News – 2007.06.21

Ramtron Unveils Microcontroller with 8kb FRAM, 8051-based Drop-in
Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR), a leading developer and supplier of non-volatile ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) and integrated semiconductor products, has launched the VRS51L3174, an 8051-based microcontroller with 8 kilobytes (KB) of non-volatile FRAM memory that drops into industry standard 44-pin QFP sockets for easy device migration. Ramtron has added FRAM to its fast and flexible Versa 8051s for a quick and reliable non-volatile data storage and processing system that only a FRAM-Enhanced(TM) MCU can provide.

IMEC Generates Energy from Mechanical Vibrations
IMEC, together with its sister company IMEC-NL at the Holst Centre, has fabricated an energy harvester to generate energy from mechanical vibrations by using micromachining technology. Output power as high as 40 micro-Watts was obtained, thereby achieving the range of required power for wireless sensor applications. The harvester comes with a model that can be used to optimize the device during design.

PMC-Sierra Rolls Out Two Gigabit Fibre Access Gateway Solutions
PMC-Sierra, Inc. (Nasdaq:PMCS) has announced the availability of two fibre access gateway solutions – the MSP7150 EPON/GPON gateway SoC for Fibre To The Home (FTTH) and the MSP7140 VDSL2 gateway SoC for Fibre To The Node (FTTN). These SoCs deliver gigabit-per-second line-rate IPV4/V6 routing, Network Address Translation (NAT), Quality of Service (QoS), encryption and a multi-channel VoIP terminal adaptor, and consume less than 1.5W of power. PMC-Sierra’s fibre access gateway solutions provide OEMs and ODMs with a common platform architecture to support multiple high-speed access technologies in various geographic markets. In addition, service providers can rely on equipment based on PMC-Sierra’s multi-service platform to deliver carrier-grade IP services into the digital home.

ARC Speeds Time to Market with New Modeling, Simulation Products
ARC International (LSE:ARK) introduced two new development tools that add to the growing portfolio of solutions used to create system-on-chips (SoCs) from ARC and its expanding partner network. The new ARC(R) xCAM tool provides completely cycle accurate models and is based upon recently acquired technology from Tenison Design Automation. Two new ARC xISS (instruction set simulator) tools operate up to 100 times faster than previous versions. The xCAM and xISS products will help ARC customers more easily and quickly create and test software earlier in the SoC design cycle, thereby speeding time to market of customers’ chips.

EGT Launches VIPr-IPx Carrier-Class Video Processor
EGT, provider of the most comprehensive video processing technology for digital networks, announced the launch of the EGT VIPr-IPx Video Processor. The EGT VIPr-IPx is a multi-channel, multi-format IP video headend solution built on a flexible, carrier-class programmable platform. The EGT VIPr architecture utilizes an efficient programmable processing engine and is capable of encoding up to 36 channels of MPEG-2, 18 channels of MPEG-4, or a combination of both formats in the same chassis.

ST, Freescale Focus on Development of Automotive Applications
Freescale Semiconductor and STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), leading semiconductor suppliers to the automotive industry, have made significant progress in the areas of automotive IP development, flash technology alignment and new product definition. Since announcing their joint design initiative last year, the automotive units from ST and Freescale have focused product development efforts on a wide range of automotive applications, including powertrain, chassis, motor control and body systems using Power Architecture(TM) technology. They have also moved aggressively to design and manufacture test chips in 90nm embedded flash technology to support smooth product development and industrialization.

Ralink Creates First WLAN Intelligent Network Interface Card on a Chip
Ralink Technology, Corp. announced the launch of Ralink’s RT2880 SoC (System on a Chip), the iNIC (Intelligent Network Interface Card) solution for…

Westell MediaTerminalT Broadband Smartphone Features Opera Browser
Westell Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTL), a leading broadband access equipment provider, and Opera Software, an industry leading cross-platform Web browser company, announced the integration of the Opera browser for Microsoft(R) Windows(R) CE.net into Westell’s MediaTerminalT broadband smartphone. In addition to providing access to all Web pages and enabling advanced Web 2.0 applications, Opera will render parts of the device’s user interface, which is easily configured to deliver unique, customized service provider content.