News 2008.11.11

Freescale Unveils MPC5668G Microcontroller for Automotive Gateways
Freescale Semiconductor is helping to address this networking design challenge by introducing the industry’s most powerful 32-bit automotive microcontroller (MCU) designed for in-vehicle gateway modules. Freescale’s new MPC5668G MCU offers unparalleled performance and single-chip integration to help automotive developers reduce the cost and design complexity of connecting in-vehicle networks together at a single point.

Microchip Develops mTouch Inductive Touch-Sensing Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. announced the general availability of the mTouch[tm] Inductive Touch-Sensing Technology, as an addition to its capacitive touch-sensing solutions. Inductive touch sensing’s fundamental operating principles enable it to work through a front panel such as plastic, stainless steel or aluminum. The technology also works through gloves and on surfaces that contain liquids.

Rabbit Releases MiniCore Ultra Compact Networking Module Family
Rabbit released the MiniCore series of easy to use ultra compact, low profile, low-cost networking modules. Available in pin-compatible wired and Wi-Fi versions, the MiniCore series is optimized for real-time control, communications and networking applications such as energy management and intelligent building automation. Smaller than a packet of sugar, it offers users extreme flexibility to easily place wired or wireless network connectivity anywhere on a mother board.

Microchip Technology Rolls Out PICkit 3 Debug Express Kit
Microchip Technology Inc. announced the PICkit[tm] 3 Debug Express kit (Part # DV164131). The PICkit 3 debug express works with 8- and 16-bit PIC® microcontrollers (MCUs) and dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs), and will support 32-bit PIC MCUs at a later date. Support for new PIC MCUs and DSCs, as well as the PIC32 MCUs, will be available as free firmware upgrades in future releases of the MPLAB IDE.

Freescale Develops Inertial Sensors for Automotive Airbag Systems
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced a family of inertial sensors designed to enhance the performance, sensitivity and reliability of next-generation automotive airbag systems. Freescale’s new medium- and high-acceleration (medium-g and high-g) accelerometers are engineered to detect a crash by measuring the abrupt deceleration of a vehicle and then triggering airbag deployment.

Microchip Introduces Delta-Sigma Analog-to-Digital Converters
Microchip Technology Inc. announced a new series of low-power, high-resolution Delta-Sigma Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs). The MCP3422, MCP3423 and MCP3424 (MCP3422/3/4) ADCs provide 18-bits of resolution and consume only 135 micro Amperes at 3V continuous conversion. The multi-channel devices have an integrated voltage reference, Programmable Gain Amplifier (PGA) and oscillator onboard, and are available in packages as small as a 2 mm x 3 mm DFN.

Tensilica Announces RealVideo Codec for 388VDO Video Engine
Tensilica®, Inc. announced that it has ported the RealVideo codec from RealNetworks®, Inc. (RNWK) to the 388VDO Video Engine, increasing the versatility of this popular video chip subsystem. The RealVideo codec expands the applicability of Tensilica’s 388VDO video processor to products that efficiently display Internet content on everything from mobile devices to extended standard definition DTV.

Digi Introduces XBee-PRO 868 MHz Wireless Modules, Device Adapters
Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) introduced XBee-PRO® 868 embeddable RF modules and standalone device adapters, powerful XBee products that provide up to 40 kilometers of RF line-of-sight (LOS) transmission. The products are ideal for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications in challenging terrain or long-range environments such as remote sensor networks, building automation applications, Automatic Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.

Laird Technologies Introduces LT2510 Proprietary RF Modules
Laird Technologies, Inc. announced a new range of proprietary RF modules, providing a new standard of performance for 2.4GHz radios. Laird Technologies’ LT2510 is a fifth generation 2.4GHz FHSS module that sets the standard for industrial RF communication. Based on its established proprietary FlexRF[tm] technology and operating in the globally available 2.4GHz spectrum, the LT2510 is optimized to outperform conventional wireless standards.

Xilinx Unveils Automotive Optical Flow for Driver Assistance Systems
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) debuted its Xilinx(R) Automotive (XA) Optical Flow solution for vision-based driver assistance (DA) systems. This field programmable gate array (FPGA) implementation integrates high-performance image processing capabilities from Digital Design Corporation (DDC) into a cost-effective, programmable platform that can be customized to support a variety of advanced applications, including pedestrian detection, collision warning, sign recognition, blind spot detection, back-up and parking aid.

Laird Technologies Announces WLM400 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Module
Laird Technologies, Inc. announced a new 802.11 wireless module aimed at streaming video and high data rate applications. Laird Technologies’ WLM400 802.11b/g Wireless LAN module brings a new level of performance to embedded designers wanting to take advantage of the high data rates available from Wi-Fi networks. It overcomes the compromises of other modules.

siXis Launches SX1000 Reconfigurable Computing Platform
siXis, Inc. introduced its first product, the SX1000 Reconfigurable Computing Platform. The SX1000, based on field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology, provides desktop supercomputing power and is modular and extremely scalable. Utilizing SiCB technology, the SX1000 is significantly smaller, provides higher performance, uses less power and generates less heat than any other high performance reconfigurable computing system available today.

Programmierbare Logik Rolls Out Universal Debug Engine 2.4.12
pls Programmierbare Logik & Systeme presents the Universal Debug Engine (UDE) 2.4.12., which enables program trace via the Nexus interface. This function is currently available – in combination with the Universal Access Device 2+ from pls – for the Power Architecture[tm] derivatives MPC55xx and MPC56xx from Freescale as well as SPC56xx from STMicroelectronics.

National Instruments Debuts NI FlexRIO Product Family for PXI Test
National Instruments introduced a new family of open, FPGA-based hardware for the PXI platform. The NI FlexRIO product family is the industry’s first commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution to provide engineers with the flexibility of NI LabVIEW FPGA technology combined with high-speed, instrument-class I/O. With NI FlexRIO, engineers can add custom signal processing algorithms to their PXI-based field-programmable gate array (FPGA) hardware.

Xilinx, Eutecus to Showcase Programmable Embedded Video Analytics Suite
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) Eutecus, Inc will demonstrate the industry’s first full video analytics suite on a single field programmable gate array (FPGA) at Electronica 2008. The analytics suite leverages the digital signal processing capabilities of the Xilinx(R) Spartan(R)-3A DSP FPGA platform and a Multi-core Video Analytics Engine (MVE(TM)) from Eutecus.