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.

Feeding the beast

In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems have a huge appetite for data storage capacity with mapping and navigation, music and entertainment occupying a growing memory footprint in cars.

ML strategies for automating code reviews

Code review is an important part of the software development life cycle in electronic design and using an established coding standard - such as MISRA or CERT - is essential to ensuring the quality of code being produced.

The hypervisor advantage

Operating Systems (OSs) like Linux and Android are widely used in embedded systems but being large, complex and inevitably containing numerous flaws once compromised, an attacker can violate the security and take control of the whole system.

Motor protection breakers as a form of effective drive protection

Electric drives require effective protection against overloads and short circuits. Both phenomena cause motor disruption and create a risk of damage to the motor. This could lead to a potentially dangerous situation for people in contact with the devices. Modern motor breakers are the current remedy for both threats, and are a part of multi-level drive protection systems together with circuit breakers, RCD breakers, contactors, detectors (sensors) of phase failure and phase sequence, and undervoltage protection.

A supply chain in flux

In the coming years, Tier 1 automotive suppliers have an enormous opportunity with the development of autonomous vehicles (AVs) but there are challenges - the whole supply chain is being disrupted by new participants and new technologies.

Hardware progress

A DVCon Europe 2019 conference paper, jointly authored by Renesas and OneSpin Solutions, considered innovative chip safety analysis. In this article Jörg Grosse and Sergio Marchese discuss its findings.

Automatic identification with the use of RFID readers from Elatec

Devices that utilise RFID technology for identification purposes are widely applied in warehouse logistics, shipping or management. A number of available solutions and a ceaseless need to integrate them into a single, coherent system tends to be problematic and time-consuming. Thanks to the solutions proposed by Elatec, the costs and time that are essential to integrate new devices in the existing systems can be reduced.

Complying with the latest standards

NOR Flash has been a dependable technology in vehicles for many years, and today is used in various automotive systems, including the instrument cluster and in infotainment and telematics systems.

Amass DC power connectors

Some electronic components are well known to even complete rookies, not to mention electronic engineers or technicians. They are so common that at some point we stop paying attention to them, even though we have never even thought of finding out the name of their manufacturer. A very good example of such products are the well-known XT30, XT60 or XT90 power connectors (plugs and sockets). Do you know the name of their manufacturer?

Do robot cars dream of virtual jeeps?

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), carmakers decided the way forward for dashboards was to extend them and, like military aircraft, project their graphics onto the windscreen as head-up displays.

Wireless Charging Continues to Drive Forwards

So, why isn't every consumer device charged wirelessly? Charging cables and power leads have always proved to be a nuisance, and are something that the industry could quite easily eliminate. Well, there are now moves underway to do this.

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