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Embedded World 2018 Round-Up Part 1

With this year's Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany drawing to a close New Electronics takes a look at some of the announcements made this week.

Silicon Labs introduced a new Wi-Fi portfolio that is intended to simplify the design of power-sensitive, battery-operated Wi-Fi products including IP security cameras, point-of-sale (PoS) terminals and consumer health care devices.
The portfolio has been optimised to deliver energy efficiency and the WF200 transceivers and WFM200 modules support 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi providing the reliable connectivity that’s necessary as the number of connected devices increases.
Both devices offer exceptionally low transmit (TX: 138 mA) and receive (RX: 48 mA) power consumption and a link budget of 115 dBm for long-range Wi-Fi transmissions.
Commenting Daniel Cooley, General Manager of IoT products at Silicon Labs said, “We’ve delivered the first low-power Wi-Fi portfolio designed specifically for the IoT, enabling breakthroughs in secure, battery-powered connected device designs that simply weren’t possible until now.”
Cooley said that the company was seeing strong demand for Wi-Fi technology that fits within the tight power and space budgets of battery-operated devices.

Lattice Semiconductor announced the release of new FPGA software. The Lattice Radiant is targeted for the development of broad market low power embedded applications. It offers an extensive feature set and provides ease-of-use and comes with support for iCE40 UltraPlus FPGAs.
“Lattice is increasingly witnessing customers who are seeking to benefit from the ultra-low power, small form factor, and low cost features of iCE40 UltraPlus FPGAs,” said Choon-Hoe Yeoh, senior director, software marketing at Lattice Semiconductor. “Lattice Radiant software provides a range of enhancements for designing with iCE40 UltraPlus FPGAs in order to drive innovative designs in emerging embedded applications.”

Renesas used Embedded World to announce an enhancement to its e² studio integrated development environment (IDE) tool for the Renesas Synergy Platform. Through its ongoing partnership with IAR Systems, Renesas Synergy customers will no be able to see significant performance benefits as a result of integrating IAR Systems’ advanced IAR C/C++ Compiler into the Eclipse-based e² studio IDE.
The IAR C/C++ Compiler can significantly reduce the application code, allowing developers to add more features to their Synergy microcontrollers (MCUs).
This new collaboration with IAR Systems adds the option to use the IAR C/C++ Compiler directly from within e² studio, while keeping the existing option to use the proprietary IAR Embedded Workbench for Renesas Synergy IDE.
System developers can access instructions for integrating the compiler into the e² studio by downloading the latest version of the e² studio tool. Providing the IAR C/C++ Compiler as an option ensures the full potential of the Synergy Platform can now be accessed regardless of IDE preference.
“Adding support for our advanced compiler technology to the e² studio tool gives developers additional options for optimising their IoT applications,” said Anders Lundgren, Product Manager, IAR Systems.

Microchip unveiled its new family of microcontrollers at Embedded World. These devices are intended for use in sensor nodes.
The PIC16F18446 and its integrated Analogue-to-Digital Converter with Computation (ADC2) runs from 1.8V to 5V, providing compatibility with the majority of both analogue output sensors and digital sensors. The 12-bit ADC2 does its filtering autonomously, providing more accurate analogue sensor readings and ultimately higher-quality end-user data. Because the ADC2 has the ability to wake the core only when needed, the power consumption of the system is lowered, making this MCU ideal for battery-powered applications. This power saving capability also enables sensor nodes to run on small batteries, decreasing end-user maintenance costs and the overall design footprint.

Neil Tyler

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