Mezzanine card design makes FPGA integration easy Product News 4/29/2008 Post a comment VMETRO announced its first FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC/VITA 57) module dubbed the ADC510, which is available in air-cooled and conduction-cooled rugged versions, integrates two 12-bit 500MHz A/D chips for use in DSP applications such as Signal Intelligence (SIGINT), Electronic Counter Measures (ECM), and Radar.
Cray links with Intel in super deal News & Analysis 4/28/2008 Post a comment Cray Inc., which once used only CPUs from Advanced Micro Devices, plans to develop a range of supercomputers and processor and interconnect technologies with Intel Corp. as part of a broad agreement between the two companies.
Synopsys debuts 5 GHz PCI express core Product News 4/28/2008 Post a comment Synopsys officially rolls out a silicon core for PCI Express 2.0 April 28, claiming the 5 GHz technology is beginning to get attention from designers at a time when experts say the industry is moving at a relatively slow pace down the Express road map.
EU airborne fuel management project selects TTTech News & Analysis 4/23/2008 Post a comment The SmartFuel Automated Design and Simulation Process (ADSP) Consortium has selected TTTech AG as development partner. The Austrian technology company will contribute its time-triggered protocol (TTP) to control the data bus in future fuel management systems for aircrafts.
Infineon chips in for Samsung's HEDGE phones News & Analysis 4/23/2008 Post a comment Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has scored a major win in the mobile handsets sector, with number two supplier Samsung Electronics deploying the German chip maker's XMM High Speed Data packet Access (HSDPA) platform.
SigmaTel OK's bid from Freescale, pushes ref design for PNDs Product News 4/22/2008 Post a comment Shareholders of SigmaTel (Austin, TX) have approved the acquisition of the analog IC specialist and the deal, valued at about $110 million, is expected to close by the end of April. At the same time, SigmaTel has introduced a version of its STMP37xx processor reference design targeted at the portable navigation GPS market, which it says enables sub-$99 portable navigation devices (PNDs).
HD transcoding platform improves speed and reduces cost Product News 4/21/2008 Post a comment This technology, which combines Masstech's transformation software MassTransIt with the use of the RapidMind platform, is part of the growing trend of broadcasters using off-the-shelf hardware instead of traditionally premium-priced proprietary equipment.
Kontron promotes COM Express Nano standard News & Analysis 4/18/2008 Post a comment Board computer manufacturer Kontron AG (Eching, Germany) has launched a foray to standardize the 'Nano' extension to the design guidelines for the Computer-on-Module (COM) Express format. With the move, the company wants to prevent that differing implementations cause uncertainties in the market.
Inphi targets acquisitions, IPO News & Analysis 4/15/2008 Post a comment High speed analog components specialist Inphi Corporation (Westlake Village, Calif.) is looking to acquire companies in its areas of expertise, according to Ron Torten, vice president of sales at the company.
Via enters COM Express market News & Analysis 4/14/2008 Post a comment Embedded devices vendor Via Technologies announced to expand its embedded board portfolio to include modules compliant to the COM Express industry standard. With its offer, the company addresses large OEMs only.
Adlink fleshes out Intel-based Com Express, ATCA lines News & Analysis 4/8/2008 Post a comment Fresh from its acquisition of Ampro Computer Inc., board-level specialist Adlink Technology Inc. is covering conferences from Embedded Systems Conference/Silicon Valley to the Shanghai Intel Developers Forum, demonstrating new Intel-based boards in Com Express and ATCA form factors.
Silicon TV tuners tackle terrestrial TV's challenges Design How-To 4/4/2008 Post a comment Silicon TV tuners, long popular for satellite TV, have become more practical for flat panel TVs, cable set top boxes, and mobile TV. Advantages over traditional metal-enclosed "CAN" tuners include a huge reduction in size, programmability, flexibility, ease of manufacture, thermal characteristics and adjacent channel rejection.
NXP RFID encryption cracked Product News 4/1/2008 Post a comment The Chaos Computer Club (Hamburg, Germany) has cracked the encryption scheme of NXPs popular Mifare Classic RFID chip. The device is used in many contactless smartcard applications including fare collection, loyalty cards or access control cards. NXP downplays the significance of the hack.
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