Embedded World 2017 Awards: Innovations in hardware, software and tooling products

As the curtain rose last night on what promises to be another momentous year for Embedded World, the electronics community turned out in full force for the annual Embedded Awards ceremony.

Handed out for the 13th time, the prestigious award recognises the most innovative products in the hardware, software and tools categories. Dr Roland Fleck, the managing director of NürnbergMesse, and Professor Matthias Sturm, the chair of the jury, handed over the prizes.

“The large number of highly innovative entries did not make it easy for us to choose once again, but every year it is great to see our industry’s innovation and dynamism,” said Sturm.

The prize for hardware development was secured by Next system for their innovative haptics solution HapticTouchTM. This low-powered technology offers tactile feedback on touch display surfaces and allows user interface elements to be found by touch before they are activated, making it possible for visually impaired people to access embedded systems.

HapticTouch was awarded the prize for demonstrating innovation in the hardware field with a technology that opens up new attractive and secure opportunities for human-machine interaction. The technology is applicable to a wide variety of different applications and is well-placed to advance the embedded community.

In the software category, the judges were particularly impressed by the ProvenCore-M operating system on show from Prove&Run. The product is an evolution of the company’s ProvenCore secure operating system, featuring Arm Cortex-M V8 processors’ TrustZone security architecture. Within the ultra-secure operating system it has been proven that trusted execution environments (TEEE), secure operating systems and hardware and software-based hypervisors are capable of withstanding sophisticated remote infiltration. ProvenCore-M is therefore highly resistant to attacks.

The final award, which was presented for innovation in the tools category, was secured by Mathworks for the hardware description language (HDL) coder Native Floating Point. This tool is used for applications ranging from signal processing to motion control applications. Native Floating Point allows synthesisable VHDL and Verilog code to be generated directly from single-precision Simulink models.

The use of the HDL Coder eliminates the traditional need for fixed-point conversion, making work easier for developers and saving time. The coder generates target-independent, understandable and synthesisable register-transfer level models for many mathematical and trigonometric operators.

During the awards ceremony Sturm spoke of his delight at the range of innovative products on show this year, and highlighted the important contribution that the winners would make towards the future of embedded systems.

“The products that were recognised make a key contribution towards the continued successful development of the embedded systems sector and the Internet of Things,” he said. “The prize is the embedded system community’s way of expressing thanks and appreciation for its best members.”

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