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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.

Across the Network – 2007.12.14

Altera Zero-Power MAX IIZ CPLDs
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) created the zero-power MAX® IIZ CPLD to address the power, package and price constraints of the portable applications market. Offering a resource advantage of up to six times the density and three times the I/Os compared to competing traditional macrocell-based CPLDs, MAX IIZ devices allow designers to meet changing functional requirements at the same or lower power while saving board space. MAX IIZ devices deliver the many benefits of CPLDs—including flexibility, faster time to market, and board-level integration—to handsets and other portable applications. Altera optimized MAX IIZ devices to offer the best combination of zero power, small package,and low cost.

Microchip 8-bit Flash Microcontrollers
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) recently announced 12 new high-performance, 8-bit Flash microcontrollers (MCUs). The PIC18F8723 high-memory, general-purpose family offers a rich peripheral set and performance of up to 10 MIPS. The PIC18F4553 family adds an integrated full-speed USB transceiver and 12 MIPS performance. Finally, the PIC18F8493 LCD microcontroller family offers integrated LCD drive capability for low-power display applications.

Actel LCD Control Solutions
Actel Corporation announced solutions for liquid crystal display (LCD) control applications. The new IGLOO Video Demo Board, LCD adaptor boards with LCD panels, the IGLOO Video Demo Kit (IVDK), and display-related reference blocks use the 5 microwatt (µW) IGLOO field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The new offerings will be attractive to the power-sensitive designers of portable and handheld consumer, industrial, medical, automotive, and military devices that utilize small-to-medium LCD displays.

ToneCore DSP Developer Kit
The ToneCore DSP Developer Kit is a solution for digital signal processor (DSP) software developers who create custom sounds for guitarists. The kit enables third-party audio DSP developers with little or no electronic design experience to quickly and easily program audio effects modules for Line 6 ToneCore guitar pedals. Now with the Line 6 ToneCore DSP Developer Kit, all audio designers who write DSP code can create and sell a portable, affordable, battery-powered, stereo audio hardware product for musicians and audio enthusiasts. All it takes is a PC and the kit.

Lattice LatticeSC/M Supports Quad Data Rate
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced FPGA-based support for Quad Data Rate (QDR) II/II+ memory devices. The LatticeSC(TM) and LatticeSCM(TM) FPGA families (LatticeSC/M) now support QDRII/II+ rates up to 750Mbps. The high-speed QDR II and QDR II+ memory controller IP (intellectual property) is implemented in Lattice’s low power Masked Array for Cost Optimization (MACO(TM)) structured ASIC technology.

Cimetrix EDAConnect Interface A Library
EDAConnect, from Cimetrix Incorporated (OTC: CMXX), is a client-side software library designed to assist integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) and third party software providers in creating applications that can utilize the rich data available via the new Interface A connectivity standards commonly known as Equipment Data Acquisition (EDA).

OneSpin Stand-Alone 360 EC-FPGA Equivalence Checker
OneSpin Solutions’ 360 EC-FPGA equivalence checker is now a stand-alone tool. Previously, 360 EC-FPGA was an extension of OneSpin’s 360 EC-ASIC equivalence checker. The stand-alone 360 EC-FPGA equivalence checker is the first sequential equivalence checking solution dedicated to and priced for the FPGA market. 360 EC-FPGA is the only equivalence checker to support all sequential optimizations performed by FPGA synthesis tools. The tool helps designers verify functionality without disabling the advanced synthesis optimizations vital to achieving functional, performance and cost goals.

Renesas SH-MobileL3V2, SH-MobileUL Application Processors
Renesas Technology recently announced two new application processors: SH-MobileL3V2 and SH-MobileUL. The SH-MobileL3V2 offers additional video formats, high-resolution video capture and enhanced functionality to control image quality. The small-package SH-MobileUL provides excellent cost performance and is suitable for use in popular mainstream mobile phone models. The new processors will accelerate the proliferation of advanced multimedia capture and playback on mobile phones and portable media players, enabling both advanced systems that offer higher image quality, as well as lower-priced systems that offer TV and other multimedia features.

Tensilica TRAX-PC Processor Trace
Tensilica®, Inc. added an optional full-speed, non-intrusive instruction trace capability to its configurable processor cores. Tensilica’s TRAX-PC processor trace capture macrocell is Nexus 5001 compatible and ideal for debugging complex, challenging real-time applications such as engine and motor control. Software control and use of the on-chip TRAX hardware is fully integrated into Tensilica’s Xplorer(TM) integrated design environment (IDE) so software engineers can easily develop and debug programs while using the TRAX-PC trace macrocell.

NEC NaviEngine1 LSI for Car Navigation Systems
NaviEngine®1, from NEC Electronics, is a single-chip system LSI solution optimized for car navigation systems. Based on four high-speed CPU cores using the ARM® MPCore(TM) technology with symmetric multi-processing (SMP), NaviEngine1 is capable of simultaneously processing multiple streams of information needed for car navigation systems, including vehicle location, driving directions, and navigation functions. The chip delivers high-speed parallel processing performance of up to 1920MIPS at 400 MHz. In addition, NaviEngine1 has impressive 2D and 3D graphics using the POWERVR SGX 535 graphics core by Imagination Technologies, and is the world’s first system LSI chip with built-in Serial ATA functions.

Precision Synthesis, Xilinx SmartGuide Combo
Precision® Synthesis, from Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT), combined with Xilinx® SmartGuide(TM) technology, reduces design time. Test results conducted jointly over the past year using Mentor’s Precision Synthesis tool and the Xilinx SmartGuide functionality show that users saved an average of 40% in mapping and place-and-route (P&R) time. The combined solution preserves unchanged portions of the design when making small changes, reducing overall design iteration time. Tests performed at Xilinx show that over 97% of the components went unchanged and quality of results (QoR) was maintained in the process. These results have also been verified by mutual customers.

Microwave Office 2007 Design Software Simulation Library
Applied Wave Research, Inc. (AWR®) recently released Microwave Office® 2007 design software simulation library. Microwave Office features NXP Semiconductor’s sixth-generation laterally-diffused metal oxide semiconductor (LDMOS) devices. The simulation library provides power amplifier (PA) and base station design engineers, as well as designers of worldwide interoperability for microwave access (WiMAX) and wireless broadcasting equipment with AWR- and NXP-proven large signal circuit simulation models.

VPN Firewall Upgrade System Patent
O2Micro® International Limited (NASDAQ:OIIM) (SEHK:0457) was issued 17 claims under Great Britain (GB) patent number 2,425,627 for its Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) IC upgrade system in VPN Firewall solutions.

Jasper GamePlan Verification Planner 1.2
Jasper Design Automation recently released GamePlan(TM) Verification Planner version 1.2. GamePlan is a powerful tool for generating and tracking verification plans. In version 1.2, GamePlan now includes the ability to import verification results. After an easy set-up that takes no more than a couple of hours, verification teams can begin reading verification results back into their test plan to efficiently track their verification progress. In addition, GamePlan also delivers improved search capabilities, active hyperlinks in analysis views for easy organization, and a new Undo/Redo feature for improved usability.

Altera Stratix III FPGA Features 1067 Mbps DDR3 Speed
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) Stratix® III FPGAs has achieved DDR3 memory interface speeds in excess of 1067 Mbps. The result is a 33% advantage in memory performance over competing FPGA solutions. The higher memory bandwidth enables new communications, computing, and video processing applications that were either previously impossible or required doubling the number of memory banks. Altera’s Stratix III FPGA family is the industry’s only FPGA to demonstrate full compliance to the JESD79-3 JEDEC DDR3 SDRAM standard, including the performance-critical read/write-leveling specification for maximum system performance.

Across the Network – 2007.12.07

Summit SMB137 Programmable Battery Charger IC
Summit Microelectronics’ SMB137 programmable battery charger IC was designed for mobile consumer electronics. Dual (USB or AC/DC) inputs and outputs (System or Battery) with CurrentPath(TM) automatic arbitration allow system operation with any input source, any battery charge state, or even missing battery. Proprietary TurboCharge(TM) technology yields dramatic reductions in charge time, power dissipation, and solution size compared to conventional charger solutions. The ultra-small solution size, combined with Micro-USB data/power support, enables ultra-thin devices with the convenience of USB battery charging.

IEEE 1588 Clock Synchronization for Lattice FPGA
Today Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced the availability of Industrial Ethernet Intellectual Property (IP) from Oregano Systems Design and Consulting. Oregano ported their IEEE 1588 IP core for clock synchronization over Ethernet to the LatticeXP(TM) and LatticeXP2(TM) FPGA families. Oregano’s IP core implements a popular IEEE standard that is used for many Industrial Ethernet applications to ensure that the various nodes in a network have synchronized real time clocks. The solution can be delivered as a standard IP core or Oregano can program it onto a LatticeXP or LatticeXP2 device and deliver it as an Application Specific Standard Product (ASSP).

NEC 15-inch LCD Modules
NEC LCD Technologies recently introduced two new 15-inch [38 centimeters (cm)-diagonal] amorphous-silicon color thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) modules with extended graphics array (XGA) resolution for industrial equipment such as factory automation controllers, measuring instruments, automatic teller machine (ATM) terminals, kiosks, and point-of-sale (POS) systems. The NL10276BC30-32 is a standard product with brightness of 250 candelas per square meter (cd/m2), while the NL10276BC30-33 has brightness of 350 cd/m2. Both modules conform to the Panel Standardization Working Group (PSWG) standards for 15-inch LCD modules.

Xilinx SPI-4.2 and SFI-4.1 Solutions
Xilinx Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) has developed solutions for the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) System Packet Interface (SPI) 4.2 and SerDes Framer Interface (SFI) 4.1 standards, the industry’s highest performance channelized packet interfaces. Xilinx’s solutions are based on Virtex(TM)-5 LXT FPGAs and feature the ML550 hardware verification board, SPI-4.2 LogiCORE(TM) IP, and SFI-4.1 reference design. Verified across multiple FPGA platforms, the solutions accelerate the design cycle of wired networking systems that require OC-192 (10 Gbps), multiple OC-48 (2.5 Gbps) or 10 Gbps Ethernet interfaces, resulting in much faster time-to-market than competing solutions.

STMicroelectronics LIS331 Motion Sensors
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) introduced a new generation of ‘nano’ three-axis linear accelerometers. The low-power MEMS sensors provide complete output flexibility and embedded smart features. ST’s new 3-axis motion sensors represent a significant step forward in the product’s miniaturization. The 3x3x0.9mm plastic package addresses the space and weight constraints of portable electronic devices. The LIS331 accelerometers deliver high performance at low power consumption and their ultra-compact robust design provides very high immunity to vibration and shock survivability up to 10,000g.

Webinar: How to Quickly Design a Low-Cost ASIC
NEC and Tensilica are sponsoring a webinar on how to quickly design low-cost custom logic. The webcast will take place on Thursday, December 6th at 11 am Pacific (2:00 pm Eastern). The seminar will focus on designing low-cost ASICs using synthesizable 200-megahertz (MHz) 32-bit controllers.

TI TMS320C6452 Digital Signal Processor
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) recently announced the availability of the TMS320C6452 digital signal processor (DSP). The DSPs are designed to optimize price and performance for today’s process intensive multi-channel infrastructure and medical imaging systems. With a more than 30% price reduction over TI’s popular TMS320C6415T DSPs, the new code compatible 900 MHz C6452 DSP allows designers to quickly and easily migrate their designs from the widely deployed C641x based products.

Xilinx SpeedWay Workshops
Avnet Electronics Marketing announced a new series of SpeedWay Design Workshops(TM) featuring Xilinx® technology. The workshops are available in locations across the U.S. through March 2008.

GreenPeak Battery-Free Wireless Communication Devices
GreenPeak Technologies recently introduced new products for ultra-low-power wireless sense and control networks. GreenPeak’s new wireless communication devices leverage three key technologies that enable it to operate in a battery-free environment without cabling. The first is an ultra-low-power wireless transceiver and sensor interface design with efficient power-up and power-down modes that dramatically reduce power consumption. Second is an energy harvesting interface that enables the modules to utilize power provided by e.g. external solar, electromagnetic, and piezo-electric transducers. Third is a mesh technology that enables designers to create extended sensor networks without the need for battery-powered or cabled routing nodes. This innovative mesh technology is also self-forming and self-healing, making it easy and inexpensive to install.

Microtronix ViClaro III Video IP Development Kit
Microtronix, with the help of Altera, recently developed the ViClaro III HD Panel Display Interface – Video IP Development Kit. The ViClaro III kit helps high-definition (HD) video display designers build highly integrated, next-generation HD 1080p, 100-/120-Hz frame rate conversion television sets or panel display systems. The ViClaro III kit, which uses the Cyclone III FPGA as its engine, provides a comprehensive engineering design and evaluation platform. With the kit, designers can efficiently develop video-processing IP algorithms to support an array of display applications providing superior picture quality.

ARM RealView Profiler
ARM (LSE:ARM) (Nasdaq:ARMHY) recently launched their RealView(R) Profiler, which is a tool for non-intrusive analysis of software performance and code coverage of real system workloads running over minutes, hours, or days. Using the tool, developers can typically improve the performance of their application by more than 20%, while at the same time reducing ROM size requirements by a similar amount. The RealView Profiler also includes comprehensive analysis of both statement and branch code coverage, enabling software testing to achieve and demonstrate 100% code coverage to ensure the highest levels of software validation.

Programmable Solutions India 2007
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) and CG-CoreEl will host Programmable Solutions India 2007 on December 11, 2007 in Bangalore and December 13, 2007 in Hyderabad. The events offer a full-day, complimentary line-up of keynotes, presentations, demonstrations and solution centre exhibits at each location to showcase industry-leading programmable solutions. Attendees will learn about silicon, IP, software, solutions and services from Xilinx and its network of solution providers, including Avnet, Nu Horizons, Agilent Technologies, Mentor Graphics, Wind River, iWave, Synplicity, and Nital.

GE Fanuc CC11, CL11 Single Board Computers
GE Fanuc Embedded Systems recently introduced their CC11 and CL11 3U CompactPCI single board computers. The SBCs feature a choice of Intel® Celeron® M (1.06 GHz), Core(TM) Duo (up to 2.0 GHz) or Core(TM)2 Duo (1.5 GHz) processors and up to two Gigabytes of onboard DDR2 SDRAM, each can be ordered as either a system slot or non system slot device. Designed for a broad range of applications including automation, transportation, imaging, medical and robotics, the CC11 and CL11 take maximum advantage of the benefits of CompactPCI in its 3U form factor, delivering high performance in a small, lightweight package. Each board is available in extended temperature range (-40° C to +75° C) forms to enable installation in environments that would otherwise be unsuitable.

New on Embedded Star – 2007.11.30

Texas Instruments TMP421, TMP422 Temperature Sensors
The TMP421 and TMP422, from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN), is the industry’s smallest remote junction temperature sensors with a built-in local temperature sensor. The single remote channel TMP421 and dual remote channel TMP422 provide remote sensor accuracy of +/-1C (maximum) and a local temperature sensor range of +/-1.5C (maximum). Both sensors are RoHS compliant and can be used in numerous applications including LCD/DLP®/LCOS projectors, servers, central office telecom equipment, and laptop computers. They are also suitable for industrial controllers, processor/FPGA temperature monitoring and storage area networks.

ThingMagic M5e-Compact Embedded RFID Engine
The M5e-Compact®, from ThingMagic, is an embeddable RFID engine for printers, handheld readers, and other portable RFID applications. ThingMagic’s M5e-Compact was specifically designed for mobile, portable, and handheld RFID applications. The M5e-Compact is ideal for applications that require economy of power and space. Utilizing ThingMagic’s Mercury OS software and providing a transmit power of +23dBm (200mW), the M5e-Compact provides state of the art performance. The M5e-Compact is EPCglobal Generation 2 DRM compliant, and is optimized for Generation 2 RFID tags. The embedded reader also combines multi-region capability into a single module, enabling immediate, locally compliant deployment of any M5e-Compact in North America, South America (countries adopting the FCC frequency plan), Europe (including TG34), South Korea, Japan and China.

ARC VTOC 4.0 Toolset
The VTOC® 4.0 Toolset, from ARC International (LSE: ARK), creates 100% cycle accurate C++ and SystemC models from Verilog and VHDL RTL. VTOC 4.0 includes a new intelligent code analysis system that enables developers to generate C++ and SystemC models that are more efficient and achieve higher performance. The source code models accelerate the development of performance critical firmware such as device drivers and codecs and functional verification of this software within a complete SoC; a complete software suite can be developed and debugged before the target SoC sees first silicon. ARC IP eXchange, based on VTOC technology, enables IP vendors, semiconductor, and fabless companies to securely deliver C++ and SystemC models to software developers, partners and customers.

Toshiba Ultra-Compact Camera Modules
TAEC’s new family of ultra-compact camera modules feature Dynastron image sensor technology. The family include the TCM9200MD, TCM9100MD and the TCM9000MD. The camera modules were developed using Toshiba’s chip scale camera module (CSCM) manufacturing technology and are the first to use through chip via (TCV) technology. CSCM allows the mounting and assembly of camera module components in the semiconductor wafer during the module’s manufacture. This delivers an approximate 64% reduction in module size in comparison to other modules using the same sensor, a significant benefit for camera phones and laptop computers with challenging design footprint requirements.

The MathWorks Embedded MATLAB
The MathWorks’ Embedded MATLAB(TM) is a subset of the MATLAB® technical computing language. The Embedded MATLAB subset enables MATLAB users to generate highly efficient, embeddable C code directly from MATLAB programs, avoiding the common, time-consuming and error-prone process of rewriting MATLAB algorithms in C.

Freescale M53281KIT Reference Platform for Embedded VoIP
Freescale and Arcturus Networks developed an embedded voice-over-IP (VoIP) reference platform to speed time to market for industrial embedded voice applications using VoIP technology. The solution is available as an evaluation and development kit, a ready-to-use module, or a microcontroller (MCU) and software combination for integration into a hardware and software product.

NXP LPC2900 ARM968E-S Based Microcontrollers
NXP Semiconductors recently introduced their LPC2900 ARM7 microcontrollers. The NXP LPC2900 is based on the ARM968E-S(TM) processor and targets applications in industrial, medical, motor control, and automotive industries. The MCUs provide designers with a cost-effective, flexible low-power solution. The NXP LPC2900 series consists of three ARM9 microcontrollers: the LPC2919, LPC2917, and LPC2915.

Radicom USB Modems
Radicom Research, Inc. rolled out a new line of USB hardware modems. The new modems are available in modular and standalone configurations. The modems process data using their own hardware and do not utilize any processing power of the host computer. The new modems are CDC-compliant and are supported by Microsoft CDC modem drivers and Linux CDC-ACM drivers. They work with Linux, Windows, and Mac operating systems.

TigerJet Tiger581 Single Chip Solution for USB Phones
TigerJet Network’s Tiger581 is the first single chip solution for USB phones with built-in flash drive controller, echo cancellation, and a 16 bit audio codec with speaker phone capability. Integrating all of the required features into a single chip changes the economic argument so dramatically that VoIP solutions in an office environment will migrate from using dedicated headsets towards the use of business type desktop phones with speaker phone capability.

AXIOMTEK MPC170-831-FL Medical Grade Panel Computer
The AXIOMTEK MPC170-831-FL is a high performance fanless 17″ medical grade panel computer. It features streamline mechanical design, super slim thickness, core 2 duo technology, fanless and waterproof design, large size and high brightness SXGA LCD, and noiseless operation. The built-in 1.3 mega pixels camera and microphone/speakers provide a complete solution for VoIP and remote monitoring / telemedicine healthcare terminal. The MPC170-831-FL is designed for POC (Point of Care) and HMI (Human Machine Interface) for medical equipments and remote monitoring / health care terminals (Telemedicine).

STMicroelectronics STW81103 RF Synthesizer
STMicroelectronics’ (NYSE:STM) STW81103 is a RF synthesizer with integrated voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs). it features the highest frequency coverage in the market. The STW81103 is the first single-chip device that operates up to 5GHz, meeting the increasing demand of equipment manufacturers for space and cost-efficient solutions in radio applications with frequencies in the microwave range. Among the applications in which these devices may find application are wireless network infrastructures, CATV systems, instrumentation, and test equipment.

New on Embedded Star – 2007.11.16

Korenix JetNet 5008G-P Embedded Managed Switch Board
Korenix’s JetNet 5008G-P is a Gigabit Embedded Managed Switch Board (EMSB) for industrial and extreme environments. The JetNet 5008G-P is equipped with six 10/100Base-TX ports, two Gigabit RJ-45/SFP Fiber combo ports, and one internal Gigabit RJ-45 port for system connectivity and management. The EMSB is specially designed to combine with an embedded task-specific system.

GE Fanuc Embedded Systems MicroTCA MP-2000, MicroTCA MP-3000 Platforms
GE Fanuc Embedded Systems recently announced the MicroTCA MP-2000 and MicroTCA MP-3000 platforms. Both platforms are scalable — allowing each to be easily upgraded — and pre-validated, meaning that each has been pre-configured and pre-tested, ensuring that customer development and deployment times are kept to the minimum possible. Field-proven IPMI code is provided to ensure interoperability. Each platform is designed to deliver the performance and flexibility needed for cost-sensitive network-centric MicroTCA development applications in a variety of markets including telecom, commercial and military.

Carbon Model Studio
Carbon Model Studio, from Carbon Design Systems, is a solution for the automatic generation, validation, and implementation of hardware-accurate software models, enabling a design team to begin software development and debug before silicon. Carbon Model Studio was designed for the entire design team, from system architects and software engineers to hardware designers and third-party intellectual property (IP) providers. System architects can use Carbon Model Studio for architectural analysis and profiling. Software engineers can develop and debug embedded software, firmware, drivers and diagnostics concurrent with hardware development. In addition, Carbon Models can be securely distributed to third-party partners to accelerate adoption of an IP provider’s technology devices.

Texas Instruments SimpliciTI Network Protocol
The SimpliciTI(TM) network protocol from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) is a proprietary low-power radio frequency (RF) protocol targeting simple, small RF networks (less than 100 nodes). SimpliciTI network protocol was designed for easy implementation with minimal microcontroller resource requirements. Since SimpliciTI network protocol is designed for simple RF networks, it offers a perfect complement to ZigBee(R), which is designed for larger networks with mesh routing and standardized profiles.

Synopsys DesignWare System-Level Library
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) recently announced the DesignWare(R) System-Level Library. The library provides high-performance SystemC transaction-level simulation models (TLMs) for assembling virtual platforms, including instruction set simulators (ISS), and TLMs of Synopsys’ DesignWare Cores and ARM(R) AMBA(R) interconnect components. All DesignWare System-Level Library models are written in SystemC and work in IEEE 1666 (SystemC) compliant simulation environments, making them tool- independent.

Micro Magic MAX-3D 3D Layout Editor
MAX-3D, from Micro Magic, is a true 3D-aware layout editor. MAX-3D can combine distinct process wafers, and allows the designer to view, edit, and connect the independent wafers into one 3D stack chip. The design technique — known as “Through-Si Via Wafer Stacking” — is a new dimension for chip designs. It allows distinct wafers to be stacked on each other, and connected internally. This results in chips with denser designs and higher performance.

Strategic Test UF2e-2031 Oscilloscope Card
Strategic Test’s UF2e-2031 oscilloscope PCI Express card has four 100 MS/s 8-bit ADC’s that are also able to operate in an interpolated mode to acquire two channels at 200 MS/s for increased versatility. Drivers for Microsoft Windows Vista, XP64, XP, and Linux (RedHat, Fedora, SuSe, Sarge) are supplied with the card, as well as the SBench 5.3 oscilloscope program. The UF2e-2031 oscilloscope card is best suited for applications that require cost-effective high-speed data acquisition and deep memory. Applications typically include RADAR, ultrasonics, and communications.

New on Embedded Star – 2007.11.09

WIN Enterprises PL-01039 Network Security Platform
WIN Enterprises PL-01039 is a 1U rack-mount high-performance platform that is easily modifiable to support a range of security applications, including IDS/IPS, firewall, VPN gateway, Unified Threat Management (UTM), antispam, and antivirus. The device’s motherboard, the MB-09042, is also available for OEM purchase. These products support single Intel(R) Dual Core(TM) Xeon(R) LV/ULV processors with 667MHz FSB and offer a broad selection of connector cards to meet an OEM’s specific I/O requirements.

LitePoint IQmax MIMO, IQwave for WiMAX
LitePoint’s IQmax MIMO system targets WiMAX devices with Wave 2 functionality. The mobility adjuncts to the current WiMAX standard (IEEE standard 802.16e-2005) require capabilities beyond those of earlier versions, and LitePoint’s new system provides those capabilities. The current WiMAX mobile radio interface uses scalable orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (SOFDMA) and supports multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) communications technology. The result is greater coverage, lower power consumption, and more efficient spectrum and bandwidth utilization.

IBASE Technology’s (TASDAQ: 8050) IB940 full-size CPU card is designed for industrial computing environment. The board features front size bus of 533/800/1066MHz, PCI Express x16 graphics interface as well as PCI x1 I/O ports. The IB940 delivers 64-bit computing with faster access to peripheral I/O devices. The IB940 utilizes the latest Intel(R) Q965 chipset to support Intel’s Core(TM)2 Duo processors.

Opal-RT TestDrive OP6000 Engine ECU Testing System
Opal-RT Technologies Inc. recently rolled out their latest version of TestDrive(TM) OP6000 Engine ECU Testing System. TestDrive OP6000 is a powerful system for improving Electronic Control Unit (ECU) quality throughout the entire production process with real-time open- or closed-loop simulation. It enables test and control engineers to exercise ECU design in a complete virtual environment, including extreme conditions, by replicating all the loading and sensory feedback of an actual vehicle under realistic conditions.

TI ADS5474 14-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter
The ADS5474, by Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN), is the industry’s fastest monolithic 14-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) at 400 mega samples per second (MSPS). The new ADC offers 11.1 effective number of bits (ENOB) at this speed, enabling high-bandwidth applications such as test and measurement instrumentation, software-defined radio, radar systems and communication instrumentation that were previously confined to lesser resolution ADCs.

Freescale Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Freescale Semiconductor offers a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) that contains a capacitive pressure sensor for ultra-low power consumption and precise sensing. Freescale’s MPXY8300 system-in-package device provides a highly integrated, cost-effective solution that combines an advanced pressure sensor with an 8-bit microcontroller (MCU), 2-axis accelerometer, and radio frequency (RF).

EnOcean STM 110 Wireless Sensor Module
The EnOcean STM 110 module is a wireless, battery-free sensor transmitter that integrates all sensor functions into a single module. The module targets OEMs developing products for commercial building monitoring and control, industrial processes, lighting control, automated metering infrastructures, and home automation. The EnOcean STM (Sensor Transmitter Module) 110 harvests and stores solar energy, converts DC to DC efficiently, measures incoming data with ultra low power electronics and transmits via radio signals.

New on Embedded Star – 2007.11.02

Agilent N8300A Wireless Networking Test Set
The Agilent (NYSE:A) N8300A Wireless Networking Test Set and N6301A Measurement Application form a complete one-box transmitter and receiver test solution for Mobile WiMAX devices. With its superior specifications and fast manufacturing test time, the solution effectively meets the needs of cell phone, ODM and CM manufacturing engineers testing WiMAX mobile subscriber devices or modules that use IEEE 802.16e-2005.

ARC Common Power Format Low-Power Reference Design Methodology
ARC International’s (LSE:ARK) LP-RDM is a new automated Common Power Format (CPF)-enabled low-power reference design methodology. The LP-RDM has been implemented in ARChitect processor configuration tool. The LP-RDM with the Cadence(R) Low Power Solution ensures that ARC’s new Energy PRO technology is captured in RTL and implemented consistently throughout the design flow to GDSII. Users of the reference design flow may achieve up to a four-fold reduction of IP core power.

Conexant Systems 802.11n Devices
Conexant Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNXT) offers a low power 802.11n draft 2.0 product family for high-performance, power-sensitive wireless local area networking (WLAN) applications. The CX53322 and CX53328 are ideal for products with embedded Wi-Fi functionality such as printers, portable media players, cellular handsets, and universal serial bus (USB) sticks. The single-chip devices are available in production quantities today, and have been designed in by several leading original development manufacturers.

S2 STRIDE Embedded Software Verification Platform
S2 Technologies’ (S2) STRIDE Embedded Software Verification Platform provides the foundation for SDK development teams to build and execute test cases as an integrated part of the development process. Using STRIDE, a handset provider can now create, run and even deliver test cases as a component of its SDK. This leverages the domain expertise of the handset developer and allows the component provider to create reusable and automatable test scripts, or test assets, which can be used throughout the development process by anyone on the product team.

TI bq24314, bq24316 Battery Charger Front-end ICs
The bq24314,, by Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN), is a battery charger front-end integrated circuit that increases protection when charging a cell phone or other portable electronic device. The 2 mm x 2 mm safety circuits protect a system from input over-voltage, over-current and battery over-voltage conditions, which may result from a power spike during charging, or a defective or incorrect wall adapter. The bq24314 adds extra protection to a lithium battery when a charger circuit fails due to a fault condition. The protection IC can report status of the fault to the host processor, which in turn takes additional corrective actions.

Freescale S08QD Microcontroller
Freescale Semiconductor’s S08QD MCU family is the company’s first 8-bit small outline integrated circuit (SOIC) devices designed to reduce board space, system cost, and power consumption for entry-level automotive applications. The S08QD family provides flexibility and functionality to help developers design a wider array of automotive applications. The S08QD’s high level of integration and 5V support within a compact, 8-pin package make it ideal for cost-sensitive applications that require higher voltages. In-vehicle applications include HVAC dampeners, mirror dimming, actuators, sensors/meters, watchdogs, push button control and other entry-level, general-purpose automotive applications.

Cypress PSoC FirstTouch Starter Kit
Cypress Semiconductor’s (NYSE:CY) PSoC(R) FirstTouch(TM) Starter Kit is a USB thumbdrive kit that provides a quick, easy, and affordable way for embedded designers to evaluate the integration, flexibility, and real mixed-signal programmability of PSoC mixed-signal arrays. Without writing or debugging a single line of C or Assembly code, the PSoC FirstTouch Starter Kit provides designers with CapSense touch, temperature, light and CapSense proximity sensing right out of the box. Users can also experiment with many more designs or build their own in minutes via PSoC Express.

New on Embedded Star – 2007.10.26

STMicroelectronics JEDEC JC42 Temperature Sensors
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) offers two high-accuracy application specific digital temperature-sensor chips that are fully compliant with the JEDEC JC42.4 specification. The chips are intended for monitoring the temperature of the DIMMs (dual in-line memory modules). The faster DDR2 and DDR3 (double-data-rate) DRAM memories installed in computers and other systems increase the risk of memory overheating, so temperature sensing, which allows the CPU to regulate the speed of the memory traffic or take further action to prevent overheating, has become more important in system design.

The MathWorks SimEvents 2
The MathWorks SimEvents(R) 2 supports the modeling of complex discrete-event and hybrid dynamic systems across the Simulink(R) family of products. SimEvents is a discrete-event, transaction-level simulator that models system functions and constraints with a network of queues, servers, gates, and switches. Engineers can develop applications for packet-based communications, supervisory control, computer architecture, mission planning, manufacturing, logistics, and other areas.

Opal-RT eDRIVEsim Real-time Simulation Platform
Opal-RT eDRIVEsim is a real-time platform for designing advanced control systems and performing HIL testing of controllers used in high-speed electric motors, power converters, and hybrid drives. eDRIVEsim’s software is based upon Opal RT’s RT-LAB real-time technology for model-based designs. RT-LAB’s flexibility and scalability allow it to be used in virtually any simulation or control system application, and to add computing-power where and when it is needed.

Texas Instruments REF50xx Voltage Reference Family
The REF50xx, from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN), is a 3ppm/C (max) temperature drift, high accuracy, low cost, CMOS voltage reference family with high output current. The REF50xx features accuracy and system performance levels previously found only in costly buried zener technologies. The REF50xx is designed for next-generation industrial process control, but is also a good fit for a wide range of applications including medical instrumentation, precision data acquisition and test and measurement.

Elma Electronic AMC Load Board
Elma Electronic’s Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) Load Board is designed for testing the cooling and power of MicroTCA systems. The AMC Load Board is compliant to the MicroTCA.0 and AMC.0 Advanced Mezzanine Card specifications. The unit comes standard in the single module/full size with options for double modules and compact or mid-sizes. Hot-swap pluggable, the board incorporates a JTAG interface and IPMI support.

Kozio RapidIO Validation IP
RapidIO Validation IP from Kozio is a complete, highly configurable, and proven validation environment that allows designers to rapidly test and troubleshoot RapidIO technology in their controller products for faster time to market. It is designed to provide an end-to-end test solution for RapidIO-based applications using processor-based configurations.

Texas Instruments TMS320DM355 DaVinci Processor
The TMX320DM355ZCE216 from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) is a new embedded DaVinci(TM) processor with ARM host control and complete development tools. At a price of less than $10, the new TMS320DM355 digital media processor provides HD video performance and double the battery life of today’s HD products. Tuned for applications such as digital cameras, IP video cameras, digital photo frames and video baby monitors, the DM355 processor consists of an integrated video processing subsystem, an MPEG-4-JPEG co-processor (MJCP), an ARM926EJ-S core and peripherals. The corresponding development tool, the DM355 Digital Video Evaluation Module (DVEVM), will help developers quickly and easily create low-cost portable, digital video devices with HD video capability.

New on Embedded Star – 2007.10.19

Concurrent Technologies’ VP 417/03x Single Board Computer
Concurrent Technologies’ VP 417/03x SBC is a single-slot VME dual-core processor, dual PMC, single board computer. The VP 417/03x uses mobile dual core processors from the Intel(R) embedded roadmap, the 1.5 GHz or the 2.16 GHz Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processor. The VP 417/03x supports many operating systems, including Linux(R), Windows® XP Embedded, Windows(R) XP, Windows(R) 2000, Solaris(TM), LynxOS(R), QNX(R) and VxWorks(R).

GE Fanuc Embedded Systems SBC310 3U VPX Single Board Computer
GE Fanuc Embedded Systems’ SBC310 3U VPX single board computer is the first 3U VPX SBC to feature Freescale’s dual core PowerPC 8641D and to provide support for a PMC/XMC site. The SBC310 offers up to 1 GByte of SDRAM and is optionally available in any of five ruggedization levels, making it suitable for deployment in the harshest environments.

Texas Instruments OPA369 Zero-Crossover Op Amp
Texas Instruments Incorporated’s (TI) (NYSE: TXN) OPA369 is the industry’s lowest power zero-crossover operational amplifier (op amp). The OPA369 features a unique single-input-stage architecture and achieves rail-to-rail performance without input crossover to solve the common design problem of input offset distortion due to the change in common mode voltage that is very prominent in low-voltage, rail-to-rail applications. Combined with 1uA quiescent current, SC70 package and operation down to 1.8V, the OPA369 simplifies high-performance designs in battery-powered, portable products.

ADLINK PCI-8174 Stepper and Servo Motion Control Card
ADLINK’s PCI-8174 stepper and servo motion control card offers an on-board DSP with motion ASIC for simplified implementation of time-critical motion sequences. The product is in use for applications such as semiconductor front and back end equipment, TFT/LCD manufacturing equipment, electronic assembly and testing equipment, automatic optical inspection equipment, flight or vehicle simulator in military and video game, dispenser machinery, and cutting or carving machinery.

Semtech SX1211 UHF RF Transceiver
Semtech’s (Nasdaq:SMTC) SX1211 is a UHF radio frequency (RF) transceiver with the industry’s lowest receiver (RX) current consumption (<3mA), significantly increasing battery life in wireless sensor network applications. The SX1211 is optimized for asynchronous sensor network designs in the unlicensed industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) frequency bands (868-870 MHz and 902-928 MHz) where low RX power consumption is critical to battery life as the receiver is constantly waking up to sniff for signals.

ITOX G7B630-NRM-G Motherboard
ITOX’s G7B630-NRM-G motherboard is a ATX form factor board with support for Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad processors. The high-performance board is designed for embedded applications requiring a stable revision-controlled platform. The G7B630-NRM-G features the Intel(R) Q965 Express chipset with ICH8DO Southbridge. The LGA775 socket supports a wide range of Intel Embedded Architecture processors, including the Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad processor, Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo processor and Intel(R) Celeron(R) D processor.

New on Embedded Star – 2007.10.12

SCADE 6: Requirements Driven, Model Based, Safety Focused
Avionic, railway, and high-end automotive systems have become too complex to develop and coordinate without the assistance of a design environment that connects all of the developers through their participation in the execution of the engineering process. The more efficient solution in this case is to use a model-based design tool. The adoption of Model-Based Design brings several benefits such as…

IBASE IB530 Single Board Computer
The IBASE IB530 is a 3.5-inch single board computer with integrated AMD Geode LX processors. The IB530 SBC is ideal for applications such as digital signage, thin clients, mobile Internet and industrial automation and for designs demanding an extended temperature range of -20 degrees to +70 degrees C. The AMD Geode LX processor on IB530 delivers premium performance with very low total system power. These processors operate at a maximum power of 5.1W (LX900@1.5W), 3.6W (LX800@0.9W) and 3.1W (LX 700@0.8W). It comes coupled with the AMD Geode(TM) CS5536 companion device, the combined chipset, offering a complete set of features for full computing functionality. Two highly integrated Realtek RTL8100C 10/100 Ethernet controllers feature remote wake-up to increase cost-efficiency in network maintenance and management.

AXIOMTEK SHB110 System Host Board
The AXIOMTEK SHB110 is a new PICMG 1.3 full-size CPU card. The SHB110 features the Socket M Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Mobile based processor with a 533/667 MHz front side bus. The card uses the Intel(R) 945GME+ICH7M-DH Express chipset, which consists of the Intel(R) 82945GME Graphics Memory Controller Hub and the Intel(R) ICH7M I/O Controller Hub. It delivers high system performance through high bandwidth interfaces such as PCI Express x16 graphics or I/O ports, Serial ATA II, and high-speed USB 2.0. In addition, the new Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 950 graphics core is also built into the Intel(R) 945GME chipset, which offers excellent graphics performance. The SHB110 is an ideal platform for ATM, DVR, medical equipment, gaming machine, and more.

Cadence SoC Functional Verification Kit
The Cadence (NASDAQ: CDNS) SoC Functional Verification Kit is a comprehensive verification kit for wireless and consumer system-on-chip (SoC) design. It enables engineers to adopt advanced verification techniques with reduced risk and deployment effort and meet time-to-market requirements. The Cadence(R) SoC Functional Verification Kit provides a proven end-to-end methodology that extends from block-level verification to chip- and system- level advanced verification and includes automated methodologies for implementation and management. The kit provides complete example verification plans, transaction-level and cycle-accurate models, design and verification IP, scripts and libraries—all proven on a wireless segment representative design and delivered through applicability consulting.

IBASE ET910 ETX 3.0 CPU Module
IBASE’s ETX CPU module supports the Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo and Celeron M processors. The ETX CPU module is built around the mobile Intel(R) 945GM/ICH7M express chipset that features intelligent power management and greater performance per watt. At 95mm x 114mm, the ET910 ETX module is a full-function solution that enables shorter time to market and minimizes risks. Its compact size allows it to be integrated into small custom baseboards that can be designed to meet the demands of various applications in the medical, infotainment, gaming and industrial automation fields.

Zilog Z8F083A Flash Microcontrollers
Zilog’s (Nasdaq: ZILG) Z8F083A Series Flash microcontroller (MCU) is the latest addition to its Z8 Encore! XP(R) portfolio. The new solution delivers embedded design engineers the best cost/performance ratio for fan control and universal motor control applications by offering an optimized feature set, scalability, and the lowest bill of materials (BOM) cost in the market today. The new series also offers a single-pin On-Chip Debugger (OCD) port for in-system Flash programming and debugging.

SNOWBUSH microelectronics’ 6-bit, 2.5 GSPS ADC IP core is ideal for the most demanding data-conversion applications. The ADC is compact, low-power, and by utilizing its high bandwidth sample-and-hold front-end, it maintains excellent dynamic performance throughout the full range of input frequencies. The ADC features INL of 0.59 LSB, DNL of 0.51 LSB, and ENOB of 5.2 or greater for sampling clock frequencies up to 2.5 GHz. The ADC occupies a silicon area of 0.43 square millimeters.