EDA News – 2006.09.26

  • LynuxWorks and RTI Target Military and Aerospace Applications
    To help further support developers creating computing solutions for the military/aerospace industry, LynuxWorks, Inc., a world leader in the embedded software market, today announced at the Embedded Systems Conference that it has teamed up with Real-Time Innovations (RTI) to provide high-performance messaging and application integration solutions for developers of distributed real-time applications.
  • AMREL Debuts First Dual Channel Switch Mode Power Supply under 600W
    AMREL/AMERICAN RELIANCE, INC. introduces the industries FIRST Dual Channel Switch Mode Power Supply (SPD) under 600W. Until now, standard switch mode supplies usually range from above 600W or below 200W. As the newest member of AMREL’s Power line of programmable power supplies, the SPD’s innovative design fills in the power gap, with power levels from 300 ~ 360W. Conveniently packaged in a standard 19″ 1U high box, the SPD offers voltages ranging from 8Vdc up to 300Vdc.
  • Telelogic Improves Embedded Developer Productivity with Rhapsody 7.0
    Telelogic, the leading provider of software solutions that align advanced systems and software development with business objectives, today announced the release of Telelogic Rhapsody(R) 7.0, the latest version of its Model-Driven Development (MDD) environment for embedded systems and software. Rhapsody 7.0, the industry’s fastest-growing MDD environment, focuses on developer productivity with improved support for multiple workflows (code-centric and model-centric), including Eclipse CDT integration; new features that allow users to implement a software product line approach for the strategic reuse of software assets; plus a long list of usability improvements which significantly ease MDD adoption and streamline the development workflow.
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  • Parsec COTS PMC Module Leverages Altera’s Stratix II GX, Stratix FPGAs
    Parsec has announced the release of the PM432, the latest addition to its range of Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) PCI Mezzanine Cards (PMC). The PM432 is a single PMC module that leverages Altera’s Stratix II GX FPGAs to provide a high-speed, high-bandwidth processing platform, ideally suited for Software Defined Radio (SDR), WiMAX, radar, video and other computation and bandwidth intensive applications.
  • Wireless Pelagic Dive Computer, TI MCUs Extend Battery Life
    Applying ultra low-power embedded control technology for underwater safety and accuracy, Pelagic Pressure Systems has announced an advanced dive computer utilizing Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) MSP430 microcontroller (MCU). Pelagic’s new technology offers distinctive features to make sport and technical scuba diving safer, including wireless air pressure checks on multiple tanks and monitoring of divers’ nitrogen-oxygen mix information that can be displayed on the ATOM 2.0 dive watch or the unique DataMask with a heads-up display. These reliable, accurate and easy-to-use dive products benefit from the MSP430 MCU’s ultra-low power consumption for longer battery life as well as the device’s mix of on-chip peripherals optimized for high precision sensing and measurement in a small form factor.
  • TI Reference Design Enables $99 Digital Still Cameras (DSC)
    Guided by its deep understanding of digital camera architectures and systems, Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN) (TI) has leveraged its world-class DaVinci(TM) technology to introduce an optimized digital still camera (DSC) silicon with a production- ready reference design. The technology includes a highly flexible processor, software with enhanced post-processing algorithms and development framework; the reference design includes a suite of development tools, software and technical support. This combination will offer an exceptional increase in the core and advanced features to design digital cameras priced as low as $99. The new digital media processor based on DaVinci technology offers the optimal combination of video and imaging functionality for the low-end digital camera market, providing up to 75 megapixels (MP) per second of hardwired performance. In addition, a flexible software pipeline to enable original design manufacturers (ODMs) to easily and efficiently incorporate differentiating features that truly set them apart in such a competitive consumer market.
  • RTLinuxPro 2.2 Development Kit for Freescale’s MCF5485 ColdFire MCU
    SDC Systems has announced today the release of FSM Labs’ RTLinuxPro 2.2 development kit for Freescale’s MCF5485 ColdFire microcontroller family. RTLinux for ColdFire controllers provides a low-power, highly integrated, hard real-time enterprise-level embedded platform. Even at a power-frugal 200MHz clock speed with a 100MHz bus, the MFC5485 is designed with sufficiently fast real-time capability for demanding SCADA, instrumentation and non-traditional control applications. SDC Systems provide an optional Eclipse based integrated development environment (IDE) for ColdFire with the development kit.
  • Ampy Selects Ramtron FRAM Memory for Pay as You Go Utility Meters
    Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR), a leading developer and supplier of non-volatile ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) and integrated semiconductor products, has announced that the company’s FRAM memory products have been designed into Pay As You Go utility meters by Ampy Automation Ltd. for the Salt River Project (SRP), based in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
  • Tritech Selects Fastrax uPatch OEM GPS Receiver for GPS Mouse
    Fastrax Ltd., a leading provider of open and portable OEM GPS Software Development Kit environments and programmable OEM GPS receivers, today announced that Tritech Ltd., a leading distributor of electronic components, has chosen to include the Fastrax uPatch receiver module in the new Tritech GPS Mouse product.
  • COMMELL Rolls Out LV-669 Mini-ITX Mainboard with VIA C7 1.5GHz CPU
    Taiwan Commate Computer Inc.(COMMELL), the worldwide leader of Mini-ITX mainboard, introduced the LV-669 Mini-ITX MB, The LV-669 consists the highly efficient VIA C7 1.5GHz processor, built on the advanced VIA CoolStream architecture with the VIA PadLock Security Engine and VIA CN700 Enhanced digital media chipset, features a robust shared memory architecture and support for high bandwidth DDR400 memory, combined with a VIA VT8237R+ South Bridge, including native Serial ATA and V-RAID, with support for RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 0+1.
  • Evalue Introduces AMD 0.9W Single Board Computers (SBC)
    Evalue announced five AMD-based solutions featuring high reliability and energy efficiency with onboard 0.9W low-power processors, AMD LX800 clocked at 500 MHz and AMD GX466 at 333 MHz today. These boards are designed in various form factors each of which has a total board area of less than 300cm2 (square centimeter). They allow longer battery life and enable small footprint system designs with passive cooling. Moreover, these single board computers provide full multimedia, networking and rich I/O connectivity options, and present one of the best choices for embedded system products such as interactive KIOSK, gaming, POS, thin client, automation, digital control, digital signage and so on.
  • Kontron Presents X-board miniKit for Mobile Mini-Devices
    With the RoHS-compliant X-board miniKit, Kontron Embedded Modules presents an efficient evaluation kit for ultra-compact and robust mobile applications based on the open Computer-on-Module (COM) Standard X-board(TM). At 80.5 square centimeters (115 x 70 mm), the Kontron miniKit is presently Kontron’s most compact baseboard and is ‘ready to use’: all the necessary components are included. Windows CE is preinstalled. The application can immediately be tested on the new target system, even if the customer-specific baseboard is not ready yet. The result: a noticeably reduced time-to-prototype through parallel development of hardware and software. In addition, developers of individual COM applications benefit from a standardized and functionally validated X-board module in two different onboard memory configurations.