Functional safety implementations in modern MCUs
Design How-To 3/22/2012 6 comments
Implementation of safety measures is on the rise in today’s automotive world in order to minimize the hazards in case of system malfunctions. Safety critical automotive operations need compliance with ISO 26262 (ASILx) and IEC 61508 (SILx) standards as their safe operation is directly linked to human and social safety.
XMOS launches developer partner program
News & Analysis 3/20/2012 Post a comment
XMOS has launched a new Partner Program, enabling companies to use XMOS devices and no-cost development tools as well as application code and reference designs to meet their exact product specifications.
ST, ST-Ericsson commit to SOI, says Soitec
News & Analysis 3/12/2012 5 comments
Soitec SA, a supplier of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers, has announced that mobile chip joint venture ST-Ericsson NV has selected planar fully depleted SOI (FD-SOI) technology for use with future mobile chips.
We teardown a Chevy Volt (exclusive videos)
Design How-To 3/12/2012 2 comments
What makes a Chevy Volt tick (and whirr and hum) is revealed in these videos where the car was taken apart over three days—quality, ruggedness, and modularity for incorporating future technology are apparent.
Atmel extends popular AVR MCU family
Product News 3/12/2012 Post a comment
14 new devices deliver wider design opportunities to broad range of application areas including consumer electronics, capacitive touch, utility metering, home automation, and medical…
NFC chip to coordinate multiple NFC secure apps on smartphones
Product News 3/11/2012 Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has unveiled its second-generation Near Field Communications (NFC) controller, the ST21NFCA, claimed to support all NFC use cases. The chip is able to coordinate multiple NFC secure apps stored in several secure locations, such as the SWP-SIM and SWP-microSD Card or Embedded Secure Element.
ST-Ericsson loses CTO
News & Analysis 3/9/2012 5 comments
Joergen Lantto, executive vice president and chief technology officer, at struggling mobile chip joint venture ST-Ericsson has decided to return to parent company Ericsson. ST-Ericsson did not state what post Lantto will hold at Ericsson.
MIT makes Hornet multicore simulator power aware
Research 3/9/2012 4 comments
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a software simulator, called Hornet, that they claim models the cycle-accurate performance of multicore chips and scales up to 1,000 of cores.
EIS simplifies battery measurement and characterization
Design How-To 3/5/2012 3 comments
Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is increasingly important for measuring and characterizing batteries and other electrochemical systems. This non-invasive measurement method can be exploited not only in modeling energy storage such as batteries and fuel cells, but also in basic battery research and diagnostics.
ISO 26262 cuts electronics complexity risks: Pt. 2- Design for robustness
Design How-To 3/2/2012 Post a comment
Future development and integration of automotive safety functions will strengthen the need to have safe system development processes and to provide evidence that all reasonable safety objectives are satisfied. ISO 26262 provides guidance to reduce these risks to a tolerable level by providing feasible requirements and processes.
Updated: Parting shots from MWC 2012
News & Analysis 3/1/2012 3 comments
The outlook for cellular networks is mixed with slow growth expected for LTE roll outs taking diverse approaches to keep pace with a burgeoning set of devices.