Embedded and EDA Highlights – 2007.12.07

ARM RealView Profiler
ARM (LSE:ARM) (Nasdaq:ARMHY) recently launched their RealView(R) Profiler, which is a tool for non-intrusive analysis of software performance and code coverage of real system workloads running over minutes, hours, or days. Using the tool, developers can typically improve the performance of their application by more than 20%, while at the same time reducing ROM size requirements by a similar amount. The RealView Profiler also includes comprehensive analysis of both statement and branch code coverage, enabling software testing to achieve and demonstrate 100% code coverage to ensure the highest levels of software validation.

Selecting the Right Isolation Solution Webcast
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) and Arrow Electronics Inc. is offering a live Analog eLab(TM) Webcast. The event will take place Wednesday, December 12, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. CST (18:00 hrs CET). The webinar is titled “Selecting the Right Isolation Solution.”

GreenPeak Battery-Free Wireless Communication Devices
GreenPeak Technologies recently introduced new products for ultra-low-power wireless sense and control networks. GreenPeak’s new wireless communication devices leverage three key technologies that enable it to operate in a battery-free environment without cabling. The first is an ultra-low-power wireless transceiver and sensor interface design with efficient power-up and power-down modes that dramatically reduce power consumption. Second is an energy harvesting interface that enables the modules to utilize power provided by e.g. external solar, electromagnetic, and piezo-electric transducers. Third is a mesh technology that enables designers to create extended sensor networks without the need for battery-powered or cabled routing nodes. This innovative mesh technology is also self-forming and self-healing, making it easy and inexpensive to install.

Seminar: Accelerating Silicon Success with Silicon Aware IP
Virage Logic Corporation (NASDAQ:VIRL) and TSMC are offering a free technical lunchinar and demonstration entitled, Accelerating Silicon Success with Silicon Aware IP for Yield Acceleration & Time-to-Volume. The seminar and demonstration will focus on bridging the gap between design and manufacturing and will highlight the STAR(TM) Memory System with the new STAR(TM) Yield Accelerator option for advanced design and process technology challenges. The event will take place on December 11, 2007.

GE Fanuc CC11, CL11 Single Board Computers
GE Fanuc Embedded Systems recently introduced their CC11 and CL11 3U CompactPCI single board computers. The SBCs feature a choice of Intel® Celeron® M (1.06 GHz), Core(TM) Duo (up to 2.0 GHz) or Core(TM)2 Duo (1.5 GHz) processors and up to two Gigabytes of onboard DDR2 SDRAM, each can be ordered as either a system slot or non system slot device. Designed for a broad range of applications including automation, transportation, imaging, medical and robotics, the CC11 and CL11 take maximum advantage of the benefits of CompactPCI in its 3U form factor, delivering high performance in a small, lightweight package. Each board is available in extended temperature range (-40° C to +75° C) forms to enable installation in environments that would otherwise be unsuitable.

Android Developer Challenge
In case you missed it, Google recently announced the Android Developer Challenge. The contest will provide $10 million in prizes for building mobile applications on the Android platform. The Challenge will award cash prizes (ranging from $25,000 to $275,000) to developers whose applications are picked by a panel of judges.

STMicroelectronics LIS331 Motion Sensors
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) introduced a new generation of ‘nano’ three-axis linear accelerometers. The low-power MEMS sensors provide complete output flexibility and embedded smart features. ST’s new 3-axis motion sensors represent a significant step forward in the product’s miniaturization. The 3x3x0.9mm plastic package addresses the space and weight constraints of portable electronic devices. The LIS331 accelerometers deliver high performance at low power consumption and their ultra-compact robust design provides very high immunity to vibration and shock survivability up to 10,000g.

IPextreme World 2007
IPextreme recently announced their annual intellectual property (IP) conference. The event will take place Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at the Ambassador Hotel in Hsinchu, Taiwan. This year’s show is titled “IP Fuels the Semiconductor Industry.” The conference will feature semiconductor IP presentations from IPextreme, Freescale, Infineon, NXP Semiconductor, and Texas Instruments. In addition, ChipEstimate will demonstrate their software for planning chips with high IP content.

TI TMS320C6452 Digital Signal Processor
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) recently announced the availability of the TMS320C6452 digital signal processor (DSP). The DSPs are designed to optimize price and performance for today’s process intensive multi-channel infrastructure and medical imaging systems. With a more than 30% price reduction over TI’s popular TMS320C6415T DSPs, the new code compatible 900 MHz C6452 DSP allows designers to quickly and easily migrate their designs from the widely deployed C641x based products.

Q3 2007 Semiconductors Equipment Market
SEMI recently reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached $11.13 billion in the third quarter of 2007. The billings figure is one percent greater than the second quarter of 2007 and about one percent greater than the same quarter a year ago. The data is gathered from more than 150 global equipment companies that provide data on a monthly basis.

NEC 15-inch LCD Modules
NEC LCD Technologies recently introduced two new 15-inch [38 centimeters (cm)-diagonal] amorphous-silicon color thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) modules with extended graphics array (XGA) resolution for industrial equipment such as factory automation controllers, measuring instruments, automatic teller machine (ATM) terminals, kiosks, and point-of-sale (POS) systems. The NL10276BC30-32 is a standard product with brightness of 250 candelas per square meter (cd/m2), while the NL10276BC30-33 has brightness of 350 cd/m2. Both modules conform to the Panel Standardization Working Group (PSWG) standards for 15-inch LCD modules.

SEMI October 2007 Book-to-Bill Ratio
According to Semi, North American manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.23 billion in orders in October 2007 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.83. A book-to-bill of 0.83 means that $83 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Summit SMB137 Programmable Battery Charger IC
Summit Microelectronics’ SMB137 programmable battery charger IC was designed for mobile consumer electronics. Dual (USB or AC/DC) inputs and outputs (System or Battery) with CurrentPath(TM) automatic arbitration allow system operation with any input source, any battery charge state, or even missing battery. Proprietary TurboCharge(TM) technology yields dramatic reductions in charge time, power dissipation, and solution size compared to conventional charger solutions. The ultra-small solution size, combined with Micro-USB data/power support, enables ultra-thin devices with the convenience of USB battery charging.