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Xilinx autonomous vehicle
Guest blog from Giles Peckham Autonomous vehicles are a hot topic at the moment. However, the term can describe a wide range of potential autonomous capabilities. Therefore, the Society of Automotive Engineers has defined five levels of automated driving: Level 0 – The driver has control, with the vehicle issuing warnings. Level 1 – The vehicle and the driver have shared control, for instance adaptive cruise control. Level 2 – The vehicle has full control but the driver must still monitor the vehicle and take control if necessary. Level 3Read More
To correctly perceive and safely interact with their environment, many embedded-vision systems such as vision-guided robots, autonomous cars and drones, rely either upon multiple image sensors of the same type or image sensors combined with a different sensing technology. These additional sensors enable extraction of information which cannot be obtained if just a single image sensor is used, for example determining the distance to an object. Combining and processing the data provided by multiple sensors is known as sensor fusion. When sensors of the same type are used, for exampleRead More
Designers of embedded applications are pretty much spoilt for choice nowadays. They have many opportunities to choose from. With the ARM® mbed™ IoT Device Platform developers are able to easily build IoT devices and applications. With microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics – partner of ARM mbed – they will additionally benefit from extensive expertise in MCU architecture, technology and multi-source manufacturing. Developers of embedded applications and devices can release their creativity with the STM32 family. The 32-bit Flash microcontrollers are based on the ARM Cortex®-M processor and combine high performance, real-time capabilities,Read More
Lighting Academy Cover
Maybe it was just a coincidence that summer solstice occurred concurrently with the EBV Lighting Academy 2017. The conference was the place to be for experts and enthusiasts of lighting technology, who wanted to learn about the latest trends and developments in the industry. The EBV Lightspeed segment invited top-level speakers from renowned research institutes and established companies to share their expertise with the conference participants from June 20th to 21st in Berlin. But during the event it was only partially about natural light as the Sun produces every day,Read More
In the first part of this blog (read here) we already figured out ways to optimize costs when switching from an FPGA to an ASIC-based design is an option. However, we also had to admit that there are still a large number of companies that will not hit a level of production volume that makes this decision easy. Now, we’ll introduce you to a game-changing Toshiba innovation that could make this decision a no-brainer! Simplify ASIC Development Starting Your Project With Innovative Technologies Due to the circumstance that transforming anRead More
Transforming an FPGA into an ASIC is associated with high development cost and time. In many cases the lower unit price of ASIC-based designs still does not justify the higher development efforts. Therefore, designing an application specific chip is usually only rewarding for high volume production. However, there are strategies to minimize the NRE (non-recurring expenses) for ASICs as well as innovative technologies like Toshiba’s FFSA™ that dramatically increase the benefits of ASICs even in low to medium volume production. ASIC Development Costs Can Be Influenced From Scratch Consider thisRead More
NXP 4Mbit EEPROM
EEPROM stands for Electrically Easable Programmable Read-Only Memory. Compared to other non-volatile memories, like Flash and MRAM, EEPROMs require much lower erase and program currents, which make them ideal for all those applications where current consumption matters. Features And Benefits The NXH5104 from NXP is the first 4 Mbit (or 500 kByte) EEPROM in the market. It is offered in the compact WLCSP-13 package with a minimal footprint of 2.80 mm x 2.74 mm, and only 1 external capacitor is required in the most flexible power mode. Power-down current consumptionRead More
tsn opc ua
Guest blog from Sebastian Sachse When talking to industrial automation experts, it becomes obvious pretty fast that they have high hopes for OPC UA TSN. The hopes are based on concepts and technologies still under development. But this is about to change. The ability of OPC UA TSN to meet communication requirements from the field level up to the ERP level under real-world conditions has been proven by TSN network specialists. The way is paved for OPC UA TSN to become the enabler for Industrial IoT applications. Intensive field testingRead More
electric vehicle charging
No question: Electric mobility is still not at the status as it could be. Beside low range of current e-vehicles, for many people the insufficient charging infrastructure is one of the core reasons not to invest in an e-car yet. Fully understandable! Because what could be more annoying than being stranded on the motorway with an empty battery? But new technology and standards promise improvements. About one million e-cars are supposed to be underway on the streets until the year 2020 in Germany. Whereas the registration hybrid cars in 2016Read More
TQ of Robotics
For many people it is still a freaky imagination that robots will penetrate more and more areas of daily life. Others are convinced that the robotics industry in general is going to see a real boom in the upcoming years. In fact, over the last 50 years it has changed a lot in the field where machines take on tasks to support human beings in many ways. And the end of the road has not been reached yet. The new issue of our knowledge magazine “The Quintessence” (TQ) addresses theRead More