FPGA Design: Connecting Custom Peripherals to AXI Using BRAM Interface


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 [...]

FPGA Design: Connecting Custom Peripherals to AXI Using BRAM Interface2018-10-09T12:48:31+00:00

New EU Radio Equipment Directive: 5 key things you need to know


As electronics product designers we know that the compliance process in electronics product development can appear intricate and precarious, if rules or regulations are misinterpreted. Now, our community has the European Union’s new Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED) to grapple with. The RED came into force on 13th June 2016, replacing the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive (R&TTE Directive 1995/5/EC). With a significant bearing on how manufacturers gain a CE Mark, due to changes between the two frameworks, it’s crucial to fully understand these regulatory differences to avoid time and cost overruns. Here’s an overview of the Radio Equipment Directive – its scope, impact on product design, and what you should do next. Regulatory necessity for new Radio Equipment Directive Traditionally, almost all devices dependent on the radio frequency [...]

New EU Radio Equipment Directive: 5 key things you need to know2018-10-09T10:15:23+00:00

ByteSnap Showcases Remote Monitoring Solution at Southern 2017


ByteSnap showcases remote monitoring solution and electronics product designs at Southern 17 Visit us at Stand L80 at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show this week in Hampshire - discover how ByteSnap's electronics product design accelerates time to market for embedded systems projects. Meet our Directors Dunstan and Graeme, who’ll be on hand to show you how we can innovate and expedite your electronics developments. See how our remote monitoring demo with ground movement sensors can help improve maintenance response times. The Bridge Bash demo shows how LoRa can be deployed for status monitoring / reporting.  It simulates a collision event between a train and a stationary object, such as a bridge or barricade. Acceleration data is collected from the stationary object and transmitted wirelessly to a receiving module. [...]

ByteSnap Showcases Remote Monitoring Solution at Southern 20172018-10-09T11:38:28+00:00

13 Free Electronics Design Tools & PCB Design Software


13 Free Electronics Design Tools & PCB Design Software Read our guide to 13 top free electronics design tools and PCB design software including freeware.   Our embedded systems engineers have been looking at some of the most useful free electronics design tools available today. If you are looking to predict PCB characteristics, manipulate screens or some other embedded systems task - check out our handy list.     Hopefully you’ll find something to add to your toolkit that will help improve your workflow…     13 Free Electronics Design Tools & PCB Design Software     1. Audacity - audio editing Audacity is a comprehensive software kit for editing audio files and adding sound effects. It works with several file types, including OGG, WMA, MP3, and WAV for [...]

13 Free Electronics Design Tools & PCB Design Software2018-10-09T10:38:55+00:00

Lightning-fast Linux development with ByteSnap SnapUI user interface platform


Latest release of SnapUI brings Linux development to speedy business-class interface design for embedded systems ByteSnap Design, www.bytesnap.co.uk, a specialist in electronics hardware and software development, will be launching its new Linux OpenGL SnapUI user interface framework amongst its exciting developments on Stand L22 at this year’s Electronic Design Show. Rewritten from the ground up, this new design is focused on supporting the iMX6 processor to leverage graphical performance, whilst including core features that have made SnapUI so successful for end customers. ByteSnap has concentrated on Linux support for this new release of Snap UI, its application development toolkit for embedded systems. Now Linux developers can create interfaces that meet user expectations for great-looking apps in industrial and other business settings. “ByteSnap Design has a growing portfolio of clients [...]

Lightning-fast Linux development with ByteSnap SnapUI user interface platform2018-10-09T11:51:48+00:00

Latest UI Customization Tool for Faster Prototyping at EDS 2015


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 [...]

Latest UI Customization Tool for Faster Prototyping at EDS 20152018-10-09T12:01:04+00:00

Five advantages of pre-compliance EMC testing


You have built a great product that meets market demands. You are confident that it radiates little energy and is not susceptible to outside interference, yet when you reach final EMC testing stage, your product fails. This is the nightmare scenario for most of us product designers. The cost of testing was already high, but re-testing will stretch the planned budget and slow down the entire project. The misplaced confidence that has led to a failed compliance test, means that design engineers need to find out why the product failed and how to fix it. To avoid this scenario, pre-compliance testing should not be considered as an add-on to the end of a project. Instead pre-compliance EMC testing should be built into a project from day one. In the [...]

Five advantages of pre-compliance EMC testing2015-04-24T16:27:12+00:00

CE marking – 20 things you need to know


Placed on several categories of products, CE marking is mandatory for machinery, electrical and electronic equipment, medical devices, personal protective equipment and toys. So if you are looking to sell an electronics product in the EU, you will need to affix a CE mark. Here’s a quick round up of interesting facts about CE marking: CE marking is a self-declaration where a manufacturer proves compliance with EU health, safety and environmental protection legislation and confirms a product's compliance with relevant requirements CE is Conformité Européenne (French) which means European conformity With a CE mark, your product can be sold in the EU and in some other countries, including Turkey CE directives affect manufacturers, importers and distributors/retailers, though a manufacturer is responsible for acquiring the CE mark There are six steps to [...]

CE marking – 20 things you need to know2018-10-09T10:14:37+00:00

Design trade-offs in M2M product design and development


Long before the phrases M2M product design and the Internet of Things came to wider attention, we were already making machines talk to each other, says Dunstan Power of ByteSnap Design. Early adopters like General Motors and Hughes Electronics Corporation could see the benefits that machine-to-machine communications (M2M) offered forward-thinking businesses as far back as 1995 but when M2M via cellular communication took off in 1996, M2M wireless technology became far more popular. Combined with embedded electronics, machine-to-machine communications offer consumers a wide range of sophisticated everyday devices. Businesses of all sorts are approaching us to capitalise on M2M opportunities. Whether they want to deliver a product to control home heating or monitor health, there are so many different hardware and software considerations. The innovative business with M2M ideas doesn’t necessarily know exactly what [...]

Design trade-offs in M2M product design and development2018-10-09T09:36:53+00:00

Design trade-offs for product development


ByteSnap is in the business of designing new products for customers, and one of the pleasures of product development is hearing about interesting new ideas customers have and trying to work out a good route to market for them. Once the project has been discussed, the conversation often follows this course: “I know it is hard for you to say, and I won’t hold you to it, but how much do you think it will cost, and how long will it take?” To read the full article please go to: http://www.embedded.com/electronics-blogs/other/4434993/Design-trade-offs-for-product-development

Design trade-offs for product development2018-10-09T10:08:39+00:00