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pulse code that is optimised to take full advantage of the resources of the selected production hardware. New features in Altia Design 11.1 include Validator that gives users the capability to perform real-time validation of their GUI design against general guidelines or even design rules specific to their selected embedded target. Users can now look “under the hood” while their GUI runs within Altia Design to review and trap animation activity with the new Debugger. The next generation of the Altia Design Display Object – the new Layer Manager – helps users to manage multi-layer designs, create screens and handle layer composition. With Altia Design 11.1, users also can import and control eyecatching 3D mesh files and animations from 3D authoring tools. The Multi-Plot Object offers "cool" complex plotting, stripcharting and data logging capabilities for advanced applications such as medical and industrial user interfaces. Complete article, here Dual-protocol module supports ANT and Bluetooth Dynastream Innovation’s N548 module is aimed at Internetof things applications. Based on Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF51422 SoC, this 2.4 GHz solution is small and features concurrent support for both ANT and Bluetooth low energy. The N548 is sized for wearable, home and industrial trends in a 14.0 x 9.8 x 2.0 mm LGA (Land Grid Array) package. Its makers say that it is a combination of technologies not previously available, taking ultra low power wireless to a new level of connectivity, and that, “ANT is always focused on simplifying issues for developers and this module offers all of the latest AN T and AN T+ advantages in a turnkey hardware solution.” Designed for manufacturing simplicity, the N548 AN T SoC Module is fully integrated with PCB antenna, 32 kHz crystal time base, DC-DC converter, and 24 GPIOs with six analogue inputs, allowing developers the freedom to focus on their specific applications. It is pre-certified with FCC/IC/CE/ JP/AU/NZ designations and Bluetooth qualification. Use it in simple sensors as well as cost-focused applications. The N548 highlights the advantages of the ANT protocol, including its strong position in Android smart phones, while enabling a bridge connection between available ANT+ devices and the iOS platform. Complete article, here French consortium formed to advance pedestrian inertial navigation systems by Peter Clarke Movea SA, developer of embedded software for sensor fusion and motion processing, is teaming up with MEMS foundry Tronics Microsystems SA and the Leti and List research institutes in Grenoble to develop an inertial measurement unit to allow pedestrian dead reckoning when geo-location by satellite is not available. The fourth member of the collaboration, and the only one not based in Grenoble, is aerospace and military consultancy EA SII IC. The project plans to produce a wearable device that includes sensors, processor, and data fusion algorithms that connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth. Movea said the team plans to spend $8.5 million over three years on the ASIMUT project to develop a module that makes it possible to measure the location and movements of people inside buildings and in other areas where global positioning by satellite (GPS) is not available. ASIMUT stands for Advanced and Smart Inertial Measurement Unit. Current dead-reckoning systems, based on inertial sensors for step counting and a pressure sensor for estimating vertical movement, are known to lose accuracy when used for prolonged periods, as errors accumulate. Applications for the technology include tracking activities such as lone worker safety inside a building or tracking firefighters, police and security workers during an emergency situation. The platform will also enable more commercial applications such as augmented reality displays for use in museums and shopping malls, Movea said. Movea will provide the software for the module and Tronics will provide the MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes. EA SII IC will build the industrial prototypes of the wearable device. First demonstrations are expected in the middle of 2015. Complete article, here 8 EDN Europe | MAY 2014 www.edn-europe.com


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