- DigiTimes, ARC Announce ConfigCon Silicon Valley Conference
ARC International (LSE:ARK) in conjunction with DigiTimes, the leading publication for IC and technology professionals in Asia, today announced that ConfigCon(TM) Silicon Valley 2006 will be held October 30 and 31 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. ConfigCon Silicon Valley is the third and largest event in the successful ConfigCon international developer conference series, where hundreds of attendees will gather to hear from semiconductor, system, and OEM companies on trends in next-generation IC design and evolving standards for consumer products in Asian markets. Attendance is free of charge.
- Fujitsu Creates SmartCODEC Image Compression Technology for Automotive
Fujitsu Laboratories Limited today announced that it has developed image compression technology for automotive use that complies with the IDB-1394 (ITS Data Bus-1394) standard for in-vehicle digital imaging transmission system networks. The new technology, SmartCODEC, features a compression rate of one-third (1/3), and a fast compression-decompression time of just 2 to 3 milliseconds that enables compression and multiplex transmission of images to inside the vehicle, such as images from multiple automotive cameras located externally on the vehicle. In addition to assisting facilitation of safer driving through these functions, Fujitsu’s new technology also makes it possible to reduce the amount of cable required within the vehicle to achieve fast and high-quality image transmission of multiple images.
- Elma Electronic Rolls Out 7U Cube MicroTCA Chassis
Elma Electronic Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic packaging products, has announced a new 7U Cube MicroTCA chassis. The chassis is the latest in the line of 4U and 7U Cube and Subrack MicroTCA Chassis.
- MoSys Licenses 1T-SRAM Technology to Fujitsu for 65nm Process
MoSys, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOSY), the industry’s leading provider of high-density system-on-chip (SoC) embedded memory solutions, and Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace, announced today an agreement under which MoSys’ 1T-SRAM technology is licensed to Fujitsu on its advanced 65 nanometer (nm) production process.
- BAE, NI, Phase Matrix to Develop PXI Express-Based Synthetic Instrument
BAE Systems, National Instruments and Phase Matrix Inc. (PMI) today announced a joint initiative to develop a PXI Express-based synthetic instrument for military and commercial RF and microwave applications. PMI is currently developing a 100 KHz to 26.5 GHz family of downconverter modules in a 3U PXI Express-compatible format to support PXI RF and microwave applications. BAE Systems, a leader in synthetic instrument systems, plans to build a next-generation synthetic instrument based on the new downconverter module family, using National Instruments PXI Express chassis, controllers and intermediate frequency (IF) digitizer modules as well as National Instruments LabVIEW graphical development software for host and FPGA-based signal processing.
- Mentor, Budapest University to Open Integrated Circuit Design Laboratory
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced the opening of a new Mentor-sponsored electronic design laboratory at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) in Budapest, Hungary. As part of a mutual agreement, Mentor has donated more than $20M worth of EDA software and support to enable the students of BME to graduate with in-depth knowledge of leading edge design methodologies.
- The Handset Wars
Over on the SemiSerious blog: “It seems like a long time ago in a job far far away, but I do remember the infamous memory bus wars between Rambus DRAM (RDRAM) and the Synchronous Link DRAM (SLDRAM) interface. At the time, both were going to save the day by alleviating the bottleneck between CPU’s and DRAM on motherboards. As so often happens, the winner (RDRAM) was ultimately determined by allegiances, market clout, and politics more than technical merit. Once Intel threw its weight behind Rambus, SLDRAM quietly sulked it’s way to wherever all those Beta video tapes went. Of course we all know that RDRAM died a couple of years later but that’s another story.”