The ARM TechCon Innovation Challenge has announced the finalists, and its your turn to choose the Reader’s Choice Winner. The challenge is a free contest that was open to all exhibitors at ARM TechCon (November 10-12, 2015 in the Santa Clara Convention Center).

A panel of EDN/EE Times editors and ARM experts selected 12 finalists, 3 in each of the following categories: Best Software Product, Best Chip Product, Best System, and Best IoT Product. These 12 finalists will be featured in the ARM Innovation Challenge Tour. Awards will also be given out for Best in Show and Reader’s Choice (that’s where you come in). The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place Wednesday, November 11 at 4:15 local time in the EXPO hall theater.

So, now it’s your turn to weigh in for the Reader’s Choice Vote. You have until 2PM Pacific Time on November 11 to record your vote for one of the following finalists. Use the survey link at the bottom of this article to select one of these 12 finalists as the Reader’s Choice most innovative product.

Best Software Product
Aldec: HES Co-emulation with ARM Fast Models
HES Co-emulation with ARM Fast Models is a unified verification system that incorporates a virtual platform as well as an emulator/prototyping board for verifying an entire SoC design.

Atmel: Atmel START
Atmel START is the world’s first web-based, IDE-agnostic, embedded software configuration and deployment engine, allowing developers to rapidly build custom software platforms and graphically configure low-level interfaces like system clocks and pin-mux settings. The new tool allows developers to select low-level drivers, advanced middleware, RTOS, high-level communication stacks and configure them for either evaluation boards using Atmel® |SMART™ ARM®-based microcontrollers  or for their own custom boards. Once the software is configured, the user can download the project for a variety of supported development systems including Atmel Studio 7, IAR, Embedded Workbench and Keil,μVision.

Undo: Live Recorder
Undo Software’s ‘Live Recorder’ changes the process of debugging, particularly for companies porting from legacy hardware architectures to ARM or for those migrating to newer versions of the ARM architecture. It is a library that can be embedded in your code which, when activated, allows Linux and Android programs to make a detailed recording of themselves so that developers have a complete record of their program’s execution, including the bugs that were generated during the porting process. The recording contains everything a program has done, including every memory access made and every instruction executed, saved in a compressed way. It can be sent to the developer(s) at a remote location who can completely reconstruct the program to debug an exact copy of bugs that became manifest during software development and porting.

Best Chip
Atmel: SMART ARM Cortex-M7-based MCU Family
The Atmel | SMART Cortex-M7-based MCU family features devices running up to 300MHz. The devices include up to 384kByte SRAM configurable as TCM or system memory, and up to 2Mbyte on-chip Flash. The family is comprised of three series: general purpose, connectivity, and automotive-qualified.

Xilinx: Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC
The Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC is the industry’s first heterogeneous multiprocessor
SoC (MPSoC) using TSMC’s 16FF+ process. The new family claimn 5X system-level performance/watt and any-to-any connectivity. The Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoCs combine seven user programmable processors including a 64-bit quad-core ARM® Cortex™-A53 Application Processing
Unit, a 32-bit dual-core ARM® Cortex™-R5 Real Time Processing Unit, and an ARM® Mali™-400 Graphics Processing Unit. The family also includes a host of integrated peripherals, safety and security features, and advanced power management. Target applications for the Zynq UltraScale+ include embedded vision, including ADAS and the path to autonomous vehicles, Industrial Internet of Things (I-IoT), and 5G wireless systems.

Freescale: S32V Automotive Vision Processor
Freescale says that the S32V vision microprocessor is the first automotive vision system-on-chip with the requisite reliability, safety, and security measures to automate and ‘copilot’ a self-aware car. The chip aims to enable cars to capture data, process it and actually share control with drivers in critical situations. This capability establishes the bridge from the current “assist” era toward the fully autonomous vehicles of tomorrow.

Best System
NXP: NXP Security Spectrum
The NXP security system spans a range of security options across its product families. For instance, the A700x family is a tamper resistant secure MCU family using a dedicated security hardened MX51CPU. It features a significantly enhanced secure microcontroller architecture, extended instructions for Java and C code, linear addressing, and high speed at low power and other improvements to the classic 80C51 core architecture. The LPC43S/18Sxx MCU families offer on-chip
hardware encryption, key generation, and other features.

Synopsys: HAPS-80 FPGA-Based Prototyping System
HAPS-80 aims to significantly accelerate software development, hardware/software integration and system validation. The ProtoCompiler software, which is specifically designed for HAPS hardware with built-in knowledge of the HAPS system architecture, automates partitioning. According to Synopsys, the combination of HAPS hardware and ProtoCompiler software enables an average time to first prototype of less than two weeks. The integrated HAPS-80 solution delivers performance of up to 300 MHz for single FPGA designs, up to 100 MHz for multi-FPGA without pin-multiplexing and up to 30 MHz for multi-FPGA with new proprietary high-speed pin-multiplexing.

Maxim: MAXREFDES73#: Wearable, Galvanic Skin Response System
The MAXREFDES73# integrates digital-to-analog converters (DAC), analog-to-digital converters (ADC), a microcontroller with advanced power management, firmware, and an Android® app into what it claims is the industry’s first galvanic skin response (GSR) reference design. The goal is to save development and testing time, and quickly bring mobile medical and fitness products to market. Key advantages include the following: fast time to market, 16-bit integrated analog front-end (AFE) for high accuracy, and low power consumption (operates for one week on one battery charge). Offered in a wristband form factor, the MAXREFDES73# includes body surface temperature readings, Bluetooth® communications, and a rechargeable battery.

Best IoT Product
NXP: NHS3100 Single Chip Cold Chain Monitoring
NHS3100, the first product of the NHS3x family, integrates the functionality required to set up a temperature sensor logging node: ARM Cortex-M0+ core, SRAM
and non-volatile memories, an NFC (tag) interface, and wired communication
interfaces. The design goals were to have a single-chip, ultra low-power sensor system with wired and wireless connectivity. It can operate on harvested power. This product enables cost-efficient single-chip temperature monitoring/logging solutions. The primary focus is the pharmaceutical market for drugs that are temperature sensitive. The final form factor of this IC with a printed battery and a NFC antenna is thin and small, so it is easy to attach or insert in a drug package. In this way, it becomes possible to monitor drugs at the item level from the moment of production till the administration to the patient.

Atmel: Atmel Bluetooth® Smart Solutions
Atmel reports that its Bluetooth® Smart Solutions encompass the world’s lowest power, smallest footprint Bluetooth® Smart devices shipping in production quantities today for the IoT market. Consuming less than 4mA in Rx and less than 3mA Tx at 3.6V, the devices increase battery life by as much as one year or more for certain applications. Housed in a 2.2mm X 2.1mm wafer level chipscale package, these products are well suited for wearable and other wireless applications. Specifically, the BTLC1000 is an ultra-low power Bluetooth SMART SoC with an integrated Atmel | SMART ARM® Cortex®-M0 MCU and Bluetooth transceiver. It can be used as a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) link controller that connects as a companion to any Atmel | SMART ARM Cortex-based MCU. It can also be used as a standalone applications processor with embedded BLE connectivity and external memory for a variety of applications like beacons as well as mobile and human interface devices. Ship IoT with ARM mbed
Ship IoT with ARM mbed enables ARM licensees who have or plan to adopt the ARM
mbed ecosystem of technology to easily offer IoT Starter Kits.  Ship IoT is a bundle of best–of-breed IoT data services in the data service exchange. Developers building an IoT solution with an ARM mbed enabled product can connect their data to data services in minutes and make use of the bundled set of data services as soon as they sign up. Enterprise customers with existing IoT platforms or any other future IoT platform can shift to ARM mbed based products while still supporting their existing IoT platforms. Developers can gain access to a growing list of data services to augment the IoT data processing through the data service exchange. This includes connection to data services in the following categories: analytics, databases, monitoring, reporting, data visualization, web API automation, and enterprise middleware.

Be sure to come to the ARM Innovation Challenge 2015 Awards Ceremony at ARM TechCon on November 11 at 4:15 in the EXPO Hall Theater to see the winners!

Follow this link to CAST YOUR VOTE for the Overall Reader’s Choice Winner.

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