New ad and new products, oh my!

We just submitted a new ad to Circuit Cellar Inc. It should appear in their Nov issue. (Note: the young woman demonstrating her eBox kit IS a student, not a professional model. :) )

Meanwhile, we have a few new major and minor product releases in flight, so many that it is almost tough to keep track of them. Some highlights:

  • As blogged in a previous entry, the Parallax Propeller is an exciting new microcontroller that brings the power of multiprocessing to embedded market.  We are now prototyping a XMM (external memory model) scheme where programs can be stored in external memory, in as much as multi-megabytes of storage. With the 8 32-bit cores in the Propeller and combined them with huge amount of program memory, this could be a potent combination for experimenters.
  • Atmel is aggressively pushing out their new XMega versions of the AVR devices. Our AVR compiler already provide the basic support and we will be releasing a beta version of the Application Builder that works with the XMega soon.
  • Also in development is a CAN library for the AVR. We will be releasing the base version soon which will support the CAN128 and will be included as a part of the compiler package. Forthcoming are higher level APIs and faster performance and integration with a RTOS.

I should expand on the last entry a little bit more. We will be releasing an  embedded message passing OS, hence named eMOS, tentatively in Nov 2008. It has a preemptive scheduler with task priorities and round robin scheduling. Comparing to a cooperative kernel, it has higher overhead on RAM usage but it allows very natural use of “functions as tasks” model. The philosophy is that as much as possible, the RTOS should not impose restrictions on the user programs.

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