News – 2007.11.05 – Late Edition

Open Handset Alliance to Discuss New Open Platform for Mobile Devices
Industry leaders will hold a conference call to discuss the development of Android, the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices, and the announcement of the Open Handset Alliance, a multinational alliance of more than 30 technology and mobile industry leaders.

Microchip Announces MPLAB Tools for PIC32 32-bit Microcontrollers
Microchip Technology Inc. [NASDAQ:MCHP], a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced full MPLAB® development tool availability to support the launch of the new PIC32 32-bit microcontroller family. The immediate availability of a broad and compatible suite of tools means that Microchip’s current customers can easily make the transition from 8- and 16-bit microcontroller development to 32-bit development. At the same time, designers new to Microchip will find a highly integrated 32-bit toolchain that sets a new industry standard for integration and ease of use. PIC32 tool support is available today from the free MPLAB IDE version 8.0, the MPLAB C32 C compiler (including a free evaluation version), the MPLAB REAL ICE(TM) emulation system and the MPLAB ICD 2 in-circuit debugger.

Express Logic Ports ThreadX RTOS to Microchip PIC32 Microcontrollers
Express Logic, Inc., the worldwide leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), announced the availability of its ThreadX® RTOS for the new PIC32 microcontroller family from Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors. In August, Express Logic announced its ThreadX/MCU Edition for Microchip’s 16-bit PIC24 and dsPIC33 controllers. With this addition, ThreadX users can easily migrate between Microchip’s 16- and 32-bit families using the same RTOS and the same MPLAB® Integrated Development Environment (IDE) toolchain from Microchip.

Google Android RTOS to Ship with 2% of Smartphones in 2008
According to Strategy Analytics, the recently announced Android operating system from Google will be found in 2 percent of all smartphones shipped worldwide in 2008.

Mixel Introduces MXL-PHY-MIPI D-PHY IP for Mobile Applications
Mixel Inc. announced availability of the MXL-PHY-MIPI, a MIPI (Mobile Industry Peripheral Interface) standard D-PHY virtual component Intellectual Property (IP). The IP is a MIPI standard revision 0.90 compliant D-PHY allowing bidirectional transfer of video and control data between the host processor and display or camera module. The MXL-PHY-MIPI includes both the Analog and Digital D-PHY blocks. The IP is designed in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd and Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd 0.13um LP digital CMOS process technologies.

Synfora, Esterel Simplify Integration of Application Engines into SoC
Synfora, Inc., the technology leader in the field of algorithmic synthesis, and Esterel EDA Technologies, the supplier of Esterel Studio, the leading solution for ESL synthesis of control-intensive IP blocks, announced a joint solution that simplifies the integration of application engines into system-on-chip (SoC) designs.

Demo Previews New Blaze MO Leakage Power Optimization Software
Blaze DFM, the electrical DFM company, has created an online demonstration previewing new lithography-aware capabilities that will become available in the next release of the Blaze MO(TM) leakage power optimization software. The demo features Dr. Clive Wu, co-Chief Technologist of Blaze, presenting a preview of Blaze Torch technology. Blaze Torch technology integrates the production-proven Halo lithography simulation engine into the electrical DFM tools from Blaze. Halo is the only lithography simulation engine that is fast enough to be used on a complete chip during design without sacrificing contour prediction accuracy. This combination of speed and accuracy is necessary for litho-aware timing and power optimization.

Mentor Graphics, Avery Design Partner for PCI Express, Serial ATA IP
Avery Design Systems and Mentor Graphics announced a cooperative effort to deliver comprehensive design and verification IP solutions for PCI Express® (PCIe®) and Serial ATA (SATA-IO) IP standards. Under the terms of the agreement, Mentor Graphics and Avery Design will conduct joint promotion of their comprehensive solutions to customers. Additionally, Mentor Graphics has licensed Avery’s PCI-Xactor and SATA-Xactor verification solutions for internal development.

Open Modeling Coalition Approves ECSM Statistical Extensions
The Silicon Integration Initiative’s Open Modeling Coalition has voted to approve the Effective Current Source Modeling (ECSM) Statistical Extensions as an Si2 standard. The statistical version of ECSM is available to the broad electronics industry, both users and EDA vendors alike, regardless of Si2 membership.

LiMo Foundation Comments on Open Handset Alliance
The LiMo Foundation issued a statement from Executive Director Morgan Gillis and Chairman Kiyohito Nagata in regard to Google’s mobile initiative announcement. “The LiMo Foundation welcomes the news of Google’s mobile initiative. We believe Google’s entry into the mobile industry and the launch of the Open Handset Alliance further validate mobile Linux as the foundation technology enabling convergence within and beyond mobile,” said Morgan Gillis.

PMC-Sierra Selects Synopsys DesignWare IP for 5.0 Gbps PCI Express
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing, announced that PMC-Sierra, a global provider of broadband communications and storage semiconductors, was able to achieve first-pass silicon success for their high-performance design using Synopsys’ DesignWare® Bridge IP for PCI Express 2.0 (Gen II) to ARM® AMBA® 3 AXI(TM) and the DesignWare interconnect fabric for AMBA 3 AXI. The DesignWare Bridge IP for PCI Express 2.0 to AMBA 3 AXI operating at 5.0 Gbps, is the first PCI Express 2.0 IP solution to achieve silicon success. As the leading provider of PCI Express IP, Synopsys provides system-on-chip (SoC) designers with silicon-proven PCI Express IP and AMBA 3 AXI interconnect fabric solutions that accelerate time-to-market and lower integration risk for advanced systems.

Measurement Computing Rolls Out Web Enabled Temperature Input Devices
Measurement Computing Corporation, a market leader in low-cost data acquisition, announced the release of two Web-enabled temperature input devices, the WEB-TEMP and the WEB-TC, which allow users to take measurements and monitor them via the Internet.

Dolomite Creates First Microfluidic Edge Connector
Leading microfluidic development company Dolomite have announced the release of a new microfluidic connector that will enable engineers and scientists to interface to microfluidic chips, helping them develop and manufacture microfluidic based fluid control systems more easily. The initial design of the in-line connector has four ports and is engineered to connect easily and perform reliably.