Collected here are my Editor’s Top Picks of embedded industry product and technology news stories for the week of June 2 – 6, 2014:
Distrix makes its network virtualization software more agile
Distrix (formerly Spark Integration Technologies) has just released the newest version of its network virtualization software with improved SDN manageability, peogrammability and agility.
ST's automotive accelerometer makes the call in an emergency
The AIS3624DQ from STMicroelectronics is a 3-axis accelerometer with digital output, and according to ST is the first to provide a full-scale range of +/-24g while meeting AEC-Q100 reliability stress tests.
TI's new PLL enables better RF sensitivity and radar accuracy
Texas Instruments has introduced what the company claims is the industry's highest-performance 14-GHz fractional-N PLLatinum phased-locked loop (PLL) with advanced frequency modulation.
Broadcom has new multiport 10 Gb ethernet switch for embedded connectivity
Broadcom Corporation has added a new family of 10 Gigabit multiport Ethernet switches to its StrataConnect switch portfolio.
Conexant's new HD Audio CODEC sports integrated AudioSmart Class-D amplifier
The CX20952 from Conexant Systems Inc. is a new HD Audio CODEC that enables high quality audio on computers and tablets with low power consumption, two cap-free headphone amplifiers, and a fully-integrated Class-D amplifier.
Intersil launches single-chip multiple-channel video decoder
Intersil Corporation's TW9966 four-channel analog video decoder has a built-in analog video encoder for around-view automotive applications.
MEMSIC introduces high-performance three-axis magnetic sensor
The MMC3524xPJ Three-Axis Magnetic Sensor from MEMSIC Inc. offers stability over temperature and time, and insensitivity to external magnetic disturbance.
Simulator provides more than 98% accuracy of simulated vs real-world results
Cobham Technical Services has updated its Opera-3D electromagnetics simulator to allow designers to model transient effects extremely accurately.
StrataGX secure CPU boosts security, multimedia, and networking capabilities of endpoints
The BCM58300 from Broadcom Corporation is a new secure processor that delivers enhanced performance, security, networking, and multimedia capabilities for a wide range of endpoint applications.
TI's Hercules MCUs target functional safety designs
Texas Instruments (TI) has launched its latest 32-bit dual-core lockstep Hercules RM57Lx and TMS570LCx microcontrollers (MCUs) for developers’ functional safety applications.
DS1007 PPC from dSPACE boosts performance in control apps
The DS1007 PPC Processor Board for real-time systems from dSPACE handles demanding computing requirements for developing control systems for complex modern applications.
QNX beefs up its RTOS for automotive safety
Designed for systems certified to the ISO 26262 safety standard, its new OS helps reduce costs of digital instrument clusters, ADAS systems, and other safety-critical automotive applications.
Motion control kit targets quick and eas(ier) robotics designs
XMOS and Syntapicon have teamed up to create a set of advanced robotics design kits, the first of which includes 120W BLDC motor driver, EtherCAT communications and motion control .
Altium updates its 3D PCB design tool
The latest release of Altium Designer has improved Component Variant Support adding the ability to design the schematic and PCB for drop-in replacement and alternative parts.
Microchip juices up power delivery on USB controllers
The UPD100X controller makes it possible to use a single USB cable for data, and simultaneously deliver up to 100W of power from a single standard USB port, about 40 times the power compared to USB 2.0.
Eclipse IDE comes to Raspberry Pi for IoT
Genuitec’s PiPlug project allows for the simple creation of Internet of Things plugins for Raspberry Pi using Eclipse based technologies.
Chip Path Design Systems debuts free online web-based FPGA/SoC design
Announced at the 2014 DAC, new service makes available what company says is the industry's first device-mapping tools and SoC IP directory for FPGA front-end design with free and pay by credit card use models.
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