Across the Network – 2007.12.21

Renesas RX Family of Microcontrollers
Renesas Technology recently announced a new CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computer) CPU architecture. The new architecture will improve code efficiency, processing performance, and power consumption. CISC microcontrollers (MCUs) based on the new architecture will be branded as the ‘RX’ family (RX stands for Renesas eXtreme). The new RX architecture will unifying Renesas’ existing CISC architectures into a single platform. The new platform will be compatible with existing CISC products. The first of the enhanced MCUs are expected to become available in the second quarter of 2009. The primary target markets include office automation, digital consumer electronics, industrial systems, and other embedded applications.

AKA LCD Controller IP
Advanced Knowledge Associates (AKA) announced that LCD driver core IP is now available as standard on its range of Prepackaged Reconfigurable Integrated System-on-Module (PRISM) solutions. This removes the need for any external controller or device because video displays can be driven directly from the PRISM’s FPGA. It also simplifies the process of integrating LCD and TFT displays into embedded systems.

Telelogic Rhapsody For Automotive
Rhapsody For Automotive, from Telelogic (STO:TLOG), is a SysML and UML solution designed and customized to address the needs of automotive systems engineers and software developers of automotive electronics. Rhapsody For Automotive is based on Telelogic’s Model Driven Development (MDD) environment.

Darnaw1 FPGA Module
Darnaw1 is a Spartan(TM)-3E FPGA module from Enterpoint. The module enables the use of FPGA technology in industrial and military sectors where the volume or assembly technology available precludes the use of BGA packaged FPGA devices. Encapsulating all the elements to support operation of the FPGA, the module has a simple to solder PGA pinout and operates with a single 3.3V power supply.

Enea dSPEED Platform
The dSPEED Platform, from Enea, is high availability platform designed to manage clusters of Digital Signal Processors (DSPs). dSPEED is a pre-integrated software platform for data plane processing targeting communications infrastructure line cards.

Aldec Active-HDL 7.3
Aldec, Inc. released Active-HDL 7.3 today. The 7.3 release includes multi-threaded HDL compilation, new waveform viewer, and expanded VHDL 2006 construct support. The new version improves performance in VHDL, Verilog, and mixed RTL compilation and simulation. Active-HDL is a mixed-language design creation, FPGA Project Management and simulation environment supporting VHDL, Verilog, SystemVerilog, and SystemC.

IAR YellowSuite for ColdFire Microcontrollers
IAR YellowSuite(TM) for ColdFire® microcontrollers integrates several tools to produce a working design in the shortest possible time. The development tools included in IAR YellowSuite for ColdFire microcontrollers consist of: IAR Embedded Workbench®, for building and debugging the application; IAR visualSTATE®, for design, validation, test and verification of the control logic; IAR PowerPac(TM) RTOS, file system and associated middleware; and an IAR KickStart Kit(TM), to test the application on real hardware.

Actel IGLOO Icicle Kit
Actel Corporation’ $99 Icicle(TM) Kit enables designers to easily and rapidly program, evaluate, and modify low-power IGLOO-based portable designs. The 1.4″ x 3.6″ Icicle evaluation board, which is powered by a lithium-ion battery, consumes less than one-seventh the power of competitive FPGA development solutions in a design the size of a small cell phone. Actel’s Icicle Kit allows designers to closely examine power consumption in various modes.

Mosaic Industries 24/7 Data Acquisition Wildcard
Mosaic Industries’ 24/7 Data Acquisition Wildcard is ideal for applications that require high resolution measurements. It accepts low level signals directly from transducers, amplifies and conditions them, and converts them with 24 bits of resolution with no missing codes. Mounted on any of Mosaic’s single board computers, it provides a high performance analog front end, offering exceptional resolution, stability, and noise rejection.

SANYO CCA-BC200 Automotive Backup Camera System
SANYO Electric Co. selected Altera Corporation’s (NASDAQ: ALTR) Cyclone® II FPGAs and Nios® II embedded processor for the CCA-BC200 Automotive Rear-View Backup Camera System. The Cyclone II FPGA featuring a Nios II embedded processor provides SANYO with a high-performance image-processing solution that minimizes distortion in wide-angle views and hard-to-interpret perspectives. The single-chip FPGA-based approach provides a more compact and reliable solution compared to digital signal processing (DSP) device-based approaches, which typically require two or more devices.

Analog Devices Precision Digital-to-Analog Converters
Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI) recently introduced four new precision digital-to-analog converters (DACs) that significantly improve the reliability of industrial process control applications in harsh factory environments, including those operating under extreme temperatures or high compliance voltages. The offering includes four 12-bit to 16-bit single-channel DACs that integrate user-programmable current source and voltage output, making them ideally suited for factory process control, distributed control, and smart transmitter systems. By eliminating the need for bulky discrete analog circuitry and mechanical pin-strapped configurations, the DACs reduce board space by as much as 70 percent compared to competing solutions, enabling system design engineers to deliver more cost- and space-efficient industrial equipment.

Pentek Model 7141 Dual Multiband Transceiver
Pentek’s Model 7141 Dual Multiband Transceiver with FPGA is a complete software radio system for connection to HF or IF ports of a communications system and joins Pentek’s family of high-performance PMC/XMC transceiver modules. Model 7141 is an enhanced successor to Pentek’s Model 7140 transceiver, which is widely deployed by many customers for SIGINT, software radio, and communications applications. Pentek has significantly boosted analog performance in the Model 7141 so that the signal-to-noise ratio and the spurious free dynamic range are improved by 10 dB, when compared to many competitive products.

Physik Instrumente P-737 PIFOC Piezo-Z Stage
PI’s (Physik Instrumente) P-737 PIFOC Piezo-Z Stage is a high performance nanopositioning Z control system. The P-737 is specifically designed for biotech research microscopes utilizing deconvolution and 3D imaging techniques. The P-737 PIFOC specimen Z-stage features up to 250 µm travel, millisecond responsiveness, and nanometer precise motion under closed-loop control.