EDA News – 2007.04.24

Standing Room Only at X-Fest
There was standing room only at the launch of Avnet Electronics Marketing’s X-Fest global seminar and training series in Beijing on 3 April – the first in a 90-city worldwide programme jointly sponsored by Avnet, Xilinx and industry leaders together in a collaborative effort to provide system level solutions for customers to meet with design challenges.

Femtocells, Picocells Gain CDMA2000, EvDO Support
picoChip announced that Global Wireless Technologies (GWT) has developed a hardware reference design and software for CDMA2000 and EvDO femtocells and picocells running on the picoArray(TM) processor. This gives picoChip’s customers solutions for all the major standards, WCDMA (HSDPA upgradeable to HSUPA), CDMA2000 and EvDO Rev A, as well as TD-SCDMA and WiMAX, all on a single software-defined hardware platform.

Airbus Simulation Projects Fly with Concurrent, FTI Group
Concurrent (NASDAQ:CCUR), a leading provider of time-critical Linux(R) operating systems and integrated software and computer solutions for mission-critical applications, and The FTI Group, a member of the Aviatronics consortium of well-known German suppliers in aviation and aerospace industries, announced a partnership to deliver simulation systems and services within Europe, most notably to Airbus projects in Germany.

DSP Market to Grow by 8% in 2007
The market for general-purpose digital signal processor (DSP) chips is forecast to grow 8% in 2007 to the $9 billion level according to a new market study from Forward Concepts, here. The new study, “DSP Chip Strategies ’07,” predicts a more typical growth of 15% in 2008 driven by communications and multimedia applications. But the new study also emphasizes the even bigger embedded DSP market that will grow to $17.6 billion in 2007, to almost twice the size of the general-purpose DSP chip market. The new in-depth study is believed to be the most comprehensive study available of markets driven by DSP technology, and includes the results of a new survey of DSP professionals in over 30 countries.

TI Licenses Super Wideband Codec for HD VoIP
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) [NYSE:TXN] announced technology enhancements that redefine its extensive Voice over IP (VoIP) solutions portfolio, driving voice applications even closer to a high-definition (HD) experience. TI is licensing the Low Delay AAC super wideband codec from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS. Headquartered in Erlangen, Germany, Fraunhofer IIS is the home of MP3 and co-inventor of AAC audio coding. Powered by TI’s high-performance digital signal processors (DSPs), the MPEG-4 AAC-LD super-wideband codec offers substantial benefits compared to earlier wideband audio technology, and has the performance capabilities to make ubiquitous HD voice a reality in global IP networks.

Microchip 16-bit Embedded Control Design Contest
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced that it has partnered with Circuit Cellar Magazine to launch the “Microchip 16-bit Embedded Control Design Contest”. Engineers have until October 16, 2007 to win their share of the $15,000 in prizes and gain international recognition for their ingenuity in designing with the over 90 16-bit PIC24 microcontrollers and dsPIC(R) Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) that are commercially available today. Contestants can also win bonus points within the three primary and seven subcategory prize categories by using any of 17 eligible Microchip analog, communication and memory devices in conjunction with a Microchip 16-bit controller.

Lattice Rolls Out New ispLEVER Classic FPGA, PLD Tools
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) released its new ispLEVER(R) Classic design software. This comprehensive software design tool suite supports all mature Lattice programmable devices including its GAL(R) and ispGAL(R) Simple PLDs (SPLDs); ispLSI(R), MACH(R), ispMACH(TM) and ispXPLD(R) Complex PLDs (CPLDs); ORCA(R), FPSC and ispXPGA(R) Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs); ispGDX(R) and ispGDX2(TM) crosspoint devices. A Windows-based version of the new software package is available for download and license at no charge from this website.

CoFluent Studio Becomes Part of CIM PACA Collaborative Research Platform
CoFluent Design, an Electronic System Level (ESL) company focused on delivering state-of-the-art software solutions for early system architecture exploration and performance analysis, announced that its flagship product CoFluent Studio(TM) was selected as part of the CIM PACA collaborative research platform.