News 2008.09.28

VDC Research Group Publishes Embedded Engineering Survey Data for 2008
With the increasing complexity of embedded software and hardware designs, VDC’s 2008 survey of Embedded Engineering professionals provides insight into the behavior, opinions, and demographics of embedded engineers, the degree to which embedded system engineering tasks are converging, and key system engineering trends likely to impact embedded systems manufacturers and solution providers over the short and long term.

Kontron Debuts ETX-DC Computer-on-Module with Intel Atom Processor N270
The long-life ETX® 3.0 Computer-on-Module family of products (95 x 114mm) has a 45nm newcomer: The new Kontron ETX-DC Computer-on-Module, based on the 1.6 GHz Intel® Atom[tm] processor N270 that Intel® today incorporated into the Embedded Roadmap, thereby ensuring 7 years long lifecycle support. The Kontron ETX®-DC Computer-on-Module delivers an optimal balance between excellent performance and very low power.

Sirius PXA270 Reference Design Supports Windows CE 6.0 R2
e-con Systems Inc., a leading Embedded Design Services company based out of St Louis, USA & Chennai, India announced e-con announces support of Windows CE 6.0 R2 on its PXA270 reference design – Sirius. The Sirius reference design is e-con’s flagship product which is based on PXA270 processor and can be used as a development kit for multiple purposes including customized product design, establishing POC (proof of concept), R&D, application development etc.

ON Semiconductor Unveils AMIS-30511, AMIS-30512 Stepper Motor Designs
ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) has announced that the company has extended its bipolar stepper motor control family to include two new Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) versions of a motor driver capable of peak currents up to 800 milliamp (mA) and for use with an external microcontroller for added flexibility. The AMIS-30511 and AMIS-30512 eliminate the need for many external components, reducing system cost and bill of materials (BOM).

National Instruments, WisyTech Team on WiMAX Toolkit for LabVIEW
National Instruments announced its collaboration with WisyTech, a wireless systems specialty spin-off of Italy’s National Research Council and Politecnico di Milano and partnership with ATE integrator Alfautomazione, on a forthcoming WiMAX toolkit for the NI LabVIEW graphical system design platform. The plug-in toolkit extends the ease-of-use of LabVIEW graphical programming to engineers and scientists developing WiMAX RF compliant devices, semiconductors, base stations and customer premises equipment.

Corelis Announces Free JTAG Boundary-Scan Training
Corelis announced that there is now an expanded free three-day Boundary-Scan/JTAG training program at their company headquarters in Cerritos, California, for clients who require a comprehensive introduction and/or review of Boundary-Scan basics and hands-on experience generating and running tests. This program is in addition to free half-day seminars Corelis holds regularly at various venues domestically and internationally.

Enea Becomes Founding Member of Innovative Centre for Embedded Systems
Enea® (Nordic Exchange/Small Cap/ENEA) announced that it has joined the Innovative Centre for Embedded Systems (ICES) as one of the founding members. Started by the KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm on September 3, the ICES is a collaboration between academia and industry aimed at elevating the state of the art in embedded system design.

Leica Geosystems Offers High Definition Surveying Webcast
How can companies break into the groundbreaking world of High Definition Surveying (HDS) without assuming unnecessary risk? It is a legitimate question many companies are asking in these economically challenging times, and it is one that Shane Loyd, President of land surveying company RLS Group, will address during a special HDS Webcast offered by Leica Geosystems entitled “High Definition Surveying: A Leap of Faith or a Competitive Advantage During a Down Economy?”

Ethernet Direct Rolls Out IRE-800EC Industrial Redundant Ring Switch
Ethernet Direct Corporation is pleased to offer a uniquely designed Industrial 8-port Ethernet Switch, IRE-800EC with extended temperature, conformal coating technology and supporting Modbus over TCP. The Iguana series IRE-800EC is an eight port Industrial Ethernet Real-Time Redundant Ring Switch engineered for mission critical, the devices installed need to assure reliable 24×7 operations.

Digi-Key Sponsors DLP-232PC Design Contest
Digi-Key Corporation announced that it has joined with Future Technology Devices International, Ltd. in the sponsorship of DLP Design’s DLP-232PC Design Contest. Engineers worldwide are invited to pit their design skills against their colleagues to come up with the smallest, lowest-cost, and most innovative design using DLP’s tiny USB-to-microcontroller module. The DLP-232PC offers 14 I/O channels (eight can be configured for analog input) and USB communication with a host PC at up to 460K baud.

Sundance to Showcase DSP/ FPGA Multiprocessor Systems PXIe Solutions
Sundance announced that it will be debuting a range of PXI Express products at the Embedded Systems Show, 1st – 2nd October in Birmingham, UK. Supporting the Company’s PXI Express product roll-out will be Kane Computing a specialist provider of image processing, DSP and high performance computing (HPC) solutions. PXI Express support strengthens the penetration of Sundance products into target markets where PXI standards conformance and rugged design are a prerequisite.

All Flex Acquisitions to Present Flexible Circuits at Electronica
All Flex Acquisitions, LLC will present the product line including flexible circuits that are single sided, double sided, and multilayer up to six layers at the International electronics trade show “electronica” on November 11 to 14, 2008, in Munich (Germany). At booth 252 in hall C3 the enterprise, with headquarters and manufacturing site in Northfield, MN, US, presents flexible heaters – the new product highlight.

HMG-828 Industrial Managed Gigabit Switch Drives Car Factory Automation
Ethernet Direct Corporation is pleased to share an application involving the most powerful Industrial Managed Gigabit switch HMG-828, an eight port 10/100TX + 2 port Gigabit copper with SFP ports. The complete Ethernet backbone of the car manufacturing plant works at gigabit speed. The Latin American plant consists of the following departments – R&D, manufacturing, assembly, component & casting, administration and others.