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Lauterbach Extends Its Android Debugging Support

Lauterbach Debug Tool Offers New FPGA Integration

Lauterbach Announces Debug Support for ARMv8-M

ILS Technology Enables Commercial Hydroponics

Lauterbach Offers Debug Support for 2nd Generation AURIX™ Microprocessor

New BioMon Sensor IC Detects Heart Rate and Pulse Oximetry

Configurable Backlight Breathes New Life Into LCD Display Module

Lauterbach to Demonstrate Advanced Debug Technology at MATLAB Expo 2016

Intelligent's PiFi adds CD Quality Audio to the Raspberry Pi

 

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Lauterbach Extends Its Android Debugging Support

New TRACE32® Android support allows the debugging of ahead-of-time compiled Android framework and apps.

Lauterbach, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, has extended its Android debugging support for Android versions based on the Android RunTime (ART), and includes Android versions L, M and N.


“The new Android support allows the debugging of the ahead-of-time compiled Android framework and apps,” said Barry Lock, UK Manager at Lauterbach.  “Furthermore, TRACE32® automatically detects ahead-of-time compiled objects and loads the corresponding DWARF/ELF info. If the DWARF info is not available, the debugger can parse the OAT data to extract the debug information.”

Barry Lock, UK Manager

TRACE32® supports the hybrid compilation introduced in Android N. For interpreted code, it is possible to display the stack frame with native to Java and Java to native transitions. A double click on a Java method displays the high level code together with the Dalvik disassembly. In case the code is just-in-time compiled, TRACE32® uses the symbols of the Android libart.so library to parse the JIT cache in order to get the names and ranges of the "hot" methods.

The TRACE32® Linux awareness also provides easy access to the kernel resources such as task lists, kernel logs and device tree. Debugging the Linux kernel, kernel modules as well as native processes and libraries over JTAG is possible by using dedicated menus and commands.

Thanks to it′s extended MMU support, TRACE32® allows access to the complete virtual address space. This gives the developer the ability to switch to the context of any process and inspect its status at any time.

Post-mortem debug is also supported. Raw memory images can be loaded into the TRACE32® instruction set simulator. By setting a few MMU configuration registers and loading the Linux awareness, you have easy access to your system state, at the moment where the memory dump was created. 

http://www.lauterbach.com

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Lauterbach Debug Tool Offers New FPGA Integration

New debug tool integration offers developers an un-paralleled level of visibility into an embedded system

Lauterbach, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools has announced that it has added an additional integration to its popular TRACE32® debug tool. The new integration allows the Xilinx® Vivado® Design Suite to share the Lauterbach JTAG connection to Zynq®-7000 or Zynq® UltraScale+™ SoCs.

“This is the breakthrough that some of our customers have been waiting for, the ability to debug hardware and software in parallel”, Says Barry Lock, Lauterbach’s UK Sales Manager. “We feel that this integration offers developers an un-paralleled level of visibility into an embedded system and should enable them to produce better quality systems in a more timely fashion.”

In addition to the entire set of TRACE32® advanced debug features, developers can now take advantage of the powerful diagnostic features and FPGA programming capabilities of Vivado® as well as analyzing internal FPGA signals via the Integrated Logic Analyzer. All of these tools can be used concurrently utilising a shared connection provided by the Lauterbach hardware.

TRACE32® provides complete software debug support for ARM® Cortex® based processors as well as MicroBlaze™ soft cores running stand-alone or in a multi-core system. With support for over 50 embedded real-time operating systems, MMU awareness and hypervisor support, TRACE32® allows developers to debug any part of the system from a single easy to use interface.

http://www.lauterbach.com

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Lauterbach Announces Debug Support for ARMv8-M

Lauterbach has announced that its TRACE32® debug tools now support cores of the new ARMv8-M family

Lauterbach, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, has announced that its TRACE32® debug tools now support cores of the new ARMv8-M family. 

These new cores of the ARMv8-M family include the Cortex®-M23 and Cortex®-M33 core and have similar performance to the existing Cortex®-M3/M4 devices, whilst offering low power performance and a small footprint. They also include a new integrated version of the ARM® TrustZone® ensuring that these cores are suitable for secure IoT applications.

“Our TRACE32® tools fully support these new cores,” said Barry Lock, UK Manager at Lauterbach. “This includes support for the ARM® TrustZone® mechanism, enabling the developer to have full visibility and control during the development process.”

Lauterbach debug tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers, and the company is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support. Lauterbach tools support all of the major families of microprocessor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of Lauterbach tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

“The TRACE32® tools provide the ARM® Cortex®-M microprocessor developer with a comprehensive debug environment,” said Barry Lock.  “For customers who already have Lauterbach debug tools for Cortex®-M, a software update will enable access to these new device types.”

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

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ILS Technology Enables Commercial Hydroponics

Advances in LED technology are enabling 'urban farming' - farming that uses less space, less pesticides, less energy and has minimal transport requirements.

LED specialist, Intelligent LED Solutions (ILS), has announced that it has further expanded its range of hydroponic lighting solutions.

Following the success of its Petunia hydroponics lighting kit, which promotes growth in all plants, the company has recently launched new versions of the Petunia lighting solution, which target specific types of plants or growth, by bringing into play new technologies and more recent understanding.  These include a lighting solution for seedlings, another for vegetative growth and a third solution for high efficiency growth.

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"Hydroponics has a huge potential and is gaining momentum each month," said Adrian Amor, Director at ILS. "Recent advances in LED technology is enabling 'urban farming'; farming that uses less space, less pesticides, less energy and has minimal transport requirements. The result is healthy products and a low carbon footprint."

Horticultural research has established that radiation at some relatively narrow spectral bands can optimize chlorophyll absorption in plants that in turn drives the photosynthesis process critical to plant growth.  Each plant needs its own tailored Spectral Power Distribution to achieve the best results, but two basic colours will give a very good starting point; Hyper Red with a 660nm wavelength and Deep Blue with a 450nm wavelength. These colours can significantly stimulate plant growth while drastically reducing energy consumption through the use of targeted lighting.

"Our new targeted solution has been possible due to the introduction of Far Red (730 nm)" said Adrian Amor. "Together, with Deep Blue and Hyper Red these LEDs can provide the perfect lighting for all types of plants and flowers, allowing us to adapt the light exactly to the needs of various crops."

Intelligent LED Solutions is a specialist supplier of LED technology, offering a high level of technical skill, professionalism and commercial understanding to those industries that are or will be using LED technologies. Intelligent LED Solutions supply a wide range of European and overseas OEM manufacturers.

About Intelligent LED Solutions
ILS is a division of Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd (IGS) a well-established and respected industry leading display and opto-electronics solutions provider. Much of IGS’ business comes from providing semi-custom or custom products both in component and sub-assembly form.

ILS/IGS is a privately owned company and the owners are fully involved in the running of the business. All the senior staff have been involved with the opto-electronics industry for at least 15 years and are dedicated to ensuring that ILS is an innovative and highly successful operation. www.i-led.co.uk

Contact:
Adrian Amor, Director, Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd.
Tel:  +44 (0) 1635 294600
E-mail: info(at)i-led.co.uk

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Lauterbach Offers Debug Support for 2nd Generation AURIX™ Microprocessor

Lauterbach is the first to provide debug support for the 2nd Generation AURIX™ family from Infineon; designed to meet the requirements of the latest automotive powertrain, safety and advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) applications

Debug tool company Lauterbach has announced its support for Infineon's latest generation of the AURIX™ processor family.  

The new AURIX™ TC3xx family of microprocessors has been designed to meet the requirements of the latest automotive powertrain, safety and advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) applications. The chips contain up to six 32-bit cores, 16MB Flash, a Hardware Security Module, a Generic Timer Module (GTM) and a Standby Controller.

"We can now support debugging, tracing and flashing of these new devices with an updated version of our TRACE32® debug environment," said Barry Lock, UK Manager of Lauterbach.  “TRACE32® enables the synchronous start and stop of all six cores, as well as independent control of individual cores. It also allows the recording of program flow, data flow and the state of peripherals, such as the DMA controller, in real time."

Lauterbach debug tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers, and the company is recognised for both engineering excellence, and exceptional technical support. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of microprocessor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of Lauterbach tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

“Lauterbach has been working closely with Infineon in recent years,” said Barry Lock. “As vehicle software becomes ever more complex, high quality debug tools have increasingly become a necessity. It’s a challenging field of work, and we are very proud of the contribution we make to code integrity and vehicle safety.”

With a high-performing hexa-core architecture and advanced features for connectivity, security and embedded safety, the AURIX family TC3xx has been designed for a wide range of automotive applications. In addition to engine management and transmission control, powertrain applications include new systems in electrical and hybrid drives – specifically, hybrid domain control, inverter control, battery management, and DC-DC converters will benefit from the new architecture. The AURIX TC3xx microcontrollers are also suitable for safety-critical applications ranging from airbags, braking and power steering, to sensor-based systems using radar or camera technologies.

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

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New BioMon Sensor IC Detects Heart Rate and Pulse Oximetry

New BioMon sensor IC is set to enable further innovation in wireless health monitoring

Optoelectronics specialist, Intelligent LED Solutions (ILS), has announced the release of BioMon, an integrated circuit based sensor from OSRAM that uses advanced optoelectronic technology to monitor heart rate and blood oxygen levels.

Measuring only 4.7 x 2.5 x 0.9 mm, the tiny BioMon optoelectronic sensor is expected to facilitate further innovation in the area of wireless health monitoring equipment and fitness tracking devices. 

heart rate sensor and pulse oximetry

"The BioMon sensor has been developed to address the future demand for wireless health monitoring devices," said Adrian Amor, Director at ILS. "With its small footprint, low power usage and configurable behaviour, the BioMon will be an ideal starting point for new designs in this field."

BioMon is currently available in three variants, each of which is available mounted on a reference design board that will enable early stage development and prototyping. The heart rate and oxygen level monitoring is achieved through the transmission and detection of green and red light. Green light transmitters are used for pulse rate measurement at the wrist, whereas red or infrared emitters are used for pulse rate measurement on the finger, as they can also measure the oxygen content of the blood (pulse oximetry). In combination with a photodiode, the infrared LED can also be used as a proximity sensor.

“There are three BioMon solutions from which to choose,” said Adrian Amor. “Each one has a different set of characteristics, so that the BioMon can be used for a wide variety of applications. In addition to this, our engineers are available to offer technical support and assistance with both product design and prototyping.”

Intelligent LED Solutions is a specialist supplier of LED technology, offering a high level of technical skill, professionalism and commercial understanding to those industries that are or will be using LED technologies. Intelligent LED Solutions supply a wide range of European and overseas OEM manufacturers.

 

About Intelligent LED Solutions
ILS is a division of Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd (IGS) a well-established and respected industry leading display and opto-electronics solutions provider. Much of IGS’ business comes from providing semi-custom or custom products both in component and sub-assembly form.

ILS/IGS is a privately owned company and the owners are fully involved in the running of the business. All the senior staff have been involved with the opto-electronics industry for at least 15 years and are dedicated to ensuring that ILS is an innovative and highly successful operation. www.i-led.co.uk

 

Contact:
Adrian Amor, Director, Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd.
Tel:  +44 (0) 1635 294600
E-mail: info(at)i-led.co.uk

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Configurable Backlight Breathes New Life Into LCD Display Module

Intelligent’s new range of LCD displays offers a more modern appearance with more colour options.

Display specialist, Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS), has announced the introduction of its COG (chip on glass) Alphanumeric LCD Display Module range.

This new range of LCD displays from IDS has 2 rows of 16 characters and offers a low cost, low energy and easy to implement solution for embedded systems. Furthermore, these modules are available in a wide choice of backlight colours, and also offer developers dynamic multi-colour solutions.

"This style of alphanumeric LCD has been around for a while, but remains a popular and effective method for displaying data," said Adrian Amor, Director at IDS.

"What is new, is that we have ‘refreshed’ this approach by adding new backlight colours, enabling a more modern appearance for this type of display. The backlight colour can be dynamically changed, helping to bring attention to alarm conditions or system status"

The COG Alphanumeric LCD Display Module supports various LCD modes, including STN Positive, STN Negative, FSTN Positive, FSTN Negative and FFSTN Negative. It is also available with various LED backlight colours that include White, Green, Blue, Orange, Yellow/Green and RGB.

“Designers will now have the flexibility to benefit from the low cost and low energy of LCD, yet develop a product with the style and the look they need, including an RGB option,” said Adrian Amor. “Or they will be able to change the look of an existing product at no extra cost, or maybe match corporate colours or simply make their design look unique.”

IDS support the product range with Arduino and Pi code and breakout boards and demos to enable implementation as fast as possible.

This range of displays is available through RS Components. Further information and documentation is available on the following web page:

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/lcd-monochrome-displays/9031218/?sra=pmpn

IDS were established in 2001 by a team of display industry experts. Over time they have built up a wealth of knowledge about both the technical approach and the user interface approach to designing displays using LCD, TFT and OLED technologies for many applications. IDS have helped develop new and innovative displays, helping customers to enhance their products, with some even receiving awards for design and application.

About Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS)
IDS is a division of Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd (IGS) a well established and respected industry leading display and opto-electronics solutions provider. Much of IGS’ business comes from providing semi-custom or custom products both in component and sub-assembly form.

IDS/IGS is a privately owned company and the owners are fully involved in the running of the business. All the senior staff have been involved with the opto-electronics industry for at least 15 years and are dedicated to ensuring that ILS is an innovative and highly successful operation. http://www.i-groupuk.com/ids/

Contact:
Adrian Amor, Director, Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd.
Tel:  +44 (0) 1635 294600
E-mail: info(at)i-led.co.uk

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Lauterbach to Demonstrate Advanced Debug Technology at MATLAB Expo 2016

Lauterbach’s debug tool integration with MATLAB tools is enabling developers to comply with the requirements of IEC 61508 and related standards such as ISO 26262, DO-178C and EN 50128

German software debug tool company Lauterbach has announced that it will be exhibiting at this year’s MATLAB EXPO 2016 to be held at Silverstone in Northamptonshire, UK, on the 5th October. http://www.matlabexpo.com/uk

The MATLAB Expo brings together engineers, managers, and researchers to learn more about the latest MATLAB® and Simulink® software development solutions. Engineers and scientists worldwide use MATLAB® to analyse and design their systems and products.

“We are very pleased to be exhibiting at this event, said Barry Lock, UK Manager, Lauterbach. “Our debug tool integration with Simulink is helping engineers develop safer and more reliable systems. In this respect, we are looking forward to demonstrating and explaining how our Trace32 debug tool works and the major contribution that it can make to safety related systems.”

  Barry Lock, UK Manager, Lauterbach

Lauterbach debug tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers, and the company is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of microprocessor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of Lauterbach tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

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Intelligent's PiFi adds CD Quality Audio to the Raspberry Pi

Intelligent Embedded Solutions (IES) has announced the availability of the PiFi, an expansion board that adds a CD quality audio to the Raspberry Pi. The PiFi has been specifically designed for Pi developers that wish to construct audio playback or record projects and is available through RS Components.

 

The PiFi board features three audio outputs that include stereo headphones, SPDIF and speakers as well as an on-board microphone and an external microphone connection.

"The PiFi has the same form factor as the Pi, so it can be easily mounted above the Pi using a micro USB cable and stand-off pillars," said Adrian Amor, Director at IES. "The board is also fully ALSA driver compatible and requires only minimal setup for high quality audio reproduction. The PiFi is an exciting solution for developers that are looking to explore audio recording and playback."

The PiFi has a cut-out around the GPIO port to allow other peripherals to be connected without interference and it also provides two USB2.0 ports for connection to other USB devices so that no USB ports are lost.

The PiFi is available through RS Components:

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/products/8625275/?sra=p&r=t

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Software Debug Tools to Feature At UK Automotive Electronics Conference

Lauterbach will be exhibiting its latest advanced debugging tools at AESIN in Solihull on 20th October

German software debug tool company Lauterbach has announced that they will be exhibiting at this years AESIN Conference, a Conference for those involved in vehicle electronics. The Conference is taking place at The National Motorcycle Museum on the 20th October 2016, and is expected to attract many of Europe's leading automotive development companies and motor industry strategists. 

The AESIN Annual Conference explores the latest thinking from industry leaders and provides companies with the chance to engage in the UK programmes that are driving automotive electronics.

http://aesin.org.uk/annual-conference/conference-2016/

“We are very pleased to have been invited to exhibit our debug tools at this event,” said Barry Lock, UK Manager. “As vehicle software becomes ever more complex, high quality debug tools become more of a necessity. We have a number of very powerful tools that can help ensure code quality and vehicle safety. We are looking forward to demonstrating and explaining our latest solutions.”

Lauterbach debug tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers, and the company is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of microprocessor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of Lauterbach tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

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Lauterbach Provides Advanced Debug Solution for Marvell ARMADA Developers

Leading debug tool provider Lauterbach has announced that it is now a part of the Marvell ecosystem for the ARMADA® system-on-chip (SoC) product range. Marvell’s ARMADA SoC family will now be complemented by Lauterbach's tools which provide best in class debugging solutions and will assist developers to set up complex, multicore, debugging scenarios involving OS awareness. 

"Working with the ARMADA® system-on-chip is a good fit for our toolset," said Barry Lock, UK Manager at Lauterbach. "Multi-core devices can be notoriously difficult to debug and optimise. This is an area where our TRACE tools and our engineering support have repeatedly proven themselves, so we shall look forward to working with ARMADA developers and sharing our knowledge and experience in this field."

Based on high-performance and highly-scalable multi-core CPU technology, the ARMADA SoC family delivers a new level of performance, integration and efficiency to high-volume enterprise applications including control plane CPUs, IP appliances, storage edge, routers, security appliances, small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) routers, network attached storage (NAS), home gateways, IoT hubs, wireless routers, Wi-Fi access points (WAP), surveillance video recorders and high-performance networking products.

The 64-bit ARMv8 powered ARMADA 3700 Cortex-A53 device family and ARMADA 7K and ARMADA 8K Cortex-A72 device families based on MoChi and FLC architecture are enabling a new generation of performance and power optimized devices. 

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Flexible LED Strip Meets Industrial Lighting Requirements

Intelligent LED Solutions announce industrial grade flexible LED strips for machine lighting and similar demanding applications

UK LED specialists Intelligent LED Solutions (ILS) have announced the availability of their PowerFlex industrial grade flexible LED strips.

Designed to be robust, and to provide high brightness and a long life, the PowerFlex solution is ideal for machine lighting and similar demanding industrial and commercial applications. 



The PowerFlex range incorporates constant current drivers, protection diodes and the latest 3M thermal tape, enabling a brightness of 3500 lumens per metre, whilst still achieving 50,000 hours working life. 

The PowerFlex range have the LED's at different spacings - from 7.5mm between each LED, to 25mm between each LED and strip can be cut at certain points and shaped to create bespoke lighting solutions.

"This is an impressive product," said Adrian Amor, Director at ILS. "We now have customers using the PowerFlex for machine tool lighting and it is proving far superior to traditional approaches to machine lighting. “

“The PowerFlex LED strips are already enabling innovative machine design and cost reduction whilst also aiding better visibility for the machinist. We can see that this new, more robust flexible LED strip technology will also find applications in the retail sector, bar lighting, refrigeration and process control."

ILS also offer a full range of accessories for the PowerFlex solution, including matched power supplies, various mounting kits, extrusions, holders, end caps and two types of diffuser.  These are available through RS on-line:  http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/led-flexible-arrays/9125079/

ILS are also able to provide engineering and prototyping services for customers that require assistance implementing the latest LED technologies.

Intelligent LED Solutions is a specialist supplier of LED technology, offering a high level of technical skill, professionalism and commercial understanding to those industries that are or will be using highly efficient LEDs and LEDs of any type. Intelligent LED Solutions supply a wide range of European and overseas OEM manufacturers.

For further information about Intelligent’s LED display technologies please visit www.i-led.co.uk

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IDS Agrees to Sponsor UK Hardware Developers' Conference

Display technology specialists IDS have agreed to be a lead sponsor of H/WExpo 2017

Display technology specialist Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS) has announced that it will be a lead sponsor of H/WExpo 2017.

H/WExpo is a two-day UK Conference for hardware development engineers and computer scientists.

Next year's event will take place at Cambourne near Cambridge on the 26th and 27th April and will once again be co-located with The UK Device Developers' Conference, an event for embedded systems and real-time software developers.

"We are very please to announce our support for next year's hardware developers' conference," said Adrian Amor, Director at IDS. "This year's event was very productive for us, as it gave us a chance to demonstrate and discuss a range of new display and LED technologies. The event itself was well organised, enjoyable and informative, so we had no hesitation in wanting be a part of next year's conference."

At this year's H/WExpo, in April, IDS launched a new series of OLED display panels. Although OLED is now an established technology, the latest solution includes bright blue and bright green colours as well as larger size displays and custom icons.  

"OLEDs remain an attractive technology," said Adrian Amor. "OLED displays emit light, so do not require a backlight. In this respect they are thinner and more efficient than LCD displays. Our demonstration of the latest OLED solutions attracted a lot of attention."

IDS also gave a presentation on Capacitive Touch display technology, exploring what options are out there and how they work.

IDS was established in 2001 by a team of display industry experts. Over time they have built up a great deal of knowledge about both the technical approach and the user interface approach to designing displays using LCD, TFT and OLED technologies for many applications. IDS have helped develop innovative displays, enabling customers to enhance their products, with some even receiving awards for design and application.

'We are delighted to have IDS on board again for 2017," said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. "They bring a lot of expertise and real-world experience to the Conference; it is this kind of knowledge sharing that makes H/WExpo such a useful and informative event for the delegates that attend."

Covering such topics as silicon choice, PCB and circuit design tools, ASIC and FPGA design, test equipment, display technology and reference design platforms, the H/WExpo conference will include a vendor exhibition, a stream of presentations from industry experts and a series of half day workshops.

H/WExpo will be co-located with the Device Developers' Conference, an event for engineers that develop solutions based on embedded systems and realtime software.  http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

About Intelligent Display Solutions
IDS is a division of Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd (IGS) a well established and respected industry leading display and opto-electronics solutions provider. Much of IGS’ business comes from providing semi-custom or custom products both in component and sub-assembly form.

IGS is a privately owned company and the owners are fully involved in the running of the business. All the senior staff have been involved with the opto-electronics industry for at least 15 years and are dedicated to maintaining IGS as an innovative and highly successful operation. http://www.i-lcd.com

Contact:
Adrian Amor, Director, Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd.
Tel:  +44 (0) 1635 294600
E-mail: info@i-lcd.co.uk

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Lauterbach Agrees to Sponsor 2017 UK Device Developers' Conference

German debug tool company Lauterbach has announced that it will be the lead sponsor of next year's UK Device Developers' Conference, an annual event for engineers and computer scientists working in the field of intelligent systems and devices. 



The conference offers technical presentations, technical workshops and a vendor exhibition, and is an opportunity for engineers and computer scientists to meet and engage with expert from the companies that are developing the next generation of tools and technologies.  
http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

At this year's Conference Lauterbach presented two workshops that explained all of the ARM Cortex-M debug Coresight debug components and demonstrated how they can be used to debug and analyse an embedded system, enabling developers to accelerate development, whilst also building better quality devices. Both workshops were well attended and well received.

"We are pleased to announce our continued sponsorship of the Device Developers' Conference," said Barry Lock, UK Manager. "It is an ideal forum for us to discuss and demonstrate our latest debug tools and to meet with senior developers. The recent 2016 Conference was well attended, very well organised and offered a strong and productive agenda. We had no hesitation in agreeing to participate in next year's event."

The recent 2016 two-day event at Cambridge saw senior engineers from many of Europe's leading technology companies attend. Topics ranged from 'software security for internet enabled vehicles' to 'time triggered architectures for safety certified products' and from 'developments in memory devices' to 'hardware testing'.

"We are delighted to have Lauterbach on board for 2017," said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager.

"Lauterbach always brings a great deal of knowledge and expertise to the conference, which is what makes this event so special. The Device Developers' Conference is very much focused on the technical aspects of embedded systems engineering and we hope, enables senior developers to make informed choices about their future projects, development tools and hardware platforms.”

The next Device Developers Conference is scheduled for late April 2017 and is expected to see further growth in both exhibitor and sponsor numbers but also in delegate attendance.

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

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IDS Draws a Crowd with New OLED Display Technology

Embedded systems display specialist Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS) launched a new series of OLED display panels at this year's H/WExpo, hardware developers’ conference.

Although OLED is now an established technology, the latest solution includes bright blue and bright green colours as well as larger size displays and custom icons. 

"OLEDs remain an attractive technology," said Adrian Amor, Director at IDS. "OLED displays emit light, so do not require a backlight. In this respect they are thinner and more efficient than LCD displays. Our demonstration of the latest OLED solutions attracted a lot of attention - we had a very busy and productive conference."

IDS also gave a presentation on Capacitive Touch display technology. The presentation explored what options are out there and how they work.

“All capacitive touch screens (CapTouch) work well in demos and on the bench,” said Adrian Amor. “It is when they are installed in real world applications that the problems can start occurring. This presentation sought to provide delegates with the information and solutions they may require to ease this implementation.”

IDS were established in 2001 by a team of display industry experts. Over time they have built up a wealth of knowledge about both the technical approach and the user interface approach to designing displays using LCD, TFT and OLED technologies for many applications. IDS have helped develop new and innovative displays, helping customers to enhance their products, with some even receiving awards for design and application.

H/WExpo
is an annual conference for engineers and scientists working in the field of electronics and computer hardware development. Covering such topics as silicon choice, PCB and circuit design tools, ASIC and FPGA design, test equipment, display technology and reference design platforms, the conference includes a vendor exhibition, a stream of presentations from industry experts and a series of half day workshops.
http://www.hardware-developer-expo.co.uk/

About Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS)
IDS is a division of Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd (IGS) a well established and respected industry leading display and opto-electronics solutions provider. Much of IGS’ business comes from providing semi-custom or custom products both in component and sub-assembly form.

IDS/IGS is a privately owned company and the owners are fully involved in the running of the business. All the senior staff have been involved with the opto-electronics industry for at least 15 years and are dedicated to ensuring that ILS is an innovative and highly successful operation. http://www.i-groupuk.com/ids/

Contact:
Adrian Amor, Director, Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd.
Tel:  +44 (0) 1635 294600
E-mail: info(at)i-led.co.uk

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Conference Will Discuss The Latest Developments in the MISRA-C Coding Standard

Conference workshop will explain how, due to the IoT, the MISRA-C standard initially targeted safety, but is now also looking at security.

A key workshop at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference will inform engineers, programmers and computer scientists on the latest developments to the MISRA-C coding standard, a set of guidelines to aid the development of safety related software.

MISRA is a collaboration between manufacturers, component suppliers and engineering consultancies in many industries including aerospace, defence and automotive, which seeks to promote best practice in developing safety-related electronic systems in critical and other embedded systems. MISRA produced MISRA C, a set of guidelines to aid the development of safety related systems in "C" in the automotive world. Since then, MISRA C has been adopted by the wider embedded systems community and has become the dominant, international coding guidelines for the use of "C" in critical systems.

"Whilst MISRA-C initially targeted safety it is now also looking at security," said Chris Hills of Phaedrus Systems. "At a source code level it can be the same thing and at other times not. With increasingly large numbers of embedded devices becoming “connected” they need more than just internal integrity, care needs to be taken to stop intentional misuse rather than simply producing reliable code. We will look at how the latest MISRA C developments will address this requirement."

This 3-hour workshop will be presented jointly by Andrew Banks of Frazer-Nash Research, the Chairman of the MISRA C Working Group, and the following members of the MISRA-C Working Group:  Chris Tapp from software testing experts LDRA, Jill Britton from Programming Research the static analysis experts and Chris Hills from software development tools specialist Phaedrus Systems.

Those that are new to MISRA C will benefit from Chris Tapp's section of the workshop that will explore "What does MISRA compliance mean to someone producing code? ", "What does it involve?", "How do I support my claim? What does MISRA compliance mean for me as a customer?"and "How do I verify a claim of compliance?".

Chris Tapp is the Chairman of the MISRA C++ committee as well as a MISRA C committee member.

Places on this workshop will be limited, so early registration is recommended. There is a charge of £75+vat for places on this workshop.

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Conference Workshop Explores The Development of ‘Certified’ Embedded Systems

SafeTTy Systems, experts in safety-critical embedded systems, will be presenting a half-day technical workshop at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference.


Titled "Developing ‘Certified’ Embedded Systems", this workshop will explore the use of time-triggered architectures for developing software for reliable real-time embedded systems. “From aircraft, cars, medical equipment, factory control systems to household appliances, the modern world relies on increasingly complicated embedded software.

It’s absolutely essential that engineers, designers and programmers are equipped with the technology and tools that they need to produce safe and reliable systems,” said Michael Pont, SafeTTy Systems. “This year’s conference is shaping up to offer a great opportunity for anyone looking to advance their knowledge in this crucial area.”

SafeTTy Systems provide support for organisations across the world that need to create real-time embedded systems that are safe, reliable and secure. Many of their customers are involved in the development of embedded systems in compliance with ISO 26262, IEC 61508, DO-178 and related international standards.

“We are very pleased to have SafeTTy Systems presenting a workshop as part of the Conference,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “Michael is a great presenter and has great depth of knowledge in this field. It is sure to be a very worthwhile and productive workshop.”

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Meet The Experts in Reliable Software At Cambridge Conference

UK conference to addresses software reliability in embedded systems and realtime software

Organisers of the UK Device Developers' Conference have announced that a key topic will be that of 'software reliability'.



The Device Developers' Conference is annual event for engineers and computer scientists working in the field of intelligent systems and devices, taking place near Cambridge on the 27th and 28th April.

http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

This year's event includes a range of workshops and presentations that relate to the development of 'reliable software'.  These include a workshop that will discuss recent updates to the MISRA-C coding standard, a standard adopted by many developers working on safety critical software projects such as automotive, medical and traffic control. Another workshop will discuss the development of 'certified' systems that can benefit from a 'Time Triggered Architecture'.  There will also be experts in the fields of software debugging and software testing.

"Software reliability has become a big issues in recent years," said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. "The number of lines of code in a modern device, and the colossally high speed at which this code runs, makes predicting software behaviour a huge challenge. In addition to this, the code may be running on multiple processors within the system, and to further complicate matters, the team writing the code might be spread over three continents. In this respect, coding standards, advanced debug tools and code testing tools are becoming project critical commercial investments."

This year's Device Developers' Conference will be running alongside a new event for hardware developers. Entitled H/WExpo, it will cover such topics as silicon choice, PCB and circuit design tools, ASIC and FPGA design, test equipment, display technology and reference design platforms. http://www.hw-expo.co.uk

Attendance at both Conferences is free to developers and technical managers. There is a small charge for some half day workshops. The organisers recommend early registration for the event as places are limited and several of the workshops have only a few spaces remaining. Delegates can attend for one or two days, or even part of the day.

 

 

Lauterbach to Open Its Doors To ARM Cortex Developers

Lauterbach and ARM are to host an 'Expert Day' on the 7th June to present the latest debug and trace technologies for ARM Cortex-A/-R

Debug tool expert, Lauterbach has announced that it will be running a special 'Expert Day' relating to the debugging and tracing of code for the ARM Cortex-A/-R microprocessor on the 7th June, at its office in Germany. 



Covering such topics as multi-core debugging, debugging Linux and Windows 10 applications and ARM TrustZone and Hypervisor Debugging, senior engineers from ARM and Lauterbach will be sharing their in-depth knowledge and expertise in this field. The 'Expert Day' is free to attend and presenters will be speaking in English.

"In many ways, this is a really important opportunity for ARM developers," said Barry Lock, UK Manager of Lauterbach. "Product reliability and product security is a major challenge for developers. The cost of product recalls and damage to the brand can be considerable; it can be a big responsibility, being a developer these days. This will be a valuable chance for engineers to develop their knowledge of debugging and to explore the very latest debug tools and technologies.”

ARM developers can find more information and can register their place on line at http://www.lauterbach.com/frames.html?home.html

 

Lauterbach debug tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers, and the company is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of microprocessor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of Lauterbach tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

Lauterbach will also be hosting a free workshop at the 2016 UK Device Developers' Conference. Entitled “How to Optimise ARM Cortex-M Code and Build Better Embedded Systems”, this 2-hour presentation will explain all the Cortex-M debug Coresight bits and show how they can be used to debug and analyse an embedded system.   

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Conference Presentation Will Explore Capacitive Touch Screen Technology

H/WExpo presentation will provide delegates with the information and solutions needed to ease the implementation of capacitive touch screens

A key presentation at a UK Conference for hardware developers, HW/Expo will discuss how all capacitive touch screens (CapTouch) work well in demos and on the bench but when they are installed in real world applications, this is where the problems can start occurring. 

This presentation will provide delegates with the information and solutions needed to ease CapTouch implementation. 

H/WExpo will take place alongside The Device Developers' Conference.

http://www.hw-expo.co.uk

“This presentation will explore what options are out there and how they work,” explained Adrian Amor, Director at Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS). The presentation will also discuss such topics as CapTouch Installations, the effect of flexi tail, bezels, power supply matters, cover Glass implications, thickness, types of materials, types of bonding, Cap Touch stylus options, palm rejection, gloved operation, water Immunity and tuning processes.”

At H/WExpo, IDS will also be demonstrating some new CapTouch screens which offer much higher immunity to many of the problems faced, and some newly developed software that will ensure systems will run smoothly.

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Vector Software Announces VectorCAST/Analytics™

Vector Software, the world’s leading provider of innovative software solutions for embedded software quality, announced today VectorCAST/Analytics.

VectorCAST/Analytics provides an easy to understand web-based dashboard of software code quality and testing completeness metrics, enabling users to identify trends in a single codebase or compare metrics between multiple codebases.

Software projects fall into two categories: maintenance of legacy applications and development of new applications. Each presents a unique challenge. Legacy applications are often under-tested and overly complex. Understanding where to start is the biggest challenge to improving quality. With new development, the challenge is often release readiness -- how much work has been done and how much remains to be done.

VectorCAST/Analytics helps in both cases. For legacy applications, it identifies hot spots in code bases by comparing key quality metrics against project averages. For new development it reports testing completeness, computing the amount of testing needed with testing completed to date.  Heat map graphs of key metrics allow users to identify overly complex or under-tested code sections.

"Software quality and testing completeness are linked. You cannot have quality without complete testing," commented John Paliotta, chief technology officer at Vector Software. "For groups that want to improve software quality, often the hardest question to answer is: ‘where do we start?’ VectorCAST/Analytics helps answer that question by making it easy to gather and publish key quality metrics."

Additional capabilities of VectorCAST/Analytics include:

Real-time quality metrics – provides intelligence data on tests run vs. tests needed, release readiness, risk areas, and resource allocation for risk assessment and hot spot identification.

Technical Debt metrics – reports data on the key components of technical debt such as code complexity, comment density, and testing completeness.

Test case quality metrics – reports on the quantity and quality of test cases allowing you to identify tests without requirements, requirements without tests, and fragile tests that often break.

Customizable dashboards – data presentation is customizable by the end-user, allowing data to be presented using a variety of built-in graphs and tables.

Extendable data connectors – includes built-in data connectors for all VectorCAST tools, and is easily extended to support any third-party data source.

VectorCAST/Analytics is immediately available to customers worldwide. For additional details please contact Vector Software at www.vectorcast.com

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Lauterbach Offers Multi-Architecture Debug Solution

New support in Lauterbach TRACE32® tools makes it easy to debug designs combining MIPS and ARM® CPUs

Lauterbach, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, have announced that they are making it easy to use Lauterbach’s popular TRACE32 tools to debug MIPS heterogeneous CPU based systems or systems that combine MIPS CPUs with ARM CPUs.

Lauterbach’s TRACE32 is a set of modular microprocessor development tools that provides integrated debug environments for embedded designs. TRACE32 now supports MIPS Release 6 CPUs including the new M-class M6250, the first embedded-class MIPS CPU to incorporate the MIPS On-Chip Instrumentation (MIPS OCI) flexible on-chip CPU debug architecture. Companies can use MIPS OCI to ensure the lowest possible risk and impact on their debug process for highly-integrated heterogeneous SoCs. 

“For many years, Lauterbach has supported the popular MIPS architectures and cores," said Norbert Weiss, international sales and marketing manager at Lauterbach. "With TRACE32, the developers that are creating products around MIPS have access to a full range of debug functionality, from bootstrap code to interrupt routines and drivers. Now developers can even use TRACE32 for designs which combine the MIPS and ARM architectures.” 

Lauterbach debug tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers, and the company is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of microprocessor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of Lauterbach tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

TRACE32 enables simultaneous debug of the multiple CPUs in a design with ‘mixed mode’ trace streams. Users can view the interleaved results in a single trace window, with a system-level timestamp to help align the streams. Extended trigger logic enables cross-triggering between the CPU trace logic to make it even easier to debug processor interdependencies. With its TRACE32 debugger products, Lauterbach provides development tool support for a range of MIPS processors. 

 “Because so many of our customers use Lauterbach tools, it’s important that TRACE32 work with MIPS OCI,” said Jim Nicholas, vice president of MIPS business operations, Imagination. “This new development continues to extend the MIPS ecosystem, offering designers an even wider choice of leading development tools. The great amount of focus we are putting on continued development of the MIPS roadmap and ecosystem is enabling potential customers to consider using MIPS CPUs in their systems either as a supporting controller or to replace an ARM or other CPU in their SoC. We’ve had several customers request the multi-architecture debug solution.”

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Code Safety and Device Security to be Key Issues at Developers' Conference

This year's UK Device Developers' Conference will include workshops and presentations that explore code safety and device security

Organisers of the UK Device Developers' Conference have announced that two key themes of this year's event will be 'code safety' and 'device security', with both topics being the subjects of technical workshops and expert presentations.  These will include an overview of the very latest developments in MISRA C, a programming language widely used for safety critical software and also an introduction to Time Triggered Architectures for safety critical systems.

 
              Dr. Michael J. Pont of SafeTTy Systems

The UK Device Developers' Conference 2016 is an event for engineers and software developers working in the development of intelligent systems and devices, taking place near Cambridge on the 27th and 28th April. The conference will be co-located with H/WExpo, a conference for hardware developers.  http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

“Intelligent systems are becoming far more complex and more connected, and they are playing an ever increasing role in our lives,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “In this respect, being a software developer has become more challenging and carries ever more responsibility.  At this year’s Conference we will have several leading experts in this field, sharing their knowledge and experience.”

A half-day MISRA C workshop will offer both an introduction to this popular coding standard, as well as explaining the very latest developments. Several industry experts that work in the field of safety critical and reliable systems, and contribute to the development of the MISRA C Standard, will present the workshop jointly.

“We will be explaining what MISRA compliance means to someone producing code, what it involves and how a developer can support their claim to MISRA compliance,” said Mark James of LDRA. “We will also explore what MISRA compliance means for us as customers and how we verify a claim of compliance.”

Phaedrus Systems, a provider of tools for software development and testing will make a presentation that will discuss the possibility that a fatal system failure could lead to criminal legal proceedings - a hot topic among many safety critical software developers.

“Errors in specifying and developing systems, from an internet kettle to an autonomous vehicle, could have catastrophic, or even fatal consequences,” said Chris Hills, Managing Director of Phaedrus Systems. “When it comes to a court trial, who will they find responsible for the failure? This presentation will look at the tools and techniques that engineers and developers can adopt in order minimise the risk of system failure and protect themselves for the long-term.”

Another workshop at the Conference will focus on designs that need to meet international safety standards and guidelines (such as IEC 61508, ISO 26262, IEC 60730 and DO-178). In this workshop, Dr. Michael J. Pont of SafeTTy Systems will demonstrate how a Time Triggered Architecture approach provides an excellent foundation for safe real-time systems because, during development and after construction, it is easy to model the system and, thereby determine whether all of the key timing requirements have been met. The examples used in this workshop will include automotive and industrial designs, and a household washing machine.

“From aircraft, cars, medical equipment, factory control systems to household appliances, the modern world relies on increasingly complicated embedded software.  It’s absolutely essential that engineers, designers and programmers are equipped with the technology and tools that they need to produce safe and reliable systems,” said Michael. “This year’s conference is shaping up to offer a great opportunity for anyone looking to advance their knowledge in this crucial area.”

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Embedded Linux Workshop Offers Quick Start Guide

Conference workshop provides hands-on training for delegates wishing to explore Linux for embedded systems development

The organisers of the 2016 UK Device Developers' Conference have announced that this year's event will include a half-day workshop entitled "The Embedded Linux Quick Start Guide".

This workshop will cover the four elements of Embedded Linux on which every project depends: toolchain, bootloader, kernel and root file system. The theory discussed will be backed up with a hands-on session using a BeagleBone Black development board.

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Chris Simmonds

The UK Device Developers' Conference 2016 is an event for engineers and software developers working in the development of intelligent systems and devices, taking place near Cambridge on the 27th and 28th April. http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

"This workshop will show how it’s done," said Chris Simmonds, freelance consultant and trainer. "Beginning with a blank development board, delegates will learn how to bring up Linux and how to get to a login prompt, all in half a day. All the software needed for the practical exercises will be supplied on a bootable USB flash drive, which delegates can keep for future reference."

Chris Simmonds is the author of the book “Mastering Embedded Linux Programming”, and is a frequent presenter at open source and embedded conferences, including Embedded Linux Conference, Embedded World and Android Builder's Summit. He has been running training courses and workshops in Embedded Linux since 2002 and has delivered hundreds of sessions to many well-known companies.

“We are very pleased to have Chris Simmonds presenting this workshop,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “There is no doubt that Embedded Linux is now an important OS in the embedded space and is supported by a broad range of hardware. For engineers and computer scientists looking at Linux for a future project, this will be an invaluable opportunity to learn from Chris’ expert knowledge and real-world experience.”

Places on this workshop will be limited, so early registration is recommended. There is a charge of £75+vat for places on this workshop.

 The Device Developers’ Conference will be co-located with H/WExpo, a conference for hardware developers.  http://www.hw-expo.co.uk

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QA Systems Announce Release of Cantata 7.0


QA Systems major new Cantata release for C/C++ provides integrated requirements management, improved static and dynamic testing and cloud based team reporting.

The leading software quality company, QA Systems, announced today the release of Cantata 7.0. This is a major new product release providing cutting edge unit and integration testing for C and C++ languages on embedded platforms. Cantata 7.0 contains significant new capabilities, a wide range of enhancements and integrations with other tools.

 Major new features in Cantata version 7.0 include:

  • Bi-directional requirements traceability integrated with your existing requirements management tool as required by software safety standards such as ISO 26262, IEC 61508, IEC 62304, EN 50128, IEC 60880 and DO-178B/C.
  • Integration with QA Framework for QA-C and QA-C++ to keep dynamic and static testing processes synchronised.
  • Automatic resolving of undefined build references makes C++ isolation testing easier.
  • Reduced target footprint for enhanced testing on smaller targets.
  • Automatic read/write access to local static data improves white-box testing of state machines.

Cantata 7.0 has also been awarded compliance certification to the highest safety integrity levels for ISO 26262 (automotive), IEC 61508 (industrial safety), IEC 62304 (medical devices), EN 50128 (railways), IEC 60880 (nuclear) by SGS TüV Saar. 

A new Cantata Team Reporting add-on available for Cantata 7.0 enables distributed teams to work more effectively together and managers to monitor test status and progress, via a client-server architecture and web interface with full REST API.

“This major new Cantata release enhances our technical leadership in dynamic software testing for safety related markets. The latest certifications are available free of charge, and assure clients that they can trust QA Systems to ease their path to standards compliance” stated Andreas Sczepansky, QA Systems CEO.

For further information please visit www.qa-systems.com/Cantata, contact sales@qa-systems.com

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Lauterbach offers Windows 10 Aware Debugging on the ARM® Architecture

Lauterbach's TRACE32® debugger enables Windows 10 development on ARM® based platforms

Lauterbach GmbH, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, has announced that its TRACE32® development tool now supports Windows 10 aware debugging on the ARM® architecture.

Lauterbach's TRACE32 is an integrated, universal development system that can be connected to most work stations and can contain any combination of instruments which may be required for microprocessor systems development, including debugger, tracing tool, logic analyzer, protocol analyzer and similar tools.

"We have been providing Windows aware debugging for all x86/x64 devices since April 2015, and I am pleased that we can now provide the same support for devices with ARM cores," said Barry Lock, UK Manager, Lauterbach. "Using the so called “stop mode debugging” over JTAG interface, the developer gains access to all system resources. No special stub, interface or driver is necessary to debug the target. Even if the complete system “hangs”, the debugger is still able to show all system resources. The user can inspect running processes, threads and libraries, as well as kernel modules and drivers, at any time.  

Also, Thanks to its extended MMU support, TRACE32 allows access to the complete virtual address space. This gives the developer the ability to switch to the context of any process and inspect its status at any time. This means that you can debug drivers and/or multiple applications simultaneously. "

Lauterbach will be hosting a free workshop at the 2016 UK Device Developers' Conference. Entitled “How to Optimise ARM Cortex-M Code and Build Better Embedded Systems”, this 2-hour presentation will explain all the Cortex-M debug Coresight bits and show how they can be used to debug and analyse an embedded system.

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UK Hardware Conference Explores the Latest LED Technologies

H/WExpo workshop will explore the latest LED technologies in detail, enabling engineers to fully understand the options now available and how LED technology can best be exploited in the real world

Organisers of the UK hardware developers’ conference H/WExpo have announced that LED specialist supplier, Intelligent LED Solutions (ILS) and LED manufacturer OSRAM Opto-Semiconductors, will jointly present a free 2-hour workshop that will be an introduction to LED technologies and associated products, in both visible and non-visible areas.

The workshop is intended to provide an update on LED technology for experienced engineers, and an introduction to the technology for engineers new to optoelectronics.



H/WExpo takes place at Cambourne near Cambridge on the 27th and 28th April 2016. The event will be free to attend for engineers and scientists working in the field of hardware development.
http://www.hw-expo.co.uk

"LED’s are playing an increasingly important role in hardware design,” said Adrian Amor, Director at Intelligent LED Solutions. “From visible applications such as display backlighting, or non-visible applications such as the UV curing in dental equipment or IR in CCTV, LED technology now has a very broad remit and in this workshop we will be sharing our extensive knowledge and experience in this field.”

The workshop will start with a brief LED history, and then move on to some general remarks about light, such as colour temperature and CRI. Some key aspects of LEDs in comparison to light bulbs will be explained, including explaining the many terms used in respect of light measurement such as Lumens, Flux and Lux.

There will also be a section on the concept of band structures, doping a semiconductor and PN junctions, each of which are essential to understanding the electrical properties of matter and LEDs in particular.

The workshop will take a closer look at an actual LED device and its key parameters, and will explore the types of LEDs available with considerations to which type of LED to use in a given application. The workshop will also cover the essential accessories required for LEDs, such as lens and reflectors, heat sinks, PCB and control.

“OSRAM and ILS are leaders in this field, so we are very pleased have them presenting a workshop at H/WExpo,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager.  “This first hardware developers’ conference is shaping up to be a very worthwhile and productive event. We are delighted with the level of industry support.”

Covering topics such as hardware design, memory technology, touch technology, SoC, test equipment, display technology and reference design platforms, H/WExpo will consist of a series of workshops, an agenda of expert presentations and a vendor exhibition.

H/WExpo will be co-located with the Device Developers' Conference.

 

 

 

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GUI Development Workshop at Device Developers' Conference

Altia to run a one-day workshop providing hands-on training for GUI development for embedded systems

Graphical User Interface (GUI) expert Altia has announced that it will be running a one-day workshop at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference. 

With hardware provided by Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS) and ST Micro, the workshop will cover the complete development cycle for an embedded GUI, enabling developers to a create a display that is both compelling and intuitive for the end-user, yet tailored to the memory and processing power available.

The UK Device Developers' Conference 2016 is an event for engineers and software developers working in the development of intelligent systems and devices, taking place near Cambridge on the 27th and 28th April.  http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk. The conference will be co-located with H/WExpo, a conference for hardware developers.  

“In an embedded system, the quality, beauty and responsiveness of the GUI speak volumes about what’s under the hood,” said Julian Coates, Northern Europe Business Manager. “In this workshop, we will be sharing our knowledge and experience of GUI design.  This will be a chance for developers to spend a day with one of the world’s leading experts in this field.”

Dr. Rene Schumann, European Technical Manager at Altia, will present the workshop. The workshop will cover the complete development cycle from graphics-importation, building and editing the GUI simulation-model, to generating and running the code on targets ranging from low-cost microcontrollers with no RTOS and minimal memory, to embedded Linux platforms, to standard PC-level Windows applications-platforms for early-stage design-validation.

Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS) and ST-Micro will both be sponsors of the workshop, providing the necessary hardware for the hands-on session.
IDS have agreed to sponsor the embedded-Linux platform in the workshop, while ST-Micro will be sponsoring the “bare-metal” part of the workshop.

“We are very pleased to be supporting this workshop at the Conference,” said Adrian Amor, Sales Director at IDS. “GUI development is now an essential skill for an embedded systems engineer, and a great GUI has become a prerequisite to a product’s success. In this respect, I feel sure that the delegates will find this workshop very attractive, informative and productive.”

This workshop is intended for embedded-systems engineers who have already experienced some embedded GUI development challenges, and want to increase their knowledge of available development processes.

Registrants should be ready to bring their own laptop to the workshop, for which minimum requirements will be published in advance; development-tool licenses and virtual-machine kits will be provided to registrants for self-installation during the weeks before the workshop taking place.

Please see link for more information:
http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/embedded-systems-training.html

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Telexsus to Run Hardware Testing Workshop at H/WExpo

Telexsus invites engineers to bring their own hardware to the "JTAG practical workshop" to find out what JTAG boundary-scan tools can test on their own boards

Electronic development tools and instrumentation specialist Telexsus has announced that it will be running a free two-hour workshop at HW/Expo, a UK conference for hardware developers. 

The conference will cover such topics as board development, board bring up, hardware validation and production testing. H/WExpo will take place at Cambourne near Cambridge on the 27th and 28th April 2016. The event will be free to attend for engineers and scientists working in the field of hardware development. http://www.hw-expo.co.uk

"We are very pleased to be a part of H/WExpo," said Nick Hardy of Telexsus. "Developing hardware for modern systems is increasingly challenging, so it is good to have a dedicated event where hardware engineers and scientists can share their knowledge and experience."

The "JTAG Practical Workshop" will give a brief overview of JTAG boundary-scan testing before practical, one-on-one sessions to show how JTAG testing will work on boards brought along by delegates. Boundary-scan is a method of testing modern Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), after assembly. Using the dedicated test logic built into many of today’s integrated circuits (ICs), boundary-scan checks if each device is correctly inserted and soldered onto the PCB.

"Each session will verify that the JTAG chain is operational and establish how well it is working," said Nick Hardy. "It will also demonstrate, using XJTAG’s tools, how boundary-scan can be used for prototype bring up and debug. Further to this, each session will use these tools to create a whole board test including: checking for short, stuck at, and open circuit fault, the memory testing of differing memory types and SPI and I2C device tests."

Covering topics such as hardware design, memory technology, touch technology, SoC, test equipment, display technology and reference design platforms, H/WExpo will consist of a series of workshops, an agenda of expert presentations and a vendor exhibition.

http://www.hw-expo.co.uk

 

H/WExpo to Explore Mixed Signal Instrumentation


Pico Technology presentation will explain how a Flexible Resolution Oscilloscope uses multiple 13 bit ADs simultaneously and can be configured by the user to optimise the oscilloscope for the type of measurement being made.

Pico Technology, a leader in the field of PC Oscilloscopes and data loggers, will be giving a technical presentation at HW/Expo 2016, a UK conference for hardware engineers. Entitled "Flexible Resolution Oscilloscopes Address Mixed Domain Application Challenges", the presentation will explore how a single instrument can now meet the demands of both analogue and digital engineers. 

“Analogue and digital engineers have different needs when it comes to waveform measurements, and have had to choose different oscilloscopes optimised for their respective tasks,” said Stuart Murlis Applications Engineer from Pico Technology. “This presentation will discuss how recent developments in Oscilloscope technology are enabling a single instrument for both digital and analogue signal measurement.”


"We are very pleased to have Pico Technology on board for the conference,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “Working at the leading edge of instrumentation development, they will bring a lot of knowledge and experience to the event.”

H/WExpo will be running alongside the Device Developers' Conference.

http://www.hw-expo.co.uk

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Designing The Perfect Hardware To be Discussed At H/WExpo

A presentation at this year's H/WExpo hardware developers' conference will explore the hardware/software divide in many projects that can lead to unnecessary delays in shipping products.  

H/WExpo will take place at Cambourne, near Cambridge on the 27th and 28th April. http://www.hw-expo.co.uk

Chris Simmonds from software consultants 2net will present "10 Things Hardware Engineers Can Do to Make Software Development Easier", a talk that draws on the experience of the speaker gained while working on a wide range of projects. The talk will identify ten particular pain points and suggest how they can be avoided.

"Hardware development can be a tough business, with a lot of crucial decisions to make that relate to the overall functionality and performance, power usage, heat dissipation, longevity and reliability and budget limitations," said Chris Simmonds.

"However, with so many issues to juggle, the choices made during the hardware design phase can sometimes bring about later concerns for software developers. This might be because the chips chosen do not have adequate device driver support, or it might be that the estimates of the amount or memory and storage are too low. Or, it could result from failing to fit ports to support debugging. I will be presenting the software developers perspective, hoping that hardware developers in the audience will find it constructive and informative."

H/WExpo will be running alongside the Device Developers' Conference.

http://www.hw-expo.co.uk

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JTAG Technologies To Sponsor Hardware Developers' Conference

JTAG Technologies take the lead at H/WExpo, a conference for hardware designers, hardware testing professionals and hardware manufacturers

JTAG Technologies have announced that they have agreed to be a lead sponsor of H/WExpo, a new UK conference for hardware development engineers.

The conference will cover such topics as board development, board bring up, hardware validation and production testing. H/WExpo will take place at Cambourne near Cambridge on the 27th and 28th April 2016. This event will be free to attend for engineers and scientists working in the field of hardware development. http://www.hw-expo.co.uk

James Stanbridge, JTAG Technologies

"We are very pleased to be a part of H/WExpo," said James Stanbridge, UK Area Manager for JTAG Technologies.. "This event will be an important opportunity for us to share our latest developments in boundary scan and to also introduce the concepts of JTAG/boundary scan testing to those new to the industry. It will be good to have an event dedicated to the challenges of modern hardware design and test."

JTAG/Boundary-scan is a method of testing (and programming) modern Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) after assembly. Using the dedicated test logic built into many of today’s integrated circuits (ICs), JTAG/boundary-scan checks if each device is correctly inserted and soldered onto the PCB.

JTAG Technologies have been working in the field of testing digital and mixed signal PCBs since the 1990s. Their boundary-scan products can now be found in design labs and factories in over 50 countries across the globe and by 2012 they had shipped over 8000 systems to more than 2000 different customers.

Covering topics such as hardware design, memory technology, touch technology, SoC, test equipment, display technology and reference design platforms, H/WExpo will consist of a series of workshops, an agenda of expert presentations and vendor exhibition.

“At this event, I will be explaining the fundamentals of JTAG Boundary-scan,” said James Stanbridge. “The presentation will start from the beginning and explain how IEEE Std 1149.1 works and why it was developed by the JTAG committee over 25 years ago.
                                    
I will then explain what can be achieved with JTAG/boundary-scan on today's designs and also look at subsequent developments such as 1149.6 and testing via JTAG core access and 'embedded instruments'.”

H/WExpo will be running alongside the Device Developers' Conference.

http://www.hw-expo.co.uk

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Undo Software To Discuss Recent Advances in Debugging at Device Developers' Conference

Undo Software, the leading supplier of next generation debugging tools for Linux and Android, will be presenting at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference, taking place near Cambridge on the 27th and 28th April.  http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

Co-founder and CEO Greg Law will discuss recent developments that can greatly enhance how software developers debug their code.

Greg Law

"I’m delighted to have been invited to present at this year's developers’ conference," said Greg Law.

"I’ll be discussing GDB, and how it has come a long way in the last few years and does so much more than break, print, step and continue. I'll be explaining how Reversible debugging, Non-Stop Mode, Multi-process Debugging, and Dynamic Printf are some of its best features, and how its built-in Python scripting is particularly powerful.”

Undo Software's technology enables software developers to record, rewind and replay their C/C++ code in test suites and offline. Developers can rapidly diagnose failures in production and test environments, respond quickly to customer critical bugs, increase their productivity and meet development deadlines.


Used by over 1,000 developers to solve complex, real-world problems for leading Silicon Valley companies and world leaders within the banking, embedded and enterprise sectors, Undo’s family of tools reduces debugging time from weeks to minutes, while seamlessly integrating into existing development environments. Undo's technology was awarded 'Best Software Product' at the 2015 ARM Innovation Challenge and was chosen by Gartner as a 'Cool Vendor in Application Development'.

 

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The Development of User Interfaces for Mass Market Devices to be Explored At Cambridge Conference

Julian Coates from Altia will discuss how 'graphical user interface' development will be key to harnessing the power of IoT at The UK Device Developers' Conference

Altia, a world leader in the development of tools for "graphical user interface" design (GUI), have announced that they will be presenting at The UK Device Developers' Conference 2016.

Julian Coates, Northern Europe Business Manager at Altia, will discuss how 'graphical user interface' development will be the key to harnessing the power of IoT, and how it can be achieved. 

"The Internet of Things is exploding, and for a variety of reasons that we'll explore in this discussion," said Julian Coates. "The real question is how do we make the IoT useful within the context of everyday life? 

It is estimated that 4 billion devices connected to the IoT will need a GUI, and this is what I'll be discussing. How developers can meet this demand and harness the power of the IoT into a simple, sleek, usable GUI, and how it can be achieved affordably."

“We are very pleased to have the expertise of Altia at the Conference once again,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager.  GUI development is a very important part of most embedded systems and the combination of graphical aesthetics and low-level code can make it particularly challenging. I feel sure developers will be keen to learn about what new technology is now available to help them in this aspect of their work.”

 

Altia will also be presenting a full-day workshop at the Device Developers’ Conference. Entitled “Embedded GUIs - the model-based engineering development cycle from graphics to on-target coding”, developers will experience model-based GUI development hands-on, covering the complete cycle from graphics-importation, building and editing the GUI simulation-model, to generating and running the code on targets ranging from low-cost microcontrollers with no RTOS and minimal memory, to embedded Linux platforms, to standard PC-level Windows applications-platforms for early-stage design-validation. More information on this workshop is available at
http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/embedded-systems-training.html#gui

About Altia
Altia’s mission is to help manufacturers get great user interfaces from the artist’s imagination to the lowest cost hardware in the shortest amount of time. Altia does this by providing powerful, professional-grade embedded system GUI development tools that help creative, customer-focused designers and software engineers build and deliver game-changing user interfaces.  Altia's tools are used from concept to deployed code, maximizing productivity and re-use of work. With Altia's tools, manufacturers can deliver better GUIs ten times faster with half the resources.

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Intelligent Display Systems to Sponsor UK Hardware Developers' Conference

IDS to explain and demonstrate the latest display, touch and LED technologies at H/WExpo 2016

Display technology specialists, Intelligent Display Systems (IDS) have announced that they have agreed to be a lead sponsor of H/WExpo, a new UK conference for developers of electronic and computer hardware. http://www.hw-expo.co.uk

"We are very pleased to support this Conference," said Adrian Amor, Director at IDS. "For us, this will be an ideal opportunity to discuss and demonstrate the very latest display and touch technologies, and also a chance to introduce and explain many of the developments that are happening with LED technology. We will be presenting and hopefully running a half-day workshop, so it promises to be a productive event."

Covering such topics as silicon choice, PCB and circuit design tools, ASIC and FPGA design, test equipment, display technology and reference design platforms, the conference will include a vendor exhibition, a stream of presentations from industry experts and a series of half day workshops. H/WExpo will be co-located with the Device Developers' Conference, an event for engineers that develop solutions based on embedded systems and realtime software.  http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

"We are delighted to have IDS on board for this Conference," said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. "IDS will bring a lot of expertise and experience to this event, as they are constantly working with their OEM customers to employ leading edge display and LED technology within embedded systems and devices."

Attendance at H/WExpo, including the series of 40-minute technical presentations, will be free for engineers and technical managers, although there will be a modest charge for places on the half-day workshops. Over 30 technology companies are expected to exhibit at the joint two day conference. There will be more than 24 expert technical presentations and series of half-day workshops.

About Intelligent LED Solutions
ILS is a division of Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd (IGS), a well-established and respected industry leading display and opto-electronics solutions provider. Much of IGS’ business comes from providing semi-custom or custom products both in component and sub-assembly form.

IGS is a privately owned company and the owners are fully involved in the running of the business. All of the senior staff have been involved with the opto-electronics industry for at least 15 years and are dedicated to maintaining ILS as an innovative and highly successful operation. http://www.i-lcd.com

Contact:
Adrian Amor, Director, Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd.
Tel:  +44 (0) 1635 294600
E-mail: info@i-led.co.uk

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IDS Enable Colour TFT Displays for 8 bit Designs

IDS have introduced a range of UART TFT displays for industrial applications

Display technology specialists Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS) have launched a range of UART TFT displays for industrial applications. 

With integrated µC logic and memory, as well as a UART interface, IDS's intelligent displays offer a near complete plug-and-play solution, enabling developers to update existing products with colour displays and touch control.  

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"We can now supply small to medium-sized UART TFT platforms that are integrated with touch screen, driving electronics and backlight drivers," said Adrian Amor, Director at IDS.

"Many engineers will hesitate when it comes to adding colour to their products because integrating conventional TFTs into existing systems is usually a complex process. With these new platforms an 8051 processor is all the external processing power that is required. Using a UART, RS-232 or USB, engineers can connect to the platform and be up and running within minutes. The modules work with any host operating system, or even without a host OS."

The IDS modules feature a wide input voltage range from 4.6VDC to 26VDC. With a brightness of up to 500cd/m² and resolution ranging from VGA to WVGA, the displays are well suited for a broad range of applications. IDS have designed a complementary UI software tool to enable rapid and simple implementation of a GUI which is then stored within the on-board flash memory. 

"Once the developer has installed the drivers for the USB UART to UART Display & the UART Windows software on their PC, they are then ready to start connecting the display (RS232/USB) and uploading images," said Adrian Amor". "The developer can then manipulate specific parts of the screen by overlaying text or images, or even create scrolling effects by shifting regions of the display."

IDS has also developed software that allows developers to test the various functions of the UART display, as well as monitor touch feedback. The integrated fonts and basic character/draw functions, such as text, pixel, line, right angle and circle, permit an attractive GUI to be up and running within a short amount of time. Images or graphics can be stored in 65,000 colours in the internal Display Flash, to be displayed when needed. Data is exchanged between the UART TFT platform and the microcontroller, enabling real time interaction, and animations in high resolution, from a few simple lines of code.

About Intelligent Display Solutions

IDS was established in 2001 by a team of display industry experts. Over time they have built up a great deal of knowledge about both the technical approach and the user interface approach to designing displays using LCD, TFT and OLED technologies for many applications. IDS have helped develop innovative displays, enabling customers to enhance their products, with some even receiving awards for design and application.
http://www.i-lcd.com

Contact:
Adrian Amor, Director, Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd.
Tel:  +44 (0) 1635 294600
E-mail: info@i-lcd.co.uk

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Lauterbach Becomes Gold Partner of Wind River

Wind River and Lauterbach announced they are working together to ensure interoperability between the Wind River operating systems and Lauterbach debugging tools

Lauterbach, a world leader in debugging tools, has announced that it is now a Gold member of the Wind River partner program.

In February 2015 Wind River and Lauterbach announced they would be working together to ensure interoperability between the Windriver operating systems and Lauterbach debugging tools. Since then TRACE32®, the Lauterbach in-circuit debug and trace solution has supported all of the new releases in Windriver operating systems.

“The cooperation between Wind River and Lauterbach has enabled our engineers to provide a complete “OS Awareness” functionality, which targets all of the architectures supported by Wind River,” said Barry Lock, UK Manager at Lauterbach. “We can now offer the best in class debugging solutions to Wind River customers and assist them in setting up complex debugging scenarios and to also customize the debug tools to their specific needs.”

Lauterbach debug tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers, and the company is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of microprocessor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of Lauterbach tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.
 
The strategic partnership between Lauterbach and Wind River represents a successful and fruitful cooperation of these two leading companies in the embedded industry. It ensures the interoperability between all Wind River operating systems and the comprehensive debuggers of Lauterbach, and thus benefits their customers with full debugging support throughout the complete development lifecycle.

About Wind River
A global leader in delivering software for intelligent connected systems, Wind River® offers a comprehensive, end-to-end portfolio of solutions ideally suited to address the emerging needs of IoT, from the secure and managed intelligent devices at the edge, to the gateway, into the critical network infrastructure, and up into the cloud. Wind River technology is found in nearly 2 billion devices and is backed by world-class professional services and award-winning customer support. See http://www.windriver.com/

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

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Lauterbach to Sponsor 2016 Embedded Systems Conference

Debug tool company Lauterbach have agreed to be a lead sponsor of the 2016 UK Device Developers' Conference

World leading debug tool company Lauterbach has agreed to once again be a lead sponsor of the UK Device Developers' Conference, an event for engineers and software developers working in the development of intelligent systems and devices. The next Device Developers' Conference will take place near Cambridge on the 26th and 27th April and will be co-located with H/Wexpo, a conference for hardware developer.  http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/

 

"We are very pleased to maintain our association with this important industry event," said Barry Lock, UK Manager at Lauterbach. "The Device Developers' Conference has become an important and productive forum for us, where we can explain our latest debug technologies, discuss industry trends and meet with fellow engineers and programmers." 

Lauterbach debug tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers, and the company is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of microprocessor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of Lauterbach tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

"We are very pleased to be retaining Lauterbach's support for this event," said Richard Blackburn, Conference Organiser. "They not only bring a great deal of expertise to the event, but it is also good for us to have such a respected brand associated with the Conference."

For the first time, the Conference will be co-located with a new event called H/WExpo, a conference space and presentation series that will focused on hardware development, instrumentation and testing.  http://www.hardware-developer-expo.co.uk     

"The Conference has always featured hardware vendors and presentations, but the 2016 event will have its own dedicated space for hardware engineering," said Richard Blackburn. "H/WExpo will cover aspects such as PCB design and CAD tools, hardware test, test instrumentation, contract manufacture, display technology and enclosure solutions."

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

About The Device Developers’ Conference
The Device Developers’ Conference is an annual UK event for the developers of intelligent systems and devices. The 2016 event will take place at Cambourne, near Cambridge on the 27th and 28th April 2016.

Sponsored by a broad range of industry vendors, the exhibition and conference, including a series of 40-minute technical presentations, is free to engineers and project managers working in the technology sector.  Half-day workshops in various specialisms are available at a small charge.

For more information visit:
http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

 

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

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Cambridge to Host Hardware Developers' Conference

HW/Expo 2016 to take place at Cambourne Belfry 27th and 28th April 2016

A new annual technology event kicks off near Cambridge in April 2016. H/W Expo is a two day conference that enables hardware developers to explore the latest silicon solutions, new hardware development tools, the latest test instrumentation and manufacturing technologies.  http://hw-expo.co.uk



Consisting of a vendor exhibition, a series of technical presentations and a number of technical workshops, H/W Expo will put hardware developers in touch with industry experts to explore new approaches to hardware development and gain an understanding of future trends.

This H/W Expo event will be co-located with UK Device Developers’ Conference, an event for professionals working in the development of Embedded Systems and Realtime Software. Both events will take place at The Belfry Hotel in Cambourne, just outside of Cambridge on the 27th and 28th April 2016.

“Over recent year’s the Device Developers’ Conference has gained a good reputation for being a very useful and productive event for developers, but it has had a software bias,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager.

“H/W Expo represents a concerted effort on our part to offer a similar Conference for hardware developers. A conference where developers can explore new technologies relating to such aspects as PCB and circuit design, silicon choice, reference design platforms, display and connectivity technology and hardware test and instrumentation equipment.”

Entirely funded through industry sponsorship, the Conference, including the series of technical presentations will be free to attend for professional developers and technical managers, although there will be a small fee to attend the ½ day workshops.  All presentations and workshops at H/W Expo will be of a deeply technical nature and should be of interest to broad range of developers. The exhibition will be of an informal tabletop nature, staffed mostly by senior engineers and technical experts. The exhibition will represent an important opportunity for developers to discuss current and future challenges and to learn from experts working at the leading edge of hardware development.

“What we try to create is a relaxed forum for the sharing of knowledge, experience and expertise,” said Richard Blackburn. “H/W Expo will be chance for developers to meet experts in their field to find solutions to problems and learn about different, and new, approaches to hardware development.”

Many industry vendors have already expressed a keen interest in supporting next year’s Conference and the organisers feel confident that this H/W Expo will go on to become a key event in the UK engineering calendar.

For further information visit: http://www.hw-expo.co.uk          

Contact details:
Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager
+44 (0) 1603 4395689
richardb@energi-tech.co.uk

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Lauterbach Debugger Supports TI C66x DSP Devices

Lauterbach's TRACE32® debug technology supports Trace for Texas Instruments Keystone C66x devices

Lauterbach, a leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, has announced trace debugging support for Texas Instruments KeyStone™ C66x DSP devices. 

The C66x Series includes a wide range of high performance microprocessors. The processing capability of the multicore platform is designed to be optimal for applications in markets such as industrial automation, high performance computing, mission critical, video infrastructure and high-end imaging. 

"Many customers around the world are working with complex multicore devices that contain both microprocessors cores and DSPs," said Barry Lock, UK Manager. "The TRACE32 tools will now provide the C66x microprocessor developer with a comprehensive debug environment that will help to save development time and ensure the end project meets its specification."

Featuring the Keystone architecture, TI's innovative design methodology for System-on- Chip (SoC) processors is a combination of architecture and design methodology that they claim enables full utilisation of all cores and interfaces without degradation.

Lauterbach debug tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers, and the company is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of microprocessor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of Lauterbach tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

The trace tools of TRACE32 connect to the integrated trace port on the target cores and records program flow and data trace information directly from the core in real time. This recording provides the developer with fast and logical troubleshooting capabilities to detect complex errors that only occur under run-time conditions. In addition the time-stamped program flow/data trace can be analysed to provide an overall view of the system performance as well as quality assurance features such as code coverage and cache analysis. Fast trace evaluation and analysis are guaranteed through advanced compression technologies and speed-optimised system software. With a trace buffer of up to 4GB and the possibility of unlimited streaming to the host computer, a large amount of program and data flow information can be collected and analysed. 

Lauterbach UK has announced that it will once again be a lead sponsor of the UK Device Developers’ Conference to take place in Cambridge 27th and 28th April 2016. http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

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New Development Kit Enhances Downlighting Designs

Intelligent LED Solutions launches new LED development kit that enables engineers to explore the different effects of colour temperature and varying beam angles when developing downlighting applications.

Intelligent LED Solutions (ILS) has announced the launched of its Anna Development Kits, a development platform that enables engineers to explore the different effects of colour temperature and varying beam angles when developing downlighting applications.

The Anna Development Kit is available with a choice of 3,4,5,6 or 7 LED's of differing colour temperature and a choice of narrow, medium and wide beam lenses. In addition to this, the kit includes the necessary metalwork holder, a pcb, a heatsink and a power supply, enabling engineers and designers to explore the effects and possibilities of 21 LED lighting options.

“We are seeing LED technology replacing halogen lamps in many downlighting applications,” said Adrian Amor, Director at ILS. “The prime reason has been the more efficient nature of LED lamp technology; drawing less current and running cooler.

However, another major benefit of LED technology is that lamps can now be designed to provide not only a range of colour temperatures, but also a range of beam angles. Designers and engineers are learning to exploit this aspect of modern LED technology, to further refine their downlighting installations and to create new effects.”

ILS is a specialist supplier of LED technology, offering a high level of technical skill, professionalism and commercial understanding to those industries that are or will be using highly efficient LEDs and LEDs of any type. Intelligent LED Solutions supply a wide range of European and overseas OEM manufacturers. Once a final downlighting design is achieved, ILS is able to supply bespoke manufactured LED lamps in accordance with the chosen specification.

For further information about Intelligent’s LED display technologies please visit www.i-led.co.uk

About Intelligent LED Solutions
ILS is a division of Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd (IGS) a well-established and respected industry leading display and opto-electronics solutions provider. Much of IGS’ business comes from providing semi-custom or custom products both in component and sub-assembly form.

ILS/IGS is a privately owned company and the owners are fully involved in the running of the business. All the senior staff have been involved with the opto-electronics industry for at least 15 years and are dedicated to ensuring that ILS is an innovative and highly successful operation. www.i-led.co.uk

Contact:
Adrian Amor, Director, Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd.
Tel:  +44 (0) 1635 294600
E-mail: info(at)i-led.co.uk

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Lauterbach Debug Tool Supports Spansion® HyperFlash Memory

TRACE32 tool supports Spansion® HyperFlash memory with intuitive, fast and flexible Flash Programming features

Lauterbach, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, has recently announced its support for the Spansion® HyperFlash™ Memory with its TRACE32® tools. 

The HyperBus Interface was introduced by Spansion in 2014 as a powerful improvement on today's low pin count memory interfaces and has been broadly implemented by the system-on-chip (SoC) manufacturers. HyperFlash Memory is based on the HyperBus interface and provides important characteristics such as low latency, high read throughput and space efficiency. 

“Our TRACE32 tool now supports the HyperFlash memory with intuitive, fast and flexible Flash Programming features,” said Barry Lock, UK Manager at Lauterbach. “The TRACE32 tool provides the user with control of reading, displaying and erasing the content of the flash memory and the content is displayed in a standard hex dump which allows the contents to be checked quickly. The tool also supports the pairing of HyperFlash memory with the HyperBus interface and also with the ordinary Quad SPI controller. “ 

    Barry Lock, UK Manager, Lauterbach

Lauterbach tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers, and the company is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of microprocessor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of Lauterbach tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

Lauterbach UK has been the lead sponsor of the UK Device Developers’ Conference, a key annual event for embedded systems engineers, for the past 3 years. More details of this event are available at www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

 

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

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Lauterbach and Vector Software Collaboration Enables Software Quality and Industry Compliance

Lauterbach's TRACE32 debug solution has been integrated with test automation platform VectorCAST to enable development, test, and certification teams to set and continuously collect practically unlimited volumes of test data from RAM constrained embedded systems.



Software debug tool company Lauterbach has announced that it has been working with Vector Software to integrate its Trace32 debug tool with Vector Software's VectorCast test automation platform. The integration of these two advanced toolsets will enable development, test, and certification teams to set and continuously collect practically unlimited volumes of test data from RAM constrained embedded systems.

“We are very excited to see VectorCAST take advantage of our TRACE32 product’s engineered features,” stated Rudolf Dienstbeck, Software Developer at Lauterbach GmbH. “This enhancement significantly improves our customers’ debug capability in the most demanding scenarios.”

This latest integration will benefit customers in Aerospace, Defence, Automotive, Medical Devices, Industrial Control, and Commercial environments, where software quality and industry compliance are critical. Vector Software’s development team worked closely with Lauterbach and the TRACE32 implementation of IEEE Standard 1149.1-1990 JTAG and IEEE-ISTO 5001-2003 NEXUS.

The impact of this combined capability, VectorCAST and TRACE32, affects all of the supported hardware from Microprocessors such as ARM; Imagination-Technologies MIPS; Freescale/NXP; Fujitsu; Intel; AMD, Microcontrollers such as TI (Including Hercules); ST-Micro; DSPs from Analog Devices, CPLDs from Altera, Xilinx, and many more.

Lauterbach will be exhibiting at the UK Device Developers’ Conference taking place in Warrington and Uphall (Scotland) on the 2nd and 4th June.
http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk


About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the leading manufacturer of complete, modular and upgradeable microprocessor development tools worldwide with experience in the field of embedded designs since 1979. It is an international, well-established company with blue chip customers in every corner of the globe and has a close working relationship with all semiconductor manufacturers. At the headquarters in Höhenkirchen, near Munich, the engineering team develops and produces highly proficient and specialized Development Tools, which are utilized all over the world under the brand TRACE32®. Branch offices exist in United Kingdom, Italy, France, Tunisia, on the East and West coasts of the United States, Japan and China. Highly qualified sales and support engineers are also available in many other countries. For more information, please visit www.lauterbach.com.

About Vector Software, Inc.
Vector Software is the world’s leading provider of software testing solutions for safety and business critical embedded applications. Companies worldwide in the automotive, aerospace, medical devices, industrial controls, rail, and other business critical sectors rely on Vector Software’s VectorCASTTM test solution. The VectorCAST environment enables software development teams to easily automate complex testing tasks to improve software quality, using Test-Driven Development, Continuous Integration, and Change-Based Testing processes to engineer reliable software for accelerated time-to-market release cycles. Vector Software is headquartered in East Greenwich, Rhode Island USA with offices worldwide, and a world-class team of support and technology partners. To learn more, visit: www.vectorcast.com.

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ASIC's, MEMS and Tyre Pressure Monitors Explained at Cambridge Conference

Designer and manufacturer of custom electronic devices (ASIC and MEMS), SWINDON Silicon Systems, will be exhibiting at the Cambridge Embedded Systems and Realtime Software conference

Leading ASIC and MEMS specialist SWINDON Silicon has announced that it will be exhibiting at The UK Device Developers Conference to be held near Cambridge on the 14th May.  



Members of the SWINDON Silicon Systems team will be available to explain how ASIC’s are developed and to discuss the many benefits of ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) technology, as well as demonstrating a vehicle tyre pressure monitoring device that utilises ASIC technology.

"There are a number of commercial and technical advantages to using a custom ASIC as part of an embedded system," said Sharon Moore, Sales Administrator at Swindon Silicon.  “Using an ASIC can help reduce the cost of the end product and may also reduce its size and power consumption.  Furthermore an ASIC based design could also result in better noise, bandwidth and leakage performance, as well as reducing EMI susceptibility and radiated EMI. ”

SWINDON Silicon Systems has over 35 years of experience in the design, test and supply of mixed signal ASICs. The company delivers more than 60 million devices globally every year in industries such as automotive, industrial sensors, process control, aerospace, defence and healthcare. The company has in-house design and production teams and works in partnership with specialist foundries.

 

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Creating Compelling and Robust Display Interfaces for Intelligent Systems

The organisers of the UK Device Developers Conference have announced that they have added an additional workshop to the Conference schedule.

The new half-day workshop will explain the development of embedded GUI's that meet the highest standards of quality control and user-appeal. This workshop will be run at the Conference event at Reading on the 12th May and Cambridge on the 14th May. 

The workshop will focus on a highly integrated approach to embedded GUI development. Focusing on an integrated approach, enabling faster development, lower cost and a higher quality final product.  Dr. Rene Schumann, European Technical Manager with Embedded GUI software company, Altia, will present the workshop.

"We will be looking at an integrated GUI development tool-chain that starts with behavioural modelling and verification of GUI graphics, and continues with automatic code-generation for specific target graphics processors, “ said Dr. Rene Schumann.

“We will also explain how all mainstream graphics processors are supported by this technology, giving maximum hardware choice, whilst Altia’s code-generator produces code that uses minimal system resources, resulting in minimal hardware cost and maximized performance.”

Altia provides powerful, professional-grade embedded system GUI development tools that help creative, customer-focused designers and software engineers build and deliver game-changing user interfaces. 

“We are very pleased to have Altia’s expertise in this field on board for this year’s Conference,“ said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “In this industry, GUI development is a big deal. The GUI dictates the look and feel of a product more than any other aspect of an embedded system design. It also impacts the internal functionality and the external branding; so a GUI designer has a lot to think about.  I feel sure this will be a popular workshop at the Conference”

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Parasoft Named a Leader in Modern Application Functional Test Automation Tools by Independent Research Firm

Parasoft has announced that it was named a Leader in “The Forrester Wave™: Modern Application Functional Test Automation Tools, Q2 2015.”*Forrester Research gave Parasoft the highest score among all vendors in the Current Offering category, and stated that “Agile project management (PM) and test management tools make [Parasoft’s] solution stand out.”

According to the report, "Parasoft’s API testing roots and comprehensive integrations pays off. Parasoft has a very strong product offering...[Its] strong vision on the use of analytics to drive greater testing performance, implemented in its current products and road map, make it a key player in the continuous delivery world allowing developers to promote low-risk, quality-release candidates in delivery pipelines."

After examining past research, user-need assessments, and vendor and expert interviews, Forrester developed a comprehensive set of evaluation criteria. They evaluated vendors against 40 criteria, which they grouped into three high-level buckets: Current Offering, Strategy, and Market Presence.

"To us, Forrester's evaluation confirms the value of the advanced automation, comprehensive capabilities, and easy extensibility that we believe earned us this position as a leader," said Wayne Ariola, Parasoft Chief Strategy Officer. "We are impressed by Forrester's efforts to help AD&D professionals select the right FTA tool, and we are extremely honored to be recognized in this important research."


Parasoft will be exhibiting at the Device Developers' Conference.

http://www.parasoft.com/

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Conference to Explore The Designing of Software Component for Easy Code Reuse

Conference presentation will explain how to make a reusable software component with version and configuration control that can be used in house across multiple projects or distributed via a web server.

Embedded systems development tools vendor Hitex will be exhibiting and presenting at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference.

Hitex's presentation will explain how to make a reusable software component with version and configuration control that can be used in house across multiple projects or distributed via a web server.

“I think this presentation will be attractive to a lot of engineers and project managers,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “A lot of time and money is spent developing effective and reliable code. Being able to re-use it and share it within an organization is now an important commercial consideration.”

Hitex’s presentation will review the Cortex Microcontroller Software Interface Standard (CMSIS) and introduce the new CMSIS Pack and CMSIS Driver standards. The presentation will then show how to make a reusable software component with version and configuration control using the CMSIS Pack standard. Such a component can be used in house across multiple projects or distributed via a web server.

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Programmers To Face the Coding Challenge at UK Conference

Engineers and Computer Scientists will be invited to take the 'Coding Challenge' at UK Conference for hi-tech developers

Engineers and Computer Scientists attending the UK Device Developers' Conference will be invited to pitch their programming skills against a computer.

Delegates at the Conference will be invited to review about 30 lines of software code to identify errors and concerns. The 'Coding Challenge' has become a popular competition at this annual event and it is regarded as quite an accolade to win. The competitors are often leaders in their field, working for major technology companies.

The “Coding Challenge” is being run by Pheadrus Systems, a UK supplier of embedded systems development tools and technologies. Pheadrus will use the QAC Static Analyser from specialist company PRQA. PRQA’s software tools offer a close examination of C and C++ code in order to identify problems caused by language usage that is overly complex, non-portable, dangerous or difficult to maintain. Plus, its tools also provide a mechanism for coding standard enforcement and are widely used in industries such as automotive, medical and aerospace. 

"Each contestant's results will be compared to the output of PRQA's code analysis software," said Chris Hills, Managing Director at Pheadrus Systems. "Each year we are increasingly impressed with the level of expertise of developers that take part. In many ways, it is just a bit of fun, however, being a good programmers takes a lot of study followed by a lot of real world experience. In some ways this competition is a rare celebration of the amazing talent of good developers. The past winners have been delighted and excited to receive the prize and the acknowledgement."

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Tesla Drivers Welcome at Hi Tech Developers Event

Conference venue provides two free re-charging points for Tesla Model S electric cars

The organisers of the UK Device Developers' Conference have announced that the Northern venue for this event will be able to provide charging points for any delegates driving Tesla Model S electric cars.



The Conference in Warrington will take place at the Park Royal Hotel which provides two charging points (R.DC 120kW) both of which are under the Tesla Supercharger scheme, enabling Model S drivers to re-charge for free.

"I suspect that not many engineers or computer scientists will arrive in a Tesla," said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager, "However, it will no doubt be a significant discussion point at the Conference. Electronics and computer systems are playing an important role in the progress of green technology. To replace oil as an energy source is a huge challenge, and many in the hi-tech sector are currently engaged in that challenge.

“There will be several presentations that relate to vehicle systems,” explained Richard Blackburn. “Safety critical software and reliability is a big topic for developers at the moment, so software debugging, software test and software certification all feature quite strongly on the Conference agenda.”

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Hi-Tech Developers' Conference to Explore Model Driven Development

The UK Device Developers' Conference will explore the many benefits and occasional pitfalls of adopting UML model driven architectures for product development

The organisers of the UK Device Developers' Conference have announced that Abstract Solutions, a leading provider of UML®products, will be making a presentation entitled "Model Driven Development: Benefits and Perils", at this year's event.

Modelling is the designing of software applications before coding. Modelling is an essential part of large software projects, and helpful to medium and even small projects also. Using a model, those responsible for a software development project's success can assure themselves that functionality is complete and correct, end-user needs are met, and program design supports requirements for scalability, robustness, security, extendibility, and other characteristics, before implementation in code renders changes difficult and expensive to make.

The presenter will be Chris Raistrick, Professional Services Director at Abstract Solutions, and lead author of the book “Model Driven Architecture with Executable UML”. For the past thirty years, Chris has been applying model driven approaches to a wide variety of successfully deployed systems, and has led the modelling activity on a number of strategic projects.

"The relentless growth in system and device complexity and the need to drive down time to market and the cost of upgrades is prompting many organisations to migrate from document based, manual system development approaches towards model centric, automated methods of development,” said Chris Raistrick.

“However, although model based approaches offer many strategic advantages to the wise adopter, there are numerous hazards that lie in wait for the unwary. We will discuss how they can be avoided to achieve the advertised rewards of an industrialised model driven development strategy.” www.abstractsolutions.co.uk

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Lauterbach's TRACE32® includes Advanced Debugging Support for Windows 10

Lauterbach GmbH, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, has recently extended its support for the Windows® Standard OS family. It now supports the latest version Windows 10 32bit and 64bit flavours. TRACE32® allows easy development and test of kernel modules, drivers, processes and DLLs, be it on single core or SMP systems. The support is available for all x86/x64 and ATOMTM boards having a JTAG interface.



As a successor to Windows® 8, Windows 10 codenamed Threshold is currently in public in its technical preview version and will launch in late-2015. Lauterbach has already extended its “Windows Standard Awareness” for the TRACE32 debugger to include this new version.

Using “Windows Standard Awareness”, the user is able to inspect the present processes, threads and libraries, as well as kernel modules and drivers. Using the extended MMU support of the TRACE32 debugger, the developer gets access to the complete virtual address space at any time – i.e. you can debug device drivers and applications simultaneously. At the same time you can debug several processes at once, which is especially interesting for testing inter-process communications or driver calls.

TRACE32 uses the JTAG interface to access the target system. No special OS setting, interface or driver is necessary to debug the target. Even if the complete system “hangs”, the debugger is still able to show all system resources. This “stop mode debugging” - where no running software such as a debug stub is required – also allows debugging of interrupts; from the interrupt entry point up to ISRs, drivers and even the responding applications.

Post-mortem debug is also supported. Raw memory images could be loaded into TRACE32 x86/x64 instruction set simulators. By setting a few MMU configuration registers and loading Windows awareness, you have easy access to your system state, at the moment where the memory dump was created.

Lauterbach's Windows Awareness is fully SMP capable. The debugger can switch to any CPU at any time, showing the view of each CPU or hyper-thread. It evaluates the call stacks of all active and passive application threads and shows where an active thread currently runs or where a passive thread is waiting. The system is started and stopped synchronously for all CPUs; a breakpoint hit halts the complete system, regardless which CPU reaches the breakpoint. On this event, the debugger automatically switches the view to the CPU that hit the breakpoint.

Using these features the developer gains access to the complete system and all resources. You’re debugging on “system level” rather than on “CPU level”

 

 

 

RT-RK adopts QA·C for automotive software defect detection

RT-RK and PRQA | Programming Research announce that QA·C, a leading static analysis solution for defect detection has been made mandatory on all RT-RK projects for the automotive industry.

The use of QA·C has been imposed by TTTech, the technology leader in robust networked safety controls for automotive, aerospace and other safety related markets. TTTech is based in Vienna, Austria, and uses RT-RK as NSDC (Near Shore Development Center), providing a vital link in their development process, which generates the highest quality code for safety-critical systems.

In particular, RT-RK’s automotive engineering team needs to comply with MISRA coding guidelines. This team is also extremely keen to generate code which is sustainable and reusable – enabling them to provide their customers with shorter delivery times across a growing number of increasingly complex and dynamic projects.  The necessity to conduct frequent and effective code reviews makes QA·C an unsurpassed solution, and its use is critical in delivering bug-free, well structured code to the subsequent stages in the project.  RT-RK also use the output from QA·C to generate reports which demonstrate that their code complies to MISRA.

“RT-RK is entering the automotive industry with full force. It is evident that PRQA provides the defacto solution in this market, and we have wholeheartedly adopted QA·C. The underlying changes to our development process are beneficial on many levels, the main one being more effective compliance with the coding rules, but also in up-skilling our engineers and streamlining our broader work-flow,” said Danijel Spasojevic, Head of Automotive Software at RT-RK. “The training provided by PRQA has also been very valuable. This included courses on coding standards and best practices, as well practical workshops to enable our teams to take full advantage of all the functionality in QA·C.“

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Paul Blundell, PRQA’s CEO stated, “We are pleased to have earned another valued customer. PRQA’s solutions have been adopted globally across multiple safety-critical industries, but in particular throughout the automotive supply chain. Near-shore outsourcing is a common deployment model, and we are delighted to extend our coverage in Eastern Europe to include the growing automotive center at RT-RK”

http://www.programmingresearch.com

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Enigma People Solutions Sponsors Scottish Hi-Tech Developers' Conference

Technology recruitment company Enigma People Solutions has agreed to be a lead sponsor of this years Scottish embedded systems and realtime software conference

Leading technology recruitment specialist Enigma People has announced that it has agreed to be a lead sponsor of this year's Scottish Device Developers' Conference. 

http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/scotland.html



The Device Developers’ Conference is an annual event for embedded systems engineers, realtime software engineers and similar hi-tech developers that are working in the field of intelligent systems and devices. It is to be held at Uphall on the 4th June at the Macdonald Houstoun House Hotel. 

"We are very pleased to have the support and sponsorship of Enigma People," said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. "Their support is helping us create a really worthwhile event that busy engineers and developers will find productive. The conference is shaping up really well, and promises to be an informative forum where developers can learn about new technologies, meet industry experts, develop new skills and discover new technologies."

This year’s Conference will include two streams of technical presentations from industry experts, a series of half-day technical workshops and an exhibition of embedded systems hardware, software, debug tools, display technologies and similar industry related products and services.  http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/UK-embedded-systems-suppliers.html

“We are pleased to announce our support for this important industry event,” said Ben Hanley, Director at Enigma People.

“The Scottish region is very strong in the field of embedded systems development and realtime software; whether it is for the energy sector, the banking sector or even communications, it employs a lot of very talented people. In this respect, a Conference where developers can come together to explore new technologies and learn from industry experts provides an important opportunity for the region.”

http://www.enigmapeople.com/

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Conference to Explore the Implementation of Device to Cloud Connectivity

Conference workshop to explore the hardware and software choices when developing device to Cloud connectivity

This year's UK Device Developers' Conference will include a half-day workshop and a technical presentation relating to the technical issues surrounding the implementation of 'Device to Cloud' solutions, often referred to as IoT.

Presented by global hardware and IoT specialists Eurotech, delegates at the Conference will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of how IoT is being implemented in a range of applications and learn how to simplify device connectivity and enable remote device management.

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“The Internet of Things is the new disruptive technology,” said Bobby Vale, Technical Sales Engineer at Eurotech.  “The IoT involves interfacing the devices we use to the virtual network we call the ‘cloud’. As sensor costs decrease and cloud connectivity increases, applications such as remote asset monitoring and smart metering will become the norm.”

Some areas where ‘device to cloud connectivity’ can bring benefit include building management systems, transport and energy sectors. Examples include automating heating and lighting dependent on temperature and occupancy; counting the number of passengers in each carriage on the train and indicating to those waiting to board where there are spare seats asset monitoring and preventive maintenance and remote metering and automated billing of energy consumption.

Eurotech’s workshop at the Cambridge Conference will discuss the difference between a traditional SCADA application and a cloud-based M2M / IoT solution.  It will also discuss the MQTT protocol, created by IBM and Eurotech, what it is and how and why it is used. Another topic during the workshop will be the basics of cloud-based Esper event processing for business logic.

“This is a chance for engineers to learn from an industry expert with real world experience,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “Clearly ‘Device to Cloud’ connectivity is enabling datacollection and driving innovation, whilst bringing down costs. In this respect, it is a technology that is hard to ignore and we are pleased to be able to cover this topic in detail at this year’s Conference.”

Eurotech
Berenice Mann, Marketing Manager UK,
Marketing.uk@eurotech.com
01223 411200

About Eurotech
Eurotech is a global company based in Italy and with subsidiaries in Europe, North America and Japan. Eurotech has historically supplied embedded hardware to the transport, logistics, security, industrial and medical markets, from single board computers to fully qualified, field deployed platforms.


Eurotech has also developed an M2M architecture addressing device and connectivity management, communications security and the sharing of data between multiple assets and enterprise systems. This comprehensive platform, effectively an operating system for the Internet of Things, enables a broad range of value-added activities and services, significantly reducing the cost and risk of implementing new IoT systems. www.eurotech.com  

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Time Triggered Architecture - A Workshop for the Development of Safe and Secure Embedded Systems and Devices

This year's UK Device Developers' Conference will include a half day workshop that will explain to engineers and computer scientists how to develop safe and secure embedded systems and devices using a time-triggered architecture.

A key workshop at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference will be focused on the development of safe and secure embedded system. Entitled "Developing Safe and Secure Embedded Systems Using TT Architectures".

This interactive half-day session will see workshop participants involved in the development of a controller for a domestic washing machine and assisting in the design of a generic, safety-related Electronic Control Unit (ECU) for use in a road vehicle.  http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/embedded-systems-training.html#tt

 

“The techniques explored in the workshop can be readily applied in a wide range of different sectors, including industrial systems, automotive systems, medical systems, aerospace systems and white goods,” said Michael Pont, Managing Director, SafeTTy Systems and workshop presenter. “The workshop will be presented by a highly-experienced team, and will include coverage of key international safety standards, including ISO 26262 and IEC 61508.  There will be plenty of time to ask questions throughout the session.”

“As systems are becoming more complex, safety and reliability is becoming an increasingly important issue,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Organiser.  “In this respect, we are we are very pleased to have such an informative workshop on the Conference agenda. I am very confident that this will prove popular.”

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Undo Software and Lauterbach Partner to Bring Together Embedded and Application Code Debugging

Undo Software and Lauterbach today announced a new partnership to meet the changing needs of embedded systems developers. Embedded systems now increasingly combine traditional device level software with application code, such as a graphical user interface on a smart TV. By integrating Undo’s UndoDB high performance reversible debugging software with Lauterbach’s TRACE32® powerful suite of development tools, companies will be able to debug the entire code stack through a single, intuitive user environment.

The partnership will also enable Lauterbach to target new, non-embedded markets, such as developers of games and mobile apps as it allows use of some of the advanced features of TRACE32 but without the need to use additional embedded debugging hardware when writing user-level application code.

Lauterbach customers can now access UndoDB through the TRACE32 GUI, which acts as a debug front-end, providing the power of reversible debugging through Lauterbach’s advanced yet familiar and proven interface across the entire development process. This extends functionality without needing to change development workflows, thereby improving productivity. Developers will be able to debug C/C++ code on Linux and Android faster, meeting development deadlines and responding quickly to reported bugs. http://undo-software.com

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UK Conference To Discuss Safety Critical Software Development

Conference will include presentations and workshops relating to the development of high integrity software

Organisers of this year's UK Device Developers' Conference have announced that there will be workshops and presentations relating to the development of safety critical and certified software.

In addition to this, several of the companies exhibiting at this year's Conference will be available to discuss topics such as the DO-178, IEC61508 and ISO 26262 standards.

The UK Device Developers' Conference is a one-day conference for engineers and computer scientists involved in the development of intelligent systems and devices. It is an event that explores the very latest tools and technologies available and includes a vendor exhibition, half-day technical workshops and a series of informative technical presentations. www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

"For an engineer that is having to embark on a project that needs to be highly reliable, then this Conference should prove very informative,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Organiser. “Whether it’s the choice of operating system, hardware, debug tools or certification tools, there will be a number of industry experts sharing their knowledge and experience.”

German debug tool company Lauterbach and UK based code test experts LDRA will be presenting a half-day workshop entitled “Catch Software Errors Before It’s Too Late for Certification”.  This workshop will show how to simplify code analysis, test and certification for resource constrained applications. It will also explain how to quickly assess the impact of identified failures and unexpected results. The workshop will also explore automated testing processes and methodologies to achieve certifiable, high-quality software.

An industry expert from Esterel Technologies will give a presentation entitled "The Impact of a Certified Toolset in a High Integrity Software Development Environment". This presentation will discuss that working to any of the key software standards such as DO-178C, EN50128, ISO26262 or IEC61508 drives onerous changes into the V cycle design process. This talk will demonstrate that using a qualified or certified toolset can dramatically streamline and automate many of the steps, as well as build quality and best practice into the design.

Other exhibitors and presenters working in this field include Phaedrus Systems, SafeTTy Systems, SDC Systems and Lynx Software.

The Device Developers’ Conference is to take place in Reading, Cambridge, Manchester and Uphall (Scotland) during May and June 2015. The Conference is free to engineers and technical project managers. A small charge is made for places on the half-day technical workshops.

About The Device Developers’ Conference
The Device Developers’ Conference is an annual UK event for the developers of intelligent systems and devices. The 2015 event will take place in May and June, in Cambridge, Reading, Manchester and Uphall (Scotland).

Sponsored by a broad range of industry vendors, the exhibition and conference, including a series of 40-minute technical presentations, is free to engineers and project managers working in the technology sector.  Half-day workshops in various specialisms are available at a small charge.

For more information visit:
http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

Contact:
Richard Blackburn, Event Organiser
E-mail: richardb(at)energi-tech.co.uk
Tel: 01603 439569

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The Device Developers' Conference to Explore IoT in The Real World

Presentation to discuss real-world options for ‘Machine to Machine’ and ‘Device to Cloud’ communication

Solid State Supplies Ltd in partnership with Digi International has announced that it will be sharing its expertise in the field of IoT (Internet of Things) at this year's UK Device Developers Conference.

Entitled "Machine to Machine Communication – IoT in The Real World", the presentation will explore the technologies available to engineers and how they can best be implemented.

"For many engineers, IoT might be considered hip media terminology," said Matt Cook, Business Development Manager at Solid State Supplies. "It is fair to say that IoT is not exactly an engineering term, however, machine and device connectivity is changing the world, whether it's cars, medical equipment or even retail technology, its impact has been pervasive. In this presentation we will explore and compare the communication options available to engineers."  

Solid States Supplies presentation will explore options such as Wifi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, Wimax, Lte and HSPA and it will evaluate each in terms of throughput, range, coverage, power consumption, devices per network, security, topology, connection and reliability. The presentation will also discuss hardware and software options, as well as exploring options for Device to Cloud connectivity and security.

Solid State Supplies Ltd is a respected UK provider of semiconductors and modules for embedded systems development, with particular expertise in control and communications, both wireless and wired.

"We are very pleased to have Solid State Supplies supporting the Conference again this year," said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. "They bring a lot of real-world experience and knowledge to the Conference. I feel sure that their presentation will attract a wide audience of engineers that are having to come to terms with developments in the area of connectivity."

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Technical Workshops to Explore New LED Technologies 

LED workshops offer developers the chance to brush up on the latest trends and innovations for intelligent LED based designs

Intelligent LED Solutions (ILS) has announced that it will be participating in two workshops that have been arranged to enable engineers and developers the chance to update their knowledge of LED technology. 



The LED Light Experience & Control workshops will be hosted by OSRAM Opto Semiconductors and a number of their "LED Light for You" program partners, including Microchip, and will take place in Manchester on the 14th April and Reading on the 16th April. http://i-led.co.uk/Workshops/

"We are very pleased to be a part of these informative one day workshops," said Adrian Amor, Director at ILS. "LED technology is moving forward at quite a pace and opening up many new design possibilities. These workshops will give engineers access to experts in this field and a chance to discover the very latest LED technologies and development kits."

Each one-day workshop will be a combination of technical presentations, 30-minute technical sessions and a partner tabletop exhibition. Places on the workshop will cost £75 but delegates will also receive various demonstration kits (valued in excess of £100.00) showcasing partners’ capabilities.

ILS is a specialist LED technology supplier and offers a high level of technical skill, professionalism and commercial understanding to those industries that are or will be using LED display technology. Offering conceptual advice, electronics design and manufacturing capability, ILS use high quality production resources in the UK and Asia to provide project support from prototyping to high volume mass production.

“The LED technology sector is seeing rapid progress in key market segments, from general illumination through to the industrial, medical and transportation fields,” said Adrian Amor. “ In this respect, LED efficiency, colour consistency and control will be the main focus topics at the workshops, as these topics are key to the creation of innovative display solutions in these emerging markets.” 

To register a place on either the Manchester or the Reading workshop please visit  http://i-led.co.uk/Workshops/register.php

About Intelligent Display Solutions (ILS)
ILS is a division of Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd (IGS) a well-established and respected industry leading display and opto-electronics solutions provider. Much of IGS’ business comes from providing semi-custom or custom products both in component and sub-assembly form.

IDS/IGS is a privately owned company and the owners are fully involved in the running of the business. All the senior staff have been involved with the opto-electronics industry for at least 15 years and are dedicated to ensuring that ILS is an innovative and highly successful operation. http://www.i-groupuk.com/ids/

Contact:
Adrian Amor, Director, Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd.
Tel:  +44 (0) 1635 294600
E-mail: info(at)i-led.co.uk

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Eurotech Announces Release of Everyware Cloud™(EC) 3.5, the M2M/IoT Integration Platform

Eurotech, a leading innovator in M2M technologies, announced the official release of Everyware Cloud™ 3.5, the M2M/IoT Integration Platform.

Everyware Cloud™ is a Machine-to-Machine Integration Platform that simplifies device and data management by connecting distributed devices over secure and reliable cloud services. Once devices are deployed, the Everyware Cloud™ allows users to connect, configure and manage devices through the lifecycle, from deployment through maintenance to retirement.

With EC 3.5 a set of new features that greatly enrich the remote device management capabilities come into action, like remote device configuration, remote device control, remote device provisioning, and remote device update. These features enable the Everyware Cloud Web Console to be the single point of administration for all connected devices, and make the Everyware Cloud REST APIs the single programmable interface to remote devices.

Finally, security and reliability have been enhanced by introducing Two-Factors-Authentication and platform Health Monitoring, as Eurotech constantly invests in these fundamental aspects.

“We continue to focus and invest in making IoT/M2M projects easier and faster and secure for organizations to deploy,” said Robert Andres, Chief Marketing Officer of Eurotech. “ESF for M2M Gateways and Smart Devices on one side, and Everyware Cloud as an M2M/IoT Integration Platform on the other side, build together the foundation for solid M2M/IoT solutions. With Everyware Cloud 3.5 version we have made an important step forward, and we are excited for the novel things that are coming soon by the next releases.”

By using EC our customers take advantage of the following benefits:
• Short time to market; Customers reach their goals in a few months
• Cost-effective (Pay-as-you-go); EC is, by default, made available as a PAAS (Platform-As-A-Service)
• Open Standard based; for future-proof & investment protection
• Flexible Deployment; from public cloud, to cloud-in-a-box (Everyware Server)
• Device Enablement; for effective asset management and asset maintenance
• Data Enablement; for a near-time understanding of users’ preferences and asset real use, for business intelligence
• System Enablement; for reliable, scalable, secure and user-friendly platform administration
• IoT Application Enablement; for simple integration with enterprise business software applications

Eurotech is strongly committed to M2M/IoT and enthusiastically works to encapsulate the complexity of operational technologies in a cost-effective, simple to use yet powerful software framework and integration platform. The rapid development of the global IoT market will increase the complexity both at the edge of the network and at the cloud platform (M2M/IoT Integration Platform) and we will continue to encapsulate and manage this complexity for our customers to ensure efficient development, deployment and management of distributed intelligent devices in the field throughout their lifetime.

To try EC for free for 90 days visit http://www.eurotech.com/en/portal/cloudtrial

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New Book Explains How to Develop Reliable Embedded Systems

SafeTTy Systems will provide free copies of a popular new book on reliable embedded systems at their workshop at the UK Device Developers' Conference

SafeTTy Systems Ltd have announced that they will be launching a comprehensive new workshop programme for developers that need to create reliable and secure embedded systems at the Device Developer’s Conference 2015 in Reading (UK) on 12 May.  Everyone who attends the workshop will receive a copy of the company’s popular new book “The Engineering of Reliable Embedded Systems”.


The team behind SafeTTy Systems Ltd has been working in the area of time-triggered (TT) embedded systems for more than 25 years.  The company offers a low-cost, royalty-free ReliabiliTTy® technology licence that makes it easy for their customers to benefit from this experience and apply it in their own products.  In order to give organisations the opportunity to investigate the benefits of a time-triggered approach for themselves, SafeTTy Systems have recently launched a new book series and a matching set of public reference designs that enable system design in compliance with ISO 26262, IEC 61508, IEC 60730 and related standards.

“Over recent years, technology and designs developed by the team behind SafeTTy Systems have been applied in autonomous vehicles and other automotive designs, marine systems, aerospace systems, medical systems, industrial systems, household goods and many other areas,” said Dr Michael J. Pont, CEO of UK-based SafeTTy Systems.

“My last book on this topic – Patterns for Time-Triggered Embedded Systems – was published in 2001.  In 2014, I took some time out to write up my more recent experience in this area in the form of a new book – The Engineering of Reliable Embedded Systems.  I’m pleased to say that this book is already proving to be very popular: our first print run sold out in less than a month.”

 
Dr Michael J. Pont, CEO of UK-based SafeTTy Systems

SafeTTy Systems Ltd will be running workshops at all four DDC events this year and will be providing free copies of the “Engineering of Reliable Embedded Systems” book to everyone who attends one of these workshops. 

“Dr Pont is widely recognised as a leader in the field of time-triggered embedded systems,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “This really is an important opportunity for developers to explore and learn about new approaches to the development of safety critical embedded systems using time-triggered architectures.  In this respect, the Device Developers’ Conference is very much about the sharing of information and the exploration of new technologies. “

SafeTTy Systems Ltd provides support for developers of reliable, real-time embedded systems in sectors including aerospace, medical, industrial, automotive, marine, defence, satellite systems and high-end consumer goods.

The SafeTTy Systems WWW site can be found here: http://www.safetty.net/products

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New PicoScope 3000D Series USB 3.0 SuperSpeed oscilloscopes with 512 MS deep memory

PicoScope 3000D Series oscilloscopes are high-performance test and measurement instruments for mainstream electronics design engineers. With up to 200 MHz bandwidth, 2 or 4 analog channels plus 16 digital channels on the mixed-signal (MSO) models, and deep memories from 64 to 512 MS the PicoScope 3000D Series are ideal for debugging the latest digital and mixed signal designs. The scopes offer a maximum real-time sampling rate of 1 GS/s and feature a USB 3.0 interface and a built-in arbitrary waveform generator (AWG). The slim case design makes the scopes convenient for both benchtop and portable use.

“The deep memory on the new PicoScope 3000D scopes means that you can use long timebases with the fastest sampling rates,” explained Managing Director Alan Tong. “For example, even at 1 GS/s sampling rate you can capture a 500 ms waveform—that’s half a billion samples—while hardware acceleration keeps the display updating smoothly.”

The 512 MS buffer memory can be segmented, enabling acquisition of up to 10 000 individual waveform segments of 50 000 samples, with less than 1 µs re-arm time between each segment. Memory segmentation is beneficial when analyzing waveform bursts or serial data packets that include long gaps. PicoScope can be set to trigger on each packet and skip the gaps that are of no interest. This function allows users to acquire, for instance, CAN data packets over several minutes and then analyze the packet content at a later point in time.

The new scopes benefit from the latest updates to the PicoScope software. A new fast persistence mode gives updates of around 100 000 waveforms per second, while the math channels have been expanded to include configurable filters.

A free Software Development Kit (SDK) allows control of the scopes from industry standard applications and programming languages. The SDK includes example programs in C#, C++, Excel, LabVIEW and MATLAB, and can be used with any language that supports C calling conventions. The PicoScope software and SDK are compatible with Microsoft Windows XP through to Windows 8, with beta versions for Linux and Mac OS X. Beta drivers are also available for the ARM-based Beaglebone Black and Raspberry Pi. www.picotechnology.co.uk

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Lauterbach Debug Tools to Support NXP LPC54100 Microcontrollers

Lauterbach has announced its support for the new NXP LPC54100 Series of microcontrollers

Lauterbach, a worldwide provider of microprocessor development tools, has announced its support for the LPC54100 Series of microcontrollers recently introduced by NXP.  The LPC54100 Series offers industry leading power efficiency and is ideally suited for “always-on” sensor-based products.

Lauterbach have supported the LPC54100 Series of microcontrollers since the beginning with µTrace®, a proven and popular debug and trace tool for Cortex®-M based processors. The tool uses USB 3.0 for connection to the host and connects to the LPC54100 via Serial Wire Debug (SWD) interface.

“With µTrace® the developer can control the operation of the program and analyze the data in C and C++ by the use of simple and complex breakpoints,” said Barry Lock, UK Manager, Lauterbach.  “Also, an analogue probe can be connected to µTrace to read the current and voltage measurements for energy profiling, this enables developers to fine-tune their software for minimal power usage. µTrace® will help engineers develop better devices and greatly reduce development time.”

The LPC54100 Series features an asymmetric dual-core architecture to enable scalable active power and performance by using a Cortex-M0+ and a Cortex-M4F for different sensor-processing tasks to optimize power efficiency. µTrace fully supports this type of asymmetric multicore processing (AMP) debugging by starting an individual TRACE32 instance for each core.

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IDS To Sponsor The UK Device Developers' Conference 2015

 Intelligent Display Solutions agrees to be a lead sponsor for UK embedded systems event

Leading display technology company Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS) has announced that it has agreed to be a lead sponsor of this year's UK Device Developers' Conference, an event for engineers and computer scientists working in the development of intelligent systems and devices.

The Conference is to take place in Reading, Cambridge, Manchester and Uphall (Scotland) during May and June 2015 and is expected to attract more than 300 senior hi-tech developers.

"We are very pleased to have support for our 2015 Conference from IDS" said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. "IDS is leader in the design and provision of display technology for embedded systems. They will bring a lot of knowledge and expertise to this event. It's great to have such a respected company on board."

IDS were established in 2001 by a team of display industry experts. Over time they have built up a great deal of knowledge about both the technical approach and the user interface approach to designing displays using LCD, TFT and OLED technologies for many applications. IDS have helped develop new and innovative displays, helping customers to enhance their products, with some even receiving awards for design and application.

"We are very pleased to be supporting the 2015 UK Device Developers' Conference, said Adrian Amor, Director at IDS. “It’s proven to be a very useful event in the past. This Conference gives us an important opportunity to explain and demonstrate our new display and touchscreen technologies. It is also an important chance to meet with engineers to discuss their future requirements and challenges.”

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Conference to Explore The Debugging of Linux for High Performance Systems

Device Developers Conference to include a half-day workshop on developing and debugging of Linux for high performance embedded systems

Leading debug tool company Lauterbach has announced that it will be presenting a half-day workshop at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference.  

The “hands-on” workshop will guide developers in the development and debugging of Linux for high performance embedded systems and will explore how to approach a Linux project from the perspective of the development environment and debug tools.

The Device Developers’ Conference is to take place in Reading, Cambridge, Manchester and Uphall (Scotland) during May and June 2015 and is expected to attract more than 300 senior hi-tech developers.

"Linux has become an important Operating System choice for many embedded system platforms,” said Barry Lock, UK Manager at Lauterbach. “Access to source code, driver availability and a wide community of fellow developers has established Linux as an attractive option for a wide range of projects.”

The UK Device Developers' Conference is an annual event that explores the new technologies and tools used in the development of microprocessor controlled systems and electronics.

"This is an important opportunity for engineers and developers to learn from an industry expert that has real-world experience in this field,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “We are very pleased to have Lauterbach’s support for this year’s Conference; this quality of workshop really does help make the event a worthwhile investment of developers’ time.

Lauterbach tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers, and the company is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of microprocessor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of Lauterbach tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging. Click here for more information


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Lynx Software Technologies Announces Security Critical RTOS Support for Curtiss-Wright’s VPX6-187 Platform

Ruggedized single-board computer now offer COTS development and deployment platform for latest version of LynxOS

Lynx Software Technologies, Inc., a world leader in the embedded safety and security software market, today announced the availability of its board support package (BSP) for the Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions VPX6-187 rugged single board computer (SBC).



The new BSP is a part of LynxOS 7, the latest release of the security critical RTOS (real-time operating system) from Lynx Software Technologies. The BSP brings the new LynxOS 7 security oriented RTOS to Curtiss-Wright’s VPX6-187 board, adding support for the Freescale® Power® Architecture QorIQ P4040/4080 System On a Chip multi-core processor.

LynxOS 7 is the first commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) real-time operating system to provide open APIs to achieve medium-assurance security per the general purpose operating-system protection profile (GPOSPP). LynxOS 7 provides a layered approach to security adding functionality such as roles, capabilities, access controls, quotas, residual information protection, and self-test allowing applications to immediately design security into their products. LynxOS is already in millions of devices and this new functionality allows both existing and new customers to bring security to the forefront. www.lynx.com

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Lauterbach To Sponsor The UK Device Developers' Conference 2015

Debug tool company Lauterbach agrees to be a lead sponsor once again for UK embedded systems event

Leading debug tool company Lauterbach has agreed to be a lead sponsor of next year's UK Device Developers' Conference, an event for engineers and computer scientists working in the development of intelligent systems and devices.

The Conference is to take place in Reading, Cambridge, Manchester and Uphall (Scotland) during May and June 2015 and is expected to attract more than 300 senior hi-tech developers.

"We are very pleased to have support for the Conference from Lauterbach" said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. "Lauterbach is a world leader in the design and manufacture debug tools and they bring a lot of expertise to this event. It's great to have them on board again."

Lauterbach tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers, and the company is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of microprocessor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of Lauterbach tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

"We are very happy to be supporting the 2015 UK Device Developers' Conference, said Barry Lock, UK Manager, Lauterbach. “We think that a well run UK Conference such as this is essential to the industry, so we are keen to support it and see it grow. For us it is also an important opportunity to demonstrate our latest debug technologies and share our expertise in this field."

The UK Device Developers' Conference is an annual event that explores the new technologies and tools that are used in the development of microprocessor controlled systems and electronics. The aim of the event is to provide a productive forum whereby engineers can meet key industry experts from software, design tool and hardware vendors. The Conference includes a choice of half-day technical workshops, two streams of technical presentations and a vendor exhibition. 

"The Device Developers' Conference is very much about discovering and exploring new technologies, and the chance to meet with industry experts and fellow developers," said Richard Blackburn.  "We like to think that engineers walk away from this event with solutions to tricky problems, important new discoveries and plenty of new design ideas. Certainly we have had a lot of feedback, in this respect."

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

Media Contact:
Richard Blackburn, Energi Technical Limited
richardb(at)energi-tech.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1603 439569

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Accutronics Launches New Smart Battery for High Powered Medical Devices

Independent battery design, development and manufacturing expert Accutronics has launched a new smart battery that fulfils the needs of manufacturers of high powered medical devices.



The CMX series packs a punch - offering high energy density along with high power discharge. Medical OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) can now produce innovative portable devices without compromising on safety and reliability in life-critical applications.

“Part of our branded Entellion range, the CMX meets stringent regulations, demanding development schedules and innovation aims, whilst minimising unit costs," explained Neil Oliver, technical marketing manager at Accutronics.

The battery is available in three versions, using eight, twelve or sixteen '18650' sized cells, with continuous discharge rates of up to 300W. Two voltage platforms are used; 28.8V, which operates between 20.0V and 33.6V and 14.4V, which operates between 10.0V and 16.8V.

Smart features of the CMX series include active and passive protection circuits that prevent over-temperature, over and under-voltage, overload and short circuit.

Forming an essential part of its medical device operation, smart power management means the battery only requests charge when needed and shuts down when not being used. Accurate fuel gauging is possible to 1% through an LCD display, further enhancing reliability.

The new battery complies with the relevant transport regulation, which exists to eliminate the risk of explosion associated with the transport of such energy dense cargo. The CMX series complies with transportation (UN 38.3) and safety (UL2054 2nd ed. and IEC61233:2012) as well as electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) regulations (CE and FCC).

http://www.accutronics.co.uk

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Lauterbach Debug Tool supports new ARM® Cortex®-M7 Processor

Microprocessor development tool manufacturer announces its tool support for the ARM® Cortex®-M7 Processor

Leading debug tool company Lauterbach has announced that its µTrace debug and trace solution is now available for ARM's new ARM® Cortex®-M7 Processor.

The ARM Cortex-M7 processor is the latest embedded processor in the ARM Cortex-M processor family. It not only inherits the characteristics from Cortex-M processor series, such as energy efficiency, high performance, ease of use and smaller code, but also is designed with more configurations for automotive and safety applications as well as more powerful debug and trace capabilities.

Lauterbach’s µTrace is an all-in-one solution supporting both debug and trace for Cortex-M based processors. By the use of simple and complex breakpoints the developer can control the operation of the program and analyse the data in C and C++. The tool uses USB 3.0 for connection to the host and can connect to the target via JTAG, Serial Wire Debug (SWD) or cJTAG (IEEE 1149.7). 

“We have enjoyed a close partnership with ARM for many years and we are delighted to extend this relationship still further with support for the new Cortex-M7 from ARM from the very beginning.” said Stephan Lauterbach, managing director of Lauterbach, “With µTrace, developers can immediately make full use of the Cortex-M7 advanced debug and trace functionality, ultimately decreasing time to market.”

When µTrace is used in tracing mode, the tool has an internal 256Mbyte memory buffer, but can also be set to stream data to the host if the user needs to collect the program flow data for longer periods.

“µTrace is a proven and popular development tool for the ARM Cortex-M processor family,” said Richard York, vice president, embedded marketing, ARM. “The early and complete support of the extended range of debug and trace functionality in the ARM Cortex-M7 processor will bring benefits to developers working in safety, industrial automation, advanced audio and IoT applications.”

German based Lauterbach is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support and its tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of embedded processor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of these tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

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Intelligent LED Solutions Launches New Range of Industrial UV LED's

LED technology specialist introduces new high power LEDs for demanding industrial applications requiring UV technology

UK LED specialist Intelligent LED Solutions (ILS) has announced the launch of a new range of high power UV LED's.  

The UV power LED has been designed to have higher thermal endurance, ensuring better reliability at higher temperatures, and comes in a range of output powers, package formats and wavelength options ranging from 365nm to 420nm and radiometric power from 320 to 7000mW.

The high power UV LED range is suited to demanding industrial applications such as polymer curing, ink curing, counterfeit detection, aquarium lighting, medical and DNA sequencing, and features a vertical chip structure on a patented metal alloy substrate, offering advances in optical output and high thermal conductivity. 

“UV LED technology is playing an increasing role in industrial design,” said Adrian Amor, Director at ILS. “The new high power UV LED range pushes the boundaries of what is possible. The high power LED offers a more efficient and more robust solution for engineers working to develop demanding applications that require a UV light source.”

Intelligent LED solutions is a specialist supplier of LED technology, offering a high level of technical skill, professionalism and commercial understanding to those industries that are or will be using highly efficient LEDs and LEDs of any type. Intelligent LED Solutions supply a wide range of European and overseas OEM manufacturers.

“For those exploring UV LED technology for the first time, our team at ILS are able to provide design support and prototyping within the European market place,” said Adrian Amor. “We also have the capability to deliver production LED and assemblies to wherever in the world that the customer’s manufacturing or assembly is being undertaken.”

For those wishing to evaluate and prototype with the new high power UV LED range, star boards with wires, strips and component LEDs will be available through RS Components. For further information about ILS’s range of visible and non-visible LED technologies please visit www.i-led.co.uk

About Intelligent LED Solutions
ILS is a division of Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd (IGS) a well established and respected industry leading display and opto-electronics solutions provider. Much of IGS’ business comes from providing semi-custom or custom products both in component and sub-assembly form.

IGS is a privately owned company and the owners are fully involved in the running of the business. All the senior staff have been involved with the opto-electronics industry for at least 15 years and are dedicated to maintaining ILS is an innovative and highly successful operation. www.i-led.co.uk

Contact:
Adrian Amor, Director, Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd.
Tel:  +44 (0) 1635 294600
E-mail: info(at)i-led.co.uk

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Undo Software releases UndoDB Out-and-About edition

Enables proven reversible debugger to be deployed on customer sites

Undo Software has announced the release of UndoDB Out-and-About, a new way of licensing its high-performance reversible debugging software. UndoDB Out-and-About is aimed at software vendors whose software is deployed on customer sites. It licenses the full capabilities of UndoDB to be used in the field on a customer machine by the software vendor's engineers to investigate, find and consequently fix customer-critical bugs.

UndoDB Out-and-About helps track down software failures, such as intermittent issues and memory corruption errors, directly at the customer site. This protects brand reputation, reduces stress, and preserves customer relationships. It is particularly useful when customers do not want to send their highly confidential, mission-critical data off-site to the vendor for them to reproduce the bug.

UndoDB Out-and-About provides exactly the same functionality as Undo Software's flagship product, UndoDB, but is licensed for use on a machine not owned by the licensee. Available on Linux and Android, UndoDB allows developers to record their program’s execution and then rewind and replay their C/C++ code in real-time to find bugs more quickly, increasing productivity and helping to meet development deadlines.

As part of its commitment to quality, Cadence Design Systems, a leader in global electronic design innovation, is already using UndoDB Out-and-About at customer sites, as well as UndoDB within its own offices.

“We used UndoDB Out-and-About on a client site where our engineer had spent months struggling to try to track down a problem that only occurred in 1 in 300 runs,” said Jonathan DeKock, senior software architect at Cadence. “We’d been using GDB, but that didn’t let us see what had caused the problem. Deploying UndoDB Out-and-About meant that as soon as the problem occurred, we put our experts on the line and stepped backwards and forwards line-by-line and found the bug in three hours, and it then took just two hours to solve.”

UndoDB Out-and-About is available now and can be purchased fromwww.undo-software.com. Deployment is straightforward, with the ability to configure UndoDB for a specific customer machine or customer site for a period of up to seven days at a time. UndoDB Out-and-About does not require external internet connections or VPNs to operate.

“Software vendors operate in a complex development ecosystem, and it is imperative that they work closely with their customers to ensure software is meeting the highest quality standards in the field,” said Greg Law, CEO and co-founder, Undo Software. “By extending the power of reversible debugging to customer sites with UndoDB Out-and-About, vendors can find and fix customer-critical bugs faster, protecting client relationships while increasing productivity.”

www.undo-software.com

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Lauterbach to Demonstrate Debug Tools at UK Automotive Electronics Conference

Lauterbach to demonstrate software debug technology at AESIN Annual Conference 2014

Leading software debug tool company Lauterbach has announced that it will be demonstrating its leading edge debug tools and presenting at the AESIN Annual Conference 2014 taking place at The University of Warwick, 14th & 15th October.

The Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network (AESIN) is a dedicated UK initiative focused on the accelerated and advanced delivery of Electronic Systems into Automotive Applications and infrastructure.

The AESIN Annual Conference provides insight to the latest thinking from industry leaders and champions and provides companies an opportunity to engage UK programs driving the automotive revolution enabled by electronic systems.

 Barry Lock, Lauterbach UK

"As automotive software is becoming ever complex, networked and running at ever faster speeds, ensuring the safety and integrity of the code is becoming increasingly challenging," explained Barry Lock, UK Manager of Lauterbach. "In this respect, we will be explaining the latest thinking on debug techniques and demonstrating the very latest automotive debug technology."

This two-day conference will cover key themes that include Connected Car, V2X, Safety & Security and Green Propulsion. Day one of the conference will offer a tour of WMG’s unique Energy Innovation Centre, the home of hybrid powertrain testing facilities, battery characterisation testing laboratories and a battery scale-up line facility.

German based Lauterbach is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support and its tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of embedded processor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of these tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

 

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

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Lauterbach Demonstrates How to Analyse Multicore Code at UK Event

Lauterbach to demonstrate software debug technology at "The Multicore Challenge" UK conference

Leading software debug tool company Lauterbach has announced that it will be demonstrating how to analyse multicore code without instrumentation at this year's Multicore Challenge on the 23rd September.

 Barry Lock, Lauterbach UK

The Multicore challenge is a conference and tools event held every year near Bristol and Bath for engineers and developers working with the new generation of microprocessor technologies. This year the main themes are Architectures, Languages and Multicore for Mobile, with presentations and tool demonstrations from a wide range of industry experts.


http://www.testandverification.com/conferences/multicore-challenge/multicore-challenge-2014/

"As software is becoming ever complex and running at ever faster speeds, ensuring the integrity of the code is becoming increasingly challenging," explained Barry Lock, UK Manager of Lauterbach. "In this respect, we will be explaining the latest thinking on debug techniques and demonstrating the very latest debug technology."

This Multicore Challenge will consider both the challenges and opportunities in building products based on multiple cores. From embedded industrial/consumer products and PC applications to mobile phones and high performance computer clusters.


“We are very pleased to be a part of this Conference,” said Barry Lock. “It has a very strong agenda and I feel sure a lot of engineers will value this opportunity to discuss the challenges of multicore development.”


German based Lauterbach is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support and its tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of embedded processor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of these tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

The Multicore Challenge is built on the South West’s international reputation as hub for multicore research and development, both legacy (e.g. Inmos and Division) and the vast array of present day innovators (e.g. XMOS, ST, Imagination, MindSpeed and ARM). The high-calibre of speakers and tool demonstrations attracts a wide range of delegates and companies and continues to grow year-on-year.

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

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Lauterbach Enhances Support for the Debugging of Safety Critical Software

Lauterbach's Tool Qualification Support-Kit will help developers meet code coverage analysis requirements when developing avionic and automotive applications in compliance with DO-178C and ISO 26262

Lauterbach, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, has announced a Tool Qualification Support-Kit for its TRACE32 code coverage analysis tools. 

Lauterbach's acclaimed TRACE32 trace tools provide fast and efficient trouble shooting capabilities to detect complex errors that only occur under run-time conditions.  

The Qualification Support-Kit has been designed to help customers facing the many challenges of software development for safety-related systems, to complement the tool qualification when TRACE32 is selected as the preferred solution for trace-based code coverage analysis. It aims to meet the requirements for the development of avionic and automotive applications in compliance with DO-178C and ISO 26262. 

"The TRACE32 Tool Qualification Support-Kit is provided as a prefabricated package containing documents and a test suite for the validation of TRACE32,” said Barry Lock, UK Manager, Lauterbach. “This should be a great help to engineers in this field. In the upcoming months the scope of the test suite will be continuously extended to provide support for a number of platforms.”

German based Lauterbach is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support and its tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of embedded processor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of these tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

“As software is becoming ever more complex, with more lines of code and far more sophisticated algorithms, ensuring its integrity has becoming a major challenge for engineers and developers,” said Barry Lock. “ Furthermore, proving the integrity of the code is a further challenge. This package will help developers address this challenge.”

 

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

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UK Embedded Systems Conference Announces "Developers' Challenge" Winner

The Device Developers' Conference 2014 announces the winner of the "Developers' Challenge", a competition that tests the knowledge and awareness of software developers.

The organisers of the recent UK Device Developers' Conference have announced that Gareth Owen, a senior scientist at Image Capture in Oldham is the winner of the '2014 Developer’s Challenge', a competition that was run at each of this year's Conference venues.  The winner’s prize was a Kindle Paperwhite.

The “Developers’ Challenge” was to identify issues in a C code listing  and it was run by Phaedrus Systems, a company that supplies tools for the development of safety critical and high integrity systems. Programming Research, a world leader in static analysis, created the C code listing. PRQA's software tools offer a close examination of C and C++ code, in order to identify problems caused by language usage that is overly complex, non-portable, dangerous or difficult to maintain. It also provides a mechanism for coding standard enforcement and is widely used in industries such as automotive.

"This competition invites developers to pit their skills against the most advanced software analysis tools," said Chris Hills, Managing Director of Phaedrus Systems, the sponsor of the Developer’s Challenge. "Gareth did well to win this competition, as he was up against a number of very talented and experienced software developers.  Interestingly, most of the competitors wrote notes and "showed their working" which made fascinating reading and did indeed effect the final results."

(Chris Hills, Phaedrus Systems presenting during the MISRA C:20121/2 day workshop at this year's Conference.)

The "Developers' Challenge" was run to highlight how software analysis tools have become essential for the development of code that is required to perform in an efficient, reliable and predictable manner. With ever more complex code and higher expectation of system performance, even experienced and knowledgeable developers now use software analysis tools to ensure total code integrity.

"The Developer’s Challenge has become an important feature of the Conference,” said Richard Blackburn, Event Manager. “It highlights the fact that software development is very much a highly skilled occupation that requires a great deal of knowledge and experience. For many companies, reliable and effective software is essential for their success in the marketplace and for the protection of their brand.”

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The UK Device Developers' Conference Goes From Strength to Strength

UK embedded systems and realtime software conference sees increased delegate numbers and sponsor support

The organisers of the UK Device Developers' Conference are celebrating the success of their recent event.



More than 280 engineers, computer scientists and developers attended the Conference, which was split over four locations. More than 30 companies sponsored the Conference and presented technical workshops, technical presentations and participated in a vendor exhibition.

"We are delighted with the way this year's Conference has worked out," said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. "We have had very good feedback from both exhibitors and delegates. This year's Conference covered a lot of important issues such as software reliability, advanced debugging, developing certified systems, hardware connectivity and design, and ARM development. In this respect we managed to attract a good audience and feel that we are creating a very worthwhile and productive industry event."

The Device Developers’ Conference is a one-day event for engineers, computer scientists and technical managers working in the development of intelligent systems and devices.  The Conference took place in Bristol, Cambridge, Manchester and Scotland, on May 20th and 22nd, June 3rd and 5th respectively.

http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

 

The Device Developers' Conference explores the new technologies and tools that are used in the development of embedded systems and electronics. The aim of the event is to provide a productive forum whereby engineers can meet key industry experts from design tool and hardware vendors, as well as undertaking half-day workshops and presentations that offer new skills and knowledge.

“We are very pleased to have grown the event, on last year, “ said Richard Blackburn. “Delegate numbers were up by more than 20%, and we also successfully added the Scottish event to the schedule.  I’d also add that it’s been a lot of fun, the smaller venues make it a more sociable, enjoyable and informative experience.”

http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/embedded-systems-show-gallery-uk.html - Gallery of pictures from the 2014 Conference

The 2014 conference was sponsored by German debug tool company Lauterbach, UK based embedded systems training experts Feabhas, and Italian embedded computer manufacturer Eurotech. Exhibiting companies and presenters included Wind River, QNX, JTAG Technologies, LDRA and Phaedrus Systems. 

The 2014 event included both a software stream of presentations, and a hardware stream of presentations. Some key topics for this year’s event included Android development, Device to Cloud technology, Open Source Software for Critical Systems and GUI/HMI development."

The next Device Developers’ Conference will take place May/June 2015. Attendance at the Device Developers' Conference, including the series of 40-minute technical presentations, is free to engineers and project managers working in the technology sector. The half-day workshops are subject to a small charge.

About The Device Developers’ Conference
The Device Developers’ Conference is an annual UK event for the developers of intelligent systems and devices. The 2014 event took place in May and June, in Cambridge, Bristol, Manchester and Scotland.

Sponsored by a broad range of industry vendors, the exhibition and conference, including a series of 40-minute technical presentations, is free to engineers and project managers working in the technology sector.  Half-day workshops in various specialisms are available at a small charge.

For more information visit:
http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

Contact: Richard Blackburn
E-mail: richardb(at)energi-tech.co.uk
Tel: 01603 439569

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Leicester “Summer School” will explore the development of safety-critical computer systems

SafeTTy Systems Ltd will run a two-week training and certification programme that explores the development of reliable embedded systems.

SafeTTy Systems Ltd has announced that it will be present a Summer School programme between July and September 2014, in central Leicester.

Engineers and engineering managers will be able to join the Summer School programme for two weeks over this period and learn how to develop reliable embedded systems, using new techniques based on “time-triggered architectures”, by the highly-experienced team from SafeTTy Systems Ltd.

Dr Michael J. Pont, Managing Director of SafeTTy Systems Ltd, says:

“Most people are familiar with desktop computers, laptop computers and other computing devices such as mobile phones.  What people don’t always realise is that there are many, many more computer processors all around us, ‘embedded’ inside everyday items.  These ‘embedded systems’ control our cars, aircraft, medical equipment, as well as our fridges and washing machines. 

“If the embedded computer system in your car fails, the vehicle may accelerate out of control; if the embedded system in your washing machine fails, a child may be able to open the door while the drum is still spinning. 

“During the Summer School we’ll be teaching people how to develop safe embedded systems that will avoid such problems”.

The Summer School will take place in central Leicester from July to September 2014. 

Bookings are now being accepted for the 72 places on the programme: SafeTTy Systems has already received enquiries from as far away as Argentina.

 

About the SafeTTy Summer School

http://www.safetty.net/training/summer-school-2014

About SafeTTy Systems Ltd

Former University of Leicester Professor Michael J. Pont left the University at the end of 2013 to found SafeTTy Systems Ltd. 

SafeTTy Systems Ltd provides support for developers of reliable embedded systems in sectors including aerospace, medical, industrial, automotive, marine, defence, satellite systems and high-end consumer goods.

Training and consultancy services from SafeTTy Systems Ltd are already in high demand, and the company is now receiving many enquiries about its new “ReliabiliTTy” product range (launched at the end of May 2014).

http://www.safetty.net/

Contact Details

Contact: Michael J. Pont
0333 0115 501
M.Pont@SafeTTy.net

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Possibly The Most Reliable Embedded Systems Platform On The Planet

SafeTTy Systems will demonstrate its ReliabiliTTy software platform at the UK Device Developers' Conference

SafeTTy Systems Ltd have announced that they will be launching the first members of their much anticipated ReliabiliTTy® family at the Device Developer’s Conference 2014 in Bristol (UK) on 20 May.

 
Dr Michael J. Pont, CEO of UK-based SafeTTy Systems

The 2014 Device Developers’ Conference covers four dates and four locations.  Starting with Bristol on Tuesday 20th May, the event will then visit Cambridge (22nd May), Manchester (3rd June) and Scotland (5th June). 

http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

SafeTTy Systems Ltd regard the ReliabiliTTy® family of platforms as a solution that has the potential to transform the development of reliable embedded systems for a very wide range of application sectors, from household goods to automotive and medical systems.  ReliabiliTTy is a newly created package backed by two new patents: it is sold in the form of a royalty-free technology licence, accompanied by comprehensive reference designs in both C and Ada.

“We shall introduce our new ReliabiliTTy® technology using two very simple, off-the-shelf development boards,” said Dr Michael J. Pont, CEO of UK-based SafeTTy Systems. “At first glance, it doesn’t look like much, but we’ve found that – once we’ve demonstrated what the system can do - most experienced developers are amazed by what can be achieved with such every day, low-cost boards and ReliabiliTTy technology.”

“Dr Pont is widely recognised as a leader in the field of time-triggered embedded systems,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “This really is an important opportunity for developers to explore and learn about new approaches to the development of reliable embedded systems. In this respect, the Device Developers’ Conference is very much about the sharing of information and the exploration of new technologies. “

SafeTTy Systems Ltd provides support for developers of reliable, real-time embedded systems in sectors including aerospace, medical, industrial, automotive, marine, defence, satellite systems and high-end consumer goods.  The company’s products are provided in forms that are suitable for use in IEC 61508, ISO 26262, IEC 62304, IEC 60730, DO-178c and similar high-integrity and safety-critical ‘certified’ embedded systems.

SafeTTy Systems product details are available here: http://www.safetty.net/products

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Smartboxx to Exhibit Custom Enclosures at Cambridge Technology Conference

Innovative enclosure manufacturing technology is based on the tool-less manipulation of flat sheet plastic

Smartboxx, designer and manufacturer of custom plastic enclosures, panels and housings, has announced that it will be exhibiting at the UK Device Developers’ Conference, to be held in Cambridge on the 22nd May.

Smartboxx will be available to discuss their innovative approach to enclosure design, one that is based on the tool-less manipulation of flat sheet plastic by CNC machining, bending and forming, all carried out to strict tolerances. This approach enables its design team to turn around a working prototype within 1 week from receipt of drawings, or approval of CAD/CAM designs.

“We are very pleased to be supporting the Cambridge event,” said Karl Sears, Operations Director at Smartboxx. “ This will be a good opportunity for us to explain our innovative approach to enclosure design and what is now possible. More importantly, we will be able to explain how we can help accelerate product development and improve design quality, whilst also reducing costs.“


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Abelon Systems to Present at Scottish Technology Conference

Presentation to discuss choosing hardware solutions for realtime and embedded computer projects

Edinburgh based embedded systems company Abelon Systems has announced that it will be presenting at The Scottish Device Developers' Conference to be held on 5th June at Uphall. 

Abelon Systems’ Ian Smith (Managing Director) will present, using examples from case studies from a number of recent client projects to highlight some of the trade-offs and decisions which were made, and the impact they had on reducing overall cost and design timescales.

The Scottish Device Developers' Conference is a one-day event for engineers, designers and computer scientists working to develop intelligent systems and devices and will take place on the 5th June, at Uphall.

http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/scotland.html

"The integration of hardware components and subsystems from different vendors is often a challenge, particularly when trying to create a robust and reliable solution," said Ian Smith.

"In an increasingly commoditised electronics market there are often "Make or Buy" decisions to be made around key choices such as processor board or communications modules, and there are advantages and disadvantages to either strategy, the final design often including aspects of both. I will be talking about our approach to this issue with reference to a number of recent client projects."

Consisting of a vendor exhibition, a broad range of technical presentations and several half-day technical workshops, The Scottish Device Developers' Conference is expected to prove a worthwhile and productive day for those working in the field of embedded systems and mission critical computing.

"We are excited to be running this event in Scotland and to have Abelon Systems presenting," said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. "There is a lot of impressive research and development taking place in this region, so we feel sure that this event will be seen as an attractive opportunity for developers to further enhance their skills and knowledge. It will also be an important opportunity for them to meet leading tools and technology vendors from around the world, all under one roof."

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Abelon Enables the Next Generation of Smart Meters

Embedded software specialist, Abelon Systems, has worked with EDMI to develop a leading-edge smart gas meter for EDMI's customers in the global energy industry worldwide.

Abelon Systems worked alongside EDMI to develop pioneering and innovative firmware, enabling standalone communications and a metering application that is flexible for use across different domestic and global markets.

Ian Smith, Managing Director of Abelon systems said: "Abelon Systems recognises that building a well-structured application development environment is the foundation of successful product development. Our wealth of experience in developing embedded systems applications and ability to build technically complex products supported EDMI to deliver a major technology project on time.

"Throughout the development process, we were aware of the challenges regarding security of energy supply and the need for a supremely reliable product. Working closely with EDMI, we successfully supported the delivery of a standalone communications and metering application platform that represents the next generation of smart meters."


Eric Beattie, Vice President, Gas Division, EDMI, said: "Having worked with Abelon Systems before, we knew we could rely on them to deliver a first class service within our extremely tight timescales. Abelon's expansive technical expertise and knowledge of complex systems development has enabled EDMI to retain its position at the forefront of smart metering and technology compliance. This was evidenced during a successful first showcase of the Smart Gas Meter G6000 during European Utility Week 2013."

The EDMI G6000 Smart Gas Meter is directly supported in a market-leading low power design. Its features include integrated communications from GSM, GPRS; fully manageable remote asset; secure delivery of data, alarms, advanced fraud protection and remote firmware upgrade plus roaming across all global mobile networks to provide maximum coverage potential.

Abelon Systems are a UK based embedded systems design consultancy specialising in command and control systems, process control and data acquisition. Our main markets are the Energy, Oil and Gas, Telecoms and Medical Device sectors, but the ubiquitous nature of the technology we use means it can be applied to many other sectors.

For more information, contact Abelon Systems

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Electronics Enclosure Experts to Exhibit at UK Technology Conference

Cove Industries will be exhibiting at the UK Device Developers' Conference

Electronics Box Build and Enclosure Company Cove Industries has announced that it will be exhibiting at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference, an event for engineers and scientists working in the development of intelligent systems and devices.

Cove Industries designs and manufactures enclosures for electronic and electrical systems and is a leader in the sub contract sheet metal work industry, specialising in the supply of products to the Aerospace, Military, Automotive and Commercial sectors, from prototype to full production batches.  
 
"We are very pleased to be supporting this event again this year," said Miles Adams, Operations Manager. "The Conference is an ideal forum for us. It's a chance to meet with development engineers to explain the technology and services that Cove Industries offer. As much as the event is mainly about electronics and software, the fact is, every system or device requires an enclosure for protection, transportation and handling. This aspect of product development is very much our expertise."

Cove Industries has been established as a high quality sheet metal fabricator for many years and with the incorporation of an in house Paint Shop and Electronics Division this has meant that it can now offer a turnkey Box Build service.  This is in addition to manufacturing EMC chasses, panels, consoles, cable assemblies, wiring harnesses and specialist Test Equipment, all from their site in Farnborough, Hampshire.

“We are very pleased to have the expertise of Cove Industries available to the Conference,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “ Enclosures are critical for a successful design, whether in terms of functionality or even in terms of external aesthetics. “

Cove Industries also offer the facility to support development engineers with the production of bespoke test boxes either from a sketched requirement or reverse engineering existing units. http://www.cove-industries.co.uk/

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Debugging for Safety Critical Systems Explored at UK Conference

Lauterbach to present advanced debugging workshop

It has been announced that a key focus of this year’s Device Developers’ Conference will be ‘software reliability’, with many of the presentations and workshops exploring the tools and techniques available to software developers for the development and testing of code.

German debug tool company Lauterbach will be hosting a half-day workshop entitled, “A Guide to Advanced Debugging”.  This workshop will explain and demonstrate how the more advanced debug tools are enabling developers to produce higher performance code, whilst speeding up reliable code development.

“As software has become far more complex and is running at ever faster speeds, detecting bugs is now a major challenge for developers,” said Barry Lock, UK Manager of Lauterbach.

“Developing reliable code is now a big issue, as the cost of failure in the field is so expensive. Whether it is the damage to the brand of the product, or simply the cost of the recall, investment in debug tools has become a critical business decision. This workshop will give engineers the chance to explore what they can expect from the higher end of debug technology.”

 

The workshop will involve delegates being hands-on, using Lauterbach’s hardware assisted debug tools attached to ARM Cortex-M hardware, running a real-time application.  Delegates will explore debugging techniques such as ‘live trace’, ‘code coverage’ and code analysis.

“We ran a similar workshop last year, and it proved very popular,” said Richard Blackburn. “ The workshop is presented by Richard Copeman, a highly respected and experienced expert in this field. This is a great opportunity for any software teams that are looking to improve their code quality and throughput.”

Click here for more info..

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Abelon Systems Appointed Class A Supplier to Aker Solution

Following a detailed qualification process, Abelon Systems Limited are confirmed as a Class A supplier to Aker Solutions for subsea control firmware. With this new status, Abelon is a named supplier to major Aker projects. Aker recently announced it will contract with BP to help redevelop one of the largest oil fields in the UK sector.

Ian Smith, Abelon’s Managing Director said: “Obtaining Class A supplier status is a clear recognition of the quality of the work have done for Aker Solutions over the years and a testament to the relations we have built up with them over that period”

Abelon Systems provide embedded firmware and communications services across the Energy, Medical and Communications industries.

Aker Solutions provides oilfield products, systems and services for customers in the oil and gas industry world-wide.

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Developing Reliable Software to Be Explained at Conference Workshop

MISRA C:2012 coding standard and software certification to be explained at 2014 UK Conference

The organisers of this year's UK Device Developers' Conference have announced that the event will include a half day 'MISRA C' workshop that will discuss the adoption of the MISRA C coding standard for safety critical software and high availability systems and explain the thinking behind the most recent version of this respected global coding standard. 

safety critical software

This half-day workshop will provide delegates with a good understanding of why they should be using coding standards, how adopting MISRA C:2012 will help in creating a set of coding standards and how tools are available, that not only help enforce coding standards, but will also make it possible to produce better quality code generally and improve the management of the development process.

“The recent major automotive recalls have highlighted the considerable cost of software failure,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “It’s not just the cost of fixing the problem, but also the longer term damage to the brand, and sometimes, it can also be a life and death issue. In this respect, software reliability is now a big issue for engineers and developer. This workshop will be presented by some the UK’s leading experts in this field.” 

“This year’s Conference is building on the success of last year’s event,” said Richard Blackburn. “Delegate registrations are very much up on last year and we are experiencing a lot of support for this event from the engineering and technology sector. It’s shaping up to be a really worthwhile Conference.

More info...

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UK Conference Will Explore Android for Embedded Devices

Presentation explains the benefits of the Android operating system for device development and introduces the solutions available to help engineers and programmers get started. 

Solid State Supplies have announced that they will be presenting a paper at this year's Device Developers' Conference. Entitled "Android for Embedded Devices", the presentation will explain the benefits of using the Android operating system for device development and will introduce the tools and solutions available to help engineers and programmers get started.

“Many developers are adopting Android as an embedded platform, “ said Matt Cook, Business Development Manager at Solid State Supplies. “Android has proven to provide a stable kernel and a huge library of open source code and device drivers. It also has no royalties or license fees and benefits from a global development community. It’s an attractive choice for developers.”

“This presentation will also show embedded systems engineers how the Android operating system compares to embedded Linux systems, other RTOS's and other OS's,” said Matt Cook. “So that delegates will be able to choose whether Android might be the right choice for their future product designs.”

Click here for more information about presentations at this event.

Click here to visit Solid State Supplies website http://www.sssplc.com/

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Lauterbach Enables The Step Up to 32 Bit with Support for uC Linux on the Cortex-M3/M4

Lauterbach announces its debug support for µCLinux on Cortex™-M3/M4

Lauterbach, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, has announced its support for µCLinux on Cortex™-M3/M4 microprocessors with its TRACE32® tools. 

Many developers are seeing the Cortex-M3/4 as the right stepping stone from an 8/16-bit MCU and is being used in more devices, especially those targeting wireless networking, motor control, automotive, power management and industrial automation. µCLinux has the advantages of Linux, being stable, reliable, flexible, and secure, and is also able to run on microcontrollers with no memory management unit (MMU). This is what makes it a viable and reliable OS for the Cortex-M3/4 microprocessors.

"As a complement to the OS-awareness debugging for Linux, our TRACE32 tools now fully support µCLinux on Cortex-M3/4 as well," said Barry Lock, UK Manager of Lauterbach. "The µCLinux awareness provides not only kernel, but also task (process/thread) debugging.  The Trace32 tools will not only help developers develop more reliable software in the 32 bit domain, but will also enable them to enhance the performance of their software."

The TRACE32 tools also enable the off-chip trace for Cortex-M to be extended from DWT (Data Watchpoint and Trace Unit) into a task-aware trace, which allows non-intrusive runtime and performance evaluation. Furthermore energy profiling can be undertaken and correlated with the off-chip trace records to provide a direct correlation between tasks and energy consumption. Last but not the least, all of the advanced non-Linux debug features e.g. Semihosting (file transfer, virtual terminal), internal/external Flash programming, etc. are still supported and enable developers to exploit the comprehensive debug environment provided by the TRACE32 tools on Cortex-M3/4 running µCLinux. 

"Software reliability is becoming an increasingly important commercial matter," said Barry Lock. "More than ever, developers need advanced debug tools in order to meet the demands of their job. The Trace32 support for uCLinux on the M3/M4 will be an important breakthrough for developers looking to develop mission critical or highly reliable software on this platform."

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Lauterbach to Present Advanced Debugging Workshop

It has been announced that a key focus of this year’s Device Developers’ Conference will be ‘software reliability’, with many of the presentations and workshops exploring the tools and techniques available to software developers for the development and testing of code.

The Device Developers’ Conference is a one-day event for engineers, computer scientists and technical managers working in the development of intelligent systems and devices.  The Conference will take place in Bristol, Cambridge, Manchester and Scotland, on May 20th and 22nd, June 3rd and 5th respectively.

German debug tool company Lauterbach will be hosting a half-day workshop entitled, “A Guide to Advanced Debugging”.  This workshop will explain and demonstrate how the more advanced debug tools are enabling developers to produce higher performance code, whilst speeding up reliable code development.

“As software has become far more complex and is running at ever faster speeds, detecting bugs is now a major challenge for developers,” said Barry Lock, UK Manager of Lauterbach.

“Developing reliable code is now a big issue, as the cost of failure in the field is so expensive. Whether it is the damage to the brand of the product, or simply the cost of the recall, investment in debug tools has become a critical business decision. This workshop will give engineers the chance to explore what they can expect from the higher end of debug technology.”

 

The workshop will involve delegates being hands-on, using Lauterbach’s hardware assisted debug tools attached to ARM Cortex-M hardware, running a real-time application.  Delegates will explore debugging techniques such as ‘live trace’, ‘code coverage’ and code analysis.

“We ran a similar workshop last year, and it proved very popular,” said Richard Blackburn. “ The workshop is presented by Richard Copeman, a highly respected and experienced expert in this field. This is a great opportunity for any software teams that are looking to improve their code quality and throughput.”

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Eurotech Announces ReliaCELL Rugged Mountable Cellular Adapter

Pre-Certified Cellular Solution Saves Money and Time to Market in M2M/IoT Projects

Eurotech has announces the ReliaCELL, a rugged, mountable cellular adapter designed to integrate with the Internet of Things (IoT), M2M and enterprise appliances for fast and highly-reliable cellular connectivity.  The ReliaCELL comes certified and carrier approved to speed time to market.



“Enabling cellular technology is one of the toughest and most time-consuming challenges our enterprise customers face, and the ReliaCELL simplifies the cellular aspect of the solution,” said Robert Andres, CMO, Eurotech.  “Eurotech is modularizing the cellular component of embedded product development uniquely to allow it to be added to systems without making compromises on ruggedization.  Now customers can save time and money while avoiding the hassle of certifying with cellular carriers since we have already taken care of that piece of the puzzle with the ReliaCELL.”

The ReliaCELL is sealed and rugged to IP67 rating and can be mounted simply to any surface.  Ready to deploy for products that will be sold globally, the ReliaCELL also allows for easy migration to varying technologies should the product roadmap evolve from 2G to 3G to 4G maintaining key system components without incurring significant hardware costs.  Eurotech is currently developing a range of multi-service gateways enabled with Eurotech’s Everyware Software Framework (ESF) and
Everyware Cloud ready leveraging the ReliaCELL so they are instantly globally accessible and ready for some of the most demanding IoT applications.

ReliaCELL cellular connectivity options include 2G GSM, 2.5G 1xRTT CDMA, 3G HSDPA/UMTS / Evdo Rev A, and 4G LTE.  Several of the models also offer GPS capability.  The first offerings of the ReliaCELL product family will be generally available April 1, 2014.  For more information visit

http://www.eurotech.com/en/products/ReliaCELL+10-20.

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SDC Systems to Provide Version and Code Collaborations Tools

New partnership helps businesses innovate and release new products faster

Wokingham, UK, February 26, 2014 — Perforce Software today announced a partnership with UK-based SDC Systems Ltd to provide Perforce’s complete enterprise version management portfolio to businesses across the UK and Ireland.

“We were receiving more and more requests from customers looking for code and collaboration tools to help software development and enable faster release times,” said Stuart Parker, managing director of Berkshire-based SDC Systems. “Following a thorough investigation of the tools on the market today, we concluded that Perforce is not only the ‘best in class’, but also a good fit for our existing range of products and services.”

SDC Systems joins the growing network of global sales and channel partners. With partners in place across Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa and India, Perforce products are used in over 100 countries worldwide.

“Software now underpins the development of products and services across many different industries,” said Simon West, EMEA partner manager for Perforce Software. “Version management plays an integral role in supporting rapid innovation and releases cycles, as well as faster time to market. We need both broad reach and strong local partnerships to support our customers, and SDC Systems will help us achieve that in the UK.”

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UK Conference Explores Open Source Software for Safety related Applications

SDC Systems to explain how open source software can be adopted for use in highly reliable and secure systems

SDC Systems has announced that it will be exhibiting and presenting at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference. SDC Systems specialises in the provision of tools and technologies for the development and testing of software for real-time and embedded systems.

Entitled "Exploiting Open Source Software for Highly Reliable and Secure Systems", company director Peter Heyes will discuss the best practices for increasing the adoption of OSS whilst achieving and maintaining open source license compliance. The presentation will also touch on the application of automotive-driven standards and certification, including MISRA, ISO 26262 and IEC 61508, whilst ensuring the secure use of open source software.

“The Automotive industry is a leader in the use of standards and processes to govern the development of secure and reliable embedded software,” said Peter Heyes. “They are also heavily leveraging the open source software (OSS) ecosystem, taking advantage of millions of lines of code to augment development and push the innovation envelope. This presentation will explore the fact that embedded software development teams outside of the automotive industry can benefit from adopting many of their processes and approaches, in the development of secure and reliable systems.”

The Device Developers' Conference is a one-day conference for computer scientists and electronic engineers that work in the development of intelligent systems and devices. The event consists of technical workshops, presentations and an exhibition, providing an important opportunity for engineers and vendors to share knowledge and explore new technologies.

Reading-based SDC Systems Ltd is a distributor of tools and technologies for the developers of embedded software and enterprise systems. SDC's customers include major software and technology companies across the UK and the rest of Europe. SDC has established itself as a specialist in technologies that accelerate development and enable innovation, and is recognised as a trusted advisor in many areas, such as software development and software testing.

“We are very pleased to have SDC Systems presenting on such a useful and important topic,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “ Our objective throughout is to provide software developers and embedded systems engineers with an informative and productive experience. SDC Systems are leaders in this field and I feel sure delegates will value the opportunity to benefit from their knowledge and experience.”

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Eurotech to Explain "Device to Cloud" Connectivity at UK Device Developers' Conference

Embedded computer manufacturer Eurotech to be a lead sponsor of UK embedded systems conference

Eurotech has been announced as a lead sponsor and presenter at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference, an event for engineers and developers working in the field of intelligent systems and devices.

Eurotech is a global company that provides embedded computer solutions to technology companies around the world. With headquarters in Italy, Eurotech has several offices worldwide, as well as an office in Cambridge that serves a broad customer base in the UK.

Eurotech will be exhibiting its latest technology and will make a presentation that explores whether proprietary board formats really do lead to vendor independence, and explains how developers can expand the scope and value of hardware through the use of cloud technology.

"One of the most important aspects of the "Internet of Things" vision is that smart objects communicate effectively with each other and with applications residing in data centres or the cloud," said Tim Taberner, Product Strategy Manager at Eurotech. "This part of the presentation will explore the technical building blocks required to build a distributed, scalable, secure and managed system of devices and sensors that effectively interconnects with device infrastructure."

“We are very pleased to have Eurotech on board,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “ Hardware continues to develop at quite a pace, so it will be good to have the Eurotech team’s extensive knowledge and experience available to delegates. I am confident that their presentation will attract a broad audience, it’s a hot topic at the moment.”

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Copytrax to Exhibit "2D Printing" Technology at Cambridge Conference

New digital print technology prints direct to metal, wood and glass

Industrial print technology specialist Copytrax has announced that it will exhibiting and demonstrating its new Cezanne industrial flatbed printer at this year’s Device Developer’s Conference, to be held at Bar Hill on the 22nd May.

The Cezanne is a digital printer capable of delivering high quality durable print on broad range of substrates. 

"As simple as it may seem, digital print on metal is very much an emerging technology, " said Steve Woods, Business Development Director. "It is a technology that is starting to displace traditional screen-printing techniques and has been very much depended on recent innovations in ink technology and print-head design. This modern approach offers a lot more flexibility, a quicker turn around and high quality, durable finish."

“The Cezanne delivers remarkable quality print, at the press of a button,” said Steve Woods, at Copytrax. “It is ideal for fascia panels, dials and general signage, but is also being used for plastics, film, overlays and keyboards.”

The Cezanne employs a cold cure LED lamp technology that enables fast production, as no pre or post heating is required.  This technology also ensures a high adhesion to the material surface and a tough and durable print finish.

Copytrax is a leader in the development and manufacture of innovative digital print systems. The company provides digital print solutions to a wide range of industries, providing modern alternatives to traditional screen-printing techniques. Copytrax has become known for its innovative desktop digital CD/DVD printers, eco-solvent flatbed printers, and more recently, UV cure print technology.

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Lauterbach Debug Tool supports MicroBlaze 8.50.c

Lauterbach enhances support for Xilinx based development

Lauterbach, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, has recently announced its support for the latest version of MicroBlaze™ 8.50.c introduced by Xilinx with EDK 14.7. 

MicroBlaze™ is a soft processor core designed for Xilinx FPGAs from Xilinx. It is a 32-bit RISC Harvard architecture soft processor core that is included free with both Vivado Design Edition and IDS Embedded Edition. Its highly flexible architecture, plus a rich instruction set, is optimized for embedded applications.

The EDK (Embedded Development Kit) is an integrated development environment for designing MicroBlaze (and PowerPC) embedded processing systems in Xilinx FPGAs. With its latest release of TRACE32®, Lauterbach now supports the latest version of the MicroBlaze™ core, which is version 8.50.c.

"Our TRACE32 tools have supported MicroBlaze for many years," said Barry Lock, UK Manager of Lauterbach.  "TRACE32 offers efficient and user-friendly debugging at the C or C++ level, using the on-chip JTAG interface. This interface also provides code download, flash programming and quick access to all internal chip peripherals and registers."

German based Lauterbach had a turnover in excess of $95m in 2012 with continued growth into 2013, and has seen its customer base grow year on year. Recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support, Lauterbach tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of embedded processor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of these tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

"We are very pleased to announce our development tool support for the latest MicroBlaze core," said Barry Lock, UK Manager at Lauterbach.  "Once again our team of German developers has demonstrated that they remain at the forefront of debug and development tool technology."

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Conference Workshop to Explore the Development of Safety Critical Computer Systems

Embedded systems conference to run a workshop that explores the development of certified systems and devices.

SafeTTy Systems Ltd have announced that they will present a half-day workshop at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference. Entitled "Developing ‘Certified’ Embedded Systems" and presented by Dr Michael Pont, this workshop will consider and compare current international standards, from household goods to aerospace systems, and it will demonstrate how modern time-triggered (TT) system architectures can be used in such certified systems.

“This 3-hour workshop will not make delegates an “instant expert”, said Michael Pont, CEO of SafeTTy Systems Ltd. “However, this workshop will give a good grounding in the issues involved in the development of certified embedded systems. It should also help delegates to determine whether there are any gaps in their current development processes that need to be addressed in order to meet key international standards.”

SafeTTy Systems Ltd provides support for developers of reliable, real-time embedded systems in sectors including aerospace, medical, industrial, automotive, marine, defence, satellite systems and high-end consumer goods.

Dr Michael Pont

“Dr Pont is widely recognised as a leader in this field,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “ This really is an important opportunity for developers to explore and learn about new approaches to the development of safety critical embedded systems. In this respect, the Device Developers’ Conference is very much about the sharing of information and the exploration of new technologies. “

SafeTTY Systems Ltd will be using the Device Developers’ Conference to launch three new products (WarranTTor, MoniTTor and ConnecTTor), which are based on the use of time-triggered (TT) architectures. They have been designed “from the ground up” to enable the rapid development of reliable and cost-effective embedded systems. Delegates attending this event will be entitled to a 50% discount on the purchase price of all three of these products.

SafeTTy Systems product details are available here: http://www.safetty.net/products

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Lauterbach Debug Tools Support Windows Embedded Compact 2013 



Lauterbach, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, has recently extended its debug support for the Windows Embedded Compact RTOS family.

Lauterbach’s "TRACE32" debugger now supports "Windows Embedded Compact 2013", a streamlined, componentised device operating system offering support for x86 and ARM architectures.


As a successor to Compact 7, Windows Embedded Compact 2013 has now been available for a couple of months and Lauterbach has extended its "Windows Embedded Awareness" for the TRACE32 debugger to include this new version.

For ARM based processors, Microsoft provides the new embedded RTOS with a completely new compiler, which generates Thumb2 code. This change has meant BSP developers have to make a considerable effort to port their code. In order to address this, Lauterbach has enhanced its debugger to read the code and symbol information provided by this new compiler. This is especially important in the board bring-up phase.

"We are very pleased to announce our development tool support for the latest Windows Embedded OS," said Barry Lock, UK Manager at Lauterbach. "Once again our team of German developers has demonstrated that they remain at the forefront of debug and development tool technology."

German based Lauterbach had a turnover in excess of $95m in 2012 with continued growth into 2013, and has seen its customer base grow year on year. Recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support, Lauterbach tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of embedded processor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of these tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

Using the "Windows Embedded Awareness" included in TRACE32, the user is able to inspect the current processes and threads. With TRACE32, this is possible even if no software debug channel (e.g. KITL) and no shell are present in the system. Using the extended MMU support of the TRACE32 debugger, the developer has access to the complete virtual address space at any time - i.e. a developer can debug bootstrap, kernel, drivers and applications simultaneously.
Developers can also debug several processes at once, which is especially interesting for testing inter-process communications. 

If the system is based on a CPU with tracing capability (e.g. Cortex-A with ETM) then TRACE32 records the complete program flow without instrumenting the code. Using those records, thread switches can be examined and graphically displayed.

Code coverage information can be obtained down to individual lines of code and also thread run times and function run times can be analyzed to provide performance details. Statistics tables provide accurate information about the system load. The debugger also supports Symmetric Multi Processing (SMP), which distributes an application onto several similar processors or cores. The developer can concentrate on the debugging of his application, independent of which core is currently running the thread. The debugger can switch to any CPU at any time, showing the view of code running on each CPU. It evaluates the call stacks of all active and passive threads and shows where an active thread is currently running or where a passive thread is waiting. 
By using the support for Windows Embedded Compact 2013, the developer will gain access to the complete system and all OS resources. It enables visibility all the way from the reset vector up to the "app". 
Windows Embedded Compact 2013 support is available immediately.
Lauterbach has recently announced its sponsorship of the 2014 UK Device Developers’ Conference. For more information about the 2014 Conference please visit www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

 

 

 

 

Device Developers' Conference to Explore Hardware Debugging

JTAG Technologies to discuss the basics of boundary-scan and its uses at board-level, and how JTAG is being used at device-level in Micros and FPGAs

Organisers of the 2014 UK Device Developers’ Conference have announced that hardware debug tool specialists JTAG Technologies will be presenting an introduction to boundary-scan and its use at board-level. This presentation will also look into how JTAG is being used at device-level in Micros and FPGAs.

 James Stanbridge, UK Sales and Support Manager

“We are very pleased to have JTAG Technologies presenting at the 2014 Conference,” said Richard Blackburn, Event Organiser.  “This will be an important contribution to the hardware stream of presentations. We are confident that the delegates will appreciate an informative and technical presentation such as this.”

JTAG/Boundary-scan testing has proved its worth for detecting PCBA manufacturing faults in production for more than 20 years. Now, through the introduction of lower cost and even free tools, JTAG is being widely viewed as the 'go to' technology for debugging prototypes with faults, configuring CPLDs, FPGAs and flash, and even as a conduit for validating IP cores within FPGAs.

“We are looking forward to participating in the 2014 Device Developers’ Conference,” said James Stanbridge, UK Sales and Support Manager. “ We regard this event as an essential forum for UK developers and engineers working in the field of embedded systems. It’s an important chance for us to discuss our latest hardware debug technologies, and a valuable opportunity for engineers to discuss their latest challenges, and to also explore technologies for future projects.”

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Lauterbach to Sponsor The UK Device Developers Conference 2014

Leading software debug tool company to be key sponsor of the 2014 UK conference for developers of intelligent systems and devices.

Lauterbach UK have announced that they have agreed to be a key sponsor of next year's Device Developers Conference, an event for engineers and computer scientists working in the development of intelligent systems and devices.  

Barry Lock, UK Manager, Lauterbach

"The 2013 event was so successful we are pleased to commit to next year’s Device Developers’ Conference," said Barry Lock, UK Manager of Lauterbach. "The Conference was well managed and proved to be very productive for all concerned. For us, it was an ideal forum to discuss our latest debugging technology, the latest thinking in debugging techniques and also proved to be an opportunity to share our experience and knowledge."

Other sponsors that have already signed up for next year’s event include computer board manufacturer software training consultants Feabhas.

“We are very pleased to have the backing of Lauterbach once again,” said Richard Blackburn, Organiser of the Device Developers’ Conference.  “Lauterbach tools are highly respected in this industry and their workshops and presentations prove very useful and informative. It is a great start for our plans for 2014.”

German based Lauterbach had a turnover in excess of $95m in 2012 with continued growth into 2013, and has seen its customer base grow year on year. Recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support, Lauterbach tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of embedded processor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of these tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

Lauterbach has recently announced the development of a new all-in-one debug and trace solution for the ARM Cortex™-M processor family, to be released in August

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

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