Microchip Technology announced a cloud development platform. The service is available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace and enables embedded engineers to quickly learn cloud based communication. Microchip’s Cloud Development Platform is available now. As part of this platform, their Wi-Fi Client Module Development Kit is available for purchase for $99.
Lantronix launched their new xDirect serial-to-Ethernet device server. The xDirect provides quick and easy connectivity to virtually any device or machine with a serial interface. The Lantronix xDirect is available now for $99.95. It is ideal for environmental monitoring, metering, security, industrial automation, and medical applications.
Libelium introduced a 3G module for the Arduino platform. The 3G shield for Arduino enables the connectivity to high speed WCDMA and HSPA cellular networks. It features transfers up to 7.2Mbps, which is 20 times faster than with GPRS technology. The module also includes an internal GPS that enables the location of any Arduino both outdoors and indoors, combining standard positioning data from satellites with mobile cell triangulation in the assisted mobile mode (A-GPS).
Microchip Technology has acquired Roving Networks. Their easy-to-use solutions are tailor made for embedded applications, and broaden the range of wireless connectivity options to help engineers enable their products. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive on a non-GAAP basis.
Texas Instruments launched their WiLink 8.0 product family. WiLink is a collection of 45-nanometer single-chip solutions that integrate up to five different radios. The WiLink 8.0 architecture supports various combinations of mobile Wi-Fi, GNSS, NFC, Bluetooth and FM transmit/receive. TI’s five-in-one radio chip enables customized solutions to address the unique needs and price points of all mobile markets. WiLink 8.0 solutions are sampling now to top-tier mobile OEMs. Products with WiLink 8.0 solutions inside are expected to ship in the second half of 2012.
Microchip Technology introduced their HID-class MCP2210 USB to SPI protocol converter. The MCP2210 is a simple, small-footprint and cost-effective option for adding USB connectivity to SPI-based systems. The Microchip MCP2210 is available in a 20-pin SSOP package for $1.40 each, and a 20-pin 5×5 mm QFN package for $1.52 each, in 5,000-unit quantities. Samples and volume-production orders are available now. A MCP2210 evaluation kit is available for $29.99.
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing, announced the launch of the DesignWare® USB Software Alliance Program with leading USB software providers emsys, Jungo, MCCI and MicroDigital as inaugural members. This alliance program establishes an ecosystem of qualified USB software providers for drivers, firmware and stacks which have proven interoperability with Synopsys’ DesignWare USB 2.0 and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 IP. Synopsys and its DesignWare USB Software Alliance Program members can help designers to quickly incorporate USB connectivity into their system-on-chips (SoCs) with less risk and provide consumers with the plug-and-play functionality required for PCs, peripherals, mobile devices and consumer electronic products.
Harman International (NYSE:HAR) and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM; TSX:RIM) announced that the two companies have reached an agreement for RIM to acquire QNX Software Systems. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and is anticipated to close within 35-45 days. This strategic move is expected to further strengthen QNX penetration in the automotive market and foster innovation for markets served by all parties.
High-volume shipments of Blu-ray players, most of which feature network connectivity, are finally making inroads into the broader disc player and recorder market, reports In-Stat. By 2013, Blu-ray player shipments will still lag slightly behind the 90 million DVD player unit shipments. However, higher average selling prices will put Blu-ray player revenue at more than 4 times as large as DVD player revenue.
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.