EDA News – 2007.04.20

ST Introduces Microcontrollers for 2.5G, 3G Mobile
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) introduced two new secure microcontrollers designed specifically for high-volume 2.5G and 3G (third-generation) mobile-phone SIM cards. The ST21Y036 and ST21Y144 provide 36 Kbytes and 144 Kbytes of user EEPROM, respectively, and they join the ST21Y068, which was announced towards the end of 2006 and is already in volume production. Based on an enhanced 8/16-bit CPU core with up to 16-Mbytes linear addressing capability, the family is produced in a state-of-the-art 0.13-micron EEPROM technology to meet industry demands for high volumes, short lead times and competitive pricing.

austriamicrosystems, IBM Team on Advanced High-Voltage CMOS Process
IBM and austriamicrosystems (SWX:AMS) announced the signing of a development agreement for an advanced high-voltage (HV) complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) process technology to be used in a range of consumer, automotive, industrial and medical applications.

Mobile Phone Shipments Grow Slower in Q1 2007
The worldwide mobile phone market demonstrated continued growth during the first quarter of 2007. According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped 256.4 million units, a year-on-year increase of 10.0% for the first quarter of 2007. However, the shipments were 13.8% lower than the record shipments in the previous quarter; the decline was expected owing to the seasonality of the market.

NEC Announces First Certified Wireless USB Chips
NEC Electronics Corporation announced that the company’s µPD720170 Wireless USB host controller for PCI interfaces and µPD720180 Wireless USB device wire adapter (DWA) are among the first products to be certified by the USB Implementers Forum, Inc. (USB-IF). NEC Electronics’ USB-IF-certified host controller and DWA make it easy and economical for designers to implement ultra wideband (UWB) wireless technology between USB peripherals and computers or consumer electronics products via a quick relay of data chunks based on Certified Wireless USB technology.

hueggenberg Offers OFDM and DVB-H Mobile Technologies Courses
hueggenberg gbr, the experienced firm for technical training courses, presents two technical courses for mobile technologies: From May 22nd to 24th the three-day-course “OFDM for Advanced Wireless Communications” (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) will take place in Munich. It will be followed by a one-day-course on DVB-H on May 25th. This lecture is based on OFDM ground rules and gives an introduction to the Physical Layer of Digital Video Broadcast for Handhelds (DVB-H).

AXIOMTEK Rolls Out Intel Core 2 Duo Mini ITX Motherboard
AXIOMTEK, as a trusted Applied Computing Platform provider, is pleased to release a new high performance Mini ITX motherboard, the SBC86831. Powered by Intel(R) 945GME+ICH7M chipset, the Mini ITX SBC supports dual core processor especially for generic transaction terminal markets. The SBC86831 supports Socket M compliant processors with 533/667MHz FSB (front side bus) including Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo, Core Duo, Core Solo and Intel(R) Celeron(R) M processors. It comes with dual DDR2 DIMM sockets support maximum up to 3GB of memory capacity. Its rich I/O features enables customer’s system easily is applied in various applications; such as, DSA (Digital Signage Appliance), DVR (Digital Video Recorder), gaming and more.

Gleichmann Electronics Acquires Sunrise Electronics
Gleichmann & Co. Electronics GmbH with its headquarters in Frankenthal, Germany has acquired the British company Sunrise Electronics Ltd. Established 15 years ago, Sunrise Electronics Ltd. – with more than 120 design-wins in the last year – is NEC Electronics’ most successful distributor in the United Kingdom, closely followed by Gleichmann Electronics UK Ltd. According to Thomas Klein, Managing Director of Gleichmann & Co. Electronics GmbH in Germany, the future fusion of the British daughter company Gleichmann Electronics UK Ltd. with the new daughter company Sunrise Electronics Ltd. in Gleichmann-Sunrise Ltd. is not only to further expand its position as NEC Electronics’ leading distributor in the United Kingdom. “The acquisition of Sunrise Electronics Ltd. by the parent company Gleichmann & Co. Electronics GmbH also makes us NEC Electronics’ Number 1 Europe-wide distributor,” he says with pleasure.