EDA News – 2007.10.05

Elpida Creates Fastest DRAM with Rambus XDR Memory Architecture
Elpida Memory, Inc. (Elpida) (Tokyo Stock Exchange Code 6665), Japan’s leading global supplier of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) and Rambus Inc. (Nasdaq:RMBS), one of the world’s premier technology licensing companies specializing in high-speed chip architectures, introduced the industry’s fastest DRAM, the 512 Megabit (Mb), 4.8GHz XDR(TM) DRAM, based on Rambus’ XDR memory architecture. This latest addition to the XDR DRAM family provides an industry-leading data transfer rate of 9.6 Gigabytes per second (GB/s) with a single device, making it an ideal choice for high-performance, high-volume applications such as high-definition televisions (HDTV), gaming consoles, PCs, servers and workstations.

Cirrus Logic Launches CS2XXX Clocking IC Family
Leveraging its experience and innovations in high-precision mixed-signal audio IC solutions, Cirrus Logic Inc. (NASDAQ: CRUS) is making a strong entry into the clocking IC market with the introduction of the CS2XXX family of products. Focusing on audio applications such as A/V receivers, mixing consoles, multitrack recorders, digital recorders and set-top boxes, these new ICs, which include the CS2000, CS2100, CS2200 and CS2300, give manufacturers a superior solution for managing the complicated task of ensuring clean clocks within audio system designs.

Panasonic to Eliminate 300,000 Tons of CO2 Emissions Over Three Years
Panasonic, the leading brand by which Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is known, announced its renewed commitment to climate change by adding ecological goals to its “GP3″ three-year business plan that completes March 2010. The company also presented its “Panasonic Eco Ideas Declaration” identifying the three initiatives on which its environmental management activities focus.

Toumaz Becomes Finalist for Semiconductor Product of the Year Award
Toumaz Technology Limited, the leading provider of ultra-low power wireless infrastructure for body monitoring solutions, announces that it has reached the finals of the Elektra 07 awards in the highly coveted “Semiconductor Product of the Year” category. Toumaz was shortlisted alongside five other entrants in the category. The winners of the annual awards, which are organised by Electronics Weekly and Reed Electronics Group, will be announced on Wednesday 12th December at a gala dinner at The London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane.

STMicroelectronics Vcom Calibrator Chip Removes TFT-LCD Panel Flicker
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), an industry leader in high-performance analog and mixed-signal products, announced a programmable Vcom calibrator chip, with I2C serial interface, that simplifies the process of removing flicker from TFT (thin-film transistor) LCD panels during manufacture. The new STVM100 enables the adjustment to be automated through use with ST’s proprietary Auto Flicker Detection solution, along with reducing labor cost and increasing product reliability by eliminating the need for mechanical potentiometers.

Synopsys VMM Methodology Helps OKI Achieve First-Pass Verification
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, and Oki Network LSI Co., Ltd., a leading system-on-chip (SoC) design and verification services company, announced that OKI Network LSI achieved 15 first-pass verification successes of complex SoCs within the first year of adopting SystemVerilog and Synopsys’ Discovery(TM) Verification Platform, including the VCS® functional verification solution, the VCS Verification Library (VIP) and the VMM. As a result, OKI Network LSI’s customers were able to tape out high-quality designs and meet their stringent time-to-market requirements. OKI Network LSI’s success on a wide variety of complex multi-million gate SoC and FPGA devices demonstrates the rapid and steady adoption of SystemVerilog using Discovery Verification Platform and the benefits of using the production- proven VMM as the foundation for a highly efficient verification environment.

Users Connect to Machines with Jasper Wireless, Wavecom Technology
Jasper Wireless and Wavecom (Paris:AVM) (NASDAQ:WVCM) (ISIN:FR0000073066) announced the initial step in building a global partnership for the first all-in-one wireless machine to machine (M2M) infrastructure. By combining new Wavecom StarService with the Jasper Wireless global service platform, customers get everything they need to connect and manage their machines wirelessly from day one. This connectivity service will be possible using the new Wavecom Wireless Microprocessor® 50 with inSIM(TM) (embedded SIM), the secure Wavecom Intelligent Device Services, and immediate access to the Jasper Wireless service platform for connecting and managing machines around the world.

Renesas Introduces SH-MobileL3V2, SH-MobileUL Application Processors
Renesas Technology America, Inc. announced two new application processors in the SH-Mobile series, expanding the number of devices with the very low power multimedia capability. The SH-MobileL3V2 offers additional video formats, high-resolution video capture and enhanced functionality to control image quality. The small-package SH-MobileUL provides excellent cost performance and is suitable for use in popular mainstream mobile phone models. These processors will accelerate the proliferation of advanced multimedia capture and playback on mobile phones and portable media players, enabling both advanced systems that offer higher image quality, as well as lower-priced systems that offer TV and other multimedia features.

Numerex, Wavecom Announce StarService for Managing Wireless Devices OTA
Numerex Corp. (NASDAQ: NMRX) and Wavecom announced that Numerex will provide the revolutionary new Wavecom StarService for customers in North America. The Wavecom StarService will be delivered over Numerex’s wireless network allowing users to remotely manage their wireless devices securely over-the-air (OTA). Easily integrated into customers’ existing back-end applications, the service will enable users to remotely upgrade firmware and application software, configure devices, and implement remote diagnostics.