EDA News – 2007.03.05

MontaVista Provides Building Blocks for Smartphones
MontaVista(R) Software has strengthened its position as the leading provider of Linux for intelligent devices and communications infrastructure with the development of new advanced smartphones set to be released in Italy.

Silicon Laboratories Debuts C8051T60x 8-Bit MCU
Silicon Laboratories Inc. (Nasdaq: SLAB), a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs, announced at International IC-China Conference and Exhibition/Embedded Systems Conference-China 2007 the most highly integrated 8-bit MCU combining a 25 MIPS CPU, 10-bit 500 ksps ADC and an internal ±2% oscillator in a 3×3 mm package. The C8051T60x product family adds to Silicon Laboratories’ portfolio of over 60 high-performance Small Form Factor MCUs. The C8051T60x is ideal for consumer and industrial applications including toys, camera modules, cell phone accessories, portable devices, home appliances and motor controllers.

POSDATA Selects Riviera-Pro HDL Simulation Environment
Aldec, Inc., a pioneer in mixed-language simulation and advanced design tools for ASIC and FPGA devices, announced it has signed an agreement to deliver Riviera-Pro(TM) simulation environment to POSDATA, a major mobile WiMAX communication provider in Korea.

Aldec Unveils Riviera 2007.02 64-Bit Mixed HDL Simulator
Aldec, Inc., a pioneer in mixed-language simulation and advanced design tools for ASIC and FPGA devices, announced the release of Riviera 2007.02, a 64-bit mixed-language design simulation environment handling VHDL, Verilog, SystemVerilog, and SystemC designs. Riviera delivers industry proven simulation performance and accuracy for all multi-million gate HDL designs.

IBASE Rolls Out ET500 ETX CPU Module
IBASE Technology, a leading manufacturer of RoHS-compliant single board computers and industrial motherboards, releases the ET500 ETX solution featuring onboard AMD Geode LX800 running 500MHz and AMD Geode LX700 at 433MHz clock speed. The AMD Geode LX 800@0.9W processor operates at a maximum power of 3.6W (TDP), while the AMD Geode LX 700@0.8W consumes a maximum power of 3.1W.

OpenMake Debuts Free Build Automation Solution
OpenMake announced at EclipseCon a free, community-oriented solution for automating build-to-release tasks. This is the only build-to-deploy automation solution developers will need, regardless of platform or development language environment–unlike other workflow tools that may be designed to only support Java development.

Joint Mercury Research to Improve Diagnostic Imaging Tools
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) and the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Campus Benjamin Franklin, have signed a cooperation agreement covering the development of innovative 2D and 3D diagnostic imaging systems. The goal is to further optimize visualization and management of medical image data for modern imaging procedures, such as CT angiography and whole-body MR imaging. Another focal point of the joint research aims at improving the medical imaging workflow, so that clinicians and radiologists can quickly access image data, as well as advanced 3D tools throughout the entire hospital.

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Mercury to Showcase Visage Clinical Applications at ECR
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) will showcase its entire Visage(TM) product family with integrated clinical applications, at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in Vienna, Austria, March 9 to 13.

Lattice Unveils LatticeECP2M PCI Express x4 IP Core
Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced the expansion of its PCI Express Intellectual Property (IP) core family within its ispLeverCORE(TM) portfolio. Lattice is adding a new PCI Express x4 IP core solution, optimized for the LatticeECP2M(TM) low-cost FPGA family. Like the previous PCI Express x1 IP core for LatticeECP2M devices, the x4 version implements a single-chip PCI Express endpoint solution with integrated SERDES that is ideal for high-volume, low-cost and limited form-factor applications.

TI New DSPs Improve Price-Performance by 2.5x
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced the immediate availability of samples of two new digital signal processors (DSPs) – the TMS320C6424 DSP and the TMS320C6421 DSP – that deliver more than 2.5X price/performance improvement, helping OEMs lower overall cost per channel of telecom enterprise gateway and IP-PBX products. Additional applications that are well-suited for the C642x DSPs include printers, scanners, copiers and wireless applications such as pico base stations, home gateways and wireless entertainment devices.

IntegrIT NatureDSP Squelch+ Supports FRS, PMR466 Radio
IntegrIT has announced that IntegrIT NatureDSP Squelch+ is now available for Texas Instruments C5000, C6000 and DaVinci DSPs.

Kontron Receives VDC Platinum Award for Embedded Computer Boards
Kontron was recently awarded 2006 Venture Development Corporation (VDC) Platinum Vendor for Embedded Computer Boards. This year marks its third year in a row Kontron has received Platinum vendor status, the highest award VDC bestows upon companies after receiving the results of their annual customer satisfaction survey. Only two of the top five global vendors of Embedded Computer Boards received a “Platinum” vendor rating by VDC in their 2006 vendor rating awards.

CeBIT Features u-blox 5 Galileo-Ready A-GPS Chip
u-blox AG, the leading Swiss provider of GPS receiver technology, will showcase u-blox 5, a Galileo-ready A-GPS chip featuring an acquisition performance of less than one second, at the 2007 CeBIT trade show in Hanover, Germany.

Hitec to Exhibit at Embedded Masterclass Event
Metalworkers to the technology sector, Hitec, will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Embedded Masterclass to be held in the UK on the 3rd May. Over 700 embedded software and electronic engineers have registered to attend previous Embedded Masterclass events. This event has become respected as an excellent forum for engineers to meet with some of the industry’s leading vendors of development tools, hardware and software.