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Updated toolset supports Renesas' RH850 architecture

Altium has announced the latest release of its TASKING C compiler suite for the RH850 architecture from Renesas Electronics. v2.2r1 supports RH850 MCU variants (RH850/C1x, RH850/D1x, RH850/E1x, RH850/P1x and RH850/R1x), code optimisation improvements and an integrated on-chip debugger. Altium will support future RH850 variants, including specialised solutions for new on-chip modules.
2nd March 2015

Code generator can handle 100 Simulink blocks

AdaCore has released QGen 1.0, a qualifiable and customisable code generator and model verifier for Simulink and Stateflow models. This tool can generate MISRA C and SPARK source code producing readable, traceable, and efficient code. It is particularly suited for developing and verifying high-integrity real-time control applications, especially where safety certification is required.
1st March 2015

C compiler introduced for GTM-IP MCS from Bosch

Altium has announced a new C compiler for the Generic Timer Module (GTM-IP MCS) from the Robert Bosch.
26th February 2015


Development platforms target power-sensitive embedded applications

Development platforms target power-sensitive embedded applications
Analog Devices has introduced two low-cost Blackfin processor-based development platforms, targeting demanding ultra-low-power, real-time applications for image sensing and advanced audio. The Blackfin Low Power Imaging Platform (BLIP) leverages the ADSP-BF707 Blackfin processor as well as Analog Devices’ optimised software libraries for video occupancy sensing.
26th February 2015

Software release adds support for phase synchronisation PTP profile

Microsemi has announced its TimeProvider 5000 Software Release 2.2, adding ITU-T G.8275.1 phase synchronisation profile support with a software upgrade and license key. The software release now supports Synchronous Ethernet and the IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) phase profile, helping customers to use the available spectrum more efficiently and deliver a more reliable network.
26th February 2015

Device creation framework combines simplicity & efficiency

The Qt Company showcased its Qt 5.4 system for embedded device creation at embedded world, and also demonstrated Qt in action in a range of automotive, industrial automation and IoT applications. Qt was shown as part of a configurable SCADA system, as a rapid prototyping platform for intelligent servo drive systems, and as a back/front end component of an industrial comms network that allows user selection via NFC.
25th February 2015

High level tool synthesises entire SoC design

High level tool synthesises entire SoC design
Cadence has announced Stratus, the industry’s first high-level synthesis platform that can be utilised across an entire SoC design. This next-gen platform integrates Forte Cynthesizer and Cadence C-to-Silicon Compiler into one tool to deliver a tenfold productivity improvement, 20% better power, performance and area, and verification five times faster than a hand-written RTL flow.
25th February 2015

Altium updates flagship high-speed PCB design tool

Altium updates flagship high-speed PCB design tool
  Announcing the next update to its flagship PCB design tool, Altium has revealed that Altium Designer 15.1 will introduce several new features for improved design productivity, documentation outputs and high-speed design efficiency.
25th February 2015

IoT starter kit provides secure sensor environment

ARM has launched the ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit - Ethernet Edition to channel data from Internet-connected devices directly into IBM’s Bluemix cloud platform. The combination of a secure sensor environment by ARM with cloud-based analytics, mobile and application resources from IBM will allow fast prototyping of smart products and value-added services. 
25th February 2015

Functional safety design flow speeds IEC61508 certification

Functional safety design flow speeds IEC61508 certification
Lattice Semiconductor has introduced a functional safety design flow solution which enables users to simplify and speed up the IEC61508 safety certification process for safety-critical applications using Lattice FPGAs. Certified by TÜV-Rheinland, the solution enables engineers to adhere to latest safety design methodology, save time and reduce costs.
25th February 2015


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