News – 2007.04.09 – Early Edition

Agilent Offers Battery-Power Option for Oscilloscopes
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced battery-power options for all 16 of its 6000 Series digital storage oscilloscopes (DSOs) and mixed signal oscilloscopes (MSOs), giving engineers and technicians the ability to make high-performance measurements in environments where line power is unavailable.

Silicon, MEMS Vendors Face Monolithic Timing Device Industry
Vendors of solutions based on silicon and micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) face an uphill battle to make a dent in the huge market for timing devices, according to a recent study from ABI Research. The market was and is dominated by quartz crystal oscillator technology. Most of the largest crystal oscillator vendors – Epson Toyocom, NDK, Kyocera, and KDS – are Asia-Pacific based companies, and they rule the market, mass-producing low-cost crystal oscillators to feed the huge regional consumer electronics industry. That situation will continue beyond the end of the report’s forecast period in 2011.

Design Concepts in Power Stage for Solar- or Fuel-cell Applications
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) and Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, the largest operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), will present a live Analog eLab(TM) webcast for designers entitled “New Design Concepts in a Power Stage for Solar- or Fuel-cell Applications” on Wednesday, April 11, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. CDT (18:00 hrs CET). The webcast will highlight new options for generating operating voltage supplies from very low-voltage sources. During the webcast, TI analog expert Bill Klein, P.E., and eLab panelists Toshiyuki (Rick) Zaitsu of TI and Angela Suen of Avnet will discuss new ways of thinking about circuit design and how the latest generation of synchronous boost converters can be implemented to achieve successful results.

Freescale Licenses Power Architecture e200 Core
Extending the reach of Power Architecture(TM) technology in the embedded market, Freescale Semiconductor is licensing its e200 core family to designers of system-on-chip (SoC) devices and application-specific semiconductor products (ASSPs). Freescale will license its e200 cores, which are widely used in the automotive industry, through an agreement with semiconductor intellectual property (IP) licensing specialist IPextreme Inc.

Agilent Announces New Parametric Test Platform
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) introduced its next-generation parametric test platform, which is designed to meet the evaluation needs of engineers working in semiconductor fabs and research environments. The Agilent 4080 Series covers the full range of measurement requirements — from mainstream processes to advanced processes beyond 45nm — with unprecedented performance.

Symphony Studio Simplifies Audio System Design
Freescale Semiconductor has developed a new tool set for its Symphony line of audio digital signal processors (DSPs) to further enable the rapid design of advanced digital audio applications. The tool suite, dubbed Symphony Studio, features an integrated development environment (IDE), which can reduce development time significantly, a critical requirement in the increasingly competitive audio market.

Analog Devices Creates Chip for Portable Ultrasound
Ultrasound examinations are increasingly conducted in non-traditional environments, such as doctor’s offices, ambulatory units, and remote rural or under-developed locations. But the convenience of portability has required manufacturers to sacrifice image quality, limiting the medical diagnoses that can be made with portable ultrasound equipment. A new imaging chip from Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI) promises to greatly ease this trade-off.

Cirronet Introduces 802.15.4 Low-Power Embedded Wireless Module
Cirronet, Inc. (a subsidiary of RF Monolithics, Inc.) introduced enhanced I/O capabilities for its LPR2400/ER family of low-cost, low power 802.15.4 modules. The LPR2400/ER provides sensor data collection for a wide variety of applications that monitor operating conditions of equipment and facilities such as temperature, humidity, lighting, moisture, vibration, barometric pressure and much more.

Micrium RTOS Supports AMCC PowerPC 405EZ Processor
Micrium, a leading provider of high quality embedded software components for consumer, industrial and military applications, announced that its uC/OS-II real time operating system (RTOS) has been successfully ported to Applied Micro Circuits Corporation’s (AMCC) PowerPC 405EZ Acadia platform. The RTOS provides excellent source code at a competitive price and will be included in AMCC’s Acadia Evaluation Kit.