Microsemi and Virtual Extension teamed on a two-chip wireless mesh network chipset and reference design. The reference design features Microsemi’s ZL70250 chip scale package (CSP) radio frequency (RF) transceiver for industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) band applications and Virtual Extension’s VE209M wireless mesh controller. Evaluation kits are available immediately from both Microsemi and Virtual Extension.
SRS Labs and XMOS introduced the SRS WOW HD for XMOS’ iPod/iPhone/iPad speaker dock reference design. The reference design enables features like immunity to noise and interference, Apple authentication interface, USB 2.0 host connection to iPod, S/PDIF digital input or output, Class D amplifier and SRS WOW HD audio enhancement processing. The XMOS digital dock reference design using the XMOS XS1-L1 microcontroller is available now.
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced that it has released more than 90 reference designs optimized for the MachXO[tm] and ispMACH® 4000ZE PLDs. Reference designs enable the quick and efficient design and deployment of commonly used functions such as general purpose I/O expander, I2C bus master / slave, LCD controller and SD Flash controller, as well as other interfaces, in a variety of markets including consumer, communications, computing, industrial and medical. The reference designs, coupled with complete documentation and design source code, are fully customizable and enable designers to reduce design time, boost productivity and accelerate time-to-market.
EB (Elektrobit), a leading developer of cutting-edge embedded technology solutions for automotive and wireless industries, has developed a multicore reference implementation in collaboration with Infineon Technologies AG. The implementation is based on Infineon’s TriCore technology. The partners have also integrated an AUTOSAR 3.1-compliant Microcontroller Abstraction Layer (MCAL) for Infineon’s microcontrollers in the TriCore and XC2000 series into the EB tresos AutoCore basic software core. This means that a basic software core is now available that enables scalable software solutions according to the recommendations of the German manufacturer software initiative (Hersteller Initiative Software, HIS) and can thus reduce hardware costs.
XMOS has launched a reference design for iPhone® and iPod® docks, which keeps the audio signal path end-to-end digital, from the iPod or iPhone via USB to the amplifier. Implemented entirely in software, using the XMOS XS1-L1 event driven processor(TM), the flexible design eliminates analog audio processing components making it resistant to RF interference and enabling bit-perfect digital audio streaming for highest fidelity audio performance.
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) and S3 Group, a connected healthcare technology solutions company, announced the availability of the first Continua Certified[tm] USB-enabled platform for building agent healthcare devices. The platform consists of TI’s ultra-low power MSP430 microcontroller (MCU) and S3 Group’s Embedded Agent Stack (EAS) – an 11073 PAN device (agent) stack, which has been optimized for resource constrained platforms. The platform for agent devices will enable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to bring personal health devices to market quicker and easier.
Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL), a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, and AU Optronics Corp. (AUO), a global leading manufacturer of thin film transistor liquid crystal display panels, announced that the two companies have collaborated on a joint reference design platform to support AUO’s Electronic Paper Display (EPD) panels. The two companies have worked closely together to deliver a turn-key solution to eReader manufacturers for quick development time to market. This reference design, featuring the Marvell® ARMADA(TM) 166 processor and AUO EPD controller technology, is targeted at delivering the next-generation of ultra-thin, ultra-light eReaders that offer the most varied and immersive content experiences.
ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN), a leading global supplier of high performance, energy efficient, silicon solutions for green electronics, has launched two new GreenPoint® reference designs that will speed and simplify the development of high-efficiency LED-based lighting applications. Configured in size and features for MR16 LED replacements, the first reference design describes a built and tested 3 watt (W) to 5 W LED driver solution for driving high-brightness LEDs (HB-LEDs). The second design is targeted at designers looking to achieve compliance with the ENERGY STAR® 1.1 requirements for Solid State Lighting (SSL) in residential luminaire applications and describes a built and tested off-line GreenPoint solution for an isolated 8 W constant current LED driver.
NEC Electronics America, Inc. announced the availability of a robust and easy-to-implement reference design blueprint for Intel’s next generation Mobile Internet Device (MID) and Smart Phone platforms, codenamed “Moorestown.” Using NEC Electronics’ power management IC (PMIC) solution (codenamed “Briertown”) and global wireless technology leader Option’s GTM501L wireless module, the companies worked closely together to develop and validate the industry’s first solution that will help to accelerate PMIC and 2G/3G communications module integration in Moorestown MID designs. In support of the reference design blueprint, the companies will provide extensive design assistance and collateral to support customers developing MIDs with the Moorestown platform.
Samplify Systems, Inc., a next generation mixed-signal semiconductor company, announces availability of a reference design, for the ultrasound market, based on the company’s award-winning SAM1600 family of analog-to-digital converters, (ADCs) and the company’s Prism(TM) compression technology. SAM1600 compressing ADCs enable OEMs to reduce data bottlenecks in sophisticated ultrasound machines and more quickly, and cost effectively develop both basic black and white, as well as advanced color mode equipment.
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