News – 2007.05.10

NI Debuts MATRIXx 8 for Modeling, Simulation, Embedded Code Generation
National Instruments announced the release of MATRIXx 8.0, an industry-proven software suite for model-based design, simulation and embedded code generation. In addition to a revamped user interface, MATRIXx 8.0 introduces a project-based development environment to help engineers, designers and researchers in industries such as aerospace and automotive better manage large projects. The latest version of the software also offers backward compatibility with MATRIXx 7.1, making it easy for users to import their catalogs and models into the new version without any conversion.

ST Adds Memory, Features to Microcontrollers
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a world leader in 8-bit microcontrollers, completed its ST7 UltraLite family of tiny 8-pin microcontrollers – intended for simple and very cost-sensitive applications – with the introduction of the ST7FLITEU0 series, which adds more memory and valuable system features to the rich peripheral set of the existing devices. Its availability in 8-pin SO, DIP and 0.9mm-thick DFN packages, with temperature qualification up to 125 degrees C, makes the new series an ideal choice for HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), home appliance, lighting control and power-tool markets.

Over 60 Million CE Devices to ship by 2013
In today’s consumer electronics products, hardware IC features play little role in protecting copyrighted content. Popular digital rights management schemes that depend on secure software implementations such as Windows DRM, Fairplay, and AACS are routinely targeted and hacked. However, processor companies are enhancing their architectures and embracing security features that will simplify secure software implementations and make it much more difficult to copy and share protected content. By 2013, more than 60 million CE devices are expected to ship with hardware security.

AXIOMTEK Debuts Comprehensive Dual Core Applied Computing Platforms
AXIOMTEK offers a comprehensive family of dual core applied computing platforms, including various form factor embedded boards, PICMG 1.3 single board computers, industrial motherboards, embedded systems, panel computers, medical PC, and network security appliances. Utilizing with the most updated Intel(R) Dual-Core technology, the products deliver more effective computing power and graphic capability. The solutions are designed for divers industrial and embedded applications such as Digital Video Recorder (DVR), Digital Signage Appliance (DSA), Gaming Machine, Point of Service System (POS), Video Server, Intelligent Transmit System (ITS) and more.

Strategic Test Updates Linux Drivers for UltraFast Waveform Digitizer
Strategic Test Corp. has announced new and updated Linux drivers for its range of UltraFast Waveform Digitizer, Arbitrary Waveform Generator and fast Digital I/O boards. The new drivers include 64-bit versions for the RedHat, SuSe and Fedora distributions, together with updates for their 32-bit drivers that support kernels 2.4 and 2.6.

GateRocket Heads to DAC with RocketDrive for FPGA Verification
Startup GateRocket is bringing its breakthrough FPGA verification product – RocketDrive – to the electronic design community’s premier event, the Design Automation Conference (DAC). The DAC event is held from June 4th through the 8th at the San Diego, California Convention center. GateRocket will exhibit in booth 2559.

SDC Distributes RapiTime, VirtualTime from Rapita Systems
European distributors of software and tools for high tech development engineers, SDC, have announced a distribution agreement with software timing analysis and simulation experts Rapita Systems. SDC will now be supplying Rapita’s state-of-the-art RapiTime worst-case execution time analysis solutions and their equally advanced VirtualTime “software-in-the-loop” simulation technology which accurately models the detailed interactions and timing behaviour of complex RTOS-based systems such as Electronic Control Units, mobile phones and radio base stations.

Tilgin in the Mood for Opera
Tilgin, the premiere IP customer premises equipment (CPE) provider for the triple play market, has added the Opera 9 browser for Devices for its Mood 300 and Mood 400 IP set-top boxes (STB). Opera enables Tilgin customers to create user interfaces, widgets and dynamic Ajax-applications, in addition to providing a pre-installed Web browser.

Bookham Appoints New Laser Diode Technical Sales Manager
Bookham, Inc. (Nasdaq: BKHM), a leading provider of optical components, modules and subsystems, announced the appointment of Pierre Champert as Technical Sales Manager of its high power laser diode business unit. Dr. Champert’s appointment will advance business growth across Europe, with a particular focus on France, and will further strengthen support and service to customers in this region.