EDA News – 2007.09.11

Crossware Adds Atmel SAM7 Support to ARM Development Suite
Crossware, a leading embedded software tools developer, has enhanced its ARM(R) Development Suite by adding support for the Atmel SAM7 ARM-based microcontrollers. The Atmel SAM7 chips, based upon the ARM7TDMI processor core, feature a wide range of on-chip peripherals including timers, universal synchronous / asynchronous receiver / transmitters (USARTs), serial peripheral interface (SPI), synchronous serial controller (SSC), pulse width modulator (PWM), controller area network controller (CAN), an Ethernet controller and an analogue to digital converter.

GE Fanuc Embedded Systems Creates Naval Systems Engineering Group
Responding to the growing requirement from customers in the military and aerospace markets for sophisticated support capabilities, GE Fanuc Embedded Systems announced the creation of its Naval Systems Engineering group, with a brief to deliver a range of engineering services and products to navies, shipbuilders and combat systems integrators worldwide. The new group’s initial offering will include naval systems engineering, ballistic prediction and system interfaces, and assessment.

ARTiSAN Showcases Studio at Defence Systems and Equipment International
At Defence Systems and Equipment International 2007 (DSEi 2007, Stand 400), ARTiSAN Software Tools is showing the latest version of ARTiSAN Studio and demonstrating why it has become the tool suite of choice for the analysis, design and development of complex, mission critical systems in the defence and aerospace sectors.

Korenix Debuts JetNet 5008G-P Embedded Gigabit Managed Switch Board
Korenix releases the JetNet 5008G-P, a Gigabit Embedded Managed Switch Board (EMSB), for industrial extreme environments. The JetNet 5008G-P is equipped with six 10/100Base-TX ports, two Gigabit RJ-45/SFP Fiber combo ports, one internal Gigabit RJ-45 port for system connectivity and management. The EMSB is specially designed to combine with an embedded task-specific system.

BiTMICRO Unveils 2.5-inch 416G E-Disk Altima IDE Flash Solid State Disk
With a goal of taking solid state storage to unprecedented levels of capacity and reliability, BiTMICRO Networks, the pioneer in intelligent IDE/ATA, SCSI, VME, and Fibre Channel flash disk solid state storage solutions, announced at the Defence Systems & Equipment International Exhibition in London, UK details regarding the forthcoming release of the E-Disk(R) Altima(tm) family of flash solid state disks (SSD).

IBM, ETH Demonstrate New Fabrication Technique for Nanoscale Printing
IBM (NYSE: IBM) researchers in collaboration with scientists from the ETH Zurich have demonstrated a new, efficient and precise technique to “print” at the nanoscale. The method, which allows the scientists to place individual particles precisely where they want them, could advance the development of nanoscale biosensors, ultra-tiny lenses that can bend light inside future optical chips, and the fabrication of nanowires that might be the basis of tomorrow’s computer chips.

X-FAB Improves XH035 .35 Micrometer Analog Mixed-Signal Platform
X-FAB Silicon Foundries, the world’s leading foundry specializing in the production of analog/digital integrated circuits, announced major enhancements to its XH035 0.35 micrometer analog/mixed-signal platform, making it the foundry industry’s first to offer full modularity of digital, analog, high-voltage and embedded non-volatile memory (NVM) features, for maximum cost efficiency. This combination addresses the majority of advanced analog/mixed-signal and high-voltage design needs and, at the same time, provides a cost-effective way for companies to choose only those options that match their specific requirements. It lets them create competitive, smaller-sized designs and reuse their analog IP across different design projects. In addition, X-FAB has enhanced its existing 0.35 micrometer XH035 high-voltage devices to yield lower on-resistance (Ron) at lower mask count, enabling the design of smaller driver chips to serve the growing market of power management applications.

GE Fanuc Embedded Systems Debuts ADEPT5000 Image Processing Subsystem
Leveraging the company’s market leading expertise in video tracking to enable substantially superior situational awareness solutions to be developed, GE Fanuc Embedded Systems announced the ADEPT5000 image processing subsystem. Designed to interface with a wide range of physical sensors, ADEPT5000 is available for both fixed security installations and for military in-vehicle deployment.

WIN Enterprises Introduces PL-01039 Dual-Core Xeon Security Platform
WIN Enterprises, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of embedded controllers and platforms for OEMs, announces the PL-01039, a 1U rack-mount high-performance platform, easily modifiable to support a range of security applications, including IDS/IPS, firewall, VPN gateway, Unified Threat Management (UTM), antispam, and antivirus. The device’s motherboard, the MB-09042, is also available for OEM purchase. These products support single Intel(R) Dual Core(TM) Xeon(R) LV/ULV processors with 667MHz FSB and offer a broad selection of connector cards to meet an OEM’s specific I/O requirements.

Embedded Systems Developers Demand RTOS Source Code
Two-thirds of developers working with embedded systems say that having access to the source code for the Runtime Operating System they’re targeting is either very important or extremely important, according to the most recent Evans Data Embedded System Development survey just released this week. Only 5% say it is not important. In addition, the survey found that over 40% are now targeting Embedded Linux, almost twice as many as target the next leading RTOS’s.

Intel Licenses ARC’s Configurable Technology
ARC International (LSE:ARK), the world leader in configurable multimedia subsystems and CPU/DSP cores, announced it has signed a new multi-year, royalty bearing licensing agreement with Intel Corporation. The agreement covers several ARC(R) products and was completed in the second half of 2007.

Fujitsu Debuts PC Login Kit for PalmSecure Biometric Authentication Device
Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Frontech Limited announced that they have developed a PC Login Kit for use with the PalmSecure palm vein biometric authentication device and begun sales of a mouse model and a standard model for corporate users. PalmSecure PC Login Kit comes standard with login-authentication software, enabling client-side authentication and eliminating the need to use an authentication server, which had been required up until now. In addition, other improvements have been incorporated, such as faster authentication speeds without a palm guide[1] and greater tolerance for the distance and angle of the hand when it passes over the device.

IDT, RMI Offer Interoperable Solution for NSE, XLR Processor
IDT(R) (Integrated Device Technology, Inc.; Nasdaq: IDTI), a leading provider of essential mixed signal semiconductor solutions, and Raza Microelectronics(R) Inc. (RMI), the leading provider of multi-core, multi-threaded MIPS64-based processors, announced the availability of a proven interoperable solution comprised of the IDT network search engine (NSE) and RMI’s XLR Processor. This interoperable solution easily enables system vendors to quickly implement board level solutions in next generation networking applications, such as high-performance routers, while significantly reducing cost, power consumption, design complexity and board space.

ICCAD Previews Technical Program
The International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD), the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry’s top technical conference, is now previewing its technical program, including leading keynote speakers, tutorials and panels. The conference will be held November 5-8 at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, California. This year’s ICCAD theme focuses on current hot topics such as power, variability, and system design, but also expands its focus to include post-CMOS emerging technologies such as carbon nanotubes, molecular transistors, spin-based and single electron devices, DNA-based computing, electro-chemical components, MEMS, and the integration in sensor systems and biochips.