News – 2008.05.05

Mercury Computer Debuts PowerBlock 50 Ultra Compact Embedded System
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), a leading provider of specialized, high-performance computing solutions for complex applications, unveiled its smallest embedded system at an exclusive event in conjunction with the Critical Embedded Systems (CES) MediaFest 2008, which commences at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas in Scottsdale, AZ.

GE Fanuc Rolls Out VPXcel3 SBC320 3U VPX Single Board Computer
Reinforcing the company’s position as the leader in VPX, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, announced at Critical Embedded Systems (Phoenix, AZ – May 4-6) the VPXcel3 SBC320 – the first 3U VPX single board computer to feature Core(tm)2 Duo processing technology combined with a server class memory controller. Available in five air- and conduction-cooled ruggedization levels, the SBC320 is designed for demanding space-constrained embedded computing applications.

Microchip Unveils UNI/O Serial EEPROM Family with Single I/O Bus
Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced a new 10-member family of serial EEPROM devices with a single I/O bus interface. The devices are based upon Microchip’s patented UNI/O(tm) memory-device protocol (refer to USPTO patent number 7,376,020; to be issued on May 20, 2008). The 11XX010, 11XX020, 11XX040, 11XX080 and 11XX160 are the first single I/O EEPROM devices that can support any data rate from 10 kHz to 100 kHz.

AdvancedIO Systems Introduces V1120 Rugged Dual Channel 10-GbE XMC
AdvancedIO® Systems, the leading provider of configurable 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) connectivity for real-time embedded systems, announced the V1120, a dual-channel 10-GbE and the first member of the V1100 family, the industry’s first conduction-cooled XMC products for 10GbE connectivity and packet processing. The V1100 family of rugged 10GbE modules address emerging requirements for open-standard, extremely high-bandwidth networking and point-to-point connectivity.

Quantum3D Debuts Sentiris 5140 Graphics Accelerator XMC Mezzanine Card
Quantum3D, Inc., a leading provider of Commercial off-the-Shelf (COTS), real-time visual computing solutions, introduced the Sentiris 5140 XMC mezzanine card. This product is the newest member of the Sentiris family of COTS graphics modules, which is designed for use in general computing applications as well as air, ground and maritime vehicles.

Pentek Introduces Model 7151 Highest-Density Software Radio PMC
Pentek, Inc., with its proven track record as a pioneer in software radio innovation, introduced its Model 7151 high-performance, high-resolution software radio module. Four 200 MHz 16-bit A/D converters feed a proprietary FPGA IP core that delivers 256 channels of digital down conversion. Particularly well suited for GSM cell-phone monitoring and signal-intelligence applications, Model 7151 leads the industry with the best resolution and highest channel density in the market.

VMETRO Selects Tundra Tsi578 Serial RapidIO Switch
Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX: TUN), a leader in System Interconnect, announces that VMETRO, a leader in embedded computing solutions, has selected Tundra’s Tsi578(tm) Serial RapidIO® Switch for its new Quad-Core Processing Engine and Single Board Computer. VMETRO recently launched two new 6U VPX-REDI offerings, which use the Tsi578 for large-scale DSP aggregation and also Tundra’s Tsi148(tm) VME Bridge, the highest bandwidth VMEbus bridge available today.

Stratix III FPGAs Support Serial Gigabit Media Independent Interface
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) announced its Stratix® III FPGAs support Serial Gigabit Media Independent Interface (SGMII) on its LVDS I/Os. Offering interface speeds of 1.25 Gbps and meeting SGMII’s stringent jitter performance requirements, Stratix III LVDS I/Os support triple-speed Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps) interfaces without transceivers. Stratix III FPGAs are the industry’s first programmable logic devices able to support Gigabit Ethernet SGMII on LVDS pins.

Microchip Introduces MPLAB Starter Kit for Serial Memory Products
Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the MPLAB® Starter Kit for Serial Memory Products (Part # DV243003). Featuring a compact design, the high-speed, easy-to-use kit supports all of Microchip’s serial EEPROM devices, including the new UNI/O(tm) family. The single-board kit obtains power from the USB port on a PC or laptop and runs under the familiar MPLAB Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

Lattice Semiconductor Announces ispLEVER 7.1 FPGA Design Tool Suite
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced the immediate availability of its ispLEVER 7.1 FPGA design tool suite. The new tool release delivers a number of new functional and performance-enhancing features, including the industry’s first dedicated FPGA Simultaneous Switching Output (SSO) Analyzer. The SSO Analyzer enables FPGA designers to actively analyze and optimize I/O pin placement and output switching characteristics to minimize undesirable noise.

RedMere Selects Sarnoff TakeCharge 8kV-HBM ESD Protection Solution
Sarnoff Europe and RedMere Technology announced the successful implementation of Sarnoff’s on-chip electro-static discharge (ESD) protection solution in RedMere’s signal processing technology targeted at high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) applications. RedMere Technology, a leading innovator of semiconductor solutions for ultra low power interconnect solutions for consumer multimedia and computing applications, engaged Sarnoff Europe for a TakeCharge Design Kit.

QinetiQ Selects RF Engines for 3D Imaging LIDAR System
RF Engines Ltd (RFEL), the specialists in digital signal processing for FPGA, have recently completed the design and supply of prototype hardware and firmware for a novel QinetiQ 3D imaging LIDAR system. LIDAR is an acronym for Light Detection and Ranging, and is an optical technique for measuring distance, speed, movement and other parameters of a distant object.