EDA News – 2006.12.19

  • Atmel Debuts picoPower AVR Microcontrollers with on-Board LCD Controllers
    Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced four new AVR(R) microcontrollers that incorporate power-saving technology for multi-year battery life in LCD, lighting control, security, home automation, ZigBee(TM) and other battery applications. The new AVR products are upgraded versions of the popular 64-pin ATmega325/329 and the 100-pin ATmega3250/3290 microcontrollers.
  • TI Rolls Out Two New Bi-Directional Voltage-Level Translation Devices
    Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced the release of two new bi-directional voltage-level translation devices, TXB0104 and TXS0104E, that improve connectivity between next-generation processors and peripheral devices. Eliminating the requirement for direction control signals used by traditional voltage-level translation devices, designers are able to decrease the complexity of control software and save valuable GPIOs on core processors.
  • Concurrent Introduces CompactPCI Dual PMC SBC with Intel Core 2 Duo
    Concurrent Technologies announces the release of an Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processor based CompactPCI single board computers (SBC) as a performance upgrade from the PP 410/03x released earlier in the year. The PP 412/03x uses the latest mobile dual core processor from the Intel(R) embedded roadmap, the 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 processor, giving an even greater improvement in measured performance/watt.
  • Renesas Unveils First Critical-Conduction-Mode PFC Control IC
    Renesas Technology America, Inc. announced the R2A20112 critical-mode(1) power factor correction (PFC)(2) control IC for AC/DC power supplies, the first device of its type to implement interleaved operation(3). The new device enables the design of small, thin, low-noise, high-efficiency AC/DC power supplies that are essential for flat-panel TVs, game machines, PCs, copiers, and many other consumer and office automation products.
  • Polar Rose Offers Advanced Face Recognition for Online Photos
    Polar Rose, a company uniquely combining automatic face recognition with 3D modeling for visual search applications, announced its product and an open beta trial, beginning in Q1 of 2007. Using Polar Rose’s technology, it will now be possible to automatically search for and recognize faces on a consistent basis similar to the way people do – by using the visual cues of the photo as opposed to nearby text analysis. The company’s unique technology creates a 3D model from a single 2D image of a face. This approach radically improves photo matching by compensating for variations in lighting, facial emotions and pose.
  • Anagram Creates Crystal Clear Audio by Optimizing IP for Lattice FPGAs
    Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced the availability of intellectual property (IP) cores for a high definition audio digital to analog converter, the SoftDAC(TM), and a digital amplifier, the SoftAMP(TM), from ANAGRAM Technologies, a new member of the ispLeverCORE(TM) Connection IP partners program. Through the program, Lattice and ANAGRAM will provide complete system solutions for their mutual customers who are integrating system-level IP with the most advanced FPGA silicon architectures. The Lattice Connection program allows customers to easily access and integrate approved third-party IP products into Lattice programmable devices.
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