Embedded Systems

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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Open-source project teaches design of ARM boards

A Linux programmer from the Slovak Republic has created an open-source project to help engineers and students to learn about advanced hardware design and how to port Linux to your own ARM board.

It is the idea of Robert Feranec at the Fedevel Academy and colleague Martin Murin who…

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Energy harvesting meets Raspberry Pi

Laurent Giai-Miniet, CEO, EnOcean describes how to use Raspberry Pi as the basis of an in-the-home controller with an energy harvesting wireless capability

At first glance the Raspberry Pi looks like a simple programming board, not bigger than a credit card, with some ports. At second glance…

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NXP aligns LPCXpresso with ARM mbed

NXP has re-spun its LPCXpresso range of development boards to support the ARM mbed internet-of-things application development platform.

Set up by ARM to foster collaboration between users of the Cortex M series of cores, mbed is based around a website with free resources, designs, and a forum…

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Software gets control of USB power at FTDI

FTDI Chip has added ‘selective suspend’ to its USB driver software to power-down unused USB ports.

The revised drivers have just passed Microsoft certification and are available to download free from the FTDI Chip website. WHQL pass has been achieved for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Server 2008…

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Adding a digital interface to accurate 4-20mA loop

With an eye on factory automation, Maxim has released a reference design for a precision 4-20mA temperature transmitter with added data capability.

The whole thing, branded Novato, is loop-powered, and sends data back to the central office using the HART (highway addressable remote transducer) communication protocol buried in…

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One armed drummer wields three sticks with robot wrist

After one false start, a one-armed drummer from Georgia Tech has used muscle sensing and autonomous processing to build a two-stick prosthesis for his right hand.

Jason Barnes, a drummer who lost one arm below the elbow in an electrical incident, built his own prosthetic device shortly after…

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