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TI offers the world’s lowest power capacitive touch solutions with new easy-to-use software, silicon and tools for all MSP430™ microcontrollers

DALLAS, TX (April 19, 2011) – Enabling the world’s lowest power touch sense capabilities on all MSP430 devices, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announced the ultra-low-power MSP430 16-bit microcontroller capacitive touch portfolio. Building on TI’s embedded processing expertise, the portfolio  introduces new hardware and free software solutions that gives developers easy-to-use, cost-effective options for microcontroller-based capacitive touch applications, while still benefitting from the battery-saving features of MSP430 devices. For more information, please visit www.ti.com/capacitivetouch-pr-lp.

The royalty-free MSP430 capacitive touch … Read More → "TI offers the world’s lowest power capacitive touch solutions with new easy-to-use software, silicon and tools for all MSP430™ microcontrollers"

IAR Systems eases development of Fujitsu FM3 microcontroller designs

April 19, Uppsala – IAR Systems announced that IAR KickStart Kit for Fujitsu MB9BF506R is now available. The kit has been designed specifically for evaluating and prototyping using Fujitsu’s FM3 ARM Cortex-M3 based microcontroller family. The 32-bit MB9BF500 series, of which the MB9BF506R has the most on-chip flash and comprehensive peripheral support, are a range of high-integrated microcontrollers aimed at high performance cost sensitive applications.

The kit includes an MB9BF506R-SK evaluation board, USB host and device connectors and CAN interfaces, a 16 x 2 black and white LCD, … Read More → "IAR Systems eases development of Fujitsu FM3 microcontroller designs"

TI introduces efficient 25-W digital audio power amp for thin-panel televisions

DALLAS (April 19, 2011) – Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN) today introduced a 25-W digital audio power amplifier for driving stereo bridge-tied speakers. The TAS5727 boasts an RDS(on) that is 32 percent lower ­than previous product generations, resulting in a 20-percent lower total case temperature. Additionally, two-band dynamic range compression allows for audio processing in two different frequency bands to overcome audio quality limitations of small speakers. The TAS5727 enables designers to create efficient, thermally cool designs in the ever smaller packages demanded by the HDTV and … Read More → "TI introduces efficient 25-W digital audio power amp for thin-panel televisions"

connectBlue™ Increases Focus in the Wireless Medical Market

Wireless innovator connectBlue has been a major player in the wireless medical market since its FDA clearance of the world’s first Bluetooth wireless medical device in 2003. Now, connectBlue is expanding its resources in business development and sales to better cater to the needs of new and existing medical customers. 

Wireless solutions bring to healthcare providers new high-tech possibilities for wireless connectivity across medical devices and mobile networks. These connectivity possibilities help grow the wireless medical market; a market growth which has accelerated even further with the introduction of smart mobile devices. 

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Kilopass Introduces Industry’s First Embedded Multi-Time Programmable Non-Volatile Memory in 40nm Logic CMOS

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 19, 2011 – Kilopass Technology Inc., a leading provider of semiconductor logic non-volatile memory (NVM) intellectual property (IP), today unveiled Itera, the industry’s first and only embedded multi-time programmable (MTP) NVM in 40nm, during the Linley Tech Mobile Conference. Using Itera, system-on-chip (SoC) designers can achieve significantly lower costs (70% less), higher performance (24X increase), and improved integration by replacing external serial EEPROM and NOR flash in high-volume mobile and consumer applications. Implemented in standard CMOS with no additional process steps or wafer process adders, Itera provides up to 1 megabit (Mb) of storage capacity and 1024 … Read More → "Kilopass Introduces Industry’s First Embedded Multi-Time Programmable Non-Volatile Memory in 40nm Logic CMOS"

NetLogic Microsystems Announces the Industry’s Widest Bandwidth Digital Front End Processors for 3G and 4G/LTE Base Stations

Santa Clara, Calif. – April 18, 2011 –NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. [NASDAQ: NETL], a worldwide leader in high-performance intelligent semiconductor solutions for next-generation Internet networks, today announced the availability of the OP6100 family of digital front-end (DFE) processors which delivers 65MHz of occupied bandwidth, 145MHz of total bandwidth and 325MHz of pre-distortion bandwidth for next-generation 3G and 4G/LTE base stations, remote radio heads (RRUs) and distributed antenna systems (DAS). This dramatic breakthrough represents over 220% increase in bandwidth over competing available merchant DFE solutions, and at a fraction of the cost and power of FPGA-based solutions.  In addition, the … Read More → "NetLogic Microsystems Announces the Industry’s Widest Bandwidth Digital Front End Processors for 3G and 4G/LTE Base Stations"

Optimized development tool for NXP’s digital signal controller (DSC) architecture

Lauta (Germany) April 19, 2011 – PLS presents at ESC Silicon Valley Booth 2301 at multicore Expo, the latest Version of the Universal Debug Engine (UDE). UDE 3.0.7 is equipped with optimized test and debug functions for NXP’s LPC4300 highly integrated dual-core system-on-chip (SoC) family and offers unlimited dual-core debugging under a single user interface.

The LPC4300 family brings together an ARM Cortex-M4 with a Cortex-M0 to an asymmetrical dual-core digital signal controller (DSC) architecture. Both processors each operate with their own … Read More → "Optimized development tool for NXP’s digital signal controller (DSC) architecture"

Synopsys Design Compiler Graphical Cuts Design Time at Exar

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, today announced that Exar Corporation, a provider of software and subsystem solutions for industrial, datacom and storage applications, has broadly deployed Synopsys’ Design Compiler® Graphical RTL Synthesis solution, a key component of the Galaxy™ Implementation Platform, to shorten its IC design schedule. Previously, engineers at Exar performed multiple time-consuming iterations between synthesis and place and route due to routing congestion issues identified late in the design flow by the backend design teams. Using Design Compiler … Read More → "Synopsys Design Compiler Graphical Cuts Design Time at Exar"

Intel, Micron Extend NAND Flash Technology Leadership, Introduce Industry’s Smallest, Most Advanced 20-Nanometer Process

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and BOISE, Idaho, April 14, 2011 – Intel Corporation and Micron Technology Inc. today introduced a new, finer 20-nanometer (nm) process technology for manufacturing NAND flash memory. The new 20nm process produces an 8-gigabyte (GB) multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash device, providing a high-capacity, small form factor storage option for saving music, video, books and other data on smartphones, tablets and computing solutions such as solid-state drives (SSDs).

The growth in data storage combined with feature enhancements for tablets and smartphones is creating new demands for NAND flash technology, especially greater capacity in smaller designs. The new 20 … Read More → "Intel, Micron Extend NAND Flash Technology Leadership, Introduce Industry’s Smallest, Most Advanced 20-Nanometer Process"

Atmel maXTouch Solution Enables Kyocera Echo Touchscreens

San Jose, CA, April 18, 2011 – Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a leader in microcontroller and touch technology solutions, today announced that the Atmel maXTouch(TM) mXT224 controller has been selected to power the touchscreens for the Kyocera Echo dual-screen Android phone.

The Echo is the industry’s first dual-touchscreen smartphone with two 3.5-inch 480 x 800 displays that can be unfolded and used as a single 4.7-inch 960 x 800 surface, similar to a “tablet” display, or as individual displays. These screens are connected with a slick Kyocera patent-pending sliding liquid-metal “pivot hinge” that can be closed and used as a regular … Read More → "Atmel maXTouch Solution Enables Kyocera Echo Touchscreens"

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