News – 2007.06.14 – Early Edition

Dynapar Announces Next Generation BiSS Encoder Protocol
Dynapar, a leading manufacturer of encoders and resolvers for motion feedback, announced the next generation of the BiSS(TM) protocol developed by iC Haus. BiSS Model C provides on-the-fly bidirectional communication between an encoder and a motor drive controller, the first time that this capability is available in a serial encoder protocol. Now secondary data such as temperature, acceleration, alarm description, and safety bits can be communicated without the need to stop collecting position data, which could require stopping the machine.

ANADIGICS Announces Compatibility Between ZeroIC PAs, QUALCOMM Designs
ANADIGICS, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANAD) announced that its new ZeroIC(TM) power amplifiers (PAs) are compatible with 3G reference designs based on the RTR6500(TM) and second-generation QSC(TM) family of single-chip solution products from QUALCOMM. ANADIGICS ZeroIC(TM) products deliver best-in-class operating time by cutting overall battery power requirements by more than 75%, as compared to competitors’ two-stage amplifiers. They are designed to work with the QUALCOMM RTR6500(TM) transceiver, and with second-generation QUALCOMM Single-Chip(TM) (QSC(TM)) solutions which integrate the CDMA2000 1X radio transceiver, baseband modem, power management, and multimedia engines into a single chip.

Mentor Graphics Keynotes Two EDA Tech Forum Events
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced that Walden C. Rhines, the company chairman and CEO, will present keynote addresses at upcoming EDA Tech Forum Events in Poland and the UK. EDA Tech Forum, a key technical and networking resource for the electronics engineering community, holds a number of one-day conferences throughout the world each year.

KUKA Robotics Creates Largest, Strongest Robot
KUKA Robotics Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, introduced the world’s largest and strongest robot. The KUKA KR 1000 titan 6-axis robot has a payload capacity of 1000 kg and a reach of 3200 mm and is designed to handle extremely heavy lifting and manipulation applications. The robot is ideally suited for industries requiring a heavyweight robot including the building materials, automotive and foundry industries.

Concurrent Technologies Unveils 3U CompactPCI Single Board Computer
For harsh operating environments Concurrent Technologies introduces a low power, 3U CompactPCI(R) single board computer (SBC) supporting the 1.4 GHz Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor LV 738. The TP 302/320 range combines the performance of the Intel Pentium M processor with the Intel(R) 855GME GMCH chipset and up to 1Gbyte of soldered 333MHz DDR SDRAM. The board operates as a system controller for up to 7 peripheral boards including hot-swap control. Two industrial grade options are available, the 1.4 GHz TP 302/320-K (-40°C to +85°C) or the 1.4 GHz TP 302/320-E (-25°C to +70°C). Commercial grade options (0°C to +55°C) are also available, using either the 1.4 GHz or 1.8 GHz Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor. These 3U CompactPCI boards are well suited to applications within the transportation, industrial-control, automation, scientific, telemetry, defence, security, and aerospace markets.

IMEC Presents Results of FinFET Research
At this week’s VLSI Symposium, IMEC presents significant progress in the manufacturability, circuit performance and reliability of FinFETs. The results advance FinFET process technology towards being a candidate for the 32nm node and beyond. FinFETs are a promising approach to address short-channel effects and leakage issues when scaling CMOS towards the 32nm node and beyond. Doping fluctuations in nano-scale planar devices are one of the several concerns in further scaling, while FinFETs have the potential of being able to operate without channel dopants. IMEC has improved its process to yield reproducible FinFETs with fin widths down to 5nm and high aspect ratio using 193nm immersion lithography and dry etching. By using these ultra-thin body devices, the need of channel doping is eliminated. This results in reduced parametric spread due to dopant fluctuations together with reduced junction leakage.

VMETRO Rolls Out High-Frequency Clock Generator Module
VMETRO announced a flexible high-frequency clock generator PMC/XMC module, the XCLK1. The module provides up to five phase matched, low jitter, sample clocks for high speed analog to digital converters at rates of up to 2GHz per channel. The XCLK1 solves the difficult problem of generating high-speed clock sources in a small, low cost format suitable for high-performance embedded applications such as SigInt, spectral analysis and RADAR.