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.
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.
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.
Cortus announced their APS5 embedded microcontroller. The Cortus APS5 is a 32-bit general purpose CPU. The processor IP is designed for demanding embedded systems. It features a high performance integer unit and an instruction cache. The APS5 can be implemented in dual- or quad-core configurations or be used in a heterogeneous system with APS3R.
Texas Instruments announced the Audio Capacitive Touch BoosterPack, which is based on the C5000 ultra-low-power digital signal processor (DSP). The C5000 ultra-low-power DSP-based Audio Capacitive Touch BoosterPack is a plug-in board for the MSP430 LaunchPad development kit. The TI Audio Capacitive Touch BoosterPack is available now for a one-time promotional price of $30 USD for the next 30 days (normally priced at $34.99).
Energy Micro released the EFM32G-DK3550 development kit for their EFM32 Gecko microcontroller family. The new development kit includes full SEGGER J-Trace and J-Link support. This reduces the need for additional debugging tools. The EFM32-DK3550 is available now. Prices start at $309. Energy Micro’s Gecko microcontroller family consists of over 240 variants based on the ARM Cortex-M processor cores.
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.
Microchip Technology introduced their Microstick II development tool. The flexible USB-powered tool features an integrated debugger and programmer, user LED, reset button, and DUT socket for easy device swapping. The Microchip Microstick II supports 3.3V 16-bit and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers (MCUs), and 16-bit dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) in 28-pin SPDIP packages. The development tool is available now.