News – 2006.09.07 – Early Edition

  • More 16-bit MCUs and DSCs Hit Volume Production at Microchip
    Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced that 16 members of its 16-bit PIC24 microcontroller (MCU) family and 13 members of its dsPIC33 16-bit digital signal controller (DSC) family are now shipping in volume.
  • Panasonic HD Video Camera Records with Xilinx Virtex-4, Spartan-3 FPGAs
    Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world leader in programmable logic solutions, today announced that Panasonic (Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd) has adopted Xilinx Virtex(TM)-4 and Spartan(TM)-3 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) for their latest high definition (HD) camera-recorder, designed for television broadcasting. Panasonic, a leading provider of video technology for the production industry, is among a growing number of companies to rely on Xilinx leading FPGA technology to enable today’s most innovative products for the broadcast industry.
  • Micrium uC/OS-II RTOS Supports Tensilica’s Configurable Processors
    Tensilica(R), Inc. and Micrium announced that Micrium’s uC/OS-II RTOS (real-time operating system) now supports Tensilica’s Diamond Standard and Xtensa configurable processors. A port of uC/OS-II is now available on the Micrium web site. The popular uC/OS-II RTOS now can run on all of Tensilica’s Diamond Standard CPU and controller cores, including the Diamond Standard 108Mini, 212GP, 232L, and 570T, as well as most Xtensa configurations.
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  • Analog Devices, NEC, Tensilica, TI Join Nexus 5001 Forum
    Semiconductor leaders Analog Devices Inc., NEC Electronics Corporation, Tensilica, and Texas Instruments have joined the growing industry effort to address multi-processor debugging of embedded systems. To accomplish this improvement, the 22 member companies of the Nexus 5001(TM) Forum are driving adoption of the Nexus Standard.
  • Fujitsu, Hopling to Market Linux-based WiMAX Board Support Packages
    Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA), Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME), and Hopling Technologies announced today that the three companies have further enhanced their working relationships by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the mutual goal of enabling faster and smoother integration of the WiMAX baseband system-on-chip (SoC) into a Linux-based wireless equipment environment.
  • Elma Rolls Out G-box Low-Cost Base Enclosure Platform
    Elma Electronic Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic packaging products, announces a new G-box product line. The G-box is a low-cost base enclosure platform with few parts, simple assembly, and a flexible design. The line provides a more expansive base platform for the company’s contract assembly services.
  • Anyone Buying Unbundled Embedded Software Development Tools?
    Recently published research by Venture Development Corporation (VDC) confirms that the market for pure play unbundled software development tools continues to be influenced by the viability and penetration of open source tools, the migration to commercial operating systems, and the efforts from vendors in many adjacent markets to bring more comprehensive, integrated solutions to their customers. VDC defines pure play unbundled (or standalone) software development tools as compilers, debuggers, graphical user interfaces, and other related tools sold separately from the operating system or other products.
  • AnalogicTech Acquires Analog Power Semiconductor
    Advanced Analogic Technologies Incorporated (AnalogicTech) (Nasdaq: AATI), a developer of power management semiconductors for mobile consumer electronic devices, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the power management analog business of IPCore Technologies Corporation, including IPCore’s subsidiary Analog Power Semiconductor Corporation (AP Semi) and certain related assets.
  • Xyratex Targets Japanese Storage Market by Acquiring Jastam
    Xyratex Ltd. (Nasdaq: XRTX), a leading provider of enterprise class data storage subsystems and storage process technology, today announced the establishment of Nihon Xyratex KK (Xyratex Japan, Ltd.). The company’s new Japanese headquarters, Xyratex Japan, Ltd. will be founded through Xyratex’s acquisition of Jastam Trading Co. Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, a full service broker for equipment suppliers to high technology customers. The acquisition is an all-cash transaction of approximately $1.5M, representing the Net Tangible Asset value of Jastam. On a stand alone basis the acquisition would provide approximately $1.5M revenue per quarter and be EPS neutral.
  • RadioScape Launches Latest Professional Broadcast System
    RadioScape is launching the latest version of its Professional Broadcast System at IBC 2006 on stand 353 in hall 8. RadioScape’s market-leading, broadcast solution for DAB and Mobile TV (MTV) has been installed around the world with over 75 live systems and has been used in numerous broadcast trials. Version 5.1 has a new suite of functionality to directly address the latest Mobile TV and advanced data transmission requirements enabling DAB technologies to form the basis for new and exciting business opportunities, capitalising on the availability of suitable spectrum in many countries.
  • Maxwell, Kromberg to Create Ultracapacitor-based Car Starting System
    Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXWL) and Kromberg & Schubert GmbH & Co. KG, a leading global supplier of wire harnesses and electrical and electronic components to the automotive industry, have signed a memorandum of understanding outlining terms of an alliance to incorporate Maxwell’s BOOSTCAP(R) ultracapacitors into a highly efficient, low-cost, engine starting system for automobiles.
  • NI Adds Low-Speed CAN Connectivity to CompactRIO Platform
    National Instruments today released a new CAN communication module for the National Instruments CompactRIO platform. The new NI 9852 module provides direct connectivity to low-speed/fault-tolerant CAN networks, and is a powerful addition to the high-speed CAN connectivity that CompactRIO already offers, further establishing CompactRIO as an ideal platform for in-vehicle measurement and control applications.
  • Fujitsu Optimizes ARM9E Processors with Cadence Encounter RTL Compiler
    Cadence Design Systems announced that Fujitsu successfully optimized ARM926EJ-S(TM) and ARM946E-S(TM) processors using Cadence(R) Encounter(R) RTL Compiler and the Cadence Optimization Methodology Kit. Through more than 250 tapeouts, Cadence Encounter RTL Compiler has been proved to deliver improved performance, smaller area, lower power consumption and faster design closure through place and route. The Cadence Optimization Methodology Kit for ARM(R) processors helps design teams enhance performance, power utilization, and area when designing with ARM processors and physical libraries.
  • Green Hills µ-velOSity Ports to Blackfin Embedded Processor
    Green Hills Software, Inc., the technology leader in device software optimization (DSO) and real-time operating systems (RTOS), today announced that µ-velOSity is now available for Analog Devices’ Blackfin(R) processors. With a ROM footprint as small as 2200 bytes, RAM footprint as small as 1000 bytes, and service call times as low as 30 cycles, µ-velOSity is ideal for the convergent applications in which Blackfin excels, including multi-format audio, video, voice and image processing, multi-mode baseband and packet processing, control processing and real-time security.
  • Toshiba Creates New 8-bit Microcontroller (MCU) Core
    Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) announced that Toshiba Corporation (Toshiba) has developed a new 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) core. Designated TLCS-870/C1, the new core is capable of processing one instruction cycle in a single clock cycle, enabling faster processing at lower frequencies, reduced noise and lower power consumption compared with Toshiba’s previous 8-bit core. Its large-capacity address space is expandable to 128 Kbytes. The flexible TLCS-870/C1 core is well suited for a wide range of applications from small-scale applications, such as portable digital-consumer products, to large-scale applications requiring large-capacity ROM, such as air conditioners, washing machines, and other white goods.
  • FET RapidFET Leverages Host Capable Serial RapidIO Endpoints
    Fabric Embedded Tools (FET) announced the availability of its version 2.1 release of RapidFET(TM) which leverages host capable Serial RapidIO endpoints such as Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) digital signal processors (DSPs). RapidFET is a network management and diagnostic tool proven to work well with TI’s TMS320C6455 and TMS320TCI6482 DSPs to configure systems quickly, isolate problems and manage system traffic. The enumeration, auto discovery and other network management features enabled by the combination of RapidFET software on TI’s communication infrastructure focused DSPs, enable homogenous systems with DSP taking on more of system host and management functionality.
  • Allen Miner Joins Encirq’s Japan Board of Directors
    Encirq Corporation, the global leader in device data management and the creator of DeviceSQL, today announced that Allen Miner has joined the Board of Directors of Encirq KK, Encirq’s wholly-owned Japanese subsidiary. Miner serves as a trusted advisor for Encirq’s global organization and brings extensive business and technology data management expertise to further accelerate the overall growth of the company, with an emphasis on the Japan market.