The deadline for the 2014 European Design Freedom Contest is fast approaching and we’d love to see you win a variety of Apple products, a football table, espresso machine, or shiny new bicycle! Using the Freescale Freedom Kinetics ARM based development platform and free online tools from Digi-Key Corporation, you’ll generate a block diagram of a project of your choosing. In Phase 2, create a PCB design that brings your creativity to life! Enter today!
Contest link: http://www.eeweb.com/freedomcontest
Atmel have announced the introduction of the SAMA5D4 to their SAMA5 family of microcontrollers. These use an ARM Cortex A5 core and the new D4 adds H264, VP8 and MPEG4 720p video playback capability at 30fps.
According to Jacko Wilbrink, sr. director of MPUs at Atmel “With the large market acceptance of the Atmel SAMA5D3 Cortex®-A5-based MPUs, we are continuing to shape experiences surrounding the user interface for industrial and consumer applications. The SAMA5D4 enables the addition of video playback to control panels and displays at an unrivalled cost point, security and counterfeiting are becoming growing concerns within the rapidly growing IoT market. These applications require MPUs with advanced encryption while maintaining the same level of high performance. Atmel® | SMART™ SAMA5D4 is positioned to deliver the security and performance many Internet-connected systems require.”
New Processors from Atmel - [Link]
An interesting open source NFC project is seeking for funding on kickstarter.
MicroNFCBoard is an integrated development platform that makes it easy to use Near Field Communication or NFC (What is NFC? see below for more info). It contains a NFC transceiver, a microcontroller and all the software you need to use NFC.
It can be used with an Arduino, Raspberry Pi, mbed or PC/Mac. There is also a powerful ARM Cortex-M0 microcontroller onboard so it can work on its own and you can connect a bunch of things to the board using its various peripherals.
MicroNFCBoard – Easy NFC for the Internet of Things - [Link]
National Instruments has introduced an embedded System-on-module (SOM) development board with integrated Linux-based real-time operating system (RTOS).
Processing power in the 2” x 3” SOM comes from a Xilinx Zync-7020 all programmable SOC running a dual core ARM Cortex-A9 at 667 MHz. A built-in low power Artix-7 FPGA offers 160 single-ended I/Os and Its dedicated processor I/O include Gigabit Ethernet USB 2.0 host, USB 2.0 host/device, SDHC, RS232 and Tx/Rx. Power requirements of the SOM are typically 3 to 5 W.
Linux embedded SOM from NI - [Link]
Cypress Semiconductor are offering the CY8CKIT-049-41XX development board which contains a 32-bit CORTEX-M3 48 MHz ARM processor for just $4.00 (£2.62 in the UK). The board is quite basic but offers a full-speed USB to serial bridge controller chip on a snap-off portion of the PCB to allow for bootloading the target PSoC device and communication with the board via a computer’s USB port. Software tools for the kit include the PSoC Creator and EZ-USB Software Development Kit (SDK).
The kit supports either a 3.3 or 5 V supply voltage and the device can be programmed using the bootloader or the Cypress MiniProg3 programmer. Cypress Semiconductor are marketing these ready-to-run kits as an alternative to supplying device samples.
Low-cost ARM Development Platform - [Link]
There is cool contest for EEs, with actual prizes running right now. EEWeb.com is running the “2014 European Design Freedom Contest” (at http://www.eeweb.com/freedomcontest) and the prizes include iPads and iPods as well as a football table, espresso machine, or bike. You’ll get to design projects using the Freescale Freedom Kinetis ARM based development platform.
The contest uses free online tools from Digi-Key. The first part of the contest uses Scheme-It for you to generate a block diagram of your contest entry that uses one of the 10 available Freescale Freedom Platforms; the project can be a solution to a real problem or something novel. This first phase of the contest runs through the end of June.
In the second phase, create a PCB design of your project. You can also go with a software submission using ARM mbed studio online software (mbed.org). The 2nd phase runs through Oct 10th.
EEWeb.com – 2014 European Design Freedom Contest - [Link]
A new development board has been released from the Arduino – Arduino Zero:
A new development board has been released from the Arduino stable of development products. This board has been developed jointly by Atmel and Arduino and targets ‘The next generation of IoT development’.
The Zero board contains an Atmel SAMD21 microcontroller, built around the 32-bit ARM Cortex M0+ processor. The board also packs 256 KB of flash and 32 KB of SRAM. Shield connectors are Arduino R3 compatible at 3.3 V. The (EDBG) Atmel embedded software debugger is available to aid program development.
Acording to Massimo Banzi, co-founder and CEO at Arduino “The Zero board expands the Arduino family by providing increased performance to fuel creativity of the Maker community. The flexible feature set enables endless project opportunities for devices and acts as a great educational tool for learning about 32-bit application development”.
Arduino Zero Targets the IoT - [Link]
MikroElektronika today announced that May 6, 2014 marks the 10th anniversary since it started developing compilers for Embedded programming – mikroC, mikroPascal and mikroBasic. The company will celebrate the occasion with a month long campaign that will include exclusive content, discounts and weekly full compiler license giveaways.
The successful release of mikroPascal for PIC in 2004 spawned an extensive product line that today has 18 compilers for six popular MCU architectures (ARM, PIC, dsPIC/PIC32, 8051 and AVR) that had a significant impact on the embedded electronics industry.
MikroElektronika celebrates a decade of compiler development - [Link]
In this article, circuitstoday.com explain the basics surrounding arduino. As the title indicates, this article is for absolute beginners in the world of electronics and for people who are beginning with arduino boards.
Arduino is an electronics prototyping platform based on a micro controller. Arduino boards are usually made using Atmel’s Atmega series micro controllers or ARM micro controllers. Arduino is an open source hardware project which means the designs of board (the hardware architecture, CAD files) are available to public with open source license. Anyone can modify the hardware designs and the associated software.
What is Arduino – Introduction to Arduino for Beginners - [Link]
A purely software based USB peripheral for ARM Cortex M0+ devices. This software enables Cortex M0+ devices to act as Low speed USB device. It includes a lightweight USB & HID Stack and easily be optimized to consume only 4KB of flash.
LemcUSB: software USB for EFM32ZG (ARM Cortex M0+) - [Link]