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New Electronics strives to bring you all the latest technology news from the ASIC/SoC sector. Advances in electronics are often fast-paced and innovative, so we know that as a design engineer you want to be kept up-to-date with current developments.

Below is a comprehensive list of all the latest electronics technology news from New Electronics.

Using FPGAs in embedded systems

While there’s nothing new about the use of FPGAs in electronics products, many engineers are only just beginning to explore how the devices could help to improve their designs.

Technology to integrate FPGA functionality into SoCs

FPGAs are rarely out of the news, but the acquisition of Altera by Intel in 2015 pushed the technology firmly into the headlines. Intel’s main reason for buying Altera was to provide a way to accelerate the performance of its Xeon processors, used widely in data centres. But Intel hasn’t been the only company turning its attention to the use of FPGAs in such applications; earlier in 2015, Microsoft said that Project Catapult used Altera’s Arria 10 FPGAs to boost data centre power/performance.

Optimising wearable designs by integrating support circuitry

Systems on a Chip for wearable devices offer an astounding level of integration. Advanced manufacturing processes give SoC and MCU developers plenty of transistors to work with and these devices can integrate multicore processors, wireless connectivity, memory and graphics controllers.

High throughput, low power requirement

For cloud and IoT applications, there is a rising need for flexible GbE firewalls in corporate network infrastructures. With integrated Open Source and x86-based AMD Embedded G-Series SoCs, Deciso’s OPNsense firewall appliance offers double the flexibility. It enables high throughput with low power consumption making it suitable for both enterprise and IoT appliances.

Do engineers know what they like and like what they know?

Engineers can select from a range of technologies which might be appropriate for their next design. Options include ASICs, FPGAs and embedded CPUs. But there is a suspicion that, rather than selecting the platform which will be best for the job, engineers fall back on something with which they’re familiar.

The Desyre for change in SoC design

SoCs for critical applications could use 28% less energy and 48% less chip area while offering hardware failure rate nine times lower, if they were designed using the Desyre architecture, according to the European project. The result, the project adds, would reduce hospital costs and replacement rate of medical devices drastically.

Programmable digital resources can be used to overcome the shortcomings of SoC devices

One of the most frustrating elements of embedded system development occurs when, having passed many design milestones, you discover that the embedded device selected doesn't meet current design requirements. Configurability offers designers the flexibility to determine how peripherals such as comparators and operational amplifiers are routed out to pins. These components will not have the same static pin locations as a traditional fixed function microcontroller; using a series of registers on the device, engineers can configure a device to their particular application needs. Additionally, mixed signal SoC devices may contain digital resources that are programmable at different levels – from basic configurable logic to larger PLD resources – and which can be configured using a hardware description language such as Verilog. Using these programmable digital resources, developers can create state machines and other complex circuits, such as the ability to perform an FFT on a digital signal in hardware.

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