Author Archives: Ken Cheung

Intel Introduces N450 Atom Processor and NM10 Express Chipset

Intel Corporation announced new Intel Atom processors that feature integrated graphics built directly into the CPU, enabling improved performance and smaller, more energy-efficient designs in a new generation of netbooks and Atom-based entry level desktop PCs. Major OEMs have committed to having systems on the new Intel® Atom[tm] processors and a new companion chipset available within the next few weeks.

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Elektrobit Optimizes ECU, HMI Solutions for Freescale Microcontrollers

EB (Elektrobit), a leading developer of cutting-edge embedded technology solutions for automotive and wireless industries, and the semiconductor manufacturer Freescale Semiconductor Inc. have harmonized their software and microcontrollers. Both EB’s standard software for electronic control units as well as EB’s HMI and navigation software solutions have been optimized for Freescale microcontrollers.

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Broadcom Bluetooth Combination Chips Meet Low Energy Specification

Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, announced that its latest generation Bluetooth® combination chip is compliant with the ratified Bluetooth low energy version of the Bluetooth technology specification. The Bluetooth low energy specification, which the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) ratified today, enables an ultra-low power implementation of Bluetooth technology, making the technology increasingly applicable for wireless medical and fitness monitoring devices that necessitate very long battery life. With Broadcom’s dual-mode implementation, OEMs can extend these new Bluetooth low energy applications to smartphones and other devices while also enabling a wide array of existing popular Bluetooth functions with a single chip, paving the way for the new Bluetooth low energy version of the specification to gain broad adoption in consumer electronics products.

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Wi-Fi Powers Entertainment Devices

Wi-Fi has taken the entertainment device market by storm, with cameras, gaming devices (handheld and consoles), and personal media players (PMPs) incorporating the technology within the past few years, reports In-Stat. Wi-Fi-enabled entertainment device shipments will increase from 108.8 million in 2009 to 177.3 million in 2013. “While a growing number of entertainment devices have Wi-Fi embedded, most product categories only have a few players — often with a single company dominating the market,” says Victoria Fodale, In-Stat analyst. “For gaming consoles and gaming devices, Nintendo dominates the market, selling 79% of Wi-Fi-enabled consoles and 87% of Wi-Fi-enabled handheld devices in 2009″.

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Amulet Debuts GEMmodule TFT Display Module for Embedded Applications

Amulet Technologies, a recognized leader in graphic user interface (GUI) solutions, announced their new 4.3” GEMmodule[tm], a fully integrated production display module targeting a variety of applications in the embedded market space. The module features Amulet’s popular GEM Graphical OS Chip[tm] for color displays which supports GIF, JPEG, and PNG graphic formats in 24-bit color, plus alpha-blending found in high-end consumer electronic products. The 4.3” GEMmodule[tm] is perfect for embedded system product designers looking for an all-in-one drop-in graphic user interface solution.

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Bluetooth Special Interest Group Adopts Low Energy Wireless Technology

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced the adoption of Bluetooth® low energy wireless technology, which is the hallmark feature of the Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.0. As an enhancement to the specification, Bluetooth low energy technology opens entirely new markets for devices requiring low cost and low power wireless connectivity with this evolution in Bluetooth wireless technology that will enable a plethora of new applications – some not even possible or imagined today. Many markets such as healthcare, sports and fitness, security, and home entertainment will be enhanced with the availability of small coin-cell battery powered wireless products and sensors now enabled by Bluetooth wireless technology.

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X-FAB Silicon Foundries Support Synopsys Galaxy Custom Designer

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, and X-FAB Silicon Foundries, the leading analog/mixed-signal foundry, announced that X-FAB has expanded its support to include Synopsys’ Galaxy Custom Designer[tm] implementation solution. X-FAB now fully supports Synopsys’ Galaxy[tm] Implementation Platform across its wide range of advanced modular CMOS process technologies for analog/mixed-signal (AMS) applications.

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Analog Devices Introduces ADP5022 Dual Buck Regulator

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal-processing applications, introduced the industry’s smallest dual buck (step-down) regulator for space-constrained portable electronic systems. At just 2 mm × 2 mm × 0.6 mm, the dual 600-mA (milliamp) ADP5022 high performance step-down converter is half the size of competing devices yet includes an additional 150-mA on-chip LDO (low dropout regulator), a convenient feature for powering auxiliary rails. The high level of integration and small package size enables a cost-effective, ultra-small, power management unit for portable instruments, smart energy meters, smart phones and other power-sensitive equipment that requires thin packages. The combination of small size, low-noise architecture and high switching frequency also make the ADP5022 ideal for powering sensitive analog circuits like high-resolution ADCs (analog-to-digital converters).

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CES 2010 Robotics TechZone Features Kokoro, Keepons, and Paro Robots

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) has announced that it will showcase Japan’s emerging service robotics industry in the JETRO Robotics Zone at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 7th-10th, 2010. Robots from Kokoro Co. Ltd., BeatBots LLC and PARO Robots US Inc. will be on display, and JETRO Chicago will deliver information on service robotics in Japan to further promote the commercialization of this nascent industry.

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PICMG Adopts CompactPCI PlusIO Specification

PICMG announces the adoption of the PICMG 2.30 specification, called CompactPCI® PlusIO. This new specification adds PCI Express, Ethernet, SATA, SAS, and USB extensions to the CompactPCI family of specifications while preserving PCI bus connectivity. The specification defines the use of previously reserved rear I/O pins for the 32-bit CompactPCI system slot with new high-speed serial signals to preserve interoperability with existing CompactPCI standards.

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