News – 2006.10.11 – Early Edition

  • VaST Systems to Showcase Virtual System Prototyping Solutions
    VaST Systems—the technology leader in embedded design—will demonstrate virtual system prototyping solutions for the rapid design and development of automotive electronic control units (ECUs) at Convergence 2006 in Detroit from October 16 to 18, 2006.
  • Intel Rolls Out AdvancedMC-Compliant Baseband Card for WiMAX Networks
    Intel Corporation today unveiled a new baseband card that helps speed the creation of WiMAX base stations. The Intel NetStructure(R) WiMAX Baseband Card is Intel’s first integrated hardware and software platform for transport, control and baseband processing in a standards-based Advanced Mezzanine Card (AdvancedMC)* form factor. The new Intel card enables equipment manufacturers to accelerate time to market and reduce development and lifecycle management costs when building WiMAX base stations.
  • Analog Devices Introduces Single-Chip Energy Meter ICs
    Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI), the market leader in energy metering solutions, is introducing two families of single-chip energy meter ICs that combine intelligent battery management and ADI’s innovative signal processing technology to address the need of the world’s electricity markets for feature-rich, highly reliable meters. Increasingly, solid-state, failure-resistant energy meters, such as those enabled by Analog Devices, are replacing aging electro-mechanical systems by providing consistently dependable measurement and new functions, like remote meter-reading.
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  • NXP Semiconductors Enables 18 Hour Audio Playback for Music Phones
    NXP Semiconductors today announced the new Nexperia(TM) Cellular System Solution 5211 for the delivery of advanced and affordable MP3 capability to mobile handset users. The new solution supports stereo recording from FM radio, MP3 and video playback, a mega-pixel digital camera interface, USB charging, connect-to-PC and Bluetooth stereo for a complete, vibrant multimedia offering. The Nexperia cellular system solution 5211 is a fully integrated, single-core platform equipped with the latest audio features, ensuring excellent sound quality that is comparable to best-in-class portable media players. The highly efficient and cost-effective package enables 18 hours of MP3 playback, five hours of talk time, 750 hours of standby time and nine hours of video playback.
  • MIPS Reveals SOC-it Platform Strategy for MIPS-Based SoCs
    With time-to-market pressures mounting for complex 90nm and 65nm SoC designs, MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MIPS) today unveiled a new platform strategy for its entire range of MIPS(R) processors. The fully verified SOC-it(R) Platform and supporting environments will ease the design of high-performance MIPS-Based(TM) SoCs, lowering costs, accelerating time-to-market and reducing development risk.
  • Wintegra Expands WiMAX Offering
    Wintegra(R) Inc., a fabless semiconductor company targeting the access infrastructure market, announced today two significant milestones in its expanding WiMAX product offering. These include the introduction of a complete fixed and mobile 802.16e upper and lower MAC with integrated network interface and transport functions, and the announcement that the 802.16e base station development platform, WinHDP, is now shipping to customers. Both the MAC and the platform were successfully used by multiple 802.16e base station vendors to interoperate with subscriber stations and CPE solutions in the WiMAX Forum “Plugfest” event held in Frederick, Maryland in September.
  • Sontec Improves Mount-on-Metal RFID Tag Performance with TI
    Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology for ultra-high frequency (UHF) application and metal products or environments complement one another about as well as oil and water, making RFID-enabled retail supply chain (RSC) management of metal goods a difficult challenge. Sontec Co., Ltd., a leading Korean developer and manufacturer of RFID components and middleware, today announced the availability of various types of mount-on-metal tags and its RFID transponder for metal, which is based upon EPC Gen 2 integrated circuit (IC) chips from Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN) (TI).
  • e2v Launches PC109 Host Processor Bridge for Extended-Reliability
    e2v extends its high-reliability processor offering by launching the PC109(TM) Host Processor Bridge, the extended-reliability version of the Tundra Tsi109(TM) Host Bridge from Tundra Semiconductor Corporation. Following closely after the signing of an agreement between e2v and Tundra to provide System Interconnect products for extended-reliability markets, the PC109 Host Bridge provides system interconnect between PowerPC(R) processors, PCI peripherals and local memory. The PC109 is capable of supporting two processors connected through the MPX bus and is capable of operating at a bus speed up to 167 MHz (or up to 200 MHz when supporting a single processor).
  • Tundra Serial RapidIO Development Platform Shortens Time-to-Market
    Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), the leader in System Interconnect, today announced availability of the Tundra Tsi578 Serial RapidIO Development Platform (SRDP). The addition of this design support tool, using the Tsi578 Serial RapidIO Switch, offers customers flexibility and the overall benefit of reducing both their design risk and time-to-market.
  • Alliance Systems Debuts Turn-key WiMAX ATCA and MicroTCA Solutions
    Alliance Systems, Ltd. introduces new turn-key solutions for the wireless communications market using Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX), Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA), and MicroTCA standards. Alliance Systems’ newly designed fully-integrated WiMAX solutions enable application vendors, OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), and TEMs (Telecommunications Equipment Manufacturers) to quickly go to market with carrier-class WiMAX solutions based on open-standards ATCA and MicroTCA architecture.