News – 2007.04.25 – Early Edition

Two DAC Workshops Focus on Low Power Design
The 44th Design Automation Conference (DAC), to be held at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, Calif., June 4 – 8, 2007, will offer two workshops on low power design on Sunday, June 3. The Low Power Coalition (LPC) Workshop – Standards for Low Power Design Intent, to be held Sunday from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., will present the benefits of using the Common Power Format (CPF) specification to capture and communicate low power constraints throughout the IC design flow. This workshop also will cover some of the recent activity and planned roadmap of the LPC. Later that day, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., the Design and Verification of Low Power ICs workshop will be held, providing information for engineers and tool developers on the Unified Power Format (UPF), including its purpose, technical constructs and usage. Leading EDA suppliers also will illustrate UPF interoperability in a multi-vendor flow.

MontaVista Expands by Acquiring Two Companies
MontaVista(R) Software, Inc, the global leader in embedded Linux, has bought two UK-based companies in a move that strengthens its ability to meet exploding demand in Europe for commercial Linux products and services. MontaVista Limited, originally established as a joint venture, has been fully acquired by MontaVista Software, Inc, and bolsters its direct sales and customer service operations in the important UK market. MontaVista Software, Inc has also bought Liberté, the European-focused Linux design services company, and a close affiliate of MontaVista Limited.

ITRI, Ambarella Adopt Cadence Voltagestorm for Power Analysis
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, announced that the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) of Taiwan, and Ambarella Taiwan, have both adopted the Cadence(R) Encounter(R) VoltageStorm(R) power-analysis technology to enable leading-edge designs targeted for consumer electronics to meet their aggressive low-power specifications. Both companies implemented their design using the Cadence SoC Encounter(TM) RTL-to-GDSII system and looked to VoltageStorm dynamic and static power analysis to substantiate and verify the benefits of advanced low-power techniques, such as power gating, dynamic voltage-frequency scaling (DVFS) and multi-supply, multi-voltage (MSMV) scaling.

Cadence to Launch CDNLive! User Conference in Munich
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, announced that the first of seven worldwide CDNLive! User Conferences will be held at the Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel on May 14-16, 2007. Along with keynote presentations by Mike Fister, president and CEO of Cadence, and René Penning de Vries, senior vice president and chief technology officer for NXP Semiconductors, the second annual CDNLive! EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) User Conference features a variety of opportunities for design engineering experts to strengthen business relationships, share techniques and best practices, and discover holistic solutions to emerging design challenges. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Connect’, which emphasizes the networking and information-sharing value of the annual event.

Elma Bustronic Unveils 3U 32-bit CompactPCI Backplane
Elma Bustronic, an industry leading designer and manufacturer of high performance backplanes, has developed a new 3U 32-bit CompactPCI (cPCI) backplane in a 6-slot size. The new 32-bit version cPCI offers hundreds of I/O pins across the backplane that on the 64-bit version are defined and therefore unavailable.

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Torino Video Controller Powers Samsung Digital TV
Genesis(R) Microchip Inc. (Nasdaq:GNSS), a world leader in the development of image processing technologies for flat-panel TVs, monitors and other consumer display products, announced that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in the consumer electronics and digital convergence industry, has selected Genesis’s Torino video controller solution, the FLI30336, to power the video processing in its new Digital TV/Monitor. Samsung model LS22CRNSF/XAA is a 22-inch ATSC Multi-function Monitor DTV, supporting resolutions up to WSXGA+ (1680×1050) and is scheduled to be available in the U.S. starting in May 2007.

Oxford Semiconductor Introduces NAS Controllers
Oxford Semiconductor has announced the first devices in a new family of network-attached storage (NAS) controllers, designed specifically for consumer applications. Highly integrated and supported by a complete Linux based software design suite, the OXE800 products provide OEMs with the right balance between performance and cost.

Fairchild Creates Serializer, Deserializer for Integrated Cameras
Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE:FCS) introduces the FIN212AC, the first µSerDes(TM) device specifically designed for serializing high-speed signals in multi-megapixel-resolution CMOS and CCD image sensors commonly found in portable products such as cell phones with built-in cameras. Using Fairchild’s proprietary CTL(TM) I/O for serializing up to 12-bits at speeds up to 40MHz, the FIN212AC can be configured as a serializer or deserializer and is implemented in pairs. Patented CTL technology operates well in noisy RF environments by eliminating additional shielding required by similar high-speed signals while offering the industry’s lowest EMI (-110dBM). The FIN212AC is especially beneficial when used in portable electronics with clamshell and slider form factors where minimizing the number of signals across a hinge reduces board space and improves reliability.

OMG, PrismTech Conduct Mission Critical DDS Middleware Survey
The Object Management Group(TM) (OMG(TM)), a software consortium responsible for establishing distributed computing specifications—with support from member company PrismTech(TM), a leading provider of state-of-the-art middleware and development tools—is conducting a survey designed to provide a clearly focused perspective on the current and planned implementations of the Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems (DDS) middleware standard. The DDS standard is the first open middleware standard that directly addresses distributed, mission critical systems.

Electric Cloud Expands in Europe
Electric Cloud, the leading provider of software production management solutions, is expanding its operations internationally with the establishment of a direct presence in Europe. The company has set up its European headquarters in Oxford, UK and has appointed Andrew Patterson its European business director.

Concurrent Introduces AdvancedMC Mass Storage Modules
Concurrent Technologies announces an AdvancedMC(TM) (AMC) mass storage module supporting either two 2.5″ Serial ATA hard disk drives (HDD) or two CompactFlash(TM) drives – Raid 0 and Raid 1 support is also available. The AM 600/20x is designed to add user definable mass storage drives into a double-width full-size or mid-size AMC slot in a system, e.g. MicroTCA(TM), where functionality, power, space and cost are key elements. The AM 600/20x AMC form factor is compatible with the open-standards AdvancedTCA(R) and MicroTCA system architectures. Applications include telecommunications, defence, aerospace and medical markets.