EDA News – 2007.02.21

IMEC Develops Technology for Synthesizing Biomedical Nanoparticles
IMEC has developed a generic and versatile method to synthesize stable, biocompatible magnetic nanoparticles. By tuning the endgroups, the functionalized nanoparticles can be used for a wide variety of biomedical applications, such as accurate drug delivery, improved diagnostics and targeted cancer therapy.

Silicon Canvas Adds DFM Automation to Laker IC Design Tools
Silicon Canvas, developer of the Laker suite of high-performance tools for custom IC design, announced the rollout of the first automated DFM (Design for Manufacturability) features designed for designers. Laker, the pioneer of Controllable Automation in custom design now offers built-in DFM features that need no scripting and support advanced design requirements such as multiple rule sets; conditional rules; recommended rules; discrete gate spacing; minimum area rules; routing jog avoidance; and more. DFM rules are supported in Laker’s patented M-cell(TM) device generator; during physical layout; and during placement and routing, as appropriate. Additional DFM rules are being developed on an on-going basis and will be rolled out as they become available.

Big Faceless Java PDF Library 2.7.7 Rolls Out
Big Faceless Organization (BFO), provider of high quality Java software components, have released version 2.7.7 of the Big Faceless Java PDF Library. BFO has been working closely with Intralinks, the World’s leading provider of virtual dataroom services.

VaST Systems Appoints Isao Yumoto as New GM
VaST Systems, the technology leader in embedded design, announced the appointment of Isao Yumoto as General Manager, VaST Japan KK, reporting directly to VaST CEO, Alain Labat. Mr. Yumoto brings over 30 years experience in engineering, marketing and sales of embedded systems, electronic systems and automotive electronics.

ARC Expands ConfigCon Developers Conferences
ARC International (LSE:ARK) announced that the successful ConfigCon(TM) developers conference series is expanding in 2007 to include additional regions active in next-generation system-on-chip (SoC) development. The 2007 ConfigCon conference series will leverage the momentum established by the 2006 program, where more than 1,000 attendees participated in events in Taiwan, China, and Silicon Valley.

Xilinx, NSA Create Virtex-4 FPGA-based Cryptographic Solution
Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable solutions, announced the results of a joint technology development project with The National Security Agency (NSA) consistent with the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Crypto Modernization initiatives. Enabled by Xilinx Virtex(TM)-4 FPGAs, the new design flow and verification process provides the industry’s first FPGA-based single chip cryptographic solution. Xilinx will be demonstrating the design and verification flow at the Software Radio Summit Technical Conference today in the Sheraton Premiere Hotel at Tyson’s Corner.

Tyco Deploys Bookham 980nm OceanBright Pump Laser Undersea
Bookham, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKHM), a leading provider of optical components, modules and subsystems, announced that the company’s 980nm OceanBright(tm) pump laser technology has been selected by Tyco Telecommunications (US) Inc. for deployment in its undersea cable systems.

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