STMicroelectronics announced their A3G4250D gyroscope. ST’s A3G4250D IC meets the AEC-Q100 industry-standard qualification for automotive integrated circuits. The 3-axis digital-output gyroscope is ideal for a range of automotive applications, including in-dash navigation, telematics and vehicle tolling systems. Samples of the A3G4250D angular-rate sensor are available now. Volume production will start by the second quarter of this. The ST A3G4250D gyroscope is priced at $6 each (for 1000-unit volume).
The four-year SPEEDS (SPEculative and Exploratory Design in Systems Engineering) project, funded under the European Union’s 6th Framework Programme, has come to a highly successful conclusion. The SPEEDS project has resulted in the definition of a novel end-to-end design methodology, process and tool environment for model-based safety-critical embedded systems that significantly improves design quality while reducing both design cycle times and costs.
Reaffirming its leadership in the space market, Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) announced the first fully qualified flash based FPGAs for space flight applications. Actel’s RT ProASIC®3 family successfully passed the extensive testing required for MIL-STD-883 Class B qualification. Building on its 17 year heritage and leadership of providing antifuse FPGAs for system critical applications, Actel ushers in a new paradigm in the space market with the qualification of its flash-based RT ProASIC3 devices.
Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, announced a new step in its systems strategy with the acquisition of Geensoft, the leading provider of innovative embedded systems development solutions, for 5.5M€. The V6 portfolio is expanded by adding the capacity to model and generate the entire vehicle control software system, allowing a validation loop by connecting the physical equipment with the digital mock up.
The IEEE has approved a new revision of the IEEE 1850[tm], “Standard for PSL: Property Specification Language.” The standard provides a language for formal specification of electronic system behavior. The new revision refines the standard, addresses errata and technical issues, and adds extensions related to property reuse and improved simulation usability.
Micrium, a leading developer of real-time embedded software, announced the creation of a strategic business unit that will build on the company’s publishing efforts and success to date. Called MicriumPress, the unit will facilitate creation of a series of books that provide in-depth knowledge to embedded systems design and development engineers as they tackle the growing complexity of embedded designs.
The popularity of Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) systems is growing, with worldwide sales expected to nearly double during the next five years, according to iSuppli Corp. In 2015, in-vehicle and aftermarket RSE sales will reach 5.6 million units, up from 3.1 million in 2009. The United States accounted for nearly half the total in 2009 and will continue to do so in the future.
Numonyx B.V. introduced the industry’s first 65nm multiple I/O serial flash memory product line, extending the broad array of Numonyx memory products designed for the rigorous code and data reliability needs of the embedded market. The new Numonyx® Forté[tm] N25Q serial flash family is designed to deliver the highest performance, flexibility and reliability for today’s most popular embedded applications found in PCs, set-top boxes and communications devices.
Geensoft; a new, independent company focusing on the provision of software design tools and associated professional services for embedded systems development; has been created by a management buy-out (MBO) of the former embedded design tools business of Geensys. The MBO creating Geensoft has been led by former Geensys executives Eliane Fourgeau, Thierry Gueguen and Marc Frouin. Geensoft will be headed by an extremely experienced executive management team that includes Thierry Gueguen as CTO, Michel Hagege as VP of Worldwide Sales and Eliane Fourgeau as CEO. Marc Frouin, Geensys’ former President, will head Geensoft’s new Supervisory Board.
Express Logic, Inc., a worldwide leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), and IAR Systems, a leading provider of software tools for embedded systems, announced a commercial-grade integration for developers of serious applications. The integration combines Express Logic’s ThreadX® RTOS and IAR Embedded Workbench® IDE in a form that is easily used out-of-the box by developers of embedded applications. Both Express Logic and IAR Systems products support most popular 32-bit architectures, including ARM’s ARM7, ARM9 and Cortex-M3, Freescale’s ColdFire, NEC’s V850, and Renesas’s H8. Now, developers using those processors can benefit from the seamless integration of ThreadX and IAR Embedded Workbench, enabling them to bring products to market faster and easier than ever before.