Microchip Technology introduced JukeBlox 3.2 platform and software development kit. According to the company, it is the only Wi-Fi audio connectivity platform to support all of the major mobile and PC operating systems along with the DLNA standard. The JukeBlox 3.2 SDK, paired with any JukeBlox network media processor or module, is available now for sampling and volume production. Pricing starts at $12 each for Microchip’s DM870A Wi-Fi network media processor chipset, combined with the JB3.2 software in quantities of 25,000 units per year.
EVE introduced the e-zTest MIPI CSI-2 and e-zTest MIPI DSI validation platforms. The new application-specific debug solutions support the Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance wireless standards for Camera Serial Interface (CSI-2) and Display Serial Interface (DSI). The two new wireless system-on-chip (SoC) validation platforms are the first commercial synthesizable virtual components for SoC emulation that meet MIPI standards. The EVE platforms are available now.
Texas Instruments introduced their BLE-Stack 1.2 Bluetooth low energy application software. The BLE-Stack 1.2 is based on the Bluetooth v4.0 release. The low energy software Bluetooth stack is ideal for Bluetooth Smart and Smart Ready devices such as wearables. The BLE-Stack 1.2 Bluetooth low energy software stack is available now, royalty-free to users of TI’s CC254x Bluetooth low energy system-on-chip family. The CC2540DK-MINI, CC2540DK and CC2541EMK development kits are available now for $99, $299, and $99, respectively.
Texas Instruments rolled out a new version of their ZigBee RF4CE remote control solution. The latest version supports the upcoming ZigBee Input Device (ZID) profile, which enables mouse-like pointing functionality, keyboard and gesture- and touch-based input controls for consumer electronics like TVs, set-top boxes and game consoles. TI’s ZigBee RF4CE solution includes the royalty-free RemoTI 1.3 protocol stack with sample application software, an ETSI-compliant and FCC-certified nano USB module, and an associated Advanced Remote Control development kit.
Ambarella introduced their wireless camera developer’s kit for designing cameras that combine still photography and full HD video with wireless video streaming to smartphones. The Ambarella Wireless Camera Developer’s Kit enables users to capture their experiences with a high-quality, dedicated camera while utilizing their smartphone’s network connectivity for instant sharing and personal broadcasting.
octoScope introduced octoFade software, which includes a library that implements IEEE 802.11n standard channel models. The software library enables test equipment manufacturers and integrators to add channel emulation to test instruments used to test MIMO (up to 4×4) or conventional radios. Channel modeling is used for emulating real-life wireless environments in the lab to test wireless products, including 802.11n, 802.11ac and cellular/LTE radios, to assess radio performance in the presence of multipath and Doppler fading. octoFade software with IEEE 802.11n models is available now.
Digi International announced the iDigi Gateway Development Kit with 3G cellular connectivity. The iDigi Gateway Development Kit is designed to make it easy to setup a ZigBee network, upload a custom iDigi Device Integration Application (iDigi Dia) and provide seamless connectivity to the iDigi Device Cloud for Web services integration to standard business applications over the Internet. Kits are available now. Prices start at $499.
Witech announced the FL6410 Android development kit for smartphones and tablet PCs. The FL6410 features a 800MHz Samsung S3C6410 microprocessor, 256MB DDR RAM, 1GB NAND Flash, MoviNAND interface, Multi-Channel audio IO and GSM, Android-oriented keypad, RS232, RS485, CAN, SPI, AV-In, TV-out, and CVBS interfaces. The Witech FL6410 is available now for $235 (USD). Add-on parts are available (such as 7″ LCD, GPS module, GPRS module, WCDMA 3G Module, Camera, WIFI module).
Wind River rolled out updated versions of their platform for Android and framework for Automated Software Testing (FAST) for Android. Wind River Platform for Android and Wind River FAST for Android help developers deliver feature-rich Android devices to market quickly and reliably. Wind River Platform for Android features upgrade paths to future Android releases, including Google Gingerbread and Honeycomb to support a wider range of devices such as tablets. Wind River Platform for Android and Wind River FAST for Android are available now.
Texas Instruments (TI) announced the bqTESLA development kit. The Qi certified wireless power development kit helps design engineers quickly integrate wireless power technology in consumer electronics. The TI bqTELSA development kit features a single-channel transmitter, a direct-charge receiver and associated magnetics for applications requiring 5 watts of power or less. The bqTESLA development kit is available now for a promotional price of $250 during CES 2011. After CES, the TI kit will be priced at $499. Individual components of the kit are also available for purchase in production quantities.