Electronics Weekly. 5/15/2019, Issue 2748, p20-21. 2p. 3 Color Photographs.
COMPUTER programming, COMPUTER software, COMPUTERS, SINGLE-board computers, and PRINTED circuits
The article discusses the expanding role of prototyping platforms and development boards in professional design. Topics discussed include the Arduino and BeagleBone platforms; the single-board computer (SBC) Raspberry Pi as a tool for students to learn programming; and how SBCs are being used as development platforms in prototyping and professional design.
Electronics Weekly. 6/18/2014, Issue 2592, p18-18. 1p. 1 Color Photograph.
RAPID prototyping, INTELLECTUAL property, COMPUTER software, SOFTWARE development equipment, ELECTRONICS, and EQUIPMENT & supplies
The article offers brief information on the virtual development kits, the intellectual property (IP) prototyping kits, and customised subsystems to accelerate prototyping from electronics firm Synopsys Inc.
RAPID prototyping, SIMULATION methods & models, COMPUTER software, COMPUTER software development, SYSTEMS on a chip, and FIELD programmable analog arrays
The article presents the author's views on the verification of system-on-chip (SoC) designs. Various topics that he discussed includes field-programmable gate array (FPGA) prototyping, simulation of technologies for verification, importance of debugging, re-simulation of softwares and software development.
The article informs that a prototyping and development platform for reconfigurable computing on FPGAs has been released by Celoxica Ltd.. The RC250 board comes with design software intellectual property and APIs for connecting to higher level control, such as a PC. At the core of the board is a nine million gate Altera Stratix II FPGA. This connects directly to zero latency SRAM and double data rate DRAM. With target applications such as video in mind, the board has support for analogue and digital I/O, and dual CMOS camera connectors.
Electronics Weekly. 3/17/2004, Issue 2138, p28-28. 1/3p. 1 Color Photograph.
RANDOM access memory, COMPUTER software, FIELD programmable gate arrays, PROGRAMMABLE logic devices, and IMAGE processing
Celoxica Ltd. has two Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)-based evaluation and prototyping boards—the RC300 and RC2000Pro—aimed at designers of image processing and data streaming applications. The RC300 contains a six million gate Xilinx Virtex II FPGA and has direct access to four banks of ZBT SRAM and a DIMM socket for customer-provided DRAM. These devices integrate PowerPC processors, and the boards are for high end image processing, said the supplier. Software includes a platform abstraction layer and data stream manager support for the Celoxica DK Design Suite.
COMPUTER software, ELECTRONIC circuit design, FIELD programmable gate arrays, GATE array circuits, and ELECTRONIC circuits
The article reports that Synplicity Inc. has unveiled a chip design software, TotalRecall, with the potential to dramatically speed simulation and verification. The technology takes field programmable gate array (FPGA) prototyping and modifies it so the designer has full visibility of the design under test. TotalRecall works by adding a duplicate copy of the hardware into the FPGAs being used for testing, along with a large memory buffer to store all inputs to the system.
The article reports that Vast Systems Technology Corp. has launched the latest version of its virtual system prototyping (VSP) tool, which will be easier to incorporate into design flows. The tool, 1-SOURCE, aims to simplify the use of a VSP by replacing the various different model types with a single cycle accurate virtual processor model that can be used for architecture, software and hardware development.
Electronics Weekly. 3/23/2005, Issue 2186, p24-24. 1p. 2 Color Photographs.
DEALERS (Retail trade), SUPPLIERS, COMPUTER software, SEMICONDUCTORS, INTERFACE circuits, and ELECTRONIC systems
The article reports that market for reference designs is booming with semiconductor suppliers offering shortcuts for developers looking for a quick route to market. Whether it is for a three phase motor driver, USB interface or 2.4GHz wireless transceiver, anyone looking for a fast time to market has a surprisingly wide choice of off-the-shelf reference designs with silicon suppliers offering protocol stack software, applications and even prototyping kits. Lattice ispLever v4.2 design software supports the ECP family for design entry, simulation, and place and route.
COMPUTER software, COMPUTERS, EMBEDDED computer systems, ELECTRONIC circuit design, and ELECTRIC circuits
This article reports that Zuken Inc., has upgraded its Visula printed circuit board design tool to feature an embedded place and route editor and the virtual prototyping tool. P.R.Editor XR 1.4 introduces Activ-45, and automated 45-degree routing function, to Visula. According to the firm, the use of an embedded router eliminates the need for a separate tool, resulting in reduced errors from importing and exporting design data, and significant time savings. P.R.Editor XR 1.4 allows batch checks to be made in embedded mode, can check against actual copper text vectors, and can locate errors by code.
This article reports that Norwegian RF chip firm Chipcon has announced a ZigBee development platform, including hardware, a protocol stack and development software. ZigBee is the only standard that specifically addresses the typical needs of wireless control and monitoring applications. CC2420, as the kit is called, is suitable for prototyping, evaluation and application demonstrations. The stack is Z-Stack from Figure 8 Wireless. Object code, tools and documentation is provided as an 'end customer distribution package' — available for download from the Chipcon's website after the rest of the kit is purchased. IEEE 802.15.4 MAC source code is provided separately and free of charge under a licence agreement.
Electronics Weekly. 9/24/2003, Issue 2116, p33-33. 1/4p. 1 Color Photograph.
COMPUTER software development, COMPUTER software, and MIXED signal circuits
National Instruments Corp. has announced a suite of 100Msamples PXi instruments intended for the prototyping and test of mixed-signa devices and systems. Designed to run with the firm's LabVIEW 7 Express graphical development software and the interactive Nl Digital Waveform Editor, the instruments will also integrate with third-party software simulation tools, such as standard VCD files from FPGA simulation packages for test execution in LabVIEW, LabWindows and CVI or other development environments.