News 2008.09.21

Energid Technologies Launches Actin Robotics Toolkit 2.0
Energid Technologies Corporation announced a major upgrade to its popular software for controlling and simulating robots. Based on software developed for NASA, Actin 2.0(TM) will enable new robotic designs across industries and support development from conception through productization and fielding. The Actin 2.0 toolkit provides advanced algorithms and software for controlling even the most complex robots, including those with 100 or more degrees of freedom.

Wavecom Creates WMP120 ATEX Approved GSM/GPRS Wireless Microprocessor
The Wavecom Group (Paris:AVM) (NASDAQ:WVCM) announced the availability of the WMP120 Wireless Microprocessor®, the world’s first ATEX-approved GSM/GPRS solution for wireless machine-to-machine communication. The unique offering will greatly reduce time to market for developers and integrators of smart metering solutions and other devices operating in potentially explosive environments.

Kontron Announces CP6016 CompactPCI Processor Board
The new Kontron CP6016 processor board sets new performance-per-watt standards in the high-end 6U CompactPCI® class for rugged RASM (Reliability, Availability, Scalability, Manageability) applications. The latest Kontron CompactPCI® board excels over the previous 65nm Intel® Core[tm]2 Duo processor T7500-based board with up to 25 percent faster core speeds (2.53 GHz), 50 percent more L2 cache (6MB) and a 60 percent faster FSB (1066 MHz) with similar energy consumption.

AXIOMTEK Unveils MPC170-831-DC-FL Slim Medical Grade Panel Computer
AXIOMTEK’s MPC170-831-DC-FL is an ultra slim medical-grade panel computer with a 17-inch high brightness (420 nits) SXGA LCD. The MPC170-831-DC-FL is powered by a fanless Low Voltage Intel® Core[tm]2 Duo L7400 1.5G processor or Ultra Low Voltage Intel® Celeron® M 423 1.06G processor to minimize thermal emissions. Its fanless design and waterproof enclosure (front panel: IP65, whole enclosure: IPx1) allow this medical panel PC to operate reliably and quietly.

QNX Neutrino RTOS Supports Fujitsu Jade System-on-Chip
QNX Software Systems, the market leader in operating systems and middleware for in-car telematics, infotainment, and navigation systems, announced that the QNX Neutrino® RTOS now supports the Fujitsu Microelectronics Jade system-on-chip for automotive graphics applications. This support furthers QNX Software Systems’ ability to drive new advancements such as virtual instrument clusters, the automotive industry’s newest innovation for car interiors.

ABI Research Predicts Initial LTE Architecture to Picocells, Femtocells
It is likely that femtocells and picocells will form an integrated part of the initial rollouts of LTE (Long Term Evolution) networks, say analysts at ABI Research. These cellular mini-base stations, which offer improved wireless coverage indoors, have been generating considerable interest in mobile wireless markets and according to senior analyst Nadine Manjaro, LTE deployment is expected to boost shipments and revenues.

SMIC 2008 Technology Symposium Taking Place in Shanghai
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) (NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 0981.HK) held their eighth technology symposium in Shanghai on September 19. The seminar attracted more than 300 customers, design service providers, technology partners and vendors from around the world. “Partnering for Success” was the theme of this year’s symposium. SMIC President and CEO Dr. Richard Chang made the opening speech.

Fresco Microchip Adopts Analog FastSPICE, Noise Analysis Option
Berkeley Design Automation Inc., provider of Precision Circuit Analysis[tm] technology for advanced analog and RF integrated circuits (ICs), announced that Fresco Microchip Inc., a developer of leading-edge digital/analog broadcast TV receivers has adopted the company’s Analog FastSPICE[tm] circuit simulator and Noise Analysis Option[tm] device noise analyzer for verification of their nanometer-scale ICs.