News – 2007.04.18

Xilinx Rolls Out Development Platforms for 65nm Virtex-5 FPGAs
Xilinx announced immediate availability of its low-cost, feature-rich ML505 and ML506 development platforms for serial connectivity and DSP applications based on its industry-leading 65nm Virtex(TM)-5 FPGAs. These two development platforms combine the robust features and benefits of Virtex-5 FPGAs with all required mainstream interfaces and connectors, further simplifying designs and giving customers a time-to-market advantage.

TI Focuses on LTE Offering for Wireless Infrastructure
As Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (W-CDMA) deployments continue to expand worldwide, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) [NYSE: TXN] is now looking beyond 3G – to Long Term Evolution (LTE). An initiative of the Third Generation Partnership Program (3GPP), LTE encompasses higher data rates and flexibility in frequency allocations needed to support IP-based applications set to deploy between 2008 and 2012. In order to accelerate original equipment manufacturers’ (OEMs) time to market with LTE technology, TI has created a development ecosystem, combining its wireless infrastructure optimized digital signal processors (DSP), software libraries and ATCA/AMC cards from leading systems developers Mercury Computer Systems and Silicon Turnkey Express (STx).

SDC Test Reduces Warranty Costs with Webinar
SDC Test, the specialists in products for test data analysis and in-circuit test, will host a webinar on the 26th April at 3pm BST on the key subject of managing costs associated with RMA field returns using data mining tools. The cost associated with warranty returns is ever rising and can represent up to 4% of a company’s turnover. Thus it is an area of increasing concern and management is regularly tasked with identifying ways of reducing it, as any improvement has a direct bearing on the bottom line on the balance sheet.

Xilinx Announces SERCOS III Real-Time Ethernet Solution
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading programmable logic supplier, announced immediate availability of a SERCOS III real-time Ethernet solution. The low-cost Spartan(TM)-3 FPGA enabled SERCOS III solution provides a low-cost flexible alternative for industrial networking applications. SERCOS III is supported by SERCOS International e.V., the world-wide user organization for SERCOS technology. SERCOS International e.V. will showcase the Xilinx-based networking platform at this week’s Hannover Messe, April 16-20, Hall 9, Stand D23, at the Exhibition Grounds in Hannover, Germany.

MontaVista Linux Delivers Sub-30ms Worse Case Response Time
Building on its commitment to deliver real-time performance to the embedded Linux community, MontaVista(R) Software, Inc., the leading provider of Linux(R) for intelligent devices and communications infrastructure, announced that MontaVista Linux has broken all barriers as a real-time operating system (RTOS) alternative. As demonstrated by recent benchmarks, MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 5.0 delivered sub-30 microsecond worse case measured response times. This dramatically increased ability makes Linux suitable for an ever increasing range of embedded applications such as industrial automation, communications devices, machine control, medical instruments, navigation equipment, and other mission-critical applications.

RF Engines Announces New Datasheet for HyperSpeed FFT Cores
RF Engines Limited (RFEL), the supplier of high performance FPGA-based design solutions, now has available a new datasheet on its ‘HyperSpeed’ range of high-performance FFT cores on its website. The cores are factory scalable in terms of transform length and processing parallelism and can be built to optimally process complex data streams with very high sample rates from 400MS/s to several GS/s. The cores use a parallel pipelined processing architecture, which allows continuous real time data to be processed with no gaps between frames.

Concurrent’s NightStar 4.1 Features New GUI
Concurrent (NASDAQ:CCUR), a leading provider of time-critical Linux(R) operating systems and integrated software and computer solutions for mission-critical applications, announced that it will soon offer a new version of its popular NightStar (TM) integrated software tool set. NightStar is widely used for debugging and analyzing time-critical applications running on Concurrent real-time Linux operating system distributions RedHawk(TM) Linux(R) and SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise Real Time from Novell(R).

Varisys Introduces VTM2 6U Form Factor, Dual PMC Module
The VTM2 is an industry standard 6U form factor, dual PMC carrier. The VTM2 enables communication between a VME chassis and up to two industry standard (IEEE 1386.1) PMC modules. The VTM2 can be deployed in a wide range of applications – for example telecommunications, medical imaging and industrial automation. PMC’s deliver the flexibility of PCI add-in cards to embedded systems designers, in a more rugged and compact form factor. PMC’s are available from Varisys as well as many other third party vendors and offer a variety of I/O, FPGA, general purpose processing and DSP functions.

Xilinx, port GmbH Unveil Programmable Solution for ETHERNET Powerlink
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading programmable logic supplier, and port GmbH, a leading developer of industrial communication solutions, announced the industry’s first complete programmable solution based on ETHERNET Powerlink (EPL) real-time protocol. Designed specifically for use in industrial communication applications, the Xilinx Spartan(TM)-3 FPGA enabled solution consists of a protocol stack, MAC controller and frame filter, allowing fast and efficient data transfer while leaving the software and CPU available for other system functions. port GmbH will showcase the Xilinx based solution at this week’s Hannover Messe Show, 16-20 April, Hall 15, Stand C04, at the Exhibition Grounds in Hannover, Germany.

u-blox Creates LEA-4R GPS Module with Dead Reckoning
u-blox AG, the leading Swiss provider of GPS receiver technology, announced the LEA-4R GPS module with built-in dead reckoning technology that will ensure 100% road coverage. Continuous coverage allows for GPS-enabled applications such as car navigation, emergency vehicle services, asset and vehicle tracking products and road pricing systems, which require accurate, uninterrupted navigation.

EtherWaves Debuts FPGA Based Digital Broadcasting Receiver Accelerator
ClearSignal-Accel, the latest addition to EtherWaves’ family of Digital Radio products, is an innovative solution that enables ODM and OEM to add multi-standard DAB/DAB+/DMB receiver capability to Consumer Electronic devices, such as Internet Radios, or MP3 players. It also brings new opportunities for manufactures of multimedia processors, to deliver feature-rich complete Digital radio solutions, by partnering with EtherWaves.

Samsung Samples LCD Display for Ultra Mobile PC, Device
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world’s largest provider of thin-film transistor, liquid crystal display (TFT LCD) panels, is sampling 4.8-inch and 7.0-inch WSVGA mobile displays this quarter that specifically target the Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) and mobile internet device (MID) categories. The products are being exhibited in the Mobile Internet Community exhibition area at the Intel Developers Forum.

SiRFstarIII GPS Technology Locates Intel Ultra Mobile Platform
SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: SIRF), a leading provider of GPS-enabled silicon and premium software location platforms, revealed its industry leading SiRFstarIII(TM) architecture will provide the GPS-based location awareness for products based on the new Intel Ultra Mobile Platform 2007. The low-power SiRFstarIII-GSC3LT, which provides the integrated GPS functionality for Intel Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) and Mobile Internet Device (MID) platforms, together with support from the SiRFecosystem(TM) global developer community, will enable manufacturers to create compelling new location-based applications that complement today’s mobile lifestyle with a truly locative experience.

Toshiba SDD Creates 1.8-Inch Hard Disk Drives for Ultra Mobile PC
Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), the industry pioneer in mobile storage products, announced collaboration with Intel Corporation to provide a family of 1.8-inch hard disk drive (HDD) solutions for the newest-generation Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) and MID (Mobile Internet Device) platform architecture, which made its debut at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2007 Conference in Beijing, China. Toshiba’s 1.8-inch HDDs provide the small footprint, high capacity, low power and ruggedness needed to deliver the UMPC experience using Intel’s new Intel(R) Ultra Mobile Platform 2007.

Jacket Micro Devices Rolls Out Front-End Module for WiMAX Devices
Jacket Micro Devices, Inc. (JMD) announced the launch of the M30001, a highly integrated and performance optimized WiMAX front end module containing all active and passive components required to interface WiMAX transceivers more directly to the antenna. The M30001 product line is designed to address device OEM requirements for 4G multi-mode, multi-band applications where size, performance and cost are critical. JMD’s M30001 reduces critical board space and power requirements, supports virtually any transceiver or baseband architecture, and simplifies RF design through higher levels of component integration.

DSPCon Achieves ISO 9001:2000 Certification
DSPCon, Inc., a leading, global supplier of high-performance, dynamic data acquisition, analysis, archiving and recording solutions for high-value military, aerospace and rotating machinery applications, has achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification. The audit was conducted by EQA, an independent leader in ISO certification processes and services.