MEMs

Single-Board RIO

National Instruments (Austin, TX) now offers NI Single- Board RIO devices for deploying embedded control and data acquisition applications. The eight sbRIO- 96xx devices combine an embedded real-time processor, reconfigurable field-protgrammable gate array (FPGA), and analog and digital I/O on a single printed circuit board (PCB). They are suitable for applications that require flexibility, high performance, and reliability in a small form factor.

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High-Speed Development Tool

The MPLAB® ICD 3 from Micro - chip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) is a cost-effective, high-speed development tool that supports in-circuit programming and debugging of Microchip's Flash-based 8-bit PIC® microcontrollers (MCUs), 16- and 32- bit MCUs, and 16-bit dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). With robust system capabilities and high-speed circuitry, the MPLAB ICD 3 offers full compatibility with the MPLAB In - tegrated Develop ment En vironment (IDE), and exceptional programming speed and reliability. The MPLAB ICD 3 can easily connect to target boards for quick device programming.

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Wireless Ethernet Port Adapters

Based either on Bluetooth or Wireless LAN 802.11 technology, the Rugged Ethernet Port Adapters from connectBlue (Chicago, IL) are well suited for all Ethernet-based devices and systems in need of wireless connectivity. The products improve wireless coexistence without damaging the Bluetooth conformity or the interoperability with other devices. Built-in antennas use a unique radiation pattern. The products optimize the installation process and lower installation costs in demanding applications.

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Standalone LXI Digitizers

Agilent Technologies Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) now offers standalone high-resolution digitizers with LXI connectivity for R&D and manufacturing engineers. The Agilent L4532A 2- channel and L4534A 4-channel digitizers are high-performance LXI digitizers that offer simultaneous sampling at up to 20 MS/s, and with 16-bit resolution. The digitizers have robust input channel, high-performance analog-to-digital (A/D) design, and onboard measurements. The onboard measurements save post-processing time and minimize the need to transfer and store large amounts of data. The isolated input channels can measure up to ±250V, and are designed to handle demanding applications requiring electromechanical device control for product test or characterization.

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Embedded Database

Empress Software (Beltsville, MD) has announced that the Empress Ultra Embedded Database V10.20 works on Windows 7 Beta. Windows 7 Beta is Microsoft's next-generation operating system for PC users. The embedded database features an Intel Atom board with 2GB of memory. Empress V10.20 for Windows functions after adding Java, Visual Studio 2005, Cygwin, and Firefox.

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OpenVPX

For 25 years, the VME architecture defined COTS systems that met the demand for increases in computing and connectivity. Successive generations of new processors provided more and more compute cycles, while VME bandwidth evolved in a similar fashion from 40 Mbytes/s on the original VMEbus to 80 Mbytes/s, then 160 Mbytes/s and finally 320 Mbytes/s on 2eSST.

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Secure Software Flashing

More and more devices in our modern world come with a multitude and variety of embedded systems. An obvious example of this trend is today’s vehicles, which have dozens of electronic control units (ECUs) that control everything from the air conditioning and electric windows to the engine and brake system. Several ECUs allow downloading of updated program and data code via a boot loader. Such software might be a control unit firmware update for fixing bugs, for improving features, or for downloading data such as additional multimedia files. The first case is also called a software download or simply flashing (since flash memory is updated). The download might be performed directly over a diagnostic channel or another available communication channel such as Bluetooth and GSM.

Posted in: Articles, Articles, Electronics & Computers, Cyber security, Electronic control units, Embedded software, Vehicle networking, Maintenance, Repair and Service Operations
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Cloud Computing: What Are the Networking Implications?

The growth of data centers and the concept of infrastructure as a service is leading to significant focus on cloud computing architectures. Pundits have proclaimed cloud computing as the ultimate merger of information technology with communication. The promise of cloud computing is immense — it aims to create a virtual world of applications, giving the user an unparalleled computational power using a simple front-end and a decently fast broadband connection.

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The Physics of Failure: Predicting Reliability in Electronic Components

A lot has been written about Moore's Law and the potential limitations of semiconductor design and manufacturing in the future. Can we really continue to double the number of transistors on a given-sized die every eighteen months? For the last 30 years, Moore's Law has held, but, we may be seeing the real limitations to future semiconductor development and to Moore's Law — severely shortened operational lifetimes of advanced chips. That, in turn, creates massive reliability problems for critical embedded systems in the future.

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Heterogeneous System-on-a-Chip for Self-Powered Wireless Sensor Networks

A new dimension of system architecture design is emerging where hundreds to thousands of ultralight (

Posted in: Briefs, Electronics & Computers, Architecture, Integrated circuits, Remote sensing, Sensors and actuators, Wireless communication systems
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