News – 2007.03.07 – Early Edition

Nanno SOLUTIONS Joins Si2 and Supports OpenAccess
Nanno SOLUTIONS has joined Si2 and Nanno SOLUTIONS’ software, Nanno-Win and Nanno-CaL, will join other EDA tools that work with the OpenAccess database. Engineered for interoperability, the OpenAccess Application Programming Interface (API) allows its users to construct flows incorporating design tools from multiple vendors. Nanno SOLUTIONS’ Nanno-Win and Nanno-CaL will be among the growing number of EDA tools that work with OpenAccess and will allow IC designers access to realistic, worstcase interconnect models that improve their DFM and DFY flows.

ThingMagic Unveils Mercury5e Embedded RFID Reader
ThingMagic, Inc., a leading developer of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, introduced the Mercury5e(R) embedded RFID reader, which utilizes the Intel RFID Transceiver R1000 chip. The new chip integrates a number of components into a single integrated RFID circuit, and enables digital signal processing and analog data processing on the same chip. In turn, this supported ThingMagic’s development of the lower cost, higher performance, smaller Mercury5e, for use in RFID desktop, label, mobile and wearable printers, and handheld and mobile devices.

TimeSys Offers LinuxLink for AMCC 440EPx Processor
TimeSys Corporation, the leading service provider to developers in the embedded Linux market, announced the availability of LinuxLink subscriptions for the AMCC (NASDAQ:AMCC) 440EPx processor. This LinuxLink is the result of a partnership between TimeSys and AMCC to deliver LinuxLink subscriptions optimized for AMCC processors. LinuxLink by TimeSys is the first commercial offering to support the majority of embedded developers who build and assemble their own commercial-grade custom Linux platforms. By delivering on-demand access to continuously updated processor-optimized Linux packages, components and tools, engineers benefit from a rich development environment and community support.

NI Extends Virtual Instrumentation to Electronics Workbench
National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) Electronics Workbench Group announced the release of Multisim 10.0 and Ultiboard 10.0, the latest versions of its interactive SPICE simulation and circuit analysis software used for schematic capture, interactive simulation, board layout and integrated testing. This platform extends the flexibility of virtual instrumentation to the electronics designer’s benchtop, bridging the common gap between test and design functions. With the combination of National Instruments Multisim 10.0 circuit simulation software and LabVIEW measurement software, engineers creating custom printed circuit boards (PCBs) now can easily compare simulated and real-world data, resulting in fewer design iterations, reduced prototyping errors and shorter time to market.

ON Semiconductor Debuts Four Power Factor Correction Controllers
ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN), a leading global supplier of efficient power management solutions, announced the expansion of its industry-leading portfolio of Power Factor Correction (PFC) controllers. Designed for use in lighting, adapters, ATX supplies, flat-panel TVs and other power applications, the four new devices enable the development of highly efficient power supplies that meet emerging global energy efficiency and power factor standards.

Irvine Sensors Stacks Four 500MHz DDR Memory Chips
Irvine Sensors Corporation (Nasdaq: IRSN; Boston Stock Exchange: ISC) has successfully demonstrated stacking of four 500 megahertz DDR memory chips without degradation of the chips’ operating speed. The Company’s demonstration has been verified by the manufacturer of the chips. The Company believes that its demonstration may be an industry-first, since 3-dimensional packaging approaches used by other companies are known to introduce parasitic effects that substantially degrade the speed performance of DDR chips, when stacked. Overcoming this limitation offers new possibilities for packaging of these widely-used memory devices. The Company is actively exploring commercial exploitation of its latest demonstration.

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TSMC Creates First Functional 65nm Embedded DRAM
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (TSE:2330)(NYSE:TSM) announced the foundry industry’s first functional 65nm embedded DRAM customer product. The product contains millions of DRAM bits and was silicon verified first time right. The achievement of this milestone builds on TSMC’s 65nm leadership that began when the company became the first foundry to achieve 65nm product production in the second quarter last year. The company has also been in 90nm embedded DRAM production since the first quarter of 2006. There have been rich sets of memory macros, developed by TSMC’s design team, which are being used in more than a dozen of 90nm customer products.

OCP-IP Creates Initiative for Open Network-on-Chip Benchmarks
OCP-IP announced an initiative toward open Network on Chip (NoC) Benchmarking. A new white paper available from the organization outlines the need for a NoC benchmarking as well as the essential features of a NoC benchmarking environment, and drives toward establishing widely accepted and important benchmarks. The top-level view on a system of benchmarks for NoCs covers a variety of design aspects from application modeling to performance evaluation and post-manufacturing test and reliability.

UMC Utilizes Apache’s RedHawk-EV, Sahara-PTE for 90nm Designs
Apache Design Solutions, the leader in power signoff and complete silicon integrity platform solutions for system-on-chip (SoC) designs, announced that UMC’s 90nm reference design utilized Apache’s:

  • RedHawk-EV for full-chip static-IR, VCD and vectorless dynamic voltage drop, and electromigration (EM) analysis
  • Sahara-PTE for full-chip thermal analysis and thermal variation on leakage, timing, and reliability

Atheros Adopts Berkeley Analog FastSPICE
Atheros Communications, Inc., a leading developer of semiconductor system solutions for advanced wireless communication products, has adopted Berkeley Design Automation’s Analog FastSPICE(TM) circuit simulator. Analog FastSPICE enables Atheros’ designers to verify their nanometer-scale GHz analog and RF circuits in a fraction of the time required by traditional SPICE tools. Berkeley Design Automation is a provider of Precision Circuit Analysis(TM) technology for advanced analog and RF integrated circuits.

Stretch Saves Time with Sequence CoolTime, CoolCheck
Sequence Design’s CoolTime and CoolCheck are winning praise from Stretch Inc., technology leader in software-configurable processors, for their valuable early-analysis physical design capabilities and ease of use. The Sequence’s Cool Products family – CoolTime, CoolPower, and CoolCheck –cut design closure times by preventing time-consuming iterations. CoolTime is the industry’s most accurate dynamic voltage drop analysis and optimization solution, concurrently analyzing timing, signal integrity, static IR drop, power, and electromigration. CoolCheck enables effective power grid debug early in the flow with a fast vectorless technique and 100% coverage.