Microchip Technology has expanded their Arduino compatible chipKIT platform ecosystem. This includes the chipKIT Pi Expansion Board, which is a new Raspberry Pi tool that it co-developed with element14. The chipKIT Pi’s advanced features simplify Arduino based application development for the Raspberry Pi.The new expansion board also adds large memory space, fast performance and integrated peripherals for human-interface, audio-processing and advanced-control applications. The chipKIT Pi Expansion Board is priced at $28. Boards are expected to become available in the final week of September.
Proto Labs announced a new program called Cool Idea! Award. The new program will award $100,000 worth of prototyping and short-run production services to award recipients. The idea behind Cool Idea! Award is to help product designers, engineers, entrepreneurs and innovators the opportunity to bring innovative products to life. The focus is on helping designers take a product idea or part from a 3D CAD model to its first-run production stage. One or more winners will be selected each quarter.
EVE, the leader in hardware/software co-verification and developer of ZeBu-Server, a scalable and affordable emulation system, announced that it will sponsor the 5th Annual Workshop on Architectural Research Prototyping (WARP) to be held June 19 in Saint-Malo, France. It will be collocated with the ACM IEEE International Symposium Computer Architecture (ISCA).
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, announced it has acquired VaST Systems Technology Corporation to extend its virtual prototyping solutions into the automotive and consumer application space. The acquisition adds a comprehensive set of processor sub-system models frequently found in automotive and consumer applications to Synopsys’ virtual prototyping portfolio. Processor sub-system models allow developers to accelerate the virtualization of electronic systems and to start software development nine to 12 months prior to the availability of silicon.
Impulse Accelerated Technologies announced that Hella Aglaia has completed a design for a Hella Aglaia computer vision 3D automatic passenger counting system using Impulse C to FPGA tools and Xilinx FPGAs in an ASIC prototyping flow. Based on 3D-Sense Technology Hella Aglaia’s self contained Automatic Passenger Counting System AVC 1 offers a counting accuracy greater than 98%. It is possible to verify all results at any time, through the comparison with video recordings.