News – 2006.08.22 – Early Edition

  • Stretch IDE Release 2006.07 Ships with SlickEdit, Toolkit
    Stretch Inc. announced today the availability of release 2006.07 of the Stretch Integrated Design Environment (IDE) software tools. With this new release, Stretch adds the powerful code editor SlickEdit, enhanced library support, and a PCI-based communications toolkit. The new release also provides upgraded on-line Help and documentation. These new tools offer greater ease of use and flexibility, enabling developers to reduce time to market for compute-intensive applications.
  • NI to Increase LabVIEW Support for Agilent Instruments
    National Instruments and Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced a cooperative effort to create National Instruments LabVIEW Plug-and-Play instrument drivers for Agilent LXI, USB and GPIB instruments. The two test and measurement companies are working together to provide instrument drivers to engineers and scientists shortly after the release of new Agilent measurement products, making it even easier to combine the popular graphical development platform NI LabVIEW with the power and breadth of Agilent instruments.
  • Acrosser Introduces AR-B1841 Fanless Embedded Board
    Reliability is what is on the minds of manufacturers and their end customers, who depend on their products to perform 24 hours a day continuously, with limited monitoring. However, whenever moving parts are involved, there is always the possibility of mechanical breakdown, which can cause serious problems in the field. Failing CPU fans, whose investment is insignificant compared to the total investment of the system, can cause irreparable damages.
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  • IPTV Capability to Drive DSL IC Chipset Market
    While data and VoIP continue to drive the DSL IC chipset market, and will account for the bulk of port shipments through 2010, the delivery of IPTV capability is the wave of the future, reports In-Stat. Carriers worldwide are using ADSL2+ and VDSL2 as they upgrade their networks to deliver television and video service, the high-tech market research firm says.
  • Capella Microsystems Rolls Out Ambient Light Sensor Chip
    Capella Microsystems, Inc. today announced the Filtron(TM) family of chips that detect the amount of ambient light surrounding notebooks and cellular phones, and adjusts the brightness of the liquid crystal displays (LCD) to provide an almost perfect match to the needs of the human eye. By providing such a close match, the device eliminates excessive backlighting and greatly increases battery life in portable products. Backlighting usually consumes more battery power than any other function.
  • Strategy Analytics Reveals GaAs Device Manufacturers Rankings
    Strategy Analytics has released its annual ranking of the world’s top GaAs device manufacturers, detailing the movers and shakers in 2005. Eudyna Devices, Sony and NEC slipped out of the top ten in 2005, while Mitsubishi Electric and Toshiba gained market share. Mitsubishi Electric was the Japanese market leader in the 2005 GaAs device market and saw significant growth for its MMIC business as it led supply of GaAs Power Amplifiers to the Japanese 3G cellular handset market.
  • Microchip Adds In-Circuit Debugging to PICkit 2 Development Programmer
    Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced that the popular PICkit(TM) 2 development programmer now supports in-circuit debugging of selected PIC(R) microcontroller products. This enables engineers, students and anyone with an interest to easily begin development and evaluation with PIC microcontrollers for a very low initial investment. The new PICkit 2 Debug Express Kit features a 44-pin demo board populated with a PIC16F917 microcontroller, and connects to any personal computer via USB. Its in-circuit debugging features include halt, single step and setting a breakpoint.