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.
PLS Programmierbare Logik & Systeme released version four of their Universal Debug Engine (UDE). UDE 4.0 features improved debug capabilities for multicore targets, optimized visualization options during system test and dedicated support for the latest 32-bit multicore System-On-Chips (SOCs). UDE 4.0 now supports microcontrollers (MCUs) for the Infineon AURIX family, Freescale Qorivva MPC57XX family, and STMicroelectronics SPC57x family.
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.
Avnet Electronics Marketing, Freescale, Murata and ARM are teaming together to host a series of SpeedWay technical seminars. The development board transforms the Freescale Freedom development platform into a completely portable wireless sensor system. The SpeedWay events will discuss ways to incorporate the Wi-Go wireless accessory module with the Freescale Freedom development platform featuring the Kinetis-L microcontrollers. The workshops feature both in-person presentations and hands-on labs.
Texas Instruments introduced the Stellaris LM4F120 LaunchPad evaluation kit. The TI Stellaris LaunchPad helps engineers, hobbyists and students explore ARM Cortex-M4F microcontrollers and TI’s Stellaris family of microcontrollers. In addition, the functionality of the Stellaris LaunchPad can be expanded with BoosterPacks. The Stellaris EK-LM4F120XL LaunchPad evaluation kit is available now for the promotional price of $4.99.
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.
Texas Instruments introduced the ULP (Ultra-Low Power) Advisor software code analysis tool. The TI ULP Advisor tool provides a static code analyzer that flags software code and offers ultra-low-power tips and tricks to help developers understand where to improve code, line by line. This results in milliamps and nanoamps saved in designs for ultimate low-power performance. ULP Advisor software is available now. It is included in the latest install of Code Composer Studio IDE version 5.2.
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).
IAR Systems introduced a KickStart Kit for Freescale Semiconductor’s ARM Cortex-M4 based Kinetis microcontrollers. The IAR KickStart Kit for Kinetis K60 enables rapid evaluation of and prototyping with the Kinetis microcontroller family. The kit is compatible with the Freescale Tower System development platform. The starter kit is ideal for industrial control, medical, and consumer electronics applications. The IAR KickStart Kit for Kinetis K60 includes hardware boards, debug probe, software tools and code examples. It is available now for $239 USD (190 EUR).
The IQmath Library for microcontrollers, from Texas Instruments (TI), now supports both the 32-bit C2000 and Stellaris MCU platforms. The TI IQmath Library is an optimized collection of high-precision mathematical functions. The library enables programmers to seamlessly port floating-point algorithms into fixed-point code. Developers can use the software to achieve execution speeds considerably faster than equivalent code written in standard ANSI C language. The IQmath Library speeds development and addresses the limitations of fixed-point math by eliminating time-consuming scaling and saturation burdens. IQmath software is free and available for download through StellarisWare software or C2000 controlSUITE software.