Embedded World: Your Electronics Weekly Guide
A roundup of the latest electronics news from Embedded World, the event running from 26 – 28 February in Nuremberg that covers automotive, military, telecomms, industrial and consumer electronic sectors. Embedded World 2013 Thursday 27 February 2013 Congatec runs Windows Compact 7 on ARM module Congatec has ported the Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating system to a Qseven embedded module based on the Freescale i.MX6 ARM Cortex-A9 processor. Wednesday 27 February 2013 Congatec runs Windows Compact 7 on ARM module Congatec has ported the Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating system to a Qseven embedded module based on the Freescale i.MX6 ARM Cortex-A9 processor. ADI and Bourns offer EMC-certified RS-485 board Analog Devices has teamed up with circuit-protection specialist Bourns to produce a certified RS-485 evaluation board for protecting against EMC (electro-magnetic compatibility) events in industrial and instrumentation equipment. TI driver for IGBTs and SiC FETs splits output Texas Instruments has introduced its first 35V, single-channel, output stage power management gate drivers for insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) and silicon carbide (SiC) FETs. Mouser presents Arduino at Embedded World At Embedded World in Nuremberg, Mouser is running a series of presentations, aimed at electronics design engineers, to be held at their booth (Hall 4A 302). The ‘Open-source electronics prototyping with Arduino’ presentation, for example, will feature video of notable Arduino projects and applications material. Toshiba offers fast-track motor control system Toshiba has produced a pre-configured development board for creating motor control applications using its ARM Cortex-M3 range of microcontrollers. The partitioning of the double-sided 2.5cm x 5cm board means the TMPM373 microcontroller and high side mosfets are on one side of the board and the gate drivers and low-side mosfets on the other. Tuesday 26 February 2013 Vicor optimises ZVS regulator for 12V input Vicor has introduced a buck regulator for point-of-load applications which is efficiency optimised for 12V input voltages. The Picor PI34XX series buck regulators will deliver 95% peak efficiency for 12V to 3.3V regulation and up to 15A, said the supplier. Freescale licenses ARM’s ‘server’ processor cores Freescale Semiconductor has signed a major new ARM license agreement which will cover the Cambridge firm’s most advanced processor cores. It has taken a multiyear subscription license with ARM beginning with the ARM Cortex-A50 processor. ARM offers open source SDK for Cortex-M series ARM’s next steps in the mbed open source embedded design project is a new SDK released under a permissive open source licence. It has also created an HDK for creating low-cost development boards. Renesas MCU matches ARM Cortex-M3 for low power Renesas Electronics has given details of its plans for the RX family of microcontrollers, which include its lowest power, lowest cost 32-bit MCU. Embedded World opens as German market lifts The German component distribution market stabilised in the fourth quarter of 2012, with a 10% increase in orders, according to the German distribution industry body FBDi, as the Embedded World exhibition opens in Nuremberg. Pre-show Altera targets FPGA designs at smart grids Altera has introduced an FPGA-based reference design for smart grid substation automation equipment. Developed jointly with wireless networks firm Flexibilis Oy, the IEC 62439-3-compliant reference design includes Flexibilis Redundant Switch (FRS) intellectual property implemented on a Cyclone-class FPGA or Cyclone V SoC. ARM and ST bring MATLAB to Cortex-M microcontrollers ARM and STMicroelectronics have teamed up with MathWorks to offer MATLAB and Simulink embedded design support for ARM Cortex-M processor-based systems. Internet of things explained What do we mean by “the internet of things” and why is it becoming so important to software design, writes Frank Schirrmeister of Cadence Design Systems As we approach the Embedded World exhibition and conference in Nuremberg next week, something feels fundamentally different in the industry. CompactRIO gets high speed control interface from SEA S.E.A. Datentechnik is presenting a high speed interface module with an 8MHz clock speed for the National Instruments CompactRIO platform at next week’s Embedded World exhibition in Nuremborg, Germany. ARM, Renesas,TI join move for low power MCU benchmark The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) intends to create a standard method to evaluate the energy efficiency of ultra-low power (ULP) microcontrollers. Embedded World 2012 Tuesday 28 February 2012 Embedded: Single board computer industry body forms The Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies has been announced at Embedded World, founded by firms including: Advantech, Congatec, Data Modul, Kontron, MSC, and SECO. Embedded: Arrow works with Italian firm to harvest energy Arrow Electronics has developed an energy-harvesting evaluation kit together with Italian technology consultant company @m2el. Embedded: Smallest 32bit PICs from Microchip Microchip announced a series of low pin-count 32bit PIC32 microcontrollers at Embedded World, providing up to 61 Dmips in packages as small as 5x5mm. Embedded: RS launches ARM mbed development boards RS Components has introduced a range of ARM-based development boards supporting the processor firm’s mbed modular design platform at the Embedded World exhibition in Germany today. Embedded: Energy harvesting demonstration Avnet Abacus and Cymbet have teamed up to demonstrate energy harvesting with solid state batteries at Embedded World, Nuremburg, using Texas Instruments, Atmel and Silicon Labs microcontroller and wireless reference designs. Embedded: Board standards ‘Super group’ created Embedded World has seen the creation of Standardisation Group for Embedded Technologies (SGET) by embedded computer manufacturers – Advantech, congatec, Data Modul, Kontron, MSC and SECO. Embedded: 32bit MCU for motors and inverters from Renesas Renesas has released as 32bit microcontroller for motors and inverters. Embedded: Cadence supports Xilinx Zynq-7000 Cadence has announced production release of its virtual platform for the Xilinx Zynq-7000 Extensible Processing Platform (EPP), for members of the Xilinx early access program. Embedded: RTX claims ‘smallest’ Wi-Fi module RTX claims to have the smallest embedded Wi-Fi module based on an Energy Micro microcontroller at the Embedded World exhibition in Nuremberg, today. Embedded: NI shows single-board development platform National Instruments has introduced four single-board embedded development platforms in its RIO family. Embedded: TI and Aricent offer small cell stack for KeyStone Texas Instruments and Aricent have collaborated on a small cell protocol stack for TI’s KeyStone-based multicore system-on-chip (SoC) devices. Previous News – Embedded World 2011 Thursday 03 March Power Architecture for industrial control – Embedded World Freescale has announced Power Architecture microcontrollers for industrial control. MSC scales embedded ARM modules – Embedded World MSC has developed a high scalable embedded computer module family based around ARM processors. FTDI adds single channel USB2.0 chip – Embedded World Future Technology Devices International (FTDI) has introduced a single-channel USB2.0 interface device. Wednesday 02 March Energy Micro announces Cortex-M0 – Embedded World Cortex-M3 processor firm Energy Micro is to introduce Cortex-M0 product called Zero Gecko. Micros emi to be SoC supplier – Embedded World Microsemi is positioning itself as a supplier of system-on-chip (SoC) devices with a business built around FPGA platforms and analogue components. Multicore problem not solved, says ARM CTO – Embedded World Multicore microprocessors will be limited to two and four cores for the foreseeable future, according to ARM’s chief technology officer. Atmel builds ecosystem for AVR – Embedded World Atmel is building an ecosystem around its AVR microcontrollers which includes a set of tools which will be compatible with both 8- and 32-bit AVR microcontrollers. Freescale QorIQ goes into modules – Embedded World Kontron has announced a range of single-width AdvancedMC processor modules based around the Freescale Semiconductor QorIQ communication processor. ADI moves Blackfin to 65nm this year – Embedded World Analog Devices will move its Blackfin processor to 65nm process technology this year. The firm’s high performance Sharc digital signal processors (DSP) are already on a 65nm process with production Blackfins still at 90nm. Secure RTOS technology at tipping point – Embedded World Real-time operating system (RTOS) technology with high levels of security and reliablity can now be used in embedded syetms for automotive and smart metering applications, according to Green Hills Software’s chief technology officer. Tuesday 1 March NXP Cortex-M MCUs get Keil support – Embedded World Keil has released six evaluation boards supporting the NXP LPC1100, LPC1200, LPC1300, and LPC1800 Cortex-M processor-based families. Renesas adds memory to V850 MCUs – Embedded World Renesas Electronics has added eight microcontrollers to its V850 range which are optimised for low power and offer memory from 768kbyte flash/80kbyte RAM to 1Mbyte flash/80kbyte RAM. Xilinx goes SoC with ARM chip – Embedded World FPGA firm, Xilinx has made its biggest attempt yet to be a supplier of application specific standard parts (ASSPs) to markets ranging from video systems to comsumer. Kontron doubles AdvancedMC with Core i7 – Embedded World Kontron has introduced a double-width AdvancedMC processor module built around an Intel Core i7 Mobile processor. RTOS gets downloadable apps – Embedded World Small fooprint real-time operating systems (RTOS) supplier Express Logic has introduced downloadable application modules for its ThreadX RTOS. Monday 28 February Fujitsu licenses Cortex-A15 for ASSPs – Embedded World Fujitsu Semiconductor has expanded its processor licence with ARM to include the Cortex-A15 processor, Mali graphics and CoreLink systems IP. AMD Fusion drives ETX modules – Embedded World Two of the most important processor brands in the embedded computing market are Intel and ARM. Is there room for a third? Freescale shows smart meter design – Embedded World Freescale Semiconductor has introduced a reference design for a smart meter for single-phase, two-wire installations typcially used in residential metering. System-level design explored – Embedded World Guest columnist Mike Woodward, communications industry marketing manager at The MathWorks, describes how digital and analogue circuit simulation techniques can be combined at the system level. http://www.electronicsweekly.com/Articles/2011/02/28/50578/system-level-design-explored-embedded-world.htm Previous News – Embedded World 2010 Embedded World Nuremberg 2-4 March 2010 Thursday 4 March Embedded World: Glasgow USB firm develops 16bit MCU Fabless chip firm FTDI has introduced a second generation of USB controller, adding an on-die Harvard architecture microcontroller and peripherals… Embedded World: Intel cuts Atom power for home networks The company says there is a 50% power reduction compared to previous Atom… Embedded World: Atmel qualifies touch for automotive Car dashboards with touch control may be just around the corner as silicon supplier Atmel introduces its first standard product capacitive touch controller that is fully qualified for the automotive market. Wednesday 3 March Digi-Key offers design tool comparison website Distributor Digi-Key has teamed with Embedded Developer LLC, the embedded industry’s research and compare site, to offer a sales and distribution network for development tools. Atego expands in Germany with C++ buy Atego, is the design software company which resulted from the recent merger of UK-based Artisan Software Tools and Aonix. Atom board comes with six Gbit LAN ports EVOC has launched an Intel Atom processor-based single board computer which has six Gbit LAN. Price of low power MCUs is tumbling “We have not compromised on low power performance, it still has 0.1µA RAM retention,” marketing manager VC Kumar told Electronics Weekly. Microchip MCUs cut operating power to 42uA/MHz Microchip has revealed microcontrollers that cut operating power to as low as 42uA/MHz – the 1822 and 1947. Tuesday 2 March Freescale’s SBCs For In-Car Networks’ Management At Embedded World 2010 in Nuremberg today, Freescale Semiconductor announced its next generation of system basis chips (SBCs) to address energy… New Infineon 8-Bit Microcontrollers At Embedded World 2010 in Nuremberg today, Infineon brought out two new series of its 8-bit XC800 microcontroller portfolio designated XC82x… QSeven board based on Marvell ARM chip Avnet Memec is showing the results of a collaboration with Ka-Ro and kernel concepts, the result is the WarpComm, a Marvell processor-based… Toshiba runs first Cortex-M3 from 5V rail Toshiba Electronics Europe claims to be showing the first ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller which works from a single 5V supply at Embedded World this… Fujitsu builds design teams in Europe Fujitsu Microelectronics has added to its Europe-based embedded design support capabilities as it steps up its attack on the local automotive and… Renesas has 200MHz SH-2A MCUs for industrial These are 200MHz 32-bit MCUs and to support these applications the 72 devices in the range include options for FPU (floating point processing unit)… Xilinx and Inova add fast video IO to Spartan-6 The configurable core supports multiple high-bandwidth video and communications links. It will be used to transfer real-time video from two or more… Atmel addresses IP security in design flow Based on AT90SO secureAVR microcontrollers, the VaultIC200 offers multiple interfaces and bundled security… Previous News – Embedded World 2009 Embedded World Nuremberg 3-5 March 2009 Take a look at video from Embedded World NEWS Round-up March 6: Geensys updates embedded tool with Eclipse interface Geensys has announced Reqtify 2009-1a, an improved version of its tool for the automated management of embedded hardware and software requirements capture, traceability and impact analysis throughout the entire development lifecycle. March 5: Freescale targets smart-meters with OFDM power lines Freescale Semiconductor and arivus of Germany are working together to promote the introduction of powerline communications through the adoption of open standards March 5: 8Mips microcontroller runs from single coin cell battery Atmel has introduced a family of tinyAVR microcontrollers that deliver 8Mips from 0.7V. March 4: Real-time Java processor speeded up for embedded apps aJile Systems has demonstrated a Java processor which will run real-time applications. March 4: ARM’s Cortex-M0 processor – how it works ARM has introduced its smallest Cortex processor yet. At 12,000 gates, the firm sees the Cortex-M0 displacing 8 and 16bit processors in low-power applications March 4: Wind River and Intel get serious about multicore design Wind River is working with Intel to address the issue of complexity when it comes to programming multicore processors in embedded systems. March 4: IAR offers free C/C++ compiler for Lego robotics IAR Systems has introduced a free version of its Embedded Workbench compiler and debugger for programming the NXT Intelligent Brick in the Lego Mindstorms robotic building system. March 4: Bid to create smaller COM Express board standard Suppliers of Computer-on-Modules (COM) form factor embedded boards have thrown their weight behind the nanoETXexpress platform with the release of revision 1.0 of the specification. March 4: Eurotech puts Atom in PC/104 Plus board Eurotech is the latest board maker to launch a rugged PC/104 Plus board based on the Intel Atom processor Z5xx series platform. March 3: ARM Cortex-M3 chips launch Embedded World 2009 STMicroelectronics and Luminary Micro continue to push ARM Cortex-M3-based microcontrollers into the low cost embedded market with new versions offering wider interface support. March 3: Plextek designs WinCE 6.0 R2 platform into cars Plextek claims it can reduce development time for embedded systems such as in-car multimedia systems with a customisable core processor-based reference design. March 3: Atom put to work in heavy-duty industrial designs Congatec has added heavy-duty industrial versions of its COM Express products with modules based on extended temperature versions of the Intel Atom processor Z5xx series and the system controller hub US15WPT. March 3: Fujitsu drives ARM Cortex into the car safety market ARM continues to get excited about seeing its processors designed into embed automotive applications. March 3: DaVinci puts HD video into doorbells The latest video processor from Texas Instruments, the TMS320DM365 DaVinci processor includes production-qualified H.264, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MJPEG and VC1 codecs. March 3: ADI adds isolated power converter to RS-485/422 transceiver Analog Devices has added two galvanically-isolated RS-485/422 transceivers, each featuring an integrated isolated power converter. March 3: Toshiba adds motor drive peripheral to Cortex-M3 Toshiba Electronics has expanded its family of ARM Cortex-M3 microcontrollers with the launch of an MCU with hardware-based vector control of high-end, three-phase motor applications. March 3: Emerson intros MicroATX board for POS terminals Emerson Network Power has introduced an industrial MicroATX motherboard designed for point-of-sale (POS) and kiosk applications. March 3: Radisys signs Hypervisor deal for virtualisation Real-Time Systems has signed a development agreement with RadiSys. March 3: Green Hills Software supports Atom Z5xx processor Green Hills Software is supporting Intel’s industrial grade Atom processor, the Z5xx series with development software including a port of its Integrity real-time operating system and virtualisation technology. March 3: Agilent adds 100MHz scopes to InfiniiVision range Agilent Technologies has expanded its mixed-signal and digital-storage oscilloscope range with four 100MHz models in the InfiniiVision 7000 series which goes up to 1GHz. March 2: Wind River provides Linux support for Altera FPGAs Wind River is offering Linux support for Altera’s Nios II embedded processor. March 2: Atmel offers embedded Java for AVR32 microcontrollers Atmel and IS2T jointly offer embedded Java applications for Atmel’s flash microcontrollers. March 2: Infineon XC2000 MCU gets new emulation kit pls Programmierbare Logik & Systeme has a complete emulation kit for Infineon Technologies’ XC2000 and XE166 microcontroller families. February 27: Kontron plugs Core2 Duo processor into COM The Kontron microETXexpress-PC is built around a 45nm Intel Core2 Duo processor on a small COM Express Pinout Type 2 compatible Computer-on-Module. February 27: NEC supports open-source RTOS on its MCUs NEC Electronics has announced support for the open source and royalty free real-time operating system, FreeRTOS for its 16-bit 78K0R and 32-bit V850 microcontrollers. Frank Hoschar, v-p sales & support at design tool firm Altium Europe, talks to Electronics Weekly about designing the FPGA as a system-on-chip device and the impact of cloud computing. February 26: Analog Devices buys smart-metering technology Analog Devices has acquired power-line communications technology from Domosys, a Quebec-based hardware and software developer. February 26: Freescale and Samsung ARM chips get design support Arrow has teamed up with embedded hardware and software firm Everex to create a development platform for ARM-based processors from Samsung and Freescale. February 26: Gleichmann demos jtag tool at Embedded World Gleichmann Electronics Research is presenting a plug-and-play tool designed for the interactive debugging and testing of PCBs and ICs, at Embedded World 2009 next week. February 25: Windows workshop is free at Embedded World exhibition Direct Insight will deliver a series of OEM hands-on workshops on behalf of Microsoft during the Embedded World 2009 exhibition. February 25: Xilinx works with Silica on DSP accelerator for cars Xilinx’s plans to re-define a large chunk of its FPGA business as an application specific system-on-chip business will be on view at Embedded World 2009 next week. February 25: Gennum debuts PCIe chips and transceivers Gennum will use Embedded World 2009 to demonstrate its latest PCI Express (PCIe) and transmit and receive designs. February 24: IAR Systems targets Cortex-M3 debug with IDE IAR Systems has announced the latest version of its Embedded Workbench for ARM Cortex-M3-based processors. February 23: Toshiba extends temperature range of ARM processor Toshiba Electronics Europe is introducing an ARM-based microprocessor with an extended temperature device that is designed for man-machine interface (MMI) and other industrial applications requiring multimedia functionality. February 23: ARM launches tiny 12k gate processor ARM has gone back to its beginnings developing a 12,000 gate CPU. Unlike the 1984-vintage 25,000 transistor 16-bit ARM1 which was designed to run a computer, the new 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 is designed to power a microcontroller. February 23: Lattice moves mid-range FPGAs to low power Lattice Semiconductor has played to its strengths with its latest generation mid-range FPGA, the ECP3. February 23: Tektronix adds audio and power modules for embedded design Tektronix has introduced its first triggering and analysis module targeted specifically at digital audio serial buses for its MSO/DPO4000 series and DPO3000 series oscilloscopes. February 23: PICMG gets embedded systems up to speed Looking at the market for open specification equipment, a trend emerges – the customer is demanding higher performance. This drive relates not only to the performance of the silicon, but to the interconnect, the fabric that links these blades and modules together. February 23: Medical systems get MCU with on-chip LCD driver NEC’s latest 16-bit flash microcontrollers come with integrated LCD drivers and are designed for use in battery-operated handheld medical diagnostic instruments, building utility meters for gas, water and electricity as well as applications in factory automation. February 19: Multicore software runs on single core Atom CPU module The ability to run multiple operating systems on a single hardware platform is nothing new. In the IT sector, systems such as VMware have been on the market for some years and new virtualisation solutions are being introduced at a constant rate. February 19: How to design motion sensing for video games The most striking development in video game technology in recent years has been the emergence of motion control, a trend that is expanding the industry beyond its traditional demographics by appealing to young and old alike. For regulator updates take a look at the Electronics Weekly Twitter site and see how it develops. The event this year will cover automotive, military, telecomms, industrial and consumer electronic sectors, with last year’s show attracting 600 exhibitors with embedded hardware, software, tools and services.