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New Development Kit Enhances Downlighting Designs

Mantracourt's New Software Toolkit Facilitates Complex Load Monitoring

Lauterbach Debug Tool Supports Spansion® HyperFlash Memory

New Development Kit Enables LED Lighting for Plant Growth

Lauterbach and Vector Software Collaboration Enables Software Quality and Industry Compliance

Blue Chip Technology To Launch Innovative Embedded Systems Platform at UK Conference

ASIC's, MEMS and Tyre Pressure Monitors Explained at Cambridge Conference

Creating Compelling and Robust Display Interfaces for Intelligent Systems

Parasoft Named a Leader in Modern Application Functional Test

Conference to Explore The Designing of Software Component for Easy Code Reuse

Programmers To Face the Coding Challenge at UK Conference

Tesla Drivers Welcome at Hi Tech Developers Event

Hi-Tech Developers' Conference to Explore Model Driven Development

Blue Chip Technology to Launch Their Revamped RE2 Single Board Computer

Lauterbach's TRACE32® includes Advanced Debugging Support for Windows 10

 

 

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New Development Kit Enhances Downlighting Designs

Intelligent LED Solutions launches new LED development kit that enables engineers to explore the different effects of colour temperature and varying beam angles when developing downlighting applications.

Intelligent LED Solutions (ILS) has announced the launched of its Anna Development Kits, a development platform that enables engineers to explore the different effects of colour temperature and varying beam angles when developing downlighting applications.

The Anna Development Kit is available with a choice of 3,4,5,6 or 7 LED's of differing colour temperature and a choice of narrow, medium and wide beam lenses. In addition to this, the kit includes the necessary metalwork holder, a pcb, a heatsink and a power supply, enabling engineers and designers to explore the effects and possibilities of 21 LED lighting options.

“We are seeing LED technology replacing halogen lamps in many downlighting applications,” said Adrian Amor, Director at ILS. “The prime reason has been the more efficient nature of LED lamp technology; drawing less current and running cooler.

However, another major benefit of LED technology is that lamps can now be designed to provide not only a range of colour temperatures, but also a range of beam angles. Designers and engineers are learning to exploit this aspect of modern LED technology, to further refine their downlighting installations and to create new effects.”

ILS is a specialist supplier of LED technology, offering a high level of technical skill, professionalism and commercial understanding to those industries that are or will be using highly efficient LEDs and LEDs of any type. Intelligent LED Solutions supply a wide range of European and overseas OEM manufacturers. Once a final downlighting design is achieved, ILS is able to supply bespoke manufactured LED lamps in accordance with the chosen specification.

For further information about Intelligent’s LED display technologies please visit www.i-led.co.uk

About Intelligent LED Solutions
ILS is a division of Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd (IGS) a well-established and respected industry leading display and opto-electronics solutions provider. Much of IGS’ business comes from providing semi-custom or custom products both in component and sub-assembly form.

ILS/IGS is a privately owned company and the owners are fully involved in the running of the business. All the senior staff have been involved with the opto-electronics industry for at least 15 years and are dedicated to ensuring that ILS is an innovative and highly successful operation. www.i-led.co.uk

Contact:
Adrian Amor, Director, Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd.
Tel:  +44 (0) 1635 294600
E-mail: info(at)i-led.co.uk

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Mantracourt's New Software Toolkit Facilitates Complex Load Monitoring

Mantracourt's software toolkit enhances the capabilities of its respected LCA20 load cell amplifier and enables easier set up and more advanced calibration, control and reporting functions.

Mantracourt has announced the launch of a Software Toolkit to accompany its world-renowned LCA20 load cell and strain gauge amplifier, a flexible digital signal conditioning amplifier for single or multiple load monitoring. The new software toolkit enhances the capabilities of the LCA20, enabling easier set up and more advanced control and reporting functions. 

The PC based software toolkit is icon driven, making it intuitive and easy to use. Access to the LCA20 is via a simple connector.  The LCA toolkit enables configuration and calibration of load cell inputs using up to nine point linearisation. It also allows for the setting of load cell filtering characteristics, and digital input functionality, the configuration of the display and generated output values such as the peak, trough, gross and net. The toolkit also includes functions such as system zero and zero tracking. An equally wide range of functionality is applied to the reporting aspects of the toolkit.

"We work closely with customers all over the world," said Kelly Voysey, Marketing Manager at Mantracourt. "The design of the software toolkit for the LCA20 has been driven by our ambition to provide the very best user experience for our instrumentation products. In this respect, the software toolkit enables operators to set up and undertake the most complex and critical of load monitoring applications, saving valuable time in configuration and ensuring the reliability and the quality of the reported data."

UK-based Mantracourt is a world leader in the design and manufacture of electronics for measurement technologies, including strain gauge, temperature, resistance, pressure, voltage, current, potentiometer, rate, flow, LVDT and displacement in either analogue, digital or wireless form.

The software tool kit allows a number of output and reporting functions to be configured. For the relay outputs, parameters such as in-flight compensation, hysteresis, latching and inversion are available. For the analogue outputs, the toolkit provides for scaling, gross and net values and error compensation. All collected data can be presented in configurable graph formats and logged to a file for exporting. The data can also be used to trigger alarms.

Mantracourt’s LCA20 software toolkit is available free of charge. Further information can found at http://www.mantracourt.com/products/controllers-alarms/load-cell-amplifier

This on-line video also provides an oversight into the LCA20 and the software toolkit.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SYi25eE9B4&feature=youtu.be

About Mantracourt

Mantracourt design and manufacture instrumentation for load cells, strain gauges, pressure sensors, torque transducers, flow sensors, temperature sensors, for signal conditioning, display and control using analogue, digital and radio wireless telemetry techniques. Based near Exeter in the South-West of England, Mantracourt Electronics has become firmly established as a key technology provider to many major OEM sensor manufacturers and now has a product range of over 1000 designs. Key to its commercial success is Mantracourt's specialist engineering team that is constantly developing new products using the latest technologies and components. Mantracourt was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2009. http://www.mantracourt.com

Mantracourt Contact:
Louise Stubbs
Marketing Coordinator
tel: +44(0)1395 232020
marketing(at)mantracourt.com

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Lauterbach Debug Tool Supports Spansion® HyperFlash Memory

TRACE32 tool supports Spansion® HyperFlash memory with intuitive, fast and flexible Flash Programming features

Lauterbach, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, has recently announced its support for the Spansion® HyperFlash™ Memory with its TRACE32® tools. 

The HyperBus Interface was introduced by Spansion in 2014 as a powerful improvement on today's low pin count memory interfaces and has been broadly implemented by the system-on-chip (SoC) manufacturers. HyperFlash Memory is based on the HyperBus interface and provides important characteristics such as low latency, high read throughput and space efficiency. 

“Our TRACE32 tool now supports the HyperFlash memory with intuitive, fast and flexible Flash Programming features,” said Barry Lock, UK Manager at Lauterbach. “The TRACE32 tool provides the user with control of reading, displaying and erasing the content of the flash memory and the content is displayed in a standard hex dump which allows the contents to be checked quickly. The tool also supports the pairing of HyperFlash memory with the HyperBus interface and also with the ordinary Quad SPI controller. “ 

    Barry Lock, UK Manager, Lauterbach

Lauterbach tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers, and the company is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of microprocessor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of Lauterbach tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

Lauterbach UK has been the lead sponsor of the UK Device Developers’ Conference, a key annual event for embedded systems engineers, for the past 3 years. More details of this event are available at www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

 

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

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New Development Kit Enables LED Lighting for Plant Growth

Intelligent LED Solutions launch new LED development kit that uses 3 colours to produce the perfect spectrums for plant growth and will enable the future development of energy efficient plant lighting fixtures.

Specialist LED supplier Intelligent LED Solutions (ILS) have announced the release of the Petunia Development Kit, a starter kit that will enable engineers to develop powerful new LED lighting systems for plant growth. A key feature of this package is the use of high power LEDs to generate 3 specific colours to produce the perfect spectrums for plant production. 

"We are seeing a clear trend in the use of LED lighting for assisting plant growth," said Adrian Amor, Director at ILS. "LEDs offer better efficiency, more control and often a more compact design; and with recent development in the areas of wavelength and power, we are now seeing plant growth lighting as an important market sector."

Central to the development kit is a PCB with 12 LED’s: 6 Warm White 150°, 5 Hyper RED 80° and 1 Deep Blue 80°. Additional components include a specially developed lens, a power supply, a heat sink and a fixing kit. The Petunia LED light sources are built on aluminium substrates for optimal thermal management.  With a low thermal resistance of 7K/W the Petunia runs cool and offers a highly efficient product.




"The Petunia kit will offer engineers an important introduction to LED lighting for plant growth," said Adrian Amor. "Our in house technical support and engineering team is also available for customers that require specialist development or bespoke solutions. We have gained a lot of experience in the field of plant growth over recent years."

Intelligent LED solutions is a specialist supplier of LED technology, offering a high level of technical skill, professionalism and commercial understanding to those industries that are or will be using highly efficient LEDs and LEDs of any type. Intelligent LED Solutions supply a wide range of European and overseas OEM manufacturers. For further information about Intelligent’s LED display technologies please visit www.i-led.co.uk

 

About Intelligent LED Solutions
ILS is a division of Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd (IGS) a well-established and respected industry leading display and opto-electronics solutions provider. Much of IGS’ business comes from providing semi-custom or custom products both in component and sub-assembly form.

ILS/IGS is a privately owned company and the owners are fully involved in the running of the business. All the senior staff have been involved with the opto-electronics industry for at least 15 years and are dedicated to ensuring that ILS is an innovative and highly successful operation. www.i-led.co.uk

 

Contact:
Adrian Amor, Director, Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd.
Tel:  +44 (0) 1635 294600
E-mail: info(at)i-led.co.uk

 

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Lauterbach and Vector Software Collaboration Enables Software Quality and Industry Compliance

Lauterbach's TRACE32 debug solution has been integrated with test automation platform VectorCAST to enable development, test, and certification teams to set and continuously collect practically unlimited volumes of test data from RAM constrained embedded systems.



Software debug tool company Lauterbach has announced that it has been working with Vector Software to integrate its Trace32 debug tool with Vector Software's VectorCast test automation platform. The integration of these two advanced toolsets will enable development, test, and certification teams to set and continuously collect practically unlimited volumes of test data from RAM constrained embedded systems.

“We are very excited to see VectorCAST take advantage of our TRACE32 product’s engineered features,” stated Rudolf Dienstbeck, Software Developer at Lauterbach GmbH. “This enhancement significantly improves our customers’ debug capability in the most demanding scenarios.”

This latest integration will benefit customers in Aerospace, Defence, Automotive, Medical Devices, Industrial Control, and Commercial environments, where software quality and industry compliance are critical. Vector Software’s development team worked closely with Lauterbach and the TRACE32 implementation of IEEE Standard 1149.1-1990 JTAG and IEEE-ISTO 5001-2003 NEXUS.

The impact of this combined capability, VectorCAST and TRACE32, affects all of the supported hardware from Microprocessors such as ARM; Imagination-Technologies MIPS; Freescale/NXP; Fujitsu; Intel; AMD, Microcontrollers such as TI (Including Hercules); ST-Micro; DSPs from Analog Devices, CPLDs from Altera, Xilinx, and many more.

Lauterbach will be exhibiting at the UK Device Developers’ Conference taking place in Warrington and Uphall (Scotland) on the 2nd and 4th June.
http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk


About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the leading manufacturer of complete, modular and upgradeable microprocessor development tools worldwide with experience in the field of embedded designs since 1979. It is an international, well-established company with blue chip customers in every corner of the globe and has a close working relationship with all semiconductor manufacturers. At the headquarters in Höhenkirchen, near Munich, the engineering team develops and produces highly proficient and specialized Development Tools, which are utilized all over the world under the brand TRACE32®. Branch offices exist in United Kingdom, Italy, France, Tunisia, on the East and West coasts of the United States, Japan and China. Highly qualified sales and support engineers are also available in many other countries. For more information, please visit www.lauterbach.com.

About Vector Software, Inc.
Vector Software is the world’s leading provider of software testing solutions for safety and business critical embedded applications. Companies worldwide in the automotive, aerospace, medical devices, industrial controls, rail, and other business critical sectors rely on Vector Software’s VectorCASTTM test solution. The VectorCAST environment enables software development teams to easily automate complex testing tasks to improve software quality, using Test-Driven Development, Continuous Integration, and Change-Based Testing processes to engineer reliable software for accelerated time-to-market release cycles. Vector Software is headquartered in East Greenwich, Rhode Island USA with offices worldwide, and a world-class team of support and technology partners. To learn more, visit: www.vectorcast.com.

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Blue Chip Technology To Launch Innovative Embedded Systems Platform at UK Conference

Leading industrial computer board manufacturer, Blue Chip Technology has announced that it intends to launch its new MyT1 LCD embedded systems platform at this year’s UK Device Developers’ Conference.  The MyT1 LCD is an entirely integrated hardware solution that combines a powerful industrial-grade single board computer with a flat panel display and stylish plastic bezel.


“We will be showing a new concept in embedding computing for the first time at the conference,” said Barry Husbands, Managing Director of Blue Chip Technology.

“The solution is based on our new MyT1 SBC which is combined with either a 4.3" or 7" touch screen LCD. What makes it special is that we package up the plastic bezel, mount, SBC, LCD and cabling together to make development and installation easier than ever before. Literally just add software to complete your product.”

Pricing for the MyT1 LCD starts at just under £100 plus delivery and VAT for 100 off of the 4.3" touch screen version. Blue Chip Technology regards this as extremely competitive for an embedded systems platform that is both feature rich and designed for the demands of industrial applications.

Ubuntu Linux and Android Operating Systems are currently supported on this platform. Blue Chip Technology also has an in-house software team that is able to provide support for a range of other operating systems.  http://www.bluechiptechnology.co.uk

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ASIC's, MEMS and Tyre Pressure Monitors Explained at Cambridge Conference

Designer and manufacturer of custom electronic devices (ASIC and MEMS), SWINDON Silicon Systems, will be exhibiting at the Cambridge Embedded Systems and Realtime Software conference

Leading ASIC and MEMS specialist SWINDON Silicon has announced that it will be exhibiting at The UK Device Developers Conference to be held near Cambridge on the 14th May.  



Members of the SWINDON Silicon Systems team will be available to explain how ASIC’s are developed and to discuss the many benefits of ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) technology, as well as demonstrating a vehicle tyre pressure monitoring device that utilises ASIC technology.

"There are a number of commercial and technical advantages to using a custom ASIC as part of an embedded system," said Sharon Moore, Sales Administrator at Swindon Silicon.  “Using an ASIC can help reduce the cost of the end product and may also reduce its size and power consumption.  Furthermore an ASIC based design could also result in better noise, bandwidth and leakage performance, as well as reducing EMI susceptibility and radiated EMI. ”

SWINDON Silicon Systems has over 35 years of experience in the design, test and supply of mixed signal ASICs. The company delivers more than 60 million devices globally every year in industries such as automotive, industrial sensors, process control, aerospace, defence and healthcare. The company has in-house design and production teams and works in partnership with specialist foundries.

 

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Creating Compelling and Robust Display Interfaces for Intelligent Systems

The organisers of the UK Device Developers Conference have announced that they have added an additional workshop to the Conference schedule.

The new half-day workshop will explain the development of embedded GUI's that meet the highest standards of quality control and user-appeal. This workshop will be run at the Conference event at Reading on the 12th May and Cambridge on the 14th May. 

The workshop will focus on a highly integrated approach to embedded GUI development. Focusing on an integrated approach, enabling faster development, lower cost and a higher quality final product.  Dr. Rene Schumann, European Technical Manager with Embedded GUI software company, Altia, will present the workshop.

"We will be looking at an integrated GUI development tool-chain that starts with behavioural modelling and verification of GUI graphics, and continues with automatic code-generation for specific target graphics processors, “ said Dr. Rene Schumann.

“We will also explain how all mainstream graphics processors are supported by this technology, giving maximum hardware choice, whilst Altia’s code-generator produces code that uses minimal system resources, resulting in minimal hardware cost and maximized performance.”

Altia provides powerful, professional-grade embedded system GUI development tools that help creative, customer-focused designers and software engineers build and deliver game-changing user interfaces. 

“We are very pleased to have Altia’s expertise in this field on board for this year’s Conference,“ said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “In this industry, GUI development is a big deal. The GUI dictates the look and feel of a product more than any other aspect of an embedded system design. It also impacts the internal functionality and the external branding; so a GUI designer has a lot to think about.  I feel sure this will be a popular workshop at the Conference”

Click here for more information on this workshop

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Parasoft Named a Leader in Modern Application Functional Test Automation Tools by Independent Research Firm

Parasoft has announced that it was named a Leader in “The Forrester Wave™: Modern Application Functional Test Automation Tools, Q2 2015.”*Forrester Research gave Parasoft the highest score among all vendors in the Current Offering category, and stated that “Agile project management (PM) and test management tools make [Parasoft’s] solution stand out.”

According to the report, "Parasoft’s API testing roots and comprehensive integrations pays off. Parasoft has a very strong product offering...[Its] strong vision on the use of analytics to drive greater testing performance, implemented in its current products and road map, make it a key player in the continuous delivery world allowing developers to promote low-risk, quality-release candidates in delivery pipelines."

After examining past research, user-need assessments, and vendor and expert interviews, Forrester developed a comprehensive set of evaluation criteria. They evaluated vendors against 40 criteria, which they grouped into three high-level buckets: Current Offering, Strategy, and Market Presence.

"To us, Forrester's evaluation confirms the value of the advanced automation, comprehensive capabilities, and easy extensibility that we believe earned us this position as a leader," said Wayne Ariola, Parasoft Chief Strategy Officer. "We are impressed by Forrester's efforts to help AD&D professionals select the right FTA tool, and we are extremely honored to be recognized in this important research."


Parasoft will be exhibiting at the Device Developers' Conference.

http://www.parasoft.com/

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Conference to Explore The Designing of Software Component for Easy Code Reuse

Conference presentation will explain how to make a reusable software component with version and configuration control that can be used in house across multiple projects or distributed via a web server.

Embedded systems development tools vendor Hitex will be exhibiting and presenting at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference.

Hitex's presentation will explain how to make a reusable software component with version and configuration control that can be used in house across multiple projects or distributed via a web server.

“I think this presentation will be attractive to a lot of engineers and project managers,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “A lot of time and money is spent developing effective and reliable code. Being able to re-use it and share it within an organization is now an important commercial consideration.”

Hitex’s presentation will review the Cortex Microcontroller Software Interface Standard (CMSIS) and introduce the new CMSIS Pack and CMSIS Driver standards. The presentation will then show how to make a reusable software component with version and configuration control using the CMSIS Pack standard. Such a component can be used in house across multiple projects or distributed via a web server.

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Programmers To Face the Coding Challenge at UK Conference

Engineers and Computer Scientists will be invited to take the 'Coding Challenge' at UK Conference for hi-tech developers

Engineers and Computer Scientists attending the UK Device Developers' Conference will be invited to pitch their programming skills against a computer.

Delegates at the Conference will be invited to review about 30 lines of software code to identify errors and concerns. The 'Coding Challenge' has become a popular competition at this annual event and it is regarded as quite an accolade to win. The competitors are often leaders in their field, working for major technology companies.

The “Coding Challenge” is being run by Pheadrus Systems, a UK supplier of embedded systems development tools and technologies. Pheadrus will use the QAC Static Analyser from specialist company PRQA. PRQA’s software tools offer a close examination of C and C++ code in order to identify problems caused by language usage that is overly complex, non-portable, dangerous or difficult to maintain. Plus, its tools also provide a mechanism for coding standard enforcement and are widely used in industries such as automotive, medical and aerospace. 

"Each contestant's results will be compared to the output of PRQA's code analysis software," said Chris Hills, Managing Director at Pheadrus Systems. "Each year we are increasingly impressed with the level of expertise of developers that take part. In many ways, it is just a bit of fun, however, being a good programmers takes a lot of study followed by a lot of real world experience. In some ways this competition is a rare celebration of the amazing talent of good developers. The past winners have been delighted and excited to receive the prize and the acknowledgement."

Click here for more information...

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Tesla Drivers Welcome at Hi Tech Developers Event

Conference venue provides two free re-charging points for Tesla Model S electric cars

The organisers of the UK Device Developers' Conference have announced that the Northern venue for this event will be able to provide charging points for any delegates driving Tesla Model S electric cars.



The Conference in Warrington will take place at the Park Royal Hotel which provides two charging points (R.DC 120kW) both of which are under the Tesla Supercharger scheme, enabling Model S drivers to re-charge for free.

"I suspect that not many engineers or computer scientists will arrive in a Tesla," said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager, "However, it will no doubt be a significant discussion point at the Conference. Electronics and computer systems are playing an important role in the progress of green technology. To replace oil as an energy source is a huge challenge, and many in the hi-tech sector are currently engaged in that challenge.

“There will be several presentations that relate to vehicle systems,” explained Richard Blackburn. “Safety critical software and reliability is a big topic for developers at the moment, so software debugging, software test and software certification all feature quite strongly on the Conference agenda.”

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Hi-Tech Developers' Conference to Explore Model Driven Development

The UK Device Developers' Conference will explore the many benefits and occasional pitfalls of adopting UML model driven architectures for product development

The organisers of the UK Device Developers' Conference have announced that Abstract Solutions, a leading provider of UML®products, will be making a presentation entitled "Model Driven Development: Benefits and Perils", at this year's event.

Modelling is the designing of software applications before coding. Modelling is an essential part of large software projects, and helpful to medium and even small projects also. Using a model, those responsible for a software development project's success can assure themselves that functionality is complete and correct, end-user needs are met, and program design supports requirements for scalability, robustness, security, extendibility, and other characteristics, before implementation in code renders changes difficult and expensive to make.

The presenter will be Chris Raistrick, Professional Services Director at Abstract Solutions, and lead author of the book “Model Driven Architecture with Executable UML”. For the past thirty years, Chris has been applying model driven approaches to a wide variety of successfully deployed systems, and has led the modelling activity on a number of strategic projects.

"The relentless growth in system and device complexity and the need to drive down time to market and the cost of upgrades is prompting many organisations to migrate from document based, manual system development approaches towards model centric, automated methods of development,” said Chris Raistrick.

“However, although model based approaches offer many strategic advantages to the wise adopter, there are numerous hazards that lie in wait for the unwary. We will discuss how they can be avoided to achieve the advertised rewards of an industrialised model driven development strategy.” www.abstractsolutions.co.uk

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Blue Chip Technology to Launch Their Revamped RE2 Single Board Computer at The UK Developers Conference

Blue Chip to demonstrate the latest version of the acclaimed RE2 hardware platform for embedded systems at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference

Blue Chip Technology has announced that they will be launching the latest version of their acclaimed RE2 single board computer at The UK Device Developers’ Conference.

"The new RE2 offers a 1GHz processor, faster memory, improved Wifi and Bluetooth capability and a long production life

Blue Chip have also agreed to be a lead sponsor of this year's UK Device Developers Conference and will be exhibiting a range of hardware solutions for embedded system developments.

Blue Chip Technology's single board computers are used in a wide range of applications, from transport control systems to medical devices and from intelligent test equipment to digital signage controllers. 

"We are looking forward to the Conference, and the chance to introduce the new version RE2," said Barry Husbands, Managing Director at Blue Chip Technology. "The original RE2 has been a hugely successful design for us, it has been designed into a lot of products across a wide range of markets. The new RE2 offers a 1GHz processor, faster memory, improved Wifi and Bluetooth capability and a long production life

“We are very pleased to have Blue Chip Technology exhibiting at this year’s Conference,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “Their expertise in the field of embedded systems hardware design is most impressive and I know that they will be pleased to share their knowledge and experience with delegates.”

Available with Windows, Linux and shortly Android operating systems the RE2 helps to reduce development times and project risks. Designed and manufactured at Blue Chip Technology’s facility in the UK, it is available as a board, a kit with a range of LCDs, and also integrated into packaged solutions.  Blue Chip Technology can also combine the core of the RE2 together with chosen peripherals to create a custom solution.

“As the designers and manufactures of our products we are well placed to minimise changes to our products which is something our customers value as change usually costs money,” said Barry Husbands. “However we thought that the ability to extend the RE2’s life until at least 2021 and also increase performance was a strong benefit and one that has been very well received by our customers.”

Blue Chip Technology claim that with unrivalled onboard functionality, LCD, DVI, Touch, LAN, DSP, RS232, RS422/485, Camera, GPIO, Wifi, Bluetooth, USBs and wide input voltage, the RE2 is the ideal platform for new designs.

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Lauterbach's TRACE32® includes Advanced Debugging Support for Windows 10

Lauterbach GmbH, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, has recently extended its support for the Windows® Standard OS family. It now supports the latest version Windows 10 32bit and 64bit flavours. TRACE32® allows easy development and test of kernel modules, drivers, processes and DLLs, be it on single core or SMP systems. The support is available for all x86/x64 and ATOMTM boards having a JTAG interface.



As a successor to Windows® 8, Windows 10 codenamed Threshold is currently in public in its technical preview version and will launch in late-2015. Lauterbach has already extended its “Windows Standard Awareness” for the TRACE32 debugger to include this new version.

Using “Windows Standard Awareness”, the user is able to inspect the present processes, threads and libraries, as well as kernel modules and drivers. Using the extended MMU support of the TRACE32 debugger, the developer gets access to the complete virtual address space at any time – i.e. you can debug device drivers and applications simultaneously. At the same time you can debug several processes at once, which is especially interesting for testing inter-process communications or driver calls.

TRACE32 uses the JTAG interface to access the target system. No special OS setting, interface or driver is necessary to debug the target. Even if the complete system “hangs”, the debugger is still able to show all system resources. This “stop mode debugging” - where no running software such as a debug stub is required – also allows debugging of interrupts; from the interrupt entry point up to ISRs, drivers and even the responding applications.

Post-mortem debug is also supported. Raw memory images could be loaded into TRACE32 x86/x64 instruction set simulators. By setting a few MMU configuration registers and loading Windows awareness, you have easy access to your system state, at the moment where the memory dump was created.

Lauterbach's Windows Awareness is fully SMP capable. The debugger can switch to any CPU at any time, showing the view of each CPU or hyper-thread. It evaluates the call stacks of all active and passive application threads and shows where an active thread currently runs or where a passive thread is waiting. The system is started and stopped synchronously for all CPUs; a breakpoint hit halts the complete system, regardless which CPU reaches the breakpoint. On this event, the debugger automatically switches the view to the CPU that hit the breakpoint.

Using these features the developer gains access to the complete system and all resources. You’re debugging on “system level” rather than on “CPU level”

 

 

 

RT-RK adopts QA·C for automotive software defect detection

RT-RK and PRQA | Programming Research announce that QA·C, a leading static analysis solution for defect detection has been made mandatory on all RT-RK projects for the automotive industry.

The use of QA·C has been imposed by TTTech, the technology leader in robust networked safety controls for automotive, aerospace and other safety related markets. TTTech is based in Vienna, Austria, and uses RT-RK as NSDC (Near Shore Development Center), providing a vital link in their development process, which generates the highest quality code for safety-critical systems.

In particular, RT-RK’s automotive engineering team needs to comply with MISRA coding guidelines. This team is also extremely keen to generate code which is sustainable and reusable – enabling them to provide their customers with shorter delivery times across a growing number of increasingly complex and dynamic projects.  The necessity to conduct frequent and effective code reviews makes QA·C an unsurpassed solution, and its use is critical in delivering bug-free, well structured code to the subsequent stages in the project.  RT-RK also use the output from QA·C to generate reports which demonstrate that their code complies to MISRA.

“RT-RK is entering the automotive industry with full force. It is evident that PRQA provides the defacto solution in this market, and we have wholeheartedly adopted QA·C. The underlying changes to our development process are beneficial on many levels, the main one being more effective compliance with the coding rules, but also in up-skilling our engineers and streamlining our broader work-flow,” said Danijel Spasojevic, Head of Automotive Software at RT-RK. “The training provided by PRQA has also been very valuable. This included courses on coding standards and best practices, as well practical workshops to enable our teams to take full advantage of all the functionality in QA·C.“

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Paul Blundell, PRQA’s CEO stated, “We are pleased to have earned another valued customer. PRQA’s solutions have been adopted globally across multiple safety-critical industries, but in particular throughout the automotive supply chain. Near-shore outsourcing is a common deployment model, and we are delighted to extend our coverage in Eastern Europe to include the growing automotive center at RT-RK”

http://www.programmingresearch.com

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Enigma People Solutions Sponsors Scottish Hi-Tech Developers' Conference

Technology recruitment company Enigma People Solutions has agreed to be a lead sponsor of this years Scottish embedded systems and realtime software conference

Leading technology recruitment specialist Enigma People has announced that it has agreed to be a lead sponsor of this year's Scottish Device Developers' Conference. 

http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/scotland.html



The Device Developers’ Conference is an annual event for embedded systems engineers, realtime software engineers and similar hi-tech developers that are working in the field of intelligent systems and devices. It is to be held at Uphall on the 4th June at the Macdonald Houstoun House Hotel. 

"We are very pleased to have the support and sponsorship of Enigma People," said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. "Their support is helping us create a really worthwhile event that busy engineers and developers will find productive. The conference is shaping up really well, and promises to be an informative forum where developers can learn about new technologies, meet industry experts, develop new skills and discover new technologies."

This year’s Conference will include two streams of technical presentations from industry experts, a series of half-day technical workshops and an exhibition of embedded systems hardware, software, debug tools, display technologies and similar industry related products and services.  http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/UK-embedded-systems-suppliers.html

“We are pleased to announce our support for this important industry event,” said Ben Hanley, Director at Enigma People.

“The Scottish region is very strong in the field of embedded systems development and realtime software; whether it is for the energy sector, the banking sector or even communications, it employs a lot of very talented people. In this respect, a Conference where developers can come together to explore new technologies and learn from industry experts provides an important opportunity for the region.”

http://www.enigmapeople.com/

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Conference to Explore the Implementation of Device to Cloud Connectivity

Conference workshop to explore the hardware and software choices when developing device to Cloud connectivity

This year's UK Device Developers' Conference will include a half-day workshop and a technical presentation relating to the technical issues surrounding the implementation of 'Device to Cloud' solutions, often referred to as IoT.

Presented by global hardware and IoT specialists Eurotech, delegates at the Conference will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of how IoT is being implemented in a range of applications and learn how to simplify device connectivity and enable remote device management.

Click to visit workshop information

“The Internet of Things is the new disruptive technology,” said Bobby Vale, Technical Sales Engineer at Eurotech.  “The IoT involves interfacing the devices we use to the virtual network we call the ‘cloud’. As sensor costs decrease and cloud connectivity increases, applications such as remote asset monitoring and smart metering will become the norm.”

Some areas where ‘device to cloud connectivity’ can bring benefit include building management systems, transport and energy sectors. Examples include automating heating and lighting dependent on temperature and occupancy; counting the number of passengers in each carriage on the train and indicating to those waiting to board where there are spare seats asset monitoring and preventive maintenance and remote metering and automated billing of energy consumption.

Eurotech’s workshop at the Cambridge Conference will discuss the difference between a traditional SCADA application and a cloud-based M2M / IoT solution.  It will also discuss the MQTT protocol, created by IBM and Eurotech, what it is and how and why it is used. Another topic during the workshop will be the basics of cloud-based Esper event processing for business logic.

“This is a chance for engineers to learn from an industry expert with real world experience,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “Clearly ‘Device to Cloud’ connectivity is enabling datacollection and driving innovation, whilst bringing down costs. In this respect, it is a technology that is hard to ignore and we are pleased to be able to cover this topic in detail at this year’s Conference.”

Eurotech
Berenice Mann, Marketing Manager UK,
Marketing.uk@eurotech.com
01223 411200

About Eurotech
Eurotech is a global company based in Italy and with subsidiaries in Europe, North America and Japan. Eurotech has historically supplied embedded hardware to the transport, logistics, security, industrial and medical markets, from single board computers to fully qualified, field deployed platforms.


Eurotech has also developed an M2M architecture addressing device and connectivity management, communications security and the sharing of data between multiple assets and enterprise systems. This comprehensive platform, effectively an operating system for the Internet of Things, enables a broad range of value-added activities and services, significantly reducing the cost and risk of implementing new IoT systems. www.eurotech.com  

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Time Triggered Architecture - A Workshop for the Development of Safe and Secure Embedded Systems and Devices

This year's UK Device Developers' Conference will include a half day workshop that will explain to engineers and computer scientists how to develop safe and secure embedded systems and devices using a time-triggered architecture.

A key workshop at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference will be focused on the development of safe and secure embedded system. Entitled "Developing Safe and Secure Embedded Systems Using TT Architectures".

This interactive half-day session will see workshop participants involved in the development of a controller for a domestic washing machine and assisting in the design of a generic, safety-related Electronic Control Unit (ECU) for use in a road vehicle.  http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/embedded-systems-training.html#tt

 

“The techniques explored in the workshop can be readily applied in a wide range of different sectors, including industrial systems, automotive systems, medical systems, aerospace systems and white goods,” said Michael Pont, Managing Director, SafeTTy Systems and workshop presenter. “The workshop will be presented by a highly-experienced team, and will include coverage of key international safety standards, including ISO 26262 and IEC 61508.  There will be plenty of time to ask questions throughout the session.”

“As systems are becoming more complex, safety and reliability is becoming an increasingly important issue,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Organiser.  “In this respect, we are we are very pleased to have such an informative workshop on the Conference agenda. I am very confident that this will prove popular.”

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Undo Software and Lauterbach Partner to Bring Together Embedded and Application Code Debugging

Undo Software and Lauterbach today announced a new partnership to meet the changing needs of embedded systems developers. Embedded systems now increasingly combine traditional device level software with application code, such as a graphical user interface on a smart TV. By integrating Undo’s UndoDB high performance reversible debugging software with Lauterbach’s TRACE32® powerful suite of development tools, companies will be able to debug the entire code stack through a single, intuitive user environment.

The partnership will also enable Lauterbach to target new, non-embedded markets, such as developers of games and mobile apps as it allows use of some of the advanced features of TRACE32 but without the need to use additional embedded debugging hardware when writing user-level application code.

Lauterbach customers can now access UndoDB through the TRACE32 GUI, which acts as a debug front-end, providing the power of reversible debugging through Lauterbach’s advanced yet familiar and proven interface across the entire development process. This extends functionality without needing to change development workflows, thereby improving productivity. Developers will be able to debug C/C++ code on Linux and Android faster, meeting development deadlines and responding quickly to reported bugs. http://undo-software.com

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UK Conference To Discuss Safety Critical Software Development

Conference will include presentations and workshops relating to the development of high integrity software

Organisers of this year's UK Device Developers' Conference have announced that there will be workshops and presentations relating to the development of safety critical and certified software.

In addition to this, several of the companies exhibiting at this year's Conference will be available to discuss topics such as the DO-178, IEC61508 and ISO 26262 standards.

The UK Device Developers' Conference is a one-day conference for engineers and computer scientists involved in the development of intelligent systems and devices. It is an event that explores the very latest tools and technologies available and includes a vendor exhibition, half-day technical workshops and a series of informative technical presentations. www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

"For an engineer that is having to embark on a project that needs to be highly reliable, then this Conference should prove very informative,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Organiser. “Whether it’s the choice of operating system, hardware, debug tools or certification tools, there will be a number of industry experts sharing their knowledge and experience.”

German debug tool company Lauterbach and UK based code test experts LDRA will be presenting a half-day workshop entitled “Catch Software Errors Before It’s Too Late for Certification”.  This workshop will show how to simplify code analysis, test and certification for resource constrained applications. It will also explain how to quickly assess the impact of identified failures and unexpected results. The workshop will also explore automated testing processes and methodologies to achieve certifiable, high-quality software.

An industry expert from Esterel Technologies will give a presentation entitled "The Impact of a Certified Toolset in a High Integrity Software Development Environment". This presentation will discuss that working to any of the key software standards such as DO-178C, EN50128, ISO26262 or IEC61508 drives onerous changes into the V cycle design process. This talk will demonstrate that using a qualified or certified toolset can dramatically streamline and automate many of the steps, as well as build quality and best practice into the design.

Other exhibitors and presenters working in this field include Phaedrus Systems, SafeTTy Systems, SDC Systems and Lynx Software.

The Device Developers’ Conference is to take place in Reading, Cambridge, Manchester and Uphall (Scotland) during May and June 2015. The Conference is free to engineers and technical project managers. A small charge is made for places on the half-day technical workshops.

About The Device Developers’ Conference
The Device Developers’ Conference is an annual UK event for the developers of intelligent systems and devices. The 2015 event will take place in May and June, in Cambridge, Reading, Manchester and Uphall (Scotland).

Sponsored by a broad range of industry vendors, the exhibition and conference, including a series of 40-minute technical presentations, is free to engineers and project managers working in the technology sector.  Half-day workshops in various specialisms are available at a small charge.

For more information visit:
http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

Contact:
Richard Blackburn, Event Organiser
E-mail: richardb(at)energi-tech.co.uk
Tel: 01603 439569

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The Device Developers' Conference to Explore IoT in The Real World

Presentation to discuss real-world options for ‘Machine to Machine’ and ‘Device to Cloud’ communication

Solid State Supplies Ltd in partnership with Digi International has announced that it will be sharing its expertise in the field of IoT (Internet of Things) at this year's UK Device Developers Conference.

Entitled "Machine to Machine Communication – IoT in The Real World", the presentation will explore the technologies available to engineers and how they can best be implemented.

"For many engineers, IoT might be considered hip media terminology," said Matt Cook, Business Development Manager at Solid State Supplies. "It is fair to say that IoT is not exactly an engineering term, however, machine and device connectivity is changing the world, whether it's cars, medical equipment or even retail technology, its impact has been pervasive. In this presentation we will explore and compare the communication options available to engineers."  

Solid States Supplies presentation will explore options such as Wifi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, Wimax, Lte and HSPA and it will evaluate each in terms of throughput, range, coverage, power consumption, devices per network, security, topology, connection and reliability. The presentation will also discuss hardware and software options, as well as exploring options for Device to Cloud connectivity and security.

Solid State Supplies Ltd is a respected UK provider of semiconductors and modules for embedded systems development, with particular expertise in control and communications, both wireless and wired.

"We are very pleased to have Solid State Supplies supporting the Conference again this year," said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. "They bring a lot of real-world experience and knowledge to the Conference. I feel sure that their presentation will attract a wide audience of engineers that are having to come to terms with developments in the area of connectivity."

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Technical Workshops to Explore New LED Technologies 

LED workshops offer developers the chance to brush up on the latest trends and innovations for intelligent LED based designs

Intelligent LED Solutions (ILS) has announced that it will be participating in two workshops that have been arranged to enable engineers and developers the chance to update their knowledge of LED technology. 



The LED Light Experience & Control workshops will be hosted by OSRAM Opto Semiconductors and a number of their "LED Light for You" program partners, including Microchip, and will take place in Manchester on the 14th April and Reading on the 16th April. http://i-led.co.uk/Workshops/

"We are very pleased to be a part of these informative one day workshops," said Adrian Amor, Director at ILS. "LED technology is moving forward at quite a pace and opening up many new design possibilities. These workshops will give engineers access to experts in this field and a chance to discover the very latest LED technologies and development kits."

Each one-day workshop will be a combination of technical presentations, 30-minute technical sessions and a partner tabletop exhibition. Places on the workshop will cost £75 but delegates will also receive various demonstration kits (valued in excess of £100.00) showcasing partners’ capabilities.

ILS is a specialist LED technology supplier and offers a high level of technical skill, professionalism and commercial understanding to those industries that are or will be using LED display technology. Offering conceptual advice, electronics design and manufacturing capability, ILS use high quality production resources in the UK and Asia to provide project support from prototyping to high volume mass production.

“The LED technology sector is seeing rapid progress in key market segments, from general illumination through to the industrial, medical and transportation fields,” said Adrian Amor. “ In this respect, LED efficiency, colour consistency and control will be the main focus topics at the workshops, as these topics are key to the creation of innovative display solutions in these emerging markets.” 

To register a place on either the Manchester or the Reading workshop please visit  http://i-led.co.uk/Workshops/register.php

About Intelligent Display Solutions (ILS)
ILS is a division of Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd (IGS) a well-established and respected industry leading display and opto-electronics solutions provider. Much of IGS’ business comes from providing semi-custom or custom products both in component and sub-assembly form.

IDS/IGS is a privately owned company and the owners are fully involved in the running of the business. All the senior staff have been involved with the opto-electronics industry for at least 15 years and are dedicated to ensuring that ILS is an innovative and highly successful operation. http://www.i-groupuk.com/ids/

Contact:
Adrian Amor, Director, Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd.
Tel:  +44 (0) 1635 294600
E-mail: info(at)i-led.co.uk

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Eurotech Announces Release of Everyware Cloud™(EC) 3.5, the M2M/IoT Integration Platform

Eurotech, a leading innovator in M2M technologies, announced the official release of Everyware Cloud™ 3.5, the M2M/IoT Integration Platform.

Everyware Cloud™ is a Machine-to-Machine Integration Platform that simplifies device and data management by connecting distributed devices over secure and reliable cloud services. Once devices are deployed, the Everyware Cloud™ allows users to connect, configure and manage devices through the lifecycle, from deployment through maintenance to retirement.

With EC 3.5 a set of new features that greatly enrich the remote device management capabilities come into action, like remote device configuration, remote device control, remote device provisioning, and remote device update. These features enable the Everyware Cloud Web Console to be the single point of administration for all connected devices, and make the Everyware Cloud REST APIs the single programmable interface to remote devices.

Finally, security and reliability have been enhanced by introducing Two-Factors-Authentication and platform Health Monitoring, as Eurotech constantly invests in these fundamental aspects.

“We continue to focus and invest in making IoT/M2M projects easier and faster and secure for organizations to deploy,” said Robert Andres, Chief Marketing Officer of Eurotech. “ESF for M2M Gateways and Smart Devices on one side, and Everyware Cloud as an M2M/IoT Integration Platform on the other side, build together the foundation for solid M2M/IoT solutions. With Everyware Cloud 3.5 version we have made an important step forward, and we are excited for the novel things that are coming soon by the next releases.”

By using EC our customers take advantage of the following benefits:
• Short time to market; Customers reach their goals in a few months
• Cost-effective (Pay-as-you-go); EC is, by default, made available as a PAAS (Platform-As-A-Service)
• Open Standard based; for future-proof & investment protection
• Flexible Deployment; from public cloud, to cloud-in-a-box (Everyware Server)
• Device Enablement; for effective asset management and asset maintenance
• Data Enablement; for a near-time understanding of users’ preferences and asset real use, for business intelligence
• System Enablement; for reliable, scalable, secure and user-friendly platform administration
• IoT Application Enablement; for simple integration with enterprise business software applications

Eurotech is strongly committed to M2M/IoT and enthusiastically works to encapsulate the complexity of operational technologies in a cost-effective, simple to use yet powerful software framework and integration platform. The rapid development of the global IoT market will increase the complexity both at the edge of the network and at the cloud platform (M2M/IoT Integration Platform) and we will continue to encapsulate and manage this complexity for our customers to ensure efficient development, deployment and management of distributed intelligent devices in the field throughout their lifetime.

To try EC for free for 90 days visit http://www.eurotech.com/en/portal/cloudtrial

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New Book Explains How to Develop Reliable Embedded Systems

SafeTTy Systems will provide free copies of a popular new book on reliable embedded systems at their workshop at the UK Device Developers' Conference

SafeTTy Systems Ltd have announced that they will be launching a comprehensive new workshop programme for developers that need to create reliable and secure embedded systems at the Device Developer’s Conference 2015 in Reading (UK) on 12 May.  Everyone who attends the workshop will receive a copy of the company’s popular new book “The Engineering of Reliable Embedded Systems”.


The team behind SafeTTy Systems Ltd has been working in the area of time-triggered (TT) embedded systems for more than 25 years.  The company offers a low-cost, royalty-free ReliabiliTTy® technology licence that makes it easy for their customers to benefit from this experience and apply it in their own products.  In order to give organisations the opportunity to investigate the benefits of a time-triggered approach for themselves, SafeTTy Systems have recently launched a new book series and a matching set of public reference designs that enable system design in compliance with ISO 26262, IEC 61508, IEC 60730 and related standards.

“Over recent years, technology and designs developed by the team behind SafeTTy Systems have been applied in autonomous vehicles and other automotive designs, marine systems, aerospace systems, medical systems, industrial systems, household goods and many other areas,” said Dr Michael J. Pont, CEO of UK-based SafeTTy Systems.

“My last book on this topic – Patterns for Time-Triggered Embedded Systems – was published in 2001.  In 2014, I took some time out to write up my more recent experience in this area in the form of a new book – The Engineering of Reliable Embedded Systems.  I’m pleased to say that this book is already proving to be very popular: our first print run sold out in less than a month.”

 
Dr Michael J. Pont, CEO of UK-based SafeTTy Systems

SafeTTy Systems Ltd will be running workshops at all four DDC events this year and will be providing free copies of the “Engineering of Reliable Embedded Systems” book to everyone who attends one of these workshops. 

“Dr Pont is widely recognised as a leader in the field of time-triggered embedded systems,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “This really is an important opportunity for developers to explore and learn about new approaches to the development of safety critical embedded systems using time-triggered architectures.  In this respect, the Device Developers’ Conference is very much about the sharing of information and the exploration of new technologies. “

SafeTTy Systems Ltd provides support for developers of reliable, real-time embedded systems in sectors including aerospace, medical, industrial, automotive, marine, defence, satellite systems and high-end consumer goods.

The SafeTTy Systems WWW site can be found here: http://www.safetty.net/products

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ANSYS SCADE Receives ISO 26262 Qualification

Qualification gives engineers confidence that their automotive products will meet stringent safety standards

Engineers can drastically reduce development costs and be confident that their automotive embedded software applications generated using ANSYS® SCADE® will meet stringent safety standards with the ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS) ISO 26262-qualified code generator.

As automobile electronics – including dashboards and head-up displays – become more prevalent and sophisticated, ensuring the reliability of the embedded software code within those systems becomes safety critical. To help engineers meet new industry and regulatory standards, TÜV SÜD Rail GmbH has assessed that the code generators in ANSYS SCADE Suite KCG 6.4 and ANSYS SCADE Display KCG 6.4.3 are suitable for developing ISO 26262 compliant applications up to ASIL D – the highest safety requirement for automotive applications.

The ISO 26262 standard defines functional safety for automotive equipment applicable throughout the lifecycle of all automotive electronic and electrical safety-related systems. TÜV SÜD is a leading global testing and inspection organization with more than 13,000 certified experts providing consulting, testing, certification and training services at more than 600 locations in Europe and the United States.

" We are pleased that the latest versions of SCADE Suite KCG and SCADE Display KCG have received an additional certification, expanding our depth into the automotive industry, as we continue to invest in supporting safety standards and tool qualification, said Eric Bantegnie, ANSYS vice president for systems.

This TÜV SÜD certification reinforces the quality and reliability of our model-based SCADE Suite and SCADE Display solutions and their respective code generators for automotive customers." www.esterel-technologies.com

 

 

New PicoScope 3000D Series USB 3.0 SuperSpeed oscilloscopes with 512 MS deep memory

PicoScope 3000D Series oscilloscopes are high-performance test and measurement instruments for mainstream electronics design engineers. With up to 200 MHz bandwidth, 2 or 4 analog channels plus 16 digital channels on the mixed-signal (MSO) models, and deep memories from 64 to 512 MS the PicoScope 3000D Series are ideal for debugging the latest digital and mixed signal designs. The scopes offer a maximum real-time sampling rate of 1 GS/s and feature a USB 3.0 interface and a built-in arbitrary waveform generator (AWG). The slim case design makes the scopes convenient for both benchtop and portable use.

“The deep memory on the new PicoScope 3000D scopes means that you can use long timebases with the fastest sampling rates,” explained Managing Director Alan Tong. “For example, even at 1 GS/s sampling rate you can capture a 500 ms waveform—that’s half a billion samples—while hardware acceleration keeps the display updating smoothly.”

The 512 MS buffer memory can be segmented, enabling acquisition of up to 10 000 individual waveform segments of 50 000 samples, with less than 1 µs re-arm time between each segment. Memory segmentation is beneficial when analyzing waveform bursts or serial data packets that include long gaps. PicoScope can be set to trigger on each packet and skip the gaps that are of no interest. This function allows users to acquire, for instance, CAN data packets over several minutes and then analyze the packet content at a later point in time.

The new scopes benefit from the latest updates to the PicoScope software. A new fast persistence mode gives updates of around 100 000 waveforms per second, while the math channels have been expanded to include configurable filters.

A free Software Development Kit (SDK) allows control of the scopes from industry standard applications and programming languages. The SDK includes example programs in C#, C++, Excel, LabVIEW and MATLAB, and can be used with any language that supports C calling conventions. The PicoScope software and SDK are compatible with Microsoft Windows XP through to Windows 8, with beta versions for Linux and Mac OS X. Beta drivers are also available for the ARM-based Beaglebone Black and Raspberry Pi. www.picotechnology.co.uk

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Lauterbach Debug Tools to Support NXP LPC54100 Microcontrollers

Lauterbach has announced its support for the new NXP LPC54100 Series of microcontrollers

Lauterbach, a worldwide provider of microprocessor development tools, has announced its support for the LPC54100 Series of microcontrollers recently introduced by NXP.  The LPC54100 Series offers industry leading power efficiency and is ideally suited for “always-on” sensor-based products.

Lauterbach have supported the LPC54100 Series of microcontrollers since the beginning with µTrace®, a proven and popular debug and trace tool for Cortex®-M based processors. The tool uses USB 3.0 for connection to the host and connects to the LPC54100 via Serial Wire Debug (SWD) interface.

“With µTrace® the developer can control the operation of the program and analyze the data in C and C++ by the use of simple and complex breakpoints,” said Barry Lock, UK Manager, Lauterbach.  “Also, an analogue probe can be connected to µTrace to read the current and voltage measurements for energy profiling, this enables developers to fine-tune their software for minimal power usage. µTrace® will help engineers develop better devices and greatly reduce development time.”

The LPC54100 Series features an asymmetric dual-core architecture to enable scalable active power and performance by using a Cortex-M0+ and a Cortex-M4F for different sensor-processing tasks to optimize power efficiency. µTrace fully supports this type of asymmetric multicore processing (AMP) debugging by starting an individual TRACE32 instance for each core.

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IDS To Sponsor The UK Device Developers' Conference 2015

 Intelligent Display Solutions agrees to be a lead sponsor for UK embedded systems event

Leading display technology company Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS) has announced that it has agreed to be a lead sponsor of this year's UK Device Developers' Conference, an event for engineers and computer scientists working in the development of intelligent systems and devices.

The Conference is to take place in Reading, Cambridge, Manchester and Uphall (Scotland) during May and June 2015 and is expected to attract more than 300 senior hi-tech developers.

"We are very pleased to have support for our 2015 Conference from IDS" said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. "IDS is leader in the design and provision of display technology for embedded systems. They will bring a lot of knowledge and expertise to this event. It's great to have such a respected company on board."

IDS were established in 2001 by a team of display industry experts. Over time they have built up a great deal of knowledge about both the technical approach and the user interface approach to designing displays using LCD, TFT and OLED technologies for many applications. IDS have helped develop new and innovative displays, helping customers to enhance their products, with some even receiving awards for design and application.

"We are very pleased to be supporting the 2015 UK Device Developers' Conference, said Adrian Amor, Director at IDS. “It’s proven to be a very useful event in the past. This Conference gives us an important opportunity to explain and demonstrate our new display and touchscreen technologies. It is also an important chance to meet with engineers to discuss their future requirements and challenges.”

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Santa Clara, CA

 

 

RTECC ANNOUNCES EXHIBIT SPACE IN SANTA CLARA SOLD OUT

January 22nd event wraps up exhibit sales with first sold out event of 2015

San Clemente, Calif. – The Real-Time & Embedded Computing Conference (RTECC) announces a sold-out event on January 22, 2015. RTECC with the help of event Technical Chairman, Erik Ploof, has redesigned this year’s RTECC event with the goal of providing the first and most sophisticated embedded, M2M and intelligent systems lineup of the year.

“With booth space sold out, we believe this is a clear sign that RTECC Santa Clara has become the dominant embedded event in Silicon Valley,” states John Reardon, president of The RTC Group, producer of RTECC Santa Clara 2015.

Along with a sold-out exhibition, RTECC will be announcing its full conference agenda this week, which will include over 40 hours of keynotes, technical seminars and hands-on demo sessions from the top names in embedded, IoT and M2M computing. Sessions include presentations from companies like Intel, Verizon, Freescale, Dell, Altera, Renesas Electronics and Arrow.

“We are surpassing every one of our attendance milestones as we near the date of the event, and are confident that this year’s event will be the largest in recent memory”, states Cindy Hickson, Senior Vice President, “The exciting program, expanded agenda, and new format are all leading to a break-out year for RTECC.”

For more information on the exhibition, conference and special activities at RTECC Santa Clara 2015, go to www.rtecc2015.com or contact your sales rep about wait-list options.

The RTC Group and RTECC would also like to thank and acknowledge the participation and partnership of the organizations supporting our community. As of the time of this release, RTC Group has cataloged over 500,000 marketing impressions delivered to engineers and developers in the area by a wide range of professional organizations, media partners and participating sponsors.

RTECC is the premiere embedded event for in-depth technical training and discussions on future design strategies and market opportunities. RTECC continues to provide a free event connecting chip, board and system designs with the embedded community. The event offers a broad education on the latest design strategies, methodologies, applications and technologies for capitalizing on current and future market opportunities.
Register Today at www.rtecc2015.com

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Conference to Explore The Debugging of Linux for High Performance Systems

Device Developers Conference to include a half-day workshop on developing and debugging of Linux for high performance embedded systems

Leading debug tool company Lauterbach has announced that it will be presenting a half-day workshop at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference.  

The “hands-on” workshop will guide developers in the development and debugging of Linux for high performance embedded systems and will explore how to approach a Linux project from the perspective of the development environment and debug tools.

The Device Developers’ Conference is to take place in Reading, Cambridge, Manchester and Uphall (Scotland) during May and June 2015 and is expected to attract more than 300 senior hi-tech developers.

"Linux has become an important Operating System choice for many embedded system platforms,” said Barry Lock, UK Manager at Lauterbach. “Access to source code, driver availability and a wide community of fellow developers has established Linux as an attractive option for a wide range of projects.”

The UK Device Developers' Conference is an annual event that explores the new technologies and tools used in the development of microprocessor controlled systems and electronics.

"This is an important opportunity for engineers and developers to learn from an industry expert that has real-world experience in this field,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “We are very pleased to have Lauterbach’s support for this year’s Conference; this quality of workshop really does help make the event a worthwhile investment of developers’ time.

Lauterbach tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers, and the company is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of microprocessor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of Lauterbach tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging. Click here for more information


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Lynx Software Technologies Announces Security Critical RTOS Support for Curtiss-Wright’s VPX6-187 Platform

Ruggedized single-board computer now offer COTS development and deployment platform for latest version of LynxOS

Lynx Software Technologies, Inc., a world leader in the embedded safety and security software market, today announced the availability of its board support package (BSP) for the Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions VPX6-187 rugged single board computer (SBC).



The new BSP is a part of LynxOS 7, the latest release of the security critical RTOS (real-time operating system) from Lynx Software Technologies. The BSP brings the new LynxOS 7 security oriented RTOS to Curtiss-Wright’s VPX6-187 board, adding support for the Freescale® Power® Architecture QorIQ P4040/4080 System On a Chip multi-core processor.

LynxOS 7 is the first commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) real-time operating system to provide open APIs to achieve medium-assurance security per the general purpose operating-system protection profile (GPOSPP). LynxOS 7 provides a layered approach to security adding functionality such as roles, capabilities, access controls, quotas, residual information protection, and self-test allowing applications to immediately design security into their products. LynxOS is already in millions of devices and this new functionality allows both existing and new customers to bring security to the forefront. www.lynx.com

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Lauterbach To Sponsor The UK Device Developers' Conference 2015

Debug tool company Lauterbach agrees to be a lead sponsor once again for UK embedded systems event

Leading debug tool company Lauterbach has agreed to be a lead sponsor of next year's UK Device Developers' Conference, an event for engineers and computer scientists working in the development of intelligent systems and devices.

The Conference is to take place in Reading, Cambridge, Manchester and Uphall (Scotland) during May and June 2015 and is expected to attract more than 300 senior hi-tech developers.

"We are very pleased to have support for the Conference from Lauterbach" said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. "Lauterbach is a world leader in the design and manufacture debug tools and they bring a lot of expertise to this event. It's great to have them on board again."

Lauterbach tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers, and the company is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of microprocessor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of Lauterbach tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

"We are very happy to be supporting the 2015 UK Device Developers' Conference, said Barry Lock, UK Manager, Lauterbach. “We think that a well run UK Conference such as this is essential to the industry, so we are keen to support it and see it grow. For us it is also an important opportunity to demonstrate our latest debug technologies and share our expertise in this field."

The UK Device Developers' Conference is an annual event that explores the new technologies and tools that are used in the development of microprocessor controlled systems and electronics. The aim of the event is to provide a productive forum whereby engineers can meet key industry experts from software, design tool and hardware vendors. The Conference includes a choice of half-day technical workshops, two streams of technical presentations and a vendor exhibition. 

"The Device Developers' Conference is very much about discovering and exploring new technologies, and the chance to meet with industry experts and fellow developers," said Richard Blackburn.  "We like to think that engineers walk away from this event with solutions to tricky problems, important new discoveries and plenty of new design ideas. Certainly we have had a lot of feedback, in this respect."

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

Media Contact:
Richard Blackburn, Energi Technical Limited
richardb(at)energi-tech.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1603 439569

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ESCATEC adds EMC Testing to its Test Capabilities

ESCATEC, one of Europe's leading providers of contract R&D and manufacturing services, has invested in a custom designed Electro-Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) testing cell in its facility in Heerbrugg, Switzerland.



"The EMC cell provides a radio wave free environment to test products for unintentional generation of radio waves that could cause interference," said Michael Walser, Head of Global R&D at ESCATEC. "Almost all products need to be certified by an independent, ISO/IEC 17025 accredited test house. Reference measurements under ISO/IEC condition point to where improvements are required to fulfil normative requirements. With our own in-house, near field cell we are in the position to repeatably verify the effectiveness of countermeasures taken to address the weakness at a given frequency. This enables the product to be brought to market faster and reduces costs for the customer. Sometimes customers bring prototypes or first samples to ESCATEC after they have failed EMC pre-certification or certification testing so that we can solve what is creating issues for them."


The addition of the EMC cell is an important part of growing ESCATEC's contract R&D division. "More and more European companies are coming to us right at the concept stage of a new product," explained Michael Walser. "We offer them a fully integrated and holistic approach from R&D right through to full blown manufacturing that ensures a smooth, rapid creation and manufacture of a product as it is all in-house instead of being passed from one company to the next."

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Mantracourt Electronics Expands Production Capability to Meet
Global Demand

UK instrumentation manufacturer invests in new reflow soldering equipment to improve quality, increase productivity
and support future growth

Specialist UK instrumentation manufacturer Mantracourt Electronics has announced the acquisition of a new Ersa reflow soldering machine and plans to further acquire a new Ersa selective soldering machine in January. 

Mantracourt’s expansion in manufacturing capability has been driven by a continued growth in worldwide demand for its range of wired and wireless sensor technology. Working with technical partners across the world, Mantracourt has established its brand in many new countries, as well as introducing new products into its range.

"This is an exciting investment for us, as we continue to design and manufacture all our products in-house," said Kelly Voysey, Marketing Manager. "This approach is important to Mantracourt, as it enables us to ensure the quality of our products.  In this respect, the new machines will help us future proof both our production capacity and product quality going forward, helping us to protect our brand whilst we experience further growth.“

The newly delivered reflow soldering machine has been manufactured by Ersa in Germany, a respected leader in this field. The new machine is more efficient and offers a higher capacity than Mantracourt’s existing machines, it can handle larger PCB’s, it has an easy double-sided soldering capability and it facilitates a quick change over of products. It is also environmentally more advanced than previous machine designs.

“We have also taken on and trained additional staff during 2014, said Kelly. “All in all, it has been another exciting year for Mantracourt, as our wireless T24 sensor range has continued to grow in popularity and the company has also successfully developed wireless load monitoring products for several specific industrial applications.”

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Accutronics Launches New Smart Battery for High Powered Medical Devices

Independent battery design, development and manufacturing expert Accutronics has launched a new smart battery that fulfils the needs of manufacturers of high powered medical devices.



The CMX series packs a punch - offering high energy density along with high power discharge. Medical OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) can now produce innovative portable devices without compromising on safety and reliability in life-critical applications.

“Part of our branded Entellion range, the CMX meets stringent regulations, demanding development schedules and innovation aims, whilst minimising unit costs," explained Neil Oliver, technical marketing manager at Accutronics.

The battery is available in three versions, using eight, twelve or sixteen '18650' sized cells, with continuous discharge rates of up to 300W. Two voltage platforms are used; 28.8V, which operates between 20.0V and 33.6V and 14.4V, which operates between 10.0V and 16.8V.

Smart features of the CMX series include active and passive protection circuits that prevent over-temperature, over and under-voltage, overload and short circuit.

Forming an essential part of its medical device operation, smart power management means the battery only requests charge when needed and shuts down when not being used. Accurate fuel gauging is possible to 1% through an LCD display, further enhancing reliability.

The new battery complies with the relevant transport regulation, which exists to eliminate the risk of explosion associated with the transport of such energy dense cargo. The CMX series complies with transportation (UN 38.3) and safety (UL2054 2nd ed. and IEC61233:2012) as well as electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) regulations (CE and FCC).

http://www.accutronics.co.uk

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New Sensor Technology Enables the Remote Monitoring of Cracks

Montec Crack Monitor – A New Technology For Structural Engineers

UK company Montec Systems Ltd has introduced a new system for the monitoring of cracks in brick and masonry structures, such as buildings, bridges and tunnels.

Key to the system is a new magnetic sensor technology that can detect movement in cracks, both in terms of width and shear. This wireless enabled sensor is then able to report the data via the mobile phone network to a web-based data server.  Users can then access crack movement data in real time from any web browser.

Designed to be easy to install, weatherproof, reliable and accurate, the Montec Crack Monitor has been several years in development and has been subjected to a number of trials.  Using a patented magnetic technology, the sensor is able to detect and report crack movement at regular intervals, along with temperature, battery life and signal strength.

Ben Harker, founder of Montec Systems said, "Our ambition was to develop an accurate and reliable system that was easy to use and install, a system capable of becoming an industry standard. We feel confident that we have achieved this goal and we are excited to be taking the product to market." 

www.montecsystems.com

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Lauterbach Debug Tool supports new ARM® Cortex®-M7 Processor

Microprocessor development tool manufacturer announces its tool support for the ARM® Cortex®-M7 Processor

Leading debug tool company Lauterbach has announced that its µTrace debug and trace solution is now available for ARM's new ARM® Cortex®-M7 Processor.

The ARM Cortex-M7 processor is the latest embedded processor in the ARM Cortex-M processor family. It not only inherits the characteristics from Cortex-M processor series, such as energy efficiency, high performance, ease of use and smaller code, but also is designed with more configurations for automotive and safety applications as well as more powerful debug and trace capabilities.

Lauterbach’s µTrace is an all-in-one solution supporting both debug and trace for Cortex-M based processors. By the use of simple and complex breakpoints the developer can control the operation of the program and analyse the data in C and C++. The tool uses USB 3.0 for connection to the host and can connect to the target via JTAG, Serial Wire Debug (SWD) or cJTAG (IEEE 1149.7). 

“We have enjoyed a close partnership with ARM for many years and we are delighted to extend this relationship still further with support for the new Cortex-M7 from ARM from the very beginning.” said Stephan Lauterbach, managing director of Lauterbach, “With µTrace, developers can immediately make full use of the Cortex-M7 advanced debug and trace functionality, ultimately decreasing time to market.”

When µTrace is used in tracing mode, the tool has an internal 256Mbyte memory buffer, but can also be set to stream data to the host if the user needs to collect the program flow data for longer periods.

“µTrace is a proven and popular development tool for the ARM Cortex-M processor family,” said Richard York, vice president, embedded marketing, ARM. “The early and complete support of the extended range of debug and trace functionality in the ARM Cortex-M7 processor will bring benefits to developers working in safety, industrial automation, advanced audio and IoT applications.”

German based Lauterbach is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support and its tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of embedded processor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of these tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

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Intelligent LED Solutions Launches New Range of Industrial UV LED's

LED technology specialist introduces new high power LEDs for demanding industrial applications requiring UV technology

UK LED specialist Intelligent LED Solutions (ILS) has announced the launch of a new range of high power UV LED's.  

The UV power LED has been designed to have higher thermal endurance, ensuring better reliability at higher temperatures, and comes in a range of output powers, package formats and wavelength options ranging from 365nm to 420nm and radiometric power from 320 to 7000mW.

The high power UV LED range is suited to demanding industrial applications such as polymer curing, ink curing, counterfeit detection, aquarium lighting, medical and DNA sequencing, and features a vertical chip structure on a patented metal alloy substrate, offering advances in optical output and high thermal conductivity. 

“UV LED technology is playing an increasing role in industrial design,” said Adrian Amor, Director at ILS. “The new high power UV LED range pushes the boundaries of what is possible. The high power LED offers a more efficient and more robust solution for engineers working to develop demanding applications that require a UV light source.”

Intelligent LED solutions is a specialist supplier of LED technology, offering a high level of technical skill, professionalism and commercial understanding to those industries that are or will be using highly efficient LEDs and LEDs of any type. Intelligent LED Solutions supply a wide range of European and overseas OEM manufacturers.

“For those exploring UV LED technology for the first time, our team at ILS are able to provide design support and prototyping within the European market place,” said Adrian Amor. “We also have the capability to deliver production LED and assemblies to wherever in the world that the customer’s manufacturing or assembly is being undertaken.”

For those wishing to evaluate and prototype with the new high power UV LED range, star boards with wires, strips and component LEDs will be available through RS Components. For further information about ILS’s range of visible and non-visible LED technologies please visit www.i-led.co.uk

About Intelligent LED Solutions
ILS is a division of Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd (IGS) a well established and respected industry leading display and opto-electronics solutions provider. Much of IGS’ business comes from providing semi-custom or custom products both in component and sub-assembly form.

IGS is a privately owned company and the owners are fully involved in the running of the business. All the senior staff have been involved with the opto-electronics industry for at least 15 years and are dedicated to maintaining ILS is an innovative and highly successful operation. www.i-led.co.uk

Contact:
Adrian Amor, Director, Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd.
Tel:  +44 (0) 1635 294600
E-mail: info(at)i-led.co.uk

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Undo Software releases UndoDB Out-and-About edition

Enables proven reversible debugger to be deployed on customer sites

Undo Software has announced the release of UndoDB Out-and-About, a new way of licensing its high-performance reversible debugging software. UndoDB Out-and-About is aimed at software vendors whose software is deployed on customer sites. It licenses the full capabilities of UndoDB to be used in the field on a customer machine by the software vendor's engineers to investigate, find and consequently fix customer-critical bugs.

UndoDB Out-and-About helps track down software failures, such as intermittent issues and memory corruption errors, directly at the customer site. This protects brand reputation, reduces stress, and preserves customer relationships. It is particularly useful when customers do not want to send their highly confidential, mission-critical data off-site to the vendor for them to reproduce the bug.

UndoDB Out-and-About provides exactly the same functionality as Undo Software's flagship product, UndoDB, but is licensed for use on a machine not owned by the licensee. Available on Linux and Android, UndoDB allows developers to record their program’s execution and then rewind and replay their C/C++ code in real-time to find bugs more quickly, increasing productivity and helping to meet development deadlines.

As part of its commitment to quality, Cadence Design Systems, a leader in global electronic design innovation, is already using UndoDB Out-and-About at customer sites, as well as UndoDB within its own offices.

“We used UndoDB Out-and-About on a client site where our engineer had spent months struggling to try to track down a problem that only occurred in 1 in 300 runs,” said Jonathan DeKock, senior software architect at Cadence. “We’d been using GDB, but that didn’t let us see what had caused the problem. Deploying UndoDB Out-and-About meant that as soon as the problem occurred, we put our experts on the line and stepped backwards and forwards line-by-line and found the bug in three hours, and it then took just two hours to solve.”

UndoDB Out-and-About is available now and can be purchased fromwww.undo-software.com. Deployment is straightforward, with the ability to configure UndoDB for a specific customer machine or customer site for a period of up to seven days at a time. UndoDB Out-and-About does not require external internet connections or VPNs to operate.

“Software vendors operate in a complex development ecosystem, and it is imperative that they work closely with their customers to ensure software is meeting the highest quality standards in the field,” said Greg Law, CEO and co-founder, Undo Software. “By extending the power of reversible debugging to customer sites with UndoDB Out-and-About, vendors can find and fix customer-critical bugs faster, protecting client relationships while increasing productivity.”

www.undo-software.com

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Lauterbach to Demonstrate Debug Tools at UK Automotive Electronics Conference

Lauterbach to demonstrate software debug technology at AESIN Annual Conference 2014

Leading software debug tool company Lauterbach has announced that it will be demonstrating its leading edge debug tools and presenting at the AESIN Annual Conference 2014 taking place at The University of Warwick, 14th & 15th October.

The Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network (AESIN) is a dedicated UK initiative focused on the accelerated and advanced delivery of Electronic Systems into Automotive Applications and infrastructure.

The AESIN Annual Conference provides insight to the latest thinking from industry leaders and champions and provides companies an opportunity to engage UK programs driving the automotive revolution enabled by electronic systems.

 Barry Lock, Lauterbach UK

"As automotive software is becoming ever complex, networked and running at ever faster speeds, ensuring the safety and integrity of the code is becoming increasingly challenging," explained Barry Lock, UK Manager of Lauterbach. "In this respect, we will be explaining the latest thinking on debug techniques and demonstrating the very latest automotive debug technology."

This two-day conference will cover key themes that include Connected Car, V2X, Safety & Security and Green Propulsion. Day one of the conference will offer a tour of WMG’s unique Energy Innovation Centre, the home of hybrid powertrain testing facilities, battery characterisation testing laboratories and a battery scale-up line facility.

German based Lauterbach is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support and its tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of embedded processor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of these tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

 

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

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Lauterbach Demonstrates How to Analyse Multicore Code at UK Event

Lauterbach to demonstrate software debug technology at "The Multicore Challenge" UK conference

Leading software debug tool company Lauterbach has announced that it will be demonstrating how to analyse multicore code without instrumentation at this year's Multicore Challenge on the 23rd September.

 Barry Lock, Lauterbach UK

The Multicore challenge is a conference and tools event held every year near Bristol and Bath for engineers and developers working with the new generation of microprocessor technologies. This year the main themes are Architectures, Languages and Multicore for Mobile, with presentations and tool demonstrations from a wide range of industry experts.


http://www.testandverification.com/conferences/multicore-challenge/multicore-challenge-2014/

"As software is becoming ever complex and running at ever faster speeds, ensuring the integrity of the code is becoming increasingly challenging," explained Barry Lock, UK Manager of Lauterbach. "In this respect, we will be explaining the latest thinking on debug techniques and demonstrating the very latest debug technology."

This Multicore Challenge will consider both the challenges and opportunities in building products based on multiple cores. From embedded industrial/consumer products and PC applications to mobile phones and high performance computer clusters.


“We are very pleased to be a part of this Conference,” said Barry Lock. “It has a very strong agenda and I feel sure a lot of engineers will value this opportunity to discuss the challenges of multicore development.”


German based Lauterbach is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support and its tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of embedded processor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of these tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

The Multicore Challenge is built on the South West’s international reputation as hub for multicore research and development, both legacy (e.g. Inmos and Division) and the vast array of present day innovators (e.g. XMOS, ST, Imagination, MindSpeed and ARM). The high-calibre of speakers and tool demonstrations attracts a wide range of delegates and companies and continues to grow year-on-year.

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

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Lauterbach Enhances Support for the Debugging of Safety Critical Software

Lauterbach's Tool Qualification Support-Kit will help developers meet code coverage analysis requirements when developing avionic and automotive applications in compliance with DO-178C and ISO 26262

Lauterbach, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, has announced a Tool Qualification Support-Kit for its TRACE32 code coverage analysis tools. 

Lauterbach's acclaimed TRACE32 trace tools provide fast and efficient trouble shooting capabilities to detect complex errors that only occur under run-time conditions.  

The Qualification Support-Kit has been designed to help customers facing the many challenges of software development for safety-related systems, to complement the tool qualification when TRACE32 is selected as the preferred solution for trace-based code coverage analysis. It aims to meet the requirements for the development of avionic and automotive applications in compliance with DO-178C and ISO 26262. 

"The TRACE32 Tool Qualification Support-Kit is provided as a prefabricated package containing documents and a test suite for the validation of TRACE32,” said Barry Lock, UK Manager, Lauterbach. “This should be a great help to engineers in this field. In the upcoming months the scope of the test suite will be continuously extended to provide support for a number of platforms.”

German based Lauterbach is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support and its tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of embedded processor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of these tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

“As software is becoming ever more complex, with more lines of code and far more sophisticated algorithms, ensuring its integrity has becoming a major challenge for engineers and developers,” said Barry Lock. “ Furthermore, proving the integrity of the code is a further challenge. This package will help developers address this challenge.”

 

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

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UK Embedded Systems Conference Announces "Developers' Challenge" Winner

The Device Developers' Conference 2014 announces the winner of the "Developers' Challenge", a competition that tests the knowledge and awareness of software developers.

The organisers of the recent UK Device Developers' Conference have announced that Gareth Owen, a senior scientist at Image Capture in Oldham is the winner of the '2014 Developer’s Challenge', a competition that was run at each of this year's Conference venues.  The winner’s prize was a Kindle Paperwhite.

The “Developers’ Challenge” was to identify issues in a C code listing  and it was run by Phaedrus Systems, a company that supplies tools for the development of safety critical and high integrity systems. Programming Research, a world leader in static analysis, created the C code listing. PRQA's software tools offer a close examination of C and C++ code, in order to identify problems caused by language usage that is overly complex, non-portable, dangerous or difficult to maintain. It also provides a mechanism for coding standard enforcement and is widely used in industries such as automotive.

"This competition invites developers to pit their skills against the most advanced software analysis tools," said Chris Hills, Managing Director of Phaedrus Systems, the sponsor of the Developer’s Challenge. "Gareth did well to win this competition, as he was up against a number of very talented and experienced software developers.  Interestingly, most of the competitors wrote notes and "showed their working" which made fascinating reading and did indeed effect the final results."

(Chris Hills, Phaedrus Systems presenting during the MISRA C:20121/2 day workshop at this year's Conference.)

The "Developers' Challenge" was run to highlight how software analysis tools have become essential for the development of code that is required to perform in an efficient, reliable and predictable manner. With ever more complex code and higher expectation of system performance, even experienced and knowledgeable developers now use software analysis tools to ensure total code integrity.

 

 

"The Developer’s Challenge has become an important feature of the Conference,” said Richard Blackburn, Event Manager. “It highlights the fact that software development is very much a highly skilled occupation that requires a great deal of knowledge and experience. For many companies, reliable and effective software is essential for their success in the marketplace and for the protection of their brand.”

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The UK Device Developers' Conference Goes From Strength to Strength

UK embedded systems and realtime software conference sees increased delegate numbers and sponsor support

The organisers of the UK Device Developers' Conference are celebrating the success of their recent event.



More than 280 engineers, computer scientists and developers attended the Conference, which was split over four locations. More than 30 companies sponsored the Conference and presented technical workshops, technical presentations and participated in a vendor exhibition.

"We are delighted with the way this year's Conference has worked out," said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. "We have had very good feedback from both exhibitors and delegates. This year's Conference covered a lot of important issues such as software reliability, advanced debugging, developing certified systems, hardware connectivity and design, and ARM development. In this respect we managed to attract a good audience and feel that we are creating a very worthwhile and productive industry event."

The Device Developers’ Conference is a one-day event for engineers, computer scientists and technical managers working in the development of intelligent systems and devices.  The Conference took place in Bristol, Cambridge, Manchester and Scotland, on May 20th and 22nd, June 3rd and 5th respectively.

http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

 

The Device Developers' Conference explores the new technologies and tools that are used in the development of embedded systems and electronics. The aim of the event is to provide a productive forum whereby engineers can meet key industry experts from design tool and hardware vendors, as well as undertaking half-day workshops and presentations that offer new skills and knowledge.

“We are very pleased to have grown the event, on last year, “ said Richard Blackburn. “Delegate numbers were up by more than 20%, and we also successfully added the Scottish event to the schedule.  I’d also add that it’s been a lot of fun, the smaller venues make it a more sociable, enjoyable and informative experience.”

http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/embedded-systems-show-gallery-uk.html - Gallery of pictures from the 2014 Conference

The 2014 conference was sponsored by German debug tool company Lauterbach, UK based embedded systems training experts Feabhas, and Italian embedded computer manufacturer Eurotech. Exhibiting companies and presenters included Wind River, QNX, JTAG Technologies, LDRA and Phaedrus Systems. 

The 2014 event included both a software stream of presentations, and a hardware stream of presentations. Some key topics for this year’s event included Android development, Device to Cloud technology, Open Source Software for Critical Systems and GUI/HMI development."

The next Device Developers’ Conference will take place May/June 2015. Attendance at the Device Developers' Conference, including the series of 40-minute technical presentations, is free to engineers and project managers working in the technology sector. The half-day workshops are subject to a small charge.

About The Device Developers’ Conference
The Device Developers’ Conference is an annual UK event for the developers of intelligent systems and devices. The 2014 event took place in May and June, in Cambridge, Bristol, Manchester and Scotland.

Sponsored by a broad range of industry vendors, the exhibition and conference, including a series of 40-minute technical presentations, is free to engineers and project managers working in the technology sector.  Half-day workshops in various specialisms are available at a small charge.

For more information visit:
http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

Contact: Richard Blackburn
E-mail: richardb(at)energi-tech.co.uk
Tel: 01603 439569

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Leicester “Summer School” will explore the development of safety-critical computer systems

SafeTTy Systems Ltd will run a two-week training and certification programme that explores the development of reliable embedded systems.

SafeTTy Systems Ltd has announced that it will be present a Summer School programme between July and September 2014, in central Leicester.

Engineers and engineering managers will be able to join the Summer School programme for two weeks over this period and learn how to develop reliable embedded systems, using new techniques based on “time-triggered architectures”, by the highly-experienced team from SafeTTy Systems Ltd.

Dr Michael J. Pont, Managing Director of SafeTTy Systems Ltd, says:

“Most people are familiar with desktop computers, laptop computers and other computing devices such as mobile phones.  What people don’t always realise is that there are many, many more computer processors all around us, ‘embedded’ inside everyday items.  These ‘embedded systems’ control our cars, aircraft, medical equipment, as well as our fridges and washing machines. 

“If the embedded computer system in your car fails, the vehicle may accelerate out of control; if the embedded system in your washing machine fails, a child may be able to open the door while the drum is still spinning. 

“During the Summer School we’ll be teaching people how to develop safe embedded systems that will avoid such problems”.

The Summer School will take place in central Leicester from July to September 2014. 

Bookings are now being accepted for the 72 places on the programme: SafeTTy Systems has already received enquiries from as far away as Argentina.

 

About the SafeTTy Summer School

http://www.safetty.net/training/summer-school-2014

About SafeTTy Systems Ltd

Former University of Leicester Professor Michael J. Pont left the University at the end of 2013 to found SafeTTy Systems Ltd. 

SafeTTy Systems Ltd provides support for developers of reliable embedded systems in sectors including aerospace, medical, industrial, automotive, marine, defence, satellite systems and high-end consumer goods.

Training and consultancy services from SafeTTy Systems Ltd are already in high demand, and the company is now receiving many enquiries about its new “ReliabiliTTy” product range (launched at the end of May 2014).

http://www.safetty.net/

Contact Details

Contact: Michael J. Pont
0333 0115 501
M.Pont@SafeTTy.net

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ARM Training Give-Aways At Device Developers' Conference

Feabhas to offer free ARM Accredited Engineer exam voucher and a copy of "Professional Embedded ARM Development" at UK Device Developers Conference.

Embedded software development experts, Feabhas, have announced that to support developers looking to boost their ARM knowledge, they will be offering a free ARM Accredited Engineer exam voucher to delegates at the UK Device Developers’ Conference who attend the Feabhas half-day technical workshop and then book a course.

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Niall Cooling, Managing Director of Feabhas

Feabhas are a key sponsor for the 2014 UK Device Developers’ Conference and Niall Cooling, Managing Director at Feabhas will be presenting a half-day workshop entitled “EMBEDDED PROGRAMMERS’ GUIDE TO THE ARM CORTEX-M ARCHITECTURE”. This workshop will look at the many useful features added to the Cortex-M that makes it a truly excellent target environment for the embedded software engineer.

Feabhas also plan to hold a competition each day of the Conference, offering delegates the chance to win a copy of the recently published Professional Embedded ARM Development – signed by the author.

All entries will also be eligible for the Grand Prize Draw, where one lucky winner will receive a Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadricopter.

“We have trained over 10,000 embedded software engineers in languages and architectures in the last 15 years,” said Niall Cooling. “For the last decade, we have been using ARM based target systems, and more recently the Cortex-M for the languages and Cortex-A for Linux. This workshop will cover such topics as the Cortex-M’s core features, the Cortex Microcontroller Software Interface Standard (CMSIS), debugging and RTOS support.”

For more details about this workshop, visit http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/embedded-systems-training.html

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Possibly The Most Reliable Embedded Systems Platform On The Planet

SafeTTy Systems will demonstrate its ReliabiliTTy software platform at the UK Device Developers' Conference

SafeTTy Systems Ltd have announced that they will be launching the first members of their much anticipated ReliabiliTTy® family at the Device Developer’s Conference 2014 in Bristol (UK) on 20 May.

 
Dr Michael J. Pont, CEO of UK-based SafeTTy Systems

The 2014 Device Developers’ Conference covers four dates and four locations.  Starting with Bristol on Tuesday 20th May, the event will then visit Cambridge (22nd May), Manchester (3rd June) and Scotland (5th June). 

http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

SafeTTy Systems Ltd regard the ReliabiliTTy® family of platforms as a solution that has the potential to transform the development of reliable embedded systems for a very wide range of application sectors, from household goods to automotive and medical systems.  ReliabiliTTy is a newly created package backed by two new patents: it is sold in the form of a royalty-free technology licence, accompanied by comprehensive reference designs in both C and Ada.

“We shall introduce our new ReliabiliTTy® technology using two very simple, off-the-shelf development boards,” said Dr Michael J. Pont, CEO of UK-based SafeTTy Systems. “At first glance, it doesn’t look like much, but we’ve found that – once we’ve demonstrated what the system can do - most experienced developers are amazed by what can be achieved with such every day, low-cost boards and ReliabiliTTy technology.”

“Dr Pont is widely recognised as a leader in the field of time-triggered embedded systems,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “This really is an important opportunity for developers to explore and learn about new approaches to the development of reliable embedded systems. In this respect, the Device Developers’ Conference is very much about the sharing of information and the exploration of new technologies. “

SafeTTy Systems Ltd provides support for developers of reliable, real-time embedded systems in sectors including aerospace, medical, industrial, automotive, marine, defence, satellite systems and high-end consumer goods.  The company’s products are provided in forms that are suitable for use in IEC 61508, ISO 26262, IEC 62304, IEC 60730, DO-178c and similar high-integrity and safety-critical ‘certified’ embedded systems.

SafeTTy Systems product details are available here: http://www.safetty.net/products

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Feabhas Course Explains How Programmers Can Take Responsibility for Code Quality

New Feabhas course introduces software engineers to the concepts and practices of testing embedded software  and the skills needed to write and test their own code

Embedded software development experts, Feabhas, have announced a new course specifically designed for C++ software developers who wish to learn how to do more rigorous testing during product development.

Designed for software engineers working in a real-time embedded environment that have to create and also test their own code, "Embedded Software Testing with C++" is a four day course covering software verification and validation. The course is a mixture of lectures and practical exercises.

"Verification and validation are vital parts of the software quality process," said Niall Cooling, Managing Director at Feabhas. "This is especially true in the real-time embedded environment, where the system may be subject to strict safety or reliability requirements.”

Feabhas’s new course introduces the concepts and practices of testing embedded software across the entire development lifecycle. 

Attendees will learn how to create their own test harnesses, how to use test harnesses for embedded systems, integration testing using test doubles, and how to write code in a Test-Driven development style.

During the practical exercises, delegates will gain hands-on experience with development environments and Open Source testing tools and frameworks. Attendees will also perform exercises in software verification and Agile development practices.

“As systems are becoming more complex, the need for reliable code is becoming ever more important,” said Niall Cooling. “Organisations that use Effective Testing have found that quality issues are identified and addressed earlier in the project.  This approach saves time and reduces costs, and results in a better customer experience.”

Feabhas is a recognised leader in the training of software engineers for real-time and embedded systems, and is also an ARM Accreditation Training
Partner (AATP). Feabhas's clients include many of the world's leading technology companies in a wide variety of industries, from telecoms, automotive, defence and aerospace, to consumer devices and instrumentation.

More information about the new course, Embedded Software Testing with C++ can be found at http://www.feabhas.com/content/embedded-software-testing-c-0

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Protection, Licensing & Security at UK Device Developers' Conference

Presentation to discuss how manufacturers of embedded systems and software can use licensing to monetise and protect their solutions. With central control, secure boot, integrity protection & software/data security.

Wibu-Systems has announced that it will be exhibiting and presenting at this year's UK Device Developer's Conference.

Security and licensing specialist Marcel Hartgerink will be giving a presentation that discusses the challenges of protecting and licensing software, and how best to monetise software solutions. 

Wibu-Systems provides technical solutions for software licensing and the protection of software against piracy, reverse engineering & sabotage.

"We are very pleased to be taking part in this year's Conference," said Marcel Hartgerink. "Wibu-Systems has a lot of technology and experience in this increasingly important field. We are looking forward to sharing some key aspects of this knowledge and explaining our products." 
 
The Wibu-Systems presentation will include a discussion regarding the protection of software from illegal use, reverse engineering and theft of intellectual property. It will also explain how the integrity of embedded systems can be ensured through the use of cryptographic methods and secure hardware devices, or software based keys (for key management and data storage). Further to this, Marcel will explain how these security measures also eliminate the risk of manipulation and sabotage of critical systems.

“We are excited to have Wibu-Systems on board for this year’s Conference,” said Richard Blackburn. “They will be bringing a lot of important knowledge to the event; knowledge and experience that I feel sure the delegates will really value. Software protection and licencing is an important issue, so we are pleased to have such a specialist to present.”

Wibu-Systems will be exhibiting its CodeMeter platform at the Conference. CodeMeter enables software vendors and embedded device manufacturers to monetise their intellectual property and also safeguards the integrity of data and code against unauthorized alterations by hackers and malware assuring uninterrupted operations and minimizing fraudulent activities.

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Smartboxx to Exhibit Custom Enclosures at Cambridge Technology Conference

Innovative enclosure manufacturing technology is based on the tool-less manipulation of flat sheet plastic

Smartboxx, designer and manufacturer of custom plastic enclosures, panels and housings, has announced that it will be exhibiting at the UK Device Developers’ Conference, to be held in Cambridge on the 22nd May.

Smartboxx will be available to discuss their innovative approach to enclosure design, one that is based on the tool-less manipulation of flat sheet plastic by CNC machining, bending and forming, all carried out to strict tolerances. This approach enables its design team to turn around a working prototype within 1 week from receipt of drawings, or approval of CAD/CAM designs.

“We are very pleased to be supporting the Cambridge event,” said Karl Sears, Operations Director at Smartboxx. “ This will be a good opportunity for us to explain our innovative approach to enclosure design and what is now possible. More importantly, we will be able to explain how we can help accelerate product development and improve design quality, whilst also reducing costs.“


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Abelon Systems to Present at Scottish Technology Conference

Presentation to discuss choosing hardware solutions for realtime and embedded computer projects

Edinburgh based embedded systems company Abelon Systems has announced that it will be presenting at The Scottish Device Developers' Conference to be held on 5th June at Uphall. 

Abelon Systems’ Ian Smith (Managing Director) will present, using examples from case studies from a number of recent client projects to highlight some of the trade-offs and decisions which were made, and the impact they had on reducing overall cost and design timescales.

The Scottish Device Developers' Conference is a one-day event for engineers, designers and computer scientists working to develop intelligent systems and devices and will take place on the 5th June, at Uphall.

http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/scotland.html

"The integration of hardware components and subsystems from different vendors is often a challenge, particularly when trying to create a robust and reliable solution," said Ian Smith.

"In an increasingly commoditised electronics market there are often "Make or Buy" decisions to be made around key choices such as processor board or communications modules, and there are advantages and disadvantages to either strategy, the final design often including aspects of both. I will be talking about our approach to this issue with reference to a number of recent client projects."

Consisting of a vendor exhibition, a broad range of technical presentations and several half-day technical workshops, The Scottish Device Developers' Conference is expected to prove a worthwhile and productive day for those working in the field of embedded systems and mission critical computing.

"We are excited to be running this event in Scotland and to have Abelon Systems presenting," said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. "There is a lot of impressive research and development taking place in this region, so we feel sure that this event will be seen as an attractive opportunity for developers to further enhance their skills and knowledge. It will also be an important opportunity for them to meet leading tools and technology vendors from around the world, all under one roof."

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Abelon Enables the Next Generation of Smart Meters

Embedded software specialist, Abelon Systems, has worked with EDMI to develop a leading-edge smart gas meter for EDMI's customers in the global energy industry worldwide.

Abelon Systems worked alongside EDMI to develop pioneering and innovative firmware, enabling standalone communications and a metering application that is flexible for use across different domestic and global markets.

Ian Smith, Managing Director of Abelon systems said: "Abelon Systems recognises that building a well-structured application development environment is the foundation of successful product development. Our wealth of experience in developing embedded systems applications and ability to build technically complex products supported EDMI to deliver a major technology project on time.

"Throughout the development process, we were aware of the challenges regarding security of energy supply and the need for a supremely reliable product. Working closely with EDMI, we successfully supported the delivery of a standalone communications and metering application platform that represents the next generation of smart meters."


Eric Beattie, Vice President, Gas Division, EDMI, said: "Having worked with Abelon Systems before, we knew we could rely on them to deliver a first class service within our extremely tight timescales. Abelon's expansive technical expertise and knowledge of complex systems development has enabled EDMI to retain its position at the forefront of smart metering and technology compliance. This was evidenced during a successful first showcase of the Smart Gas Meter G6000 during European Utility Week 2013."

The EDMI G6000 Smart Gas Meter is directly supported in a market-leading low power design. Its features include integrated communications from GSM, GPRS; fully manageable remote asset; secure delivery of data, alarms, advanced fraud protection and remote firmware upgrade plus roaming across all global mobile networks to provide maximum coverage potential.

Abelon Systems are a UK based embedded systems design consultancy specialising in command and control systems, process control and data acquisition. Our main markets are the Energy, Oil and Gas, Telecoms and Medical Device sectors, but the ubiquitous nature of the technology we use means it can be applied to many other sectors.

For more information, contact Abelon Systems

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Electronics Enclosure Experts to Exhibit at UK Technology Conference

Cove Industries will be exhibiting at the UK Device Developers' Conference

Electronics Box Build and Enclosure Company Cove Industries has announced that it will be exhibiting at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference, an event for engineers and scientists working in the development of intelligent systems and devices.

Cove Industries designs and manufactures enclosures for electronic and electrical systems and is a leader in the sub contract sheet metal work industry, specialising in the supply of products to the Aerospace, Military, Automotive and Commercial sectors, from prototype to full production batches.  
 
"We are very pleased to be supporting this event again this year," said Miles Adams, Operations Manager. "The Conference is an ideal forum for us. It's a chance to meet with development engineers to explain the technology and services that Cove Industries offer. As much as the event is mainly about electronics and software, the fact is, every system or device requires an enclosure for protection, transportation and handling. This aspect of product development is very much our expertise."

Cove Industries has been established as a high quality sheet metal fabricator for many years and with the incorporation of an in house Paint Shop and Electronics Division this has meant that it can now offer a turnkey Box Build service.  This is in addition to manufacturing EMC chasses, panels, consoles, cable assemblies, wiring harnesses and specialist Test Equipment, all from their site in Farnborough, Hampshire.

“We are very pleased to have the expertise of Cove Industries available to the Conference,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “ Enclosures are critical for a successful design, whether in terms of functionality or even in terms of external aesthetics. “

Cove Industries also offer the facility to support development engineers with the production of bespoke test boxes either from a sketched requirement or reverse engineering existing units. http://www.cove-industries.co.uk/

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Feabhas to Present at UK Reliable Software Developers' Conference

Feabhas to help present a half-day workshop introducing the MISRA C:2012 software coding standard for reliable and safety critical systems

Embedded software development experts Feabhas have announced that they will be co-presenting a half-day workshop that will explore the concepts and thinking behind the latest MISRA C coding standard. 

Niall Cooling, Director of Feabhas, will introduce the new MISRA C:2012 Coding Guidelines. He will outline the prerequisites for using MISRA C:2012 and highlight the main differences with the previous MISRA C:2004. By analysing some key rules, attendees for this presentation will receive a valuable insight from an independent perspective, as to what this new standard really means for software developers.

The RSD Conference is a one day event for software developers working in the field of safety critical software, high-availability systems and dependable systems. It will be an important opportunity to learn about developments in coding standards, test and verification tools, best practices and an opportunity to meet with industry experts.

The RSD Conference will take place in four locations: Bristol, Cambridge, Manchester and Scotland on the 20th, 22nd May, and 3rd and 5th June respectively. 

http://www.rsd-conference.co.uk

"We are very pleased to be presenting at the RSD Conference," said Niall Cooling." As software code has become bigger, is running faster and is ever more complex, there is a lot of pressure on engineers and programmers to ensure its reliability. We are looking forward to sharing some of our knowledge and experience in this field, at the event."  

The RSD Conference will give delegates an opportunity to listen to engineers and programmers experienced in Certification standards such as IEC 62304 (medical), ISO 26262 (automotive), IEC 61508 (industrial control) and EN 50128 ( railway), in addition to the half-day workshop covering MISRA C:2012. 

The RSD Conference will be co-located with the UK Device Developers' Conference, providing further opportunity for delegates to meet with experts in realtime and embedded system design, and a chance to explore technologies such as cyber security, version control, high availability hardware solutions and realtime OS's.

http://www.rsd-conference.co.uk/#misra


"We are very pleased to have Feabhas onboard for this Conference”, said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “Feabhas are a respected leader in the provision of MISRA C training, working with technology companies all over the world. Niall Cooling is a renowned and informative presenter, with a wealth of real world knowledge."

MISRA C is regarded as the de facto standard for embedded C programming in the majority of safety-related industries, and is also used to improve software quality, even where safety is not the main consideration. The MISRA C:2012 workshop will also be presented by Chris Hills of Phaedrus Systems and Chris Tapp of LDRA, both of whom are experienced and respected leaders in this field.

There is a charge of £75 for attendance at the RSD Conference. More information and registration details can be found at http://www.rsd-conference.co.uk

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Debugging for Safety Critical Systems Explored at UK Conference

Lauterbach to present advanced debugging workshop

It has been announced that a key focus of this year’s Device Developers’ Conference will be ‘software reliability’, with many of the presentations and workshops exploring the tools and techniques available to software developers for the development and testing of code.

German debug tool company Lauterbach will be hosting a half-day workshop entitled, “A Guide to Advanced Debugging”.  This workshop will explain and demonstrate how the more advanced debug tools are enabling developers to produce higher performance code, whilst speeding up reliable code development.

“As software has become far more complex and is running at ever faster speeds, detecting bugs is now a major challenge for developers,” said Barry Lock, UK Manager of Lauterbach.

“Developing reliable code is now a big issue, as the cost of failure in the field is so expensive. Whether it is the damage to the brand of the product, or simply the cost of the recall, investment in debug tools has become a critical business decision. This workshop will give engineers the chance to explore what they can expect from the higher end of debug technology.”

 

The workshop will involve delegates being hands-on, using Lauterbach’s hardware assisted debug tools attached to ARM Cortex-M hardware, running a real-time application.  Delegates will explore debugging techniques such as ‘live trace’, ‘code coverage’ and code analysis.

“We ran a similar workshop last year, and it proved very popular,” said Richard Blackburn. “ The workshop is presented by Richard Copeman, a highly respected and experienced expert in this field. This is a great opportunity for any software teams that are looking to improve their code quality and throughput.”

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Abelon Systems Appointed Class A Supplier to Aker Solution

Following a detailed qualification process, Abelon Systems Limited are confirmed as a Class A supplier to Aker Solutions for subsea control firmware. With this new status, Abelon is a named supplier to major Aker projects. Aker recently announced it will contract with BP to help redevelop one of the largest oil fields in the UK sector.

Ian Smith, Abelon’s Managing Director said: “Obtaining Class A supplier status is a clear recognition of the quality of the work have done for Aker Solutions over the years and a testament to the relations we have built up with them over that period”

Abelon Systems provide embedded firmware and communications services across the Energy, Medical and Communications industries.

Aker Solutions provides oilfield products, systems and services for customers in the oil and gas industry world-wide.

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Developing Reliable Software to Be Explained at Conference Workshop

MISRA C:2012 coding standard and software certification to be explained at 2014 UK Conference

The organisers of this year's UK Device Developers' Conference have announced that the event will include a half day 'MISRA C' workshop that will discuss the adoption of the MISRA C coding standard for safety critical software and high availability systems and explain the thinking behind the most recent version of this respected global coding standard. 

safety critical software

This half-day workshop will provide delegates with a good understanding of why they should be using coding standards, how adopting MISRA C:2012 will help in creating a set of coding standards and how tools are available, that not only help enforce coding standards, but will also make it possible to produce better quality code generally and improve the management of the development process.

“The recent major automotive recalls have highlighted the considerable cost of software failure,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “It’s not just the cost of fixing the problem, but also the longer term damage to the brand, and sometimes, it can also be a life and death issue. In this respect, software reliability is now a big issue for engineers and developer. This workshop will be presented by some the UK’s leading experts in this field.” 

“This year’s Conference is building on the success of last year’s event,” said Richard Blackburn. “Delegate registrations are very much up on last year and we are experiencing a lot of support for this event from the engineering and technology sector. It’s shaping up to be a really worthwhile Conference.

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UK Conference to Explore The Direction of Real-Time Operating Systems

Wind River to explain their new VxWorks Version7, and Software Integrity to explain new RTOS Kernel Design

Developments in the design of Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS's) is a topic that will be high on the list at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference.

US company Wind River will be explaining how their VxWorks RTOS has been deployed in over 300 million devices and how it has changed and evolved over the past 30 years. 

Real-time operating systems have been a cornerstone of this industry, as they are designed to provide a highly predictable behaviour and often have a very small memory footprint. These key features enable them to be integrated into a wide range of systems and devices, and enables the responsive and robust performance that is essential for control systems within vehicles, medical equipment, aerospace systems and many everyday electronic devices.

"We are very pleased to have Wind River to present at the Device Developers' Conference," said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. "Their presentation will look at 30 years of change in the Real Time Operating System industry, and the talk will chart Wind River’s experience from its founding in 1982 with two engineers in their California garage. It will also look at lessons learned and key milestones throughout the life of VxWorks, and end with a look at what is new and exciting in the April 2014 release, VxWorks version7. It should be an informative and fascinating presentation."

A further presentation at the conference will examine critically, from first principles, the theory and practice of current RTOS products, highlighting those concepts that underpin the development of truly real-time systems, those that are inessential and those whose adoption can be counterproductive.

Presented by Peter Bushell of Software Integrity Ltd, the presentation will finish with an overview of a new RTOS kernel, designed from scratch.

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UK Conference Will Explore Android for Embedded Devices

Presentation explains the benefits of the Android operating system for device development and introduces the solutions available to help engineers and programmers get started. 

Solid State Supplies have announced that they will be presenting a paper at this year's Device Developers' Conference. Entitled "Android for Embedded Devices", the presentation will explain the benefits of using the Android operating system for device development and will introduce the tools and solutions available to help engineers and programmers get started.

“Many developers are adopting Android as an embedded platform, “ said Matt Cook, Business Development Manager at Solid State Supplies. “Android has proven to provide a stable kernel and a huge library of open source code and device drivers. It also has no royalties or license fees and benefits from a global development community. It’s an attractive choice for developers.”

“This presentation will also show embedded systems engineers how the Android operating system compares to embedded Linux systems, other RTOS's and other OS's,” said Matt Cook. “So that delegates will be able to choose whether Android might be the right choice for their future product designs.”

Click here for more information about presentations at this event.

Click here to visit Solid State Supplies website http://www.sssplc.com/

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Lauterbach Enables The Step Up to 32 Bit with Support for uC Linux on the Cortex-M3/M4

Lauterbach announces its debug support for µCLinux on Cortex™-M3/M4

Lauterbach, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, has announced its support for µCLinux on Cortex™-M3/M4 microprocessors with its TRACE32® tools. 

Many developers are seeing the Cortex-M3/4 as the right stepping stone from an 8/16-bit MCU and is being used in more devices, especially those targeting wireless networking, motor control, automotive, power management and industrial automation. µCLinux has the advantages of Linux, being stable, reliable, flexible, and secure, and is also able to run on microcontrollers with no memory management unit (MMU). This is what makes it a viable and reliable OS for the Cortex-M3/4 microprocessors.

"As a complement to the OS-awareness debugging for Linux, our TRACE32 tools now fully support µCLinux on Cortex-M3/4 as well," said Barry Lock, UK Manager of Lauterbach. "The µCLinux awareness provides not only kernel, but also task (process/thread) debugging.  The Trace32 tools will not only help developers develop more reliable software in the 32 bit domain, but will also enable them to enhance the performance of their software."

The TRACE32 tools also enable the off-chip trace for Cortex-M to be extended from DWT (Data Watchpoint and Trace Unit) into a task-aware trace, which allows non-intrusive runtime and performance evaluation. Furthermore energy profiling can be undertaken and correlated with the off-chip trace records to provide a direct correlation between tasks and energy consumption. Last but not the least, all of the advanced non-Linux debug features e.g. Semihosting (file transfer, virtual terminal), internal/external Flash programming, etc. are still supported and enable developers to exploit the comprehensive debug environment provided by the TRACE32 tools on Cortex-M3/4 running µCLinux. 

"Software reliability is becoming an increasingly important commercial matter," said Barry Lock. "More than ever, developers need advanced debug tools in order to meet the demands of their job. The Trace32 support for uCLinux on the M3/M4 will be an important breakthrough for developers looking to develop mission critical or highly reliable software on this platform."

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Lauterbach to Present Advanced Debugging Workshop

It has been announced that a key focus of this year’s Device Developers’ Conference will be ‘software reliability’, with many of the presentations and workshops exploring the tools and techniques available to software developers for the development and testing of code.

The Device Developers’ Conference is a one-day event for engineers, computer scientists and technical managers working in the development of intelligent systems and devices.  The Conference will take place in Bristol, Cambridge, Manchester and Scotland, on May 20th and 22nd, June 3rd and 5th respectively.

German debug tool company Lauterbach will be hosting a half-day workshop entitled, “A Guide to Advanced Debugging”.  This workshop will explain and demonstrate how the more advanced debug tools are enabling developers to produce higher performance code, whilst speeding up reliable code development.

“As software has become far more complex and is running at ever faster speeds, detecting bugs is now a major challenge for developers,” said Barry Lock, UK Manager of Lauterbach.

“Developing reliable code is now a big issue, as the cost of failure in the field is so expensive. Whether it is the damage to the brand of the product, or simply the cost of the recall, investment in debug tools has become a critical business decision. This workshop will give engineers the chance to explore what they can expect from the higher end of debug technology.”

 

The workshop will involve delegates being hands-on, using Lauterbach’s hardware assisted debug tools attached to ARM Cortex-M hardware, running a real-time application.  Delegates will explore debugging techniques such as ‘live trace’, ‘code coverage’ and code analysis.

“We ran a similar workshop last year, and it proved very popular,” said Richard Blackburn. “ The workshop is presented by Richard Copeman, a highly respected and experienced expert in this field. This is a great opportunity for any software teams that are looking to improve their code quality and throughput.”

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Eurotech Announces ReliaCELL Rugged Mountable Cellular Adapter

Pre-Certified Cellular Solution Saves Money and Time to Market in M2M/IoT Projects

Eurotech has announces the ReliaCELL, a rugged, mountable cellular adapter designed to integrate with the Internet of Things (IoT), M2M and enterprise appliances for fast and highly-reliable cellular connectivity.  The ReliaCELL comes certified and carrier approved to speed time to market.



“Enabling cellular technology is one of the toughest and most time-consuming challenges our enterprise customers face, and the ReliaCELL simplifies the cellular aspect of the solution,” said Robert Andres, CMO, Eurotech.  “Eurotech is modularizing the cellular component of embedded product development uniquely to allow it to be added to systems without making compromises on ruggedization.  Now customers can save time and money while avoiding the hassle of certifying with cellular carriers since we have already taken care of that piece of the puzzle with the ReliaCELL.”

The ReliaCELL is sealed and rugged to IP67 rating and can be mounted simply to any surface.  Ready to deploy for products that will be sold globally, the ReliaCELL also allows for easy migration to varying technologies should the product roadmap evolve from 2G to 3G to 4G maintaining key system components without incurring significant hardware costs.  Eurotech is currently developing a range of multi-service gateways enabled with Eurotech’s Everyware Software Framework (ESF) and
Everyware Cloud ready leveraging the ReliaCELL so they are instantly globally accessible and ready for some of the most demanding IoT applications.

ReliaCELL cellular connectivity options include 2G GSM, 2.5G 1xRTT CDMA, 3G HSDPA/UMTS / Evdo Rev A, and 4G LTE.  Several of the models also offer GPS capability.  The first offerings of the ReliaCELL product family will be generally available April 1, 2014.  For more information visit

http://www.eurotech.com/en/products/ReliaCELL+10-20.

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SDC Systems to Provide Version and Code Collaborations Tools

New partnership helps businesses innovate and release new products faster

Wokingham, UK, February 26, 2014 — Perforce Software today announced a partnership with UK-based SDC Systems Ltd to provide Perforce’s complete enterprise version management portfolio to businesses across the UK and Ireland.

“We were receiving more and more requests from customers looking for code and collaboration tools to help software development and enable faster release times,” said Stuart Parker, managing director of Berkshire-based SDC Systems. “Following a thorough investigation of the tools on the market today, we concluded that Perforce is not only the ‘best in class’, but also a good fit for our existing range of products and services.”

SDC Systems joins the growing network of global sales and channel partners. With partners in place across Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa and India, Perforce products are used in over 100 countries worldwide.

“Software now underpins the development of products and services across many different industries,” said Simon West, EMEA partner manager for Perforce Software. “Version management plays an integral role in supporting rapid innovation and releases cycles, as well as faster time to market. We need both broad reach and strong local partnerships to support our customers, and SDC Systems will help us achieve that in the UK.”

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UK Conference Explores Open Source Software for Safety related Applications

SDC Systems to explain how open source software can be adopted for use in highly reliable and secure systems

SDC Systems has announced that it will be exhibiting and presenting at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference. SDC Systems specialises in the provision of tools and technologies for the development and testing of software for real-time and embedded systems.

Entitled "Exploiting Open Source Software for Highly Reliable and Secure Systems", company director Peter Heyes will discuss the best practices for increasing the adoption of OSS whilst achieving and maintaining open source license compliance. The presentation will also touch on the application of automotive-driven standards and certification, including MISRA, ISO 26262 and IEC 61508, whilst ensuring the secure use of open source software.

“The Automotive industry is a leader in the use of standards and processes to govern the development of secure and reliable embedded software,” said Peter Heyes. “They are also heavily leveraging the open source software (OSS) ecosystem, taking advantage of millions of lines of code to augment development and push the innovation envelope. This presentation will explore the fact that embedded software development teams outside of the automotive industry can benefit from adopting many of their processes and approaches, in the development of secure and reliable systems.”

The Device Developers' Conference is a one-day conference for computer scientists and electronic engineers that work in the development of intelligent systems and devices. The event consists of technical workshops, presentations and an exhibition, providing an important opportunity for engineers and vendors to share knowledge and explore new technologies.

Reading-based SDC Systems Ltd is a distributor of tools and technologies for the developers of embedded software and enterprise systems. SDC's customers include major software and technology companies across the UK and the rest of Europe. SDC has established itself as a specialist in technologies that accelerate development and enable innovation, and is recognised as a trusted advisor in many areas, such as software development and software testing.

“We are very pleased to have SDC Systems presenting on such a useful and important topic,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “ Our objective throughout is to provide software developers and embedded systems engineers with an informative and productive experience. SDC Systems are leaders in this field and I feel sure delegates will value the opportunity to benefit from their knowledge and experience.”

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Eurotech to Explain "Device to Cloud" Connectivity at UK Device Developers' Conference

Embedded computer manufacturer Eurotech to be a lead sponsor of UK embedded systems conference

Eurotech has been announced as a lead sponsor and presenter at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference, an event for engineers and developers working in the field of intelligent systems and devices.

Eurotech is a global company that provides embedded computer solutions to technology companies around the world. With headquarters in Italy, Eurotech has several offices worldwide, as well as an office in Cambridge that serves a broad customer base in the UK.

Eurotech will be exhibiting its latest technology and will make a presentation that explores whether proprietary board formats really do lead to vendor independence, and explains how developers can expand the scope and value of hardware through the use of cloud technology.

"One of the most important aspects of the "Internet of Things" vision is that smart objects communicate effectively with each other and with applications residing in data centres or the cloud," said Tim Taberner, Product Strategy Manager at Eurotech. "This part of the presentation will explore the technical building blocks required to build a distributed, scalable, secure and managed system of devices and sensors that effectively interconnects with device infrastructure."

“We are very pleased to have Eurotech on board,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “ Hardware continues to develop at quite a pace, so it will be good to have the Eurotech team’s extensive knowledge and experience available to delegates. I am confident that their presentation will attract a broad audience, it’s a hot topic at the moment.”

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Copytrax to Exhibit "2D Printing" Technology at Cambridge Conference

New digital print technology prints direct to metal, wood and glass

Industrial print technology specialist Copytrax has announced that it will exhibiting and demonstrating its new Cezanne industrial flatbed printer at this year’s Device Developer’s Conference, to be held at Bar Hill on the 22nd May.

The Cezanne is a digital printer capable of delivering high quality durable print on broad range of substrates. 

"As simple as it may seem, digital print on metal is very much an emerging technology, " said Steve Woods, Business Development Director. "It is a technology that is starting to displace traditional screen-printing techniques and has been very much depended on recent innovations in ink technology and print-head design. This modern approach offers a lot more flexibility, a quicker turn around and high quality, durable finish."

“The Cezanne delivers remarkable quality print, at the press of a button,” said Steve Woods, at Copytrax. “It is ideal for fascia panels, dials and general signage, but is also being used for plastics, film, overlays and keyboards.”

The Cezanne employs a cold cure LED lamp technology that enables fast production, as no pre or post heating is required.  This technology also ensures a high adhesion to the material surface and a tough and durable print finish.

Copytrax is a leader in the development and manufacture of innovative digital print systems. The company provides digital print solutions to a wide range of industries, providing modern alternatives to traditional screen-printing techniques. Copytrax has become known for its innovative desktop digital CD/DVD printers, eco-solvent flatbed printers, and more recently, UV cure print technology.

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Lauterbach Debug Tool supports MicroBlaze 8.50.c

Lauterbach enhances support for Xilinx based development

Lauterbach, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, has recently announced its support for the latest version of MicroBlaze™ 8.50.c introduced by Xilinx with EDK 14.7. 

MicroBlaze™ is a soft processor core designed for Xilinx FPGAs from Xilinx. It is a 32-bit RISC Harvard architecture soft processor core that is included free with both Vivado Design Edition and IDS Embedded Edition. Its highly flexible architecture, plus a rich instruction set, is optimized for embedded applications.

The EDK (Embedded Development Kit) is an integrated development environment for designing MicroBlaze (and PowerPC) embedded processing systems in Xilinx FPGAs. With its latest release of TRACE32®, Lauterbach now supports the latest version of the MicroBlaze™ core, which is version 8.50.c.

"Our TRACE32 tools have supported MicroBlaze for many years," said Barry Lock, UK Manager of Lauterbach.  "TRACE32 offers efficient and user-friendly debugging at the C or C++ level, using the on-chip JTAG interface. This interface also provides code download, flash programming and quick access to all internal chip peripherals and registers."

German based Lauterbach had a turnover in excess of $95m in 2012 with continued growth into 2013, and has seen its customer base grow year on year. Recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support, Lauterbach tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of embedded processor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of these tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

"We are very pleased to announce our development tool support for the latest MicroBlaze core," said Barry Lock, UK Manager at Lauterbach.  "Once again our team of German developers has demonstrated that they remain at the forefront of debug and development tool technology."

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Conference Workshop to Explore the Development of Safety Critical Computer Systems

Embedded systems conference to run a workshop that explores the development of certified systems and devices.

SafeTTy Systems Ltd have announced that they will present a half-day workshop at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference. Entitled "Developing ‘Certified’ Embedded Systems" and presented by Dr Michael Pont, this workshop will consider and compare current international standards, from household goods to aerospace systems, and it will demonstrate how modern time-triggered (TT) system architectures can be used in such certified systems.

“This 3-hour workshop will not make delegates an “instant expert”, said Michael Pont, CEO of SafeTTy Systems Ltd. “However, this workshop will give a good grounding in the issues involved in the development of certified embedded systems. It should also help delegates to determine whether there are any gaps in their current development processes that need to be addressed in order to meet key international standards.”

SafeTTy Systems Ltd provides support for developers of reliable, real-time embedded systems in sectors including aerospace, medical, industrial, automotive, marine, defence, satellite systems and high-end consumer goods.

Dr Michael Pont

“Dr Pont is widely recognised as a leader in this field,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “ This really is an important opportunity for developers to explore and learn about new approaches to the development of safety critical embedded systems. In this respect, the Device Developers’ Conference is very much about the sharing of information and the exploration of new technologies. “

SafeTTY Systems Ltd will be using the Device Developers’ Conference to launch three new products (WarranTTor, MoniTTor and ConnecTTor), which are based on the use of time-triggered (TT) architectures. They have been designed “from the ground up” to enable the rapid development of reliable and cost-effective embedded systems. Delegates attending this event will be entitled to a 50% discount on the purchase price of all three of these products.

SafeTTy Systems product details are available here: http://www.safetty.net/products

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Raymarine Chooses Feabhas for Embedded Systems Training

Feabhas trains engineers in the use of Android and Linux for a range of marine instrumentation products

UK based embedded systems training experts Feabhas have announced that their services have recently been chosen by Raymarine, a leading developer and manufacturer of recreational marine electronics equipment.


Raymarine's developers undertook Feabhas's Android training course to assist in the development of their Multi-Function Display family of products and Feabhas's Embedded Linux training, in support of a wide range of product development. Both courses were run on-site at Raymarine at their Fareham premises.

Feabhas is a recognised leader in the training of software engineers for
realtime and embedded systems, and is also an ARM Accreditation Training Partner (AATP). Feabhas's clients include many of the world's leading technology companies, whose staff regularly attend Feabhas training courses.  The range of courses available at Feabhas includes subjects such as C/C++, Embedded Linux, Embedded Windows, UML, Android and Embedded Java.

“We are very pleased to have Raymarine as a valued client,” said Jo Cooling, Head of Marketing at Feabhas. “ The feedback from developers on both courses was very positive. It is always rewarding to know that our expert training staff are assisting companies such as Raymarine enable innovation and accelerate development”.

Raymarine is a world leader in marine electronics, developing and manufacturing a comprehensive range of electronic equipment for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets. Designed for high performance and ease of use, their award-winning products are available through a global network of dealers and distributors. The Raymarine product lines include radar, autopilots, GPS, instruments, fishfinders, communications, and integrated systems.


Chris Simmonds, Feabhas Training Instructor

“ The courses were presented by very knowledgeable and interesting instructors, who were always happy to answer our technical questions, even if outside the strict scope of the course,” said a Manager in charge of product development. “The breadth of material covered was impressive, given the time available.”

Feabhas have recently announced that they will be a key sponsor for the 2014 UK Device Developers’ Conference and will be presenting a half-day workshop on the ARM Cortex-M architecture.

About Feabhas
Feabhas is a specialist in real time embedded development, providing assessment, training and consulting.  The Feabhas mission is to improve the quality of the embedded software development process and thus reduce software development times and costs.

Based in the UK, Feabhas was formed in 1995 and has trained over 10,000 engineers worldwide to date. Feabhas improves the competence of embedded software developers through On-site team development, Public training for individual engineers, Consultancy and mentoring, Pre and post course assessment, Bespoke curriculum creation, Developing software standards e.g. DO-178C, ISO 26262, IEC 62304, EN 50128 etc., Graduate training program and Re-skilling from other disciplines. www.feabhas.com

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Lauterbach Debug Tools Support Windows Embedded Compact 2013 



Lauterbach, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, has recently extended its debug support for the Windows Embedded Compact RTOS family.

Lauterbach’s "TRACE32" debugger now supports "Windows Embedded Compact 2013", a streamlined, componentised device operating system offering support for x86 and ARM architectures.


As a successor to Compact 7, Windows Embedded Compact 2013 has now been available for a couple of months and Lauterbach has extended its "Windows Embedded Awareness" for the TRACE32 debugger to include this new version.

For ARM based processors, Microsoft provides the new embedded RTOS with a completely new compiler, which generates Thumb2 code. This change has meant BSP developers have to make a considerable effort to port their code. In order to address this, Lauterbach has enhanced its debugger to read the code and symbol information provided by this new compiler. This is especially important in the board bring-up phase.

"We are very pleased to announce our development tool support for the latest Windows Embedded OS," said Barry Lock, UK Manager at Lauterbach. "Once again our team of German developers has demonstrated that they remain at the forefront of debug and development tool technology."

German based Lauterbach had a turnover in excess of $95m in 2012 with continued growth into 2013, and has seen its customer base grow year on year. Recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support, Lauterbach tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of embedded processor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of these tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

Using the "Windows Embedded Awareness" included in TRACE32, the user is able to inspect the current processes and threads. With TRACE32, this is possible even if no software debug channel (e.g. KITL) and no shell are present in the system. Using the extended MMU support of the TRACE32 debugger, the developer has access to the complete virtual address space at any time - i.e. a developer can debug bootstrap, kernel, drivers and applications simultaneously.
Developers can also debug several processes at once, which is especially interesting for testing inter-process communications. 

If the system is based on a CPU with tracing capability (e.g. Cortex-A with ETM) then TRACE32 records the complete program flow without instrumenting the code. Using those records, thread switches can be examined and graphically displayed.

Code coverage information can be obtained down to individual lines of code and also thread run times and function run times can be analyzed to provide performance details. Statistics tables provide accurate information about the system load. The debugger also supports Symmetric Multi Processing (SMP), which distributes an application onto several similar processors or cores. The developer can concentrate on the debugging of his application, independent of which core is currently running the thread. The debugger can switch to any CPU at any time, showing the view of code running on each CPU. It evaluates the call stacks of all active and passive threads and shows where an active thread is currently running or where a passive thread is waiting. 
By using the support for Windows Embedded Compact 2013, the developer will gain access to the complete system and all OS resources. It enables visibility all the way from the reset vector up to the "app". 
Windows Embedded Compact 2013 support is available immediately.
Lauterbach has recently announced its sponsorship of the 2014 UK Device Developers’ Conference. For more information about the 2014 Conference please visit www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

 

 

 

 

Device Developers' Conference to Explore Hardware Debugging

JTAG Technologies to discuss the basics of boundary-scan and its uses at board-level, and how JTAG is being used at device-level in Micros and FPGAs

Organisers of the 2014 UK Device Developers’ Conference have announced that hardware debug tool specialists JTAG Technologies will be presenting an introduction to boundary-scan and its use at board-level. This presentation will also look into how JTAG is being used at device-level in Micros and FPGAs.

 James Stanbridge, UK Sales and Support Manager

“We are very pleased to have JTAG Technologies presenting at the 2014 Conference,” said Richard Blackburn, Event Organiser.  “This will be an important contribution to the hardware stream of presentations. We are confident that the delegates will appreciate an informative and technical presentation such as this.”

JTAG/Boundary-scan testing has proved its worth for detecting PCBA manufacturing faults in production for more than 20 years. Now, through the introduction of lower cost and even free tools, JTAG is being widely viewed as the 'go to' technology for debugging prototypes with faults, configuring CPLDs, FPGAs and flash, and even as a conduit for validating IP cores within FPGAs.

“We are looking forward to participating in the 2014 Device Developers’ Conference,” said James Stanbridge, UK Sales and Support Manager. “ We regard this event as an essential forum for UK developers and engineers working in the field of embedded systems. It’s an important chance for us to discuss our latest hardware debug technologies, and a valuable opportunity for engineers to discuss their latest challenges, and to also explore technologies for future projects.”

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Feabhas To Sponsor the 2014 UK Device Developers' Conference

Feabhas will present an ARM Cortex-M Developers’ Workshop at next year’s UK embedded systems conference

Embedded systems training specialists Feabhas have announced that they will be a key sponsor for the 2014 UK Device Developers’ Conference and will be presenting a half-day workshop on the ARM Cortex-M architecture.

The Device Developers' Conference is an event for engineers and programmers working to develop intelligent systems and devices.  Taking place during May and June 2014, this event will be a one-day conference, to be run in Cambridge, Bristol, Manchester and Scotland and will include half-day technical workshops, a vendor exhibition and a program of technical presentations. http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

 
Niall Cooling, Managing Director of Feabhas

Feabhas is a recognised leader in the training of software engineers for
realtime and embedded systems, and is also an ARM Accreditation Training Partner (AATP). Feabhas's clients include many of the world's leading technology companies, whose staff regularly attend Feabhas training courses.  The range of courses available at Feabhas includes subjects such as C/C++, Embedded Linux, Embedded Windows, UML, Android and Embedded Java.

"We are very pleased to be supporting this important UK engineering event," said Jo Cooling, Marketing Manager at Feabhas. "The UK is a world leader in the development of realtime software and embedded systems, and the Device Developers' Conference provides an important opportunity for our industry to come together to discuss new technologies, explore new approaches to development and to gain new knowledge."

 


Niall Cooling, Managing Director at Feabhas will be presenting a half-day tutorial entitled “EMBEDDED PROGRAMMERS’ GUIDE TO THE ARM CORTEX-M ARCHITECTURE”. This workshop will look at the many useful features added to the Cortex-M that makes it a truly excellent target environment for the embedded software engineer.

“We have been training embedded software engineers in languages and architectures for the last 15 years,” said Niall Cooling. “For the last decade we have been using ARM based target systems, and more recently the Cortex-M for the languages and Cortex-A for Linux. This workshop will cover such topics as the Cortex-M’s core features, the Cortex Microcontroller Software Interface Standard (CMSIS), debugging and RTOS support.”

For more details about this workshop, visit http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/embedded-systems-training.html

About Feabhas
Feabhas is a specialist in real time embedded development, providing assessment, training and consulting.  The Feabhas mission is to improve the quality of the embedded software development process and thus reduce software development times and costs.

Based in the UK, Feabhas was formed in 1995 and has trained over 10,000 engineers worldwide to date. Feabhas improves the competence of embedded software developers through: On-site team development, Public training for individual engineers, Consultancy and mentoring, Pre and post course assessment, Bespoke curriculum creation, Developing software standards e.g. DO-178C, ISO 26262, IEC 62304, EN 50128 etc., Graduate training program and Re-skilling from other disciplines.

Feabhas Contact:
Jo Cooling, Sales and Marketing
Tel : +44(0) 1488 73050
E-mail : info@feabhas.com

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Feabhas Becomes an ARM Accreditation Training Partner

Feabhas to offer enhanced ARM® training services, enabling engineers to achieve ARM Accreditations.

Embedded systems training experts Feabhas have announced that they are now an ARM Accreditation Training Partner (AATP). This development builds on their current status as an ARM Approved Training Centre. As an Accreditation Training Partner, Feabhas will now be able to provide the necessary training for individuals wanting to become ARM Accredited Engineers (AAE).



"We are very pleased to announce our new status as an ARM Accreditation Training Partner," said Jo Cooling, Director at Feabhas. "Our team has a great deal of knowledge and experience in training on the ARM architecture, so we are pleased to receive this level of recognition within the ARM community."

The AAE Program is the only global accreditation program available to engineers wishing to gain credible evidence of their expertise in the ARM architecture. An AAE accreditation is intended to represent a consistent standard in evaluating knowledge of ARM architecture, helping hiring managers to benchmark job applicants, and for engineers to stand out from the crowd in their job search.

Until recently, this program covered the ARM Cortex®-A and Cortex-R-Series only. However, it has recently been announced that the program will extend to the Cortex-M Series, and Engineers taking this new accreditation will become ARM Accredited MCU Engineers (AAME). Feabhas will be able to provide the training and exam vouchers to engineers, enabling them to take the exam required to become an AAE or AAME.
“We are pleased to welcome Feabhas to the global ecosystem of ARM Accreditation Training Partners,” said Daniel Dearing, engineering qualifications manager, ARM. “We are entering an exciting new era of intelligent embedded technology, in which ARM partners are setting the pace. This Program can help electronics engineers to strengthen their careers by officially qualifying in the ARM-based technology that is transforming our world.”
Feabhas will be providing 3 training classes at the US ARM TechCon event in Santa Clara between October 29th and 31st.
The ARM TechCon event will provide embedded engineers with technical sessions, hands-on labs, an exhibition, demonstrations, keynote speeches and panel discussions. It is intended to be a key event for engineers seeking to keep up to date with the methodologies and tools for building ARM-based products.
About Feabhas
Feabhas is a specialist in real time embedded development, providing assessment, training and consulting.  The Feabhas mission is to improve the quality of the embedded software development process and thus reduce software development times and costs.

Based in the UK, Feabhas was formed in 1995 and has trained over 10,000 engineers worldwide to date. Feabhas improves the competence of embedded software developers through on-site team development, public training for individual engineers, consultancy and mentoring, pre and post course assessment, bespoke curriculum creation, developing software standards e.g. DO-178C, ISO 26262, IEC 62304, EN 50128 etc., Graduate training program and re-skilling from other disciplines. www.feabhas.com


Feabhas Contact:
Jo Cooling, Sales and Marketing
Tel : +44(0) 1488 73050
E-mail : info@feabhas.com

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Lauterbach to Sponsor The UK Device Developers Conference 2014

Leading software debug tool company to be key sponsor of the 2014 UK conference for developers of intelligent systems and devices.

Lauterbach UK have announced that they have agreed to be a key sponsor of next year's Device Developers Conference, an event for engineers and computer scientists working in the development of intelligent systems and devices.  

Barry Lock, UK Manager, Lauterbach

"The 2013 event was so successful we are pleased to commit to next year’s Device Developers’ Conference," said Barry Lock, UK Manager of Lauterbach. "The Conference was well managed and proved to be very productive for all concerned. For us, it was an ideal forum to discuss our latest debugging technology, the latest thinking in debugging techniques and also proved to be an opportunity to share our experience and knowledge."

Other sponsors that have already signed up for next year’s event include computer board manufacturer software training consultants Feabhas.

“We are very pleased to have the backing of Lauterbach once again,” said Richard Blackburn, Organiser of the Device Developers’ Conference.  “Lauterbach tools are highly respected in this industry and their workshops and presentations prove very useful and informative. It is a great start for our plans for 2014.”

German based Lauterbach had a turnover in excess of $95m in 2012 with continued growth into 2013, and has seen its customer base grow year on year. Recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support, Lauterbach tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of embedded processor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of these tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

Lauterbach has recently announced the development of a new all-in-one debug and trace solution for the ARM Cortex™-M processor family, to be released in August

About Lauterbach
Lauterbach is the world’s largest producer of hardware-assisted debug tools. Its engineering team has more than 30 years of experience in making world-class debuggers and emulators. The company attaches great importance to very high technical standards and only the latest development methods are used. This sound technical know-how has a high priority in the sales, support and training departments contributing to the technical expertise that is highly regarded by their customers across the world. www.lauterbach.com

Lauterbach Contact:
Barry Lock, UK Manager
E-mail: barry.lock(at)lauterbach.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1256 333 690

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