News – 2006.10.04

  • Toshiba Rolls Out 16-Bit and 32-Bit Embedded Flash Microcontrollers
    Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) today announced the broadening of its embedded flash microcontroller (MCU) product line with the addition of two new 16-bit MCUs and a new 32-bit MCU based on SuperFlash(R) technology. TMP91FW40FG is Toshiba’s first 16-bit SuperFlash-based MCU to incorporate an LCD controller and was designed for electronic metering and similar applications that require 16-bit performance to drive an LCD display. TMP91FW60FG/DFG is a 16-bit device that offers a combination of 128 Kbytes of flash memory and 8 Kbytes of RAM plus 5 volt (V)-compliance, making it ideal for robust industrial and white goods applications. TMP92FD23AFG/ADFG is a 32-bit MCU that incorporates 512 Kbytes of flash memory and 32 Kbytes of RAM, making it well suited for many industrial applications, such as vending machines and industrial control.
  • Technosoft Takes Control with ISM4803 Universal Drive with CAN Bus
    The new generation of Technosoft ISM4803 Universal Drive can control several axes in a master-slave structure through its integrated CAN bus (operating at speeds of up to 1Mb/s). Based on the MotionChip(TM) DSP Control Technology the drive covers all applications for AC, DC brushless, DC brush, linear and step motors up to 150 W (48 V, 3 A).
  • Microchip Places Intelligent Power Supply Design Center Online
    Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced an online Intelligent Power-Supply Design Center. This comprehensive Web site provides technical tools and resources needed to design analog power-supply applications, augment existing analog power-supply applications with inexpensive microcontrollers, or design Switch-Mode Power Supply (SMPS) applications involving digital control of the power-conversion feedback loop. The Design Center offers complete access to Microchip’s power-supply application notes and reference designs, which include everything from a pure analog approach to completely digital implementations.
  • EION Wireless, Wavesat to Deliver WiMAX Standard Based Solutions
    EION Wireless, providers of intelligent broadband wireless access and backhaul solutions, today announced that it is collaborating with Wavesat as a WiMAX technology partner to deliver the next generation of WiMAX standard based products. EION already has an established global customer base with its leading WiMAX class product, Libra MX. Integration of Wavesat’s WiMAX chipset with EION’s product line will enable EION to rapidly deliver WiMAX complaint products to the market.
  • California Micro Unveils Display Controller for Wireless Handsets
    California Micro Devices (Nasdaq: CAMD) today unveiled a dual display and audio controller for wireless handsets that incorporates the VESA Standard Mobile Display Digital Interface (MDDI) link, which is fully compatible with QUALCOMM’s Mobile Station Modem(TM) (MSM(TM)) chipset solutions. The new CM5100 features a fully compliant, MDDI based serial client, an integrated display controller with embedded memory that supports primary thin film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal displays (LCDs) with resolutions up to QVGA (320×240) and secondary displays with up to QCIF+ (176×220) resolution.
  • Toshiba Offers In-Circuit Emulator for TLCS-870/C 8-Bit Microcontrollers
    Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) today expanded its embedded systems tools capability with the introduction of a new low-cost, compact full in-circuit emulator that supports development of embedded applications based on its TLCS-870/C Series microcontrollers. Dubbed the RTE870/C Light Emulator, it is available in three versions for 5 Volt (V) emulation chips in FBGA177 packages, 5V emulation chips in FBGA272 packages and low-voltage emulation chips in FBGA272 packages.
  • ST to Integrate ARM Cortex-M3 Processor into 32-bit Microcontrollers
    STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), one of the world’s leaders in the development of microcontrollers, and ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)] today announced at the ARM(R) Developers’ Conference, Santa Clara, Calif., that STMicroelectronics will integrate the ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-M3 processor into its next-generation family of 32-bit microcontrollers.
  • Synopsys, ARM Introduce CCS Noise Models for ARM Physical IP
    Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software and ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)], today announced that the ARM(R) Advantage(TM) , Metro(TM) and SAGE-X(TM) standard cell libraries, part of its Artisan(R) physical IP family, now support the next-generation signal integrity signoff models based on Liberty(TM) Composite Current Source (CCS) modeling technology. Used in conjunction with the Synopsys PrimeTime(R) analysis tool, the golden signoff standard, CCS noise models allow designers to get better accuracy and reduced turnaround time. Liberty open source noise models also facilitate visibility into transistor-level behavior that is key to nanometer sign-off analysis. CCS noise models are proven to deliver sign-off level accuracy to within two percent of HSPICE(R) simulation as seen at leading semiconductor companies.
  • IBASE Debuts MB879 Mini-ITX Motherboard with ATI Radeon Xpress 200
    IBASE Technology, a leading manufacturer of RoHS-compliant Mini-ITX motherboards, launches a new MB879 Mini-ITX Motherboard with the ATI Radeon Xpress 200 chipset, bringing both stunning 3D graphics and universal connectivity. Providing high performance on-board video processing, the MB879 is designed for gaming, digital entertainment, POS, ATM, Kiosk and medical applications.
  • AXIOMTEK Introduces 10.4-inch TFT Fanless Touch Panel Computer
    AXIOMTEK, as a trusted Applied Computing Platform provider, has designed a GOT series of fanless touch panel computers for HMI solutions. The new 10.4? fanless touch panel computer, the GOT-3100T, which is equipped with a 10.4-inch SVGA TFT high brightness (600nits) LCD display, supports an ultra low power consumption Intel(R) Celeron(R) M 1GHz CPU. The modern and sleek HMI platform also supports anti-vibration up to 1.3G, a NEMA4x/IP65 compliant front bezel and a super slim thickness of 72 mm. With these abundant features, the GOT-3100T is a good choice for outdoor and limited space applications including transportation, control platforms on ships, parking field surveillance, building automation, and more.
  • Microchip Unveils Li-Ion/Li-Polymer Charge-Management Controllers
    Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced the MCP73833 and MCP73834 (MCP73833/4) single-cell, high current (1 Ampere [A]), Li-Ion/Li-Polymer linear charge-management controllers. These fully integrated charge-management controllers combine several key, standard charge-management and safety features in a single chip for reliable charging of high-capacity Li-Ion and Li-Polymer batteries. Available in small MSOP and thermally efficient 3 mm x 3 mm DFN packages, the MCP73833/4 chargers enable smarter, faster and safer battery- charger designs.
  • Measurement Computing Unveils 8 Multifunction DAQ Boards
    Measurement Computing Corporation, the market leader in low-cost data acquisition, today introduced eight new multifunction DAQ boards. Both the PCI-2500 series and the USB-2500 series boards provide true multifunction high-speed performance with analog inputs, waveform capable analog outputs, 24 high-speed digital I/O, four counter/quadrature inputs, and two timer outputs.
  • White Paper: Software for Next Generation Automation and Control
    ICS Triplex ISaGRAF announced today their presentation of a significant white paper on the use of the IEC 61499 distributed intelligent control standard in next-generation automation and control at the 4th International IEEE Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN), which was held August 16-18, 2006 in Singapore.
  • Mitsubishi Introduces FX3U SuperMicro Programmable Logic Controllers
    Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc., a major supplier of industrial automation equipment, has introduced its FX3U Series line of next-generation SuperMicro(TM) programmable logic controllers that offer unmatched execution speed, performance-enhancing instructions and unparalleled connectivity. The new devices, which are backward-compatible to Mitsubishi Electric’s FX2N series, are available now, including relay and transistor base units, software and most peripherals.
  • Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Industry Grows by 15%
    The EDA Consortium’s Market Statistics Service (MSS) today announced that the electronic design automation (EDA) industry revenue for Q2 of 2006 grew 15% to $1,256 million, versus $1,091 million in Q2 2005, due in part to new company participation. Total product revenues, without services, was up 15% to $1,180 million in Q2 of 2006 vs. $1,028 million in the same quarter of 2005.
  • Renesas Samples SH-Mobile G2 Single-Chip LSI for Dual-Mode Handsets
    Renesas Technology Corp. today announced that it has begun shipping samples of the SH-Mobile G2, a single-chip LSI for dual-mode HSDPA/W-CDMA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE mobile phones. The LSI was jointly developed with NTT DoCoMo, Inc., Fujitsu Limited, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, and Sharp Corporation, and evaluation samples have been shipped to these handset manufacturers since the end of September 2006.
  • Excel Software Updates Developer Tools, Offers Trial Downloads
    Excel Software updated the QuickCRC, QuickUML and QuickHelp tools for Windows and Mac OS X software developers. The updates enhance the user interface and productivity plus add free trial editions. QuickCRC Windows 3.0.3 or QuickCRC MacOSX 1.0.1 is used for agile modeling of object-oriented software using CRC cards. QuickUML 2.0.1 for Windows or Mac OS X implements UML models with code generation. QuickHelp 2.0.5 for Windows or Mac OS X provides help authoring and deployment of application help on Windows 95 to XP, Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Linux.