EDA News – 2007.08.03

iPhone to Change Smartphone User Interfaces
Estimates of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone shipment volumes in the first weekend they were available have ranged from 140 thousand units to 500 thousand units depending upon who was asked. Meanwhile, ABI Research forecasts that the smartphone market segment will grow from 218 million units in 2007 to 426 million units in 2012.

DSM Somos Stereolithography Resins Aids Medical Devices
According to the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), the medical device industry grew to nearly $220 billion worldwide by 2006 and is poised to grow by yet another 10% in 2007. In this fast-paced, research-intensive sector, there is an increasing need for rapid prototyping processes and materials that can cost-effectively produce parts with challenging performance requirements including water resistance, electromagnetic interference shielding and sterilizability. For many medical device prototypes, Somos stereolithography (SL) resins are providing an attractive solution.

SMIC RFCMOS 180nm PDK Supports Cadence RF Design Methodology Kit
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) (NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 0981.HK) announced the availability of a new SMIC RFCMOS 180-nanometer process design kit (PDK) that supports the Cadence(R) RF Design Methodology Kit. The new SMIC PDK has been successfully validated and is now available to the RF IC design market. Validation has included silicon correlation tests on representative design IP such as phase lock loops, focusing on simulation results and postlayout parasitics.

TI Unveils OPA376 Amplifier with e-Trim Precision, Low Noise
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced a single-supply operational amplifier with e-Trim(TM) precision and very low noise. The OPA376 combines low offset voltage of 25uA (max) and wide bandwidth of 5.5MHz in micro-packages. In addition, the device offers low noise density of 7.5nV/sq rt Hz and quiescent current of 950uA (max). These attributes provide a balance of parameters required to meet both AC and DC specifications for filtering, data acquisition and single-supply processing systems. The device works well in sensor and signal conditioning, wireless communications, medical instrumentation, handheld test equipment and consumer audio equipment.

MSC Vertriebs Introduces EXM32-AU1250 Industrial CPU Module
A high processing performance, unique multimedia features and extreme low power consumption are the outstanding capabilities combined in the CPU module EXM32-AU1250 from MSC Vertriebs GmbH. The device is designed especially for harsh industrial environment and complies to the System-On-Module-Standard EXM-32 developed by MSC.

Navilock Selects u-blox SuperSense Chip for BT-451 Bluetooth GPS Mouse
Navilock, the German positioning products manufacturer, has chosen a GPS chip developed by u-blox, the leading Swiss provider of GPS receiver technology, to power a high performance Bluetooth GPS mouse. Navilock’s BT-451 mouse acts as an external GPS receiver with its own power source that wirelessly connects to Bluetooth-enabled devices such as PDAs, mobile phones and UMCPs. Bluetooth-enabled devices only connect to it when positioning functionality is required, optimizing battery times for both the GPS mouse and the device connecting to it. The BT-451 also boasts excellent tracking performance due to its powerful antenna, which greatly outperforms the smaller antennas typical of GPS receivers integrated into consumer handheld devices, and is small enough to slip into a pocket or attach to a belt clip.

IBM Power Architecture, BAE RAD6000 to Explore Mars
IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced that Power Architecture will make a return to outer space as NASA plans to launch the Phoenix Mars Lander, its most sophisticated probe to date. The lander will head to the polar north of Mars where it will dig into the frozen surface in search of the building blocks of life. This probe will be outfitted with a radiation-hardened RAD6000 computer by BAE Systems and based on Power Architecture. As the “brains” of the space craft, the RAD6000 will process navigational data and drive key systems both in space and on the planet surface.