EDA News – 2007.04.04

Freescale Technology Forum Americas 2007
Freescale Semiconductor will host its third annual Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) Americas on June 25-28, 2007, at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Conference Centers in Orlando, Fla. Registration is now open. Designed with the engineer in mind, FTF provides a unique opportunity for attendees to view and interact with the entire Freescale ecosystem, a global community comprised of Freescale and its partners, customers and universities. More than 2,000 designers, applications engineers, industry-leading experts, executives and hardware, software and tools partners are expected to attend the Americas event.

Linux Foundation Gains VirtualLogix, Real-Time Virtualization
VirtualLogix(TM), Inc., the Real-Time Virtualization(TM) company, announced that it has joined the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux. By joining the Linux Foundation, VirtualLogix brings its real-time virtualization expertise to the organization, enabling device manufacturers to add the rich functionality of Linux into network infrastructure and mobile handset applications, while reducing bill of materials.

MeshNetics Gateway Bridges ZigBee and Ethernet Networks
MeshNetics, an award-winning ZigBee technology provider, unveiled its new ZigBee/Ethernet gateway at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, CA, on April 4, 2007. The compact weatherproof gateway serves as a bridge between ZigBee-based Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) and IP-based enterprise networks.

NI LabVIEW SignalExpress Improves Instrument Control
National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) recently announced NI LabVIEW SignalExpress, an extension of the popular LabVIEW graphical system design platform, for acquiring, analyzing and presenting data without programming. LabVIEW SignalExpress is interactive measurement software that improves productivity with an intuitive drag-and-drop environment to manage measurements and signals from more than 400 stand-alone and modular instruments. LabVIEW SignalExpress also eliminates tedious off-line analysis with real-time analysis, which engineers can accomplish while acquiring data. They also can publish measurement and analysis results in customized reports.

Adept Rolls Out UL Listed 6-Axis Robots
Adept Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADEP), the leading provider of intelligent vision guided robotics and global robotics services, announced the release of UL Listed Adept Cobra(TM) 4-axis SCARA and Adept Viper(TM) 6-axis articulated robot families that meet UL1740 (Robots and Robotic Equipment) and Z434 (Robots and Robotic Equipment Certified for Canada) Safety Standards.

Addonics Adapter Replaces IDE-SATA Hard Drives with Compact Flash
Addonics Technologies has announced a family of CF Hard Drive Adapters, which allow users to replace 2.5-inch IDE/SATA hard drives with shock/vibration resistant and less power-hungry Compact Flash (CF) media. This new family of hard drive to CF adapters enables Compact Flash (CFI/II) media or Micro Drive to be used as a direct replacement for the 2.5″ IDE or SATA hard drives for Notebook systems.

Microsoft Selects BSQUARE as Embedded Partner for NXT Initiative
Microsoft Corp. named BSQUARE its first embedded delivery partner for the Microsoft NXT Initiative. Microsoft NXT is an end-to-end initiative that makes the process of adopting Microsoft technologies faster, easier, and less expensive by providing qualified independent software vendors with funding, expert technical advice and marketing assistance. As a Microsoft embedded delivery partner, BSQUARE will assist embedded device manufacturers that build ISV applications to quickly and efficiently migrate their software applications to Windows Embedded CE, Windows XP Embedded, Windows Server-based products for embedded systems.

Synopsys Library Compiler Supports Current Source Models
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced significant new technology updates to its widely-used Library Compiler solution designed to assure high-quality current-source libraries while reducing characterization cost. A new set of features in Library Compiler will enable current-source library validation, correlation, compaction and model translation all with near-HSPICE(R) simulation accuracy.

Synopsys Launches Liberty NCX Characterization Solution
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, unveiled its new Liberty(TM) NCX next-generation library characterization solution for 65-nanometer (nm) and below process technologies. Liberty NCX is architected around Composite Current Source (CCS) models, the technology proven to deliver comprehensive characterization, performance and accuracy for advanced designs. Liberty NCX comprises an optimized model characterization engine with a suite of library quality checkers and compaction and model translation functions that significantly boost designer productivity by providing the fastest path to high-quality production libraries.

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Enea to Showcase HA Middleware at Embedded Masterclass UK Event
Enea (Nordic Exchange/Small Cap/ENEA), a world leading provider of network software and services, announced that it will present its high availability ‘middleware’, known as Element(TM), at the Embedded Masterclass in Cambridge on May 3rd. Enea’s embedded software products are used in more than half of the world’s mobile phones and wireless basestations, making Enea uniquely qualified to present on network software topics. Enea’s customers include Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, Lucent, NEC, BAE Systems and Sepura.

MontaVista Application Developer Kit 5.0
MontaVista(R) Software, Inc. announced the release of MontaVista Application Developer Kit (ADK) 5.0, a major update of its widely-used application development solution, making it the most easy to use embedded Linux development platform available. ADK 5.0 delivers a set of intuitive, interactive, and essential plug-ins for Eclipse, the industry leading open source Integrated Development Environment (IDE), which streamlines and automates embedded Linux development. The release also includes powerful analysis tools and virtual targets that vastly improve developer productivity to meet customer requirements and deliver more features within shortened development cycles.

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 5.0
MontaVista(R) Software, the global leader in embedded Linux, announced the release of MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 5.0, the latest version of the industry’s most widely deployed commercial Linux and development platform. This release of the popular software development platform provides the most advanced native Linux real-time capabilities to date, with performance matching that of traditional real-time operating systems for the first time in the industry.

Control Techniques Adopts ARTISAN Studio for Motor Controller
Control Techniques is a global leader in the design, production and supply of intelligent electronic drives for the control of electric motors. Its intelligent drives, from simple standalone products to complex multi-drive solutions, are used for electric motor control in an extremely wide range of industrial applications. Constant innovation and rapid development is critical to ensure Control Techniques’ continued success in what is a highly competitive market.

NetTV Sings with Opera for Devices
Opera Software announced that the Opera 9 browser for devices supports the NetTV Specifications created by Networked Digital Television Consortium based in Japan. Opera has participated in the Networked Television Consortium for approximately one year and has completed the browser portion of the NetTV Specifications. As a result, Opera now meets all the requirements for deployment in Japan’s digital TV market.

Open SystemC Initiative Sponsors Events at DATE
The Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI), an independent non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing SystemC(TM) as an industry-standard language for electronic system-level (ESL) design, invites the industry to a pair of informative and educational SystemC-related events during the DATE Conference.

RF Engines’ Mixed Radix Cores Ready for Next Generation 3GPP LTE
The next generation of mobile phone technology, 3GPP LTE (3G Partnership Programme Long Term Evolution) uses OFDM as the modulation technique and requires variable length FFTs to construct the sub-carrier signals on the fly as required. Most FFTs are readily available as lengths that are based on ‘power-of-two’ (i.e. producing lengths of 2, 4, 8…64, 128, 256… etc), which by the nature of their design, severely limit the transform combinations that can be achieved.

HARDI Rolls Out HAPS-50 ASIC Prototyping System
HARDI Electronics, the leader in FPGA-based ASIC prototyping, announced that it is releasing HAPS-50, the fourth generation of ASIC prototyping boards in its very popular HAPS series. This new family of motherboards is based on the largest FPGA available today, the Xilinx Virtex-5 LX330, and will help ASIC designers to verify their designs with better performance and larger capacity than ever before. As always with the HAPS system, several boards can be stacked or interconnected to handle virtually any ASIC size, even 30 million gates or more.

ODM Demands Denali’s Mobile DDR Memory for Portable Video Devices
Denali Software, Inc., a world-leading provider of electronic design automation (EDA) software and intellectual property (IP), announced that ON DEMAND Microelectronics (ODM), a leading supplier of video solutions for mobile and high-definition digital TV- and video applications, used Denali’s Databahn(TM) mobile DDR memory controller IP and PHY solution in its SVEN mobile (SVENm) multimedia chip which delivers extremely high processing power and at the same time meets low power requirements.