News – 2008.03.19

MathWorks Simulink, Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder Support AUTOSAR
The MathWorks announced that the R2008a releases of Simulink and Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder support import and export of AUTOSAR Software Component descriptions and generation of AUTOSAR compliant production code. Simulink now provides powerful and flexible built-in functionality for developing AUTOSAR Software Components, eliminating the need for engineers to introduce new blocksets or tools in order to support AUTOSAR.

Wavecom Debuts Open AT Software Suite 2.0 for Embedded Wireless Design
Wavecom (Paris:AVM) (NASDAQ:WVCM), announced the commercial availability of its Open AT® Software Suite 2.0. The next generation software architecture represents continuing improvement and innovation that allows developers to write application code in two popular programming languages: C and Lua – C for efficiency and code compactness and Lua for ease of development and code security.

STARC STARCAD-CEL 2.0 Flow Features FishTail Focus, Confirm Tools
FishTail Design Automation, Inc., the golden timing constraints company, announced that Japan’s Semiconductor Technology Academic Research Center (STARC) has released a new production flow for chip implementation using FishTail’s technology for timing exception generation and verification. The STARCAD-CEL Version 2.0 flow includes the use of FishTail products Focus(tm) and Confirm(tm) to generate and verify false and multi-cycle paths on complex SoC designs.

STMicroelectronics Rolls Out 128Kbit, 64Kbit Miniature Serial EEPROMs
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a world leader in non-volatile memory technology, announced it is the first to offer a complete serial EEPROM portfolio from 2 Kbit to 128 Kbit in both I2C and SPI versions, with all family devices benefiting from space-saving Micro Leadframe (MLP) package technology. Three new devices in the 2 x 3 x 0.6mm MLP8 package now allow designers to choose from footprint-compatible devices at any required density, saving space, cost and development time.

VideoMining Announces VMX Chip for Measuring Demographics, Behavior
VideoMining Corporation announced that their R&D group has completed the development of a chip named VMX for automatically measuring the behavior and demographics (gender, age range, and ethnicity) of people in public places. The hardware technology FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) was employed to implement VideoMining’s proven and patented video analysis algorithms that have been leading the market in shopper intelligence since 2005.

Altera, Bitec Introduce Video Development Kit
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) and Bitec, Ltd. announced the availability of a video development kit that enables designers to rapidly develop and prototype high-performance, cost-sensitive video applications. At the heart of the kit are Altera’s Cyclone® III FPGAs, which are an ideal video processing platform given the device’s large parallel processing capabilities with up to 288 multipliers, 4-Mbit embedded memory blocks, and low power consumption. Publications Predicts LED Driver IC Market Will Grow
ELECTRONICS.CA PUBLICATIONS, the electronics industry market research and knowledge network, announces the availability of a new report entitled “LED Driver ICs: Application Drivers, Technology Developments & Product Introduction Trends.” Driven in the short-run primarily by mobile phone handsets, the worldwide white light-emitting diode (LED) market is projected to exceed 20 billion units in 2008.

ABI Research Forecasts GPS IC Shipments to Reach One Billion Annually
Satellite-based navigation is a very popular technology with consumers, and the upsurge in purchases of GPS (Global Positioning System) devices is fuelling a similar growth in the market for GPS receiver chipsets. A new study from ABI Research forecasts GPS IC shipments to reach one billion annually in 2013. Average Selling Prices (ASPs) will continue to fall, but the effect on vendors’ revenue streams will be more than offset by this strong growth in volume.

austriamicrosystems Launches AS1340 High Voltage Boost Regulator
austriamicrosystems (SWX:AMS), a leading global designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs for communications, industrial, medical and automotive applications, launched the AS1340 high voltage boost regulator with up to 50V output voltage which is ideal for LCD or OLED display bias in battery powered applications.

Gleichmann Electronics Announces NEC 7.0-inch Industrial TFT Display
Gleichmann Electronics presents part number NL8048BC19-02, which is an industrial version, features an above average long lifetime backlight and long-term availability. The 7.0 inches TFT display, designed by NEC LCD Technologies and built using twisted nematic (TN) technology, has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and is controlled via a selectable 6-bit or 8-bit low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) interface. Luminance is 400 cd/m² and contrast ratio 500:1.