News – 2007.02.12

NeX Extended Ephemeris Solution Takes Mobile Devices Deep Indoors
NemeriX, a leading fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra low power semiconductors and solutions for GPS and location-based services, announces NeX(TM) – NemeriX’s Extended Ephemeris solution. NeX enables mobile devices to acquire immediate positioning information “deep-indoors”, in difficult garage scenarios, and in the harshest multi-path environments.

IMEC Announces First Digital UWB Transmitter IC for IEEE 802.15.4a
IMEC’s 90nm CMOS digital UWB transmitter is the first ever published IEEE 802.15.4a standard-compliant transmitter and outperforms state-of-the-art low-power narrowband transmitter implementations. The transmitter covers all the frequency bands of the standard up to 10GHz and is especially suited for application in low-power wireless sensor networks.

Renesas Rolls Out Enhanced H8SX 32-Bit CISC Microcontrollers
Renesas Technology America, Inc. announced the enhancement of its popular 32-bit CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computer) microcontrollers with the addition of three new product groups. The eight devices in the H8SX/1638, H8SX/1648, and H8SX/1622 groups operate at up to 50MHz, achieve performance levels up to 50 MIPS, and have extensive arrays of on-chip peripheral functions.

OneSpin Launches Next-Generation 360 EC-FPGA Equivalence Checking
OneSpin Solutions GmbH, an electronic design automation (EDA) company that provides breakthrough formal verification solutions, announced its next-generation 360 EC-FPGA equivalence checking solution.

WIN Enterprises Introduces MB-06058 Single Board Computer
WIN Enterprises, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of embedded controllers and platforms for OEMs, announces the MB-06058, a single board computer (SBC) that features the high performance, dual-core Second-Generation AMD Opteron(TM) processor. This first of its kind platform for the embedded computing market delivers up to 2.6GHz of performance on a PICMG 1.3 form factor. The Second-Generation AMD Opteron processor is designed to provide industry-leading performance-per-watt and outstanding virtualization capabilities. It is also presents OEMs with a seamless upgrade path to AMD’s native quad-core processors.

DIS-285P High-End Interface Card Delivers Studio Quality TFT Displays
Displaign Elektronik & Design GmbH, a daughter company of MSC, presents in Hall 12, Booth 466 at embedded world 2007 a high-end TFT interface card, specifically designed to meet the highest requirements. The DIS-285P board supports high resolution displays of up to 1920 x 1440 pixels. At the same, by means of the 3rd Generation Motion Adaptive De-Interlace an excellent HDTV (480i, 576i, 1080i) picture quality can also be achieved.

Universal Debug Engine Supports Freescale MPC55xx Automotive PowerPC
pls Programmierbare Logik & Systeme announced at embedded world 2007 in Nuremberg that it will also gradually offer its Universal Debug Engine (UDE) for high-end PowerPC implementations from different manufacturers. The UDE is one of the most versatile, powerful and, at the same time, comfortable tools for the development, test and service of complex microcontroller applications.

ST Deploys Synopsys Design Compiler Topographical Technology
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that that STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a leading supplier of semiconductors, has deployed Synopsys Design Compiler(R) topographical technology in its 90-nanometer (nm) and 65-nm application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design flow to expedite design time. STMicroelectronics is adopting Design Compiler topographical technology in its ASIC methodology to eliminate design iterations and streamline the overall design cycle for its internal design groups and for external customers.

IMEC SCALDIO Wideband SDR Transceiver Offers Full Reconfigurability
IMEC’s wideband software-defined radio (SDR) transceiver, named SCALDIO, is widely programmable to operate with all current and future cellular, WLAN, WPAN, broadcast and positioning standards in the frequency range between the 174MHz and 6GHz.

Khronos Group Ratifies OpenMAX IL 1.1 Standard for Streaming Media
The Khronos(TM) Group is pleased to announce that it has ratified and publicly released the royalty-free OpenMAX(TM) IL 1.1 specification. OpenMAX IL 1.1 defines enhanced media component interfaces to enable the rapid integration of media acceleration into streaming media frameworks on embedded devices. Khronos has also launched the OpenMAX IL 1.1 Adopter’s Program that provides access to a new set of conformance tests. Products that meet the requirements of the conformance tests may use the OpenMAX IL trademark which insures customers of reliable, cross-platform audio, video, and image codec interoperability.

IMEC Announces 9bit 50Mbit/s ADC with Record Figure of Merit
At the International Solid State Circuit Conference, IMEC presents an ultra-low power (0.7mW) high-speed (50Msamples/s) analog to digital converter (ADC) with a figure of merit 2.5 times better compared to the best ADC ever reported. The ADC is especially suited for nomadic applications and is scalable in clock rate and towards the 45nm CMOS technology node and below.

RTI Distributed Real-time Development Tools for Eclipse Platform
Real Time Innovations (RTI), The Real Time Middleware Company, announced that its innovative development tools suite for distributed real-time applications is now hosted on the Eclipse platform. This move provides software development teams with all the added advantages of Eclipse integration for building and integrating distributed applications using RTI Data Distribution Service.

CoWare Integrates ARM RealView Development Suite with Virtual Platform
CoWare(R), Inc., the leading supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services and a member of the ARM(R) Connected Community, announced the integration of the ARM RealView(R) Development Suite with CoWare’s Virtual Platform product family. The integration of the RealView Development Suite provides a single software-debugging interface from virtual platform-based designs to production. In addition, for multi-core virtual platforms, the RealView Development Suite debugger will be synchronized with other third-party processor debuggers being used. This integration will result in faster, better, and lower cost software development.

Lattice Semiconductor Rolls Out ispLEVER 6.1 Service Pack 2
Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced the immediate release of its latest ispLEVER(R) design tool suite update, version 6.1 Service Pack 2. This release completes full design support for the award winning LatticeECP2M(TM) FPGA Family by adding the LatticeECP2M50, LatticeECP2M70 and LatticeECP2M100 devices.

NemeriX Adopts Spirent ULTS-ADS Test Platform for GPS Testing
NemeriX, a leading fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra low power semiconductors and solutions for GPS and location-based services, announced that it has standardized its GPS testing activities on Spirent’s new ULTS-ADS Testing Platform, which is the industry’s premier development system designed specifically for optimizing the performance of A-GPS chipsets on mobile phones.

Opera 9 for Mobile Phones to Support All Major Platforms
Opera Software announced plans to upgrade mobile Web browsing by developing Opera 9 for mobile phones in all major platforms. Opera 9 has enriched Web use on the PC with new technologies, and now the leading browser innovator will deliver the same groundbreaking functionality to mobile phones. The upcoming Opera Mobile edition includes the latest in PC browsing features such as Widgets and Intelligent Zoom.

Aeroflex Reveals 3G LTE Test Products Strategy
Aeroflex has outlined its initial strategy for the development of test products to support the new 3G Long-Term Evolution (3G LTE) standard, 3GPP’s vision for ensuring 3G remains the dominant global cellular technology going forward into the next decade.

Kyocera, Runcom Make MIMO-Powered Data Connection with WiMAX Antenna
Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global supplier of CDMA wireless devices and accessories, and Runcom Technologies, the pioneer in OFDMA(R) enabling technologies for Mobile WiMAX, announced that they have achieved what is believed to be the first MIMO-powered data connection using innovative WiMAX antenna technology. MIMO-powered WiMAX uses multiple antennas to deliver mobile services three to five times faster than today’s wireless broadband cellular networks, and at a much lower cost to carriers.

Aeroflex Rolls Out W-CDMA ACE 3G Protocol Analysis Test System
Aeroflex has launched the W-CDMA ACE 3G protocol analysis test system, a powerful, yet affordably priced, network emulator designed specifically to meet the needs of design teams focusing on integration and regression testing of W-CDMA mobile devices.

Tektronix Announces Ultra-High Performance Oscilloscopes
Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced the introduction of the industry’s first ultra-high performance oscilloscope with 20 GHz real-time bandwidth and 50 GS/s simultaneous sampling rate. The DSA70000 Digital Serial Analyzer (DSA) oscilloscope family includes several new models — 20 GHz DSA72004, 16 GHz DSA71604 and 12.5 GHz DSA71254. These new products provide unmatched performance and analysis and extend the Real-Time DPO performance platform introduced last summer with 4GHz-8GHz DSA models.

NXP Enables Concurrent Bluetooth and Wireless LAN Connectivity
NXP Semiconductors, formerly Philips Semiconductors, announced an enhanced system solution enabling mobile users to simultaneously take advantage of handsets’ Bluetooth and Wireless LAN (WLAN) capabilities. The NXP Nexperia cellular system solution 5210, incorporating an unlicensed mobile access (UMA) software stack from Kineto Wireless, allows devices to be used at home over fixed-line broadband networks and while on the go via a cellular network. The simultaneous usage of Bluetooth and WLAN enables these calls to be made using a Bluetooth headset.

Freescale Creates Smallest 3G Multiband RF Subsystem for Handsets
Achieving another milestone in its 3G technology roadmap, Freescale Semiconductor has unveiled the industry’s smallest 3G multiband form factor RF subsystem for handset design. The new solution combines Freescale’s popular and proven EDGE and UMTS technologies into a single, integrated package, enabling dramatic board and cost savings. Significantly reducing time to first call, the new RF subsystem provides the world’s simplest programming model for fast, easy implementation and is the first to incorporate an open standard digital interface. The announcement was made in anticipation of next week’s 3GSM World Congress being held in Barcelona.

Agere Ships 90nm TrueStore Read Channel for Disk Drives
Agere Systems (NYSE:AGR) announced that it has begun shipping a new fully functional 90-nanometer TrueStore(R) read channel that features the industry’s lowest power consumption and highest performance within the market for handheld consumer electronics.

NavSync to Integrate NemeriX’s Chipsets into GPS Devices
NavSync Ltd a leading designer of GPS modules and integrated products, and NemeriX, a leading fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra low power semiconductors and solutions for GPS and location-based services, announce an agreement to incorporate NemeriX’s GPS chipsets into NavSync’s portfolio of integrated GPS products.

Emerson to Preview MicroTCA WiMAX Basestation at 3GSM
Emerson Network Power’s (NYSE: EMR) new Embedded Computing business, formerly Artesyn Communication Products, announced that it will preview a new MicroTCA WiMAX basestation at 3GSM. The proof-of-concept demo, featuring an Emerson MicroTCA system housed in a Knürr outdoor enclosure, will include an Intel WiMAX baseband processing card, E1/T1 and Gigabit Ethernet backhaul cards, and a system controller card.