News – 2007.09.13

Cypress Explores Touch Screen Design in Webinar
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) announced a free online seminar that examines the emergence of touch screens and the technology behind the increasingly popular interface. The 60-minute seminar entitled “Touch Screens: The Magic Behind Multi-Touch,” will be presented in conjunction with CMP Media’s Electronic Engineering Times on Wednesday, September 19 at 9:00 a.m. PDT.

Semiconductor Insights Announces Intellectual Property Symposium
CMP’s Semiconductor Insights (SI) announced the creation of an Intellectual Property (IP) Symposium for the Electronics Industry. The two-day event, which will take place April 15-16, 2008 at the San Jose Fairmont Hotel, will be co-branded with EE Times and SI and will co-locate with the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley. The symposium will feature two tracks – one addressing technical issues in IP targeted to engineering and patent professionals, and one focused on the business of IP oriented to senior executives.

Court Allows Vendors to Import Qualcomm-based Handsets
Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, announced that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted a stay pending appeal that will allow third parties to import handsets into the United States originally banned by the International Trade Commission (ITC).

Court Denies Request to Stay ITC Order in Qualcomm-Broadcom Case
Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has denied a request by Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) to stay the effectiveness pending appeal of a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) exclusion order that stops the importation into the United States of Qualcomm chips that infringe a Broadcom patent. The Federal Circuit also denied Qualcomm’s request for a stay pending appeal as to “redesigned chips and products containing them.”

Kozio Debuts kDiagnostics Hardware Test Automation for IXP435 Devices
Kozio, Inc., the leading provider of automated hardware diagnostics for custom controller boards, has released validation support for custom boards using the Intel(R) IXP435 processor. This processor is a new addition to Intel’s line of network processors and Kozio is the only vendor to provide processor-optimized diagnostics for the IXP435.

Opal-RT Unveils TestDrive OP6000 Engine ECU Testing System
Opal-RT Technologies Inc., the leading provider of distributed real-time simulation and hardware-in-the-loop testing systems, unveiled the latest version of TestDrive(TM) OP6000 Engine ECU Testing System. Based upon Opal-RT’s flagship technology, RT-LAB(TM), TestDrive OP6000 is a powerful system for improving Electronic Control Unit (ECU) quality throughout the entire production process with real-time open- or closed-loop simulation. It enables test and control engineers to exercise ECU design in a complete virtual environment, including extreme conditions, by replicating all the loading and sensory feedback of an actual vehicle under realistic conditions.

TI Rolls Out Multi-Standard, Triple Video Amplifiers for Consumer Apps
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced a family of flexible three-channel integrated video buffers optimized for consumer video applications where performance, space savings and lower system cost are required. The family supports HDTV, SDTV and a variety of digital media processors, such as TI’s DaVinci(TM) processors. The amplifiers incorporate a fifth-order Butterworth filter, which can be used as an encoder’s digital-to-analog converter (DAC) reconstruction filter. The devices provide video buffering by rejecting DAC images for better video quality in consumer applications such as set-top boxes, USB-powered video, portable video recorders and other video applications.

PMC-Sierra Introduces Multi-Service MIPS32 Processors
PMC-Sierra, Inc. (Nasdaq:PMCS) announced two highly integrated Multi-Service Processors(R) (MSPs) targeted at high-performance, cost-sensitive embedded applications. The MSP8110 and MSP8120 System-On-Chip (SoC) solutions, powered by the MIPS32 34K core, provide large 64KB caches with integrated I/O interfaces and consume less than 1.5Watts. These processors are the first additions to PMC-Sierra’s new MSP8100 family of SoCs designed to meet the performance and cost targets required to support a wide range of applications such as networked appliances, storage systems and security solutions.

Keithley Debuts Series 3700 System Switch/Multimeter Digital Multimeters
Keithley Instruments, Inc. (NYSE:KEI), a leader in solutions for emerging measurement needs, announces the release of the Series 3700 System Switch/Multimeter and Plug-in Card Family, Keithley’s next-generation platform of switching and integrated digital multimeter (DMM) test solutions. It offers high quality, instrument grade switching for a wide variety of applications, including the performance demands of high channel count applications, with its ability to control up to 576 multiplexer channels in an industry-leading six-slot, 2U form factor. A high-performance integrated DMM option provides fast, low-noise measurements with resolutions up to 7½-digits at a price lower than typical 6½-digit DMMs.

Emerson Network Power Announces Cover Kits for AC-DC Power Supplies
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), has introduced cover kits for the Artesyn NLP250, Artesyn TLP150 and Astec LPS120 series of ac-dc power supplies. These power supplies are popular choices with OEMs and system integrators seeking ready-to-use packages in the 120 to 250 watt power band. Until now, the power supplies have only been available in open-frame, or non-enclosed, versions. The cover kits are designed to simplify mechanical integration of the power supplies into systems, and add an extra measure of electrical safety for service personnel.