New on EDA Blog – 2007.09.21

Wireless Serial RapidIO Podcast
Check out the recent RapidIO Radio podcast, “Applying the Serial RapidIO Technology to the Wireless Infrastructure.” The podcast features Chunhua Hu, senior applications engineer at Texas Instruments. The presentation is a discussion of how Serial RapidIO technology brings substantial benefits to the wireless infrastructure market and lowers OEM’s development risks. In addition, the podcast reviews how RapidIO technology can simplify system design and ultimately reduce time-to-market and system costs.

IMEC Develops Energy Harvester
IMEC has fabricated an energy harvester to generate energy from mechanical vibrations by using micromachining technology. Output power was as high as 40 micro-Watts, which is the range of required power for wireless sensor applications. The harvester comes with a model that can be used to optimize the device during design.

Virtual System Prototyping Tools Growing
According to research published by Venture Development Corporation, virtual system prototyping/simulation tools are the fastest growing segment of the ESL tools market. With the complexity of both hardware and software growing significantly, the challenge of designing and testing software earlier in the design process is becoming an increasingly significant factor, especially in cases where the hardware environment may be extremely complex and/or not yet available. In addition to the continued use of physical prototyping, VDC expects an increased use of virtual prototyping methods as a strategy for developing software more efficiently and validating software/hardware interaction earlier in the design process.

Wi-Fi RFID Tag Market
According to In-Stat, Wi-Fi RFID tag shipments will grow at over 100% annually through 2010. Businesses are helping fuel the growth. Wi-Fi RFID enables businesses to leverage their existing Wi-Fi investments for asset tracking. In the past, the short battery life of asset tags has been an area of concern. However, multi-year battery life will be a reality in the future.