EDA News – 2007.02.28

LinuxLink Radio Broadcasts to Embedded Linux Developers
TimeSys Corporation, the leading service provider to developers in the embedded Linux market, introduced LinuxLink Radio, a free podcast focused on embedded Linux. Listeners can keep a pulse on the growing embedded Linux industry and pick up tips that will help them with their next project. The content in LinuxLink Radio is designed to be of interest to all embedded Linux developers, whether or not they are subscribers to the LinuxLink service for building customized Linux platforms.

Magma Debuts Talus Power and Quartz Rail for Low-Power Design
Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, announced Talus Power and Quartz Rail, two new low-power IC implementation and analysis products that have been shown to reduce power consumption in nanometer (nm) ICs by 25 percent. Used by today’s leading-edge cell phone baseband and application processor companies, Magma software has been proven to reduce power significantly. The new capabilities, integrated with the Talus implementation platform’s unique architecture, scalability and unrivalled automation, will enable designers to reduce the time it takes to develop low-power, multimillion-gate nanometer designs.

Nangate Library Creator Speeds Cell Design for Ramtron
Nangate Inc., a leading provider of electronic design automation (EDA) software, announced that Ramtron International Corp. (NASDAQ: RMTR) has chosen Nangate’s Library Creator(TM) platform to accelerate development of specialized digital cell libraries for a wide range of integrated circuit (IC) applications.

Freescale Improves MSC8144 DSP, Adds Security Features
As the transformation toward converged all-IP (Internet Protocol) networks continues, OEMs face new challenges in creating trusted networks and devices. To address these challenges, Freescale Semiconductor announces integrated security acceleration and an innovative code protection mechanism for the MSC8144, which is the industry’s highest performance programmable DSP platform.

Agilent Invests in IC-CAP Device Modeling
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) announced plans to expand the company’s investment in its Integrated Circuit Characterization and Analysis Program (IC-CAP) device modeling software. The company will establish a new research and development modeling center in Beijing, China, to better serve the industry’s leading semiconductor foundries and to respond to advancements in complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) modeling in particular.

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X-Fest Seminars for FPGA, DSP, Embedded Systems Designers
Avnet Electronics Marketing (NYSE: AVT) and Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) announced X-Fest – a series of technical seminars offering practical, how-to training for FPGA, DSP, and embedded systems designers. Analog Devices, National Semiconductor and Texas Instruments are among the list of gold sponsors participating in the worldwide technical seminar series. The series kicks off its 90-city global tour in Beijing April 3, 2007 and continues through July 13 in locations throughout Europe, Asia, Japan and North America.

Athena Builds Linux Thin Client with Debian 2.6
Athena(R) Thin Clients, a leading developer of embedded hardware and software in server based computer networks of the European Thin Client market, again claims its leadership in Thin Client development at Cebit 2007 in Hannover, Germany. Athena(R) development engineers are the first to build a Linux Thin Client based on Debian kernel 2.6. This new Linux version carries the name NLX 5 where NLX stands for New LinuX. Athena(R) will be the first Thin Client manufacturer to have not only an extremely powerful but also the most flexible Linux embedded operating system in the market today.

TI Unveils TMS320C6727B Floating-Point DSP
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced the TMS320C6727B DSP, its highest performing floating-point DSP running at 350 MHz. Available today, the C6727B DSP is tuned for performance hungry applications for which a significant speed increase will impact OEM’s ability to create unique and advanced product offerings, including high quality audio conferencing, multi-channel audio systems, audio broadcast biometric and industrial solutions. TI’s floating-point DSP portfolio, including the C6727B DSP, is based on the TMS320C67x+ DSP generation-based core, a C-efficient, VLIW architecture that offers significant application performance improvements.

IP Infusion Selects Enea for High-Availability Network Protocols
Enea (Stockholm: ENEA.ST), the leader in advanced device software for network equipment, and IP Infusion announced a strategic alliance through which IP Infusion will use Enea’s Accelerator Platform(TM) to add high availability to their Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing and switching protocols. Enea and IP Infusion, together with Kontron and Tail-f, will demonstrate the new high-availability software at the Mountain View Alliance Communications and Ecosystems Conference, which will be hosted in San Diego from February 28 – March 2.

Kontron Rolls Out EPIC/PM Board
Kontron introduces with the EPIC/PM the second in its series of EPIC standard boards recognized by the PC/104 Consortium. The Kontron EPIC/PM is based on the 90nm Intel(R) Pentium(R) M 745 processor and offers complete PC/104-Plus functionality with both PCI and ISA expansion. As with other Kontron products, the EPIC family of boards maintains the same internal and external I/O connector locations for easy scalability without changing the enclosure design.