Renesas Develops 28nm Embedded Flash Memory Technology for Automotive Microcontrollers

February 26, 2015  by  

renesas logoAchieves Random Access Speed of 200 MHz and Write Throughput of 2.0 MB Per Second

Renesas Electronics Corporation has developed a new flash memory technology for on-chip flash memory microcontrollers (MCUs) using a 28-nanometer (nm) embedded Flash (eFlash) process technology.

Regulations on cars’ CO2 emissions, fuel efficiency and exhaust gases are increasingly strict in countries around the world. As a result, support for new engine control methods is required. Furthermore, ADAS (Advanced Driving Assistant System) is now desired to create a safe, secure, and comfortable automotive experience. To respond to these market needs, further increases in performance, and lower power consumption, are required in the automotive MCUs.

QNX Wireless Framework Promises Smartphone-Caliber Connectivity for Embedded Systems

February 25, 2015  by  


At Embedded World 2015, QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited, announced the launch of the QNX® Wireless Framework, a software solution that allows embedded systems developers to make cellular and Wi-Fi® hardware changes without having to rewrite software applications or change how the applications run.

Modem technology for embedded systems is evolving quickly, creating demand for system designs that can rapidly and flexibly support the latest cellular or Wi-Fi communications hardware. The QNX Wireless Framework achieves this through an easy-to-use application programming interface (API) that remains consistent, regardless of the underlying cellular or Wi Fi module or chipset.

LDRA and TI Collaborate to Provide Advanced Testing Capabilities with New Functional Safety Platform

February 24, 2015  by  

LDRA Tools Provide Functional Safety Verification and Validation in Hercules™ SafeTI™ Compliance Support Packages for Automotive and Industrial Functional Safety Applications

LDRA is collaborating with Texas Instruments (TI) to provide automated unit testing capabilities as part of TI’s new SafeTI™ Compliance Support Packages (CSPs) for TI’s Hercules™ microcontrollers (MCU) software components.

SafeTI CSPs help TI customers comply with functional safety standards, reducing verification and validation efforts so that they can focus on differentiating their automotive and industrial systems, which will accelerate time to market.

Vector Software Releases VectorCAST 6.3 with Smaller Footprint, Safety-Critical Expertise

February 24, 2015  by  

vector 2-24-15Vector Software announced the release of VectorCAST™ 6.3, describing it as an Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-machine (M2M)-ready embedded test suite.

Analysts are projecting IoT and M2M to grow into a $71 billion industry by 2018 (Juniper Research, Smart Home Ecosystems & the Internet of Things, 12/02/2014). With billions of newly connected devices going on line, high quality software is essential for these devices to operate as intended.

VectorCAST Version 6.3 provides a new micro harness architecture designed for the special needs of IoT / M2M applications. The new architecture is critical for IoT / M2M applications because of the smaller microprocessors and limited resources that are available to these applications.

AdaCore Launches QGen; Releases GNAT Pro 7.3

February 24, 2015  by  

qgenQGen, Customizable Code Generator and Model Verifier for Simulink and Stateflow Models 
Is Designed for Qualification Against Software Safety Certification Standards

At Embedded World 2015, AdaCore announced the release of QGen 1.0, a qualifiable and customizable code generator and model verifier for Simulink and Stateflow models.

AdaCore also released GNAT Pro 7.3, the latest version of its flagship Ada Development Environment. GNAT Pro 7.3 incorporates performance improvements, new functionality, and other enhancements.

“Thanks to its strong focus on safety, QGen reinforces the position of the Simulink and Stateflow environments as the preferred solutions for model-driven development of high-integrity control systems,” said QGen product manager Matteo Bordin.

Spansion Introduces HyperRAM™ Memory

February 23, 2015  by  

Companion Device to HyperFlash™ Memory Operates on the Same HyperBus™ Interface; Simplifies Board Design and Increases System Performance

Spansion Inc. (NYSE: CODE) announced the first RAM device with the HyperBus™ interface. The Spansion HyperRAM™ memory, a companion to HyperFlash™ memory, enables a simple and cost-effective solution for SoCs and microcontrollers (MCU), where both the flash and RAM are connected on the same 12-pin HyperBus interface.

With a read throughput up to 333 megabytes-per-second, the HyperBus devices enable fast boot, graphics display and real-time XIP applications.

Rear View Safety Introduces a Wireless Sensor System for Large Trucks and Haulers

February 23, 2015  by  

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Rear View Safety introduced the RVS-114, a commercial grade wireless sensor system designed for both large trucks and haulers.

Four different sensors mounted to the rear of the vehicle keep the driver informed at all times about exactly what is going on behind.

The sensors connect to a waterproof control box that connects via wireless technology to a display placed on the front of the vehicle. The control box can be mounded inside or outside the vehicle.

ETAS Releases New ES523 CAN FD Interface Module

February 23, 2015  by  

ETAS_ES523ETAS introduced a new CAN FD (CAN with Flexible Data Rate) interface module designed to calibrate ECUs and capture measurement data from ECUs and ECU environments.

The module, ES523, comes with four CAN and three Ethernet connections and supports the new high-performance CAN FD protocol on all CAN channels. The backward-compatible CAN FD protocol developed by Bosch meets the automotive industry’s need for networks with high bandwidth.

CAN FD allows for 64 bytes and higher data rates in the data phase and fulfills future bandwidth requirements of up to 8 Mbit/s at low node cost.

Spansion Launches Power Management IC for ADAS

February 20, 2015  by  

SPANSION LOGOMulti-Channel PMIC for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) brings new levels of performance and smaller, cost-effective systems

Spansion Inc. (NYSE: CODE) announced its first automotive-grade, six-channel power management IC for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

The multi-rail power management solution features solid control pins for each rail, precise voltage integrity monitors, and a windowed watchdog timer to lower the system heat, complexity and solution cost for an ADAS implementation. The product family also supports the automotive safety integrity level-B (ASIL-B)*1 and is available for sampling now.

Linear Technology 3.3V/5V 4Mbps CAN Transceiver Provides ±60V Fault Protection

February 20, 2015  by  

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±60V Fault Protected CAN Transceiver with 25kV ESD

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC2875, a rugged, high voltage tolerant CAN (controller area network) transceiver designed to reduce field failures without the need of costly external protection devices.

In practical CAN systems, installation cross-wiring faults, ground voltage faults or lightning induced surge voltages can cause overvoltage conditions that exceed absolute maximum ratings of typical transceivers.

The LTC2875 features ±60V overvoltage fault and ±25kV HBM ESD protection on the data transmission lines, protecting bus pins during operation and shutdown.  Whether a circuit is transmitting, receiving or powered off, the LTC2875 tolerates any voltage within ±60V without damage, increasing the robustness of typical CAN networks.

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