MIPS and SYSGO Collaborate to Bring SYSGO’s PikeOS Virtualization Technology to MIPS32 Cores
MIPS Technologies and SYSGO, have announced they are collaborating to bring SYSGO's embedded virtualization technology to MIPS32 processor cores. SYSGO's PikeOS Real-Time Operating System is a hypervisor virtualization platform that allows several applications and operating systems such as Android and Linux to run securely in parallel on a single hardware platform. With PikeOS, MIPS' licensees have flexibility in deploying CPU resources for different tasks, potentially eliminating the need for a dedicated security CPU in their system.
Highest output power density inverter uses SiC JFETs from SemiSouth
SemiSouth Laboratories, Inc has announced that silicon carbide JFETs made by the company are being used in small 0.5 litre inverters to achieve an output power density of 30kWh/l. If inverters of this size and capacity are used with PV panels, one inverter could supply enough electricity for up to five households, it is claimed.
High-density PHD38999 connectors and termini from ITT ICS pass harsh qualification test
ITT Interconnect Solutions has announced that its PHD38999 connector which utilises its tunable size 22 fibre-optic termini have passed a series of harsh environment tests included in industry-standard M38999 specifications. These connections systems are used in demanding defence and aerospace applications, including vision systems, flight connectors and control systems.
Griffin introduces Business Solutions range, with the MultiDock
Griffin Technology announces its new Business Solutions range. The MultiDock, the first of many products that Griffin will be introducing, is a station that charges, syncs, and stores 10, 20 or 30 iPads, iPhones and iPods.
Practical Components Adds 0.3 mm Pitch Dummy CVBGA Test Vehicle to Lineup
Practical Components introduces a dummy (mechanical sample) version of Amkor's cutting-edge CVBGA. Amkor's new semiconductor device is a wafer-scale package in a miniature package, which is suitable for installation in surface mount technology (SMT). Amkor's ChipArray range of packages consists of laminate-based ball grid array (BGA) packages that are compatible with established SMT mounting processes.
PULS Power Supplies Survive Lightning Strike Test
DIN-rail power supply manufacturer PULS has carried out extreme testing of its QT40 3-phase units by subjecting them to simulated lightning strikes. The lightning test is one of several procedures devised by PULS to prove the durability and functionality of its power supplies in the harshest conditions.
Micron Collaborates with A*STAR on Next-Generation Memory Technology
Micron Technology, Inc., and Singapore's A*STAR Data Storage Institute jointly announed that the two companies have entered into an agreement to collaborate on the development of spin transfer torque magnetic random access memory (STT-MRAM), a promising alternative non-volatile memory technology for next-generation storage.
Rockwell Collins Designs SecureOne Cross Domain Technologies Running on Wind River's VxWorks MILS Platform
Wind River has announced that Rockwell Collins has selected Wind River's VxWorks MILS Platform to enable its SecureOne Processor and SecureOne Guard, two of five cross domain technology building blocks that are part of a family of Rockwell Collins' high assurance technologies for military tactical systems.
Parasoft's C++test is now integrated with Lauterbach TRACE32 debugger
Parasoft Embedded announces the integration of Parasoft C++test with Lauterbach's TRACE32 Debugger. Parasoft C++test, an integrated code quality solution for C and C++, offers the most comprehensive set of capabilities on the market today. Data flow static analysis, code compliance verification, unit testing and code coverage analysis are integrated in a single framework with excellent support for traceability and ALM. This combination of features can help the TRACE32 users achieve higher quality and productivity, visibly decreasing the cost of software development and certification to safety standards such as DO178B, IEC61508, and ISO26262.
Geotest Expands PXI Chassis Product Line for High Performance Applications
Geotest has announced two new additions to its 3U PXI chassis product line. The GX7305 master chassis and the GX7315 slave chassis feature 20 PXI slots with only one slot required for an embedded or remote controller, providing 19 peripheral PXI slots for instrumentation. Both chassis offer 1600 watts of system power, providing twice the power per slot (60 watts) compared to a standard PXI chassis and feature a high capacity, forced-air cooling configuration for effective thermal management of each peripheral PXI slot.
KORG Selects Analog Devices SHARC Processor for its WAVEDRUM Mini Percussion Synthesiser
Analog Devices has announced that KORG has selected ADI's SHARC processor as the digital signal processing engine within its WAVEDRUM Mini, a new portable percussion synthesiser available worldwide . By leveraging ADI's ADSP-21375 SHARC 32-bit floating point DSP processor at the heart of the WAVEDRUM Mini, KORG has pioneered a next-generation, portable, battery–powered version of its percussion synthesiser, the WAVEDRUM WD-X, launched in 2009. Designed for musicians "on-the-go," the WAVEDRUM Mini combines a unique, patent-pending sound source system, which allows the musician to express the full gamut of musical articulation, from subtle nuances to dynamic and aggressive playing styles.
Toshiba Electronics launches new compact, integrated IGBT technology for induction heating
Toshiba Electronics Europe has expanded its family of compact, integrated IGBTs with a high-speed switching device that will simplify the design and reduce the component count in cooking appliances and other induction heating applications. Optimised for voltage resonance inverter switching, the new 1200V N-channel, 'enhancement mode' GT40QR21 comprises an IGBT and a reverse recovery freewheeling diode monolithically integrated into a single, compact device.
Multitest’s Mercury Proves Lowest Cost of Test
Multitest announces that the Mercury contactor proved its excellent performance during a thorough BGA test evaluation at an international IDM and is now on the list of qualified contactors for all business units. The focus of the evaluation was to find a highly cost-efficient contacting solution that delivers consistent, reliable first pass yields. For best cost of test, a long probe life must be ensured.
Fujitsu Introduces NAGRA Certified Set-Top-Box Chipsets to Ensure Content Security
Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe announced that its HDTV multi-decoder processor MB86H611 (a member of MB86H61 series) with advanced security architecture has been successfully certified by NAGRA, the world's leading provider of advanced content protection and multi-screen user experienced solutions. The announcement underscores a good fit for the company's HDTV decoder family to meet the market where modern content security architectures increasingly rely on the video chipset.
NXP’s NFC solution implemented in Galaxy Nexus from Google
NXP Semiconductors N.V. has announced that the recently launched Galaxy Nexus from Google incorporates NXP's fully integrated near field communication (NFC) solution PN65N. Featuring a NFC radio controller and an embedded Secure Element, the PN65N is also fully validated and integrated on the latest release of Android™ 4.0, also refered to as Ice Cream Sandwich. The availability of NXPs open-source NFC software on Ice Cream Sandwich enables mobile phone and now also tablet manufacturers to quickly and easily design NFC-enabled, Android-based mobile devices. For application developers, Android support for NXP's complete NFC solution provides a unique opportunity to create new applications for mobile payment/secure card emulation, tag read/write and peer-to-peer communication, bringing the full NFC experience to consumers.
Freescale Semiconductor and Green Hills Software Collaborate on Virtualization Technology for Freescale’s i.MX Multimedia Applications Processors
Freescale Semiconductor and Green Hills Software announce a new alliance grounded in a shared vision for the expanding role of system virtualization technology in ARM-based embedded and mobile applications. The initiative is intended to enable intelligent and dynamic use models, reduce device development and production costs, and improve reliability, safety, and security.
Technology roadmap lays out future of Maplesoft technology on this platform
Maplesoft has announced the release of the Maple Player for iPad, an application for the iPad that lets users view and interact with documents created in desktop Maple, available from Adept Scientific. This release is the first step in a plan to increase support for Maplesoft technology on this platform.
TAIYO YUDEN Begins Provision of Web-based Component Data Viewer “TY-COMPAS”
TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD. has developed a web-based component data viewer named "TY-COMPAS" (Taiyo Yuden COMPonent Assist System) that enables the easy selection of electronic components through its search and browsing functions. This web-based component data viewer has been developed based on the "TAIYO YUDEN Components Selection Guide & Data Library" announced in April 2008, and can be used without being installed on a PC. In addition to existing functions for searching data, displaying graphs of component characteristics, and outputting data for simulators, TY-COMPAS (Taiyo Yuden COMPonent Assist System) enables use of the latest electronic component data. Engineers' perspectives are given to the details of items so that this viewer can be more comfortable and easier to use.
Meet BeagleBone, the new $89 open source hardware platform, giving electronic enthusiasts a smaller, friendlier and more affordable treat
Innovators: Get ready for the latest open source development platform that easily enables incredible inventions like wirelessly networked autonomous robots, self-teaching electronics education kits, intelligent digital signage, flexible retro-gaming devices, home automation and much more. BeagleBoard.org is pleased to introduce the newest member of its wildly popular pack — the BeagleBone. Three years ago, BeagleBoard blurred the lines between desktop and embedded computing, paving the way for rapidly accelerated open source innovation on ARM processors. At $89, the new BeagleBone development board, based on a Texas Instruments Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex -A8 microprocessor, features the best open source development value for hobbyists, developers and engineers. It delivers bare bones hardware with access to interface signals for sensors and controls, while eliminating the need for additional equipment with a single cable development environment.
IAR Systems provides Stack Usage Analysis
IAR Systems has announced stack usage analysis functionality in its popular product IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM. The stack is a fundamental property of an embedded system. A proper setup of the stack is essential to system stability and reliability. Incorrectly used it may cause your system to wreak havoc in the strangest ways.
HCC-Embedded Middleware Adds Complete Support for Green Hills Software’s µ-velOSity Microkernel
Green Hills Software has announced that HCC-Embedded has introduced an abstraction layer that allows all of its embedded middleware to operate seamlessly with Green Hills Software's µ-velOSity microkernel. Developers using the µ-velOSity microkernel now have access to an unrivaled selection of networking and storage software from both companies.
Lauterbach Announces Debug Support for New Micro’s
Debug tool specialist, Lauterbach continues to add support for many new processor and flash families. This year will see a new record with support added for over 350 new processor types and 300+ flash parts from 27 silicon vendors being added to the range of supported cores. This is part of the continued expansion of its range of debug tools and is being rewarded by continued impressive sales growth in China, Asia and the USA
European collaboration towards efficient, low-cost tandem organic solar cells
Imec and its 16 project partners announce that they have launched the European FP7 project X10D, a project aiming at developing tandem organic solar cells with an increased conversion efficiency and lifetime, and a decreased production cost. The ultimate goal of the X10D project is to bring organic photovoltaic technologies towards introduction into the competitive thin-film PV market.
Plexus achieves FDA approval to manufacture Aixplorer ultrasound systems for SuperSonic Imagine in Kelso, Scotland
Plexus achieved the accreditation following a thorough assessment of its work with SuperSonic Imagine, a French medical OEM, to design and manufacture its Aixplorer ultrasound system. Plexus has worked closely with SuperSonic Imagine through the product realization process, providing support with prototyping, live scan testing, electronic and high level systems assembly as well as providing direct order fulfilment. Plexus, which also holds ISO13845 accreditation in recognition of the quality management systems in place at its Kelso manufacturing facility, has the capabilities to configure Aixplorer® to the specific requirements of SuperSonic Imagine customers prior to shipping.
Atmel Samples First ARM Cortex-M4 based Flash Microcontroller; Unveils Fifth-Generation Family
Atmel Corporation has announced sampling of the Atmel SAM4S16, the first device in the Cortex -M4 processor-based family, to lead customers. With a continued commitment to its ARM® processor-based microcontroller (MCU) offerings, Atmel is also unveiling its fifth generation Cortex-M4 based Flash MCUs. Throughout 2012, the Atmel SAM3 and SAM4 families will quadruple the Atmel Cortex-M product portfolio to nearly 200 ARM-based microcontrollers and will include devices with on-chip memory densities of up to 2MB Flash, 192KB of SRAM and extensive peripherals including high-speed USB. Several devices in the new Atmel ARM Cortex-M4 Flash family will also include a floating point unit (FPU) expanding the Atmel ARM processor-based device offering into the Digital Signal Controller (DSC) market.
Fujitsu Emerald and Jade Automotive Graphics Processors are now supported by Green Hills Software
Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe has announced that Green Hills Software, the largest independent vendor of embedded software solutions, will provide a full-featured support package for Fujitsu's (FSEU) Emerald and Jade and board support packages that enable developers to reduce time-to-market.
New RoHS Test Equipment Developed in Joint Venture
Xenemetrix Inc and Eastern Applied Research Inc have agreed to proceed with the co-development of a new X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer that will meet the requirements of RoHS compliance testing needs. In addition to RoHS analysis, the analyzer will provide full qualitative and quantitative analysis of elements from Aluminum through Uranium.
Synopsys' DesignWare Audio IP Achieves First-Pass Silicon Success in Leading 65-nm and 55-nm Process Technologies
Synopsys, Inc has announced that its DesignWare 96 dB Hi-Fi Audio IP has achieved first-pass silicon success in 65-nanometer (nm) and 55-nm process technologies for multiple foundries. The DesignWare 96 dB Hi-Fi Audio IP is optimized for high-performance, low power dissipation and small area, making it ideal for consumer electronic system-on-chip (SoC) applications such as portable media players, smart phones, CD/DVD/ Blu-Ray Disc players/recorders, digital TV and digital cameras. By providing a silicon-proven, modular audio IP solution that meets high performance SoC requirements, Synopsys enables designers to optimize their audio subsystem within the SoC and reduce integration risk.
Brainboxes introduces more choice for Ethernet to Serial users
Brainboxes has added 4 and 8 port options to its Ethernet to Serial port device range. As with all our Ethernet to Serial port devices these new products are designed to provide easy, fast and reliable connections between networked computers and devices with serial ports- be it across the desk or across the world.
Analog Devices’ Signal Processing Technology Helps CERN’s Large Hadron Collider Achieve Highest Possible Superconducting Magnet Performance
The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland and the University of Sannio, Benevento, Italy, have collaborated on the design of an advanced instrument for measuring magnetic fields in CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) superconducting magnets. Called the Fast Digital Integrator (FDI) board, this measurement device uses Analog Devices' A/D converters, analogue multiplexers and DSP components to provide the LHC with the highest possible performance achieved to-date in measuring magnetic fields.
ThreadX RTOS Adds Real-Time SMP Support for ARM MPCore
Express Logic has announced the availability of its popular ThreadX RTOS for ARM's MPCore multicore processor architecture. Working cooperatively with ARM, Express Logic has adapted ThreadX/SMP, an enhanced version of ThreadX providing synchronous multicore support that preserves real-time responsiveness, to target ARM's MPCore. ThreadX/SMP achieves a significant performance boost by sharing the processing load over the multiple processor cores of the MPCore, while maintaining the real-time responsiveness critical to demanding embedded applications.
eSilicon Selects Synopsys' Custom IC Design Solution and Tapes Out 28-nm Designs
Synopsys has announced that eSilicon Corp. has deployed Synopsys' custom IC design solution to streamline its custom memory intellectual property business. Synopsys' comprehensive unified custom implementation solution, readily available interoperable process design kits (iPDKs) from leading foundries, and expert application support enabled eSilicon to rapidly deploy the solution and achieve multiple successful 28-nanometer (nm) tapeouts.
Altera Select Cypress QDRII and QDRII+ SRAM Devices for Latest Development Kit
Cypress Semiconductor Cor today announced Altera has selected Cypress Quad Data Rate II (QDRII) and QDRII+ SRAMs for use in its 28-nm Stratix V GX FPGA Development Kit. Cypress's SRAMs enable the Stratix V FPGA Development Kit to deliver line rates up to 100 Gbps.
ACAL Energy Achieves Key Milestones in Development of New Fuel Cell Technology
ACAL Energy has achieved key milestones in the development of its FlowCath platinum-free liquid cathode fuel cell technology. The Company has completed the build of its first field test system, producing gross power of 3kW. At the same time the company has also achieved a new record peak performance power density of nearly 900 mW/cm2, which is a substantial improvement over the previously announced peak power record of around 600 mW/cm2.
Atmel Reduces Total System Cost by Integrating LCD Controller into Popular AVR XMEGA Family
Atmel Corporation has announced it is adding an LCD controller to devices in the popular AVR XMEGA microcontroller family. The integration of an LCD controller offers designers reduced design complexity and lower overall system cost, while providing ultra-low power consumption for applications including smart meters, home automation, power tools and other applications that require a user interface.
GOEPEL electronic accelerates LAN based High-Speed Programming of massive Flash Images
GOEPEL electronic announces the introduction of a special LAN server feature for its hardware platform SCANFLEX. The new option enables the utilization of a preconfigured GBit LAN interface for high-speed transfer of very large Flash images up to several GBit for in-system programming without additional components. Now the functional interface test as well as high-speed data transfer can be implemented on the same hardware platform. Customers benefit in the increased throughput in the production and a simultaneous low cost of introduction.
New Wolfson all-digital audio solution brings high definition quality to multimedia devices
Wolfson Microelectronics plc has announced a new all-digital audio solution with the launch of the WM8996, its latest Audio Hub and the Class-D digital input speaker amplifier. This powerful combination, aimed at the smartphone and tablet PC market, provides designers with a digital audio subsystem that eliminates the loss of fidelity caused by routing analogue signals over longer distances.
Audio Precision Gets Smart In Stereo: Hdmi Available On 2-channel Analyzers Ap Adds Hdmi To Apx525
Audio Precision has announced the availability of their advanced HDMI I/O option for their APx525 family of two and four channel audio analyzers. The HDMI option for APx analyzers had previously been available only for the eight-channel APx585. The new configuration is designed to match the needs of smartphone, tablet and set-top box manufacturers who require digital multichannel interfaces such as HDMI, but only have need for two channels of analog audio. The APx525 family now supports HDMI, Bluetooth and the digital serial option, allowing comprehensive test of all inputs and outputs of modern audio devices.
Maxim’s Lead Finishing Program Supplies Leaded Parts
Maxim Integrated Products responds to the plea of its military and aerospace customers with two programs that provide small and large quantities of lead (SnPb) finished ICs. Market demand for lead-free finishes led Maxim to modify the finish of its ICs to conform to the RoHS initiative. The company offers three lead-free finishes: a matte tin (100% Sn) finish, a nickel palladium gold (NiPdAu) for some products, and 100% gold on ceramic leadless chip carrier packages. The lead-free offering from Maxim is predominately matte tin. Subsequently, it has become increasingly difficult for mil/aero customers to find lead finished parts. In some cases the lead finish is just no longer available, and in other cases the minimum order quantity (MOQ) is substantially higher than the customer's actual demand. To avoid the high MOQ, the customer was forced either to buy the lead-free device and use them with lead solder, or to send the device to a refinishing house for a hot solder dip. In the latter case, the dipping voids the Maxim warranty.
Miradore Adds Support to OS X and Linux Devices, Enhances Asset Management and Green IT Capabilities
Miradore announced the extension of its automated cloud-based IT management solution to multiple new device platforms. Further new features include enhanced asset detection and management, and centrally enforceable power saving policies to support green IT initiatives.