EDA News – 2007.10.24

Ponte Solutions Creates YA System Interface for Cadence Virtuoso
Ponte Solutions(TM), the bridge between design and manufacturing, announced an interface between its YA System and the Cadence(R) Virtuoso(R) platform that lets designers efficiently perform Critical Area Analysis (CAA) and repair during layout.

SMIC to Manufacture 300mm, 65nm MirrorBit Products for Spansion
Spansion Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSN), the world’s largest pure-play provider of Flash memory solutions, announced that it has intensified its focus in the China market by partnering with foundry leader, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”, NYSE: SMI and SEHK: 0981.HK). Spansion will transfer its 65nm MirrorBit(R) technology to SMIC for foundry services on 300mm wafers in China. SMIC and Spansion have also signed a preliminary memorandum of understanding which would allow SMIC to enter selected segments of the Flash memory market with a license to manufacture and sell 90nm and 65nm and potentially future Spansion MirrorBit(R) Quad products for the China content delivery market.

Gleichmann Electronics Launches GE Vision LCD Modules
There are very few large manufacturers of LCD modules that address the needs of small to medium-sized customers and when they do, it is normally expensive. To be able to offer reasonably priced LCD modules with customer specific modifications in small batches starting with a minimum of approximately 500 pieces, Gleichmann Electronics has brought into being its own brand, namely GE Vision. “As one of the leading European distributors of displays and optoelectronic components, we strive to address the individual product and service needs of our customers, also for small quantities. We are therefore delighted that the products of GE Vision ideally complement the portfolios of our established suppliers Ampire, Clover, Elec & Eltek and Truly,” explains Roland Federle, Line Manager of GE Vision.

Direct Insight, e-con Systems Introduce TRITON-CAM Camera Module
Microsoft Windows Embedded Silver Partners Direct Insight and e-con Systems jointly announce the availability of TRITON-CAM, a unique add-on plug and play camera module for the TRITON PXA270 and PXA320 development systems and production ready modules. TRITON-CAM, based on camera module technology from e-con Systems India Pvt. Ltd., is a complete solution for image and video capture for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 and Linux.

Opera Widgets Ships on New 3G Handsets from KDDI
Opera Software, the only company that puts the Web on any device, and KDDI, Japan’s leading 3G operator, announced that Opera Widgets will be shipped on Toshiba W56T, Sony Ericsson W54S and Sanyo W54SA from KDDI. Branded as “au one Gadget” by KDDI, Opera’s Widget technology enables users to improve and personalize their browsing experience. This is the first time Opera Widgets have shipped on mobile phones.

AXIOMTEK Launches AX61123TM Barebone 1U Rackmount Network Server
AXIOMTEK is pleased to launch a new high performance 1U rackmount network server barebone, the AX61123TM, which is powered by Intel® Core(TM)2 Duo processor. Compatible with ATX form factor motherboards, the AX61123TM comes with an off-the-shelf LGA775 socket Intel® Core(TM)2 Duo ATX motherboard and has a built-in riser card with one free PCI slot for expansion. With dual-channel DDR2 technology, this network server barebone has very scalable memory architecture enabling a high bandwidth of DDR2 677/800MHz up to 8GB memory. Additionally, the system supports two high speed SATA II HDDs for data mirroring to provide data redundancy and increase fault tolerance. The AX61123TM is an ideal solution for mail sever, firewall, ISP, telecommunications, and more.

Concurrent Announces SIMulation Workbench for iHawk Real-Time Linux
Concurrent Computer Corporation (NASDAQ:CCUR), a leading provider of time-critical Linux® operating systems and integrated software and computer solutions for mission-critical applications, announced that its SIMulation Workbench(TM) modeling environment is now generally available on its popular iHawk real-time Linux platforms. SIMulation Workbench provides a complete framework to develop and execute real-time hardware-in-the-loop and man-in-the-loop simulations.

Xilinx Announces Record Sales for 90nm, 65nm Devices
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading programmable logic device (PLD) provider, announced record sales of its 90nm and 65nm devices, driven largely by record revenues in Asia Pacific (APAC). The company attributes its strong growth to broad adoption of its 90nm and 65nm devices in consumer and communications applications. APAC sales from these products increased nearly 500 percent in the September quarter of fiscal 2008 versus the same quarter in fiscal 2006. Xilinx estimates its cumulative PLD market segment share on 90nm and 65nm products to be approaching 70 percent.

Xilinx to Showcase Software Defined Radio, Cryptography at MILCOM
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading provider of programmable logic solutions, announced that it will showcase its solutions for Software Defined Radio (SDR) and single chip cryptography based on Xilinx(R) Virtex(TM) FPGAs at MILCOM 2007, to be held at The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center on October 29 – 31. Xilinx high-performance programmable solutions enable developers to meet demanding SWAP-C goals for next-generation secure systems.

TrellisWare RapidFire Development Board Features Altera Stratix II FPGA
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced its Stratix® II FPGAs are featured in TrellisWare Technologies’ new RapidFire development board. The RapidFire development board enables fast prototyping and testing of complex physical-layer designs. The board hosts two Stratix II FPGAs, which offer designers a high-density solution rich in logic and RAM blocks, ideal for hardware acceleration of even the most advanced commercial and military communication architectures. The RapidFire development board allows customers to target either a Stratix II FPGA or a pin- and package-compatible HardCopy® II structured ASIC solution for production.

Altera Heads to MILCOM with Military Solutions
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) will showcase its programmable logic and structured ASIC technologies and conduct joint demonstrations with partners at MILCOM 2007. Altera® military solutions uniquely address developer’s size, weight and power (SWaP) constraints, enabling small form-factor, lightweight software-defined radio (SDR) solutions. Conference attendees visiting Altera’s booth will see a product demonstration of Altera’s 65-nm, low-power Cyclone® III FPGAs and joint demonstrations with partners, including BittWare, Octera and TrellisWare.

Altera, BittWare Debut Software Programmable Reconfiguration Platform
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) and BittWare announced the Software Programmable Reconfiguration (SPR) reference platform, which allows designers to bring their software-defined radio (SDR) applications to life quickly and cost-effectively. With the SPR platform, developers of SDRs and other digital signal processing (DSP)-based applications have a flexible, portable and low-cost design methodology for exploring software reconfiguration of military waveform functionality.

Frost & Sullivan to Hold Briefing on Semiconductors for Medical Imaging
The Semiconductors Group at Frost & Sullivan is pleased to announce its 2007 Quarterly Analyst Briefing Presentation on the utilization of semiconductors in the medical imaging equipment market to be held on Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 10:00 am CDT / 11:00 am EDT.

Elektrobit Designs Wireless Hardware with Catapult C Synthesis
Mentor Graphics Corporation announced that Elektrobit Corporation (EB), a company delivering cutting-edge embedded technology solutions to automotive and wireless markets has selected the Catapult® C Synthesis product to accelerate creation of its next-generation wireless technology. EB selected the Catapult C Synthesis product based on the tool’s ability to synthesize pure ANSI C++ and increase hardware designer productivity up to 10x.