News – 2008.02.28

Rockwell Automation Acquire Safety, Automation Business of CEDES
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire the Safety and Automation business of CEDES AG. CEDES’ Safety and Automation business is a leading supplier of safety and measuring light curtains, as well as other safety and non-safety optoelectronics, control units and related accessories for industrial applications. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

OMG, Eclipse Offer Open Software and Standards Symposium
The Object Management Group(tm) (OMG(tm)) and the Eclipse Foundation are jointly organizing two, one-day symposia to promote and build on the partnership between Eclipse’s open source software and OMG’s open standards. The first event is part of EclipseCon 2008 in Santa Clara on March 20, 2008; the other is during the OMG Technical Meeting in Ottawa, Canada on June 25, 2008.

Embedded Masterclass Features Linux Powered Devices
A key feature of this year’s UK Embedded Masterclass is a workshop dedicated to using the Linux operating system on embedded devices. Working with an ARM processor, the workshop will be a combination of theory and practice that will give delegates an insight into the working of Linux in the embedded environment. The Embedded Masterclass will be held in London on the 8th May 2008, and again at Bristol on the 13th May.

STMicroelectronics Offers NicheLite TCP/IP Stack for Free
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) has made the NicheLite(TM) TCP/IP stack available free of charge with its STR91x 32-bit Flash microcontrollers featured for networking applications, lowering cost-of-entry to that of open-source offerings but with the advantage of vendor support facilities. Compared to other third-party stacks, NicheLite is also royalty-free, helping manufacturers predict and manage their production costs.

ABI Research Forecasts Over 90 Million 4G Subscribers in 2013
The total number of 4G subscribers worldwide, including both LTE and WiMAX, is expected to exceed 90 million in 2013, but a number of milestones must be passed en route, according to a new forecast from ABI Research. At the end of 4Q 2007, says the firm, there were nearly 3.4 billion mobile subscribers worldwide, with 2.7 billion on GSM/EDGE/GPRS networks.

NXP Launches TEA5990 FM-RDS Stereo Radio IC
NXP Semiconductors launched the world’s smallest highly-integrated FM stereo radio IC with R(B)DS functionality, the TEA5990. NXP’s FM-RDS chip sets a new standard in radio performance, with better channel separation, best-in-class sensitivity, very high selectivity and clear sound. The TEA5990 uses a command-based interface to simplify software development, making system integration easy and quick to enable OEMs to drive higher attach rates for FM radio in portable devices.

Stanford University Selects Tensilica LX2 Configurable Processors
Tensilica, Inc. announced that Stanford University’s Smart Memories Project used Tensilica’s Xtensa LX2 configurable processor to develop a multiprocessor computing infrastructure for next generation applications. The Stanford Smart Memories Project has developed a prototype system-on-chip (SOC) design that provides the user the ability to program both the processor and the memory system of a chip-level multiprocessor.

u-blox Demonstrates Live GALILEO Satellite Tracking at CeBIT
u-blox, the leading Swiss provider of GPS receiver technology, will perform live GALILEO satellite tracking demonstrations at the 2008 CeBIT trade show on its revolutionary u-blox 5 A-GPS and GALILEO-ready chip. u-blox’ commitment to stay at the forefront of GALILEO development has led it to participate in several EU-funded research projects, such as the GREAT project1, aimed at developing next generation GALILEO receivers for mass market applications.

Olympus Adopts VaST CoMET Virtual Platform Development
VaST Systems, the leader in electronics virtualization, announced that Olympus Corporation has selected VaST’s CoMET as the development tool for advanced research activities for their next-generation LSI design and implementation. Olympus evaluated and selected CoMET with the goal of achieving improvements in design quality at the earliest stage of system LSI development.