News – 2007.01.09

  • Atmel Introduces 16-Mbit Rad-Hard SRAMs for Space Applications
    Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:ATML), announced the introduction of the AT68166, a 16-Mbit SRAM packaged in a hermetic Multi-Chip Module (MCM) for space applications. MCM packaging technology offers the advantages of reducing PCB real estate, the number of individual components and improves overall electronic effectiveness. This allows a reduction of the PCB area by 50% with a weight savings of 75% compared to four 4-Mbit packages.
  • Synopsys, UMC Add Advanced Low Power, DFT to 90nm Reference Flow
    Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, and UMC (NYSE: UMC; TSE: 2303), a world-leading semiconductor foundry, announced that the two companies have collaborated to add new capabilities to the reference design flow based on Synopsys’ Galaxy(TM) Design Platform for UMC’s 90-nanometer (nm) process.
  • Atmel Reduces Noise with Enhanced PWM DC Motor Control IC
    Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), a global leader in the development and fabrication of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced the availability of the new ATA6831 driver IC with enhanced PWM performance for smooth DC motor control with reduced noise. The ATA6831 is designed to control, via a microcontroller, two DC motors or up to three different loads in automotive and industrial applications such as flap control for a cash dispenser.
  • TI Creates Audio Processors for Digital TV, MP3 Player Docking Station
    Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced the newest additions to its line of audio processors. The TAS3208 and TAS3204 are targeting the digital television and MP3 player docking station markets with cost-effective integrated audio solutions and easy-to-use development tools. The TAS3208 is designed to be the core device in flat-panel digital TV audio systems, and the TAS3204 is optimized to provide high-quality sound processing for MP3 player docking stations.
  • Silicon Optix Adopts Synopsys IC Compiler for Place-and-Route
    Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that Silicon Optix has adopted the Synopsys IC Compiler next-generation place-and-route solution for its high-performance video processor designs. Silicon Optix has long been a user of Synopsys place-and-route technology. With the move to 90 nanometers (nm), Silicon Optix reviewed all available solutions and selected IC Compiler for its ability to deliver the necessary performance while posing low migration risk and providing a superior roadmap for future technology innovation.
  • SANYO Leverages Altera HardCopy Structured ASIC for Home Theater Projector
    Altera Corporation’s (Nasdaq: ALTR) programmable logic solutions continue delivering award-winning image quality in SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. PLV-Z5 series of home projectors, Altera announced. SANYO is now leveraging Altera’s HardCopy(R) structured ASIC family with a Nios(R) II embedded processor for image processing and enhancement for their newest PLV-Z5 home projector. This follows SANYO’s integration of an embedded system solution using Stratix(R) FPGAs and Nios II processors to perform critical image enhancement functions in their previous PLV-Z4 model.
  • SYSGO Becomes First RTOS Vendor to Receives SPICE Level 3 Certification
    SYSGO, the European vendor of reliable device software, has been certified according to the ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE) model by the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE). The majority of the reviewed processes achieved SPICE Level 3. This corresponds to the same level under the CMMI model of Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. SYSGO is the only RTOS vendor, worldwide, that has achieved these process quality levels.
  • Celoxica, CMC Microsystems Send ESL Design Tools to Universities
    Celoxica (LSE:CXA) announced an agreement with CMC Microsystems to supply its DK Design Suite of electronic system-level (ESL) design tools for pan-Canadian university research and teaching. The deal significantly increases researcher, instructor and student access to leading-edge ESL design technologies at universities across Canada, and is supported by a plan to include the development of system-level Application Programming Interface APIs for board-level integration and rapid design implementation.
  • Mistral Unveils CHAMP-AV6 VITA 46 DSP Engine from Curtiss Wright
    Mistral Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a leading provider of complete technology solutions and professional services in the embedded space, announced the availability of CHAMP-AV 6, the industry’s first VITA 46(VPX)-digital processing engine from Curtiss Wright Controls Embedded Computing. The CHAMP-AV6 combines quad PowerPC 8641 devices with the serial switched fabric capabilities made possible by VPX, the new military aerospace COTS board standard.
  • TI First to Roll Out ZigBee 2006-Compliant Platform
    Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE:TXN) (TI) announced the industry’s first ZigBee 2006-compliant platform. TI achieved compliance for its Z-Stack, the leading ZigBee solution on the market today, which is certified for the CC2420 transceiver and the CC2430 System-on- Chip (SoC).
  • QNX, Gracenote Showcase In-car Music Navigation, Playlisting
    QNX Software Systems, the leading OS provider for the in-car infotainment market, and Gracenote, a global leader in digital entertainment technology and content, will demonstrate the latest technologies for navigating and automating the playback of music content on portable and low-end consumer devices connected to a car entertainment system.
  • Somos Stereolithography Resins Enables Fluid Motion for Robotic Spiders
    For the past three years, Ken Rinaldo, Associate Professor of Art in The Ohio State University’s Art and Technology program has been working on a design to create a new method of robotic movement. With a commission from the Lifelike AV Festival 06 England (an electronics arts festival in the United Kingdom) and collaboration with Matt Howard and Ross Baldwin (two former students of Rinaldo) the series premiered this March in Lifelike 06 in Sunderland England.
  • Microsoft, Clear Channel Radio to Build HD Digital Radio Highway
    Microsoft Corp. and Clear Channel Radio announced at the International Consumer Electronics Show 2007 that they have executed a collaborative agreement to build a nationwide data delivery service using HD Radio technology, providing personalized and localized content to a variety of HD Radio receivers.
  • Download Embedded Development Software from microchipDIRECT
    Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced that its microchipDIRECT e-commerce Web site now provides a “software for sale” download capability. Engineers can purchase Microchip’s embedded-development software quickly and easily. The first Microchip products being offered through this service are the popular MPLAB(R) C18 and MPLAB C30 C compilers.
  • Matrox Graphics Introduces Multi-Display DualHead2Go Digital Edition
    Matrox Graphics Inc., the leading manufacturer of professional graphics solutions, announces the DualHead2Go Digital Edition featuring digital outputs. The latest addition to the Graphics eXpansion Module (GXM) line, this external multi-display upgrade device connects to the VGA output of compatible notebook or desktop computers and, through patent pending technology, uniquely expands the desktop across two digital displays. DualHead2Go Digital Edition also enables support for high resolution panels, offering a stretched desktop of up to 3840×1200 (or dual 1920×1200(1)) across two displays.
  • Ambarella A2 HD Camcorder on a Chip Powers Samsung HD Camcorders
    Ambarella, Inc., the leader in low-power, high- definition video compression and image-processing semiconductors, announced that Samsung Electronic Corp., a leading manufacturer of consumer electronic (CE) products, has selected the Ambarella A2 “HD Camcorder on a Chip”(TM) platform to enable its new line of Camcorders. The high quality, low power and high integration of the Ambarella A2 processor enables the design of smaller HD camcorders with increased picture quality.
  • Harmonic Adopts Ambarella A2 Encoder Platform for HD H.264 Compression
    Ambarella, Inc., the leader in high definition (HD) video compression semiconductors, announced that Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT), a leading provider of digital video and broadband access solutions to cable, satellite, telecom and terrestrial operators worldwide, selected the Ambarella A2 Encoder platform for its DiviCom(R) Electra(TM) MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) HD and SD encoders. The Ambarella A2 processor can encode full 1080ix1920 resolution HD in a single chip and enables the design of broadcast encoders with increased picture quality while the low power and high integration allows a reduced form factor and power consumption.
  • Ambarella Unveils Second-Generation Low-Power Platform for HD, H.264
    Ambarella, Inc., the leader in low-power, high- definition video compression and image processing semiconductors, announced its second-generation low-power A2 platform targeted at high-definition (HD) camcorder, HD capable Hybrid Digital Cameras and H.264/AVC encoding applications.