News – 2006.09.13 – Early Edition

  • Freescale Demonstrates Non-Contact Proximity Sensor Reference Platform
    To showcase an innovative alternative to mechanical controls in sensing applications, Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) (NYSE:FSL.B) is demonstrating a non-contact proximity sensor reference platform at the Freescale Technology Forum in Tokyo, Japan. This advanced reference platform is based on Freescale’s highly integrated MC33794 proximity sensor, which generates a low-level electric field (e-field) and uses feedback to detect the presence of objects.
  • iRobot Creates Dirt Dog Robot for Workshops
    iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ:IRBT) today announced a new addition to its family of home robots, the iRobot(R) Dirt Dog(TM) Workshop Robot. The rugged robot is designed to pick up small nails, dirt, sawdust and other debris that accumulates in garages, basements and workbench zones. Priced at $129.99, the workshop robot will be available starting September 15th.
  • Agere Systems Adopts Mentor Graphics Calibre for 65nm Design
    Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced that the storage division at Agere Systems(R) has adopted a comprehensive collection of the Calibre(R) tools from Mentor. The set of tools in use at Agere include Calibre nmDRC, Calibre LVS, Calibre Interactive and Calibre RVE. Agere chose the Calibre tool suite primarily due to Calibre’s extensive design rule file support from world-class foundries.
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  • Cswitch Selects Mentor Graphics 10 Gigabit Ethernet Media Access Controller
    Mentor Graphics, a leader in standards-based semiconductor intellectual property (IP), today announced that Cswitch Corporation has selected the Mentor Graphics(R) 10 Gigabit Ethernet Media Access Controller (MAC) for its flagship Configurable Switch Array(TM) chip. The new chip is the first to combine the performance and density of an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) with the re-configurability and time to market of an field programmable gate array (FPGA). It is the first programmable chip to embed 10 Gigabit Ethernet MACs as standard cells in order to address high performance network markets such as routers, switches and SONET equipment.
  • Oki Electric Samples Industry’s Smallest Package MP3 Decoder LSI
    Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:6703) today announced the sample shipments of its MP3 playback chip. The chip, “ML2011,” integrates an MP3 decoder and speaker amplifier in a single chip with wafer level chip size packaging (W-CSP), achieving the world’s smallest package of 3.6 x 4.2mm. In addition to the LSIs, Oki provides a reference board and a sample of its embedding software enabling users to achieve MP3 systems easily. Oki plans to manufacture this chip in full scale from December 2006.
  • Converged Mobile Devices Shipments Hit New Record High
    Worldwide converged mobile device shipments continued to climb during the second quarter of 2006, nearly reaching the 20 million unit mark. According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, total shipments of converged mobile devices reached a record 19.3 million units for the quarter, marking a 1.9% sequential increase and a 42.1% year-over-year increase. IDC defines a converged mobile device as a mobile phone having a high-level operating system, such as BlackBerry, Linux, Palm, Symbian, or Windows Mobile.
  • NI Releases NI-DNET 1.5 DeviceNet Driver for Control Applications
    National Instruments today announced the release of NI-DNET 1.5, the latest driver software for plug-in NI DeviceNet interfaces. In addition to providing high-level, easy-to-use functions for rapid application development, this upgrade introduces two significant new utilities, the DeviceNet Configurator and the DeviceNet Analyzer. These two tools provide National Instruments DeviceNet users with the functionality they need to easily develop a solution for DeviceNet network control.
  • WIN Converged Application Platform (WIN CAP) for IP PBX
    WIN Enterprises, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of embedded controllers and platforms for OEMs, announces WIN CAP (PL-01026), a Converged Application Platform for IP PBX and other converged applications, Built on standards-based Intel(R) building blocks, the Converged Application Platform is based on an Intel(R) reference design that Intel developed with WIN Enterprises. WIN now offers the manufacture of the new platform in quantity for TEMs, OEMs, System Integrators, and VARs, to provide them with fast-time-to-market with an economical, next generation platform for VoIP, IP PBX, and other converged applications.
  • VDC Partners with Embedded Platforms Analyst Paul Zorfass
    VDC is pleased to announce it is collaborating with Paul Zorfass and his technology research and consulting firm, First Technology Inc. (FTI). The partnership is designed to respond to increased demand for services from VDC clients, and to support the enhanced depth and breadth of VDC embedded market research programs.
  • TI, Legerity Increase Ability to Monitor VoIP for Service Providers
    Legerity, Inc., the “V” in VoIP!(TM), and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) [NYSE: TXN] are collaborating to deliver service providers and enterprise IT managers reliable solutions to manage and monitor real-time Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. As part of their agreement, Legerity’s VeriVoice(TM) Test Suite, a subscriber line test software package for VoIP equipment, has been integrated into TI’s PIQUA(TM) IP quality management system.
  • Brix Networks, TI to Ensure Quality Experience for IP-Based Services Users
    Brix Networks, the leading provider of converged service assurance solutions, and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) [NYSE:TXN] today announced a collaboration and development initiative designed to deliver pervasive IP endpoint service assurance management. The companies’ collaboration will give service providers the ability to collect valuable performance information on an unprecedented scale, and provide crucial, last-mile visibility into the quality of experience of providers’ revenue-generating offerings, including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), IP television (IPTV), and advanced data services.