News 2008.10.02 Late Edition

NXP Semiconductors Launches LPC2900 ARM Flash Microcontrollers
NXP Semiconductors announced the availability of the new LPC2900 series of microcontrollers based on the ARM968 core. At 125 MHz, the LPC2900 series are the fastest Flash ARM-based microcontrollers available on the market targeting industrial networking, alarm systems and motor control applications. Building on its existing LPC291x series, NXP offers seven new members with the LPC2900 microcontroller series, adding to the largest ARM Microcontroller portfolio in the market.

IPextreme, TI Offer cJTAG IEEE 1149.7 Test and Debug Webinar
IPextreme®, Inc. and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN) will hold a webinar on Thursday, October 9, 2008 on the first semiconductor IP solution to implement the new IEEE 1149.7 test and debug standard. The cJTAG – IEEE 1149.7 IP core was developed by TI and packaged, distributed and supported by IPextreme.

Corelis Plays Key Role in IEEE 1149.7, IEEE 1687, iNEMI Boundary Scan
Corelis announced that it is providing key support to several industry-wide efforts to advance industry-wide electronic circuit test technology and increase the adoption of boundary-scan methodology. Corelis is helping guide the IEEE 1149.7 and IEEE 1687 standards and is an active participant in International Electronics Manufacturers Initiative (iNEMI) Boundary Scan Adoption Project.

LFoundry Introduces PyCell Mixed-Signal Design Kit
Ciranova, Inc. and Silicon Foundry Holding, doing business as LFoundry, announced the development of a mixed-signal design kit for the company’s 0.15 micron modular CMOS process. The design kit includes interoperable PyCells[tm] built with Ciranova PyCell Studio, which can be used by OpenAccess tools from a variety of vendors.

Semiconductor Sales Grow to $22.7 Billion in August
Worldwide sales of semiconductors grew by 5.5 percent to $22.7 billion in August from August 2007 sales of $21.5 billion. Sales grew by 2.4 percent from July when sales were $22.2 billion. Year-to-date sales through August were $170.2 billion, an increase of 4.5 percent from the same period of 2007 when sales were $162.9 billion.

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Features Resistive Touchscreen
According to analysts at Strategy Analytics, Nokia has chosen to use resistive technology, rather than capacitive, in its 5800 XpressMusic (codenamed “Tube”) device which was launched today, bucking the trend of all recent high-profile touchscreen phones. Why? Several factors seem to be at play. While capacitive touchscreen technology offers better transparency, greater resolution and multi-touch capabilities compared with resistive, the price of adding a capacitive touchscreen to a device has remained stubbornly high.

Imsys Debuts IM3240 Application Specific Controller with Time Stamp Engine
For the introduction of femtocells in the telecom market the distribution of precise time and frequency is a key challenge for a mass deployment in the heterogeneous networks. The high cost for achieving the required accuracy has been a barrier for this emerging consumer market. The operator defined price target of USD 100 is easily upset by the cost of the clock reference technologies alone. New products based on IEEE 1588 technology, like the Imsys IM3240, intend to overcome this.