News – 2006.08.29 – Early Edition

  • Samsung Mass-Produces 1Gb DDR2 80nm Memory
    Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today mass production of 1Gigabit (Gb) DDR2 DRAM memory using 80 nanometer (nm) process technology. While monolithic 1Gb DDR2 is available today, it is produced with more costly and less efficient 90nm technology.
  • Agilent Acquires Xpedion – RFIC Simulation and Verification Software
    Agilent Technologies today announced it has completed the acquisition of Xpedion Design Systems, a privately held company that provides software for wireless and high-speed digital circuit and systems design in the communications industry. Financial details were not disclosed.
  • Earthrace Powerboat Heads Around the World with Xilinx Chips
    Xilinx, the world’s leading provider of programmable solutions, today announced that its low-cost Spartan(TM) field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are on board the earth-friendly, biodiesel-powered Earthrace powerboat. The extraordinary vessel is the brainchild of New Zealander Pete Bethune, 41, a former oil exploration engineer. Bethune designed the 78-foot wave piercing powerboat in an attempt to break the world record for circumnavigating the globe (current record is 75 days) – and for the first time in history to do so using a powerboat that runs entirely on bio-diesel renewable fuel. Xilinx FPGAs enable the radar and night vision systems aboard Earthrace.
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  • Toshiba Tapes Out 90nm Consumer Wireless Chip with Synopsys IC Compiler
    Synopsys, a world leader in semiconductor design software, today announced that Toshiba, a leading supplier of semiconductors, has used the Synopsys IC Compiler next-generation physical implementation solution to successfully tape out its next-generation TC90515XBG home digital network chip. Compared to its predecessor, the TC90515XBG delivers higher performance and increased functionality with reduced die-size and lower power consumption. The ability to use IC Compiler to concurrently optimize the design across all five of its operating modes was a critical factor in Toshiba’s ability to meet its aggressive performance goals.
  • Chassis Plans Speeds to Inc. 500 List
    Inc. Magazine announced August 23 its 25th annual Inc. 500 ranking of the fastest growing private companies in America. Chassis plans, The Original Industrial Computer Source(TM), ranked number 151 on the list, with three year growth of 697%. Chassis Plans ranked first in the category of Computers and Electronic companies.
  • Tundra Semiconductor Reports Latest Quarterly Revenue
    Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), the leader in System Interconnect, today reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2007, which ended July 30, 2006.
  • National Debuts Precision Temperature Sensors with TruTherm Technology
    National Semiconductor today introduced a family of high-precision, remote-diode temperature sensors that employ National’s TruTherm(TM) thermal management technology with transistor-mode beta compensation. These new sensors are specifically designed for applications such as notebook and desktop computers and servers that are powered by high- performance microprocessors manufactured on 65 and 90 nm processes.
  • Lattice Semiconductor Expands in India
    Lattice Semiconductor today announced that it has established a sales force and forged partnerships with two major distributors to serve the programmable logic market in India. At a press conference in Bangalore today, Steve Donovan, Lattice corporate vice president of sales, introduced Vincent Su, Lattice Area Sales Manager for India, Korea, Taiwan and Southeast Asia; Rakesh Agarwal, who will be Lattice’s Sales Manager, India; and Lattice’s distribution partners, FE-Global Electronics (India) Pvt Ltd, Dragon Technology Ltd, and Spectra Innovations.
  • Automotive Telematics to Grow to $38.3 Billion in 2011
    Automotive telematics and navigation–including both hardware and services–will experience strong growth in several world regions, generating in total revenues of $38.3 billion in 2011, according to a new study released by ABI Research.
  • Wireless Industry Partnership Launches WIP Portal
    The Wireless Industry Partnership (WIP) today announced the launch of the WIP portal, a set of tools and resources for wireless companies around the world, available online. WIP estimates there are more than 40,000 wireless companies worldwide and designed these tools and resources in an effort to fuel business opportunities for member companies as well as to stimulate growth and innovation in the wireless industry.
  • Agilent Introduces Parametric Test Systems with Linux Support
    Agilent Technologies today announced that its 4070 Series Advanced Parametric Test Systems are the industry’s first production parametric testers to support Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Because Linux is well established and runs on a PC platform, Agilent’s customers can lower ownership costs and improve price performance. Agilent will continue to provide support for HP-UX 11i and offer easy migration to Linux for existing customers running HP-UX 11i, including SPECS and SPECS-FA.
  • Xilinx Rolls Out PlanAhead 8.2 Design Tools for Virtex-5 FPGAs
    Xilinx today announced immediate availability of the 8.2 version of its PlanAhead(TM) hierarchical design and analysis software with support for its newest Virtex(TM)-5 LX family of 65nm FPGAs. Used in conjunction with the Xilinx Integrated Software Environment (ISE(TM)) design tools, PlanAhead 8.2 software delivers a two-speed grade performance and cost advantage over competing offerings.
  • Actel IGLOO FPGAs Lower Power Consumption
    Actel today introduced the industry’s lowest power field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), the Actel IGLOO(TM) family. With 5 µW static power, the flash-based family consumes 4x less static power than its nearest competitor and delivers more than 5x the battery life of the current leading PLDs in portable applications, thus setting a new bar for low power consumption. Because of the short product life cycles and competition in this marketplace, designers require a growing list of features and complexity, but not at the expense of draining the battery. This makes the reprogrammable, fully featured Actel IGLOO solutions attractive as an alternative to ASICs and CPLDs for portable applications.
  • Sequence Creates Speedview-AMS to Extend EM And V-drop Analysis
    Combining its award-winning Columbus-AMS extraction engine with electromigration and voltage-drop components from its CoolTime dynamic voltage-drop product, Sequence Design has created Speedview-AMS, the latest in a series of new tools for power-rail analysis. Speedview-AMS enables designers to diagnose EM and V-drop issues in full-custom designs.