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Issue 49 Headlines (December 2012)

 

GLYN and Energy Micro Sign Distribution Agreement
Bluegiga Launches a New BT111 Bluetooth Smart Ready HCI Module
Telit Announces Mini PCI Express Card based on Intel technology with Wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Capabilities
FTDI Releases USB Host IC Optimised for Android Platforms
Bluegiga Releases a New APx4 Wireless System-on-Module -- Ideal for Low Power Wireless Gateways
Atollic Claims World’s First IDE to Incorporate Both Code Metrics and MISRA-C Code Analysis Features as Standard
Plessey Develops Sensor Solution to Monitor Driver Fatigue

FTDI Unveils USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Host Controller IC

GLYN Australia Moves to New Sydney Office at North Ryde

 

 

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GLYN and Energy Micro Sign Distribution Agreement

 

Glyn_EnergyMicro_300.jpgThe energy-friendly products of Energy Micro are now available at GLYN. GLYN and Energy Micro, the Norwegian manufacturer of ARM®-based ultra-low power microcontrollers have signed a distribution agreement which includes all activities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, BeNeLux, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

Energy Micro provides the largest portfolio of energy friendly 32-bit microcontrollers and radio transceivers for ultra low power applications. The EFM32 Gecko microcontrollers include the energy efficient ARM Cortex-M4F, Cortex-M3 and Cortex-M0+ processors, and the EFR4D Draco radios will also include Cortex-M3 for superior performance.

Energy Micro’s unique and free Simplicity Studio software suite has been developed to significantly cut development time and always give embedded designers the latest and most accurate information - all with just a click on a button.

Glyn Jones, Managing Director & Owner of GLYN, looks forward to this cooperation: "We see strong market interest in Energy Micro and its ultra-low power microcontroller solutions. Many development engineers all over the world see the need to extend the battery lifespan of their systems in a sustainable manner. We can now satisfy their needs. The new generation of EFR4D wireless ARM microcontrollers, e.g. for the wireless M-Bus, IEEE 802.15 WPAN, Bluetooth, opens up many new opportunities for us. Energy Micro perfectly supplements our existing product lines."

 

Geir Førre, President and CEO of Energy Micro, sees a promising common future: "GLYN has impressed the distribution sector for many years with its excellent support. Together with GLYN, we can reach the development engineers and all the important decision-makers in companies that have to reduce the energy consumption of their systems."

 

The 32-bit EFM32 by Energy Micro is currently the most energy-efficient microcontroller in the world and is particularly suitable for energy-saving applications such as electricity, gas and water meters, building automation, alarm and security systems as well as portable applications for medical technology and the gyms. Benchmark measurements against previous energy-saving microcontrollers in the market have shown that EFM32 microcontrollers only use a quarter of the energy used by other 8-, 16- or 32-bit MCUs.

 

The lifespan of a 3V button battery can therefore be extended by at least 300% to more than 10 years. The microcontroller is characterised by very low power consumption in active mode. Additional highlights are the short data processing time, the very fast wake-up and the very low standby current.

 

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

 


Bluegiga Launches a New BT111 Bluetooth Smart Ready HCI Module

Bluegiga_BT111.gifBluegiga Technologies, available from GLYN High-Tech Distribution,  announced recently the availability of its new Bluetooth Smart Ready HCI module, BT111. BT111 is a low cost and ultra small Bluetooth Smart Ready HCI module that is designed for applications where both Bluetooth classic and Bluetooth low energy connectivity is needed. BT111 integrates a Bluetooth 4.0 dual mode radio, HCI software stack, USB interface and an antenna. BT111 is compatible with Windows and Linux operating systems and Microsoft and BlueZ Bluetooth stacks and offers OEMs a fast and risk free way to integrate Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity into their applications.

The BT111 Bluetooth Smart Ready HCI module is an expansion to our existing Bluetooth 4.0 product family and provides an easy-to-use Bluetooth 4.0 dual mode solution for devices that have Linux or Windows operating systems. The latest Linux BlueZ and Microsoft Bluetooth host stacks support Bluetooth 4.0 and BT111 is an ideal companion to be used with them. The new BT111 Bluetooth Smart Ready HCI module offers an integrated Bluetooth 4.0 solution enabling fastest time-to-market with low development and certification costs and reduced R&D risks”, says Mikko Savolainen, VP of Product Management.

BT111 Bluetooth Smart Ready HCI module has +8 dBm transmit power, approximately -90dBm received sensitivity, and dimensions of 13.05 x 9.3 x 2.3mm with an integrated chip antenna.

“We were able to take advantage of our expertise in making wireless modules when we designed the BT111. The goal was to design a really small Bluetooth 4.0 module without sacrificing the radio performance. I think we did an excellent job here, since BT111 is twenty percent smaller than our similar, existing solutions and still provides better RF performance”, says Riku Mettälä, VP of Engineering.

The new Bluegiga BT111 module will also be Bluetooth, CE, FCC, IC, South-Korea, and Japan qualified and offers proven radio operation and minimal qualification costs. Bluegiga's products have a long life time and therefore are future proof solutions for OEMs that need long lifespan from the module vendor.

BT111 evaluation kit is available with the following ordering code: DKBT111The evaluation kit contains the following tools: BT111 USB evaluation board and SPI cable.

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

 


Telit Announces Mini PCI Express Card based on Intel technology with Wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Capabilities

HE910 with Mini PCIe Adapter Offers M2M Connectivity for Embedded PCs in Commercial and Industrial Applications

Telit Wireless Solutions, a leading global provider of high-quality machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and value-added services and available from GLYN High-Tech Distribution, recently introduced a Mini PCI Express card with an embedded M2M module designed for industrial applications.

Telit_HE910_Mini_PCIe_pair_sm_250.jpgTelit's HE910-based Mini-PCIe adapter card enables secure 3G cellular data, voice, and video communication for embedded PCs in a variety of commercial and industrial applications, including ATMs, kiosks, digital signage, surveillance, fleet management, and other applications benefitting from always-on wireless data connection, monitoring, and control.

The "plug-and-play" Mini PCI Express card slot and 52-pin card edge connector allows application developers to easily integrate M2M capabilities into their solutions.

"Cellular Mini PCI Express cards have previously been a niche market but we expect it to grow significantly with the increase of M2M applications and the need for both high-performance motherboards and cellular connectivity for remote, off-site solutions”, said Dominikus Hierl, chief marketing officer at Telit Wireless Solutions.

Designed for M2M applications requiring high bandwidth and worldwide coverage, the HE910 with Mini PCIe Adapter combines premium radio access technology UMTS/HSPA+ with backward compatibility to GSM, GPRS and EDGE networks.  It includes HSDPA 21.0 Mbps (Cat 14), HSUPA 5.7 Mbps (Cat 6), embedded TCP/IP protocol stack and custom Telit AT commands.  Support for USB and RIL drivers for Windows and Linux environments is available.  Customers can also choose to add integrated high sensitivity A-GPS functionality.

"Telit's high quality products and worldwide support competence in the fast growing M2M market, makes them an important member in the Intel Intelligent System Alliance, one of the world's most recognized and trusted technology ecosystems”, said Helmut Vogler, vice president and general manager of Mobile and Wireless Sales for Intel Corporation.

Since 2012, Telit has been part of an elite group of associate members in the Intel Intelligent Systems Alliance, a worldwide technology program providing hardware, software, firmware, tools and systems integration for embedded systems based on Intel technology. The Intel Intelligent Systems Alliance also offers joint sales and marketing opportunities.

The Telit HE910 with Mini PCIe Adapter is available now. 

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

 


 

FTDI Releases USB Host IC Optimised for Android Platforms

 

Advanced single chip USB host bridge supports wide variety of standardised interfaces

 

FTDI_FT311D32L.jpgFuture Technology Devices International Limited (FTDI), available from GLYN High-Tech Distribution, continues to encourage the progression of the Android Open Accessories initiative, with the introduction of its FT311D. This new USB Full Speed (12 Mbit/s) host IC is specifically targeted at providing Android platforms, such as tablet PCs or smartphones, with interconnectivity to end product systems  through the utilization of  USB technology.

 

Google unveiled the Android Open Accessories initiative a little over a year ago. The specification uses industry standard USB technology with an additional enumeration step.  As a result, the USB connection allows the Android platform to function as a USB slave/peripheral. This eliminates the need to source power, store class drivers, and support the USB host stack, which has responsibility for controlling the USB bus.  In the end, the USB host functions are now relegated to the end product which is connecting to the Android platform.

 

Running off a standard 3.3 V supply and drawing a current of just 25 mA in full operation at 48 MHz and 128 µA while in standby mode, the FT311D  has the capacity to bridge the USB port to six different user selectable interface types, namely GPIO, UART, PWM, I2C master, SPI slave and SPI master. It can be utilised in conjunction with any platform that supports the Android Open Accessory mode (typically Version 3.1 of the Android operating system onwards, though some platforms may back-port Open Accessory mode to Version 2.3.4).

 

When the IC’s peripheral interface is configured in UART mode, the interface implements a basic asynchronous serial UART port with flow control. The FT311D’s UART can support data rates of between 300 bit/s and 6 Mbit/s, while its I2C master interface can connect to I2C slave interfaces supporting speeds of up to 125 kbit/s. The interface can also be configured to provide 4 pulse width modulation (PWM) outputs. These can be used to generate PWM signals for controlling the motors, actuators, sensors, DC/DC converters and AC/DC supplies found in such systems, as toys, lighting applications, home automation, and industrial equipment.

 

A development module (UMFT311EV) based on the FT311D is also available. With board dimensions of 68.58 mm x 55.38 mm x 14.00 mm, this is intended for use as a hardware platform to enable easy evaluation of the IC and allow engineers to develop a broad range of Android Open Accessory compliant applications. Selection of the desired interface mode is done using a series of jumpers. This module is complemented by a 66.60 mm x 55.38 mm x 22 mm form factor GPIO shield board (UMFT311GP), which has push button keypad that acts as a user input and a set of 8 LED emitters which can be deployed to illustrate   an active output.

 

“With this new host IC, we have strengthened our portfolio of Android related products for engineers to explore the new possibilities that the Open Accessories mode offers,” states the company’s CEO and founder Fred Dart, “Through this chip, plus our development tools, software and application support, our goal is to make USB host integration into customers’ end products as easy as it is our R and X-Chip series devices.”

 

The FT311D is supplied in 32 pin QFN and LQFP package options. These ICs have an operational temperature range that covers -40°C to 85°C.

 

 

Further information on these products can be found at:

 

FT311D

http://www.ftdichip.com/Support/Documents/DataSheets/ICs/DS_FT311D.pdf

UMFT311EV

http://www.ftdichip.com/Support/Documents/DataSheets/Modules/DS_UMFT311EV.pdf

UMFT311GP

http://www.ftdichip.com/Support/Documents/DataSheets/Modules/DS_UMFT311GP.pdf

 

 

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

 


Bluegiga Releases a New APx4 Wireless System-on-Module -- Ideal for Low Power Wireless Gateways

Bluegiga_APx4.gifBluegiga Technologies, available from GLYN High-Tech Distribution, introduced recently its new Wireless System-on-Module – Bluegiga APx4. The APx4 is a low power wireless System-on-Module that has integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, ARM and Linux offering an ideal development platform for wireless gateways.

The Bluegiga APx4 is a small form factor, low power system-on-module that includes the latest wireless connectivity standards: 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. The APx4 is based on Freescale's i.MX28 processor family and runs an embedded Linux operating system based on the Yocto ProjectTM. In addition to integrating the 454MHz ARM9 processor, the wireless connectivity technologies and Linux operating system, the APx4 also includes with several built in applications, such as the 802.11 and Bluetooth 4.0 stacks, Continua v.1.5 compliant IEEE manager and many more. This combination provides an ideal platform for designing multi-radio wireless gateways that enables fast time-to-market and minimum R&D risks.

"Integrating Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart Ready technologies into a single platform is far from a trivial challenge - especially when these technologies need to seamlessly co-exist. This is exactly what the APx4 accomplishes in addition to providing an ARM9 based Linux platform that allows our customers to quickly and simply add their own applications into it", comments Mikko Savolainen, Bluegiga's VP of Product Management.

The Bluegiga APx4 software can be easily extended or tailored customizing the Linux operating system with applications. The motherboards for the APx4 can be easily extended to include almost anything from 3G modems to Ethernet and audio interfaces to touch screen displays. The Bluegiga APx4 is an ideal product for applications requiring wireless or wired connectivity technologies and the processing power of the ARM9 processor, such as health and fitness gateways, building and home automation gateways, M2M, point-of-sale and industrial connectivity.

We have seen the demand for wireless connectivity solutions clearly increasing. The APx4 wireless System-on-Module is directly designed to address these connectivity needs and provide a platform for rapid development of new innovative wireless gateways,” says Tom Nordman, Bluegiga’s VP of Sales and Marketing, adding that Bluegiga is very excited to be able to leverage its long experience in wireless connectivity by expanding our product portfolio to include this type of new solutions.

The APx4 development kit contains a full hardware development platform for APx4 as well a software SDK, which allows applications to be compiled for the APx4 Linux operating system.

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

 


 

Atollic Claims World’s First IDE to Incorporate Both Code Metrics and MISRA-C Code Analysis Features as Standard

 

Releases Atollic TrueSTUDIO v3.3 and adds native kernel aware debugging for Micrium’s uC/OS-III RTOS

 

Atollic_pr_ts_v330_300.jpgAtollic, available from GLYN High-Tech Distribution, recently released the latest version of their award-winning integrated development environment (IDE), Atollic TrueSTUDIO®. Believed to be the world’s first embedded IDE to include professional static source code analysis tools, the IDE’s analysis and metrics functions include checking for compliance against the MISRA®-C:2004 coding standard and code metrics features such as code complexity analysis.

 

By following the MISRA-C coding standard, developers are more able to tackle the challenges often associated with using the C language and are guided to improve code portability, ease of maintainability and application reliability. Atollic TrueSTUDIO v3.3 follows the MISRA-C coding standard more rigorously than most other tools on the market, ensuring that embedded developers can be assured their code is validated to the highest standards possible.

 

By using the built-in code metrics analysis tools, developers can easily measure important statistics like code complexity or commenting level of the source code. This empowers developers by providing them with the necessary tools to rewrite and improve their code. For example, reliability and maintainability is typically improved if overly complex C functions are refactored or rewritten into simpler coding style.

 

Atollic TrueSTUDIO also provides a rich GUI for visualization and navigation of the MISRA-C and code metrics analysis results, including a report generator that produces test reports in a variety of popular file formats.

 

With Atollic TrueSTUDIO v3.3 embedded developers now have the capability to code, compile, debug and perform source code analysis all within a single development environment. Such comprehensive features facilitate a highly efficient and productive environment for embedded developers.

 

"By incorporating professional code analysis features as standard within Atollic TrueSTUDIO we are able to offer the most feature-rich ARM development tool on the market", says Magnus Unemyr, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Atollic. "No other C/C++ IDE provides an equally well integrated solution with features for multicore debugging, improved code quality, promoting team collaboration and increased developer efficiency, thus accelerating ARM development to a new level of productivity”.

 

In addition to incorporating the inspection and analysis tools, Atollic TrueSTUDIO v3.3 now also includes native support for kernel aware debugging of embedded applications developed using one of the world’s most popular commercial real-time kernel, Micrium’s uC/OS-III. TrueSTUDIO’s debugger provides docking windows that indicate the internal RTOS state during debugging. This is accomplished providing highly informative windows into task control blocks (TCBs), semaphores, mutexes, timers and more.

 

“Building kernel awareness into TrueSTUDIO provides a clear snapshot of the health and performance of the application from the kernel’s point-of-view.” said Jean Labrosse, Founder, President and CEO of Micrium. “At a glance, you can see which tasks are running, what portion of the CPU is used by each task, how much stack space is used by each task, which task is waiting for a semaphore and more. Kernel awareness helps the engineer take full advantage of the rich feature set of our uC/OS-III when designing and optimizing their design.”

 

Also, TrueSTUDIO v3.3 significantly improves the range of microcontroller targets supported and includes support for many new devices from Energy Micro, STMicroelectronics, Toshiba, NXP and Infineon. Other tool enhancements in the new version include several debugger improvements such as a new memory fill function, added support for Multilink and OSJTAG debug probes and the Freescale OpenSDA interface.

 

Atollic TrueSTUDIO is a world-class development and debugging tool that offers a state-of-the-art editor, an optimizing C/C++ compiler and a multiprocessor-aware debugger with real-time tracing. The code metrics and analysis features now integrated into TrueSTUDIO were previously available as a separate package called TrueINSPECTOR. The tool suite delivers a leap in software development team collaboration and developer productivity, and offers advanced features including ARM build and debug tools and Serial Wire Viewer (SWV) real-time tracing.

 

Atollic TrueSTUDIO now provides support for over 1250 devices and approximately 80 evaluation boards. Also the online example project repository, Atollic TrueSTORE, contains in excess of 1000 free example projects that are directly accessible from within the IDE. Embedded developers can quickly pull together a project’s resources and have the application working on the target platform within minutes.

 

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

 

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Plessey Develops Sensor Solution to Monitor Driver Fatigue

Plessey_driver_fatigue_300.jpgPlessey, available from GLYN High-Tech Distribution, has developed a novel solution to monitor driver fatigue that is based on its multi-award winning EPIC sensor technology. According to the British Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, research shows that driver fatigue may be a contributory factor in up to 20% of road accidents and up to a quarter of fatal and serious accidents. Car manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to make their vehicles safer especially as safety can be a strong selling point.

Until recently, measuring ECG in a car meant the driver having a set of electrodes attached to his/her bare chest using gel. However, because the EPIC sensor utilises capacitive coupling, it doesn't rely on good skin contact and can actually measure ECG through normal clothing and seat cover fabric. By monitoring a parameter called Heart Rate Variability (HRV) - which is a measure of how stable the heart rate is from beat to beat - it is possible to tell when the driver is starting to become sleepy.

Plessey recommend an array of sensors built into the seat back, so that the optimal sensing location can be chosen, regardless of the driver's height and build. Movement noise is minimized by placing the sensors away from the shoulders on the lower part of the seat back. The system uses a capacitive driven ground plane, which can also be placed under the seat cover fabric on the base of the seat, to produce a completely hidden system. Further noise reduction can be achieved by coupling this driven ground to the steering wheel. The system has been shown to be completely immune to electrical noise sources within the car.

Plessey now has available evaluation kits for car manufacturers and suppliers. This takes the form of a seat pad containing a 6 sensor array on the seat back and a ground plane on the base. The demonstration kit also includes an interface box with a USB output to the display and recording software. Plessey's own tests show that more than 95% of heart beat peaks were detected during a ten minute trial over a variety of driving conditions.

More information available at: http://www.plesseysemiconductors.com/epic-plessey-semiconductors.php

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


 

FTDI Unveils USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Host Controller IC

 

Providing 480 Mbit/s capability & enabling easy system integration into existing designs

 

FTDI_FT313_combined.jpgFuture Technology Devices International Limited (FTDI), available from GLYN High-Tech Distribution, has strengthened its portfolio of USB semiconductor solutions, with the release of the FT313H host controller IC. This feature-rich device supports USB 2.0 hi-speed (480 Mbits/s), as well as full-speed (12 Mbit/s) and low-speed (1.5 M bit/s) implementations. Specifically designed for easy integration, it adds high speed connectivity capability into a system, enabling fast data transfers, mass storage thumb-drives, addition of wireless dongles and modular system expansion, through its support of standard USB class drivers.

 

The FT313H system specifications make it applicable for use across all market segments including industrial, networking, medical and consumer. The device runs off a 3.3V supply, with IO levels configurable between 1.8V and 3.3V drawing approximately 78 mA when in full operation and just under 200 µA while in suspend mode. The built-in 24 kByte high speed RAM memory executes data transfer and buffering. The multiplexed interface provides for board level interconnect through either a general purpose 16-bit bus, NOR, or SRAM interfaces, while minimising pins on the chip.

 

With the capacity for direct memory access (DMA) operation, the IC can easily be combined with the system microcontroller in order to enhance connectivity, so that data transfer rates can be increased.  For example, a set top box can gain wireless functionality by attaching a wireless USB dongle via a FT313H host port. 

 

The FT313H’s downstream port can be configured to offer the most optimised USB charging solution for the end product, with charging downstream port (CDP) or dedicated charging port (DCP) options to choose from (thereby complying with Battery Charge Specification Rev 1.2). When this standardised USB charging link is created between the embedded host and the peripheral, increased charging is permitted which enables current levels between 0.5 A and 1.5A.

 

“With the need to increase data transfer rates, the wide proliferation of USB across all market segments and the decreasing importance of the PC platform, there is a growing demand to have a USB Host in end systems,” states Fred Dart, CEO and founder of  FTDI. “Hosts are the brains of USB transactions and the new FT313H offering provides engineers with an easy method to add this capability to their designs. In contrast to Host solutions integrated into a microcontroller/microprocessor, which are generally just full-speed, the USB hi-speed operation of this device, means engineers can expand system connectivity and take advantage of the enormous base of USB products now emerging.”

 

The FT313H has an operational temperature range -40 °C to 85 °C, enables it to be employed is demanding environmental settings. It is available in compact Pb-free, 64-pin QFN, LQFP and TQFP packages

 

Further information on these products can be found at:

http://www.ftdichip.com/Support/Documents/DataSheets/ICs/DS_FT313H.pdf

 

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


GLYN Australia Moves to New Sydney Office at North Ryde

Glyn Australia at North Ryde Due to our continuing growth, GLYN Australia is now moving from its Norwest office at Baulkham Hills to a bigger office with warehouse facility at North Ryde effective 5th December 2012.

Here is our new address:

GLYN Australia

Unit 3B, 64 Talavera Road

Macquarie Park, North Ryde  NSW  2113

 

Postal address:

PO Box 4133, Macquarie Centre NSW 2113

 

Phone: (02) 9889 2520 / (02) 9889 2521

Fax: (02) 9889 2954

 

Hopefully the move to our new office will be a smooth and seamless one!

 

 

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