News – 2007.01.16

  • HP Makes FPGA Breakthrough with Field Programmable Nanowire Interconnect
    HP announced research that could lead to the creation of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) up to eight times denser – while using less energy for a given computation – than those currently being produced. Moreover, such chips could be built using the same sized transistors as those used in today’s FPGA design, meaning they could be built in current fabrication facilities with only minor modifications.
  • Mentor Graphics Adds Networking Application Support to Nucleus POSIX
    Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT)announced that the new version of the Nucleus(r) POSIX software now includes support for networking applications. Developers of embedded network applications who need a POSIX-compliant application programming interface (API) can use the Nucleus POSIX software in combination with the Nucleus NET TCP/IP networking stack in order to create POSIX-compliant applications.
  • Radicom Introduces World’s Smallest Modem Module with RJ-11
    Radicom Research, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of dial-up and wireless RF modems for embedded systems applications, introduces the TinyModem(TM), the world’s smallest modem module with an RJ-11 connector. Measuring just 0.66″ (W) x 1.25″ (D) x 0.75″ (H), the full-featured TinyModem with data, fax and voice capability is easy to integrate into small-footprint designs. Highlights include improved EMC/EMI shielding, built-in data pump, modem controller and on-board International DAA.
  • Digi Unveils Upgradeable, ConnectPort UMTS-HSDPA Wireless WAN Router
    Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) introduced a UMTS/HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) version of its ConnectPort WAN VPN – an upgradeable, commercial grade Wireless WAN (WWAN) router. The ConnectPort WAN VPN offers a secure, high-speed cellular connection for reliable backup network connectivity to remote sites and devices. It features an embedded Sierra Wireless PCI Express Mini Card module and is certified for use on Cingular’s 3G UMTS/HSDPA network.
  • Aeroflex 6413A UMTS Basestation Test System Gains Blocking, Inter-Modulation
    The addition of new Blocking and Inter-modulation test capabilities on Aeroflex’s highly successful 6413A UMTS basestation test system have been designed to help optimise the receiver performance of both newly commissioned and in-service basestations.
  • Barco Silex Optimizes Encoder Core for Digital Cinema, Broadcasting
    Barco Silex, Barco’s center of competence for electronic design services and Intellectual Property, has presented a new JPEG2000 encoding core, targeting single-chip FPGAs or ASICs for use in digital cinema and broadcasting applications.
  • Nexcom Unveils NICE Fanless Embedded System with Two PCI Slots
    The award-winning NICE Series of Fanless Embedded Systems has been expanded with introduction of the new NICE 3100-P2, a product that is capable of supporting two PCI expansion cards in one compact chassis. Based on Intel’s Pentium M/Celeron M processor with 400MHz, the NICE 3100-P2 is designed for space-critical applications requiring fanless operation, extreme reliability and versatile I/O configuration. With two PCI expansion slots housed in a robust aluminum chassis the new NICE 3100-P2 will find an increased number of applications within Kiosks, POS systems, Access Control, network security, industrial automation and many more.
  • u-blox Adds Offline Instant Positioning to AssistNow A-GPS Service
    u-blox AG, the leading Swiss provider of innovative GPS receiver technology, announced that it has extended its AssistNow A-GPS service. The new AssistNow Offline service provides A-GPS assistance data that enables instant positioning over extended time periods without the need for mobile connectivity.
  • OMRON Optimizes UWB Antenna with Filter-Assist for WiMedia
    OMRON Corporation (TSE: 6645, US: OMRNY) has announced the introduction of a new surface-mounting polymeric antenna, the WXA-N2SL, the third model in its lineup of polymeric antennas for UWB[1] communications. In anticipation of the first wave of UWB-enabled consumer electronics, which will function exclusively in the WiMedia Alliance[2] UWB BandGroup 1 (BG1 3.1-4.9 GHz) frequency band, the new antenna is optimized specifically for this bandwidth.
  • Critical Links Appoints Charles Foley to Advisory Board
    Critical Links, an international networking technology company, announced the appointment of Charles Foley to its Advisory Board. Mr. Foley has more than 20 years of experience in the systems, networking and software technology industries. More recently, as President of Tacit Networks, Inc. and CEO of InfiniCon Systems, Inc., he led networking technology companies to emerge as recognized industry leaders.
  • Catalyst Systems Names Stephen J. King as CEO
    Catalyst Systems Corporation announced that Stephen J. King has been named CEO. King’s background and experience in leading companies to accelerated growth signals Catalyst Systems’ intent to capitalize on increased industry interest in software build and release management.
  • Altos Design Debuts Variety Statistical Cell Library Characterizer
    Altos Design Automation Inc. announced its second product Variety, an ultra-fast, general purpose statistical library characterizer for standard cells. The new tool generates variation-aware timing models for use with commercial statistical static timing analysis (SSTA) tools from Extreme Design Automation, Cadence Design Systems and Synopsys. Other formats will be supported in future releases, including the SSTA standard format from Si2′s Open Modeling Coalition.
  • Renesas, Powerchip Create Joint Venture for Designing Memory Products
    Renesas Technology Corp. announced that Renesas Technology Corp. and Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. have agreed to establish a joint venture that will specialize in the design of advanced memory devices. Under the agreement, the two partner companies will both contribute engineering resources. The establishment of the new joint venture will enable both companies to overcome the key issues they are currently facing.
  • EEMBC Benchmarks Infineon TriCore TC1796 Automotive Microcontroller
    The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium announced publication of certified benchmark scores for the TC1796, the first member of the TriCore(R)-based AUDO-NG family of automotive microcontrollers from Infineon Technologies. Tested against AutoBench 1.1, EEMBC’s suite of automotive/industrial processor benchmarks, the 150-MHz TC1796 achieved a score of 100 Automarks, the highest recorded value for a device in this frequency range.
  • PCI-SIG Releases PCI Express 2.0 Specification
    PCI-SIG(R), the Special Interest Group responsible for PCI Express(R) industry-standard I/O technology, announced the availability of the PCI Express Base 2.0 specification. After a 60-day review of revision 0.9 of the specification in Fall 2006, members of the PCI-SIG finalized and released PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0, which doubles the interconnect bit rate from 2.5GT/s to 5GT/s to support high-bandwidth applications.
  • SecureWave Sanctuary Protects Windows Embedded for Point of Service
    SecureWave, a worldwide leader in endpoint security, announced that SecureWave Sanctuary has met all the requirements established in the Verification Testing program for Microsoft Windows Embedded for Point of Service. Sanctuary 4.0, the industry’s first security solution for enforcing both device and application control, is officially listed in the Windows Embedded for Point of Service catalog, which contains a database of retail and hospitality applications and peripherals verified to work with Windows Embedded for Point of Service.
  • CSR Acquires NordNav Technologies and Cambridge Positioning Systems
    CSR plc announced the company is to provide the most competitive Global Positioning System (GPS) technology for mobile handsets and network operators. CSR has acquired NordNav Technologies AB and Cambridge Positioning Systems Ltd that, combined, will allow the company to provide software-based low cost GPS suitable for mass-market mobile phones and PNDs (Personal Navigation Devices). CSR will apply its own experience in embedding radio technologies into the mobile platform and expects its first Autonomous and Assisted GPS product offerings that support satellite navigation and other location-based services to be available during H1 2007, with cost expected to subsequently reduce to less than $1.
  • Novatek Improves Design Yield with Synopsys Nanosim Simulator, HVMOS
    Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that Novatek, a global leader and provider of flat panel thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) driver ICs, successfully verified several designs using the Synopsys NanoSim(R) FastSPICE simulator with the newly available, built-in HSPICE(R) High-Voltage MOS (HVMOS) device model. With the foundry-endorsed HVMOS model, the NanoSim simulator enabled Novatek design engineers to accurately predict circuit behavior, thereby improving design yield while significantly reducing over-design.
  • RapidIO Serial Interconnect Ideal for Critical Embedded Systems
    Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), the leader in System Interconnect, presented to industry leaders at the VMEbus International Trade Association’s (VITA) annual Bus and Board Conference in Long Beach, California. In his keynote address, Tundra President and Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Hoste stated, “RapidIO is the right serial interconnect because the technology provides the optimal performance and reliability for next-generations critical embedded systems. When availability and performance are critical, RapidIO is the serial interconnect of choice for embedded systems.”