Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the TMS320C2000 Piccolo microcontroller (MCU) DC/DC LED Developer’s Kit. The Piccolo microcontroller kit helps developers add dimming, color tone adjustment, power line communication, and fault detection features to LED designs. The TI LED developer kit includes all of the open source hardware and software needed to jumpstart design of energy-efficient LED electronics, including backlighting, street lighting and building automation lighting. The TMS320C2000 Piccolo MCU DC/DC LED Developer’s Kit (part number: TMDSDCDCLEDKIT) is now available and priced at $379.
Kontron announced the nanoETXexpress Starterkit for the latest VxWorks platform. The starter kit is pre-configured with the Kontron nanoETXexpress-SP Computer-on-Module, featuring the Intel Atom Z530 (1.6GHz) processor, and is validated by the Wind River Partner Validation Program for use with VxWorks. The Kontron nanoETXexpress-SP Starterkit for VxWorks helps developers to address critical issues such as integration costs, time-to-market, and long-term support, right from the start of platform evaluation.
The TPS92010 LED-lamp Reference Board is a LED lighting driver reference board developed by Texas Instruments (TI) and Lemnis Lighting. The board can help speed adoption of energy-saving retrofit LED light bulbs. The TPS92010 LED-lamp Reference Board will be available in mid-second quarter and is priced at $49.95. It includes a user’s guide that contains the schematics, bill of materials, and test results needed to design a dimmable LED lamp.
IAR Systems introduced version 5.41 of the IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM. The latest version is highly optimized for code size and increased execution speed. The IAR Embedded Workbench version 5.41 performs up to 13% better on CoreMark benchmarks for Cortex-M0 compared to the previous version of IAR Embedded Workbench. IAR Embedded Workbench is compatible with other ARM EABI compliant compilers and over twelve ARM cores.
Wind River rolled up version 1.1 of the Wind River Hypervisor embedded virtualization solution for single and multicore processors. Wind River Hypervisor v1.1 supports the latest Intel processors and enables new inter-virtual machine communication capabilities. In addition, debugging of virtual boards is now supported by the latest version of Wind River On-Chip Debugging.
Microchip Technology introduced the PICDEM Inductive Touch Development Kit, which is an evaluation and development platform for Microchip’s Inductive Touch technology. The PICDEM Inductive Touch Development Kit features a fully-developed inductive-touch board, complete with embossed metal front panel, source code, schematics and a diagnostic software tool that enables designers to evaluate their application. The kit is available for for $69.99.
The MS7724 is the first product in the Renesas Multimedia Solution line of system development Linux platforms. Each features an SH-Mobile R Series application processor; provides enhanced functionality, reduced cost, and greater compactness than previous evaluation and development boards; and includes Linux software necessary for system development in a single package. The first product to be released is the MS7724 platform for the SH-Mobile R2R (SH7724). Shipments began last month in Japan.
Microchip Technology introduced the dsPICDEM MCHV Development System (for high-voltage motors) and the dsPICDEM MCSM Development Board (for stepper motors). The development tools enable rapid designs using dsPIC digital signal controllers (DSCs). Both tools are available today. The dsPICDEM MCHV Development System (part # DM330023) is $650. The dsPICDEM MCSM Development Board (part # DM330022) is $129.99, and is also available as the dsPICDEM MCSM Development Kit (part # DV330021, $269.99), which includes a stepper motor and 24-volt power supply.
Freescale Semiconductor introduced two interchangeable peripheral modules and 8- and 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) modules for the Tower System development platform. The advanced peripheral modules offer developers 802.11b Wi-Fi and rapid prototyping functionality. The newest MCU modules support Freescale’s MCF5225X 32-bit ColdFire MCU and MC9S08LL64 8-bit MCU. The Tower System provides a comprehensive and highly customizable embedded design environment that allows developers to mix and match MCU and peripheral boards to create reconfigurable development platforms that suit their design needs. Interchangeable modules promote reuse of hardware across multiple architectures, which helps speed time to market. The modular design scales down overall tool costs, while providing an inexpensive entry point.
Texas Instruments introduced the eZ430-Chronos customizable development environment within a sports watch. The kit enables developers to easily harness the leading integration, ultra-low power, and wireless capabilities of TI’s CC430 microcontroller (MCU). Chronos is designed to provide engineers with all of the hardware and software needed to immediately begin development of wireless networking applications, regardless of programming expertise. The eZ430-Chronos kit is priced at $49.