News – 2008.04.15 Late Edition

Microsoft Shares Road Map for Windows Embedded
Microsoft Corp. laid out the next phase in its strategy for the Windows Embedded Business, providing a strategic road map outlining the renaming of its family of products and plans for new solutions in key device categories. The new key device category solutions will be offered under the Windows Embedded Ready name and will ship as preconfigured toolkits providing device-makers with in-demand market-specific features.

NI Announces LabVIEW Embedded Module for ARM Microcontrollers
National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) and ARM (LSE: ARM) (Nasdaq: ARMHY) announced the NI LabVIEW Embedded Module for ARM Microcontrollers, an extension of the LabVIEW graphical system design platform that directly targets the ARM 7(tm), ARM 9(tm) and Cortex(tm)-M3 microcontroller families. The module is the first product in an ongoing collaboration between the companies that combines the ease of use of LabVIEW with the performance of ARM microcontrollers.

Microsoft Reveals Details of SPARK Your Imagination Embedded Program
At the Embedded Systems Conference, Microsoft rolled out details about its SPARK Your Imagination community-focused program, a joint agreement between Microsoft and select hardware vendors to bring a complete offering of hardware and software to nonprofessional developers through a simple and affordable engagement model. The program offerings have an estimated retail value of $1,300 and will be available immediately worldwide at prices ranging from $250 to $350.

Freescale Develops Royalty Free i.MX27 IP Camera Reference Design
Freescale Semiconductor has developed an IP camera reference design based on the i.MX27 multimedia applications processor to address the growing video surveillance market as IP network cameras transition from analog to digital. The royalty-free i.MX27 IP camera reference design comes with a comprehensive hardware and software package, designed to allow OEMs to quickly design and deliver IP network cameras that offer crisp video streaming for video surveillance.

TEK Microsystems Introduces QuiXilica V5 Architecture
TEK Microsystems, Inc. announced its new QuiXilica V5 Architecture designed to meet the needs of demanding sensor-processing applications across a range of environments. The QuiXilica V5 architecture uses the latest field programmable gate array (FPGA) based processors – the Xilinx Virtex®-5 family, advanced DDR3 SDRAM, and the latest communications technologies available.

Eclipse Announces Open Source Embedded, Mobile Technologies Initiatives
The Eclipse Foundation announced new initiatives to develop open source technologies for embedded and mobile developers. The new initiatives, part of the Eclipse Device Software Development Platform (DSDP) Project, make it easier for developers to debug, manage and deploy software on embedded and mobile devices. These new projects build on the continued success the Eclipse community has had in creating open source technology for the embedded and mobile industry.

GE Fanuc Rolls Out NETernity RM981RC Gigabit Ethernet Switch
With the company’s announcement of the NETernity(tm) RM981RC unmanaged Layer-2 Gigabit Ethernet switch, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms continued to broaden its already-extensive range of communications solutions. It is designed to be a cost-effective switch for a broad range of networking applications where high performance and high reliability are important to the application.

ADLINK Unveils DPAC-3000 Distributed Programmable Automation Controller
ADLINK Technology, Inc., a global provider of trusted embedded products, announced the DPAC-3000, its newest Distributed Programmable Automation Controller (DPAC) for the machine automation industry. The compact embedded controller offers a distributed control solution for digital and analog I/O and motion control, while enabling a 15 to 20 percent cabling reduction compared to other Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) solutions.

IAR Systems, Freescale Team on ZigBee Design Kit
IAR Systems has announced an agreement with the Wireless Connectivity Group of Freescale Semiconductor to include IAR Systems development tools and debug probe in Freescale’s development kits based on the MC1322x IEEE® 802.15.4 Platform-in-Package(tm) (PiP) IC. Freescale’s BeeKit(tm) Wireless Connectivity Toolkit, which also is included in the kits, provides direct support for IAR Embedded Workbench, easing the integration from BeeKit software to Embedded Workbench.

ADLINK Introduces Express-MC800 COM Express Module
ADLINK Technology, Inc., a global provider of trusted embedded products, announced Express-MC800, its latest Computer on Module (COM) Express product featuring Intel® Core(tm) 2 Duo processor and Intel® GM965 chipset. With the introduction of Express-MC800, a COM.0 compliant design which enables high-end graphic tasks and computer-intensive applications, ADLINK rounds out its COM Express family of modules.

CodeSourcery Debuts Latest Sourcery G++ C/C++ Development Environment
CodeSourcery, Inc. announces the immediate availability of the spring release of Sourcery G++, a complete C/C++ development environment based on the GNU Toolchain and the Eclipse(tm) IDE. With this release, CodeSourcery expands its offering with two new products, Sourcery G++ for MIPS ELF and Sourcery G++ for x86 Windows®, and introduces additional tools for GNU/Linux® application developers.

XMOS Semiconductor Introduces XS1-G Programmable Chips
XMOS Semiconductor, the creator of Software Defined Silicon (SDS), has announced its family of programmable chips. The XS1-G product family comprises three devices offering a choice of 1,2 or 4 of the company’s XCore(tm) event-driven, multi-threaded processor tiles and are priced at $1-10 in volume. XS1-G eliminates the delays involved in classic hardware description languages and low level logic synthesis.

Synopsys Unveils DesignWare USB 2.0 PHY IP for 45nm Process
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) announced that its DesignWare® USB 2.0 nanoPHY is the first 45-nanometer (nm) USB 2.0 PHY intellectual property (IP) to successfully pass the USB Implementers Forum Hi-Speed USB PHY certification. Synopsys’ industry-leading USB 2.0 nanoPHY mixed-signal IP, now available in the 45-nm process node, uses half the power and die area compared to previous USB PHY IP solutions and enables faster time-to-market with reduced risk.

Arch Rock Enables IP Wireless Sensor Networking for Atmel RZRAVEN
Arch Rock Corporation’s IP-based wireless sensor networking software is now available to run on Atmel Corporation’s RZRAVEN 2.4GHz Evaluation and Starter Kit, a tool for developing low-power embedded wireless applications. With the Arch Rock software, users of the RZRAVEN kit can gain first-hand experience in running the Internet’s pervasive networking standard, IP, on Atmel’s small, low-power embedded wireless devices.