News – 2007.11.07 – Early Edition

NXP Debuts Programmable Embedded Vector Processor for Mobile Devices
NXP Semiconductors, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, announced a major technological innovation, a powerful fully programmable vector processor, helping solve the integration, flexibility and standards issues of mobile communications. NXP’s Embedded Vector Processor (EVP) enables mobile devices to support multi-mode and multi-standard platforms, whilst also capable to cope for emerging telecom standards. This is particularly critical for handset manufacturers during the transition from 3G to 4G.

Violin Memory, System Fabric Combine Scalable Memory, OpenFabrics
Violin Memory, Inc. and System Fabric Works announced a product and technology alliance which combines Scalable Memory and OpenFabrics technology. The combined technologies enable a set of Fabric Attached Memory solutions. The first of these solutions will be demonstrated at SC07.

CSR Launches RadioPro WiFi Internet Radio Design with Sub $15 BOM
CSR (LSE:CSR) launched RadioPro, a WiFi internet radio example design based on the company’s UniFi single-chip WiFi technology. RadioPro provides wireless streaming of internet radio via WiFi, without the need for a PC and can support over 10,000 radio stations through a dedicated internet radio portal. With a bill of materials (BOM) of less than $15, CSR’s RadioPro is the lowest cost internet radio solution available today, and comes with the added advantage of being software upgradeable. Already in use by a number of lead customers, radios using CSR’s RadioPro will be available in shops in time for Christmas.

STMicroelectronics Introduces STM32 PerformanceStick Tool
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) announced the STM32 PerformanceStick, a very low cost development package for the recently announced STM32 Flash microcontroller family based on the ARM® Cortex(TM)-M3 core. This compact tool is designed to provide an easy introduction to the features and capabilities of the new MCU, and in particular to offer a graphical view of its performance characteristics under different conditions. Sample applications and a full Hitex software toolset are included, to encourage and enable the designer to modify and recompile application source code.

QNX, Freescale to Accelerate Development for Automakers
QNX Software Systems, the leading supplier of embedded operating systems, middleware, and development tools for car infotainment and telematics applications, announced a collaboration with Freescale Semiconductor to help automakers accelerate the development of next-generation telematics, infotainment, and multimedia applications. To facilitate this collaboration, Freescale Semiconductor has become a hardware sponsor of the QNX® OEM Innovation Labs (OIL) program, which provides leading-edge technology to the advanced design centers of automobile manufacturers around the world.

QNX Demonstrates Aviage Acoustic Processing Kit for Handsfree Systems
At the QNX Automotive Summit, attendees will receive a demonstration of the QNX® Aviage® acoustic processing kit, the new QNX middleware solution for improving the quality and reducing the cost of handsfree and voice-activated in-car systems.

Apache Qualifies RedHawk Power Sign-off for 65nm Reference Flow
Apache Design Solutions, the technology leader in power sign-off and complete silicon integrity platform solutions, announced that Common Platform Technology alliance members – Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd., IBM, and Samsung Electronics – have qualified the RedHawk full-chip dynamic power integrity solution for use in 65nm reference flows supporting Common Platform technology. The adoption of RedHawk into the reference flow provides Chartered, IBM and Samsung and their customers, access to an industry-leading power sign-off solution.

QNX Software Announces Automotive Summit 2007
QNX Software Systems, the global leader in operating systems and middleware for the in-car telematics and infotainment market, announced that it has launched the QNX Automotive Summit 2007, a series of one-day events held in Tokyo, Japan; Detroit, Michigan; and Munich, Germany. Each summit will provide automotive designers with a forum to come together to see the technologies that will drive the next generation of in-car computing.

Magma Qualifies Quartz DRC Runsets for TSMC’s 45nm Process
Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, announced the availability of Quartz(TM) DRC-qualified runsets for TSMC’s 45-nanometer (nm) process technology. Combined with Magma software, the runsets provide designers with a complete, integrated implementation and verification solution that accelerates time to market and improves manufacturability of designs targeted for TSMC’s advanced process technology.

Synopsys to Port DesignWare USB 2.0 nanoPHY IP to 45nm Common Platform
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing, announced an agreement with IBM to port the Synopsys DesignWare® USB 2.0 nanoPHY IP to the 45-nanometer (nm) Common Platform(TM) process. This agreement further strengthens the collaboration between the companies to provide USB PHY IP for IBM’s leading process technologies, including 130-, 90- and 65-nm, all of which are silicon-proven, USB logo-certified and in volume production. Synopsys is the first IP provider to announce the development of a mixed-signal USB 2.0 PHY IP targeting this 45-nm process technology. The Synopsys DesignWare USB 2.0 nanoPHY IP will be designed with Common Platform technology design rules to provide GDSII compatibility between Common Platform technology manufacturers.

Toshiba Adopts Liberty Composite Current Source Modeling Technology
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing, announced that Toshiba Corporation has standardized on the open source Liberty(TM) Composite Current Source (CCS) modeling technology for its CMOS5/TC320C 65-nanometer (nm) production libraries. Using these high accuracy libraries within Synopsys’ Galaxy(TM) Design Platform, Toshiba engineers can improve system-on-chip (SoC) design by minimizing guard-band margins during design implementation and sign-off. The powerful CCS voltage and temperature scaling technology further boosts designer productivity by simplifying low power design flows.

Mentor Graphics Joins Multicore Association
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced that it has joined the Multicore Association consortium as an executive board member. The Multicore Association is a global non-profit organization focused on developing standards that help speed time to market for products that involve multicore implementations.