News – 2007.09.10

MediaTek Acquires Othello, SoftFone Assets from Analog Devices
MediaTek, Inc. (TWSE: 2454, “MediaTek”), one of the world’s leading fabless semiconductor companies for wireless communications and digital media solutions, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets related to the Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI) Othello(R) radio and SoftFone(R) baseband chipset product lines, as well as certain cellular handset baseband support operations, for approximately US$350 million in cash. These product lines represented approximately US$230 million in revenue for ADI, based on fiscal year 2006 financial results.

Freescale Introduces S08QD Microcontroller for Automotive Applications
Freescale Semiconductor is providing embedded developers with a cost-effective 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) to help expand their automotive design possibilities. As automotive applications continue to become smaller, more sophisticated and more cost-sensitive, designers require a broader range of affordable, feature-rich MCU options. To address this need, Freescale has introduced the S08QD MCU family – the company’s first 8-bit small outline integrated circuit (SOIC) devices designed to reduce board space, system cost and power consumption for entry-level automotive applications.

Cypress Announces PSoC FirstTouch Starter Kit for Embedded Development
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY), introduced the PSoC(R) FirstTouch(TM) Starter Kit, a USB thumbdrive kit that provides a quick, easy, and affordable way for embedded customers to evaluate the integration, flexibility, and real mixed-signal programmability of PSoC mixed-signal arrays.

MathWorks Debuts RF Blockset 2 with Agilent Data File Formats Support
The MathWorks introduced RF Blockset 2, which extends Simulink(R) with a library of blocks to model the behavior of linear and nonlinear radio frequency (RF) components—filters, transmission lines, amplifiers, and mixers—by supporting the widespread Agilent standards for large signal-scattering parameters in system-level verification models.

FS2, Tektronix Announce FPGAView for MSO4000 Mixed Signal Oscilloscope
First Silicon Solutions (FS2), a division of MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:MIPS), and Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE:TEK), announced FPGAView(TM) software for configuring and real-time debugging of Altera and Xilinx FPGA devices using the recently announced Tektronix MSO4000 Series mixed signal oscilloscopes.

Lattice Unveils Lowest Power Programmable Fabric Interface Chip
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced the industry’s lowest power XAUI/ HiGig(TM)/HiGig+(TM) to SPI4.2 programmable Fabric Interface Chip (FIC) solution implemented in its award-winning LatticeSCM(TM) FPGAs. The solution, which utilizes the LatticeSCM device’s System Packet Interface Level 4 Phase 2 (SPI4.2) hard IP capability, and includes Lattice’s 10Gigabit Ethernet Media Access Controller (MAC) soft IP core and the XAUI/HiGig/HiGig+ to SPI4.2 bridge design, provides a high-performance interface between the SERDES-based XAUI standard, used ubiquitously in 10G Ethernet networks, and SPI4.2, a very popular parallel bus interface used by Network Processor Unit (NPU) devices. When implemented in a LatticeSCM-15E FPGA packaged in a space-saving 256 fine pitch Ball Grid Array (fpBGA) package, the bridge solution requires a mere 17mm x 17mm on a printed circuit board while consuming only 2.5Watts of power, substantially less than competitive devices.

S2 Technologies Unveils STRIDE for Cellular Handset SDK Testing
S2 Technologies (S2), the leader in embedded software verification, announced its STRIDE continuous integration platform for use by software engineers in the development of cellular handset software development kits (SDKs). Using STRIDE, a handset provider can now create, run and even deliver test cases as a component of its SDK. This leverages the domain expertise of the handset developer and allows the component provider to create reusable and automatable test scripts, or test assets, which can be used throughout the development process by anyone on the product team.

Conexant Announces Single-Chip 802.11n Products for WLAN Applications
Conexant Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNXT), a worldwide leader in semiconductor solutions for broadband communications and the digital home, announced the industry’s lowest power 802.11n draft 2.0 product family for high-performance, power-sensitive wireless local area networking (WLAN) applications. The CX53322 and CX53328 are targeted at products with embedded Wi-Fi functionality such as printers, portable media players, cellular handsets, and universal serial bus (USB) sticks. The single-chip devices deliver significant data rate and range improvements over previous generation solutions. They are available in production quantities today, and have been designed in by several leading original development manufacturers.

Applied Wave Research Introduces AXIEM Electromagnetic Design Software
Applied Wave Research, Inc. (AWR(R)), the innovation leader in RF EDA, announces AXIEM(TM) electromagnetic (EM) design software, an innovative and unprecedented design tool that, for the first time, delivers EM analysis as a true upfront design technology, where it benefits designers most by helping to diagnose issues early, thereby significantly shortening the design process. The AXIEM product was developed specifically for three-dimensional (3D) planar applications such as RF printed circuit boards (PCBs) and modules, low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC), monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC), and RFIC designs, which are the heart of today’s electronic designs.

AdaCore GNAT Pro Ada Development Environment Supports .NET
AdaCore, provider of the highest quality Ada tools and support services, announced that its flagship GNAT Pro development environment is now available for Microsoft’s(R) .NET Framework. GNAT Pro’s launch on .NET broadens AdaCore’s expanding portfolio of Microsoft platforms, which already includes releases for Windows 2000(R), Windows 2003(R), Windows XP(R), and Windows Vista(R). Now users of all major Microsoft platforms can also reap the productivity and reliability gains enabled by the Ada language from within the .NET Framework. This especially benefits those creating mission-critical applications, across a broad range of domains, including communications, financial software, and other enterprise systems.

Romanian Army Selects Quantum3D’s ExpeditionDI, LightSpeed IGS
Quantum3D(R), Inc., a leading provider of Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS), open-architecture, realtime visual computing solutions, announced at Defense Systems & Equipment International (DSEi) Exposition 2007 that the Romanian Army has selected Quantum3D’s ExpeditionDI(TM) Un-Tethered, Man-Wearable Immersive Training (MWIT) Platform and Quantum3D’s LightSpeed(R) Image Generator Software (IGS) to assist the Romanian Army in its research and development of future soldier systems.

RTI Messaging Middleware Powers Wi-Tronix’s Wi–Tracker, Wi–Downloader
Real-Time Innovations (RTI), The Real-Time Middleware Experts, and Wi–Tronix, a leading integrator and provider of mobile–asset management solutions, announced that RTI’s messaging middleware underlies Wi–Tronix’s successfully deployed Wi–Tracker and Wi–Downloader wireless asset–monitoring solutions.

DisplayLink Enters Embedded Display Market with Display Solution
DisplayLink announced a technology and marketing partnership with Display Solution (Gilching, Germany) to embed DisplayLink technology into OEM display solutions for industrial, medical, carrier, and other embedded display customers. Under the new partnership, Display Solution will function as a DisplayLink sales distributor in the European market with a focus on industrial and embedded displays. The company will sell DisplayLink products and will use them as part of its own developed controller board solutions for use in digital signage, point-of-sale, multimedia, automation, gaming, measurement engineering, medical technology, and other embedded technology areas. In addition, Display Solution will be a DisplayLink design center that supports customers with the integration of DisplayLink ASICs.

Toyota, DENSO Migrates to MathWorks R2006b Release
The MathWorks announced that Toyota and DENSO, Toyota’s primary automotive electronics supplier, have been successful in their efforts to transition to the MathWorks R2006b release to support their automotive mass production programs. This transition enables both companies to continue their commitment to Model-Based Design and automatic embedded code generation technology, using MathWorks simulation, modeling, and code generation products in their production software development programs for powertrain control and other electronics control units.

EtherWaves, Factum Electronics Demonstrate DAB+ Multi-standard Receiver
EtherWaves has teamed up with Broadcast leader, Factum Electronics AB, to demonstrate multi-standard Digital Radio live at IBC, Amsterdam. EtherWaves is amongst the first of a selected few to feature a DAB+ receiver solution. The receiver, based on Sonata’s highly successful Consumer Electronics module, is a complete DAB / DAB+ / T-DMB audio player delivering a feature-rich Digital Radio, implemented on a single low-cost DSP.