Smart Sensors – Not Only Intelligent, but Adaptable

By Carolyn Mathas, Electronic Products A smart sensor, according to generally accepted industry definitions, combines a sensing element, analog interface circuit, an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), and a bus interface, all in one housing. Making the grade against the newest generation of smart sensors, however, means that additional functionality must be included, such as self-testing, self-identification, self-validation, or self-adaptation. Of particular …

How FPGAs, multicore CPUs, and graphical programming are changing embedded design

Editor’s Note: In this Product How-to article, Sanjay Challa of National Instruments provides an overview of how the combination of FPGAs, multicore CPUs and graphical programming environments such as the company’s LabView are changing the nature of embedded systems design. Embedded systems consist of hardware and software components designed to perform a specific function, and often have real-time and/or …

The key to realizing full multicore design functionality

In today’s increasingly complex and interconnected world, system-on-a-chip (SoC) performance requirements are influenced by existing, evolving and emerging applications. Continued evolution of the functionality required to meet performance and cost targets makes this a great time for designers to undertake a deep exploration of the architectural underpinnings of multicore solutions they are considering. Ideally a multicore SoC architecture includes …

Managing intelligent I/O processing on DSP + GPP SoCs

This Product How-To article about TI’s OMAP-L138 C6-Integra DSP + ARM processor details the steps a developer needs to follow in building an application that must balance I/O processing tasks between a general purpose microcontroller and a digital signal processor. DSP system developers face a difficult task of choosing options to meet increasing system performance requirements. Up the speed, …

Attain Outcome Certainty by Employing Efficient Embedded Software!

Embedded software is built into electronics and can be found in various appliances. This kind of software is popularly used in missiles, airplanes, process control systems too. This software is developed for a broad range of embedded processors. These processors comprise of 8, 16 and can come in 32 bits too. The software usually includes an RTOS which is a …