News – 2007.03.28 – Early Edition

OKI Takes CenterStage with NX3200 Session Border Controller for NGN
Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:6703) announced it is the first in the industry to develop a session border controller for next generation networks (NGN). OKI’s “CenterStage(R) NX3200″ will be available in Japan starting today.

Elma Unveils Next Generation Carrier-Grade AdvancedTCA Chassis
Elma Electronic Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic packaging products, announces a new 2nd generation AdvancedTCA system platform for carrier-grade applications. The chassis is designed for full NEBS compliance and has several design features.

Samsung Debuts LCD Mobile Display with Automatic Brightness Adjustment
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world’s largest provider of thin-film transistor, liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels, announced at the fourth annual Samsung Mobile Solution Forum in Taipei that it has developed a 2.1″ LCD panel for high-end mobile devices that will provide qVGA resolution and comes equipped with sensors designed to adjust brightness to optimize ambient lighting. Screen brightness is automatically adjusted to enhance readability under any lighting condition.

Fujitsu to Launch FlexRay Controller, 16FX MCUs at ESC
Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) will introduce its newest family of 16-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) and latest FlexRay(TM) controller, along with additions to its 8-bit and 32-bit families, at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, April 1-5.

Fujitsu Rolls Out Microcontroller for Controlling Two Motors
Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) introduced the newest addition to its MB91480 series of 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) for high-performance control of home appliances like refrigerators, washers and dryers.

Oki Receives ZigBee 2006 Compliant Platform Certification
Oki Semiconductor announced that the company’s two ZigBee development platforms, the ZigBee Developers Kit (ZDK) with the ZigBee Network Evaluation Demo (zNED) board and the Advantage Microcontroller Evaluation Kit for ML67Q4051 (AME-51) with the ZigBee on AME (ZOA) adapter, have attained the 2006 ZigBee Compliant Platform certification and are ready for deployment to customers. Achieving 2006 certification shows Oki’s continued commitment to produce high quality products for IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee enabled applications.

Samsung Announces Semiconductor Solution for Mobile Phones
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced the development of a key semiconductor solution for mobile applications such as smart phones, portable media players (PMPs), and portable navigation devices (PNDs) at Samsung’s fourth annual Mobile Solution Forum in Taipei. The new package-on–package (PoP) solution incorporates Samsung’s application processor (AP) and Samsung’s proprietary fusion memory, OneDRAM(TM).

Solar, Micro-Fuel Cells Power Devices with TI Boost Converter
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced the industry’s lowest input voltage DC/DC boost converter, which will enable portable electronic end-equipment to draw power from new energy sources, such as solar and micro-fuel cells. The tiny power circuit can operate with input voltages lower than 0.3-V with high efficiency, allowing designers to overcome the low-voltage design barrier of incorporating these alternative energy sources in applications, such as mobile phones, portable medical devices and media players.

Ubicom Integrates Cadence Encounter Timing System into Design Flow
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, announced that Ubicom, a leading developer of communications and media processors and related software platforms, has incorporated the Cadence(R) Encounter(R) Timing System into its overall design flow. The Encounter Timing System has allowed Ubicom to streamline the overall time needed to verify their most advanced designs, enhancing the ability to deliver interactive applications and multimedia content for the digital home.

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MeshNetics ZigBit Modules Receives ZigBee 2006 Certification
MeshNetics, an award-winning ZigBee technology provider, announced that it has successfully obtained ZigBee 2006 certification for its family of ZigBit 802.15.4/ZigBee OEM modules that are based on a chipset from Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:ATML). MeshNetics’ ZigBeeNet becomes the first ZigBee-certified stack for the Atmel AVR(R) Z-Link(R) hardware platform, consisting of an ATmega1281 AVR Flash microcontroller and an AT86RF230 RF transceiver. The robust testing process performed by a ZigBee qualified testing lab, ensures the interoperability with other ZigBee compliant products.

Si2 OpenAccess+ Conference Returns in April
The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) announced that its tenth OpenAccess+ Conference will be held on April 3, 2007, at Sun Microsystems’ Santa Clara Conference Center in Santa Clara, California. The Conference will feature speakers and demonstrations from several of the industry’s leading semiconductor and electronic-design automation (EDA) companies. Industry veteran Mark Templeton will be providing the keynote address.

RF Magic Creates Digital Video Broadcasting over Cable Silicon Tuner
RF Magic, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company at the forefront of highly integrated broadband radio frequency (RF) systems-on-a-chip for the consumer broadband and digital entertainment markets, introdued the RF4800, an advanced single-chip digital video broadcasting over cable (DVB-C) silicon tuner integrated circuit (IC) developed specifically for applications compliant with the international DVB-C standard popular in Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa.

eASIC to Showcase Structured ASICs in ESC Disruption Zone
eASIC Corporation, a provider of Structured ASIC devices has been invited by Embedded Systems Design Magazine to present its unique Structured ASIC products in the Disruption Zone at the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, April 1-5, 2007. The Disruption Zone was established to focus on dynamic companies who are instigating change and driving technology in new and innovative directions. This special area will showcase only a few select companies, each of whom will present its unique technology and products to a broad audience of engineers and engineering management developing processor-based systems.

Adept Rolls Out MotionBlox-60R 6-Axis Robot Controller
Adept Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADEP), the leading provider of intelligent vision guided robotics and global robotics services, announced the release of the Adept MotionBlox-60R(TM) robot controller, the latest addition to the Adept SmartServo(TM) line of compact controllers. The MotionBlox-60R is designed to eliminate high cost cabling and the need for environmental cabinets typically used in industrial applications, reducing the costs and complexity of automation integration.

Micro/sys to Feature StackableUSB in ESC Disruption Zone
Micro/sys announced that they will be featuring StackableUSB(TM) in the Disruption Zone, booth number 3069B, at ESC Silicon Valley (April 3rd – 5th at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California). StackableUSB(TM) is the new specification that defines a standard for stacking I/O boards onto a single board computer using the popular USB 2.0 interface. Exhibitors and members of the embedded press are invited to view a presentation whose theme is “Relax! And see the future of stackable in embedded systems.” A stress-relieving, professional foot massage will be given to those who view the presentation.

SYSGO Ports PikeOS for AMCC 440 PowerPC
SYSGO AG, the global supplier of highly reliable device software, has released a PikeOS port for the AMCC (NASDAQ: AMCC) 440 PowerPC family. PikeOS is SYSGO’s trend-setting paravirtualization real-time operating system. With the release of the AMCC 440 port, SYSGO now provides support for the entire AMCC 400 product line. The AMCC 400 family is an industry-leading set of processors that’s used widely in high-performance networking and storage applications, among many others.

ST Creates 65nm Dual HD MPEG-4 Decoder with Synopsys
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that it has enabled STMicroelectronics to achieve first-silicon success for its new STi7200 dual-video-stream high-definition (HD) decoder, aiming to serve a broad range of digital consumer applications including set-top boxes, high-definition DVDs (dual-standard Blu-ray and HD-DVD) and digital TVs. Synopsys collaborated with STMicroelectronics on this highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) throughout the flow and delivered a comprehensive solution including implementation, verification, intellectual property (IP) cores and services. At 25 million synthesized gates, the STi7200 is the first device of its kind manufactured using 65-nanometer (nm) technology and is a major step forward in providing full high-definition picture quality in a variety of affordable consumer devices.

Renesas Flows with Synopsys IC Compiler
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that Renesas Technology Corp. has adopted Synopsys’ IC Compiler next-generation place-and-route solution for its production IC design flow. The growing complexity of Renesas’ designs required them to meet timing in several different functional modes. After thoroughly evaluating all available options, Renesas selected Synopsys’ IC Compiler solution for its ability to achieve desired chip performance by concurrently optimizing all timing modes through its true multi-mode capability. Renesas also reaped the benefits of significantly faster turnaround time and enhanced ease-of-use.