News – 2007.07.09

Sharp Sells BlueStreak Microcontroller Product Portfolio to NXP
NXP Semiconductors, the independent company founded by Philips, announced its acquisition of the BlueStreak(TM) microcontroller product portfolio from Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas, the second acquisition announced by NXP this year. NXP now has the ability to manufacture and sell the complete line of ARM7(TM) and ARM9(TM) processor-based BlueStreak microcontrollers, previously offered by Sharp. The acquisition expands NXP’s extensive ARM Powered(R) microcontroller portfolio to 50 products – the world’s largest portfolio of ARM7 and ARM9 processor-based microcontroller products. The transaction closed on July 3, 2007. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Arrow Electronics Announces Portable Applications Workshop
The North American Components (NAC) business of Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) announced a new customer workshop series. The series will provide a hands-on, interactive lab experience for engineers designing complex systems in a low power environment for handheld and portable applications in the industrial, medical and multimedia consumer markets.

DRC Computer Rolls Out Reconfigurable Processor Unit with Largest FPGA
DRC Computer Corporation, a leading provider of dynamically reconfigurable coprocessor modules, announced the availability of its Reconfigurable Processor Unit (RPU), the RPU110-L200. The RPU110-L200 includes an independent memory controller that provides greater memory bandwidth for maximum data flow. It also incorporates the largest FPGA available to deliver the greatest usable logic capacity for improved code efficiency and accelerated performance of compute-intensive applications.

XMOS Software Defined Silicon Offers Programmable Alternative to FPGA
XMOS Semiconductor has revealed plans to introduce a completely new type of programmable semiconductor technology. The UK start-up’s ‘Software Defined Silicon’ (SDS) will provide consumer electronics system designers with the unit cost advantage of SoCs and the flexibility of FPGAs.

Xilinx Introduces Virtex-5 FPGA Gigabit Ethernet Development Kit
Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable solutions, announced availability of the Virtex(TM)-5 FPGA Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Development Kit based on the company’s latest 65nm Virtex-5 FPGAs. Ideal for improving time-to-market of applications with Ethernet in communications, networking, industrial, scientific, medical, storage, computing, and aerospace and defense markets, the kit provides designers with a complete solution including a development board and protocol packs.

Altera, eCosCentric Offer eCosPro Support for Nios II Embedded Processor
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) and eCosCentric Limited announced the availability of the eCosPro(R) real-time operating system (RTOS) for Altera’s Nios(R) II embedded processor, the world’s most versatile soft-core processor. The combination of the Nios II embedded processor and the eCosPro RTOS meets the needs of a wide range of applications, including industrial automation, consumer appliances, telematics, communications, networking and digital imaging.

Real-Time Innovations Logs Data, Events, Messages with RTI Recorder
Real-Time Innovations (RTI), The Real-Time Middleware Experts, announced the availability of RTI Recorder, a software solution for logging the high-throughput data, events and messages that drive the behavior of distributed real-time applications. Activity recorded by RTI Recorder can be used for future analysis and debugging, regulatory compliance, and replay for testing and simulation purposes.

Novas Software Reveals Roadmap for Debug Automation Platform
Novas Software, Inc., the leader in debug and visibility enhancement solutions for complex chip designs, detailed its roadmap for the continuing evolution of its debug automation platform for large digital ICs and systems-on-chip (SoCs). The Novas platform unifies the languages, abstractions and tools needed to cut in half the time it takes to understand and debug design behavior starting from system-level specification through silicon implementation. Novas’ latest advancements are expected to deliver three to ten times more performance and capacity across the entire platform, and fuel adoption of SystemVerilog-driven verification methodologies with more automated debug solutions.

Chassis Plans Debuts Industrial Motherboard with Intel Core 2 Duo
Chassis Plans announced the release of the ATXP-965Q Long Life Industrial Motherboard with Intel(R) Core 2 Duo processor technology and PCI Express. Powered by the Intel Core 2 Duo, Pentium(R) 4 or Pentium D processor and the Intel(R) 965Q Express chipset, the ATXP-965Q was designed specifically for performance intensive industrial applications such as Medical Devices, Security Systems, Imaging, Industrial Automation, and Manufacturing.

Study Shows AMCC Increasing Sales in Embedded Processor, 10G Markets
Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ:AMCC), a global leader in embedded Power Architecture(TM) processing, optical transport and storage solutions, announced that a recently released industry study indicates that the company had major increases in revenue that led the industry in several product categories including high-end and midrange PowerPC(R)-based embedded processors and SONET ICs, which are often used in 10G networks.

Court Rules in Favor of IMEC in Rose Research Lawsuit
The Dallas County District Court has ruled that there were no grounds for damages claim by the shareholders of Rose Research against IMEC. With this judgement IMEC is not to be held responsible for the financial losses supposedly incurred by the shareholders of Rose Research due to the failing of Rose Research in the commercialisation of a technology. Since the end of 2003, a complaint has been pending filed by the shareholders of Rose Research – an investment company from Texas (USA) with Belgian roots – against, among others, the Leuven research centre IMEC. The judge has now upheld the jury’s verdict of 20 March of this year.

Royalty Opens Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College
The latest developments in robotic surgery and personalised healthcare technology will be demonstrated for Her Majesty The Queen today when she officially opens the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London. Accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, The Queen will open the Institute as part of her visit to celebrate the Centenary of Imperial’s foundation on 8 July 1907.