Editor-in-Chief

Embedded Computing Design

Brandon is responsible for guiding content strategy, editorial direction, and community engagement across the Embedded Computing Design ecosystem. A 10-year veteran of the electronics media industry, he enjoys covering topics ranging from development kits to cybersecurity and tech business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude. He can be reached at [email protected]

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Debug & Test

Percepio Improves Tracealyzer Debug on Microsoft Azure ThreadX RTOS - News

December 30, 2021

Percepio has improved Tracealyzer support for Microsoft Azure and the Azure ThreadX RTOS by integrating its trace recorder in ThreadX so that hours or days of trace data can be streamed to and stored on the host system for profiling or burn-in testing. The Percepio DevAlert IoT device monitoring service also now runs on Azure.

Processing

Simplifying Design Verification for Increasingly Custom RISC-V Processors - Story

December 10, 2021

RISC-V is known as an open-standard instruction set architecture (ISA) whose base instructions have been frozen to minimize complexity. But more recently it has added a wide range of custom extensions and enhancements that are making it increasingly popular amongst SoC designers building application-specific systems.

Processing

SiFive Essential 6-Series, 21G3 Release Add Mid-Range Performance & Features to Leading RISC-V IP Portfolio - News

December 10, 2021

SiFive announced the Essential 6-Series of real-time and mid-range application processors ahead of this week’s RISC-V Summit. The company also made its 21G3 release available, which includes a series of updates to their processor IP portfolio.

Debug & Test

Thermal Analysis Function Added to ROHM Solution Simulator - News

December 09, 2021

ROHM Semiconductor has added a new thermal function to its Solution Simulator, a free web-based simulation circuit for coupled electrical and thermal analysis in near-actual application conditions. The new function allows automotive and industrial engineers to collectively verify thermal issues on driver ICs and power devices on different circuits, and can be implemented for designs like PTC heaters for electric vehicles, DC/DC converter ICs, and LED drivers where heat dissipation issues are likely.

Processing

SEGGER Embedded Studio Supports RISC-V RV64I/E/GC 64-bit CPUs - News

December 09, 2021

Support for RV64I, RV64E, and RV64GC with floating-point unit RISC-V CPUs has been added to the latest version of SEGGER Embedded Studio. The 64-bit CPU IP cores will benefit from SEGGER emRun C/C++ runtime, emFloat floating-point libraries, SEGGER Linker, and SEGGER Compiler, which combine in the environment to help developers generate compact, efficient code.

Processing

New P650 the “Fastest Licensable RISC-V Processor IP Core,” SiFive Says - News

December 07, 2021

SiFive, Inc. has announced the Performance P650 processor, a coherent multicore processor that scales to 16 cores and is what the company calls the “fastest licensable RISC-V processor IP core.” The new modular 64-bit CPU core uses a 13-stage out-of-order core pipeline and advanced branch prediction to deliver a 40% performance improvement per clock cycle over its predecessor, the P550.

Processing

Microchip RISC-V FPGA SoC, Tools Provide Mid-Range Power, Performance and Thermal Alternative - Story

December 07, 2021

Both Xilinx and Intel are prioritizing the data center, which is driving programmable logic R&D towards high-performance sockets. In some cases, these trends are influencing the evolution of applications in the embedded electronics sector as well. But there are countless applications for which power consumption and heat dissipation are just as, if not more, important than performance. These use cases are often found at the edge and encompass everything from sensor hubs to display controllers to image processing and AI inferencing platforms.

Analog & Power

Dev Kit Weekly: Power Integrations' BridgeSwitch RDK-852 - Video

November 12, 2021

 

The RDK-852 is a reference design for a 200 W three-phase inverter that delivers 200 W of continuous output power and a continuous current of .62 Amps per phase to brushless DC motors. Therefore, the kit comes with field-oriented control capabilities while also being incredibly efficient.

IoT

Embedded Toolbox: CI, CD and the Edge of IoT - Video

October 13, 2021

True or false? Edge devices, a web-based development environment, and a network connection are all you need to update embedded software as frequently as you want.

IoT

Embedded Toolbox: Connect IoT PoCs in Four Minutes Flat - Video

October 08, 2021

Individually, the various components that make up an IoT system are well understood:

  • A sensor that captures data
  • A serial bus that communicates data to an edge processor
  • An edge processor that writes data to memory
  • A wireless link like cellular that transmits data to a local or remote cloud
  • A web dashboard that allows users to observe data as information and do something with it
AI & Machine Learning

Embedded Insiders: Tech on its Head – From Analog Computing to Quantum Tunneling - Podcast

October 07, 2021

On this episode the Insiders track the return of analog computing.  Mythic is a company looking to revolutionize AI computing through an  innovative matrix processor that processes analog signals in on-chip  memory before outputting them to the digital domain. Where does this tech fit today?

Open Source

Dev Kit Weekly: SimplyNUC Topaz Powered by 11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors - Video

September 03, 2021

The SimplyNUC Topaz isn’t really a development kit. More aptly, it’s a mini PC.

Open Source

When Standards Mature: Balancing Performance & Demand in the High-Energy Physics Community - Story

September 03, 2021

The high-energy physics community leverages PICMG’s MicroTCA.4 hardware standard for timing and synchronization, data acquisition, and control at particle accelerators like DESY. But as experiments at these research centers advance, the performance of supporting systems must evolve. How can standards like MicroTCA support the demands of bleeding-edge use cases and remain applicable to broader markets?

Open Source

Dev Kit Weekly: Sfera Labs Exo Sense Pi - Video

August 27, 2021

This is the second Sfera Labs kit we’ve reviewed on Dev Kit Weekly, and its name gives a lot away.

Processing

Embedded Toolbox: Seamless Pin Multiplexing on Advanced SoCs - Video

August 10, 2021

Today's system designers need to do more with less, and one of the best ways to accomplish that is through pin multiplexing, or pin muxing. Pin muxing allows a processor or SoC's various pins to be repurposed for different functions, which on today's advanced chips, means a few dozen pins can carry hundreds of signals.

Automotive

New eSync Alliance SDK Streamlines Automotive OTA Updates - News

August 03, 2021

The eSync Alliance has released the eSync Agent SDK that streamlines integration of ECUs, sensors and other devices with the standardized eSync OTA platform. The downloadable software package is available to all eSync Alliance members.

Open Source

Dev Kit Weekly: Xilinx Kria KV260 Vision AI Starter Kit - Video

July 30, 2021

The KV260 Vision AI Starter Kit is based on Xilinx’s Kria K26 system on module, which is a … wait, wait, wait. A system on module from Xilinx?

Open Source

Dev Kit Weekly: THine THSER101 Raspberry Pi Camera Module Cable Extension Kit - Video

July 23, 2021

So we have a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B. And we have version 2 of the Raspberry Pi Camera Module. They interface via a MIPI CSI-2 connector and this ribbon cable, which is about six inches long. But what if I wanted to position the camera a significant distance away from the Pi, say, to function as a webcam? Or across the room?

IoT
Open Source

DEV KIT WEEKLY: Digi International ConnectCore 8M Mini Development Kit - Video

July 09, 2021

Historically, the embedded electronics deployed in industrial applications have been relatively simple, both to keep costs down but more importantly to ensure safe, reliable system operation by keep complexity to a minimum.

Boy, have things changed.

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