Microchip Technology and Digilent introduced the chipKIT uC32 open-source development platform and the chipKIT Wi-Fi Shield. The chipKIT uC32 is based on Microchip’s 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller. The chipKIT Wi-Fi Shield enables designers to implement wireless projects with chipKIT, Uno32 and Max32 boards. The chipKIT uC32 is priced at $34.99 each. The chipKIT Wi-Fi Shield is priced at $49.99 each.
Microchip Technology and Digilent introduced the Cerebot MX3cK, Cerebot MX4cK and Cerebot MX7cK development boards. The 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller-based boards feature prototyping capabilities for the Arduino compatible chipKIT development platform. The MX3/4/7 boards offer a single, general-purpose development platform for users to develop a wide range of 32-bit MCU applications using the free, Arduino-compatible chipKIT IDE (called the Multi-Platform IDE, or MPIDE). All three boards are available now. The Cerebot MX3cK board is priced at $39, the MX4cK board is $79, and the MX7cK board is $99.
National Electronics Week 2011 will take place April 12-13 in Birmingham. The NEW:UK conference will focus on embedded systems and software, rapid prototyping, component manufacturing, component distribution, power supplies, capital equipment, PCB equipment manufacturers and services, and board manufacturers. The first 5000 qualified pre-registered visitors for NEW:UK will also be able to attend the Gadget Show Live on the trade and press day (April 12, 2011).
Avnet Electronics Marketing introduced the first of three technical training sessions for medical device manufacturers featuring design solutions from Analog Devices. The first training features two On-Ramp Technical Sessions that showcase the benefits of utilizing Analog Devices’ signal processing ICs for diagnosis level electrocardiogram (ECG) measurement equipment and pulse oximetry design applications.
IMEC announced a microchip with microscopic nail structures that enable close communication between the electronics and biological cells. The new chip is a mass-producible, easy-to-use tool in electrophysiology research (such as fundamental research on the functioning and dysfunctioning of the brain). Each micronail structure serves as a close contact-point for one cell, and contains an electrode that can very accurately record and trigger in real-time the electrical activity of an individual electrogenic cell in a network.
Terepac teamed with IMEC to develop packaging technologies for flexible electronics. The initial driver for the synergistic shared research relationship is a next generation wireless ECG system, developed in the Human++ Program at Holst Centre, Eindhoven. The patented photochemical printing process, thinned silicon dies, and passive components can be placed on flexible substrates at speeds of more than one chip per second and with accuracies down to a few microns.