EDA News – 2007.09.04

Opal-RT Debuts eDRIVEsim for Real-time HIL Simulating, Control Prototyping
Opal-RT, the leading provider of distributed real-time simulation and hardware-in-the-loop testing systems, unveiled eDRIVEsim(TM). Combining Opal-RT’s RT-LAB(TM) real-time technology with affordable, high performance multi-core X86 processors and FPGA I/O products, eDRIVEsim is the ideal real-time platform for designing advanced control systems and performing HIL testing of controllers used in high-speed electric motors, power converters, and hybrid drives.

NI Sponsors RoboDevelopment Conference
Robotics Trends and EH Publishing announced that National Instruments will sponsor the inaugural RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition, which will be held at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California Oct. 25-26, 2007. Additionally, Ray Almgren, vice president of product marketing and academic relations at NI, will be delivering a keynote session at the event, A Robotics Development Platform from Kindergarten to Rocket Science. The RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition is the international technical design and development event for the mobile robotics and intelligent systems industry.

BAE Selects GE Fanuc Embedded Systems’ RT4 for Taranis UAV Program
GE Fanuc Embedded Systems announced that the company’s RT4 had been selected by BAE Systems for deployment within the UK Ministry of Defence’s Taranis technology demonstrator program to support the development of a world class UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). The RT4 was designed and manufactured by Radstone Embedded Computing at its Towcester, England headquarters: Radstone was recently acquired by GE Fanuc Embedded Systems.

Inc. Includes Real-Time Innovations in List
Real-Time Innovations (RTI), The Real-Time Middleware Experts, announced its inclusion in the Inc. 5,000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. The Inc. 5,000, an extension of Inc. magazine’s annual Inc. 500 list, identifies many businesses that are too large to grow at the pace required to make the Inc. 500, as well as a host of smaller firms. Taken as a whole, these companies represent the backbone of the U.S. economy.

Wavesat, ZTE to Conduct WiMAX Interoperability Tests
In the presence of Quebec’s Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Mr. Raymond Bachand and Vice-Minister responsible for International Cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Shang Yong, Wavesat, headquartered in Montreal, Canada and ZTE Corporation, a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, agreed to conduct WiMAX interoperability tests and to support R&D activities with the École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS) in Montreal and the Shanghai Research Center for Wireless Communications (WiCo). This partnership has been created through the Prompt-Québec industry-university research consortium.

Curtiss-Wright Acquires IMC Magnetics for $37.5 Million
Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) announced that it has acquired the stock of IMC Magnetics Corporation for approximately $37.5 million in cash. IMC produces solenoids, fans, motors and specialized products for numerous aerospace, commercial and industrial applications. The business will become part of Curtiss-Wright’s Motion Control segment.

National Instruments Introduces Vision Development Module 8.5
National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) announced the newest version of the NI Vision Development Module, a comprehensive library of image processing and machine vision functions for multiple programming languages, including NI LabVIEW and LabWindows(TM)/CVI as well as Microsoft C, C++, Visual Basic and .NET. With features including an improved edge-detection algorithm and support for new 2-D codes, machine designers can more efficiently enhance images, check for presence, locate features, identify objects and measure parts.

The MathWorks Unveils SimEvents 2 for Modeling Discrete-Event Systems
The MathWorks introduced SimEvents(R) 2, which now supports the modeling of complex discrete-event and hybrid dynamic systems across the Simulink(R) family of products. SimEvents is a discrete-event, transaction-level simulator that models system functions and constraints with a network of queues, servers, gates, and switches. Engineers can develop applications for packet-based communications, supervisory control, computer architecture, mission planning, manufacturing, logistics, and other areas. In contrast to conventional discrete-event simulators, SimEvents 2 lets engineers add an unlimited number of attributes, which represent data transport, to the entities flowing through the model. This capability enables engineers to model complex algorithms at individual nodes, which can then be aggregated into a larger system.

BAE Systems Licenses ClearSpeed’s Next Generation Processor, SDK
ClearSpeed Technology (LSE:CSD), the world leader in coprocessors for compute acceleration, and BAE Systems, a leading global defense and aerospace company, announced that they have signed an agreement under which BAE Systems will license the design of ClearSpeed’s next generation processor for inclusion in satellite systems. In addition, BAE Systems will gain access to ClearSpeed’s software development kit (SDK) for the purpose of adding new libraries relevant to satellite system design and deployment.

IDT Rolls Out 5 PCI Express PCIe Switches for PC, Embedded, Consumer
IDT(TM) (Integrated Device Technology, Inc.)(NASDAQ:IDTI), a leading provider of essential mixed signal semiconductor solutions that enrich the digital media experience, announced five new PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) switches optimized to solve system I/O connectivity challenges in PC, embedded and consumer applications. The devices, which range from a 3-lane, 3-port switch to an 8-lane, 5-port switch, leverage the IDT expertise in high-speed switching while using the PCI Express standard to allow the seamless interconnect of processing, storage and networking system elements in a power-efficient manner. The new switches are optimized to address the specific I/O connectivity challenges faced by systems requiring both low lane and low port counts in embedded medical, automotive, PC and consumer applications.

National Instruments Technical Symposium to Take Place in 26 Cities
National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) announced open registration for the 2007 NI Technical Symposium, the company’s free annual series of virtual instrumentation conferences that take place in 26 U.S. cities as well as Mexico and Canada. From September through December 2007, engineers and scientists from across North America will attend the conferences for new product demonstrations, hands-on tutorials, technology presentations and exhibits on the latest solutions in design, control and test. During the NI Technical Symposium, attendees can exchange ideas on innovative approaches to technical challenges, further their expertise in NI tools and evaluate upcoming technology trends in the areas of design, test and control.

Altera’s Stratix II FPGA Launches China’s Terrestrial DTMB Standard
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced its Stratix(R) II high-performance FPGAs were used by Tsinghua University to develop China’s recently ratified Digital Multimedia Broadcast – Terrestrial (DTMB, also referred to as DMB-TH) national digital television broadcast standard. The DTMB standard became the mandatory terrestrial TV signal for Chinese broadcasters on August 1, 2007.

Axon Creates SDI Video Processing Module with Stratix II GX FPGAs
Harnessing the processing power of Stratix(R) II GX transceiver-based FPGAs from Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR), Axon Digital Design BV has created a quad split module that is the market’s first video signal processing product to support triple-rate serial digital interface (SDI) standards, the companies announced today. Key applications for Axon’s GQW200 quad split module include high-resolution monitor walls used in the surveillance industry and truck preview monitoring and shading equipment used to deliver live television broadcasts.

TI Rolls Out Low-Cost DaVinci Processor for Portable, HD Video
Driving the market growth for next-generation, portable, high-definition (HD) video products, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced the availability of a new embedded DaVinci(TM) processor with ARM host control and complete development tools. At a price of less than $10, the new TMS320DM355 digital media processor provides HD video performance and double the battery life of today’s HD products.