|3-31-10: NASA PROBES TOYOTA/ LINUX: FREE AT LAST?/ MCUS: $12B IN 2010|
It has been a good news/sort-of-bad news kind of week so far. The
good news is that Databeans is expecting MCU sales this year to will grow 11 percent
to $12 billion, and SCO's claim
owns the Linux copyright has been turned down. The "sort of"
news is that NASA has been called about Toyota's stuck
However, while bad for Toyota, this should be considered good news for
the rest of us, if it forces embedded systems developers to re-evaluate
the tools and methodologies used to ensure software code quality.
Relecting Databean's optimistic estimate, embedded
hardware and software product introductions are accelerating in the
weeks leading up to the Embedded
Systems Conference, including: an online PSoC device selection tool,
powerline communication device from Cypress, an Android 4G toolkit
from D2/Beceem, an iPod/iPhone
accessory development kit from Microchip, Java support tools for
multi-touch interfaces from Stantum/IS2T and EnSilica's new soft processor core developer kit.
For a more quantifiable evaluation of the embedded systems market,
check out "The
results for 2010 are in!" in which Rich Nass assesses some
the results from the 2010 Embedded Market Study.
For a good technical read, check out the design articles on PCI Express I/O
virtualization, network I/O
virtualization with flow-aware processor architectures and
achieving better LCD
TV power supply
efficiency. And for more information on the tools you will
to improve your software development practices, read "Software problems
are also software opportunities." Good reading!! - Bernard Cole,
(Editor's Note: Come to the ESC. In this one-minute video, Rich
Nass, conference editorial director, summarizes what
the Embedded Systems Conference offers for engineers: stay up-to-date
industry while updating your skill set.)
| TOP INDUSTRY NEWS|
Report: Microcontroller market to grow to $12 billion in 2010|
The microcontrollers market will likely exceed a value of $12 billion for 2010, according to a market research firm.
NEWS - NASA enlisted to study Toyota throttles|
U.S. automotive safety regulators have enlisted NASA scientists to help solve the mystery surrounding Toyota's electronic throttles.
NEWS - Jury says SCO does not own copyright on Linux|
A jury in a Salt Lake City Federal court ruled that Novell, not the SCO Group, owns the copyrights to the Unix operating system, at least temporarily protecting a wide range of Linux users whom SCO claimed owned it royalties.
NEWS - Cypress debuts online PSoC 3/PSoC 5 Device Selection Tool|
New Electronic Product Selector Guide Accelerates Selection of PSoC Programmable Analog and Digital Peripherals
| #INCLUDE by Rich Nass|
The results for 2010 are in!|
The 2010 Embedded Market Study is complete and tallied. Big surprises? Yes and no.
| THE EDITOR'S COMMENTARY by Bernard Cole|
Editor's Commentary: Software problems are also software opportunities|
Software problems are also opportunities, if not for Toyota, at least to the rest of the industry, especially if it makes everyone stop and re-evaluate the tools and methods they employ to assess and ensure the quality and reliability of the software code they produce.
| BREAK POINT by Jack Ganssle|
A Half Century of TIROS|
TIROS 1, the first weather satellite, was launched 50 years ago.
| NEWS FEATURES/COMMENTARY|
Designing With ARM--Looking back and looking forward|
EE Times' Group virtual conference teaches engineers the proper design techniques when deploying an ARM-based system.
Find out what's inside a life-changing gadget|
The FitBit is a $99 device that (hopefully) has life-altering effects. See what makes it tick at ESC.
| EDITOR'S TOP PICKS by Bernard Cole, Embedded.com Editor|
Using PCI Express I/O Virtualization to pool network switch/server blade resources|
Here's how to use virtualization to allow physical network I/O switch and server blade hardware to be pooled and shared across multiple applications while maintaining the standard access and execution models for operating systems and applications.
Network I/O Virtualization and the Need for Network I/O Coprocessors|
Programmable, stateful, flow-aware processor architectures capable of providing 40Gbps of L2-L7 network I/O can help remove the bottlenecks in highly virtualized multicore systems.
| PRODUCT HOW-TO ARTICLES|
PRODUCT HOW-TO: How self-timing voltage detection can improve LCD TV power supply efficiency |
How to achieve the high power conversion efficiency in consumer electronics designs such as LCD TVs using a self-timing voltage detection synchronous MOSFET control scheme based on the ZXGD3101 synchronous controller.
| TOP PRODUCT PICKS by Bernard Cole, Embedded.com Editor|
NEWS - Cypress introduces industry's first programmable PLCs|
Cypress has launched the industry's first programmable PLCs that enable reliable transmission of command and control data over both high and low voltage power lines with no new wires.
HARDWARE TOOLS - Microchip development kits speed accessory designs for iPod and iPhone|
Microchip Technology Inc. offers three new development kits that enable the rapid design of accessories for iPod and iPhone using Microchip's PIC microcontrollers. The kits provide examples of the hardware and software required to implement applications such as digital-audio sound systems, docking stations and many new accessories that can leverage the infrastructure for iPod and iPhone.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - D2 and Beceem offer 4G Android toolkit|
Beceem Communications and D2 Technologies have announced a reference design for Android mobile devices that delivers 4G VoIP services with seamless multi-radio and multi-standard call handover between 4G and 3G networks.
SOFTWARE TOOLS: EnSilica updates eSi-RISC development suite|
EnSilica (Wokingham, UK), a provider of front-end IC design services, has launched a updated version of its eSi-RISC Development Suite. Version 2.1 provides a platform for evaluating the company's family of eSi-RISC configurable and low-power soft processor cores, along with a complete development environment for the creation, implementation and test of eSi-RISC processor embedded application designs.
HARDWARE TOOLS: Java support for multi-touch interfaces|
Stantum (Bordeaux, France) and IS2T SA (Nantes, France) have teamed up to enhance multi-touch technology on constrained devices, providing the ability to design human-machine interfaces for embedded devices with microprocessors providing computation performances as low as 40 MIPS.
| GANSSLE'S EMBEDDED POLL|
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