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Paragon Debuts Universal File System Drivers 9.0 Embedded for Smart TV

Paragon Software Group (PSG) introduced UFSD 9.0 Embedded. Paragon Universal File System Drivers 9.0 Embedded ensures the smoothest, fastest, highest-quality playback and recording of HD video content to or from Smart TV devices of any platform. Paragon UFSD 9.0 Embedded line for Smart TVs includes Paragon exFAT 9.0 Embedded, Paragon HFS+ 9.0 Embedded and Paragon NTFS Embedded with driver solutions for NTFS / HFS + / exFAT for Linux / Android systems.

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FirstSQL/J Embedded Mobile Edition, Version 3.20

FFE Software introduced FirstSQL/J Embedded Mobile Edition, Version 3.20. The Embedded Mobile Edition is a full featured Relational Database Management System (RDBMS), supporting JME and suitable for other embedded configurations. Version 3.20 offers significant performance improvements, additional persistent storage capability, enhanced SQL92 compliance, and full Unicode support. FirstSQL/J Embedded Mobile is an ideal database management system for embedded and mobile applications.

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Wind River Hypervisor for Virtualization of Devices

Wind River Hypervisor is a high-performance Type-1 hypervisor, which supports virtualization on single and multicore processors. It provides integration with Wind River VxWorks and Wind River Linux. It also supports other operating systems. The Wind River Workbench development tools suite has been extended to support developing software that runs on the Wind River Hypervisor. Wind River Hypervisor brings virtualization to devices so embedded developers can achieve improved device functionality on smaller form factors.

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Esterel SCADE 6.1

Esterel Technologies released version 6.1 of Esterel SCADE 6.1 for the development of critical embedded applications. SCADE 6.1 includes significant productivity enhancements to model-based design entry, new verification technologies, and expanded tool-chain integration and interoperability. The 6.1 release offers more flexible design entry, improved visibility into run-time performance, and the ability to share designs more efficiently. SCADE 6.1 is available immediately on Windows XP and Windows Vista platforms.

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Global Graphics Embedded Partner Program

Global Graphics (Brussels:GLOG) recently announced an embedded partner program for printer/MFP manufacturers. The program is allows partners to evaluate Global Graphics Harlequin PLUS Embedded SDK on multiple evaluation platforms. Global Graphics ported their SDK to a number of different platforms to make it easier for manufacturers to evaluate and conduct early testing of our technology.

One of the benefits of the new Partner program is that printer manufacturers will receive technical information and support, which will allow them to understand how to integrate their own technology with Global Graphics’ technology through a robust set of APIs. If printer manufacturers prefer to do most of the integration themselves and require little support from Global Graphics, source code can be made available. These highly-flexible APIs allow for easy integration of OEM or third-party technology, including color management, font handling, screening or compression/decompression technology.

Support for PCL 5c, 5e and XL will now be added to the new version of the Harlequin PLUS Embedded SDK, which already provides native support for PostScript, PDF and XPS across a wide range of embedded controller architectures and operating systems. Native processing of a Page Description Language, without conversion to another format, results in increased print fidelity and performance.

The Harlequin PLUS Embedded SDK is a compact and efficient software kernel with a modular architecture that enables small footprint and low memory operation. These characteristics, combined with highly configurable support for multiple PDL formats and sophisticated graphics and color handling routines, present a software solution that is suitable for a wide range of devices and whose extensive configuration options facilitate integration with an OEM’s printer controller software.

More info: Global Graphics Harlequin PLUS Embedded SDK

Renesas HEW Target Server Design Contest

Renesas is holding a design contest for its HEW Target Server. The HEW Target Server, a Windows® COM object, provides an interface from Microsoft Visual Studio into HEW, the powerful, easy-to-use Renesas development environment for embedded systems. It lets you control HEW or a target platform through standard Renesas debugger interfaces. With just a little programming, you can implement a Windows interface to your board (design) or to the HEW IDE. With HTS, you can build a virtual control panel, create a MicroTerminal, and implement a myriad of other ideas.

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To enter the design contest, you need to design a Windows® application using the HEW Target Server. The application can be anything (such as a helper tool or automation program) and hardware design isn’t required. Winners of the contest will receive cash prizes, with over $15,000 to be awarded as follows:

  • First prize: $5,000 and a trip to the October 2008 Renesas Developers Conference in San Diego, California
  • Second prize: $3,000
  • Third prize: $2,000
  • Five Honorable Mention prizes: $1,000

In addition, if qualified, you can receive a free demo kit designed specifically for HTS. The limited-edition HEW Target Server Demonstration kit was created for the HEW Target Server Design Contest 2008. The kit provides HTS examples for both target MCU and Windows. All Windows code comes in both C++ and VisualBasic. To help get you started, copies of Microsoft’s VisualStudio Express for C++ and VisualBasic are included. The HEW Target Server Demonstration kit contains:

  • Target board with M16C/26A MCU, 1MB EEPROM, audio amp and jack, built-in debug circuitry, and user interface
  • HEW 4.1 (development IDE) with HEW Target Server Technology
  • Quick Start Guide
  • CD with HEW Target Server examples
  • Microsoft VisualStudio Express C++ edition CD
  • Microsoft VisualStudio Express VB edition CD
  • USB Cable

The contest is open to participants over 18 years of age. The deadline for entries is July 4, 2008.

More info: HEW Target Server Design Contest 2008

NIRA Dynamics Tire Pressure Indicator

NIRA Dynamics’s TPI (Tire Pressure Indicator) is a software solution that determines the tire inflation pressure from the wheel speed signals and does not require any in-wheel pressure sensors and RF components. As a result, TPI is a cost effective and easy to integrate into different target systems. With TPI, the driver will be alerted if any of the tires is under-inflated long before the tire breaks down.

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Generic BIOS Firmware Support for HTX

American Megatrends Inc. (AMI) eliminated the need to develop custom BIOS solutions by incorporating generic BIOS and firmware support for HTX-enabled products into their BIOS platforms serving next-generation AMD processors. AMI, a high-level member of the HyperTransport Consortium, has included the HTX BIOS extensions in its AMIBIOS®8 and Aptio® firmware.

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SpaceDev Receives Hybrid Propulsion Technology Patent

SpaceDev has been issued a United States patent for its hybrid propulsion technology. The U.S. Patent Office issued U.S. Patent No. 7,069,717, entitled “Hybrid Propulsion System,” to SpaceDev for technology related to fine altitude and control systems on a spacecraft. The patented Hybrid Propulsion System provides increased control of thruster minimum impulse over conventional systems while simultaneously reducing oxidizer waste. This translates to reduced costs and higher efficiency for SpaceDev’s systems. According to the patent, liquid oxidizer from a main motor is used in a gas thruster by converting the liquid oxidizer to a gas state. This ensures that gas, rather than liquid, is delivered to the thruster.

The technology behind the patent was developed and funded by SpaceDev. SpaceDev creates and sells affordable and innovative space products and solutions to government and commercial enterprises. SpaceDev’s innovations include the design, manufacture, marketing and operation of sophisticated micro- and nano-satellites, hybrid rocket-based orbital Maneuvering and orbital Transfer Vehicles as well as sub-orbital and orbital hybrid rocket-based propulsion systems for safe human space flight.

Source: Business Wire

Home Automation with Voice Recognition

Embedded Automation (specializing in the areas of home automation, media centers, and embedded systems) and One Voice Technologies (developer of 4th Generation voice solutions for the Telecom and Interactive Multimedia markets) will add voice recognition capabilities to Embedded Automation’s industry leading mControl home automation software using One Voice’s mceSpeechTools(TM) for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2005.

Using One Voice’s mceSpeechTools, Embedded Automation has enabled voice command and control to their popular mControl home automation software. Through the convergence of these technologies, customers are able to simply speak using voice recognition to control everything from lighting, thermostats and appliances, to home entertainment content such as movies, music and photos. Voice control capabilities will be available as part of the upcoming release of mControl version 1.55. To take advantage of the voice feature in mControl, customers will need to purchase separately One Voice’s Media Center Communicator.

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