RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, ELECTRONIC packaging, TELECOMMUNICATION systems, INFORMATION technology, LASERS, ELECTRONICS, and ELECTRONIC systems
This article examines the role of laser scanning in engineering internal components to fit within tight surroundings. The problem with verifying the fit of components produced by rapid prototyping is that their tolerances are typically much looser than the finished parts. So they provide only a rough idea of how the assembly fits together, which often is not enough for a groundbreaking design. Some companies have used a service bureau to reverse-engineer the rapid prototype parts to an accuracy of 0.001 in., making it easy to distinguish between problems caused by prototype inaccuracies and problems with the design.
The article reports that the SoC development teams are turning to FPGA-based prototypes as a solution to verifying and delivering consumer electronic products in a timely manner. The author stated that FPGA-based prototypes are the only paradigms that run fast enough to exercise very complex software applications and operating systems. He added that with the use of the prototype, the software embedded into the ASIC or SoC can be integrated with at-speed hardware much earlier in the project so design teams can expedite software development. He emphasized that the prototype equips designers to better handle the emerging challenges associated with increased device and software complexity.
WEB portals, SYSTEMS design, INTEGRATED circuits, WEBSITES, ELECTRONIC systems, EMBEDDED computer systems, ELECTRONIC circuit design, and ELECTRONIC data processing documentation
The article reports that Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) was launched by the Imperas Ltd. to establish an open standard solution for developers to quickly and inexpensively simulate embedded software on system-on-chip (SoC) designs. It stated that the OVP Web site which is found at www.OVP-world.org serves as the portal for OVP with informations reagrding technology, discussion forums for the OVP community and links of all OVP components that can be downloaded. Furthermore, the site provides presentations, datasheets, videos, demonstrations, discussion forms and press information.
ENGINEERING, COMPUTER systems, RANDOM access memory, AUTOMOBILE industry, DESIGN, ELECTRONIC systems, and TELEMATICS
This article reports that a flexible automotive reference platform centered on Xilink field programmable gate array technology addresses the need for rapid design prototyping for use in automotive/telematics applications. The approach includes small modules that interconnect to form a complete system. The core of the system is a central processing unit module with memory that includes flash, SmartMedia flash, and SDRAM/DDRAm. As with any reference platform, embedded software is needed to run the system. The reference platform is genuinely a full system, complete with hardware, firmware, and software.