Across the Network – 2007.09.14

Integrated Recovery Solutions Make Sense for Both the Manufacturer and the Customer
When mishaps, malfunctions, failures and crashes take down a computer system, the potential for lost data and increased calls for Technical Support assistance can cause a “digital disaster” that affects both computer system builders and end users alike. For the system builder, warranty period obligations can lead to a high volume of tech support calls. For end users, PC configurations are always changing, as users constantly create and save new files and install or update software. Any changes that were not previously backed up are at risk for loss without a good back-up recovery system in place.

Kontron nanoETXexpress COM Standard
nanoETXexpress, which was defined by Kontron, is a new footprint variant of the Computer-On-Module (COM) standard. The nanoETXexpress specification is targeted to deliver extremely power-saving COMs with mid to high performance x86 technology on a footprint that is a mere 55 mm x 84 mm. This is 39% of the original COM Express module Basic form factor 125 x 95 mm footprint and 51% of microETXexpress (95mm x 95mm). The new COM form factor follows the PICMG COM Express standard and will be 100% compliant with the COM.0 Type 1 connector. The locations of the identically mapped pin-outs will also be 100% COM.0 compliant.

EnOcean EVA 120C Evaluation Kit
EnOcean’s EVA 120C Evaluation Kit includes everything necessary to quickly develop and test ultra low power wireless sensor modules for a variety of electrical and electronics applications. The kit components include an EnOcean STM 110C solar powered sensor transmitter module and a development board with a PC interface. Detailed technical documentation, including data sheet, manual and user notes also are part of the kit.

Ultracapacitors Challenge Batteries
Strategy Analytics has an interesting report about the possibility of ultracapacitors replacing batteries. Their report analyzed ultracapacitor potential, especially following the recent the Toyota Supra HV-R victory in the Tokachi 24-hour endurance race. The HV-R was equipped with ultracapacitors, instead of rechargeable batteries, for power storage.

NXP Nexperia PNX0161 USB Digital Audio Headset Solution
NXP Semiconductors’ Nexperia(TM) PNX0161 is a USB-driven digital audio headset solution. The solution from NXP leverages the USB 2.0 standard to shift the core audio streaming functions to the USB connector on the host device, alongside the existing battery charging and PC synchronization functions. This feeds the market trend for ultra-thin devices with a simplified design and a single standardized connection interface, enabling a marked reduction in bill-of-material costs and a quicker time to market.

Renesas SH72546RFCC SuperH Microcontroller
Renesas Technology’s SH72546RFCC SuperH microcontroller is a MCU with on-chip flash memory built with a 90-nm (nanometer) process node. The device is optimized for the development of control programs for automobile engines, transmissions, and other systems that require real-time control capabilities. It achieves an industry top-level operating speed of 200MHz in the high-temperature environment (up to 125°C) required for automotive applications. In addition, the device’s on-chip flash memory capacity is among the largest currently offered — 3.75 Mbytes — enough to store cutting-edge high-precision real-time control algorithms.

Kontron KUBE-8010 Fanless Box
Kontron’s KUBE-8010 fanless box PC is designed specifically for space-constrained applications requiring high performance. The KUBE-8010 utilizes an Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor up to 1.8GHz with Intel(R) 855GME/ICH4 chipset on a Mini-ITX main board. Its compact dimensions (80×188.7x300mm) computing power, and quiet reliable operation make the KUBE-8010 the ideal box PC for complex tasks in limited space environments such as measurement, control, operations, and visualization.

Cypress PSoC Express 3.0
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) PSoC Express(TM) 3.0 delivers real-time monitoring and tuning of designs. PSoC Express is a visual embedded system design tool for PSoC(R) mixed-signal arrays. The tool enables designers to observe and improve the performance of designs with Cypress’s CapSense(TM) touch sensing and EZ-Color(TM) High-Brightness LED (HB-LED) control solutions.

Acrosser AR-ES0831FL Fanless Industrial Computer
The Acrosser AR-ES0831FL Fanless Industrial Computer was designed specifically for vehicle operation. The small, rugged system can withstand operation in harsh environmental conditions. AR-ES0831FL specifications…

Mobile Phone Market – Q2 2007
IDC and Strategy Analytics recently released their mobile phone data. Global mobile phone shipments grew 11% year-over-year, to reach 258 million units in Q2 2007. According to both research firms, Samsung has moved past Motorola for the number two spot in global market share.

Design and Verification Conference Call for Papers
The 2008 Design and Verification Conference (DVCon) is now accepting paper, panel and tutorial submissions. The DVCon Technical Program Committee is seeking topics about low-power design and verification, formal verification, multi-clock verification, design and verification case studies, verification and design release management, functional coverage and verification data management, verification methodology and testbenches, verification IP development, and appropriate academic and research information.