EDA News – 2006.11.13

  • Analog Devices Rolls Out ADSP-BF54x Blackfin Processors
    Targeting the increasingly demanding requirements of embedded automotive and industrial applications, Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI) is introducing its newest series of Blackfin(R) processors: the ADSP-BF54x family (ADSP-BF542/BF544/BF548/BF549). The Blackfin ADSP-BF54x family features a balance of increased I/O and memory bandwidth, on-chip memory, and integration of CAN and MOST system peripherals to deliver high performance and cost-effectiveness to industrial and multimedia/networked in-vehicle automotive applications. The BF54x family also embeds new Lockbox(TM) Secure Technology that protects developers’ software code, which represents the valuable intellectual property that differentiates their products.
  • Mercury Computer, Boston U Migrate Biotech Tool to Cell BE Processor
    Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced preliminary results of a joint development effort with Boston University, in which the team successfully migrated a specialized biotech application to the Cell Broadband Engine(TM) (BE) processor, achieving an order of magnitude performance improvement in a smaller system footprint over the previous configuration.
  • Eclipse Device Software Development Platform Debuts 3 Milestone Releases
    The Eclipse Foundation, an open source community committed to the implementation of a universal software development platform, today announced three milestone releases within the Eclipse Device Software Development Platform (DSDP). Founded in 2005 as a top-level Eclipse project, the mission of DSDP is to create an open, extensible, scalable and standards-based development platform to address the needs of the device software market. This series of releases demonstrates the growing momentum and diversity of projects in DSDP. Created by Wind River, the DSDP project now has over 40 committers from ten companies and contains more than 550,000 lines of code.
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  • The Mathworks Enables Interactive Parallel Application Development
    The MathWorks introduced Distributed Computing Toolbox 3, which represents a major breakthrough for parallel algorithm development by enabling engineers and scientists to prototype and develop parallel algorithms in MATLAB(R) interactively and without the need to program message passing. This streamlined workflow avoids the inefficiencies of parallel computing methods that involve low-level programming with languages such as FORTRAN or C and libraries such as the Message Passing Interface (MPI). Researchers using Distributed Computing Toolbox 3 to distribute their calculations across multiple processors can tackle more computationally and data-intensive problems faster than previously possible.
  • NI Data Acquisition Devices, MHDDK Support QNX Neutrino RTOS
    QNX Software Systems today announced that its QNX(R) Neutrino(R) realtime operating system (RTOS) is now supported by the National Instruments Measurement Hardware Driver Development Kit (MHDDK) and PCI multifunction data acquisition (DAQ) devices. As a result, design engineers can choose from the immense range of NI DAQ products — from low-cost single-function units to high-speed multifunction devices — while leveraging the proven fault tolerance and realtime performance of QNX Neutrino.
  • International Rectifier, Silicon Saxony Join Fab Owners Association
    The Fab Owners Association (FOA), the association of semiconductor manufacturing executives and suppliers, has announced that device-maker International Rectifier (NYSE:IRF) has joined the organization as a voting member. Silicon Saxony, a network for the semiconductor, electronic and micro system industries based in Saxony, Germany, has also joined the FOA as an associate member.
  • Esaote Creates Next-Generation Medical Diagnostic Systems with TI DSPs
    Esaote S.P.A., one of the world’s leading designers of medical diagnostic systems, has leveraged digital signal processing (DSP) technology from Texas Instruments Incorporated. (TI) (NYSE: TXN) to create a line of next-generation diagnostic products including ultrasounds, magnetic resonance imagers (MRIs) and electrocardiograms (ECGs).
  • TI Enables Rapid Development, Optimization of Multi-Protocol Radios
    Continuing to deliver on its commitment to provide the most comprehensive and flexible development tools in the industry, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced today at the SDR Forum Technical Conference the availability of its Small Form Factor Software Defined Radio (SDR) Development Platform, the industry’s first and only development platform targeted at the portable military communications market.
  • NMI Honors Toumaz Technology with Start-Up of the Year Award
    Toumaz Technology Limited today announces that it has been named “NMI Start-up of the Year” 2006 at the National Microelectronics Institute 10th Anniversary Awards. The prestigious annual awards bring together stakeholders from across the microelectronics industry to recognise companies that have demonstrated excellence in design, manufacture and business.
  • Aeroflex Ships First EvDO Rev A Signalling Conformance Solution
    Aeroflex has become the first company to offer a comprehensive EvDO Rev. A signalling conformance solution following the delivery of a fully automated C.S0038-A-compliant suite of test cases for its 6402 CDMA AIME network emulator. The addition of the C.S0038-A EvDO Rev. A signalling conformance test suite significantly extends the capability of the Aeroflex 6402 CDMA AIME which already supports conformance tests for 1x, EvDO Rev. 0, mobile IP and location-based services.