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News 2008.12.14

Vishay Unveils Free Switching Loss Calculator for IHLP Inductors
An industry-first, free Web-based tool that computes the switching losses for IHLP® inductors is now available on the web site of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE:VSH). The simple-to-use switching loss calculator is customizable to individual applications, allowing designers to select the correct part for an optimized board design, while speeding time to market. The switching loss calculator is available for buck, boost, and buck/boost dc-to-dc converter topologies.

NEC EMMATM2TS SoC Tuner Enables Digital Broadcasts on Analog TV
NEC Electronics introduced the EMMATM2TS system-on-chip (SoC) for tuners that enable digital terrestrial broadcasts to be viewed on current analog televisions. The new product is compliant with the “simplified DTT tuner” specifications and guidelines published by the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and the Association for Promotion of Digital Broadcasting (Dpa) in preparation for the full migration to digital terrestrial broadcasts in Japan.

Universal Powerline Association Announces UPA Technology Conference
The Universal Powerline Association (UPA), an International not-for-profit trade association providing a forum for the design and development of interoperable and open specifications and focused on promoting the successful international application of powerline technologies; announces its Inaugural Technology and Exhibition Conference on May 19-20, 2009 in San Diego, CA. USA.

Liquavista, Seymourpowell Showcase ColorBright Electronics Concepts
Liquavista and Seymourpowell launched a series of new product concepts built on the Liquavista ColorBright display platform. Applied to watches and mobile phone secondary displays, the concepts clearly show how Liquavista’s differentiated display technology can be used to create a more engaging user experience. The high impact concepts are showcased online, along with Liquavista’s own designs for cycle computers, shower displays etc.

News 2008.12.11 Late Edition

Avnet Electronics Debuts Intel Desktop Board D945GCLF2 Convenience Kit
Avnet Electronics Marketing has released the Intel® Desktop Board D945GCLF2-based Convenience Kit. The new kit features a Dual-Core Intel® Atom[tm] processor, which provides design and development support for use with embedded applications. The Intel Desktop Board D945GCLF2-based Convenience Kit builds upon the capabilities offered by the Intel® Desktop Board D945GCLF-based Convenience Kit — the first board-level Intel® architecture development tool released by Avnet in June 2008 — and offers engineers the ability to rapidly write and test software around an Intel® embedded architecture platform.

Quality Assurance Test Platform for 64-bit Windows
The Corelis Quality Assurance Department has ramped up support for future product releases by creating an enhanced Quality Assurance Test Platform (QATP) environment for expanded support of Windows XP 64-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit versions. This is to support the growing performance and migration needs of current and new clients using the Corelis ScanExpress product portfolio.

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.

News 2008.12.10 Late Edition

MoSys to Discontinue Analog Mixed-Signal Product Business
MoSys, Inc., (NASDAQ: MOSY) announced that it has initiated a plan to exit its analog/mixed-signal product lines, which include the mixed-signal chip designs acquired from Atmel Corporation in 2007. The plan reflects the Company’s initiative to exit unprofitable and non-core product lines, reduce losses from operations and focus on the development and licensing of its memory technologies. The Company expects to realize annualized cost savings of approximately $6.0 million.

Mercury Computer Systems Unveils RACE++ PowerPC 7448 Multicomputer
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), a leading provider of embedded, high-performance computing solutions for image, sensor, and signal processing applications, announced the availability of the RACE ++® Series PowerPC® 7448 Multicomputer. The RACE++ Series PowerPC 7448 Multicomputer is a high-performance, drop-in product upgrade that adds significant improvements in processor speed, L2 cache size, and application performance over previous RACE++ products built on the PowerPC 7447A processor.

Physik Instrumente Receives Patent for Piezo Actuator Technology
PI (Physik Instrumente) has received a United States patent for its development of innovative multilayer ceramic actuators. PI’s exclusive PICMA® piezo-ceramic actuators are based on the novel stress reduction and encapsulation technologies which increase lifetime by several orders of magnitude both in static and dynamic applications, addressing key lifetime mechanisms common to other piezoelectric actuators.

1394 Trade Association Publishes Automotive Standard Technical Paper
The 1394 Trade Association issued a new technical paper describing the features and benefits of the new 1394 Automotive standard for in-vehicle entertainment and navigation networks. Entitled, “The Best Future Proof Solution to a Vehicle Network Design – Using the 1394 Automotive Standard,” the paper defines the various benefits of 1394 for the car, including cost, reliability, real time quality of service, flexibility, and others.

News 2008.12.10

Avnet Debuts Freescale L Microcontrollers On-Ramp Technical Session
Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), announces the launch of a new On-Ramp Technical Session[tm] featuring solutions from Freescale Semiconductor. The new On-Ramp features live presentations and demonstrations of the Freescale L family of 8-bit microcontrollers, and is being offered free of charge upon request for qualified Avnet customers in North America.

Texas Instruments Unveils Royalty-free VICP Signal Processing Library
For the first time, developers of signal processing applications can access the power of a DaVinci[tm] technology accelerator with the new, royalty-free Video/imaging co-processor (VICP) Signal Processing Library available from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN). The VICP Library allows customers to open the VICP accelerator on the TMS320DM6446, TMS320DM6441, TMS320DM647 and TMS320DM648 digital media processors based on DaVinci[tm] technology.

Intel Announces Completion of 32nm Process Development Phase
Intel Corporation has completed the development phase of its next-generation manufacturing process that further shrinks chip circuitry to 32 nanometers (a billionth of a meter). The company is on track for production readiness of this future generation using even more energy-efficient, denser and higher performing transistors in the fourth quarter of 2009.

IPextreme Introduces Freescale HCS08 Microprocessor IP Core
IPextreme, Inc. is adding the Freescale HCS08 8-bit microprocessor to its line of industry standard 16-bit and 32-bit microprocessors. The Freescale HCS08 is a synthesizable, state-of-the-art, high performance and low power 8-bit microprocessor that can be easily integrated into any ASIC or FPGA design. The HCS08 also provides an easy migration path to Freescale’s 32-bit ColdFire architecture.

Mobius Photonics to Share UV Results at SPIE Photonics West 2009
Mobius Photonics, Inc. will deliver the newest results for UV performance, based on the company’s proprietary fiber amplifier-based UV laser platform, next month at the SPIE Photonics West 2009 Conference. The presentation (Paper 7193-14 & 7195-14) takes place on Monday, January 26, 2009, at the San Jose, California, Convention Center.

Verayo Announces Soft PUF Technology for FPGA Systems
Verayo announced the availability of its new Soft PUF technology for FPGAs and FPGA-based systems. Soft PUF extracts chip-unique signatures to authenticate the FPGA silicon, the underlying board or system. These chip-unique signatures are also used as dynamic, unique and volatile secret keys to enable new security applications not previously possible on the FPGA platform.

Actel to Attend FPGA Summit 2008
Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) will participate at the FPGA summit. The FPGA Summit focuses on the use of FPGAs and issues such as efficient design, fast development time, and faster verification. Actel will present the advantages of design techniques and power efficiency in product development at this event.

Fibridge Creates Video Analytics Enabled, HD IP Camera in Four Months
Video surveillance customers who require high-definition (HD), high-resolution video analytics can take advantage of a new Internet Protocol- (IP) based camera solution from Fibridge, a Beijing-based video surveillance company. Building on the optimized DM355-based IP network camera reference design announced in September by Texas Instruments, Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN), Zero One Technology (ZOT) and ObjectVideo®, Fibridge was able to develop this HD IP camera in just four months.

Rheinmetall Defence Selects SYSGO DO178B Certifiable PikeOS
SYSGO has been selected by Rheinmetall Defence to participate to the development of the loadmaster workstation equipment designed for the A400M aircraft carrier. Due to its long-standing experience, Rheinmetall is acting as prime contractor for Airbus and is responsible for the Loadmaster Control System for the new A400M military transport aircraft.

ASTRI Selects Tensilica Xtensa Customizable Processor Cores
Tensilica®, Inc. announced that Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) has selected Tensilica’s Xtensa® customizable processor cores for a video research project. The government of Hong Kong created ASTRI to perform high-quality R&D (research and development) for technology transfer to industry, develop needed technical human resources, and act as a focal point that brings together industry and university R&D assets.

News 2008.12.09 Late Edition

Micron Announces Serial NAND Flash Memory Technology
Micron Technology, Inc. (NYSE:MU) introduced a serial NAND flash memory technology, providing embedded applications with the flexibility to easily upgrade their storage capacity. With chip density starting at 1 gigabit (Gb), Micron’s serial NAND flash allows customers to easily and cost-effectively extend their storage capacity beyond what is currently available with serial NOR flash, and it provides a significant cost-per-bit advantage.

Mentor Graphics Launches Capital Architect Tool
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ:MENT) announced the forthcoming availability of the Capital® Architect tool, the latest tool in the CHS[tm] product portfolio, the industry’s leading software suite for electrical system design. The Capital Architect tool is a graphical design tool that helps automotive OEMs and their suppliers minimize cost and/or weight of the electrical distribution system (EDS) by optimizing its physical architecture.

Interface Masters Unveils Niagara 2810 10 Gigabit Aggregator Switch
Interface Masters Technologies introduced a new family of 10 Gigabit (10Gb) products targeted for Networking Inline Devices, Security Appliances and Central Office applications. The Niagara 2810 features a four 10Gb port switch with an additional 24 gigabit port and active bypass switch capabilities. The system can support 2 fully independent 10 GB segments that can support aggregation, TAP, filtering and load balancing.

VIA Introduces ARTiGO A2000 Barebone Storage Mini-server
VIA Technologies, Inc announced the VIA ARTiGO A2000 barebone storage mini-server. The perfect balance of size and space, the ARTiGO A2000 packs terabytes of storage capacity within a stylish, compact, low power and low noise system. Today’s users are seeing their PCs filling up with gigabytes and even terabytes of locally stored media, and the proliferation of home DVD projects and high definition video downloads means file sizes are on the rise.

PEEDI JTAG/BDM Emulator, Flash Programmer Supports Cortex M3, A8 CPUs
Ronetix announced the availability of the new firmware of its high speed, low cost JTAG/BDM Emulator and Flash Programmer. The new firmware adds support of debugging and FLASH programming of Cortex-M3 and Cortex-A8 families from ARM. Now PEEDI can be used for high speed GNU gdb debugging and Flash Programming of all ARM7, ARM9, ARM11, Cortex-M3, Cortex-A8, XScale, Freescale Nexus enabled PowerPC MPC55XX, MPC83XX, ColdFire and Blackfin based CPUs.

Digital Airways Kaleido Powers Porsche Design P’9522 Mobile Phone
Digital Airways announces that manufacturer Sagem Mobiles has used its Kaleido user interface solution to power the new Porsche Design mobile phone P’9522. The P’9522 is the result of a cooperation between the French cell-phone maker and Porsche Design. Using Digital Airways’ Kaleido user interface technology has enabled Sagem Mobiles to undertake rapid product development to meet the specific needs of the P’9522, and easily integrate the touch screen experience to a fully-featured mobile phone.

Tech Mahindra Selects Fanfare iTest Test Automation Product
Tech Mahindra, a global systems integrator and leading provider of IT solutions to the telecom industry, and Fanfare, the leading innovative testing solutions provider, have announced a global partnership to deliver offerings that are geared to meet the increasing demand of test automation solutions from Telecom Equipment Manufacturers (TEMs), Telecom Service Providers (TSPs), and enterprises.

News 2008.12.09 Publishes Embedded Power Architecture Platform Requirements announced it has released the[tm] Standard for Embedded Power Architecture Platform Requirements (ePAPR), which speeds software porting and reduces development costs for operating system and platform designers. By defining clear interfaces between embedded software components such as boot firmware, bootloaders, operating systems, and hypervisors, the ePAPR specification enables system designers to create standardized platforms.

LG Electronics Creates First LTE Handset Modem Chip
LG Electronics (LG) announced that it has independently developed the first handset (user equipment) modem chip based on 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology standards. The modem chip can theoretically support wireless download speeds of 100Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds of 50Mbps. This represents a significant step toward creating a market-ready 4G phone.

Microchip Unveils Serial EEPROMs with EUI-48, EUI-64 MAC Addresses
Microchip Technology Inc. introduced a family of serial EEPROM devices with built-in EUI-48[tm] and EUI-64[tm] compatible MAC addresses. Designed to work on standard busses, such as SPI, I2C[tm] and the UNI/O® bus, the devices provide easy and inexpensive access to MAC addresses, and feature up to 1.5 Kb of EEPROM that can be used for storing configuration and user settings, or as a scratch-pad area for buffering small amounts of data.

Strategic Test Rolls Out UF2e-4032, UF2e-4031 50 Digitizer Cards
Strategic Test Corp. has announced two new 50 MS/s 14-bit digitizer cards for PCI Express. The UF2e-4032 has 4 analog inputs and the UF2e-4031 has 2 input channels. Unique features include the options for dual-timebase sampling, synchronous digital inputs, asynchronous digital I/O and the possibility to synchronize hundreds of channels.

GE Fanuc Announces NETernity 6U VMEbus Gigabit Ethernet Switches
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms announced the NETernity[tm] RM980RC and RM982RC 6U VMEbus Gigabit Ethernet switches. The two new products respond to the rapidly growing demand for high performance, high reliability switching and high port density. They extend the breadth and depth of NETernity Ethernet switches, providing engineers with more choice and flexibility as systems continue to rely on more Gigabit Ethernet communications in their architecture.

Microtune Debuts MicroTuner MT2067 Tuner Chip for High-speed In-car TV
Bringing its advanced radio frequency (RF) silicon electronics to the automotive industry, Microtune® , Inc. (NASDAQ: TUNE) introduced a first-of-its-kind tuner chip for high-speed in-car TV. The MicroTuner[tm] MT2067 is a world-standard, automotive-grade TV tuner engineered to provide superior, stable TV reception for passengers in vehicles traveling at top speeds along the autobahn or highway.

SEMATECH to Present at IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting
Demonstrating its leadership in developing alternative transistor materials and processes for next-generation logic and memory technologies, SEMATECH engineers will present five technical papers at the 54th annual IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), the world’s premier forum for the presentation of applied research in microelectronic, nanoelectronic and bioelectronic devices, on December 15-17, 2008 at the Hilton in San Francisco, CA.

Actel Introduces Libero Integrated Design Environment Version 8.5
Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) announced the availability of Libero(R) Integrated Design Environment (IDE) version 8.5. Actel’s comprehensive suite of software design tools extends support for the recently announced nano versions of IGLOO(R) and ProASIC(R)3 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Libero IDE version 8.5 also introduces support for instantiation and configuration of embedded mathblocks for use in Actel’s new radiation tolerant RTAX-DSP family.

Khronos Group Ratifies OpenCL 1.0 Specification
The Khronos[tm] Group announced the ratification and public release of the OpenCL[tm] 1.0 specification, the first open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming of modern processors found in personal computers, servers and handheld/embedded devices. OpenCL (Open Computing Language) greatly improves speed and responsiveness for a wide spectrum of applications in numerous market categories from gaming and entertainment to scientific and medical software.

Khronos Group Releases OpenVG 1.1 Specification
The Khronos[tm] Group announced that it has ratified and publicly released the OpenVG[tm] 1.1 specification, a new version of the royalty-free, open standard for low-level 2D vector graphics acceleration. OpenVG 1.1 adds a Glyph API for hardware accelerated text rendering, full acceleration support for Adobe® Flash® and Flash Lite 3 technologies and multi-sampled anti-aliasing.

News 2008.12.08 Late Edition

McObject Rolls Out eXtremeDB 4.0 Beta Embedded Database
McObject announced the release of eXtremeDB 4.0 beta, a major upgrade to its in-memory and on-disk embedded database system for real-time applications. New features in eXtremeDB 4.0 include a fast, new native application programming interface (API) that enhances developer productivity; higher database performance via improved multi-user coordination; and support for the KD-Tree, a database index that is vital to many spatial and pattern-matching applications.

LogicVision, Dolphin Team on High-Yield Embedded Memory Solution
LogicVision, Inc. (Nasdaq: LGVN) and Dolphin Technology, Inc. announced that Dolphin Technology is offering an integrated high-performance and high-yield embedded memory solution that combines the best-in-class technologies from both companies.

NI Releases CompactRIO System Programmable Automation Controller
National Instruments announced the release of the lowest-cost NI CompactRIO programmable automation controller (PAC), which offers engineers and machine builders an ideal solution for advanced control and monitoring applications. The NI cRIO-9073 system has an integrated hardware architecture that combines an embedded real-time processor and a user-programmable FPGA chip within a single chassis.

Lattice Semiconductor Offers ispMACH 4000ZE CPLDs with Small Footprints
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced two new, small footprint packages for its widely popular ispMACH® 4000ZE CPLDs (complex programmable logic devices), making them the best-in-class choice for use in high volume, handheld designs that demand ultra low power. The ispMACH 4000ZE family is a new generation, ultra low power CPLD family based on Lattice’s highly successful ispMACH 4000 CPLD architecture.

Aldec Unveils ALINT 2008.10 VHDL, Verilog Design Rule Checking Tool
Aldec, Inc. announced the release of ALINT 2008.10, a VHDL and Verilog Design Rule Checking Tool used to analyze HDL source code against a comprehensive set of ASIC design guidelines for early bug detection. ALINT reduces risk when developing complex multi-million gate ASICs by resolving structural, coding and consistency problems early in the design cycle. ALINT 2008.10 delivers support for VHDL, Verilog and Mixed-Language designs, cross-probing between the source code and error messages, advanced rule configuration and result analysis.

iSuppli Reports on Automotive Electronic Stability Control Systems
With car sales plunging, demand for automotive electronics is dropping as well — except for the key area of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems, whose sales are expected to continue to rise in the coming years. This will generate attractive opportunities for suppliers of Microelectromechanical Sensors (MEMS) used in these systems, according to iSuppli Corp.

STARC Selects Synopsys Zroute, Clock Mesh for STARCAD-CEL
Synopsys, Inc. announced that Semiconductor Technology and Academic Research Center (STARC) successfully evaluated Zroute and Clock Mesh, two new technologies found in the latest release of IC Compiler, Synopsys’ physical implementation solution. With its unique architecture, Zroute delivers dramatically faster runtimes while improving quality of results in timing, area and manufacturability. Clock Mesh targets high-performance designs where tightly controlling clock skew is critical.

Live EDGE EcoSphere Features Cree XLamp LEDs
Newark, part of the global Premier Farnell Group, announces that Cree will be one of 31 top suppliers featured at the “Energy Efficiency & Lighting” global technical learning and networking event, held virtually at the Live EDGE EcoSphere on December 11, 2008 from 8am to midnight EST. Engineers and engineering students are invited learn about the same Cree technologies that were showcased at the Beijing Games at the online event.

News 2008.12.08

IDT Debuts 32-lane, 8-port and 48-lane, 12-port PCI Express Gen2 Switches
IDT® (Integrated Device Technology, Inc.; NASDAQ: IDTI) announced two new PCI Express® (PCIe®) Gen2 switching solutions that extend the company’s product and technology leadership position. Optimized for computing and embedded applications, the new solutions are based on proven, robust IDT switching architecture and technology, and support multicast functionality for increased system resource utilization.

Microchip Unveils MCP9509, MCP9510 Programmable Temperature Switches
Microchip Technology Inc. announced the MCP9509 and MCP9510 (MCP9509/10) resistor-programmable, logic-output temperature switches. The low-power devices’ temperature-switch threshold can be programmed with a single external resistor, meaning designers can stock one device for measuring multiple temperature points by varying the external resistance value.

SYSGO, Interface Concept Team on Integrated Embedded Solutions
SYSGO announced a formal partnership agreement with Interface Concept, signaling new levels of productive collaboration between major European software and hardware suppliers of embedded systems. SYSGO is a leading supplier of software solutions for the world’s most demanding safety and security applications. Interface Concept is a leading designer, developer, and manufacturer of electronic embedded solutions.

Unified Profile for DoDAF/MODAF 1.0 Draft Specification on Fast Track
Artisan® Software Tools has announced that the Unified Profile for DoDAF/MODAF (UPDM) 1.0 draft specification has achieved a positive vote at the OMG to successfully clear the first hurdle in the OMG’s fast track standardization process.

Vector Fields Introduces Finite Element Hysteresis Solver
Vector Fields, a part of Cobham plc, has extended the accuracy of its Opera electromagnetic simulator for electrical machinery applications with a new finite-element hysteresis solver for soft magnetic materials. Believed to be unique, the new Hysteresis Solver provides designers of motors, generators and other electrical machinery with an accurate means of accounting for losses and predicting performance changes.

SMIC Announces First 45-nanometer Yield Lot
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”, NYSE: SMI and SEHK: 0981.HK) announced its first 45-nanometer yield lot, signifying a working 45nm process. This first silicon success comes less than one year after SMIC signed an agreement with International Business Machines (“IBM”) to license its low-power and high-performance bulk CMOS technologies in December 2007.

Synfora Announces Seminar for SoC, FPGA Developers
Synfora Inc. will conduct a seminar on the morning of Tuesday, December 9, 2008, to show SoC and FPGA developers of video IP how to reduce design and verification time while being able to explore alternative implementations that will let them decrease silicon area and power consumption.

Agilent to Present SystemVue at FPGA Summit
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) announced that the company will participate in two seminar sessions here at the inaugural FPGA Summit. The event focuses on the design and use of FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays). FPGAs offer flexible, rapid deployment of very high performance communications physical layer (PHY) architectures, such as those found in Software-Defined Radios (SDR).

HyperSilicon, Tensilica Team on SoC Prototyping in China
Tensilica,® Inc. announced that HyperSilicon Co., Ltd, of Beijing, China, has become its newest SOC (system-on-chip) prototyping partner, supporting customers of both the Xtensa® customizable processors and the Diamond Standard processor cores in the growing China market. HyperSilicon has particular expertise in designing FPGA development boards, which are often used to test new chip designs before producing the chip in silicon.

Seiko Epson to Use Actel ProASIC3 FPGAs for P-7000, P-6000 Photo Viewers
(Nasdaq: ACTL) announced that Seiko Epson Corporation has selected Actel’s ProASIC(R)3 FPGAs for use in its new Epson Multimedia Storage Viewer P-7000 and P-6000. Chosen for its low-power, reduced space, and high-performance advantages, the 125,000-system gate A3P125 ProASIC3 device is being deployed for high-speed access interface circuit to a CompactFlash card.

News 2008.12.07

Intel Announces Advancement in Silicon Photonics
Intel researchers have made the next advance in the field of Silicon Photonics by achieving world-record performance using a silicon-based Avalanche Photodetector (APD) that could lower costs and improve performance as compared to commercially available optical devices. The research results were published today in Nature Photonics.

Birdstep Technology Launches Raima Database Manager Embedded 9.0
Birdstep Technology (OSE: BIRD) announced the general availability release of its Raima Database Manager Embedded version 9.0 also known as RDM Embedded 9.0. This is the latest release from the Raima Database Management Family which provides exciting new capabilities and functionality for embedded systems application developers and topping the list is a MicroHTTP server.

DSM Computer Unveils PicoBox Fanless Control Computer
With its small dimensions of only 180 x 180 x 55 mm, the PicoBox presented by DSM Computer for the first time at SPS/IPC/DRIVES in Hall 7, Booth 580, is the perfect fanless control computer for POS/POI and digital signature applications. The PicoBox augments DSM’s embedded systems product line with the high-performance NanoServers® and the scalable BookSize PCs for ultra-compact applications.

Corelis Introduces ScanTAP IsoPod for Boundary-Scan Test
Corelis has extended its broad line of ScanExpress boundary-scan hardware controllers and accessories with the addition of the ScanTAP IsoPod. The Corelis ScanTAP IsoPod is an add-on accessory that provides a complete electrical isolation barrier between the target system and the JTAG Test Access Port (TAP). It provides electrical isolation of the JTAG controller TAP signals from the unit under test and enhances the protection of the equipment against harsh electrical environments.

LnK Integrates Zest Modules into SLIMbus Test, Verification Solutions
Orange Tree Technologies, a board-level embedded hardware and software company focused on high performance communications interconnect, announced the supply of its Zest Series interconnect modules to LnK, the leading provider of test and verification solutions for SLIMbus, a standard interface between processors and peripheral components in mobile platforms.

DSM Computer Introduces 96M4351o PICMG 1.3 CPU Board
DSM computer augments its slot CPU product line with an additional PICMG 1.3 PCI Express card with Intel® Q35 + ICH9R chipset and RAID functionality that have long-term availability. Together with the Intel® Core[tm] 2 Quad / Intel® Core[tm] 2 Duo processors, the industrial slot CPU card “96M4351o” recently presented by DSM Computer AG at the SPS/IPC/Drives 2008 in Nuremberg achieves an extremely high system computing power.

NEC Electronics Samples 22 New Flash-Memory-Embedded Microcontrollers
NEC Electronics announced it has begun sample shipments this month of 22 new flash-memory-embedded microcontrollers – twelve 8-bit models and ten 16-bit models — with the lowest level of power consumption in the industry as part of the company’s effort to strengthen its microcomputer business. Using these microcontrollers can reduce the number of parts necessary for building systems because they do not require the use of peripherals, contributed by the enhanced analog features like A/D converters.

Samsung Electronics Rolls Out S5K4AW SoC CMOS Image Sensor
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced that it has expanded its industry-leading portfolio of CMOS image sensors to include a new high-definition 1/4-inch, 1.2 Megapixel (Mp) system-on-chip (SoC) imager, the S5K4AW, for notebook and desktop computers. Developed with a strong focus on real-time high-definition (HD) video capture, Samsung’s new S5K4AW sensor has immediate applications in areas such as business video conferencing, Internet video sharing, direct to web scanning, biometrics and security.

Design, Automation and Test in Europe 2009
Industry and academia who want to connect with the latest developments in the electronics industry are advised to attend DATE (Design, Automation and Test in Europe) 2009 and consider sponsorship. With just four months to go until DATE09, which will be held in Nice, France from 20-24 April, the conference has received a record number of contributor submissions and a 30 percent increase in papers on industrial applications.

ISQED Seeks Nominations for Quality Award
The International Society for Quality Electronic Design announced that it is accepting nominations for the 3rd annual ISQED Quality Award, dubbed as IQ-Award. The IQ-Award was established in 2007 to recognize individuals who have made significant and often lasting contributions to the field of quality in electronic design.