News – 2006.11.16

  • ZiLOG First to Create 8-bit MCU With Vector Control Capability
    ZiLOG(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: ZILG), a leading provider of integrated microcontroller (MCUs) and universal remote control solutions, announced that its Z8 Encore! MC(TM) (FMC16100 Series) is the first 8-bit MCU to offer vector control capability, an innovation that significantly lowers the bill of materials (BOM) costs for appliance manufacturers, reduces both energy consumption and, in appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines, water usage, factors that benefit both consumers and the environment as well as help extend the life cycle of the product itself.
  • Freescale Improves Motor Control with MC34929 Motor Driver IC
    Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL)(NYSE:FSL.B) has introduced a three-phase brushless DC (BLDC) motor driver integrated circuit (IC) designed to help drive small motors reliably with reduced board space. The MC34929 IC provides a cost-effective, small-footprint BLDC motor driver solution for a variety of consumer, portable and office equipment applications containing small motors.
  • QNX, VoiceBox Improve User Experience of Telematics, Consumer Devices
    Two software innovation leaders have joined forces to improve the user experience of voice recognition systems for in-car telematics and infotainment applications. QNX Software Systems, the global leader in operating systems and middleware for the embedded market, and VoiceBox(R) Technologies, Inc., the pioneer of conversational voice search technologies, are working together to improve the reliability and user experience in next-generation telematics, consumer electronics, and digital home applications.
  • Advanced Technetix Acquires EMR Suppression Nanotechnology
    Advanced Technetix, Inc. (Pink Sheets:AVXN) announced today that the company has acquired patented electromagnetic radiation suppression nanotechnology earlier this week from Nanonize Corporation, a privately held company located in Ontario, Canada, prior to that company collapsing its operations for lack of ongoing funding. Advanced Technetix will begin incorporating the technology into its existing products and planned consumer electronics accessories, including its patented AccessKey(TM) mobile set-top box family of products.
  • Texas Instruments Reveals Winners of MSP430 eZ Design Contest
    Recognizing innovation and excellence in ultra low power microcontroller (MCU) design, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) awarded first, second and third place MSP430 eZ Design Contest prizes during the fifth annual MSP430 Advanced Technical Conference in Dallas. First prize went to a shirt pocket-sized, two-channel digital storage oscilloscope designed by Shaun Parsons of Johannesburg, South Africa. Second and third place prizes went to a tiny, battery-free temperature recorder and to a real-time clock temperature-compensating display watch.
  • Seeker Wireless Showcases Location Based Services at LBS
    Seeker Wireless, one of the leading location based service providers, announced today that it will be showcasing its unique range of location solutions at the forthcoming Location Based Services 2006 Conference, to be held at the Hilton Olympia in London from November 20th – 23rd.
  • Tundra Semiconductor Appoints Director to Board
    Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), the world leader in System Interconnect, today announced the appointment of Terry Nickerson to the Board of Directors, effective immediately.
  • NXP and TSMC Acquire All Shares of SSMC
    NXP Semiconductors (formerly Philips Semiconductors) has increased its holding in Singapore based SSMC (Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Co. Pte. Ltd.) from 50.5 percent to 61.2 percent, an increase of 10.7 percent, for a purchase price of approximately US$113 million, funded by cash at hand.
  • EtherCAT Enables Fastest Industrial Ethernet for Xilinx FPGAs
    Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX ) announced the implementation of a scalable EtherCAT slave controller functionality in an intellectual property (IP) core for its Spartan(TM) series of FPGAs. The code was developed and is supported by Beckhoff Automation GmbH, a Xilinx Alliance Program partner. Attendees of Electronica 2006 can see a live demonstration of the new solution November 15-17, Messe München, Hall A4, stand 576.
  • Court Ruling on 802.11a, 802.11g Patent Shakes Up Wireless Industry
    A federal court in Tyler, Texas has ruled that a patent owned by an agency of the Australian government is valid and covers the core technology found in current wireless devices.
  • ADLINK Debuts NuPRO-851 Single Board Computer with Pentium 4 LGA-775
    ADLINK Technology releases its latest PICMG 1.0 full-size single board computer. The NuPRO-851 Series features an Intel(R) LGA-775 for Pentium(R) 4 with FSB 533/800MHz, dual channel DDR2 memory at speeds of 400/533MHz and an Intel(R) GMA900 graphics core architecture providing up to 2048×1536 resolution with 8.5GB/s peak memory bandwidth.
  • Gleichmann Acquires Swiss ULTRATEC INTER AG
    As of the beginning of November, 2006, the Gleichmann & Co. Electronics GmbH, a division of the successful, Europe wide operating MSC Group, has acquired a majority holding in the Swiss ULTRATEC INTER AG. Starting immediately, the new company will have the name Gleichmann ULTRATEC AG and continues under the leadership of ULTRATEC INTER AG’s founder, Hans Eggensberger. The headquarters remains in Schwerzenbach, Switzerland.
  • ICS Triplex Rolls Out ISaGRAF 5.1 IEC 61499 Automation Software
    ICS Triplex ISaGRAF Inc., the leading automation software partner is pleased to announce the release of ISaGRAF version 5.1. ISaGRAF 5 is the world’s first commercially-available IEC 61499 automation software.
  • Mercury Computer Features Visage 3D to the Core for Medical Diagnostic
    Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) will demonstrate unparalleled advancements in image quality and performance across the entire diagnostic workflow, featuring the new-generation Visage(TM) product line, at the 92nd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiology Society of North America (RSNA) at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, November 26-30.