EDA News – 2007.08.08

IBASE Unveils IB530 Extended Temp AMD Geode LX Single Board Computer
Addressing the growing need for versatile power and performance for embedded solutions, IBASE offers the IB530 3.5-inch single board computer integrated with AMD Geode LX processors. The IB530 is exceptional for applications such as digital signage, thin clients, mobile Internet and industrial automation and for designs demanding an extended temperature range of -20 degrees to +70 degrees C.

AXIOMTEK Debuts PICMG 1.3 System Host Board with Intel Core 2 Duo Support
AXIOMTEK introduces a new PICMG 1.3 full-size CPU card, the SHB110, is designed with Socket M Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Mobile based processor with a 533/667 MHz front side bus. It features an Intel(R) 945GME+ICH7M-DH Express chipset that consists of the Intel(R) 82945GME Graphics Memory Controller Hub and the Intel(R) ICH7M I/O Controller Hub, delivering outstanding system performance through high bandwidth interfaces such as PCI Express x16 graphics or I/O ports, Serial ATA II, and high-speed USB 2.0. Additionally, the new Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 950 graphics core is also built into the Intel(R) 945GME chipset which provides excellent graphics performance. With these abundant features, the SHB110 is an ideal platform for ATM, DVR, medical equipment, gaming machine, and more.

Mistral Announces Continuum Insights Multi-Processor Systems Tool
Mistral Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a leading provider of complete technology solutions and professional services in the embedded space, announced the availability of Continuum Insights(TM), a new suite of GUI-based software tools from Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing.

Nokia IC Operations to Transfer to STMicroelectronics
Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) announced their intention to deepen their collaboration on the licensing and supply of integrated circuit designs and modem technologies for 3G and its evolution. The two companies also are negotiating a plan relating to transferring a part of Nokia’s Integrated Circuit (IC) operations to STMicroelectronics.

Bluespec Workshop to Take Place at MIT
The first Bluespec user community workshop will be held Monday, August 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Stata Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass. The workshop, hosted by MIT, will offer a forum for users to describe their experiences using Bluespec and to showcase the different ways in which Bluespec is being used.

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Texas Instruments Debuts 3ppm/C Temperature Drift Voltage Reference Family
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced a 3ppm/C (max) temperature drift, high accuracy, low cost, CMOS voltage reference family with high output current. The REF50xx features accuracy and system performance levels previously found only in costly buried zener technologies. Although designed for next-generation industrial process control, the REF50xx is also a good fit for a wide range of applications including medical instrumentation, precision data acquisition and test and measurement.

NXP PNX8330 STB Chipset Achieves Nagravision NOCS Certification
NXP Semiconductors, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, announced that it has achieved NOCS certification from Nagravision, a Kudelski Group (SWX:KUD) company and leading independent supplier of open conditional access systems, on its PNX8330 chipset, answering the pay-TV industry demand for compliance with a leading security platform. In addition, NXP is one of the first semiconductor companies to support the Nagravision, NOCS dedicated, application programming interface (API) which will shorten development time for faster time-to-market of new set-top box (STB) devices. As STB manufacturers face more pressure to integrate security into the box, they look to technology providers to ease the implementation of conditional access systems. Through support of the Nagravision API and NOCS certification, NXP ensures that OEMs are able to rely on a certified chipset to pass security certification at the box-level.

Nokia Reveals Licensing, Multisourcing Strategy
Nokia announced that it is introducing a licensing and multisourcing model for its chipset strategy. This will allow Nokia to focus on its core competencies in chipset development, leverage external innovation, and foster competition in the chipset industry. Under this renewed strategy Nokia will discontinue parts of its own chipset development and expand its use of commercially available chipsets.

PCI-SIG Approves 8GT/s Bit Rate for PCI Express 3.0
PCI-SIG(R), the Special Interest Group responsible for the PCI Express(R) industry-standard I/O interconnect technology, announced the approval of 8GT/s as the bit rate for the next generation of PCIe(R) architecture, PCIe 3.0. In keeping with the industry expectations for ever-higher performance, low cost and compatibility, this represents the second speed increase since the initial launch of this I/O interconnect standard in 2003.

eASIC, Avnet ASIC Israel Roll Out Structured ASICs in Israel
eASIC Corporation, a provider of Structured ASIC devices, and Avnet ASIC Israel (AAI), a provider of ASIC and COT design and manufacturing services, announced a partnership to deliver eASIC’s breakthrough Structured ASIC technology to the Israeli marketplace. The partnership agreement will enable AAI to offer low-power, low-cost (zero mask cost) and short turnaround 90nm Structured ASICs. Under the agreement, AAI will provide design, technical and sales support to customers using eASIC’s products in Israel.

Silicon Video Systems Selects Altera Cyclone III FPGA for Multiviewer
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced that its low-cost, low-power Cyclone(R)III FPGAs were chosen by Silicon Video Systems (SVS) to build the most compact and cost-effective multiviewer product on the market. Multiviewers are used in professional audio/video production, security surveillance and broadcast monitoring applications where multi-image display processing is required.