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Embedded Live 2010: Autonomous Submarine & SnapUI 2.0 Showcase


Embedded Live 2010: Autonomous Submarine & SnapUI 2.0 Showcase

Embedded Live 2010


ByteSnap Design has developed the control board for the Autosub Long Range, an autonomous underwater vehicle that can dive to 6,000 metres.

The control board will be on display at the ByteSnap Design stand 341 at Embedded Live 2010 on October 20th and 21st, Earls Court, London. Also on display will be demos of ByteSnap Design’s SnapUI v2.0, which offers new features including camera controls and XML-driven UI design as well as serial and socket-based connectivity.

Autosub Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

The National Oceanography Centre’s Autosub Long Range Mission Management Board was developed by ByteSnap Design. Working with Direct Insight, ByteSnap Design developed the board, which hosts a TRITON-270 single-board computer and supports six NOCS-developed control module circuit cards. The board is based on the Triton Starter Kit 3 development system for Direct Insight’s Triton-270 single-board computer (PXA270).



Autosub – Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

The mission control board enables the Autosub Long Range to make long-duration dives (up to six months) at depths of 6,000 metres on a minimal amount of power. The target missions include the identification and measurement of water temperature, currents, breaking waves, and hydrothermal vents.

The National Oceanography Centre set a challenging target for reducing power consumption from 150 watts to 1 watt, and ByteSnap Design’s work played an important role in achieving that target.

ByteSnap Design was recommended to us by Direct Insight, and since working with us, they have been proactive in contributing new ideas and have demonstrated their high level of technical proficiency early on in the project.

Dr. Miles Pebody, Underwater Systems Laboratory, National Marine Facilities, National Oceanography Centre.

SnapUI v2.0


ByteSnap Design will also be showcasing SnapUI 2.0, its lightweight cross-platform user interface development tool. New features include:

  • Addition of multi-window support for desktop applications.
  • Non-rectangular windows supported for integration with 3rd-party running applications or splash screens.
  • Additional XML features added to control screen behaviour without the need for code changes to the engine.
  • New screen effects such as sliding, blend, etc. when navigating the UI.
  • Support for the engine to change the window size based on XML values (primarily used for desktop applications).
  • Grouping of UI controls to allow simpler hide/show of a number of screen objects.
  • Communications support for quick and simple serial and socket-based interconnectivity development.
  • Embedded JPG and XML for systems with these components as part of the OS.
  • Additional UI components:
    • Scroll bars
    • Drop-down boxes
    • Camera controls
    • Item group controls

To discuss your electronics design requirements, please contact Dunstan Power or Graeme Wintle at ByteSnap Design on 0121 295 5400 or please visit us on stand 341 at Embedded Live.

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Notes to Editors

About ByteSnap Design (

ByteSnap Design is a specialist in innovative embedded systems development encompassing hardware and software design. ByteSnap Design has an international client list and won European Design Team of the Year 2011 in the Elektra awards. ByteSnap Design is a Zigbee Alliance member and Windows Embedded Silver Partner.

The consultancy also has experience in electronic circuit design, microcontroller design, Linux and embedded software development, designing hardware products from PDAs to smart meters with multiple software projects such as developing Windows CE BSPs to signal processing applications.

The award-winning team was recognised by its peers at the 2013 British Engineering Excellence Awards, beating stiff competition to receive the Consultancy of the Year accolade. ByteSnap was also 2011 Design Team of the Year in the Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards.

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About Direct Insight

Direct Insight supplies and supports embedded Platform Solutions which get embedded devices to market quickly and cost-effectively, enabling the adoption of high performance OS and microcontroller technologies. A Microsoft Windows Embedded Gold Partner, and official training provider, Direct Insight provides and creates solutions based on Reference Kits, Production Ready Modules, Training and Services, enabling the rapid creation and deployment of embedded devices in the UK, France and worldwide.

About The National Oceanography Centre

The National Oceanography Centre, Southampton is the integrated collaboration between the Southampton-based part of the Natural Environment Research Council’s National Oceanography Centre and the University of Southampton’s School of Ocean and Earth Science, both based the jointly-owned and shared facilities at the Waterfront Campus on the city’s Empress Dock.
The University of Southampton is a hosting partner of the National Oceanography Centre, which is a new, national research organisation created on 1st April 2010, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean, working in partnership with the UK marine research community.


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