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.

Code generation support for STM32F7 MCU

Altia has announced its code generation support for the STMicroelectronics STM32F7 Microcontroller (MCU). The STM32F7 addresses a range of applications and is said to be the first MCU on the market to feature the ARM Cortex-M7 processor.

Small and reliable solid state drive

Arrival Electronics has announced the Ferri-eMMC SSD in a 153 BGA package measuring11.5 x 13 x 1.0mm, which leverages Silicon Motion's NAND flash controller technology, along with the highly integrated Multi-Chip Package (MCP) solution from the Ferri family.

Second generation secure 64GB solid state drive

Microsemi has introduced its second generation highly secure 64 gigabyte solid state drive. In response to growing data security threats the company said that it had designed its latest SSD for market applications where data protection is seen as critical. Offered in a 32mm by 28mm ball grid array package, the new SSD has been optimised for embedded computers in harsh environments.

andersDX delivers entry level Embedded UI

andersDX has created an entry level DX series embedded display platform with the launch of the DX1, based on the 600MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor from Texas Instruments. The DX1a features an integrated TFT touch screen and is preloaded with Linux, Android or Windows CE. With the addition of application software, it becomes a fully working prototype system.

IAR launches C-RUN analysis tool

IAR Systems used Embedded World to launch C-RUN - its fully integrated runtime analysis product. C-RUN is an extension to the existing embedded development tools from IAR Systems and gives developers the opportunity to analyse their code at an early stage and to perform runtime analysis every step of the way.

Digia offers upgraded route to software development

Digia announced a major upgrade to its Qt Enterprise Embedded solution at Embedded World. The package gives engineers a route into software development for embedded devices and the upgrade allows further customisation to suit the user's needs and application.

Real time test software

National Instruments has released NI VeriStand 2011, the latest version of its configuration based software environment for creating real time testing and simulation applications including hardware in the loop (HIL) simulators and test cells.

Multicore debugging for NXP LPC4000

Keil has annouced multicore degugging for the NXP LC4000 family of microcontrollers. The new NXP LPC4000 devices integrate a multicore system consisting of an ARM Cortex-M4 and a Cortex-M0 processor. This asymmetric multicore system requires additional features from the development tools, in particular the debugger.

CAD tool allows instant price check and availability

CadSoft Computer has launched version 5.11of its EAGLE software. The update is said to incorporate a new 'DesignLink' functionality, giving electronic design engineers automatic search through element 14, with online check of pricing and availability, as well as access to the latest data.

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