News – 2007.11.12

NI, QNX Announce OEM Bundle to Simplify Design of Embedded Devices
National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) and QNX Software Systems announced an OEM evaluation bundle of software and hardware that reduces the barrier to entry for engineers and scientists using graphical system design to create embedded devices that require measurement-quality analog I/O. The new bundle features a low-cost USB data acquisition device from NI, a single-board computer and drivers as well as evaluation versions of the QNX® Momentics® development suite and the NI LabVIEW Microprocessor SDK (Software Development Kit). Using the bundle, engineers and scientists quickly can incorporate the market’s leading data acquisition hardware into their embedded designs.

Renesas Launches H8S/Tiny Series Microcontrollers
Renesas Technology America, Inc. announced the H8S/Tiny series, a new group in the popular H8S series of high-performance 16-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) for low-cost embedded system designs. There are a total of 24 devices in the H8S/Tiny series in three product groups: the 64-pin devices in the H8S/20103 group and the 80-pin devices in the H8S/20203 and H8S/20223 groups. The new MCUs are successors to the devices in the H8/Tiny series, offering more processing performance, additional on-chip peripheral functions, and advanced tool support. They maintain compatibility with the H8/Tiny devices, allowing customers to make smooth and rapid transitions to product designs that perform better and require fewer components. Primary applications include white goods, building automation equipment and industrial control systems.

Carbon Model Studio Supports RealView SoC Designer 7.0
Carbon Design Systems(TM), the leading supplier of tools for the automatic creation, validation and deployment of virtual hardware models, announced support for the latest version of RealView® System on Chip (SoC) Designer from ARM®. Its Carbon Model Studio generates hardware-accurate software models that integrate into RealView SoC Designer 7.0 release for rapid development and assembly of virtual platforms to explore architectural tradeoffs and perform pre-silicon software development. These tools are used by system architects, software engineers, hardware designers and third-party intellectual property (IP) providers for fast modeling, simulation and debugging of complex SoC designs.

Google Challenges Android Developers with $10 Million
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) announced the Android Developer Challenge, which will provide $10 million to developers who build mobile applications for Android(TM), the first complete, open, and free mobile platform. The Challenge is designed to support the developer community and spark innovation on the Android platform by awarding cash prizes ranging from $25,000 to $275,000 to developers whose applications are picked by a panel of judges.

Texas Instruments RF360 Smart IC Platform Supports MULTOS
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced that MULTOS will be the first chip operating system supported on its advanced RF360 smart Integrated Circuit (IC) platform for electronic passport (e-passport) and government ID applications. This enables system integrators and government ID providers to immediately begin creating solutions on TI’s RF360 product for this rapidly growing market. MULTOS was selected for its open architecture, proven security mechanisms and broad acceptance in a range of payment and government ID applications around the world, including national IDs and e-passports. TI is licensing the operating system from StepNexus, which owns and maintains the MULTOS specification.

Xilinx Licenses Accelerated Computing Platform with Front Side Bus
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable solutions, announced it has begun commercial licensing of the high-performance computing industry’s first FPGA-based acceleration solution to interface with the Intel Front Side Bus (FSB). Enabled by the high-performance 65nm Virtex(TM)-5 platform FPGA and Intel(R) QuickAssist Technology, the Xilinx(R) Accelerated Computing Platform (ACP) M1 licensing package supports implementations capable of full 1066MHz FSB performance. The ACP M1 licensing package is available today to system integrators for developing solutions that accelerate the performance of Intel processor-based server platforms while minimizing power consumption and total cost of ownership.

CyberOptics Semiconductor Announces WaferSense Auto Vibration System
CyberOptics Semiconductor, a producer of precision products used for measuring critical parameters in semiconductor processes and equipment, introduced its new WaferSense(TM) Auto Vibration System (AVS), designed to monitor three-axis accelerations and equipment vibration to maximize equipment motion and wafer throughput.

Microchip Introduces MCP4725 Digital-to-Analog Converter
Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the MCP4725 Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC)-the industry’s first DAC to combine integrated EEPROM and 12-bit resolution in a miniature, 6-pin SOT-23 package. The low-power, single-channel DAC has a buffered voltage output and is ideal for space-constrained portable and battery-powered applications found in a variety of markets.

The MathWorks Enhances MATLAB, Distributed Computing Toolbox
The MathWorks announced four enhancements in MATLAB® and Distributed Computing Toolbox that deliver increased performance and large data set handling. MATLAB now includes support for multithreaded computation for multicore systems and 64-bit Solaris platforms. Distributing Computing Toolbox now offers capabilities for developing applications that interleave parallel and serial code and interactively prototyping parallel algorithms on a desktop computer by running four local MATLAB sessions.

RTI Data Distribution Service Integrates with GNAT Pro Ada Compiler
Real-Time Innovations (RTI), The Real-Time Middleware Experts, announced that it has integrated RTI Data Distribution Service with an industry-leading Ada compiler, GNAT Pro from AdaCore Inc. Working closely with software engineers at Saab Systems, RTI has developed the first Ada bindings to support middleware compliant with the Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-Time Systems standard. For the first time, software developers can combine the unsurpassed messaging performance of RTI middleware, the portability and interoperability provided by the DDS standard, and the powerful development environment of AdaCore’s GNAT Pro to build high-performance, fully standards-compliant distributed applications.

The Mathworks Releases SystemTest 2 Test Management, Analysis Software
The MathWorks announced a new version of SystemTest, its test management and analysis software for system verification and validation. Engineers can now automatically distribute independent tests or simulation runs of Simulink® models to multiple processors, without requiring manual coding, because SystemTest 2 works seamlessly with Distributed Computing Toolbox, also from The MathWorks. The enhancements in SystemTest 2 dramatically reduce the time needed for testing, leading to faster production of high-quality system designs.

Altera Stratix II FPGA Powers SRC MAP Reconfigurable Processor Module
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced that SRC Computers, Inc. has chosen the Stratix® II FPGA device for their new Series I MAP reconfigurable processor module used in high-performance computing applications such as financial, defense, energy and biometrics. Systems built with the Series I MAP are part of the SRC-7 product line that can accelerate applications such as Black-Scholes or medical imaging by over 30 times compared to current dual-core CPUs.

Textronics Creates Transmitter for NuMetrex Heart Rate Monitor Apparel
Textronics, Inc. has developed a new transmitter for use with the stretchy fabric electrode sensors that are knit into the company’s NuMetrex® brand of heart rate monitor fitness apparel. The new transmitter snaps into a tiny pocket in NuMetrex sports bras and shirts, where it receives the heart rate signal from textile sensors located across the chest band area. The data is then transmitted to a watch or exercise machine that displays a read-out of the heart rate. The NuMetrex system is compatible with most analog heart rate monitor watches including Polar, Nike, Reebok, Oregon Scientific, New Balance, Highgear and Accumen models, as well as gym-quality treadmills and elliptical machines.

Solicore’s Embedded Power Security Solutions Drive Market
Every day, businesses, financial institutions and consumers rely on computer networks for sensitive tasks, sending private information across the perilous cyberspace — an area haunted by identity thieves. This reliance on electronic networks to facilitate secure transactions and their highly-publicized breaches has led directly to an imperative need for increasingly sophisticated security systems in the form of Powered Cards and Dynamic or One Time Password (OTP) security cards. According to a recent study by NanoMarkets, LC, the market for thin-film and printable batteries is projected to expand to a $5.6 billion dollar industry through 2015, a growth of over 40,000 percent from today.

Sybase iAnywhere Powers RFID Industry
Sybase iAnywhere announced continuing momentum for the adoption of its leading RFID Anywhere® software infrastructure to power innovative applications developed for organizations such as MGF Logistique, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group (DTG), Mutual Drug and Throttleman. These applications have been implemented by members of Sybase’s global partner ecosystem including RFID Systèmes, EDS and Creativesystems. RFID Anywhere is Sybase® software infrastructure that provides a customizable environment for developing and managing robust, highly-distributed radio frequency identification (RFID) and sensor solutions.

Xilinx Showcases Broadcast Solutions at Inter BEE 2007
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) announced that its industry-leading programmable logic solutions for enabling broadcast applications, will be showcased at the International Broadcasting Equipment Exhibition 2007 (Inter BEE 2007), sponsored by JEITA (the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association), to be held at Makuhari Messe in Tokyo, November 11 -20, Hall 5, Booth #5105. Xilinx will conduct live demonstrations of its high-performance programmable solutions including connectivity, video over IP, and advanced video development platform.