News – 2008.01.23

Gooch & Housego Announces Industrial Lasers with Low Out-Gassing
Gooch & Housego has brought technology designed for some of the universe’s most demanding conditions to the industrial laser market with its low out-gassing capability. The technique is designed to prevent the release of contaminating gasses inside laser systems, which can lead to the deterioration of optical surfaces and the eventual failure of critical components. Gooch & Housego is exhibiting at booth #1013 at the premier Photonics event.

PMC-Sierra Debuts MSP7160 Integrated GPON Fibre Access Gateway Device
PMC-Sierra, Inc. (Nasdaq:PMCS) has announced the availability of a Gigabit-speed, multi-service fibre access gateway device with an integrated ITU-T G.984 GPON interface. The MSP7160 integrates all of the functionality required for a GPON residential gateway, and leverages PMC-Sierra’s proven GPON interoperability and software layers to improve performance and reduce OEM time-to-market and development costs. The availability of this new device will enable carriers to expand HD video service offerings to consumers through the mass deployment of high bandwidth broadband and support necessary enhancements to applications.

Lambda Rolls Out ZWX Low Profile, Multiple Output ATX Power Supplies
New from Lambda is the ZWX series of low profile, multiple output ATX open frame switching power supplies designed for industrial computing applications, such as computer servers, industrial computers and broadcasting equipment. The ZWX series comprises three units, the ZWX180, ZWX240 and ZWX300, suitable for applications where convection cooling is desired and rated at 90W, 120W and 150W, respectively. However, with forced air cooling at 0.85m3/min (300cfm), the peak power ratings jump to 180W, 240W and 300W, respectively.

Cisco Invests in ip.access
ip.access, the award-winning market leader in femtocell and picocell technologies, announced that Cisco® has made an investment in the company. Terms of the investment were not disclosed. Already cash-positive with its existing 2G picocell business, ip.access has secured funding from an impressive array of industry supporters for its breakthrough Oyster 3G(tm) femtocell, which is currently in trials with major mobile network operators globally. Existing ip.access investors include Scottish Equity Partners, Rothschild Gestion, Intel Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners, ADC and Motorola Ventures.

GAO Embedded Introduces 2812EVM-II TI DSP Evaluation Board
GAO Embedded Inc. has introduced an upgrade to its TI Evaluation board. The newly developed board, GAO 2812EVM-II, is specially optimized for driving motors and control systems that are based on TMS320F2812 series DSPs. In addition, it uses an independent power supply for AD sampling thus avoiding EMI from the CPU core.

Asad A Abidi Wins IEEE Donald O Pederson Award
The IEEE has named Asad A. Abidi as the recipient of its 2008 Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits, recognizing his visionary work in integrating emerging communications technologies into what became the nucleus of many popular wireless communications products. His innovative circuit design played an integral part in advancing wireless networking, Bluetooth and cellular technologies. The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology.

NXP Unveils TDA18292 Terrestrial, Satellite Multi-band Silicon Tuner
NXP Semiconductors made available a truly anytime, anywhere digital TV viewing experience with the launch of the world’s first multi-band silicon tuner, TDA18292. Building on NXP’s pole position in silicon tuners, the TDA18292 is the first to support the five global TV standards for portable devices (DVB-T, DVB-H, DVB-SH, T-DMB, ISDB-T) and five prominent frequency bands (VHF, UHF, L1, L2, S-band).

Synopsys PrimeTime Improves Timing Signoff, Design Closure by 2x
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) announced that the 2007.12 release of its PrimeTime® suite has set a new performance standard for both static timing and signal integrity analysis, accelerating turnaround time and design closure for today’s nanometer designs. Broad improvements in design data reading and linking, intelligent disk caching, incremental timing updates and fine tuning of algorithms have resulted in an average 2X runtime improvement and 33 percent memory reduction over the 2006.12 release while maintaining golden signoff accuracy.

Altera Announces Stratix II GX FPGAs with 50-Gbps SFI-5 Interface
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced SERDES Framer Interface Level 5 (SFI-5) standard support in its Stratix® II GX FPGAs with embedded transceivers, providing a 40- to 50-Gbps interface for high-performance optical communications applications. Hardware tested to verify compliance to the SFI-5 standard, Stratix II GX FPGAs feature up to 20 high-speed serial transceiver channels that can operate at data rates between 600 Mbps and 6.375 Gbps, easily satisfying SFI-5 interface requirements.

DATE 08 Conference
For the 11th edition of the DATE conference the Technical Programme Committee has received a record number of paper submissions in a wide variety of subjects, particularly in the area of Embedded Systems and Software, turning DATE into the most important conference on system design from software to hardware. The product of these submissions is an exciting technical programme, which is now available in print and online. Early registration discounts for the DATE Conference expire on February 20th 2008.