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Low Power Systems Quarterly Report November 2012
TOP STORY
FRAM-based MCUs Bring Advanced Security to Low-Power Applications
Security is becoming increasingly important in a wide range of applications including smartphone accessories, smart metering, personal health monitoring, remote controls and access systems. To protect revenue and customer privacy, OEMs need to employ secure technology that increases the dif´Čüculty of hacking systems. (more)
Embedded World
The embedded world Exhibition&Conference from 26–28 February 2013 gathers the embedded community in Nürnberg for the eleventh time. The world's biggest exhibition for embedded technologies is growing steadily. The embedded world Conference parallel to the exhibition again offers many presentations and an extensive programme of practical workshops. The electronic displays Conference presents the latest research findings and highly topical market developments for the international display experts. More than 1,000 university students are expected at the embedded STUDENT DAY.
FEATURED NEWS & ANALYSIS
Microchip Expands Low-Power Op Amps Into Higher Voltages With Three New 12V Families; Enables Wider Signal Input Range
Xilinx Announces Defense-Grade 7 Series FPGAs and Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoCs with Fourth Generation Secure Capabilities at MILCOM 2012
ZILOG Announces New "ZAURA™ RF Fluorescent Ballast Reference Design" Featuring Advanced Wireless Technology
STMicroelectronics Reveals Class-Leading High-Stability Real-Time Clock for Smart Utility Meters and Precision Applications
A better way to cloud: TI's new KeyStone multicore SoCs revitalize cloud applications, enabling new capabilities and a quantum leap in performance at significantly reduced power consumption
Emerson Network Power Extends Cost-competitive LCM Power Supply Family with New 310 and 1,500 Watt Models
ARM9 - 10" Panel PC with Color Resistive Touch Screen
TI unveils adapter power controller with lowest standby power
New OMAP™ 5 processor-based modules spur easier, faster industrial designs
60V Input Step-Down DC/DC Controller Draws Only 40µA in Battery-Powered Systems
Lattice to Showcase FPGA-based Security & Surveillance Solutions at China Security Expo
Axiomtek Launched the New Intel® Atom™ Cedarview 3.5" Embedded SBC – CAPA831
Renesas Electronics Expands the RL78 Family of Microcontrollers with Industry's Highest Segment Count LCD Controller
MIPS Technologies Agrees to Sale of Patent Properties to AST and Acquisition by Imagination Technologies
Silicon Labs Expands Wireless Portfolio to Include Ember® ZigBee® Solutions for the "Internet of Things"
Microchip Expands USB Portfolio With Fifteen New 8-bit PIC® MCUs
Anaren Integrated Radio (AIR) Modules to be Sold Through RS Components
Jump-start Bluetooth® low energy smartphone app development in minutes with TI's SensorTag kit
TI delivers first ultrasonic analog front end with digital demodulator in full production
Microchip's Free MPLAB® XC32++ Compiler for All 32-bit PIC32 MCUs Offers Unlimited Code Generation
VersaLogic launches new family of embedded computers
Increase performance and slash power by 50 percent with TI's MSP430FR59xx microcontrollers, based on leading "Wolverine" technology
CML launches a new ACE Processor, the CMX188 Providing the Digital Advantage to Analogue Two-way Radios
Analog Bits' Sensors Help Achieve Ultra-low Power For ARM-based Servers
Atmel Delivers World's First Single-chip Solution that Integrates Touch And Sensor Hub Functionality to Enhance Users' Experience
Microchip
New low Power PIC® MCUs with XLP
Get the longest battery and application life using microcontrollers featuring the industry's lowest sleep current of 9nA, and run currents starting at 34uA/MHz.
Xilinx
Accelerating All Programmable Design Productivity
The Xilinx® Vivado™ Design Suite is a revolutionary IP and system-centric design environment built from the ground up to accelerate the design of not only programmable logic and I/O but 'All Programmable' devices.
ARTICLES AND TECH BRIEFS
FRAM-based MCUs Bring Advanced Security to Low-Power Applications Security is becoming increasingly important in a wide range of applications including smartphone accessories, smart metering, personal health monitoring, remote controls and access systems. To protect (more)
PCIe Follows USB 3.0 to Mobile Applications PCIe is following USB into mobile chip-to-chip applications by adopting the low-power MIPI M-PHY. (more)
M2M Communications with Wi-Fi in the 5 GHz Band Networks based on 2.4 GHz ISM band standards suffer from the effects of network congestion – data drop-outs, latencies, disconnections and the lesser-known but increasingly important problem of battery (more)
Challenges of Adding Connectivity to Low-Power, MCU-based Products Designers must consider ease of use of the connectivity solution, constraints of low power MCUs, and low power characteristics of the connectivity solution – while also trying to simplify and accelerate product development and improve the end user experience. (more)
Bluetooth Low Energy: Changing Healthcare Ultra-low-power wireless technology drives innovative applications in the health and wellness market. (more)
Heterogeneous Architectures Enable Low-Power Designs New processing solutions based on heterogeneous architectures help designers increase system performance without adding significant cost or power. Designers of low-power computing devices are continually (more)
Low-Power Design Techniques with FPGAs A holistic approach in the manufacturing process offers a significant reduction in FPGA device and system power. Designers of embedded computing systems are keenly aware that reducing power consumption (more)
Software: The Next Big Challenge The path forward may be more focused on matching goals at the architectural stage, and then being able to swap information as a design progresses. Software is the next big target in the quest to make (more)
No Compromises in Low-Power Innovation Performance demands for energy-sensitive applications drive new technologies and design approaches. The maxim "you can't be too rich or too thin" may finally have washed out along with a decade's (more)
NXP LPC1100XL Industry's lowest active power for Cortex-M0's has gotten even lower! The LPC1100XL series from NXP is the industry's lowest active power ARM® Cortex™-M0 based microcontroller in the industry (more)
NXP LPC1100LV A unique combination of high performance and low voltage all in a tiny package! The LPC1100LV series from NXP is the world's first ARM® Cortex™-M0 based microcontroller with 1.8V input in a tiny (more)
Z8 Encore! XP® F1680 Series 8-Bit Flash Solution with Extended Peripherals (more)
Solar Designs Focus On Low Power The big growth at recent Semicon West show – at least from a percentage standpoint – was in the associated Intersolar show, which featured advances in PV and solar thermal systems. The Intersolar (more)
What Happens When The Plug Is Pulled For mobile devices, peripherals are making the transition to a single cable connection for both power and data. The Consumer Electronics Show featured a large variety of new devices and peripherals for (more)
Make the Most of MCU Sleep Modes Predict how well an MCU will perform over its lifetime on a single battery charge, and make intelligent architecture choices. The advent of inexpensive, energy-efficient embedded processors and smart-object (more)
ULP Meets Energy Harvesting A game-changing combination for design engineers Energy harvesting has been around for centuries in the form of windmills, watermills and passive solar-power systems. In recent decades, technologies (more)
How Low Can You Go? Ultra-low-power microcontroller technologies may revolutionize new designs. VDC Research embedded hardware team analysts left Embedded World 2012 with the impression that this is the Year of the Microcontroller (more)
Energy Harvesting Comes of Age for Wireless Sensor Networks Enabling technologies include cost-effective energy-harvesting devices, small and efficient energy-storage devices and single-chip, ultra-low-power wireless MCUs. As wireless sensor nodes become commonplace (more)
Intel® Atom™ Energizes PC/104 Thirteen PC/104 Consortium members have combined to introduce over twenty-five Intel® Atom™ processor-based products, with more on the way. (more)
Can Energy Harvesting Power My MCU? With ultra-low-power MCUs and new materials for converting light, heat and vibration into useful electrical power, devices can be permanently powered by energy scavenged from the environment. It seems (more)
Zilog
Zilog's Z8 Encore! XP F1680 Series of MCUs offer an assortment of speed and low-power options. They're optimized for low-power applications and support 1.8V to 3.6V wide low-voltage operation with extremely low ACTIVE, HALT and STOP mode currents.
FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE
Systems Simulation Moves from Goods and Services to Experiences This is the first of two stories about Dassault Systemes move into the world of semiconductor development. …
Remaking The Playing Field Is the Imagination-MIPS deal really just a standalone purchase, or is there much more lurking under the surface? …
"MicroFlix"…Funny name; how crazy would it be if Netflix joined the Microsoft Family? If Microsoft were to buy Netflix - and it's a big "if", since it's only a rumor - MSFT could join Apple, Amazon and Google in having a huge influence on the embedded industry. Continue reading → …
IEA Says U.S. Oil Production Will Exceed Saudi Arabia's
New York's Central Park using LEDs to light walkways
Who is Julie Larson-Green? Meet the new head of Windows
HP laptop, No display, Black screen
Webinar: Is High Power the Right LED Choice For Your Application? @element14news @element14
Blog Post: From Breakthrough Idea to On-the-Market Product: TI's Temperature Sensor
IoT: A Bottom-Up Revolution?
Solar power continues to show strong growth
MORE FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE
LOW POWER SYSTEMS PRODUCT BRIEFS
Battery Life Estimator Aids Extremely Low Power Designs (Microchip Technology Inc.)
Low Power Wireless Solutions – Targeting the Need for Low Data Rate, Low Cost Wireless Sensor and Control Networks (Microchip Technology Inc.)
SOM-9G20M (EMAC, inc.)
Kintex-7 FPGAs (Xilinx)
PIC24F16KL Family Expands Microchip's PIC24 Lite MCU Portfolio for Cost Sensitive Applications (Microchip Technology Inc.)
PIC24F "GA3" Family (Microchip Technology Inc.)
ISE Design Suite 13 (Xilinx)
7 Series FPGA Power Advantage (Xilinx)
XLP 8-bit & 16-bit Development Boards for Extremely Low Power Designs (Microchip Technology Inc.)
nanoWatt XLP eXtreme Low Power PIC® MCUs (Microchip Technology Inc.)
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Improved Graphics Performance Changes the Cost Equation in Digital Signage
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Extension Media Interview with Microchip's Joe Drzewiecki
Texas Instruments' DESIGN West interview: From ANT to ZigBee
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May 21 - 22, 2013
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