EDA News – 2008.01.31

Toumaz to Present Paper at International Solid State Circuits Conference
Toumaz Technology Limited announced that it will deliver a key paper on its Sensium(tm) system at the IEEE’s International Solid State Circuits Conference 2008 (ISSCC, San Francisco Marriott Hotel, February 3rd – 7th 2008). The paper is entitled “A 1V Micropower System-on-Chip for Vital Sign Monitoring in Wireless Body Sensor Networks”

CSR, Motorola Form EGPS Forum for Enhanced Global Positioning System
CSR and Motorola announced that they intend to create an open industry forum to evaluate and foster enhanced Global Positioning System (EGPS) technologies. When used on a mobile device, EGPS technologies augment GPS to provide timely and accurate position information in demanding environments.

Kontron Introduces CRTtoLCD-8 Flat Panel Controller
The Kontron CRTtoLCD-8 is the first product to have a wide range power supply (12 – 24 volt) and is specially designed to support industrial applications. The flat panel controller is an interface, converter and scaler board between graphic sources and flat panels. The Kontron CRTtoLCD-8 is mechanically compatible with the other members of the Kontron CRTtoLCD family.

Micron Creates DevCam HD Reference Design for Ultra-Compact Devices
Micron Technology, Inc. (NYSE:MU), introduced a new imaging solution that enables ultra-compact HD digital video cameras for a number of portable devices including pocket camcorders, security systems and PC cameras.

Aeroflex Releases Signal Safari v7.0 for Simulation, Analysis
Signal Safari(tm) v7.0 enables advanced analysis of complex communications signal environments. This new version of Signal Safari software provides complete multi-dimensional testing operations and advanced analysis and data generation capabilities for complex wireless communication research and development, microwave testing, signal analysis and satellite communication link test.

NXP, Purple Labs Debut Sub-$100 3G Linux Mobile Phone Reference Design
NXP Semiconductors and Purple Labs announced the release of a 3G Linux reference feature phone offering video telephony, music playback, high-speed Internet browsing and video streaming at a transfer price below US$100. The new Purple Magic phone serves as a reference design for phone manufacturers creating entry-level 3G handsets.

Avnet Rolls Out Virtex-5 LXT/SXT Development Kit in Asia
Avnet Electronics Marketing announced the release of the Xilinx(R) Virtex(TM)-5 LXT/SXT Development Kit. The new kits support the LX50T, LX110T, SX50T, or SX95T Virtex(TM)-5 devices, and take advantage of the world’s first 65nm FPGAs.

OKI Creates LCD Controller LSI with NTSC, PAL, SECAM Video Decoder
Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:6703) announced it has developed LCD controller LSIs for small and mid-size LCD monitors that include video decoders compatible with the three major video standards (NTSC, PAL, SECAM) and video adjustment functions. Volume shipment is expected in Oct. for ML86V8209 and Dec. for ML86V8207.

Merlin Robotics Announces Robosnake
Merlin Robotics have been working in association with Nottingham Trent University to produce an intriguing robotic snake that uses not only muscle actuation but also linear sensors to function.

Altera Receives Excellent Supplier Award from Mindray Medical
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced it has received the 2007 “Excellent Supplier Award” from Mindray Medical International Limited (NYSE: MR). Altera was the only FPGA vendor honored with an award at the 2007 Mindray Supplier Conference.