Hot news of March 2009 – from semiconductor industries

March 10, 2009 – MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGIES acquire HI-TECH software

  • Microchip technology Inc., one of the top ranking companies in Microcontroller IC’s had acquired HI-TECH Software yesterday. This Hi-TECH software is also one of the leading companies which design the development tools for the embedded platform. This HI-TECH software is famous for its ANSI C compilers.

With the outcome of this two leading companies, Microchip can now produce “The Best’ compiler which support all PIC microchip devices.

“The HI-TECH acquisition also extends Microchip leadership in compiler technology by providing users with the option to develop their C code using the Mac OS X and Linux operating systems.” said Derek Carlson, Microchip’s vice president of Development Tools.

So, this joint work can help the designers, and may pave a way for new outcomes in all areas of application of Microcontrollers.

Let us wait and see..

March 10, 2009 – Linear Technology Corporation (Linear Technology Corporation) launched precision silicon oscillators.

  •  Linear Technology Corporation is a leading company which designs, manufactures and markets a broad line of standard high performance integrated circuits

LTC6909 – Multiphase Silicon Oscillator with Spread Spectrum Modulation -It is an easy to use precision oscillator which can provide upto 8 phase synchronized outputs which  provide up to eight rail-to-rail 50% duty cycle clock signal. These outputs can be used to start or prohibited, as well as realize a number of switching regulator phase synchronization. 

The LTC6909 also offers spread spectrum frequency modulation (SSFM), which can be enabled to improve electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) performance. Phase synchronization provides a wide range of design advantages, including improved EMC performance and reduce input and output ripple current, as well as better load transient response. 

Linear Technology Corporation Doug LaPorte Design Manager, said: "LTC6909 with a single system into multiple switching regulator much easier. LTC6909 can be used to start and to prohibit a group of regulators to make them work simultaneously, thereby achieving more efficiency through the provision of SSFM better EMI performance. " 

This innovation can introduce some more new circuits which suits for many general applications. Let us wait…

March 10, 2009 austriamicrosystems introduces ultra small LED driver with error detection for 8×8 matrix displays

  • Unterpremstaetten, Austria (March 10, 2009) – austriamicrosystems (SWX: AMS), a leading global designer and manufacturer of analog ICs for communications, industrial, medical and automotive applications, expanded its comprehensive LED driver portfolio with the AS1116, an ultra small multiplexed LED driver. 


The AS1116 can drive either eight 7-segment digits or 64 individual LEDs with 47mA per digit or 5.5mA per LED. The current can be easily adjusted by an external resistor.

With an excellent accuracy of ±3%, the AS1116 improves picture quality of LED displays since intensity variations between LEDs and LED modules are minimized. For either global digital brightness control or separate dimming of each single digit in 16 steps a 4-bit PWM is implemented.

A unique feature of austriamicrosystems’ AS1116 is the built-in LED error detection. The AS1116 can detect any open- or short-circuit within the multiplexed 8×8 LED array and a detailed error report can be read out with the exact position of the broken LED.

So, this LED driver can push back the older LED drivers which needs e heavy work of error detection.

 March 3,  2009 – Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe announces –  MB86298 ‘Ruby’ – A expansion of Graphics Controller

  • Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) is a major supplier of semiconductor products. The company provides advanced systems solutions to the automotive, digital TV, mobile telephony, networking and industrial markets. This solutions approach is supported by a broad range of advanced semiconductor devices, IP, building blocks and software.

Langen and Nuremberg, Germany, 3rd March 2009 — Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) is pleased to announce the expansion of its graphics controllers family with the MB86298 ‘Ruby’ – a highly integrated high-end graphics processing unit (GPU) specified for OpenGL® ES 2.0 targeting embedded automotive and industrial display systems.
The feature set and performance of the MB86298 targets in-car applications such as dashboard systems (hybrid/virtual), head-up displays, navigation systems and rear-seat entertainment applications providing OpenGL ES 2.0/OpenVGTM 1.0 functionality.

Designed in 90nm technology, the MB86298 provides high-performance 3D-rendering functions.  Frame rate conversion, colour conversion, up-scaling, down-scaling and adaptive de-interlacing functions are also supplied by the capture module.

March 2, 2009 – Infineon Introduces World’s First Low-Cost ADSL IAD Solution Supporting All-IP Networks and Green-IT; Extending the Single-Chip XWAY ARX100 Gateway Family with VoIP Functionality for Entry-Level and Full-Featured IADs

  • Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg, Germany, is a leading semiconductor  company which offers semiconductor and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: energy efficiency, communications, and security.

Infineon Technologies AG (FSE/NYSE: IFX) broadens its single-chip XWAY™ ARX100 gateway family announcing the XWAY ARX182 and XWAY ARX188 single-chip ADSL2+ Integrated Access Device (IAD) solutions. While the ARX188 is targeted at feature-rich IAD designs with high throughput and Quality of Service (QoS) requirements, the ARX182 is the industry’s first low-cost IAD solution dedicated to the up-and-coming entry-level segment of Analog Telephone Adaptors with integrated DSL functionality (DSL-ATA).

“Our ARX100 architecture underscores Infineon’s commitment to Green IT by significantly reducing the power consumption of home gateways. The ARX188 combines the advantages of the recently launched ARX168 for Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) with Infineon’s leading VoIP technology to offer superior multi-service gateways for consumers, whereas ARX182 supports carriers in migrating to All-IP networks,” said Christian Wolff, Division President of the Wireline Communications division at Infineon Technologies. “These new solutions further emphasize the commitment given to our OEM/ODM customers with the introduction of the ARX100 architecture: One Investment, Many Products.”

A common benefit of the ARX100 family is the support for Green IT by building a wide range of energy saving features to meet the requirements listed in the latest version of the EU CoC on Energy Consumption of Broadband Equipment for 2009, 2010, 2011 and beyond. First results show that the stand-by power consumption of complete IAD designs based on the new Infineon solution beat even the strictest requirements of CoC by up to 35 percent.

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