News – 2007.05.16

Macrovision Helps Hardware Manufacturers Profit with Embedded Software
Macrovision Corporation (NASDAQ:MVSN) introduced its Hardware Value Maximization solution, which is designed to help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) manage and sell the software that is developed for their hardware products. In today’s market environment, software features and functionalities play a larger role in the value of electronic products. Macrovision’s Hardware Value Maximization solution allows OEMs to benefit from this increased importance of embedded software by automating software licensing and enabling it to be packaged, priced and updated independently from the hardware device, before or after it goes to market.

MontaVista Ranks First in Embedded Linux for Mobile Devices
MontaVista(R) Software, Inc., the leading provider of Linux(R) for intelligent devices and communications infrastructure, is also the leader in embedded Linux for mobile devices, according to a recent report from analyst firm Venture Development Corporation (VDC). The growth of Linux-based handsets is accelerating in all global markets due to the availability of commercial Linux for mobile platforms with complete toolsets and testing environments. The VDC report also states that MontaVista Software is the fourth-largest mobile application operating system provider in terms of revenue, with the company’s Mobilinux product taking market share away from industry giants Microsoft, Symbian, and ACCESS/PalmSource.

Nallatech Rolls Out Scalable PCI-104 FPGA Embedded Products
Nallatech, the domain expert in high-performance FPGA computing solutions, announces the introduction of three additional products to its highly successful PCI-104 portfolio. These new products offer system level flexibility through a range of multi-card PCI-104 stacks designed to deliver optimal price/performance for demanding real-time embedded applications. The new product range strengthens the company’s position as the dominant supplier of COTS PCI-104 FPGA embedded products for the defense and security markets.

Tensilica Creates First Sub 6 MHz MP3 Decoder
Tensilica(R), Inc. announced that it has optimized the MP3 decoder for its Xtensa(R) HiFi 2 Audio Engine and Diamond Standard 330HiFi processor core. This MP3 decoder now runs at the lowest power and is the most efficient in the industry, requiring just 5.7 MHz when running at 128Kbps, 44.1 KHz and dissipating 0.45 mW in TSMC’s 65nm LP process (including memories). This makes Tensilica’s Xtensa HiFi 2 Audio Engine ideal for adding MP3 playback to cellular phones, where current carrier requirements are for 100 hours of playback time on a battery charge, and increasing to 200 hours in the near future.

Wi-Fi Alliance Selects Ralink MIMObility RT2800PD for 802.11N Testbed
Ralink Technology, a leading developer of 802.11x WLAN chipsets, announced that its MIMObility(TM) RT2800PD 802.11n dual-band chipset featuring the RT2860 802.11n 2T3R MAC/BBP and the RT2850 802.11n Dual Band RFIC and Ralink MIMObility(TM) RT2800PD Access Point have been chosen by the Wi-Fi Alliance for inclusion in the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM) 802.11n draft 2.0 testbed. This dual-band 2T3R solution will be among the very first products to receive 802.11n draft 2.0 certification, the latest industry-wide interoperability standard introduced by the Wi-Fi Alliance, when the program launches in late June.

Aliantiz Integrates TeamSpirit Mobile Voice Engine with BeWip Soft-Phone
SPIRIT DSP, the world’s leading provider of embedded voice, video and audio software products, and Aliantiz, a French provider of application software, announced that TeamSpirit(R) Mobile Voice Engine has been integrated into Aliantiz’ BeWip(TM) soft-phone. Developers of mobile soft-phones can benefit from SPIRIT’s low-MHz high-quality mobile voice engine solution.

S2C Adopts Verific’s HDL Component Software for FPGA Prototyping
Verific Design Automation announced that S2C Inc. has adopted its hardware description level (HDL) Component Software to serve as the register transfer level (RTL) front end for S2C’s newest line of field programmable gate array (FPGA)-based electronic system level (ESL) and system on chip (SoC) prototyping products.

Lockheed Martin Selects Radstone Embedded Computing for NLOS-LS Platform
GE Fanuc Embedded Systems announced that its recent acquisition Radstone Embedded Computing has been selected by Lockheed Martin’s Littoral Ships & Systems business to provide the processing subsystem which will control the Non-Line-Of-Sight Launch System (NLOS-LS) platform commissioned by the U.S. Army. NLOS-LS has been selected to be part of ‘spin-out one’ within the U.S. Department of Defense’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) initiative. Radstone has received an order worth in excess of $1 million for initial development systems.

BroadLight Selects Databahn DDR Memory Controller IP
Denali Software, Inc., a world-leading provider of electronic design automation (EDA) software and intellectual property (IP), announced that BroadLight, a leading supplier of GPON semiconductors and software, has successfully used Databahn(TM) DDR memory controller IP for use in a wide range of end product designs, including high-speed networking applications.

Symbian Ships Over 20 Million Smartphone in Japan
Symbian Ltd. announced that over 20 million Symbian smartphones have shipped in Japan up until the end of March 2007. Symbian OS is the global market-leading, open mobile operating system for smartphones. Since the first 3G Symbian smartphones began shipping in Japan in 2003 — the FOMA(TM) F2051 and FOMA F2102, manufactured by Fujitsu — there has been solid growth of Symbian OS based models in Japan. In 2004, there were six Symbian OS based models manufactured by Fujitsu and Nokia. In 2005, there were 14 models from Fujitsu, Nokia, Mitsubishi, Sharp, and Motorola, which soared to 44 models from six handset vendors including Sony Ericsson in 2006. As of May 2007, 55 Symbian OS-based models have been shipped.

Curtiss-Wright Offers New Power Management Features
Mistral Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a leading provider of complete technology solutions and professional services in the embedded space, announced the new Standardized Power Management features from Curtiss Wright Controls Embedded Computing for their high-performance embedded COTS single board computer (SBC) and DSP engine products. CWCEC is, a leading designer and manufacturer of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products for rugged defense and aerospace markets. These new features will provide system designers with sophisticated tools to control power dissipation and consumption and ease the technology insertion of next generation solutions into existing systems.

Aonix Names New VP Sales of Europe
Aonix(R), a provider of solutions for mission-critical applications development, is pleased to announce the selection of Laurent MARES as Vice President of Sales for European Operations. MARES is directly tasked with maximizing Aonix’s rapid growth across Europe.