In FPGA design, interfacing over AXI (ARM eXtensible Interface) is an increasingly popular choice due to its status as the most widespread AMBA interface, enabling the connection of potentially hundreds of Masters and Slaves in complex SoCs. Download the new eBook: FPGA Design - Interfacing Over AXI Using A Simple Address Data Bus However, it does add in an additional layer to managing IP. Time has to be spent supervising and generating IP outputs before they can be incorporated into the mainline project, and simulating the design can be a challenge in itself! One option that significantly reduces the overhead is to choose BRAM, which helps interface to AXI without the need to handle the AXI bus directly and removes concerns about potential issues that are not related [...]
ByteSnap has provided both electronics design and software expertise for award winning smart home security device Cocoon. Cocoon is a technology company transforming the home security market by designing beautiful products that help people feel safe. It won silver at the 2014 London Design awards and recently secured a £2 million investment from Aviva Ventures and Breed Reply Investments. Features of the innovative smart home security system include device side encryption and unique SUBSOUND™ technology to sense activity throughout a home. It even detects intruders through closed doors. Cocoon enlisted ByteSnap Design as experts in both electronics design and software on embedded platforms. Following an extensive investigation into the various system on chips (SoC) on the market, Cocoon’s in-house specialists chose NXP/Freescale iMX6 for its availability and technical support. [...]
Take BSP Porting from Stress to Success When selecting the hardware which will make up the core of your next product, there are many choices. Once this has been decided, BSP porting must be completed to ensure the software elements fit the new hardware. Among the key decisions you need to make are which CPU to go for and which operating system to use on it. The market has moved from silicon vendors selling just components; the start-up software they offer is now just as important as the hardware. BSP Porting: Which CPU?? At first glance, the array of embedded CPU options from silicon vendors, module providers and single board computers may appear daunting. “There are so many out there - which one’s the right one?” is a query [...]
ByteSnap Design will be showcasing its latest innovative projects, and discussing industry developments and trends at the UK's premier trade exhibition for electronic design, EDS 2015, in October. Organisers are bracing themselves for their biggest ever show, and are expecting record visitor numbers. Here's a sneak peak at some of what you'll see from ByteSnap on Stand L22... New SnapUI Aids Faster Prototyping We'll be launching the newest release of SnapUI - our user interface development framework - at the Electronic Design Show, at Coventry's Ricoh Arena. It's a great opportunity for you to get a closer look at this lightweight user interface (UI) customisation tool, which has been built to simplify the Linux design process. This latest upgrade offers new performance improvements including: Open GL hardware acceleration smaller [...]
Catch our embedded electronic designers caught up in some trade show time travel - in this whistlestop tour of our stand at Railtex 2015. With remote monitoring a primary concern for the rail industry, we displayed our low power remote monitoring station and 10km data logger at last month’s rail exhibition, at Birmingham’s NEC. Watch 4 days in just over 1 minute It was our first time attending Railtex 2015 - the UK's biggest rail show - so a big thank you to the visitors and customers who stopped by our stand. Enjoy the video!
Low Power Remote Monitoring System features among key themes at Railtex 2015 ByteSnap's debut at the UK's biggest rail show is underway at the NEC. (Come and see us at stand V90!) Our remote monitoring system and data logger attracted interest from visitors - as remote monitoring and asset management are of critical importance to the rail industry. With a huge, intricate asset portfolio, Network Rail says one of its main tasks is to continually maintain and refurbish it effectively, and be aware of any rapid wear and tear as early as possible. Remote monitoring systems help Network Rail address major infrastructure challenges, including: - Condition monitoring of buildings and assets - Bridge strike reduction - Remote monitoring of electrical and signalling assets - Remote condition monitoring of track [...]
Compliance testing can be a sting in the tail of a project. Selling products within the European Union requires a CE mark, whilst other territories have their own strict protocols. EMC testing services don't come cheap as the companies need to recoup the large investment they have made in capital equipment, as well as the time of the testers. What's more, many of the testing engineers are discouraged from giving advice on how to fix problems, as it can conflict with their role as testers. When quotes are given by test houses, they usually assume that the device will pass first time. In reality this is often not the case and it is down to the skill and knowledge of the design engineer to fix the problems. Whilst he is [...]
Long battery lifetime is a frequent requirement in embedded product design - particularly in microcontroller design. For instance, we designed an animal tracking product that could run for four years using a 1/3 of an AA cell. Microcontrollers are getting ever more meagre in their power demands. However, consumers’ expectations of features are growing in equal measure, frequently cancelling out the gains. This can best be seen in the battery life of mobile phones, which, currently, appears to be on the decline. The unsuspecting engineer faces traps and pitfalls aplenty when designing a low power circuit. Must-have tips to remember are always useful - read on for our design team’s top twelve... 12 Easy Steps to Optimising Power in Your Microcontroller Design 1. Optimise Pull-Up Resistors When reducing the [...]