April - 2014
- FPGAs for Speed and Flexibility
Learn about FPGA-based system design for embedded computing I/O signal processing applications. We discuss how advanced Xilinx Virtex and Altera Stratix FPGAs make use of multiple digital clock managers and simultaneous parallel execution to rapidly compute a set of integrated processes including FFT, SERDES, FIFO management, logic sequencing, DDR control, and more.
March - 2014
- Disruptive New Serial-Interface; Intelligent Memory Architecture Jumps 100/400GbE Performance Wall
Packet processor design teams face increasingly difficult challenges as they seek to provide their network equipment manufacturers with state-of-the-art devices. The interrelated system-level trade-offs include performance, pin count, and area, and are all ultimately limited by power consumption considerations. To successfully compete, network chip vendors must consider end-to-end solutions for system architects and developers. In turn, as OEMs introduce multi-terabit systems, they must aggregate multiple 100 Gbps ports on each line card or risk falling behind the performance curve.
- Windows CE Development for RISC Computers Made Easy
Windows CE (a.k.a. Windows Embedded Compact), originally released in 1996, can be an attractive alternative to the full Windows operating system offering system designers the ability to control power, size, and cost in a new product. For example, the runtime license cost of the CE operating system alone can save as much as $150 over the license cost for standard Windows. Additionally, the componentized nature of CE is recognized as more stable and reliable than the Windows for desktop machines.
February - 2014
- Increasing Precision in Diagnostic Equipment
Precision is at the heart of every diagnostic device. The precision of a system is the degree to which the system will consistently provide the same result given the same operating conditions. Precision is crucial – whether a system is a complex magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sensor, an embedded tire pressure sensor, or a low-cost blood glucose meter – because it serves as the foundation for both accuracy and reliability. For example, if a meter’s readings between two equivalent samples vary significantly, it will be difficult for the system to determine an appropriate response.
- Unprecedented Performance Gains with the Intel® Atom™ Processor C2000 Product Family
The Intel Atom processor C2000 product family (codenamed Rangeley) offers a range of highly energy efficient 64-bit system-on-a-chips (SoCs) in two-to-eight core designs, offering significant I/O and acceleration integration for the communications market. Using Intel’s industry-leading 22-nanometer (nm) 3-D Tri-Gate transistor technology, the new processors deliver significantly greater performance and power efficiency than the previous generations of Intel Atom processors. Lanner's R&D department recently conducted benchmark testing on several of our products based on the Intel Atom processor C2000 product family in order to provide a precise comparison on the security performance between the current and previous generations of Intel® Atom™ processors.
- Consolidating Systems for Reduced Cost & Complexity in the Factory
Using virtualization to host multiple discrete workloads on a single computing device is an important trend in manufacturing today, leading to reduced cost and complexity in the factory environment. This white paper describes the benefits of system consolidation along with the technical requirements for implementation. Read now to learn more.
- Putting FPGAs to Work in Software Radio Systems
We begin our discussion with the basic elements of a software radio receiver system. The front end usually contains an analog RF amplifier and often an analog RF translator. This translates the high frequency RF signals down to a frequency that an A/D converter can handle. This is usually below 200 MHz and is often an IF output.
- New! Free Download: Updated Pentek SDR Handbook
Before we look at SDR and its various implementations in embedded systems, we’ll review a theorem fundamental to sampled data systems such as those encountered in Software-Defined Radios.
November - 2013
- Computer System Design for Critical Applications
"Industrial computer" is a widely used term that unfortunately can be quite ambiguous, often applied to computers that have little real advantage over commercial PCs but may outwardly appear "rugged". However, there are many applications that need a computer system that is truly built to a higher standard…
- MIL-STD-1553 IP
The MIL-STD-1553 serial data bus is widely used for control purposes in avionics, aircraft and space systems. Forty years since its release, 1553 is evolving from traditional integrated circuits (IC) to intellectual property (IP) cores integrated with Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) logic. The history of MIL-STD-1553, the advantages and requirements of 1553 IP cores compared to standard ICs, and IP core design best practices are discussed in this white paper.
- Using FPGAs to Improve Embedded Designs
Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are semiconductor devices that are programmed after manufacturing to accomplish application specific functionality. FPGAs experienced rapid technology advancement in the 1990s, and today are found in a vast variety of products ranging from simple consumer items to highly complex military systems.
- Free MythBuster – Extended Temperature Embedded Computers
The “extended temperature” designation theoretically assures that an embedded computer will perform reliably in extreme temperature environments. But how do you know for sure? Are there commercial grade components being used on the board? Is the board 100% tested? Download this MythBuster paper to learn how to find a truly reliable solution for your embedded computing needs.
- Providing Optimal Storage Solutions for Embedded Computing
High-speed signal processing systems that utilize stored streaming data are among the applications driving the demand for an unprecedented amount of storage capacity. Data-intensive ISR, situational awareness, sonar and airborne monitoring as well as non-defense applications place significant demands on storage systems. These same embedded applications also frequently require high bandwidth access as well as data encryption, fast erasure and write protection.
October - 2013
- My RTL is an Alien!
FPGA-based prototyping is gaining popularity because it provides an economical way to functionally verify an ASIC design by creating a prototype that runs close to "at speed." FPGA-based prototypes also provide a great platform for early system software development. However, FPGA architectures include resources, building blocks, power circuitry, and clocks that are fundamentally different from those of an ASIC. With over 70% of today's ASICs and systems-on-chips (SoCs) being prototyped in an FPGA, designers are looking for ways to ease the creation of FPGA-based prototypes directly from the ASIC design source files.
- Designing with FPGAs for Embedded Computing Speed and Flexibility
Learn how to rapidly compute custom FFTs, SERDES, logic, and more with FPGAs. We discuss implementing co-processors, like Acromag Virtex-6 FPGA modules with high-speed PCIe/GbE interconnects, that make use of multiple digital clock managers with IP cores and software development tools to attain higher performance and flexibility.
September - 2013
- Avoiding an Energy Storage Crisis: The 8 Key Advantages of Solid State Batteries
Unique Solid State Rechargeable Batteries are being used by Medical, Industrial Control, Consumer Electronics, Appliance and Smart Energy companies to power their new innovative electronic product designs. These batteries have capabilities that are superior to legacy energy storage devices such as coin cell batteries and supercapacitors. This white paper identifies the product requirements and technical specifications that are addressed by Cymbet EnerChip smart rechargeable solid state batteries.
- RF Design is Easy – Just Let Someone Else Do It
If you’re not designing Wi-Fi (802.11) into your systems already, you’ll be doing so very soon. Wi-Fi is rapidly establishing itself as the standard wireless connection for industrial devices. But there no need to start from scratch. This article will describe some of the ways in which vendors can serve as your 802.11 firmware and hardware development partners, and how they can save you time, money and trouble while doing so.
- Make Smart Phones Smarter
As tablets and smart phones become more ubiquitous in the corporate and M2M business world, connecting to older technologies – especially serial ports -- has become a bit more complicated. This article will describe the ways in which embedded AP modules can solve the problem by creating small, self-sustaining Wi-Fi network around your equipment. This doesn’t change the way the your existing devices are used, it just makes them easily accessible to tablets and phones.
- Six Considerations for Successful Wireless Connectivity
Steady improvements in wireless technology are allowing more and more devices to establish wireless connectivity with the same reliability that has already been achieved with cable communications. Better still, it is becoming possible to make these kinds of connections in increasingly difficult environments and with legacy equipment. This article will describe some of the techniques you can use to make those connections seamless.
August - 2013
- An FPGA Approach to Implementing Time-Critical Functions in Multi-Sensor Mobile Designs
An FPGA Approach to Implementing Time-Critical Functions in Multi-Sensor Mobile Designs.
- High Density Digital Signal Processing with ATCA
Traditional methods of digital signal processing in military and aerospace applications have used specialized FPGAs, multiprocessor VME or OpenVPX solutions. Advances in microprocessor technology and accompanying software could mean that AdvancedTCA® (ATCA®) has the potential to replace some of those expensive highly specialized elements in complex signal processing applications.
- ATCA Now & Next
Get an overview of the current state-of-the-art in ATCA, discussing where it’s being deployed, what kinds of applications and technologies are driving its growth, its relevance in the context of all-IP cloud deployments, and what the future may hold for the standard products and adoption.
July - 2013
- Software Defined Radio Handbook 10th Edition
Pentek offers board and system-level SDR products that include digital downconverters, upconverters and transceivers for a complete SDR solution.
May - 2013
- Achieving DO-178C Compliance
DO-178C is the how-to manual for complying with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), which outlines the software development requirements for FAA approval. This paper focuses on specific processes, such as verification and validation activities, traceability, testing methods, and test environments described in DO-178C.
April - 2013
- Designing with FPGAs for Embedded Computing Speed and Flexibility
Learn about FPGA-based system design for embedded computing I/O signal processing applications. Free your CPU by rapidly computing custom FFTs, SERDES, logic, and more. We discuss implementing co-processors, like Acromag Virtex-6 FPGA modules with high-speed PCIe/GbE interconnects, using IP cores and software development tools for higher performance and flexibility.
- Introduction to VPX Technology
What is VPX? VPX (VITA 46) is the next generation of ruggedized compact embedded systems. VPX expands the possible bandwidth, compared to traditional VME systems, by replacing the parallel bus with high speed serial busses. In this white paper, we discuss the serial interconnects, profiles, protocols, and more.
January - 2013
- Rugged GPGPUs for UAV Synthetic Aperture RADAR (SAR)
Small light-weight UAV SAR have always been a compromise between size, weight, and power, with capability and real-time actionable intelligence. Traditional digital signal processing technologies processing capability struggles to meet small light weight UAV SAR mission requirements in a timely fashion. Rugged COTS GPGPU boards with their impressive processing capability will disrupt the traditional methods of creating and designing SARs for light-weight UAVs.
November - 2012
- Kontron announces next-generation digital signage kit to help streamline development and deployment of intelligent signage systems
Streamline intelligent digital signage development with the DSEK-12 evaluation kit from Kontron. The next-generation DSEK-12 is a powerful resource for retail, transportation and medical companies that are looking to implement digital signage as an influential new vehicle to interact with customers and gain valuable consumer information in real time. Download the DSEK-12 whitepaper to learn how designers can easily use this advanced, cost-effective, pre-validated and future-proof solution that features the latest display and graphics technologies.
October - 2012
- Optimizing LTE deployments for increased penetration into niche markets
The Aricent EPC-Lite software with the Adax Application Ready Platform provides a low-footprint LTE mobility platform with support for 200,000 simultaneous attached subscribers and data throughput of up to 260,000 packets per second per blade/server. Read more in this white paper provided by Adax and Aricent.
- Connecting Peripherals to an Android Platform
This white paper will describe some of the options for connecting peripheral accessories to Android OS based tablets/phones. The main focus will be the use of the Android Open Accessory Initiative.