News – 2007.09.11 – Late Edition

PLDA Creates Application IP Division
PLDA, the industry leader in the high-speed bus IP market, announced a evolutionary expansion of their focus to include a new business division. Called “Application IP” (AIP), this new division will leverage PLDA’s high speed bus IP core designs into key vertical markets.

eSOL, Ittiam Team on Codec Solutions for TI DaVinci Processors
eSOL announced the strategic partnership with Ittiam Systems to provide a single multimedia solution for developers using Texas Instruments’ (TI) digital media processors based on DaVinci(TM) technology. Through this partnership, Ittiam will transform its award-winning codec algorithms to seamlessly work with eSOL’s PrKERNELv4 real-time operating system (RTOS), enabling eSOL to offer its RTOS with Ittiam’s video and audio capabilities in the same package.

Freescale Rolls Out Auto-Grade i.MX Processors for Infotainment
Freescale Semiconductor announced two auto-grade versions of the i.MX31 applications processor. Achieving the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) Q-100 qualification, the processors provide automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with a rugged solution to enable the features that drivers demand: hands-free phone operation, voice recognition and high-speed data transfers of voice and media. These processors drive seamless connectivity between consumer devices, such as cellular phones or portable media players, and the automotive environment.

Altera Rolls Out Plug & Play Signal Integrity for Stratix II GX FPGA
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced its Plug & Play Signal Integrity technology, an innovative system solution that is enabled by the latest Quartus(R) II design software and available now in production Stratix(R) II GX FPGAs. Plug & Play Signal Integrity redefines FPGA use in high-performance systems by enabling a single card configuration to be plugged into any designated system slot while under system power.

Freescale Creates Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Freescale Semiconductor, has introduced the industry’s first tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) containing a capacitive pressure sensor for ultra-low power consumption and precise sensing. Freescale’s MPXY8300 system-in-package device provides a highly integrated, cost-effective solution that combines an advanced pressure sensor with an 8-bit microcontroller (MCU), 2-axis accelerometer and radio frequency (RF).

Stratosphere, Cadence Increase 45nm Design Yield, Performance
Stratosphere Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of process and yield characterization and modeling technologies, together with Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NasdaqGS:CDNS – News), the leader in global electronic design innovation, announced a collaboration to increase 45nm semiconductor device yield by addressing a critical emerging challenge: manufacturing variability. The collaboration meets this challenge with improved process modeling, analysis and implementation flows that allow foundries, IDM’s, ASIC and COT designers to increase the quality of their results.

Voltaire, Synopsys Create High-Performance Compute Solution
Voltaire Ltd. (NASDAQ: VOLT), a leader in grid backbone solutions, and Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced they are developing a high-performance compute (HPC) cluster solution for semiconductor mask data-preparation (MDP) applications. The HPC solution, which consists of the Synopsys CATS(R) MDP solution running on a high-performance compute infrastructure with Voltaire InfiniBand and DataDirect Networks’ storage, reduced MDP turnaround time by up to 4X compared to clusters using Gigabit Ethernet.

LitePoint Announces IQmax MIMO WiMAX Wave 2 Test System
LitePoint Corporation, a provider of wireless test system solutions, unveiled its new IQmax MIMO system aimed at WiMAX devices with Wave 2 functionality. The mobility adjuncts to the current WiMAX standard (IEEE standard 802.16e-2005) require capabilities beyond those of earlier versions, and LitePoint’s new system provides those capabilities. The current WiMAX mobile radio interface uses scalable orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (SOFDMA) and supports multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) communications technology. The upshot is greater coverage, lower power consumption, and more efficient spectrum and bandwidth utilization.

ST Debuts RF Synthesizer with Integrated Voltage Controlled Oscillator
A leading supplier of advanced products to the wireless industry, STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) unveiled its new RF synthesizer with integrated voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs) with the highest frequency coverage in the market. ST’s STW81103 is the first single-chip device that operates up to 5GHz, meeting the increasing demand of equipment manufacturers for space and cost-efficient solutions in radio applications with frequencies in the microwave range. Among the applications in which these devices may find application are wireless network infrastructures, CATV systems, instrumentation and test equipment.

TI PurePath Studio GDE Features SRS Labs Virtual Surround Software
Accelerating time to market and simplifying software development, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced that SRS Labs Incorporated (NASDAQ: SRSL) SRS TruSurround HDTM/HD4(TM) software for digital audio devices is available in the PurePath(TM) Studio graphical development environment (GDE). TI’s comprehensive PurePath Studio GDE is a powerful, easy-to-use tool that works with the TAS3208, the core device in flat-panel digital TV audio systems. The combined technology will increase the availability of high-quality sound in audio systems with a small form factor.

TigerJet Introduces Tiger581 Single Chip Solution for USB Phones
TigerJet Network, Inc. announced the Tiger581, the world’s first single chip solution for USB phones with built in flash drive controller, echo cancellation and a 16 bit audio codec with speaker phone capability. TigerJet believes that integrating all of the required features into a single chip changes the economic argument so dramatically that VoIP solutions in an office environment will migrate from using dedicated headsets towards the use of business type desktop phones with speaker phone capability.

Dongbu HiTek Offers Design Library for 110nm CMOS Image Sensor Processing
Dongbu HiTek announced the availability of a new design library to support the processing of CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) processing at the 110nm node. Highlighting the foundry’s leadership in advancing CIS technology for mobile handset applications, the new library enables low leakage current in standby status as well as up to 5-megapixel resolution in camera phones.

Gemini Data Loggers Launches Tinytag View 2
Gemini Data Loggers has launched the new and improved Tinytag View 2, another addition to the successful Tinytag range of temperature and humidity data loggers. Tinytag View 2 loggers have external displays for ‘on the spot’ checking, as well as a large memory for storing data that can be downloaded to the Tinytag Explorer software for later reference.

QinetiQ Develops Mobile Asset Information Acquisition System
QinetiQ has developed the Mobile Asset Information Acquisition (MAIA) system to provide a secure, end-to-end, asset tracking capability, and is launching it on its stand 641 at DSEi. Based on Global Positioning Systems (GPS) tracking technology, it delivers a highly flexible, worldwide service on multiple assets to single or multiple terminals. It is also the first solution in this sector to be announced following QinetiQ becoming a Value-Added Developer (VAD) for Iridium’s satellite communications infrastructure earlier this summer.

ENEA Joins SCOPE Alliance
Enea (Nordic Exchange/Small Cap/ENEA), a world leading provider of network software and services, announced that it joined the SCOPE Alliance. The SCOPE Alliance, formed in January 2006 by Alcatel, Ericsson, Motorola, NEC, Nokia and Siemens, is an association of Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) working to accelerate the deployment of Carrier Grade Base Platforms (CGBP) for service provider applications. Its mission is to enable and promote the availability of open CGBP based on Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) hardware & software building blocks, and to promote interoperability to better serve service providers and consumers.