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8-bit Microcontrollers with Flash (ESC Booth 916)

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) has announced two Baseline 8- bit Flash PIC® microcontrollers with non-volatile Flash Data Memory (FDM) in 8- and 14-pin packages. The microcontrollers have 41 bytes to 67 bytes of data RAM memory, an 8 MHz internal oscillator, a 1.125 ms Device Reset Timer (DRT), up to three channels of 8-bit Analog-to-Digital Conversion (ADC), and up to two comparators.

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VME/VXS Board

Pentek, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has released its Model 4207 high-performance VME/VXS board for digital signal processing and data-acquisition systems. The new board employs Freescale’s MPC8641D Dual Core PowerPC AltiVec™ Processor and a Xilinx Virtex-4 FX Series FPGA for custom programming and gigabit serial I/O. The PowerPC processors perform 128-bit parallel processing of multiple data elements and deliver DSP floating-point processing rates up to 12,000 GFLOPS.

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PCB Design Software

Sunstone Circuits (Mulino, OR) has released PCB123™ version 3.0, a complete circuit board design solution for the electronics design industry. PCB123 version 3.0’s enhancements include real-time, bi-directional views of layout and schematic; full customization via the new PCB123 Software Development Kit; generation and updating of a dynamic bill of materials (BOM) as the user designs; and 3D design ‘fly through’ viewing features. As with previous versions, PCB123 version 3.0 is free.

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Java Object-Oriented Embedded Database (ESC Booth 839)

McObject® (Issaquah, WA) has released Perst™, its all-Java object-oriented, open source embedded database that is compatible with the Android mobile device platform. Perst stores data directly in Java objects, eliminating the need for data-packing or unpacking code to map between the application’s data model and the database’s data model. Perst is a compact embedded database, with a core of only five thousand lines of code. This small footprint imposes little demand on system resources. Perst does not require administration and it supports transactions with the ACID (Atomic, Consistent, Isolated and Durable) properties.

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The Evolution of Storage

The embedded computing industry is being inundated with changes to storage products driven by technological advancements, market forces and environmental concerns. The precipitous drop in solid-state flash drive (SSD) prices has enabled designers, previously turned off by the cost, to now consider solid state as an option over rotating hard disk drives (HDD). With that decision comes a serious list of performance benefits, including improvements in durability and security, which SSDs have over HDDs.

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Using CompactPCI to Build Rugged Embedded Systems

The task-specific nature of an embedded system application typically defines a narrow scope of performance requirements. But the range of options for achieving those requirements are broad — from multicore processors and rugged single board computers (SBCs) to I/O devices and the bus systems that tie everything together. And the choices to be made are critical in their impact on cost, on performance efficiency in computeintensive operations, and on the ability to function reliably in hot, cold, dusty or wet environments.

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