XMOS adds industrial networking to its multicore chips

July 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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XMOS has added Modbus and CANopen xSOFTip blocks to the embedded industrial communications capabilities supported by its xCORE family of multicore microcontrollers.

CANopen and Modbus are well established as the leading industrial communications protocols. The addition of these new soft peripherals allows designers to integrate these commonly-required protocols in xCORE-based embedded designs alongside a wide range of other industrial communications standards with timing-predictable, jitter-free control code.

This unique flexibility of configuration allows embedded designers to build systems with the exact combination of interfaces and control capabilities needed for their applications.

via Modbus and CANopen added to multicore industrial communications chips – Electronics Eetimes.

West of England LEP launches High Tech newsletter

January 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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A new publication is now covering the high tech activities in the wider Bristol and Bath region from the Future Smart City to the latest chip developments.

HighTech News comes from the High Tech Sector group of the West of England Local Economic Partnership (LEP). The group supports the wide  range of  activities in microelectronics and embedded software and systems and feeds back into the LEP that determines the wider strategies for growth and development in the region. The West of England is the only LEP to have a group specifically focussed on technology, demonstrating the  strength and skills in the region.

The six page February issue covers new funding for Future City developments, as well as a proposed £24m growth fund for innovation in the region. New technology centres are being set up by power company TDK-Lambda and subsea technology from GE. Bristol silicon chip maker XMOS is now supplying the widest range of  multicore microcontrollers in the industry, while the Universities of Bath and Exeter are collaborating in a joint graphene research centre.

High Tech News is published by SW Innovation News.

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German DJ equipment maker uses Bristol chip

October 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Native Instruments Use XMOS Silicon in New Products

German music and DJ equipment designer Native Instruments is using a chip developed in Bristol by XMOS Semiconductor for its latest products.  The Berlin company is using the XMOS single chip processors as an audio streaming platform in their product range, helping them to deliver systems that use the latest USB Audio Class 2.0 standard. “We are amazed by how rapidly our engineers have learnt to use XMOS devices, and the speed with which they are able to design new products,” said Mate Galic, Chief Technology Officer and President of Native Instruments.

The flexibility of the XMOS chip and software allows engineers to bring a range of equipment with new features to market much quicker than competitive solutions at the same time as adopting emerging standards. Native Instruments has integrated a single XMOS chip with software based on the XMOS USB Audio 2.0 reference design into a variety of new products. The ability to re-use major parts of the software allowed their engineers to focus on the differentiating features and reduce the time taken to bring the products to market.

Native Instruments has a mission to develop innovative, fully integrated solutions for all professions, styles and genres. It started providing real-time sound synthesis on standard computers in 1996, and today offers a range of products for musicians, producers and DJs. The company currently employs around 270 people in its two offices in Berlin and Los Angeles.

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