News – 2008.03.24 Late Edition

Distributed Object Computing for Real-time, Embedded Systems Workshop
The Object Management Group(tm) (OMG(tm)), announced that the Ninth Annual Distributed Object Computing for Real-time and Embedded Systems Workshop will be held July 14-16, 2008 in Arlington, VA, USA. OMG is also announcing that the Call for Participation has been issued; details about the workshop and the Call for Participation are available online.

Arrow Electronics Offers Timesys Embedded Linux Software Solutions
The North American Components business of Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) announced the availability of embedded Linux software solutions from Timesys Corporation. Enabling developers to create quickly their own commercial-grade custom Linux platforms, Timesys’ Web-based LinuxLink software subscription includes an embedded Linux platform, precompiled and tested for a given processor, and a full suite of Eclipse-based development tools, documentation and support.

Microchip Introduces 30 New 16-bit Microcontrollers, DSCs
Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced 30 new 28- and 44-pin 16-bit devices for embedded system designers requiring increased memory or performance, or enhanced peripherals, while obtaining the cost and size savings associated with lower pin count devices. This brings the total 16-bit Microcontrollers and Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) offered by Microchip to well over 100 distinct devices.

WiQuest Debuts Combo Wireless USB + Bluetooth Reference Design Kit
Continuing to build up its portfolio of products, WiQuest Communications, Inc., the leader in complete Wireless USB solutions, announced availability of its eighth reference design kit that integrates both Wireless USB and Bluetooth radio technologies into a single combo module. The new Wireless USB + Bluetooth mini card design gives OEMs the ability to quickly deploy Wireless USB technology while also supporting simultaneous connectivity to Bluetooth 2.1 devices, all within a single, highly integrated wireless module.

Microchip Unveils Digital Signal Controllers for Motor Control
Microchip Technology Inc. announced 10 new 28- and 44-pin 16-bit Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) for motor control designs requiring increased memory or performance, or enhanced peripherals, while obtaining cost and size savings associated with lower pin-count devices. Microchip also announced a new motor control development platform based on the popular Explorer 16 development board.

Silicon Laboratories Announces Si5319 Any-Rate Precision Clock
Silicon Laboratories Inc. (Nasdaq: SLAB), a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs, announced the expansion of its broad portfolio of reconfigurable, frequency-agile precision clocks to include a single input, single output jitter-attenuating clock multiplier IC. The new Si5319 Any-Rate Precision Clock is capable of generating any output frequency from either a crystal or reference clock input with 0.3 picoseconds jitter generation.

Microchip Rolls Out Six dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers
Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced six new 28- and 44-pin 16-bit dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) with a dual-channel, 100ksps, 16-bit audio Digital-to-Analog Conversion (DAC) module for price- or size-conscious embedded system designers who require improved audio performance or wish to add audio playback to existing embedded applications.

TSMC Develops Foundry First 40nm Manufacturing Process Technology
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (TSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM) unveiled the foundry’s first 40 nanometer (nm) manufacturing process technology. The new node supports a performance-driven general purpose (40G) technology and a power-efficient low power (40LP) technology. It features a full design service package and a design ecosystem that covers verified third party IP, third party EDA tools, TSMC-generated SPICE models and foundation IPs.

Ethernet Alliance Unveils 10GBASE-SR, 10GBASE-LR, Backplane Plugfests
The Ethernet Alliance announced that its Small Form Factor Pluggable Module/Electronic Dispersion Compensation (SFP+/EDC) and Backplane Ethernet subcommittees will host interoperability plugfests for short wavelength multimode fiber transceiver (10GBASE-SR) and long wavelength single-mode fiber transceiver (10GBASE-LR) SFP+ optical modules, and for passive electrical backplanes at the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL).