EDA News – 2007.07.19

Atmel Rolls Out New 32-pin picoPower AVR Microcontrollers
Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), announced a new family of 32-pin picoPower(TM) AVR(R) microcontrollers. The ATmega48P/88P/168P/328P devices have 4, 8, 16 and 32 Kbytes of Flash memory, respectively. These devices consume as little as 340 uA in active mode at 1.8V running from the internal RC oscillator at 1 MHz, 650 nA in power-save mode with real time counter running, and 100 nA in power-down mode. picoPower AVRs are pin-, performance-, and code-compatible with existing AVR microcontrollers.

SofTec Introduces FlashRunner FR01M01 In-System Programmer
SofTec Microsystems unveils a new model of the FlashRunner series of production in-system programmers. FlashRunner FR01M01 has been designed for multiple-panel board programming and provides connections for up to eight panels thanks to its built-in ISP lines multiplexing.

UK Government Awards Grant to RF Engines
RF Engines Limited (RFEL), the specialists in high performance signal processing design, has won another research grant from the UK Government. This latest grant by the South East Development Agency (SEEDA) is to undertake research into a novel and flexible receiver architecture that is reconfigurable ‘on-the-fly’. The project draws on RFEL’s world-leading techniques in signal processing on FPGAs and world class RF design expertise.

ProMOS Adopts Synopsys’ Proteus Optical Proximity Correction Software
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, and ProMOS Technologies, a major DRAM manufacturer, announced that ProMOS has adopted Synopsys’ Proteus optical proximity correction (OPC) software as the production standard for its advanced process technologies. A cornerstone of Synopsys’ design-for-manufacturing (DFM) solutions, Proteus can enable the world-leading memory integrated circuit (IC) provider to realize better critical dimension (CD) control, further reduce the OPC cost of ownership (CoO), and deliver the stringent accuracy and performance needed.

austriamicrosystems AS1326 DC-DC Converter Delivers 96% Efficiency
austriamicrosystems (SWX:AMS), a leading global designer and manufacturer of analog integrated circuits (ICs) for communications, industrial, medical and automotive applications, further expanded its DC-DC converter portfolio with the AS1326: a synchronous, high efficiency, step-up DC-DC converter in a small TDFN 10-pin package. The AS1326 follows the AS1322 in doubling output currents while providing a high efficiency of 96%.

Intel Certifies Samsung’s 50nm-class, 1Gb DDR2 DRAM
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced that its 50 nanometer (nm)-class DDR2 (double data rate) DRAM – the industry’s most advanced DRAM (dynamic random access memory) – has been certified by Intel Corporation to work with Intel’s existing and next-generation chipsets at speeds of 800 megabits per second (Mbps).