Management buy-in/buy-out puts Artisan Software Tools firmly on a path for accelerated growth
Artisan Software Tools has announced the successful conclusion of a management buy-in/buy-out which has brought significant new investment and management talent into the company and seen a further strengthening of its sales and support operations in both the USA and Europe, setting the company firmly on a path for accelerated growth. The company will continue to focus on the sale of Artisan Studio, its all-in-one UML, OMG SysML and Architectural Framework tool suite, into the market for the analysis, design and development of large-scale, complex, mission-critical embedded systems and software within a broad range of applications from military, aerospace and defense through to automotive and industrial automation.
picoChip now supports all three 3G standards families
picoChip has announced the PC8808 TD-SCDMA femtocell reference design, the first to support this standard. Femtocells (or 3G access points) are low-cost basestations optimized for deployment inside buildings to improve coverage and data rates. The new design was developed in China at picoChip's Beijing design center. TD-SCDMA is the third major 3G standard, and is expected to launch in the Olympic cities this summer.
Link Microtek launches website for Engineering Division
Link Microtek has launched a new website dedicated to activities of the company's Engineering Division, which designs and manufactures a comprehensive range of waveguide and coaxial microwave components, assemblies and subsystems. As well as presenting an overview of the Division's capabilities, www.linkmicrotekeng.com provides easy access to PDF datasheets on a wide variety of standard products for applications in the frequency range DC to 40GHz. These include horn antennas, rotary joints, attenuators, filters, couplers, OMTs, TEM cells and many more.
SBC portfolio expanded with three fanless 600 MHz Intel Pentium M Designs
Kontron has expanded its portfolio of long-lifecycle single board computers with the launch of three fanless CPU boards equipped with the energy-saving, cost-efficient 600 MHz Intel Pentium M processor, 512KB L2 cache and 852GM chipset. This trio is based on the PC/104-plus, EPIC and JRex form factors and meets the needs of any small embedded application that requires mid-level performance with the lowest power consumption. These single board computers are attractively priced for cost-sensitive applications in nearly all the Embedded Computer Technology vertical markets.
USB to Synchronous Cable Enables IP Data Communications for Tactical Radios
Sealevel Systems has announced the introduction of the ACC-188 USB Synchronous Interface Adapter. The ACC-188 enables tactical radios currently utilized by the US Armed Forces to interface to PCs and transmit IP based data. "This product provides a tremendous improvement in the speed and reliability of battlefield communications," says Marc Foster, Director of Sales for Sealevel Systems. "The high-data throughput of the ACC-188 allows our warfighters to quickly transmit and receive data such as GPS maps, images, coordinates, and IM type communications."
Blue-Violet Laser Diodes give up to 85mW optical output power
Photonic Products, the UK optoelectronics device manufacturer and laser diode specialist, has announced that Sanyo's tiny blue-violet laser diodes are now available in industrial strength and power: three new 405nm laser diodes which offer 20mW, 45mW or a massive 85mW optical output power, the highest power available in a single mode laser diode with an internal monitor photodiode.
RF Engines continues on track
RF Engines Limited (RFEL), the specialist in high performance signal processing design, has announced significant new contract awards in line with its product-led strategy announced earlier last year. RFEL is continuing to major on innovative signal processing on FPGA, but has added full product developments to their range of capabilities.
Miniature Optical Transceivers feature form-factor breakthrough
Focus EDL has announced a series of miniature optical transceivers designed to provide designers of network equipment with a high performance, ultra small solution for high data rates of up to 4Gbps. Produced by Focus EDL's latest principal, Stratos Optical Technologies, the RxK-LT12 is designed around a stepped RJ format.
Modular Designed Mini-ITX Open Frame Panel Computer
Advansus, a joint-venture company of ASUS and Advantech, introduced a Mini-ITX Modular Open Frame Panel Computer, the FPM610 series. The FPM610 is an Open Frame Panel Computer equipped with a 15 color TFT display, and accommodates a variety of Mini-ITX system options, ranging from the Intel Core 2 Duo to the Celeron M 600 MHz processor. The FPM610 unit makes it easier and faster to do custom system development with flexible Mini-ITX board choices, multiple displays & audio streams, powered COM ports and one built-in power supply.
National Microelectronics Institute creates new class of membership for allied businesses
The National Microelectronics Institute (NMI), the trade association representing the semiconductor industry in the UK and Ireland, has created a new class of membership. 'Business Associate Membership' is intended for companies with a keen interest in the performance of the sector and able to offer additional support to NMI members. The first of the NMI's new Business Associate Members is Oracle, the world's largest enterprise software company.
Strategic Test Debuts UF2e-7005 125 MHz 1 to 16 channel Digital Bit Stream PCIe card
Strategic Test has introduced the UF2e-7005 Digital Bit Stream card. This PCI Express card has 16 channels that can all be set to either input or output with a maximum clock rate of 125 MHz. What makes this card unique is that it is possible to use only 1, 2, 4, 8 or 16 channels and use all of the available card memory. Also, when using fewer channels, it is possible to stream the data to or from a PC at higher rates than usual, allowing much longer signals to be recorded or generated.
Digi-Key Corporation and Synapse Ink Global Distribution Agreement
Digi-Key Corporation and Synapse announced today that the companies have entered into a global agreement for the distribution of Synapse's wireless solutions.
Matrox Extio technology validated by leading providers of industrial process automation systems and software: Remote graphics units provide IT managers optimal combination of distance, image quality and reliability
Matrox Graphics Inc., announced today that its line of Extio remote graphics units (RGUs) has been qualified for use with leading distributed control systems (DCS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software from companies such as ABB Process Automation, Emerson Process Management, GE Fanuc, Honeywell Process Solutions, Invensys Foxboro, and Invensys Wonderware.
Green Hills Software and Microchip Technology Announce Software Development Solution for Microchip’s New PIC32 MCU Family
Green Hills Software, Inc. and Microchip Technology Inc. has announced that Green Hills Software's software development product suite, including the MULTI® integrated development environment, Green Hills compilers, and Green Hills Probe, are now available for Microchip's PIC32 family of microcontrollers (MCUs). The PIC32, based on the MIPS® M4K™ core, is Microchip's first 32-bit MCU family.
Innovative Tensilica-Based Products on Display at CES 2008
Tensilica, Inc. today announced that over 30 companies that either license Tensilica's popular processor cores or use merchant market semiconductor products that include Tensilica's cores will be displaying products at this week's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). These Tensilica-enabled products include some of the most advanced, innovative consumer devices, including LCD TVs, cellular phones, WiFi-enabled notebook computers, inkjet and laser printers.
Frontier Silicon brings Sirius Radio home
Frontier Silicon, the manufacturer of digital audio semiconductors and modules, has announced that it will be supporting the popular Sirius Internet Radio service on its Venice 6 multistandard receiver module. According to market research from Bridge Ratings, Sirius Radio is currently listened to by around six million US-based subscribers via satellite, mainly in their cars. The Sirius Internet Radio service gives subscribers access to numerous channels of music as well as talk, news, comedy and sport programming.
GPEG and Digital Displays Ltd, join forces to create leading Display Solution provider
GPEG International Ltd, a key display technology provider based in London announced today the acquisition of specialist display supplier, Digital Displays Ltd from Digital Connections Europe Ltd, based in Biggin Hill, Kent.
High-Definition Set-Top-Box Decoder with Integrated Demodulator
STMicroelectronics has announced today the availability of a new single-chip high-definition set-top box decoder combining both the demodulation and decoding functions on a single device. The STi7111, which has been designed to meet the requirements of major satellite operators worldwide, including DIRECTV, will allow OEMs to target the high-volume market for consumers moving to high-definition services. By including a network interface, ST has further ensured the STi7111 can be effectively used in a hybrid STB, where content is delivered by both a satellite and an IP network. Innovative power-saving techniques further benefit consumers by reducing the energy requirements for the final STB.
Ramtron to feature nonvolatile F-RAM memory automotive products at Consumer Telematics Seminar 2008
Ramtron International the developer and supplier of nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (F-RAM) and integrated semiconductor products, has announced that it will be a sponsor and a panel participant at the Consumer Telematics Seminar 2008 (CTS 2008) on 10th January 2008, at the JW Marriott Spa & Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Heat Curing Adhesive Features High Shear Strength and High Temperature Resistance
A one component epoxy resin system called EP11HT has been developed by Master Bond Inc for high temperature bonding applications up to 205°C . Master Bond Polymer System EP11HT is a heat curing, structural epoxy adhesive featuring high shear strength and easy handling.
STMicroelectronics' 4 x 4mm Analog-Output Accelerometer Family
STMicroelectronics has announced a new solution extending its family of ultra-compact 'low-g' linear accelerometers with a three-axis analog-output sensor. Ideally suited for battery-powered and space-constrained portable devices, such as mobile phones, portable media players, PDAs or remote controls, the LIS344AL is a cost-sensitive MEMS solution in an ultra-compact square footprint operating with low power consumption.
A test rig built at Centa Transmissions in Shipley is allowing the company to guarantee that the precision gearboxes it supplies to nuclear industry will never fail prematurely. Despite its critical role, the rig is essentially quite simple, in that a motor drives the test unit against a load created by one of Centa's own industrial disc brakes. The test runs initially for three hours at the full working load, and then is increased to 300 percent load for another hour.
NanoETXexpress Computer-On-Module for PCI Express-based Credit Card Sized Computing
Kontron has introduced what it says is the first nanoETXexpress computer-on-module to pack low power processing performance and high-end graphics capabilities as well as PCI Express and Serial ATA interfaces on a credit card footprint of merely 55 mm x 84 mm.
Low-Cost Standard-Definition Set-Top Box Decoder Supporting Leading Security Standards and Multiple Codecs
STMicroelectronics has announced a new low-cost STB decoder chip – the STi5202 – intended for standard-definition (SD) terrestrial, cable, satellite and IP (Internet Protocol) TV applications, and for both retail and operator-supplied boxes. It shares the same architecture as ST's STi7109 single-chip H.264 high-definition (HD) decoder, highly successful in markets worldwide, and it is also software compatible.
Dynamic In-window Displays from 3M on show at Screen Expo Europe 2008
3M will exhibit its innovative rear projection film for dynamic in-window advertising on stand E25 of the Digital Signage Showcase at Screen Expo 2008, Europe's biggest event for digital media networks and content "In-store and Out-of-home". The stand will be shared with Minicom and other leading players in the digital signage market.
Ericsson wins Elektra Clean Design award in recognition of its leadership in environmental performance
Ericsson has won the Clean Design category in the Elektra Awards for 2007 The Clean Design category recognizes companies that achieve clear results in their approach to design methods that offer benefits to the environment.
Toshiba claims development technology for world’s smallest flash memory element in 10nm generation
Toshiba has announced that it has developed a new double tunneling layer technology applicable to future 10nm generation flash memories. This elemental technology opens the way for memory devices with densities of over 100 gigabits in the 10nm generation, which lies four generations ahead. The technology was announced at the IEDM (International Electron Devices Meeting) held at Washington D.C., U.S.A.
NI and Emona Instruments Announce New Plug-In Module for Teaching Telecommunications Concepts
National Instruments and Emona Instruments, a National Instruments Alliance Partner, are working together to help educators teach students analogue and digital communication fundamentals with the release of a new add-on telecommunications board, the Digital Analog Telecommunications EXperimenter (DATEx) for the NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS). With DATEx and the NI ELVIS integrated design and prototyping platform, students now can visualise telecommunications concepts in a hands-on learning environment. DATEx also operates with the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment to give students more control for building telecommunications projects using the graphical system design and block diagram approach.
Arrow specialists complete Microsoft training
Following the recent signing of Arrow UK's distribution agreement with Microsoft, twenty four of the company's engineers and technical specialists in the UK have received intensive training on the sofware company's operating systems and development tools. The training is designed to equip Arrow's specialists with the skills they need to support customers in building embedded applications based around Microsoft Windows Embedded software including Windows Embedded CE 6.0 and Windows XP Embedded. This includes providing support for toolkits such as Platform Builder for Windows CE and Target Designer for Windows XP Embedded.
Analog Devices’ Partners Pavilion To Showcase Innovative Industrial And Automotive Applications At Embedded World
Analog Devices will be hosting a Partner Pavilion at Embedded World 2008, where it will showcase a select group of companies that are shaping the future of the industrial and automotive markets. Through a series of product and technology demonstrations, attendees will see first hand how the power/performance, connectivity, scalability and flexibility of ADI's embedded processing and DSP technologies are enabling the innovation behind the industrial and automotive products of today and tomorrow. ADI's Embedded Partner Pavilion will be located in Hall 12, Stand 322
Tensilica Adds to Xtensa HiFi 2 Audio
Tensilica has announced that it has added the Dolby Digital Consumer Encoder (DDCE) and Dolby Digital Compatible Output (DDCO) 5.1-channel encoders to its audio codec library for the Xtensa HiFi 2 Audio Engine, one of the most popular commercial audio cores for system-on-chip (SOC) designs. These encoders enable manufacturers to design consumer devices, including Blu-ray Disc players, HD DVD players, portable devices and camcorders, which support Dolby 5.1-channel surround sound as well as next-generation high-definition (HD) video technologies.
Double win for Anglia at Elektra Awards
Anglia won both Distributor of the Year and Company of the Year at the prestigious Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards 2007. The Elektra Awards, organised by Electronics Weekly in association with Electronic Product News and EDN Europe, were presented at the Hilton Park Lane in London on Wednesday evening in front of an audience that included the elite of the European electronics industry.
Fanless & Wireless Nano-ITX barebone system
Advansus, a joint-venture company of ASUS and Advantech, has announced a tiny wireless Nano-ITX barebone system for any space-limited and frequent network access applications. The NTC100-LX800 accommodates one AMD Geode LX800 @0.9W Nano-ITX motherboard which is capable of running high-quality multimedia streams up to 500 MHz clock rate. The compact system measures 170 mm x 155mm x 42mm, which square size is smaller than a Mini-ITX form factor.
High Voltage Ideal Diode-OR Controller from Linear Technology
The LTC4357 is a single high voltage ideal diode-OR controller from Linear Technology that offers a simple low loss replacement to the Schottky OR-ing diodes in multiple, N+1 redundant, power supply applications and high availability systems. The LTC4357 controls an external N-channel MOSFET to perform the function of a low forward voltage diode. This provides a lower loss path compared to the Schottky diode that, in high power applications, not only provides a more efficient solution but preserves precious board area by eliminating the need for heat sinking. The LTC4357 controls the forward voltage drop across the MOSFET to ensure smooth switchover from one path to another without oscillation or reverse DC current.
Lightweight and cost-effective EMI shielding plastic for fuel-conscious aerospace applications
Chomerics has developed a lightweight, electrically conductive plastic for EMI shielding of high temperature avionics. PREMIER PEI-140 maintains high temperature tolerance, chemical resistance and UL 94V-0 flammability rating for a cost-effective electronics shielding solution up to 85dB in aerospace applications. PEI-140 complies with avionics smoke density requirements in the event of an on-board fire.
Bi-directional flow sensors available now from TTI
TTI, Inc. has introduced Omron's new D6F-P MEMS-based D6F-P air flow sensor, suitable for flow rate monitoring and dumper control in HVAC/VAV (Variable Air Volume) applications. The D6F-P delivers uni- or bi-directional sensing with amplified output in a highly compact package. A key feature is its integrated, patent pending dust segregation system (DSS) which separates up to 99.5% (simulation test result) of dry air borne particulates from contaminated air helping to maintain performance characteristics of the sensor over its lifetime. The DSS is bi-directional, protecting against particulates whatever the direction of flow.
Keithley Joins WiMAX Forum
Keithley Instruments has become a member of the WiMAX Forum. The WiMAX Forum is an industry-led, non-profit organization responsible for promoting and certifying interoperable WiMAX products. WiMAX technology enables wireless high-speed Internet access for laptops and other mobile devices over much longer distances than current wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi.
TI Expands High-Speed Equalizer Family with Industry’s Lowest Jitter, Multi-Rate 11.3-Gbps Equalizer
Texas Instruments has introduced a flexible high-speed equalizer to extend the reach of printed circuit board signal channels, such as backplanes or active copper cables. With multi-rate operation up to 11.3 Gbps, the new equalizer supports all 10G/8G interface standards. The device's two-wire serial interface, pin control and PC-based graphical user interface (GUI) enable very quick prototyping, which significantly reduces the development cycle for high-performance computers, storage subsystems, telecommunications equipment and automatic test equipment (ATE).
Switchtec celebrates 25 years of operations
Distributor Switchtec is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Set up by relay guru Alan Lester in 1982, the company has witnessed steady, planned growth since its days of operating from Alan's home at Alton in Staffordshire. Operating as a UK franchisee for world-wide manufacturers of quality components, Switchtec is a leading specialist in the supply of electromechanical, electrical and electronic components.
ST’s Tiziano Iterative Channel Spans Mobile, Desktop and Enterprise Application Segments
STMicroelectronics is sampling its first 65nm iterative read channel for the low-power mobile segment of Hard Disk Drives (HDD). ST's iterative channel signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) gain is a key enabler for sustaining the industry's aggressive 40% compound annual growth rate in storage capacity. As well, even with the increased complexity of iterative technology ST has decreased power by greater than 25%, vital in mobile HDD applications.
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