One-third of this year’s Design Automation Conference will focus on embedded systems and software. DAC 2011 will feature a dedicated Embedded System and Software (ESS) Executive Day, embedded theater teardowns and presentations, a zone for ESS vendors on the exhibit floor, panels, special sessions, User Track presentations, keynotes, tutorials, and workshops. The 48th Design Automation Conference will take place at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, from June 5-10, 2011.
Tektronix introduced the DPO7000C Series and new 4-, 6- and 8-GHz models of the MSO/DPO/DSA70000C Series of oscilloscopes. The new Tek oscilloscopes help speed debug efforts of serial buses found in many embedded system designs. Tektronix is offering expanded support for MIPI testing with new serial decode solutions for MIPI Alliance’s CSI-2 and DSI specifications. MIPI Alliance specifications feature higher bit rates, and help smartphone manufacturers reduce time-to-market and device integration costs.
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).
ALT Software, Green Hills Software, and DiSTI have teamed together to create the Visual Interface Bundle for embedded systems (VIBE). The bundle is an out of the box solution for the rapid development and deployment of visual interfaces used in embedded and safety critical systems. VIBE will be available after the Europe Avionics show (March 16-17).
Vector Fabrics introduced the vfEmbedded cloud-based tool. vfEmbedded enables embedded systems engineers to easily partition and map their software onto complex multicore platforms. The tool will be available as a cloud-based software service on March 1st. vfEmbedded can be accessed with a standard web browser. Pricing starts at €450 per month. A free trial, including several example designs, is available. vfEmbedded is ideal for software designers trying to implement complex algorithms and codecs onto a given platform.
Altia rolled out Altia Design 9.2 DeepScreen 6.0, PhotoProto 2.0 and FlowProto 1.5 HMI engineering tools for embedded systems. The tools enable engineers to build user interface models. Altia Design 9.2 DeepScreen 6.0 now supports targets like OpenGL ES 2.x, OpenVG and Linux Framebuffer. FlowProto 1.5 pulls logic and structure out of Microsoft Visio and converts it to XML. PhotoProto 2.0 now features enhanced exporting options, integration capabilities with other tools and improved animation capabilities.
RTXCview, from Quadros Systems, is a system trace and profiling tool for embedded systems. RTXCview provides visual insight and understanding of the runtime behavior of embedded systems using the RTXC RTOS. It works as a companion to traditional debuggers. RTXCview System Trace Tool is available now. It is licensed on a per seat basis starting at $300 for RTXCview Basic Edition and $1500 for RTXCview Professional Edition. The Basic Edition offers standard features and the Professional Edition is for engineers who want to tune the tool for greater insight.
SinelaboreRT is a tool for real-time embedded systems developers. SinelaboreRT generates readable and maintainable code from UML modeling tools. The generated code does not require a runtime library and can be easily used in different system designs (RTOS, foreground-background) or even in an IRQ handler. With SinelaboreRT, engineers can convert state-machine models into a target language (C++, Java and C#). Designers can influence the generation process according to thier needs. The built in state-chart editor supports model state diagrams without using a UML tool.
Tektronix introduced the MSO/DPO5000 Series mixed signal oscilloscope platform for embedded systems design engineers. The MSO5000 and DPO5000 Series series features eight models ranging from 350 MHz of analog bandwidth and 5 GS/s sample rates to 2 GHz and 10 GS/s for higher-end applications. Record length ranges from 12.5M up to 250M for in-depth analysis and debug. Each model has four analog channels. The MSO models also offer 16 digital channels and built-in parallel bus trigger and decode functionality. In addition, the DPO models are field upgradeable to MSO models.
Frost & Sullivan is hosting a webinar, Embedded Systems Designers Need to Take Notice. The online briefing will discuss the developments with high speed serial interfaces. The webcast will take place Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 at 3 p.m. EDT. The online seminar is free and be presented by Dennis Murphy (CEO of Absolute Analysis) and Jessy Cavazos (Industry Director for Frost & Sullivan’s Measurement & Instrumentation Group).