News – 2006.12.11 – Early Edition

  • Renesas Debuts SH7652 Microcontroller with On-chip Ethernet Controller
    Renesas Technology America, Inc. announced the SH7652 microcontroller. The 200MHz SuperH(R) family device with an on-chip Ethernet controller is the industry’s first to incorporate both copyright protection function for IP broadcasting(1) and the Digital Transmission Contents Protection Over Internet Protocol (DTCP-IP)(2) copyright protection standard for in-home distribution. The new device enables simultaneous transmission of two-channel High-Definition (HD) digital content over the network, ideal for digital audio-visual and office automation products that feature built-in networking functions.
  • Multimedia, Portable Audio-Media Processor IC Industry to Consolidate
    Functional integration in the portable media player and multimedia processor system-on-chip (SoC) markets will fundamentally change the value proposition for today’s integrated circuit (IC) vendors, according to Gartner, Inc.
  • Atmel Introduces 1.8V CPLDs with 5uA Standby Power Consumption
    Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), announced its ATF15xxBE family of ROHS-compliant, 1.8V CPLDs with standby power consumption of just 5 uA — over 60% less power drain than the nearest competing CPLD. Operating power consumption is 1 mA at 20 MHz or less. Available in densities ranging from 32 to 128 macrocells, ATF15xxBE CPLDs can be used to implement system watchdog, MCU I/O port expansion, memory interface, LCD display module drivers, and voltage translators.
  • IDC Reveals Results of Mobile Phone and Smartphone Survey
    Results obtained from a recent IDC survey of more than 4,000 mobile phone and smartphone subscribers from five countries suggests that interest in emerging applications will drive future smartphone sales. The survey results, part of an IDC multiclient study, show that interest in WiFi access and location-based services are highest in the U.S. and U.K., while storage capacity, music quality, and photo quality are the highest in Germany, India, and China.
  • NI Simplifies Remote Monitoring, Control with Measurement Studio 8.1
    National Instruments announced the release of NI Measurement Studio 8.1, a comprehensive suite of class libraries and user interface controls for test, measurement and automation applications built using Microsoft Visual Studio. Measurement Studio 8.1 simplifies and accelerates remote monitoring and control with new network variables that help engineers communicate between Microsoft Windows or Web-based applications and remote test machines. Measurement Studio 8.1 also introduces new user interface controls and extended graph functionality to help engineers better inspect acquired data.
  • In-Building Wireless Systems Deployments to Grow by 20%
    Customers’ dependence on wireless communications and their adoption of high-bandwidth 3G cellular services are the primary drivers of the global growth of in-building wireless systems that extend and create wireless coverage indoors. According to a new study from ABI Research, deployments of these systems are expected to result in revenues in excess of $3.6 billion by 2011.

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