EDA News – 2007.05.23

Freescale Offers Flash Programming for Consumer, Industrial MCUs
Responding to the high-volume production needs of embedded developers, Freescale Semiconductor has expanded the availability of flash programming services across its portfolio of microcontrollers (MCUs) for the consumer and industrial market. These Freescale devices include recently qualified 8-bit MCUs, 16-bit MCUs and digital signal controllers (DSCs), and 32-bit ColdFire(R) MCUs.

Stream Processors Introduces Storm-1 SP16HP DSP
Stream Processors Inc. (SPI), a fabless semiconductor company focused on making parallel processing simple, announced the industry’s highest-performing DSP, the Storm-1(TM) SP16HP. As the newest member of the Storm-1 family, the SP16HP provides a cost-effective, easy-to-design, C-programmable alternative to FPGA and multi-DSP designs in digital imaging, video and wireless infrastructure applications.

Digi Receives Verizon Certification for EV-DO Cellular Router
Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) announced that its EV-DO Rev A version of the ConnectPort(TM) WAN VPN is now certified by Verizon. The ConnectPort WAN VPN is the industry’s first upgradeable commercial grade cellular router to be certified on Verizon’s EV-DO Rev A wireless network, and is now certified by all three major U.S. carriers. With broadband download and upload speeds, it provides wireless connections to remote sites and devices at DSL speeds.

Matrox Ships DualHead2Go Digital Edition
Matrox Graphics Inc., the leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professionals, is pleased to announce that the new DualHead2Go Digital Edition is now shipping. Part of our Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXM) product line, this external multi-display upgrade device allows you to connect two digital monitors to your notebook or desktop for an impressive, productivity enhancing, dual-monitor set-up.

Summit Cuts Charging Time by 80% with Programmable Battery Charger IC
Summit Microelectronics has expanded its family of Programmable Battery Charger integrated circuits (ICs) with the introduction of the SMB138, targeted at the latest portable consumer electronics applications. Specially designed to optimize battery charging from any power source, including the popular Universal Serial Bus (USB) and other current-limited sources, the SMB138 is the most complete and flexible solution for the latest mobile devices.

DSPCon Offers New Large Mechanical Test Services
DSPCon, Inc., a leading, global supplier of dynamic data acquisition, analysis, archiving and recording solutions for high-value military, aerospace and rotating machinery applications, launched a professional services practice. The new practice will offer a variety of consulting and training programs to assist organizations with large mechanical test operations, such as aerospace and automotive engine manufacturers, to identify and optimize ROI opportunities across the enterprise while meeting regulatory compliance, enhancing revenues, controlling costs and maximizing asset utilization.

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Mentor Graphics, UMC Develop AMC Reference Flow
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq:MENT) and UMC (NYSE:UMC) announced the availability of a new reference flow for analog mixed-signal (AMS) system-on-chip (SoC) designs. The flow includes an integrated environment for design capture, data management, and verification.

IBM, Chartered, Samsung, Infineon, Freescale Target 32nm
In a move that signals a firm and ongoing commitment to future technology leadership, IBM (NYSE: IBM) and its Common Platform(TM) technology partners Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing and Samsung Electronics, along with joint-development alliance partners Infineon Technologies AG and Freescale Semiconductor, have signed a series of semiconductor process development and manufacturing agreements.

TI Rolls Out Temperature Sensor for Thermal System Management
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced an integrated +/-1C maximum remote junction temperature sensor and local temperature sensor, designed to monitor thermal diodes found in CPUs, microprocessors, graphics processing units and FPGAs. Unlike other devices, the TMP411 features programmable series resistance cancellation and diode non-ideality correction which simplify and remove the time-consuming process of individual processor resistance calibration commonly associated with remote diode monitoring.

XtremeDSP Virtex-5 SXT FPGAs Pass PCI Express Endpoint 1.1 Compliance
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable solutions, announced that its XtremeDSP(TM) Virtex(TM)-5 SXT FPGAs have passed the latest PCI Express(R) Endpoint v1.1 base specification compliance workshop and are now listed on the PCI-SIG(R) integrator’s list. The XtemeDSP Virtex-5 SXT platform is the second Xilinx 65nm FPGA platform to achieve PCI Express v1.1 compliance — the Virtex-5 LXT platform passed the PCI Express v1.1 compliance tests in October 2006.

Zuken, Aldec Offer Design and Verification Flow for FPGA
Adopting programmable devices is set to become significantly easier as a result of a partnership between Zuken, the engineering consulting company, and Aldec, the HDL verification specialists. By combining Zuken’s expertise in system- and board-level electronics design and verification with Aldec’s mixed HDL verification technology, the two companies will be able to offer a combined design and verification flow for flexible field programmable gate array (FPGA) devices on printed circuit boards (PCBs). At this time, the partnership will focus integration efforts on Zuken’s enterprise-wide PCB design suite, CR-5000.

Renesas Announces SoC Device for Car Navigation Systems
Renesas Technology America, Inc. announced a new system-on-chip (SoC) solution with significant performance and capability enhancements for car navigation systems and other in-vehicle car information system products. The single-chip SH7775 32-bit processor, running at speeds up to 600MHz, achieves performance as high as 1 GIPS (giga instructions per second) and up to 4.2 GFLOPS (giga floating-point operations per second). The SuperH device incorporates a GPS baseband processing function and a newly developed graphics engine that is optimized for map drawing and 3-D images. It also provides many additional peripheral functions that are essential for next-generation in-vehicle safety and convenience systems that work better, offer more features, and cost less.

Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts Book-to-Bill Ratio of One
North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.60 billion in orders in April 2007 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.00 according to the April 2007 Book-to-Bill Report published by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.00 means that $100 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.