News – 2006.09.18

  • Intel and UC Santa Barbara Create First Hybrid Silicon Laser
    Researchers from Intel Corporation and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have built the world’s first electrically powered Hybrid Silicon Laser using standard silicon manufacturing processes. This breakthrough addresses one of the last major barriers to producing low-cost, high-bandwidth silicon photonics devices for use inside and around future computers and data centers.
  • Analog Devices Acquires AudioAsics, Audio IC Expertise
    Analog Devices announced that it has acquired privately held AudioAsics A/S, a Danish company consisting of a team of experienced developers of high-performance, low-power microphone and audio signal conditioning technology. The combination of ADI’s signal processing capabilities with AudioAsics’ expertise is expected to result in miniature, low-power audio solutions that provide better sound quality in portable consumer and communications products like MP3 players, cell phones and PDAs. ADI paid approximately $19 million in cash at the closing in exchange for all of the outstanding shares of AudioAsics. In addition, upon the achievement of certain milestones following the closing, ADI would be obligated to pay up to an additional $8 million.
  • MathWorks Simulink HDL Coder Generates Code from System Models
    The MathWorks today introduced Simulink(R) HDL Coder, which automatically generates synthesizable hardware description language (HDL) code from models created in the company’s widely-used Simulink and Stateflow(R) software. The product produces target-independent Verilog and VHDL code and test benches for implementing and verifying application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). By providing a path directly from system models, Simulink HDL Coder accelerates the design, implementation, and verification of hardware.
  • Microchip Launches PIC18 8-bit Flash Microcontrollers
    Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced the four-member PIC18F4321 8-bit microcontroller family with advanced peripherals, low pin count, small-footprint package options and low power consumption via nanoWatt Technology. This family offers engineers a more cost-effective entry point to Microchip’s PIC18 high-end 8-bit microcontroller family, with increased performance and peripherals at a lower price — while maintaining a seamless upward migration path to more memory, peripherals and performance.
  • TI’s DaVinci Technology Powers ARCHOS Video Players
    Continuing to spur growth in the portable media market, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN) today announced that a new latest dual-core processor based on DaVinci(TM) technology is powering the latest line of ARCHOS portable multimedia players, the 404, 504 and 604. The new digital media processor based on DaVinci technology offers reduced power consumption and an exceptional combination of audio, video, imaging and system control functionality for the portable media player (PMP) market, which ARCHOS has leveraged to create some of the thinnest, lightest and lowest priced portable video players on the market.
  • Atmel Offers AVR Dragon Development Tool for Microcontrollers for $49
    Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced today the AVR Dragon(TM) development tool for AVR(R) microcontrollers. By providing a complete on-chip debugging and programming tool for more than 30 different AVR Flash microcontrollers at only $49, the AVR Dragon is the industry’s most comprehensive low-cost development tool.
  • Lattice Debuts LatticeECP2M FPGAs with High-Speed Embedded SERDES I/O
    Lattice Semiconductor announced the LatticeECP2M(TM) FPGA family, the industry’s first low cost FPGAs offering high-speed embedded SERDES I/O plus a pre-engineered Physical Coding Sublayer (PCS) block. Based on the innovative LatticeECP2(TM) low cost architecture, the new LatticeECP2M family also has been developed on advanced 90nm CMOS technology utilizing 300mm wafers. Previously, high-speed embedded SERDES serial I/O with speeds over 3Gbps has been available only on relatively expensive high-end FPGAs. Integrating this capability into a low cost FPGA fabric makes this higher performance interface technology accessible to a much broader range of applications in rapidly emerging, cost-conscious markets such as high volume communications, consumer, automotive, video, and industrial equipment. Priced at approximately one-third the cost of competitive SERDES-based FPGAs, the ECP2M FPGA family effectively bridges the price/performance gap between low cost and high-end FPGAs.
  • Lattice Unveils LatticeMico32 32-bit Soft Microprocessor Solution
    Lattice Semiconductor today announced the immediate availability of the LatticeMico32(TM), a 32-bit soft microprocessor optimized for Lattice Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). Lattice is releasing the Hardware Description Language (HDL) code of the microprocessor core and various peripheral components generated by the LatticeMico32 System, along with selected tools, in an open source format that provides visibility, flexibility and portability. The heart of the product is the LatticeMico32 System development tool suite, which provides a fast and easy way to implement microprocessor designs from platform definition to software development and debug. This flexible microprocessor will find application in a wide variety of markets including communications, consumer, computing, medical, industrial and automotive.
  • Actel, Gaisler Research Create RTAX-S Aerospace Microprocessing Platform
    To speed time to market and reduce design costs and risks for system design, Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) today announced the availability of the Gaisler Research Intellectual Property (IP) Library (GRLIB), a LEON3 processor-based application solution optimized for Actel’s RTAX-S field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The companies have also expanded their long-standing relationship with the addition of Gaisler to Actel’s CompanionCore Partner Program, a program designed to offer a broad range of proven IP cores and solutions to Actel’s FPGA customers. As a program member, Gaisler will offer Actel customers IP cores, design and development boards and development support.
  • Kontron’s M@C150 Micro Client Supports 15-inch HMI Systems
    With the M@C150 Micro Client, Kontron expands its product range of thin Human-Machine Interfaces (HMIs) to include larger displays, now up to 15. OEMs profit from HMI clients that are substantially thinner and thus less expensive than fully-fledged IPCs, but still offer sophisticated graphics, intuitive GUIs and touch screen operation. Thanks to the use of ETX modules, the new RoHS-compliant M@C150 Micro Clients are scalable in processor performance to suit individual requirements and a variety of applications. Whether as a thin client, Web client, user terminal or as controller a wide variety of requirements can be realized quickly and inexpensively using these thin HMI systems.
  • Lingoport Releases Globalyzer 2.3 Globalization Software
    Lingoport, Inc., a leading developer of globalization software and services, today announced its release of Globalyzer(TM) 2.3 to help companies make their software ready to meet the demands of world market customers. Globalyzer 2.3 enhancements further enable a company’s software to support worldwide language, locale and cultural formatting requirements so the software will perform gracefully in any target market.
  • MEN Micro Expands in North America with ACT/Technico
    MEN Micro, Inc., a leading supplier of industrial real-time and embedded computer products, has formed a strategic alliance with ACT/Technico of Warminster, PA, making that firm the primary distributor for MEN Micro’s products in the U.S. ACT/Technico is a supplier and integrator of real-time and embedded systems.
  • Gleichmann Distributes New NEC Super-Transmissive Natural Light TFTs
    Gleichmann Electronics distributes three new amorphous silicon thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid crystal displays (LCDs) from NEC Electronics Europe. The new products comprise of an 8.4-inch SVGA TFT LCD module, part number NL8060BC21-03, an 8.4-inch VGA TFT LCD module, part number NL6448BC26-09C and a 6.5-inch VGA TFT LCD module, part number NL6448BC20-20.
  • Universal Debug Engine (UDE) 2.0 Simplifies Microcontroller Development
    pls Programmierbare Logik & Systeme introduces at the electronica 2006 in Hall A6, Booth 712 a Universal Debug Engine (UDE) 2.0, which is one of the most versatile, powerful and, at the same time, comfortable tools for the development, test and service of microcontroller applications.
  • Magma Drops One Patent Claim Against Synopsys
    Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) announced that it has received a letter from Magma Design Automation stating that Magma is dropping its assertions of infringement against Synopsys relating to Patent No. 6,931,610. The ’610 Patent is one of the patents Magma asserted against Synopsys in the Delaware intellectual property litigation.
  • ITC Confirms SigmaTel Patents, Actions Chips Bar from Entry into USA
    SigmaTel Inc., a leader in mixed-signal multimedia solutions, today announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued orders finding that SigmaTel’s two patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 6,366,522 and 6,633,187, are infringed by system-on-chip controllers for portable digital music players manufactured by Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd., based in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China, and that infringing players containing Actions 207X, 208X and 209X chips should be excluded from entry into the United States.
  • HiTechnic to Develop Sensors for LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Platform
    The LEGO Group today announced partnership with HiTechnic to allow the manufacture and sale of hardware accessories certified by the LEGO Group for the newly-released LEGO(R) MINDSTORMS(R) NXT robotics toolset. This debut partnership represents the evolution of the company’s commitment to community-driven innovation and open-source development surrounding the launch of its next generation robotics system.
  • NeoMagic Receives Embedded DRAM Patent
    NeoMagic announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent to the Company that covers a number of important aspects of embedded dynamic random-access-memory (DRAM) technology and on-chip semiconductor memories. Specifically, the USPTO granted NeoMagic United States Patent No. 7,106,619, which covers the use of specific on-chip memory structures, circuit configurations and techniques that the Company believes may be employed by several large semiconductor manufacturers and system providers around the world in microchips for such diverse areas as electronic entertainment systems, digital imaging systems and mobile telecommunications devices.
  • Blackstone Group Led Consortium Acquires Freescale for $17.6 Billion
    Freescale Semiconductor, a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for wireless, networking, automotive, consumer and industrial markets, announced today that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by a private equity consortium in a transaction with a total equity value of $17.6 billion. The consortium is led by The Blackstone Group, and includes The Carlyle Group, Permira Funds and Texas Pacific Group.