Collected here are my Editor’s Top Picks of embedded industry product and technology news stories for the week of Feb. 10 – 14, 2014:
XBox Hacker to present keynote at 2014 ESC/EE Live!
Andrew “Bunnie” Huang, famous for his work in reverse engineering the Xbox and for his advocacy of open-source hardware, will deliver a keynote on “Open Source Hardware and the Future of Embedded System.”
ARM ups the ante in smartphones with A17 core
In March, ARM Ltd. will release an upgrade of its latest 32-bit core and its first display controller
Synopsys acquires Target Compiler Technologies
Acquisition expands reach of the Synopys ARC configurable processors into a wider range of compute-intensive signal processing and data plane processing
Secure Boot Reference Design enables processors to boot securely in connected systems
Microsemi Corporation is offering a new FPGA-based Secure Boot Reference Design for embedded microprocessors.
Connext DDS Professional 5.1 speeds development of intelligent systems for IoT
Connext DDS Professional 5.1 is the latest version of Real-Time Innovations' software platform for the rapid development and integration of distributed Intelligent Systems.
Xilinx and Xylon put together automotive driver assistance kit
Configured for use with up to six cameras, the logiADAK programmable SoC automotive driver assistance kit includes application-specific software, reference designs and accelerated IP integration.
Synopsys, Realtek and UMC team on high-def smart TV SoC
Realtek's smart TV SoC achieves first-pass silicon on using UMC's 40-nm process on a design built with Synopsys DesignWare logic libraries and memories
Fujitsu moves to PCI 3.0 in its Eternus DX 3 disk arrays
Fujitsu Limited is using the PLX ExpressLane PEX8764 switch to deliver high-speed PCIe Gen3 interconnect to the newly released Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS DX S3 disk arrays.
Single-Chip optical sensors track UV exposure, ambient light, and biometrics
Silicon Labs has introduced single-chip digital ultraviolet (UV) index sensor ICs designed to track UV sun exposure, heart/pulse rate, and blood oximetry.
ST launches ultra-low power MCUs for consumer, health, and industrial apps
STMicroelectronics has introduced a new range of 32-bit general-purpose microcontrollers that extend battery life in a wide range of consumer, health, and industrial applications.
Fanless DIN rail-mount computer networks industrial embedded apps
The PL-80600 from WIN Enterprises, Inc., is a fanless DIN rail mounted embedded computer for networking applications deployed in industrial and process control environments.
TI nano power regulator delivers 94.6% peak efficiency in 30-mm2 footprint
The SIMPLE SWITCHER regulator from TI is a 12-V, 750-mA DC/DC power regulator that features high performance and nano packaging to drive space-constrained and power dense applications.
LVDS receiver supports 4-MHz pixel clock
Texas Instruments' SN65LVDS822 LVDS receiver IC supports a 4-MHz pixel clock in printers, copiers, digital cameras, fuel pump displays and appliances with small LCD panels