EDA News – 2006.10.09

  • MontaVista Supports Freescale MPC8641D Dual Core Processor
    MontaVista Software, Inc., the leading embedded Linux provider for the telecommunications, mobile, and embedded markets, today announced its support for Freescale Semiconductor’s MPC8641D Dual Core Processor, built on Power Architecture(TM) technology. The collaborative effort by MontaVista and Freescale provides developers with higher compute density, enhanced system performance, reduced cost and accelerated time-to-market.
  • Wind River Linux, VxWorks Available for Cavium OCTEON MIPS64 Processor
    Wind River, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO) and Cavium Networks, a world leader in networking, security and embedded processor solutions today announced that Wind River(R) Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition and Wind River VxWorks 6.1 is available on Cavium Networks’ OCTEON Multi-core MIPS64 based Processor Family.
  • CoWare, Toshiba Roll Out Next Generation MeP Models, RTL Tools
    CoWare, Inc., the leading supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services, announced the introduction of next generation MeP platforms. CoWare will provide the high-level, high-speed MeP models in the CoWare ESL product suite and Toshiba will provide the register-transfer-level (RTL) tools needed. The two companies will deliver MeP configurable platform models within the CoWare ESL tools set to mutual customers, giving these customers the ability to quickly explore several different MeP-based design alternatives very early in the design cycle.
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  • Toshiba Debuts 32-Bit SuperFlash Microcontroller for Audio Control
    Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) today announced the expansion of its embedded flash microcontroller (MCU) product line with the addition of a new 32-bit complex instruction set computer (CISC) MCU based on SuperFlash(R) technology. Designated TMP92FD28FG/DFG, it is Toshiba’s first MCU to combine a high-performance SuperFlash MCU for audio control with a USB host controller. It is targeted at automotive and consumer digital-audio applications. In addition, the company introduced a mask-ROM version of the device.
  • Synopsys Enables Smallest Possible Chip Size with MinChip Technology
    Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, today introduced new MinChip technology that analyzes physical design complexity and identifies the smallest routable size for semiconductor designs. The technology is integrated into the physical design flow in Synopsys’ JupiterXT(TM) floorplanning tool and IC Compiler place-and-route solution. MinChip technology automates the process of identifying the smallest routable area for a design. Optimal results are achieved in hours, saving weeks of manual effort while taking into account all potential area savings. The new Die Size Optimization methodology enabled by MinChip delivers critical value for high-volume applications where even small area savings has a significant impact on overall cost per chip.
  • UMC and Actel Flash*Freeze IGLOO FPGA Competition
    Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) and UMC (NYSE:UMC; TSE: 2303), a leading global semiconductor foundry, today announced that the two companies have partnered to produce the Actel IGLOO(TM) family, the industry’s lowest power field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). UMC’s leading-edge 0.13-micron low-power and e-Flash processes combined with Actel’s IGLOO power mode options and Flash*Freeze(TM) technology enable power consumption as low as 5 uW, a new standard for the industry.
  • RTI, Sperry Marine Team on Navigation Data Distribution System (NavDDS)
    Real-Time Innovations (RTI), The Real Time Middleware Company, announced that Sperry Marine, a Northrop Grumman Company, has incorporated RTI Data Distribution Service into the development of a versatile and scalable Navigation Data Distribution System (NavDDS) that seamlessly interfaces a wide variety of electronic navigation sensors with shipboard systems and equipment requiring navigation information. The product was released and shipped to Sperry Marine’s first customer in August 2006.
  • Toshiba Selects Altera’s MAX II CPLDs for Gigabeat Digital Audio Player
    Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced today that Toshiba Corp. selected the lead-free version of its MAX(R) II CPLD family for their newest line of gigabeat(R) portable media players. Altera(R) MAX II devices enabled Toshiba designers to reduce development time by several months and introduce the gigabeat V30T in time to be the first portable digital audio/video player supporting Japan’s one-segment TV and radio broadcasting services.
  • Lattice to Showcase Automotive Programmable Logic Devices at Convergence
    Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ: LSCC) today announced that it will demonstrate multiple automotive design solutions at Convergence 2006, October 16-18, in Booth 1034 at Detroit’s Cobo Hall. The demonstrations will showcase the “Lattice Automotive” programmable logic devices that have been characterized and qualified to meet the certification requirements of the AEC-Q100 standard as defined by the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC). Lattice also will feature several new products, including FPGAs, CPLDs, embedded microprocessors, mixed-signal power management devices and software design tools, which target specific automotive design applications.
  • Lattice ispMACH 4000Z CPLDs Receive AEC-Q100 Certification
    Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) today announced that automotive versions of its ispMACH(TM) 4000Z CPLDs (Complex Programmable Logic Devices) have been characterized and qualified to meet the certification requirements of the AEC-Q100 standard as defined by the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC). Designated the LA-ispMACH 4000Z CPLD family, these Lattice Automotive, or LA, devices join the previously announced LA-MachXO(TM) Crossover Programmable Logic Devices and LA-ispMACH 4000V CPLDs in Lattice’s growing automotive product portfolio. Production quantities of the new devices will be available in Q4 2006, and Lattice can provide standard PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) documentation to automotive customers requiring it.
  • Xilinx Reveals Roadmap for MOST Networking Protocol for Automotive
    Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced its programmable solutions roadmap based on the Media Oriented System Transport (MOST) networking protocol for automotive electronics. Based on its market-leading programmable logic devices (PLDs), the complete hardware/software offering includes a high-performance MOST Network Interface Controller (NIC), associated software stack, and application-tailored intellectual property (IP) cores. The Xilinx solution enables automotive Tier Ones to quickly and cost-effectively develop in-vehicle entertainment systems that can scale and evolve as new features and capabilities become available.
  • Xilinx Rolls Out Latest MicroBlaze Soft Processor
    Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced immediate availability of the latest performance-optimized 5.00 version of its MicroBlaze(TM) soft processor. The 32-bit RISC core now delivers a 45 percent increase in integer performance providing 240 DMIPS in Virtex(TM)-5 FPGAs. The core extends floating point performance to 50 MFLOPS, a 50 percent improvement over previous versions.
  • Xilinx Expands Automotive Infotainment with Programmable Chips
    Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the automotive industry’s leading programmable chip provider, today announced that its low-cost programmable solutions will enable the adoption of automotive infotainment applications currently found only in luxury vehicles, to lower- priced premium and midline vehicles in the near future.
  • Aspex Launches Accelera Low Cost Video Compression Cards
    Aspex Semiconductor(TM), a UK-based fabless semiconductor company developing leading-edge software programmable “Extreme Processors”, has announced today two new low cost video compression cards. Accelera 2000 (PCI-X) and Accelera 2500 (PCI Express).
  • AXIOMTEK Unveils Fanless Network Appliance with Multiple LANs
    AXIOMTEK, an Associate Member of the Intel(R) Communications Alliance (ICA), a community of communications and embedded developers and solution providers, is proud to launch a new fanless network application barebone, the NA-806 series, which is powered by onboard ultra low voltage Intel(R) Celeron(R) M 1GHz and zero cache processors, with a 400MHz front side bus (FSB), and features an Intel(R) 852GM chipset integrated VGA function and built-in PCI Fast Ethernet interfaces.