SEGGER Microcontroller has added support for the latest Hilscher multiprotocol SoC, netX90, to its J-Trace and J-Link trace probes. Software engineers working with Hilscher’s netX90 can now enjoy the high download speeds of the J-Link and advanced features, such as breakpoints in flash memory, but also the additional features brought to the table by J-Trace-PRO, such as live code profiling and coverage.
The SEGGER J-Link / J-Trace family of debug and trace probes is tool chain independent and supports GDB, LLVM/Clang as well as most commercial tool chains. J-Trace PRO works with all currently available Cortex-M devices with ETM trace output. According to SEGGER, the increasing complexity of SoCs makes system verification even more important. The ability to log the program flow over long periods of time can catch even the most elusive bugs.
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Nissan Motor has adopted Renesas’ chips for the ProPILOT 2.0 system featured in the new Nissan Skyline unveiled on July 16. The driver assistance system combines navigated highway driving with hands-off, single-lane driving capabilities, employing Renesas’ R-Car automotive SoC and RH850 automotive control MCU to implement core functionality in the electronic control units (ECUs) that handle driving judgment and control.
Designed for on-ramp to off-ramp (ramp-to-ramp) highway driving, ProPILOT 2.0 engages with the vehicle’s navigation system to help maneuver the car according to a predefined route on designated roadways. For the first time, the system also enables hands-off driving while cruising in a single lane.
To achieve this advanced capability, the Renesas R-Car SoC first creates detailed environment maps of the vehicle surroundings by combining information on nearby vehicles and other objects from the cameras and front radar with the high-precision 3D map data preloaded for navigation. The SoC determines the vehicle’s own position from the map data and lane information and, based on this information, determines the vehicle’s action plan.
The RH850 MCU receives the resulting data and sends control commands to the ECUs such as the steering wheel, accelerator, brakes. Combining the R-Car SoC’s high-performance processing with the RH850’s real-time responsiveness and excellent reliability enables judgment and control operations to take place sequentially and accurately. This contributes substantially to the realization of Nissan’s ProPILOT 2.0 driver assistance system.
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Synaptics has announced its new AS3xx series, part of its Smart Edge AudioSmart family. The series includes fully integrated SoCs comprising neural network acceleration, a proprietary wake word engine with support for custom wake words and advanced far-field voice processing. Designed using a 22 nm process node, and targeting a broad variety of voice-enabled Smart Home devices including hubs, Wi-Fi repeaters, speakers and appliances, the AudioSmart AS371 is sampling now and incorporates a new machine learning engine using innovative SyNAP (Synaptics Neural Network Acceleration and Processing) technology.
According to Synaptics, Intelligence at the edge results in an enhanced user experience through better response times and robustness. For example, performing Automated Speech Recognition (ASR) and Natural Language Understanding (NLU) locally on-device ensures core Smart Home voice control works when there is poor or intermittent internet connectivity. SyNAP enables advanced features such as user identification and behavioral prediction which allows voice assistants to perform ambient computing and a more intuitive interaction with users.
The AS371 solution with SyNAP on-device intelligence enhances consumer privacy by greatly reducing the need to continuously send personal data to the cloud. SyNAP also takes the right steps to support GDPR compliance as well as other current and emerging regulations. The AudioSmart AS3xx family introduces the integrated and purpose-built far-field voice processing and wake word technology developed by Synaptics. Having been used in a variety of global retail products for over seven years, Synaptics continues to improve its voice processing solution to further improve voice pick-up in noisy, real-world conditions and barge-in capabilities during very loud playback.
Through in-house design of the SoC, wake word engine, voice pre-processing and playback enhancement, Synaptics has optimized the complete system to achieve the highest possible far-field voice performance at affordable consumer electronics price points. Furthermore, by providing the complete solution including acoustics system expertise, Synaptics greatly reduces the time-to-market for Smart Home product manufacturers and allows them to add an excellent voice-first experience while maintaining focus on their core expertise. In addition, Synaptics’ AS3xx solutions are fully compatible with all voice assistant platforms worldwide.
New AS3xx Products:
- AS371 (for voice-enabled devices with SyNAP) Sampling Now
- AS390 (for voice-enabled devices with displays) Target sampling CY19Q1
- AS350 (for voice-enabled low-power devices) Target sampling CY19Q1
- AS320 (for voice-enabled microcontroller-based devices) Target sampling CY19Q1
Synaptics | www.synaptics.com