News 2008.10.07 Late Edition

AXIOMTEK Rolls Out IMB202 Intel Q35 Industrial Motherboard
AXIOMTEK’s IMB202, an ATX industrial motherboard, is powered by a LGA775 Intel® Core[tm]2 Quad processor with a 800/1066/1333MHz front side bus, and supports the Intel® Q35 and ICH9DO chipsets. Incorporating the latest quad-core processing technology, the IMB202 provides immediate CPU performance scale up. Four 240-pin DDR2 DIMM sockets on the IMB202 have a maximum memory capacity of 8GB. The motherboard also features excellent graphics performance with the integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 and a PCI Express x16 slot.

Freescale Debuts Third-Generation eXtreme Switch for Automotive Lighting
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced the third generation of its award-winning eXtreme Switch portfolio with four high-side power switches – the first devices in the portfolio tailored for automotive lighting applications. The switches’ unique features, including the ability to drive high-intensity discharge (HID) xenon, halogen and light-emitting diode (LED) light sources with a single device, are engineered to allow automakers to improve lighting efficiency, extend bulb life and reduce bill of material costs.

32-Bit Microcontroller to Dominate Automotive MCU Market
The Strategy Analytics Automotive Electronics service report, “Automotive Microcontrollers: Market Demand and Product Directions,” forecasts that 32-bit devices by 2015 will account for 58% of the $7.6 billion automotive microcontroller (MCU) market. The total automotive MCU is presently worth in the region of $5.5 billion per year. Strategy Analytics research shows that Freescale, Renesas Technology, and NEC Electronics are the top 3 MCU suppliers to the automotive industry with a combined share of 60%.

RoboDevelopment Conference Features Birds-of-a-Feather Discussions
Robotics Trends announced the addition of new “Birds-of-a-Feather” Discussions to the 2008 RoboDevelopment conference program. RoboDevelopment Conference & Exposition, the international technical design and development event for personal, service and mobile robotics industry, will be held November 18-19, 2008 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.

Cadence, ARM Team on Hardware/Software Co-verification Environment
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNS) announced at the ARM Developers’ Conference the availability of an ARM hardware/software co-verification environment that accelerates the system validation process and provides mutual customers with a faster path to first silicon working with early software. ARM designers have adopted the Cadence® Incisive® Palladium® III acceleration/emulation system for its advanced processor development, using it for both in-circuit emulation and transaction-based acceleration.

IAR Systems Introduces KickStart Kit for NXP LPC2478
IAR Systems has announced the launch of the IAR KickStart Kit[TM] for NXP LPC2478, a complete development kit that provides a design platform with a touch screen display for multi-interface communication applications featuring Ethernet and USB device and host. The new development kit is ideal for industrial, medical, point-of-sales and other connected applications, and contains all the necessary hardware and software to allow the developer to design, develop, integrate and test new applications.

Verification Now 2008 Global Seminars Feature How To Program
The Verification Now 2008 global seminar program, set to launch on October 14 and run through November 3, will provide design and verification engineers with technical “how to” information that addresses key points of pain in today’s verification methodologies. The technical content of the program has been developed by independent third-party verification experts, Verilab, Inc.

INTEC Embeds First Functional Optical Links in Flexible Substrate
IMEC’s associated laboratory at the Ghent University, INTEC, has made the first functional optical links embedded in a flexible substrate. The links include optical waveguides, light sources, and detectors. With this technique, it becomes possible to make foils that sense changes in pressure. Such sensing, skin-like foils could be used for monitoring irregular or moving surfaces, e.g. in robots, pliable machinery, or as an artificial skin.