EDA News – 2008.03.31 Late Edition

Microchip Introduces PIC24FJ256GA1 16-bit Microcontroller Family
Microchip Technology Inc. [NASDAQ: MCHP], a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced nine new members of the cost-effective PIC24F 16-bit microcontroller (MCU) family, which are the lowest power (2.6 µA standby current) large-memory (up to 256 KB Flash and 16 KB RAM) 16-bit microcontrollers in the world. Additionally, this is the world’s first 16-bit MCU family with an integrated Charge Time Measurement Unit (CTMU) peripheral.

AXIOMTEK Launches VTA-7570T 5.7-inch Windows CE-based SCADA HMI
AXIOMTEK launched an advanced 5.7″ fanless HMI solution, the VTA-7570T, equipped with powerful Windows® CE-based SCADA software, the WinPC32 Pro. The VTA-7570T can work with different types of PLCs and PC-based I/O modules in the market. Based on the platform of Windows® CE, it greatly improves problems that traditional HMI have, such as OS compatibility, hardware expansion, operating function and storage performance.

Concurrent Unveils XM 510/x24 Quad Port Gigabit Ethernet XMC Adaptor
Concurrent Technologies announces a family of networking XMC mezzanine cards – the XM 510/x24, a quad port Gigabit Ethernet adaptor supporting 1000Base-T, 100Base-Tx and 10Base-T. Where performance, functionality and space are key elements, the XM 510/x24 provides four network ports in a single-width XMC site on a suitable host board, e.g. CompactPCI®, VXS, VPX or VME.

VIA Technologies Rolls Out NAS 7800 Thin Server Board
VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of embedded silicon and platform technologies, announced the VIA NAS 7800 board, specifically designed to meet the needs of thin server and NAS segment system builders. Thin servers such as network attached storage are proving increasingly popular with small and medium sized enterprises looking for secure, energy-efficient data storage without investing in large, expensive and power-hungry corporate solutions.

Agilent Introduces Six New W1314A Measurement Receivers
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) announced six new models for its W1314A measurement receiver platform that offer expanded band coverage. They are designed to simultaneously measure all wireless technologies in all RF bands in a given market using a single unit. The Agilent receivers enable network equipment manufacturers and wireless operators’ RF engineering teams to effectively deploy, optimize and troubleshoot all technologies in their own networks.

Tensilica Xenergy Estimator Features New Graphical User Interface
Tensilica,® Inc. announced that it has added a new graphical user interface (GUI) to its popular Xenergy(tm) estimator, a unique energy estimator for both Xtensa® configurable processors and Diamond Standard processors. This “first of its kind” tool allows software developers to evaluate trade-offs, so their software can be optimized for power, and lets hardware designers optimize the design of Xtensa configurable processors for total energy consumption.

Microchip Rolls Out MCP1790, MCP1791 High-Voltage Linear Regulators
Microchip Technology Inc. announced the MCP1790 and MCP1791 (MCP179X) high-voltage linear regulators (LDOs). With a continuous 70 milliampere output, the ability to operate at a continuous input voltage of up to 30V and load-dump protection up to 43.5V, the new LDOs are ideal for automotive and industrial applications. They also feature low quiescent current, shutdown current and ceramic capacitor stability, which enable smaller, ultra-efficient designs at lower costs.

ARC, Toshiba Team on Multicore Configurable Processor Technology
ARC International (LSE:ARK) announced that it has extended the collaboration with Toshiba that begun in 2006 to develop configurable multi-processor technology. As part of the agreement, Toshiba has extended their license for the ARChitect(tm) Processor Configurator, which offers a comprehensive set of design tools and resources to produce highly optimized processor designs.

Semiconductor Chip Sales Grow by 1.5% to $20.44 Billion in February
Worldwide sales of semiconductors in February were $20.44 billion, an increase of 1.5 percent from February 2007 when sales were $20.14 billion, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported today. Sales declined by 4.9 percent from January when the industry reported sales of $21.48 billion. SIA said the sequential decline in February sales was in line with normal seasonal patterns for the industry.

WiMAX Users to Reach 133 Million by 2012
The WiMAX Forum announced it projects more than 133 million WiMAX users globally by 2012. The forecast is based on the results of an independently commissioned research study to be published in April 2008. Additional data from the study estimates that approximately 70 percent of the forecasted WiMAX users by 2012 will utilize mobile and portable WiMAX devices to access broadband Internet services.

Dolby Laboratories, SIM2 Showcase High Dynamic Range Display Prototype
Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) and SIM2 Multimedia are proud to showcase a new prototype high-dynamic-range (HDR)–enabled LCD flat-screen display using Dolby’s new light emitting diodes (LED) local dimming technology. Dolby’s HDR technologies utilize the capabilities of LED-based backlight units (BLUs) to provide outstanding contrast combined with crisp brightness to deliver picture quality that matches real-world visual perception of depth, detail, and color.

TCMC, Ponte to Provide DFM Solutions to Toshiba Business Units
Ponte Solutions(tm) announced an agreement with the Corporate Manufacturing Engineering Center (TCMC), a center of Toshiba Corporation, to deliver advanced DFM solutions to Toshiba semiconductor business units. The first joint effort will provide Ponte’s via and contact etch modeling capability to Toshiba semiconductor manufacturing groups resulting in acceleration in delivery of advanced process technologies.