News – 2008.02.07

National Instruments Acquires microLEX Systems
National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) announced that it has acquired all of the outstanding shares of microLEX Systems A/S, a premier provider of virtual instrumentation-based video, audio and mixed-signal test solutions. National Instruments expects this acquisition to expand its growth in the professional and consumer video and audio test market by leveraging the NI global sales and support organization and microLEX’s domain expertise in video and audio test.

CSR Creates Enhanced Global Positioning System Technology
CSR announced it has successfully integrated GPS with cellular measurements to create eGPS® (enhanced Global Positioning System) technology capable of providing accurate position information on demand in all environments. CSR’s location technologies are now proven to provide significant power and performance improvements necessary for embedding into a mobile handset. CSR’s first single-chip GPS with embedded Bluetooth and FM radio technologies is back from the fab and proven working.

Strategic Test Unveils 16-channel PCI Express Data Acquisition Cards
Strategic Test Corp. has announced two new 250 kHz 16-bit data acquisition cards for PCI Express. The UF2e-4721 has 16 analog inputs and the UF2e-4020 has 8 channels. Unique features include the options for dual-timebase sampling, synchronous digital inputs, asynchronous digital I/O and the possibility to synchronize up to 4336 channels.

INSIDE Contactless Debuts Latest MicroRead Multi-Standard NFC Chip
INSIDE Contactless introduced the latest version of its MicroRead® multi-standard NFC chip, a third-generation product that sets a new standard for ease of integration. The MicroRead suite combines third-generation silicon, a full set of host interfaces, NFC software libraries and APIs, a field-proven reference design and robust standards support into a turnkey NFC solution ideal for a broad range of applications in any cell phone, smart phone, or other mobile or consumer electronics device.

SMSC Introduces USB332x Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Transceiver
SMSC (Nasdaq: SMSC) announced its latest advance in Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity, the USB332x transceiver family. These new Hi-Speed USB transceivers from SMSC set new standards for integration and small size, helping designers meet the tight board space and cost requirements of portable products. SMSC’s new USB332x products supplant existing Hi-Speed USB transceiver technology for the portable market by integrating previously required separate external components into one extremely small package.

NXP Creates Nexperia PNX4902 for Ultra Low-Cost Handsets
NXP Semiconductors, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, announced it is expanding its range of fully-integrated GSM/GPRS single-chip solutions for the Ultra Low-Cost (ULC) handset market with the Nexperia single chip solution PNX4902. Representing the ULC+ concept, this solution enables a new generation of high-quality, feature-packed cellphones at an ultra-low cost point.

Digi Unveils ConnectCore 9P 9215 Flexible Ethernet Networking Module
Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) introduced the ConnectCore 9P 9215, the industry’s most flexible ARM9-based Ethernet networking module. It features two Flexible Interface Modules (FIMs) built into Digi’s new ARM9 microprocessor that will allow customers to load and use application-specific interfaces such as Secure Digital, Controller Area Network (CAN), 1-Wire, additional UARTs and others. This enables users to custom configure the ConnectCore 9P 9215 for the specific needs of an application.

Sealevel Systems Rolls Out Adapter Kits for PC/104 Stacks
Sealevel Systems introduces adapter kits that greatly improve the functionality of PC/104 stacks by making it easier to include CompactFlash memory, hard drives, and other common devices. The kits are mechanical adapters that mount to the PC/104 stack but do not interface to the stack; the interface is made using the IDE or USB connector on the device being added. The mounting holes on the adapters are arranged with slots at the corners so the board can be mounted in-line with the PC/104 stack or rotated 180 degrees along the long axis.

ABI Research Publishes Report on GPS-Enabled Mobile Devices
Presently, most handsets with integrated GPS are smartphones or high-end feature phones, with wholesale prices in the range of $250 to $500. However, chipset manufacturers now have solutions in place that will permit the integration of GPS in handsets at lower costs, and provide significant improvements in terms of accuracy, time-to-first-fix, and reception in indoor environments. As a result, the wholesale ASP (Average Selling Price) of GPS-enabled handsets will fall under $200 by 2010.

NFC Forum Extends Deadline for Touching the Future Competition
The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, announced it has extended the submission deadline for its Touching the Future: NFC Forum Global Competition to February 29, 2008. The new deadline allows an additional two weeks for competition entrants to develop and submit final proposals.