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Microchip Expands USB Portfolio

Chandler-based Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced from the DESIGN East/ESC Boston Conference the expansion of its certified Full-Speed USB 2.0 Device PIC microcontroller portfolio with three new Enhanced Midrange 8-bit families comprising 15 scalable MCUs ranging from 14 to 100 pins with up to 128 KB of Flash.  All feature internal clock sources with the 0.25% clock accuracy necessary for USB communication, which saves up to $0.15 by eliminating the need for an external crystal.  Additionally, all three families are eXtreme Low Power compliant, with power consumption down to 35 µA/MHz Active and 20 nA in Sleep mode.

The 14- and 20-pin PIC16F145X MCUs are Microchip’s lowest-cost and smallest-form-factor USB MCUs to date.  Available in packages as small as 4×4 mm and featuring a wide array of integrated peripherals, the three-member family enables embedded applications that require USB connectivity and capacitive touch sensing, such as pulse oxymeters, PC accessories and security dongles.

The PIC18F2X/4XK50 devices, available in 28- and 40/44-pins, offer a cost-effective, pin-compatible migration option for customers utilizing legacy PIC18 USB MCUs.  The three family members feature 1.8-5V operation, and integrate a “Charge Time Measurement Unit” for higher performance cap-touch sensing as well as measurement in applications such as audio docks and data loggers.

The full-featured PIC18F97J94 family is Microchip’s first to offer integrated LCD control, RTCC with Vbat, and USB on a single 8-bit PIC microcontroller.  Available in 64, 80 and 100 pins, the nine-member family offers a 60×8 LCD controller (for a total of 480 segments), which eliminates the need for an external controller in applications with large segmented displays.  It also integrates a real-time clock/calendar with battery back-up for end products such as home-automation/security panels, handheld scanners and single-phase energy meters.

“Today’s broad announcement demonstrates our commitment to innovation in the 8-bit MCU market,” said Steve Drehobl, vice president of Microchip’s MCU8 Division.  “No one else offers crystal-free USB microcontrollers from 14 to 100 pins with this level of integration and low power consumption.”

To help speed development times, the downloadable and open-source USB Framework within the free Microchip Library of Applications (MLA) includes USB drivers for many common USB classes, including HID, CDC, Mass Storage, Win-USB and Audio-MIDI.  These drivers can be used with all 15 of the new PIC MCUs.

In addition to providing free USB software drivers and stacks, Microchip hardware development tools are available for purchase.  The Low Pin Count USB Development Kit (part # DM164127, $39.99) is available now, for use with the PIC16F145X family.  The PICDEM™ FS-USB Board (part # DM163025-1, $59.99) is expected to be available in October, for use with the PIC18FXXK50 family.

Full-Speed USB Plug-in Modules (PIMs) are expected to be available in November for the PIC18F97J94 and PIC18F87J94, at a cost of $45 each, that operate standalone or in conjunction with Microchip’s existing LCD Explorer Development Board (part # DM240314, $125) and PIC18 Explorer Development System (part # DV164136, $165), respectively.  Further documentation and information is available from Microchip’s USB and LCD Design Centers at http://www.microchip.com/get/34BL and http://www.microchip.com/get/J4RV.

CyrusOne

CyrusOne Completes Steel Framework For Phoenix Data Center

Global colocation solutions provider CyrusOne recently put the last steel beam in place at its Chandler site —officially completing the framework for its 1 MSF “Massively Modular” Phoenix data center complex.

In celebration of the incident-free construction of the steel skeleton, ironworkers hosted a traditional “topping out” ceremony to recognize the quality performance.

Often associated with bridges and skyscrapers, modern-day steelworkers carry forward the topping-out tradition from more domestic roots in history to recognize the important role their skills play in the pinnacle of a structure first being reached.

The custom of placing a tree on a completed structure arrived stateside with early immigrants to America and celebrated barn-raisings and housewarmings. Carried over from European civilizations, the ceremony originally honored a tree spirit for the use of wood in homes or enlisted the blessing of the forest gods for fertile land and home.

The modern-day ceremony involves signing the final steel beam before it is hoisted in the air accompanied by a tree top. Signing the final beam for CyrusOne’s Phoenix data center complex were the local steelworkers, 250 CyrusOne employees and CyrusOne executives.

“It is a proud day for CyrusOne as we bring to life this very special facility. This is perhaps the largest and most innovative purpose-built multitenant datacenter, developed from the ground up, in a decade. This represents a significant step forward in realizing our vision of a CyrusOne western region hub for Fortune 1000 enterprise customers,” said Kevin Timmons, CTO, CyrusOne.

Planned for completion in December, the data center is expected to become the largest of its kind in the country with 110 megawatts of power capacity, delivered from a substation to be built on the property. A highlight of the Chandler topping out ceremony will be the unveiling of the V-shaped roof on the complex, which consists of high sides tapering to a channel down the middle to support the capture of rainwater to repurpose for water management.

J.E. Dunn is the general contractor for the project.

maracay

Maracay Homes, JEN Partners Close Of 74 Lots In Chandler

JEN Partners closed on 23-acres east of the south-east corner of Ocotillo Road and Lindsay Road in Chandler. Known locally as the Pastorino Dairy, the final plat is approved for 74, 60’ x 120’ lots and was annexed, zoned and platted by Maracay Homes.

Opening spring of 2013, the community will be named Vaquero Ranch and feature Maracay Homes’ 45’ wide home series ranging from 1,800 – 3,700 square feet.  Prices will be based on market conditions at opening date.

“This acquisition is a good example of Maracay’s continued pursuit of land opportunities in premium locations with capital efficient transaction structures,” said Tom Lemon, VP of land acquisitions and development for Maracay Homes. “Maracay Homes is excited about the opportunity to develop a land banking relationship with a well capitalized partner that has significant local market and home building expertise.”

JEN Partners, a NY Private Equity Firm managed locally by TerraWest Communities, paid $2.3 million for the property.  The seller was the Estate of Londo Pastorino.  Under separate agreements with JEN Partners, an entity of Maracay Homes, Maracay VR, LLC, will develop the home sites and purchase them on a rolling option basis.

Donna Bolen of Arizona Enterprises brokered the underlying purchase.  No broker was involved in the land bank transaction.

BIG Green Expo & Conference 2011

Speaker: Mark Roddy ~ BIG Green Expo & Conference 2011

Mark Roddy, SmithGroup

Mark Roddy, SmithGroup

Mark Roddy, AIA, a design principal and lead designer for the Phoenix office of SmithGroup’s Office Workplace Studio, has over 18 years in the architectural field.

Mark received his bachelor degree from the University of Arizona in 1991 and a Masters in Architecture from UCLA in 1996. He has taught architecture design at the University of Arizona, Montana State University and Arizona State University.

His expertise produces civic/municipal spaces that respond to the surrounding community and its culture, while his office/workplace designs are efficient without sacrificing environmental responsiveness. This is most evident in the recently completed Chandler City Hall that is tracking LEED Gold Certification. This commitment to sustainability is also demonstrated in the “green” addition to his historic home in Central Phoenix that has won numerous awards including a Crescordia from Valley Forward. Mark’s work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.

He believes architecture should be expressive and environmentally responsible, but above all it should seek and find a balance between beauty and function.


Topic: Sustainable Office Design, Two Case Studies in Regional Office Design: Strategies and benefits of sustainable office building design, focusing on three main topics — regional design-buildings, performance strategies and employer & employee benefits.

Conference Speaker
Friday, April 15, 2011
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Room 155

BIG Green Conference 2011


BIG Green Expo
Friday & Saturday
April 15th & 16th 2011
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 



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Intel Building

Intel Announces Multibillion Dollar Investment in Arizona, Oregon Plants

Intel will be investing between $6 billion and $8 billion to develop and upgrade facilities at its Arizona and Oregon plants.

The investment, which was announced by Intel today, will create 6,000-8,000 construction jobs and 800-1,000 permanent high-tech jobs. The company says the investment also will allow Intel to maintain its current manufacturing employment base at its U.S. sites. Intel’s operations in Arizona are located in Chandler

The investment also will pay for a new development fab in Oregon, as well as upgrades to Intel’s four four existing fabs to manufacture the next-generation 22-nanometer (nm) process technology. The first 22nm microprocessors, codenamed Ivy Bridge, will be in production in late 2011.

“The most immediate impact of our multibillion-dollar investment will be the thousands of jobs associated with building a new fab and upgrading four others, and the high-wage, high-tech manufacturing jobs that follow,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini.

This new capital expenditure follows a U.S. investment announcement made in February 2009 to support state-of-the-art upgrades to its manufacturing process. Those upgrades resulted in 32nm process technology that has already produced computer chips being used today in PCs, servers, embedded and mobile devices around the world.

Red Awards 2010

Best Hospitality Project 2010


Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

The Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino’s goal is to bring Arizona’s gaming venues to the next level. The casino contains more than 1,000 slot machines, with 71 table games within the 100,000 SF casino. There is 12,000 SF of meeting space, 242 rooms and suites, retail shopping, 5 lounges, a nightclub, as well as a 1,400-seat theater/entertainment venue. The development provides a much needed entertainment hub for the South Valley. The design incorporates the Gila River Community’s tribal heritage through its three main areas, which reflect the types of buildings found in a traditional Akimel O’otham village. The hotel lobby is modeled after an olas-ki, or “round house;” the entertainment hub, food and beverage area is modeled after a vah-ki, or “rain house,” and serves as the main intersection point between the casino and hotel buildings; and the casino floor is modeled after a gu-ki, or “big house,” traditionally used as a meeting and gathering place.AZRE March 2010

Developer: Gila River Indian Community

Contractor: Kitchell Contractors
Architect: JCJ Architecture
Size: 420,000 SF
Location: Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler
Completed: October 2009

Honorable Mention: aloft Hotel

Developer: Gila River Indian Community
Contractor: Kitchell Contractors
Architect: JCJ Architecture
Size: 420,000 SF
Location: Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler
Completed: October 2009


AZRE Red Awards March 2010 | Next: Best Industrial Project

Jeff Roberts Opus West

Jeff Roberts – Vice President Of Real Estate Development At Opus West

About 10 years after its Phoenix headquarters opened in 1979, Opus West came up against a major recession in the Valley. It survived that test and is weathering today’s economic downturn with the same tactics.

A division of the Minneapolis-based Opus Group real estate development company, Opus West is going head-to-head with Arizona’s moribund economy with its corporate structure, diverse product base and a development philosophy that has served it well.

“We are vertically integrated and that allows us to react quickly in good times and bad,” says Jeff Roberts, vice president of real estate development.

Opus West has in-house property management, construction, design and development services. Presently, the company’s design-build staff is opening new revenue streams by offering its services to outside clients, such as corporations and governments.

The company still looks for opportunities and is more likely to find them within its broad line of products — retail, industrial, office and residential, including condos, apartments and senior housing.

As part of its approach to development, Opus West does not hinder its flexibility with a sizeable property portfolio and keeps its land inventory low, Roberts says.

“In the late ’80s and early ’90s (recession), many companies accumulated a large portfolio and were much more affected, while we had built our buildings and sold them for a profit,” he says. “That makes us much less subject to market cycles.”

In these tough times, Opus West is again focused on finishing existing projects to get new tenants moved in, taking care of existing tenants and keeping the door open to build-to-suit projects for tenants that are willing to commit, Roberts says. Projects on its plate include the 263,000-square-foot mixed-use Tempe Gateway building in downtown Tempe and the 170,000-square-foot Mill Crossing shopping center in Chandler.

One bit of good news Roberts sees in today’s economy is a “reasonably strong amount of large tenant activity” as companies move for economic reasons or to take advantage of a down market and upgrade to nicer space. Roberts expects little new construction in 2009.

“I don’t look at it as a year where there will be any major projects,” he says. “It will be a year of people working through leasing up what they’ve got and, hopefully, a year we hit bottom and see things heading back up. The big question is whether the economy picks up enough where we can get some significant net absorption.”

Roberts has more than 17 years of real estate experience in eight different cities. Prior to joining Opus West, he was an asset manager for Beta West in Denver. Roberts holds a bachelor of science degree in real estate from Arizona State University.

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Kona Grill opening new location

Kona Grill Opens Third Location In The Valley

By Noelle Coyle and Janet Perez

Despite the sluggish economy, restaurants continue to open or expand in the Valley, and Arizona native Kona Grill is no exception. Originally founded in Scottsdale in 1998, the restaurant has expanded throughout the United States, with locations in Missouri, Nevada, Indiana, Colorado, Connecticut, Michigan, Louisiana, Illinois, Nebraska, Texas and Florida. In June, it came back to its roots with the opening of a new location in Gilbert, and there are more plans for growth on the horizon. The Gilbert location joins two other Kona Grills in the Valley at Scottsdale Fashion Square and Chandler Fashion Center.

The new Gilbert restaurant opened at SanTan Village, one of many recent outdoor lifestyle malls built in the Valley. Kona Grill’s interior includes many of its signature features, including soft lighting, a granite sushi bar and a 2,000-gallon saltwater aquarium filled with exotic fish.

Like its decor, Kona Grill’s menu is an inspired combination of American comfort food and Pacific Rim ingredients.

The appetizers exemplify this philosophy with onion rings served with a pineapple chipotle and spicy mustard sauce; blackened catfish or macadamia nut chicken tacos; calamari with a spicy aioli dipping sauce; and Kahuna Bites, beef sliders seasoned with onions and thyme. I was disappointed to see that one of my favorite Kona Grill appetizers is no longer on the menu, a spicy salmon sashimi paired with sour cream and avocado and wrapped in a flour tortilla that is then flash-fried. Here’s hoping Kona Grill brings that delight back.

Kona GrillThe dinner menu abounds with baby back ribs, pizzas, macadamia nut chicken, lemon grass crusted halibut and sweet chili-glazed salmon. The pizza toppings run the gamut of exotic from regular pepperoni to shitake mushrooms and goat cheese. The macadamia nut chicken might sound simple, but it features a shoyu cream sauce and a pineapple-papaya marmalade.

A special treat is the Big Island Meatloaf. If you’re expecting it to be just like Mom used to make, you’ll be in for a surprise — unless Mom hails from Hawaii. The meatloaf is made with sweet Italian and Andouille sausage with a mushroom ragu. The dish is topped off with white cheddar mashed potatoes and wok-tossed vegetables.

If you’re in the mood for steak, Kona Grill provides with 6 and 10-ounce filets, and a 20-ounce, bone-in rib-eye.

Now for me, the real attraction to Kona Grill is the sushi. I love sushi, but I realize not everyone shares my enthusiasm, so with its full-complement of non-sushi dishes, friends and I can go to Kona Grill and both be happy.

The basic rolls and sashimi are handled well at Kona Grill, but it’s the restaurant’s specialty sushi dishes that are a real delight.

Called Kona Rolls, my favorites are the spider roll, deep fried soft-shell crab with crab mix, avocado and cucumber wrapped in seaweed and soy paper, and topped with a sweet eel sauce; and the Sunshine Roll, spicy salmon with cucumbers wrapped with rice and seaweed, and topped with fresh salmon and thinlysliced lemon. Of the chef’s specials, I’m a fan of the Volcano, a dish made of baked crab, white fish and yamagobo (pickled burdock plant) and topped with motoyaki sauce, sriracha and eel sauce.

The Asian-fusion philosophy doesn’t extend to the dessert menu. The goodies there are strictlyall-American with fudge brownies, apple crisps, banana pudding and even a root beer float. The one exception is the crème brûlée, in which the traditional custard is infused with fresh passion fruit.