EDA News – 2007.04.26

ABI Research Reports Findings on Configurable Automotive Displays
The availability of more applications for drivers has led to a shortage of dashboard space for information. Warning lights are multiplying and status information such as navigation instructions and entertainment details are competing for the driver’s attention. According to a new study from ABI Research, an emerging solution is a configurable screen that can handle multiple tasks.

Ultrasound Diagnostic System Utilizes Xilinx EasyPath FPGAs
Xilinx, Inc., (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading provider of programmable logic solutions, announced that Aloka Co., Ltd., the world’s leading pioneer of ultrasound systems for the medical and health science industries, has selected Virtex(TM)-4 SX EasyPath FPGAs for its ProSound alpha 10 high-end ultrasound diagnostic system. Aloka leveraged high-performance DSP functionality from Xilinx to develop a real-time display for high definition images, incorporating sophisticated features while significantly reducing development lead time.

Synopsys Debuts USB-IF DesignWare Wireless USB Host and DRD IP
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced the release of its DesignWare(R) Wireless USB Host and Dual-Role Device (DRD) intellectual property (IP) based on the Certified Wireless USB Specification from USB-IF. Synopsys has been the leading provider of USB IP for five years in a row. Designed for applications like PC chipsets, set top boxes, personal video recorders, DVD Players and digital TVs, the DesignWare Wireless USB Host is based on the Wireless Host Controller Interface (WHCI) specification. Designing to the WHCI specification enables system makers to build applications on standard WHCI drivers to save months of software driver development. To enable broad driver compatibility, the DesignWare Wireless USB DRD uses the same host register set as the host. The DRD can be used in mobile phones, personal media players, digital cameras and printers, for example, to exchange videos or music wirelessly.

BlueSky in Position to Help with EU Emergency Call Legislation
Start-up company BlueSky Positioning is set to help mobile operators meet new European Union emergency call legislation, and could also help realise the promise of location-based services (LBS) across the wireless industry. Launching today, BlueSky Positionings new approach incorporates a highly accurate GPS receiver and proprietary antenna into the SIM card, which provides the opportunity to deploy precise, legally-mandated positioning capability quickly and cost-effectively across all mobile handsets.

CSR Drives Bluetooth Automotive Interface Standard
CSR (LSE: CSR) announced its participation in the BECI (Bluetooth Embedded Control Interface) working group in association with the Bluetooth SIG. BECI has been set up to develop a standard interface/API for designers to quickly and easily bring Bluetooth products to the embedded and automotive markets. The standardised embedded control interface is intended to significantly simplify and accelerate the development process, provide superior functionality for automated testing and enable the concurrent use of profiles without wasting or blocking embedded system resources.

IBASE Unveilss IB930 PISA CPU Card with Intel Core 2 Duo Support
IBASE, a leader in embedded computing, has released the IB930 half size PISA CPU card that incorporates the Mobile Intel(R) 945GM Express Chipset for Embedded Computing, consisting of the Intel(R) 945GM Graphic Memory Controller Hub (GMCH) and Intel(R) I/O Controller Hub 7-M (ICH7-M), an optimized integrated graphics solution with a 533MHz and 667MHz front-side bus. The IB930, a low-power designed CPU card, is validated with the Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo and Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo processors on 65nm process. It has a dual-channel DDR2 socket on board that supports up to 2GB of DDR2 system memory.

GE Fanuc Embedded Systems Introduces 6U VME Single Board Computer
Once again providing evidence of the company’s market-leading commitment to developing single board computer solutions that not only offer outstanding performance in their own right but that also provide straightforward technology insertion opportunities for existing customers, GE Fanuc Embedded Systems announced the PPC9A, the latest addition to the company’s PowerXtreme family of 6U VME single board computers.

CebaTech Introduces CebaIP PlatformT for ASICs, FPGAs
CebaTech Inc., an innovative intellectual property (IP) developer using state of the art in-house electronic system level (ESL) development tools, announced the development of the CebaIP PlatformT. CebaTech’s modular approach to offering IP cores makes each configuration quick and easy for design engineers to integrate into their application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) or field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).