EDA News – 2007.05.21

CoFluent Design to Preview CoFluent Studio 2.1 at DAC
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 the coming-up version 2.1 of its flagship product CoFluent Studio(TM) would be available for preview at the 44th Design Automation Conference in San Diego, California, from June 4 to 8.

TI Announces 2 New DaVinci DSPs for Multi-Channel Video Security
Continuing to drive innovation in the digital video market with leading-edge silicon, software, tools and support, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) has introduced two new DaVinci(TM) technology- based digital signal processors (DSPs) for multi-channel video security and infrastructure applications, including digital video recorders (DVR), IP video servers, machine vision systems and high-performance imaging applications. Based on TI’s latest TMS320C64x+(TM) DSP core, the TMS320DM647 and TMS320DM648 DSPs provide a seamless migration path for existing video processing applications based on the TMS320DM642, offering twice the performance at a lower overall cost. The new processors integrate new functionalities leading to a $40 reduction in video system bill of materials (BOM).

Atmel Creates Customizable Microcontroller-based SoC Platform
Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), announced the CAP microcontroller-based system-on-chip (SoC) platform for complex applications that require fast time-to-market. CAP features high-speed local memory, a wide range of industry-standard peripherals and interfaces, and a high-capacity metal programmable (MP) block that allows the designer to add a significant amount of custom logic on-chip. By leveraging the architecture of Atmel’s market-leading ARM(R) AT91SAM microcontrollers, the new CAP metal programmable microcontroller platform enables application-specific products to be developed in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of a conventional standard-cell or gate array ASIC, but at a unit price close to that of standard-cell devices. Stocks of CAP platforms are held prior to metal layer fabrication, allowing prototypes to be delivered rapidly, and accelerating volume production.

Mocana Embedded IPsec/IKE Receives VPNC Certification
Mocana, a software company that is enabling a secure networked society, announced that its Embedded IPsec/IKE solution has achieved certification from the Virtual Private Network Consortium (VPNC), including: VPNC Basic Interoperability, AES Interoperability, IKE X.509 Certificate, IKE aggressive mode and for VPN toolkit compliance. VPNC is the international trade association for manufacturers in the VPN market. A third party certification of this kind acknowledges that Embedded IPsec/IKE not only meets the VPNC’s security criteria and standards, but that it is highly interoperable with other IPsec systems.

ArchPro Introduces MaVeric Multi-Voltage Design Verification
ArchPro Design Automation announced MaVeric for next-generation, multi-voltage design verification. Multi-voltage designs have become the norm in order to control power in SOCs. Use of multi-voltage techniques has increased verification complexity. Power intent based verification solutions lead to inadequate coverage of the power states and can result in silicon failures or failures during field operation. MaVeric eliminates these risks through an innovative architecture-based, multi-voltage profiling and Electrically Accurate verification to completely verify a multi-voltage design.

Vivace Licenses Discretix CryptoCell Security Platform
Vivace Semiconductor, a leader in digital media processing chips, and Discretix announced that Vivace has licensed Discretix CryptoCell(R) security platform for Vivace’s VSP family of processors, providing a complete security solution to Vivace’s portable media player, smart phones and mobile handset customers. The Discretix CryptoCell platform combined with Vivace’s high performance ViViD(TM) media processing core provides multimedia devices with the highest level of content protection, enabling a broad range of premium content services.

Freescale Introduces MPC5121e SoC Multi-Core Processor
Advancing its 32-bit leadership in the automotive and embedded markets, Freescale Semiconductor has introduced a highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) processor optimized for high-performance, power-sensitive applications requiring complex graphics, multimedia and real-time audio processing.

Novelics Launches MemQuest Memory Compiler Platform
Novelics, a leading provider of semiconductor embedded memory Intellectual Properties (IPs), announced the availability of its leading-edge web-based MemQuest(TM) memory compiler platform. This innovative and unique tool supports Novelics’ line of previously announced embedded-memory IPs (e.g., coolSRAM-1T(TM), coolSRAM-6T(TM), coolOTP(TM), coolROM(TM), coolCACHE(TM), coolCAM(TM), and coolREG(TM)), which are implemented in a standard logic CMOS process without requiring any additional masks.

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Cirque Rolls Out GlideSensor Development Kit for Embedded Devices
Cirque Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alps Electric Co., Ltd. and a leader in the capacitance technology industry, announced the launch of its GlideSensor(R) Development Kit for use in embedded devices. The GlideSensor Development Kit provides a flexible tool set that allows original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to rapidly design and integrate custom touch input solutions into their latest consumer electronics products. GlideSensor touch sensors may take the form of thin films, flexible or rigid panels, irregular shapes and optically clear Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) panels.

Renesas to Create New Microcontroller Architecture
Renesas Technology Corp. announced that it is in the process of developing a new CPU architecture that will provide revolutionary enhancements over previous-generation microcontrollers (MCUs) in code efficiency(1), processing performance(MIPS/MHz), and power consumption. Based on the new architecture, Renesas will offer two CPUs to address 16- and 32-bit markets, while maintaining compatibility with Renesas’ existing MCUs. The architecture will provide upgrade paths for both markets, delivering a powerful and compelling system solution for Renesas’ MCU customers.

Comtech, Nucleus Data to Launch Starway Beer Dispense Info
Comtech, a leading Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solution provider and Nucleus Data, the fastest growing company in the beer dispense management information sector, have announced a cooperation agreement to launch Starway(tm), a state of the art service-based solution for the pub and leisure industry.

Comtech M2M, Servisional to Bridge Machines and IT
Comtech, a leading Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Solution Provider and Servisional, a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Business Process Management (BPM) technology solutions company, announced a strategic partnership agreement. This brings together best of breed solutions for automated machine connectivity and Enterprise level I.T. solutions.

AMCC Debuts Dual-Core Titan Processor for Embedded Applications
Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ:AMCC), a global leader in embedded Power Architecture(TM) processing, optical transport and storage solutions, is announcing details of its next generation processor core at the In-Stat(R) Spring Processor Forum this week in San Jose. The dual-core Titan, software compatible with AMCC’s PowerPC(TM) 440 family, offers over 8000 Dhrystone 2.1 MIPS at 2GHz while dissipating an incredibly low 2.5 Watts per core.

Genesys Testware Adds GUI to ChiptestMaker Embedded Test Tool
Genesys Testware, Inc., a leading supplier of yield, quality and cost optimization tools for nanometer ICs, announced the addition of a graphical user interface (GUI) to its embedded test tool ChiptestMaker(TM). Currently IC designers develop long and complex scripts for their embedded test tools to embed test structures into a System IC. ChiptestMaker(TM) also automates the process of verifying and inserting test structures into an IC design. This process utilizes logic synthesis and digital simulation tools from Cadence, Synopsys and Magma. The new graphical interface to ChiptestMaker(TM) improves designer productivity by eliminating scripting and enforcing a flow.

Xilinx Virtex-4 FPGA Speeds 3D Imaging by 12x
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), in collaboration with Dimensional Imaging, Ltd., and the FPGA High Performance Computing Alliance (FHPCA), showcased its latest Virtex(TM)-4 FPGA based technology demonstration for high-speed computing. The new technology leverages the high-performance features of Xilinx Virtex-4 devices to accelerate compute-intensive 3D and 4D digital imaging algorithms by up to 12 times, enabling supercomputing performance in a compact platform that communicates with a host PC through a PCI Express(R) interface. Target applications include facial analysis and recognition, biometrics, digital entertainment and advanced orthodontics.

Korenix Unveils 6-port Fast Ethernet Industrial Managed Switch
The JetNet 4706 is a 6-port Fast Ethernet Industrial Managed Switch with 4 10/1000TX ports Power Over Ethernet injectors and 2 10/1000TX uplink ports. JetNet 4706 is in compliance with IEEE 802.3af Power Over Ethernet standard and can also provide 30W PoE high power forwarding ability.