News – 2007.03.29 – Early Edition

Altium Designer Offers Direct Import of FPGA Cores
Altium Limited (ASX: ALU), announced that it has added support for the direct import of FPGA cores generated by third-party applications to its Altium Designer unified electronic product development system. This new tool makes the creation and import of highlyoptimized, device-specific custom FPGA cores from device vendor tools such as Xilinx’s Core Generator and Altera’s Megafunction Wizard easy and efficient and significantly enhances the ability of FPGA developers to take full advantage of the high-level design capabilities of Altium Designer to accelerate system development.

Hikvision to Integrate ObjectVideo, TI Technology into Video Products
ObjectVideo, Inc., the leader in intelligent video, and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced a strategic win with Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, the leading provider of video surveillance products in China. Through this partnership, Hikvision will incorporate ObjectVideo(R)’s award-winning smart analytics technology running on a TI digital signal processor-based (DSP) platform into its video products. The technology is licensed through WPG System, the ObjectVideo OEM distribution partner for the Asia Pacific region.

Arrow Electronics to Distribute PHYTEC Rapid Development Kits
The North American Components (NAC) business of Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) announced it has entered into an agreement with Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) to distribute PHYTEC Rapid Development Kits, powered by ADI’s Blackfin processor, to original equipment and contract manufacturers across North America. The Development Kits should enable manufacturers to differentiate their products and get them to market faster.

Intel to Roll Out 45nm Penryn Processors This Year
Marking the next step in Intel’s “tick-tock” product strategy and cadence to deliver a new process technology with an enhanced microarchitecture or entirely new microarchitecture every year, Intel Corporation will begin producing its next-generation Penryn family of processors in the second half of this year. These new processors benefit from enhancements to the Intel(R) Core(TM) microarchitecture and also Intel’s industry-leading 45nm Hi-k process technology with its hafnium-based high-K + metal gate transistor design, which results in higher performance and more energy-efficient processors.

ST Licenses MIPS’ 64-bit Architecture
MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer, networking, personal entertainment, communications and business applications, announced that STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) has licensed MIPS Technologies’ 64-bit architecture for its cooperation with the Chinese Institute of Computing Technologies.

Atmel Unveils 125-kHz ATA2270-EK1 RFID Evaluation Kit
Atmel(R) (Nasdaq: ATML) announced the availability of the ATA2270-EK1125-kHz RFID demo kit. This new kit enables the evaluation and prototyping of Atmel’s wide portfolio of LF IDIC(R)s, which are used in a broad range of RFID applications including access control, industrial automation, loyalty cards, anti-counterfeiting, and animal identification. This stand-alone kit is ideal for the evaluation and customization of RFID solutions without requiring advanced knowledge of RF engineering.

TCS, Tata Sell Holding in SITEL India
SITEL India was a joint venture between Tata Group and Sitel, formed in 2000, with both parties holding 50% of the equity. TCS, which holds 40% stake and Tata International Limited, which holds a 10 per cent stake, have agreed to sell their respective stake in the JV.

BFO Rolls Out Java PDF Library 2.7.8
Big Faceless Organization (BFO), has released a new version of their market leading Java PDF Library. Version 2.7.8 provides significant improvements to clients using the PDF Viewer extension to build interactive viewers.

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Fujitsu 16-Bit 16FX MCUs Feature Ultra-Low Power, 32-bit Processing
A new series of next-generation 16-bit microcontrollers announced by Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) meets the automotive industry’s requirements for high computing power and high integration with very low power consumption, saving battery life and reducing the total system cost.

Altera to Showcase Embedded Technologies at ESC
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) will showcase its industry-leading embedded technologies and programmable logic at the 2007 Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley. Through conference tracks, in-booth presentations and demonstrations, attendees will learn how to turn their embedded ideas into reality faster and in a more cost-efficient manner. Attendees will see proof that the Nios(R) II embedded processor, combined with Altera’s latest portfolio of FPGAs and easy-to-use development tools, offers a powerful competitive edge.

Solid Information Technology to Showcase Database Solutions at ESC
Solid(TM) Information Technology, the leading provider of fast, always-on and affordable database solutions, will be exhibiting at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in San Jose, Calif. A global technical conference that brings together the world’s technology experts from over 16 different countries, ESC is the perfect venue for Solid to demonstrate solidDB, the fast, always-on, and affordable database for OEM and Embedded implementations.

Synopsys, Arm Improve Productivity for Mobile, Consumer Applications
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, and ARM [(LSE: ARM; (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], announced the immediate availability of a fully automated implementation flow enabled by Synopsys IC Compiler for high-performance and low-power applications. The Galaxy(TM) Design Platform RTL-to-GDSII flow for the synthesizable ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-A8 processor includes DC Topographical technology, the DFT MAX solution and the latest physical design technology available in IC Compiler. This portable Synopsys flow, along with the ARM processor and physical IP, delivers a 5-10x improvement in designer productivity compared to the original optimized, semi-custom approach. The flow has also delivered more than 1000 DMIPS at 500MHz performance in a 65-nanometer (nm) low-power process technology and is capable of achieving over 1700 DMIPS at 850MHz for advanced consumer applications when targeted at high-performance 65-nm process technologies.

SiRF, Motorola to Unify Common APIs for Location-Enabled Services
SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: SIRF) announced an agreement with Motorola that will further enable the global developer community to harness the power of location for application development. Through this agreement, Motorola and SiRF will harmonize their respective location-enabling APIs, making it possible for location applications to be written once, deployed across a wide range of handsets and fully integrated with a mobile device’s native applications — from calling, messaging and browsing to address books, calendars and email.

Fujitsu Unveils Driver-Assistance FlexRay Controller
Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) introduced the FlexRay(TM) controller, the MB91F465XA. Designed for driver-assistance applications, the MB91F465XA is built around a Fujitsu FR 70 32-bit CPU, with an internal clock speed of 100MHz and voltage range of 3.0V to 5.5V. Based on the E-Ray core licensed from Robert Bosch GmbH, the device uses VHDL code certified by TUV Nord, supports 2-channel and FIFO operations, and supports 218 different identifiers by providing more than 8kBytes of message buffer memory.

Kontron ThinkIO-Duo Fanless Top-Hat Rail PC Features Two Cores
Kontron announced the release of the Kontron ThinkIO-Duo, the latest model in its top-hat, fan less PC range. Complex applications which demand the high standards of Intel(R) Dual-core technology will thrive from its robust design and high computing performance.

Intercept Technology, DesignAdvance to Integrate PCB Tools
Intercept Technology, Inc., a leader in advanced PCB/Hybrid/RF electrical engineering applications, and DesignAdvance Systems, Inc., a leading developer of innovative design automation software, announced that they have entered into a partnership to integrate Intercept Technology’s printed circuit board (PCB) layout software, Pantheon, with DesignAdvance’s PCB placement design and automation technology, CircuitSpace(TM). The integration of Pantheon and CircuitSpace will make it possible for PCB designers to automatically cluster and locally place components in the Pantheon layout environment.

Ambric to Present Paper, Serve on Panel at Multicore Expo
Steve Frison, vice president of software engineering and Mike Butts, a Fellow and lead chip architect at fabless semiconductor company, Ambric Inc. Mr. Frison will present a paper entitled, “Solving the Programming Bottleneck for Massively-Parallel MIMD Applications.” Mr. Butts will serve on a panel discussing the topic “Will Interconnect Be A Bottleneck for Multicore Platforms?”