News – 2007.10.01

Semiconductor Chip Sales Grow by 4.9% to $21.5 Billion in August
Worldwide sales of semiconductors rose sharply in August, growing to $21.5 billion, an increase of 4.9 percent over August 2006, when sales were $20.5 billion, and an increase of 4.5 percent from July of this year when sales were $20.6 billion, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported today.

Freescale Rolls Out Reference Platform for Embedded Voice VoIP
Freescale has introduced an embedded voice-over-IP (VoIP) reference platform solution designed to speed time to market for industrial embedded voice applications using VoIP technology. Developed in collaboration with Arcturus Networks Inc., the solution is available as an evaluation and development kit, a ready-to-use module, or a microcontroller (MCU) and software combination for integration into a customer’s hardware and software product.

Mentor Introduces TestKompress Xpress Technology for 65nm, 45nm ICs
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq:MENT) announced new technology in its TestKompress® automatic test pattern generation (ATPG) product to address the industry’s increasing demand for scan test compression. By providing compression levels exceeding 100X, Mentor’s new Xpress technology allows integrated circuit (IC) manufacturers to meet their most challenging quality objectives for advanced process nodes at 65 nanometers (nm) and beyond without driving up the cost of testing.

ARC VTOC 4.0 Modeling Toolset Creates Cycle Accurate C++, SystemC Models
ARC International (LSE: ARK) released the VTOC® 4.0 Toolset for creating 100 percent cycle accurate C++ and SystemC models from Verilog and VHDL RTL. VTOC 4.0 includes a new intelligent code analysis system that enables developers to generate C++ and SystemC models that are more efficient and achieve higher performance. These source code models accelerate the development of performance critical firmware such as device drivers and codecs and functional verification of this software within a complete SoC; a complete software suite can be developed and debugged before the target SoC sees first silicon. ARC IP eXchange, based on VTOC technology, enables IP vendors, semiconductor, and fabless companies to securely deliver C++ and SystemC models to software developers, partners and customers.

Lattice Introduces ispLever 7.0 Service Pack 1 FPGA Design Tool Suite
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced the immediate availability of Service Pack 1 for Version 7.0 of its ispLEVER® FPGA design tool suite. Complete support for the LatticeXP2(TM) 90nm non-volatile FPGA family is included. Also available with Service Pack 1 are the Reveal(TM) Logic Analyzer, Lattice’s second generation logic analysis/hardware debug tool, several enhancements that make the Power Calculator tool even more accurate and user-friendly and a PCI Target peripheral for the LatticeMico32(TM) embedded open source microprocessor. New versions of Synplicity’s Synplify synthesis and Mentor Graphics Precision RTL synthesis and ModelSim simulator tools are also available.

Altera Releases Quartus II Software Version 7.2
Delivering unparalleled productivity tools for FPGA users, Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced its Quartus® II software version 7.2. With this new software version, Altera continues to extend its advantage in compile times, a key productivity metric. Designers using Quartus II software version 7.2 can expect their Stratix® III FPGAs compile-time advantage to grow to three times that of competing high-end 65-nm FPGAs.

BSQUARE, DT Research Team on Digital Signage for Windows XP Embedded
BSQUARE (Nasdaq:BSQR), a leading provider of Microsoft Windows Embedded-based solutions, and DT Research, an industry leader in the development of information appliances for vertical markets, announced that the DT Research WebDT(TM) Signage System will run on the Microsoft Windows XP Embedded operating system. The partnership between DT Research and BSQUARE has resulted in a comprehensive digital signage system running on the world’s most pervasive operating system. The Windows XP Embedded operating system brings superior compatibility, a rich feature set and simplified day-to-day management to the WebDT Signage System — the first interactive digital signage system designed specifically for commercial use.

Wireless USB Promoter Group Developing Wireless USB 1.1 Specification
The Wireless USB Promoter Group – comprised of companies HP, Intel Corporation, LSI Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, NEC Electronics Corporation, NXP Semiconductors, and Samsung Electronics – announced that they are developing the Wireless USB 1.1 Specification. Building on the well-established Wireless USB 1.0 Specification, advancements include new options for first-time association of devices, improved power efficiency, and support for UWB frequencies above 6 Ghz.

c-Link Systems Creates cLS-Trak-Bot Tabletop Sized Robotic Vehicle
c-Link Systems introduced the cLS-Trak-Bot, a table-top sized robotic vehicle that allows students and hobbyists to get hand-on experience with autonomous motion. The Trak-Bot’s drive system was created to look and feel like a bulldozer and/or military tank. The tracks are constructed of an elastic material that provides traction without leaving surface marks. The drive wheel is a toothed gear, balanced with the front line wheel to stay on course. Each track has its own drive transmission and motor combination to provide increased reliability and performance. The chassis is constructed of ABS plastic, which reduces weight and allows for custom painting.

StarService Combines Intelligent Device Services with Microprocessor
Wavecom S.A. (Paris:AVM) (NASDAQ:WVCM) (ISIN:FR0000073066) announced the launch of StarService, a new product and service offer, which includes a Wireless Microprocessor® and a subscription to Wavecom’s secure Intelligent Device Service (IDS).

Opera Mobile 8.65 for Windows Mobile Rolls Out
Opera Software, the only company that puts the Web on any device, released the new version of Opera Mobile 8.65 for Windows Mobile. Following the positive reception and rapid market adoption of Opera Mobile for the Windows Mobile platform, Opera took strides to continue providing Smartphone and Pocket PC users with a superior Web-browsing experience. Today’s release, Opera Mobile 8.65 for Windows Mobile, is the culmination of user feedback and beta testing results to further enhance the Web-browsing experience on Windows Mobile devices with Opera’s winning small-screen performance.

ZTE Selects Enea’s OSE 5 RTOS for 3G Handsets
Enea (STO:ENEA), a world-leading provider of network software and services, announced that ZTE Corporation (ZTCOF.PK), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, has selected Enea’s flagship real-time operating system OSE 5 for its 3G mobile phone chip-sets.