GrammaTech Helps EEMBC Ensure Robustness of Processor Benchmarks
GrammaTech today announced that the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium has adopted GrammaTech's static analysis tool, CodeSonar, to analyze, review and test the robustness of code-based benchmark suites.
Tektronix Receives Netflix Certification
Tektronix today announced that its Cerify File-Based QC solution has been certified by Netflix, making it easier for content suppliers to deliver video for streaming. There continues to be an explosion in the amount of video content that is being provided to Video Service Providers. With hundreds of potential content suppliers, Video Service Providers are struggling to perform quality control on the incoming content with the wide variability of file formats, codec types, potential syntax errors and organizational variability of quality metrics.
Cadence And TSMC Strengthen Collaboration On Design Infrastructure For 16nm FinFET Process Technology
Cadence Design Systems announce an ongoing multi-year agreement with TSMC to develop the design infrastructure for 16-nanometer FinFET technology, targeting advanced node designs for mobile, networking, servers and FPGA applications. The deep collaboration, beginning earlier in the design process than usual, will effectively address the design challenges specific to FinFETs – from design analysis through signoff – and will deliver the infrastructure necessary to enable ultra low-power, high-performance chips.
Multi-Tech Achieves Prestigious ISO 13485 Certification
Multi-Tech Systems is pleased to announce it now holds the quality management system ISO 13485: 2003 certification. Required by the medical device world, ISO 13485 incorporates a risk management approach to product development and product realization.
Movea Teams up with STMicroelectronics to Recognize Advanced Gestures For a Better Home Entertainment Experience
Movea today announced its collaboration with STMicroelectronics on the integration of Movea's SmartMotion Server with ST's Orly set-top box system-on-chip, enabling the easy and rapid deployment of motion-based user interfaces for next-generation connected home systems.
Peratech Announces Paper On New QTC Ink Formulations
Following on from Peratech's announcement about its work on QTC inks for printing pressure sensitive sensors and switches, the company has announced that a paper on the subject is available on the Institute of Physics website. The paper is free to download during April 2013 at http://iopscience.iop.org/0957-4484/24/16/165501/.
Cost Of Energy And Legislation Are Biggest Threats To UK IT Industry
The increasing cost of energy and growing environmental legislation are amongst the biggest threats to the UK IT industry according to the latest industry survey from Uninterruptible Power Supplies Limited. The national survey, which questioned 2000 IT and data centre professionals, revealed 85.0 per cent believe that rising power costs constitute a 'major concern to their business', with 64.91 per cent also conceding that increasing environmental legislation represents a 'significant risk' to their long-term prosperity.
STMicroelectronics Leads European Research to Secure Lead in Advanced MEMS Devices
STMicroelectronics has begun working with research partners to develop a pilot line for next-generation MEMS devices augmented with advanced technologies such as piezoelectric or magnetic materials and 3D packaging. The project was launched by the European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership in nanoelectronics.
How are computers embedded in devices?
Today, many appliances and devices have ever increasing functionality. Accordingly they need a suitably capable user interface to give their users access to the functionality available. This is typically implemented with a display, often now colour graphic, often with a touch screen as well.
Oil And Gas Industry To Power Industrial Valves And Actuators Market
The oil and gas industry is the largest revenue generator for the industrial valves and actuators market, globally. As a result, the exploration of new oil and gas fields, with the corresponding increase in investments in refineries and pipelines in key growth regions, is likely to have a high impact on market prospects. The market will also benefit from the rising demand for automation and infrastructure modernisation.
More Than One Fourth of Industry Wafer Capacity Dedicated to <40nm Process Geometries
More than one quarter of installed wafer capacity worldwide is dedicated to producing IC devices using process geometries (or feature sizes) smaller than 40nm, according to data in IC Insights' Global Wafer Capacity 2013—A Detailed Analysis and Forecast of the IC Industry's Wafer Fab Capacity.
Advantest Enters MEMS Testing Market with Multiple System Installations at Freescale Semiconductor’s Facilities in Arizona and Asia
Advantest has entered the high-growth market for testing micro-electromechanical system (MEMS)-based sensors by installing V93000 Smart Scale systems at several of Freescale Semiconductor's facilities around the world.
Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium Heralds 2013 as Turning Point for High-Performance Memory ICs
More than 100 developer and adopter members of the Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium today announced they've reached consensus for the global standard that will deliver a much-anticipated, disruptive memory computing solution.
Price Sensitivity Prompts Innovations in Printed Electronics, Observes Frost & Sullivan
Printed electronics are rapidly gaining popularity across applications for their benefits of low cost, high throughput, ease of manufacturing, and use in new applications. Industries are strongly backing innovations in this domain due to the technology's ability to enable different low-end commercial applications by complementing, instead of replacing, silicon microelectronics.
Star Performers In The Top 25 2012 Semiconductor Supplier Ranking
Next month, IC Insights' April Update to The 2013 McClean Report will show a ranking of the 2012 top-50 semiconductor suppliers; a preview of the top-25 companies is listed in Figure 1. The top 25 worldwide semiconductor (ICs and O S Ds—optoelectronics, discretes, and sensors) sales leaders for 2012 include 10 suppliers headquartered in the U.S., seven in Japan, three in Taiwan, three in Europe, and two in South Korea, a relatively broad representation of geographic regions. The top 25 ranking also includes three pure-play foundries (TSMC, GlobalFoundries, and UMC) and six fabless companies.
Imagination and TSMC Strengthen Technology Collaboration
TSMC and Imagination Technologies today announced the next phase of their technology collaboration. As part of this new phase of their relationship, Imagination will work closely with TSMC to develop highly optimised reference design flows and silicon implementations using Imagination's industry-leading PowerVR Series6 GPUs combined with TSMC's advanced process technologies, including 16-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology.
Microchip Adds Advanced Third-Party Code to Embedded Code Source’s Free Offerings
Microchip Technology today announced the expansion of its Embedded Code Source application store and embedded user community for PIC MCU software/firmware code examples, tools and utilities, which often include the source code.
Emerson Network Power's PowerQuest Online Video Shows Proper Monitoring, Control of Critical Power Management Systems
Emerson Network Power today announced the debut of a new online video demonstrating proper management of a Critical Power Management System with the ASCO PowerQuest Power Monitoring and Control System.
NAND Flash Market Defies Trends and Grows to Record Level in Q4
Despite facing five consecutive quarters of decline and a slowdown in consumption in smartphones and tablets, the global market for NAND flash memory pulled off a surprise growth spurt during the last three months of 2012, causing sales to reach a record high.
J-Link Flash Download Technology breaks Speed Record
SEGGER's J-Link achieves a new speed record in programming flash memory. The new technology achieves a performance very close to the maximum speed possible while fully maintaining the highest standards in reliability. The SEGGER flash loaders include a verification of each block written and final checksum verification to guarantee proper operation.
INRIA and KALRAY strengthen their scientific collaboration on the MPPA MANYCORE processor and parallel computing
KALRAY SA and Inria strengthen their scientific collaboration on KALRAY's MPPA MANYCORE processor architecture with the launch of 9 new projects. These will be spread across different Inria research centres and cover a panoply of scientific fields, ranging from purely IT-related subjects (compilation, parallelisation…) to the implementation of advanced algorithms in genomic or cryptographic applications.
Caltest Sponsors University Of Surrey’s Formula Student Team
Caltest Instruments of Guildford has signed off on a new sponsorship arrangement with the University of Surrey's Formula Student team, known as Team SURTES (Surrey University Racing Technology and Engineering Solutions). The sponsorship deal will see Caltest providing the student team with advice on electrical test and measurement and free, priority access to the company's extensive pool of rental and demonstration equipment, with no constraints on the length of time for which an instrument can be borrowed.
TI Achieves ISO 26262 And IEC 61508 Process Certification From TÜV SÜD
Texas Instruments reveal that its SafeTI functional safety hardware development process is now certified as suitable for development of ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 compliant components. TI achieved this process certification from TÜV SÜD. The certificate demonstrates TI's commitment to have a process suitable for developing hardware components that are compliant to ISO 26262 and IEC 61508.
ARM And Synopsys Collaborate For ARM Processor Optimized Reference Implementations
ARM and Synopsys announce availability of optimized 28-nanometer Synopsys Reference Implementations for ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore and Cortex-A7 MPCore processor clusters as well as the CoreLink CCI-400 cache-coherent interconnect. The companies collaborated to deliver these optimized implementations in TSMC 28HPM process technology using the Synopsys Galaxy Implementation Platform, ARM Artisan standard cells and memories, and ARM POP technology for core-hardening acceleration specifically optimized for Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 processor implementations.
Unisys Delivers Breakthrough in Transition of Secure Unisys ClearPath Architecture to Intel Xeon Processor Family
Unisys Corporation today announced that its secure ClearPath server architecture is gaining recognition for its breakthrough implementation of mission-critical computing on the Intel Xeon Processor family.
EU-Funded SYNAPTIC Project Delivers State-of-the-Art Design-Synthesis Tool Flow
A joint industry/academia consortium, supported by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme, has reported the successful conclusion of a three-year project and the release of its design-synthesis tool flow and related litho-friendly cell libraries and evaluation metrics. The SYNAPTIC research project included eight partner organizations from across Europe and Brazil who worked together to develop innovative regularity-centric design methods and Electronics Design Automation tools.
Peratech working on Nose in clothes and touch technology for wearable electronics
Peratech is working with the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London to develop wearable electronics that use Peratech's award-winning QTC sensors. This is a three and a half year PhD research project funded by an EPSRC ICASE award to explore the needs base and applications for wearable technology bringing together the expertise of industry and academe in a highly creative way.
Tektronix To Enter The Power Analyzer Instrument Market
Tektronix today announced that it will enter the power analyzer instrument market and introduce a full new product line in the coming months. To facilitate this move, Tektronix has implemented a technology transfer agreement which includes power analyzer intellectual property, patents and product designs from its partner Voltech, which will exit the power analyzer segment of its business by September 30, 2013.
Summit Technology Introduces iPad Power Monitoring App for PowerSight Meters
Summit Technology announces the introduction of PSM-i (Powersight Manager software for the iPad) available as a free app download on Apple iTunes. With PSM-i installed on an iPad, the user can setup, operate, display and analyze data graphically from a WiFi-enabled PowerSight meter that is often inaccessible without taking cumbersome safety precautions.
New Scale patents tiny, precise lens actuator module for micro cameras
New Scale Technologies has received a U.S. patent for its UTAF (ultra-thin auto focus) piezoelectric lens actuator module measuring only 8.5 x 8.5 x 3.8 mm. The UTAF actuator module integrates New Scale's UTAF piezoelectric beam motor with a drive IC and position sensor IC for closed-loop motion control.
AVX’s tantalum corporation receives ISO 13485 certification
AVX Corporation recently received ISO 13485:2003 certification for its high-reliability tantalum capacitor manufacturing facility, located in Biddeford, Maine. AVX Biddeford's latest certification ensures customers that the plant operates a quality management system that complies with strict ISO 13485 requirements for medical device manufacturers.
Imagination reports enthusiastic response to latest PowerVR Series6 GPUs and MIPS CPUs at MWC 2013
Imagination Technologies reports that at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona, many leading semiconductor suppliers, mobile and telecom OEMs, and key strategic ecosystem partners expressed their strong support and enthusiasm for Imagination's PowerVR graphics, video and vision roadmaps, as well as the rationale behind the recent acquisition of MIPS Technologies.
Rising Energy Costs To Spur Demand For Micro Electric Drives
Evolving energy legislation, paralleled by the need to regulate energy costs and improve efficiency, is boosting the uptake of micro electric drives. These trends will be reinforced by technological changes and advances in the networking capabilities of micro electric drives. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Micro Electric Drives Market in Europe, finds that the market earned revenues of $516.8 million in 2012 and estimates this to reach $637.1 million in 2016. The research covers AC, DC and servo micro electric drives.
Data Acquisition Technology Outlook 2013 Covers Key Measurement Trends
National Instruments has released the Data Acquisition Technology Outlook 2013, which provides an overview of the company's research into key technologies and methodologies that are impacting the data acquisition industry. The Data Acquisition Technology Outlook discusses the following trends:
Taking transistors into a new dimension
A new breakthrough could push the limits of the miniaturization of electronic components further than previously thought possible. A team at the Laboratoire d'Analyse et d'Architecture des Systèmes (LAAS–CNRS, Toulouse) and Institut d'Électronique, de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie (IEMN, CNRS / University of Lille 1 / University of Valenciennes and HainautCambresis / Isen) has built a nanometric transistor that displays exceptional properties for a device of its size.
Prism Customers Benefit From Training
Prism Electronics Limited continues to invest in high level vocational training intended to develop highly motivated staff focussed on supporting customer needs. Customer service and marketing communications officer Lindsay Webb has completed the government-funded Business Improvement Techniques NVQ Level 3.
IEEE Internet of Things Survey Clarifies Definition, Future Uses And Challenges
IEEE announce the results of a survey that gathered insights from more than 1,200 Facebook members, which includes engineers and technologists, on the future of the Internet of Things, the developing ecosystem of Internet-connected devices. The Internet of Things is quickly becoming a reality as manufacturers are increasingly linking "things," such as smartphones, appliances, cars, and machines, to the Internet and to each other.
Freescale And ARM Extend Relationship With Cortex-A50 Processor License
Freescale Semiconductor is licensing the ARM Cortex-A50 series of microprocessors for future versions of its i.MX applications processor and QorIQ communications processor product lines. This agreement is part of a new multiyear subscription license with ARM that demonstrates Freescale's commitment to the ARM architecture and its intent to further expand its ARM Powered portfolio – one of the industry's broadest range of solutions built on ARM technology.
NI LabVIEW Goes From LEGO Robots To Real-World Spaceships
In a session at SXSWedu, National Instruments and LEGO Education demonstrated the power of robotics and the new EV3 platform to change the landscape of STEM education. LabVIEW – the software powering EV3 – also powers feats of engineering such as the Red Bull Stratos supersonic free fall project and the Large Hadron Collider, a machine that is fundamentally impacting our understanding of the laws of physics.
IR Enhances Online IGBT Product Selector and Performance Evaluator Tool
International Rectifier today announced the enhancement of its Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) selection tool that enables design optimization in a wide range of applications including motor drives, uninterruptable power supplies (UPS), solar inverters, and welding.