Glyn Appoints New BDM for VIC, SA and WA
GainSpan Provides Low Power Wi-Fi
Connectivity for Embedded Systems Based on Renesas MCUs
FTDI Introduce the X-Chip Series of Next Generation USB
Atollic TrueSTUDIO Adds Support for NXP Microcontrollers
Fastrax IT530 GPS Module Decreases GPS Power Drain and
Reduces Time to First Fix
Easy to Install Solar Panel Connectors Now Available from
Telit Wireless Solutions Acquires Navman Wireless OEM Solutions
Glyn Appoints New BDM for VIC, SA and WA
Due to continued
growth of Glyn operations in Australia we are pleased to announce the
appointment of Vasan Srinivasan as Business Development Manager with special
responsibility for Victoria, South and Western Australia.
new appointment coupled with the opening of a Glyn office in Melbourne will
give customers in these regions more regular and direct access to the
products and solutions offered by Glyn.
with his more than 15 years experience in the Australian electronic
components industry working at FAE and Business Development levels, offers a
unique capability within the industry of being able to work with our
customers both on technical engineering and commercial requirements.
You can contact Vasan at email@example.com and he welcomes the
opportunity to come and meet with you and talk through the wide range of
products and solutions that Glyn now offers.
Low Power Wi-Fi Connectivity for Embedded Systems Based on Renesas MCUs
Designers using popular Renesas 8-32-bit microcontrollers
can speed product development for connected devices
Corporation Corporation, available from Glyn High-Tech Distribution, recently
announced wireless connectivity solutions that make it quick and easy to add
ultra-low power Wi-Fi to embedded systems that use any Renesas 8/16/32-bit
microcontrollers. The solutions ease the design of new devices and upgrading
of existing products, enabling fast development of connected devices to
support the growing demand for Smartphone monitored and controlled devices,
and "Internet of Things" applications.
Renesas Electronics' customers can add Wi-Fi connectivity using GainSpan's
GS1011M and GS1500M low power Wi-Fi modules and develop their solutions with
the Wi-Fi Adapter Boards, evaluation boards and drivers from GainSpan. All
the GainSpan solutions work seamlessly with Renesas MCUs, which are among the
most popular on the market for embedded system applications.
for Renesas MCUs
new GainSpan solutions are Wi-Fi Adapter Boards that plug into the Renesas
development boards through the Application Header Interface or PMOD
connectors that are used, for example, on the RL78 and RX62/ RX63 Renesas
Demo kits (RDK). For other Renesas development boards, GainSpan offers
evaluation boards that interface through an RS-232 connector.
Adapter Boards come in two configurations: the WAB-GW-1011MIP Wi-Fi is an
ultra-low power 802.11b solution based on the GS1011MIP module; The GS1011
chip has a standby current as low as 1.2 µA and a wake up latency from
standby of less than 10ms, ideal for battery operated applications. The
WAB-GW-1500M is a low power 802.11b/g/n solution and includes the GS1500M
module. The boards provide both UART and SPI interfaces, making it possible
to connect to any Renesas microcontroller using simple AT commands
Additionally, the boards have built-in flash for reliable over the air
firmware upgrade, factory restore configuration and data storage such as for
GS1011MIP and GS1500M modules mounted on the Wi-Fi Adapter Boards offer
customers easy system integration and minimal use of host resources. The
modules are pre-loaded with serial to Wi-Fi firmware with complete Wi-Fi
functionality including security, WPS and provisioning features running on
the module as well as the networking stack, an embedded HTTP server with
network configuration pages, and limited AP capability for ease of
provisioning. The host microcontroller is hence offloaded from Wi-Fi and
networking functionalities and could be dedicated to customer applications. A
small driver of only a few Kbytes is required to run on the host, making the
solution suitable for even the most processing and memory constrained MCU's.
are currently available for most Renesas microcontrollers including the RL78,
RX62, RX63, V850, SuperH, 78K0 and 78K0R and due to their small footprint may
be used with the IAR Embedded Workbench Kickstart Edition. Drivers for other
Renesas MCU's are also in development.
are moving toward a "smart" society where connected devices will
allow us to interact with our environments more safely, efficiently and
conveniently," said Rob Dautel, Sr. Manager of Ecosystems at Renesas
Electronics America. "As a Gold Partner in the Renesas Alliance Program,
GainSpan has created Wi-Fi Adapter Boards, demos, and driver software for a
range of Renesas MCUs. Their solutions are an important contribution toward
enabling a connected world in which we use less power and fewer resources
while improving overall quality of life."
pioneered ultra-low power Wi-Fi technology and has established itself as a
preferred provider of Wi-Fi connectivity particularly for applications such
as sensor based and battery-operated devices —markets in which Renesas
Electronics microcontrollers are top sellers," said Bernard Aboussouan,
vice president of marketing at GainSpan. "We have a lot of common
customers and believe our partnership is a 'win-win' for both companies, but
most importantly to our customers who will benefit from readily available and
integrated solutions, tools and support, simplifying their development and
accelerating their time to market."
applications for the GainSpan connectivity solutions for Renesas MCU-based
embedded systems include personal healthcare and fitness devices,
thermostats, HVAC equipment, home appliances, security systems, home and
building automation systems, consumer electronics, and industrial sensors
among many others.
more details, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
FTDI Introduces the X-Chip Series of Next
Generation USB Interface ICs
power, low pin count product has extensive feature set that includes
integrated USB battery charger detection capability
specialist Future Technology Devices International Limited (FTDI), available from Glyn
High-Tech Distribution, has supplemented its portfolio of USB to serial
interface products with the release of its new X-Chip series. Made up of
devices in 13 different package options, the X-Chip series complements the
company’s existing FT-R and FT-H offerings. The series supports a broad
selection of interface types, such as basic UART, full UART, FIFO and I2C, as
well as FTDI’s proprietary FT1248 I/O (including provision for enhanced SPI).
X-Chip, engineers are provided with a feature-rich USB 2.0 interface solution
that will enhance system performance while simultaneously addressing major
board level concerns, such as better space utilisation and reduced power
consumption. Devices in the series are capable of data rates of up to 3.4
Mbits/s, while maintaining low power consumption, <8mA (typical) when
fully active and <125 μA (typical) while in suspend mode.
recent amendments being made to the USB specification regarding more rapid
charging of portable electronics devices, the X-Chip has built-in
functionality to detect a charging port and cause logic to switch from data
transfer to charging mode. This feature means that detection does not have to
be carried out by the system’s microcontroller/microprocessor, thereby
allowing it to focus fully on its core activities. The end result is a
simpler detection process and the capability to charge at a higher current
level which shortens the time required for battery charging.
7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows XP Embedded, Windows CE, Mac OS-X,
Linux 3.2 (and above), plus Android operating systems are all supported,
furnishing engineers with maximum design flexibility. Furthermore, the
required USB drivers are free to download from the FTDI website. Since the
entire USB protocol is handled by the device, the need for the programming of
USB specific firmware can be negated. An internal 2048 byte, multi-time
programmable (MTP) memory enables storage and configuration of the necessary
specifying the X-Chip into their designs, engineers will reduce their overall
bill of materials and optimise PCB real estate,” states Fred Dart, CEO and
founder of FTDI. “With its comprehensive feature set, the benefits of lower
power, smaller device footprint and enhanced battery charging can all be
realised, as well as the robust USB functionality that FTDI has always
provided in its connectivity solutions.“
devices in the X-Chip series are offered in compact SSOP, QFN and DFN
packages. Each has an operational temperature range of -40 °C to +85 °C. As
all the necessary USB support and bridging intelligence has been integrated
into these devices and pre-validated, the expense, time and engineering
resource needed to bring Full Speed USB connectivity into system designs is
markedly reduced. In addition to the ICs, FTDI has released a wide-selection
of development modules, enabling the different functions for each chip type,
and thus allowing for easy device evaluation and prototyping development.
more details, please send email to email@example.com
Atollic TrueSTUDIO Adds Support for NXP
MCU targets supported and a redesigned GUI
Atollic®, available from Glyn
High-Tech Distribution, recently announced the addition of target support
for NXP’s family of ARM Cortex™-M0 and Cortex-M3-based microcontrollers in
its award-winning Atollic TrueSTUDIO® for ARM® C/C++ development environment.
continues to deliver full-featured development tools to serve the needs of
professional embedded engineers,” says Gene Carter, International Product
Manager, Business Line Microcontrollers, NXP Semiconductors. “Their highly
integrated tools complement the features in our LPC1000 microcontroller
product range, and our close working relationship with them secures the early
addition of target support as new devices become available.”
adding NXP support in Atollic TrueSTUDIO, we now support all major ARM-based
microcontroller manufacturers in market” says Magnus Unemyr, Vice President
of Sales and Marketing at Atollic AB. “We are delighted to work closely with
NXP to offer their customers a powerful development and testing tool solution
which delivers benefit to their end-customers and their applications.”
new version of Atollic TrueSTUDIO (v3.0) is based on the latest ECLIPSE™
platform (Indigo), and provides a large number of improvements in the
underlying IDE framework.
have improved the user experience, and the new TrueSTUDIO v3.0 has a
redesigned and more intuitive GUI that removes some of the Eclipse interface
peculiarities that often confused new users with experience from traditional
embedded C/C++ development tools.
new features of TrueSTUDIO v3.0 includes graphical charts for execution time
analysis using statistical profiling, and improved real-time interrupt
tracing, enabled by the ARM Serial Wire Viewer (SWV) interface.
TrueSTUDIO v3.0 includes the latest version of the GNU C/C++ toolchain for
ARM, comprising improved versions of the GNU compiler and runtime libraries,
debugger and other command line utilities.
addition to the new NXP support, other recent additions in terms of
microcontroller target support include Infineon XMC4000 (Cortex-M4) and
Energy Micro EFM32 (Cortex-M3). A full list of supported devices can be found
new Atollic TrueSTUDIO v3.0 also includes updated versions of its optional
code-analysis and test-automation add-on products:
TrueINSPECTOR® (static source code analysis with MISRA®-C compliance checking
and code metrics including code complexity measurements)
TrueANALYZER® (in-target test quality measurement using MC/DC-level coverage
using dynamic execution flow analysis)
TrueVERIFIER® (embedded test automation using auto-generated and
auto-executed unit test suites in the target board)
updated Atollic TrueINSPECTOR, TrueANALYZER and TrueVERIFIER products are now
extended to work with all ARM targets. These optional add-on products
integrate seamlessly into Atollic TrueSTUDIO v3.0, offering a truly unified
environment for embedded development and testing.
more details, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fastrax IT530 GPS Module Decreases GPS
Power Drain and Reduces Time to First Fix
new Fastrax IT530 GPS module increases battery life while maintaining
excellent sensitivity both in acquisition and navigation
Fastrax Ltd., a
pioneering developer of high performance GNSS receivers and Software GNSS
solutions for location-aware devices and available from Glyn High-Tech Distribution, recently introduced
the Fastrax IT530, an ultra-low power consuming and super-sensitive OEM GPS
module in a tiny form factor. Advanced power-saving features ensure very fast
time to first fix (TTFF) without sacrificing battery life - a critically
important issue in location-aware, battery-powered consumer devices.
Building on Fastrax’s legacy of designing the smallest, most sensitive and
lowest-power consuming GNSS receivers in the industry, the Fastrax IT530
marks yet another achievement. The sensitivity of -148 dBm in acquisition,
-165 dBm in navigation and power consumption of just 35 mW at 3.3 V are
ideally suited to battery-operated devices. With a form factor of 9.6 x 9.6 x
1.85 mm and a weight of 0.4 g, the module has an identical footprint as the
popular Fastrax IT430. Fastrax’s dual module reference design allows
designers and OEMs to use either of the modules, saving the time and costs of
The Fastrax IT530 offers a fast and convenient user experience without
draining battery by keeping GPS in full power mode. The new power-saving
AlwaysLocate™ mode prolongs battery life by intelligently controlling
receiver power modes and maintaining location information. Depending on the
environment and motion, the module adaptively adjusts its navigation activity
to balance positioning accuracy, fix rate and power consumption (typically
between 2-8mW). In addition, the Embedded Assist System (EASY™) reduces
warm-start TTFF by up to 90% with assisting ephemeris data stored internally
for up to three days. The additional server-assisted EPO™ file transfer
extends the external A-GPS service to up to 14 days.
“Consumers must be able to use the increasing variety of location-aware
devices without having to search for power sockets while on the move. At the
same time, device manufacturers strive to use smaller and less expensive
batteries,” said Fredrik Borgström, VP of GNSS Receivers at Fastrax. “Our
goal at Fastrax is to continuously improve our technology to establish new
benchmarks for fast and easy integration of location information. The Fastrax
IT530 is designed for OEMs to be embedded in battery-operated devices that
need a fast position fix at all times without draining the battery. The new
module underlines our strategy of offering the widest portfolio of high-performance
GNSS modules and Software GNSS solutions to the market, strengthening our
position as a one stop shop for all GNSS needs.”
Handheld consumer electronics devices are typically packed in the smallest
possible casing and include a number of electromagnetic interference (EMI)
sources. Depending on the overall design and location of the GPS antenna, EMI
may severely decrease positioning functionality and accuracy. The embedded
jammer remover in the Fastrax IT530 fights these distorting signals with
Active Interference Cancellation (AIC) of 12 CW type EMI sources up to -80
dBm, preventing nerve-wracking GPS performance issues caused by challenging
The embedded LOCUS™ logger function can store location information in the
internal memory of the Fastrax IT530 for up to 16 hours at a predetermined
interval, set at every 15 seconds as a default. Depending on the nature of
the application, the logged data may be dumped and parsed from the log via
the host port.
The Fastrax IT530 supports a direct power supply connection to a lithium
battery as the extended input voltage range of +3.0 - 4.3 V allows omitting
an external regulator.
Engineering samples of the Fastrax IT530 are available in the end of February
2012, and volume production is estimated to start in the end of April 2012.
more details, please send email to email@example.com
to Install Solar Panel Connectors Now Available from Yamaichi
Y-Sol4 F.A.T. (Free Assembly Type) PV plug connector system: Simple
assembly without crimping tool
of photovoltaic (PV) systems know this situation only too well. Cables have to be routed and solar modules have to be connected to each other - in the
field or on the roof. Plug connectors
have to be mounted on the cables for this purpose. The installer will
obviously want to minimise the number
of components that have to be taken along for this purpose.
"All I want is to complete
the installation quickly and reliably"
sums up the attitude of most installers. Each individual part can get lost
and takes space and time during installation. Even the crimping tool is extra
ballast. And many connectors need their "own" special crimp tool.
One cannot be sure that the right crimping tool is always in the tool box.
The installer's wish is fulfilled by the YAMAICHI Y-Sol4
F.A.T. (Free Assembly Type) plug connector system. The plug connector is
fully compatible with the well-known Y-Sol4 type. It was designed for simple,
safe and extra quick installation in the field.
- Assemble in only three
- No crimping tool required
- Two set packaging
Simply plug it in - it fits and
lasts for the next 100 years!
The Y-Sol4 F.A.T. connectors are already delivered in the
simplest possible form. The male plug connectors are provided in a
re-sealable bag as single, pre-assembled units. The female connectors are
delivered in another bag, also as single, pre-assembled units. The usual
packaging size is 50 plugs or sockets per bag. This type of packaging ensures
easy handling and reduces the number of components required to a minimum.
For more details or to request for free samples testing - http://www.glyn.com.au/Connectors-for-PV-Systems.htm
Telit Wireless Solutions Acquires
Navman Wireless OEM Solutions
Acquisition of U.S.-Based GPS Module Maker Expands Market
Opportunities for Telit's Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Wireless Applications
Solutions, a global leader in machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless technology
and available from Glyn
High-Tech Distribution, has entered into a binding agreement to purchase
Navman Wireless OEM Solutions, a leading designer and manufacturer of
world-class Global Positioning System (GPS) modules and solutions, for $3
million in cash.
latest Telit acquisition comes on the heels of its March 2011 acquisition of
Motorola Solutions' M2M business and its July 2011 acquisition of
Globalconect, an M2M services and connectivity business. Navman is expected
to generate approximately $7.1 million of revenue and $0.2M of EBITDA in the
year to Dec. 31, 2011. The transaction was completed on Jan. 3, 2012.
to Telit CEO Oozi Cats, the acquisition of Navman's technology and its U.S.-
based executive engineering and sales staff will make Telit a major contender
in the GPS market while providing an enhanced product portfolio for its M2M
Navman acquisition provides Telit access to new GPS customers and products
beyond the traditional M2M industry," Cats said. "Navman's
reputation for delivering state-of-the-art GPS technology and the global
reach of Telit's sales and marketing organization put us in a strong position
of growth in the GPS sector."
addition, the acquisition strengthens our position as the premier product and
consultative partner in the M2M industry by leveraging the synergies of both
companies to better serve our global customers," Cats said.
Arnott, VP, global OEM solutions, Navman Wireless OEM Solutions, who will be
managing the business unit under Telit's ownership, said: "We are
excited about the prospect of working with the Telit team to continue
bringing our quality GPS module solutions to the market. With our pioneering
GPS engineering background, we are also excited about the possibility of
creating new hybrid GPS and wireless M2M innovations for Telit
to the "World GPS Market Forecast to 2013" from RNCOS, shipments of
GPS devices will grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than
20 percent this year through 2013 to reach 900 million units sold generating
more than $70 billion in annual revenue.
location awareness and M2M industries are experiencing substantial growth,
and we're happy to see the combination of two leading companies in these
fields to strengthen their participation in this space," said Kanwar
Chadha, CMO of CSR plc, and founder of SiRF. (LSE: CSR and NASDAQ: CSRE), a
global provider of wireless chipsets and a supplier of SiRF-branded GPS
chipsets to Navman. "The acquisition will lead to increased
collaboration between CSR and Navman in creating location-based solutions
that also leverage Telit's M2M expertise to address the needs of this
Part of the current technology revolution known as
"The Internet of Things," M2M is a fast-growing $50 billion
business transforming society through innovative connectivity in industries
as diverse as healthcare, energy, transportation, security and consumer
electronics. M2M delivers significant power and cost savings while increasing
efficiency and reliability through cellular or other wireless platforms.