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More CAN channels and analog I/Os for prototyping system Automotive development tool vendor dSpace GmbH now offers a new I/O board for its MicroAutoBox II prototyping system. The board features six CAN channels as well as 32 ADC and 8 DAC I/Os, offering additional flexibility to connect sensors and actuators which makes it particularly suited for combustion engine and vehicle dynamics controls.The CAN interfaces can be configured through tools like Simulink or dSpace Blocksets RTI (Real-time interface) CAN and RTI CAN MultiMessage, enabling fast and efficient CAN network topology configuration. Anticipating future developments, the CAN interface hardware is prepared to accommodate Partial Networking configurations which makes it possible to selectively switch of specific CAN nodes for energy efficiency reasons. Software support for Partial Networking will be offered in a future release, the vendor said. The MicroAutoBox II with the new DS1513 I/O board will be available in 1Q2014. The board can be combined with a freely programmable FPGA and with the MicroAutoBox PC. dSpace GmbH www.dspace.de Micron collaborates with Broadcom to improve DRAM timing and speed of operation Micron Technology is joining forces with Broadcom Corporation to develop what is claimed to be the industry’s first solution designed for customers challenged by an intrinsic DDR3 timing parameter called tFAW, or four activate window. tFAW refers to a DDR3 timing parameter that restricts data throughput in server, storage and networking applications and can compromise bandwidth by 15 to 35 percent. With every new DRAM generation, the access granularity is becoming double, causing some timing parameters like tRDD and tFAW to restrict data throughput. This creates challenges for high-performance applications because no more than four bank activate commands can be issued in any given tFAW period. The Micron solution validated by Broadcom reduces the tFAW value from 35ns to 30ns for a 2KB page size, DDR3-2133, improving operations per second by 18 percent. This performance increase is especially critical for complex packet processing functions, such as highly scalable IPv4 and IPv6 lookups used in service provider networking applications. The four activate window solution enables Broadcom’s BCM88030 200 Gb/s NPU to achieve extremely scalable L2, IPv4 and IPv6 lookup capacities at wire speed performance using Micron’s DDR3 memory. Micron’s 2Gb and 4Gb DDR3 with the reduced tFAW timing specification are available in volume production now. Micron Technology www.micron.com Raspberry Pi universal demo kit aids TFT panel selection Kyocera Display Europe’s Universal Demo Kit (VIP Kit) can be used to quickly and easily operate all current Kyocera TFT display modules: the converter included in the VIP Kit adapts HDMI graphics data from a Raspberry Pi so that they can be viewed on a Kyocera display panel. Users don’t have to worry about resolution or data format. Texts, photos, images, videos — everything is displayed in real time and at a high resolution. So users can check straight away if the correct display has been selected for the intended application or whether the viewing angles are sufficient. This will benefit designers and developers in industrial automation, medical technology, and not least in the automotive industry. The Kyocera VIP Kit consists of the desired size of display from the Kyocera product range, a universal HDMIto LVDS converter and the appropriate cables and power packs. The converter is designed to be connected directly to the Raspberry, but if required, can also be connected to any HDMI port so that content can be viewed on the corresponding Kyocera display. The kit is available as a plugand play version, enabling you to quickly and easily upload your own images and view them with the application. It can be used anywhere for presentations without the need for an additional display. In addition, graphics can be easily altered and optimised on the display. The Kyocera VIP Kit has a single channel 24-bit HDMI-LVDS converter with a 15-MHz to 85-MHz pixel clock. Other features include VGA (640 x 480) to Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and users can select between Hsync, Vsync or Clock polarity. The power pack supplied provides the required voltage of 12V/1.5 A; and the control unit for the backlight with up to a maximum of 600 mA is integrated. Kyocera www.kyocera.eu Family of optic modules provide cost effective lighting with mid-power LEDs LEDiL has unveiled new family of optic modules for Philips Fortimo Led Line 3R compliant 3-row mid-power modules. The Florence family offers three optical versions. Florence symmetrical beam Z60(60deg) and Z90(90deg) applications provide a uniform and low glare light distribution in advanced low bay environments with 90% efficiency. For low-bay applications the modules provide more light directed to the application area and also offers better area uniformity and better horizontal illuminance. The modules are also suitable for store lighting, office lighting as well as high bay lighting. The Florence asymmetrical beam ZT25 application is designed for retail environments where items are illuminated on shelves on both sides of the aisle. ZT25 provides a uniform double sided asymmetric beam with a twenty degree tilt optimized to illuminate products on the shelves. 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