EDA News – 2007.11.14

Microchip Creates QVGA Graphics Solution for Low Cost Embedded Display
Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, introduced a QVGA Graphics Solution for implementing graphics display and control into cost-sensitive graphical user interface applications. Available today, this easy-to-use offering comprises a free, highly optimized graphics library and source code; third-party library support; low-cost, full-featured development tools including the new Graphics PICtail(TM) Plus daughter board; and PIC24F 16-bit microcontrollers.

JEDEC Selects Altera for Technical Recognition Award
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced its quality and reliability department was presented with the JEDEC Technical Recognition Award. The company received this award for its ongoing contributions to help JEDEC develop and improve standards in the areas of second-level reliability, high-temperature package warpage, HBM ESD testing and marking permanency.

ADENEO, TRANGO Virtual Processors Showcase Embedded CE Platform for PoS
ADENEO and TRANGO Virtual Processors(TM) announced a Windows Embedded CE® solution demonstration at the Cartes trade show in Paris. This innovative demonstration highlights the opportunity OEMs now have to securely integrate Windows Embedded CE onto their PoS (Point of Sale) platforms.

Microsoft Releases Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2
Microsoft Corp. announced the release of its Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 offering, designed for developers and device-makers wanting to quickly build smart, connected, hard real-time commercial and consumer electronics devices. With new features, including the Web Services on Devices API, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) telephony capabilities and thin-client technology enhancements, Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 enables devices to seamlessly connect to computers running Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 as well as other devices. In conjunction with this announcement, Microsoft also announced the launch of its community-focused initiative, code-named “SPARK,” a joint offering between Microsoft and select hardware vendors. The program is designed to bring the benefits of embedded development on Windows Embedded CE 6.0 and Visual Studio 2005 to hobbyist developers and the academic community.

Cypress PSoC CapSense Heats Therma Blade Hockey Skates
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) announced that its PSoC® CapSense(TM) solution for capacitive sensing is employed in the revolutionary new heated hockey blades made by Therma Blade, Inc. Therma Blades are technologically advanced skate blades that use electronics to heat the blade, thereby reducing friction between the blade and ice surface, creating a smoother feel, and improved skating performance.

VMware Features Enablement for Mellanox InfiniBand Adapters
Mellanox(TM) Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX) (TASE: MLNX), a leading supplier of semiconductor-based, server and storage interconnect products, announced that later this year VMware is expected to provide enablement for Mellanox InfiniBand-based adapters in the newest release of VMware Infrastructure, which includes VMware ESX Server 3.5 and VMware VirtualCenter 2.5. The InfiniBand LAN networking and block storage drivers are based on the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) version 1.2.5 and were developed by Mellanox, VMware and other participants of the VMware Community Source program. Mellanox’s industry leading InfiniBand adapters seamlessly replace multiple fiber channel and Gigabit Ethernet adapters typically deployed in virtualized environments, which reduces data center power, cooling, capital expenditure and cost of ownership.

Open NAND Flash Interface Working Group Unveils 0.9 Draft of ONFi 2.0
The Open NAND Flash Interface (ONFi) Working Group, the organization dedicated to simplifying integration of NAND Flash memory into consumer electronic (CE) devices, computing platforms and industrial systems, announced the availability of the 0.9 draft of the ONFi 2.0 specification to member companies. This signals the imminent release of the ONFi 2.0 specification in January 2008. With 71 member companies supporting ONFi development, this scaleable technology secures its foothold in the industry.

MontaVista Rolls Out Linux Carrier Grade Edition 5.0
MontaVista Software, Inc., the leading provider of Linux® for intelligent devices and communications infrastructure, announced its new 5.0 release of MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition (CGE), the carrier grade Linux operating system preferred by 7 of the top 8 network equipment providers (NEPs). New MontaVista Linux CGE 5.0 provides telecom carriers with new scalability features to handle unexpected jumps in protocol traffic, new functions to increase reliability, new field-serviceability features, and new NSA-level security protection.

Monotype Imaging Debuts iType Font Engine for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2
Monotype Imaging Inc. (NASDAQ: TYPE), a leading global provider of text imaging solutions, has announced that its iType® font engine is available for evaluation as an installable option for the Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 operating system. Designed for memory-constrained environments, the iType font engine enables manufacturers and developers to build connected consumer and enterprise devices with multilingual, scalable fonts engineered for high-quality display.

Freescale Introduces S08D 8-bit Microcontrollers
Today’s embedded system developers require exceptional integration and price/performance from the 8-bit devices that anchor their cost- and power-sensitive applications. To help developers get the most performance and functionality from their 8-bit designs, Freescale has introduced the S08D family of 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) — the company’s most highly integrated and scalable S08 devices to date.

NXP, Sony Form Moversa Joint Venture for Universal Contactless Solutions
NXP, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, and Sony Corporation announced the formation of Moversa, a joint venture (JV) that will drive global adoption of contactless smart card applications in mobile phones using Near Field Communication (NFC).

IBM Simulates Embedded Processor Cores with Virtutech Simics
Virtutech, Inc., a leading provider of virtualized software development solutions for electronic systems, announced that its Simics(TM) product has been selected by IBM to create advanced, system-level simulation models for IBM’s next-generation embedded processor cores, beginning with the PowerPC 464FP core. As part of a broader strategic roadmap designed to support its Power Architecture(TM) ecosystem, IBM will be able to leverage the high-performance virtualized development environment provided by Simics to enable software development well ahead of silicon availability, offering quality, productivity and time-to-market advantages for IBM customers. Virtutech will provide an advanced software development infrastructure for Power Architecture-based systems in the near future.

LonWorks Ports to Altera’s Cyclone FPGA, Nios II Embedded Processor
Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ:ELON) and Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) announced a collaboration to extend the advantages of Echelon’s LonWorks® networks to controllers used in building, industrial, and home applications. As a result of the joint collaboration, the LonWorks communications protocol (a.k.a. ANSI/EIA709.1 and EN14908) has been ported to Altera’s Nios® II embedded processor which is implemented in a Cyclone® FPGA. This FPGA-based solution, in conjunction with Echelon’s new FTXL high-speed network transceiver, provides a quick and easy hardware interface to LonWorks control networks.