EDA News – 2006.09.11

  • Intel Sells Optical-Networking Components Business to Cortina Systems
    Cortina Systems Inc. and Intel Corporation today announced that they have completed the sale of product lines and associated assets of Intel’s optical-networking components business to Cortina. Cortina has emerged as a leading supplier of advanced communications semiconductor solutions for the carrier infrastructure market segment. The acquisition will give Cortina a large portfolio of enterprise and infrastructure communications products and will position it to become a leading communications semiconductor company.
  • Microchip Debuts 8-bit Microcontrollers with Embedded Optimized Ethernet
    Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced a family of the world’s smallest 8-bit microcontrollers with an integrated IEEE 802.3-compliant Ethernet communications peripheral. The PIC18F97J60 family is optimized for embedded applications, and has an on-chip Medium Access Controller (MAC) and Physical Layer Device (PHY). By integrating a 10BASE-T Ethernet controller onto a 10 MIPS PIC18 microcontroller with up to 128 Kbytes of Flash program memory, Microchip is providing embedded systems designers with a single-chip remote-communication solution for a wide range of applications.
  • Cadence Launches Next Generation Virtuoso Custom Design Platform
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, today introduced its new Virtuoso(R) custom design platform for advanced analog, mixed-signal, RF, and custom digital design. The platform provides design teams with integrated technologies that address challenges across a wide range of process nodes and design styles, including traditional analog, SiP, mixed-signal, RF SoC and digital cell characterization, from 180 through 45 nanometers.
  • Quantum Dot Laser Technology Wins Wall Street Journal Award
    Fujitsu Laboratories Limited today announced that quantum dot laser technology from Fujitsu Laboratories Limited, QD Laser, Inc., and the University of Tokyo has won a Runner-Up award for the Semiconductor category of The Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards 2006.
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  • QinetiQ Adopts RTI Data Distribution Service for Test, Evaluation Systems
    Following a detailed evaluation of available commercial middleware products, QinetiQ, a leading defense and security technology company, has chosen RTI Data Distribution Service to provide a real-time data-distribution infrastructure for its test and evaluation systems. These systems form part of the company’s Long-Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA) contract with the UK MOD.
  • Freescale Semiconductor to be Acquired
    Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (NYSE:FSL) (NYSE:FSL.B), a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for wireless, networking, automotive, consumer and industrial markets, said today that it is in discussions with parties relating to a possible business transaction.
  • Atmel Creates First Automotive Load Driver IC with SOI Technology
    Atmel(R), a global leader in the development and fabrication of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced today the availability of the new ATA6826 driver IC, the first such product in high-voltage BCD-SOI technology (SMARTIS(TM)) available on the market. The new driver IC provides improved performance, a broad range of protection features, and a very attractive price. The ATA6826 is designed to control two DC motors or up to three different loads via a microcontroller in automotive applications, e.g., body electronic systems such as mirror positioning and climate control. Thanks to the device’s high voltage capability (up to 40V), the ATA6826 can also be used in 24V supplied trucks or industrial applications.
  • Lattice to Demonstrate Design Solutions at Embedded Systems Show
    Lattice Semiconductor today announced that it will demonstrate embedded design solutions, including a low cost PCI Express solution, at the Embedded Systems Conference Boston, September 26-27, in Booth 715 at Hynes Auditorium. Lattice also will debut a new FPGA family and an embedded IP core. Mixed signal devices for clock and power management, particularly well suited for embedded applications, also will be featured, as well as the Lattice ispLEVERâ software design tool suite.
  • Altera Showcases Memory Interface, PCI Express at Denali MemCon
    Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) will showcase its high-performance solutions for memory interfaces and PCI Express applications at Denali MemCon San Jose 2006. These demonstrations will show how Altera’s complete FPGA solutions enable designers to overcome design challenges, reduce design risk, maximize performance and accelerate time-to-market.
  • Publisher Adopts BFO’s PDF Library and Viewer Software
    Big Faceless Organization (BFO), provider of high quality Java software components, are pleased to announce the adoption of their PDF Library and Viewer software by Aftenposten, Norway’s leading English language newspaper.
  • IBASE Unveils MB500 AMD Geode LX RoHS Mini-ITX Motherboard
    IBASE Technology, a leading manufacturer of RoHS-compliant Mini-ITX motherboards, releases a new AMD Geode LX Mini-ITX platform that delivers the highest power/performance ratio available in the industry today, offering designers a complete solution for developing a variety of end-user devices that require high-performance x86-based processing and low power usage. The cost effective MB500 supports the AMD Geode CS5536 companion device, optimized to work with the AMD Geode LX 800@0.9W processor.
  • Free ScreenLib UI Development Library
    Over on the Windows Mobile Team Blog: “Today I’m pleased to announce ScreenLib, a new library for native Windows Mobile developers. It takes away a lot of the pain of designing user interfaces for multiple screen sizes, orientations, form factors etc. It lets you create a user interface once and have it automatically adapt to whatever the device’s screen size is at runtime. By doing this, it offers basic docking and anchoring support for native development and can do a lot of UI plumbing work with just 1 or 2 lines of code. ScreenLib works on Pocket PC and Smartphone devices, so it’s a great step towards creating single binaries that will run on both platforms.”