News – 2007.03.27

NI Hosts Automated Test Summit
National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) is hosting the fourth annual Automated Test Summit, featuring technical sessions focused on identifying trends and overcoming new challenges in automated test. The Automated Test Summit 2007 will be hosted live on the Internet May 8, and will be available on demand for 90 days. At the free full-day event, attendees can view keynote presentations, watch technical sessions, participate in live Q&A forums and interact with vendors in the exhibitor area.

Altera Qualifies Stratix II FPGAs for Military
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced military temperature grade qualification for all package options of its 90-nm, high-performance Stratix(R) II FPGA device family. Altera qualifies Stratix and Stratix II devices across the commercial, industrial and military temperature ranges, and verifies that they perform within stringent specifications. The company provides military temperature range operation by extending the industrial-grade Stratix II devices to an operating range of -55°C to +125°C. Using standard industrial devices for military operation enables major price and lifecycle advantages compared to dedicated military devices. Military temperature support is offered for the EP2S15, EP2S30, EP2S60 and EP2S90 members of the Stratix II family.

Wavecom Targets Automotive Applications with CM52 Wireless CPU
Wavecom (Paris:AVM) (NASDAQ:WVCM) (ISIN:FR0000073066) announced commercial availability of the Wavecom CM52 Wireless CPU(R). Designed specifically for automotive applications, the CM52 operates within an extended temperature range and has a rugged build for extreme vibrations. In addition, the CM52 offers connection flexibility with a choice of RF connectors. This product is fully certified by the largest CDMA carrier in the U.S. and designed into the telematics units of some of the world’s premier automakers.

Samsung Flex-OneNAND Enables SLC and MLC NAND in Same Device
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced at its annual Mobile Solution Forum in Taipei a new fusion semiconductor that enables consumer electronics (CE) designers to use both types of NAND flash memory – single level cell (SLC) and multi-level cell (MLC) NAND – in the same device for the first time.

Micrium Debuts uC/Probe-STD Universal Embedded System Monitoring Tool
Micrium, a leading provider of high-quality embedded software components for automotive, avionics, consumer electronics, medical devices, military and aerospace, networking, and systems-on-a-chip applications, introduced uC/Probe-STD, a universal tool enabling embedded developers to monitor embedded systems in a live environment. Eliminating the need to stop an application in order to get system feedback, uC/Probe saves considerable development time by visually allowing users to see the internals of a running embedded application. As a result, developers can ensure that the system is working properly or immediately identify system instabilities that are visible only when the system is live.

RapidIO Specification 1.3 Becomes New ANSI Standard
The RapidIO(R) Trade Association announced that The American National Standards Institute (ANSI(R)) has approved RapidIO Interconnect Specification 1.3 as a new ANSI standard. RapidIO technology is an established, scalable, packet-switched, high-performance fabric specifically developed to address the needs of equipment designers in the wireless infrastructure, edge networking, storage, scientific, military and industrial markets.

Innovative Silicon Receives 21st Patent, 43 More Pending
Innovative Silicon (ISi), the developer of Z-RAM(R) high density memory intellectual property (IP), announced that it has been awarded its 21st patent and has another 43 more patent applications pending worldwide. For 2007, to date, the company has already been granted four U.S. patents for low power consumption, data storage and other important contributions related to its memory technology. The newest patent numbers include 7,170,807; 7,187,581; 7,184,298 and 7,177,175.

RTI Real-Time Middleware Powers Automated Trading Desk
Real-Time Innovations (RTI), The Real-Time Middleware Experts, announced that its high-performance messaging middleware has been selected by Automated Trading Desk, LLC (ATD), as the foundation of its market-data distribution infrastructure. ATD will be using RTI’s middleware to distribute real-time data from direct-exchange and Electronic Communication Network (ECN) feeds to its price-prediction engines, automated trading applications and order-management system.

ByteTools’ Catapult Probes Tensilica’s Diamond, Xtensa Processors
ByteTools and Tensilica(R), Inc. announced that ByteTools’ Catapult JTAG probes are available for Tensilica’s Diamond Standard and Xtensa configurable processors. The high-performance, low-cost Catapult devices work out-of-the-box with Tensilica’s software development tools, meaning that users need not install any additional software. Catapult probes interface to the standard XOCD 14-pin JTAG header, with Catapult EJ-1 offering an Ethernet host interface, and Catapult UJ-1 offering a USB host interface.

Aeroflex Reveals WiMAX Test Strategy
Aeroflex has outlined a comprehensive product strategy in support of WiMAX, the IEEE 802.16e standard that has been developed to enable the delivery of last-mile wireless broadband access as an alternative to wired broadband like cable and DSL. The Aeroflex WiMAX strategy, which covers R&D test, protocol development test, pre-certification conformance test and manufacturing test, coordinates WiMAX expertise from across the Aeroflex business.

VMETRO Creates AES-256 Data Encryption Recording System
VMETRO has developed and shipped a data recording and playback system utilizing AES-256 data encryption. This recording system is based on VMETRO’s Vortex Open Data Recording platform. For secure applications, AES-256 encryption provides an alternative to securely wiping classified data because the data is encrypted during storage to prevent unauthorized use. VMETRO data recording systems with encryption expand the deployed system capabilities by reducing the complexity of data security. Applications for the AES-256 encryption recording system include Electronic Warfare and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance applications as well as electronic intelligence.

Digi Adds New Features to Passport Console Server
Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) announced expanded capabilities for its Digi Passport console server, a powerful data center management device that combines serial and network-based console management as well as remote KVM functionality in one hardware interface. With these changes, the Digi Passport now supports the network-based remote access methods of the top five server manufacturers. In addition, the Digi Passport adds support for both serial and IP-based power management controllers from Server Technology, Inc., which are broadly deployed in data centers worldwide.

Vector Fields Showcases Concerto Electromagnetic CAE Tools
At RF & Hyper, Vector Fields is demonstrating two advanced new design software tools which dramatically reduce the entry costs to powerful electromagnetic CAE (computer aided engineering). The CAE packages, which start from under $5,000 per seat, open up the potential of virtual prototyping to much smaller electronics companies in the high frequency and RF sectors. Typical benefits include shorter design cycles, lower manufacturing costs, and superior performance.

PLDA, TI Demonstrate PCI-SIG Products at Embedded Systems Show
PLDA, an industry leader in the high-speed bus market, and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN), a leading provider of innovative DSP and analog technologies, announced that their PCI Express controller / PHY solution successfully passed the full suite of PCI-SIG compliance tests and will soon appear on the PCIe Integrators List.

AdaCore Releases GNAT Tracker 2.0
AdaCore, provider of the highest quality Ada tools and support services, announced the release of GNAT Tracker 2.0, an enhanced version of the company’s innovative web server designed to provide seamless interaction between customer development teams and AdaCore’s worldwide team of expert support engineers.

Winbond Selects Sopheon’s Accolade for Innovation Process
Sopheon, the international software and services company, announced that Winbond Israel Ltd., a developer of semiconductor integrated circuits and software, is implementing Sopheon’s Accolade system to support the automation and management of its innovation processes. The product life cycle management solution is being deployed in the organization’s Israeli research and development centers.