EDA News – 2007.02.09

SiRF, NXP Enable Location-aware 3G Wireless Handsets
SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: SIRF), a leading provider of GPS-enabled silicon and premium software location platforms, announced a collaboration with NXP Semiconductors, the newly independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, to speed the development of cost-effective, location-aware 3G wireless handsets. The collaboration will provide global handset manufacturers with leading Assisted-GPS-compliant, integrated reference designs based upon NXP’s Nexperia cellular system solution for 3G with SiRFstarIII A-GPS and SiRFLoc(R) technologies.

Orange, TI, Viaccess Protect Mobile TV Content
Supporting the continued convergence of media to the mobile, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced that it is working with mobile operator Orange and Viaccess, a leading solution provider for the secure distribution of digital media content, to provide content and access protection for broadcast TV on a mobile device. Powered by TI’s OMAP(TM) processor with its integrated M-Shield(TM) system-level security technology, Viaccess’ Conditional Access provides the secure environment for Orange to easily deploy protected mobile TV content over the wireless network.

NEC Unveils Flash Microcontrollers for LCD Readouts
NEC Electronics announced the availability of its new 78K0/Lx3 series of 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), which include liquid crystal display (LCD) controllers/drivers on-chip, and deliver extremely low power consumption levels. The devices are ideal for consumer electronics with LCD readouts and strict power consumption requirements, such as home health appliances including scales, blood pressure monitors, and blood glucose meters; HVAC and industrial systems including utility meters; and household appliances such as coffee makers and rice cookers.

picoChip Creates First HSUPA-femtocell Reference Design
picoChip announced the industry’s first HSUPA-femtocell reference design. Femtocells or 3G access points allow carriers to compete with VoWiFi, improving coverage at home and improving service. The new PC8209 adds HSUPA to picoChip’s industry standard reference design, as used by Ubiquisys, ipAccess and Dekolink among others. For 3G data HSUPA adds faster uplink and reduces latency, especially important for wireless Web 2.0 applications or on-line gaming.

TI Secures Application Downloads Over Live Wireless Networks
Building on its strategy to allow mobile operators to provide new services and improved user experience, Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN) (TI) is demonstrating TI’s M-Shield(TM) security framework on the OMAP(TM) platform at 3GSM World Congress. TI has collaborated with Vodafone to showcase how operators can securely deploy and upgrade key applications, such as DRM agents to phones over-the-air (OTA), making it possible for an installed-base of users to upgrade the capabilities of their handsets and purchase protected multimedia content transparently. This capability will reduce operators’ operational costs, improve time-to-market of new services deployment, while at the same time preventing the risk of installing unwanted applications and malicious software.

Ramtron Offers USB Interface for Versa 8051 MCU Development Kit
Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR), a leading developer and supplier of non-volatile ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) and integrated semiconductor products, announced that it will now offer a universal serial bus (USB) interface for in-circuit programming/debugging with its Versa 8051 microcontroller development tools.

Gleichmann Electronics Showcases NEC Flash Microcontrollers
Gleichmann Electronics will present NEC Electronics’ six new All Flash microcontrollers (MCUs) for demanding inverter control systems in Hall 12, Booth 466 at embedded world 2007 in Nuremberg, February 13-15, 2007.

IBASE Rolls Out ASB200 Aluminum Barebone System
IBASE, a leading embedded computing manufacturer, launches the ASB200 barebone system with a slim type aluminum chassis designed for IBASE’s IB881 3.5″ Pentium(R) M single board computer. The compact and lightweight ASB200 features fan-less system operation and is ideally applicable for digital signage, factory automation and military applications.

Enea Powers Over 200 Million New Mobile Handsets in 2006
Enea (Stockholm: ENEA.ST), a world leader in software platforms for next generation networks, announced that in 2006, the world’s major mobile handset manufacturers shipped over 200 million multimedia devices powered by Enea software. To mark this important milestone for the telecom industry, Enea will present a commemorative phone and display to the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

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