Jul 24

JenNet-IP Evaluation Kits Now Available from NXP

JenNet-IP Evaluation Kits Now Available from NXP

Comprehensive development platform for the Internet of Things

Eindhoven, Netherlands and Sheffield, UK, July 11, 2012 – NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announced the availability of evaluation kits featuring JenNet-IP™ wireless network layer software for the Internet of Things. The JenNet-IP-EK040 evaluation kit provides all the components needed to create applications for IPv6-based networks for lighting and home automation, based on NXP’s JN514x series of ultra-low-power single-chip wireless microcontrollers. In addition, NXP is launching a certification program for JenNet-IP. The certification program will make provision for testing end products to ensure performance and interoperability between all devices bearing the JenNet-IP name and logo.

The JenNet-IP evaluation kit includes 4 wireless sensor nodes; 4 plug-in “shields”; 2 high-power modules; 2 high-power USB dongles; a router; a remote control; and a software development kit. Based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard, JenNet-IP software comprises the self-healing JenNet tree networking stack; the IETF 6LoWPAN IP layer; and JIP, a powerful and flexible application layer enabling interoperability between devices.

With JenNet-IP, up to 500 devices in the home can each have their own unique IPv6 address, turning the home into an extension of the Internet at a very low cost. Lights and other home appliances can be easily connected, monitored and controlled over the Internet. For example, GreenWave Reality’s Connected Lighting solution using JenNet-IP allows for the intelligent management and control of lighting without touching any wiring or switches in the home. The GreenWave Reality solution enables consumers to dim and turn lights on or off with their hand-held remote or through the use of smart controls, such as “Night”, to turn off all the lights from your smart phone. Internet-enabled smart lighting alone could reduce power consumption by 30 percent, by dimming and turning off lights when they aren’t required.

A “first look” at the new eval kit is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFTjVcr1CDI

Evaluation Kit: The JenNet-IP-EK040 evaluation kit includes the following items:

  • Four wireless sensor nodes, including modules based on JN5148-J01 and JN5142-J01 chips; USB micro-B connectors; a JN514x IO expansion port; support for USB, battery or an external power supply unit (not included); and two USB cables
  • Four plug-in shields with an Arduino-compatible footprint featuring 3 dimmable bright white LEDs; temperature, light level and humidity sensors
  • Two high-power JN5148-J01 modules for extended range
  • Two high-power USB dongles for sniffer and coordinator
  • A router providing connection to Ethernet, with Custom Open WRT software and power supply
  • A capacitive touch remote control
  • A free and unlimited Eclipse based software development kit including the Eclipse IDE, Flash memory programmer; microcontroller and peripheral libraries; and the JenNet-IP library
Jul 24

STMicroelectronics Reveals World’s Only Specified Automotive Surge Protection Devices

STMicroelectronics Reveals World’s First and Only Specified Automotive Surge Protection Devices

Miniature Transil™ protection devices, characterized and certified to auto industry’s preferred ISO pulse specifications, cut approval time and costs for sensitive vehicle electronics

Geneva, July 17, 2012 – STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is helping vehicle electronics manufacturers deliver safer, more reliable systems by offering the only surge protection devices certified to the automotive industry’s preferred specifications. By saving the time needed for independent certification, these transient voltage suppressors (TVS) enable new products to reach the market more quickly and at more competitive prices.

Surge protection prevents unwanted voltage pulses in the vehicle wiring from damaging sensitive subsystems such as safety systems, control modules and infotainment equipment. Pulses can be caused by events such as electrostatic discharges (ESD) from occupants, turn-on/off of subsystems such as motor drives or climate control, or load dumps when a significant load such as the battery is suddenly disconnected. Historically, designers have chosen from devices certified to industrial standards that specify pulse shapes unrepresentative of those expected in road vehicles.

ST’s SM4TY-SM30TY series of Transil miniature surge-protection devices – are certified to pulse specifications used by the automotive industry. They are also qualified to the AEC-Q101 automotive reliability test standard for discrete semiconductors, and have a full Automotive-Grade Approval Certificate (AGAC). This saves designers researching for equivalence between industrial and automotive standards, and then re-certifying each new subsystem design independently. Hence new innovations are able to reach the market quickly and cost efficiently.

The Transil protection devices are housed in miniature surface-mount power packages occupying from 12.8mm2 to 46mm2 of pc-board space, capable of handling from 400W to 3000W of power contained in pulses and ESD transients present on the vehicle wiring.

Major features of ST’s automotive Transil protection devices:
Tested and certified using ISO 7637 specifications for electrical transients
Tested and certified using ISO 10605 specifications for ESD strike
AEC-Q101 certified

All devices available in unidirectional or bidirectional configuration

  • SM4TY: SMA package, 2.55 x 5.05 mm, 400 W
  • SMA6TY: SMA package, 2.55 x 5.05 mm, 600 W
  • SM6TY: SMB package, 3.60 x 5.35 mm, 600 W
  • SM15TY: SMC package, 5.90 x 7.95 mm, 1500 W
  • SM30TY: SMC package, 5.90 x 7.95 mm, 3000 W
Jul 17

Atmel Introduces First Reconfigurable Processor

Atmel Introduces First Reconfigurable Processor That Enables On-the-Fly Adjustment of Space Applications

Extends Product Line with Over 30 Years of Flight Heritage, New ATF697FF Solution Includes Atmel RAD Hard Processor and FPGA to Reduce Overall System Costs and PCB Area

ROUSSET, France, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a leader in microcontroller and touch technology solutions, today announced the Atmel ATF697FF, the newest member of the Atmel SPARC V8 processor family and the industry’s first radiation-hardened (RAD Hard) high-performance aerospace microprocessor that can be reconfigured on-the-fly. The ability to reconfigure on-the-fly allows users to make on-going design modifications to satellites, including specification updates, in-flight adjustments during trial flights and post-launch alterations.

Reflecting 30 years of innovation in the aerospace market, the new ATF697FF is a unique reconfigurable processor that integrates Atmel’s proven RAD Hard AT697F processor and reconfigurable ATF280F (FPGA) unit in a single multichip module (MCM). With this MCM solution approach, engineers can reduce overall system cost and save space on the printed circuit board (PCB).

The ATF697FF, designed and developed by the Atmel Aerospace Business Unit here in Rousset, France, adds the flexibility of a reprogrammable FPGA to the reliability of a powerful core processor running application software. It is ideal for systems that require reconfiguration of peripherals and interfaces, making it easy to comply and stay up-to-date with evolving standards that are used on many space missions, such as SpaceWire, CAN or IEEE1553. The flexibility of the ATF697FF processor is also beneficial for late design modifications performed on Earth, for in-flight adjustments on satellites and for space trial operations.

The new solution combines an Atmel AT697F SPARC V8 RAD Hard processor with a RAD Hard ATF280F SRAM-based FPGA and an internal PCI link. The ATF697FF delivers best-in-class performance, running at up to 100MHz, as well as low power, down to 0.7W, for space applications today. Jointly developed with STAR-Dundee of the United Kingdom, a SDE Software development kit is also available for the SPARC V8 Platform to provide compiling, debugging and monitoring tools. IDS and Mentor tools are available for FPGA designs and Atmel will offer pre-placed IPs to ease customized interfaces developments.

“The ability to make real-time, on-the-fly adjustments to satellites just before launch or while in-flight is an increasing demand in aerospace today. We’ve leveraged our extensive flight experience to deliver the industry’s first reconfigurable processor that also reduces costs and increases time-to-market,” said Patrick Sauvage, general manager, Aerospace Business Unit, Atmel Corporation. “With over 3,000 flight models of the previous generation TSC695 processor in space and 300 flight models of the ATF697 processor delivered worldwide to-date, we have a proven track record of providing reliable, innovative solutions. The ATF697FF is further testament to our leadership.”

Availability
Atmel is currently engaging with alpha customers on the ATF697FF. The product will be available for prototyping in July and for flight model implementation the end of 2012.