EDA News – 2007.09.17

TI eZ430-RF2500 USB Stick Tool Speeds Wireless MCU System Development
Making development even easier for low-power wireless systems, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced a new tool for designing embedded systems that combines ultra-low-power MSP430 microcontrollers (MCU) with wireless communications. At the low cost of $49, TI’s new eZ430-RF2500 development tool, packaged in a convenient USB stick form factor, offers two radio frequency (RF)-enabled microcontroller target boards and a PC debugging interface that may be used to develop stand-alone wireless projects. Developers will now find it easier than ever to build low-power wireless systems for sensing and metering, home security and automation, medical and other innovative applications.

Synopsys Introduces DesignWare System-Level Library for SystemC
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced the DesignWare(R) System-Level Library. The library provides high-performance SystemC transaction-level simulation models (TLMs) for assembling virtual platforms, including instruction set simulators (ISS), and TLMs of Synopsys’ DesignWare Cores and ARM(R) AMBA(R) interconnect components. All DesignWare System-Level Library models are written in SystemC and work in IEEE 1666 (SystemC) compliant simulation environments, making them tool- independent.

Freescale Rolls Out 10 ColdFire Microcontrollers for Embedded Systems
Addressing the need for flexible connectivity and energy efficiency in the embedded world, Freescale Semiconductor has added 10 highly integrated microcontrollers (MCUs) to the company’s extensive 32-bit ColdFire(R) portfolio. These latest ColdFire MCU additions provide developers with a broad range of cost-effective, low-power connectivity options, coupled with comprehensive software tools.

Freescale Launches 12 ColdFire Microprocessors for Linux Applications
Continuing to expand the range of price-performance options within its Controller Continuum, Freescale Semiconductor has introduced a ColdFire(R) microprocessor family designed to enable low-power, high-performance embedded systems running the Linux(R) operating system (OS). Delivering 410 Dhrystone MIPS (DMIPS) core performance at approximately 380 mW, these latest ColdFire microprocessors are designed to be easy on the developer’s system power budget, while enabling exceptional system-level performance.

Freescale Debuts CodeWarrior Development Studio for ColdFire Architectures v7
Freescale Semiconductor is simplifying 32-bit embedded application development with the introduction of CodeWarrior(R) Development Studio for ColdFire Architectures v7.0. The next-generation software release gives designers and programmers advanced development tools and graphical interfaces that enable them to work more efficiently, creatively and productively.

Express Logic ThreadX RTOS Supports Renesas SH-2A Microcontrollers
Renesas Technology America, Inc. announced that Express Logic’s ThreadX(R) multitasking real-time operating system (RTOS) now supports Renesas SH-2A series microcontrollers (MCUs), providing a high-performance operating platform for applications using these fast, powerful devices in embedded systems.

Renesas Creates 2 Programs for Embedded Microcontrollers, Microprocessors
In accelerating its efforts to expand leadership in the embedded microcontroller (MCU) and microprocessor (MPU) markets, Renesas Technology America, Inc. introduced two new grass-root programs to aid MCU and MPU-based system development. The Americas’ version of the Alliance Program is an extension of a true global partnership program for facilitating and speeding up the development of embedded systems that use Renesas devices. Renesas University, on the other hand, is an expansion of an ongoing worldwide support effort intended to improve the educational resources available to engineering professors and students who are gaining technology insights and practical experience by working on embedded system projects.

NXP Introduces LPC2900 Family of ARM968E-S Based Microcontrollers
NXP Semiconductors, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, has announced the expansion of the largest portfolio in the ARM7(TM) and ARM9(TM) microcontroller space with the introduction of the LPC2900 series. The NXP LPC2900 is based on the popular, high-performance ARM968E-S(TM) processor and targets applications in industrial, medical, motor control and automotive industries, providing designers with a cost-effective, flexible low-power solution. With this latest offering, NXP will add three ARM9 microcontrollers, the LPC2919, LPC2917 and LPC2915, bringing its industry-leading portfolio to over 50 ARM technology-based MCUs. The NXP LPC2900 microcontroller series will be displayed this week at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston at booth #801.

HP Qualifies Celoxica RCHTX Acceleration Board
Celoxica Holdings plc (AIM:CXA) – a leading provider of electronic-system level design technology for the Accelerated Computing and Embedded Systems markets, is pleased to announce that their RCHTX acceleration board has passed HP qualification tests, expanding the opportunities for Celoxica’s hardware in the Accelerated Computing market. The board is now available for integration in HP ProLiant DL145 G3 server-based HP Unified Cluster Portfolio solutions for high-performance computing. Celoxica is demonstrating an accelerated financial application running on the solution at the High Performance Computing on Wall Street Conference in New York.

Sigma Space Selects FireLink 1394b Link Layer Controller IP Core
DapTechnology, a world-leading supplier of advanced IEEE 1394 technology solutions to the aerospace, defense, industrial, automotive and consumer electronics markets announced that Sigma Space Corporation of Lanham, Maryland has selected the DapTechnology FireLink 1394b Link Layer Controller IP Core and is currently integrating the product as a key component of a NASA-funded R&D project. FireLink, implemented in industry-standard VHDL code, is available for Xilinx and Altera FPGA devices. The product is targeted at applications requiring up to 800 Mbits/Sec of bandwidth and embedded designs requiring a general purpose IEEE 1394b Link Layer Controller.

RTI Low-Latency Messaging Middleware Powers Wall Street
Real-Time Innovations (RTI), The Real-Time Middleware Experts, announced that PIMCO, one of the world’s leading fixed-income managers, has selected RTI’s high-performance messaging middleware to expand the functionality and enhance the scalability of PIMCO’s compliance-checking software.

CoWare, STMicroelectronics Create ESL Design Automation Environment
CoWare(R), Inc., the leading supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) software and services, announced it has collaborated successfully with STMicroelectronics to create an advanced ESL design automation environment based on CoWare’s Processor Designer and CORXpert(TM) Personalization Kit for STMicroelectronics custom processors.

Actel Optimizes ARM Cortex-M1 Processor Core for IGLOO FPGAs
Enabling system designers to dramatically extend the battery life of their handheld and portable designs, Actel Corporation announced it has optimized the ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-M1 processor core for its IGLOO family of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The combination of the industry’s lowest power FPGA family, with a pervasive, industry-standard 32-bit ARM processor specifically designed for use in FPGAs, gives designers the ideal, low-power integrated platform for rapidly deploying portable products. Furthermore, as the only FPGA supplier to offer the industry-standard processor free-of-charge to customers, Actel enables designers to cost-effectively leverage the large installed base of software and design tools available for the ARM architecture, reducing their time-to-market and development costs.

Actel Reveals Strategy for Ultra Low-Power IGLOO FPGA
Acknowledging the unique challenges facing today’s portable designers, Actel Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTL) detailed its strategy to increase market penetration for the company’s ultra low-power IGLOO field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) in the rapidly growing portable market. Leveraging the company’s leading power-efficient IGLOO FPGAs and ARM Cortex-M1 processor technologies, the company introduced its new M1-enabled IGLOO FPGAs, which offer significant power, cost and size advantages for portable applications. The company also outlined its multi-phased plan to deliver storage, display and control-related development boards, reference designs and intellectual property (IP) cores.

Xilinx Announces Virtex-5 FPGA IP Solutions for CPRI, OBSAI Standards
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable solutions, announced immediate availability of two high performance wireless connectivity LogiCORE(TM) solutions optimized for Xilinx(R) 65nm Virtex(TM)-5 LXT and SXT FPGAs, compliant with CPRI v2.1 and OBSAI RP3 & RP3-01 v4.0 connectivity standards. The new LogiCORE solutions enable wireless OEMs to leverage these industry-leading connectivity standards to drive down wireless base station design costs and power requirements, while allowing the interface to be easily adapted to their own specific requirements, or modified to support updates in the standard.

Ponte Solutions, Blaze DFM Deliver Modeling Elements to Si2′s DFMC
Ponte Solutions(TM), the bridge between design and manufacturing, and Blaze DFM, the electrical DFM company, announced delivery of the first modeling elements committed to Si2′s Design For Manufacturability Coalition (DFMC) last year. These contributions are the primary drivers for the critical area analysis and lithography elements of Si2′s DFMC efforts.