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Colin Holland is the editorial content director for Embedded.com and the Embedded Systems Conference. Before taking on Embedded in the US, he served as editorial director of Embedded Systems Programming/Design Europe and an editor on EE Times Europe. He can be reached at colin.holland@ubm.com.

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    • The Harwell Dekatron or 'Witch', which is said to be the world's oldest computer has been rebooted at the National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park, in the UK.

    • DDC-I, a supplier of software and professional services for mission- and safety-critical applications, has joined the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Consortium, a managed consortium of The Open Group.

    • Congatec AG is working with with Adeneo Embedded to deliver ready-to-use board support packages for the Freescale ARM Cortex A9 i.MX 6 Series based modules.

    • Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. has changed its name to Mercury Systems Inc. in an effort to better reflect the breadth and depth of its capabilities.

    • If you are near Santa Clara on Wednesday 31st October and want a concise update on the current state of embedded technology development in Brazil head there is a unrivaled opportunity for you.

    • Yesterday at a Young Professionals' Event at the IET in London, Eben Upton, co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and SoC Architect at Broadcom gave a talk on Inspiring future generations with open hardware.

    • Renesas Electronics America is to sponsor the FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) initiative as a means of motivating and inspiring the next generation of engineers.

    • Altium has released two TASKING C compiler solutions for automotive application development, delivering support for the RH850 microcontrollers from Renesas and the Power Architecture based microcontrollers from the Freescale Qorivva/5xxx and STMicroelectronics SPC56 series.

    • Eurotech has signed $2.9M in contracts with a medical device manufacturer to provide a controller for a medication compounding system. The control units will be supplied over the next two and a half years.

    • The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) has joined the oneM2M Partnership, which was launched in July 2012 to enable the deployment of services in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications systems.

    • Open Kernel Labs Inc. (OK Labs), a supplier of virtualization software for securing wireless communications, applications and content for mobile devices and automotive in-vehicle infotainment systems, has been purchased by General Dynamics.

    • Total revenue in the merchant embedded computing (MEC) market was just under $5 billion in 2010, a 4 percent increase from 2009 according to new market research. The MEC industry recovered at about 6 percent in 2011 to around $5.3 billion.

    • Most of the assets of Modesat Communications, a wireless backhaul solutions provider, have been purchased by Xilinx. The deal will ease combination of the Xilinx All Programmable 7 series FPGAs and Zynq-7000 SoCs with Modesat wireless backhaul solutions.

    • A few months ago when Embedded System Design magazine was closed I promised that we would redouble our efforts to provide the embedded development community with an unrivaled source of information on Embedded.com.

    • SmartPROJECT is a analytics-powered project management software solution for embedded systems developers and includes Agile/Scrum support and a full suite of collaboration capabilities. The software is the result of a collaboration between UBM Electronics, the publisher of Embedded.com, and Numetrics.

    • I must admit that Steampunk had passed me by till earlier this year when my good friend Bill Schweber alerted me to some being done by a neighbor of his in Boston.

    • At its Developer Forum, Intel has released details of its Intelligent Systems Framework a broad technical specification for embedded systems covering everything from network appliances to gateways and end devices such as security cameras.

    • LDRA, a provider of automated software verification, source code analysis and test tools, has joined The Open Group Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Consortium.

    • Logiways, a video-on-demand, security and embedded software integration specialist has licensed the CryptoFirewall security core technology developed by Cryptography Research.

    • One of Freescale's Qorivva MCUs is the first automotive MCU to receive ISO 26262 certification from an independent third party. The MPC5643L 32-bit microcontroller has been certified by Exida.

    • Kontron has achieved the IRIS (International Railway Industry Standard) Revision 02 certification, a compliance developed by the independent association of European railway industries UNIFE (Union des Industries Ferroviaires Européennes).

    • Congatec AG, a manufacturer of industrial computer modules which is based in Deggendorf, Germany, has posted sales of €47.7 million (about $60 million) in its 2011 financial year.

    • The Intel Industrial Computer in Concert is a robotic orchestra, synchronizing a host of plastic and metal percussion instruments that ping, pong, bong and blink blue-hued light each time a nearby paint gun strikes them with a tiny rubber ball.

    • Freescale Semiconductor is to demonstrate its Kinetis L series microcontrollers (MCUs) built on the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor at DESIGN West in San Jose, California, with alpha sampling ofdue to start in the second quarter of 2012.

    • The ARM Cortex-M0+ processor is the latest addition to the ARM Cortex processor family and consumes 9µA/MHz on a 90nm LP process. Early licensees of the processor include Freescale and NXP Semiconductor.

    • At the recent Embedded World in Nuremberg, three universities - the University of Applied Sciences Landshut, the University of Applied Sciences Deggendorf and the Czech Technology University - ran demonstrations which showed the implementation of the Freescale technology.

    • Freescale Semiconductor is to increasingly work with its ecosystem of board vendors to broaden availability of its processors based on Power Architecture and ARM technologies in standardized, off-the-shelf single board computing (SBC) and system-on-module (SOM) form factors.

    • Silicon Laboratories Inc., which has supplied 8-bit MCUs since its purchase of Cygnal Integrated Products in 2003, has applied its characteristic analog/mixed-signal expertise to expand it portfolio with 32-bit devices based on the ARM Cortex-M3 processor.

    • Wolverine is the moniker chosen by Texas Instruments for an ultra-low-power MSP430 microcontroller platform launched here which provides 360 nA real-time clock mode - more than doubling battery life - and less than 100 μA/MHz active power consumption.

    • New bus information displays installed in preparation for the Summer Olympics in Weymouth had to be removed because they were too noisy!

    • DESIGN West is the Embedded Systems Conference on steroids.

    • Texas Instruments has added to its MSP430 range of microcontrollers with a family of 16-bit devices for single-phase metering and energy monitoring applications. The 24 F673x/F672x devices guarantee no interruption of operation through a backup capable MCU supporting real-time clock operation and power management from the main power supply and up to two separate auxiliary supplies.

    • LeCroy Corp. has released three additional test packages for automotive designers. Two QualiPHY automated compliance test packages are available for MOST and the emerging BroadR-Reach standard while the Vehicle Bus Analyzer (VBA) test solution has been expanded.

    • NXP Semiconductors is using test equipment from Agilent Technologies Inc. in a demonstration of its beam-forming technology for the next generation of communication and radar products at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

    • A compliance test suite revealed at CES by LeCroy Corp. is an approved Link Verification System (LVS) by the USB-IF which which is used during SuperSpeed USB compliance workshops for testing link layer conformance.

    • Microchip has expanded its eXtreme Low Power (XLP) microcontrollers portfolio with the PIC24F GA3 16-bit MCU family, which have 150 microamperes/MHz active current, as well as six DMA channels, which allow a routine to be executed with less power consumption and increased throughput. With these six additions the PIC24F range now numbers 91 devices.

    • A digital EMC/EMI receiver module from TESEQ extends the frequency range of the PMM 9010 receiver system from 6 GHz to 18 GHz. Suitable for use in commercial test labs and by in-house manufacturers’ test facilities, the upgraded PMM system can now be used for a wider range of EMC testing.

    • High-Speed Inter-Chip (HSIC) compliance test software for real-time oscilloscopes has been released by Agilent Technologies Inc. to automatically test HSIC signals according to HSIC specifications.

    • Tabor Electronics has upgraded its Pulse Master series with the PM8571A and PM8572A single and dual channel pulse waveform generators which support new interfacing options, short circuit protection and more accurate signals

    • National Instruments says its preliminary estimate for fourth-quarter revenue is a quarterly record of $277 million, an 11 percent year-over-year increase compared to fourth quarter of 2010.

    • The LDRA tool suite has been integrated with National Instruments LabVIEW Virtual Instruments to provide hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation, a technique used to develop and test the complex real-time embedded systems commonly found in military and aerospace designs.

    • Linaro, the open organization focused on improving Linux on ARM, has formed the Linaro Community Contributor Process and Team. Linaro Technical Leads now have the opportunity to nominate any individual who has made sustained contributions over a significant period of time as a Community Contributor of Linaro.

    • Additional software capabilities for the Tektronix TLA7SA08 and TLA7SA16 Logic Protocol Analyzer Modules provide support for PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0. The additions include a Bird’s Eye View (BEV) to help engineers visualize and investigate difficult flow control problems along with one-click calibration and auto configuration.

    • Version 2.6 of XJTAG's boundary scan software development system now comes with a library that can auto-suggest the correct file based on the bill of materials and net list information, enabling even faster set-up times.

    • The Remote Instrumentation Controller 4000 (RIC-4000) for ASSET InterTech's ScanWorks platform for embedded instruments can connect over an Ethernet network and apply boundary scan (JTAG) tests on as many as four circuit boards at once.

    • LV-Link 3.0 from Data Translation Inc. is a library of Virtual Instruments (VIs) that enable National Instruments LabVIEW programmers to access the data acquisition features of DT-Open Layers-compliant USB and PCI devices.

    • Anritsu has donated a handheld vector network analyzer to the University California, Davis College of Engineering for use in the Davis Millimeter Wave Research Center (DMRC).

    • The E5515E 8960 Series 10 wireless communications test set from Agilent Technologies Inc. is designed for R&D engineers who need to stress their 2G/3G/3.5G designs at the maximum data rates.

    • Texas Instruments has expanded its Code Composer Studio integrated development environment (IDE) with access to software and design resources for use with its MSP430 microcontrollers.

    • The Kinetis K70 family from Freescale Semiconductor targets applications that require a sophisticated graphics LCD user interface as well as advanced connectivity and security functionality.

    • Atmel Corp. has added 13 devices to 3 different product series in its 32-bit AVR UC3 product portfolio. As well as adding devices to the existing UC3 L and UC3 A Series, the UC3 D Series of MCUs has been introduced.

    • OSCAR 1, the first amateur satellite, was launched on December 12, 1961, just four years after the launch of world's first satellite, Sputnik I.

    • At the ARM European Technical Conference (AETC) today in Paris, Xilinx Inc. announced it is now shipping its Zynq-7000 Extensible Processing Platform (EPP) devices. and provided the first public demonstration the devices which where running a Linux-based application.

    • A compliance test package from Agilent Technologies Inc. helps designers accelerate the development of SD UHS-II card-based systems and ensure their interoperability.

    • Rohde & Schwarz (Munich, Germany) and U-blox (Thalwil, Switzerland) have successfully concluded a simulation of the Russian GLONASS satellite navigation system.

    • The 4CH-VSG2000 from X-COM Systems is is a 2U rack-mount unit that combines four independently-programmable arbitrary waveform vector signal generators (VSGs) each with dedicated removable 1-Tbyte solid-state drives for waveform storage.

    • The RTO-K4 option for FlexRay interfaces from Rohde & Schwarz is for use with the company's RTO oscilloscopes. It provides a trigger and decoding option for the FlexRay serial communications interface

    • Agilent Technologies Inc. and Lime Microsystems have been working on linking test equipment, transceiver technology and control software to produce a novel method for testing and evaluating advanced wireless systems.

    • The 204 MHz, LPC4300 asymmetrical dual-core digital signal controller (DSC) from NXP is now available and is based on the ARM Cortex-M4 processor with a Cortex-M0 co-processor. The performance of the LPC1800 series has also been extended to 180 MHz.

    • Agilent Technologies Inc. is to buy Accelicon Technologies, a privately held company, provides device-level modeling and validation software for the electronics industry. Financial details were not disclosed and the deal is expected to be completed in 60 to 90 days.

    • The MW8209A PIM Master from Anritsu is a passive intermodulation (PIM) analyzer that covers the 900 MHz band to address the growing need to measure PIM in E-GSM networks, including UMTS Band VIII and LTE Band 8.

    • The R&S CTH family of portable radio test sets from Rohde & Schwarz is designed for testing of analog FM radios in the field. Both test sets perform frequency and power measurements on transmitters and receivers.

    • Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of 3U PXI microwave switch solutions with the introduction of the 40-784 which supports one or two microwave switches in 2 slots of 3U PXI.

    • Stanford University’s latest solar car, which took part in last month's World Solar Challenge, a sun-powered car race across Australia, used STM32 32-bit MCUs to manage its subsystems.

    • Revenue in the fiscal year July 2010 through June 2011 at Rohde & Schwarz (Munich, Germany) jumped 25 percent increase over last year's level to €1.58 billion. The size of workforce reached an all-time high of 8,400 employees by the end of the fiscal year.

    • Extech Instruments, the manufacturer of handheld test and measurement tools, has relocated its headquarters from Waltham, Massachusetts to a new facility in Nashua, New Hampshire.

    • Virinco launched its WATS system in the German market at Productronica. The tool is for use in the global supply chain, R&D, production, test, quality and service and has customers in the industrial, tele- and datacom, energy, offshore, defense, aerospace, science industries.

    • Russian-based Planar showed its CABAN R54 Vector Reflectometer designed for S11 parameter measurement. It provides magnitude and phase measurements over the frequency from 85 MHz to 5.4 GHz.

    • Ron Nersesian has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer of Agilent Technologies Inc. while Guy Séné, will replace Nersesian as Electronic Measurement Group (EMG) president.

    • According to Agilent Technologies Inc. its M9703A digitizer is the first eight-channel, 12-bit digitizer that complies with the AXIe open standard. The AXIe digitizer is designed for use in large-scale applied physics applications.

    • A multi-measurement capability is being added to the Agilent Technologies Inc. 89600 VSA software, enabling simultaneous signal analysis of multiple carriers and signal formats for more efficient testing and deeper signal insight in wireless test.

    • The PXIe-3975, ADLINK Technology Inc. is a 3U PXI Express controller with Intel Core i5-520E processor, for hybrid PXIe-based testing systems is the company's first PXI Express controller.

    • Imagination Technologies Group plc and Renesas Electronics Corp have signed a multiuse license agreement for IP from Imagination’s PowerVR Series6 ‘Rogue’ graphics family.

    • Freescale Semiconductor has added a new Kinetis series of MCUs with an increased operating frequency up to 200 MHz. Built on an ARM Cortex-M4 core, with DSP and floating point instructions, the X series include 1 to 4 Mbyte of flash and 0.5 Mbyte of SRAM, with multiple off-chip memory options also available for expansion headroom.

    • Prolific Inc., which develops IC design optimization software tools that reduce development time and improve the performance of cell-based designs has been acquired by ARM Holdings.

    • BeagleBoard.org has added the BeagleBone to its open source hardware platforms. The $89 development board is based on a Texas Instruments Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessor.

    • Texas Instruments Inc. believes its latest MPUs could cut the bill of materials costs by as much as $40 for smaller sized applications such as portable navigation, handheld gaming and educational devices, home and building automation.

    • This year saw the inaugural Best in Show Awards which recognized the best-in-class technologies introduced since the last ARM TechCon. There were three awards, one for Chip Design, one for Software and a third for Hardware and the winners were selected by a group of editors that cover the industry.

    • At the latest quarterly Global Certification Forum (GCF) meeting held in London, Anritsu submitted a record number of new protocol test cases LTE terminal equipment.

    • A computer board that contains everything you might need, and is to be priced around $25, will come under the spotlight at next weeks ARM TechCon conference.

    • Conference attendees at next weeks ARM TechCon will be first to get an in-depth  look at the technology behind the latest processor from ARM, the A7.

    • Agilent Technologies Inc. and Datang Telecom Group have established a TD-LTE-Advanced Joint Research Lab to focus on developing new technologies and test standards to promote TD-LTE-Advanced technologies.

    • Ole Lund Hansen leading the United Nations work on ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ as the Head of UN Global Compact LEAD, will provide a keynote at ARM TechCon on Innovating for a Brighter Future.

    • Aeroflex used European Microwave Week to launch an addition to its PXI 3000 series of RF modular instruments. The 3036 RF digitizer module has a frequency range extending to 13 GHz and is for use in vector signal analysis of complex RF signals.

    • At European Microwave Week National Instruments demonstrated a complete PXI-based solution for RF power amplifier (PA) validation and production test.

    • At European Microwave Week, Anritsu Company demonstrated the modules developed for the ME7838A broadband vector network analyzer (VNA) system that provides single-sweep coverage from 70 kHz to 110 GHz with operation from 40 kHz to 125 GHz.

    • Cascade Microtech has developed the InfinityQuad probe to ensures reliable measurement results up to 110 GHz in the engineering and production of DC, logic, RF and mmWave RFIC devices.

    • A family of ARM-based SoC FPGAs developed by Altera Corp., integrates 28-nm Cyclone V and Arria V FPGA fabric, a single- or dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor, error correcting code (ECC) protected memory controllers, peripherals and high-bandwidth interconnect into a single chip.

    • A virtual target from Altera is based on virtual prototyping solutions from Synopsys Inc.and is aimed at developing device-specific embedded software for Altera’s SoC FPGA devices.

    • Oki Semiconductor, part of the Rohm group, has changed its company name to Lapis Semiconductor three years after it was acquired from Oki Electric Industry.

    • Greater product sophistication, along with the incorporation of radio frequency in an increasing number of devices, is compelling engineers to change their test strategy according to research from Frost & Sullivan.

    • Gemalto, the producer of software and hardware for mobile security, is to use the Keil MDK-ARM in its 13 design centres in EMEA, Asia, Latin America and North America. It will use the toolchain for all its ARM processor-based smartcard development.

    • Freescale Semiconductor and Qualcomm Atheros are collaborating to demonstrate home energy management using the Smart Energy Profile 2.0 over Wi-Fi, Ethernet and the HomePlug Green PHY (HomePlug GP) standard.

    • An R&D project between the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and STMicroelectronics has developed a reduced consumption 32-bit ultra-low-voltage microprocessor SoC which could be used in wireless sensors and implantable medical devices.

    • Spectris plc, the UK headquartered instrumentation and controls company, has acquired Sixnet LLC, a privately-held business based near Albany, NY, and which employs around 110 people.

    • CALWEB, a free calibration management service for Tektronix customers which is currently used by 6,000 customers, has been upgraded to version 5.1.5 to increase the visibility of the calibration certification process.

    • An optical transport network (OTN) test solution for 40 and 100 gigabit OTU3/4 rates from Ixia, the XOTN solution, meets the performance and protocol scale test needs of evolving dynamic, packet-switched core transport networks, including advanced MPLS and MPLS-TP protocol implementations.

    • Two portable instruments from Narda Safety Test Systems are designed for measurement of electromagnetic fields found in industrial environments such as RF heat sealers and vinyl welders, semiconductor fabrication equipment, RF induction, dielectric dryers and heaters, and plasma generation systems.

    • NI VeriStand 2011 is the latest version of the configuration-based software environment for creating real-time testing and simulation applications including hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulators and test cells.

    • The USB-1149.1/CFM JTAG hardware platform from Corelis Inc. integrates advanced boundary-scan test patterns into the Teradyne TestStation and GR228x series in-circuit testers testers.

    • The RX210 and RX630 microcontrollers from Renesas Electronics are two compatible families based on the 32-bit RX CPU core and designed to provide flexible and scalable solutions for the next generation of smart meters.

    • TektronixInc. has released its solution for the MIPI Alliance M-PHY testing based on the newly-ratified M-PHY v1.0 specification. Building on its M-PHY test offering introduced last September, Tektronix now offers mobile device hardware engineers a simple, integrated solution for M-PHY transmitter and receiver debug, validation and conformance testing needs.

    • XJTAG, a supplier of boundary scan development systems compliant with IEEE 1149 standards, is one step closer to integrating its debugging software XJAnalyser with an oscilloscope, following talks with several leading manufacturers.

    • Energy Micro has introduced 100 EFM32 Gecko microcontrollers to more than double its portfolio. Pin and code compatible with the existing Gecko and Tiny Gecko products, the ARM Cortex-M3 based Leopard Gecko and Giant Gecko microcontrollers come with memory configurations up to 1MB.

    • Fujitsu Semiconductor has added 64 devices to its FM3 family of 32-bit RISC microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M3 processor core and include 54 products from the High-Performance MB9B610/510/410/310/210/110 series and 10 Ultra-Low-Leak devices.

    • Texas Instruments Inc. has expanded its Stellaris portfolio with 40 devices in the LM4Fx family which are the first Cortex-M-based microcontrollers to be built on 65 nanometer technology.

    • SEGGER Microcontroller has reacted to IAR's recent purchase of Signum by discontinuing supply of its IAR Branded J-Link JTAG emulators which come in a yellow housing.

    • The STM32 F4 series of microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics is based on the ARM Cortex-M4 core, which adds signal-processing capabilities and faster operations. The STM32 F4 series extends the STM32 portfolio and which has over 250 compatible devices already in production, including the F1 series, F2 series and ultra-low-power L1 series.

    • Rohde & Schwarz has enhanced its analog R&S SMB100A mid-range signal generator by adding new frequency options and can now handle everything from analog RF to microwave applications.

    • Fujikura Europe has released the M200 OTDR with a new user Interface (UI) that will reduce training time and simplify use and testing errors.

    • The Keithley Test Environment (KTE) semiconductor test software has been upgraded to version 5.3 and is designed for use with the S530 parametric test systems.

    • Rohde & Schwarz has developed an mixed signal oscilloscope (MSO) option for use with its RTO oscilloscope to provide 16 digital logic channels while using the base unit for mixed signal analysis.

    • Rohde & Schwarz are looking to expand its R&D center in Beaverton, Oregon which currently has 32 engineers working in test and measurement products to 45 engineers by the end of its financial year next June.

    • ASSET InterTech has expanded its ScanWorks platform for embedded instruments engineers with tools to select instruments, set parameters and insert them into a field programmable gate array (FPGA) to function as a circuit board tester.

    • The S3FN429 MCU from from Samsung Semiconductor is provided in a 44-pin QFP package and has 32 KBytes of flash, 2 KBytes RAM, 3-phase motor controller, pulse position decoder, comparators, operational amplifier and 12-bit AD converters.

    • Atollic AB has extended its range of embedded systems development tools with a generic version of its TrueSTUDIO for use with ARM processor-based microcontrollers.

    • The growth of the wireless communication market has a ripple effect on the wireless test equipment market, as increased mobility and internet access through mobile phones are expected to raise the demand for wireless test equipment solutions.

    • Geotest has released the GX3700 and GX3700e FlexDIOsPXI and PXI Express FPGA modules which use the Altera Stratix III FPGA, which can support SerDes data rates to 1.25GHz/sec and I/O data rates to 700MHz.

    • Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of 6U PXI matrices with the introduction of the 45-541 and 45-542 high density matrices.

    • A museum of vintage Tektronix test equipment and memorabilia will be open to the public from Friday September 16, 2011. Volunteers have been working since 2010, repairing and refurbishing instruments for display. VintageTek was founded in 2009 by former Tektronix field engineers, Stan Griffiths, and Ed Sinclair.

    • At the Freescale Technology Forum Japan the company detailed its SafeAssure program to ease the compliance with functional safety standards in the automotive and industrial markets.

    • IAR Systems has expanded its range of hardware and software development tools for embedded systems with the acquisition of Signum Systems Corp.

    • Texas Instruments Inc. has combined its microcontrollers for safety designs in medical, industrial and transportation applications under one banner. The Hercules platform consists of three ARM Cortex-based microcontroller families for applications that require a high level of reliability.

    • Aim-TTi has launched an entirely new type of current probe which is cable of measuring currents in PCB tracks. The Aim I-prober 520 positional current probe uses a patented technology to observe and measure current without the need to break or surround the conductor.

    • A Power-Line Modem (PLM) PICtail plus daughter board development kit from Microchip Technology Inc. is compliant with the utility frequency band and enables products to communicate using the same wiring that provides power.

    • The 32-pin MB95F430 series of 8-bit microcontrollers from Fujitsu Semiconductor includes several products with four channels of built-in analog voltage comparators as well as an operational amplifier.

    • The PicoScope 4262 from Pico Technology is a 2‑channel, 16‑bit oscilloscope with a built-in low-distortion signal generator.

    • An OTU4 mapping option for Anritsu's MD1260A 40/100G Ethernet Analyzer that extends the overall measurement capability of the instrument enabling it to be configured to conduct analysis for 40GE, 100GE, OTU3 and OTU4

    • LeCroy Corp. has signed an international distribution agreement with Mouser Electronics to provide its oscilloscopes, arbitrary function generators and logic analyzers.

    • Systems based on the Rohde & Schwarz M3SR Series 4400 VHF/UHF radio family are being used for the production phase of the VHF and UHF emergency radio system for both Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers being built for the UK Navy.

    • Freescale and Bosch have collaborated to create an automotive airbag reference platform targeted at emerging markets, like China and India, where demand for mobility is rapidly outpacing safety measures, resulting in high road fatalities.

    • UBM Electronics, the publisher of EE Times, has set up an initiative to highlight Apps, especially those of interest to electronics engineers and which run on Android or iOS tablets and Smartphone's.

    • Tektronix Inc.is providing a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) compliance test solution that works with its DPO/DSA/MSO70000 series oscilloscopes to enable seamless testing and analysis from the MHL PHY layer to the link layer and back.

    • Software for the Anritsu MS269xA and MS2830A series signal analyzers, as well as the MG3700A vector signal generator to create single-instrument solutions that support the IEEE802.11n/p/a/b/g/j wireless LAN (WLAN) standards.

    • The PicoLog CM3 USB/Ethernet current data logger is for measuring the power consumption of buildings and machinery. With three channels, it can monitor current in single-phase and 3-phase AC installations.

    • A tool from SEGGER Microcontroller aims to help the engineers shorten the time to create apps replacing the need to create UIs in hand written code with a simple drag and drop interface.

    • UK based instrumentation and controls group, Spectris plc, has signed an agreement to acquire the Omega Engineering business for $475 million (about £290 million), on a debt and cash-free basis.

    • The PicoScope 6407 USB digitizer from Pico Technology has four 1 GHz 50-ohm analog inputs and a 5 GS/s sampling rate.

    • The EX1200-7008 multichannel universal RTD simulator from VTI Instruments Corp. is designed to deliver 8-channels of precision glitch-free resistance value programming, with selectable pulsed and continuous excitation current modes.

    • Loongson Technology Corp. Ltd. has licensed the MIPS32 and MIPS64 architectures for continued development of its CPU cores which are targeting a range of applications from high-end computing, cloud servers and terminals to embedded applications such as industrial control, smart meters, automotive, GPS and mobile devices.

    • An Apple nerd takes us on a tour of his adventures of getting to know an Android based tablet.

    • National Instruments' 1-slot CompactDAQ chassis supports wireless, USB and Ethernet buses. The metal enclosures make the chassis more resistant to environmental damage as compared to the previous plastic sleeves.

    • A test system that claims to revolutionizes the way multi-radio devices such as smartphones and USB dongles are designed, tested and verified has been developed by OctoScope.

    • ARISSat-1, the satellite designed and built by amateur radio operators to specifically interest students in scientific and technological careers, is scheduled to be deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) this Wednesday August 3.

    • A 14 GHz version of the National Instruments PXIe-5665 RF vector signal analyser (VSA) has been develkoped in a PXI form factor. It takes advantage of multicore computing architectures and parallel programming capabilities through NI LabVIEW system design software.

    • National Instruments has expanded its NI reconfigurable I/O (RIO) platform with the addition of the first multicore NI CompactRIO systems and smallest NI single-board RIO devices

    • The Giga-tronics 2500B series high-performance microwave signal generators cover 100 kHz to 50 GHz with an output power +20 dBm at 20 GHz, +11 dBm at 50 GHz. It provides switching at greater than 500 µs per point and has a phase noise of -109 dBc/Hz at 10 GHz, 10 kHz offset.

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    • National Instruments has updated its DIAdem software tool which makes the locating, inspecting, analyzing and reporting on measurement data more efficient.

    • The 5325 50MS/s PCIbus arbitrary waveform/function generator from Tabor Electronics is a single-channel waveform generator which combines the abilities of a function generator, arbitrary waveform generator, programmable sequencer, pulse generator, and modulation generator, in one instrument.

    • The TS-900 PXI-based test system from Geotest for component, SoC and SiP test applications. Offering up to 512, 100 MHz channels with per-pin PMUs and an integrated receiver interface, the modular TS-900 includes both hardware and software capabilities for digital and mixed–signal test applications.

    • Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of PXI Fault Insertion solutions with the introduction of the 40-197 and the 40-198. Fault Insertion (FI) modules are used within an automatic test system to simulate common fault conditions such as an open, short to ground or a short to other connections in a device under test.

    • LeCroy Corp. has extended its Signal Integrity Studio (SI Studio), an add-on to the SPARQ application software.It can work either in conjunction with a SPARQ series network analyzer or as standalone software.

    • A measurement solution for optical transmitter compliance testing on the Agilent 86100D digital communications analyzer uses system impulse response correction, or SIRC, which enables multimode optical receivers with bandwidths in excess of 25 GHz and single-mode receivers with near 100-GHz bandwidths.

    • An adaptor for use with the Yokogawa AQ6370 series of optical spectrum analysers (OSAs) is designed to enhance the sensitivity, dynamic range and level stability by reducing the divergence of light emitted from the input fibre and increasing the input signal to the OSA by 5 dB.

    • The LabMaster 9 Zi-A modular oscilloscope system now provides higher bandwidth at the same channel density with the addition of a 36 GHz acquisition module. The 36 GHz capability is 20 percent more than previously offered by LeCroy at this channel density.

    • National Instruments Inc's purchase of AWR Corp. has now been completed. As previously announced, AWR will continue to operate as a wholly owned NI subsidiary under the leadership of the existing management team.

    • With the expansion of the installed base and the need for higher bandwidth speed, the European fibre optic test equipment (FOTE) markets are gaining strong traction. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that the European fiber optic test equipment market earned revenues of over $140.4 million in 2010 and estimates this to reach $165.4 million in 2015.

    • Harris Corp. and Tektronix Component Solutions, have signed a strategic partnership agreement which is intended to aid mutual customers in the defense industry and in the innovation of next-generation products.

    • Converged IP and wireless network test solutions supplier, Ixia, has signed an agreement to buy VeriWave Inc., a performance testing company for wireless LAN (WLAN) and Wi-Fi enabled smart devices.

    • Tim Samaras, severe-storms researcher and star of the Discovery Channel show Storm Chasers, has been lined up to deliver the closing keynote address at NIWeek 2011.

    • Two application-specific modules have been introduced for use with the Agilent Technologies N6700 modular power system (MPS) family. The N6783A-MFG module provides sourcing and measurement capabilities designed to meet the challenges of battery-powered (mobile) device manufacturing. The N6783A-BAT module proivdes basic two-quadrant operation for charging and discharging batteries for the design of a mobile device.

    • Tektronix Inc. has released a draft method of implementation (MOI) for PCI Express 3.0 receiver testing using the BERTScope BSA85C. It complements previous solutions for verifying PCIe 3.0 transmitter and channel performance.

    • STMicroelectronics is increasing support for its advanced microcontrollers in motor-control designs by providing an enhanced software library extends efficient building-block design approach to entry-level and high-end applications, and is first to support dual-motor control. A graphical configuration tool also simplifies customization.

    • The R&S SGS100A is a signal generator from Rohde & Schwarz, is more compact than previous RF sources but delivers the same performance as high-end conventional instruments.

    • The RL78 microcontroller family from Renesas Electronics with the introduction of the RL78/G14 group of 16-bit which combine the advanced on-chip peripheral functions of the R8C MCU family with the power-efficient technology of the RL78 family.

    • The SRM-3006 TS is a remote control, analysis and management software package for use with Narda Safety Test Solutions SRM-3006 frequency-selective field measuring set. The software enables the acquisition and storage of the results of electromagnetic field measurements, enables subsequent analysis and the automatic generation of user-specific test reports.

    • Freescale Semiconductor has developed a single-chip device for the S12 MagniV mixed-signal microcontroller (MCU) family. The S12VR64 is designed for use in DC motors for automotive window lift and sunroof applications connected to local interconnect network (LIN) automotive body networks.

    • Infineon Technologies AG has extended its XC2000 automotive microcontroller portfolio in an effort to provide 32-bit equivalent performance at 8-bit costs. The 16-bit devices address low-end and ultra-low-cost automotive applications and support cost reductions of existing body (with XC2200 series), safety (with XC2300 series) and powertrain (with XC2700 series) designs.

    • Freescale has announced the first family in its next-generation Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) portfolio, the MC56F84xx, which integrates high-speed analog functionality with an efficient 32-bit digital signal processor core.

    • The PIC24-based 16-bit microcontroller development platform from Stratford Digital includes two boards: the MX PIC24 Module and MX Educational Target Board and a free software download of an Educator’s Lab Manual, including 10 labs on topics ranging from 'Intro to Microcontrollers,' to timers, pulse-width modulation and analog-to-digital converters, to power management.

    • e2v has developed a P4080 extended-reliability version of Freescale’s P4080 QorIQ processor with data path, for power-sensitive and computation intensive applications in aerospace, defence and demanding outdoor environments.

    • The Digilent Cerebot 32MX7 development kit for Microchip PIC32 32-bit microcontrollers addresses the growing interest in embedded-control and networking applications and includes a demonstration board with a 10/100 Ethernet interface, dual CAN and I2C interfaces the ability to use Digilent Pmod peripheral modules.

    • Freescale Semiconductor is to launch its seventh Kinetis MCU family based on the ARM Cortex-M4 core. The Kinetis K70 MCU family will include a floating point unit (FPU), tamper detection, graphic LCD capabilities as well as providing up to 1MB of flash.

    • Software for use on the Agilent Infiniium 90000 X-series and 90000A series oscilloscopes works in conjunction with built-in hardware to provide automatic characterization and correction of the response of any path to a scope input using no external equipment.

    • A Jitter Modulation Source and the MP1825A 4-Tap Emphasis converter from Anritsu are designed to be integrated with the MP1800 signal quality analyzer (SQA) to create a test solution that supports jitter tolerance tests and generates emphasis signals up to 28 Gbit/s, for accurate evaluation of high-speed interconnects.

    • The U1230 series DMMs of handheld digital multimeters from Agilent Technologies Inc. are 3½-digit, 6,000-count DMMs designed for installation and maintenance work in electrical, HVAC and utilities.

    • Texas Instruments Inc. is looking to provide added protection against unauthorized reading of intellectual property and sensitive data in its OMAP-L138 DSP + ARM processors and TMS320C6748 digital signal processors (DSPs).

    • Solartron Metrology has introduced two flexure gauges and claim the digital and analog sensors can maintain their exceptional high repeatability and resolution of less than 0.1µm over millions of measurement cycles.

    • The DAQ-PACK Series from ACCES I/O Products Inc. has been expanded and is an integrated multifunction data acquisition and control system. It provides a solution for adding portable, analog and digital I/O capabilities to any PC or embedded system with a USB port.

    • The NI Digital Video Analyzer automates a range of tests for the latest HDMI sources such as set-top boxes, Blu-ray Disc players and DVD players. The analyzer features configuration-based test steps that automate measurements of HDMI features including 3-D video, HDMI 1.4 protocol and picture quality analysis.

    • The OMAP4470 applications processor from Texas Instruments Inc. is designed to deliver a balance between processing power, graphics, display subsystem functionality and multilayered user interface composition.

    • The SH7734 MCU from Renesas Electronics features an Open VG compliant graphics accelerator and a Gigabit Ethernet controller to provide graphics and network functionality suitable for automotive, industrial and consumer applications that include an LCD panel.

    • A PCI Express Gen2 to Serial RapidIO (S-RIO) Gen2 protocol conversion bridge has been developed by Integrated Device Technology Inc. to extend scalable RapidIO-enabled peer-to-peer multiprocessor clusters to the x86 processor environment.

    • A strategic collaboration between Synopsys Inc. and Rohde & Schwarz has been set up to speed up the design and verification of chipsets, handsets and base stations based on the LTE and LTE-Advanced standards.

    • The Rohde & Schwarz ETL TV analyzer has been enhanced with a set of functions developed for ATSC Mobile DTV (ATSC MDTV) and which enable the analyzer to perform all required measurements for installing, commissioning and maintaining ATSC MDTV networks using a single instrument.

    • National Instruments' FlexRIO product line has been expanded with six additional adapter modules for general-purpose automated test and high-speed digital communication.

    • TraceSpan Communications has developed a portable version of its GPON Xpert analyzer, a passive multi-layer protocol analyzer for GPON networks, designed for engineers engaged in the development, testing and deployment of GPON solutions.

    • The PureVu CNW66xx family of SoC video processors from Cavium Networks are designed to address the growing market demand for universal wireless display receivers.

    • The latest additions to Microchip Technology's mid-range core 8-bit PIC microcontroller family are the low pin count PIC12F(LF)1840 and PIC16F(LF)1847 which have 7 KB and 14 KB of on-chip flash memory and up to 1 KB RAM.

    • At Computex in Taipei, Atmel Corp. has revealed that its SAM9G45 and SAM9M10 ARM-based products are to support the Android operating system for applications in consumer, industrial and computing markets.

    • Eight 32-bit V850 microcontrollers have been added to Renesas Electronics America Inc.'s V850 J Series. Suitable for applications such as portable healthcare equipment and healthcare systems, especially portable measurement and monitor devices such as blood glucose meters, the MCUs provide extended battery life memory for data storage and increasing application needs.

    • The combination of Icon Labs’ Floodgate Packet Filter and Green Hills Platform for Secure Networking enables the efficient extension of networked products layer 3 protections from Internet-based attacks.

    • Floodgate-Packet Filter is an embedded firewall from Icon Labs that allows networked devices to control the packets they process. It protects against potentially malicious attacks by filtering packets before they are processed by an embedded device.

    • An HDMI 1.4a protocol analyzer and generator from Agilent Technologies Inc. allows designers and engineers to test their devices to ensure they meet the requirements of the HDMI compliance test specification 1.4a (CTS 1.4a).

    • The ColdFire+ MCF51Qx and MCF51Jx microcontroller (MCU) families from Freescale Semiconductor are built on 90 nm thin film storage flash technology with FlexMemory

    • The AS18027 AR System from AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation has been designed to perform automated testing for MIL-STD 461 requirements. The system will produce fields up to 50V/m at 1 meter distance from 1-18 GHz.

    • A survey has recently been carried out by Q-Star Test (Brugge, Belgium) of engineers, managers and technical personnel involved in the design, the implementation of design-for-test (DFT) and the creation and running of comprehensive test programs on ICs

    • Three WiMAX options have been added for Anritsu's LMR Master S412E that expand the digital modulation analysis capabilities of the handheld analyzer with the addition of fixed WiMAX and mobile WiMAX capabilities.

    • Three development kits have been produced that expand the Texas Instruments Inc. TMS320C2000 microcontroller digital power portfolio of software, tools and training.

    • The iDVM digital multimeter from Redfish Instruments Inc. wirelessly connects to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch via an ad hoc wireless network allowing users to acquire, visualize, and share electrical measurement data on their Apple devices.

    • At this weeks Lightfair International conference in Philidelphia, NXP, TCP and GreenWave Reality will be demonstrating a consumer-ready, Internet-enabled smart lighting network powered by the NXP GreenChip smart lighting solution.

    • eCosCentric has ported its eCosPro open source real-time operating system (RTOS) to the microMIPS instruction set architecture (ISA). eCosCentric has also made available its eCosPro developer's kit for the MIPS32 M14K and M14Kc cores, which are based on the microMIPS ISA.

    • OpenCores has set up a donation site to collect funding for an open-source OpenRISC ASIC with the goal is to create a 'super-low-cost; SoC ASIC component based on the OpenRISC processor.

    • Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has developed what its calls a true single layer enabling technology for its TrueTouch touchscreen controllers and is revealing details at this weeks Society for Information Display conference in Los Angeles.

    • An EMI measurement application option for the Rohde & Schwarz FSVR real-time spectrum analyzer and the R&S FSV signal and spectrum analyzerenables developers to use the analyzers for EMC diagnostic and precompliance measurements.

    • Agilent Technologies Inc. has released version 16.1 of its IO Libraries Suite software for test instrument connectivity and control. This release adds additional support for PXI and AXIe instruments and eases the connection to instruments from a wider range of vendors.

    • Version 3.22 of IPETRONIK's TESTdrive measurement software is available for download. This software update reduces the start-up time of the company's data logger (M-/S-LOG, FLEETlog), permits postprocessing of data during acquisition and enables the sending of status e-mails.

    • Twenty students at DeVry University have each received $1,000 scholarships from Tektronix Inc. and Fluke Corp. The 2011 awards are the first under a $100,000 donation by the two companies for a five-year scholarship program to the DeVry University Education Fund to help create opportunities for engineering students.

    • The Xdensity high-port-count 10GE load module from Ixia is suitable for testing ultra-high density converged data centre fabrics. It has 32 ports on a single slot load module, scaling up to 384 ports in a single Ixia XM12 chassis to deliver 3.84 terabits of test traffic.

    • Real estate and manufacturing facilities owned by Qimonda Dresden have been sold to Infineon Technologies Dresden by the insolvency administrator managing Qimonda's assets.

    • Abstracts are being accepted for the technical program at the ARM Technology Conference 2011, to be held October 25 - 27 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, California.

    • Microchip Technology has expanded its low pin-count 16-bit eXtreme low power PIC MCUs by adding an on-chip 12-bit ADC, EEPROM, intelligent mTouch capacitive sensing, and the capability to run from a 5V supply.

    • SAN JOSE, Calif. – ON Semiconductor Inc. has developed its first ARM-based 32-bit microcontroller to expand the group's range of MCUs which includes the 8- and 16-bit devices supplied by Sanyo Semiconductor which was acquired in July 2010.

    • A few weeks ago I did a short news story on the use of the Cypress PSoC 3 programmable system-on-chip in the the Oscium iMSO-104 mixed signal oscilloscope is for use on iPod touch, iPhone and iPad.

    • MicroBench MB-500 is a test tool from Anewin that can simultaneously monitor and source common microcontroller and embedded digital interfaces, even when long time intervals separate events.

    • The iQ-200 thermal analysis system from Advanced Thermal Solutions precisely and simultaneously measures the temperatures of solid materials and the surrounding air, as well as tracking air velocity and air pressure at multiple points to comprehensively profile heat sinks, components and PCBs.

    • The latest version of the Corelis ScanExpress Boundary-Scan Tool Suite is Version 7.5 and it accelerates IEEE-1149.6 test development with additional automation features.

    • EMC testing specialist, ETS-Lindgren (Cedar Park, Texas), has acquired EElektronische Meßgeräte Vertriebs GmbH together with its subsidiary EMSCREEN Electromagnetic Screening GmbH, which are collectively known as EMV.

    • With the introduction of the TDS1000C-EDU Tektronix aims to put a digital oscilloscope in every university teaching lab. It is designed for first-time oscilloscope users and students and includes an Education Resource CD to help students master the use of an oscilloscope.

    • The LXI Consortium has now certified 1,500 commercially available LXI-compliant instruments from 32 different manufacturers in 188 separate product families.

    • The C8051F38x and C8051T62x/32x USB MCU families from Silicon Laboratories Inc. are designed to simplify the addition of USB connectivity to embedded designs. The families, which include 22 products with flash and one-time-programmable (OTP) options, feature a full-speed USB 2.0 interface engine.

    • The eZdsp development tools for C5502 and C5509A DSPs do not require any cables, allowing developers to plug the tool into the USB port of a laptop or workstation for hassle-free development.

    • Release 1.2 of the Lattice Diamond FPGA design software tool suite enables users of MachXO2 PLD devices to generate complete systems based on the LatticeMico8 open source 8-bit controller core using the LatticeMico System tool.

    • I cant say I am a big fan of golf, my pleasure comes from competitors with bigger balls, but even I might feel sorry for the players if one vision takes off.

    • The Aeroflex APM-424(V)5 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) portable test set has received an approved for test notification from the US Department of Defense (DoD) AIMS International Program Office.

    • The TF930 3 GHz low-cost universal frequency counter from Aim-TTi now incorporates a temperature-controlled crystal oscillator (TCXO) timebase, giving it a stability within ±1 ppm over its full operating temperature range together with a low aging rate.

    • LeCroy Corp. is providing test support for the Thunderbolt serial data standard with a number of physical layer test instruments which provide transmitter and receiver electrical physical layer testing.

    • Anyone interested in programming microcontrollers without becoming a code expert needs the Flowcode 4 software from UK-based Matrix Multimedia.

    • Unwanted low frequency signals can now be suppressed with an HP oscilloscope probe introduced by Multi-Contact. The Isoprobe III HP has a built in high-pass filter which can suppress low frequency signals by as much as 40 dB without distorting high frequencies.

    • The first USB 3.0 controller to be developed by Cypress Semiconductor Corp. is the EZ-USB FX3 which is targeted at applications that need higher throughput than USB 2.0 such as video and imaging, printing, and scanning.

    • NXP Semiconductors has developed USB IP for use on its ARM Cortex-M0 based microcontrollers. The LPC11U00 family has a configurable full speed USB 2.0 device controller as well as a smart card interface.

    • Tektronix Inc.,has developed a complete DDR2 protocol debug and validation solution for the TLA6000 logic analyzers which provides everything needed to validate and debug the operation of memory sub-systems in designs.

    • Peratech (Richmond, UK) has developed a see through version of its Quantum Tunnelling Composite (QTC) force sensing material. QTC Clear which can be used touch screens that can completely replace current resistive touch screen technologies or enhance capacitive ones to create superior solutions with more features such as 3D input.

    • Texas Instruments is the first semiconductor company to license Ethernet for Control Automation Technology (EtherCAT) for its ARM -based embedded processors and will use it in the Sitara ARM microprocessors planned for the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2011 and in further processor platforms beginning in 2012.

    • The latest addition to the Keithley Instruments Inc.'s Series 2600A System SourceMeter family is the 2651A which is designed for characterizing high power electronics.

    • Driven partially by the demand seen most frequently in Asia to separate the analog front end control from the microcontroller used in metering applications, Texas Instruments has developed the MSP430AFE2xx series. The company has also introduced an Energy Library of software tools to ease metering design.

    • TÜV SÜD Product Service has made an investment in its specific absorption rate (SAR) service that will make it the largest independent SAR laboratory in Europe.

    • Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of PXI battery simulators with the introduction of the 41-753, a single channel battery simulator designed to support the testing of battery operated devices.

    • Microchip Technology Inc. has expanded its 8-bit segmented LCD microcontroller family with five additional devices — the PIC16LF1902/3/4/6/7 (PIC16LF190X) devices.

    • The oscilloscopes market has undergone significant changes in terms of product development, pricing, positioning and distribution as end-user industries became cautious about their spending and the sales of oscilloscopes decline according to a new report from market researchers Frost & Sullivan.

    • The EHP-50D isotropic field analyzer from Narda Safety Test Solutions GmbH, is an improved version of the measuring probe for low frequency electromagnetic fields from 5 Hz to 100 kHz, which expands the measuring range of its portable, wideband NBM-550 measuring set from 5 Hz to 60 GHz.

    • Gennum Corp. is using Anritsu's MP1800A Signal Quality Analyzer to validate the bit error rate (BER) of its optical chip set solutions in an SFP+ form factor and which are suited for 10G Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) symmetric and XGPON/10G asymmetric line-rate operations.

    • Tektronix Inc. has developed an optical sampling oscilloscope module for its DSA8200 Digital Serial Analyzer series to provide enhanced optical sensitivity, noise, and dynamic range performance for characterization and validation testing of 16GFC Fibre Channel and 14GB FDR Infiniband communications standards.

    • The EX2500 from VTI Instruments is a gigabit LAN-based VXI slot 0 interface, merging Ethernet's architecture and infrastructure and the fast emerging LXI standard for instrumentation with the VXIbus platform.

    • The Xprotolab is a mixed-signal oscilloscope with an arbitrary waveform generator housed in a 1 x 1.6 inch DIP module. It can be mounted directly on a breadboard or PCB for in situ testing and verification.

    • Integrated RF output switches and sample port switches added to the Rohde & Schwarz BBA100 broadband amplifier family allow the amplifiers to be used for many applications without the need for external switching matrices.

    • The TraNET EPC transient recorder system from Elsys Instruments (Aargau, Switzerland) that provides up to 64 channels in one system and combines the company's family of high-speed LAN-controlled instruments featuring multiple acquisition modes with a series of industrial computers designed for high-precision measurements.

    • Deutsche Telekom has launched a fibre optic development pilot project in Dresden aimed at improving Internet. The outcome of this pilot project will be incorporated in the expansion of Deutsche Telekom’s installation of Fibre to the Home (FTTH) networks.

    • The SB-36350CX series of sine reference oscillator PC/104 cards from Data Device Corporation (DDC) include high efficiency transformer isolated output to directly drive high inductive loads.

    • Universal Avionics Systems Corp.'s EFI-890R Flat Panel Display System has been tested and qualified for several helicopter specific vibration profiles covering 13 known models.

    • A massive earthquake has struck northeast Japan, triggering a devastating tsunami. Hundreds of deaths and extensive damage have been reported near the epicenter. Pacific Rim countries, including the U.S. and Canada, are on a tsunami alert, according to reports.

    • The ISYS245 microwave generator from Emblation Microwave, (Alloa, Scotland) is for commercial, industrial, research, and test applications requiring a high-power microwave source.

    • Two additions to the TPP series of passive voltage probes are designed to help engineers tasked with developing more energy efficient power supplies and power semiconductors.

    • The Cropico DO7010 portable digital microhmmeter from Seaward has been upgraded to improve the measurement of low resistance in electronic component production.

    • Back in February when I first wrote about LeCroy's WaveRunner 6 Zi, as well as its up to 40 GS/s sample rate, the thing that really caught my imagination was the pivoting display that permits viewing signals vertically as well as horizontally to obtain more detail for optimum analysis.

    • The Hitex Development Tools Safety Concept supports the certification process of safety-critical applications according to IEC 61508 or ISO 26262 with a comprehensive safety concept. The heart is formed by Infineon’s safety concept PRO-SIL that combines with the Hitex consulting services to a continuous system.

    • At Embedded World several companies were showing demos of how the Xilinx Zynq-7000 family, which integrates a complete ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor-based system with 28nm, low-power programmable logic, can be used.

    • Version V01.06.02 of Ipetronik's IPEmotion data acquisition software is available for download and includes enhancements such as online fast Fourier transformation (FFT) calculations for displaying spectrums and the automatic XCP service, which automatically establishes all active channels for reception using the XCP protocol.

    • A SD Loopback Test Tool has been added to Elan Digital’s SD Test Tools Family providing a means to de-bug or otherwise analyze the performance of SD/SDIO-based systems.

    • The Holtek HT68F1x and HT66F1x series of flash MUCUs meet with full industrial specifications (-40°C to 85°C) and have high noise immunity. The devices permit program modifications to be implemented with the device still in-circuit.

    • Eight 32-bit V850 microcontrollers have been added to the Renesas Electronics low power V850ES/Jx3-L 32-bit MCUs that were introduced in early 2010.

    • Xilinx Inc. released deails for the first products in its Extensible Processing Platform (EPP) at Embedded World today. The Zynq-7000 family integrates a complete ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor-based system with 28nm, low-power programmable logic for system architects and embedded software developers to extend, customize, optimize, and differentiate their systems.

    • The Embedded World exhibition and conference takes place in Nuremberg, Germany this week (March 1 to 3). There are some 790 exhibitors from 32 countries and many companies will be announcing new products while there is always a variety of news that comes out of the show.

    • Engineers by nature are a creative group and Tektronix wants to give them the opportunity to showcase the cool uses they are applying to Tektronix equipment, whether that is in a work environment or in a garage shop or basement lab.

    • A grant of around $1.4 million by the UK's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has been awarded to create a wireless network of sensors that will reveal the flow of glaciers at the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

    • The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), said to be the world’s largest Internet exchange by traffic volume, is using two Anritsu MD1260A IP/Ethernet analyzers to design its network infrastructure for fast-growing volumes of IP data throughput.

    • Software development-tool support for STMicroelectronics' SPEAr300 and SPEAr600 family of microprocessor units is being provided by the ARM Development Studio 5.

    • Energy Micro's EFM32 Gecko and Tiny Gecko product lines are now available in the space-saving QFP48 package. The smaller 48-pin ARM Cortex-M3 based microcontroller options will enable manufacturers to take device footprint down to 7mm x 7mm at a pin pitch of 0.5mm.

    • The LPC1200 series of 32-bit microcontrollers from NXP Semiconductors are based ARM Cortex-M0 processor and targets a range of industrial applications in the areas of factory and home automation, such as white goods, motor control, power conversion and power supplies. It also expands NXP’s Cortex-M0 MCU portfolio with a range of flash memory size from 32KB to 128KB in increments of 8KB.

    • Toshiba Electronics Europe has added four devices to its family of 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 microcontrollers. The TMPM361, TMPM362, TMPM363 and TMPM364 microcontrollers will suit embedded applications such as office equipment and industrial control systems where minimum power consumption and component count and high levels of connectivity are key design criteria.

    • The EX1200-1538 from VTI Instruments Corp, is a multifunction I/O card capable of delivering 8-channels of independent 1 MHz frequency / 32-bit counter inputs, 16 channels of isolated digital I/O, and 2 channels of isolated analog output (DAC) in a single instrument.

    • The TG5011G from Aim-TTi is a combined function/arbitrary/pulse generator with a frequency range covering 1 µHz to 50 MHz. This model has a GPIB interface in addition to the USB and LAN (LXI) interfaces of the standard model.

    • The 8650B power meter from Giga-tronics Inc., can provide up to 26,000 readings per second in fast buffer mode and works with a selection of Giga-tronics diode power sensors covering the 10 MHz to 50 GHz frequency range and power ranges from -70 dBm to +47 dBm.

    • In a massive attack on the mixed-signal and digital-storage oscilloscope market Agilent Technologies Inc. has added two new families - the InfiniiVision 2000 and 3000 X-Series - with 26 models.

    • Agilent Technologies Inc. and Altair Semiconductor are to conduct interoperability and validation testing using Altair’s 4G LTE chipset in conjunction with the Agilent PXT wireless communications test set and N6070A-series signaling conformance test software.

    • Audio test and measurement supplier, Audio Precision, is expanding its team of sales engineers in the US in the first half of 2011 in a switch to direct sales away from independent representatives.

    • LeCroy's WaveRunner 6 Zi oscilloscopes provide offset and timebase delay adjustment to allow signal and amplifier performance assessment and zooming on vertical and horizontal signal characteristics. They provide memory up to 128 Mpts, up to 40 GS/s sample rate, low noise, fast operation, and a full line of probing solutions.

    • The R&S TS6710 test system from Rohde & Schwarz is a flexible, turnkey standard solution for manufacturers of AESA radar equipment. Its modular architecture allows it to be configured for product development or for use on production lines.

    • Texas Instruments' believes its OMAP 5 platform is expected to change the concept of ‘mobile’ by driving disruptive mobile computing experiences providing stereoscopic 3D, gesture recognition and computational photography based on multi-core processing, including ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processors

    • Semiconductor distributor Silica, a European-based Avnet Inc. company, has launched the Core ’n More program to provide a focus for the company’s portfolio of microcontroller solutions, tools, software support and design-in services.

    • The optimized programmable dataplane processing units of Tensilica's Atlas Reference Architecture are now available for customer evaluation. Atlas supports the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Long-Term Evolution (LTE) standard, as well as other complementary standards such as Evolved High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA+) and WiMAX.

    • The Agilent Advantage Service Pack has been created specifically for customers who purchase from distributors and enables customers who buy Agilent electronic test instruments from a distributor to have the immediate opportunity to obtain premium warranty service.

    • ARM Holdings plc has reported 2010 full-year revenues were $631.3 million, up 29 percent on 2009. Full-year sterling revenues were £406.6 million, up 33 percent on 2009.

    • The Yokogawa CA450 process multimeter is an on-site measuring instrument that not only offers the functionality of a digital multimeter for basic measurements such as voltage, current, and resistance, but can also act as a calibrator for electrical and process measurements.

    • The WaveSurfer MXs-B and MSO MXs-B oscilloscopes from LeCroy range from 200 MHz to 1 GHz bandwidth and deliver sample rate of up to 10 GS/s and memory of 25 Mpts, as well as feature set enhancements which include a powerful sequence mode data acquisition capability.

    • Enea (Kista, Sweden) and AppliedMicro Inc. (Sunnyvale, California) have formalized and expanded a longstanding alliance to focus on delivering advanced multicore hardware and software solutions to the communications market.

    • Agilent Technologies Inc. has released details of fixture kits for USB 3.0 connectors and cable-assembly compliance tests. The USB fixture kits are provided by Hosiden, a Japanese manufacturer, and are available through Hosiden's distributor, BitifEye Digital Test Solutions.

    • LeCroy Corp. has seen revenue growth of 45 percent in its fiscal second quarter ended Jan 1, 2011 driven by strong oscilloscope orders. Non-GAAP operating margin have doubled year-on-year to 15 percent and the company has raised its full-year fiscal 2011 guidance

    • National Instruments has set a quarterly revenue record with $250 million in the fourth quarter of its financial year, a 24 percent increase compared to Q4 2009. This exceeded the company’s guidance of between $230 million and $244 million and there is more good news as the its large order business, defined as orders greater than $20,000, grew 22 percent sequentially.

    • Element14 is offering design engineers, electronics enthusiasts, and DIYers a chance to test drive the latest Arduino prototyping platforms. But you will have to be quick as this "RoadTest" program only runs till Jan 31.

    • The PIC32MX5/6/7 32-bit microcontrollers from Microchip Technology Inc. provide integrated Ethernet, CAN, USB and serial connectivity peripherals with cost-effective memory options.

    • Renesas Electronics has added two 16-bit microcontrollers to its R8C/Lx Series. The R8C/LA3A and LA5A MCUs comprise a total of two groups with 32 pins and 52 pins integrating up to 64 kilobytes of programmable flash memory.

    • The dataTaker DT82I from CAS DataLoggers Inc. is a stand alone, low power data logger has USB memory stick support, 18 bit resolution, extensive communications capabilities and built-in display.

    • Picochip, Continuous Computing and Ixia have successfully collaborated to validate Continuous Computing’s Trillium Long Term Evolution (LTE) and femtocell wireless protocol software solutions running on Picochip’s picoArray hardware using Ixia’s IxCatapult test platform.

    • Agilent Technologies Inc. and A2 Technologies have signed a definitive agreement for Agilent to acquire specific assets of A2 Technologies. The acquisition includes substantially all of A2 Technologies' intellectual property, technology, employees and its spectroscopy product portfolio.

    • IC design house, Realtek Semiconductor Corp., has extended it relationship with MIPS Technologies Inc. by licensing a broad range of MIPS32 processor cores for use in next-generation SoCs targeting broadband, networking, digital home and other multimedia applications.

    • The LPC11C22 and LPC11C24 from NXP are integrated high-speed CAN physical layer transceiver and microcontroller with on-chip CANopen drivers. The system-in-package solution with integrated TJF1051 CAN transceiver provide CAN functionality in a LQFP48 package.

    • The USB DrDAQ data logger from Pico Technology provides 15 channels in a compact device that the company believs will be suitable for hobbyists, teachers and technicians. It is supplied with full versions of the PicoScope and PicoLog software.

    • Anritsu's ME7873L LTE RF Conformance Test (RFCT) and ME7832L LTE Protocol Conformance Test (PCT) systems have achieved the Global Certification Forum’s (GCF) 80% test case validation threshold for multiple bands, supporting the recent start of certification for LTE devices.

    • Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has selected Agilent Technologies Inc. as the supplier of RF test equipment for its Virtus IC design centre of excellence as part of an effort to build a long-term relationship focusing on the growing education market in Asia.

    • Elan Digital’s SDPA1000 SD analyzer with real time data analysis and unlimited data capture provides time-savings when designing and/or de-bugging SD compliant interface equipment.

    • SpringSoft Inc.'s Certitude Functional Qualification System is to be used by Fujitsu Semiconductor Ltd.'s automotive business unit to raise the quality of verification environments and intellectual property (IP) design components required to develop microcontroller solutions for a range of automotive electronics applications.

    • The RE46C190 3V photo smoke-detector IC with horn driver and boost regulator from Microchip Technology Inc. provides low-voltage operation with programmable calibration and operating modes.

    • Aeroflex Ltd. (Stevenage, UK) has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the spectrum analyzer assets from LIGNex1 Co. Ltd (Seoul, South Korea).

    • National Instruments' PXIe-449x dynamic signal acquisition (DSA) modules which provide AC/DC coupling both for sensor measurements with a microphone or accelerometer and voltage measurements from a tachometer or device under test.

    • Designers are faced with a bewildering selection of MCUs upon which to base their next embedded system. This comparative table of recently announced microcontrollers, which will be regularly updated, along with the associated Fundamentals of MCUs course, will help make the selection process a little easier for the embattled engineer.

    • The LogMessage stand-alone data logging system is available from CAS Dataloggers to record data for applications such as remote monitoring, product testing, quality and reliability testing, process monitoring, research and development and fault analysis.

    • The TE-2000 HD Advanced Spectrum Analyzer from Antenna Technology Communications Inc. (ATCi) is an advanced Color TV/SAT Meter with durable construction that is compatible with analog, digital (DVB) satellite standard.

    • A initiative from RS Components has seen more than 500 products added to its portfolio for developing test and instrumentation applications together with a dedicated microsite providing full range details and supporting resources for engineers designing new applications.

    • VTI Instruments Corp. (Irvine, Calf.) is working with M+P International Inc. to provide a dynamic signal analysis (DSA) instrumentation solution for NASA Plum Brook's Reverberant Acoustic Test Facility (RATF).

    • Agilent Technologies Inc.'s Digital Test Solutions and Expertise Online Center has been set up to provide a range of tools on high-speed digital test, including USB 3.0, DisplayPort and HDMI, SATA/SAS, PCI Express, MIPI and memory.

    • Tektronix Inc. has continued to enhance its US distribution channel with an expanded agreement with Newark. This follows distribution agreements announced in November with Allied Electronics, Entest, and Test Equity.

    • JDSU says its Xgig 16G Fibre Channel analyzer is the first FC testing solution to enable storage equipment manufacturers to complete the development of storage equipment compatible with advanced 16G technology.

    • Digital Video Systems AG (Hanover, Germany), a international manufacturer of hardware and software for professional film and video postproduction, has been integrated into the Rohde & Schwarz group of companies.

    • Atonometrics (Austin, Texas) a developer of test and measurement equipment for the photovoltaic equipment industry, has raised $1.7 million in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm.

    • The Pendulum TimeView modulation domain analyzer software package from Spectracom has been designed to support critical test functions and TimeView 3 turns a Pendulum CNT-91 timer/counter into an advanced, real time measurement analyzer.

    • ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) v5.3 has been released and the DS-5 Linux Edition is also commercially available. DS-5 supports boot code, kernel, driver and application development for ARM Linux-based products

    • The N1194A Agilent Test Coverage Consultant (ATCC) test coverage prediction software performs two tasks. It measures the test coverage of a product after the tests have been developed and predicts the test coverage of a product based only on the CAD layout files.

    • Tektronix Inc. has enhanced its PCI Express 3.0 tool with physical layer transmitter (Tx) verification, debug, characterization and compliance testing using Tektronix DPO/DSA/MSO70000 series oscilloscopes.

    • Peter Takacs, a physicist in Brookhaven Lab's Instrumentation Division, has written a blog about how a group of scientists and engineers recreated the Tennis for Two game for Brookhaven's 50th birthday celebration using the original circuit schematics.

    • Measurement Specialties Inc.have released a sensor for the accurate measurement of temperature which uses Nickel RTD sensing technology and withstands harsh environmental influences such as dust and aggressive fluids.

    • National Instruments has released two additional PXI Express chassis for automated test and control applications. The NI PXIe-1078 nine-slot and NI PXIe-1071 four-slot chassis can be used with PXI Express modules and controllers with the flexibility of backward compatibility with existing PXI modules.

    • Optomistic Products’ LightProbes are small programmable sensors used for testing of LEDs from a simple check for a specific color, or identifying the correct color and intensity from a spectrum of colors, including white LEDs, offering the choice of digital or analog output.

    • Atmel Corp. has formally opened an R&D facility in Chennai, India. The research team at the facility works on IC development and software-oriented application engineering.

    • The BS83B series of touch key flash MCU series contains three devices; the BS83B08-3 with 8 touch keys, the BS83B12-3 with 12 touch keys and the BS83B16-3 with 16 touch keys.

    • Seiko Epson Corp. has developed the S1C17F57, a 16-bit microcontroller with a built-in driver optimized for small- and medium-sized segmented electronic paper displays (e-paper displays or EPDs) such as the E Ink SURF.

    • The first product in the Renesas Electronics RF20 series of microcontrollers, the RF21S, combines on a single chip a near-field communication controller supporting the ISO/IEC 18092 international standard along with secure element functionality for use in consumer electronics products such as smartphones and other mobile phones, notebook PCs and PC peripherals.

    • Jorge - what country are you in? The Freescale Cup operates in China EMEA Germany India Japan Korea Mexico Malaysia and the USA. See http://www.freescale.com for contacts.

    • Sanjib - Altera announced a similar development with ARM back in October and had a a software demo at the ARM Paris event - http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4229353/Altera-integrates-ARM-processor-in-FPGAs

    • Bill Gatliff will be providing a free Android Speed Training session at 12.30 on Thur 27th Oct at ARM TechCon while he will join Dave Kleidermacher, CTO, Green Hills Software; and Stephen Olsen, Technical Marketing Engineer, Mentor Graphics on a panel: Embedded Android? The next platform, or the next problem? at A 2.30 on Wed 26th at ARM TechCon - see: http://e.ubmelectronics.com/armtechcon/theater/

    • Ryszard Milewicz has contacted me from Poland to point out that 'Any individual residing in the United States (excluding Puerto Rico) or Canada (excluding Quebec) may enter the Contest' So it is not for Europe, Asia or South America. For EMEA another contest is available: http://www.ebv.com/en/products/stm32-design-contest.html They offer STM32 Value Line Discovery Kit with less memory than in America (128kB vs. 1MB). EMEA residents must do smarter designs ;-)