News – 2007.02.20

EEMBC to Roll Out New Multicore Benchmarks
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium announced plans to roll out new benchmarks that will address multiprocessing systems, multicore processors, and multithreaded processors. The EEMBC(R) effort, which has been underway since mid-2006, is being led by John Goodacre of ARM, who serves as chair of EEMBC’s multiprocessing workgroup.

ST Miniaturizes Motion Sensing with 3-Axis Accelerometer
STMicroelectronics, a leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical System) devices, announced a new power- and cost-optimized solution extending its family of ultra-compact ‘low-g’ linear accelerometers. The tiny, low-power MEMS device provides precise acceleration values in all three dimensions, meeting the booming demand for miniaturized motion-sensing solutions in portable electronic devices.

Xilinx Releases Virtex-5 Protocol Packs
Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable solutions, announced the availability of protocol packs for PCI Express(R), Gigabit Ethernet, and XAUI for its 65-nm Virtex-5 family of FPGAs. The company also released protocol-specific characterization reports for SONET OC-48/SDH STM-16 and CPRI (Common Public Radio Interface). Each standard protocol pack includes protocol specific physical layer characterization reports, interoperability and compliance reports, intellectual property (IP) cores and documentation to facilitate low-risk and efficient implementation of standardized high-speed serial protocols in Virtex(TM)-5 FPGAs.

Power Architecture Developer Conference
The industry’s first-ever vendor-neutral event to focus on technical training and developer networking for a broad set of Power Architecture(TM) solutions, the Power Architecture(TM) Developer Conference, will be held in Austin, Texas, September 24 – 25, 2007. Hosted by, the open collaborative organization that enables, develops and promotes Power Architecture technology, the inaugural conference will present the latest technology innovations, ground-breaking demonstrations, and practical design information.

Varisys Unveils VMS1 COTS Products for Mass Storage
The VMS1 is an IEEE P1386.1 compliant PMC module that allows one or two standard CompactFlash memory cards to be used to build a compact and robust mass storage solution for embedded systems. The VMS1 is the latest addition to Varisys’ family Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) products; where VME, PCI and PMC form factors host processor, I/O and storage functionality.

TI Introduces New ORing Power Controllers
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced a family of ORing power controllers with advanced features and high performance that improves power distribution in 12 V blade servers, N+1 telecom systems and redundant low-voltage processor power supplies. The integrated circuits provide a high-efficiency replacement for ORing diodes, and offer intelligent monitoring and control of power supplies to prevent bus transient events from causing board-damaging faults or voltage spikes during operation. TI will demonstrate the new controllers at the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC), February 26 – March 1, 2007, in Anaheim, Calif.

Mentor Graphics Gives Lowdown on Low Power at DVCon
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced its participation in the Design and Verification conference (DVCon) in San Jose, California February 21 – 23, 2007. On Thursday, February 22 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Mentor will host “The Lowdown on Low Power – Views from the Experts,” moderated by Richard Goering, EE Times Editor.

Kyocera Creates SAW Duplexer with Built-in Matching Circuit
Kyocera Corporation announced that it has developed a small, lightweight Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) Duplexer with a built-in matching circuit featuring improved attenuation and isolation characteristics. Production is scheduled to commence in April 2007 at Kokubu Plant in Kagoshima Japan, with monthly output of one million units. Kyocera expects to triple monthly production to three million units within a year.

Showa Denko Develops New Crystal Growth Technology
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has developed a new process for making high-quality compound semiconductors based on gallium nitride (GaN) and other nitrides to meet growing demand mainly for use in blue/white LEDs. The new process, named the “Hybrid PPDTM process,” is a combination of the conventional metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) process and SDK’s proprietary plasma assisted physical deposition (PPDTM) process for growing nitride-based semiconductor crystals.