Embedded

Software dominates the embedded system design process; according to some estimates, software development can now consume up to 70% of a project’s resources.

Traditionally, software development started when the hardware arrived, but not any more: software designers are using virtual prototypes to get their projects started in time to meet the deadlines.

But there are also operating systems, which manage this growing complexity. The choices are numerous and have an impact at the system level, as well for deeply embedded products. And C is no longer the only programming language.

Whatever the complexity of the embedded system you’re developing software for, New Electronics addresses the issues regularly by looking at the latest tools and techniques available.

Microchip launches 8bit AVR MCUs with CIPs

A new generation of 8bit tinyAVR microcontrollers has been introduced by Microchip. The four devices range from 14 to 24 pins and are claimed to be the first tinyAVR MCUs to feature core independent peripherals. The devices will be supported by START, an online tool for the graphical configuration of embedded software projects.

Low cost 32bit MCU rapid prototyping boards

Two low cost rapid prototyping boards for 32bit applications have been launched by Microchip. The PIC32MX and PIC32MZ Curiosity Boards are said to include an integrated programmer debugger and to be fully incorporated into the company’s MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment.

Low cost, low risk memory

A low cost, low risk memory solution from Microchip is said to offer unlimited endurance and safe data storage at power loss. Called EERAM, the device is a standalone SRAM with a shadow EEPROM back-up that retains the SRAM’s contents when system power is lost.

Customisable flash loaders

Open flash loader capabilities have been added to SEGGER’s J-Link, J-Trace and Flasher offerings allowing silicon vendors and end users to support new target devices.

Rugged Flash Drive five times faster with USB 3.0

Fischer Connectors has launched the USB 3.0 version of its portable, miniature, lightweight and tough Fischer Rugged Flash Drive. The memory stick has been designed for the safe transportation and storage of sensitive data in harsh environments.

MRAM solutions for automotive systems

Automotive electronics systems require faster and more reliable persistent memory solutions to meet the need for data recording and fast data processing. Looking to satisfy these needs, Everspin has added two devices to its high performance MRAM automotive product line. The 16Mbit MRAM is now specified to operate in temperatures ranging from -40 to 125°C and is available in x8 and x16 configurations.

Cypress adds wafer sales to F-RAM and nvSRAM portfolio

Cypress Semiconductor has added wafer products to its industry-leading nonvolatile random access memory (NVRAM) portfolio. Cypress’s NVRAM portfolio, which includes Ferroelectric-RAM (F-RAM) and nonvolatile static RAM (nvSRAM) devices, is claimed to offer reliable protection of critical data during a power failure. Many mission-critical applications that require the benefits of F-RAM and nvSRAM also require bare die for small or unique packaging options.

Read-intensive enterprise SAS SSD

Toshiba has announced the availability of the PX04SL series, a very read-intensive enterprise SAS solid state drive (SSD). The PX04SL series is optimised for read-intensive application workloads such as data warehousing, web servers, media streaming and video on demand.

15nm eMMC NAND flash memory for automotive applications

Toshiba Electronics Europe has launched a range of 15nm eMMC NAND flash memory for automotive infotainment systems as well as industrial applications. The eMMC operates over a temperature range of -40 to 85°C and meets AEC-Q100 specifications as well as adhering to PPAP requirements.

Simplifying GaN transistor circuit design

GaN Systems has announced its GS66508T-EVBHB Half-Bridge Evaluation Board which demonstrates the performance of its GaN enhancement mode power semiconductors in real power circuits. The GS66508T-EVBHB Eval Board can be configured into any half bridge-based topology.

Development system supports STM32L4 MCUs

A new development ecosystem has been introduced by STMicroelectronics to support the STM32L4 series of MCUs. According to the company, the offering includes prototype boards for all budgets and STM32Cube software support.

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