News 2008.12.11

NEC Introduces 8-bit Microcontrollers for Lighting Applications
NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723) this month began shipment of 14 new 8-bit All Flash® MCUs for energy-efficient lighting applications. Designed specifically for fluorescent and LED lighting devices requiring low cost, high efficiency and intelligent control, NEC Electronics’ extremely low-power-consuming 78K0/Ix2 devices stand apart from the competition. The 14-device lineup includes 78K0/IY2 MCUs in 16-pin packages, 78K0/IA2 MCUs in 20-pin packages and 78K0/IB2 MCUs in 30-pin packages.

Cadence Launches Virtuoso Accelerated Parallel Simulator for Circuits
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) announced the availability of Cadence® Virtuoso® Accelerated Parallel Simulator (APS), its next-generation circuit simulator, with the full accuracy of the industry reference Virtuoso Spectre® Circuit Simulator, developed to solve the largest and most complex analog and mixed-signal designs across all process nodes.

GE Fanuc Debut DDR-300 Digital Data Recorder, DSC-300 Signal Conditioner
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms announced the DDR-300 digital data recorder and the DSC-300 signal conditioner. Both are specifically designed for use in harsh environments that are subject to extremes of heat, vibration and shock (the DDR-300 meets the MIL-STD-810F standard), conditions which prohibit the use of conventional rackmount units. The DDR-300 and DSC-300 are rugged, compact and lightweight, allowing them to be field-deployed in space-constrained and weight-constrained environments.

NEC Unveils IMAPCAR2 Image Processors for Automotive Safety Systems
Demonstrating its commitment to helping automobile manufacturers easily implement safety mechanisms and collision-prevention systems, NEC Electronics Corporation and NEC Corporation introduced the IMAPCAR2® image processors, which are available in four different configurations to meet a variety of customer requirements and provide the best cost/performance ratio.

LG Chem, ST Team on Li-ion Battery Pack for Hybrid Electric Vehicles
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) and LG Chem have unveiled details of a new automotive battery pack that significantly extends the potential of electric and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), reducing both petrol consumption and CO2 emissions. The new battery pack combines LG Chem’s lithium ion (Li-ion) battery technology and with a state-of-the-art battery management chip manufactured by ST.

Mentor Announces Olympus-SoC Place-and-Route for TSMC 40nm Process
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced the qualification and immediate availability of its Olympus-SoC[tm] place-and-route system for chip designs targeting TSMC’s 40nm process. These include the efficient 40nm (LP) process for handheld and wireless devices, and the 40nm General Purpose (G) for performance-oriented CPU, GPU, game consoles and networking devices.

Tanner Tools Pro, HiPer Silicon Support Linux
Tanner EDA®, the world leader in PC-based analog and mixed-signal (AMS) circuit design tools, announced that the company now supports Linux® as well as the Windows® platform with its affordable, interoperable and easy to use electronic design software. Tanner Tools Pro[tm] and HiPer Silicon[tm], Tanner EDA’s popular AMS and MEMS design software suites, are now available for the Linux platform.