Cadence Design Systems plans to acquire the IP business of Evatronix SA SKA. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013, and is not expected to have a material impact on Cadence’s balance sheet or second quarter or fiscal 2013 results of operations. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
ASSET InterTech published a white paper titled: Bandwidth tests reveal shrinking eye diagrams and signal integrity problems. The paper explains how increasing bus speeds on circuit boards could create havoc for signal integrity on those buses, in turn degrading the bus’ throughput performance. Each new generation of a high-speed bus typically runs at a higher signal frequency, but this decreases the margin for error on the bus, making it more sensitive to disruptions from jitter, inter-symbol interference (ISI), crosstalk and other factors.
Data Translation introduced the DT9847 Series high-accuracy, dynamic signal acquisition modules for USB. The DT9847 features an ultra-low total harmonic distortion (THD) of 102dB. It also offers a 123dB dynamic range for low to high level precise signal measurement without any gain ranging. The DT9847 Series will be available this month. Prices start at $1595.
Microchip Technology introduced the DM320014 and DM320413 PIC32 MCU-based development boards. The DM320014 is a USB digital audio accessory board, while the DM320413 is a digital audio mixer board. The two development boards are powered by Microchip’s PIC32MX250F128 32-bit MCU. The DM320014 and DM320413 enable audio and voice device development for a broad range of applications. Both digital audio mixer boards are available now with prices starting at $69.99. The DM320413 is offered exclusively to Apple MFi licensees, via Apple’s authorized distributor. The DM320014 is available at microchipDIRECT.
VIA Labs introduced their VL812 USB 3.0 Hub Controller. The VIA Labs VL812 features four ports, a new low-power design and an integrated 5V DC-DC switching regulator. The single-chip solution reduces BOM by offering high power efficiency and greater system integration. The third generation USB 3.0 hub controller is available now. The VL812 is ideal for stand-alone hubs, USB Docking, integrated motherboard, and compound device applications.
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.
Data Translation introduced the DT9812A, DT9813A, and DT9814A data acquisition modules. The ECONseries of USB-powered DAQ modules feature USB 2.0 compliance, 12-bit resolution, two analog output channels, digital I/O lines, and sampling rates of up to 100 kSamples/second. The DT9812A data acquisition module is priced at $475 USD, the DT9813A is priced at $525, and the DT9814A is priced at $575.
Microchip Technology introduced their mTouch AR1100 Analog Resistive USB Touch-Screen Controller. The Microchip AR1100 controller is a high-performance, USB plug-and-play device that offers advanced calibration capabilities as a USB mouse or single-input digitizer. It chip is available now in 20-pin SOIC, SSOP and QFN packages for $.95 each (10,000-unit quantities). The AR1100 is also available as a board product for $12 each in production quantities. The controller is ideal for medical devices, industrial controls, handwriting or signature capture applications.
Conexant Systems introduced the CX2077x and CX3102x embedded audio solutions. The CX2077x USB audio integrated circuit (IC) features the functionality of an on-chip digital signal processor (DSP), tri-color LED Pulse-Width Modulator (PWM) and LED driver into a single chip package. Pricing for the CX2077x starts at $2.32 in 1K quantities. The CX3102x starts at $1.65 in 1K quantities. A complete evaluation kit with reference board and all the necessary technical documents and software is available now.
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.