Digi International announced the programmable XBee-PRO ZB ZigBee module for ZigBee application development. The programmable XBee-PRO ZB enables application development without risk because the wireless software is isolated. The XBee-PRO ZB features an 8-bit Freescale SO8 microprocessor and offers an outdoor RF line-of-sight range of up to one mile. Programmable XBee-PRO ZB development kits will be available in April 2010 for $299.
Concurrent Technologies introduced the SY VPX/3×3 low-cost, off the shelf, 3U OpenVPX Development Systems. The SY VPX/3×3 consists of the SY VPX/303 and SY VPX/313. Each Development System is a free-standing 3U VPX chassis with a backplane supporting a controller slot and two peripheral slots. The SY VPX/3×3 systems come preconfigured with either an Intel Atom or an Intel Core 2 Duo processor board, each with a x4 PCI Express fabric to the two peripheral slots. Both systems include a 3U VPX Mass Storage module, which leaves the third VPX slot available for an additional board.
Sigasi HDT is an Intelligent Development Environment (IDE) for VHDL. The design tool will be available on January 13, 2010. Pricing will be €499 for a one year, single seat subscription license. In the mean time, the tool continues to be available for free in the public beta program. Existing beta customers are offered a discount and will be upgraded automatically. Sigasi HDT will be sold, distributed and supported over the internet, using the same infrastructure that has been employed since May 2009 for the public beta program.
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.
congatec introduced a starter kit for APIX technology. The APIX Design Kit consists of a PCI Express add-on card, the appropriate operating system drivers, and a remote display unit with integrated touch-screen. The image data, the coordinates from the touch-screen and the power supply are all transmitted using a normal Ethernet cable with RJ45 connectors. If high quality cables are used, distances of up to 40 meters or more can be covered.
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.
SYSGO announced board support package for the Freescale i.MX25 Platform Development Kit. The SYSGO’s board support package features multimedia, high speed, low power consumption, and the ELinOS professional grade Linux for the rapid development of demanding high reliability applications. ELinOS 5.0 with support for the Freescale i.MX25 processors is available now. ELinOS 5.0 is available for Linux and Windows hosted platforms.
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.
MSC Vertriebs’ MSC Q7-MB-EP1 embedded platform is designed for the development of embedded systems based on a power saving Qseven module. The baseboard is ready-to-use for small and medium production quantities in order to save extensive in-house development. The 3.5″ modules are mounted via a MXM connection on the baseboard. MSC Vertriebs offers three types of the MSC Q7-US15W Qseven module based on an Intel Atom processor varying in main features like CPU performance and number of SATA ports and PCI Express x1 lanes. The scalable computer-on-modules are ideal for mobile, battery-operated, and fanless systems.
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.