EDA News – 2007.04.30

Varian Connects MRI and NMR Systems with RTI Messaging Middleware
Real-Time Innovations (RTI), The Real-Time Middleware Experts, announced that its high-performance messaging middleware has been selected for use in Varian’s nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) product lines. Varian is using RTI’s middleware to connect sensors, user display systems and control computers within the NMR and MRI instruments.

Conexant Creates Reference Designs for Cable Set-Top Box
Conexant Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNXT), a worldwide leader in semiconductor solutions for broadband communications and the digital home, announced the availability of two complete, OpenCable(TM)-compliant cable set-top box (STB) reference designs for high-definition (HD) personal video recording (PVR) applications. The comprehensive reference designs are based on the company’s recently announced CX2445X DOCSIS 2.0+ and EuroDOCSIS 2.0+ cable modem integrated circuits, and can be configured with either Conexant’s CX24500 single-channel or CX2427X dual-channel HD MPEG-2/H.264/VC-1 video decoder. The highly integrated solutions also include core software and drivers that enable developers to quickly develop middleware and innovative applications for next-generation cable STBs.

Synapse Rolls Out SNAP ZigBee RF Module with 3 Mile Range
Synapse(R) introduced its RF Engine, a wireless module with a range of up to three miles that is used to power Synapse SNAP(TM) (Synapse Network Appliance Protocol(TM)) and ZigBee(R) wireless networks. The Synapse RF Engine(TM) is a small, low-power, plug-in RF transmitter-receiver module that can be used in conjunction with users’ own devices or with Synapse’s product line. The Synapse RF Engine is available in a variety of configurations: with or without amplification, with an internal (F) antenna or an external SMA antenna, and running SNAP or a full ZigBee stack.

CableLabs Certifies SMC EZ Connect Telephony Modem
SMC(R) Networks announced that CableLabs(R) has certified its newest product for the Cable Service Provider market, the EZ Connect(TM) E-MTA (SMC8414WG), for compliance with the PacketCable(TM) 1.5 and DOCSIS(R) 2.0 specifications in its Certification Wave 50.

Synapse Controls SNAP ZigBee Wireless Networks
Synapse announced its Portal PC-based software for configuring and controlling of SNAP(TM) (Synapse Network Appliance Protocol(TM)) and ZigBee(R) wireless networks. Synapse Portal(R) network administration software allows the user to configure and change complex behavior of End Devices without complex programming using simple scripts to define behavior. Versions of Synapse Portal can also support up to 65,000 devices, provide an accessible API (Application Programming Interface) for interfacing with third-party applications, and have Internet accessibility so users can configure, control, and monitor their network and devices from anywhere.

General Dynamics Extends LTA with GE Fanuc Embedded Systems
GE Fanuc Embedded Systems announced that its recent acquisition Radstone Embedded Computing had received authorization to disclose an extension to a Long Term Agreement (LTA) from General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corporation, in respect of continuing supply of Radstone processor and graphics boards for the US Army’s M1A2 Abrams tank Continuous Electronics Enhancement Program (CEEP) (now known as M1A2 SEP V2). The new LTA is valued at $41 million, and extends an earlier LTA valued at over $22 million.

Lattice LEADER Gains Electronic Product Development Expertise
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced that IRCONA, an Irish design services company specializing in leading edge electronic product development, has joined the Lattice LEADER Design Services Program, a highly select global network of companies. IRCONA will apply its expertise in very high-speed digital and embedded software design to expand the range of products in which Lattice devices are integrated. IRCONA has a long history of developing products based upon Lattice’s latest devices, and expects this relationship to expand with its membership in the LEADER program.

AXIOMTEK Announces Intel Core 2 Duo COM Express Module
AXIOMTEK, as a trusted Applied Computing Platform provider, is proud to announce a new high performance Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo COM Express module, the CEM830, to appeal to a wide range of vertical embedded markets. Packed as a super component, it is designed to be future proof and to provide a smooth transition path from parallel PCI bus to serial PCI Express buses. Rich complements of contemporary high bandwidth serial interfaces include PCI Express, Serial ATA, USB 2.0, and Gigabit Ethernet.