EDA News – 2007.03.28

Intel Promotes Ardence to Affiliate Membership in Communications Alliance
Ardence, a Citrix company (Nasdaq: CTXS) and a leader in developing software platforms for the on-demand world, announced that Intel(R) has awarded Ardence with Affiliate membership status within the Intel(R) Communications Alliance. The Intel(R) Communications Alliance is a community of communications and embedded developers, and solutions providers committed to the development of modular, standards-based solutions on Intel(R) technologies.

Microchip, Skyworks Join Fab Owners Association
The Fab Owners Association (FOA), the association of semiconductor / MEMS manufacturing executives and suppliers, has announced the addition of two new device maker members: Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, and Skyworks Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: SWKS), an innovator of high performance analog and mixed signal semiconductors.

Windows Mobile Devices Surf with Opera Mobile
Opera Software announced the growing momentum for its Opera Mobile(TM) Web browser on devices running the Windows Mobile(R) operating system. Major manufacturers, such as HTC and Toshiba, are including Opera on their handsets to provide their customers with a superior mobile Internet experience. Meanwhile, end-users are eager for better browsing on their mobile phones, resulting in a download increase of more than 50 percent on Opera’s website from February 2006 to February 2007.

Sierra Design Automation to Present at ISQED
Sierra Design Automation announced that the company will participate on a luncheon panel entitled “Do Digital Design and Variability Mix Like Oil and Water?” at ISQED 2007 in San Jose, California on March 28 at 12:00 PM. The conference runs from March 26 to March 28, 2007.

Asian Semiconductor Companies Adopt ARC’s Configurable Solutions
ARC International (LSE:ARK), the world leader in configurable media subsystems and CPU/DSP processors, announced new licensing agreements with leading Asia-based semiconductor companies. Each is a new ARC customer, and all have adopted ARC’s patented configurable solutions to create system-on-chips (SoCs) for high-growth applications such as multimedia, VoIP phone, and flash memory devices. See companion news releases dated March 28, 2007 for more information about two of these new ARC customers.

Freescale, Tilcon to Create Telematics Graphical Display Solutions
Freescale Semiconductor and Tilcon Software have teamed to deliver sophisticated platform solutions for the telematics industry. The combined hardware/software solutions are designed to enhance graphic display performance, speed time to market, reduce system cost and offer a productive “out-of-the-box” experience for embedded system developers.

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OMG, UML Technology Institute to Develop Certification Program
The Object Management Group(TM) (OMG(TM)) and the UML Technology Institute (UTI) announced that they have agreed to develop a new certification program focused on the business analysts, architects and software designers using Business Process Management (BPM) standards in their organization. The new exam series will be called the “OMG Certified Expert in BPM” (OCEB) program.

eASIC, CAST Announce H.264 Encoder for Nextreme Structured ASICs
eASIC Corporation, a provider of Structured ASIC devices announced the immediate availability of the H264-MCE multi-channel baseline video encoder core from CAST, Inc. for implementation in Nextreme Structured ASIC devices. This solution is perfect fit for a wide range of video processing applications such as digital video-broadcasting and digital video surveillance equipment.

Mindready Rolls Out Universal Radio Tester 3.0 for SDR
Mindready (TSX:MNY) announced the latest software-defined radio toolkit release, the Universal Radio Tester (URT) Version 3.0. The URT is a highly flexible, compact and affordable solution used for generating analog and digital radio frequency signals based on National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) PXI hardware and NI LabVIEW and NI TestStand software.

EVE Offers ZeBu Support for Power Architecture
EVE, a leader in hardware assisted verification, introduced direct support for Power Architecture(TM) technology in embedded applications. Based on EVE’s ZeBu (for Zero Bugs) family, Power Architecture users now have an environment that offers the best aspects of traditional emulation and rapid prototyping systems for system-on-chip (SoC) hardware debugging and embedded software validation.

Arcom ZyWAN Tracks Asset with Wavecom GR64 Wireless CPU
Arcom, Inc. and Wavecom, Inc. (Paris:AVM) (NASDAQ:WVCM) (ISIN:FR0000073066) announced the selection of the Wavecom GR64 Wireless CPU(R) as the wireless technology for the Arcom ZyWAN asset tracking system. This robust, rugged tracking device offers comprehensive mobile asset tracking functionality, including automotive vehicle location and mobile computing using global cellular connectivity.

TI’s DaVinci Technology Powers Video Surveillance Industry
As video security original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) migrate legacy analog cameras to digital “intelligent” cameras, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) is gaining broad support in the market for its video surveillance solutions based on DaVinci(TM) technology. The combination of power and performance of DaVinci technology, with easy-to-use third-party reference designs, ensures that customers can get to market quickly with differentiated solutions on a wide array of cameras that can digitally compress video, run video content analysis and transmit over Ethernet or other wired and wireless protocols. TI offers systems expertise that benefits a broad range of security products including IP network cameras, digital video recorders, digital video servers, IP network cameras, network video recorders and routers.