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  Flash is the storage technology used inside the thinnest, lightest laptops and nearly every cellphone, tablet and mobile device. With users of these devices constantly demanding increasing functionality the amount of NAND flash memory needed has grown accordingly. Traditional planar NAND flash memory, however, is nearing its practical scaling limits, posing significant challenges for the memory industry. Happily, once again technology is coming to the rescue. Last week, coincidental ...
Texas Instruments has announced the Sensor Hub BoosterPack for its Tiva C Series TM4C123G LaunchPad at Design West 2013. The new BoosterPack is a plug-in daughter card that allows ARM Cortex-M4 MCU developers to create products with up to seven types of motion and environmental sensing capabilities. This BoosterPack and accompanying TivaWare software enables measurement of pressure, humidity, ambient and infrared (IR) light along with temperature and motion (including acceleration, orientation a ...
Coto Technology introduced its RedRock RS-A-2515 Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)-based magnetic reed switch at Design West in San Jose.  Based on its high aspect ratio MEMS design and manufacturing processes, the switch is said to provide all of the advantages of conventional magnetic reed switch technology, including zero power operation and high-power hot switching.   The switch has a footprint of less than 2.1 mm2 (1.01 x 2.08 mm), is 0.94 mm high and is claimed by the company ...
Atmel Corporation used the forum of Design West to launch a new integrated development tools platform, a complete hardware and software product specifically designed to support Atmel MCUs including its recent ARM Cortex-M4-based SAM4L family.   Specifically tailored to allow developers to take advantage of Atmel's MCUs,the new platform consists of hardware and development tools, embedded software and an embedded 'app' store where engineers can utilize Atmel Xplained Pro; Atmel Studio 6; At ...
At Design West AMD announced its new Embedded G-Series System-on-Chip (SOC) platform, a single-chip solution based on its “Jaguar” CPU architecture and AMD Radeon 8000 Series graphics. According to the company the AMD Embedded G-Series signifies a strategic push to focus on high-growth markets outside the PC industry, with an emphasis on embedded systems.   The AMD Embedded G-Series SOC platform is said to offer up to 113 percent improved CPU performance compared to the prior ...
At Design West embedded and mobile software supplier Wind River introduced the latest version of its VxWorks platform, a secure separation kernel that provides Type 1 hypervisor–based, multiple independent levels of security (MILS) for systems that may require high assurance evaluation or certification and accreditation (C&A).   VxWorks MILS Platform partitions a single processor among multiple software components, with time and space resource allocation, information flow control ...
  BeagleBone Black, the next-generation offering from BeagleBoard.org, is a low-cost ($45), community-supported development platform for ARM Cortex-A8 processor developers and hobbyists. Its Sitara AM335x processor (from TI) enhances the user experience by enabling an advanced graphical user interface and more than 2x higher performance than ARM11-based solutions.   BeagleBone Black includes all the necessary components in the box to connect a display, keyboard and network. It boots ...
Visitors to the Newark element14 booth at Design West found it overflowing with hands-on demos, product giveaways, video Q&As, and tutorials on Arduino-based applications, ARM development tools, the next-generation BeagleBone, and, of course,  Raspberry Pi.   Industry luminaries including Raspberry Pi co-creator and Gertboard creator, Gert Van Loo (Gertboard enables the Raspberry Pi to interface to the outside world through analog and digital converters and I/O, as well as motor c ...
Just when it seems like wireless communications has reached a cost/performance peak, one supplier or another comes along and pushes the bar even higher. As a result the market for semiconductors covering such wireless protocols as Bluetooth, for example, is expected to rise to 3.1 billion units in 2017, up a whopping 91% from 1.6 billion in 2011, according to IMS Research, with the majority of the growth driven by demand for wireless combination ICs and mobile system-on-chip (SoC) devices with i ...
Held in San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley the four-day Design West event (April l 22-25) is a technical conference and expo for systems designers, entrepreneurs and technology professionals in the electronics industry.   Over 250 exhibitors will be showing their wares during the event. Newark element14 will be exhibiting, displaying, among other products and solutions Raspberry Pi and Accessories, the Next Gen BeagleBone and Sabre Lite, element14's exclusive development kit based on ...
Joe Alderson reports from Embedded World 2012 in Nuremberg:     With a rare chance to leave the Farnell/element14 stand and take a trip around the rest of the exhibition, the final day of Embedded World 2012, intended for students and academics, really brought home the incredible level of knowledge among young engineers who are just finishing university and heading out into the work-a-day world.  Young engineers were present at many of the stands, demonstrating proficiency with th ...
Going into the 2011 Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley I was looking forward in particular to seeing and hearing more about new MCUs and ecosystem developments.   The show did not disappoint.   If there was one product to capture “best in show” honors a good argument could be made on behalf of TI’s MSP430FR57xx, a 16-bit microcontroller said to be the industry's first low power ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) MCU. TI has been working on FRAM te ...
The Embedded Systems Conference, along with chowder (pronounced chow-dah) and Fenway Park, is one of the better reasons for visiting Boston. Traditionally the first day of the show is reserved for half-day tutorials and the main block of conference sessions, lectures and keynote addresses kick off on Day Two. The lead-off keynoter this year was Dr. Hugh Herr, associate professor at MIT. When he was 17, Herr suffered a rock climbing accident that resulted in the amputation of both legs below t ...
The first Embedded Systems Conference in Chicago (well, truth be told, Rosemont,  IL, which is just off the runway at O’Hare) was “co-located” this week with the somewhat larger Sensors Expo & Conference. The notion of co-location doesn’t always succeed—you would probably not want to be co-located in the same house with your neighbor, for example—but since sensors play a key role in embedded technology, especially in the automotive and industrial spac ...
I'll admit it: I'm envious of TI's Gene Frantz. Not because of his technical contributions to DSP--well, maybe a little--but mostly because his status as Principal Fellow at TI, an elite group to which few are invited, has made him somewhat bulletproof at his company, a position we would all love to achieve.   Here's what I mean. As a preamble to his talk, "What to do with a billion transistors" at the Multicore Expo segment of ESC, Frantz was asked by seior management whether he was going ...

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