Hardware Design News :

 

Lauterbach Announces Debug Support for ARMv8-M

Lauterbach Offers Debug Support for 2nd Generation AURIX™ Microprocessor

ILS Technology Enables Commercial Hydroponics

Configurable Backlight Breathes New Life Into LCD Display Module

New BioMon Sensor IC Detects Heart Rate and Pulse Oximetry

Lauterbach to Demonstrate Advanced Debug Technology at MATLAB Expo

Software Debug Tools to Feature At UK Automotive Electronics Conference

Intelligent's PiFi adds CD Quality Audio to the Raspberry Pi

Lauterbach Provides Advanced Debug Solution for Marvell ARMADA Developers

Flexible LED Strip Meets Industrial Lighting Requirements

IDS Agrees to Sponsor H/WExpo 2017

IDS Draws a Crowd with New OLED Display Technology

Lauterbach Agrees to Sponsor 2017 UK Device Developers' Conference

The Peak Group & Equip Test Announce Partnership

 

Lauterbach Announces Debug Support for ARMv8-M

Lauterbach has announced that its TRACE32® debug tools now support cores of the new ARMv8-M family

Lauterbach, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, has announced that its TRACE32® debug tools now support cores of the new ARMv8-M family. 

These new cores of the ARMv8-M family include the Cortex®-M23 and Cortex®-M33 core and have similar performance to the existing Cortex®-M3/M4 devices, whilst offering low power performance and a small footprint. They also include a new integrated version of the ARM® TrustZone® ensuring that these cores are suitable for secure IoT applications.

“Our TRACE32® tools fully support these new cores,” said Barry Lock, UK Manager at Lauterbach. “This includes support for the ARM® TrustZone® mechanism, enabling the developer to have full visibility and control during the development process.”

Lauterbach debug 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 of 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.

“The TRACE32® tools provide the ARM® Cortex®-M microprocessor developer with a comprehensive debug environment,” said Barry Lock.  “For customers who already have Lauterbach debug tools for Cortex®-M, a software update will enable access to these new device types.”

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 Offers Debug Support for 2nd Generation AURIX™ Microprocessor

Lauterbach is the first to provide debug support for the 2nd Generation AURIX™ family from Infineon; designed to meet the requirements of the latest automotive powertrain, safety and advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) applications

Debug tool company Lauterbach has announced its support for Infineon's latest generation of the AURIX™ processor family.  

The new AURIX™ TC3xx family of microprocessors has been designed to meet the requirements of the latest automotive powertrain, safety and advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) applications. The chips contain up to six 32-bit cores, 16MB Flash, a Hardware Security Module, a Generic Timer Module (GTM) and a Standby Controller.

"We can now support debugging, tracing and flashing of these new devices with an updated version of our TRACE32® debug environment," said Barry Lock, UK Manager of Lauterbach.  “TRACE32® enables the synchronous start and stop of all six cores, as well as independent control of individual cores. It also allows the recording of program flow, data flow and the state of peripherals, such as the DMA controller, in real time."

Lauterbach debug 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 has been working closely with Infineon in recent years,” said Barry Lock. “As vehicle software becomes ever more complex, high quality debug tools have increasingly become a necessity. It’s a challenging field of work, and we are very proud of the contribution we make to code integrity and vehicle safety.”

With a high-performing hexa-core architecture and advanced features for connectivity, security and embedded safety, the AURIX family TC3xx has been designed for a wide range of automotive applications. In addition to engine management and transmission control, powertrain applications include new systems in electrical and hybrid drives – specifically, hybrid domain control, inverter control, battery management, and DC-DC converters will benefit from the new architecture. The AURIX TC3xx microcontrollers are also suitable for safety-critical applications ranging from airbags, braking and power steering, to sensor-based systems using radar or camera technologies.

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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ILS Technology Enables Commercial Hydroponics

Advances in LED technology are enabling 'urban farming' - farming that uses less space, less pesticides, less energy and has minimal transport requirements.

LED specialist, Intelligent LED Solutions (ILS), has announced that it has further expanded its range of hydroponic lighting solutions.

Following the success of its Petunia hydroponics lighting kit, which promotes growth in all plants, the company has recently launched new versions of the Petunia lighting solution, which target specific types of plants or growth, by bringing into play new technologies and more recent understanding.  These include a lighting solution for seedlings, another for vegetative growth and a third solution for high efficiency growth.

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"Hydroponics has a huge potential and is gaining momentum each month," said Adrian Amor, Director at ILS. "Recent advances in LED technology is enabling 'urban farming'; farming that uses less space, less pesticides, less energy and has minimal transport requirements. The result is healthy products and a low carbon footprint."

Horticultural research has established that radiation at some relatively narrow spectral bands can optimize chlorophyll absorption in plants that in turn drives the photosynthesis process critical to plant growth.  Each plant needs its own tailored Spectral Power Distribution to achieve the best results, but two basic colours will give a very good starting point; Hyper Red with a 660nm wavelength and Deep Blue with a 450nm wavelength. These colours can significantly stimulate plant growth while drastically reducing energy consumption through the use of targeted lighting.

"Our new targeted solution has been possible due to the introduction of Far Red (730 nm)" said Adrian Amor. "Together, with Deep Blue and Hyper Red these LEDs can provide the perfect lighting for all types of plants and flowers, allowing us to adapt the light exactly to the needs of various crops."

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 LED technologies. Intelligent LED Solutions supply a wide range of European and overseas OEM manufacturers.

 

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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Configurable Backlight Breathes New Life Into LCD Display Module

Intelligent’s new range of LCD displays offers a more modern appearance with more colour options.

Display specialist, Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS), has announced the introduction of its COG (chip on glass) Alphanumeric LCD Display Module range.

This new range of LCD displays from IDS has 2 rows of 16 characters and offers a low cost, low energy and easy to implement solution for embedded systems. Furthermore, these modules are available in a wide choice of backlight colours, and also offer developers dynamic multi-colour solutions.

"This style of alphanumeric LCD has been around for a while, but remains a popular and effective method for displaying data," said Adrian Amor, Director at IDS.

"What is new, is that we have ‘refreshed’ this approach by adding new backlight colours, enabling a more modern appearance for this type of display. The backlight colour can be dynamically changed, helping to bring attention to alarm conditions or system status"

The COG Alphanumeric LCD Display Module supports various LCD modes, including STN Positive, STN Negative, FSTN Positive, FSTN Negative and FFSTN Negative. It is also available with various LED backlight colours that include White, Green, Blue, Orange, Yellow/Green and RGB.

“Designers will now have the flexibility to benefit from the low cost and low energy of LCD, yet develop a product with the style and the look they need, including an RGB option,” said Adrian Amor. “Or they will be able to change the look of an existing product at no extra cost, or maybe match corporate colours or simply make their design look unique.”

IDS support the product range with Arduino and Pi code and breakout boards and demos to enable implementation as fast as possible.

This range of displays is available through RS Components. Further information and documentation is available on the following web page:

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/lcd-monochrome-displays/9031218/?sra=pmpn

IDS were established in 2001 by a team of display industry experts. Over time they have built up a wealth 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.

About Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS)
IDS 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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New BioMon Sensor IC Detects Heart Rate and Pulse Oximetry

New BioMon sensor IC is set to enable further innovation in wireless health monitoring

Optoelectronics specialist, Intelligent LED Solutions (ILS), has announced the release of BioMon, an integrated circuit based sensor from OSRAM that uses advanced optoelectronic technology to monitor heart rate and blood oxygen levels.

Measuring only 4.7 x 2.5 x 0.9 mm, the tiny BioMon optoelectronic sensor is expected to facilitate further innovation in the area of wireless health monitoring equipment and fitness tracking devices. 

"The BioMon sensor has been developed to address the future demand for wireless health monitoring devices," said Adrian Amor, Director at ILS. "With its small footprint, low power usage and configurable behaviour, the BioMon will be an ideal starting point for new designs in this field."

BioMon is currently available in three variants, each of which is available mounted on a reference design board that will enable early stage development and prototyping. The heart rate and oxygen level monitoring is achieved through the transmission and detection of green and red light. Green light transmitters are used for pulse rate measurement at the wrist, whereas red or infrared emitters are used for pulse rate measurement on the finger, as they can also measure the oxygen content of the blood (pulse oximetry). In combination with a photodiode, the infrared LED can also be used as a proximity sensor.



“There are three BioMon solutions from which to choose,” said Adrian Amor. “Each one has a different set of characteristics, so that the BioMon can be used for a wide variety of applications. In addition to this, our engineers are available to offer technical support and assistance with both product design and prototyping.”

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 LED technologies. Intelligent LED Solutions supply a wide range of European and overseas OEM manufacturers.

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

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Lauterbach to Demonstrate Advanced Debug Technology at MATLAB Expo 2016

Lauterbach’s debug tool integration with MATLAB tools is enabling developers to comply with the requirements of IEC 61508 and related standards such as ISO 26262, DO-178C and EN 50128

German software debug tool company Lauterbach has announced that it will be exhibiting at this year’s MATLAB EXPO 2016 to be held at Silverstone in Northamptonshire, UK, on the 5th October. http://www.matlabexpo.com/uk

The MATLAB Expo brings together engineers, managers, and researchers to learn more about the latest MATLAB® and Simulink® software development solutions. Engineers and scientists worldwide use MATLAB® to analyse and design their systems and products.

“We are very pleased to be exhibiting at this event, said Barry Lock, UK Manager, Lauterbach. “Our debug tool integration with Simulink is helping engineers develop safer and more reliable systems. In this respect, we are looking forward to demonstrating and explaining how our Trace32 debug tool works and the major contribution that it can make to safety related systems.”

  Barry Lock, UK Manager, Lauterbach

Lauterbach debug 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.

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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Software Debug Tools to Feature At UK Automotive Electronics Conference

Lauterbach will be exhibiting its latest advanced debugging tools at AESIN in Solihull on 20th October

German software debug tool company Lauterbach has announced that they will be exhibiting at this years AESIN Conference, a Conference for those involved in vehicle electronics. The Conference is taking place at The National Motorcycle Museum on the 20th October 2016, and is expected to attract many of Europe's leading automotive development companies and motor industry strategists. 

The AESIN Annual Conference explores the latest thinking from industry leaders and provides companies with the chance to engage in the UK programmes that are driving automotive electronics.
http://aesin.org.uk/annual-conference/conference-2016/

 

“We are very pleased to have been invited to exhibit our debug tools at this event,” said Barry Lock, UK Manager. “As vehicle software becomes ever more complex, high quality debug tools become more of a necessity. We have a number of very powerful tools that can help ensure code quality and vehicle safety. We are looking forward to demonstrating and explaining our latest solutions.”

Lauterbach debug 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.

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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Intelligent's PiFi adds CD Quality Audio to the Raspberry Pi

Intelligent Embedded Solutions (IES) has announced the availability of the PiFi, an expansion board that adds a CD quality audio to the Raspberry Pi. The PiFi has been specifically designed for Pi developers that wish to construct audio playback or record projects and is available through RS Components.

 

The PiFi board features three audio outputs that include stereo headphones, SPDIF and speakers as well as an on-board microphone and an external microphone connection.

"The PiFi has the same form factor as the Pi, so it can be easily mounted above the Pi using a micro USB cable and stand-off pillars," said Adrian Amor, Director at IES. "The board is also fully ALSA driver compatible and requires only minimal setup for high quality audio reproduction. The PiFi is an exciting solution for developers that are looking to explore audio recording and playback."

The PiFi has a cut-out around the GPIO port to allow other peripherals to be connected without interference and it also provides two USB2.0 ports for connection to other USB devices so that no USB ports are lost.

The PiFi is available through RS Components:

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/products/8625275/?sra=p&r=t

About Intelligent Embedded Solutions (IES)

IES is an expert provider of hardware solutions for embedded system developers. Working with OEM customers and through key distributors, IES provides a wide range of hardware solutions and display technologies. IES is also able to provide prototyping services and extensive design guidance.  http://i-sbc.co.uk

Contact:
Adrian Amor, Director, Intelligent Embedded Solutions Ltd.
Tel:  +44 (0) 1635 294600
E-mail: info@i-groupuk.com

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Lauterbach Provides Advanced Debug Solution for Marvell ARMADA Developers

Leading debug tool provider Lauterbach has announced that it is now a part of the Marvell ecosystem for the ARMADA® system-on-chip (SoC) product range. Marvell’s ARMADA SoC family will now be complemented by Lauterbach's tools which provide best in class debugging solutions and will assist developers to set up complex, multicore, debugging scenarios involving OS awareness. 

"Working with the ARMADA® system-on-chip is a good fit for our toolset," said Barry Lock, UK Manager at Lauterbach. "Multi-core devices can be notoriously difficult to debug and optimise. This is an area where our TRACE tools and our engineering support have repeatedly proven themselves, so we shall look forward to working with ARMADA developers and sharing our knowledge and experience in this field."

Lauterbach debug 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.

Based on high-performance and highly-scalable multi-core CPU technology, the ARMADA SoC family delivers a new level of performance, integration and efficiency to high-volume enterprise applications including control plane CPUs, IP appliances, storage edge, routers, security appliances, small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) routers, network attached storage (NAS), home gateways, IoT hubs, wireless routers, Wi-Fi access points (WAP), surveillance video recorders and high-performance networking products.

The 64-bit ARMv8 powered ARMADA 3700 Cortex-A53 device family and ARMADA 7K and ARMADA 8K Cortex-A72 device families based on MoChi and FLC architecture are enabling a new generation of performance and power optimized devices. 

Lauterbach's TRACE32 is an integrated, universal development system that can be connected to most work stations and can contain any combination of instruments which may be required for microprocessor systems development, including debugger, tracing tool, logic analyzer, protocol analyzer and similar tools.

 

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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Flexible LED Strip Meets Industrial Lighting Requirements

Intelligent LED Solutions announce industrial grade flexible LED strips for machine lighting and similar demanding applications

UK LED specialists Intelligent LED Solutions (ILS) have announced the availability of their PowerFlex industrial grade flexible LED strips.

Designed to be robust, and to provide high brightness and a long life, the PowerFlex solution is ideal for machine lighting and similar demanding industrial and commercial applications. 



The PowerFlex range incorporates constant current drivers, protection diodes and the latest 3M thermal tape, enabling a brightness of 3500 lumens per metre, whilst still achieving 50,000 hours working life. 

The PowerFlex range have the LED's at different spacings - from 7.5mm between each LED, to 25mm between each LED and strip can be cut at certain points and shaped to create bespoke lighting solutions.

"This is an impressive product," said Adrian Amor, Director at ILS. "We now have customers using the PowerFlex for machine tool lighting and it is proving far superior to traditional approaches to machine lighting. “

“The PowerFlex LED strips are already enabling innovative machine design and cost reduction whilst also aiding better visibility for the machinist. We can see that this new, more robust flexible LED strip technology will also find applications in the retail sector, bar lighting, refrigeration and process control."

ILS also offer a full range of accessories for the PowerFlex solution, including matched power supplies, various mounting kits, extrusions, holders, end caps and two types of diffuser.  These are available through RS on-line:  http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/led-flexible-arrays/9125079/

ILS are also able to provide engineering and prototyping services for customers that require assistance implementing the latest LED technologies.

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

Media Contact:
Richard Blackburn, Energi Technical Limited
Tel: +44 (0)1603 439569
Mobile: +44 (0)790 66 88 283
Email: richardb(at)energi-tech.co.uk

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IDS Agrees to Sponsor UK Hardware Developers' Conference

Display technology specialist Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS) has announced that it will be a lead sponsor of H/WExpo 2017, the UK's hardware developers conference.

Next year's event will take place at Cambourne near Cambridge on the 26th and 27th April and will once again be co-located with The UK Device Developers' Conference, an event for embedded systems and real-time software developers.

"We are very please to announce our support for next year's hardware developers' conference," said Adrian Amor, Director at IDS. "This year's event was very productive for us, as it gave us a chance to demonstrate and discuss a range of new display and LED technologies. The event itself was well organised, enjoyable and informative, so we had no hesitation in wanting be a part of next year's conference."

At this year's H/WExpo, in April, IDS launched a new series of OLED display panels. Although OLED is now an established technology, the latest solution includes bright blue and bright green colours as well as larger size displays and custom icons.  

"OLEDs remain an attractive technology," said Adrian Amor. "OLED displays emit light, so do not require a backlight. In this respect they are thinner and more efficient than LCD displays. Our demonstration of the latest OLED solutions attracted a lot of attention."

IDS also gave a presentation on Capacitive Touch display technology, exploring what options are out there and how they work.

IDS was 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 innovative displays, enabling customers to enhance their products, with some even receiving awards for design and application.

'We are delighted to have IDS on board again for 2017," said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. "They bring a lot of expertise and real-world experience to the Conference; it is this kind of knowledge sharing that makes H/WExpo such a useful and informative event for the delegates that attend."

About Intelligent Display Solutions
IDS 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 IGS as an innovative and highly successful operation. http://www.i-lcd.com

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

 

IDS Draws a Crowd with New OLED Display Technology

Embedded systems display specialist Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS) launched a new series of OLED display panels at this year's H/WExpo, hardware developers’ conference.

Although OLED is now an established technology, the latest solution includes bright blue and bright green colours as well as larger size displays and custom icons. 

"OLEDs remain an attractive technology," said Adrian Amor, Director at IDS. "OLED displays emit light, so do not require a backlight. In this respect they are thinner and more efficient than LCD displays. Our demonstration of the latest OLED solutions attracted a lot of attention - we had a very busy and productive conference."

IDS also gave a presentation on Capacitive Touch display technology. The presentation explored what options are out there and how they work.

“All capacitive touch screens (CapTouch) work well in demos and on the bench,” said Adrian Amor. “It is when they are installed in real world applications that the problems can start occurring. This presentation sought to provide delegates with the information and solutions they may require to ease this implementation.”

IDS were established in 2001 by a team of display industry experts. Over time they have built up a wealth 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.

About Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS)
IDS 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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Lauterbach Agrees to Sponsor 2017 UK Device Developers' Conference

German debug tool company Lauterbach has announced that it will be the lead sponsor of next year's UK Device Developers' Conference, an annual event for engineers and computer scientists working in the field of intelligent systems and devices. 



The conference offers technical presentations, technical workshops and a vendor exhibition, and is an opportunity for engineers and computer scientists to meet and engage with expert from the companies that are developing the next generation of tools and technologies.  
http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

At this year's Conference Lauterbach presented two workshops that explained all of the ARM Cortex-M debug Coresight debug components and demonstrated how they can be used to debug and analyse an embedded system, enabling developers to accelerate development, whilst also building better quality devices. Both workshops were well attended and well received.

"We are pleased to announce our continued sponsorship of the Device Developers' Conference," said Barry Lock, UK Manager. "It is an ideal forum for us to discuss and demonstrate our latest debug tools and to meet with senior developers. The recent 2016 Conference was well attended, very well organised and offered a strong and productive agenda. We had no hesitation in agreeing to participate in next year's event."

The recent 2016 two-day event at Cambridge saw senior engineers from many of Europe's leading technology companies attend. Topics ranged from 'software security for internet enabled vehicles' to 'time triggered architectures for safety certified products' and from 'developments in memory devices' to 'hardware testing'.

"We are delighted to have Lauterbach on board for 2017," said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager.

"Lauterbach always brings a great deal of knowledge and expertise to the conference, which is what makes this event so special. The Device Developers' Conference is very much focused on the technical aspects of embedded systems engineering and we hope, enables senior developers to make informed choices about their future projects, development tools and hardware platforms.”

The next Device Developers Conference is scheduled for late April 2017 and is expected to see further growth in both exhibitor and sponsor numbers but also in delegate attendance.

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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The Peak Group & Equip Test Announce Partnership

The Peak Group today announced a new partnership with Equip-Test of Hungary. The partnership offers test system customers a one-stop-shop for consistent quality design, implementation and support across the UK, Central and Eastern Europe.

Equip-Test has built a strong reputation for quality in ICT, particularly its support services (the company has been the TRI systems European technical support centre for 15 years). The Peak Group’s reputation for test systems development matches this, and customers operating multiple locations across Europe will benefit from consistent quality at every stage of their project. Critically, as well as providing systems, the partnership will also offer customers integrated support services, with the same organisation that designs and manufactures a solution also supporting it’s installation and ongoing operations.

Karl Miles, technical sales manager at Peak Production, said; “The partnership with Equip-Test will offer our customers a range of fixtures and services to complement our own. We plan an initial focus is on ICT fixtures for users of systems from Agilent, Teradyne, etc., but expect that to expand as the partnership develops. For our part we will now be able to offer custom designed functional test systems to the Equip-Test customer base. Together we can provide unrivalled European technical support.”

The combined capabilities of Peak Group and Equip-Test, particularly geographic support across the UK, Central and Eastern Europe, are significant as designers and manufacturers seek to integrate operations across the continent.

Zoltán Kádár, CEO of Equip-Test, said; “Over the last 30 years The Peak Group has built a good reputation for its test systems and its track record of quality and attention to detail makes Peak an ideal partner for Equip-Test. The commitment of both parties also means that we will now be able to offer our services in the UK and Ireland for the first time, whilst also supporting Peak customers from our already established locations.”

Karl Miles will be presenting on day 2 of H/WExpo - link to presentation

 

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Presentation Will Explore Capacitive Touch Screen Technology

H/WExpo presentation will provide delegates with the information and solutions needed to ease the implementation of capacitive touch screens

A key presentation at a UK Conference for hardware developers, HW/Expo will discuss how all capacitive touch screens (CapTouch) work well in demos and on the bench but when they are installed in real world applications, this is where the problems can start occurring. 

This presentation will provide delegates with the information and solutions needed to ease CapTouch implementation. 

“This presentation will explore what options are out there and how they work,” explained Adrian Amor, Director at Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS). The presentation will also discuss such topics as CapTouch Installations, the effect of flexi tail, bezels, power supply matters, cover Glass implications, thickness, types of materials, types of bonding, Cap Touch stylus options, palm rejection, gloved operation, water Immunity and tuning processes.”

At H/WExpo, IDS will also be demonstrating some new CapTouch screens which offer much higher immunity to many of the problems faced, and some newly developed software that will ensure systems will run smoothly.

H/WExpo will be co-located with the Device Developers' Conference, an event for engineers that develop solutions based on embedded systems and realtime software.  http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

 

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Embedded Linux Workshop Offers Quick Start Guide

Conference workshop provides hands-on training for delegates wishing to explore Linux for embedded systems development

The organisers of the 2016 UK Device Developers' Conference have announced that this year's event will include a half-day workshop entitled "The Embedded Linux Quick Start Guide".

This workshop will cover the four elements of Embedded Linux on which every project depends: toolchain, bootloader, kernel and root file system. The theory discussed will be backed up with a hands-on session using a BeagleBone Black development board.

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Chris Simmonds

The UK Device Developers' Conference 2016 is an event for engineers and software developers working in the development of intelligent systems and devices, taking place near Cambridge on the 27th and 28th April.

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

"This workshop will show how it’s done," said Chris Simmonds, freelance consultant and trainer. "Beginning with a blank development board, delegates will learn how to bring up Linux and how to get to a login prompt, all in half a day. All the software needed for the practical exercises will be supplied on a bootable USB flash drive, which delegates can keep for future reference."

Chris Simmonds is the author of the book “Mastering Embedded Linux Programming”, and is a frequent presenter at open source and embedded conferences, including Embedded Linux Conference, Embedded World and Android Builder's Summit. He has been running training courses and workshops in Embedded Linux since 2002 and has delivered hundreds of sessions to many well-known companies.

“We are very pleased to have Chris Simmonds presenting this workshop,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “There is no doubt that Embedded Linux is now an important OS in the embedded space and is supported by a broad range of hardware. For engineers and computer scientists looking at Linux for a future project, this will be an invaluable opportunity to learn from Chris’ expert knowledge and real-world experience.”

Places on this workshop will be limited, so early registration is recommended. There is a charge of £75+vat for places on this workshop.

 The Device Developers’ Conference will be co-located with H/WExpo, a conference for hardware developers.  http://www.hw-expo.co.uk

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UK Hardware Conference Explores the Latest LED Technologies

H/WExpo workshop will explore the latest LED technologies in detail, enabling engineers to fully understand the options now available and how LED technology can best be exploited in the real world

Organisers of the UK hardware developers’ conference H/WExpo have announced that LED specialist supplier, Intelligent LED Solutions (ILS) and LED manufacturer OSRAM Opto-Semiconductors, will jointly present a free 2-hour workshop that will be an introduction to LED technologies and associated products, in both visible and non-visible areas.

The workshop is intended to provide an update on LED technology for experienced engineers, and an introduction to the technology for engineers new to optoelectronics.



H/WExpo takes place at Cambourne near Cambridge on the 27th and 28th April 2016. The event will be free to attend for engineers and scientists working in the field of hardware development.
http://www.hw-expo.co.uk

"LED’s are playing an increasingly important role in hardware design,” said Adrian Amor, Director at Intelligent LED Solutions. “From visible applications such as display backlighting, or non-visible applications such as the UV curing in dental equipment or IR in CCTV, LED technology now has a very broad remit and in this workshop we will be sharing our extensive knowledge and experience in this field.”

The workshop will start with a brief LED history, and then move on to some general remarks about light, such as colour temperature and CRI. Some key aspects of LEDs in comparison to light bulbs will be explained, including explaining the many terms used in respect of light measurement such as Lumens, Flux and Lux.

There will also be a section on the concept of band structures, doping a semiconductor and PN junctions, each of which are essential to understanding the electrical properties of matter and LEDs in particular.

The workshop will take a closer look at an actual LED device and its key parameters, and will explore the types of LEDs available with considerations to which type of LED to use in a given application. The workshop will also cover the essential accessories required for LEDs, such as lens and reflectors, heat sinks, PCB and control.

“OSRAM and ILS are leaders in this field, so we are very pleased have them presenting a workshop at H/WExpo,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager.  “This first hardware developers’ conference is shaping up to be a very worthwhile and productive event. We are delighted with the level of industry support.”

Covering topics such as hardware design, memory technology, touch technology, SoC, test equipment, display technology and reference design platforms, H/WExpo will consist of a series of workshops, an agenda of expert presentations and a vendor exhibition.

H/WExpo will be co-located with the Device Developers' Conference, an event for engineers that develop solutions based on embedded systems and realtime software.  http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

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Lauterbach offers Windows 10 Aware Debugging on the ARM® Architecture

Lauterbach's TRACE32® debugger enables Windows 10 development on ARM® based platforms

Lauterbach GmbH, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, has announced that its TRACE32® development tool now supports Windows 10 aware debugging on the ARM® architecture.

Lauterbach's TRACE32 is an integrated, universal development system that can be connected to most work stations and can contain any combination of instruments which may be required for microprocessor systems development, including debugger, tracing tool, logic analyzer, protocol analyzer and similar tools.

"We have been providing Windows aware debugging for all x86/x64 devices since April 2015, and I am pleased that we can now provide the same support for devices with ARM cores," said Barry Lock, UK Manager, Lauterbach. "Using the so called “stop mode debugging” over JTAG interface, the developer gains access to all system resources. No special stub, 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. The user can inspect running processes, threads and libraries, as well as kernel modules and drivers, at any time.  

Also, Thanks to its extended MMU support, TRACE32 allows access to the complete virtual address space. This gives the developer the ability to switch to the context of any process and inspect its status at any time. This means that you can debug drivers and/or multiple applications simultaneously. "

Lauterbach will be hosting a free workshop at the 2016 UK Device Developers' Conference. Entitled “How to Optimise ARM Cortex-M Code and Build Better Embedded Systems”, this 2-hour presentation will explain all the Cortex-M debug Coresight bits and show how they can be used to debug and analyse an embedded system. 

Lauterbach debug 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.

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GUI Development Workshop at Device Developers' Conference

Altia to run a one-day workshop providing hands-on training for GUI development for embedded systems

Graphical User Interface (GUI) expert Altia has announced that it will be running a one-day workshop at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference. 

With hardware provided by Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS) and ST Micro, the workshop will cover the complete development cycle for an embedded GUI, enabling developers to a create a display that is both compelling and intuitive for the end-user, yet tailored to the memory and processing power available.

The UK Device Developers' Conference 2016 is an event for engineers and software developers working in the development of intelligent systems and devices, taking place near Cambridge on the 27th and 28th April.  http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk.

This conference will be running alongside H/WExpo.

“In an embedded system, the quality, beauty and responsiveness of the GUI speak volumes about what’s under the hood,” said Julian Coates, Northern Europe Business Manager. “In this workshop, we will be sharing our knowledge and experience of GUI design.  This will be a chance for developers to spend a day with one of the world’s leading experts in this field.”

Dr. Rene Schumann, European Technical Manager at Altia, will present the workshop. The workshop will cover the complete development cycle from graphics-importation, building and editing the GUI simulation-model, to generating and running the code on targets ranging from low-cost microcontrollers with no RTOS and minimal memory, to embedded Linux platforms, to standard PC-level Windows applications-platforms for early-stage design-validation.

Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS) and ST-Micro will both be sponsors of the workshop, providing the necessary hardware for the hands-on session.
IDS have agreed to sponsor the embedded-Linux platform in the workshop, while ST-Micro will be sponsoring the “bare-metal” part of the workshop.

“We are very pleased to be supporting this workshop at the Conference,” said Adrian Amor, Sales Director at IDS. “GUI development is now an essential skill for an embedded systems engineer, and a great GUI has become a prerequisite to a product’s success. In this respect, I feel sure that the delegates will find this workshop very attractive, informative and productive.”

 

This workshop is intended for embedded-systems engineers who have already experienced some embedded GUI development challenges, and want to increase their knowledge of available development processes.

Please see link for more information:
http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/embedded-systems-training.html

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Designing The Perfect Hardware To be Discussed At H/WExpo

Chris Simmonds of 2net will discuss, "10 Things Hardware Engineers Can Do to Make Software Development Easier" at UK hardware designers conference

A presentation at this year's H/WExpo hardware developers' conference will explore the hardware/software divide in many projects that can lead to unnecessary delays in shipping products.  

Chris Simmonds from software consultants 2net will present "10 Things Hardware Engineers Can Do to Make Software Development Easier", a talk that draws on the experience of the speaker gained while working on a wide range of projects. The talk will identify ten particular pain points and suggest how they can be avoided.

"Hardware development can be a tough business, with a lot of crucial decisions to make that relate to the overall functionality and performance, power usage, heat dissipation, longevity and reliability and budget limitations," said Chris Simmonds.

"However, with so many issues to juggle, the choices made during the hardware design phase can sometimes bring about later concerns for software developers. This might be because the chips chosen do not have adequate device driver support, or it might be that the estimates of the amount or memory and storage are too low. Or, it could result from failing to fit ports to support debugging. I will be presenting the software developers perspective, hoping that hardware developers in the audience will find it constructive and informative."

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Pickering Interfaces Introduce eBIRST Switching System Test Tools

Designed specifically for Pickering’s PXI, PCI or LXI (Ethernet) products, eBIRST simplifies switching system fault finding by quickly testing the system and identifying any faulty relays.

The eBIRST tool achieves this by measuring the path resistance between pins of an individual switch module’s connector(s) under controlled settings of the switching system. Provided the fault is caused by a failed relay (by far the most common cause), it will find relays that fail to open, fail to close or simply have high contact resistance which can indicate that the relay contacts are beginning to wear.

The eBIRST tools are controlled and powered from a USB interface and a Windows application program manages the tool, collects results and displays the test results as a graphical output, showing the location of all the relays in the switching system with relays that need replacing highlighted. http://www.pickeringtest.com

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JTAG Technologies To Sponsor Hardware Developers' Conference

JTAG Technologies take the lead at H/WExpo, a conference for hardware designers, hardware testing professionals and hardware manufacturers

JTAG Technologies have announced that they have agreed to be a lead sponsor of H/WExpo, a new UK conference for hardware development engineers.

The conference will cover such topics as board development, board bring up, hardware validation and production testing. H/WExpo will take place at Cambourne near Cambridge on the 27th and 28th April 2016. This event will be free to attend for engineers and scientists working in the field of hardware development. http://www.hw-expo.co.uk

James Stanbridge, JTAG Technologies

"We are very pleased to be a part of H/WExpo," said James Stanbridge, UK Area Manager for JTAG Technologies.. "This event will be an important opportunity for us to share our latest developments in boundary scan and to also introduce the concepts of JTAG/boundary scan testing to those new to the industry. It will be good to have an event dedicated to the challenges of modern hardware design and test."

JTAG/Boundary-scan is a method of testing (and programming) modern Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) after assembly. Using the dedicated test logic built into many of today’s integrated circuits (ICs), JTAG/boundary-scan checks if each device is correctly inserted and soldered onto the PCB.

JTAG Technologies have been working in the field of testing digital and mixed signal PCBs since the 1990s. Their boundary-scan products can now be found in design labs and factories in over 50 countries across the globe and by 2012 they had shipped over 8000 systems to more than 2000 different customers.

“At this event, I will be explaining the fundamentals of JTAG Boundary-scan,” said James Stanbridge. “The presentation will start from the beginning and explain how IEEE Std 1149.1 works and why it was developed by the JTAG committee over 25 years ago.
                                    
I will then explain what can be achieved with JTAG/boundary-scan on today's designs and also look at subsequent developments such as 1149.6 and testing via JTAG core access and 'embedded instruments'.”

H/WExpo will be co-located with the Device Developers' Conference, an event for engineers that develop solutions based on embedded systems and realtime software.  http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

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Conference to Explore Mixed Signal Instrumentation
Pico Technology presentation will explain how a Flexible Resolution Oscilloscope uses multiple 13 bit ADs simultaneously and can be configured by the user to optimise the oscilloscope for the type of measurement being made.

Pico Technology, a leader in the field of PC Oscilloscopes and data loggers, will be giving a technical presentation at HW/Expo 2016, a UK conference for hardware engineers. Entitled "Flexible Resolution Oscilloscopes Address Mixed Domain Application Challenges", the presentation will explore how a single instrument can now meet the demands of both analogue and digital engineers. 

“Analogue and digital engineers have different needs when it comes to waveform measurements, and have had to choose different oscilloscopes optimised for their respective tasks,” said Stuart Murlis Applications Engineer from Pico Technology. “This presentation will discuss how recent developments in Oscilloscope technology are enabling a single instrument for both digital and analogue signal measurement.”

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Hardware Design Conference Explores Solutions for IoT Security

Peter Trott of Microsemi will explain and demonstrate SmartFusion®2   at HW Expo. SmartFusion®2 is a System-On-Chip device that is widely being used to ensure network security in industrial, military and medical systems.

Microsemi have announced that they will be giving a technical presentation at HW/Expo, a hardware developers’ conference taking place near Cambridge, UK, in April 2016.  Peter Trott, a Senior FAE at Microsemi will explain and demonstrate SmartFusion®2, a System-On-Chip device that is being widely used to ensure network security in industrial, military and medical systems.
http://www.hw-expo.co.uk

"With the growth of IoT and the concept of independent machines talking to each other, security of the network and operation is of paramount importance," said Peter Trott. "To guarantee this security, cryptography can be used in the form of digital certificates or public key certificates to prevent man in the middle attacks. I will be explaining how silicon solutions are available to help developers address this emerging challenge."

Microsemi Corporation offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defence & security, aerospace and industrial markets. Their products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analogue mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs.

The SmartFusion®2 SoC FPGA addresses fundamental requirements for advanced security, high reliability and low power in critical industrial, military, aviation, communications and medical applications.  It integrates an inherently reliable flash-based FPGA fabric, a 166 megahertz (MHz) ARM ® CortexTM-M3 processor, advanced security processing accelerators, DSP blocks, SRAM, eNVM, and industry-required high-performance communication interfaces all on a single chip.

"IoT and device security seem to be the two big themes of this year’s conference, so I feel sure that this presentation will be well attended,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “Microsemi are a leader in this field, so we are pleased to have them presenting at this year’s HW /Expo.”

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The Development of User Interfaces for Mass Market Devices to be Explored At Cambridge Conference

Julian Coates from Altia will discuss how 'graphical user interface' development will be key to harnessing the power of IoT at The UK Device Developers' Conference

Altia, a world leader in the development of tools for "graphical user interface" design (GUI), have announced that they will be presenting at The UK Device Developers' Conference 2016. http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk

Julian Coates, Northern Europe Business Manager at Altia, will discuss how 'graphical user interface' development will be the key to harnessing the power of IoT, and how it can be achieved. 

"The Internet of Things is exploding, and for a variety of reasons that we'll explore in this discussion," said Julian Coates. "The real question is how do we make the IoT useful within the context of everyday life? 

It is estimated that 4 billion devices connected to the IoT will need a GUI, and this is what I'll be discussing. How developers can meet this demand and harness the power of the IoT into a simple, sleek, usable GUI, and how it can be achieved affordably."

The UK Device Developers' Conference 2016 is an event for engineers and software developers working in the development of intelligent systems and devices, taking place near Cambridge on the 27th and 28th April. The conference will be co-located with H/WExpo, a conference for hardware developers.   http://www.hardware-developer-expo.co.uk 

“We are very pleased to have the expertise of Altia at the Conference once again,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager.  GUI development is a very important part of most embedded systems and the combination of graphical aesthetics and low-level code can make it particularly challenging. I feel sure developers will be keen to learn about what new technology is now available to help them in this aspect of their work.”

Altia will also be presenting a full-day workshop at the Device Developers’ Conference. Entitled “Embedded GUIs - the model-based engineering development cycle from graphics to on-target coding”, developers will experience model-based GUI development hands-on, covering the complete cycle from graphics-importation, building and editing the GUI simulation-model, to generating and running the code on targets ranging from low-cost microcontrollers with no RTOS and minimal memory, to embedded Linux platforms, to standard PC-level Windows applications-platforms for early-stage design-validation. More information on this workshop is available at
http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/embedded-systems-training.html#gui

About Altia
Altia’s mission is to help manufacturers get great user interfaces from the artist’s imagination to the lowest cost hardware in the shortest amount of time. Altia does this by providing powerful, professional-grade embedded system GUI development tools that help creative, customer-focused designers and software engineers build and deliver game-changing user interfaces.  Altia's tools are used from concept to deployed code, maximizing productivity and re-use of work. With Altia's tools, manufacturers can deliver better GUIs ten times faster with half the resources.

About The Device Developers’ Conference
The Device Developers’ Conference is an annual UK event for the developers of intelligent systems and devices. The 2016 event will take place at Cambourne, near Cambridge on the 27th and 28th April 2016.

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/full-day workshops in various specialisms are available at a small charge.

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

Altia Contact:
Julian Coates, Northern Europe Business Manager
E-mail: julianc@altia.com

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IDS Enable Colour TFT Displays for 8 bit Designs

IDS have introduced a range of UART TFT displays for industrial applications

Display technology specialists Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS) have launched a range of UART TFT displays for industrial applications. 

With integrated µC logic and memory, as well as a UART interface, IDS's intelligent displays offer a near complete plug-and-play solution, enabling developers to update existing products with colour displays and touch control.  

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"We can now supply small to medium-sized UART TFT platforms that are integrated with touch screen, driving electronics and backlight drivers," said Adrian Amor, Director at IDS.

"Many engineers will hesitate when it comes to adding colour to their products because integrating conventional TFTs into existing systems is usually a complex process. With these new platforms an 8051 processor is all the external processing power that is required. Using a UART, RS-232 or USB, engineers can connect to the platform and be up and running within minutes. The modules work with any host operating system, or even without a host OS."

The IDS modules feature a wide input voltage range from 4.6VDC to 26VDC. With a brightness of up to 500cd/m² and resolution ranging from VGA to WVGA, the displays are well suited for a broad range of applications. IDS have designed a complementary UI software tool to enable rapid and simple implementation of a GUI which is then stored within the on-board flash memory. 

"Once the developer has installed the drivers for the USB UART to UART Display & the UART Windows software on their PC, they are then ready to start connecting the display (RS232/USB) and uploading images," said Adrian Amor". "The developer can then manipulate specific parts of the screen by overlaying text or images, or even create scrolling effects by shifting regions of the display."

IDS has also developed software that allows developers to test the various functions of the UART display, as well as monitor touch feedback. The integrated fonts and basic character/draw functions, such as text, pixel, line, right angle and circle, permit an attractive GUI to be up and running within a short amount of time. Images or graphics can be stored in 65,000 colours in the internal Display Flash, to be displayed when needed. Data is exchanged between the UART TFT platform and the microcontroller, enabling real time interaction, and animations in high resolution, from a few simple lines of code.

About Intelligent Display Solutions

IDS was 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 innovative displays, enabling customers to enhance their products, with some even receiving awards for design and application.
http://www.i-lcd.com

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

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Intelligent Display Solutions to Sponsor UK Hardware Developers' Conference

IDS to explain and demonstrate the latest display and touch technologies at H/WExpo 2016

Display technology specialist, Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS) has announced that it has agreed to be a lead sponsor of H/WExpo, a new UK conference for developers of electronic and computer hardware. 

Taking place near Cambridge on the 27th and 28th April 2016, HW/Expo will include an exhibition of hardware development tools and technologies, a stream of presentations from industry experts and a series of half day workshops. http://www.hw-expo.co.uk

"We are very pleased to support this Conference," said Adrian Amor, Director at IDS. "For us, H/WExpo will be an ideal opportunity to discuss and demonstrate the very latest display and touch technologies for embedded systems. “

IDS was 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 innovative displays, enabling customers to enhance their products, with some even receiving awards for design and application.

"We are delighted to have IDS on board for this Conference," said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. "IDS will bring a lot of expertise and experience to this event, as they are constantly working with their OEM customers to employ leading edge display and touch technology within embedded systems and devices."

About Intelligent Display Solutions
IDS 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 IGS as an innovative and highly successful operation. http://www.i-lcd.com

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

 

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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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Lauterbach Debugger Supports TI C66x DSP Devices

Lauterbach's TRACE32® debug technology supports Trace for Texas Instruments Keystone C66x devices

Lauterbach, a leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, has announced trace debugging support for Texas Instruments KeyStone™ C66x DSP devices.

The C66x Series includes a wide range of high performance microprocessors. The processing capability of the multicore platform is designed to be optimal for applications in markets such as industrial automation, high performance computing, mission critical, video infrastructure and high-end imaging.

"Many customers around the world are working with complex multicore devices that contain both microprocessors cores and DSPs," said Barry Lock, UK Manager. "The TRACE32 tools will now provide the C66x microprocessor developer with a comprehensive debug environment that will help to save development time and ensure the end project meets its specification."

Featuring the Keystone architecture, TI's innovative design methodology for System-on- Chip (SoC) processors is a combination of architecture and design methodology that they claim enables full utilisation of all cores and interfaces without degradation.

Lauterbach debug 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.

The trace tools of TRACE32 connect to the integrated trace port on the target cores and records program flow and data trace information directly from the core in real time. This recording provides the developer with fast and logical troubleshooting capabilities to detect complex errors that only occur under run-time conditions. In addition the time-stamped program flow/data trace can be analysed to provide an overall view of the system performance as well as quality assurance features such as code coverage and cache analysis. Fast trace evaluation and analysis are guaranteed through advanced compression technologies and speed-optimised system software. With a trace buffer of up to 4GB and the possibility of unlimited streaming to the host computer, a large amount of program and data flow information can be collected and analysed.

Lauterbach UK has announced that it will once again be a lead sponsor of the UK Device Developers’ Conference to take place in Cambridge 27th and 28th April 2016. http://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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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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