Across the Network – 2007.11.30

ThingMagic M5e-Compact Embedded RFID Engine
The M5e-Compact®, from ThingMagic, is an embeddable RFID engine for printers, handheld readers, and other portable RFID applications. ThingMagic’s M5e-Compact was specifically designed for mobile, portable, and handheld RFID applications. The M5e-Compact is ideal for applications that require economy of power and space. Utilizing ThingMagic’s Mercury OS software and providing a transmit power of +23dBm (200mW), the M5e-Compact provides state of the art performance. The M5e-Compact is EPCglobal Generation 2 DRM compliant, and is optimized for Generation 2 RFID tags. The embedded reader also combines multi-region capability into a single module, enabling immediate, locally compliant deployment of any M5e-Compact in North America, South America (countries adopting the FCC frequency plan), Europe (including TG34), South Korea, Japan and China.

BDTI Benchmarks for picoChip PC102 multicore-DSP
According to Berkeley Design Technology (BDTI) benchmarks, picoChip’s PC102 multicore signal processing device has a 40-fold advantage in price-performance over traditional DSP processors solutions in key communications benchmarks, and 8-times higher absolute performance.

The MathWorks Embedded MATLAB
The MathWorks’ Embedded MATLAB(TM) is a subset of the MATLAB® technical computing language. The Embedded MATLAB subset enables MATLAB users to generate highly efficient, embeddable C code directly from MATLAB programs, avoiding the common, time-consuming and error-prone process of rewriting MATLAB algorithms in C.

Making Things Talk
Recently, I was sent a copy of Tom Igoe’s book, “Making Things Talk: Practical Methods for Connecting Physical Objects.” It’s a book about building devices that talk to each other. Through a series of simple projects, readers will learn how to get their projects to communicate with one another by forming networks of smart devices that carry on conversations. Whether you need to plug some sensors in your home to the Internet or create a device that can interact wirelessly with other creations, Igoe’s book explains it all.

Freescale M53281KIT Reference Platform for Embedded VoIP
Freescale and Arcturus Networks developed an embedded voice-over-IP (VoIP) reference platform to speed time to market for industrial embedded voice applications using VoIP technology. The solution is available as an evaluation and development kit, a ready-to-use module, or a microcontroller (MCU) and software combination for integration into a hardware and software product.

Primary OS Research
According to Venture Development Corporation (VDC), the growing sophistication of embedded devices intensifies competition not only between commercial suppliers, but also in the internal research and development groups within OEMs, which many market players still view as their main competition. VDC expects increasing innovation around hybrid business models as a means to blend the best of both worlds – open source and proprietary – as suppliers continue to adapt and drive their technology innovation through a community at large, increase brand name recognition, and pull through other complementary commercial software product solutions.

ARC VTOC 4.0 Toolset
The VTOC® 4.0 Toolset, from ARC International (LSE: ARK), creates 100% cycle accurate C++ and SystemC models from Verilog and VHDL RTL. VTOC 4.0 includes a new intelligent code analysis system that enables developers to generate C++ and SystemC models that are more efficient and achieve higher performance. The source code models accelerate the development of performance critical firmware such as device drivers and codecs and functional verification of this software within a complete SoC; a complete software suite can be developed and debugged before the target SoC sees first silicon. ARC IP eXchange, based on VTOC technology, enables IP vendors, semiconductor, and fabless companies to securely deliver C++ and SystemC models to software developers, partners and customers.

ASIC Market to Reach $4.10 Billion
According to Frost & Sullivan, the application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) market generated revenues of $2.99 billion in 2006 and will reach $4.10 billion in 2010. The growth is driven by increasing automobile sales. In particular, the European region expects to generate more revenues than any other region due to their early technological acceptance and government regulations. Additionally, the Asian region continues to exhibit one of the fastest growth rates as it increasingly emphasizes highly customized applications such as engine control valve timing.

USB 3.0 Promoter Group
Intel Corporation, along with other companies, have formed the USB 3.0 Promoter Group to create a superspeed personal USB interconnect that can deliver over 10 times the speed of today’s connection. The technology will target fast sync-and-go transfer applications in the PC, consumer and mobile segments that are necessary as digital media become ubiquitous and file sizes increase up to and beyond 25 Gigabytes. HP, Microsoft, NEC, NXP Semiconductors, and Texas Instruments are also developing the technology.

Toshiba Ultra-Compact Camera Modules
TAEC’s new family of ultra-compact camera modules feature Dynastron image sensor technology. The family include the TCM9200MD, TCM9100MD and the TCM9000MD. The camera modules were developed using Toshiba’s chip scale camera module (CSCM) manufacturing technology and are the first to use through chip via (TCV) technology. CSCM allows the mounting and assembly of camera module components in the semiconductor wafer during the module’s manufacture. This delivers an approximate 64% reduction in module size in comparison to other modules using the same sensor, a significant benefit for camera phones and laptop computers with challenging design footprint requirements.

95 Million Ultra Mobile Devices to Ship
According to ABI Research, a new class of “always-on” Internet-connected products, collectively termed “Ultra-Mobile Devices” (UMDs), will become popular over the next five years. UMDs will reach shipments of nearly 95 million units by 2012, and should prove extremely profitable for their makers.

NXP LPC2900 ARM968E-S Based Microcontrollers
NXP Semiconductors recently introduced their LPC2900 ARM7 microcontrollers. The NXP LPC2900 is based on the ARM968E-S(TM) processor and targets applications in industrial, medical, motor control, and automotive industries. The MCUs provide designers with a cost-effective, flexible low-power solution. The NXP LPC2900 series consists of three ARM9 microcontrollers: the LPC2919, LPC2917, and LPC2915.

Radicom USB Modems
Radicom Research, Inc. rolled out a new line of USB hardware modems. The new modems are available in modular and standalone configurations. The modems process data using their own hardware and do not utilize any processing power of the host computer. The new modems are CDC-compliant and are supported by Microsoft CDC modem drivers and Linux CDC-ACM drivers. They work with Linux, Windows, and Mac operating systems.

AXIOMTEK MPC170-831-FL Medical Grade Panel Computer
The AXIOMTEK MPC170-831-FL is a high performance fanless 17″ medical grade panel computer. It features streamline mechanical design, super slim thickness, core 2 duo technology, fanless and waterproof design, large size and high brightness SXGA LCD, and noiseless operation. The built-in 1.3 mega pixels camera and microphone/speakers provide a complete solution for VoIP and remote monitoring / telemedicine healthcare terminal. The MPC170-831-FL is designed for POC (Point of Care) and HMI (Human Machine Interface) for medical equipments and remote monitoring / health care terminals (Telemedicine).

Texas Instruments TMP421, TMP422 Temperature Sensors
The TMP421 and TMP422, from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN), is the industry’s smallest remote junction temperature sensors with a built-in local temperature sensor. The single remote channel TMP421 and dual remote channel TMP422 provide remote sensor accuracy of +/-1C (maximum) and a local temperature sensor range of +/-1.5C (maximum). Both sensors are RoHS compliant and can be used in numerous applications including LCD/DLP®/LCOS projectors, servers, central office telecom equipment, and laptop computers. They are also suitable for industrial controllers, processor/FPGA temperature monitoring and storage area networks.

Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum
The 6th Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum (IESF 2007) for the automotive industry will be held at the Hyatt Hotel, Dearborn, Michigan, on Tuesday, December 4th, 2007. IESF is an event for people involved in automotive electrical systems design and analysis, multi-technology simulation, harness engineering, or vehicle network design and test. It is the only event that has a full day stream dedicated to wiring design and engineering issues in the automotive industry.

TigerJet Tiger581 Single Chip Solution for USB Phones
TigerJet Network’s Tiger581 is the first single chip solution for USB phones with built-in flash drive controller, echo cancellation, and a 16 bit audio codec with speaker phone capability. Integrating all of the required features into a single chip changes the economic argument so dramatically that VoIP solutions in an office environment will migrate from using dedicated headsets towards the use of business type desktop phones with speaker phone capability.

STMicroelectronics STW81103 RF Synthesizer
STMicroelectronics’ (NYSE:STM) STW81103 is a RF synthesizer with integrated voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs). it features the highest frequency coverage in the market. The STW81103 is the first single-chip device that operates up to 5GHz, meeting the increasing demand of equipment manufacturers for space and cost-efficient solutions in radio applications with frequencies in the microwave range. Among the applications in which these devices may find application are wireless network infrastructures, CATV systems, instrumentation, and test equipment.

Fibre Channel Training
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and Solution Technology will offer training classes for developers, integrators, and managers for Fibre Channel technology. Solution Technology’s training classes provide participants with an understanding of all aspects of Fibre Channel technology, from fundamentals to architecture. Instructors have deep technical knowledge coupled with real-world experience and understanding of the industry, to help further employee development and company success.