News – 2007.06.12 – Late Edition

VDC Expects Virtual System Prototyping, Simulation Tools to Grow
Recently published research by Venture Development Corporation found that virtual system prototyping/simulation tools were the fastest growing segment of the ESL tools market. With the complexity of both hardware and software growing significantly, the challenge of designing and testing software earlier in the design process is becoming an increasingly significant factor, especially in cases where the hardware environment may be extremely complex and/or not yet available. In addition to the continued use of physical prototyping, VDC expects an increased use of virtual prototyping methods as a strategy for developing software more efficiently and validating software/hardware interaction earlier in the design process.

Texas Instruments Lowers BOM by 50% with New VoIP Phone Platform
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) [NYSE: TXN] announced its newest IP phone platform, enabling manufacturers to deliver cost effective IP phones for the low-end enterprise, small and medium business (SMB), and residential markets. This new addition to TI’s IP phone product suite leverages the company’s extensive experience in the Voice over IP (VoIP) industry and is powered by TI’s digital signal processors (DSP), enabling real-time signal processing, low-power consumption and tremendous flexibility for next-generation VoIP devices. The TNETV2502 offers manufacturers a complete turnkey system for developing cost effective IP phones with up to a 50 percent reduction in the bill of materials (BOM).

Wibree Forum to Merge with Bluetooth Special Interest Group
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the more than 8,000-company strong trade association responsible for advancing Bluetooth wireless technology, joined Nokia in announcing that the Wibree Forum, the group specifying the Nokia developed ultra low power wireless technology, will be merged with the Bluetooth SIG.

ESI Introduces High-Capacitance MLCC Tester
Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:ESIO), a leading provider of world-class photonics and laser systems for microengineering applications, introduced the Model 3550 high-capacitance multi-layer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) tester. The tool is designed to address the needs of the high capacitance segment of the MLCC industry by enabling higher yields, improved time to market and lower cost of ownership. Volume shipments of the Model 3550 are expected to begin during the first quarter of ESI’s fiscal year 2008.

SkyCross, Beceem Team on Integrated WiMAX Solutions
SkyCross, a global wireless company providing antenna-centric RF solutions, announced a partnership with Beceem Communications to provide complete, integrated WiMAX solutions for last-mile broadband connectivity. The bundling of Beceem chipsets and SkyCross antennas provides superior performance while shortening and simplifying the design process to reduce time to market and associated costs. The convenient, one-stop RF solution is versatile, providing device manufacturers with the freedom to enable WiMAX on a wide range of mobile platforms.

Acqiris DP1400 Digitizer Maximizes Measurement Throughput
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) introduced its first digitizer from the Acqiris product line. The Acqiris DP1400 high-speed digitizer features a compact design and highly integrated technology for extremely low-power consumption as well as a unique simultaneous multibuffer acquisition and readout (SAR) mode that significantly improves measurement throughput. Agilent acquired Acqiris in November 2006.

TI Creates Location Detection SoC for ZigBee Wireless Sensor Networking
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced the industry’s first System-on-Chip (SoC) solution with a hardware location engine targeting low-power ZigBee(R)/IEEE 802.15.4 wireless sensor networking applications. The CC2431, from the company’s Chipcon product line, targets applications such as asset and equipment tracking, inventory control, patient monitoring, remote controls, security and commissioning networks. The device is supported by TI’s Z-Stack(TM) protocol stack.

Hitachi DesignGauge Links with Synopsys Proteus OPC
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, and Hitachi High-Technologies Corp., the world’s leading developer and supplier of high-technology equipment for IC manufacturing, announced that they have developed a seamless link between Hitachi High-Tech’s DesignGauge design data measuring system and Synopsys’ Proteus optical proximity correction (OPC) solution. Focused on incorporating manufacturing-aware metrology data into design, this common design for manufacturing (DFM) interface helps mutual customers to develop faster, more accurate and predictive OPC models for advanced 45 nanometer (nm) and beyond technologies. Moreover, Proteus customers can achieve higher OPC model predictability and reduced model-building cycle time.

Microchip Launches Cost-Effective 40 MIPS 16-bit Microcontroller
Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the PIC24HJ12 family—the Company’s lowest-priced 40 MIPS 16-bit microcontroller, with prices starting at $1.99 each in 10,000-unit quantities. Additionally, the family is offered in 18- and 28-pin packages as small as 6×6 mm for space-constrained applications.

Microchip Offers Free Field Oriented Control Algorithm for PMSM
Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced that it is providing free source code for the sensorless Field Oriented Control (FOC) of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PMSMs), which can operate on any of Microchip’s Motor Control dsPIC(R) Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs)-including the new dsPIC33FJ12MC family of DSCs. The 40 MIPS dsPIC33FJ12MC family includes Microchip’s lowest-cost motor control DSCs, with prices starting at $1.99 each in 10,000-unit quantities. Using this FOC platform, with downloadable code, motor-driven applications such as appliances and automobiles can cost-effectively reduce energy consumption by replacing expensive optical or hall-effect encoders with inexpensive shunt resistors.

Microchip Introduces Digital Signal Controllers for Motor Control
Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the dsPIC33FJ12MC family-the Company’s lowest-priced motor control Digital Signal Controller (DSC) family, with prices starting at $1.99 each in 10,000-unit quantities. These new 40 MIPS DSCs provide an excellent platform for advanced motor control algorithms, such as Field-Oriented Control (FOC), enabling the next level of high performance, low noise and power efficiency to motor control applications. (Microchip’s FOC source code can be downloaded for free, via Application Note AN1078.) Additionally, the dsPIC33FJ12MC family serves space-constrained motor control applications via 20- and 28-pin packages as small as 6×6 mm.

Microchip Unveils Digital Signal Controllers for Smart Sensor Apps
Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the dsPIC33FJ12GP family of Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs), which are uniquely suited for a new class of “Smart Sensor” applications. Because they are the world’s smallest DSCs (in 18- and 28-pin packages as small as 6×6 mm) and the lowest priced (starting at $1.99 each in 10,000-unit quantities), the 40 MIPS dsPIC33FJ12GP family enables a new class of sensor processing, dubbed Smart Sensors, which can enhance sensor performance and extend product life.

Rockwell Collins Bundles FlexNet Four Radio with PrismTech’s Spectra SDR
Rockwell Collins has announced the introduction of its new Software Defined Radio Software Communications Architecture Waveform Development System (SCA WDS). The offering is made possible through a strategic relationship with PrismTech. Under the terms of the agreement, Rockwell Collins will bundle its FlexNet Four Radio with PrismTech’s Spectra Software Defined Radio (SDR) development products. This allows international customers and SDR users to develop their own SCA-compliant waveforms, either new or reformatted legacy, on SCA-compliant military specified radios.

Future Waves, SunplusMM Team on MP3 Player with DAB, FM, T-DMB
Future Waves announced that it has firmed up a strategic partnership with SunplusMM. Both companies plan to launch a MP3 player which supports DAB, FM and plug-in mobile TV (T-DMB) this summer. Sunplus mMedia Inc. is a fabless semiconductor supplier focusing on SoC designs for multimedia processors (audio/video codecs) and baseband ICs for mobile device applications. Future Waves is known as a market leader in RF solutions for digital broadcasting. The collaboration will introduce a price-friendly and low power DAB/T-DMB/FM/MP3 portable receiver to the market.