ABB provides major national media client with comprehensive electronic control
ABB has been working with Mardix, the largest independent switchboard builder in the UK, to provide electrical control for a major UK media client. The project sees ABB providing all control and distribution equipment for Mardix switchgear being installed on site. The switchgear being installed includes a variety of Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) backup and generator supply switchboards, sub-mechanical switchboards, final distribution boards and mains low voltage (LV) incoming switchboards up to 6300A.
IP offers seamless integration of USB 2.0 functionality into advanced SoCs from 40nm
Toshiba Electronics Europe's ASIC & Foundry Business Unit has announced an intellectual property (IP) block that provides an advanced, flexible and future-proofed solution for the rapid integration of USB functionality into system-on-chip (SoC) designs. Delivering physical layer functionality for USB 2.0, the Toshiba USB 2.0 PHY IP provides a silicon-proven interface between the USB Host or Device Controller and the USB system.
Keithley to Explore Challenges of LTE Testing in Free Workshop at EuMW
Keithley Instruments, Inc will be presenting a two-hour workshop entitled "LTE testing – understanding how your LTE radio is performing" on the first day of European Microwave Week (EuMW), which takes place in Rome, Italy, from September 29 to October 1, 2009. Attendance at the workshop is free of charge, but registration is required. For further details and to register, visit http://www.keithley.eu.com/art_resource.php?sid=kquj.2dfmrki.
Rotary joints for smooth rolling rotational antennas
A range of high quality, high reliability rotary joints, essential components in any directional antenna system, is now available in the UK through specialist RF & Microwave distributor, Aspen Electronics. Manufactured in the US by Diamond Antenna & Microwave, the range includes hundreds of designs, from single channel coax and waveguide rotary joints to multi-channel products.
congatec AG gets one million Euros to promote further growth
congatec AG has announced that Technofonds Bayern (The Bavarian Technology Fund) of Bayern Kapital GmbH (Bavaria Capital) intends to increase its holding in the company by injecting a further one million Euros, together with a group of lead investors. Their total share holding will thereby increase to 11.1 %.
NXP and Trusted Logic partner to drive NFC middleware integration
NXP and Trusted Logic today announced a partnership in which Trusted Logic will distribute and market the NFC middleware, which embeds the NXP Reference Implementation. This agreement will accelerate NFC deployment, with a faster time to market and skilled resources to support NFC middleware integration into NFC-enabled wireless devices.
New Package Option for Lattice MachXO PLD Family said to Reduce Cost and Board Area
Lattice has announced the availability of a new 0.8-mm pitch 256-pin Chip-Array BGA (caBGA256) package for its popular MachXO PLD family that provides designers with a broader range of package options for implementing cost-sensitive, board space constrained designs. The Mach XO640, XO1200 and XO2280 devices are now available in the 14 x 14 mm, caBGA256 package with up to 211 user I/O. The new packages provide designers with 10% lower cost and 30% reduction in board area than previously available on 1.0-mm pitch 256-pin Fine-Pitch Thin BGA (ftBGA256) packages.
Tyco Electronics wins 2008 supplier of the year from Enics AG
Tyco Electronics has received the 2008 Supplier of the Year Award from Enics AG. The award was presented at the recent Enics Fair 09 in Helsinki, Finland in recognition of Tyco Electronics' exceptional operational performance, as well as the company's strong account management and commitment to customer satisfaction.
Adeneo Embedded announces Linux Embedded training in Paris using Freescale’s i.MX-ARM Embedded MPUs
Adeneo Embedded announced today a Linux Embedded training course in Paris, France, from September 28th to October 1st, 2009. This event is a unique opportunity for software system designers to develop an application based on Linux Embedded, using Freescale's i.MX27 applications processor solution. Freescale's i.MX family, based on ARM® core technology, is engineered to offer Smart Speed, low-power consumption with MHz performance to spare and a high degree of integration to reduce your design time signify cantly.
Replacement for Robinson Alarm Logic Units
Omniflex have released a 24 way IEC61508 SIL 1 Alarm Annunciator, which can be used to replace the now obsolete Robinson Alarm logic Units. These Old Robinson ALU units, many of which are in operation but are no longer supported can now be replaced with minimal disruption and cost.
Synopsys and TSMC jointly develop interoperable process design kit and interoperable ecosystem
iPDKsSynopsys has announced that Synopsys and TSMC have entered into a comprehensive multi-year agreement to jointly develop, validate, support and distribute interoperable process design kits (iPDKs) that are optimised for TSMC advanced semiconductor processes including the 65nm, 40nm and 28nm nodes. The agreement is the culmination of a two year collaboration to establish an interoperable PDK ecosystem that can accelerate and broaden designer access to new process nodes, promote design reuse and enable greater analogue, mixed-signal and RF design innovation. Additionally, TSMC has adopted Synopsys' Galaxy Custom Designer implementation solution as its iPDK development and validation platform.
E-Collaboration Delivers 30% Improved Efficiency for Electronics Design Firm
Adeon Software, specialists in software systems for global electronics manufacturers, has implemented its latest generation CXInsight solution for effective e-collaboration and design and production data management to electronics' design company Quantum CAD. This partnership has already delivered dramatic cost savings and substantially improved project management and supply chain efficiency at Quantum by cutting cycle time taken in product development as well as optimizing the data management and ECO handling.
Agilent Technologies to Collaborate with Southeast University China to Research 3GPP-LTE Systems Performance Improvements
Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced its collaboration with Southeast University China to improve mobile communication systems performance. Agilent is providing grants and test instruments for the university's use in researching methods for users to obtain higher data rates and high-quality services with increased spectrum and power efficiency.
Fairchild Semiconductor Reports Results for the Second Quarter of 2009
Fairchild Semiconductor has announced results of $277.9 million, up 25 percent from the prior quarter and 34 percent lower than the second quarter of 2008. Fairchild reported a second quarter net loss of $24.9 million or $0.20 per share compared to a net loss of $51.1 million or $0.41 per share in the prior quarter and net income of $6.9 million or $0.05 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2008. Gross margin was 23.2 percent compared to 15.2 percent in the prior quarter and 28.6 percent in the year ago quarter. Included in these results is an $11.3 million charge for restructuring and impairments, a net $2.1 million impairment of equity investments, a $0.8 million gain associated with debt buyback as well as $3.7 million of accelerated depreciation and a $0.6 million inventory write-off related to previously announced fab closures.
Nano2012 Framework Agreement Celebrated at STMicroelectronics’ Crolles Site
STMicroelectronics and CEA-LETI, the French Laboratory for Electronics & Information Technology, have announced that Madame Christine Lagarde, the French Minister of Economy, Industry and Employment, along with representatives from national, regional and local authorities and managers from CEA-LETI and ST met today at ST's site at Crolles, near Grenoble, France, to celebrate the formal launch of the Nano2012 Research and Development program. Also present at the ceremony were representatives of IBM, which is a key partner of ST and CEA-LETI via important technology development agreements it has signed with both organizations.
Dialog Semiconductor and TridonicAtco establish joint development centre for energy efficient lighting control ICs
Dialog Semiconductor and TridonicAtco have established a joint development centre for next generation energy efficient lighting technology. The move intensifies the longstanding successful collaboration between the two companies in the development of integrated circuits, such as the recently launched TridonicAtco XITEC™ chip family. The development centre, drawing on the services of international experts in the fields of lighting, power management and signal processing technology, is to be based in two locations in Austria: Graz and Dornbirn.
Renesas Technology Europe and AND Technology Research announce collaboration to develop an In Home Energy Monitor Demonstration System
The Digital Home Business Group of Renesas Technology Europe and their Platinum Alliance Partner, AND Technology Research, have today announced a collaboration to develop an In Home Energy Monitor demonstration system.
Perforce Software Introduces Advanced Web and Multimedia Visualisation to its Award Winning SCM System
Perforce Software announced the availability of release 2009.1 of its Software Configuration Management system. The latest version features support for previewing web pages and multimedia files, as well as the ability to customise the cross-platform interface to individual requirements.
Latest sound module goes straight onto glass
Designed with new-generation public transport vehicles in mind, this product can be mounted direct to glass, faster and with fewer holes. The unit connects on each side of the glass through a single, central hole with fewer fixing screws. The module is built to meet EAO's very high standards of quality, reliability and durability. Sealed to IP69K from the front, this product is shock-resistant, vandal-resistant and flame retardant. It can be mounted anywhere, even outside in areas which are jet washed. The speaker is moulded from rugged polycarbonate in a choice of two attractive designs: conical or flat fronted. It is protected by a chromium-plated or thermoplastic bezel in a choice of bright, contrasting colours.
Promwad cooperates with Samsung distributor in Russia
Promwad electronics design house and MT-System Co., a Samsung distributor in Russian region, have established a strategic partnership. The main ideas of joint activities are to • implement modern Samsung ARM-based SoC solutions in high-end digital products, • provide MT-System customers with comprehensive technical support for Samsung processors that will cover aspects of embedded OS porting and drivers development, • design new product line for multimedia, advertising, PoS-terminal and automation applications based on Samsung processor units.
NetLogic Microsystems selects Synopsys as primary EDA partner
Synopsys has announced that NetLogic Microsystems, a leader in the design and development of knowledge-based processors and high speed integrated circuits, has signed an expanded business agreement to establish Synopsys as its primary EDA partner. NetLogic Microsystems chose Synopsys because of its technology leadership and its ability to help NetLogic Microsystems meet its aggressive product schedules.
Electrone integrate IP keypad with Immix software through SureView agreement
Electrone Europe and SureView Systems, provider of video-based automated alarm management software platforms, announce a partnership agreement after testing and verifying the Electrone 720 IP keypad with Immix software. This product integration allows both Electrone and SureView to provide the Managed Access Control market with an IP keypad-based solution.
SMSC - OptoLyzer G2 Premium Bundle
SMSC has announced the OptoLyzer G2 Premium Bundle, a high-end analysis solution that is part of SMSC's OptoLyzer G2 family. The OptoLyzer G2 Premium Bundle comes with an OptoLyzer G2 for MOST25, for MOST50 or for MOST150 networks.
Agilent Technologies Introduces DNA Capture Microarray to Streamline Next-Generation Sequencing Studies
Agilent Technologies has introduced the SureSelect DNA Capture Array, which easily removes a major bottleneck in small-scale DNA studies by letting scientists sequence only genomic areas of interest with next-generation sequencing (NGS) instruments.
Array-Based Resequencing Approach Deepens Information Content, Speeds Next-Generation Sequencing
A group of researchers from the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) and Agilent Technologies have developed a technique that complements massively parallel next-generation DNA sequencing, using custom microarrays to focus on genomic regions of high interest. The method, published in Nature Protocols (vol.4, No.6), typically can be completed for a human genome in only nine or 10 days, inclusive of array captures and one Illumina Genome Analyzer run.
Teledyne Coax Switches Awarded $2M+ Switch Supply Contract for Major European Satellite Programme.
Teledyne Coax Switches has announced its selection by Astrium Ltd, Portsmouth U.K. as the supplier for coaxial switch blocks to be used on the Alphasat I-XL satellite programme. Alphasat I-XL, one of the world's largest telecommunications satellites, is being built by Astrium for Inmarsat to augment its Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN).
Altera's Stratix IV GX FPGAs Deliver for Sumitomo Electric Industries' LDPC System
Altera has announced that Sumitomo Electric Industries is using its 40-nm Stratix IV GX FPGAs in a low-density parity-check (LDPC) high-speed measurement system that verifies the forward error correction (FEC) code for high-speed digital signal processing.
Blue Wonder Communications to Develop LTE Baseband IP Using Multiple Optimized Tensilica Dataplane Processors
Tensilica has announced that Blue Wonder Communications has licensed Tensilica's Xtensa dataplane processors (DPUs) for an LTE (Long-Term Evolution) embedded broadband modem design. Blue Wonder Communications is an independent design house developing mobile broadband solutions for the telecommunications and semiconductor industries. Many of the employees at Blue Wonder Communications previously were employed by NXP's wireless division and have extensive expertise in high-data-rate wireless design.
Microtune agrees to acquire Auvitek
Microtune has announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Auvitek International, Ltd. for approximately $9 million in cash and stock and with a potential earn-out if certain performance targets are met, all subject to various standard closing conditions. The acquisition is expected to close this month.
NXP and TSMC Deliver 45nm Single-Chip Digital TV Platform
NXP Semiconductors and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. have announced their cooperation to deliver the industry's first single-chip 45nm global LCD TV platform, TV550. With NXP already delivering the engineering samples to its lead customers, NXP and TSMC have reached a major milestone in enabling the next generation of mainstream digital TV sets for TV manufacturers.
Cable modems meet EuroDOCSIS 3.0 specification
Microtune has announced that its wideband tuner (MT2170) and its DOCSIS 3.0 upstream amplifier (MicroStreamer MT1570) have been deployed in cable modems that achieved certification status by Cable Europe Labs for the EuroDOCSIS 3.0 specification.
NMI creates Design Advisory Board to oversee design sector strategy
The National Microelectronics Institute (NMI), the trade association representing the semiconductor industry in the UK and Ireland, has announced the creation of a Design Advisory Board to oversee its development of strategy and implementation plans for the semiconductor design community.
Lime Microsystems and Blue Wonder join to enable early adoption of LTE
Lime Microsystems and Blue Wonder Communications have announced that they are jointly developing a complete LTE reference platform that will enable early adoption of this emerging standard. The fully characterised LTE reference platform will accelerate time to market for OEMs developing LTE systems. The reference platform is based on Lime Microsystems' integrated single chip RF transceiver, the LMS6002, and Blue Wonder's advanced baseband solution.
Seoul Subway to Save lots of money with RFID Technology from STMicroelectronics
The world's first RFID-based scheme for single-journey reusable ticketing in mass transportation has recently gone live in Seoul, South Korea, and is expected to save some 3 billion Won (over US$2.4 million) per year using a robust solution based on RFID technology from STMicroelectronics.
Samsung mobile phones to incorporate ARM Mali graphics technology
ARM has announced that Samsung Electronics has licensed its Mali-SVG-t software for use in a wide range of mobile handsets, enabling clear graphical rendering of 2D objects and easy scaling for different display resolutions and zoom factors. Samsung joins a group of leading handset manufacturers who are leveraging ARM Mali hardware and software technology to deliver their next-generation mobile devices.
New ERP system supports continuous performance improvement
Hansatech EMS Limited today announced that it has installed Epicor Software Corporation's Enterprise Resource Planning solution, Epicor 9, at its Poole site. Designed specifically for the EMS market, the system's in-built functionality, total cost of ownership and compliance with the latest standards were key selection criteria for achieving improved process efficiencies, manufacturing cost visibility and enhanced profitability.
Atmel Becomes Industry's First Supplier to Provide LIN2.1 Conformity for its Entire Automotive LIN Networking Product Range
Atmel has announced that the company has received LIN2.1 certification for its LIN transceiver ATA6662 and LIN System Basis Chip ATA6624. The LIN2.1 physical layer test, which is the basis for LIN certification as defined by the LIN Consortium, was successfully carried out by the LIN-Consortium-certified test house C&S Group, Wolfenbuettel, Germany. Consequently, Atmel's entire LIN product range fully conforms to the worldwide LIN2.1 standard. LIN2.1 conformance enables design engineers to use Atmel's LIN products for all available LIN bus systems ranging from LIN 1.3 to LIN2.0 and LIN 2.1. Designers can re-use existing hardware designs for new LIN2.1 bus systems without modifications.
NXP and Siemens Collaborate on Pharmaceutical RFID Innovation
NXP today announced a collaboration with Siemens on an RFID-based supply chain pharmaceutical project designed to improve efficiency from manufacture to retail. Using NXP's Application and System Center (ASC, formerly known as RFID Reference Design Center), a facility that provides real-life conditions for evaluating and optimizing RFID applications, the Siemens IT Solutions & Services team created a customized RFID system to ensure a high read accuracy throughout the supply chain.
MediaTek licenses ARM Mali-400 MP for Low Power High Performance Graphics
ARM announced today that MediaTek Inc, a fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions, has licensed the ARM Mali-400 MP multicore graphics processing unit for its system-on-chip technology.
Peregrine Semiconductor and MagnaChip Complete Final Qualification on UltraCMOS Technology Transfer
Peregrine Semiconductor and MagnaChip Semiconductor Ltd., a leading Asia-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products for high volume consumer applications, today, announced that the companies have completed the final qualification phase in the process technology transfer of Peregrine's UltraCMOS SOS (Silicon-On-Sapphire) technology to MagnaChip's Cheongju wafer manufacturing facility.
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