News 2008.08.25

Express Logic Sponsors Microchip PIC32 Design Challenge
Express Logic, Inc., the worldwide leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), is sponsoring the Microchip PIC32 Design Challenge. The objective of this full-year, four-phase Design Challenge is to foster a social community where contestants can build, test, and display their designs, based on the PIC32 Starter Kit, to the community. A set of three judges, as well community member peers, will vote to see who survives each phase.

ISMI Manufacturing Symposium Reveals Second Keynote Speaker
International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) Manufacturing Week confirmed its second keynote speaker, Steve James, Manager of Texas Instruments (TI) DFAB wafer fab. Mr. James and Masakazu Kakumu, Vice President of System LSI division, Semiconductor Company, Toshiba Corporation will present keynote speeches at the 5th Annual Symposium, held Oct. 22-23 at the Hilton Austin Airport in Austin, Texas.

Lattice Semiconductor Unveils ispLEVER Classic v1.2 Design Tool Suite
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced the immediate availability of its ispLEVER® Classic version 1.2 design tool suite. The tool suite supports all Lattice SPLD, CPLD and select FPGA families. Lattice’s ispLEVER Classic tools now provide full production support for the recently released ultra low power ispMACH® 4000ZE CPLD family and also include user-friendly support for several innovative new silicon functions.

MobileRobots Sponsors RoboDevelopment Conference
Robotics Trends, a division of EH Publishing, Inc., announced that MobileRobots Inc has joined RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition 2008, the International Technical Design and Development Event for the Personal, Service and Mobile Robotics Industry, as Gold Sponsor. The 2nd Annual RoboDevelopment Conference & Exposition will be held November 18-19, 2008 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.

Linear Unveils LT3653 Voltage Pre-Regulator for Battery Charger Apps
Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT3653, a 1.2A, 1.5MHz monolithic current mode step-down switching regulator with a programmable output current limit. Typically, it is used with battery charger power path controllers to pre-regulate the output and optimize battery charger efficiency. Its wide operating input voltage of 7.5V to 30V makes the LT3653 ideal for a variety of input sources including unregulated 12V wall adapters, 24V industrial supplies and Firewire as well as automotive applications.

Gleichmann Announces 78K0R/KF3-C, 78K0R/KG3-C 16-bit Microcontrollers
NEC Electronics (Distribution: Gleichmann Electronics) has now presented its first four 16-bit All Flash microcontrollers with integrated consumer electronics control (CEC) unit and remote control receiver unit. CEC enables via a High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), the interdependent control of digital televisions, DVD recorders and other devices via a single cable connection.