ZiLOG Launches eZ80Acclaim! 8-bit Microcontrollers
ZiLOG(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: ZILG), a leading provider of integrated Flash microcontroller (MCUs) universal remote control and ARM-based solutions, introduced a new member of its award-winning eZ80Acclaim!(R) family of 8-bit MCUs, an enhanced MCU designed for use in Internet/Intranet-based networking and communications applications. Available in LQFP and BGA packages, ZiLOG’s new offering is designated the eZ80F91AZA50 (LQFP) or eZ80F91NAA50 (BGA) depending on packaging type. This latest member of the eZ80Acclaim! family, features increased registers for better I/O performance, a modified power controller for lower power consumption and updated Flash memory functionality to reduce code size and speed time-to-market.
Virtex-5 Study Provides Insights into Xilinx Dual-Foundry Strategy
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) announced that Semiconductor Insights (ON, Canada) has completed an in-depth technical study of samples of the Xilinx 65-nm XC5VLX50 Virtex(TM)-5 FPGA, manufactured by foundry partners Toshiba and UMC. Based upon structural analyses, Semiconductor Insights has concluded that 65-nm devices manufactured by either foundry meet high-performance Virtex-5 specifications.
Micron Debuts Image Sensors for Camera Phones
Micron Technology, Inc. introduced a new line-up of image sensors that create a powerful imaging platform for next-generation camera phones. Micron’s new camera phone sensors were developed using a tiny 1.75-micron pixel design and range in resolution from 5-, 3- and 1.3-megapixel. As the imaging market share leader for handsets, Micron is focused on developing leading-edge sensor innovations and improving the camera phone experience, encouraging new uses and opportunities for the technology.
Acacia Acquires Wireless Digital Messaging Patent
Acacia Research Corporation (Nasdaq:ACTG) (Nasdaq:CBMX) announced that Acacia Patent Acquisition Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary that is part of the Acacia Technologies group, a leader in technology licensing, has acquired rights to a patent relating to wireless digital messaging technology.
TestQuest CountDown Supports Mobile Multimedia Testing
TestQuest, Inc., the leader in test automation and management solutions for mobile devices and applications, announced at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, ES that it is extending its world-class test platform, TestQuest CountDown, to support comprehensive and automated testing of multimedia services and handsets in mobile and cellular networks.
CSR E5000 GPS Software for Seamless Mobile Positioning
CSR (LSE:CSR) launched a high-speed, high-accuracy embedded positioning software product called the E5000. As part of its portfolio of GPS demonstrations at 3GSM World Congress, CSR will be showcasing E5000 on a number of platforms including the advanced 3DLabs multimedia processor and the most popular PND (personal navigation device) platform, the Samsung 2440.
Freescale Creates Windows Mobile 6 Board Support Package
Freescale Semiconductor announced the availability of a Windows Mobile 6 board support package (BSP) for the popular i.MX31 multimedia applications processor platform. One of the first applications processors based on the ARM11(TM) core to support the Windows Mobile 6 operating system (OS), Freescale’s BSP is designed to provide a simple and efficient migration path for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with devices running previous versions of Windows Mobile.
Palm Demonstrates Bluetooth Common Access Card Solution to Army
Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) demonstrated a new Bluetooth(R) Common Access Card (CAC) solution to more than 450 Army IT decision-makers from around the world. Compatible with Windows Mobile(R) 5.0-based Palm(R) Treo(TM) smartphones, the wireless CAC solution combines Palm’s best-in-class mobility with hardware and software from industry-leading Biometric Associates, Inc. (BAI) and Trust Digital.
Marvell PXA Processors Support Windows Mobile 6
Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL), the leader in storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions, extends its collaboration with Microsoft to support developers working with the new Windows Mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 6, with the recently introduced Marvell(R) PXA3xx series application processors (internally code named “Monahans”). This collaboration will allow the worldwide community of hardware and software developers, who have already developed on previous generations of PXA processors and Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, to accelerate development of their tools and products on the newest version, Windows Mobile 6.
TI Creates First 720p HD Video Playback for Mobile Phones
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) demonstrated the industry’s first application processor to playback 720p high-definition (HD) video for high-end mobile phones at the 3GSM World Congress. The OMAP3430 solution is also the first application processor to integrate the newly-defined OpenGL ES(R) 2.0 graphic standard, bringing “life-like” 3D graphics to the handset and creating a mobile gaming experience comparable to today’s handheld gaming devices. In addition, TI introduced two new members of the scalable OMAP(TM) 3 processor family that will help handset manufacturers provide smartphones with robust multimedia functionality at a lower cost.
AMD Unveils New Imageon Mobile Media Processors
AMD (NYSE:AMD) introduced the AMD Imageon(TM) 2298, 2294 and 2192 media processors, offering ultra-fast, high-resolution image processing, DVD-quality video and high-definition audio for compelling mobile multimedia experiences. These new processors further enhance the industry-leading AMD Imageon family of discrete media processors, helping handheld manufacturers to quickly and cost efficiently deliver the latest multimedia features that consumers demand.
TI LoCosto ULC Enables Low-Cost Color MP3 Camera Phones
New subscriber rates are experiencing meteoric growth in emerging markets worldwide, with demand for affordable handsets continuing to rise. Addressing this phenomenon at a press conference at 3GSM World Congress, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN) announced its third generation GSM solution for the ultra low-cost handset market, specifically designed to enhance the user experience with added features and improvements. This includes dramatic improvements in voice clarity and loudness; battery life; and support for a range of advanced features, including enhanced color display, FM stereo, MP3 ring tones, camera, and MP3 playback. The “LoCosto ULC” single-chip platform will reduce electronic bill of materials (e-BOM) by up to 25 percent compared to the current generation.
MathWorks Plugs into Microchip MPLAB IDE
Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced that, through its close collaboration with The MathWorks, Inc., a leading developer of technical computing and Model-Based Design software, Microchip’s popular MPLAB(R) Integrated Development Environment (IDE) now features a free plug-in for The MathWorks MATLAB(R), Simulink(R) and Real-Time Workshop(R) Embedded Coder modeling and code-generation programs.
Enea Accelerator Platform Enables Always-On Connectivity
Enea (Stockholm: ENEA.ST), a world leading provider of network software and services, announced a breakthrough solution to two of the biggest challenges facing the future of mobile video â€” service integrity and availability. The Enea Accelerator Platform(TM) enables network equipment and service providers to deliver the always-on connectivity and enhanced quality of service demanded by consumers of third screen multimedia services like VoIP, IPTV, broadband Internet access, gaming, and streaming video.