EDA News – 2007.02.22

Wireless Sensor Ideal for Industrial Process Monitoring
Those who remember the night of December 2, 1984, when water accidentally entered a methylisocyanate storage tank at a Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, India, will understand the importance of monitoring industrial processes. Gauges measuring temperature and pressure were known to be unreliable, so staff ignored early signs of trouble and a cloud of toxic gas rolled across the crowded working-class district. In what has been called the world’s worst industrial accident, at least 3000 died and hundreds of thousands were injured. The factory was subsequently shut down.

ST Improves STV0297 Cable TV Demodulator
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), the world’s leading supplier of ICs for cable TV set-top boxes (STBs), announced a new-generation development of the industry-leading STV0297 Cable TV demodulator. The STV0279E High Performance QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) Demodulator adds new features to the widely-used STV0279D to deliver dramatic performance improvements that enable the demands on other elements in the reception chain to be relaxed, so reducing Bill of Materials (BOM) costs for manufacturers.

MagnaChip Starts Production of .18um EEPROM Process
MagnaChip Semiconductor Ltd., a leading global designer, developer and manufacturer of image sensor solutions, mixed-signal and digital multimedia semiconductors, announced it has commenced production of 0.18um EEPROM process technology for smart cards, banking cards, RFID, medical, and other applications.

Virage Logic Offers Embedded Memory Webinar
Virage Logic Corporation (NASDAQ:VIRL), the semiconductor industry’s trusted IP partner and pioneer in Silicon Aware IP(TM), announced that it will present a free online technical webinar titled, “How to Achieve Dramatic Area Savings and Power Reduction for Consumer and Secure Applications with Next Generation Embedded Non-Volatile Memory.” The live webinar will be broadcast via TechOnLine on Tuesday, February 27, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. PST, 2:00 p.m. EST.

Bell Helicopter Deploys Mentor Graphics CHS for Electrical System Design
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, has chosen to standardize on Mentor Graphics CHS(TM) flow for the design of helicopter electrical wiring systems. Bell will deploy CHS’s powerful electrical system design, analysis, and integration software coupled with the CHS harness engineering and costing tools.

Renesas Debuts SH7764 324MHz, 583-MIPS SuperH Microprocessor
Renesas Technology America, Inc. announced the SH7764 microprocessor, a 32-bit device with a maximum operating frequency of 324MHz. The versatile chip incorporates the SuperH(R) Family’s top-end SH-4A CPU core and a comprehensive array of peripheral functions and communication capabilities, including a 2D graphics engine, Ethernet controller, USB Host/function controller, ATAPI hard-drive controller and LCD controller. It is well matched to the needs of many multimedia and office automation applications.

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