News – 2007.05.18 – Early Edition

CoWare Wins LSI Award for Virtual Platform Product Family
CoWare(R), Inc., the leading supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services, announced that its Virtual Platform Product Family was given the Excellence Award in the design environment & development tools category at the 14th annual LSI of the Year Award ceremony. Hosted by Sangyo Times and Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd., the awards were presented on May 16, the opening day of the Embedded Systems Expo and Conference (ESEC) in Tokyo, Japan. CoWare’s newest product family has been honored with a number of awards since its introduction in March 2006.

SENA Introduces Serial Device Server for Device Networking
The LS110 is a cost-effective single-port device server that connects RS-232 serial devices such as printers, scales, medical equipment, manufacturing machinery, barcode readers, card readers, point-of-sale equipment, and other data acquisition devices to 10Base-T Ethernet network. The unit supports advanced features such as telnet COM port control protocol support (RFC2217 compliant), and Built-in surge protection.

Sensor Switch Launches nLIGHT Lighting Control System
Sensor Switch, the industry leader in the development of occupancy sensor products and technology, introduced its latest innovation, nLight, at LIGHTFAIR 2007. nLight is the first lighting control system of its kind and consists of a network of intelligent lighting control devices. Additionally, nLight’s revolutionary architecture provides for system level control while still enabling zones of nLight devices to self-commission and function independently, eliminating the need for centrally hardwired equipment.

Casio Designs EXILIM Digital Camera IC with Synopsys Design Compiler
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that CASIO COMPUTER CO., Ltd. has adopted Synopsys’ Design Compiler(R) topographical technology to shorten the design schedule for its next-generation EXILIM(R) digital camera chips. The ever-decreasing shelf-life of consumer electronics products poses serious challenges for Casio’s design engineers, whose key to success lies in bringing their next-generation cameras to market faster and cheaper. Design Compiler topographical technology provides accurate information about chip performance early in the design process, creating a predictable design cycle that allows Casio designers to discover and fix design issues during synthesis for much faster design closure.

Computer Solutions Offers Micro Digital USB Drivers
Now available from Computer Solutions are the Micro Digital range of USB drivers – the smxUSBH(tm) USB host stack, the smxUSBD(tm) USB device stack and the smxUSBO(tm) ‘On-The-Go’ stack – all of which help embedded developers by providing easy interfacing between their embedded systems and USB.

45nm Wafer Cleaning Solutions Start to Emerge
Potential solutions are starting to emerge for preparing wafers for manufacturing at and beyond the 45 nm technology generation, technologists indicated at a recent industry meeting organized by SEMATECH. The 2007 Surface Preparation and Cleaning Conference, held here in late April, reported several techniques for non-damaging particle removal from wafer surfaces, along with multiple methods for removing photoresist with minimal silicon and oxide loss.

Samsung Creates 8GB microSD Memory Card
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology solutions, announced that it has developed an 8Gigabyte (GB) microSD (Secure Digital) memory card, a size optimal for today’s multimedia mobile phones. Featuring the highest capacity today for a microSD card, the new fingernail-sized card is capable of storing 2,000 MP3 music files, 4,000 digital photos, or approximately five DVD-quality movies.

EDA Consortium to Kick Off DAC
EDA Consortium (EDAC) will host the industry reception, co-sponsored by EDN Worldwide and the TSMC design ecosystem. Ron Wilson, executive editor EDN Magazine and Ed Sperling, editor-in-chief Electronic News will moderate the panel discussion.

Elma Introduces VXS Payload Extender Boards
Elma Bustronic, an industry leading designer and manufacturer of high performance backplanes and system accessories, has announced the industry’s first VXS Payload Extender Boards. Previously, the company released extenders for the switch card slots. These cards are for the payload or node slots.

eSOL’s PrKERNELv4 RTOS Supports Faraday’s ARM Embedded Processor
Faraday Technology (TAIEX: 3035) announced that its ARM(TM)-compliant embedded CPU is now supported by eSOL’s µITRON 4.0-compliant Real-Time OS (RTOS), PrKERNELv4, for the Japan embedded industry. By partnering with eSOL, a leading embedded software developer, now Faraday has the capability to offer not only a proven µITRON RTOS but also various middleware and driver supports to its Japanese customers. µITRON porting to Faraday’s FA526 (ARMv4-compliant) and FA626TE (ARMv5TE-compliant) will be done by end of Q2 and Q4 2007 respectively.