USB-to-FPGA Communications: A Case Study of the ChipWhisperer-Lite

Photo 1: This shows the ChipWhisperer-Lite, which contains a Xilinx Spartan 6 LX9 FPGA and Atmel SAM3U2C microcontroller. The remaining circuitry involves the power supplies, ADC, analog processing, and a development device which the user programs with some cryptographic algorithm they are analyzing.

Sending data from a computer to an FPGA is often required. This might be FPGA configuration data, register settings, or streaming data. An easy solution is to use a USB-connected microcontroller instead of a dedicated interface chip, which allows you … Continue reading






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SimpleLink Simplifies IoT Prototyping

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Texas Instruments recently introduced the next-generation SimpleLink SensorTag development kit, which enables the fast integration of sensor data with wireless cloud connectivity. Features of the new SensorTags include: Flexible development with wireless connectivity options including Bluetooth low energy, 6LoWPAN and ZigBee … Continue reading






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IAR Systems Celebrates 10,000 Supported Devices

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IAR Systems is proud to announce that its complete C/C++ development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench now supports more than 10,000 devices, from all major microprocessor vendors. This unparalleled wide support puts IAR Embedded Workbench in a class of its own, … Continue reading






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Compact 20-A Power Module

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Exar Corp. recently announced the XR79120, a 20-A single output, synchronous step-down power module in a compact, 12 mm x 14 mm x 4 mm footprint. Even though it’s small, the XR79120 offers more than 93% peak efficiency and leverages … Continue reading






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GuruCE and Lauterbach Establish Official Partnership

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Lauterbach and GuruCE—which manufactures high-quality Microsoft Windows Embedded Compact BSPs—recently announced an official partnership. The experts at GuruCE and Lauterbach already have a long working relationship that is now brought to an even higher level of cooperation. Lauterbach’s debugging expertise … Continue reading






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New USB3.0 Smart Hub Family

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Microchip Technology recently announced  the USB5734/44, a USB3.0 Smart Hub family that enables host and device port swapping, I/O bridging, and other serial communication interfaces. The USB5734 and USB5744 devices feature an integrated microcontroller that creates new functionality for USB hubs while lowering … Continue reading






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Innovative Magnetic Sensing Integrated IC

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Texas Instruments recently unveiled the DRV421 magnetic sensing IC with a fully integrated fluxgate sensor and compensation coil driver. It includes all the required signal conditioning circuitry. Compared to traditional Hall effect sensors, the DRV421 provides high sensor accuracy and … Continue reading






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New Low-Cost MEMS Inertial Accelerometer

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Silicon Designs recently announced the North American market introduction of the new Model 1525 Series integral inertial accelerometer family. Offering impressive low-noise performance, the nitrogen damped and hermetically sealed SDI Model 1525 Series is intended for tactical navigation, seismic, and other … Continue reading






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Next-Gen Premium Multichannel DAC Series

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A new series of 2/4/6/8-channel D/A converters from Asahi Kasei Microdevices (AKM) is powering the next generation of high-quality consumer electronic devices, measurement equipment, and control systems. The AK4452/AK4454/AK4456/AK4458 premium 32-bit DAC devices have up to eight channels. The devices are … Continue reading

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June Electrical Engineering Challenge Live (Sponsor: NetBurner)

Find the error in the code and submit your answer via the online Submission Form by the deadline: 2 PM EST on May 20, 2015. Two prize winners from the pool of respondents who submit the correct answer will be randomly selected.

Ready to put your electrical engineering skills to the test? The June Electrical Engineering Challenge (sponsored by NetBurner) is now live. This month, find the error in the schematic posted below (and on the Challenge webpage) for a chance to win a … Continue reading






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Happy Gecko MCU Family Simplifies USB Connectivity for IoT Apps

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Silicon Labs recently introduced new energy-friendly USB-enabled microcontrollers (MCUs). Part of its EFM32 32-bit MCU portfolio, the new Happy Gecko MCUs are designed to deliver the lowest USB power drain in the industry, enabling longer battery life and energy-harvesting applications. Based … Continue reading






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ARTIK Platform to Accelerate Internet of Things Development

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Samsung Electronics Co. recently announced the Samsung ARTIK platform to allow faster, simpler development of new enterprise, industrial, and consumer applications for the Internet of Things (IoT). ARTIK is an open platform that includes a best-in-class family of integrated production-ready … Continue reading






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VectorCAST Test Automation Platform Integration with Lauterbach TRACE32

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Vector Software has announced an advanced integration with the Lauterbach TRACE32 product. VectorCAST now enables development, test, and certification teams, to set and continuously collect, practically unlimited volumes of test data from RAM constrained embedded systems. This latest integration benefits … Continue reading






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High-Accuracy, 3-D Magnetic Sensor

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Infineon Technologies recently announced the availability of the TLV493D-A1B6, a 3-D magnetic sensor that features highly accurate three-dimensional sensing with extremely low power consumption in a small six-pin TSOP package. Magnetic field detection in x, y, and z directions enables the … Continue reading






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55-nm ULP Physical IP Solution for Energy-Efficient Applications

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ARM and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) recently announced the availability of a new ARM Artisan physical IP solution on 55 nm to accelerate the development of ARM processor-based embedded systems and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. UMC’s 55-nm ultra-low-power process (55ULP) technology … Continue reading






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