News 2008.06.26

MSC Vertriebs Introduces CXB-PM915 COM Express Platform
MSC Vertriebs GmbH presents its new, low-end starter version COM Express platform, CXB-PM915, with Intel Celeron M and Pentium M processors. The module built with the low power Intel Celeron M ULV processor at 600 MHz features power consumption of 8 W typical and therefore, only requires a passive cooling. Low power consumption was also taken into consideration with the higher frequency versions built around Intel Celeron M ULV 1.0 GHz and Pentium M LV 1.4 GHz.

IR Debuts IRS233x 3-Phase Gate Driver IC for Motor Drive Applications
International Rectifier, IR (NYSE:IRF), introduced the IRS233x(D) family of three-phase gate driver ICs for low-, mid-, and high-voltage motor drive applications including permanent magnet (PM) motor drives for air conditioners, washing machines, pumps and fans, and micro, mini and general purpose inverter drives.

Linear Unveils LTC4009 4A Multi-Cell, Multi-Chemistry Battery Charger
Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC4009, a fast-charge 4A capable, high efficiency switchmode battery charger controller for multiple battery chemistries which minimizes power dissipation without compromising board space. The LTC4009 supports Li-Ion/Polymer, NiMH, NiCd and sealed lead acid battery chemistries in multi-cell configurations. AC adapter current limiting maximizes the charge rate for a given fixed input power level.

ARC Packs Multimedia Codecs into Annually Licensable Libraries
ARC International (LSE:ARK) has launched a new, innovative licensing model for its industry leading multimedia software libraries (codecs). ARC’s extensive portfolio of audio, video and imaging codecs are now packaged into annually licensable libraries. This helps simplify the planning of chip companies, allowing them to better meet the constantly changing requirements of evolving consumer electronics devices.

Mentor Graphics Improves inFact Intelligent Testbench Automation Tool
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced availability of an enhancement to inFact[TM], Mentor’s award-winning intelligent testbench automation tool. The latest version of the inFact tool now enables large simulations to be automatically distributed across up to 1000 CPUs, extending non-redundant sequence generation to entire simulation server farms.

Linux Phone Standards Forum Merges with LiMo Foundation
The Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum announced that its activities and membership will be folded into LiMo Foundation as of July, 2008. This pooling of efforts and resources reflects the industry-wide trend towards unification of Linux-based mobile telephony platforms and will serve to accelerate the emergence of common mobile Linux specifications and implementations.

Mentor Graphics Publishes BGA Routing Book
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced the publication of a new book written by Charles Pfeil, engineering director of Mentor’s Systems Design Division, entitled “BGA Breakouts and Routing, Effective Design Methods for Very Large BGA.” This publication, rich in technological expertise, explores the impact of dense ball-grid array (BGA) packages with high pin-count on PCB (printed circuit board) design, and provides solutions for inherent design challenges.

Marvell Tapes Out with ProDesign CHIPit ASIC Prototyping System
ProDesign announced that Marvell Semiconductor’s Printer Division has successfully integrated the CHIPit prototyping flow. Marvell has successfully taped out a next-generation printer design using CHIPit in addition to other software verification tools utilized by Marvell, resulting in first-time-right silicon.

Mistral Announces AdaCore GNAT Pro Ada Development Environment
Mistral Solutions Pvt. Ltd. has announced the availability of the GNAT Pro solution from AdaCore, leading provider of commercial, open software solutions for Ada. Used by industry and government customers worldwide in mission-critical software products ranging from small-footprint real-time embedded applications to large-scale information management systems, the GNAT Pro is a robust and flexible Ada development environment.