News – 2008.01.15

IMEC Improves Scalable Video Decoder by 20x
IMEC has further improved its source-code for standard-compliant Scalable Video Decoding (SVC = H.264 extension), now performing 20 times faster and using only a tenth of the memory footprint compared to the SVC standard reference code. These groundbreaking results were obtained by further optimizing the code mainly through the removal of redundant code and function calls as well as through the improved memory use of IMEC’s earlier (mid-2007) SVC source code. This code was already two times faster than the reference code.

Stealth Rolls Out TuffTouch Industrial Grade LCD Monitor
Stealth Computer Corporation has introduced their new TuffTouch Industrial Grade LCD monitor. Stealth’s TuffTouch is a rugged versatile touch screen LCD monitor designed to stand-up to the rigors of industrial and commercial environments. The 17 inch all-steel enclosed touch screen LCD Monitor is built to withstand the demanding effects of harsh environments typically encountered in industrial plant floor environments.

Computer Dynamics Introduces SeaBrite Rugged Flat Panel Monitors
Reaffirming the company’s position as a leader in the development of robust display solutions for deployment in difficult environments, Computer Dynamics, a GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms company, announced the SeaBrite(tm) family of flat panel monitors. Resistant to shock and vibration, and designed to fulfill the demanding requirements of the marine industry for reliability with their wide operating temperature range and rugged, anti-corrosion mechanical design to provide optimum operability, SeaBrite monitors are available in a remarkably wide range of nine screen sizes from 8.4 inch through 23.1 inch. Typical applications include radar / ARPA systems, navigation / ECDIS systems, automatic identification systems (AIS), monitoring / surveillance systems, and yacht / ship automation.

RF Engines Wins New Contracts
RF Engines Limited (RFEL), the specialist in high performance signal processing design, has announced significant new contract awards in line with its product-led strategy announced earlier last year. RFEL is continuing to major on innovative signal processing on FPGA, but has added full product developments to their range of capabilities.

Light Reading Webinar – 3G Femtocell, Fixed-Mobile Convergence
Continuous Computing®, global provider of integrated systems and services that enable telecom equipment manufacturers to rapidly deploy Next Generation Networks (NGN), announced that Manish Singh, vice president of product line management, will participate in a live Light Reading Webinar on femtocells and fixed-mobile convergence (FMC), hosted by Unstrung Insider’s chief analyst, Gabriel Brown.

ISMI Publishes IP Protection, Semiconductor Equipment Security Guidelines
Looking to balance the necessity of R&D collaboration with the need for competitive advantage, the International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) has published the semiconductor industry’s first guidelines for protecting intellectual property (IP) within process equipment. The guidelines, developed for ISMI’s member companies as well as the industry, provide a security framework for protecting the integrity of proprietary information in tools used by semiconductor consortia and other collaborations. The IP targeted for protection includes both chip-maker and supplier data, such as processing recipes, run rates, and equipment diagnostic information.

Avnet, STMicroelectronics Announce STM32 ARM Cortex-M3 MCU Seminars
Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a part of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), in conjunction with global independent semiconductor company STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), has announced the two companies will offer a new technical seminar based on the STM32 ARM® Cortex-M3-powered MCU family. The STM32 ARM® Cortex-M3 MCU Seminar will be offered free of charge in locations across North America beginning January 22.

BSQUARE, Sierra Wireless Team on 3G Cellular for Embedded Devices
BSQUARE (NASDAQ:BSQR) and Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR) (TSX:SW) announced a strategic technology initiative designed to reduce development time and cost for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) integrating Sierra Wireless embedded modules into Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded CE powered devices. These devices may be used for applications as varied as data collection, navigation, and point-of-sale solutions.

Ikanos Communications Acquires Centillium’s DSL Technology
Ikanos Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: IKAN), a leading developer and provider of Fiber Fast(TM) broadband solutions, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase DSL technology and assets from Centillium Communications, Inc. for approximately $12 million in cash. As part of the transaction, Ikanos will also assume certain related liabilities.

Xilinx Embedded Development Kit Features Four More IP Cores
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) announced that it has expanded its catalog of no-fee intellectual property (IP) cores for designing embedded processing systems with Xilinx(R) platform FPGAs. The 10/100 Ethernet MAC Lite, single precision floating-point unit, industry standard UART (Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter) 16450/16550 controller and IIC (Inter-Integrated Circuit) interface IP cores can now be licensed at no additional charge.

Tangent Introduces Solid State Rugged Mini UX Computer
Tangent Inc., announced the Rugged Mini UX, an industrial strength mini computer that takes ruggedized to the next level. The Rugged Mini UX is solid state, fanless, designed for use on factory floors, in the field, mounted to carts or vehicles, or in any harsh environment. It withstands shock, dust, vibration, humidity, extreme cold and heat, and even electro magnetic interference.