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Embedded Newsletter for 01-26-2012

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January 26, 2012

New on Embedded.com

Exclusives

Henk Muller, XMOS Ltd.

Agile development of real-time systems

Susanne Bornschlegl, MEN Mikro Elektronik

ANSI/VITA makes computer-on-modules mission-critical

Highlights

Better glasses

My war with consumer electronics

Ten technologies that will shake the CE world


Editor's Note

Bernard Cole Bernard Cole
Site Editor
Embedded.com

While International Business Strategies is warning of a chip downturn in 2013 , the companies building the hardware and software do not seem to be paying attention. One sign of their optimism is that engineering salaries are on the increase. And an analysis of the activities at the Consumer Electronics Show by EETimes analysts reveals more news: 10 technologies that will shake the CE world . Also, Intel and Samsung have mounted aggressive capital spending plans.

This optimism is also reflected in the unremitting flow of new products and technologies this week. TI has expanded its smart grid offerings , Freescale and Inside Secure are teaming on a smart meter design , Infineon launched a new family of ARM MCUs , Klocwork has debuted on-the-fly source code analysis and PLS has tooled up to simplify multicore debugging . Also Venray Tech has proposed building microprocessors with DRAM technology & Kilray is building a single chip 256-core processor .

For more reasons to be optimistic, attend DesignCon 2012 in Santa Clara, Ca, next week where the “chipheads” will describe technologies that will power the next round of electronics design. And if you are still worried about the health of the automotive sector, be sure to keep up with our continuing Chevy Volt coverage at Drive for Innovation and follow the cross-country journey of EE Life editorial director Brian Fuller. On a trip sponsored by Avnet Express , Fuller is driving a Volt across America to interview engineers about innovation.

To balance out the EETimes analysts' enthusiasm for CE's future, be sure to read “My war with consumer electronics“. Also, Jack Ganssle takes ophthalmologist visits in new directions in “Better Glasses , ” and Henk Muller of XMOS has an interesting take on Agile methods in “Agile development of real-time systems . ” A final note: UBM Electronics is bringing a newly organized ESC Design West show to McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Ca., March 26-29. Here is a short video of what you can expect.


Design How Tos

Agile development of real-time systems

In this Product How-To Henk Mueller of XMOS uses the company's dual Xcore architecture to illustrate his argument that given a predictable underlying processor architecture, agile development is very well suited to real-time software.

ANSI/VITA makes computer-on-modules mission-critical

While embedded system designers struggle to meet high demands in compact mobile or mission-critical computers, an ANSI/VITA standard takes computer-on-modules to new levels of rugged performance.

Mobile Internet basics: Mobile IPv6 technology overview

In this series, the authors of “Building the Mobile Internet” provide a tutorial on extending Internet connectivity into mobile networking by using extensions of protocols such as IPv4 and IPv6 as well as mobile specific protocols such as DSMIP, IKEv2 and MoBIKE. Part 4: Mobile IPv6 technology overview

Wave hello to the natural user interface

Manufacturing workers are on the verge of replacing the mouse-and-keyboard-based GUI with natural user interfaces (NUIs) supporting eye scans, fingerprint scans and gesture recognition.

Teardown: The power inverter – from sunlight to power grid

This teardown of a solar inverter card traces the path of harvested DC power from the photovoltaic panel, through boost conversion, power inverter and massive filtering of the created AC power signal required by the power grid.

Inside the Dexcom Seven Plus Continuous Glucose Monitoring System

A teardown reveals the innards of a product in a growing category.

Build and validate safety in medical (and other) device software

Testing of complex software requires testing plus design validation, implementation validation, and remaining fault estimation

Compliance to Power-over-Ethernet safety standards is critical when moving beyond 60W

Understand the realities of delivering high-power levels safely and effectively under the latest PoE standard

Coupling a Supercapacitor with a Small Energy Harvesting Source

Supercapacitors store energy and deliver peak power in support of energy harvesters. This article reviews the characteristics of supercapacitors and the key issues designers should consider when pairing them with small energy-harvesting sources.

Design industrial systems on a chip that meet stringent global safety standards

Here's a look at how to design safety into industrial system designs using FPGAs and how prequalified FPGAs save substantial time in achieving product certification as worldwide safety standard requirements become increasingly complex.

MOST150 points to technology tipping point

Carefully balancing technological possibilities, real market requirements, and economic considerations, it is important to show a clear cost-down technological roadmap. But several aspects need to be addressed, including data transport capacity (bitrate), physical media, and topology options.

Not All MLC SSDs are created equal

In this article, we focus on SSD devices intended for use in demanding enterprise environments, with a focus on the attributes, features and requirements needed to support the data center for access and reliability of user data.


Embedded Systems Bookshelf

Excerpts

Embedded Books Reading Room
Bernard Cole's favorite links to book excerpts.

Reviews

Engineer's Bookshelf
Airport fiction blows. A look at books other engineers are reading and why you should read them, too. Recommend and write a review yourself. E-mail Brian Fuller.

Jack Ganssle's Bookshelf
A list of book reviews by Jack Ganssle, contributing technical editor of Embedded Systems Design and Embedded.com.

Max's Cool Beans
Clive “Max” Maxfield, the editor on Programmable Logic DesignLine, often writes about interesting books.


Product News

Green Hills launches end-to-end security management

Green Hills' End-to-End security platform for next generation of security and management includes suite B-Compliant security protocol toolkits and end-to-end device lifecycle management secure devices, software, networks and content

Coverity, Wind River team on security testing

Coverity and Wind River team are teaming on integration of development testing for embedded software security, making it easier and faster to find and fix security vulnerabilities in embedded device software while applications are being written.

Green Hills releases nextgen smart energy platform

Green Hills' next generation platform for smart energy is designed to provide complete device lifecycle management, high assurance security, safety and reliability for smart grid devices.

Connect One's Nano WiReach and Nano Socket iWiFi modules bring WiFi to industries at 25% reduced cost

Connect One has launched commercial-grade versions of its Nano WiReach and Nano Socket iWiFi modules at a 25% cost reduction.

ST's voltage-level translator supports SD 3.0 standard, enables more storage, faster speeds on portables

STMicroelectronics (ST) has introduced what the company claims is the industry's first voltage-level translator compliant with the latest SD (Secure Digital) 3.0 standard.

Klocwork debuts on-the-fly source code analysis

Klocwork's new Insight 9.5 tool creates new benchmark for fast, developer-friendly source code analysis

Strategic's low-cost i.MX283 COM targets fanless applications

Strategic Test has announced the tTX-28S, a new low-cost addition to its line of Freescale-based i.MX Computer-on-Modules (COMs).

New version of PLS Universal Debug Engine simplifies multicore control and debugging

PLS Universal Debug Engine (UDE) 3.2 features new functions for multicore control, unique visualization capabilities at system level, and dedicated support for a wide range of the latest 32-bit SoCs from different manufacturers.

From the Experts

Break Points

By Jack Ganssle

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