EDA News – 2007.03.30

Cypress Creates New Capacitive Sensing Methods for PSoC CapSense
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) introduced two new sensing methods for its PSoC(R) CapSense capacitive sensing solution offering designers best-in-class performance. The new methods are provided in the PSoC Designer(TM) integrated development environment as user modules – CapSense Sigma-Delta Modulator (CSD) and CapSense Successive Approximation (CSA).

TI Announces 16-Bit DAC with Integrated Precision Reference
Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE:TXN) (TI) introduced the first product in a new series of precision digital-to-analog converters (DACs) with an integrated precision reference. The DAC8560 is a 16-bit, single-channel DAC featuring ultra-low glitch (0.15nV-s), ultra-low-power (1.5mW at 2.7V) and an internal reference with 2ppm/C temperature drift and +/-0.004 percent initial accuracy. The combination of a precision DAC and outstanding reference performance makes the DAC8560 a flexible, easy-to-use solution for closed-loop control applications found in portable instrumentation, optical networking, industrial process control, machine and motion control, and data acquisition systems.

Synopsys, Magma End Lawsuits
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) and Magma Design Automation (Nasdaq: LAVA) announced the companies have agreed to settle all pending litigation between them.

Concurrent Unveils AdvancedMC Dual Display Graphics Adaptor
Concurrent Technologies announces an AdvancedMC(TM) (AMC) dual display video/graphics adaptor. The AM 400/x01 is a high-quality, low-power embedded graphics AMC module supporting a variety of Digital Flat Panel (DFP), CRT or S-Video devices in single or dual display configurations. In addition, an onboard 2.5″ SATA hard disk drive (HDD) can be added – all fitting within a single-width full-size AMC slot. A mid-size front panel option is available without the S-Video interface.

Gleichmann to Showcase Industrial Automation Networking at Hannover Fair
Gleichmann Electronics will present many new optimized devices and solutions for networking in industrial automation at the Hannover Fair, April 16–20, 2007, partner PROFIBUS Pavilion in Hall 11, Stand A41.

Alternative Technology, BiTMICRO Boost Server Response Times
BiTMICRO(r) Networks, a pioneer in intelligent flash IDE/ATA, Fibre Channel, SCSI, SATA, VME and PMC solid state drive solutions, announced the successful utilization of its E-Disk(r) solid state disk to satisfy the demanding storage requirements of Alternative Technology.