News – 2008.03.10

430 Day Features Free eZ430-RF2500 Wireless MCU Development Kit
Helping pave the way for faster, easier ultra-low power embedded control designs, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) will offer the MSP430 microcontroller (MCU) “430 Day,” a free, three-hour lunch-and-learn event to be held at over 150 locations worldwide. Sessions will include a MSP430 overview, product updates and technical demonstrations, and attendees will each take home a free eZ430-RF2500 wireless MCU development kit, valued at $49.

Rapita Rolls Out RapitaTime 2.0 for Real-Time Embedded Software
Rapita Systems Ltd announced the release of RapiTime 2.0; a comprehensive toolset for performance profiling and worst-case execution time analysis of real-time embedded software. Within real-time computer systems, understanding, verifying, and improving software timing performance is a critical issue. RapiTime 2.0 is a powerful, Eclipse based tool that will help engineers address software timing challenges, enabling them to develop better systems.

QuickLogic Announces Visual Enhancement Engine for Mobile Multimedia
QuickLogic® Corporation (NASDAQ:QUIK), the lowest power programmable solutions leader, announced the Visual Enhancement Engine (VEE) to enable next generation multimedia products. The proprietary VEE technology provides high quality contrast optimization for a wide range of mobile consumer and prosumer devices. It specifically addresses the mobile industry’s need to provide consumers with a TV-quality viewing experience while extending battery life at the same time.

ProDesign Introduces CHIPit Iridium Prototyping Suite
ProDesign, a leading supplier of high-speed ASIC and SoC verification platforms, announced the launch of the CHIPit Iridium Prototyping Suite, a complete and seamless hardware assisted verification solution, that significantly improves traditional ASIC prototyping methodology and gives design engineers unprecedented speed, flexibility and ease-of-use reducing verification time dramatically in a most cost-effective manner.

MathWorks to Discuss Multidomain Modeling, System-Level Verification
Experts from The MathWorks, the world’s leading developer of software for technical computing and Model-Based Design for engineers and scientists in industry, government, and education, will discuss the use of Model-Based Design and embedded systems within the electronic system industry through tutorials and workshops. Experts from The MathWorks will participate in the technical program and provide in-booth demonstrations and presentations on these topics.

TriQuint Semiconductor Acquires WJ Communications
TriQuint Semiconductor® (NASDAQ:TQNT), a leading RF supplier to the wireless communications industry and WJ Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:WJCI), announced a definitive agreement for TriQuint to acquire WJ. WJ is a leading supplier of radio frequency (RF) solutions for wireless infrastructure and will expand TriQuint’s reach into this market.

Korenix Publishes Industrial Power over Ethernet White Paper
Korenix has published an Industrial PoE white paper that provides a brief summary and overview of the technology. The white paper is available for download (1MB PDF file, reproduced with permission of Korenix). The document briefs PoE technology and discusses the concerns for practical PoE deployment especially in industrial environments.

Ramtron Announces FM3135 64kb 3-volt Processor Companion
Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR), a leading developer and supplier of nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (F-RAM) and integrated semiconductor products, launched the FM3135, a 64-kilobit (Kb), 3-volt Processor Companion product that combines the benefits of nonvolatile F-RAM memory with an enhanced real-time clock/calendar (RTC) and integrated 32kHz watch crystal.

QuickLogic, Apical Team on Multimedia Mobile Display
QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ:QUIK) has partnered with Apical Limited to bring iridix display enhancement technology to Customer Specific Standard Product (CSSP) platform families. The iridix core forms the basis of QuickLogic’s Visual Enhancement Engine (VEE) proven system block (PSB). When implemented in QuickLogic’s patented ViaLink-enabled programmable fabric, the VEE PSB greatly improves viewability, while reducing backlight power in mobile device displays by over 50%.

Virtutech Focuses on Virtualized Software Development Standards
Virtutech, Inc., the leader in Virtualized Software Development (VSD), announced an initiative to accelerate the creation of standards for the VSD industry and to drive mainstream acceptance of VSD throughout the electronic systems business. Virtutech has joined organizations in its domain—Eclipse.org, OSCI and Spirit Consortium—with the aim of fostering standards and best practices.

Curtiss-Wright Debugs, Tests with XJTAG Boundary Scan Development System
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, a leading designer and manufacturer of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) systems and board level products, has selected the XJTAG boundary scan development system to improve the process of debugging and testing its range of radar, video and graphics products.

TI, Maple Design, Virtutech Join Open SystemC Initiative
The Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI), an independent non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing SystemC(tm) as an industry-standard language for electronic system-level (ESL) design, announced it has added three new members – Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI), Maple Design Automation, and Virtutech, Inc. – to its growing ecosystem of system-on-chip (SoC) companies, tool vendors, intellectual property suppliers, and embedded software developers.