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Wind River VxWorks 6.8 Real-time Operating System
5-Jan-2010

With this release VxWorks 6.8 Expands Multicore Processor Support to Include the Latest Processors from ARM, Cavium, Freescale, Intel, and RMI. VxWorks is a proven, high-performance, reliable, commercial-grade real-time operating system addressing the diverse needs of embedded systems. VxWorks 6.8 provides product differentiation via increased performance, a smaller footprint and hardware platform flexibility. Wind River’s newest version of VxWorks also provides choice in multicore architecture allowing customers to select the right solution for their needs. Improved OS primitives, USB support and file system performance with VxWorks 6.8 provide customers with increased product quality, more compatibility and improved product performance.
New Features of VxWorks 6.8

    * A standards-compliant solution and comprehensive mobile IP support to provide devices with next-generation networking capabilities for 4G and pre-4G including LTE and WiMAX technologies

    * Increased multicore processor support for Intel Core i7 processor, ARM MPCore and Cortex A9; Freescale QorIQ P2020; Cavium 54xx, 55xx, 56xx, 57xx, 58xx; and RMI XLR, XLS allowing customers to choose the processor that best fits their needs

    * Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) performance improvements and SMP core reservation

    * Asymmetric Multiprocessing (AMP) enhancements such as AMP spin locks, and a major upgrade to Wind River’s multi-OS inter-process communication with MIPC version 2.0, raising the bar for multicore capabilities with even higher performance thresholds

    * New small ARM footprint profile for creating embedded applications with very small memory requirements

    * Significant developer tool productivity improvements, including VxWorks core dump file and analysis, and improvements to multicore and multi-OS debugging and user workflows
 
 
First fully integrated 45nm set top box soc based on ARM cortex - A9 processors
5-Jan-2010
NXP introduces highly integrated SoC family, PNX847x/8x/9x, enabling HD DVRs and STB platforms in global satellite, cable and IPTV networks. The PNX847X/8x/9x family features power efficiency, 3D GPU and online networked content decoding.

Using an innovative power management architecture specifically designed to maximize energy efficiency, the PNX847x/8x/9x SoC family facilitates STB compliance with the latest EnergyStar and EC Code of Conduct regulations. With a dedicated on-chip microcontroller resource to coordinate power management for the entire system, the NXP PNX847x/8x/9x family delivers the flexibility to enable opportunistic use-case based power optimization as well as ultra-low power stand-by operation to implement less than one watt STB complete system level standby power modes.
 
GE Intelligent Platforms Announces Intel(r) Core(tm) i7-based Single Board Computers
15-Jan-2010

Three new single board computer products based on Intel® Core™ i7 processor technology operating at up to 2.53 GHz. The new boards are
Rugged 6U VME VR12,
Rugged 6U CompactPCI® CR12
6U VME XVB601.

These new boards are characterized by remarkable performance in demanding applications such as Radar processing and flight control as well as in general purpose industrial and commercial system-level applications. The VR12 and CR12 also feature the inclusion of two XMC expansion sites in a true single-slot solution, providing customers with access to a broad range of options for I/O, communications and other capabilities. The boards can support up to 8 GBytes of DDR3 SDRAM memory with ECC.
The NXP PNX847x/8x/9x also features an advanced Imagination Technologies POWERVR 3D graphics processing unit (GPU) to render advanced programming navigation user interfaces, games and other 3D content. The POWERVR GPU provides a mature and proven OpenGL 2.0 compliant 3D HW platform that is supported by an extensive eco-system of tools, software and 3D content developers.
CMX is Ported on Atollic’s TrueSTUDIO for ARM
15-Jan-2010

CMX Systems, well-known designer of real-time operating systems, TCP/IP, Flash File Systems and USB software announces that it has now ported its embedded software products for Atollic’s TrueSTUDIO® development tools targeting the ARM Cortex-M3 Microcontroller Core.

“CMX is pleased to expand its tool support for Atollic TrueSTUDIO®, a new family of embedded tools with an extensive feature set and unprecedented integration. Atollic TrueSTUDIO® includes C/C++ compilers & debuggers for ARM9 and Cortex-M3, and integrates graphical UML editors, team collaboration features and more.” stated Chuck Behrmann, CEO of CMX Systems.
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Macraigor Systems OCDemon now has support for  Intel’s Atom Processor
3-Feb-2010

Macraigor Systems has expanded their proprietary On-Chip Debug Technology (OCDemon) to support the newest x86processor, the Intel Atom. Built with the world's smallest transistors, the Intel Atom processor was designed for low-power mobile internet devices and simple, low-cost PC's. Because JTAG debug solutions do not require an operating system on the device, it is ideal for firmware debugging as well as bootcode. Through the JTAG interface, the target hardware is connected to the debugger on the host system.
This allows in-depth access of IA-specific features for execution trace support and system-on-a-chip and chipset peripheral register content. OCDemon offers an optimized interface to these on-chip resources via a choice of communication channels. A host debugger communicates with a Macraigor Systems’ device and then to the target processor. Since there is no need for any resident code, this debug method is available for hardware initialization and debug as well as kernel, driver and application software debug. OCDemon has continued to be an Intel recommended JTAG debug solution for hardware manufactures that need to debug applications on host development platforms or remote TCP/IP sites.
Macraigor is offering a free port of the popular GNU toolkit (gcc, gas and gdb) for the Atom processor on their website, www.macraigor.com as well as full support for Eclipse Ganymede.
LPCXpresso is designed for the beginner as well as the advanced designer. LPCXpresso users can now evaluate, explore and develop within a single easy-to-use interface while retaining all the advanced features associated with powerful and expensive tools.
LPCXpresso IDE (Powered by Code Red): Includes best-in-class C programming environment with advanced features such as syntax highlighting, code folding, click-through links to definitions and declarations. The optimized GCC compiler and C libraries for the Cortex-M0 enables users to develop high-quality software solutions quickly and cost-effectively. The IDE features several LPC-specific enhancements and is simplified for 8/16 bit users with NXP’s proprietary interface which employs a single perspective view, enabling a seamless interconnect between code development & debugging.
NXP Launches LPCXpresso Toolchain for LPC1100 Cortex-M0 Family
28-Jan-2010

NXP Semiconductors today announced the availability of a low-cost, web-enabled development tool platform, LPCXpresso, for the LPC ARM® processor family of microcontrollers. The LPCXpresso features an easy-to-use interface and supports the complete product design cycle, providing an end-to-end development solution. NXP is also announcing today the launch of the industry’s first Cortex™-M0 design competition, the “LPC1100 Cortex-M0 Design Challenge,” providing free LPCXpresso tools to qualified contestants.
LPCXpresso is a new, low-cost development platform available from NXP. The platform supports ARM-based LPC microcontrollers and includes a simplified Eclipse-based IDE and a low-cost target board combined with a JTAG debugger.

Designed for simplicity and ease of use, the LPCXpresso IDE (powered by Code Red) will provide software engineers a quick and easy way to develop their applications. The LPCXpresso target board is jointly developed by Embedded Artists, Code Red, and NXP. The initial LPCXpresso target board features the LPC1343 with integrated USB 2.0 Full Speed Device. Future board support of other LPC microcontroller products including the Cortex-M0 based LPC11xx is planned.
LPCXpresso is an end-to-end solution enabling embedded engineers to develop their applications from initial evaluation to final production.

Key Features
·NXP's low-cost development platform for LPC families.
·Eclipse-based IDE using a very low-cost target board.
·The target board comes with an integrated JTAG Debugger. No need for a separate debug probe!
·Easy upgrade options to full-blown suites (from Code Red) and hardware kits (from Embedded Artists).
·End-to-end solution for creating applications all the way from evaluation through to production.
A new member of its popular 8- and 14-pin PIC16F61X 8-bit PIC® microcontroller (MCU) family, targeting cost-effective general-purpose applications. The PIC12F617 MCU features 3.5 kB of self-programmable Flash program memory, and peripherals such as a 10-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC), comparator, Pulse-Width Modulator (PWM) and VREF for closed-loop-control applications-all in a miniature 3 mm x 3 mm DFN package.

The new MCU provides an excellent migration path for customers using previous-generation 8-pin PIC MCUs who wish to upgrade to a larger-memory, more peripheral-rich MCU for future designs. This product is well-suited for a variety of general-purpose applications in the consumer, appliance, industrial, medical and other markets.
PIC12F617: 3.5 KB Self-Programmable Flash Memory
27-Jan-2010

The PIC12F617 MCU provides 3.5 kB of Flash programmable memory with a self read-write capability. This serves as a low-cost alternative to data EEPROM and is useful when an application requires remote updates, or the ability to store system data or look-up tables. The microcontroller features an 8 MHz internal oscillator, an on-chip 4-channel 10-bit ADC, a comparator with hysteresis and a PWM with complementary outputs that provide a framework for applications such as LED lighting control, motor control, capacitive touch keys and system monitors.

Along with this new product introduction, Microchip also announced a price reduction on the rest of the PIC16F61X family members, including the PIC12F609, PIC12F615, PIC16F610, PIC16F616 MCUs, and their corresponding high-voltage variants.
 
 
 
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