Arria 10 FPGA Boards Make Their Debut
ReFLEX CES will showcase a variety of FPGA boards, including Altera’s latest Arria10 FPGA and SoC lines. Additional displays include FMC daughterboards and high-speed computers, including system-on-module (SOM) solutions and a high-performance GigE vision system. The Arria10 GX FPGA board and Arria10 SoC boards will find homes in military, communications, broadcast, high-performance computing, test-and-measurement, and medical applications. The GigE vision demonstration, based on a Cyclone 5 FPGA board, will illustrate baseboard design, custom embedded design offerings, and manufacturing capabilities.
Edge Management System Fosters Seamless IoT Connectivity
Wind River expanded its Helix portfolio to address challenges brought on by the Internet of Things (IoT). Application and data services were added to its operating systems and software platforms via the Wind River Edge Management System, a cloud-based technology stack. The Edge Management System, part of Intel’s IoT platform, has been integrated into VxWorks’ real-time operating system (RTOS), Wind River Linux, and Wind River’s Intelligent Device Platform. The system enhances cloud-connectivity security and enables data capture, rules-based data analysis and response, configuration, and file transfer. It also provides device-level execution capabilities, remote management and provisioning capabilities at the gateway, and cloud-based delivery of software updates. Such functionality will help promote seamless interaction with edge devices as well as simplify device-side application development.
TCP/IP Stack Adds Multiple Protocols
HCC Embedded extended its MISRA-compliant TCP/IP networking stack by incorporating HTTP, SMTP, SNTP/NTP, and SNMP protocols. This gives developers access to an extensive range of network protocols, supplied with MISRA-compliance reports and a full test suite to verify target functionality. All protocols have been developed to their respective requests for comments (RFCs) and use test suites that verify not only interoperability, but also the integrity of the code. The additional time synchronization protocols help extend the range of applications. Full software lifecycle documentation is also available.
Drone, Robot Demos Promote IoT Apps
In line with the Internet of Things (IoT), Lantronix will demonstrate its xPico Wi-Fi and PremierWave product families at Embedded World (booth 451). The xPico Wi-Fi series provides secure communications for the ZANO drone, an aerial photography and HD video-capture nano platform developed by Torquing Group Ltd. The palm-sized ZANO uses the module to connect with either iOS or Android devices. A variety of sensors enables the drone to avoid obstacles, hold position, and know its location in conjunction with the paired smart device. Lantronix will also demonstrate the PremierWave EN-powered humanoid Kobo robot. Developed by Kondo Kagaku, the robot can emulate human-like movements such as walking, tumbling, step climbing, back flipping, and even dancing. The PremierWave system-on-module (SOM) targets operation of the robot’s camera and body movement controls.
Verification Software Helps Meet Industry-Standard Objectives
LDRA has secured a patent for TBmanager, a software lifecycle traceability and verification system. The software creates a common user experience across all LDRA modules to enable a complete workflow and bidirectionally link industry-standard objectives and functional requirements. Suited for aerospace, automotive, industrial control, rail, and medical applications, TBmanager gives developers visibility and access to project status in terms of both the process and the artifacts being produced and maintained. As a result, project managers can analyze the impact of a requirement’s change on design, code, and verification activities. Mectron recently adopted TBmanager to help achieve DO-178 goals for software verification, using the program to create the audit trail needed to achieve regulatory compliance.
Device-Aware Resequencing Tool Directed at Kinetis MCUs
SOMNIUM Technologies announced a device-aware resequencing tool (DRT) for Freescale’s Kinetis microcontrollers (MCUs). The complete software-development environment combines DRT technology with a familiar user interface and industry-standard compatibility with Eclipse IDE and GNU tools. Fully automated optimizations require neither manual intervention nor complex rewriting of software. The DRT is also aware of the processor coupling with its memory system, automatically applying a new series of device-specific optimizations. It’s compatible with other GNU-based tools, including Freescale CodeWarrior and the Kinetis Design Studio (KDS) integrated development environment (IDE).