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Issue 46 Headlines

 

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 Interface ICs

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 Yamaichi

Telit Wireless Solutions Acquires Navman Wireless OEM Solutions

 

 

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Glyn Appoints New BDM for VIC, SA and WA

 

Vasan150.jpgDue 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.

 

This 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.

 

Vasan, 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 vasan@glyn.com.au 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.


GainSpan Provides 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

GainSpan_Renesas_adapter_150.jpgGainSpan 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.

Now, 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.

Embedded Wi-Fi for Renesas MCUs

Among the 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.

The Wi-Fi 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 web pages.

The 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.

Drivers 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.

"We 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."

"GainSpan 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."

Key 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.

For more details, please send email to sales@glyn.com.au

 


 

FTDI Introduces the X-Chip Series of Next Generation USB Interface ICs

 

Low power, low pin count product has extensive feature set that includes integrated USB battery charger detection capability

 

FTDI_FT-X.JPGUSB solutions 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).

 

Through 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.

 

With 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.

 

Windows 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 device descriptors.

 

“By 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.“

 

The 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.

 

For more details, please send email to sales@glyn.com.au

 


 

Atollic TrueSTUDIO Adds Support for NXP Microcontrollers

 

Expands MCU targets supported and a redesigned GUI

 

Atollic_TrueSTUDIO_for_ARM_v3.0_300.jpgAtollic®, 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.

 

“Atollic 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.”

 

“By 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.”

 

The 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.

 

Atollic 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.

 

Other 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.

 

Furthermore, 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.

 

In 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 here: http://www.atollic.com/index.php/targets

 

The new Atollic TrueSTUDIO v3.0 also includes updated versions of its optional code-analysis and test-automation add-on products:

·         Atollic TrueINSPECTOR® (static source code analysis with MISRA®-C compliance checking and code metrics including code complexity measurements)

·         Atollic TrueANALYZER® (in-target test quality measurement using MC/DC-level coverage using dynamic execution flow analysis)

·         Atollic TrueVERIFIER® (embedded test automation using auto-generated and auto-executed unit test suites in the target board)

The 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.

 

For more details, please send email to sales@glyn.com.au

 


 

Fastrax IT530 GPS Module Decreases GPS Power Drain and Reduces Time to First Fix

The new Fastrax IT530 GPS module increases battery life while maintaining excellent sensitivity both in acquisition and navigation

Fastrax_IT530_150.jpgFastrax 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 PCB redesign.

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 designs.

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.

For more details, please send email to sales@glyn.com.au

 


Easy 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

Y-Sol_200.jpgInstallers 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.

 

Your benefits:

  • Assemble in only three easy steps
  • 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

Telit_Navman_200.jpgTelit Wireless 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.

This 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.

According 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 customers.

"The 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."

"In 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.

George 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 customers."

According 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.

"GPS-enabled 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 exciting market."

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.

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