News – 2007.02.26

Consortium Releases PMBus 1.1 Specifications
Members of the Power Management Bus (PMBus(TM)) Implementers Forum introduced version 1.1 of the open communications interface specification for the control of power systems. The new specification offers enhancements that simplify the management of system power supplies, while extending the PMBus protocol to address the needs of AC/DC supplies, as well as DC/DC converters.

Tensilica Unveils Xenergy Energy Estimator Tool
To address the growing need to pro-actively reduce power consumption in embedded systems, Tensilica(R), Inc. announced the Xenergy(TM) estimator, a unique energy estimator for both Xtensa(R) configurable processor and Diamond Standard processor users. By using the Xenergy tool to optimize for energy early in the SOC (System On Chip) design cycle, designers can cut processor and local memory energy requirements by up to half by making intelligent design trade-offs.

Innovasic Offers Replacement ICs for Intel 186/188 Microcontrollers
Innovasic Semiconductor, a leader in replacement integrated circuit (IC) and microcontroller solutions, announced that they are going to provide replacements for Intel’s 80C186/188 family of microcontroller products. The announcement is the first step in the company’s development of a roadmap in response to Intel’s end of life (EOL) notice in July 2006.

TI Unveils New Digital Video Development Platform
Continuing to drive the adoption of DSP technology in the next generation of digital video applications, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) has released the TMS320DM6437 Digital Video Development Platform (DVDP) for its DM643x digital media processors announced last quarter. The DM6437 DVDP brings the complete DaVinci(TM) technology development environment to these processors by bundling a full TMS320DM6437 evaluation module (EVM) with a complete suite of DaVinci development tools and software for less than $500.

Atmel RF Chipset Combines Transceiver IC, High-Gain Power Amplifier
Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), a global leader in the development and fabrication of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced the availability of a new RF chipset combining the ATR2820 SiGe transceiver IC and the ATR7040 high-gain power amplifier (PA), providing the industry’s highest integration level for cordless telephone applications in the 5.8 GHz frequency band.

Marvell Offers Both SAS and SATA Solutions
Marvell(R), (NASDAQ: MRVL), the leader in storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions, announced its entrance into the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) storage controller market by offering host and RAID controller silicon and software solutions for workstations, servers, and external storage systems. Marvell’s new SAS controllers will complement the Company’s strong market presence in the Serial ATA (SATA) host controller market, and will offer high performance coupled with a significant reduction in both power consumption and footprint versus other solutions. Marvell will be the only silicon provider to offer a true end-to-end solution for both SAS and SATA host controllers and hard disk drive (HDD) electronics.

Ardence Rolls Out RTX 7.1 Real-Time Software for Windows
Ardence, a Citrix company (Nasdaq:CTXS) and a leader in developing software platforms for the on-demand world, announced the availability of version 7.1 of Ardence(R) RTX(R), its market-leading real-time software solution.

NemeriX Standardizes on ARCT 600 Cores
NemeriX, a leading fabless semi conductor company specializing in ultra low power semiconductors and solutions for GPS and location-based services, announced that it is standardizing the development of its next-generation GPS chipsets on the configurable ARCT 600 core family.

TelFree Deploys Squire SS7 to SIP Gateway Controllers
Following the successful deployment of Squire Technologies’ SS7 Media Gateway Controller product solution (SVI_MGC) into TelFree Communications’ SS7 to IP network, the Swiss owned IP telephony service provider has announced today that the SVI_MGC is its media gateway controller of choice for deployment throughout its global network integrating with its partner SS7 carrier, Telekom Austria.

Software Acumen to Present at Configuration Management Event
Mark Dalgarno, of Cambridge-based Software Acumen, will be speaking at the 3rd BCS Configuration Management Specialist Group Conference to take place in Oxford from May 15th-16th.