News – 2008.05.01

IXYS Develops XPT IGBT Technology for Power, Motor Control
IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ:IXYS) introduces the XPT IGBT, IXYS’ latest generation of short-circuit rated high voltage IGBTs with fast switching and low conduction losses. This IGBT family was developed in IXYS’ internal fabs using advanced processing and design technologies. These XPT IGBTs are designed for parallel operation, thereby enabling high power module design and scaling up the power capability with the use of multi-discrete devices.

Capella CM3612 Light Sensor Chip Extends Portable Battery Life
Capella Microsystems, Inc. announced the industry’s first proximity and ambient light sensor chip. The CM3612 extends battery life in touch-screen products such as iPhones, and other portable products such as cell phones, notebook computers and digital cameras. The chip contains an infrared light proximity sensor and related circuitry that detects when screens on portable products are not being viewed and thereby enables these products to automatically turn off their screens.

MontaVista Announces Linux CGE for P.A. Semi PWRficient Processor
MontaVista® Software, Inc., the leader in embedded Linux® commercialization, announced the immediate availability of MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition (CGE) for the dual-core PA6T-1682M PWRficient(tm) processor from P.A. Semi, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company delivering high-performance, low-power processors. MontaVista CGE is the carrier grade Linux operating system used by 7 of the top 8 network equipment providers (NEPs).

Newark Reduces Deliver Time of Elpac Power Supplies to 2 Weeks
Leading multi-channel electronics distributor Newark, part of the global Premier Farnell Group, announces a new capability to deliver Elpac power supplies with custom connectors within 2 weeks, rather than the 10+ week industry standard. Further, the minimum order for custom power supplies can typically be 1,000 or more, while Newark only requires that 10 be purchased.

Agilent Announces E4360 Modular Solar Array Simulator
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) introduced a modular solar array simulator that offers the most power (up to 1200W) in the smallest package (2U high). Designed for customers testing a satellite’s power system, the Agilent E4360 solar array simulator allows R&D engineers, manufacturing engineers and system integrators to accurately simulate the I-V curve of a solar panel’s array under various environmental conditions.

Fenix-DA Integrates Verific VHDL, Verilog Analyzers with Crossfire
Verific Design Automation said that Fenix-DA, developer of a new class of electronic design automation (EDA) tools aimed at quality assurance of integrated circuit (IC) design flows, has integrated Verific’s VHDL and Verilog analyzers with Crossfire. Crossfire checks various views and formats of standard-cell libraries in an IC design-flow and validates that they all are alike. While Crossfire supported Verilog, it didn’t support VHDL.

Sentilla to Showcase Perk Kit at JavaOne Conference 2008
Sentilla leverages the power of Java technology to create the world’s smallest Java computers, by unveiling the Sentilla Perk Kit, recently named “Show Device” for the 2008 JavaOne Conference. The Perk Kit is an all-in-one Pervasive Computing Kit for Java developers to create applications for tiny wireless computers about the size of a dime, and specifically engineered for applications with very low power requirements, networked operations and large-scale remote deployments.

Cambridge Design Partnership Selects SolidWorks for Satmap Active 10
When Cambridge Design Partnership started development on the “Satmap Active 10″ sports navigation system, computer aided 3D modelling was key to their design strategy and their success. Supported by Innova Systems, Cambridge Design Partnership used the SolidWorks design tools as a powerful tool for communication between their engineers, clients, investors and retailers, ensuring that the product went to market at the right price and with all the right features.

Newcastle Researches Nanoparticle Synthesis with Dolomite Microfluidics
Dolomite have announced that they have been working with Newcastle University as part of a project to explore the application of microfluidics for the synthesis of nanoparticles for use in biochemistry. Microfluidics, often called lab-on-a-chip, is an exciting new field of science and engineering that enables very small-scale fluid control and analysis, allowing instrument manufacturers to develop smaller, more cost-effective and more powerful systems.