Industry Insider – Feb 2015

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Mouser Launches New Motor Control Application Site

Mouser Electronics has announced the introduction of their new Motor Control Applications site. Mouser’s new applications site provides developers with the resources they need to learn about the latest advances in motor control, and the newest components available from Mouser Electronics for building motor control systems.

The new Motor Control Applications site, available on, contains valuable resources for developers interested in expanding their knowledge about motor control systems. The Applications section segments motor control into five main subsections: Permanent Magnet Synchronous motors, Brushless DC motors, Stepper motors, AC Induction motors, and Low Voltage DC motors. These subsections describe the use and operation of each motor. Functional block diagrams are provided with explanations of each block, along with a parts list of products available for same-day shipping.

The Articles section discusses topics such as Introduction to Rotary Resolvers & Encoders and Passive Components for Advanced Motor Control. All articles offer an area to post comments and questions to facilitate further discussions on the topic.

The Featured Products section focuses on key products available from that speed and enhance the construction of motor control systems. Products include the Vishay Widebody VOW3120 2.5A IGBT and MOSFET Driver, Molex Sealed Industrial USB Solutions, and the Fairchild FAN9673 CCM PFC Controller. Additional products for motor control systems are listed including products for EMI suppression, circuit protection, passives, sensors, and motor control development kits.

Finally, the Resources section lists videos, application notes, and white papers that discuss device selection and system considerations when designing motor control systems. Systems discussed include selecting motor drivers, implementing control feedback loops, Power Factor Correction (PFC) techniques, and designing for thermal management.

CreatiVasc Medical and Sealevel Systems Partner on Technology to Improve Dialysis Care

Two companies are working together to create a medical product with the potential to become the standard of care for dialysis grafts. CreatiVasc Medical started full-time operations in 2007 to create intuitive medical devices that bring novel solutions to the growing population that suffer from End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). The company’s latest innovation, the Hemoaccess Valve System, allows blood flow in a dialysis graft to be selectively turned on and off. The technology is designed to improve the lives of patients and reduce the need for certain repetitive surgeries, potentially saving billions of dollars in Medicare costs.

CreatiVasc has partnered with Sealevel Systems to design and manufacture the electronics required to operate and monitor the system. Sealevel Systems designs and manufactures industrial computing solutions in addition to a variety of communications and I/O products used in medical, process control, military, and other mission critical applications.

The Hemoaccess Valve System was originally developed by Greenville vascular surgeon David Cull, CreatiVasc founder. The system is one of three nationwide selected for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Innovation Pathway, designed to accelerate the process of approval without compromising patient safety.

Greenvity and Mitsumi Collaborate on IoT Solution for Low-Voltage Lighting

Greenvity Communications and Mitsumi Electric have expanded their collaborative relationship to include development and manufacturing of a complete Internet of Things (IoT) turnkey solution with cloud and mobile apps for low voltage LED lights in outdoor applications. LED lighting OEMs and ODMs can transform conventional low-voltage outdoor lights into energy-efficient smart lights with controllability for turning on/off, dimming and color temperature mixing to enhance the aesthetic of the environment in all weather conditions.

This innovative smart LED solution is feature-rich with capability to control lights from anywhere in the world using mobile apps (Android and iOS) along with zone grouping and scheduling. The intelligence and communication of the IoT turnkey solution is powered by Greenvity’s GV7013 system-on-chip (SoC) with powerline communications (PLC) and an embedded 8051 microcontroller for lighting control. The GV-LED-Mini-DP kit is now available from Greenvity and customers can use Greenvity’s cloud and mobile apps without license fee.

The IoT turnkey solution for low voltage LED lights consists of Greenvity’s IoT Hub board (GV-Controller-S), Smart LED Controller module for low voltage LED (GV-LED-Mini), IoT cloud and mobile apps (Android and Apple’s iOS). The GV-LED-Mini is a small form-factor module that can be integrated into various types of low voltage LED lights from decorative lights, parking lot lights, and landscape & deck lights. The solution can support from 12 volts up to 30 volts for low voltage LED lighting. The IoT Hub is equipped with ARM9 microprocessor and WiFi with application software that enables cloud and mobile app connection.

Cooperation between German and Chinese Test Specialists

Asia remains the main focus of Goepel electronics global expansion of innovative JTAG/Boundary Scan test solutions. With the high-tech enterprise Watertek Information Technology Co. Ltd, Goepel electronics welcomes another Asian member in his GATE partner network. The aim of this cooperation is the special application development and practical implementation of the latest JTAG/Boundary Scan solutions.

Watertek Information Technology Co. Ltd. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Beijing, with offices in different locations across China. The company is specialized in embedded system and testing services for various sectors such as transport, energy and military & defense.

The aim of the global alliance program, GATE, is the application-specific transfer of Goepel electronic’s JTAG/Boundary Scan product portfolio into a variety of specific custom test instruments through close cooperation. Thereby, ESA technologies (Embedded System Access) are intended to be offered even more easily to the user. The GATE program is available in three different levels, ranging from the Associated Member followed by Selected Members and to the highest level – Center of Expertise (CoE), cooperating with Goepel electronic as a strategic development partner, such as Watertek Information & Technology.

PikeOS Powers Communication Platform from X-ES

Sysgo is announcing the support of its pre-certified hypervisor PikeOS for the XPedite6101 Single Board Computer (SBC) from Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES). The XPedite6101 is based on a Freescale QorIQ architecture with T1042 processor, designed for high-performance networks. PikeOS adds key features like real-time, as well as safety and security, to a cost-effective and energy-efficient platform for critical networks and telecommunication applications in the Internet of Things (IoT).

The XPedite6101 provides a compact and cost-effective rugged computing solution with excellent processing performance-per-watt. It supports multiple processor configurations and up to 8 GB of DDR3 ECC SDRAM and also supports a number of high-performance I/O options. By supporting DPAA (Data Path Acceleration Architecture), PikeOS enables the developer to reach network performance goals while distributing the network-processing workload to different cores of the QorIQ T1042 architecture, which has four e5500 cores running at up to 1.4 GHz.

PikeOS is a hypervisor intended for embedded systems with safety and security requirements. With real-time, virtualization and partitioning, it provides all the features needed to build today’s multi-functional and highly-integrated devices. The PikeOS architecture creates a foundation for critical systems allowing official approval by the authorities regarding safety and security standards. PikeOS is the only European software platform for smart devices in the Internet-of-Things.

Dedicated Computing Joins the Intel Cluster Ready Program for Bioinformatics Research

Dedicated Computing, a global technology company, announced its participation in the Intel Cluster Ready program to deliver integrated high-performance computing (HPC) cluster solutions to the Life Sciences market. Powered by Intel Xeon processors, Dedicated Computing is offering a family of purpose-built analytics and storage clusters for use in bioinformatics research.

Dedicated Computing’s HPC cluster, built upon Intel Cluster Ready architecture, will provide a fully integrated and optimized cluster. From entry level, compact clusters, featuring four multi-core homogeneous nodes, to those with hundreds of heterogeneous computing nodes, and combined with 20 Terabytes to multiple Petabytes of object store, these scalable solutions will be able to support the massive amounts of data that needs to be analyzed, interpreted and stored. These integrated cluster solutions contain securely maintained open source software stacks and cluster management that are designed to accelerate time-to-market, minimize costly validation and verification and enable 24x7x365 system monitoring for increased uptime.

Green Hills and NVIDIA Bring Advanced Graphics and Computer Vision Platform to Automotive

Green Hills has announced that it is integrating its automotive safety and security products and services with high-performance automotive-grade NVIDIA Tegra mobile processors and NVIDIA’s vast library of 3D graphics and computer vision software to the Green Hills Platforms for Automotive. This combination addresses the growing demand for superior single system performance combined with proven safety and security. These are requirements when building next-generation automotive electronic systems for Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS), 3D digital instrument clusters and center console consolidation.

By leveraging the Integrity RTOS as the dominant in-vehicle real-time kernel for instrument cluster and ADAS systems, this next-generation automotive platform will enable automotive OEMs and Tier 1s to reduce design/integration complexity and time-to-market while delivering unmatched advancements in the next generations of in-vehicle electronics.

The NVIDIA Tegra processor is a mobile superchip that incorporates a high performance multicore ARM Cortex CPU complex, the industry’s most powerful GPU technology, and dedicated audio, video, and image processors. The size of a thumbnail, this highly energy-efficient processor enables vibrant 3D graphics, smooth video playback, and advanced audio processing, while placing fewer demands on vehicle electrical systems. In addition, Tegra is able to deliver an unprecedented amount of computing power to drive computer vision and deep learning systems.