EDA News – 2007.09.26

Mercury Sublicenses Tundra RapidIO Tsi578 MicroTCA Switching Module
Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), a global leader in System Interconnect, announced that the Company has sublicensed the Tundra Serial RapidIO(R) Tsi578 MicroTCA(TM) Switching Module (Tsi578MSM(TM)) reference design to Mercury Computer Systems. Mercury intends to manufacture and integrate the Tsi578M(SM) into Mercury’s MicroTCA-based Ensemble(TM) systems for WiMAX and LTE wireless applications, in addition to video, military imaging, and signal processing applications.

ICS Triplex to Launch AADvance Safety and Critical Control System
ICS Triplex, will be at stand 1216 at the ISA Expo 2007 (2-4 October), Houston, TX, to launch its latest safety and critical control system, AADvance, to the US market. AADvance is the next step in automation advancement, offering customers greater levels of choice, flexibility and scaleability from their safety and critical control system. Designed to integrate with the market leading Trusted(TM) TMR system expanding the SCCS markets and applications that are available to ICS Triplex today. AADvance is a cost-effective, distributed, and intuitive, centrally managed control solution that offers the customer a number of significant benefits.

PrismTech Debuts Spectra 2, Total Customer Service for SDR Developers
PrismTech(TM), a leader in high-performance middleware and development tools, announced the release of Spectra(TM) 2, a complete package of new products, services, partner programs, and development tools for Software Defined Radio (SDR) OEMs, system integrators and independent software vendors. Built upon the success of the company’s original Spectra products, Spectra 2 addresses the growth and deployment of SDR by providing the industry with the most comprehensive customer service-focused product line available.

Texas Instruments, Avnet Present Filter Design for PWM Systems Webcast
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) and Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas will present a live Analog eLab(TM) Webcast for designers titled “Filter Design for PWM Systems, Digital Audio vs. Switching Supplies” on Wednesday, October 10, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. CDT (18:00 hrs CET). The webcast will highlight how the function of an L-C filter is modified when used with a power converter or a Class-D amplifier. During the webcast, TI analog expert Bill Klein, P.E., and eLab panelists Fred Shipley of TI and Val Rhodes of Avnet will discuss how to maximize performance of the L-C filter in various designs.

picoChip multicore-DSP 40x Better in BDTI Benchmarks
New results published by Berkeley Design Technology (BDTI) reveal that picoChip’s PC102 multicore signal processing device has a 40-fold advantage in price-performance over traditional DSP processors solutions in key communications benchmarks, and 8-times higher absolute performance.

MontaVista Announces Mobilinux 5.0 Webinars
MontaVista(R) Software, Inc., the leading provider of Linux(R) for intelligent devices and communications infrastructure, has opened registration for three educational webinars showcasing enhancements to the new MontaVista Mobilinux 5.0 operating system (OS), the world’s most-deployed Linux OS for mobile devices. Information and registration for the sessions is available online.

MontaVista Launches Mobilinux 5.0 Mobile Operating System
MontaVista Software, Inc., the leading provider of Linux(R) for intelligent devices and communications infrastructure, announced the new 5.0 release of MontaVista(R) Mobilinux, the mobile operating system used in 90 percent of Linux-based smartphones. Mobilinux provides a commercial-quality, field-proven embedded Linux operating system (OS) optimized for mobile devices plus a rich development environment for the engineers who design them. Mobilinux 5.0 will enable manufacturers to deliver new mobile devices (such as phone handsets, GPS devices, portable medical devices, and wireless point-of-sale terminals) to consumers more quickly and with new functions, breakthrough connectivity, fast performance, NSA-level security, and battery-extending dynamic power management.

Electronic Content Drives Demand for Automotive Microcontrollers
The increased demand of microcontrollers results from the proliferation of electronic content in automobiles aimed at reducing human errors as well as the growing number of automobile safety features such as additional radars, ultra sonic sensors, cameras, and automatic parking assistance. Moreover, the introduction of multiplexing in the automotive industry has triggered sales of high performance microcontrollers by amplifying the need for additional processing power and intelligence.

Synplicity, Xilinx Announce Worldwide ASIC Verification Seminars
Synplicity, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNP), a leading supplier of innovative IC design and verification solutions, and Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable logic solutions, recognize that verifying today’s multi-million gate designs, while still meeting time-to-market requirements, has become a huge challenge for ASIC and ASSP designers. This technical and educational seminar will present industry-leading design and verification methodologies and provide valuable information to help designers save time and money on current and future design projects.