News – 2007.01.16 – Early Edition

  • Altos Design Debuts Variety Statistical Cell Library Characterizer
    Altos Design Automation Inc. announced its second product Variety, an ultra-fast, general purpose statistical library characterizer for standard cells. The new tool generates variation-aware timing models for use with commercial statistical static timing analysis (SSTA) tools from Extreme Design Automation, Cadence Design Systems and Synopsys. Other formats will be supported in future releases, including the SSTA standard format from Si2′s Open Modeling Coalition.
  • Renesas, Powerchip Create Joint Venture for Designing Memory Products
    Renesas Technology Corp. announced that Renesas Technology Corp. and Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. have agreed to establish a joint venture that will specialize in the design of advanced memory devices. Under the agreement, the two partner companies will both contribute engineering resources. The establishment of the new joint venture will enable both companies to overcome the key issues they are currently facing.
  • EEMBC Benchmarks Infineon TriCore TC1796 Automotive Microcontroller
    The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium announced publication of certified benchmark scores for the TC1796, the first member of the TriCore(R)-based AUDO-NG family of automotive microcontrollers from Infineon Technologies. Tested against AutoBench 1.1, EEMBC’s suite of automotive/industrial processor benchmarks, the 150-MHz TC1796 achieved a score of 100 Automarks, the highest recorded value for a device in this frequency range.
  • PCI-SIG Releases PCI Express 2.0 Specification
    PCI-SIG(R), the Special Interest Group responsible for PCI Express(R) industry-standard I/O technology, announced the availability of the PCI Express Base 2.0 specification. After a 60-day review of revision 0.9 of the specification in Fall 2006, members of the PCI-SIG finalized and released PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0, which doubles the interconnect bit rate from 2.5GT/s to 5GT/s to support high-bandwidth applications.
  • SecureWave Sanctuary Protects Windows Embedded for Point of Service
    SecureWave, a worldwide leader in endpoint security, announced that SecureWave Sanctuary has met all the requirements established in the Verification Testing program for Microsoft Windows Embedded for Point of Service. Sanctuary 4.0, the industry’s first security solution for enforcing both device and application control, is officially listed in the Windows Embedded for Point of Service catalog, which contains a database of retail and hospitality applications and peripherals verified to work with Windows Embedded for Point of Service.
  • CSR Acquires NordNav Technologies and Cambridge Positioning Systems
    CSR plc announced the company is to provide the most competitive Global Positioning System (GPS) technology for mobile handsets and network operators. CSR has acquired NordNav Technologies AB and Cambridge Positioning Systems Ltd that, combined, will allow the company to provide software-based low cost GPS suitable for mass-market mobile phones and PNDs (Personal Navigation Devices). CSR will apply its own experience in embedding radio technologies into the mobile platform and expects its first Autonomous and Assisted GPS product offerings that support satellite navigation and other location-based services to be available during H1 2007, with cost expected to subsequently reduce to less than $1.
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  • Novatek Improves Design Yield with Synopsys Nanosim Simulator, HVMOS
    Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that Novatek, a global leader and provider of flat panel thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) driver ICs, successfully verified several designs using the Synopsys NanoSim(R) FastSPICE simulator with the newly available, built-in HSPICE(R) High-Voltage MOS (HVMOS) device model. With the foundry-endorsed HVMOS model, the NanoSim simulator enabled Novatek design engineers to accurately predict circuit behavior, thereby improving design yield while significantly reducing over-design.
  • RapidIO Serial Interconnect Ideal for Critical Embedded Systems
    Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), the leader in System Interconnect, presented to industry leaders at the VMEbus International Trade Association’s (VITA) annual Bus and Board Conference in Long Beach, California. In his keynote address, Tundra President and Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Hoste stated, “RapidIO is the right serial interconnect because the technology provides the optimal performance and reliability for next-generations critical embedded systems. When availability and performance are critical, RapidIO is the serial interconnect of choice for embedded systems.”