EDA News – 2007.04.12

Mobile Broadband Consumer Electronics to Reach 50 Million
No sooner has the market for consumer electronics devices incorporating Wi-Fi begun to gain real traction than another, based on high-speed connections via 3G cellular technologies or mobile WiMAX, is starting to take shape. According to a new study from ABI Research, portable consumer electronics – digital cameras, media players, portable game devices, and more – are beginning to offer direct mobile broadband connections to the Internet. By 2012, annual shipments of such devices are expected to approach 50 million.

MontaVista Offers Open Source Webinars
MontaVista(R) Software, Inc., the global leader in embedded Linux(R), announced a free educational webinar series for embedded systems software developers. The first topic in the series will highlight how Linux and Eclipse have revolutionized the industry, leading to dramatic gains in developer efficiency.

Let It Wave Announces HDTV Standards Converter
Let It Wave(R) announces a breakthrough HDTV standards converter on a single chip device. Developed for broadcast, post and live production equipment manufacturers, Let It Wave’s product smartly computes intermediate HDTV frames creating high quality HD images while converting between 50Hz and 60Hz video formats.

ADLINK Unveils Low-Cost 16-bit Resolution PCI DAQ Card
ADLINK Technology Inc. announces the release of the PCI-9221, a low-cost multi-function 16-bit resolution DAQ card featuring a sampling rate up to 250kS/s. The PCI-9221 also provides a programmable I/O supporting digital I/O (TTL), general-purpose timer/counters, motor encoder inputs, and PWM (pulse width modulation) outputs for simple motion control. The PCI-9221 is the first ADLINK DAQ card to combine data acquisition and motion control, providing an optimal combination of analog and digital I/O with motion control capabilities for test and measurement system integrators and laboratories.

Embedded Masterclass Event Attracts Engineers from Across UK
The embedded systems event, The Embedded Masterclass, set to take place on the 3rd May, looks set to be another success. Engineers from technology companies across the UK have registered to attend and many leading embedded technology vendors have agreed to exhibit and present their latest products. This event is becoming increasingly popular as an important networking opportunity for hi-tech design engineers and embedded systems software developers.

Keithley Debuts Automated Characterization Suite Integrated Test System
Keithley Instruments, Inc. (NYSE:KEI), a leader in solutions for emerging measurement needs, announces the availability of ACS (Automated Characterization Suite) integrated test systems for semiconductor characterization at the device, wafer, and cassette level. With ACS integrated test systems, Keithley has created a variety of highly configurable and flexible test systems for semiconductor characterization that offer unique measurement capabilities with powerful automation-oriented software. ACS test systems provide faster measurements and greater system flexibility under one uniform software suite to fit unique test application needs.

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TI Rolls Out Precision Logarithmic Amplifier
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced a DC precision, high-speed (1 micro-second rise and fall time), precision logarithmic amplifier that computes the logarithm or log-ratio of an input current or voltage relative to a reference current or voltage. The LOG114 can handle eight decades of dynamic range and the completely tested log function allows use without external components. The small size of the LOG114 makes it a good fit for single-supply systems with a limited number of supply rails.

Mercury, IPV to Demonstrate Cell Technology for Video Market at NAB
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) and IPV Limited announced that they will hold demonstrations of Cell Technology for the professional video market at NAB2007, April 16-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mercury and IPV are collaborating to develop and deliver software tools, libraries, and applications based on the Cell Broadband Engine(TM) (BE) processor. The Cell BE processor was developed by IBM, Sony, and Toshiba for the Sony Playstation(R) 3 video game console and other consumer electronics devices. Mercury is leading adoption of this powerful multicore processor in non-gaming markets that include, medical imaging, video processing, semiconductor, seismic computation, and ray tracing.

USPTO Awards Patent to Luminescent for Inverse Lithography Technology
Luminescent Technologies, Inc., a provider of revolutionary lithography-enhancement products to the semiconductor industry, has bolstered its intellectual property portfolio with a second patent granted for the company’s Inverse Lithography Technology (ILT), a ground-breaking resolution enhancement technology (RET) solution. The new patent (No. 7,178,127 B2) was issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Feb. 13, 2007. It covers the use of level-set methods when applied to advanced lithography applications.

DRS Technologies to Produce Embedded Diagnostic Kits for Tanks
DRS Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: DRS) announced that it received a $14 million contract to produce Sidecar(TM) Embedded Diagnostic Kits for the U.S. Marine Corps’ (USMC) entire fleet of battle tanks. The contract was awarded to DRS by the U.S. Army’s Tank & Automotive Command (TACOM) in Warren, Michigan, on behalf of the USMC.

WTC Ranks MEMS Companies
WTC has updated its MEMS market data with a global bottom-up survey of the top 30 MEMS companies. WTC identified and interviewed over 60 major organizations during February and March 2007 regarding their current MEMS revenues, products, applications and views of the major changes in the industry. The results are a combination of publicly available figures and validated estimates based on shipments and average selling prices.

IBASE Introduces MB886 IPC Motherboard
IBASE Technology, a leader in embedded computing, is proud to announce the new MB886, an Intel(R) 945G Express Chipset based industrial motherboard that delivers outstanding performance through high-bandwidth interfaces such as dual-channel DDR2 and 1066/800MHz system bus. Supporting the latest Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo processors, the MB886 motherboard is ideal for use in medical, industrial automation, gaming systems and other demanding applications.