EDA News – 2007.09.25

AdaCore Announces GPRbuild for Automating Multi-Language Development
AdaCore, provider of the highest quality Ada tools and support services, announced GPRbuild, an advanced new software tool designed to help automate the construction of multi-language systems. The first tool of its kind, it removes complexity from multi-language development by allowing developers to quickly and easily compile and link software written in a combination of languages including Ada, assembler, C. C++ and Fortran. Easily extendable by users to cover new toolchains and languages it is primarily aimed at projects of all sizes organised into subsystems and libraries and is particularly well-suited for compiled languages.

GE Fanuc Embedded Systems Launches PC8 All-In-One Industrial Computer
Continuing to develop products that precisely match customer requirements for robust operation in harsh environments while delivering outstanding price/performance and flexibility, GE Fanuc Embedded Systems announced the PC8 All-In-One computer. Designed primarily for industrial applications, but suitable for other similar uses such as in transportation and medical applications, the PC8 features an Intel(R) Celeron(R) M processor operating at up to 1.5 GHz and 1 GByte of DDR memory in a compact EMI-protected metal housing that supports DINrail mounting.

Virtutech Simics Simulator Supports IBM Mambo Processor Model
Virtutech, Inc., the leading provider of virtualized software development solutions for electronic systems, announced that it is creating an API to incorporate processor models from IBM’s simulator, Mambo, into Virtutech’s full-system simulator, Simics. Mambo is a full-system simulation environment that has been widely used in the exploration of IBM POWER Architecture processor and system design.

SEQUANS, PMC-Sierra Create Solution for Mobile WiMAX Femtocell
SEQUANS Communications and PMC-Sierra, Inc. (Nasdaq:PMCS) have joined forces to provide Mobile WiMAX(R) equipment manufacturers with an all-in-one solution for the development of Mobile WiMAX femtocells. The solution is a single integrated reference design that combines Sequans’ new SQN2130 base station ASIC with PMC-Sierra’s new PM8800 WiZIRD(TM) 2Tx/2Rx RF IC.

Wavesat, IBM to Develop 802.16e WiMAX Chipsets for CE Devices
Wavesat announced that Wavesat and IBM are working together on the development of a high performance very power efficient 802.16e WiMAX chipset targeting consumer electronic devices supporting advanced mobile wireless broadband services. As part of the agreement, Wavesat’s UMobile(TM) 802.16e chipset will be manufactured by IBM using advanced eDRAM process technology. By eliminating the need for any external memory, Wavesat’s customers will benefit enormously by saving valuable real estate, cost and power consumption for very small form-factor mobile applications such as wireless dongles, mobile handsets and other consumer electronic devices.

Elma Creates CompactPCI Enclosure with Built-in System Monitoring
Elma Electronic Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic packaging products, announced a new Type 39 CompactPCI enclosure with built-in system monitoring. With inherent redundancy, hot-swap ability, and monitoring, the Elma Type 39c chassis offers a powerful solution for reliability.

Freescale Optimizes LDMOS Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits for WiMAX
Freescale Semiconductor introduced three high power LDMOS Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFICs) that allow designers of RF power amplifiers for WiMAX base stations to reduce costs, form factors and part counts. The devices are engineered to also increase performance and reliability when compared with amplifiers employing discrete RF power transistors.

Cornet Technology Rolls Out VME64x PowerPC Single Board Computer
Cornet Technology Communications, a division of Cornet Technology, Inc., announced its latest VME64x PowerPC single board computer the Celero CVME-7448ST. This board incorporates a newer host-bridge controller (Tundra Tsi109) and DDR2 memory technology to give new life to COTS VME64x single board computers still widely used in real-time/embedded military and aerospace programs.

Ethertronics Launches Savvi Ceramic Antenna
Ethertronics, a leading provider of standard and customized embedded antenna solutions for wideband and multi-band wireless devices, unveiled the first of its Savvi(TM) ceramic antenna products. These high-performance, compact antennas include a Bluetooth only version and a novel GPS/Bluetooth combination product. Ideal for powering a variety of multi-RF technology electronic devices, Ethertronics’ miniature antennas utilize the company’s patented Isolated Magnetic Dipole(TM) (IMD) technology, whose high isolation characteristics make it immune to frequency shifts, which otherwise reduce performance.

Cypress CapSense Touch Screen Travels with MERIAN Scout NAVIGATOR
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) announced that iPUBLISH GmbH is employing Cypress’s PSoC(R) CapSense(TM) touch screen controller solution in the popular new MERIAN scout NAVIGATOR Personal Travel Assistant. The new product combines the navigation functionality of a GPS unit with a multimedia travel guide in one convenient, handheld device. Users simply touch the 3.7-inch, VGA-resolution screen to get maps and information, including 35 hours of audio guides and photos, on over 30,000 locations such as museums, hotels, restaurants and other places of interest.

Synplicity Announces HAPS-51 High-performance ASIC Prototyping System
Synplicity, Inc., (Nasdaq:SYNP) a leading supplier of innovative IC design and verification solutions, announced an addition to its HAPS(TM) (High-performance ASIC Prototyping System(TM)) product family. The HAPS-51 leverages the Xilinx Virtex(TM)-5 LX330, the industry’s largest FPGA, and on-board memory to deliver faster ASIC verification. Previous HAPS systems employed daughter boards for memory access, while the new HAPS-51 uses memory located on the board and next to the FPGA device. As a result, the HAPS-51 system provides a cost-effective, high-performance prototyping solution that reduces development time for today’s challenging SoC designs. The HAPS systems are the centerpiece of Synplicity’s powerful Confirma(TM) at-speed ASIC/ASSP verification platform.

Analog Devices Creates RF-to-Digital Transceivers for Mobile WiMAX
Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, introduced RF-to-digital baseband transceivers designed to enable broadband connectivity in mobile communications terminals, such as cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and handheld multimedia devices, using WiMAX. As WiMAX evolves from a fixed-line protocol to one that increasingly serves portable communications applications, device manufacturers are requiring smaller, more energy-efficient solutions that deliver IEEE 802.16d/e mobile WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) standard compatibility within the cost, space, and power budgets of mobile communications terminals.