EDA News – 2007.11.28

Artisan Studio 6.2 in Running for Elektra Embedded System Award
Artisan Studio® 6.2, the all-in-one UML, SysML and Architectural Framework tool suite from Artisan® Software Tools used by teams of engineers for the analysis, design and development of complex, mission critical systems, has been short-listed for the Embedded System Product of the Year at the Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards 2007.

Emerson Network Power Announces DC Input Bulk Front-end Power Modules
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), has launched four dc-input bulk front-end power modules for systems that use distributed power architectures. The modules are the latest additions to the company’s popular DS series of power supplies, which until now only offered ac-input options. The new DS450DC, 550DC, 650DC and 850DC modules all feature a very wide 40 to 72 Vdc input voltage range, which is ideal for telecom and central office applications operating from 48 V battery plants. All four modules produce a main +12 Vdc output, together with an auxiliary ‘always-on’ +3.3 Vdc output for applications that require standby operation.

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Selects Tundra Tsi578 RapidIO Switch
Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), a leader in System Interconnect, announced that GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has selected the Tundra Tsi578(TM), the industry’s highest performance serial RapidIO® switch, for its DSP220, DSP230 and CRX800 system blades designed for defense and aerospace applications.

Design of Systems on Silicon Licenses Tensilica’s Xtensa Processor
Tensilica®, Inc. announced that Design of Systems on Silicon S.A. (DS2) has licensed Tensilica’s Xtensa configurable processor to use as a controller in a 200 Mbps powerline chipset. This chipset enables broadband and networking in homes over power lines, coaxial cable and telephone wire.

AXIOMTEK Launches eBOX600-FL Fanless Embedded System
AXIOMTEK, an Associate Member of the Intel® Communications Alliance (ICA), a community of communications and embedded developers and solution providers, presents a prime fanless embedded computer – eBOX600-FL. It supports low power Intel® Celeron® M 1.0GHz/600MHz processor onboard as well as operation noiseless and system reliability. Powered by an EPIC form factor single board computer with mobile Intel® 915GME/910GMLE express chipset, this fanless embedded computer possesses characteristics of high computing power, flexible expansion, modular design which make it perfect for kiosk, DVR, digital signage, gaming, or industrial control applications.

IPextreme World 2007 to Take Place in Taiwan
IPextreme Inc, the company bringing famous IP to system-on-chip designers worldwide, announced their annual intellectual property (IP) conference entitled “IP Fuels the Semiconductor Industry,” which will take place this year in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

National Instruments Introduces LabWindows/CVI 8.5 ANSI C IDE
National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) announced LabWindows/CVI 8.5, the latest version of the ANSI C integrated development environment for test and embedded applications. LabWindows/CVI now features symmetric multiprocessor (SMP) support in real time, giving programmers greater control over applications running on multicore processors. With LabWindows/CVI 8.5, programmers can achieve increased performance on multicore systems with full control over thread management, built-in multithreaded libraries and drivers, thread-safe analysis functions and advanced debugging tools.

STMicroelectronics Creates Free Self-Test Software for STM32 MCU
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) announced a new software library for the recently-announced STM32 Flash microcontroller family – which is based on the breakthrough ARM® Cortex(TM)-M3 core – designed specifically to simplify the testing and securing end-product approval and compliance with the demands of the IEC 60335-1 standard*, when the MCU is used in household appliances. Since October 2007, IEC 60335-1 requires the software of MCU-based appliances to be evaluated according to its impact on overall consumer and application safety. When some of the fault detection relies on the microcontroller, the embedded code must contain self-test routines, and must be evaluated under the so-called Class B requirements for its ability to detect safety critical failures.

Toshiba SDD Announces 80GB HDD for Automotive Applications
Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), the industry pioneer in small form factor hard disk drives (HDDs), expanded its automotive-grade HDD line to include a single-platter 80GB offering, which provides a significant capacity increase to enable the next generation of advanced navigation, in-car entertainment and vehicle connectivity solutions.

Freescale Rolls Out S08JM60 8-Bit Microcontroller Family
Freescale Semiconductor has added 30 highly integrated microcontrollers (MCUs) to the company’s expanding 8-bit S08 portfolio for consumer, industrial and automotive applications. These latest MCUs provide embedded designers with a wider choice of cost-effective 8-bit options supporting 5V operation, advanced motor control and an extended range of peripherals, from USB to LIN, to meet their application needs.

Freescale, OpenCon Team on GPON CPE Reference Design
The industry’s only voice enabled gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) SoC is now available as part of a comprehensive hardware/software reference design kit developed to spur the creation of affordable, highly integrated GPON customer premises equipment (CPE). A top supplier of GPON processors, Freescale Semiconductor collaborated with OpenCon Systems to create the offering.

Freescale Introduces Proximity Sensor Controllers, Software
Push buttons are out and touch panels are in for an increasing number of consumer, industrial, medical and automotive designs. Freescale Semiconductor, a leading designer and manufacturer of sensor devices, is helping redefine touch-sensitive user interfaces by introducing a pair of next-generation capacitive sensor controllers and a proximity sensing software solution that works with hundreds of Freescale microcontrollers (MCUs).

Freescale, Quanta Partner for Video, Voice IP Phone Reference Designs
Freescale Semiconductor and Quanta Computer have collaborated to create a range of IP phone platforms powered by Freescale’s award-winning i.MX processor family. The platforms are available now from Quanta, which is one of the world’s top Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs).

GE Fanuc Launches AT2-5800 IP Packet Processor Advanced TCA Blade
Raising the price/performance bar yet again in demanding telecommunications applications, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms announced the AT2-5800 IP Packet Processor Advanced TCA Blade. Featuring two high performance Cavium OCTEON(TM) Plus 16-core CN5860 multi-core Secure Communications Processors (SCPs) operating at up to 750MHz, the AT2-5800 enables data and control plane services in the same form factor, providing efficient packet processing as well as significant performance and cost advantages. The AT2-5800 will scale to dual 900MHz OCTEON Plus CN5860 processors when available from Cavium. A Rear Transition Module (RTM) is also available.