News – 2007.11.19

CSR Creates Bluetooth MP3 Player Reference Design with Sub $10 eBOM
CSR announced the launch of BlueCore Player, the world’s lowest cost Bluetooth enabled MP3 player with an electronic bill of materials (eBOM) of less than $10. Designed for listening to music without cumbersome wires, or for sharing music by streaming to two headsets simultaneously, BlueCore Player also enables direct streaming of MP3 files to reduce power consumption. BlueCore Player is based on CSR’s market leading BlueCore5-Multimedia silicon with embedded DSP coprocessor and 16-bit stereo codec to ensure the high quality stereo sound.

Webinar Features MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition 5.0
MontaVista® Software, Inc., the leading provider of Linux® for intelligent devices and communications infrastructure, continues its series of free educational webinars with an overview of new MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition 5.0, the carrier grade Linux operating system preferred by 7 of the top 8 network equipment providers (NEPs).

picoChip Unveils PC6532 WiMAX Wave 2 Femtocell Reference Design
picoChip announced the PC6532 Wave 2 femtocell, the next version of its industry-standard WiMAX basestation reference design. Femtocell access points are optimized for deployment inside buildings to improve coverage and data rates. The new PC6532 WiMAX femtocell is the industry’s only single-chip (PHY + MAC) reference design to support WiMAX Wave 2 and full IO-MIMO in both downlink and uplink.

Xirrus Publishes Wi-Fi, Payment Card Industry Compliance Whitepaper
Xirrus, Inc., the only provider of high-performance, long-range Wi-Fi products, announced the availability of a new tool and whitepaper explaining the PCI (Payment Card Industry) Data Security Standard for companies that use Wi-Fi and handle payment card information.

Actel Rolls Out Libero Integrated Design Environment v8.1
Extending the company’s industry-leading solutions for saving power at the chip and system levels, Actel Corporation has rolled out its Libero(TM) Integrated Design Environment (IDE) with significant new features, such as power-driven layout, that enable designers to further optimize designs to reduce dynamic power consumption by as much as 30 percent for a typical design. With the advanced power analysis capabilities built into Libero’s SmartPower tool, the enhanced analysis environment is the first to give users a comprehensive understanding of power usage in all functional modes of the design. In addition, an innovative battery life estimation feature gives portable designers an accurate calculation of battery life based on their FPGA design power profile — a first for field-programmable gate array (FPGA) design tools.

Freescale Introduces FET for Three-phase Automotive Motor Control
Freescale Semiconductor, the leading supplier of semiconductors to the automotive industry, has introduced a versatile field effect transistor (FET) pre-driver designed for three-phase motor control in a wide range of automotive and industrial control applications.

ABI Research Announces Worldwide SIP Services Market Report
IP Networks deployed by fixed and mobile operators will lead to mainstream Voice over IP and SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) services, driven by the increasing popularity of “smart” devices such as PDAs and smartphones. ABI Research principal analyst Ian Cox explains, “New affordable price points and ease of use will allow consumers to benefit from SIP services such as instant messaging, video sharing, and conferencing, which will join VoIP as it takes over from circuit-switched voice.”

MontaVista, Movial Team on Development Solution for Mobile, CE Devices
MontaVista Software, Inc., the leading provider of Linux® for intelligent devices and communications infrastructure, and Movial, the company that inspires rich, intuitive Internet experiences, announced a joint solution to accelerate the development cycle and unleash design creativity for developers of consumer electronics and mobile devices. The new joint solution will be optimized for the ARM architecture.

ATEME to Showcase Products at Inter BEE 2007
ATEME(TM) SA (Bievres, France), the leading provider of MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 video compression solutions for broadcast and broadband, announced its highlight products for The International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition (Inter BEE), the leading professional show in Japan for audio, video, and communications.