News – 2008.06.02

Microchip Rolls Out PIC18F13K50, PIC18F14K50 USB Microcontrollers
Microchip Technology Inc. announced a new family of 8-bit PIC microcontrollers (MCUs) for USB applications. The PIC18F13K50 and PIC18F14K50 (PIC18F1XK50) are the lowest-cost USB MCUs from Microchip and provide a host of features not normally found on inexpensive 8-bit MCUs-enabling the addition of embedded USB into a wide range of applications. The new devices are supported by Microchip’s free USB software stack and the free MPLAB IDE Integrated Development Environment.

Embedded Alley Announces Linux Support for Tensilica Processor Cores
Embedded Alley Solutions (EA Solutions) announced Tensilica® will utilize its unique Silicon Vendor Partner Program to provide embedded Linux support for the Diamond Standard and Xtensa configurable processor cores. As part of the strategic relationship between the two companies, Embedded Alley has designed a Platform Optimized Linux Solution (POLS) specifically designed to showcase the differentiating hardware features of Tensilica’s products.

Cypress Launches OvationONS II Programmable Laser Navigation SoC
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) announced its second generation laser navigation product family, which is the first to integrate a laser navigation sensor and programmable Flash based microcontroller on one die. The new OvationONS II Laser Navigation System-on-Chip features the superior surface tracking performance and low-power consumption of OptiCheck[tm] technology integrated with a programmable CPU, USB interface, and a highly-configurable power management unit.

Timesys Offers Embedded Linux Support for Tensilica Processor Cores
Timesys® Corporation, a premier provider of embedded Linux software solutions, and Tensilica,® Inc. announced a strategic alliance that will provide developers of innovative electronics products using Tensilica’s Xtensa® configurable and Diamond Standard processor cores with embedded Linux via Timesys’ LinuxLink. The LinuxLink web-based software subscription will be available in July 2008.

SiliconBlue Optimizes iCE FPGA Devices for Handheld Applications
SiliconBlue announced a new class of single-chip, ultra low-power FPGA devices that set a new industry standard for price, power and space along with unprecedented ASIC-like logic capacity for battery-powered, handheld consumer applications. Manufactured on TSMC’s 65nm LP (low-power) standard CMOS process, the new single-chip iCE[tm] family of FPGAs incorporate NVCM (Non-Volatile Configuration Memory) technology, eliminating external flash PROM costs while making it easy-to-use.

TimeSys, Embedded Alley Support Embedded Linux 2.6, GNU Tools
Tensilica, Inc. announced that Embedded Linux 2.6 and GNU tools based on GCC 4.2, both available at, is now backed by two well-respected Linux industry partners. Embedded Alley Solutions, Inc. of San Jose, CA, provides Platform Optimized Linux Solutions, Linux consulting services and training. Timesys, of Pittsburgh, PA, is providing subscriptions to LinuxLink for Tensilica customers to access embedded software, tools, documentation, and support and Timestorm.

TRANGO Virtual Processors Extends Virtualization to Symbian OS
TRANGO Virtual Processors announced it has partnered with Symbian to support the growing market for Symbian OS mobile phones, extending the benefits of virtualization to the Symbian ecosystem. Symbian develops and licenses Symbian OS, the market leading open operating system for mobile phones. Symbian OS is licensed by the world’s leading handset manufacturers, and to date, over 200 million Symbian devices have shipped to over 250 major network operators.

Microchip Offers Complete Family of USB Microcontrollers
Microchip Technology Inc. announced the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of 8-, 16- and 32-bit USB microcontrollers (MCUs) supported by a single integrated development environment — the free MPLAB® IDE. Building on its rich 8-bit USB PIC® MCU offerings, Microchip now offers the low-power 16-bit PIC24F USB family, which is pin, peripheral and software compatible with the new high-performance, 80 MHz, 32-bit PIC32 USB MCUs.

Partron PND, Mobile Handset Components Feature NemeriX GPS Solutions
NemeriX, a leading fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra low power, high-performance A-GPS solutions for GPS and location-based service (LBS) products, announced a partnership with Partron, a leading component manufacturer serving the mobile phone and PND markets, to incorporate NemeriX’s high-performance GPS solutions into Partron’s components.

Showa Denko Rolls Out 80 lm/W Ultrabright AlGaInP Red LED Chips
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has started commercial shipment of aluminum gallium indium phosphide (AlGaInP) ultrabright red LED chips with luminous efficiency of 80 lumen per watt. The luminous efficiency of the new product represents a 40% improvement over SDK’s existing grade and the highest level on the world market as of today to the best of our knowledge.

Carbon Model Studio Supports STARC Transaction Level Modeling Guidelines
Carbon Design Systems, supplier of tools for the automatic creation, validation and deployment of virtual hardware models, announced that Carbon Model Studio supports STARC Transaction Level Modeling Guidelines. This is the result of an extensive evaluation of Carbon Model Studio across a number of different designs. Carbon Model Studio is proved to reduce the development time by compiling register transfer level (RTL) code directly into cycle-level system models.

Logic, TI Announce Zoom Medical OMAP35x Development Kit, SOM
As the desire to offer consumers smaller, easier-to-use medical products grows, Logic and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) released a new development kit designed to quickly bring new medical products to market. The new Zoom[TM] Medical OMAP35x Development Kit and companion System on Modules (SOMs) use TI’s OMAP35x processor to provide developers with a cost-effective, compact way to design and produce medical, industrial and other embedded applications.

SIA Panel to Address the Future of Microelectronics
Scientists and engineers in the chip industry frequently talk about “red brick walls” – key problems or obstacles rooted in the laws of physics that are potential “showstoppers” for the continuous advances we have come to expect under Moore’s Law for more than 40 years. Ten years ago, products such as pocket-sized digital media players, GPS navigation systems, and portable medical diagnostic equipment would have been impossible.

CoFluent Design to Demonstrate at Validation Loop Solutions at DAC
CoFluent Design, an Electronic System Level (ESL) company focused on delivering model-based software solutions for early system architecture exploration and continuous ESL to implementation verification, is demonstrating a proven solution for closing the validation loop between ESL use cases and cycle-accurate test cases at the 45th Digital Automation Conference (DAC).

eSilicon to Discuss Value Chain Producer (VCP) Model at DAC
eSilicon Corporation will be discussing its pioneering Value Chain Producer (VCP) model for the semiconductor industry at the upcoming 45th annual Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Anaheim, California. Hugh Durdan, vice president of marketing for eSilicon, will be presenting in several of eSilicon’s partners’ exhibit areas throughout the show. He will discuss the benefits of eSilicon’s Value Chain Producer model for fabless semiconductor companies and system OEMs.