Azul Systems, makers of the Zing high-performance JVM, have entered the embedded space with its Zulu Embedded Java platform. Based on OpenJDK, Zulu Embedded is itself 100% open source and certified with the OpenJDK Community Technology Compatibility Kit. The company offers Embedded Java as customizable Java SE runtimes compliant with Java 6, 7, and 8 and designed to minimize the footprint of the installed runtime for applications such as gateways, network appliances, aggregators, and the like. Support for deployed architectures include base OS, virtualized environments and cloud environments including Microsoft Azure, AWS EC2, and Rackspace. The company says its test and QA infrastructure capabilities will enable it to create customized builds targeting specific customer application requirements. According the company, Zulu Embedded was released last year in a controlled introduction to qualified customers, who already have deployed the software on over two million deployed units in the field. Embedded Zulu is available through the Docker hub and via download for supported platforms with free community-based or paid-subscription-based support packages.
Cypress Semiconductor announced the addition of its S6J32BA and S6J32DA series to its Traveo MCU family targeting automotive 2D and 3D graphics applications in compact vehicles . Pin-compatible with the earlier 2D-graphics S6J324C and 3D-graphics S6J326C series for midsize vehicles, the new Cypress Traveo S6J32BA and S6J32DA MCUs combine an ARM Cortex-R5 core, 1MB of internal flash, 1MB of internal video RAM, enhanced secure hardware extension (eSHE), and the HyperBus interface. Along with their graphics capabilities, the devices integrate a 16-bit Audio-DAC and a multi-channel mixer for advanced sound systems. The Traveo S6J32DA series is sampling now, and the S6J32BA will be sampling in April 2015.
Synopsys has announced its ASIP Designer tool for creating application-specific instruction-set processors (ASIPs) and programmable accelerators often used in signal-processing intensive applications, including wireless base stations, mobile handsets, audio processing, image processing and cloud computing. ASIP Designer works from a single input specification writtein in the nML language to automatically generate both the synthesizable RTL of the processor as well as an SDK that includes an optimizing C/C++ compiler, instruction set simulator, linker, assembler, software debugger and profiler. According to the company, this approach will accelerate processor design and verification by up to 5X compared to traditional manual approaches. ASIP Designer is available now.
Wolfram's Version 4.1 update to its SystemModeler adds a broad range of new features and capabilities including model import from Simulink, Flowmaster, and IBM Rational Rhapsody; integration of Mathematica’s complete suite for reliability analysis; and greater modeling flexibility. Users can export simulated results to Mathematica's TimesSeries models with support for different sampling methods. Wolfram is offering a 30-day trial of SystemModeler and Mathematica.
Last but not least, NASA has made available millions of images taken by its Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) — the Wide-Field Infrared Explorer (WISE) spacecraft woken from hibernation in 2013 and retasked to detect and characterize asteroids, comets, and other near-Earth objects that could prove hazardous to the Earth. The 2015 database release includes: 2,497,867 3.4 and 4.6 µm (W1 and W2) single-exposure images; Time-tagged fluxes, positions and measurement information for 18,468,575,596 source detections extracted from the single-exposure images; Sets of linked NEOWISE position-time pair measurements; and a database of asteroids, comets, planets and planetary satellites, known at the time of data processing, that are predicted to be in the field-of-view of individual NEOWISE Single-exposure images. The description here doesn't do this justice so check out the NEOWISE 2015 data release yourself. To the left, the picture (Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech) is a series of images of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) captured by NEOWISE in November 2013.