EDA News – 2007.11.13

RadiSys Launches Procelerant RMS420-5000XS Embedded Quad-Core Server
RadiSys Corporation (NASDAQ:RSYS), a leading global provider of advanced embedded solutions, announced the introduction of a new Procelerant® Quad-core embedded server, the industry’s first server to incorporate the latest Intel® Quad-core Xeon® processors. Ideally suited for medical and other imaging, test and measurement, and other digital signal processing applications, the Procelerant RMS420-5000XSL Quad-core server supports powerful image processing at a higher resolution and with greater speed than previous embedded servers.

3DLABS Unveils Linux 2.6.21 Software Development Kit for DMS-02
3DLABS Semiconductor, a pioneer in media-rich application processors, announced the immediate availability of its Linux 2.6.21 based Software Development Kit (SDK), bringing the latest open source innovations to developers and device makers using its DMS-02 processor to deliver unrivalled application and media processing performance within low power environments.

Nallatech Showcases Slipstream FSB FPGA Module at Supercomputing
Nallatech, the domain expert in high-performance FPGA computing solutions, announced that it will showcase its ‘Slipstream’ Front Side Bus (FSB) FPGA module and conduct joint demonstrations with partners Xilinx and Mitrionics at Supercomputing 2007. Nallatech is the first licensee of the Xilinx Front Side Bus FPGA-based acceleration solution. Nallatech’s ‘Slipstream’ module features the latest 65nm Virtex-5 FPGA technology from Xilinx and supplies high speed direct access to the Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® 7300 processor-based server allowing users to significantly accelerate the performance of computationally intensive algorithms whilst reducing latency and overall system power consumption.

IDT Introduces Four PCI Express Gen2 Switches
IDT® (Integrated Device Technology, Inc.; NASDAQ: IDTI), a leading provider of essential mixed signal semiconductor solutions that enrich the digital media experience, continues to extend its Gen2 PCI Express® (PCIe®) switch leadership position with the ongoing development and delivery of high-performing devices. IDT today introduces four new PCIe switching solutions optimized to address the I/O connectivity challenges faced in the volume and value server markets. Specifically, the new IDT PCI Express Gen2 devices provide industry-leading performance-per-watt and lowest total power consumption critical for server markets. Moreover, the devices enable the cost-effective development of new systems by simplifying board layout, reducing system design and manufacturing cost, thus speeding time to market.

RF Engines Optimizes FPGA Resources with CORDIC IP Core
RF Engines Limited (RFEL), the specialists in high performance signal processing designs, has announced the availability of its latest ‘Vector Rotation/Translation’ IP core product. This core offers a sub-set of the features provided by the traditional CORDIC algorithm and dependant on the application, delivers significant savings in cost, power and size.

Tensilica’s HiFi 2 Audio Engine to Support Blu-ray Disc, HD DVD
Tensilica(R), Inc. and DTS, Inc. (NASDAQ:DTSI) announced that the two companies have entered into an agreement for Tensilica to provide leading-edge DTS technologies for both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD and other high end consumer audio applications with Tensilica’s HiFi 2 Audio Engine, the most popular commercial audio DSP core for system-on-chip (SOC) designs.

Mercury, NVIDIA Team on Simultaneous Computation, Visualization for E&P
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) and NVIDIA® Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) announced a collaboration to combine their expertise to provide exploration and production (E&P) application developers with a comprehensive solution for simultaneous computation and visualization of huge 3D seismic data sets, or any highly demanding computing tasks in the interpretation and simulation workflows.

Microchip Rolls Out Volatile Digital Potentiometers with SPI Interface
Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the MCP4131/2, MCP4231/2, MCP4151/2 and MCP4251/2 (MCP41/423X and MCP41/425X) digital potentiometers. The volatile, 7- and 8-bit devices have a SPI interface and are specified over the entire extended temperature range of -40 to 125 degrees Celsius. They feature a low static current consumption of just 1 microampere, maximum, and help extend battery life in a variety of consumer and industrial electronic applications.

Agilent, Elektrobit Team on Toolset for FlexRay Automotive Networks
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) announced a partnership to license certain automotive-network products in the Elektrobit Corp. (EB)(OMX:EBGV1) FlexRay product line, technology that EB gained as part of the DECOMSYS GmbH acquisition earlier this year. The cooperation will create an integrated design and test toolset for software and test engineers. Agilent also introduced a strengthened suite of FlexRay test product offerings.

MeshNetics Launches Amplified ZigBee ZigBit Amp Module
MeshNetics, a leading provider of ZigBee modules and embedded software for OEMs and system integrators, unveiled its new amplified ZigBee / 802.15.4 2.4GHz RF module at the Productronica show in Munich, Germany. RF modules can use amplifiers to extend their operating range, but the tradeoff has always been an increase in power consumption. The new ZigBit Amp module from MeshNetics is the first to successfully combine the seemingly incompatible qualities of high range and low power. Range tests showed the new ZigBit Amp module achieved a best-in-class outdoor line of sight range of 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) while keeping power consumption at a remarkably low level: only 10 µA in the sleep mode, 23 mA in receive mode, and 60 mA in transmit mode. The ZigBit Amp module’s impressive performance is attributed to its unique RF design and the outperforming link budget of 124 dB, boosted by the use of the low-power amplifier.

NI Simplifies FPGA Development with New Software, Hardware IP
National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) announced a new suite of software and hardware intellectual property (IP) to make using field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) in measurement, control and signal processing applications easier. Collaborating with its worldwide network of customers, integrators and National Instruments Alliance Partners, NI is now making available the FPGA IPNet to provide an open forum for sharing LabVIEW FPGA IP and new hardware I/O modules for analog and digital I/O, communication buses/protocols and motion control. The newly available resources make it easier for engineers and scientists without hardware design experience to integrate FPGA technology into their test and control applications.

Avnet Announces Xilinx Virtex-5 LXT/SXT Development Kit
Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a part of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), announces the release of the Xilinx® Virtex(TM)-5 LXT/SXT Development Kit – a complete development platform for designing and verifying applications based on the Xilinx Virtex-5 LXT and SXT Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) families.

DiaLite Debug Tool Integrates with Mentor’s Precision FPGA Synthesis
Temento Systems announced the introduction of DiaLite Precision, a hardware FPGA debug solution tightly integrated with the Precision FPGA synthesis product from Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT). DiaLite Precision significantly improves a designer’s ability to detect, track, and repair faults in complex FPGA designs. A special trial program will be made available to Precision customers.