2012 ACE Awards Ultimate Products: Development kits, reference designs, and SBCs

-February 06, 2012

2012 ACE Awards voteBelow are the finalists for the Development kits, reference designs, and SBCs category of the 2012 ACE Awards Ultimate Products. After reviewing the finalists, cast your vote here. The voting deadline is February 24.

We will announce the winners March 27 at a cocktail reception in San Jose during DESIGN West. Tickets to the event are available. See www.ubm-ace.com for additional information.

2012 ACE Awards Development kits

Freescale Home Health Hub reference platform, Freescale Semiconductor

Features include an i.MX28 applications processor with multiple connectivity options, including display, touch screen, 10/100 Ethernet, Dual USB with PHY, multiple UARTs and SDIO; optional display capabilities with integrated display controller and basic image processing capabilities for intuitive graphics and video playback; integrated power management; performance and feature scalability that is part of a complete ARM portfolio;  ZigBee radio transceiver; very low power consumption, suitable for battery-operated devices; support for multiple modulation schemes; support for 290 to 340 MHz, 424 to 510 MHz, and 862 to 1020 MHz frequency bands; and a high level of integration, including the proven HCS08QE 8-bit MCU core with up to a 50-MHz bus clock, embedded 32 KB flash, and 2 KB of RAM supporting wireless communication protocol and application software in a single chip. The reference platform accelerates development design for medical telehealth applications such as health/wellness tracking, independent living for the elderly, and in-home chronic disease management. The reference platform collects data from health care end devices through a variety of wired and wireless connectivity options, including USB, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, sub-GHz, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Ethernet, and medical-class grades.

M2M Smart Services Developer Kit, Kontron

In the years to come most electronic devices will connect to the Internet. Analysts estimate that tens of billions of devices will communicate in this decade. By deploying smart services on the machine-to-machine devices, OEMs will be able to expand their solutions to meet these new market opportunities. Developers of the emerging smart services need a simple, yet powerful M2M device to test their application’s connectivity and performance. OEMs can reduce time to market by using Kontron’s M2M Smart Services Developer Kit, which was co-developed with Intel. The Kontron M2M System works out of the box on Wi-Fi and is 802.15.4 ready. 3G WWAN is either installed or can be easily enabled by dropping-in a pre-certified PCI Express mini card module and SIM for 3G/4G for wireless connectivity application testing. The external USB ports allow easy use of M2M SDKs. There is ample storage space for M2M smart service applications, middleware, and OS on the internal microSD card and by using the externally accessible microSD slot. With a built-in accelerometer, dual HDMI, and HD audio support, Kontron’s M2M System enables movement tracking as well as A/V-intensive smart services applications.

TMDXEVM8148 development platform, Mistral Solutions Pvt Ltd

Mistral’s TMDXEVM8148 development platform is built around TI’s TMS320DM814x SOC multimedia applications processor. The EVM enables OEM/ODMs to effortlessly develop and prototype next-generation, 1080p high-definition video-based applications. Being the first EVM in the market based on the DM814x SOC, Mistral is uniquely positioned to cater to product developers targeting full-HD video applications. With a scalable and modular architecture, the EVM comprises the DM814x-based base board, a plug-in expansion I/O board, and an LCD adaptor board with LCD display and touchscreen interface. The modular architecture makes it possible for Mistral to develop application-specific plug-in boards for video-intensive markets. The EVM supports multiple display outputs, such as LCD, HDMI, S-Video, and Composite-Video, and inputs, such as S-Video, Composite Video, Component Video, VGA, HDMI, Serial camera, and Parallel camera. The EVM comes with pre-programmed binaries for X-Loader, U-Boot, Linux Kernel, and JFFS2 File system for Linux. HD video applications that can be developed using the EVM include video camera, digital signage, portable radar, handheld ultrasound scanners, and thermal cameras. The EVM has been kitted with a comprehensive set of tools for quick and easy product development. Mistral offers dedicated technical support for customers through a dedicated email id and telephone. By registering a purchased product on Mistral’s Web site, customers can receive critical updates/notifications and download product-related software and documentation.

nRFready 2.4-GHz RF Smart Remote reference design, Nordic Semiconductor

The nRFready 2.4-GHz RF Smart Remote is a complete hardware and software reference design for advanced browsing control of the latest Internet-enabled TVs and set-top boxes. The Smart Remote features a multitouch-enabled TouchPad from Synaptics, a miniaturized QWERTY keyboard, a 6-axis motion sensing solution (3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope) from Invensense, and an ultra-low-power (ULP) accelerometer from STMicroelectronics. RF connectivity is enabled by Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF24LE1 SOC and Gazell’s 2.4-GHz RF protocol stack. The combination of the nRF24LE1 and the Gazell stack enables a high-performance, ULP, and cost-efficient remote-control implementation. Originally designed for PC peripherals, this radio and protocol combination delivers the bandwidth, latency, and co-existence performance necessary to support all of the Smart Remote’s advanced features in the most challenging 2.4-GHz operating environments. The Smart Remote also features an Infrared (IR) LED to support legacy IR-controlled equipment. The nRF24LE1 enables single-chip implementation of wireless applications. The chip’s radio is a fully featured nRF24L01+ 2.4-GHz transceiver core including Nordic’s proven Enhanced ShockBurst hardware link layer. The nRF24LE1 integrates an enhanced 8051 mixed-signal MCU core, which, combined with 16 kB of on-chip flash and 1 kB of SRAM, can run the RF protocol stack and application layer. The reference design includes baseboard, radio module, RF USB dongle, programming adapter, design files, software source code, and documentation.

Spartan-6 Consumer Video Kit 2.0, Xilinx

The Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA Consumer Video Kit 2.0, based on the 45-nm Spartan-6 FPGA family, provides a ready-to-use design platform including the latest software, design tools, and video-specific IP. The kit gives design teams a proven Targeted Design Platform methodology that enables simulating video algorithms in real time. Designers can implement the latest serial video interconnects without having to code from scratch, and can seamlessly migrate designs to low-cost, high-volume Spartan-6 devices. A broad range of Xilinx and third-party IP facilitates the development of next-generation products on time and on budget. The Spartan-6 FPGA Consumer Video Kit gives system designers a complete development platform for easily tapping into the flexibility and real-time video processing capabilities of FPGAs. The second-generation kit enhancements allow designers to leverage all eight SERDES channels for very-high-bandwidth designs, support eight channels of LVDS, and enable more user capabilities and connectivity options. Spartan-6 FPGAs deliver 30% lower power and 15% faster performance than competing FPGAs to support emerging technologies such as locally dimmed LED and super-high resolution 4K2K (Quad HD), which are driving up the bandwidth requirements for next-generation displays.

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