Electronics & Computers

The Evolution of Storage

The embedded computing industry is being inundated with changes to storage products driven by technological advancements, market forces and environmental concerns. The precipitous drop in solid-state flash drive (SSD) prices has enabled designers, previously turned off by the cost, to now consider solid state as an option over rotating hard disk drives (HDD). With that decision comes a serious list of performance benefits, including improvements in durability and security, which SSDs have over HDDs.

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Java Object-Oriented Embedded Database (ESC Booth 839)

McObject® (Issaquah, WA) has released Perst™, its all-Java object-oriented, open source embedded database that is compatible with the Android mobile device platform. Perst stores data directly in Java objects, eliminating the need for data-packing or unpacking code to map between the application's data model and the database's data model. Perst is a compact embedded database, with a core of only five thousand lines of code. This small footprint imposes little demand on system resources. Perst does not require administration and it supports transactions with the ACID (Atomic, Consistent, Isolated and Durable) properties.

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PCB Design Software

Sunstone Circuits (Mulino, OR) has released PCB123™ version 3.0, a complete circuit board design solution for the electronics design industry. PCB123 version 3.0's enhancements include real-time, bi-directional views of layout and schematic; full customization via the new PCB123 Software Development Kit; generation and updating of a dynamic bill of materials (BOM) as the user designs; and 3D design 'fly through' viewing features. As with previous versions, PCB123 version 3.0 is free.

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VME/VXS Board

Pentek, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has released its Model 4207 high-performance VME/VXS board for digital signal processing and data-acquisition systems. The new board employs Freescale's MPC8641D Dual Core PowerPC AltiVec™ Processor and a Xilinx Virtex-4 FX Series FPGA for custom programming and gigabit serial I/O. The PowerPC processors perform 128-bit parallel processing of multiple data elements and deliver DSP floating-point processing rates up to 12,000 GFLOPS.

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8-bit Microcontrollers with Flash (ESC Booth 916)

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) has announced two Baseline 8- bit Flash PIC® microcontrollers with non-volatile Flash Data Memory (FDM) in 8- and 14-pin packages. The microcontrollers have 41 bytes to 67 bytes of data RAM memory, an 8 MHz internal oscillator, a 1.125 ms Device Reset Timer (DRT), up to three channels of 8-bit Analog-to-Digital Conversion (ADC), and up to two comparators.

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32-bit Flash Microcontrollers (ESC Booth 306)

STMicroelectronics (Mansfield, TX) has released the STM32 Family of 32- bit Flash microcontrollers based on ARM® Cortex™—M3 core. The STM32 is offered in the STM32F103 performance line, with 72 MHz clock frequency for 32- bit devices, and the STM32F101 Access line, with 36 MHz clock frequency for 16- bit devices. Both lines offer 32K to 128K of embedded Flash memory. At 72 MHz executing from Flash, the STM32 consumes only 36mA.

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Video Application Processors (ESC Booth 3028)

Renesas Technology America, Inc. (San Jose, CA) has added two new application processors to the SH-Mobile series. The SH-MobileL3V2 offers additional video formats, high-resolution video capture, and enhanced functionality to control image quality. The smallpackage SH-MobileUL is suitable for use in mainstream mobile phone models. The processors support the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC and VC-1 movingimage compression standard.

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Network Appliance Board (ESC Booth 2110)

VIA Technologies, Inc. (Taipei, Taiwan) has released the VIA NAB 7500 network appliance board for network security or gateway applications, including Firewall, VPN, UTM, Anti-Virus, and Intrusion Prevention System products.

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Protection Schemes for Advanced Shipboard Electrical Systems

A research program has made progress toward the development of schemes for protection against faults in next-generation DC zonal shipboard electrical systems (DC SESs) and for configuration management in these systems to enable surviving parts of the systems to continue to distribute electric power to critical loads. Computational simulations of a representative prototype DC SES have shown that these schemes could afford protection at a system level (in contradistinction to a local level), thereby imparting, to the DC SES, an intended capability for self-healing.

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DC Power Converter for 200°C Containing SiC Transistors

A DC-to-DC power converter, nominally rated for a power of 180 W, an input potential of 28 V, an output potential of 270 V, and a maximum operating temperature of 200°C has been designed, built, and tested. This power converter serves as a prototype for further development of power converters required to be capable of operating in high-temperature environments in diverse settings, including automobile, aircraft, and spacecraft engines, and oil and gas wells.

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