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Embedded Newsletter for 05-19-2011

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May 19, 2011

New on Embedded.com


Shawn Prestridge

Power debugging: how it works and how you can benefit

Radomir Kozub

Building a power meter application with an 8-bit MCU


Intel, Arm, 3D FinFETs & mobile computing's future

The decline of the H1-B

Securing nonvolatile, nonresettable counters in embedded designs

Editor's Note

Bernard Cole Bernard Cole
Site Editor

Intel is moving fast to take advantage of its perceived lead on Arm Ltd. and its licensees since its 22 nm trigate FinFET announcement . First, it is moving the Atom CPU to a 14/22 nm Trigate FinFETroadmap. Second, Intel is downplaying Microsoft’s port of the Windows OS to the ARM CPU, claiming it will not operate the same on all versions of that architecture.

To keep up to date on trigate FinFET activity, here are truncated versions of search algorithms I created on Google News, Google Scholar and Google Patents , while researching my Cole /bin column on “Intel, Arm, 3D FinFETs & mobile computing.” At the bottom of each listing you will find the option to have Google alert you via email or RSS feed about all the most recent and relevant news, technical papers, and patent activity related to trigate FinFETs.

Be sure to read Ron Wilson’s #include column on the use of 6loWPAN in machine-to-machine applications, as it has important implications for security. If you were not a fan of the U.S. policy on foreign engineering immigration, be sure to read Jack Ganssle’s column on “ The decline of the H1-B.

New design articles this week on Embeddded.com include: power debugging the Arm Cortex , designing a power meter with an 8-bit MCU, securing nonvolatile, no resettable counters, and using software IDEs for hardware verification . In the Resources section in the lower right column of this newsletter are links to recent EDN design articles & tips .

Postscript: To get more visibility on Embedded.com for your new hardware and product introductions, be sure to send your press releases to Embedded.com Products Editor Toni McConnel at toni@techrite-associates.com. To submit ideas for design articles and product how-to’s contact me at bccole@acm.org.

Design How Tos

Power debugging: how it works and how you can benefit

In this Product How-To, Shawn Prestridge describes the concept of power debugging and how it is used in IAR's Workbench to evaluate the power profile of the Cortex M3/4 architecture.

Building a power meter application with an 8-bit MCU

In this product how-to article Radomir Kozub describes how to use Freescale's 8-bit MC9S08LH64 to build an intelligent and accurate single-phase power metering design, while keeping a low cost bill of materials.

Securing nonvolatile, nonresettable counters in embedded designs

EEPROMs that include EPROM-emulation mode are the product of choice for implementing nonvolatile, nonresettable counters. The serial number of the memory chip can be used to detect tampering.

Time to exploit IDEs for hardware design and verification

By taking a closer look at the differences between the general software and the more specialized hardware verification communities, this article will attempt to explain the current growth and future prospects of IDEs in hardware verification. The implications for hardware design are also examined.

Overcoming the challenges of formal verification and debug

Vennsa Technologies, developer of functional verification debugging tools, has worked with a designer at Panasonic who simplified a verification methodology using Vennsa's software.

NATO experiences of modeling military embedded systems

This paper describes a lightweight but rigorous system and software development process that has been successfully deployed for the specification and realization of a “plug-and-play”, data driven architecture for manned and unmanned military vehicles.

Innovation revelation: Engineering the Chevy Volt

For engineers, development of the Chevy Volt is a ripping yarn which has been likened to a program of “moon shot” proportions.

Embedded Systems Conference Chicago

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Attend and be part of the most valuable and efficient professional development you will experience all year. See, learn and get hands-on training on emerging embedded products and technologies.

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Designing for embedded Linux or Android
Graphics, displays, and lighting
Medical systems
Networking and connectivity
Open-source software
Project management
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Robotics and motion control
Safety and security in a Stuxnet world
Software debugging techniques

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Product News

PI's newest LinkZero-AX switcher ICs double power output, achieve zero watts standby power

LNK585 and LNK586 are newly introduced members of Power Integrations' LinkZero-AX integrated offline switching IC family. The two new ICs provide main power output up to 6.5 watts – double the maximum output of earlier members of the product family.

60V PowerTrench MOSFET minimizes conduction and switching losses

The FDMS86500L N-Channel, PowerTrench MOSFET from Fairchild Semiconductor is designed specifically to minimize conduction loss, switch node ringing, and to improve the overall efficiency of DC-DC converters in power supplies, motor control, hot swap, and load switch operations, as well as secondary synchronous rectification for servers.

Ashling rolls SmartICE dev platform for NXP SmartCard devices

Ashling Microsystems has launched a new set of tools for NXP SmartCard SmartMX (P5) and SmartMX2 (P60) families. Developed in co-operation with NXP, the tools include the Ashling SmartICE hardware emulator, Ashling PathFinder source-level debugger and Keil uVision4 plug-in driver.

Libelium enables over the air programming with 802.15.4 and ZigBee

Libelium has launched Libelium OTA, a solution that lays the foundation for over the air programming (OTAP) for wireless sensor networks and the Internet of Things, bringing OTA capabilities for the first time to unlicensed frequency bands (2.4GHz, 868MHz, 900MHz) and to low-power communication using protocols such as 802.15.4 and ZigBee.

Microchip rolls Accessory Development Kits for Android

Microchip Technology Inc.'s Accessory Development Starter Kits for Android enable accessory development for Google's Android platform.

Wind River accelerates OpenSAF-based high availability systems development

Wind River and GoAhead Software have partnered to provide a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution for an open source platform integrating industry standards-based high availability and Linux.

DTI rolls Intel Westmere-based AdvancedTCA processor blade

The ATC7000 from Diversified Technology, Inc. (DTI) is a dual socket node blade supporting 12 cores (24 simultaneous threads with HyperThreading enabled) of processing performance by way of dual Intel Xeon 5600 series Westmere processors.

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