Embedded

Kontron looks to reduce costs of ultra-low power SFF systems

Kontron has introduced ULP-COM standards-based Computer-on-Modules to help embedded OEMs drive down the system costs for ultra-low power SFF (small form factor) solutions. Kontron"s expanded ULP-COM portfolio has been designed to provide a highly scalable building block for the cost-effective development of energy-efficient mobile devices. Featuring an extremely low TDP (Thermal Design Power), the Kontron ULP-COM-sA3874i is suited for space-constrained, fanless and harsh environment applications.

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Blue Chip Technology launches innovative range of integrated touchscreen computers

The industrial and embedded computer manufacturer Blue Chip Technology has announced the launch of its new Alpha range of advanced integrated touchscreen computers. Designed to be compact and attractive, the new Alpha range offers engineers a fast track product platform for any embedded system requiring a feature rich touch screen display, considerable processing power, ultra low power consumption and a robust performance.

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Altera announces industry’s first FPGA support for OpenCL

Altera Corporation has unveiled the FPGA industry’s first Software Development Kit (SDK) for OpenCL (Open Computing Language) which combines the parallel architecture of an FPGA with the OpenCL parallel programming model. The SDK allows system developers and programmers familiar with C to develop high-performance, power-efficient FPGA-based applications in a high-level language. The Altera SDK for OpenCL enables FPGAs to work in concert with the host processor to accelerate parallel computation, at a fraction of the power compared to hardware alternatives.

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Kontron launches first 10G/1G rugged ethernet switch modules for high-availability switches

Kontron has introduced the world"s first 10G/1G Ethernet Switch Core Modules providing all essential interfaces on a standardised footprint. The ESC1600/ESC2404 Modules are the first of a series of application-ready Ethernet switching building blocks, that will enable developers of individual high-performance switches to drastically save on development costs.

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NXP unveils “Agile I/O” with I2C dramatically reducing bill of materials

NXP Semiconductors has unveiled a new family of 8-bit and 16-bit GPIO devices featuring “Agile I/O” – an innovative option integrating the most commonly needed functions in embedded systems. The GPIOs expand the two wires of the I2C-bus into 8 or 16 general-purpose I/O pins that can interface to keyboards, switches, LEDs, displays, or even stepping motors, saving valuable pins on the microprocessor or custom ASIC. The Agile I/O GPIO expanders help to reduce the bill of materials (BoM) by eliminating external components and minimising the PCB space required, and simplify firmware development by capturing real-time events and eliminating software latencies, thus improving reliability.

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XMOS launches new tools and IP offering for embedded applications

Bristol based XMOS has launched the xTIMEcomposer Studio development environment and xSOFTip IP library. The new IP and design flow have been designed to increase the market reach of XMOS’ xCORE multicore microcontrollers, allowing the company to address a broader range of embedded applications that demand real time performance beyond the capabilities of traditional microcontrollers (MCUs).

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Wind River adds Yocto Project to Auto IVI software platform

Wind River, the embedded and mobile software developer, has added Yocto Project components into Wind River Platform for Infotainment which means that customers can now quickly build a GENIVI-compliant automotive in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) platform based on the Yocto Project development infrastructure and take advantage of open source for its capability for rapid innovation.

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Kontron launches ARM-based ultra-low power module

Kontron has launched its first ultra-low power, low profile ARM-based Computer-on-Module specifically designed to extend the Computer-on-Modules-based usage model to new modules with ARM and SoC processors. The Kontron Computer-on-Module, designated the Kontron ULP-COM-sAT30, offers a low profile solution that measures 82mm x 50mm and integrates NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad Core ARM 1.2 GHz technology.

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Blue Chip launches a new generation of ‘Tiny Computer Boards’

UK based computer board manufacturer Blue Chip Technology has announced the launch of the RM3, an ultra-small format single board computer whose features includes dual high resolution independent displays. The company is describing the launch as the start of a new generation of "Tiny Computer Boards". The RM3 (RISC Module 3) is, according to the company, considered to represent a new standard for single board computers, offering a feature rich and powerful hardware solution within a very small footprint.

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AMP unveils industry leading HDAV2000 for advanced video and audio capture

Advanced Micro Peripherals (AMP), a designer and developer of high quality embedded video solutions, has unveiled the HDAV2000, an ultra-low latency, high definition H264 codec. Built on established AMP technology, the HDAV2000 encodes video to industry standard H.264 format and delivers high video compression ratios together with unprecedented ultra-low latency performance.

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