Embedded news and analysis: Week of 9-15 to 9-19, 2014

Collected here are my Editor’s Top Picks of embedded industry product and technology news and feature stories for the week of Sept. 15 – 19, 2014.

Segger expands debugging portfolio
Segger Microcontroller has introduced three new products: J-Scope data visualization software, J-Link Real Time Terminal and a beta release of the stand-alone Debugger software.

Maxim's high-speed data acquisition system speeds time to market
FPGA engineers can quickly evaluate and validate their FPGA-based control systems using the high-speed MAXREFDES74# 18-bit data acquisition system (DAS) reference design from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

Telit introduces m2mAIR Cloud Platform-as-a-Service
Telit Wireless Solutions has debuted its first m2mAIR Cloud-ready wireless modules, designed to simplify the development and deployment of comprehensive M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) applications using the m2mAIR Cloud service.

Freescale’s new battery cell controller meets ASIL-C requirements
Freescale has announced a 14-cell lithium-ion battery cell controller designed to meet the stringent requirements for ASIL-C functional safety.

Curtiss-Wright intro's safety certifiable COTS graphics module
Curtiss-Wright Corporation's Defense Solutions division has introduced the VPX3-718, a new rugged commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) graphics display and video capture engine that supports DO-254 DAL C and DO-178C DAL C safety certifiability.

Keysight introduces 65-GSa/s high-speed aritrary waveform generator
Keysight Technologies, Inc. has added a 65-GSa/s, 20-GHz modular instrument to its portfolio of arbitrary waveform generators.

Self-powered two-terminal ICs eliminate losses in power-supply EMI filters
Power Integrations announced that its CAPZero family of innovative, two-terminal, automatic X-capacitor discharge ICs has been certified to meet IEC 62368, the new over-arching safety standard covering TVs and IT equipment.

GreenPeak introduces powerful remote control technology for IoT apps
GreenPeak Technologies has launched the new GP565 Smart Home radio chip for remote controls, which supports voice control, motion sensing, and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol.

Silicon Labs makes Internet infrastructure clock tree design easier
The company has a new Web-based utility so that embedded developers without timing expertise can generate custom clock tree recommendations in minutes

IEEE working on new software and SoC power management modeling specs
IEEE P2415 and IEEE P2416 have been created to augment existing standards for low-power design and verification methodologies for system-on-chip.

MIPI Alliance releases new PHY spec and some upgrades
Release of new MIPI Alliance C-PHY Specification and updates to its D-PHY and M-PHY specs expands its family of physical layer Specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced applications.

GaAs: sucessor to silicon for nextgen VLSI?
According to a former Bell Labs scientist, now co-founder and chief scientist at POET, gallium arsenide (GaAs) will soon outpace silicon (Si) as a higher-performance choice for implementing integrated circuits.

The iPhone 6's future roadmap revealed
Jorden Edelson, CEO of Appitizer, one of top ten mobile app developers, claims to have the inside story on how the future software apps will be more useful on the new iOS-8 based iPhone-6/-6 Plus.

New runaway Toyota case before U.S. DOJ and NHTSA
Just as the memory of Toyota's unintended acceleration cases begin to fade, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration is being ask to investigate low-speed surging in the 2006-2010 Toyota Corolla.

eSOL adapts its eMCOS RTOS to autonomous driving technology platform
eSOL has joined the Urban Driving Working Group (UDWG) that was launched in the Internet ITS Consortium.

Important embedded programming languages
Colin Walls provides an overview of five software programming languages he thinks are most important to embedded developers and why.

IEEE 2700-2014 specifies sensor performance in consumer electronics technologies
IEEE has announced availability of the IEEE 2700-2014 Standard for Sensor Performance Parameter Definitions, recently approved by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board.

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Dr. Duino Diagnostic Shield Deduces Dilemmas in Arduino Shield Stacks
Does Reducing Power Consumption Actually Save Energy
The Importance of Design in Solving Real Problems
Ethernet Ticket to Driverless Car
Improving Touch Technologies Through Better Haptics
What To Do While Waiting for Apple iPhone6 Teardown
Apple, Samsung in 20nm Race
RadioShack The End Is Nigh!
Cavium Attacks B'com in Switches
Micron SSD Allows MLC to Mimic SLC
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