Microchip Releases MPLAB Harmony Version 3.0
Looking to unify software frameworks, Microchip as released Harmony Version 3.0, which will support not only the expected PIC microcontrollers (MCUs), but SAM MCUs. In addition, the new IDE will also support modular software downloads. This will allow developers to download only the needed elements instead of an entire software suite. This is available through the MPLAB Harmony Configurator (MHC) tool. An example of such software is a royalty-free security software through a partnership with wolfSSL.
MPLAB is available as a free download from Microchip’s website. Current MCUs that are fully supported include: SAM E/S/V7x, SAM C21/C20, and SAM D21/D20. There is also support for SAM D/E5x, PIC32MZ EF, PIC32MZ DA, and PIC32MK through a beta program. Microchip states all additional 32-bit SAM and PIC32 MCUs will be supported by mid 2019.
Corelis Releases ScanExpress Software Version 9.2
ScanExpress is a software suite utilized to provide boundary-scan tests and measurements. Boundary scan is a test method used to verify interconnects and sub-block connections within integrated circuits. The new version of the ScanExpress software suite introduces Teradyne HSSub, ScanExpress icons, and ScanExpress JET.
Teradyne HSSub can now support up to four TAPS and features a new flash programming interface which will provide a faster in-system flash programming. Additionally, test coverage can be effectively added through the HSSUB parallel IO channels. Corelis has also updated their ScanExpress icons; although minor, they will work to improve usability.
ScanExpress JET is a JTAG embedded test tool that will now support Microsemi SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs as well as 64-bit ARM Cortex processors. One of the first will include Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+. JET allows at-speed functional test development of peripheral components. Furthermore, it extends coverage beyond boundary scan for all CPU accessible resources.
VadaTech Reveals 6U VPX Chassis with Fiber-Optic I/O
VadaTech releases a new 6U VPX chassis that will support up to twelve 6U VPX slots. Those slots can be used for VPX single board computers, VPX FPGA modules, VPX switches, VPX power supplies, as well as VPX memory storage modules. The new chassis is called the VTX350 and will support 0.8-inch, 0.85-inch, and 1.0-inch modules. Furthermore, an optional chassis manager is available that includes JTAG switch modules to connect each slot with a JTAG connection.
What makes this VPX module stand out from the rest is its support for fiber-optic modules. Each payload slot can house up to six VITA 66.5 12-way modules supporting high-speed fiber I/O. The VPX modules are designed to provide demanding applications with flexible and rugged embedded computing solutions.
Pixus Releases New 6U OpenVPX Backplanes
Pixus Technologies has recently released four new OpenVPX backplanes for 6U applications. These include backplanes that are entire power or ground that allow for easy prototyping and testing. In addition, these can be purchased in a one slot version with an interface for a VITA 62 power supply. Another offering includes a 5 slot 6U backplane PCIe generation 3 speeds. The backplanes come in 5-, 12-, and 48-V options. They are also specified to operate over a -40 to 85ºC temperature range. All PCBs are made with FR406 or equivalent with 2-oz. copper pours. The new Pixus products add to the current OpenVPX solutions, including chassis platforms, OpenVPX boards, 3U and 6U backplanes, as well as multiple OpenVPX accessories.
AAEON Semi-Rugged RTC1010M Tablet is Made for Work
AAEON has released a new rugged tablet ready to withstand the vigors of harsh work environments. The RTC-1010M is a 10.1-inch tablet that can come powered with an Intel Celeron N3350 or a Pentium N4200. It is also IP54 certified, meaning its enclosure is guaranteed to provide protection from dirt, dust, oil, and splashing water. The tablet is available in aluminum, carbon-steel, and stainless-steel enclosures. External connectivity options include USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB type C, and Micro-HDMI, and it also features support for Micro SD and SIM cards. Furthermore, optional support for bar-code scanners, smart-card readers, and magnetic-stripe readers is available. AAEON also boasts that the tablet is sunlight readable and features a hot-swappable battery.