ARM is showing Motor Control comparing two rotating water vessels, one controlled in a conventional manner, the other is controlled in a more advanced algorithm called Field Oriented Control on a STM32 Cortex-M3 processor. This more advanced algorithm allows more efficient operation of the motor, better control of the torque and allows for quieter operation. The idea is to use less power to control motors. This is just the start of their investigation into Field Oriented Control using the Cortex-M3 processor.
Xilinx is the market leader in FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays), at Embedded World 2011, they are showing their new implementation consisting of putting a Dual-core Cortex-A9 system, memory controller, and nand controller is put inside of the FPGA system. The Zynq 7010, with a dual-core Cortex-A9 running at 800MHz and 30,000 programmable logic cells, will sell for less than $15 in volume. This solution can be imagined to be found in automative applications such as driver assist applications, medical applications and industrial control applications.
- Xilinx to Demonstrate Its Targeted Design Platforms for Radio and Baseband Processing at Mobile World Congress 2011 (prnewswire.com)
- Xilinx Demonstrating Targeted Design Platforms for Motor Control, Ethernet, Automotive and Extensible Processing Platform at Embedded World, Nuremberg 2011 (prnewswire.com)
- Xilinx Introduces Zynq-7000 Family, Industry’s First Extensible Processing Platform (prnewswire.com)
- Cortex-A9 SoC includes an FPGA, too (linuxfordevices.com)
- Xilinx intros Zynq-7000 family of extensible processing platform (EPP) (pradeepchakraborty.wordpress.com)
Cypress Semiconductor shows their new PSoc5 Cortex-M3 based solution and development kit based on their PSoc Designer 5.0 software. They also do solutions for 10-finger or more capacitive touch detection and proximity sensing.
Toshiba shows some of their new embedded technologies such as their ARM Cortex-M3 MCU TMPM374FW with BLDC, hardware vector engine for AC-induction motors, for industry, field oriented control and home appliance. Then they also show their multi-touch resistive touch screen solution using their ARM9 TMPA900 processor, for using touch screens with pen stylus or with gloves.
Mentor Graphics provides 3D UI tools on top of Android, customers who use the Freescale i.MX51 or i.MX53 can get access to these tools from Menthor Graphics for free.
Freescale shows their new 3-axis magnetometer at Embedded World 2011 in Nurenberg. In addition, Freescale shows the the Xtrinsic MMA9550L accelerometer with a 32bit microcontroller inside which has nominated for the embedded award.
Here’s a concept for a potentially $200 AMD Fusion E350 based compact desktop nettop thing. MSI will release it if customers want it.
ASRock is one of the major motherboard makers, here they have their new AMD Fusion E350 based Mini-ITX board.
Zinwell releases this virtual surround sound system with HDMI passthrough, they also make a version with a built-in media player.
Compulab is showing this Tegra2 desktop for the first time at a trade show, it’s a full ARM Powered desktop computer based on the Nvidia Tegra2 processor. Has 2 HDMI outputs, one for full HDMI video, one for a secondary display, Gigabit Ethernet, 4 USB hosts, stereo audio output, audio in, SPDIF output, 12V power connector, connector for wireless antenna for WiFi and Bluetooth, SD slot, RF232 Serial Port, Micro-USB slave. They also have a slightly bigger version that can slot in a 2.5″ Sata hard drive. 1GB RAM, it also has an internal Micro-SD slot to store the OS. So if you want to upgrade or change the OS, just change the MicroSD card and reboot. It also ships with 32GB Flash storage. They are launching this with Ubuntu 10.10 and they will add support for Honeycomb by launch. Availability is June, the price is targeted at below $200 in bulk (can be re-branded as ODM) and to be about $250 at retail. You can find more information and follow the latest official news about it at http://trimslice.com
- TrimSlice, A Tiny Tegra PC With All The Trimmings (crunchgear.com)
- Compulab makes a tiny Tegra 2 computer for the lilliputian community (engadget.com)
- Compulab Trim Slice puts Tegra 2 in ultra-compact desktop PC (slashgear.com)
- Tegra 2 PC that needs only 3 watts of power (nextbigfuture.com)
- Trim-Slice PC Is So Cute and Little! (pcworld.com)