EDA News – 2007.11.26

USB-IF Certifies Synopsys’ DesignWare Wireless USB Device IP
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing, announced that Synopsys’ DesignWare® Wireless USB Device IP has passed the USB Implementers Forum’s (USB-IF) Certified Wireless USB Testing and earned the certification logo. Certification helps ensure interoperability with other Wireless USB enabled products in the market, thus minimizing risk and reducing time-to-market for designers integrating Wireless USB interfaces into their system-on-chips. This most recent certification reinforces Synopsys’ leadership position in providing users with IP that is interoperable and low-risk.

Quantum3D Launches Thermite TVC-3.0 Tactical Visual Computer
Quantum3D®, Inc., a leading provider of COTS, open architecture, realtime visual computing solutions, at the 2007 Inter-service/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), announced that the Company’s third generation Thermite® Tactical Visual Computer (TVC-3.0) Model 1000, in both deployable units and development kits, is now available for purchase. Designed to compliment the Thermite TVC-2.0 family by providing a range of higher performance models that are optimized for deployed, extended environment, vehicle-mount and man-wearable advanced visual computing applications that include embedded training and mission rehearsal, 3D enabled C4ISR, sensor processing and C2 that require desktop level visual computing performance in a small form-factor, conduction-cooled, mil-spec rugged system. Examples of such performance intensive applications include RealWorld(TM) from Total Immersion Software® and 3D-enabled C4ISR applications such as C3D(TM) from CG2®.

Quantum3D ExpeditionDI Powers Immersive Infantry Simulation
Quantum3D®, Inc., a leading provider of COTS, open architecture, realtime visual computing solutions, announced at I/ITSEC 2007, that the Company’s ExpeditionDI(TM) Immersive, Man-Wearable, Untethered Open Architecture, COTS Platform for Dismounted Infantry synthetic environment training and mission rehearsal has been selected by the U.S. Marine Corps for use in the Immersive Infantry Simulation for Organic Rehearsal and Training (I2SORT) Program at the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Lab in Quantico, Virginia. The I2SORT Program, which will employ Bohemia Interactive’s Virtual Battlespace(TM) 2 (VBS2(TM)) software and synthetic environments, is supported by the U.S. Army Research and Development Command Simulation and Training Technology Center (RDECOM STTC) and CG2®, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quantum3D.

CymSTAR Upgrades Air Force KC-10 Boom Operator Trainer with Quantum3D
Quantum3D®, Inc., a leading provider of Commercial off-the-Shelf (COTS), open-architecture, realtime visual computing solutions, announced at I/ITSEC 2007 that CymSTAR, LLC, has selected the Quantum3D Independence® IDX 3000 COTS Image Generator (IG) Solutions, GeoScapeSE(TM) COTS Synthetic Environments and Facets® COTS Realtime 3D Models for upgrades of the U.S. Air Force KC-10 Boom Operator Trainer (BOT) program.

Indra Selects Quantum3D Independence IDX 4000 ER Image Generator
Quantum3D®, Inc., a leading provider of Commercial off-the-Shelf (COTS), open-architecture, realtime visual computing solutions, announced that Indra Systems, Inc., has selected Quantum3D Independence® IDX 4000 ER Image Generator (IG) Solutions as a critical component of Indra’s upgrade of the United States Marine Corps AV-8B Radar Night Attack Weapons System Trainers (R/NAWSTs) at MCAS Cherry Point and MCAS Yuma. The upgraded training devices will support training for all AV-8B missions, incorporating high-fidelity simulation of the entire sensor suite deployed on the all-weather AV-8B aircraft, and will operate in both stand-alone and networked environments.

Arrow to Distribute MathStar Field Programmable Object Arrays in India
Arrow Asia Pac Ltd., a business unit of Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW), announced that it has signed a distribution agreement for the India market with MathStar (Nasdaq: MATH), a leading fabless semiconductor company offering high-performance programmable logic solutions. Through the agreement, Arrow will distribute the full range of MathStar’s field programmable object array (FPOA) semiconductor devices, evaluation boards, design software and IP cores.

On2, TI Team on TrueMotion Video Compression for OMAP, DaVinci
On2 Technologies (AMEX:ONT), a leader in video compression solutions, announced an extensive agreement with Texas Instruments (TI), under which the two companies will collaborate on technology to implement On2′s industry leading TrueMotion® VP6(TM) and VP7(TM) video compression formats on TI’s industry leading OMAP(TM) Platform and DaVinci(TM) technology for mobile handsets and digital video applications.

Xilinx, Brilliant Create FPGA-Based Network Timing Solution
Xilinx Inc., (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading provider of programmable logic solutions and Brilliant Telecommunications, Inc., a leading developer of precise and reliable timing solutions, announced the industry’s first carrier-class FPGA-based network timing solution for next generation wired and wireless networks. The jointly developed solution provides next-generation communication network designers with the first embedded programmable timing solution, delivering unparalleled flexibility, field upgradeability, and customization. By integrating timing functions into Xilinx FPGAs, the solution offers significant cost savings. Implemented using a Xilinx(R) Virtex(TM) or Spartan(TM) FPGA, the solution is delivered in the form of two Intellectual Property (IP) cores, NGNTime and FemtoTime. The cores are fully interoperable with the industry’s leading standard Network Timing Protocol (NTP) and provide a migration path for Version 2 of IEEE 1588 or Precision Time Protocol (PTP).

ACROSSER Announces AR-B8020 PC/104+ Single Board Computer
ACROSSER Technology proudly presents the AR-B8020, a low power PC/104+ Single Board Computer. Many Industrial Automation (IA) systems need a low cost, stable x86 based PC/104+ single board computer. However, many of the original low end x86 CPU processors are currently being phased out; for example, CPU’s such as the ALi 6117C, STPC ATLAS and SiS Vortex86 are becoming scarcely, if at all, available. Although these distinguished products had a long life cycle, these CPU’s are now End of Life (EOL).

Altera Unveils Nios II Embedded Evaluation Kit Cyclone III Edition
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced availability of its new Nios II Embedded Evaluation Kit Cyclone III Edition. The Nios II evaluation kit is a feature-rich, low-cost platform that provides a fast and simple “hands on” way for embedded designers to assess the Nios II processor, SOPC Builder system design software and their custom applications.

austriamicrosystems Debuts AS5305 Magnetic Linear Motion Encoder IC
austriamicrosystems (SWX:AMS), a leading global designer and manufacturer of analog ICs for communications, industrial, medical and automotive applications, has launched the AS5305, a magnetic linear motion encoder IC, aimed at linear motion and off-axis rotational measurements in applications such as industrial drives, x-y stages or electrical motors. An automotive version AS5305A for applications such as throttle, cam- and crankshaft position sensing as well as for high resolution motor control will be available in the first half of 2008.

Synplicity Joins Xilinx ESL Initiative
Synplicity®, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNP), a leading supplier of innovative IC design and verification solutions, announced that Synplicity, with its Synplify® DSP software, has joined the Xilinx® ESL Initiative. The addition of the Synplify DSP software to the Xilinx ESL design ecosystem underscores the commitment of Xilinx, the world’s leading supplier of programmable solutions, toward driving technological innovations and solutions that promote high-level, electronic system level (ESL) design. ESL design is one of the fastest growing segments of the EDA market with an expected 50 percent compounded annual growth rate during the next five years according to market researcher Gary Smith of Gary Smith EDA.

eASIC, Tensilica Offer Free Diamond Processors on Free Mask Charge ASICs
Tensilica®, Inc and eASIC Corporation announced a partnership to remove the cost barriers for developing custom embedded System-on-a-Chip (SoCs). Through this partnership eASIC now provides free access to Tensilica’s Diamond Standard microprocessor and digital signal processing (DSP) cores for its free mask charge, no-minimum order ASICs. This unique combination enables embedded system designers to develop Diamond processor-based SoCs for applications in any production volume. Designers will now be able to develop customized, highly differentiated ASIC solutions at a lower cost than FPGA-based embedded systems.

Cypress Introduces CY3209 ExpressEVK PSoC Evaluation Kit
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) introduced a new evaluation kit for its fast-growing PSoC® mixed-signal arrays. The new CY3209 ExpressEVK includes four different PSoC devices and gives designers an easy to use platform to try a multitude of designs.

BAE Systems, Achronix to Develop Radiation-Hardened Reconfigurable FPGA
BAE Systems, a global defense and aerospace leader, and Achronix Semiconductor, the multi-gigahertz (GHz) field-programmable gate array (FPGA) company, announced an agreement to jointly develop a reconfigurable radiation-hardened FPGA. The device will be developed using BAE Systems’ radiation-hardened 150 nm process and the Achronix high-performance FPGA technology.