News – 2006.08.17

  • Kontron ETX miniBaseboard for ETX 3.0-compliant Designs
    Kontron introduces the ETX(R) miniBaseboard, an extremely compact ETX baseboard for ETX 3.0-compliant designs, with a mere 130 mm x 155 mm footprint. It serves as a universal development platform for ETX 3.0 modules and is completely backward compatible with its ETX predecessors. All of the state-of-the-art interfaces are dedicated, which accelerates application testing on this target platform with freely scalable processor performance and so saves time and expense. OEM customers also can use the Kontron ETX miniBaseboard as a standard product for their end applications. As with all of Kontron’s ETX products, OEM customers benefit from long-term availability, robust construction, function-tested design, and are highly future-proof – all thanks to ETX 3.0 compliance.
  • Marvell Creates Single Chip WLAN Plus Bluetooth Solution
    Marvell(R), the leader in storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions, today announced the world’s first 90-nm CMOS, WLAN plus Bluetooth single chip solution for cellular handsets, battery-powered media players, portable gaming consoles, smartphones, PDAs and ultra-low-power computing platforms. Expanding on the Company’s growing success in offering low-power, small footprint WLAN solutions to the consumer market, Marvell leads the industry with the first WLAN plus Bluetooth solution that offers leading edge integration, extensive host offload capability and advanced co-existence and power save modes — with a footprint of less than 80 mm3. The Marvell 88W8688 will dramatically extend the battery life of consumer electronics devices, enabling a new level of mobile consumer broadband experience.
  • CalAmp Receives Patent for Smart Antenna
    CalAmp, a leading provider of wireless products and engineering services, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded CalAmp a new U.S. Patent titled “Wireless communications structures and methods utilizing frequency domain spatial processing” (Number 7,072,693). The patent outlines a system and method for wireless transceivers that receive and transmit signals from an array of antennas that are connected to spatial processing channels. The patent’s claims cover a system to enhance the overall performance of a wireless broadband network in the presence of multipath interference.
  • Made in Japan Software Consortium Sets Standards
    The MIJS ‘Made in Japan Software’ Consortium, consisting of 13 leading domestic software vendors and represented by founding companies Cybozu, Inc. and Softbrain Co., Ltd., was initiated at a public cermony in Tokyo on August 7, 2006. MIJS member companies have organized to standardize the interface between products in each software genre, leading to a future SOA-based service model common to any industry or business category, on a platform adopted by the consortium.
  • Future of WiMAX and Wireless Broadband at WiMAX World
    Trendsmedia today announced a top line-up of high-level executives from wireless carriers, technology companies, content providers and mobile device manufacturers who will share their expertise and vision in addressing the future of WiMAX and mobile wireless broadband at WiMAX World Conference & Expo. The event will be held October 10 – 12, 2006 at the Boston Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Boston MA.
  • Sarantel, u-blox Introduces Smart GPS Antenna Reference Design
    Sarantel, the leading manufacturer of revolutionary filtering antennas for mobile and wireless devices, and u-blox AG, the leading Swiss provider of innovative GPS receiver technology, today announce the availability of a new “Smart Antenna” reference design that will shorten time-to-market and reduce the risk of GPS integration for products ranging from personal navigators to multimedia players with built-in navigation functions.
  • TI’s OMAP-Vox Platform Gives Edge to LG Electronics Handsets
    Texas Instruments and LG Electronics today announced that LGE has chosen TI’s OMAP-Vox(TM) platform for a new series of EDGE handsets. Built on TI’s leading OMAP(TM) platform, the OMAP-Vox platform is a family of integrated, high-performance application and communication processors designed to enable manufacturers to deliver multimedia applications to the mass market. The first LGE handsets to leverage TI’s OMAP-Vox platform will be the LG240 for Canada available in August 2006, and the ME240 for South America available in September 2006. The handsets will incorporate TI’s OMAPV1030 chipset to provide multimedia capabilities coupled with EDGE functionality.
  • Microchip Shrinks PIC Microcontrollers into 2×3 DFN Packages
    Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced that all members of its 6-pin PIC10F microcontroller family are now available in ultra-small 2 mm x 3 mm Dual Flat No-lead (DFN) packages for space-constrained applications. Additionally, three members of Microchip’s 8-pin Baseline PIC(R) microcontroller family are also available in a 2×3 DFN, providing additional I/O and functionality with the same footprint. These additions bring programmability and versatility to a wide range of low-cost, non-traditional applications for digital intelligence.
  • International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD)
    The International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD), the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry’s top technical conference, is now previewing its Technical Program, including leading keynote speakers, tutorials and panels. The Conference will be held November 5-9 at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, California.
  • Portable Devices and Download-to-Burn Drive Online Video
    While 2006 has seen a rapid increase in consumers’ use of online video, spurred by the breakout success of websites such as YouTube, the vast majority of video content delivered over the Internet is still held captive on the PC. ABI Research believes that the over the next five years new viewing options such as network-enabled video players and download-to-burn will add momentum and broaden the overall market by giving consumers additional choices in how they consume video content.
  • Semiconductor Equipment Sales Decelerating Rapidly
    While suppliers of production equipment to the chip industry have enjoyed a strong demand for their wares over the past several years, the latest quarterly EquipmentFutures(TM) report sees previous double-digit sales growth rates quickly decelerating to a single-digit rate sooner than previously forecast.
  • DSP Market Gaining on Microcontrollers
    Databeans, a semiconductor market intelligence supplier, has just released a brand new study on the DSP market, titled “2006 Communications DSP.” In this study, the firm describes in detail, the current market conditions for communications electronics and communications DSP products. While the overall microcontroller market remains the second largest contributor to worldwide processor revenue, DSP is quickly gaining share.
  • Big Faceless Organization Rolls Out PDF Library 2.7.1
    Big Faceless Organization (BFO), provider of high quality Java software components, are delighted to present version 2.7.1 of their famed PDF Library. Documents can now be signed and date-stamped with the PDF Library, and the authenticity of those documents verified.