Smart networks must evolve for mission critical environments

Michael Ulch, Premier Farnell

For many people, the Internet of Things (IoT) is synonymous with smart home automation, self-monitoring appliances, and connected security systems. However, some of the greatest potential of the IoT is in the industrial and manufacturing realm, where Industrial IoT (IIoT) has the promise to monitor systems for preventative maintenance and boost energy efficiency and workplace productivity. However, successfully scaling from the smart home to the smart factory will require overcoming a number of technical challenges, as the systems adequate for automating household functions don?t?Continued...


White Paper: SMARC 2.0 - At the Heart of Next Generation IoT Embedded Solutions

The SMARC - (Smart Mobility Architecture) standard has in a matter of a few years become a major driving force behind the enablement of innovative ultra-low-power embedded computing technology solutions. Market demand and the disruptive influence of the Internet of Things (IoT) have already hastened the arrival of a new specification, SMARC 2.0. What are the implications for embedded systems designers and developers?

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Bit-by-bit towards an industrial storage solution

Ulrich Brandt, Swissbit

Triple-level cell (TLC), multi-level cell (MLC), single-level cell (SLC), pseudo single-level cell (pSLC) ? there are many flash memory technologies. Developers need to understand the basic mechanisms of storage and effects at the storage level to know which flash memory products are most suitable for a particular applications. Only then will they know what questions to ask suppliers. Different aspects of an application can determine the selection of a memory module for embedded industrial systems. These include read and write speed, endurance (or the?Continued...


Wibu-Systems joins OSADL, the Open Source Automation Development Lab


Wibu-Systems joins OSADL and shares cybersecurity and monetization techniques with the open source community. Wibu-Systems, a pioneer and international champion in secure license and entitlement management for industrial systems, has joined OSADL, the Open Source Automation Development Lab, a cooperative dedicated to providing everything needed to use open source software in industrial products. OSADL coordinates the development and funding of open source projects on behalf of its members, who enjoy many benefits, including quality assurance, software development, technology support, legal compliance, marketing, training, and?Continued...

Farnell element14 launches Maker to Market services to support start-ups

ECD Staff

Farnell element14 has announced the launch of Maker to Market , a service that offers start-ups the support, expertise, and resources to take their products to market. These Maker to Market services are supported by Premier Farnell's Design & Manufacturing Services , which provides engineers support at every stage of the design and manufacturing process. This includes customization for larger scale projects or manufacturing volumes. ?As the Development Distributor, we at Premier Farnell pride ourselves on providing great support to engineers taking their ideas?Continued...


Revolutionizing the user experience with a sense of agency

Steve Cliffe, Ultrahaptics

What is a sense of agency? A sense of agency is simply the feeling that our actions produce an obvious effect. More broadly speaking, it?s a feeling of being in control of our environment ? or, at least, clearly having an influence on it. The sense of agency is usually present in the natural world. Whenever you are holding a physical object, your hand feels that object; you can intuitively sense its weight and texture and easily move it around. Compare that familiar sensation?Continued...


New motorBench? Development Suite from Microchip

Microchip?s motorBench? Development Suite slashes development time for Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PMSM) with accurate offline measurement of critical motor-control parameters and automatic tuning of feedback control gains.

As a free plug-in to Microchip?s MPLAB? X Integrated Development Environment (IDE), the motorBench Development Suite uses the motor parameter measurements to auto-tune the control algorithm gains. This easy GUI-based tool then uses MPLAB X IDE to generate editable project code, which is ready to run on a dsPIC33EP Digital Signal Controller (DSC).

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SEGGER announces Flasher ATE high speed gang programming solution

ECD Staff

SEGGER has announced the availability of Flasher ATE, a new modular gang programmer. It uses the same Turbo-Mode and Universal Flash loaders as the Flasher PRO and other members of the Flasher family. Flasher ATE supports up to 10 individual parallel programming channels. Each channel has its own programming circuit and memory, allowing it to be used individually, and programs at maximum speed on every channel. In mass production, the in-system programming process is usually tightly coupled with the testing facilities such as Automatic?Continued...

Tool suite hastens medical-device development

Rich Nass

Continuing down the path of software safety, security, and compliance management, LDRA is helping developers in the Class II and Class III medical device space. The goal is to create safe and effective medical devices faster, and at a lower cost, while mitigating risk. The latest LDRA tools do this through: Compliance management for IEC 62304 Lifecycle traceability, from functional, safety, and security requirements throughout the software development lifecycle Static code analysis, analyzing software for various quality metrics such as clarity, testability Automated unit?Continued...


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LTE is key to the future of M2M communication

Stefano Moioli, u-blox

As the Internet of Things (IoT) grows and matures, numerous wireless protocols are jockeying for position in the arena of M2M communication. The most qualified one today is one you may not have expected ? LTE. Most of us know LTE as the protocol used to connect smartphones to the Internet, but its applications go far beyond smartphone connectivity. High speed LTE is also well-suited to vehicle communications, where it can enable advanced telematics or Vehicle-to-X (V2X) communication. Its high data rates, low latency,?Continued...

Advanced image sensors take automotive vision beyond 20/20

Brandon Lewis

ON Semiconductor?s acquisition of Fairchild Semiconductor gave the company a broad portfolio of discrete power solutions for the automotive market. But it was the acquisition of Aptina Imaging Corporation in 2014 that helped drive the company?s leadership in automotive vision systems: ON Semiconductor currently commands nearly 70 percent of the front-camera advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) market and more than 50 percent of the total automotive image sensor market[1]. Aptina CMOS image sensor technology is at the heart of ON Semiconductor?s recently released Hayabusa?Continued...

Energy consumption in modern microcontroller systems, part 2: ULPBench-core profile, EEMBC documents, and MCU datasheets

Horst Diewald and Uwe Mengelkamp, ProJoule GmbH

Energy consumption comparison of MCU/SoC systems ? is one benchmark enough or do we need a parametric benchmark? An important factor in the selection, the market positioning and success is the energy consumption of an entire system of a product. The traditional approach to express efficiency in microampere (uA) or microwatt per megahertz (uW/MHz) isn?t sufficient enough anymore. Energy storage systems store neither uA nor uW but Joule, simply means energy. The comparison of MCU/SoC devices with sufficient energy usage becomes the prime focus?Continued...

OS81119, The World?s First Dual-Port INIC

Microchip Technology, Inc.

Simplify your system design by using the OS81119 , the latest addition to Microchip?s portfolio of MOST150 Intelligent Network Interface Controllers (INICs). The OS81119 is the world?s first dual-port INIC; it offers both coaxial and optical physical layers as specified for MOST150 technology, while providing a choice in network topology with different options, including daisy chain and ring. Includes USB 2.0 high-speed port as the interface to system on chip (SoCs) Supports dual-simplex and full-duplex communication Supports coax system diagnosis Compatible with Microchip?s Unified?Continued...

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