TI announces MSP430 MCUs for e-metering applications Product News 6/30/2009 Post a comment In support of three-phase e-metering applications, Texas Instruments Incorporated has unveiled the ultra-low power MSP430F471xx microcontroller (MCU) series. The F471xx system-on-chip metering solution offers simultaneous sampling of voltage and current as well as tamper-detection for efficient and reliable energy measurement.
Jobs go but new processors coming at ARC Product News 6/30/2009 Post a comment ARC International (St Albans, England) is to lay off 35 employees and close several of its locations in a major restructuring that sees the licensor of multimedia IP cores reduced to 115 direct staff, excluding its Adaptive Chips joint venture in India. The company also revealed it is readying a new processing range that will be launched in November.
Forte beefs up high-level synthesis tool Product News 6/29/2009 1 comment High-level synthesis EDA vendor Forte Design Systems has commenced volume shipments of the latest version of its Cynthesizer SystemC synthesis software for hardware and electronic system level design.
Altera rolls low power, anti-tamper FPGAs Product News 6/29/2009 Post a comment Altera this week is rolling out a new product family, Cyclone III LS, billed by the company as the industry's first low power FPGAs with anti-tamper, design-security and design-separation features.
Mentor adds support for control logic to Catapult C Product News 6/29/2009 Post a comment EDA vendor Mentor Graphics announced extensions to its Catapult C Synthesis tool to support full-chip high-level synthesis, a move billed by company executives as the most significant enhancements to Catapult C since the tool was introduced in 2004.
Schurter : Piezo keypads resist extreme conditions Product News 6/29/2009 Post a comment With a range of piezo keypads, Schurter provides key panels that are impervious to all kinds of dirt and fluids. The keypads are particularly suitable for use in outdoor applications due to their ability to resist extreme ambient conditions such as negative temperatures, ice and snow.
Zocalo zips assertions with Zazz Product News 6/24/2009 Post a comment Zocalo Tech is shipping Zazza software tool with a graphical user interface that provides productivity gains and ease of use over manual instantiation of assertion checkers in IC designs.
200 MHz PXI Express digital instrument and high-bandwidth chassis optimize automated test Product News 6/24/2009 Post a comment National Instruments has introduced two 32-channel PXI Express-based digital instruments and an eight-slot high-bandwidth PXI Express 3U chassis for advanced automated test applications. The PXIe-6544/45 selectable-voltage digital waveform generator/analyzers optimize test applications by supporting clock rates of up to 100 and 200 MHz, respectively, while the PXIe-6545 provides typical streaming rates of 660 MB/s.
PCB Piezotronics : MEMS accelerometers measure high-g shock events Product News 6/24/2009 Post a comment PCB series 3991/3501 MEMS shock accelerometers represent state-of-the-art technology for miniature, high-amplitude, dc response acceleration sensors, capable of measuring long duration transient motion, as well as responding to and surviving extremely fast rise times typical of high-g shock events.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times