Manchester contract for Square Kilometre Array

Adaptive Array Systems of Cheadle, Manchester has been awarded a contract by the University of Manchester to provide design concepts for optical network termination and transmission equipment for the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope, the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope.

An optical fibre network will form…

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Farnell and Freescale collaborate on motor control dev kit

Farnell and Freescale have created a development kit for low voltage motor drives.

Called MagniV, it is a single board variable speed drive for brushless DC (BLDC) motors and permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM) using trapezoidal or field-oriented control.

Unusually, it is designed for both professionals and hobbyists, said…

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Video processing development kit aims at security

Quick evaluation of video processing algorithms is the aim of Halo Rapid Product Development System (RPDS) from UK DSP specialist RFEL.

“Halo RPDS 1.0 provides customers with a means of evaluating the effectiveness of RFEL’s video enhancement technology,” said company CEO Alex Kuhrt. “It is a plug-and…

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Networked test standard aims for adoption with reference design

The cross-industry group promoting the LXI Ethernet-based test instrument interface is creating its first reference design which will be used by test fims to adapt their devices to the LXI bus-based instrument standard.

This extends the work for the LXI Consortium from strandard development to practical implementation…

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Cadence agrees Jasper Design acquisition

Cadence Design Systems has agreed to acquire Jasper Design Automation, a supplier of formal analysis tools, for around $170m in cash.

Cadence has recognised the growing use of formal analysis to complement traditional verification methods.

“With verification representing over 70% of the cost of developing a system-on-chip, it…

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Imagination goes with Mentor for chip emulation

Imagination Technologies has adopted the Mentor Graphics Veloce 2 enterprise emulation platform which it will use for  verification of its processor cores.

“The Veloce co-modeling technology enabled us to reduce our regression times,” said Mark Dunn, executive v-p SoC Design, Imagination Technologies.

“Imagination has shown us how better…

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ARM Cortex-M0+ dev boards free to Future Board Clubbers

Future Electronics is offering development boards for Atmel microcontrollers free to members of its FTM Board Club website.

One of the new boards supports the ATmega168, an 8-bit AVR microcontroller. The other two are for users of the SAM D21 or SAM R21 families of ARM Cortex-M0+ microcontrollers…

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NI introduces 5G ready SDR development platform

National Instruments has introduced a software defined radio (SDR) platform, based on programmable hardware, for prototyping multi-channel wireless communications systems.

Built on FPGA-based RIO programmable hardware, the USRP RIO platform incorporates a 2 x 2 multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) RF transceiver capable of transmitting and receiving signals…

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