Supplier Stories for the Week of March 9

The latest supplier news includes a machine learning IDE for Arm processors, ultra-thin custom capacitors, a new night vision image sensor, and more.
  • Cartesiam Releases NanoEdge AI Studio for Arm Cortex-M MCUs

    Cartesiam, a company that creates artificial intelligence (AI) software for embedded systems, has announced the availability of NanoEdge AI Studio, the first integrated development environment (IDE) that enables machine learning and inference directly on Arm Cortex-M microcontrollers (MCUs).

    The company says NanoEdge AI Studio is an intuitive software tool that allows system designers using Arm’s low-power, low-cost microcontrollers “to quickly, easily and inexpensively integrate machine learning directly into their everyday objects (industrial machines, IoT, automotive, household appliances, and more).”

    “Cartesiam’s NanoEdge AI Studio offers a completely different approach, with a cost- and time-efficient and self-learning AI,” said Marc Dupaquier, general manager and co-founder, Cartesiam, said in a press statement. “It allows any embedded designer to develop application-specific machine learning libraries quickly and run the program inside the microcontroller right where the signal becomes data. It’s the only solution that can run both machine learning and inference on the microcontroller.”

    NanoEdge AI Studio is available today for download. A trial version that allows designers to begin working with the IDE is also available on http://www.cartesiam.ai.

    (Image source: Cartesiam)

  • Cinch Connectivity Solutions Extends Its SMPM Series with a 0.210-in. Bullet Adapter

    Cinch Connectivity Solutions has announced a 0.210-in. bullet adapter expansion to its Johnson SMPM series of connectors. The adapter is used in conjunction with board mount and cabled connector offerings in full detent, limited detent and smooth bore configurations, in single port and four port systems.

    According to the company, the adapter offers superior performance from DC to 65GHz and a maximum VSWR of 1.15 to 18 GHz, 1.25 to 40 GHz, and 1.45 to 65GHz. Clinch Connectivity says adapter is designed to provide high performance and reliability in conditions where space and package density are limited and extreme shock and vibrations are expected. Applications include test and measurement equipment, instrumentation test fixture equipment semiconductor ATE test boards, microwave tuners and digitizers, rack mount, and RF subsystems.

    (Image source: Cinch Connectivity)

  • Cornell Dubilier Unveils PPC Series of Ultra-Thin, Custom-Shaped Capacitors

    Cornell Dubilier says its new PPC Series of ultra-thin polymer aluminum electrolytic capacitors are thinner than a dime and represents a totally new capacitor form factor. Designed specifically for applications requiring high ripple current and the thinnest possible profiles, type PPC opens up new product design options, according to the company. The PPC is 1mm thin and uses versatile packaging technology that makes it possible for capacitors to be formed into custom shapes and sizes to accommodate available space.

    “A single PPC capacitor offers capacitance and ripple current equivalent to dozens of SMT capacitors or a bulky cylindrical device,” said Mario DiPietro, Product Manager at Cornell Dubilier, in a press statement. Cornell Dubilier claims that a single PPC capacitor is equivalent to a parallel bank of 50 or more polymer tantalum capacitors and occupies one fourth the height. Also, circuit reliability is improved by using a single component versus an entire array of SMT capacitors.

    Custom values are available within a capacitance range of 8,000 µF to 20,000 µF, with working voltages ranging from 6.3 to 24 WVDC. The company plans to extend the series to higher operating voltages later in the year. Operating life is 2,000 hours at 125 degrees Celcius.

    (Image source: Cornell Dubilier)

  • Hex Five Announces MultiZone Security for Arm Cortex M Series Processors

    Hex Five Security has made its MultiZone Security technology available to Arm Cortex-M processors including the Cortex M0+, Cortex M3, Cortex M4, and Cortex M7, as well as microcontrollers produced by Microchip, NXP Semiconductors, Renesas, STMicroelectronics, GigaDevice, and others.

    Hex Five's MultiZone solution provides security without the need to add extra hardware or redesign the SoC, and eliminates the complexity associated with managing a hybrid hardware/software security scheme.

    “Achieving truly robust security for a world of a trillion connected devices requires an ecosystem of partners who recognize security needs to be built-in from the ground up,” said Tim Whitfield, VP Strategy, Automotive and IoT Line of Business at Arm, in a press statement. “By collaborating with Hex Five, we are enabling our customers with more choices for foundational security across a broad range of Arm-based platforms.” 

    “The design complexity associated with traditional hardware isolation mechanisms often results in them not being used at all,” said Cesare Garlati, CEO and Founder of Hex Five Security, said in a press release. “To minimize human error, attack surface, and risk of system vulnerability, MultiZone encapsulates and hides the complexity of managing the underlying hardware security blocks. The only interaction between the developer and the trusted execution environment is a simple policy definition file. No coding, compilation, linking, and debugging required – or in fact even allowed.”

    Hex Five says that, unlike traditional solutions, MultiZone is self-contained, presents an extremely small attack surface, and it is policy-driven – meaning that it doesn't require hardware or software redesign.

    (Image source: Hex Five)

  • IAR Embedded Workbench Now Supports Renesas Electronics's RA Family for IoT Development

    IAR Systems has announced that its IAR Embedded Workbench now offers full coverage for the RA Arm Cortex microcontrollers (MCUs) from Renesas Electronics Corporation. The IAR Embedded Workbench provides code optimizations and comprehensive debugging features in an easy-to-use integrated development environment with excellent worldwide technical support and training.

    “We are excited to extend support for IAR Embedded Workbench on our newest Renesas RA MCU Family,” Roger Wendelken, Senior Vice President, MCU Business Division, Renesas, said in a press statement. “IAR Systems is a key ecosystem partner and their tools will help customers maximize the benefits of the RA MCU Family to build the next generation of embedded solutions.”

    “The embedded industry is moving faster than ever, and developers need to have access to integrated, flexible solutions that provides advanced functionality without compromising performance or quality,” Anders Holmberg, Chief Strategy Officer, IAR Systems, added. “With the RA Family, Renesas is meeting these demands by making the ecosystem an essential part of the offering. Developers can trust IAR Systems’ tools to leverage this technology and provide the integrations they need.”

    IAR says the Embedded Workbench for Arm also offers extensive debugging and analysis possibilities such as complex code and data breakpoints, runtime stack analysis, call stack visualization, code coverage analysis, and integrated monitoring of power consumption. The Workbench's ointegrated code analysis tools ensure code quality, and for simplified functional safety certification, a pre-certified version of the toolchain is available, according IAR. In addition, IAR Systems’ integrated in-circuit debugging probes offer further capabilities for seamless and flexible development workflows.

    (Image source: IAR)

  • Keystone Releases New Retainers for 5.8mm Micro Batteries

    Keystone has expanded its lines of coin and button cell battery retainers for applications ranging from portable medical devices, to toys, watches, remotes, and other devices utilizing high-density PCB packaging.

    These new retainers accept all 5.8mm diameter lithium and silver oxide batteries from all major manufacturers and are compatible with all soldering and reflow operations (including lead free and high temperature) and with most vacuum and mechanical pick-and-place assembly systems, according to Keystone. The retainers are manufactured with phosphor bronze with tin-nickel plating and engineered with reliable spring tension, which the company says ensures low contact resistance while firmly securing batteries within retainers.

    Keystone is making two versions available: The SMT version features solder tails located outside of retainer body to ease visual inspection of solder joints. The THM version features snap-in legs to maintain retainer secure during the soldering process.

    (Image source: Keystone)

  • Monticont Expands Its Linear Voice Coil Motor Offerings

    Monticont has made two new additions to its LVCM family of Linear Voice Coil Motors. The new LVCM-025-038-01 features a continuous force of 2.5lbs (11.0N), a peak force of 7.8lbs (34.7N), and a stroke of 0.37in.  (9.5mm ).
    The new LVCM-025-038-02 features a 1.000-in. (25.4mm) stroke, a continuous force of 16.4 oz (4.6N), and a peak force of 51.9oz (14.4N). Both new models are 1.000 in. (25.4 mm) in diameter and the housings are 1.500in. (38.1mm) long.

    “Both the LVCM-025-038-01 and the LVCM-025-038-02 feature very high accuracy and repeatability when operated as a DC servo motor in a closed servo loop.  Each linear motor also features a 10-32 UNC-2B threaded mounting hole in the housing and two 6-32 UNC-2B threaded mounting holes in the coil end on 0.50 in. (25.4 mm) centers for easy integration into new and existing applications,” according to Monitcont.

    The company says its newest miniature brushless DC servo motors are ideal for assembly, sorting, laser machining and drilling, haptic feedback, packaging, sampling, work holding and clamping, scanning, laser beam steering and filtering, and wafer handling, among other applications

    (Image source: Monticont)

  • Newark Launches Exclusive Raspberry Pi 4 Starter Kit for Embedded Computing

    Newark has launched an exclusive Raspberry Pi 4 Starter Kit featuring the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B computer and a range of Newark’s own Multicomp Pro products to provide an out-of-the-box experience for first-time users and customers looking to reduce development times for new embedded products.

    The starter kit includes:

    4GB Raspberry Pi 4 Model B computerPower supply16GB Class 10 microSD card, preloaded with NOOBs2 x micro HDMI cables for dual displayChoice of black or white case

    In a press statement: Cliff Ortmeyer, Global Head of Technical Marketing for Newark said: “The new exclusive Raspberry Pi 4 Starter Kit offers an easier than ever way to get started with Raspberry Pi 4 and eliminates the need to purchase everything separately. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B computer is a faster, more powerful and more feature-rich single board computer than previous models and addresses the needs of the growing market for Raspberry Pi.”

    (Image source: Raspberry Pi Foundation)

  • NXP Announces New Digital Key Solution for Shared Vehicle Security

    NXP Semiconductors has announced a new automotive Digital Key Solution that enables smartphones, key fobs, and other mobile devices to securely communicate, store, authenticate, and share digital keys with vehicles. This makes car access securely transferable from 1:1 to many to many.

    NXP says the new solution expands the convenience of car access by providing the secure basis required to enable new features like key sharing, multi-car access, and configurable driving rights. Built on NXP’s automotive qualified Secure Element and NFC chipsets, the solution follows the Car Connectivity Consortium’s Standardization Release 2, an architecture that is endorsed by the world’s leading carmakers, smartphone manufacturers and electronics suppliers.

    “The digitalization of Car Access is developing rapidly, driven by the desire for secure solutions that enable a new lifestyle,” said Markus Staeblein, Vice President & General Manager, Secure Car Access, NXP, in a press statement. “Imagine families and friends sharing their car keys via smart devices, fleet and car sharing companies providing keys over the cloud and online orders delivered to your car.”

    (Image source: NXP Semiconductors)

  • OmniVision Releases the Nyxel 2 Image Sensor for Machine and Night Vision

    OmniVision Technologies, a developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, has unveiled the Nyxel 2 – its next-generation near-infrared (NIR) technology for image sensors that operate in low to no ambient light conditions.

    According to the company the Nyxel 2 provides a 25% improvement in the invisible 940nm NIR light spectrum and a 17% bump at the barely visible 850nm NIR wavelength over the previous generation model, enabling the sensors to see even better and farther under the same amount of light, further extending their image detection range. Nyxel 2-based camera systems also require fewer LED lights, thus reducing overall power consumption and extending battery life, according to OmniVision. The company says the Nyxel 2's improved performance makes it an ideal technology for surveillance systems, automotive in-cabin driving monitoring systems, and under-display sensors in mobile devices.

    (Image source: OmniVision)

  • Renesas Expands Its RF Beamforming Portfolio

    Renesas has expanded its portfolio of mmWave solutions with the introduction of two new IC families for satellite communications (Satcom), radar, and phased array applications – the F65xx transmit active beamforming ICs and F692x low-noise amplifiers (LNAs).

    According to Renesas, the next generation of 8-channel F6521 (Ku), F6522 (Ka) and F6513 (CDL) Tx active beamforming ICs satifies the tight integration requirements of planar phased array antennas. The company says they simultaneously satisfy both the effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP) and thermal dissipation requirements of terrestrial Satcom terminals operating on low/medium Earth orbit (LEO) and geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO) satellite networks in the Ku- and Ka-band spectrum.

    The new F6921 (Ku), F6922 (Ka), and F6923 (CDL) dual-channel LNAs offer a combination of low power consumption, low noise, high gain, and compact size to maximize the antenna array G/T, while also minimizing the antenna aperature’s physical size. This results in lower overall power dissipation and lower system cost, according to Renesas.

    Evaluation kits and pre-production samples of the F65xx and F692x ICs will be available to qualified customers starting in April 2020.

    ([Image source: Renesas)

  • STMicroelectronics iNEMO Sensors Deliver Machine-Learning Core Efficiencies for Industrial and Consumer Applications

    STMicroelectronics is extending the benefits of its motion-detection machine-learning core (MLC) technologies into industrial and high-end consumer applications with its newest ISM330DHCX and LSM6DSRX 6-axis iNEMO inertial measurement units (IMU).

    According to the company, the MLC performs basic AI pre-processing of motion data using about 0.001 times the power a typical microcontroller (MCU) would consume to complete the same task. “As a result, IMUs featuring this IP can offload the host MCU, enabling longer battery runtime, lower maintenance, and reduced size and weight in context-aware and motion-sensing devices.”

    ST says its LSM6DSRX and ISM330DHCX are ready for high-end consumer and industrial applications such as augmented/virtual reality, drone flight controls, dead-reckoning navigation systems, disk-antenna positioning systems, fleet management, container-tracking devices, and dynamic inclinometers for industrial vehicles. According to company specs: “The consumer-grade LSM6DSRX contains a 3-axis accelerometer and a 3-axis digital gyroscope with extended full-scale angular-rate range up to ±4000dps and leading-edge performance in temperature and time. The industrial-grade ISM330DHCX comes with 10-year product-longevity assurance and is specified from -40°C to 105°C, with embedded temperature compensation for superior stability.”

    Both devices are currently in production.

    (Image source: STMicroelectronics)

  • Varjo's XR-1 VR Headset Now Features Real-Time Chroma Keying and Marker Tracking

     Varjo has introuced real-time chroma keying and marker tracking as early access features for its XR-1 Developer Edition headset. These two features allow enterprise customers to seamlessly integrate photorealistic virtual content with the real-world and achieve accurate pixel quality and occlusion inside mixed reality.

    Chroma keying is particularly beneficial for professional workflows where aligning virtual content accurately with the physical world is crucial. This new feature for the XR-1 allows developers to easily define parts of reality, identify them with color, and replace them with virtual models or scenery without heavy development costs. According to Varjo, with chroma key, virtual content also occludes perfectly with real-world objects or hands, allowing intuitive interactions. Using Varjo’s object tracking with visual markers, professionals can make virtual objects appear exactly where they want them in their surroundings. An automotive designer, for example, can sit in a car and replace parts of the interior with designs that are not yet built in reality with the click of a button.

    Both chroma keying and marker tracking are available in early access to all users of the XR-1 Developer Edition headset.

    (Image source: Varjo)

  • Velo3D Partners with Duncan Machine Products to 3D Print Oil and Gas Industrial Parts

    Velo3D has announced a new customer partnership in the oil and gas industry with Duncan Machine Products (DMP), a woman-owned, full-service precision-machining company that has become a key supplier to the oil and gas and aerospace industry. Duncan is expanding into metal additive manufacturing (AM) using Velo3D's solution to address increasing customer demand for increased part performance and shorter lead times.

    Velo3D's metal AM solution consists of its Flow advanced pre-print software, Sapphire printer, and Assure quality management software. DMP will take delivery of the system in the second quarter of 2020.

    In a press statement, Chris Billings, co-owner of DMP said, “We know that AM is essential for our future expansion. We chose Velo3D because their Sapphire printer can handle the most geometric complexity, and their support-less process doesn’t require customers to redesign their parts. This will enable us to bid on a larger portfolio of projects. We put Velo3D to the test on a series of customer-driven part builds and, in the end, it was an easy decision.”

    “Metal AM is a very compatible manufacturing process for the oil and gas industry, given the complex engineering requirements,” says Benny Buller, Founder and CEO of Velo3D, said in a press statement, “Our SupportFree technology can make highly complex geometries without the burden of post-processing—providing repeatability, process gains, and greater productivity for oilfield service providers.”

    (Image source: Velo3D)

  • WinSystems Debuts the SYS-ITX-N-3900 Small Form Factor Industrial Computing Platform

    WinSystems has released the SYS-ITX-N-3900, a small-form factor Nano-ITX single board industrial computing platform. Built on the Intel E3900, the company says the SYS-ITX-N-3900 offers significant processing power enhancements over previous generations. The system includes dual gigabit Ethernet controllers, two USB 3.0 channels, a RS-232/422/485 serial port, and a soldered-down TPM 2.0 module for authenticating root of trust.
    "Even in such a small form factor, our SYS-ITX-N-3900 embedded computing platform delivers highly reliable, fanless operation in temperatures spanning -20 degrees Celsius to +60 degree Celsius," WinSystems's Technical Sales Director George T. Hilliard said in a press release. "It also accommodates DC input power ranging from +12V to 24V DC, essential for flexibility in different harsh industrial environments."

    The SYS-ITX-N-3900 supports Windows 10 IoT and Linux operating systems.

    (Image source: WinSystems)

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