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Embedded World 2014

A roundup of the latest electronics news from Embedded World, the event running from 25 – 27 February in Nuremberg that covers automotive, military, telecomms, industrial and consumer electronic sectors.

Embedded World 2014

Thursday 27 February 2014

Embedded World: Toshiba Bluetooth LE chip draws 6mA
Toshiba Electronics has introduced a Bluetooth Low Energy controller, the TC35667FTG, for low power applications such as wearable and healthcare-orientated smart devices.

Embedded World: Freescale puts ARM chip in golf-ball dimple
Freescale Semiconductor claims to offer the smallest ARM-based microcontroller.

Embedded World: Kontron launches tiny Intel Atom board
Kontron has demonstrated at Embedded World 2014 two Intel Atom processor boards in the Pico-ITX (100mm × 72mm) form-factor with a bootable slot for micro-SD cards and a mPCIe slot for mSATA drives.

Embedded World: ADI’s universal healthcare monitor chip
ADI Analog Devices has developed a medical monitoring device which is says will bring accurate measurement of vital signs to consumer-priced health devices.

Embedded World: CSR and ARM gear up for IoT
CSR is supporting the ARM mbed embedded development platform to bring wireless interface to projects for the developing internet of things (IoT).

Wednesday 26 February 2014

Embedded World: PC scope has eight 20MHz 12bit channels
Called PicoScope 4824, it has 12bit resolution, a USB 3.0 interface, an integrated 14bit arbitrary waveform generator (AWG), and is powered over the USB cable.

Embedded World: Universal debug for Freescale, ST and TI MCUs
PLS Programmierbare Logik & Systeme is exhibiting the Universal Debug Engine (UDE) 4.2 at Embedded World 2014 in Nuremberg this week.

Embedded World: FTDI goes 8051 with 2nd MCU in two days
At the same show it revealed a proprietary 32bit microcontroller, the FT900, FTDI announced an 8bit microcontroller which executes the long-established 8051 instruction set.

Tuesday 25 February 2014

Embedded World: 8pin PIC has 16bit PWMs for LED lighting
Microchip announced a series of 8pin 8bit MCUs with three 16bit PWMs for LED lighting today.

Embedded World: FTDI breaks into 32bit MCUs
Yielding 2.93Dmips/MHz, it is designed to work alone, or with the firm’s novel FT800 embedded video engine.

Embedded World: Electric bikes can be linked to the IoT
Lantronix demonstrated how an electric bicycle can be connected to the internet of things using its xPico Wi-Fi module.

Embedded World: basketball, Bluetooth and the IoT
The latest version of Bluetooth has seen an explosion in innovative and interesting fitness applications.

Embedded World: PicoScope gets Linux software
Pico Technology has released a beta version of the PicoScope 6 oscilloscope software for Linux.

Embedded World: XMOS qualifies to AEC-Q100 for automotive
XMOS is chasing automotive business by qualifying its multi-core microcontrollers to AEC-Q100.

Embedded World: Lattice signs Intercomp to drive Euro FPGA sales
Lattice Semiconductor has appointed Intercomp as a sales and marketing representative in Central Europe.

Embedded World: tiny Arduino board has Bluetooth v4.0
Rutronik will demonstrate at Embedded World 2014 in Nuremberg today an ultra-miniature computer board from supplier RFdigital.

Pre show

Embedded World: USB3 and MIPI using FPGAs
Lattice is demonstrating USB3, human-machine interface, and MIPI (Mobile Industry Processor Interface) using FPGAs at Embedded World in Nurnberg this week.

MIPS unveils microcontroller core
MIPS M5100 microcontroller coreMIPS has revealed cores to compete with ARM‘s Coretx-Mx series.

Securing the internet of things
People will need good reasons to have confidence in the IoT. Devices have to be secured against hacking, even where firmware up-dates are possible.

 

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Thursday 27 February 2013

Body’s electric near-field confirms user ID
Microchip has developed a capacitive contactless identification system that relies on near-field effects around the human body. A $1 fob or token, carried about a person, sets up a field that extends to the wearers fingertips, allowing them to prove they are the carrier by reaching their hand towards a reader.

Kontron supports two CompactPCI Serial standards
Kontron has said it will support the two flavours of the CompactPCI interface, these are CompactPCI Serial and CompactPCI Serial Mesh. CompactPCI Serial (CPCI-S.0) is for implementation in 3U form factors with PCIe, GbE, USB and SATA over backplane, and CompactPCI Serial Mesh (based on PICMG 2.20) for 6U form factors with 10GbE over backplane.

Wind River joins safety-critical Linux push
Wind River has joined the Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL) in a moves designed to support embedded Linux applications. The OSADL’s remit is to encourage development of open source projects in the areas of embedded systems and industrial design.

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

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 explainedWhat 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.

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