Microsemi recently published a white paper: Using Power over Ethernet to Reduce Network Energy Consumption. As you can tell from the title of the technical paper, the article is about how companies can reduce costs by using energy-efficient Power over Ethernet (PoE) midspan technology. These systems implement four-pair powering and built-in power-management capabilities while minimizing idle power consumption through the use of smaller internal power supplies.
Digi International announced the iDigi Gateway Development Kit with 3G cellular connectivity. The iDigi Gateway Development Kit is designed to make it easy to setup a ZigBee network, upload a custom iDigi Device Integration Application (iDigi Dia) and provide seamless connectivity to the iDigi Device Cloud for Web services integration to standard business applications over the Internet. Kits are available now. Prices start at $499.
Synopsys has added Time Division Duplex (TDD) mode to their Long-term Evolution (LTE) Model Library for physical layer system simulation. TDD mode helps developers of semiconductors for LTE network equipment and devices to quickly and reliably extend designs to support the third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) LTE standard. The TDD-enhanced LTE Model Library is available now for use in SPW. Support for System Studio will be available this year. Existing licensees of the LTE Model Library will receive the TDD enhancement as a regular maintenance update.
Sonics Network for AMBA Protocol (SNAP) will offer SoC designers, free-of-charge, tools and IP for capturing and analyzing bus designs via its new online SNAP evaluation environment. The new product simplifies the evaluation process of Sonics IP, helps designers with their on-chip network designs, and eliminates the need for complicated licenses inherent in conventional IP evaluations.
The CoWare SBL-301 SystemC Bus Library for Platform Architect enables early configuration, exploration, and optimization of next-generation system-on-chip (SoC) architectures using AMBA technology-based virtual platforms in SystemC. The new CoWare SBL-301 SystemC Bus Library and architecture design solution featuring CoWare Platform Architect and AMBA designer ADR-301 is available for early customer evaluation now. Production release is expected in December 2009.