EDA News – 2007.11.06

Frost & Sullivan Publishes Report on Automotive Software
The dramatic growth in the complexity of automotive software solutions has been accompanied by challenges related to shorter development times, rising cost pressures and mounting demands for reliable, high-quality products. Competition is intensifying as software suppliers move to satisfy the demands of car manufacturers.

Cray XT5h Supercomputer Features DRC Reconfigurable Coprocessor Option
DRC Computer Corporation, the leading provider of dynamically reconfigurable coprocessor modules, announced that global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. will include DRC’s Reconfigurable Processor Unit (RPU) in an optional reconfigurable computing blade in its newly launched hybrid supercomputer, the Cray XT5h(TM) system. DRC’s RPU will deliver dramatic performance advantage for HPC applications.

Nallatech Introduces BenONE-PCIe PCI Express FPGA Computing Platform
Nallatech, the domain expert in high-performance FPGA computing solutions, announces the introduction of its first PCI Express computing platform incorporating Xilinx Virtex-5 technology. The BenONE-PCIe(TM) provides users with a low cost FPGA carrier card featuring an onboard Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA, high bandwidth 8-lane PCI Express host interface and DIME-II(TM) expansion module slot – a powerful COTS platform ideal for FPGA application development and deployment.

IDT Debuts Serial RapidIO Central Packet Switches for Embedded Market
IDT® (Integrated Device Technology, Inc.)(NASDAQ:IDTI), a leading provider of essential mixed-signal semiconductor solutions that enrich the digital media experience, announced a new family of devices – central packet switches (CPS) that address the interconnect needs of those embedded applications that utilize DSPs, FPGAs or processors. The CPS solutions incorporate in-house third-generation IDT SERDES and serial RapidIO® core switch technology to provide customers with superior flexibility, scalability, performance, and power consumption at very competitive costs. These best-in-class switches provide significant system advantages in connecting virtually any digital media component to any other, in applications ranging from wireless infrastructure to enterprise storage, imaging applications, and beyond.

AdaCore Launches GNAT Programming Studio 4.2 Ada IDE
AdaCore, provider of the highest quality Ada tools and support services, announced the upcoming release of GNAT Programming Studio (GPS) 4.2. This Ada-oriented IDE (Integrated Development Environment) accompanies AdaCore’s GNAT Pro toolset on most platforms.

Korenix Introduces JetBox 9300 Industrial Communication Computer
Korenix is pleased to announce the release of the new embedded computers—JetBox 9300. In a networking communication environment, router, switch and computer are indispensable devices to a typical networking architecture. Along with technology development, the complexity of devices increases and the troublesome settings become more and more confusing. Hence, the revolution of networking devices is anticipated. Functional integration and human-oriented manipulation will be the mainstream in next networking generation.

Raytheon Selects AdaCore’s GNAT Pro for Ship Self-Defense System Mk 2
AdaCore, provider of the highest quality Ada tools and support services, announced that Raytheon has delivered the Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS) Mk 2 using GNAT Pro for LynxOS within its multi-language software development environment. SSDS Mk 2 is a combat system that integrates and coordinates the sensors and weapons systems aboard a US Naval vessel to provide a coherent tactical picture for situational awareness, command and controls, and quick-reaction self-defence. It is a single-source baseline that supports multiple system configuration modifications (MODs) for large deck ship classes (aircraft carriers and amphibious ships). GNAT Pro was specifically used on the SSDS Mk 2 to support Ada application development on the Intel processors and the LynxOS operating system.

Renesas Introduces R8C/Tiny Series Microcontrollers
Renesas Technology America, Inc. announced a new generation of R8C/Tiny series microcontrollers (MCUs) that are based on the latest process technology tailored for low-end devices. Built on a powerful 16-bit CPU core, the R8C/3x MCUs with on-chip flash have an extended operating voltage range of 1.8V to 5.5V and incorporate new and enhanced analog functions, including level-only-sensitive power-on reset circuits, digital-to-analog converters and analog comparators. In addition, their overall performance has been boosted by the addition of a data transfer controller (DTC) and a background operation (BGO) function for flash memory rewriting.

Pentek Unveils Digital Transceiver with Multiband DDC, Interpolation
Pentek, Inc., a pioneer in VME board-level technology, released its Model 7142-428 Digital Transceiver with a Multiband Digital Downconverter (DDC) and Interpolation Filter. A complete software radio system in a COTS PMC/XMC module, this latest offering from Pentek is a combination of proven hardware and a new GateFlow® IP core. The Model 7142-428 employs four A/D converters and one D/A converter capable of bandwidths exceeding 40 MHz for connection to HF and IF ports in communications or radar systems.

Webinars Feature Virtualization with MontaVista Linux CGE
MontaVista® Software, Inc., the leading provider of Linux® for intelligent devices and communications infrastructure, announces open registration for three educational webinars in partnership with VirtualLogix.

VMETRO Announces RAID, SBOD Storage for Vortex Data Recording
VMETRO announced the availability of three storage devices for use with its Vortex data recording solutions. The rack mount storage units extend VMETRO’s storage product line by providing 4Gb fibre channel RAID and Switched Bunch of Disks (SBOD) options. These products are suited for applications in digital signal analysis and data collection systems such as Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Electronic Intelligence (ELINT), COMINT, SIGINT, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Moving Target Indicators (MTI), Software Defined Radio (SDR) as well as medical scanners and industrial inspection systems.

GE Fanuc, PrismTech Showcase Compact COTS Solution at SDR Forum
At the Software Defined Radio Forum Technical Conference and Product Exposition (Denver, CO, November 5 – 9), GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms and PrismTech will together present a compact Software Defined Radio (SDR) demonstrator based on COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) hardware and software.

Xilinx Showcases FPGA-based GigE Vision IP Core at Vision 2007
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable logic solutions, announced it will demonstrate the industry’s first FPGA-based GigE Vision IP core solution using its leading low-cost Spartan(TM)-3 generation FPGAs. Designed specifically to meet the specific needs of the Machine Vision industry, the single-chip solution provides a cost-effective, high performance GigE Vision system that allows maximum bandwidth and full throughput. Xilinx is demonstrating the GigE Vision solution at this week’s Vision 2007, Feith Sensor to Image GmbH — Hall 4, Booth D11 and SILICONSOFTWARE — GmbH, Hall 4, Booth D26, New Stuttgart Trade Fair Center, Stuttgart.

Embedded Systems Technology Optimizes, Verifies Super Systems
Embedded Systems Technology, Inc. (EST) unveiled its strategy to enable systems companies to use EST’s innovative technologies, methodologies and products to build optimal super systems such as the integrated software, electronic and mechanical systems constituting the vehicle control architecture (VCA) of an entire automobile or airplane. Using ultra high-performance simulation, advanced statistical analysis and supply chain models, the company’s patent-pending technologies and methodologies make it possible for the first time to model and simulate families of super systems at near, or better than, real-time.

CoWare Rolls Out Product for ESL 2.0
CoWare®, Inc., the leading supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services, announced the first product release supporting companies in their transition from the proof-of-concept ESL era to ESL 2.0. ESL 2.0 refers to a second generation of ESL solutions, which aim to facilitate the design and development of processor-centric, software-intensive products with complex interconnect and memory architectures, in a production environment.

CoFluent Design Joins Open SystemC Initiative, SPIRIT Consortium
CoFluent Design, an Electronic System Level (ESL) company focused on delivering state-of-the-art software solutions for early system architecture exploration and performance analysis, announced that it has joined the Open SystemC(TM) Initiative (OSCI) as Associate Corporate Member and The SPIRIT Consortium(TM) as Reviewing Member.