Electronic Design News

NIWeek: Swiss students show stair-climbing wheelchair

A team of 10 students studying mechanical and electrical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich are designing and building an electric wheelchair which is able to climb stairs. Moving on the ground is accomplished with a system with automated balancing on the two main…

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NIWeek: LabVIEW 2015 writes code faster for 8-cores

National Instruments began its NIWeek technology conference in Austin, Texas today by announcing the latest version of its LabVIEW design and test software. There has been a speed upgrade and new debugging tools. The classic characteristic of LabVIEW is to be able to use new and existing software code across…

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Altera and ZMDI add digital power management to FPGA

Altera is to integrate the digital power management technology developed by ZMDI (Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden) into its Enpirion PowerSoC devices. Altera says that adding ZMDI’s technology to the SoCs “will provide greater control performance between Altera’s FPGAs and its power management ICs”, enabling Enpirion devices to support new…

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Ubuntu drone puts robotics in the classroom

A Spanish company has a different take on encouraging students to get involved in electronics design. No Raspberry Pi controlled lights for them, Erle Robotics is putting drone development in the classroom. Erle Robotics saw the potential of robotics in education, and the need for easy-to-program Linux hardware…

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Antenova adds Sinica for 1559MHz-1609MHz satellite bands

Antenova, the Hatfield antenna specialist, has launched an embedded GNSS antenna, named ‘Sinica’, which operates on the 1559MHz–1609MHz satellite bands. Sinica is suitable for all positioning applications on the 1559MHz-1609MHz bands, the company says. It operates with all of the public satellite constellations – GPS, GLONASS, Baidou and Gallileo…

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Chips at risk from bad voltages, says Mentor

Electrical reliability and protection from electrostatic discharge (ESD) has become more important to IC designers as on-chip geometries shrink and device complex increases. ESD is not a new phenomenon in chip design but its importance to IC designers has increased in recent years. The main factors for this are…

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Concept Engineering upgrades netlist debugger for complex SoCs

German chip debugging tool firm Concept Engineering has released its latest generation tools. StarVision PRO, RTLvision PRO, GateVision PRO, and SpiceVision PRO are scriptable debugging and visualisation tools. As well as a debug tool for  analogue, digital and mixed-signal designs, StarVision PRO provides customisable design rule checks and automated…

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Teachers get free Raspberry Pi skills in Google Digital Garage

Educating students of all ages in embedded design continues to be an important part of the activities of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Its programme of training teachers in embedded design based on Raspberry Pi is continuing apace with the numbers of Raspberry Pi-certified educators growing through its training events…

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