Jungo published a new white paper this week. It’s titled, “Integrating Bluetooth Capability into Your Design.” The technical paper examines the increasingly ubiquitous role of bluetooth in short-range wireless data transfer and describes how the complexity of the protocol could pose a significant learning and development curve for device manufacturers.
Semtech and Microchip Technology introduced the SX1230-13RKEA433 turnkey reference design for multi-band wireless remote keyless entry (RKE) systems. The reference design integrates Semtech’s transmitter and transceiver ICs with Microchip’s KEELOQ code-hopping technology running on PIC microcontrollers (MCUs). The platform is ideal for the development of secure, high-performance and cost-effective RKE systems for vehicles, office buildings, and homes. SX1230-13RKEA433 provides a single platform that works across virtually all major frequency regulations. The reference design kit is available now from Semtech.
The theme of the 2010 Agilent Measurement Forum Asia tour is Powering Collaboration and Innovation in Wireless and Digital Arenas. The Agilent tour will start in Shanghai on April 13, with additional stops in Beijing and Shenzhen, China. Other tour locations include Taiwan (Taipei and HsinChu), South Korea (Seoul), India (Bangalore and New Delhi), Malaysia (Penang), and Singapore.
PrismTech introduced the Spectra DTP4500 development and test platform for Software-Defined Radio (SDR) developers. Spectra DTP4500 is designed to enable SDR developers to work with the high performance, low-power consumption OMAP 35x processor (with both GPP and DSP CPUs), to support embedded small-form-factor wireless systems. First deliveries of Spectra DTP4500 are planned for June 2010.
Trusted Logic has added new features to their Trusted NFC software platform. Major enhancements in security and application framework are specifically designed for the Google Android operating system. Trusted NFC is a complete software platform enabling mobile phone applications to use Near Field Communication (NFC) connectivity. It provides simple interfaces for developing applications for the various application frameworks of the mobile Operating Systems.
The ConnX BBE16, from Tensilica, is a second generation baseband engine for LTE (long-term evolution) and 4G baseband SOC (system-on-chip) designs. The ConnX BBE16 is an ultra-high performance 16-MAC fixed-point DSP engine. It is based on an 8-way SIMD (Single Instruction, Multiple Data), 3-issue VLIW (Very Long Instruction Word) architecture with two 128-bit load/store units. It is a click-box configuration option with the configurable Xtensa LX3 processor core. Designers can also choose from a number of other configuration options (memories, interfaces, etc.) when designing their core. The ConnX BBE16 and an evaluation kit will be available in the second quarter of 2010.
MobiForms 5.0 mobile development tool now supports Google Android smartphones. MobiForms is the first rapid application development tool in the world specifically designed for Google Android. Up until now developing for Android required in depth professional programming skills with mandatory learning of Java, the Eclipse IDE (Integrated Development Environment) and the Google Android SDK (Software Development Kit). MobiForms replaces all of these tools with one simple, intuitive, drag and drop interface. No Java or XML programming is required.
The NI Measurement Suite for Mobile WiMAX (IEEE 802.16e-2005) is a software suite that engineers can use with modular RF instrumentation for automated testing of Mobile WiMAX devices. With NI Measurement Suite, engineers can perform Mobile WiMAX component and device testing faster than with traditional instruments, and with better accuracy and greater flexibility. NI Measurement Suite for Mobile WiMAX is priced from $5,999 (euro 5,499; 882,000 yen).
Synopsys introduced DesignWare data converter IP solutions for 40-nanometer (nm) process technologies. The IP is targeted at broadband wireless communications, wired communications, and video designs requiring high-performance, ultra-low power consumption and very compact area. The DesignWare Sigma-Delta ADCs, Current Steering DACs, Video DACs, and General Purpose ADCs and DACs in the 40-nm process are expected to be available in Q1 2010. The DesignWare Data Converter IP solutions are currently available in leading foundries and advanced technology processes from 180-nm to 65-nm.
MIPS Technologies and Sonics will host a webinar that will illustrate how designers can effectively tune and optimize their wireless SoCs for superior performance, power, price, and system flexibility. The webcast will discuss the key on-chip ‘must-haves’ that are vital to high-performance, power-aware wireless designs. The online event will take plae on Thursday, November 19th, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time. The event is titled The Evolution of Wireless SoCs: Designer ‘Must-Haves’ for Next-Generation Embedded Designs.