News 2008.11.03

TI Debuts TMS570F Dual Core, Floating Point Automotive Microcontroller
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced the TMS570F microcontroller (MCU), the industry’s first ARM® Cortex[tm]-R4F processor-based floating point, lock step dual-core automotive MCU. Based on two Cortex-R4F processors, the TMS570F MCUs were designed specifically for applications required to meet the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61508 SIL3 or ISO26262 ASIL D safety standards.

Freescale Unveils MMA7455L, MMA7456L 3-axis Digital Accelerometers
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced two advanced 3-axis digital accelerometers to help mobile device developers meet the demand for sleeker, more sophisticated portable electronics products. Based on Freescale’s proven micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) technology, the MMA7455L and MMA7456L accelerometers enable low power consumption and motion sensing within a small form factor, making them ideal for cell phones and portable media players.

Conexant, Xceive Develop PCTV Reference Designs
Conexant Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNXT) and Xceive Corporation announced the availability of four jointly developed “PCTV” reference designs for worldwide markets. PCTV applications enable consumers to watch broadcast television programs on their personal computers. The new reference designs feature Conexant’s advanced broadcast audio/video (A/V) decoders and Xceive’s highly integrated silicon tuner. The new solutions are offered with either a universal serial bus (USB) or PCI Express® (PCI-e) interface.

SENA Technologies Rolls Out Parani-SD1000 Bluetooth Serial Adapter
SENA Technologies, Inc. (SENA) announces the release of new Bluetooth serial adapter, Parani-SD1000. Parani-SD1000 is the latest release of the popular Parani-SD series Bluetooth-Serial adapter products from SENA, which have been widely used to build wireless M2M (Machine-to-Machine) communication environment. Parani-SD1000 is an ideal solution to replace wired serial cabling system by using wireless Bluetooth technology.

IDT Introduces PCI Express Timing Solutions
IDT® (Integrated Device Technology, Inc.)(NASDAQ:IDTI) extends its position as a timing leader with the introduction of PCI Express® (PCIe®) timing solutions, including fan-out buffers, zero-delay buffers, clocks and jitter attenuators — all PCIe specification 1.0 (Gen1) and/or 2.0 (Gen2) compliant. Designed for demanding applications in server, storage, communications and consumer markets, the IDT PCIe devices include all timing-based products needed to design and manufacture top-of-the-line PCIe-based products.

IPextreme, Texas Instruments Offer cJTAG – IEEE 1149.7 Webinar
IPextreme®, Inc. and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) will hold a webinar on Tuesday, November 11, 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 and distributed and supported by IPextreme.

Altera Announces Quartus II Software 8.1
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) unveiled Quartus® II software version 8.1. This latest release of Quartus II software continues the company’s history of delivering high-density FPGA compile times three times faster than other FPGA-vendor supplied development software, based on internal benchmarks. The enhanced productivity features within Quartus II software enable design teams to close timing and power faster, lower R&D costs and shorten time to market.

Laird Announces LI0201 EIA 0201 Ferrite Chip Beads
Laird Technologies, Inc. announced its new line of EIA 0201 Ferrite Chip Beads that extends the existing 0402 to 3312 surface-mounted monolithic EMI suppression product families. The LI0201 chip beads’ smaller, miniature foot-print make them ideal for advanced handheld electronic devices such as cellular phones, Bluetooth® handsets, PDAs, GPS, MP3 players, digital camcorders, and digital cameras.

Renesas, NXP Expands MIFARE Contactless Licensing Agreement
NXP and Renesas Technology Corp. announced that they have expanded the licensing agreement on NXP’s MIFARE[tm] technology. This agreement is aiming to build momentum for the availability of advanced payment and Near Field Communication (NFC) offerings in contactless infrastructures. Renesas now has further access to NXP’s entire MIFARE family. MIFARE is the most widespread contactless technology worldwide, providing superior levels of performance, flexibility and security.

Northrop Upgrades B-2 Stealth Bomber Simulator with Independence 3500
Quantum3D, Inc. announced that Northrop Grumman Corporation has upgraded the image generator in its Pilot Evaluation Simulator(PES) for the B-2 stealth bomber. Northrop Grumman is leveraging Quantum3D’s Independence 3500 solution, an upgrade from its previous installation of the Independence 2500 in early-2005. Quantum3D’s Independence will be available at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) 2008, booth 1501.