News – 2006.10.10 – Early Edition

  • Signal Forge Expands Test Applications for Signal Generators
    Signal Forge, LLC, developer of portable, high-performance signal generators, released a new version of its Wave Manager software for the Signal Forge 1000 and Signal Forge 800 Signal Generators. Wave Manager is the embedded software application included with the Signal Forge signal generators which provides setup and control for all of the signal generator functions. The new release provides enhanced waveform functions including chirp, pulsed chirp (pulsed FM) and BPSK. The new waveforms add test capabilities needed by developers of wireless devices such as GSM, RFID, Wireless LAN, and Zigbee. Test methodologies supported by the new software include receiver blocking tests and interfering frequency tests.
  • Displaytech Focuses on Microdisplays for Next-Generation Devices
    Displaytech, Inc. today announced that it will focus on delivering the unsurpassed image quality and manufacturability of its microdisplays to a range of new products including small projectors, mobile communications devices, data storage, head-mounted displays (HMDs), and more. To support this move, the company has granted a non-exclusive license to its electronic viewfinder (EVF) business to Displaytech’s manufacturing partner, Citizen Miyota Co., Ltd. The company also announced that it has shipped its 14-millionth microdisplay, a testament to the demand for Displaytech’s devices and the maturity of its manufacturing process.
  • PLX Implements ExpressLane PEX 8548 with Magma Blast Design Flow
    Magma(R) Design Automation, Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, today announced that PLX Technology, the leading supplier of PCI Express(R) (PCIe) and other standard input/output (I/O) interconnect, implemented the PLX(R) ExpressLane(TM) PEX 8548 — the industry’s first 48-lane, nine-port PCIe switching device that PLX introduced recently — using Magma’s RTL-to-GDSII integrated circuit (IC) design solution. With Magma’s Blast Create(TM) synthesis, Blast Plan(TM) Pro prototyping and floor-planning, Blast Fusion(R) physical design, Blast Noise(R) signal integrity, and Blast Power(TM) low-power design software, PLX was able to achieve design closure on the complex, multimillion-gate switch. PLX cited Magma’s advanced technology and world-class support as an important element in the switch’s design success.
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  • Cavium Networks Unveils New OCTEON Plus Multi-core MIPS64 Processors
    Cavium Networks, a world leader in networking, security and embedded processor solutions, today announced the newest members of the OCTEON Multi-core MIPS64(R) Processor family. The 1 Gigahertz OCTEON Plus family doubles the performance of the market leading OCTEON CN38XX through higher frequency and architectural enhancements, and adds key new features, while maintaining full software and pin compatibility. OCTEON Plus processors also include innovative power management techniques that deliver up to 2X higher performance in the same power budget to set new performance per watt records.