News – 2008.04.21

IAR Systems Announces Embedded Workbench for AVR XMEGA
IAR Systems has announced the launch of Version 5.10 of IAR Embedded Workbench® for AVR®, which now supports the new AVR XMEGA(tm) family of 8-bit microcontrollers from Atmel®. This latest release is the result of a close partnership with Atmel during their development of XMEGA, and consolidates the position of IAR Embedded Workbench as the leading high-end C/C++ compiler for AVR.

NI Introduces PXI-8104, PXI-8183 Low-Cost PXI Embedded Controllers
National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) announced two new low-cost embedded controllers – the PXI-8104 and PXI-8183 – that deliver exceptional performance for value-based test, measurement, and control applications. With these new controllers, engineers and scientists can apply PXI in a variety of new applications across many industries including consumer electronics, automotive, semiconductor, telecommunications, and aerospace and defense.

Cornet Unveils VME PowerPC Conduction Cooled Single Board Computer
Cornet Technology, Inc., a global manufacturing company of video, voice, and data communication products, introduced its first conduction cooled VME PowerPC single board computer, the Celero(TM) CVME-7448ST-CC. This latest member of the Celero CVME 7448 family provides a versatile processing platform for signal intelligence applications such as image-, RADAR-, and SONAR-processing that require top of the line performance and low power consumption in rugged environments.

AMCC Unveils Arches Reference Design Kit for PowerPC 460GT Processor
Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ:AMCC), a global leader in embedded Power Architecture(tm) processing, optical transport and storage solutions, announced the availability of a comprehensive dual-processor reference design kit, “Arches,” for its Power Architecture 460GT processor. The Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) industry-standard solution supports systems based on Serial RapidIO(tm) (AMC.4), Gigabit Ethernet (AMC.2), and PCI Express (AMC.1) interconnects.

Evatronix Launches SDIO-HOST Controller IP Core
The silicon Intellectual Property (IP) provider, Evatronix SA, has announced the launching of a new SDIO-HOST Controller IP core to handle MMC and SDIO type cards and devices. The SDIO-HOST Controller is fully compatible with SD Memory version 2.00, SDIO version 2.00 and MMC version 3.31 protocols. The register set complies with SDIO Host Specification ver. 1.00 and supports an optional DMA controller as well.

TapRoot, Freescale Team to Integrate Windows Mobile with 3G Chipset
TapRoot Systems Inc., a leading provider of embedded software solutions for smartphones, has been selected by Freescale Semiconductor to accelerate the commercialization and integration of Microsoft’s new Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system with Freescale’s latest 3G chipsets. TapRoot Systems is a trusted partner in the mobile industry for delivering Windows Mobile solutions and rapid commercialization support for the most advanced silicon platforms.

Northwest Logic Debuts PCI Express 2.0 Solution for Xilinx Virtex-5FXT
Northwest Logic announced the immediate availability of a high-performance, hardware-proven PCI Express® 2.0 solution for Xilinx’s Virtex®-5 FXT platform. This solution combines Northwest Logic’s full-featured PCI Express 2.0 Core (5Gbit/s), a high-performance, on-demand, multi-engine DMA Back-End Core, DMA Driver (Windows or Linux) and PCI Express GUI to provide a complete, pre-packaged PCI Express 2.0 solution.

Aeroflex, Innowireless Accelerate Development of 3GPP LTE Mobile Devices
Aeroflex and Innowireless have announced that they have entered into a technology partnership designed to accelerate the development of 3GPP LTE mobile devices for subscribers. The partnership will enable the two companies to combine their extensive engineering skills and resources to collaborate on the development of a new 3G LTE mobile test tool intended to enable handset designers and manufacturers accelerate the time-to-market of their 3G LTE products for subscribers.

Lattice Semiconductor, Synplicity Expand OEM Agreement
Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ:LSCC) and Synplicity, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNP) announced an expansion of their OEM agreement. Synplicity will be Lattice’s exclusive synthesis partner, and Lattice will broaden its synthesis offering in its ispLEVER design tool suite to include the Synplify Pro logic synthesis for higher-level designs. Lattice will distribute only the Synplify and Synplify Pro synthesis products with its FPGAs and complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs).

Ramtron Creates First FM6124 F-RAM Based Event Data Recorder
Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR), a leading developer and supplier of nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (F-RAM) and integrated semiconductor products, has launched the FM6124, the semiconductor industry’s first F-RAM-based Event Data Recorder (EDR). The FM6124 is an integrated event monitoring solution that continuously monitors state changes, stores them in the F-RAM, and alerts the system to the changes.

Actel Licenses Sarnoff TakeCharge Electrostatic Discharge Solution
Sarnoff Europe, a leader in advanced semiconductor design solutions, announced that Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL), the leading provider of low-power field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and programmable system chips (PSCs), plans to implement Sarnoff’s TakeCharge on-chip electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection solutions into their next-generation programmable products.

Renesas, IMEC to Research 45nm Reconfigurable RF Transceiver
Renesas Technology Corp., one of the world’s leading semiconductor system solutions providers for mobile, automotive and PC/AV (Audio Visual) markets, has entered into a strategic research collaboration with IMEC, Europe’s leading independent research center in the field of nanoelectronics, to perform research on 45nm RF transceivers targeting Gbit/s cognitive radios. To this end, Renesas has joined IMEC’s software-defined radio (SDR) front-end program.

Enea Acquires IP Devel
Enea® (Nordic Exchange/Small Cap/ENEA), a world leading provider of network software and services, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire IP Devel SRL. The acquisition of IP Devel provides Enea with a base on which to expand its European business and it also secures development capacity for its own products. IP Devel is specialized in embedded systems development and advanced test services. The company is profitable and has grown quickly since 2000.

SMIC, ASTRI Team on Dual Mode UWB MAC ASIC
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC — NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 0981.HK), one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world, and the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) jointly announced their partnership to provide the world’s first dual mode UWB MAC IC using SMIC’s 0.13um mix-mode CMOS technology.