COMPUTER software, COMPUTERS, COMMERCIAL markets, ELECTRONIC industries, TECHNOLOGY, and EMBEDDED computer systems
With the integration of computer technology, consumer products, and communication facilities, the software in an embedded system now accounts for as much as 70% of total system functionalities. In this work, we propose a complete methodology called ESSP (Embedded Software Synthesis and Prototyping) for the automatic design of embedded software. Several issues are solved, including software synthesis, software verification, code generation, and system emulation. To avoid design errors, a formal approach is adopted because glitches in embedded software are intolerable and very expensive or even impossible to fix. Complex-choice Petri nets are used to model embedded software, which are then synthesized using an extended quasi static scheduling algorithm. The final generated C code is prototyped on an emulation platform, which consists of an 89C51 microcontroller for executing the software, an FPGA chip for programming the hardware for different applications, and some input/output devices. Two application examples are used to illustrate the feasibility of the ESSP methodology. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
MILITARY electronics industry, RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, ELECTRONIC industries, DEFENSE industries, COMMERCIAL products, and NEW product development
Features various products for military electronic industry in the U.S. Purpose of the six module, multifunction and single slot compact PCI, manufactured by North Atlantic Industries; Performance of the upgraded dual-processor PowerPC card, manufactured by Radstone Technology PLC; Applications of the Sentry system, manufactured by Elma Electronic Inc.
The article presents information on 3D printing electronics, with specific reference to its use in electronics, using new materials and technology. Topics discussed include 3D printing printed circuit boards (PCBs); how PCBs help designers obtain faster prototypes and work in three dimensions; and how 3D printing technology is affecting the way engineers design.
Electronic Engineering Times (01921541). 6/12/2006, Issue 1427, p71-78. 2p.
RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, ELECTRONIC industries, and ELECTRONIC circuit design
The article reports that Sundance Digital Signal Processing Inc. has introduced its SMT8101 RF development platform that combines four cards into one full or compact PCI-compatible board to enhance rapid prototyping. It is compatible with high-level development tools including the Matlab Simulink-compatible Xilinx System Generator and 3L Diamond.
Reports that 3T, one of the world's foremost practitioners of laser sintering for rapid prototyping, based in Great Britain, has helped NXT SoundVu, a technology leader in consumer electronics, bring its latest product to market at the critical time. Timescale and advantages over other means of manufacture; 3T's production of glass-filled nylon parts using selective laser sintering technology.
Plastics News. 12/18/2006, Vol. 18 Issue 42, p13-14. 2p. 1 Black and White Photograph.
RAPID prototyping, ELECTRONIC industries, NEW product development, and SUPPLY chains
The article presents the views of Bill Moggridge, co-founder of product development firm IDEO on the importance of rapid prototyping in the electronics industry. Moggridge thinks that the ability to develop new products could benefit the supply chain firms as it could lead to rise in product development for customers.
NEW product development, TIME to market (New products), HIGH technology industries, STRATEGIC planning, ELECTRONIC industries, ECONOMIC competition, INFORMATION technology, COMPETITIVE advantage in business, MARKET share, and RAPID prototyping
In fast-cycle, high technology industries, the speed and rate at which companies can introduce products into the market are critical for sustaining competitive advantage and market share. The authors analyze new product development by three international manufacturers that dominate a segment of the electronic component industry. The objective is to examine the impact of two distinct product development strategies and structures on time-to-market. The analysis of more than 200 new product developments provides important findings. A concentrated new product development structure, in contrast to a distributed structure, affords rapid prototyping. However, volume production is reached faster in the distributed structure. Also, devoting more time to prototyping hastens volume production. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Electronics Weekly. 12/1/2004, Issue 2173, p31-31. 1/9p. 1 Color Photograph.
SEMICONDUCTOR industry, COMPUTER storage device industry, ELECTRONIC industries, FIELD programmable gate arrays, and PRINTED circuits
This article reports that Lattice Semiconductor Corp. has announced two evaluation kits for its LatticeEC FPGAS. The Standard and Advanced Evaluation Platforms provide options for implementing system-level logic, memory functions and support for PCI, DDR, FCRAM and SPI4. Each kit has an FPGA PCB with a prototyping area, power regulation and interface connectors. The standard version is available with either the LFEC6E-4F484C or LFEC2OE-4F484C. an SPI flash memory for configuration, SMA pads for high-speed signals/clocks, a prototyping area and LEDs for visual feedback.
Electronics Weekly. 6/1/2005, Issue 2196, p5-5. 1/9p. 1 Color Photograph.
ELECTRONIC industries, INFORMATION display systems, ELECTRONICS, PLASTICS, and POLYETHYLENE terephthalate
This article reports that plastic electronics developer Plastic Logic Ltd. has opened a multi-million dollar prototyping line at its Cambridge site. The plant can process PET substrates, initially with a resolution of 100dpi over A5 sheets, and will move on to 150dpi on A4 sheets. The first products will be active matrix backplanes for flexible displays that can be bent to a radius of curvature of less than 2cm.
ELECTRONIC industries and ELECTRIC power supplies to apparatus design & construction
Reports that power-supply vendor Lambda of San Diego, California is changing the way it builds prototype units in its recently opened Design Verification Lab. Integration of factory elements to speed prototyping and production; Seamless transition from design lab to factory; Competitive advantage in delivery.