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.
RapidRollout introduced their Workbench web-based tool. Workbench enables developers to create a customized operating system for their applications. The tool helps developers configure and build a complete platform image in less than an hour. Access to Workbench is free. New accounts receive ten free build credits that can be used to complete small projects or evaluate the RapidRollout system for use in a larger project. The operating system itself is 100% open source and free of charge. There is no lock-in mechanisms.
Microchip Technology introduced the MPLAB X IDE for the development of embedded applications using their PIC microcontrollers and dsPIC digital signal controllers. With MPLAB X IDE, engineers can manage multiple projects and tools with simultaneous debugging, an advanced editor, visual call graphs and code completion. The open-source integrated development environment supports Linux, Mac OS and Windows operating systems. MPLAB X IDE beta is available now for free download.
Mercury Computer Systems introduced OpenSAL, which is an open source version of their Scientific Algorithm Library (SAL) for vector math acceleration. SAL is a high-throughput, low-latency signal processing library. It features algorithms with the fewest possible instructions and computing resources. OpenSAL provides a robust API, C code reference design and documentation for over 400 SAL math functions. OpenSAL V1.0 is available now for download under open-source license GNU GPLv3.
A few months ago, Gostai decided to open their Urbi operating system for robots with an A-GPL license. To stimulate the community of programmers using Urbi for robotics or in other domains, Gostai is holding an open contest based on Urbi open source. The project does not have to focus on robotics. Topics can be anything (ie – video games or complex systems) as long as participants use the Urbi open source in the project. Software tools will be provided for free use during the contest (ends December 15, 2010).
Protecode System 4 is a suite of capabilities that enables companies to efficiently and cost-effectively identify open source content in their source code and determine their licensing obligations. System 4 installs as a simple overlay on existing design, development and testing environments without changing any existing workflows. Protecode System 4 is available now.
The Symbian Foundation introduced the Symbian^3 (S^3) platform. S^3 is expected to be “feature complete” by the end of the first quarter and the release will include significant usability and interface advances, faster networking, acceleration for 2D and 3D graphics in games and applications, HDMI support (High-Definition Multimedia Interface), music store integration, an improved user interface with easier navigation and multi-touch gesture support, a feature-rich homescreen, and the ability to run even more applications simultaneously.