EDA News – 2007.01.08

  • Analog Devices Blackfin Processor Powers $150 Litecomputer
    Despite obvious appeal, the market for low-cost computing has yet to spawn a device capable of fulfilling its enormous potential. The world’s most successful technology companies and most respected academic institutions have tried to solve this “puzzle,” but an Atlanta-based startup, Lite Appliance, Inc., has teamed with Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI) to break the mold.
  • TI Creates Integrated HDTV Video Processor, Development Platform
    Extending a field-proven portfolio of digital television (DTV) solutions, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced the new TVP9010 integrated high-definition television (HDTV) processor and development platform. Using sophisticated video processing techniques and based on TI’s world class mixed signal system-on-a-chip (SoC) design expertise, the highly integrated TVP9010 HDTV processor produces exceptionally high quality, full HD 1080p resolution images, as part of a cost-effective solution that fulfills the broadcast requirements for ATSC and DVB-T standards.
  • Xilinx Showcases Scalable 3-D Graphics Hardware Accelerator for Automotive
    Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading programmable logic supplier, demonstrated the automotive industry’s first 3-D hardware accelerator intellectual property (IP) core targeted specifically for its automotive line of XA (Xilinx Automotive) FPGAs. The logi3D IP core was developed in collaboration with Xilinx Alliance Program participant Xylon, a leading independent design house. The logi3D IP core from Xylon for OpenGL(R) ES API provides Tier One automotive electronic suppliers with a parameterizable and scalable solution, allowing flexibility for customized graphics applications based on specific OEM customer requirements. Xilinx is demonstrating the solution at this week’s CES, January 8-12, Booth #35580, South Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
  • Xilinx, Apical Introduce Video Enhancement IP for 1080p HD Displays
    Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading programmable logic supplier, and Apical, a leading provider of advanced image processing solutions, unveiled the Iridix v6 video enhancement core optimized for the Xilinx Spartan(TM)-3 platform. The solution improves display video quality and supports emerging higher definition 1080p displays while using only 20 percent more FPGA resources than the Iridix v5 768p core. Xilinx is showcasing the solution at this week’s CES January 8-12, South Hall, Booth #35580 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.
  • Cadence SystemVerilog Customer Adoption Rate Triples
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, announced that its verification solutions based on SystemVerilog grew over the last year from approximately 40 customers experimenting with the language to more than 150 customers using the language in either prototype projects or mainstream product development. The company attributed the accelerated growth rates to the dramatic increase in SystemVerilog language support, extended multi-language functionality, the Cadence(R) Incisive(R) Plan-to-Closure Methodology, and newer advanced SystemVerilog verification technologies.
  • Renesas Adopts Synopsys VCS Verification Solution, VMM Methodology
    Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that Renesas Technology Corp., one of the world’s leading semiconductor system solutions providers for mobile, automotive and PC/AV (Audio Visual) markets, has adopted the VCS(R) functional verification solution for the development of complex systems-on-chip (SoC). In addition, Renesas has adopted the VMM methodology, as defined in the Verification Methodology Manual (VMM) for SystemVerilog, for the creation of advanced SoC verification environments. Renesas used the VCS solution with the VMM methodology to verify its critical SuperHyway bus on-chip interconnect infrastructure.
  • Summit Unveils SMS11 Programmable Monitor-Sequencer-Reset IC
    Summit Microelectronics has announced the SMS11, the newest device in a family of programmable monitor/sequencer/reset IC’s, designed for communication and consumer electronics applications. With non-volatile programmability the SMS11 addresses virtually any multi-output power supply application that requires monitoring and sequencing.
  • Aldec Active-HDL Lattice Designer Edition Lite for FPGA Design
    Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ: LSCC) and Aldec, Inc. announced that Lattice will offer its customers a special edition of Aldec’s Active-HDL Designer Edition tools for FPGA design. The Active-HDL Lattice Designer Edition Lite supports mixed VHDL and Verilog simulation for Lattice’s leading FPGA devices, including the 90nm Extreme Performance(TM) LatticeSC(TM) family as well as the 90nm LatticeECP2M(TM) family, which is the industry’s only low-cost FPGA family with unequaled on-chip memory capacity and 3.125 Gbps SERDES I/O.
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  • RTI Data Distribution Service Supports Windows Mobile, Embedded CE
    Real-Time Innovations (RTI), The Real-Time Middleware Company, announced that it has been selected by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) to join the Windows Embedded Partner Program. As a new Windows Embedded Partner, RTI extends its high-performance messaging and software integration solution, RTI Data Distribution Service, to provide support for Windows Embedded CE and Windows Mobile.
  • BMW First to Offer Digital HD Radio Receiver for Entire Product Line
    BMW expands its pioneering position in providing high-quality audio systems by becoming the first automotive firm to offer a factory-installed digital HD Radio(TM) receiver as an option across its entire 2007 product line. This option, which now includes HD Radio multicast reception capability, will be available in the spring on all 2007 3, 5, 6, and 7 Series models, as well as X3, X5, and Z4.
  • Momentum Launches PCI Development Board for TriMedia-Nexperia Processor
    Kane Computing Ltd (KCL) are pleased to announce the launch of Momentum Data Systems’ new VCP1500/VCP1700 PCI Development board for the PNX1500/PNX1700 TriMedia/Nexperia Processor. The VCP1500/VCP1700 boards are a new line of PCI based hardware platforms for the development of PNX1500, including PNX0190 and PNX9520, or PNX1700 applications and algorithms where the PC is used at the I/O subsystem during development. The VCP1500 can also be used for TriMedia TSSA based algorithm development for PNX8950 platforms.
  • BiTMICRO Selects ChipX Structured ASIC for Storage Controller ICs
    BiTMICRO Networks, Inc., maker of intelligent flash IDE/ATA, SCSI, and Fibre Channel and SATA solid state disk storage solutions, announced at the 2007 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada its partnership with ChipX, a pioneer and leader in the development of Structured ASIC products and technology.
  • OneSpin Solutions Appoints Peter G Feist as President, CEO
    OneSpin Solutions GmbH, an electronic design automation (EDA) company that provides breakthrough formal verification solutions, announced the appointment of Peter G. Feist as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2007.