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.

Industrial SD models added to Datakey RUGGEDrive

ATEK Access Technologies has announced it has expanded its Datakey RUGGEDrive Line of USB flash drive and SD memory tokens with a new line of industrial models, providing industrial SD card functionality in the unique RUGGEDrive form factor.

Quad SPI flash family extended

Cypress has added 64Mbit and 128Mbit devices to its family of NOR flash memories. Featuring a Quad Serial Peripheral Interface, the FL-L NOR parts are said to provide reliability and security for high-performance embedded systems such as ADAS, automotive clusters, industrial control and smart factory equipment.

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.

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