News – 2008.02.13

Renesas Unveils R8C/25-based BLDC Motor Control Reference Platform
Renesas Technology America, Inc. announced the R8C/25-based BLDC (brushless DC) Motor Control Reference Platform (MCRP). The new platform allows engineers to quickly bring the latest motor control technology to appliances, power-tools, fans, pumps, and many other products, while at the same time providing the performance, reliability and power efficiency needed in these systems.

Aonix Introduces PERC Ultra Virtual Machine for Green Hills INTEGRITY
Aonix®, a provider of complete solutions for safety- and mission-critical applications, and Green Hills Software, a technology leader in device software optimization (DSO), real-time operating systems (RTOS), and related development tools, have joined forces to enable commercial availability of the Aonix PERC Ultra Virtual Machine (VM) for Green Hills INTEGRITY to the embedded market.

Micron Creates One-fifth Inch 2-MP Imaging SoC for Thin Mobile Phones
Micron Technology, Inc. (NYSE:MU), introduced a one-fifth inch 2-megapixel (MP) imaging system-on-chip (SOC) for thin mobile phones, PC cameras and personal digital assistants. The SOC offers ease of design for mobile device manufacturers in a cost-effective package, enabling incorporation of highly-featured 2 MP cameras in phones targeted at the rapidly growing emerging markets.

STMicroelectronics Develops ST21NFCA SoC for Near Field Communication
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) announced a new fully integrated secure System-on-Chip (SoC) solution implemented in advanced silicon technology for the fast emerging NFC (Near Field Communication) market. Implemented in the company’s leading-edge 0.13-micron embedded non-volatile memory EEPROM technology, the new device, called the ST21NFCA, integrates all the necessary hardware and software for a complete NFC system, including support for all the NFC proximity and vicinity standards.

NEC Fabricates Carbon Nanotube Transistor with Coating Process
NEC Corporation announced the successful development of a carbon nanotube (CNT) transistor using a coating process. The basic operation of the new transistor with advanced characteristics has been verified, confirming its application in the printed electronics field.

TI Debuts OPA454 Precision Power Op Amp for High-Voltage Applications
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced a precision power operational amplifier (op amp) which operates on supplies up to 100V and delivers a high output current of +/-50mA with a 150mA short circuit limit. The driving force for the OPA454 design was high-voltage test equipment, which requires a combination of high voltage with high DC accuracy and significant speed.

ITTIA DB Races Past SQLite Database Engine
ITTIA announced a record-setting benchmark that sets the bar for database engine performance on embedded systems, mobile handhelds, and intelligent devices. The benchmark compares ITTIA DB with open source alternative SQLite, and demonstrates ITTIA DB’s superior performance in all areas. ITTIA DB provides application developers a fast relational database management system (RDBMS) with more functionality and a lower total cost of ownership.

Renesas, Sharp, Powerchip Semiconductor Announce Joint Venture
Renesas Technology Corp., Sharp Corporation, and Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. announced an agreement to establish a joint venture specializing in drivers and controllers for small- and mid-size LCDs. Consolidating the business operations of Renesas Technology and Sharp in this field, the new company will engage in the design, development, sales, and marketing of LCD drivers and controllers.

NEC Adopts Xilinx Virtex-5 LXT FPGAs for SX-9 Vector Supercomputer
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading provider of programmable solutions, announced that NEC Corporation has adopted the high-performance Virtex(TM)-5 LXT platform for its SX Series, SX-9, Vector Supercomputer, the world’s fastest supercomputer. With its PCI Express(R) Endpoint blocks and RocketIO(TM) GTP transceivers, NEC chose the Virtex-5 LXT platform for its ability to support the unique SX I/O interface.