EDA News – 2007.05.02

ADI Blackfin Powers AfibAlert Atrial Fibrillation Monitor
Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI), a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and DSP (digital signal processing), announced that Lechnologies Research, Inc. is using the Blackfin Processor in its innovative new AfibAlert(TM) atrial fibrillation monitor. The AfibAlert is designed for daily use in the home to record and analyze heart rhythm data, and indicates via a red or green light if the patient should transmit his or her data to a physician for further analysis. Lechnologies selected ADI’s Blackfin processor because of its hybrid design, low power requirements and expandability.

TI Configurable Codec Enables Independent Converter Sampling
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced a 24-bit audio codec that supports asynchronous operation, allowing the analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and digital-to-analog converter (DAC) to operate with independent clocks. In applications such as DVD/Blu-Ray/HD-DVD recorders, digital televisions, digital set-top boxes and car navigation systems, audio signals often need to be decoded and encoded at separate sampling rates, which drives the need for an asynchronous audio codec.

Tundra Rolls Out Tsi384 Four-lane PCI Express to PCI-X Bridge
Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), the leader in System Interconnect, launched the Tundra Tsi384(TM) four-lane PCI Express (PCIe) to PCI-X Bridge. The Bridge is pin compatible with competing PCIe bridge products and offers superior performance, lower latency, better throughput and lower power consumption than the competitive offering. Customers already sampling Tundra’s PCIe Bridge confirm that the product delivers outstanding performance.

COMMELL Introduces LE-365 Embedded Fanless Miniboard
Taiwan Commate Computer Inc.(COMMELL), the worldwide leader of Single Board Computers, introduced the 3.5″ LE-365 Embedded Fanless Miniboard. This single board consists of the highly efficient VIA Eden 1GHz processor, drawing a max. power 5W with the VIA PadLock Security Engine, and the CX700M is based on a highly sophisticated power efficient architecture that enables such rich integration into a compact package with a maximum power envelope of just 3.5 watts. The CX700M features the VIA UniChrome(TM) Pro II Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP) ensuring optimal performance for all multimedia, entertainment, and productivity applications.

NemeriX to Present Benefits of Innovative GPS Solutions at ConfigCon
Over the next 24 months, consumers will benefit from instantly accessible location services based upon the way that they live, and not solely based upon a discrete personal navigation device, according to a leading maker of GPS chipsets on which PNDs depend.

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Strategic Test Synchronizes 270 Oscilloscope Cards with Multiple PC’s
Strategic Test has introduced the System Star Hub option for the UltraFast(TM) Oscilloscope/Digitizer, AWG and Digital I/O and Digital Pattern Generator PCI cards. For the first time, this allows up to 270 cards installed in multiple PC’s to be synchronized allowing systems with up to 4336 analog channels or 8672 digital channels.

SYSGO Ranks First in Embedded Linux Market Survey
SYSGO, the global supplier of highly reliable device software, was ranked first among commercial embedded Linux suppliers in the recently-published LinuxDevices.com seventh annual Embedded Linux Market Survey. This survey also showed Linux continuing to grow as the dominant embedded OS for 32 and 64-bit designs (approaching 50%), and that over 60% of developers surveyed look to commercial suppliers for support and service. While the poll also indicated that less than a quarter of developers today build on commercially-supplied platforms, respondents indicated an increasing preference to “buy” vs. “build”.

France Telecom, Ember Enable Wireless Safety Monitoring of Elderly
New wireless technology from France Telecom Orange and Ember may someday enable eldercare facilities and people with elderly family members to keep tabs on their loved ones from afar. France Telecom Orange’s R&D Group is developing a ZigBee-based network system that lets caregivers track the movement of elderly relatives living independently, as well as nursing home residents. Elderly people wearing a ZigBee-based tagging sensor, would automatically set off a notification of their whereabouts in the event they wander away from a premise.

Yamaha Network Home Theater Connects with Cirrus Logic ARM9 Processor
When designers at Yamaha recently searched for the right products to enable connectivity within their new generation of network home theater receivers, they turned to Cirrus Logic Inc.’s (Nasdaq:CRUS) EP9301 ARM9(TM) embedded processor. The Cirrus Logic system-on-a-chip processor provides the processing and connectivity muscle for Yamaha’s RX-V2700 7.1-channel and RX-N600 6.1-channel network home theater receivers. The receivers use the EP9301′s integrated Ethernet controller, which allows consumers to access music from a PC or the Internet, while the EP9301′s integrated USB port allows consumers to play music from a flash drive or portable music player.

BSQUARE Offers Windows CE Support for Embedded Intel Architecture Chipsets
BSQUARE (Nasdaq:BSQR) announced support for OEMs using Microsoft Windows CE with select Embedded Intel(R) Architecture Chipsets. Seeing the growing OEM demand for Windows CE support in gaming, industrial control, and medical device markets, Intel collaborated with BSQUARE to make Windows CE Board Support Packages (BSPs) available for its Embedded Intel Architecture Chipsets.