News 2008.08.11

Netrino Institute Reveals Schedule for Embedded Systems Courses
Netrino, The Embedded Systems Experts[SM] and a leader in embedded systems education and engineering services, announced a comprehensive Fall schedule of Netrino Institute training courses. These new courses have been designed by Michael Barr – Netrino’s President and a widely-published authority on embedded systems design – with the goal of providing embedded software engineers with a new and updated set of compelling engineering practices that will reduce software bugs.

Renesas Technology to Hold Developers Conference
Renesas Technology America, Inc. announced that the company will hold its first developers’ conference in San Diego, California from October 13-15, 2008. The technology event showcases Renesas’ most advanced embedded solutions centered on microcontrollers (MCUs) and microprocessors (MPUs), and also offers many useful design tips and techniques in a combination of lectures and hands-on labs. Online registration is now open. The cost to attend the event is $985 ($699 if purchased early).

MIPS Creates First 40nm and First USB Certified 1.8v 45nm USB PHY IP Cores
MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NasdaqGS: MIPS) introduced the industry’s first 40nm USB PHY IP core and first USB-certified 1.8v 45nm USB PHY IP core. These cores enable developers to quickly and confidently integrate USB functionality into their advanced SoCs for a vast number of consumer applications. A leading cellular communications chipset provider will be first to go into production with an SoC that integrates MIPS Technologies’ silicon-proven 1.8v 45nm PHY.

Vitesse Announces VSC3441 6.375G SerDes Transceiver Device
Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (Pink Sheets: VTSS) announced the VSC3441, the industry’s first, multi-protocol, 6.375 Gigabit per second (Gbps) multi-rate Serialization/De-serialization (SerDes) transceiver device. As the most advanced, high-speed SerDes solution available today, Vitesse’s VSC3441 device is well suited for next-generation backplanes and communication equipment running multiple protocols.

Actel Announces Military-Qualified ProASIC3, ProASIC3EL Flash FPGAs
Actel Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTL) announced it has added new ProASIC®3 and ProASIC®3EL FPGAs to its military-qualified product offerings. Verified to operate across the full military temperature range (-55°C to +125°C) and ranging in density from 600,000 to 3-million system gates, the new low-power devices are immune to neutron-induced configuration upsets (“firm errors”), saving board space and minimizing complexity in the system.

Xilinx Debuts Embedded Development HW/SW Kit for PowerPC, MicroBlaze
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) announced the immediate availability of a powerful new development kit for building embedded processing systems based on PowerPC(R) 440 and MicroBlaze(TM) processors. Built around the Virtex(R)-5 FXT FPGA system integration platform, the new development kit enables both hardware and software designers to quickly architect, develop and debug a wide range of processing applications targeting communications, military, aerospace and many others markets.

Bel Power Selects Microchip MCP6291 Op Amp, PIC12F675 PIC Microcontroller
Microchip Technology Inc. [NASDAQ: MCHP] announced that Bel Power Inc. has selected its MCP6291 low-power, high-bandwidth operational amplifier (op amp) and PIC12F675 microcontroller (MCU) for its next-generation Power over Ethernet (PoE) half-brick DC-to-DC converter. The op amp is part of the current-sensing circuit in the converter; while the 8-bit PIC® MCU provides system monitoring, fault detection and correction, and automated functions.

Pixellexis to Create RedBrix Video Processing System with Ambric MPPA
Ambric® has selected Pixellexis Systems & Technologies as a strategic partner for development of an ISO/IEC 15444-compliant JPEG2K codec. Pixellexis is developing a leading-edge video processing system, the RedBrix[tm], which is based on Ambric’s revolutionary Am2045[tm] silicon and software. Within the RedBrix system are four RedCards[tm], each employing 336 DSP and RISC processors for a total of 1,344 processors per system.

XLoom Selects Altera Stratix II GX FPGA Signal Integrity Development Kit
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) announced XLoom Communications is leveraging its Stratix® II GX FPGA signal integrity development kit to provide a unique bit error rate (BER) testing environment. Altera’s FPGA-based development board enables XLoom to test its chip-scale optoelectronic interconnect modules more cost-effectively compared to traditional BER testing equipment. This unique testing environment provides a closer representation of actual customer conditions.