EDA News – 2007.02.13

Lauterbach TRACE32 Debugger Supports Express Logic ThreadX RTOS
Express Logic, Inc., the worldwide leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), and Lauterbach Inc., the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, announce an extension to Lauterbach’s kernel awareness for Express Logic’s ThreadX real-time operating system (RTOS). Lauterbach’s TRACE32 debugger is now capable of reading and displaying ThreadX V5 internal performance and event trace data, both graphically and statistically.

Aonix Unpdates ObjectAda Real-Time RAVEN
Aonix(R), a provider of solutions for safety- and mission-critical applications, announced the release of ObjectAda Real-Time RAVEN V8.3 for Windows platforms targeting PowerPC. ObjectAda Real-Time Raven implements the Ravenscar profile, a restricted subset of the standard Ada runtime environment for applications requiring safety certification or a high-level of confidence in proven and fully tested runtime execution predictability.

Sequence Columbus-AMS Extracts Accurate PVT Corners
Sequence Design, the EDA leader in power-aware SoC design solutions, announced statistically accurate PVT corner extraction, along with new features to enable a best-of-breed flow for extracting and analyzing power rails in full-custom blocks using Columbus-AMS.

Digi JumpStart Kits for Embedded Networking
Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) introduced its new cost-effective, fully featured Digi JumpStart Kits that make it easy for design engineers to develop embedded products with Digi NET+ARM modules. For an introductory price of only $399, Digi JumpStart Kits include all the hardware and software tools necessary for wired and wireless embedded product development. With Linux, Windows CE, and NET+OS options, Digi JumpStart Kits are available for a wide variety of commercial grade embedded networking needs.

Xilinx Aims Virtex-4 QPRO FPGAs at Aerospace and Defense Market
Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable solutions, announced availability of Virtex(TM)-4 QPRO(TM) MIL-grade family of aerospace and defense products. The delivery of the first domain-optimized Virtex-4 FPGAs to the aerospace and defense marketplace provides the industry’s most comprehensive ‘space to base’ device portfolio with higher performance, lower power options and full military temperature-qualification.

Xilinx Aerospace and Defense Receives STACK Certification
Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the world’s leading programmable logic solutions provider, announced it has received STACK International certification, effective January 2007, following an extensive audit. The successful completion of the STACK certification audit demonstrates the company’s 15-year uninterrupted commitment to the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry and extends its existing quality portfolio including ISO 9001 certified for quality management systems and QML Certifications for compliance with the Department of Defense MIL-PRF-38535 performance specification. Xilinx also provides the world’s leading Neutron Single Effects testing and characterization capability with its Rosetta program.

Aonix Releases PERC Pico for Hard Real-Time Java Developers
Aonix(R), the provider of the PERC VM product line for embedded targets, announced the first commercial release of its new PERC Pico technology. PERC Pico is the first development environment for Java developers truly geared toward the creation of resource-constrained and deeply embedded hard real-time applications and components. PERC Pico is designed to solve problems for a broad range of projects including avionics, satellites, deep space probes, radio communications, telecon, weapons systems, and flight surface controls.

Tensilica Licenses 330HiFi Audio Processor Core to Penstar
Tensilica(R), Inc. announced that Penstar Technology has licensed Tensilica’s Diamond Standard 330HiFi Audio Processor core for use in a new SOC (System On Chip) design for cellular phones and personal media players (PMPs) conforming to China’s emerging Audio Video coding Standard (AVS). Penstar intends to be the first Chinese company to offer a low power chip that is fully compliant with AVS, following the successful release of its DS-1000 IC product, which is an AVS video decoder IC supporting both standard and high definition video applications for digital TV and IPTV (Internet Protocol TV). Penstar will use the Diamond Standard 330HiFi Audio Processor for both the audio and control functions in the SOC.

Microchip Debuts MCP3909 Energy-Measurement IC, Reference Design
Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the MCP3909 energy-measurement IC and reference design. The highly accurate IC combines low power consumption with an SPI interface and active power-pulse output, making it adaptable to a wide variety of meter designs. Together with the MCP3909 3-Phase Energy Meter Reference Design, the IC enables designers to develop and bring meter designs to market quickly.

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VMETRO Developing VPX VITA 46 Products
VMETRO, a world leader in VXS (VITA 41) solutions for Critical Embedded Systems, announced an extensive ongoing development program for products based on the VPX (VITA 46) standard. VMETRO’s VPX products will be available in both 6U and 3U versions, and will include state-of-the-art solutions for FPGA and PowerPC processing as well as Analog and Digital I/O products.

VMETRO Supports Xilinx Virtex-5 SXT FPGA Platform
VMETRO announced support for the new Xilinx [NASDAQ: XLNX] Virtex(TM)-5 SXT FPGA platform, optimized for high-performance DSP. VMETRO is developing a range of Virtex-5 FPGA-based products suitable for a number of applications including fiber-optic boards, analog I/O modules and array processing cards based on open standard PMC, XMC, VPX and VXS form-factors. Since the Virtex-5 SXT and LXT devices share a compatible footprint and FPGA package size, while supporting high-bandwidth, multi-gigabit serial transceivers, VMETRO’s customers will be able to choose between maximum DSP support and maximum logic gates in a single board design. Key markets that will benefit from these products include Electro-Optics (EO), Electronic Warfare (EW), Signal Intelligence (SigInt) and telecommunications.

CoDeSys SoftPLC Partitions SYSGO PikeOS
SYSGO, the global supplier of highly reliable device software, has announced the integration of CoDeSys from 3S ­ Smart Software Solutions as a new partition type for SYSGO’s real-time separation microkernel PikeOS. CoDeSys is a leading hardware-independent programming system for creating industrial controller applications, often called PLCs. It is used by more than 200 manufacturers of components and systems for the automation industry. With PikeOS, industrial controller suppliers can arrange their software in independent but cooperating partitions that are absolutely protected from each other.

Opera Powers Iwatsu Visual IP Video Phone
Opera Software announced that Iwatsu Electric Co. Ltd., a leader and pioneer in the telecommunication industry, has selected the Opera browser to provide the full Web to its Visual IP phone, a part of Iwatsu’s new communication system called PRECOT (Premium Communication Tool). PRECOT is a next generation solution over a broadband IP connection for the enterprise market. With Opera, PRECOT users can access Web mail or any Web page from the convenience of their screen phones.

ASUSTeK Computer Selects Opera Mobile Browser
Opera Software announced that the Opera browser for mobile phones has been selected by ASUSTeK Computer Inc., a leading provider of 3C (computers, communications and consumer electronics) total solutions, to bring the Web to the company’s Vodafone deliveries. Opera 8.65 for Mobile will be initially integrated on the V1210 for Vodafone International or the VDA IV for Vodafone Germany.

Microchip Debuts PIC16F882 PIC Microcontrollers
Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the PIC16F882—the lowest-cost member of Microchip’s 28- and 40/44-pin PIC18F88X family of microcontrollers, for use in a wide range of applications. The PIC16F882 provides design engineers with the option to migrate to a lower-cost family member, as their code development stabilizes. In turn, all five members of the PIC16F88X family maintain compatibility with other 28/40-pin PIC(R) Microcontrollers for easy migration, while providing a host of new features designed to save users time and money—both during and after their design cycle. The enhancements include dual internal oscillators with clock switching and fail-safe clock mode; more (up to 14) ADC channels; an advanced comparator module featuring two comparators and a Set/Reset Latch to allow emulation of many analog circuits; and low-power enhancements that extend battery life.

AMD Offers New Products for Embedded Systems
AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced the next step in the evolution of its embedded business—including the addition of Second-Generation AMD Opteron(TM) processors and AMD Athlon(TM) 64 X2 dual-core processors to the AMD64 Longevity Program, plus the release of the new AMD Geode(TM) LX900@1.5W processor. With a commitment to lowering customers’ time to market, AMD is also offering several new Reference Design Kits (RDKs). Spanning high-end to very low power embedded markets, these new AMD solutions are part of a continued focus on delivering a stable, consistent, high-performance architecture for embedded designers.

TI DaVinci SDK for Windows Embedded CE
To make DaVinci(TM) technology accessible to an ever increasing base of digital video developers, Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN) (TI) is releasing a Software Development Kit (SDK) based on DaVinci technology for use with the Windows(R) Embedded CE operating system. This SDK is specifically designed for use with the TMS320DM6443 and TMS320DM6446 system-on-chip (SoC) processors based on DaVinci technology. The SDK will empower developers who prefer the Windows Embedded operating system to now easily access TI’s proven silicon and software for digital video applications.

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