Across the Network – 2007.09.21

Mistral Accelerator Program for Windows Embedded CE 6.0
Mistral Solutions’ Accelerator Program for Windows(R) Embedded CE 6.0 is designed for use with Texas Instruments Incorporated’s (TI) DaVinci(TM) technology. The Accelerator Program for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 is a complete Software Development Kit (SDK) for TI’s TMS320DM6446 Digital Video Evaluation Module (DVEVM) based on DaVinci technology. Mistral’s BSP enables customers of DaVinci technology to prototype their software on the DVEVM board before implementing their products.

Wireless Serial RapidIO Podcast
Check out the recent RapidIO Radio podcast, “Applying the Serial RapidIO Technology to the Wireless Infrastructure.” The podcast features Chunhua Hu, senior applications engineer at Texas Instruments. The presentation is a discussion of how Serial RapidIO technology brings substantial benefits to the wireless infrastructure market and lowers OEM’s development risks. In addition, the podcast reviews how RapidIO technology can simplify system design and ultimately reduce time-to-market and system costs.

Empower LDK6446 LEOs Development Kit
Empower Technologies’ (TSX.V: EPT) latest LEOs Development Kit (LDK6446) is designed for Texas Instruments’ (TI) DM6446 DaVinci(TM) Technology dual-core embedded CPU. DM6446 is a DaVinci(TM) Processor which forms part of TI’s DaVinci(TM) Technology ecosystem. The technology includes the following elements: DaVinci Software, DaVinci Development Tools/Kits, and DaVinci Support. The new LDK6446 development kit comes with the latest LEOs operating software and SDK (Software Development Kit). The target hardware development platform includes a DM6446 evaluation board and a 4.3″ WQVGA LCD (480×270) touch panel in landscape mode, ready for 16:9 widescreen movie presentation. LDK6446 is the first DM6446 development kit available with LCD touch panel support.

IMEC Develops Energy Harvester
IMEC has fabricated an energy harvester to generate energy from mechanical vibrations by using micromachining technology. Output power was as high as 40 micro-Watts, which is the range of required power for wireless sensor applications. The harvester comes with a model that can be used to optimize the device during design.

ARC Video Subsystems
ARC International (LSE:ARK) set a new standard for high-quality video encoding with the introduction of five new members of the ARC(R) Video Subsystem family: AV 417V, AV 407V, AV406V, AV 404V, and AV 402V. All include ARC’s new patent-pending technology “dynamic adaptive encoding” that enables encoding of video streams at the lowest power. The products are capable of encoding and decoding up to Standard Definition resolution video using advanced video coding standards such as H.264.

Microbridge MBT-303-A Rejustor
Microbridge Technologies’ MBT-303-A rejustor (re-adjustable resistor) is a passive electronic Temperature Compensation (eTC) divider. The MBT-303-A rejustor is ideal for managing temperature in precise analog circuits, optical systems, sensors, and power supply compensation and calibration across a wide range of military, aerospace, automotive, industrial, medical, and consumer applications.

Ardence Select 2.0
Ardence recently released Select 2.0, which includes support for the Windows Vista operating system and enables OEMs to deliver Vista-based devices with multi-purpose functionality on a single operating system as well as provide instant-on/instant-off capability. Select will reduce OEMs’ time, effort, and expense in creating multi-functional Vista-based devices. With Select, system configurations can be instantly booted and applications made immediately available in pre-configured states for optimized user experiences and productivity.

OmniVision Automotive CMOS Image Sensors with Near Infrared Capability
OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: OVTI) added near infrared (NIR) capability to its portfolio of single-chip automotive CMOS image sensors. With integrated NIR capability, OmniVision’s automotive sensors can operate in dual mode, allowing them to function equally well in both day and night vision applications, and thus eliminate the need for two separate solutions. The NIR capability significantly improves functionality for automotive safety and security applications while allowing OEMs and automotive manufacturers to simplify system designs and reduce the overall system bills of material.

Virtual System Prototyping Tools Growing
According to research published by Venture Development Corporation, virtual system prototyping/simulation tools are the fastest growing segment of the ESL tools market. With the complexity of both hardware and software growing significantly, the challenge of designing and testing software earlier in the design process is becoming an increasingly significant factor, especially in cases where the hardware environment may be extremely complex and/or not yet available. In addition to the continued use of physical prototyping, VDC expects an increased use of virtual prototyping methods as a strategy for developing software more efficiently and validating software/hardware interaction earlier in the design process.

Wi-Fi RFID Tag Market
According to In-Stat, Wi-Fi RFID tag shipments will grow at over 100% annually through 2010. Businesses are helping fuel the growth. Wi-Fi RFID enables businesses to leverage their existing Wi-Fi investments for asset tracking. In the past, the short battery life of asset tags has been an area of concern. However, multi-year battery life will be a reality in the future.