EDA News – 2008.02.07

NXP Creates Nexperia PNX4902 for Ultra Low-Cost Handsets
NXP Semiconductors announced it is expanding its range of fully-integrated GSM/GPRS single-chip solutions for the Ultra Low-Cost (ULC) handset market with the Nexperia single chip solution PNX4902. Representing the ULC+ concept, this solution enables a new generation of high-quality, feature-packed cellphones at an ultra-low cost point.

Strategic Test Unveils 16-channel PCI Express Data Acquisition Cards
Strategic Test Corp. has announced two new 250 kHz 16-bit data acquisition cards for PCI Express. Unique features include the options for dual-timebase sampling, synchronous digital inputs, asynchronous digital I/O and the possibility to synchronize up to 4336 channels.

National Instruments Acquires microLEX Systems
National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) announced that it has acquired all of the outstanding shares of microLEX Systems A/S. National Instruments expects this acquisition to expand its growth in the professional and consumer video and audio test market.

Digi Unveils ConnectCore 9P 9215 Flexible Ethernet Networking Module
Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) introduced the ConnectCore 9P 9215 flexible ARM9-based Ethernet networking module. It features two Flexible Interface Modules (FIMs) built into Digi’s new ARM9 microprocessor that will allow customers to load and use application-specific interfaces such as Secure Digital, Controller Area Network (CAN), 1-Wire, additional UARTs and others.

ABI Research Publishes Report on GPS-Enabled Mobile Devices
Presently, most handsets with integrated GPS are smartphones or high-end feature phones, with wholesale prices in the range of $250 to $500. However, the wholesale ASP (Average Selling Price) of GPS-enabled handsets will fall under $200 by 2010.

SMSC Introduces USB332x Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Transceiver
SMSC (Nasdaq: SMSC) announced its latest advance in Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity, the USB332x transceiver family. These new Hi-Speed USB transceivers from SMSC set new standards for integration and small size, helping designers meet the tight board space and cost requirements of portable products.

INSIDE Contactless Debuts Latest MicroRead Multi-Standard NFC Chip
Maintaining its position as the undisputed leader and trend setter in the near field communication (NFC) market, INSIDE Contactless introduced the latest version of its MicroRead® multi-standard NFC chip, a third-generation product that sets a new standard for ease of integration.

CSR Creates Enhanced Global Positioning System Technology
CSR announced it has successfully integrated GPS with cellular measurements to create eGPS® (enhanced Global Positioning System) technology capable of providing accurate position information on demand in all environments.

NFC Forum Extends Deadline for Touching the Future Competition
The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, announced it has extended the submission deadline for its Touching the Future: NFC Forum Global Competition to February 29, 2008.

Sealevel Systems Rolls Out Adapter Kits for PC/104 Stacks
Sealevel Systems introduces adapter kits that greatly improve the functionality of PC/104 stacks by making it easier to include CompactFlash memory, hard drives, and other common devices. The kits are mechanical adapters that mount to the PC/104 stack but do not interface to the stack.