EDA News – 2007.09.12

Proven Software Solutions to Present Embedded Software at ESS 2007
At ESS 2007 (Stand 102), Proven Software Solutions will demonstrate how embedded software developers can reduce development cost, risk and time-to-market, better manage complexity and enable device software optimisation through the implementation of an embedded software re-use strategy using its services as the electronics industry’s first independent broker for embedded software.

GE Fanuc Embedded Systems Unveils Pre-Validated MicroTCA Platforms
Demonstrating not only the company’s innovation but also its market-leading commitment to bringing the benefits of the MicroTCA(TM) standard to customers as rapidly as possible, GE Fanuc Embedded Systems announced two new MicroTCA platforms, the MicroTCA MP-2000 and MicroTCA MP-3000. Both platforms are scalable – allowing each to be easily upgraded – and pre-validated, meaning that each has been pre-configured and pre-tested, ensuring that customer development and deployment times are kept to the minimum possible. Field-proven IPMI code is provided to ensure interoperability. Each platform is designed to deliver the performance and flexibility needed for cost-sensitive network-centric MicroTCA development applications in a variety of markets including telecom, commercial and military.

Freescale, Sun Microsystems Team on Java for Embedded Systems
Developers and systems designers may soon incorporate the functionality, security and portability of the Java(TM) SE platform into embedded systems powered by Freescale Semiconductor’s popular line of PowerQUICC III processors. Freescale and Sun are planning to create an implementation of Java SE for Embedded that is optimized to leverage the outstanding hardware acceleration, gigahertz performance, and ultra-low power capabilities of the PowerQUICC III processor family. Freescale, the world’s top provider of communications processors, will demonstrate a preliminary version of the implementation running on its MPC8544 device at the Freescale Technology Forum taking place this week in Tokyo.

Mio Selects CSR’s UniFi-1 Portable for WiFi, BlueCore4-ROM for Bluetooth
CSR (LSE:CSR), announced that its UniFi-1 Portable for WiFi and BlueCore4-ROM for Bluetooth technologies have been selected by a leading maker of GPS devices, Mio Technology Limited for the new feature-rich Mio DigiWalker A702 quad band GPS PDA Phone. CSR’s Bluetooth and WiFi technologies deliver the best in terms of power, size and coexistence. CSR’s intelligent RF design ensures trouble-free WiFi, Bluetooth and GSM/GPRS coexistence, and has also enabled Mio’s fully-featured GPS PDA Phone to offer a standby time of over 200hours. In recognition of its high quality and diverse functionality, the Mio A702 was recently awarded China’s IF (International Forum) design prize.

Averant, HDL Dynamics, KETI, PLS, Silicon Labs Join OCP-IP
Open Core Protocol International Partnership (OCP-IP) announced five new members: Averant, HDL Dynamics, Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI), PLS, and Silicon Laboratories. The new members represent a breadth of technologies, illustrating the combined industry-wide acceptance and adoption of the OCP standard.

MontaVista Real-Time Linux Sees Future with AMCC Power Architecture
MontaVista(R) Software, Inc., the leading provider of Linux(R) for intelligent devices and communications infrastructure, announced that the company is partnering with chip maker AMCC to provide design teams and developers planning projects on Power Architecture platforms with the ability to leverage the real-time capabilities, small memory footprint, high-performance development tools, and PhD-quality support of MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 5.0. This partnership extends the close relationship between the two companies, which have already delivered 21 MontaVista Linux support packages for AMCC platforms.

SiSoft Quantum-SI Tool Integrates with Synopsys HSPICE Simulator
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, and Signal Integrity Software, Inc. (SiSoft(TM)), a leading provider of integrated timing and signal integrity solutions for high-speed digital design, jointly announced the integration of SiSoft’s Quantum-SI(TM) tool and Synopsys’ HSPICE(R) simulation solution to deliver robust timing and signal integrity analysis for package and printed circuit board (PCB) design.

IBM Debuts Semiconductor Technology for Mobile Handset, Wireless Markets
At the annual FSA Suppliers Expo and Conference, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced the introduction of a new semiconductor technology designed for mobile handset and wireless technology markets. This new offering will enable chipset providers for mobile devices to further reduce the complexity of their components — representing a significant savings in manufacturing costs for the next generation of mobile phones, laptops and other portable communication devices.

Xilinx to Showcase PCI Express Solutions at IDF 2007
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) announced that its industry-leading programmable logic solutions for the PCI Express interface will be showcased at the Fall Intel Developer Forum (IDF), September 18-20, 2007 in San Francisco. Attendees can view demonstrations based on Xilinx(R) 65-nm Virtex(TM)-5 FPGAs with integrated blocks for low-power transceivers and the PCI Express(R) interface, and low-cost Spartan(TM)-3 generation FPGAs.