EDA News – 2007.01.09

  • Atmel Reduces Noise with Enhanced PWM DC Motor Control IC
    Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), a global leader in the development and fabrication of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced the availability of the new ATA6831 driver IC with enhanced PWM performance for smooth DC motor control with reduced noise. The ATA6831 is designed to control, via a microcontroller, two DC motors or up to three different loads in automotive and industrial applications such as flap control for a cash dispenser.
  • Atmel Introduces 16-Mbit Rad-Hard SRAMs for Space Applications
    Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:ATML), announced the introduction of the AT68166, a 16-Mbit SRAM packaged in a hermetic Multi-Chip Module (MCM) for space applications. MCM packaging technology offers the advantages of reducing PCB real estate, the number of individual components and improves overall electronic effectiveness. This allows a reduction of the PCB area by 50% with a weight savings of 75% compared to four 4-Mbit packages.
  • TI Creates Audio Processors for Digital TV, MP3 Player Docking Station
    Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced the newest additions to its line of audio processors. The TAS3208 and TAS3204 are targeting the digital television and MP3 player docking station markets with cost-effective integrated audio solutions and easy-to-use development tools. The TAS3208 is designed to be the core device in flat-panel digital TV audio systems, and the TAS3204 is optimized to provide high-quality sound processing for MP3 player docking stations.
  • Silicon Optix Adopts Synopsys IC Compiler for Place-and-Route
    Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that Silicon Optix has adopted the Synopsys IC Compiler next-generation place-and-route solution for its high-performance video processor designs. Silicon Optix has long been a user of Synopsys place-and-route technology. With the move to 90 nanometers (nm), Silicon Optix reviewed all available solutions and selected IC Compiler for its ability to deliver the necessary performance while posing low migration risk and providing a superior roadmap for future technology innovation.
  • Synopsys, UMC Add Advanced Low Power, DFT to 90nm Reference Flow
    Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, and UMC (NYSE: UMC; TSE: 2303), a world-leading semiconductor foundry, announced that the two companies have collaborated to add new capabilities to the reference design flow based on Synopsys’ Galaxy(TM) Design Platform for UMC’s 90-nanometer (nm) process.
  • SANYO Leverages Altera HardCopy Structured ASIC for Home Theater Projector
    Altera Corporation’s (Nasdaq: ALTR) programmable logic solutions continue delivering award-winning image quality in SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. PLV-Z5 series of home projectors, Altera announced. SANYO is now leveraging Altera’s HardCopy(R) structured ASIC family with a Nios(R) II embedded processor for image processing and enhancement for their newest PLV-Z5 home projector. This follows SANYO’s integration of an embedded system solution using Stratix(R) FPGAs and Nios II processors to perform critical image enhancement functions in their previous PLV-Z4 model.
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  • Celoxica, CMC Microsystems Send ESL Design Tools to Universities
    Celoxica (LSE:CXA) announced an agreement with CMC Microsystems to supply its DK Design Suite of electronic system-level (ESL) design tools for pan-Canadian university research and teaching. The deal significantly increases researcher, instructor and student access to leading-edge ESL design technologies at universities across Canada, and is supported by a plan to include the development of system-level Application Programming Interface APIs for board-level integration and rapid design implementation.
  • SYSGO Becomes First RTOS Vendor to Receives SPICE Level 3 Certification
    SYSGO, the European vendor of reliable device software, has been certified according to the ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE) model by the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE). The majority of the reviewed processes achieved SPICE Level 3. This corresponds to the same level under the CMMI model of Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. SYSGO is the only RTOS vendor, worldwide, that has achieved these process quality levels.
  • Mistral Unveils CHAMP-AV6 VITA 46 DSP Engine from Curtiss Wright
    Mistral Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a leading provider of complete technology solutions and professional services in the embedded space, announced the availability of CHAMP-AV 6, the industry’s first VITA 46(VPX)-digital processing engine from Curtiss Wright Controls Embedded Computing. The CHAMP-AV6 combines quad PowerPC 8641 devices with the serial switched fabric capabilities made possible by VPX, the new military aerospace COTS board standard.
  • TI First to Roll Out ZigBee 2006-Compliant Platform
    Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE:TXN) (TI) announced the industry’s first ZigBee 2006-compliant platform. TI achieved compliance for its Z-Stack, the leading ZigBee solution on the market today, which is certified for the CC2420 transceiver and the CC2430 System-on- Chip (SoC).