News 2008.12.21

Portwell Introduces PEM-E200VLA, PCOM-B214VG Embedded System Boards
American Portwell Technology, Inc. has expanded its portfolio of embedded system boards based on Intel’s low power Atom(tm) processor with the addition of the PEM-E200VLA (ETX) and PCOM-B214VG (Type II COM Express Module). American Portwell Technology’s new PEM-E200VLA and PCOM-B214VG embedded system boards take full advantage of the low-power and high performance-per-watt features of Intel’s Atom N270 processor with 945GSE and ICH7-M chipset.

Innovasic Module Evaluation Kit for fido 1100 Communication Controller
Innovasic Semiconductor announced Module Evaluation Kits are shipping for the fido®1100 Communication Controller with a complete EtherNet/IP[tm] solution. The kit contains a Dual Real-Time Ethernet (DRTE) module, baseboard, software, reference design, and all the cables required to evaluate the EtherNet/IP solution right out of the box.

KPMG Semiconductor Study Reveals Big Decline in Profitability in 2009
As economic conditions and consumer spending continue to deteriorate, semiconductor executives offer views on 2009 revenue growth that continue to turn more pessimistic, and anticipate a steep decline in profitability over the next 12 to 18 months, according to a recent global survey of semiconductor company executives conducted by KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm. In addition, the majority of executives see R&D and CapEx investment decreasing significantly next year, and see significant workforce contraction in a period where the need for critical workforce skills is high.

IPextreme IP Cores Support Mentor Graphics Precision Synthesis FPGA Tool
IPextreme®, Inc. has validated its Multi-CAN Controller, its CJTAG-IEEE1149.7 IP cores and its 32-bit Power Architecture e200, V1 ColdFire, V2 ColdFire, 16-bit CR16CP and 8-bit HCS08 processor cores for use with Mentor Graphics Precision® Synthesis flow. Designers can now use the advanced features of Precision Synthesis to quickly and easily achieve superior results when integrating IPextreme cores into FPGAs.

Cloverleaf Integration Suite Features Dual Birdstep Database Solutions
Birdstep Technology, Inc. (OSE: BIRD) announced that Healthvision, a leading provider of healthcare specific software and services, has selected Birdstep’s RDM Embedded and RDM Server database solutions to deliver reliable and fault tolerant data management for their Cloverleaf® Integration Suite.