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This year, electronica was be held purely virtually from November 9 to 12. Aspencore, one of the major media partners of electronica, was organizing the virtual Embedded Forum and the virtual Power Electronics Forum. The 4-days conference program of the forums, which was followed by more than 1,200 visitors, is now available on demand.
The Embedded Forum at electronica virtual provides technical papers about technologies, trends and product innovations covering the whole range of embedded technologies.
The Embedded Forum focuses on following topics:
Low Power Design
(LP1) Keynote: Low Power System Design – Application Trends, Challenges and Solutions
Ravi Ambatipudi, Vice President & General Manager, Mobile Power Business Unit, Maxim Integrated
The emergence and exponential growth of breakthrough low-power IoT, wearable, hearable and edge devices has led to new system and IC design challenges where every nanowatt of power consumption or every picojoule of energy drawn from the battery matters. The presentation will start with historical trends in low-power, battery-operated systems, then move into discussions around the challenges of designing low-power systems. Battery management, IC design, and topology level power management solutions and trends will also be presented.
(LP2) Save Power and Simplify Thermal Management in High Reliability Processing Systems
Thomas Guillemain, Marketing & Business Development, Data Processing Solutions and Thomas Porchez, Application Support, Data Processing Solutions at Teledyne e2v Semiconductors
Practical demonstration of how Teledyne e2v helps reducing power consumption of processors compared to commercial parts. The demonstration exhibits two T1042 (quad-core 1.4GHz) processors, one that is a standard commercial processor running at full CPU load to comply with datasheet power, and one that is an enhanced processor running a customer representative application to show effective power savings. Case temperature and actual power consumption of both processors are displayed with IR camera and LCD displays. On the enhanced processor, the power savings translates both in terms of lower case temperature and lower power consumption. This effectively eases cooling and reduces power supply requirements.
(LP3) Saft’s IoT Smart Selector helps developers find the best battery to energize their low power application
Cécile Joannin, Metering & IoT Market & Product Manager, and Isabelle Sourmey, Application Engineer at Saft
When it comes to selecting a battery solution for your low power designed application, you may be overwhelmed with the variety of battery solutions existing on the market, and lost with the technical data displayed in batteries datasheets. Besides, in low power application, both capacity and voltage response of the battery are playing a critical part in the solution’s lifetime. This is why we developed a webtool to give designers a first approach of the best battery option for a selected use case.
(LP4) Challenges and Solutions with Portable, Low-Power Devices Testing
Andrea Vinci, Technical Marketing Manager at Tektronix/Keithley
We will overview the characterization of current profile for low power devices such as Internet of things (IoT), medical devices, microcontroller unit (MCU), power management chip, or sensors. We will propose a practical solution setup specifically aimed to solve that with the required long term accuracy from Tektronix / Keithley.
(LP5) Connecting Connected Lighting: From Ultra-Low-Power to Battery-Free Connectivity
Bruno Damien, ON Semiconductor
This presentation will review the latest trends within industrial LED lighting and highlight low-power and even battery-free innovations.
(LP6) Reducing Wireless Connectivity Current Consumption to Increase IoT End-Point Intelligence
Robert McCormick, Director, Sales & Marketing at InnoPhase
Wireless data transfer has historically been a major power consuming portion of connected designs. By diligently focusing on reducing the current consumption for Wi-Fi radio, InnoPhase has seen an interesting transition in customer applications. Customers are now able to create new battery-based, cloud-connected applications for a variety of markets including home automation, asset tracking and industrial machine maintenance that were not possible with previous technology. In existing Wi-Fi connected applications, customers are able to increase their MCU application processing or add more sensors to make these products "smarter" while maintaining their original battery capacity. These more intelligent devices can provide more data points for AI processing, or more convenience for homes and businesses through anticipatory technology.
(LP7) Enabling Embedded Vision for all With Ultra-Low Power Image Classification
Semir Haddad, Technical Marketing, Eta Compute
Convolutional neural networks continue to gain interest in IoT and mobile devices and are now gaining momentum at the edge. This session demonstrates the design and implementation of a complex neural networks on an ultra-low-power neural sensor processor with multicore ARM Cortex-M plus DSP, bringing manifold improvement in efficiency for low power embedded vision.
IoT, Connectivity, Security
(IT1) Keynote: Edge Computing is here; What’s Next?
Flavio Bonomi, Technical Advisor at Lynx Software Technologies
Deriving insights from information nearer to where the data was created is really happening. Edge computing use cases exist in manufacturing plants, smart cities and logistics’ hubs. The next wave on the horizon is the creation of “systems of systems” architectures with time sensitive networking connecting rich, highly consolidated processing resources. This path provides an opportunity for processing to be applied on a more dynamic basis across these more fluid architectures. This presentation discusses why edge computing needs to evolve in this direction, citing specific use cases, and points to some early indications as to the types of platforms being deployed.
(IT2) New environmental sensor technology: photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS) miniaturizes CO2 sensors
Hicham Riffi, Director Product Marketing, Environmental Sensors at Infineon Technologies
With growing evidence that COVID-19 is commonly transmitted in crowded and poorly ventilated indoor spaces, CO2 sensors are highly beneficial in monitoring the indoor air quality, ensuring continuous proper ventilation and consequently cleaning the indoor air from dangerous pathogens. Leveraging its advanced MEMS technology, Infineon Technologies has developed a disruptive CO2 sensor based on photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS). XENSIV™ PAS CO2 will open up a new era of smaller CO2 sensors enabling the scalability of numerous use-cases that affect our quality of life in indoor spaces, ranging from more energy efficient ventilation systems, work productivity, to even helping to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
(IT3) Know where to improve your communication
Patrik Gold, Technical Support & Application Manager, Siglent Technology Germany
Most product developers know exactly how to solve problems once they know the cause. This presentation will show how we can help to easily find the cause of bad packets, distorted signals or missing transmission power.
(IT4) Embedded Device Security – What can we learn from the past? What does that mean for the future?
Christopher Tubbs, Director Business Development EMEA at Green Hills Software
There is a requirement for the highest levels of security in connected automotive, avionics, medical and industrial life-critical devices. Our ability to develop robust systems that can ensure our safety and security will make the difference not only between the acceptance or rejection of this technology by the consumer, but the industry as a whole. A wise man once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” But surely, we live in an age that has unprecedented threats that our ancestors never had to face so they cannot teach us anything. Correct? This session looks at lessons from the past, examines what they can teach us and then applies them to the software challenges we are facing today.
(IT5) ESD Protection – Why and How it Ensures Safe Operation & Connectivity
Lukas Droemer, Product Manager Automotive ESD & EMC and Dr. Andreas Hardock, Application Marketing Manager Automotive ESD & EMC at Nexperia
Automotive connectivity as well as autonomous driving trends are pushing demand for higher data-transfer rates within the vehicle. To meet this need vehicles have a growing number of computer-based systems, applications, and connections to support them. While protocols, such as Ethernet, solve some connectivity challenges it also brings to light the critical importance of Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) robustness to ensure the reliable high performance of automotive communication networks. In this session we highlight why ESD protection becomes even more critical for in-vehicle networks and show ways how to empower electronic designs with improved system level robustness.
(IT6) iCOMOX – An Arrow and Shiratech Condition-Based-Monitoring Solution
Kristóf Féja, Market Development Engineer, Arrow Electronics
Condition-based Monitoring is more than capturing information from a sensor. It’s about understanding and processing that information, and acting upon it. Developing a new Condition-based Monitoring solution is a challenging endeavor. It doesn’t only require know-how in embedded HW & SW engineering but expertise in data processing, machine learning, not to mention the cloud. In this lecture, you will be given an introduction to the iCOMOXTM - an Intelligent Condition Monitoring Box. It is capable of measuring vibration, magnetic field, sound and temperature of an asset with on-edge analysis providing various connectivity options to deliver these information. Moreover, we’ve worked with Siemens integrating iCOMOXTM with their cloud platform - MindSphere, providing insights that drive predictive maintenance activities.
(IT7) Infineon a one-stop-shop for your wearables devices – experience the endless possibilities for your designs
Verena Lackner, Global Application Marketing Manager for Health & Lifestyle Devices and Wireless Charging at Infineon Technologies
Infineon acts as one-stop-shop for your wearables devices with excellent RF, sensor, connectivity, power, memory and security solutions to control, sense, measure and understand body functions and health conditions. Together with Infineon, customers can enable new innovative use cases in health and sports tracking and can guarantee long lasting battery lifetime. Join our session and learn more about how Infineon´s product offerings can help you to solve your design challenges.
(IT8) IoT Security Regulations
Nick Dutton, Senior IoT Product Marketing Manager, Silicon Labs
Silicon Labs is following the new consumer regulatory landscape closely and have developed security features to meet those regulations and standards. These standards will lead to the need for the development of security requirements tailored to each vertical device type and then measured reliably and repeatably. This session will explore the security regulatory landscape and how Silicon Labs’ new Secure Vault technology will assist in meeting those regulations.
(IT9) Implementing Prescriptive Remote Management for Embedded Devices
Steven Wu, VP of R&D Center, DFI
For enterprises aiming at increased digitization, IoT can be extremely beneficial in terms of streamlining operations and gathering data, often easing management and allowing for significant cost reductions. As Industrial IoT demands rise in recent decades, the numbers of connected IoT devices drastically grow as well. However, the personnel responsible for equipment maintenance cannot meet the growing numbers of IoT devices; additionally, unexpected factors occur, e.g. the global pandemic COVID-19. It seems like it is harder to maintain and repair the equipment in a timely manner. To tackle these challenges, DFI's VP of R&D Center, Steven, will talk about how DFI 's embedded computing solution is applied in prescriptive remote management in the era of IIoT.
(IT10) Winbond TrustME for a Secure and Safe Connected World
Hung-Wei Chen, Secure Flash Product Director, Winbond
Flash memory is widely used in miscellaneous applications of the embedded systems. How to securely protect the firmware, data, and credentials stored in flash memory becomes extremely essential for the connected world. Based on “Security by Design”, Winbond provides W75F and W77Q secure flash memory devices for high and substantial security levels, respectively. In this session, we would like to talk about:
-W75F secure flash, the worldwide first secure flash with CC EAL5+ and ASIL-D ready certifications for automotive.
- W77Q secure flash, the winner of Outstanding Product Performance of the Year of 2020 ASPENCORE World Electronics Achievement Awards (WEAA), enabling platform firmware resilience for IoT.
(IT11) Protect intellectual property with secure provisioning
Michael Fuhrmann, Senior Field Application Engineer at IAR Systems / Secure Thingz
Do you feel overwhelmed with the task of implementing security for your IoT device? No wonder, good security is hard! However, there are tools available that can make the implementation more straightforward and make your workflow not that much different from what you are doing now. In this session, we will look into the elements you need in an embedded design to establish security and explain why the components are necessarily. You will learn how to establish security fundamentals like secure boot, encrypted and authenticated communication, encrypted data storage, exploit detection/prevention, and finally secure provisioning.
(IT12) Higher Manufacturing Throughput and Efficient OTA with Flash
Jackson Huang, Senior Director of Technical Marketing, Winbond
Due to the popularity and ease-of-use of NOR flash memories, system designers often overlook the architecture’s slower erase and program performance, and engineers under time constraints to develop and validate new designs might not consider these factors. System architects have focused instead to ensure that the overall system level requirement for data logging or power-down / power-up recovery can be supported by the erase and program specifications. Since the amount of data or code updated is limited in scope, most NOR flash devices are sufficient. In this presentation, Winbond will explain how faster erase and program capabilities can improve not only manufacturing throughput (thus lowering costs) but also provide better performance to address the growing popularity of OTA where typically a large amount of code or data is remotely updated.
Tools & Software
(TS1) Keynote: Security, Safety and Resilience – Critical Drivers for the Next Generation of Tools and Software
Aileen Ryan, Senior Director Portfolio Strategy at Mentor, a Siemens Business.
Much of the human experience is now reliant on electronic systems which themselves are becomingly increasingly complex. Ensuring that we design systems to be safe, secure and resilient is becoming increasingly important. This talk will explore some of the challenges and areas of opportunity for the next generation of tools and software.
(TS2) Delivering Deterministic Real-Time Performance on Multicore Processors
Ravi Bhagavatula, System Architect at Lynx Software Technologies
Consolidating multiple systems onto single multicore processors is an appealing path to reduce cost, power and footprint, but creates challenges to guarantee real-time performance due to sharing of resources. This presentation showcases a system architecture and measured performance/jitter numbers for industrial workloads operating on general purpose hardware.
(TS3) Test the Test – Applying Mutation Testing Ensures Test Quality
Michael Wittner, CEO at Razorcat Development
According to safety standards, development of safety critical systems requires well-defined functional and non-functional tests. The quality of testing is crucial for the safety and security of an embedded application. Compliance with the required test methods of the standards and the test quality can only be checked manually in a review. Mutation testing automatically checks the error detection capabilities of existing test cases and provides a useful measure for the test case quality. This presentation describes an efficient approach to mutation testing.
(TS4) Optimise Traceability while enabling Industry 4.0 with Data Automation, Print-Apply & the Power of (Smart) Labels
Tom Bieseman, Product Marketing Manager, Brady Corporation
The manufacturing world runs on relationships between brands, suppliers, factories, distributors, and customers. In a production process this translates to serialization, data records, visual records, and more to keep a pulse on factory activity, assembly processes, and product quality. In this session we will focus on how this relates to printed circuit board production and how optimised Traceability can support your Industry 4.0 efforts with automated identification solutions, Data Automation & the Power of (Smart) Labels
(TS5) Enforcing concise and uniform model descriptions by automated architecture conformance checking
Andreas Gaiser, Senior Research & Development Engineer at Axivion
Architecture models serve as documentation of major architecture decisions and offer guidance for the planning of extensions to the software. Safety standards like ISO26262 require projects to develop an architecture model and to ensure that model and code are in sync. With increasing project complexity, the latter becomes difficult: changes to the code, e.g. during integration on a hardware platform, need to be reflected in the model. Without this feedback, the architectural model would no longer be a correct abstraction of the code. Manual checks of code/model discrepancies are time-consuming and incomplete. We introduce a workflow that uses static analysis tools to automate these checks. It automatically reports model deviations like missing dependencies and faulty activity diagrams and handles different meta-models by using graph transformations. Examples from the automotive industry show how the checks improve model quality.
(TS6) How to succeed in your next RISC-V project
David Källberg, FAE Manager EMEA, IAR Systems
The RISC-V technology and ecosystem are evolving rapidly, increasing the need for professional development tools. Developers need their application to be fast, compact, and energy friendly. Using a highly optimized compiler and a comprehensive debugger along with fully integrated analysis tools will help ensure the quality and efficiency of the code being developed for RISC-V based applications. Get to learn how build tools, code analysis and debugging tools will enable you to speed up time to market. This session is for anyone interested in learning more about the possibilities offered when using professional development tools.
(TS7) Architectural Exploration for AI and Machine Learning – Migrating Algorithms to Dedicated Accelerators in Datacenters and Edge
Kevin McDermott, VP Marketing at Imperas
A modem system-on-chip (SoC) project is a combination of hardware and processor resources with the software application that together provide an optimal solution for the targeted end market use case. The artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms have been developed and perfected in cloud-based platforms and training datasets based on significant real-world data. To further enhance the performance for applications in datacenter or edge devices the use of dedicated hardware can be explored to fine tune the optimum configuration of many core processors arrays. Evaluate heterogeneous designs with just the right fit of functions and performance across the design hierarchy, from the smallest minon node to main controller functions. Custom instructions can help address the needs of target applications by accelerating common routines or with dedicated core-to-core lightweight communication in many core arrays. This talk covers the migration of cloud-based algorithms to dedicated hardware acceleration with the design flexibility RISC-V now offers system designs for SoC, FPGA and chiplet designs.
(MC1) Keynote: Microcontrollers trends addressing the connected world
Daniel Cooley, Chief Strategy Officer, Silicon Labs
This keynote will cover the key technology and trends over the last 20 years of embedded microcontrollers (MCUs) as well as what’s coming together in the internet of things (IoT), with the growth in connectivity, security, and machine learning/intelligence.
(MC2) Microcontroller evolution from an interface perspective
Martin Pilaski, Application Marketing Manager at Nexperia
Today's microcontroller evolution demands lower IO voltages and more functionality to be built into smaller packages. This may not only be a hurdle when interfacing with legacy ICs but it also asks for clever concepts to route the internal functional units to external peripherals. Nexperia takes up the challenge and continuously expands its portfolio in voltage translators, multiplexers, switches and buffers to keep up with the latest microcontroller trends.
(MC3) Smart Camera for Non-Intrusive Vital Signals Detection
Itai Yarom, Director Sales & Solutions, MIPS
Looking at the advancement of compute power at the edge that enables us to perform sophisticated analysis on the camera itself. We will focus on non-intrusive heart detection, but we will also provide examples on detecting other vital signs that can help to detect diseases and hopefully in the future virus like COVID-19. Discussing hardware architecture and focus starting with light-way artificial intelligence (AI) in the sensor to higher end AI that help to check for Covid-19 during the check-in process on your smartphone. We also will discuss smart-cameras in airports and malls that will be able to identify health risks remotely.
(MC4) OpenHW CORE-V open source RISC-V processors + industry supporters = quality IP
Rick O’Connor, President and CEO, OpenHW
The interest around RISC-V is accelerating in part due to the open source community adoption for collaborative projects. The OpenHW group was founded with members that see the potential for high quality RISC-V cores that can be adopted into the leading design flows with industrial strength verification. Open source is based on a collaborative approach but organizations such as the OpenHW ground provide the framework and infrastructure to coordinate the efforts and plan the projects to completion. This talk with highlight the latest open framework for verification, the first CORE-V processor cores and updates on the software support status. The roadmap of future cores and supporting activities provide opportunities for extending the collaboration framework within OpenHW and across the RISC-V community of adopters.
(MC5) What Can be Gained with Custom RISC-V Instructions
Zdenek Prikryl, CTO at Codasip
One advantage of the RISC-V open ISA is that it is modular and extensible, having a base ISA, optional standard extensions, and custom extensions. This paper examines the benefits and costs of using custom extensions in three real use cases: audio processing, cryptography, and artificial intelligence. Custom instructions enable designers to create domain-specific processors optimized to their target SoC, offering real product differentiation. The benefits vary from case to case but include greater computational performance, smaller code size, smaller silicon area, and improved functionality.
(MC6) Embedded Controllers: Energy Harvesting Enhances Battery Performance in IoT Sensors
Graeme Clark, Product Marketing, IoT and Infrastructure Business Unit, Renesas
This talk will look at how to power the next generation of IoT devices, and particularly how using energy harvesting can augment or replace batteries in some applications. It will also look at silicon on thin buried oxide, an ultra-low power process technology that enables Renesas to enhance the power consumption improvements in its RE microcontrollers.