3 controller and PHY IP solution, significantly streamlining SoC and system design while ensuring an optimized ONFI 3 implementation for maximum performance. Cadence Flash IP, including the broad portfolio of Denali IP acquired in 2010, has now been implemented by over 40 customers worldwide.
CSR Announces SiRFstudio Client LoCoMo API – Powerful, Flexible Location-Aware API for Android Developers
CSR plc today announced the availability of the SiRFstudio TM Client LoCoMo API, which gives designers the tools to add location, as well as context-awareness of pedestrian motion, on any MEMS-enabled Android device. LoCoMo API innovations are based on the concept of "Locomotion" allowing the differentiation between different modes of physical movement, such as walking and running.
Powerful Nexcom Digital Signage Player complies with Open Pluggable Specification
Nexcom's new NDiS OPS-M50 digital signage player is an Intel Core™ i5-2515E dual core based Digital Signage Player which complies with the Intel Open Pluggable Specification (OPS). The open pluggable specification (OPS) helps standardize the design and development of digital signage devices and pluggable media players and therefore offers the benefit of simplify installation, operation, upgrade and maintenance. As such, the NDiS OPS-M50 digital signage player can be plugged into a variety of display panels and will therefore find applications within a multitude of digital signage installations.
GUI-Based Design Tool for Digital Controllers Simplifies DC/DC Converter Design
Powervation Ltd have announced the release of PowerSMART, the Setup, Monitor, And Reporting Tool for the design of digital power converters. The PowerSMART tool allows users to communicate with and configure the Powervation digital power control ICs (e.g., PV3012) from PC & MAC platforms using a standard USB connection. The design tool enables the user to program the controller and optimize its performance, while carefully monitoring key power supply status parameters.
Free downloadable 3D CAD models provide design simplicity for digital panel meters
Murata Power Solutions today announced the availability of free, downloadable 3D CAD models of their complete panel meter range. Available in SolidWorks 2011, Standard for the Exchange of Product Model data (STEP), Initial Graphics Exchange Specification (IGES) or 3D PDF file formats, the CAD files allow design engineers to easily and rapidly incorporate digital panel meter models into their own CAD designs.
Global Unichip Achieves Gigahertz+ Frequency on ARM Cortex-A9 Processor with Synopsys IC Compiler
Synopsys, Inc and Global Unichip Corporation announces that GUC has achieved more than one gigahertz frequency on a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor with Synopsys IC Compiler, a key component of Synopsys' Galaxy Implementation Platform. Synopsys' high-performance Galaxy implementation methodology was instrumental in achieving more than one gigahertz frequency with minimum power, while reducing schedule risk.
Quickly and easily navigate through microcontroller development with TI’s MSP430Ware software and resource package for MSP430 microcontrollers
Providing a comprehensive software ecosystem for simplified microcontroller development, Texas Instruments Incorporated today announced the new MSP430Ware software and resource package. MSP430Ware offers a sleek and intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) where developers can immediately access and easily filter through all MSP430 microcontroller design resources by device, tool or software library.
Solid State Supplies introduces development kit for flexible, low power, embedded WiFi networks
Solid State Supplies announces a development kit for the XBee family of flexible embedded WiFi modules. The kit consists of two XBee WiFi modules and two carrier boards with serial and USB connectivity options. With SPI and UART serial interfaces, XBee modules, manufactured by Digi, support 802.11 b/g/n and SPI data rates up to 3.5 Mbps. In deep sleep mode they consume less than 2uA whilst in low-power mode the XBee WiFi can maintain a connection to the access point consuming only 1.5mA. The modules work with a variety of antennas including printed circuit board (embedded), U.FL, RPSMA and wired whip, and operate over the industrial temperature range of -40 to +85 degrees C. Each has four 12-bit ADC inputs and ten digital I/O lines.
TI’s new Stellaris ARM CortexM microcontroller motor control kit spins and tunes three-phase brushless motors in minutes
Adding to its growing portfolio of motor control solutions, Texas Instruments Incorporated today announced a new motor control kit for spinning three-phase brushless motors with a Stellaris Cortex-M3 microcontroller (MCU). The new DK-LM3S-DRV8312 motor control kit features a 32-bit Stellaris LM3S818 microcontroller and DRV8312 motor driver to spin sub-50V, 6.5A three-phase brushless DC (BLDC) motors in minutes. The easy-to-use kit is a low-cost solution for high-volume motor control applications, including low-voltage fans, blowers, pumps, tools and compressors.
The Process of FPGA Design Takes Giant Leap Forward With the New Stellar IP Tool from 4DSP
4DSP LLC takes another giant leap forward in simplifying the process of FPGA design by releasing their new Stellar IP tool. Stellar IP is designed to automate the creation of an FPGA image by reusing proven IP cores. It offers a platform for software engineers to target FPGA devices.
Anysys 14.0 delivers capabilities for improved efficency, accuracy, speed and innovation in product development
ANSYS has launched the newest release of its engineering simulation technology suite, ANSYS 14.0. Designed to optimize product development processes, ANSYS solutions reduce the time and cost needed to foster product innovations.
Multiphysics Simulation Tool Accelerates Electromagnetic Design Projects
A powerful new version of the Opera electromagnetics simulator for Design engineers has been released by Cobham Technical Services. The latest software adds three-dimensional mechanical stress analysis, extending the tool's multiphysics capability to provide a single-step solution to complex design problems. By capturing mechanical deformation in conjunction with electromagnetic and thermal modelling, the integrated software can greatly reduce design complexity and timescales.
Magma’s Latest Version of FineSim Pro Delivers 3X Faster Runtime, Allowing SPICE-Accurate Simulation of Very Large Analog/Mixed-Signal Designs
Magma Design Automation Inc. today announced the availability of a new version of the FineSim Pro full-chip circuit-level simulation product that delivers 3X faster runtime than previous versions while continuing to deliver SPICE-accurate results. As an example, FineSim Pro was able to simulate a large post-layout design containing more than 75K MOS devices and more than 2.9 million parasitic resistors and capacitors in a little over an hour. With this latest version, chip designers can better address the growing complexity of verification and increasing number of simulations required for today's analog/mixed-signal designs.
NI Extends Leading PXI Innovation With Six New Product Announcements at Productronica
National Instruments has introduced two system expansion options for creating multichassis PXI Express systems. The NI PXIe-8364 and NI PXIe-8374 are the first NI PXI Express remote control modules that make it possible for engineers to directly interface multiple PXI Express chassis to a single host computer using any expansion topology, without requiring complex custom solutions. The modules' simplified interconnectivity and industry-standard PXI-based architecture help increase system design efficiency and overall system performance in a variety of high-channel-count data acquisition and high-speed automated test applications including RF and semiconductor test.
Magma’s Latest Version of FineSim Pro Delivers 3X Faster Runtime, Allowing SPICE-Accurate Simulation of Very Large Analog/Mixed-Signal Designs
Magma Design Automation has announced the availability of a new version of the FineSim Pro full-chip circuit-level simulation product that delivers 3X faster runtime than previous versions while continuing to deliver SPICE-accurate results. As an example, FineSim Pro was able to simulate a large post-layout design containing more than 75K MOS devices and more than 2.9 million parasitic resistors and capacitors in a little over an hour. With this latest version, chip designers can better address the growing complexity of verification and increasing number of simulations required for today's analog/mixed-signal designs.
Entry level VPX development system
Verotec has introduced its TecSYS VPX Development Platform, developed to address the issue of the lack of a suitable entry-level development platform that provides a basic physical environment for software development and board integration. A modular system assembled from standard building blocks, the TecSYS is user-configurable around the default options if required.
Magma’s Titan Delivers Higher Quality and Faster Design Convergence for Analog IP
Magma Design Automation has announced the availability of a new release of the Titan Analog/Mixed-Signal (Titan AMS) Design Platform. With patent-pending analog design technology, Titan provides an innovative FlexCell-to-GDSII analog/mixed-signal (AMS) flow that organically integrates both electrical design and physical design into one unified design methodology. This paradigm-shifting, electrical-physical co-design flow ranges from front-end design such as schematics to circuit optimization in Titan Analog Design Accelerator (Titan ADX) to back-end design such as placement and routing in Titan Analog Virtual Prototyper (Titan AVP) and Titan Shape-Based Router (Titan SBR). Leveraging tight integration through a unified database and enhanced algorithms Titan further accelerates AMS design and reuse, setting a new standard in design automation for productivity, portability and quality.
Renesas Electronics Europe GmbH Announces the Availability of the µC/OS-III Port for Renesas’ V850E2/Mx4 Series of MCUs
Renesas Electronics has announced the availability of the µC/OS-III, a highly efficient and reliable real-time kernel from Micriµm, for Renesas' V850E2/Mx4 series of microcontrollers (MCUs). With the µC/OS-III, system designers have an intuitive framework for developing multitask applications that take advantage of the V850E2/Mx4's impressive capabilities.
Atmel Launches Complete Digital Audio Platform for Consumer Applications
Atmel Corporation has announced a complete Digital Audio Platform for consumer, automotive and industrial applications. The Atmel Digital Audio Platform offers audio equipment and mobile accessory OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) a complete hardware and firmware solution that greatly simplifies the task of designing high-quality digital audio equipment. The new Digital Audio Platform is implemented with the Atmel AVR® UC3 microcontrollers specifically tailored for audio applications such as smartphone and media player docking stations.
TI Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessors: First single-chip solutions offering integrated industrial communication protocols to accelerate industrial designs
Developers looking to ease and accelerate their industrial automation designs can now benefit from the industry's first ARM Cortex-A8 system solution with multiple integrated industrial communication protocols, offered by Texas Instruments Incorporated. The Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessors, launched last month, deliver power dissipation levels below 7mW, along with two industrial automation hardware development tools, complete software and analog signal chain complement to provide a total industrial automation system solution. Using this solution, developers can get to market faster with industrial automation designs, including input/output (I/O) devices, human machine interfaces (HMIs) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs).