News – 2007.06.26 – Late Edition

Wireless Handset Application Processor Market
The world market for wireless handset application processors, which is still in the first flush of youth, will be in its prime of life for a limited time, according to a new study from ABI Research. Application processors provide wireless handsets with multimedia features, such as digital imaging, mobile audio and ringtones, TV quality video, gaming, global positioning system (GPS), wireless LAN, and mobile digital TV. This market, driven by the global explosion in smartphones and other high-end portable devices, has grown rapidly from small beginnings. In 2007, application processor revenue is expected to be nearly $4 billion, with unit shipments at nearly 298 million. But within two years, two factors will begin to exert downward pressure.

Verigy Introduces V93000 Nanoelectronics Digital Solution
Verigy (NASDAQ:VRGY), a premier semiconductor test company, introduced the V93000 Nanoelectronics Digital solution for structural and functional test for wafer sort and final test of advanced digital ICs at 65nm and beyond. By providing accurate diagnostic and parametric data, the Nanoelectronics Digital solution allows manufacturers to target new failure mechanisms that reduce manufacturing yield at 65nm and smaller, a key challenge in the migration to new smaller nodes. The solution delivers insights that benefit new designs and does so efficiently, accelerating time-to-market at the lowest cost-of-test (CoT).

EEMBC Publishes Scores for NXP’s ARM9 LPC3180 Microcontroller
New EEMBC benchmark scores for the 208-MHz LPC3180 microcontroller from NXP Semiconductors are the first to publicly demonstrate detailed performance and energy tradeoffs using the EnergyBench power/energy metric on a microcontroller, and the first for any device to directly show the effect of an integrated floating point co-processor and instruction cache on device performance and energy consumption.

Transducer Electronic Datasheet Smart Sensors Research
Despite extensive media coverage as well as publicity from a few renowned sensor and instrument companies, transducer electronic datasheet (TEDS) smart sensors have yet to achieve their expected level of growth and acceptance. Currently, customers do not see their value, and few users have the required software or the electronics to make use of the TEDS information. Due to these challenges, the plug and play smart TEDS sensors market has grown very little.

GDA Unveils AMC Reference Platform for Freescale Dual Core PowerPC
GDA Technologies, Inc., fully owned subsidiary of L&T Infotech Ltd., and a fast-growing IP and Product Engineering Services (PES) company announced the market-leading availability of its Advanced Mezzanine Card (AdvancedMC or AMC) Reference Platform kit for Freescale Semiconductor’s MPC8641D Dual Core PowerPC(TM) processor, built on Power Architecture(TM) technology.

ST Creates Touch Sensor for Cost-Sensitive, Portable Applications
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) announced a new family of ultra-low-power touch-sensor chips, following the signing of a technology-licensing agreement with the Korean company ATLab, Inc. The sensors are intended for portable applications such as mobile phones, PDAs, notebook PCs and media players, as well as for the cost-sensitive white-goods market. The new ‘S-Touch’ family uses ATLab’s capacitive touch-sensing technology, which is based on a fully-digital architecture that needs no on-chip MCU, memory or firmware to implement control interfaces responsive to their users’ touch. The first products in the family are 8-channel and 12-channel devices.

Texas Instruments Focus Expertise on Ultra Low Power Bluetooth
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced that the company will leverage its expertise and leadership in ZigBee(R) technology, low-power RF and mobile connectivity to develop leading products and solutions for Ultra Low Power (ULP) Bluetooth(R) wireless technology (previously known as Wibree). The recent merger between the Wibree Forum and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) created ULP Bluetooth, the first open technology extending wireless connectivity between mobile devices or PCs and small, button cell battery human interface devices (HIDs), such as watches, wireless keyboards, toys and sports sensors.

Trolltech Debuts Qtopia Greenphone Grant Program for Mobile Developers
Trolltech announced a Qtopia(R) Greenphone(TM) Grant Program. The Grant Program is offered to open source developers who wish to experiment creating or enhancing applications for mobile devices. Under the Grant Program, accepted applicants will receive a complimentary Qtopia Greenphone and Qtopia SDK.

PDSi Announces AdvancedTCA AMD Socket F Blade
Pinnacle Data Systems, Inc. (PDSi) (AMEX: PNS) announced its latest NEBS(R)-compliant computing platform for critical telecommunications applications based on the space-saving Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA(R) or ATCA) standard. PDSi’s new ATCA AMD Socket F Blade is designed around AMD(R)’s Socket F (1207 pin) Opteron(TM) processors, giving Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) access to the most advanced AMD processor technology available to power their next generation wireless and IP telecom applications, plus all the compactness and high-availability advantages of the ATCA architecture.

PLDA Doubles Throughput in PCIe Gen 2 Demonstration
PLDA, the industry leader in the high-speed bus IP market, recently demonstrated a complete system using its industry-leading PCIe Gen 2 XpressRich IP. The PLDA demonstration showcased throughput numbers almost double that of solutions used in previous industry demonstrations.

Sigma Selects Analog Devices’ Blackfin for 14 Megapixel Digital Camera
Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI) announced that Sigma Corporation selected Analog Devices’ Blackfin(R) processor for its SD14 digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera. Powered by the unique direct-image capabilities of the Foveon X3 sensor and a Blackfin ADSP-BF561 processor, the SD14 can reproduce high-definition images rich in gradation and three-dimensional detail, because the SD14 directly captures red, green and blue data for every pixel in an image, without loss or distortion.