imec and Holst Centre announced an analog-signal processor (ASP) ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) that reduces the overall power consumption of an ambulatory heart activity signal monitoring systems by more than 5 times. This breakthrough is a major step towards constant ambulatory monitoring of people using energy harvesting, which increases the comfort level of patients and is a cost- and time-efficient alternative for current monitoring systems.
McObject introduce a Java Native Interface (JNI) for their eXtremeDB embedded database. According to McObject, eXtremeDB JNI offers the fastest possible database solution in Java. eXtremeDB JNI is ideal for embedded systems, Java-based set-top boxes, and real-time enterprise systems (such as highly scalable finance, e-commerce, social network and other web applications).
Silicon Laboratories announced the C8051F91x/0x microcontroller (MCU) family. The ultra-low-power C8051F91x/0x MCUs increase battery life in portable designs and other power-sensitive embedded systems. The new F91x/0x MCUs are ideal for applications where low power consumption is critical such as smart meters, RFID tags, personal medical devices, sensor interfaces, energy harvesting, home security systems, and smoke and fire detectors. The C8051F91x/0x family is available in a compact, 24-pin 4×4 mm package. Pricing for the C8051F91x MCUs starts at $1.69 in 10K quantities, and F90x 10K pricing starts at $1.53 (USD).
Amulet Technologies introduced the GEMexpress universal TFT/OLED display driver board. According to Amulet Technologies, the GEMexpress is the fastest, most inexpensive production solution for adding a GUI to an embedded product. GEMexpress can interface to virtually any display, allowing for greater design flexibility, and a shorter time to market. The board targets small to medium size OEMs integrating GUIs to any embedded product. GEMexpress display driver boards are available now for $110 USD.
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.
VIA Technologies developed the Mobile-ITX open form factor specification for the creation of ultra-compact and portable embedded devices. Mobile-ITX defines a uniquely compact 6cm x 6cm computer-on-module specification designed to enable an easier and less resource intensive development cycle for a range of ultra-compact, portable embedded systems. The VIA Embedded Platform Division will announce the first commercial CPU module based on the Mobile-ITX form factor in Q1 2010.
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.
NEC Electronics introduced the EC-4260 (NaviEngine-MID) and EC-4250 (NaviEngine-mini) system-on-chips (SoCs) for use in automotive infotainment systems. The EC-4260 and EC-4250 devices have the performance, peripheral set, and software ecosystem to meet the demands of high-performance applications such as navigation, infotainment and telematics systems. The EC-4260 and EC-4250 are currently available for samples, priced per unit at US$140 and US$70 respectively. Mass production is estimated to begin in 2010 and is expected to reach 100,000 units per month by 2012.
McObject introduced version 4.0 of eXtremeDB. Using McObject’s eXtremeDB, developers eliminate the need to create custom data management code, reducing development and support costs for real-time systems and gaining higher performance. McObject 4.0 is ideal for a wide array of markets including financial services, industrial control, defense and aerospace, web services, telecommunications, and consumer electronics.