EDA News – 2007.05.31

ST, Gemalto Create Turnkey Microcontroller for Smart Card Readers
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) announced a single-chip microcontroller solution intended for both PC-integrated and freestanding smart-card applications resulting from a partnership agreement with Gemalto – a world leader in digital security and the world’s leading supplier of smart-card readers. The new ST7GEM is a secure MCU in ST’s ST7 family, pre-programmed with smart-card interface software from Gemalto, and requiring the addition of only a few passive external components to become a complete embedded smart-card reader solution.

Sonics Rolls Out MemMax RD Memory Scheduler
Sonics Inc., a premier supplier of system-on-chip (SoC) SMART Interconnect-solutions, announced the general availability of MemMax RD, a new version of Sonics’ MemMax Memory scheduler solution that contains a seamless interface and pre-verified configuration and initialization settings optimized for the Synopsys(R) DesignWare(R) DDR2 SDRAM Protocol Controller intellectual property (IP). Connecting MemMax RD to the DesignWare DDR2 SDRAM Protocol Controller IP “out of the box” has demonstrated greater than 5 Gigabytes/second external memory bandwidth and over 80 percent channel utilization, while satisfying the throughput and quality of service (QoS) requirements for demanding applications such as high definition video streaming.

Chartered, Mentor Graphics to Offer 65nm, 90nm Technology Design Kits
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) and Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (Nasdaq: CHRT and SGX-ST: Chartered), one of the world’s top dedicated semiconductor foundries, have partnered to offer a series of new mixed-signal Technology Design Kits (TDKs) supporting 65- and 90-nanometer (nm) process technology available from Chartered. The kits have been validated and are available now for use with Mentor Graphics ICstudio(TM) design platform. These open-source design kits enable IC design companies to rapidly set up their design environments and immediately focus on mixed-signal design and productivity gains on leading-edge technology from Chartered.

Strategic Test Debuts LabVIEW driver for UltraFast PCI Boards
Strategic Test Corp has announced the availability of a LabVIEW driver for their UltraFast range of Digitizer, Arbitrary Waveform Generator and high-speed Digital I/O PCI cards. The driver supports all of the card’s features including the ability to stream signal data at up to 200 MBytes per second enabling long signals to be recorded or generated at high-speed.

VITA Revises Patent Disclosure Policy, Receives ANSI Re-Accreditation
VITA, the trade association dedicated to fostering American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited, open-system architectures in critical embedded system applications, announced that it has been re-accredited by ANSI effective May 22, 2007.

ETEL Debugs, Tests Motion Control PCBs with XJTAG
ETEL, a leading global supplier of direct drive motion control components and integrated systems, has selected the XJTAG boundary scan development system to debug and test complex printed circuit boards (PCBs) used in its market-leading range of advanced digital motion controllers.

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Renesas Rolls Out 32 New Microcontrollers
Renesas Technology America, Inc. announced a significant expansion of the popular M16C family of 16-bit microcontrollers, adding 12 M16C/64 group models and 20 M16C/65 group models for car audio, home audio, and similar consumer products, as well as industrial applications. The new devices, successors to those in the current M16C/62P group, offer the flexibility customers need to quickly implement system functional enhancements and version upgrades of embedded system designs. The new microcontrollers are fully compatible with the previous-generation products, maximizing the value of customers’ engineering investments.

VaST to Showcase Virtual System Prototyping Technology at DAC
VaST Systems, the technology leader in embedded design, will demonstrate its latest virtual system prototyping technology June 4-8th in booth 2664 at the Design Automation conference in San Diego, California.

Cypress Hosts Capacitive Sensing Interface Webinar
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) announced that it will host a free online seminar that explores integration of capacitive sensing interfaces with additional functionality. The 60-minute seminar entitled “CapSensePLUS: A Designer’s Guide to Functional Integration,” will be presented in conjunction with CMP Media’s Electronic Engineering Times on Wednesday, June 6 at 9:00 a.m. PDT.

AMD Debuts Sempron Processor 2100+, Geode LX 800 for Embedded Designs
AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced an expansion of its Embedded Solutions offerings to include the new AMD Sempron(TM) Processor Model 2100+ and the AMD Geode(TM) LX 800 @ 0.9W Processor, which can now support designs to be deployed in harsh temperature environments. The addition of these new features in AMD’s broad embedded product portfolio showcases AMD’s commitment to delivering processor options that address the expanding and often unique needs of the embedded market. At the same time, AMD is delivering innovation on an industry standard platform, helping shorten design cycles and time to market.

Addonics Announces Diamond Hard Drive Kit with Built-In eSATA/SATA
Addonics Technologies announced a hard drive kit with built-in eSATA and SATA connectors, which allow users to easily connect an external SATA hard drive to a system or use any SATA hard drive as a removable cartridge drive. Addonics’ Diamond Hard Drive Kit is the first enclosure to feature built-in eSATA/SATA connectors as well as provide the first direct bridge design, which connects the SATA hard drive to the computer in native SATA mode.

Lanner Rolls Out 2 Network Communication Appliances
Lanner Electronics Inc, a premier provider of networking communication platforms, is pleased to announce the addition of the FW-6440 and FW-6490, two entry-level network communication platforms designed for rapid deployment in low-power and cost-sensitive security applications.