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EMBEDDED ELECTRONICS Reflex CES enters mainstream FPGA-prototyping market The FPP 25 introduced by Reflex CES is a fast ASIC/SOC prototyping platform for emulating designs of up to 25-million ASIC gates using a stand-alone system. Based on Xilinx Virtex-7 2000T FPGAs, FPP 25 exploits Reflex CES’ collaboration with Flexras, an EDA company specializing in FPGA design partitioning software, and Adacsys, a functional verification software provider, to offer design engineers an easy-to-use, next generation platform to speed up validation and verification of complex, high density digital designs. FPP 25 integrates Flexras Wasga automatic partitioning design suite offering high performance partitioning, timing analysis and high speed, pin-multiplexing IP to improve design productivity. The Reflex CES FPP 25 prototyping platform can optionally add Adacsys AVA (Advanced Verification Acceleration) software for advanced verification as well as Xilinx Vivado and Xilinx ChipScope debugging tools. It operates with a GbE interface, an USB interface or a 4-lane PCIe cable (GEN2). A single platform can emulate up to 25-million ASIC gates using three high density Virtex-7 FPGAs (two XC7V2000Ts and one XC7VX485T) that are 100% available to user applications. Each Virtex-7 2000T FPGA intercommunicates by nearly 400 LVDS signals at 1.25Gbps. An onboard CPU with an embedded Linux OS is implemented to handle the configuration and monitoring functions. Up to five FPP 25 platforms can be chained together to address high density designs. Reflex CES www.reflexces.com Graphic-rich embedded box PC for industrial automation applications Aaeon’s TKS-G50-QM77 is a high performance embedded box PC based on the 3rd Generation Intel Core processor. Designed for flexible customization, the TKS-G50-QM77 can easily be adopted for other applications that require high performance computing in a small form factor enclosure such as gaming, advanced digital signage, transportation and highend kiosks. The 3rd Generation Intel Core processors offer an overall 38% improvement over the previous generation and with a lower thermal envelop, it is a designer’s choice when designing high performance, small embedded devices. The TKS-G50-QM77 includes the quad core Intel Core i7- 3610QE processor with DDR3 1333/1600 SODIMM memory, and the system has a maximum of 8GB memory. TKS-G50- QM77 features two Gigabit Ethernet ports, one CRT (or DVI-I optional), 2-channel High Definition Audio, two SATA 6.0Gb/s (supports RAID 0,1 option), one CFast, two USB3.0, two USB2.0, four COM, a programmable 8-bit Digital I/O and one Mini Card expansion slot for wireless networking options. DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.1, OpenCL 1.1 and stereoscopic 3D are supported enhancing up to 50% 3D graphics performance and up to 1.8X real time HD-HD transcode improvements. The TKS-G50-QM77 is Windows 8 ready and supports most legacy embedded Operating Systems. AAEON Technology www.aaeon.com Highly integrated MIPS dual core SoC for power-efficient affordable devices Chinese SoC designer Ingenic Semiconductor has launched a highly integrated dual core MIPS-based SoC with PowerVR graphics in a new 10” Android 4.1 tablet reference design. The 1.3GHz JZ4780 SoC uses Ingenic’s MIPS-based XBurst processor, with an innovative highperformance and ultra-low power pipelining architecture that consumes approximately 140mW per GHz under full load. At approximately 30mm2 die size in 40nm, the JZ4780 provides a low-cost solution for consumer electronics products. The SoC features a video processing unit (VPU) powered by a second XBurst processing engine for advanced 1080p HD video performance and includes HDMI, LVDS, audio codec, GPS baseband, and other analog/application blocks and rich interconnect interfaces plus PowerVR SGX Series5 graphics IP from UK supplier Imagination Technologies. At CES, MIPS and Ingenic showcased the JZ4780 SoC in a new 10” tablet reference design developed by Ingenic. Ingenic has also demonstrated a version of the tablet that includes embedded LTE functionality from Altair Semiconductor, with Altair’s MIPS-Based FourGee chipset. www.mips.com Apalis: a new computer on module architecture for embedded computing Toradex has unveiled a new, independent, computer on module architecture called Apalis, designed to be future proof and to support a range of SoCs. Interfaces on Apalis modules are divided into two categories: standard and type specific. Standard interfaces are the ones most commonly used. These are kept entirely compatible between all modules in the emerging Apalis family. This feature enables a price and performance optimised product with room to increase processing power and storage in the future. Typespecific interfaces such as MIPI CSI or DSI can be valuable additions, but are less commonly used in industrial applications, and usually suffer from very short product life spans in the mobile and consumer markets. Integration into custom carrier boards is made easy by Toradex’s Direct Breakout technology which enables signal routing directly from the module connector to outside world I/O ports without crossing traces or traversing layers. The module can be fixed to a carrier board either with M3 screws or a MXM Snaplock connector which provides a simple retention mechanism for the development phase or in gentler conditions. The Apalis computer on module architecture comes with pre-installed operating systems - Windows Embedded Compact or Linux. First in the family, the Apalis T30 module will begin shipping in March 2013. Toradex www.toradex.com 40 Electronic Engineering Times Europe February 2013 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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