Embedded news: Week of April 21- 25, 2014

April 24, 2014

Bernard Cole-April 24, 2014

Collected here are my Editor’s Top Picks of embedded industry product and technology news stories for the week of April 21 - 25, 2014

Avnet announces Industrial MicroZed, MicroZed SOM and MicroZed SBC
Avnet Electronics Marketing has released the Industrial MicroZed System-on-Module (SOM), the MicroZed Cost-Optimized (CO) SOM and the MicroZed Single Board Computer (SBC).

Altia releases new GUI development editor Altia Design 11.1
Altia, Inc. has released Altia Design 11.1, with a GUI editor and graphics code generator that enable development teams to build completely custom user interface models.

ST launches sub-dollar floating-point MCUs
The new STM32F301/302/303 microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics are based on the ARM Cortex-M4 core with Floating-Point Unit (FPU).

iC-MQF: Speedy sine evaluation at x1000 interpolation factor
For optical and magnetic length gauges featuring decimal gratings, iC- MQF from iC-Haus offers a sine resolution of up to 4000 edges.

Bluetooth Low Energy connects sensors with smartphones and tablets
Libelium has launched a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module that connects Waspmote sensor nodes to smartphones, tablets, and all other BLE compatible iOS and Android devices.

Make your hardware idea a reality
Hardware start-ups have typically been risky and expensive projects, and even as new resources make the process easier, they require a lot of work and careful planning.

2014 Embedded Survey: Bluetooth, FreeRTOS and multicore on the rise
According developers who responded to the UBM 2014 Embedded Market survey, Bluetooth, FreeRTOS and multicore are up and FPGAs, 8- bit MCUs and in-house custom operating systems are down

Altera makes FPGA-based float-point DSP cheaper and faster
Altera has implemented IEEE 754-compliant Hardened Floating-point DSP Blocks into its Arria 10 and Straix 10 FPGAs

TI takes Apple's iBeacon beyond consumer with its SimpleLink MCUs
Texas Instruments' SimpleLink-based SensorTag App and CC2543 reference design uses Apple's iBeacon technology

National Instruments debuts USRP RIO next-generation wireless prototyper
With the use of software defined radio techniques the company's USRP RIO tool suite allows faster prototyping of wireless systems

Synopsys gives mega FPGAs and SoC ASICs a helping hand
The company's new HAPS ProtoCompiler Software speeds time to first prototype on 100-250 million gate ASICs and mega-FPGAs by three times

TI brings new vision to Advanced River Assistance Systems
TI broadens offerings for advanced driver assistance systems with new Vision Software Development Kit, Embedded Vision Engine and DSP libraries

Getting hands-on about embedded multicore development
If you are considering a move to a multicore platform in your next design, or already have and want to learn about where to go next, the 9th annual Multicore Developers Conference May 7- 8 is the place to go.

Call for ARM TechCon 2014 speaking proposals now open
ARM TechCon marks its 10th amazing year this October 1 through October 3, in Santa Clara, Calif., and the annual call for abstracts is now open with a close of May 15.

Embedded news from around the Web
Li-Fi reaches 1Gbps lighting the path to a new internet
IoT Comms Software Is Hard
Getting to know the IoT
Wearable Contest Takes to the Air
The Death of the Smartphone
OpenSSL Shows Cost of 'Free'
Sensors Combat Corrosion
Slimming ICs to a Single Molecule Wide
Google's Project Tango Helps Robots Fly
Electron Spin and PCs That Run Fast While Turned Off
R&D Suggests New Class of Magnetic Materials

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