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June 23, 2011

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Lisa Simone

Li Mei's list of debugging secrets

Wayne Wolf

Down & dirty with HW/SW co-design: Part 1 – Reviewing the fundamentals.


Debugging – The Book

SuVolta creates new transistor option for 20nm

Editor's Note

Bernard Cole Bernard Cole
Site Editor

There’s an increased pace of activity on the news side this week, with PCIe prepped for a 2X upgrade and the PCI SIG challenging Intel’s Thunderbolt , PLX & Avago demonstrating PCIe over optical fiber, Crocus challenging NAND and MRAM with magnetic logic units, Freescale unveiling its MEMS sensor, and Naratte pushing ultrasound to challenge mobile NFC .

Particularly interesting in the aftermath of Intel’s blockbuster 20-22 nm FinFET news in May , is IMEC research showing FinFET will kill off planar CMOS for nextgen chip designs. However, according to ESD/EDN Editor Ron Wilson in “SunVolta creates new transistor option for 20 nm,” the startup’s new planar MOSFET structure could make FinFETs and SOI unnecessary for several more IC process generations.

Jack Ganssle ruminates on software debug in “ Debugging – the book , ” and I have also included “Li Mei’s list of debugging secrets ” by Lisa Simone, one of Jack’s favorite authors. In addition to a four part series on Hardware/Software co-design, the  design articles I have selected as Editor’s Top Picks are:

Using MCAPI to lighten an MPI load
Use best practices to deploy IPv6
MEMS sensors for advanced mobile apps

Design How Tos

Li Mei's list of debugging secrets

Here's a list of debugging tips and secrets from Li Mei, a character in Lisa Simone's nonfiction book on programming recounting the fictional adventures of a team of software developers working on various embedded design projects and the lessons they learned.

SuVolta creates new transistor option for 20nm

Start-up SuVolta's innovative version of the planar MOSFET could make the finFET and fully-depleted SoI unnecessary for another few process nodes.

Down & dirty with HW/SW co-design: Part 1 – Reviewing the fundamentals.

In a four part series, Wayne Wolf looks at the total hardware/software co-design process & the methodologies embedded designers must learn, or relearn as the two disparate methodologies begin to merge. Part 1: Reviewing the fundamentals

Basics of SoC I/O design: Part 1 – The building blocks

Integration of analog with digital and increase in on chip features in mixed-signal controllers demand more complex I/O structures as well, but are often the most neglected features of a chip. This two part article will provide the basics for allowing developers to optimize their performance and functionality. Part 1: The I/O building blocks.

Medical imaging process accelerated in FPGA 82X faster than software

Line of reaction (LOR) estimation for a PET scanner optimized using C-to-FPGA methodology

Using MCAPI to lighten an MPI load

High-performance computing (HPC) relies on large numbers of computers to get a tough job done. Often, one computer will act as a master, parceling out data to processes that may be located anywhere in the world. The Message Passing Interface (MPI) provides a way to move the data from one place to the next.

Use best practices to deploy IPv6 over broadband access

Service providers must use a quick and reliable method to evaluate and implement IPv6 transition mechanisms on their broadband access networks.

MEMS sensors for advanced mobile applications—An overview

This article discusses the role of MEMS sensors in advanced applications in mobile devices including Mobile Augmented Reality (MAR), LBS and the solution of MEMS sensor fusion integrated with a GPS receiver to determine the position and orientation using the dead-reckoning method.

Bring big system features to small RTOS devices with downloadable app modules

Bring app downloadability to small footprint RTOSes using a new architectural feature called “downloadable application modules,” which cheat the linker to isolate parts of a program from each other via the kernel, allowing downloads during execution of the program.

The 'internet of things' is driving demand for mixed signal MCUs

There is increased activity around the 'internet of things'; the ability to create networks of small devices that monitor and control our surroundings to create a sort of 'augmented reality'.

Embedded Systems Bookshelf


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


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

Smart Cities platform monitors noise, pollution, structural health, and waste management

The Smart Cities sensor board from Libelium measures noise pollution, dust quantities, structural health, and garbage levels.

LDRA cuts time and cost of certifying HC08/HCS08 to avionics, automotive, industrial

LDRA now delivers full certification capabilities for Freescale's HC08 and HCS08 applications. By exploiting the resources of the CodeWarrior IDE, LDRA enables developers to run host-style analysis and test generation on resource-constrained processors.

Small cell base station SoCs feature dual-mode support, comprehensive software suite

TI is prepping a pair of SoCs for developers of metro, pico and enterprise small cell base stations.

SIM controllers provide 20Mips@20MHz over extended temp range

StarChip's new SCM family of secure SIM controllers for M2M markets is based on the Cortus APS3s 32-bit core, enabling 20Mips@20MHz across an extended range of temperatures (-40°C to +105°C).

Microchip's new RF power amps target embedded WAN

Microchip Technology Inc. has expanded its RF power amplifier portfolio with the addition of the new SST12LP17E and SST12LP18E devices. The SST12LP17E is the smallest fully matched power amp in its class, requiring only one DC bypass capacitor to achieve optimum performance. The SST12LP18E is a lower-cost, lower-voltage alternative to Microchip's popular SST12LP14E power amp.

Atmel in-circuit debugger and programmer links AVR Studio 5

The Atmel JTAGICE3 mid-range in-circuit debugger and programmer supports all Atmel AVR 8- and 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) and connects to the recently-launched Atmel AVR Studio5.

Freescale moves DSC up to to 32-bit core

Freescale has announced the first family in its next-generation Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) portfolio, the MC56F84xx, which integrates high-speed analog functionality with an efficient 32-bit digital signal processor core.

e2v releases extended-reliability QorIQ P4080 processor

e2v has developed a P4080 extended-reliability version of Freescale's P4080 QorIQ processor with data path, for power-sensitive and computation intensive applications in aerospace, defence and demanding outdoor environments.


JTAG sponsors EU student mission to the Moon


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