EDA News – 2007.11.30

TI, Arrow Announce Webcast: Selecting the Right Isolation Solution
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) and Arrow Electronics Inc. will present a live Analog eLab(TM) Webcast for designers titled “Selecting the Right Isolation Solution” on Wednesday, December 12, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. CST (18:00 hrs CET). The webcast will highlight the various isolation options available to electronics designers and discuss relevant criteria for selecting a solution for their applications. During the webcast, TI analog expert Bill Klein, P.E., and eLab panelists Tim Lafferty from TI and Todd Frizzell from Arrow will discuss isolation technologies and standards, and offer tips on selecting an appropriate solution.

ABI Research Publishes Report on Google’s Android, Mobile Linux
The spread of Linux into the mobile environment will face significant barriers, including vertical fragmentation due to the lack of complete stack, and horizontal fragmentation (the result of many bodies developing solutions in parallel). Both aspects have made it very difficult for device vendors, carriers, and third-party software developers to justify vast investment in platform development, but Google’s Android may be the solution.

Ford’s SYNC In-car System Features CSR BlueCore4-ROM Bluetooth
CSR (LSE: CSR) announced that its BlueCore4-ROM Bluetooth silicon features in Ford’s in-car communications and entertainment system called SYNC. As well as offering hands free operation of personal media players (PMPs), CSR’s technology allows SYNC users full hands free operation of Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, to make calls and access music. Ford’s SYNC will be fully integrated into twelve Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models, including the 2008 Focus, Taurus X and Explorer. By the end of next year it will be available, or standard, in nearly every Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicle.

Exsilicon Unveils PCI Express Endpoint Design IP Core
Exsilicon Technologies Pvt. Ltd, a global semiconductor company for design of IP core, announced the introduction of PCI express endpoint design IP Core for fast bandwidth applications. The design is based on PCIe 2.0 specifications and is suitable for high speed advanced systems due to its 32 bit and 8 channel architecture. The interfaces of the core are made flexible to configure and support any type of applications available in the present market. Advanced error reporting is available to improve the hit ratio for malformed TLP and for effective functioning of the core.

Lambda Introduces HWS1000 1000W Industrial Power Supplies
Lambda has extended its successful HWS family of single output industrial power supplies with the introduction of a powerful 1000W version. Coming with a five-year warranty, the new HWS1000 series is ideal for powering industrial equipment that demands very high reliability and long field-life.

Nanoscience Announces Strategic Development, Distribution Alliance
Nanoscience is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Toumaz Technology Limited (‘Toumaz’), has entered into a Strategic Development and Distribution Alliance (the ‘Alliance’) with a leading global medical devices business (the ‘Strategic Partner’). Through the Alliance it is intended that the two parties will develop agreed solutions, incorporating Toumaz’s Amx(TM) technology and its Sensium platform, that will be sold into global healthcare markets with the objective of becoming global leaders in handheld and body worn wireless diagnostic and monitoring products. It is envisaged that these next generation monitoring products will be disposable, non invasive and capable of providing real time critical vital sign information. From the inception of the Alliance Toumaz will receive funds from its Strategic Partner for further development work.

SystemCrafter Releases Version 3.0 of SC SystemC Synthesis Tool
SystemCrafter announced Version 3.0 of the award-winning SystemCrafter SC SystemC package. This new version of the tool has improved SystemC coverage, and now allows synthesis to Verilog as well as VHDL.

SPIRIT DSP Creates HD-enabled Version of TeamSpirit Voice&Video Engine
SPIRIT DSP, the world’s leading provider of voice and video software engines, announced the HD-enabled version of its flagship product TeamSpirit® Voice&Video Engine. The engine, available for both PC and mobile platforms, is now upgraded with new features to empower high definition video conferencing terminals and mobile devices with outstanding quality wideband voice and seamless video.

PLDA Licenses PLDA EZ DMA IP Core to Great River
PLDA, the industry leader in the high-speed bus IP market, announced that Great River Technology has licensed PLDA’s EZ DMA IP core for Xilinx® 65nm Virtex(TM)-5 FPGAs. The PLDA core will be integrated into Great River Technology’s MATRIX PCIe4 high speed ARINC 818 video card for the avionics industry.

CES Design Adopts Mentor Graphics Questa Verification Technology
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq:MENT) announced that the Chip Design team at Siemens IT Solutions and Services PSE, publicly known as CES Design Services, has adopted an advanced verification flow based on Mentor’s Questa® functional verification platform and the Questa Advanced Verification Methodology (AVM). The Questa platform and AVM allow CES Design Services to leverage the power of SystemVerilog to attain first pass silicon success.