EDA News – 2007.11.15

Actel Improves Libero IDE with Verific’s Front-end Software
p>Verific Design Automation said that Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) has integrated its Verilog and VHDL parsers, analyzers and elaborators to serve as the front end to the Libero(TM) Integrated Design Environment (IDE). The recently introduced version of Actel’s Libero IDE was enhanced to ease the system-level design process for all of its field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Its SmartDesign design entry capability lets designers move to a higher level of abstraction, reducing FPGA design and development time, improving productivity and speeding time to market. Through a tight integration with Verific’s front-end software, designers are able to create and automatically abstract block-based system designs into synthesis-ready VHDL or Verilog components.

GAORFID Announces Sirit INfinity 510 RFID Readers
GAORFID Inc. announces a selection of award-winning Sirit Gen 2 RFID Readers. The Sirit INfinity 510, offered by GAO RFID, ranked 1st or 2nd in 6 out of 7 performances test categories in ODIN Technologies Benchmark tests. Sirit’s RFID readers are built around exclusive subsystems engineered to handle high levels of interference, environmental noise and RFID activity. These Gen 2 readers are well known for their multi-protocol agility, multi-regional flexibility, and programmability. They read all EPC compliant tags and they are backed by industry certifications of interoperability and compliance with industry standards.

Kontron MediClient Panel PC for Medical Equipment OEMs
Kontron introduced its first lightweight, plastic-housed medical Panel PC specially designed for medical equipment OEMs. Kontron’s MediClient offers medical OEMs a highly reliable platform with flexible mounting options and the longevity required by the medical industry. Kontron’s scalable x86 CPU boards and a range of I/Os are assembled into a complete medical Human Machine Interface (HMI) with a light and easy-to-clean plastic housing made in accordance with the OEM’s individual corporate design.

IBASE Introduces IB950 5.25-inch Disk-Size Single Board Computer
IBASE Technology Inc. (TASDAQ: 8050), a worldwide leader of high-quality industrial computers, launches IB950 5.25″ Disk-Size SBC based on the Mobile Intel(R) GM965 Express Chipset, featuring the Mobile Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 to deliver low power, enhanced 3D graphics performance with the board’s CRT and LVDS interfaces. For added DVI display functionality, IB950 also comes built in with the Chrontel 7307C DVI transmitter.

GE Fanuc Debuts Gigabit Ethernet WANic 3850, WANic 3860 Packet Processors
Providing further evidence of the company’s leadership in the field of communications processing, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms announced the intelligent, high performance, 4-port Gigabit Ethernet WANic(TM) 3850 and WANic 3860 Packet Processors. Designed for applications such as session border control, secure access, network address translation (NAT), traffic management and firewall, the WANic 3850 and 3860 are the first packet processors to be available with NEBS (Network Equipment – Building System) compliance, the most common set of safety, spatial and environmental design guidelines applied to telecommunications equipment. They are also competitively advantaged by the provision of either twisted pair Small Form factor Pluggable (SFP) or short range SX fiber SFP transceivers.

CSR Adds RealAudio to RadioPro Internet Radio Reference Design
CSR announced that it has embedded the RealNetworks(R) RealAudio(R) codec in its Internet radio example design, RadioPro. As one of the most established and ubiquitous audio streaming formats, RealAudio will provide users of products based on RadioPro with access to the widest possible range of online content.

austriamicrosystems Expands Multi-Project Wafer Service
austriamicrosystems’ (SWX: AMS) business unit Full Service Foundry expands its cost-efficient and speedy ASIC prototyping service, known as Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) or shuttle run, with a more extensive schedule for 2008. The service which combines several designs from different customers onto one wafer allows sharing the costs for wafer and masks among a number of different shuttle participants.

ARC’s Open Source Software Program Supports Embedded Linux
ARC International (LSE: ARK) announced a new business model for open source software used on its lines of configurable CPU cores and multimedia subsystems. ARC is optimizing, delivering, and directly supporting versions of Embedded Linux 2.6, and GNU tools based on GCC 4.2 and future versions. Now ARC customers can access the latest versions of open source software and direct support from the people who are the best at developing software for ARC platforms. These technologies can be used in combination with the growing amount of application specific middleware and software based on the GNU/Linux platform.

Ambric Rolls Out Am2045B TeraOPS-class MPPA Device
Ambric(R), Inc., the fabless semiconductor company that delivered the world’s first teraOPS-class processor, announced that it is now delivering the Am2045B(TM). The new device offers higher performance and lower power than its predecessor, the Am2045A(TM). The Am2045B is the newest in the Ambric Am2000(TM) family of highly scalable, massively parallel processor arrays (MPPAs) using Ambric’s award-winning(1) structured object programming model (SOPM) tools to make massively parallel software development practical for complex embedded systems. Ambric is a privately-held company headquartered in Beaverton, Ore., with funding from ComVentures, OVP Venture Partners, and Northwest Technology Ventures.

Mentor Optimizes Flow Between Precision Synthesis, Simulink HDL Coder
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ:MENT) announced support for hardware description language (HDL) generated by MathWorks Simulink HDL Coder in the Mentor Graphics Precision(R) suite of advanced synthesis products. This capability enables mutual customers to transfer VHDL and Verilog generated by Simulink HDL Coder into the Precision Synthesis tool directly to generate an optimized netlist implementation for field programmable gate array (FPGA) designs. All mutual customers using Precision 2006a release or newer with Simulink HDL Coder can benefit from this flow, which will improve the productivity of FPGA design synthesis.

World Markets for FPGA, DSP, and ASIC in Medical Imaging Equipment
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the new Frost & Sullivan Report “World Markets for FPGA DSP and ASIC in Medical Imaging Equipment” to their offering. This Frost & Sullivan research service discusses the trends and provides the market analysis of FPGA, DSP, and ASIC in the medical imaging equipment market. The research also discusses market dynamics that include industry challenges, market drivers and restraints, key market and technology trends, and competitive analysis of FPGA, DSP, and ASIC in the medical imaging equipment market. Based on the interplay of identified challenges, drivers, and restraints, unit shipment and revenue forecasts and unit shipment forecasts by application and package type are provided. In this research, Frost & Sullivan’s expert analyst thoroughly examines the following markets: X-rays, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography including PET/CT and single photon emission computed tomography, and ultrasound.