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Analog Devices BF518F FMC Development Kit

The Analog Devices BF518F FMC Development Kit is a VITA57 compatible development platform. The BF518F FMC Development Kit features the Analog Devices Blackfin BF518F processor and runs the Microsoft .NET Micro Framework operating system. The Analog Devices BF518F FMC Development Kit is available from Avnet for $349 – or $499 with the add-on debug agent board. Orders can be placed now with shipments beginning in early 2010. The kit is ideal for use in embedded industrial automation applications where low power and convergent processing are essential.

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Atmel SAM9G45-EK Evaluation Kit

Atmel introduced the SAM9G45-EK evaluation kit to support application development on their 400 MHz ARM926-based embedded microprocessor (MPU) with DDR2 memory. The SAM9G45 offers 480 Mbps EHCI-compliant high-speed USB with on-chip PHY, Ethernet and SDIO for high-speed connectivity, plus LCD and touch sensing for intelligent user-interfaces (iUIs), and programmable 1.8 or 3.3 V I/O supply voltage implemented in a high-data bandwidth architecture with a dual EBI. The SAM9G45 evaluation kit (AT91SAM9G45-EKES) is available now for $750 (USD) for single unit quantities.

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EMMA Mobile – DA9052 Platform for Portable Devices and Smartphones

Dialog Semiconductor has teamed with NEC Electronics Corporation (NEC Electronics) to develop a design platform based on NEC Electronics’ multimedia processor system-on-chips (SoCs) and Dialog’s power management platform ICs. The design platform combines NEC Electronics’ EMMA Mobile 1 application processor with Dialog’s DA9052 configurable power management platform integrated circuit (PMIC) to optimize performance and extend the battery life of portable devices. The solution enables designers to rapidly create differentiated portable devices that exploit advances in power management.

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Texas Instruments C5505 eZdsp USB Stick Development Tool

Texas Instruments launched the TMS320VC5505 eZdsp USB stick development tool. The C5505 eZdsp USB stick drops the cost of a full-featured emulator and integrated development platform down to $49. This enables rapid creation of DSP applications including portable audio players, voice recorders, IP phones, portable medical devices, biometric USB keys, software defined radios (SDRs), hands-free headsets, and metering applications. According to Texas Instruments, the TMS320VC5505 eZdsp USB stick development tool is the industry’s lowest cost DSP tool.

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Embedded Artists LPC3141 Developer Kit

Embedded Artists introduced the LPC3141 Developer’s Kit. The LPC3141 Developer’s Kit is a ready to use platform that will let engineers explore the features of the NXP LPC314x microcontrollers. The kit features Linux support, large on-board RAM and Flash, networking and graphics capabilities. Using Embedded Artists’ LPC3141 Developers’ Kit as a prototyping platform makes it possible for embedded designers to focus on the value-added application. The kit includes all the software components needed to get up and running with software development on day one. It is easy to transfer the application and the OEM Board from the prototyping environment into the embedded designer’s final target application.

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MicroEJ Software Evaluation Kit for Embedded Artists LPC2478 Developer Kit

IS2T and Embedded Artist introduced MicroEJ Software Evaluation Kit for Embedded Artists’ LPC2478 Developer’s Kit. IS2T Java platforms offer embedded application developers a small memory footprint, high speed Java engine with optimized software library bundles. Total memory requirements for a typical LPC2478 based application with graphic LCD display and connectivity is 64 KBytes of SRAM for data and 256 KBytes of flash for program memory. MicroEJ Software Evaluation Kit will help software developers of real-time systems reduce development cost by a factor of five while producing high code quality.

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Microchip Graphics Display Designer, PICtail Plus Daughter Board

Microchip Technology introduced the Graphics Display Designer software tool and Graphics PICtail Plus Daughter Board with 3.2″ Display Kit. The Graphics Display Designer software tool enables designers to visually create screens on a computer and then auto-generate the code that draws these screens for use with the free Microchip Graphics Library. The Graphics PICtail Plus Daughter helps engineers to cost-effectively evaluate Microchip’s graphics solutions and develop embedded graphics display applications. With the new development tools, developers can quickly integrate graphics display functions into embedded applications using a single microcontroller, reducing development risk, total system cost and time to market.

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IAR Embedded Workbench, PowerPac Support Atmel ARM Cortex-M3 SAM3U MCU

IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM and IAR PowerPac for ARM now supports the Atmel ARM Cortex-M3-based SAM3U microcontroller (MCU) family. IAR Systems has added new configuration files, flash loaders and project examples to IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM for Atmel’s new SAM3U Cortex-M3 based microcontroller. The device specific support makes it quick and easy to get started with a project and enables designers to concentrate on application development tasks.

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IAR KickStart Kit for NXP LPC1768 ARM Cortex-M3

IAR Systems unveiled the IAR KickStart Kit for NXP Semiconductor LPC1768 ARM Cortex-M3 devices. The IAR KickStart Kit includes IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM, example applications to speed up development of LPC1768 designs, a development board fitted with the microcontroller, evaluation editions of IAR PowerPac for ARM, IAR visualSTATE, and a separate IAR J-Link debug probe for ARM. The kit is available now with a list price of $349 (€ 270).

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Electrocardiogram, Digital Stethoscope, Pulse Oximeter Development Kits

Texas Instruments created the first medical development kit (MDK) with a complete signal chain and software offering for multiple medical diagnostic and patient monitoring applications. The three medical development tool kits are based on TI’s TMS320VC5505 digital signal processor (DSP). The MDKs are ideal for the development of these portable medical devices like electrocardiograms (ECG), digital stethoscopes, and pulse oximeter products.

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