News – 2006.09.06

  • Sonarics Introduces Single-Chip RF DAB Baseband Processor Module
    Sonarics Labs, the leading intellectual property (IP) company for DAB/DMB design solutions, announces the launch of the first module in its new generation of low-size and low-power DAB modules, thus enabling its customers to manufacture feature-rich DAB and DMB receivers, all at a much lower price.
  • Ramtron Launches 512 Kilobit FRAM Serial Memory
    Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR), a leading developer and supplier of non-volatile ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) and integrated semiconductor products, today expanded its portfolio of serial memory products with the launch of the FM24C512, a half-megabit non-volatile FRAM product with an industry standard 2-wire serial interface. The FM24C512 is targeted for use in applications that require high capacity data collection such as utility metering and real-time configuration storage.
  • Aeroflex Updates Software for 2975 Radio Test Set
    Aeroflex has announced the availability of a new version of software for the 2975 Project 25 Radio Test Set. Software Release 1.9.2 delivers new test features designed to provide additional test data for P25 radios. Release 1.9.2 adds the functionality of an Eye Diagram for P25 Waveform analysis. With this diagram, users can quickly see the C4FM deviation points as well as any offset or imbalance in the four frequency levels corresponding to the C4FM modulation (+/- 600Hz and +/- 1800Hz). This new Eye Diagram feature is included in Option 2975OPT30 Modulation Analysis and is free of charge.
  • IP/SOC Conference for IP-based SoC Design
    IP/SOC 2006 (IP-based SoC Design) will be the 15th edition of the working conference on hot topics in the design world, focusing for the past 6 years on IP-based SoC design and held in the well known Silicon and Alliance Nanometer Valley in the French Alps.
  • GSM 3G Event to Take Place in Africa
    Informa Telecoms and Media, the leading provider of business intelligence and strategic services to the global telecoms and media markets, has announced today that its 9th annual GSM>3G Africa conference and exhibition, just a few weeks away, would focus on capitalising on the record growth of subscribers in the African continent. Informa’s GSM>3G Africa event will combine a conference programme with over 60 high-level speakers from across the telecoms value chain, and a 100+ stand exhibition to present attendees with a comprehensive, cutting edge picture of opportunities and challenges found in the African markets.
  • Opera for Devices SDK Supports Macromedia Flash Player 7 SDK
    Opera Software today announced that the Opera for Devices SDK now supports the Macromedia(R) Flash(R) Player 7 SDK from Adobe. Flash Player SDK is the profile of the Flash Player developed for consumer electronics devices. Opera customers who are running the full-featured Opera browser on products such as portable media players, HDTVs, set-top boxes and even game consoles now have the option to include Flash 7 on their devices.
  • Xilinx Showcases Video-Over-IP, HD-SDI and H.264 Solutions at IBC
    Xilinx, the world’s leading programmable logic supplier, announced it will be demonstrating multiple FPGA-based solutions for the broadcast industry at the International Broadcasting Conference (IBC) in Amsterdam September 8-12, 2006. The Xilinx broadcast team will showcase its FPGA-based applications in the areas of interfaces, connectivity, codecs, and audio/video processing. The company will also demonstrate solutions based on its newest Virtex(TM)-5 FPGA platform, the world’s first 65nm FPGA, which provides the most complete system integration platform available today. System designers and engineers visiting the Xilinx stand will see how this powerful combination of broadcast solutions and leading edge FPGA platforms can maximise productivity and significantly reduce system cost.
  • SMIC Showcases Technologies at IC China Exhibition and Conference
    Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world, is currently participating at the 4th annual IC China Exhibition & Conference (IC China) in Suzhou. Targeting China’s booming IC industry, IC China is a three-day exhibition and conference, featuring global semiconductor companies including design houses, foundries, assembly and testing companies, equipment vendors, and other industry providers.
  • ITTIA Expands in Europe, Appoints New General Manager
    ITTIA has established its first subsidiary – ITTIA Database Ltd., to develop new businesses for the European market. This subsidiary will enable ITTIA to carry out promotion of its database for embedded systems and mobile hand-held devices with European presence. ITTIA Database Ltd. will start its business in Germany and will cover the local region of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH).
  • Intel to Reduce Expenses by $3 Billion, Workforce by Over 10,000
    Intel today announced plans for restructuring following an analysis of the company’s structure and efficiency. As a result of the restructuring, the company expects to generate savings in costs and operating expenses of approximately $2 billion in 2007. In 2008 the company expects savings from this restructuring to grow to approximately $3 billion annually.
  • ATEME, Sagem Communication Complete MPEG-4 Interoperability Tests
    ATEME, a leading provider of MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 live encoders and storage encoders, successfully completed interoperability tests with SAGEM MPEG4 High Definition Set-Top Boxes, based on a single-chip decoder, available for all transmission media (satellite, cable, IP and terrestrial).
  • Altera Video Over IP Reference Design Leverages Cypress Video Equalizers
    Cypress Semiconductor announced that version 2.0 of Altera Corporation’s award-winning Video Over IP reference design employs Cypress SD/DVB-ASI Video Equalizers. The Altera Video Over IP reference design leverages the CYV270M0101EQ equalizers to provide a complete interface solution to distribute video over Internet protocol (IP) based networks in applications such as video contribution and distribution links, IP broadcast, home networks, and video surveillance and conferencing.
  • Sentivision Completes MPEG-4 Interoperability Tests with ATEME
    ATEME, a leading provider of MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 live encoders and storage encoders, successfully completed interoperability tests with Sentivision SV-300 IP STB (set-top box). Sentivision SV-300 is a low-cost IP STB capable of decoding MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC video.
  • TI Creates Stereo Audio Codecs with 7-mW Playback for Portable Applications
    Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today introduced two new stereo audio codecs for battery-operated applications, including digital still cameras and portable media players. Designed to extend battery life by lowering power consumption, the PCM3793 and PCM3794 audio codecs offer outstanding 7-milliwatt (mW) playback with a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 93 dB.
  • ATEME Completes MPEG-4 Interoperability Tests with Netbox HD TV
    ATEME, a leading provider of MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 live encoders and storage encoders, successfully completed interoperability tests with the Netbox 7600 HD TV. Produced by the French-based company Netgem, this new hybrid ADSL/DTT terminal can receive services in standard and high definition, giving access to a wide range of innovative contents and applications such as Interactive Program Guide, mediacenter or VOD. They have been selected by leading customers such as Neuf Cegetel or AOL.
  • ATEME Completes MPEG-4 Interoperability Tests with Sunniwell
    ATEME, a leading provider of MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 live encoders and storage encoders, successfully completed interoperability tests with Sunniwell IP-based Set-Top Box solution. The Set-Top Box offers enhanced capabilities for IPTV services including Multicast, VOD and Internet access, and with the function of IP/DVB hybrid.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Manufacturing Patent for Sale
    Ocean Tomo Auctions, LLC announced today that Foundation Coal West, Inc. has consigned US Patent Number 5,486,998, entitled “Process Stabilizing Process Controller”, to be sold at The Ocean Tomo Fall 2006 Live Intellectual Property Auction to be held on October 26, 2006 in New York City.
  • Freescale Unveils MPC5566 Microcontroller with 3MB of Flash Memory
    Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) (NYSE:FSL.B), the leading provider of semiconductors to the automotive market, has achieved a milestone in microcontroller (MCU) technology to help fuel innovation in next-generation powertrain designs and other automotive control applications. The company’s flagship MPC55xx automotive controller family built on Power Architecture(TM) technology now includes the MPC5566 — the first 32-bit MCU to integrate 3MB of flash memory.
  • Ardence RTX Improves Embedded Systems Using Multi-Core Intel Processors
    Ardence, the global leader in developing software platforms for the on-demand world, today announced that version 7.0 of RTX, its market-leading real-time solution for Embedded Windows(R), has been tested and validated to support the full suite of multi-core Intel(R) processors, such as the Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo processors announced in February 2006. Ardence RTX is the only software solution that gives developers deterministic control of Windows XP-based systems that require a high level of performance and scalability.
  • Altera Rolls Out Audio/Video Development Kit, Stratix II GX Edition
    Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) today announced it is shipping its Audio/Video Development Kit, Stratix(R) II GX edition, the industry’s first FPGA-based audio/video development kit designed to support triple rate SDI (serial digital interface), including the new 3 Gbps SMPTE 424M standard.
  • TI Shrinks Size 50% with Fixed Gain Class-D Audio Power Amplifiers
    Texas Instruments introduced a family of fixed gain Class-D audio power amplifiers for portable applications that require higher performance within limited board space, such as cell phones, portable media players (PMP), handheld gaming devices and portable mini-speakers. The new TPA203xD1 amplifiers complement TI’s popular TPA2010D1 variable gain Class-D amplifier. By integrating the external input resistors and very closely matching them, the new TI devices enable designers to reduce overall board size by approximately 50 percent. The devices also improve PSRR (Power Supply Rejection Ratio) by 20dB and CMRR (Common-mode Rejection Ratio) by 12dB, compared to designing with 5 percent matched external resistors that are commonly used in portable consumer electronics to reduce cost.
  • Synopsys Creates Mixed-Signal PHY IP for SMIC 130nm Process
    Synopsys, a world leader in semiconductor design software, today announced that it has expanded its DesignWare(R) mixed-signal intellectual property (MSIP) portfolio with the release of connectivity IP for Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation’s (SMIC’s) 130-nanometer (nm) technology. The mixed-signal PHY IP supports the following protocols: USB, PCIe, SATA and XAUI. These PHYs are highly complex, process-tuned analog interfaces used in today’s high-volume, highly integrated mobile terminals, home entertainment, computing, storage and networking applications. Additionally, high-performance DesignWare memory interface I/Os, such as DDR2 and mobile DDR, are available on SMIC’s 130-nm process.
  • Jazz Semiconductor, Mentor Graphics Debut Analog/Mixed-Signal Design Kits
    Jazz Semiconductor, an independent wafer foundry focused primarily on specialty CMOS process technologies, and Mentor Graphics, today announced the availability of a series of Technology Design Kits (TDKs) that support Jazz’s Silicon Germanium (SiGe) and CMOS process technologies. The first set of TDKs that are immediately available support Jazz’s 0.35-micron SiGe BiCMOS process (SBC35), its 0.18-micron SiGe BiCMOS process (SBC18), and its 0.18-micron CMOS process (CA18HR). These production-ready and highly flexible TDKs enable IC design companies to rapidly set up their design environments using the Mentor Graphics’ complete Analog/Mixed-Signal (AMS) System-on-Chip (SoC) design flow, reducing design time, increasing productivity, and ultimately helping shorten time-to-market.