News – 2006.12.19

  • Atmel Debuts picoPower AVR Microcontrollers with on-Board LCD Controllers
    Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced four new AVR(R) microcontrollers that incorporate power-saving technology for multi-year battery life in LCD, lighting control, security, home automation, ZigBee(TM) and other battery applications. The new AVR products are upgraded versions of the popular 64-pin ATmega325/329 and the 100-pin ATmega3250/3290 microcontrollers.
  • Concurrent Introduces CompactPCI Dual PMC SBC with Intel Core 2 Duo
    Concurrent Technologies announces the release of an Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processor based CompactPCI single board computers (SBC) as a performance upgrade from the PP 410/03x released earlier in the year. The PP 412/03x uses the latest mobile dual core processor from the Intel(R) embedded roadmap, the 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 processor, giving an even greater improvement in measured performance/watt.
  • TI Rolls Out Two New Bi-Directional Voltage-Level Translation Devices
    Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced the release of two new bi-directional voltage-level translation devices, TXB0104 and TXS0104E, that improve connectivity between next-generation processors and peripheral devices. Eliminating the requirement for direction control signals used by traditional voltage-level translation devices, designers are able to decrease the complexity of control software and save valuable GPIOs on core processors.
  • Renesas Unveils First Critical-Conduction-Mode PFC Control IC
    Renesas Technology America, Inc. announced the R2A20112 critical-mode(1) power factor correction (PFC)(2) control IC for AC/DC power supplies, the first device of its type to implement interleaved operation(3). The new device enables the design of small, thin, low-noise, high-efficiency AC/DC power supplies that are essential for flat-panel TVs, game machines, PCs, copiers, and many other consumer and office automation products.
  • Anagram Creates Crystal Clear Audio by Optimizing IP for Lattice FPGAs
    Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced the availability of intellectual property (IP) cores for a high definition audio digital to analog converter, the SoftDAC(TM), and a digital amplifier, the SoftAMP(TM), from ANAGRAM Technologies, a new member of the ispLeverCORE(TM) Connection IP partners program. Through the program, Lattice and ANAGRAM will provide complete system solutions for their mutual customers who are integrating system-level IP with the most advanced FPGA silicon architectures. The Lattice Connection program allows customers to easily access and integrate approved third-party IP products into Lattice programmable devices.
  • Polar Rose Offers Advanced Face Recognition for Online Photos
    Polar Rose, a company uniquely combining automatic face recognition with 3D modeling for visual search applications, announced its product and an open beta trial, beginning in Q1 of 2007. Using Polar Rose’s technology, it will now be possible to automatically search for and recognize faces on a consistent basis similar to the way people do – by using the visual cues of the photo as opposed to nearby text analysis. The company’s unique technology creates a 3D model from a single 2D image of a face. This approach radically improves photo matching by compensating for variations in lighting, facial emotions and pose.
  • Beceem Adopts Blast Yield TX, Quartz RC, Quartz Time for TSMC Process
    Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, announced that Beceem Communications, a leading provider of chipsets for Mobile WiMAX technology, has expanded its use of Magma software. A long-time user, Beceem Communications is utilizing the full suite of Magma Blast IC implementation products including Blast Create(TM), Blast Fusion(R), Blast Plan(TM) Pro, Blast Power(TM) and Blast Noise(R).
  • Low-Priced UML Modeling Tools Make Impact
    The growing complexity of today’s embedded software and systems has driven many developers to consider a model-driven development strategy. Recently published research by Venture Development Corporation (VDC) indicates that more developers are expecting to adopt model-driven development approaches, including UML, over the next two years to cope with this complexity and an increase in the lines of software code per device.
  • Toumaz Wins Innovation Award for Wireless Vital Signs Monitoring
    Toumaz Technology Limited announces that it has been awarded first prize at the fifth Oracle(R) PartnerNetwork Innovation Award for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The award from Oracle, the world’s largest enterprise software company, recognises the outstanding innovation of Toumaz’s breakthrough Sensium(TM) platform for wireless vital signs monitoring.
  • Aeroflex Reveals Details of 3G LTE, Showcases 3G Test Coverage
    Aeroflex outlined its product strategy with regard to 3G LTE – the initiative relating to the Long Term Evolution (LTE) of 3GPP radio technology. Aeroflex will also be demonstrating its complete 3G test coverage highlighted by various new product developments and enhancements relating to its 6103 mobile handset test systems, 6401 mobile protocol test system, 6413A UMTS basestation test system, WiMAX protocol conformance test solution, PXI 300 Series modular wireless test platform and IQCreator software.
  • Matsushita Ships Non-Exploding Lithium-ion Batteries
    Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (MEI; TSE:6752; NYSE:MC), best known for its Panasonic brand, announced that one of its subsidiaries, Matsushita Battery Industrial Co., Ltd. (MBI) has established a mass-production system for a lithium-ion battery that incorporates the technology to ensure safety. The company began shipping the industry’s first 2.9 Ah(1) high capacity batteries in April this year and is now ready to mass-produce the products.