EDA News – 2007.10.31

Ramtron Qualifies FM25L04-GA 4 Kilobit FRAM Memory Device to +125 C
Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR), a leading developer and supplier of non-volatile ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) and integrated semiconductor products, expanded its line of +125 degrees Celsius FRAM memory automotive devices. The FM25L04-GA , a 4Kb (kilobit), 3 volt, serial peripheral interface (SPI) FRAM, is now Grade 1 AEC-Q100-specified to operate over the automotive temperature range of -40ºC to +125ºC and is guaranteed to retain data for 9,000 hours at that extreme temperature.

Valens Semiconductor Selects Tensilica’s Diamond Standard 108Mini
Tensilica®, Inc. announced that Valens Semiconductor, an Israeli start-up, has selected the Diamond Standard 108Mini as the controller for a SOC (system-on-chip) design that will enable high-quality transmission of audio and video in a home networking environment.

Acrosser Rolls Out AR-ES0652 Fanless Embedded System
Acrosser, the leading Embedded Computing Technology provider, is proud to release their latest fanless embedded system, the AR-ES0652. It is designed specifically for space-constrained applications requiring high performance with fanless operation. The AR-ES0652 utilizes a VIA® MARK® 800MHz processor with VIA® 686B chipset on a 3.5″ main board. Its compact dimensions (220Wx60Hx130D mm), dust proof, quiet and reliable operation make the AR-ES0652 the ideal embedded system for complex tasks in limited space environments such as machine controller, digital signage, medical, and industrial automation.

Original Design Manufacturers Focus on HD Radio Aftermarket Headunits
iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio(TM) Technology, announced that eight ODM (Original Design Manufacturer) partners are now licensed and building aftermarket headunits for brands introducing HD Radio car receivers. Many of these new HD Radio products are on display at this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Las Vegas.

Ponte Solutions Interfaces YA System with Laker Layout Software
Ponte Solutions, the bridge between design and manufacturing, announced a new interface between its YA System and the Laker layout tools from Silicon Canvas. This new offering lets design teams easily perform Critical Area Analysis (CAA) and repair utilizing the full capabilities of Silicon Canvas’s Laker.

Raytheon Selects Mercury Computer Systems for HDR-RF Ground Modem Program
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced that it was selected by Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) to provide the wideband modem subsystem platform as part of Raytheon’s recent HDR-RF Ground Modem contract from the US Air Force. Raytheon worked with Mercury Computer Systems to leverage the benefits of COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) software radio processing and real waveform portability for elements of this defense communications application while still ensuring delivery of the highest performing solution available.

Savant Announces International System-on-Chip Conference
Savant Company Inc. announced its upcoming annual innovative forum on chip design. The 5th International System-on-Chip (SoC) Conference, Exhibit, and Workshops will be held on Wednesday, November 7, and Thursday, November 8, at the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach, California.

Xilinx to Demonstrate Low Power Solutions for Tactical Radiosat
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading provider of programmable logic solutions, announced that it will showcase its Virtex(TM) FPGA-based solutions for Software Defined Radio (SDR) at the Software Defined Radio Technical Conference, to be held at The Marriott Tech Center, November 5 – 9, 2007 in Denver, Colo. Xilinx high-performance programmable solutions enable SDR developers to meet demanding size, weight, power and cost (SWAP-C) goals for next-generation secure systems.

Silicon & Software Systems (S3) Acquires Acacia Semiconductor
Silicon & Software Systems (S3), the Connected Consumer Technology Company and leading provider of semiconductor mixed signal Intellectual Property (IP) for consumer products, announced that the company has acquired Acacia Semiconductor S.A., a developer of high-performance data converter IP based in Portugal. This acquisition is designed to strengthen S3′s position in the market and help deliver on its strategy to be the world-leading specialist provider of analog mixed signal IP.

Electronic Design Automation Industry Grows $1,408.8 Million in Q2 2007
The EDA Consortium’s Market Statistics Service (MSS) announced that the electronic design automation (EDA) industry revenue for Q2 of 2007 grew 11.4 percent to $1,408.8 million, versus $1,264.8 million in Q2 2006. The four-quarter average growth rate, which compares the most recent four quarters to the same four quarters in the prior year, was 14.6%.

Zuken, Aldec Launch CADSTAR FPGA
As a result of the partnership between Zuken and Aldec, a brand new collaborative product for complete FPGA design and verification has been launched. CADSTAR FPGA combines Aldec’s Active-HDL Lite verification tool and Zuken’s desktop PCB design suite, CADSTAR, allowing engineers to perform mixed language simulation for vendor neutral FPGAs within the CADSTAR environment.