Synopsys introduced the Virtualizer Development Kit for Renesas RH850 microcontrollers. The VDK accelerates software development, system integration and test for RH850-based automotive applications such as body, powertrain/hybrid and chassis/safety control. The new development kit seamlessly integrates into existing software development flows. The VDK makes it easy for engineering teams throughout the automotive supply chain to deploy and achieve higher levels of product reliability, reduce overall development cost and shorten design cycles. The VDK for Renesas RH850 MCU is available now.
Synopsys introduced the Virtualizer Development Kit (VDK) for Freescale Semiconductor’s Qorivva microcontroller family. The Synopsys VDK accelerates the development of automotive control applications in powertrain/hybrid, chassis/safety and body electronic control units (ECUs). Synopsys’ automotive VDKs help OEMs and tier-one suppliers to enhance their embedded software development processes by starting earlier, improving productivity and enabling more and better testing in support of safety standards such as ISO 26262. The VDK for Freescale Qorivva MCUs is available now.
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.
Silicon Laboratories released their Class D ToolStick evaluation kit. The evaluation kit enables developers to add digital Class D audio capabilities to 32-bit embedded designs based on Silicon Labs’ feature-rich SiM3U1xx Precision32 microcontrollers (MCUs). The Class D ToolStick evaluation kit includes full source code and implements a Class D amplifier demonstration using a small-footprint 40-pin 6 mm x 6 mm package SiM3U1xx MCU. The USB-based kit is available now. It is priced at $35.
Texas Instruments launched TI-RTOS, which is a complete real-time operating system based on preemptive multithreading kernel. TI-RTOS speeds software development by eliminating the need for designers to write and maintain complex system software, including schedulers, protocol stacks and low-level drivers. TI-RTOS is available now on select devices, including ARM Cortex-M4 MCUs and C2000 dual core C28x + ARM Cortex-M3 MCUs. It will be offered soon on MSP430 MCUs, as well as other C2000 and ARM-based MCUs. TI will continue to expand its RTOS offering beyond the MCU portfolio to other processor families.
element14 and Freescale Semiconductor are sponsoring two free one-hour webinars. The title of the webcast is: Energy efficient designs made simple with the rich enablement of Kinetis L series microcontrollers. The online seminars will take place on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 12 noon CDT and on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 12 noon CDT. Engineers can attend the live webinars or view on-demand versions afterwards on the element14 engineering community.
Synopsys and Renesas teamed together to developed Virtualizer Development Kits. The VDKs for Renesas’ RH850 MCUs are software development tools that integrating functional models of digital hardware. The VDKs help engineers speed software development and system testing for Renesas RH850-based designs. The new VDKs for Renesas’ RH850 MCUs will be available from Synopsys in the fourth quarter of this year.
Texas Instruments announced the C2000 LaunchPad, which is an evaluation kit based on the Piccolo 32-bit TMS320F2802x microcontroller. C2000 LaunchPad is a modular, quick-launch evaluation kit that contains everything needed (device, emulation and software) for developers, hobbyists and university students to explore the latest real-time control techniques for applications like digital motor control, lighting and power conversion. The new C2000 LaunchPad (LAUNCHXL-F28027) is available for order now. It is priced at $17.
Avnet Electronics and Texas Instruments are hosting a webinar next week. The title of the webcast is Innovation with Purpose: Optimal Microcontroller Solutions for Safety-Critical Applications. The online seminar will explain how TI’s Hercules safety microcontrollers can help optimize designs and speed time to market. The free training will take place on Tuesday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m. (EDT).
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.