- SMSC Debuts Advanced Temperature Sensors for Designs at 90nm and Below
As advanced mobile electronics, PC and embedded applications increasingly require high-performance processing, there is an urgent need to control the heat generated by these device processors. The research firm DataBeans estimates that the market for temperature sensors needed to monitor these hotter processors will grow more than 20 percent per year for the next five years, exceeding $783 million in 2006. To address these challenges, SMSC (Nasdaq: SMSC) unveiled two new distinct families of temperature sensors: the EMC1402, 1403 and 1404 series and the EMC1422, 1423 and 1424 series that address the CPU and up to three remote temperature measurements, including graphic processors, DIMM and wireless cards.
- Cypress Selects Mentor Graphics Calibre xRC for Parasitic Extraction
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced that its high-performance parasitic extraction solution, Calibre(R) xRC, is being used by Cypress Semiconductor Corp. in production flows for 130-, 90- and 65-nanometer processes. Calibre xRC was used at Cypress on the industry’s first 72 Mb SRAM, as well as other custom memory, microcontroller and clock designs. Calibre xRC was chosen for its demonstrated accuracy in analog/mixed-signal ICs, and an open calibration flow that accommodates internal manufacturing processes.
- NI Offers LabVIEW Toolkit for Lego MindStorms NXT
National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI), a global leader in virtual instrumentation, announced the availability of the NI LabVIEW Toolkit for LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT, the next generation of the popular robotics invention system. With the new toolkit, LabVIEW users now can create and download VIs to operate and control the MINDSTORMS NXT robotics platform, and third-party software and hardware developers also can use the toolkit to create native blocks for MINDSTORMS NXT software. LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT, introduced in August, includes a new drag-and-drop, graphical programming environment custom developed by NI and powered by LabVIEW.
- Bluespec Ramps Up ESEComp SystemC Synthesis
Bluespec Inc., developer of the only electronic system level (ESL) synthesis for control logic and complex datapaths in chip design, said that it has begun volume shipments of its ESEComp, synthesis for SystemC-based hardware design.
- Mentor Creates Calibre xRC, Calibre xL Rule Decks for TSMC 65nm Process
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced the availability of Calibre(R) xRC(TM) and Calibre xL rule decks for TSMC’s advanced 65nm process node. These rule decks provide advanced modeling capabilities including process sensitivity, and self and mutual induction models. Calibre now provides a solution for many types of integrated circuit designs including analog, digital, mixed signal, and memory.
- Telelogic Unveils Rhapsody AUTOSAR Pack for Model-Driven Development
Telelogic (Stockholm Exchange: TLOG), the leading provider of software solutions that align advanced systems and software development with business objectives, announced the release of the Telelogic Rhapsody(R) AUTOSAR Pack for the Model-Driven Development (MDD) of automotive systems and software applications. This pack is the first automotive-specific MDD environment to leverage the Unified Modeling Language(TM) (UML(TM)) and the Systems Modeling Language(TM) (SysML(TM)). Using Telelogic Rhapsody, automotive engineers can now reuse specifications for common vehicle features across multiple automobile product lines, improving time-to-market while increasing brand consistency among designs.
- Aeroflex 6413A UMTS Supports Live Receiver and Transmitter Testing
Aeroflex has announced that it has added the ability to undertake live receiver testing and transmitter testing including HSDPA on its highly successful 6413A UMTS basestation test system. The capability is ideal for the ongoing maintenance of UMTS basestations to ensure they perform to specification as it enables testing to be undertaken without any disruption to live traffic caused by taking the basestation out of service.