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Embedded Systems December 2000 Vol13_13

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News Vectors Bluetooth Annual shipments of Bluetooth-enabled devices are projected to reach over 1.4 billion nodes in 2005, up from 56 million in 2001. according to a recent study from Allied Business Intelligence. The report predicts the penetration of Bluetooth into 17 different market segments, including mobile handsets, notebooks, desk- tops, and PDAs. It also forecasts that by 2005, cellular mobile handsets will account for less than 47% of all Bluetooth nodes shipped in that year, compared to 65% in 2002. The report cites a shift into PC-centric, consumer electronics, and vertical appli- cation market segments as a major contributor to the predicted difference. The report also mentions a number of obstacles to Bluetooth suc- cess. These include a lack of inexpensive silicon, interoperability prob- lems, and limited applications. It predicts that these issues will stall Bluetooth growth intitially, but will be overcome as technology pro- gresses, spurring intensified growth. "Multi-core" SoC Unveiled Expanding the meaning of system-on-a-chip, Motorola unveiled the newest addition to its family of StarCore-based DSP products, the MSCS102. nle MSCS102 is a DSP chip that integrates four 300MHz SC140 cores, multi-level memory hierarchy, serial communication inter- faces, a flexible system interface unit, and a multi-channel DMA engine. nle company claims that the multi-core device will deliver 4.S billion multiply accumulates per second, which is equivalent to the processing power of a 1.2GHz core. It will also feature 1,4361(B of on-chip memory. The MSCS102 is targeted for systems supporting the conver- gence of circuit switched voice, fax, modem, and packet-based boards. It supports up to eight ADSL channels, more than 60 univer- sal channels, over SO compressed voice channels, and up to 600 non- compressed (G.711) voice channels. StarCore-based DSP devices are products of the StarCore Joint Design Center, a research and development intitiative between Lucent Technologies and Motorola. Motorola is planning to make the MSCS102 available for sampling in the third quarter of 2001. Microchip Tech's Interest Jumps New Market Microchip Technology has formed a Digital Signal Controller Division that will design, develop, and launch a family of 16-bit "digital signal controllers." According to the company, products in the digital control market combine the attributes of microcon- trollers and digital signal processing to address embedded control applications. Microchip pointed out a number of design trends which, they believed, made the move a logical one. Among these were increas- ing Internet connectivity in embedded devices, a movement toward more complex motor control techniques, increasing use of real -time signal processing in automotive systems, and a growing need in the S-bit market (Microchip's main focus) for higher levels of perfor- mance. This is the first time Microchip has designed or produced a 16-bit device. The family will be based on Microchip's PICmicro architecture. Briefly noted ... STMicroelectronics a nd DaimlerChrysler have jointly pro- duced a system-<>n-a-<:hip for a pow- crtrain appli cation that fac ilitates all of the logic runctions necessary ror transmission control. * Sun Microsystems and Invensys Control Systems will collaborate to deve lop a nd market "smart home" infrastructure. Sun 's rcsi- dential gateway technology will be incorporated into lnvensys' home ga teway devices. * * Force Computers and GoAhead Software are parlll ering to offer GoAhead's cross-platform service availabititysoftware on se1ectedForce High Availability CompactPCI plat- rorms. Tundra Semicondudor and Motorola will develop inter- conn ect products to en hance Motorola's SmanNetworks Platfol1Tl . They will cooperate in tile design of PowerPC and RapidlO-related core logic technology. NAMES IN THE NEWS NEC Electronics appointed YUKlO KABEYA generall1lanager of the compa- ny's automotive strategic business unit. • CRAIG SPROUlE has joined Centura as chief technology architect. CLIVE BEAVIS has joined as vice pres- ident of engineering . • DAVE B. STEWART, has been made executive vice president of Embedded Research Solutions, a new subsidiary of Applied Research Consultants. • AMD President and Chief Operating Officer HECTOR RUIZ was inducted into the Hall of Faille of the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) in EI Paso, Texas. Embedded Systems Programming DECEMBER 2000 11

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