News – 2006.08.23

  • XMC Mezzanine Cards to Penetrate COTS Military Market
    XMC form factor mezzanine cards are the latest in mezzanine card technology, and they are projected to begin making an impact on the embedded COTS military market in 2007. PMC mezzanines are the current mezzanine standard not only for military applications but for all embedded applications.
  • Temperature Sensors Market Shifting to Non-Contact Measurement
    A new research study finds several important shifts occurring in the temperature sensor market. The study, called The Market for Temperature Sensors in the Americas, 2nd Edition, was researched and published by Flow Research. The temperature sensor market in the Americas totaled $620 million in 2005, according to this study. Revenues from sales of temperature sensors in the Americas are projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.2 percent through 2010, when they are expected to reach $760 million.
  • TI, Arrow Webcast Digital Audio Modulation Techniques
    Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) and Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) will present a live Analog eLab Webcast for designers entitled “Class-D Audio Power Amplifiers: Operation, Efficiency and EMC” on Wednesday, September 6, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. CDT (18:00 hrs CET). During the online discussion, TI analog expert Bill Klein, P.E., and eLab panelists Stephen Crump of TI and David Schmidt of Arrow will talk about the operation and efficiency of Class-D amplifiers with special focus on Class-BD modulation. In addition, they will discuss elements of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing, filter component characteristics and proper PCB layout. Engineers are invited to register for the one-hour session.
  • Axesstel Receives Key Patent for Hybrid Voice and Data Devices
    Axesstel, Inc. (AMEX:AFT), a leader in the design and development of fixed wireless voice and broadband data products, today announced it has been awarded a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The patent provides for the intelligent control of primary and secondary processors, thereby enabling hybrid or converged devices that can support two or more telecommunication technologies. The primary processor and secondary processor can be any combination of wireless technology such as GSM, CDMA, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, WCDMA/HSDPA, Wi-Max, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or wire-line technology such as public switched telephone network (PSTN).
  • Mentor Graphics Eldo Simulator Sets Standard for Haier IC
    Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced that Haier IC has adopted the Mentor Graphics Eldo(R) simulator as its standard SPICE simulator for analog circuit design. Compared with other SPICE simulation tools, Eldo offers better convergence and reduced simulation analysis time.
  • Big Faceless Organization Launches BFO Affiliate Program
    Big Faceless Organization (BFO), provider of high quality Java software components, are delighted to announce the launch of their affiliate program.
  • Allegro Rolls Out Real-time MPEG-2 to H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Transcoders
    Allegro announces the immediate availability of its real-time MPEG-2 to H.264/MPEG-4 AVC transcoders: AL2000 and AL2010 for the IPTV and Mobile TV markets. Transcoding operations include audio and video transcoding, format conversion, frame rate conversion and ancillary data management.
  • STMicroelectronics Selects Allegro’s MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Test Suites
    Allegro today announced that the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 decoders from set-top-box chip leader STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) have successfully passed Allegro compliance test suites including syntax, stress and system tests, for Main and High profile, level 3 and 4.
  • Sony’s Mylo Communicator Gets Personal with Opera Browser
    Opera Software today offers details on its embedded browser for Sony’s mylo personal communication device. Available in the United States in September, the mylo communicator serves as an entertainment and communication device for those who live in Wi-Fi enabled environments. With the Opera browser, mylo communicator users can surf all their favorite Web sites, including popular webmail services such as Yahoo! Mail and Gmail.
  • SITEL Opens Global Delivery Center at Chennai
    SITEL India, a fast growing BPO Major, today announced the launch of their Global Delivery Center at Chennai Citi Centre at an investment of Rs. 25 Crore and with an initial target of 1000 plus employees to serve its growing business needs. The 3000 people company currently operates out of three centers in Mumbai and Hyderabad.
  • Oki’s 3D Noise Reduction LSI Eliminates the CCD Camera Noise
    Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:6703) today announced its launch of two types of 3D noise reduction, high quality image processing LSIs, the ML87V2107 and ML87V21071, that operate on a 3.3V single power supply. Oki succeeded in integrating its original FIFO (First-In First-Out) memory and image processing circuit into a single chip and significantly reducing CCD camera noise in dim light, something which could not be done before.
  • Planar Creates Touchscreen Displays for Public Safety and Fleet Vehicles
    As part of its strategic initiative to increase vertical market expertise, Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLNR), a worldwide leader in specialty display solutions, today announced the debut of the company’s first touchscreen display for emergency response and fleet vehicles. A cost-effective specialty industrial display, Planar’s LX1200 is a durable monitor that is designed to easily record and exchange valuable information in harsh, rugged and unpredictable car environments, such as public safety and transportation vehicles.
  • Avago Debuts 6-Channel Commutation Encoder Modules for Brushless DC Motors
    Avago Technologies, the world’s largest privately held semiconductor company, today announced its first series of small 6-channel optical incremental C-shaped encoder modules for Brushless DC motors used in industrial automation applications. Avago’s AEDB-9340 series modules, which include a codewheel with an optical radius of 15 mm (0.590 inch), are designed to reduce overall motor size and fit easily into round encoder housings. This latest addition to Avago’s optical encoder series provides housed encoder manufacturers with an integrated encoder that is easy to assemble and offers better switching accuracy (+/- 1 degree mechanical commutation) than conventional Hall sensors.
  • Fairchild Semiconductor Enhances Micro-SerDes Products
    Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE:FCS), innovator of the industry’s leading serialization solution for small displays and cameras in portable electronics, introduces key enhancements to its uSerDes(TM) (micro-SerDes) technology. Using the same footprint and base architecture as its popular predecessor, the FIN24AC, the new FIN224AC offers enhanced ESD protection and reduced EMI. As with any handheld electronic equipment, damage from electrostatic discharge is a primary concern. Fairchild addressed this challenge by increasing ESD protection from 8kV in the FIN24AC to 15kV in the FIN224AC. Another enhancement is the implementation of rolled edge rates of the LVTTL outputs to further reduce EMI. This is particularly advantageous in cell phones and other wireless applications where minimizing noise is crucial.