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Platform enables designers to evaluate MCUs’ safety features

August 6, 2013 10:57 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced the Hercules LaunchPad platform -- an entry-level option enabling developers to gain familiarity with TI Hercules MCUs and evaluate their performance and safety features. The TI Hercules LaunchPad is a modular, quick-launch evaluation kit....

Kit allows a scale load cell to be positioned up to 300 feet away from its weight display

August 6, 2013 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Smarter Weigh Bluetooth Scale Kit, from Transcell Technology, allows a scale load cell to be positioned up to 300 feet (100m) away from its weight display, free of connecting cables. In many weight-sensing applications, there is a need to locate the measurement load cells a distance away from the display or interface.

Embedded platform based on the Intel Atom E640 CPU

August 6, 2013 9:14 am | Mouser Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics announced it is stocking the new MinnowBoard with Intel Atom from CircuitCo, a development board which brings Intel Architecture to the developer and maker community. CircuitCo's MinnowBoard is an Intel Atom processor-based board which introduces Intel Architecture to the small and low cost embedded market for the developer and maker community.

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Embedded vision starter kit touts updated PVP programmer, new lens adapter

August 5, 2013 6:40 pm | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Avnet Electronics Marketing’s development kit for the Analog Devices dual-core Blackfin BF609 processor offers an updated pipelined vision processor (PVP) programmer and a new lens adapter. The new PVP Programmer add-in to the Blackfin development tool, CrossCore Embedded Studio, enables a

Count On Tools adds full solution package for odd-form components

July 23, 2013 3:36 pm | Count On Tools Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Count On Tools (COT) announces a new addition to its custom nozzle engineering services with the Full Solution Package for Odd-Form Components. With this new program, Count On Tools can offer customers placing odd form components the ability to streamline their process by purchasing a custom designed SMT placement tool....

Development kit speeds design of digital audio accessories for music and consumer products

July 23, 2013 2:22 pm | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced the availability of a new development kit that speeds design of digital audio accessories for Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod products. The CY8CKIT-033A PSoC 3 MFi Digital Audio Development Kit for Lightning includes license-free reference hardware, firmware, and iOS app software....

Development suite supports simple extensions to standard C

July 18, 2013 1:18 pm | Xmos Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

XMOS today announces the launch of the latest version of xTIMEcomposer Studio development suite for its xCORE multicore microcontrollers. The new integrated development environment (IDE) includes everything required for embedded design in a single Eclipse-based environment....

Development tools for Atmel AVR32 are enhanced with faster code and new functionality

July 17, 2013 9:57 am | Iar Systems Software | Product Releases | Comments

IAR Systems announced the availability of version 4.20 of its embedded development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench for AVR32. The version includes major enhancements to the advanced code optimizations technology, gaining significantly faster code execution as well as

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Module-based booster pack works with both MSP430 and Tiva C evaluation kits new Wi-Fi designs

July 17, 2013 9:46 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments announced the SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 BoosterPack. The new Wi-Fi BoosterPack is powered by the company’s SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 module, which offers simplified Wi-Fi connectivity for microcontroller (MCU)-based systems. Working with both the

Development kits include a built-in J-Link debugger

July 11, 2013 2:24 pm | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs introduced development kits and application software demonstrations for the EFM32 Wonder Gecko microcontroller (MCU) family, which was developed by Energy Micro, recently acquired by Silicon Labs. The Wonder Gecko MCU line is based on the ARM Cortex-M4 processor core....

element14 selects Adafruit FLORA kit for new wearable technology design challenge

July 2, 2013 4:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

element14 has selected the Adafruit’s FLORA kit to provide the computing platform for its latest challenge, which challenges engineers and developers to design and develop their own piece of wearable technology. The FLORA allows designers to create products that are far more integrated....

Web page includes new online configurator

July 1, 2013 3:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Optimal customer support is the main focus of the new website from drive specialist Nanotec Electronic. At its core is the new online configurator. In just a few clicks, customers can assemble a motor solution that precisely meets their needs, complete with a brake, encoder and planetary gearbox.

Development board operates either in Lock-Step Mode or Decoupled Parallel Mode

June 26, 2013 3:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The CMM-3020 is a fully featured application development board based on the MPXS3020 MCU. The MPXS3020 features dual, e200z7d Power Architecture cores and operates either in Lock-Step Mode for safety-critical applications requiring IEC 61508 SIL3 compliance or in Decoupled Parallel Mode for applications requiring maximum performance.

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Software designed for cosite simulation and management of installed RF systems

June 21, 2013 1:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Delcross Technologies announced the release of its EMIT (Electromagnetic Interference Toolkit) Version 3.3 software. Among the new features in this new release are 23 new pre-defined transceiver, receiver and transmitter definitions. EMIT is a software framework for cosite simulation and management of installed RF systems.

Cloud platform accelerates chip design workflow, now offers Altera's Quartus II

June 14, 2013 10:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Plunify announced the immediate availability of Altera Quartus II for designing with Stratix, Cyclone and Arria devices. Quartus II is recognized as an easy-to-use software platform for programmable logic design. The new relationship with Altera marks the production availability of

PIC32 adapter board aims to simplify graphical display prototyping

June 13, 2013 2:17 pm | Newhaven Display International | Product Releases | Comments

Newhaven Display and Digi-Key have developed a new PIC32 adapter board, the NHD-3.5-320240MF-PIC EVAL BOARD. This display adapter provides the designer with a color resistive touch LCD (NHD-3.5-320240MF-ATXL#-T-1) and hardware interface for

Development board designed to work with a range of key applications

June 10, 2013 4:35 pm | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

Newark element14 today announced the launch of its multi MEMS development board for Xtrinsic sensors, a low-cost enablement solution that allows designers to easily understand and test the latest sensing technologies with a next generation accelerometer, pressure sensor and a magnetometer to measure motion....

The era of the Smart BOM

June 5, 2013 1:38 pm | by John Hoeschele, Marketing Communications Manager, Anaren, Inc., www.anaren.com | Anaren Microwave Inc | Articles | Comments

In the mid- to late-decades of the 20th century, the job description of the average, workaday electrical engineer included what might be termed “basic bill of materials” management – BOM 1.0, if you will. Essentially, BOM 1.0  involved weeks if not months of specifying, sourcing, and documenting component and materials choices....

USB design board offers industry compatible stamp footprint for new product designs

June 4, 2013 2:12 pm | Zilog | Product Releases | Comments

Zilog introduced a new reference design, the Mini-Z USB Design Board.  The board incorporates a USB host and peripheral functionality with the company’s portfolio of Mini-Z modules. This hardware design uses a Max3421E USB transceiver to provide an interface to USB communications with supporting

Starter kit accelerates software development

June 3, 2013 5:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Engineering teams are under increasing pressure to get their products to market faster and, for many projects, developing software is now the critical path. The DesignWare ARC EM Starter Kit has been designed to accelerate software development.

Customer Use Board System provides for evaluation and validation of ArcticLink III VX and BX devices

May 30, 2013 3:14 pm | Quicklogic Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

QuickLogic Corporation announced the development of the Customer Use Board (CUB) System, which provides for easy evaluation and validation of ArcticLink III VX and BX devices in customer platforms. CUB is an ideal solution for smartphone and tablet system architects who require easy prototyping and testing platforms to accelerate their design efforts.

EVM touts exceptional processing and graphics capabilities for industrial apps

May 22, 2013 10:20 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) introduced its OMAP5432 processor-based evaluation module (EVM) for high-performance industrial applications. The OMAP5432 EVM is said to enable quick, easy evaluation and benchmarking for applications demanding high-performance processing and graphics at

Arduino-compatible boards tout prototyping-friendly 32-bit MCU packages

May 15, 2013 5:39 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its Arduino compatible chipKIT platform ecosystem, with new tools from Digilent, Inc., the Fair Use Building and Research (FUBAR) Labs, and Schmalz Haus LLC. These new tools are based on Microchip’s 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs) in prototyping-friendly

Kit helps developers gain fast entry into the world of embedded ARM processors

May 10, 2013 11:25 am | Kontron | Product Releases | Comments

Kontron announced the ready-to-use SMARC Starterkit. The kit offers developers fast entry into the world of embedded ARM processors, which is now highly scalable owing to SMARC Computer-on-Modules. The kit comes in a sturdy transport case, has all the cables already connected and is

Starter Kit speeds up choosing and commissioning the optimum drive

May 10, 2013 11:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

With its new StarterKit, Nanotec Electronic is helping companies choosing and commission the optimum drive. Various motor settings can be tested, and different operating modes such as open loop and closed loop can be

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