Ultracapacitors Replace Batteries in Toyota Supra HV-R Hybrid
The Strategy Analytics Automotive Electronics service report, “Will Ultracapacitors Replace Batteries?” analyzes ultracapacitor potential, especially following the recent the Toyota Supra HV-R victory in the Tokachi 24-hour endurance race. The HV-R was equipped with ultracapacitors, instead of rechargeable batteries, for power storageâ€”their fast charging and discharging ability resulted in a first-ever hybrid car victory. The car was able to store large quantities of energy quickly from regenerative braking and apply this stored power quickly to its advantage. BMW has also demonstrated this ability in its “syncap” concept whereby two-thirds of vehicle total torque was generated by the syncaps enabling heavy SUVs to accelerate more quickly than before, with improved fuel economy.
Integrated Silicon Solution Debuts 5V, 4Mbit Asynchronous SRAMs
Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISSI), a leader in advanced memory solutions, announced a line of 5V, 4Mbit asynchronous SRAMs. This new offering includes devices organized as 512Kx8 and 256Kx16 with access times as fast as 10nS and standby current as low as 200nA. Fabricated using 6T cell, 0.13micron, CMOS technology, this highly reliable process coupled with innovative circuit design techniques yield high-performance and low power consumption devices.
Agilent Introduces HVMOS Extraction Package for IC-CAP
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) announced the availability of a new parameter extraction solution for high voltage (HV) complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) devices used in a range of automotive and consumer products, as well as LCD and display driver applications. The HVMOS extraction package, for use with Agilent’s Integrated Circuit Characterization and Analysis Program (IC-CAP) software platform, enables engineers to model HV CMOS devices using Synopsys’ HSPICE simulator, HVMOS Level 66 compact model.
Femtocell Technology to Boost Mobile Triple-Play Services
The worldwide wireless market in the developed world is approaching saturation, with carriers offering little compelling differentiation except for price points and, to a limited degree, signal quality, reports In-Stat. Mobile triple-play services (voice, video, and Internet) revenue opportunities are the most likely solution to this situation, but only when cell operators first solve signal coverage and capacity issues in the indoor home environment, the high-tech market research firm says.
Agilent Creates First DisplayPort Compliance Test Solution
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) introduced the industry’s first DisplayPort source compliance test solution that fully implements the tests identified in the DisplayPort physical layer compliance test specification. The DisplayPort standard defines a high-bandwidth interface for connecting laptops or personal computers with display monitors or connecting computers with high-definition consumer electronics devices.
NemeriX Announces Free NeX Assisted GPS Technology
NemeriX announced the free and immediate availability of NeX (NemeriX Extended Ephemeris) Assisted GPS technology on all NemeriX NX3 GPS platforms. Via its patent-pending approach, NemeriX’s NeX A-GPS technology significantly shortens the time it takes for a GPS receiver to acquire satellites and compute an accurate position, even in deep-indoor or harsh multi-path environments.
Video Electronics Standards Association Finishes DisplayPort PlugTest
The Video Electronics Standards Association, the worldwide leader in the development and promotion of open display interface standards, completed its second DisplayPort PlugTest as scheduled July 30-31 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Milpitas, California.
Microbridge Rejustor Increases Temperature Compensation Accuracy
The leader in innovative analog calibration technology, Microbridge Technologies, Inc. introduced the MBT-303-A rejustor (re-adjustable resistor), the world’s first passive electronic Temperature Compensation (eTC) divider, ideal for managing temperature in precise analog circuits, optical systems, sensors, and power supply compensation and calibration across a wide range of military, aerospace, automotive, industrial, medical, and consumer applications.
On2 Upgrades Flix Engine Encoding Software for H.264 Video Compression
On2 Technologies Inc., (Amex: ONT), a leader in video compression software and solutions, announced an upgrade to its flagship Flix Engine encoding software with the addition of support for H.264 video compression standard. The Flix Engine line currently supports transcoding to H.263 and On2 TrueMotion(TM) VP6(TM) compression schemes for the popular FLV format used by Adobe(R) Flash(R) Player 8 and 9, and H.263 3GPP format used in the mobile video industry. On2 will further expand H.264 support in its Flix product line of desktop, server, and browser based encoding solutions.
Skyworks Solutions Receives ISO/TS 16949 Automotive Certification
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:SWKS), an innovator of high performance analog and mixed signal semiconductors enabling mobile connectivity, announced that it has received ISO/TS 16949 certification, an internationally accepted automotive quality system accreditation. The ISO/TS 16949 recognition allows Skyworks to become a supplier in the automotive market estimated by Lehman Brothers to have a total available market of approximately $16 billion. The automotive sector offers a range of new growth opportunities for semiconductor companies as cars utilize wireless technology for keyless entry, Bluetooth capability, global positioning system (GPS), satellite radios, climate control, sensors and other applications. Given that ISO/TS 16949 is a key differentiating standard amongst customers across a wide range of industries, achieving this certification also creates opportunities in markets such as broadband, consumer electronics, meter reading, and RFID.
AVISTA Receives CMMI Maturity Level 5 Rating
AVISTA Incorporated has been appraised at Capability Maturity Model (r) Integration (CMMI) Maturity Level 5, the highest level in process quality assessment. The CMMI model is the internationally recognized standard for measuring the maturity of an organization’s software engineering processes. With this rating, AVISTA leads the critical systems software services market in process improvement initiatives, having achieved both ISO 9001:2000 quality certification and CMMI Level 5â€”the most advanced of any U.S.-based outsourced service provider.