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Feabhas provides hands-on coding with STM32F4 micros

The IOT Design conference 2015 - Feabhas - Niall Cooling, Chief executive

Feabhas, the embedded software training company, is introducing STM32F4 ARM Cortex M4-based microcontrollers to its practical training sessions. According to Niall Cooling, CEO at Feabhas, software engineers no only need to be able to write complex code they also need to fit that code onto chips. “To ensure our C++11 /14 and C11 delegates get the most from the latest techniques and ...

Playstation to Tesla, MIPS R2000 still going strong at 30

Prof. John Hennessy inspecting the layout of MIPS R2000

The MIPS R2000 microprocessor was launched in January 1986, thirty years ago this month. This was the first commercially-available microprocessor chipset to implement the MIPS instruction set architecture and the first RISC (reduced instruction set computing) processor sold through a licensing business model. It was the brainchild of Stanford University professor John Hennessy and the company he founded was MIPS ...

Atmel adds force sensing to capacitive touch

Atmel maxTouch U

Atmel has found a way to add a force dimension to its touch screen chips without straying from capacitive measurement. The technology is sampling in its maXTouch U chip series for phones. “Force sensing expands the touch experience by bringing 3D interactions to enable users more intuitive control of their devices based on the pressure of their touch,” said the ...

Poland firm creates dev board for Intel’s IoT module

Modulowo Explore E

Poland-based supplier Modulowo has introduced an embedded development board for Intel’s small form factor IoT module, known as Edison. It takes the form of a breakout board for Intel Edison Compute Module providing interfaces and connectors to additional modules, such as sensors, touch switches, motor controllers and LED drivers and GPS. It is likely to be used for IoT design prototyping but can also ...

FTDI Chip launches Arduino Kickstarter project

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FTDI Chip has launched a Kickstarter project called NerO to deal with drawbacks it perceives in the widely-used Arduino UNO R3 and, by utilising a crowdfunding platform, get the engineering community involved right from the very beginning. “The whole Arduino phenomenon has been great for the electronics sector, as it is allowing hobbyists as well as experienced full-time engineers to ...

Cambridge conference explores GUI design for IoT devices

Atilia

If you are looking to add a top of the range graphical user interface to your design project, Julian Coates from Altia may be worth a listen at the UK Device Developers’ Conference, which takes place in Cambridge on the 27th and 28th April. Increasingly the graphical user interface (GUI) is being used to differentiate embedded system design and this is most ...

Emulation is essential for processor design, says Imagination

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Imagination Technologies, the processor developer behind PowerVR GPUs and MIPS CPUs, has deployed the Veloce emulation platform’s virtualised testbench acceleration (TBX) technology from Mentor Graphics. The emulator was used in the verification flow for the PowerVR Wizard GR6500, a ray-tracing-enabled graphics processing unit (GPU). Martin Ashton, executive v-p, PowerVR, Imagination Technologies, writes: “To simplify the verification of complex Imagination IP, ...

Microchip adds algorithms to automatic C code generation tool

Microchip Code Configurator

Microchip has added application algorithms to the register initialisation function already available in its Code Configurator automatic C code generation tool. Currently available for comment as a ‘beta’ release, Code Configurator version 3.0 will automatically implement code for functions including capacitive touch, a boot-loader, and a TCP/IP stack. “If you wanted to implement a touch function, originally you needed to start ...