Microsemi will host a webinar on single event upset (SEU). Attendees will learn about the risks and consequences of configuration failures in Flash, Antifuse and SRAM FPGA technologies, as well as background information on the physical failure mechanisms associated with SEUs. The webcast is titled SEU Immunity: Is Your Design Really Safe? The online seminar will take place Wednesday, April 17 at 8 am PDT.
Altera, Arrow Electronics, and MathWorks are hosting the DSP Forum. The event will discuss application-specific digital signal processing design methodologies targeted for Altera FPGAs. DSP Forum will also explain how the combination of DSP Builder’s model-based design flow and MathWorks tools helps implement high-performance floating-point DSP. The one-day event will take place in multiple cities from May 1st to June 7th.
Microsemi recently introduced a LCD display reference design for industrial and medical applications. The reference design is based on the SmartFusion customizable system-on-chip. The SmartFusion cSoC integrates FPGA technology with a hardened ARM Cortex-M3 processor and programmable analog blocks. The SmartFusion display reference design source files and user’s guide are available now.
Lattice Semiconductor recently introduced their Sercos III real-time Ethernet solution. The Sercos III solution features the Lattice FPGA device. It is a low cost, low power FPGA-based alternative for engineers who need to implement flexible industrial networking solutions. Sercos is a digital bus that interconnects motion controls, drives, I/O, sensors and actuators for numerically controlled machines and systems. It is designed for the high-speed serial communication of standardized closed-loop real-time data over Industrial Ethernet.
Altera is offering a webinar that presents three reasons why FPGAs should be used in industrial applications. Serving as coprocessors or in systems-on-a-chip (SoC) implementations, FPGAs can help lower the total cost of ownership of industrial applications. The webcast is titled, 3 Reasons to Use FPGAs in Industrial Applications. The online seminar is presented by Jason Chiang, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager at Altera.
Altera has expanded their Industrial Networking Partner Program (INPP). Altera’s INPP now includes a new Industrial Networking Kit (INK) from Terasic. The kit features Altera’s Cyclone IV E FPGA. The combination of Altera’s INPP and the INK reduces development time by serving as a common development platform for embedded industrial designs. INK is available now for $795. INPP enables designers to access INK and Altera’s industrial intellectual property (IP) partners in one place. Designers can choose the industrial networking IP that suits their system.
During National Instruments NIWeek 2010, Xilinx will offer demonstrations and technical sessions based on the LabVIEW FPGA Module. The sessions will focus on aerospace, industrial, medical and wireless applications. Xilinx will also show how their rad-hard Virtex-5QV FPGA is ideal for space applications. NIWeek 2010 will take place August 3-5 at the Austin, Texas Convention Center. The event focuses on graphical system design.
Xilinx announced the Spartan-6 FPGA Industrial Video Processing Kit. The Industrial Imaging Targeted Design Platform accelerates development of high-performance video processing applications for low-cost, low-power industrial imaging systems. Industrial equipment OEMs can now rapidly build and evaluate reprogrammable imaging solutions with high-definition image resolutions, specialized image sensor interfaces, and intelligent video and advanced image processing algorithms. The Spartan-6 FPGA Industrial Video Processing Kit is available for order from Avnet with shipments later this month. General availability with production-grade silicon is targeted for next month. The kit is priced at $2,695 (US).
Xilinx announced the Spartan-6 FPGA Industrial Ethernet Kit. The Targeted Design Platform is optimized for industrial automation system design with low-cost, low-power Xilinx Spartan-6 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The Xilinx Industrial Automation Targeted Design Platform accelerates development of real-time Ethernet networks. The Spartan-6 FPGA Industrial Ethernet Kit is available now from Avnet in limited quantities with general availability in April 2010. The kit is priced at $1,895 (US).
Altera introduced an industrial safety data package for automation applications. Altera created a pre-qualified development tool chain, including safety manuals and safety intellectual property (IP) cores. The Altera solution will shorten development time and lower total system cost in safety-critical industrial applications, such as servo and inverter drives, safety devices, and automation controllers. Altera’s industrial safety data package will be available early in the second quarter of this year.