News – 2007.09.09

Near Field Communication Handsets Spreading
Despite the additional cost and complexity of adding NFC (Near Field Communication) to mobile handsets, this emerging technology will not remain the preserve of the most expensive handsets, as is often the case with cutting-edge features. Instead, according to a recent study from ABI Research, the drive from operators and their NFC application partners — including financial services companies, retailers, and transportation operators — will see NFC technology available across a wide range of mobile phones: from high-end smartphones to low-end handsets.

NEC, Vector Informatik Announce Complete AUTOSAR Software Stack
NEC Electronics Europe and Vector Informatik have introduced a complete AUTOSAR software stack for NEC Electronics’ V850ES/Fx3(TM) and V850E/PHO3(TM) microcontrollers, based on NEC Electronics’ 32-bit V850(TM) CPU core. NEC Electronics’ microcontroller abstraction layer (MCAL) software contains all AUTOSAR device driver and interface modules. To match the exceptional quality standards of the hardware, the MCAL software was developed using best-in-class software processes certified to CMMI Level 5 and SPICE Level 3.

Atmel Bundles MeshNetics eZeeNet ZigBee Stack with AVR Z-Link
Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) and MeshNetics, a leading ZigBee(R) technology provider, announced they have signed an agreement. Under the new agreement, MeshNetics eZeeNet ZigBee networking stack software – already part of MeshNetics’ own ZigBit IEEE802.15.(TM) /ZigBee modules and development kits – will now be bundled with Atmel’s AVR(R) Z-Link(R) chipsets, accessory and demonstration kits at no extra cost to the users. MeshNetics eZeeNet ZigBee stack and software development tools can now be downloaded at Atmel’s website.

EnOcean Unveils STM 110 Battery-Free, Wireless Sensor Module
Finally. A complete package. The world’s first wireless, battery-free…and affordable…sensor transmitter to integrate all sensor functions into a single module has been unveiled in North America for OEMs developing products for commercial building monitoring and control, industrial processes, lighting control, automated metering infrastructures and home automation.

Abilis Systems Rolls Out DVB-T 90nm Single-Die Mobile Digital TV Receiver
Abilis Systems, a Kudelski Group company, announced the production silicon shipment of the AS-102, the world’s first 90nm CMOS true “single-die” DVB-T mobile digital TV receiver. The AS-102 receiver is the first product in the world to integrate a multi-band RF tuner, with an advanced demodulator, memory and a USB 2.0 interface onto a single 90nm CMOS die, the most economic mass production semiconductor node. The receiver performance surpasses the MBRAI and Nordig2 specification.

ST Debuts Application Specific Temperature Sensors for JEDEC JC42
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), an industry leader in high-performance analog and mixed-signal products, announced two high-accuracy application specific digital temperature-sensor chips, fully compliant with the JEDEC JC42.4 specification, which are intended for monitoring the temperature of the DIMMs (dual in-line memory modules) used in personal computers.

Savant RacePoint Blueprint Programming Tool Controls Homes
Savant Systems LLC, with a visionary approach to home automation that emphasizes reliability and a maintenance-friendly open platform, has announced the introduction of the RacePoint Blueprint(TM) programming tool, a very powerful and easy to use interface for configuring and customizing ROSIE-based media and control systems. Savant Systems has dedicated countless engineering and R&D man hours along with in-depth feedback from beta testing sites to the development of RacePoint Blueprint(TM), the nerve center of the Savant product suite that will revolutionize the home automation marketplace.

Indigo Rose Software Announces TrueUpdate 3.0
Indigo Rose Software announced the availability of TrueUpdate 3.0, a flexible software development tool that allows programmers to integrate a fully automatic “check for update” feature into applications. Using TrueUpdate, organizations of any size can quickly and efficiently ensure everyone has the most current versions of software releases.

DiBcom, Softronix Join RMI Partner Alliance Program
Raza Microelectronics(R), Inc. (RMI), a leading supplier of processors for communications and consumer applications, announced that MobileTV focused companies, DiBcom and Softronix Corporation, have joined the industry’s most complete MIPS-Based eco-system, the RMI(R) Partner Alliance (RPA). These advanced MobileTV hardware and software components, when combined with an RMI Alchemy Au1250 processor, offer mobile devices a powerful MobileTV capability covering multiple standards such as DVB-T/H, DMB, and ISDB-T.

Broadcom to Demonstrate Bluetooth Platform for Home Entertainment
Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, announced a new platform that it will demonstrate at IBC2007 in Amsterdam, combining popular Broadcom(R) Bluetooth(R) wireless solutions with the company’s industry leading digital cable and satellite television set-top box (STB) technologies. Driving Bluetooth wireless into set-top boxes will significantly expand traditional STB functionality and make these systems compatible with the vast and growing universe of Bluetooth remote control, audio and handset devices.