EDA News – 2007.12.03

Samsung, Toshiba Announce OneNAND, LBA-NAND NAND Flash Memory Agreement
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Toshiba Corporation announced that they have licensed to one another the rights to produce, market and sell memory with the specifications and trademarks of Samsung’s OneNAND(TM) and Toshiba’s LBA-NAND(TM) memory chips. As a result of the reciprocal arrangement, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will have a broader choice of suppliers for each premium memory chip, thereby reducing any potential risk of over-dependence on a single supplier for any of the selected chips. The arrangement is expected to result in increased availability of premium-performance OneNAND and LBA-NAND flash devices worldwide.

ABI Research Comments on Sprint-Clearwire WiMAX Split
The recent statement by Sprint and Clearwire announcing the end of their proposed WiMAX partnership may have sent shudders through planners hoping that WiMAX will facilitate machine-to-machine (M2M) communications in the future. But according to ABI Research, there’s no need to get nervous.

Mocana Device Security Framework Integrates with QNX Neutrino RTOS
Mocana, a software company that is enabling a secure networked society, announced a new alliance with QNX Software Systems, a leading global provider of operating system (OS) software for embedded systems. The alliance provides users of the QNX® Neutrino® real-time operating system with a ready-made, easily embedded high-level device security solution that is robust, scalable and easy to use. This open standards solution will ensure that connected devices are properly secured while also providing device manufacturers the flexibility to adapt security needs as their businesses evolve.

AMCC, Virtutech Partner on Simulation Solutions for Power Architecture
Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ:AMCC), a global leader in embedded Power Architecture(TM) processing, optical transport and storage solutions, and Virtutech, Inc. announced a significant expansion of their partnership to provide high-performance and high-fidelity system simulation solutions in conjunction with AMCC Power Architecture-based processors. Aligned with increased customer needs for high-performance system simulation in AMCC’s major markets, AMCC and Virtutech will cooperate to strengthen the availability of Simics(TM) models for AMCC’s customers.

Oregano Ports IEEE 1588 Ethernet IP Core to LatticeXP, LatticeXP2 FPGAs
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced the availability of Industrial Ethernet Intellectual Property (IP) from the newest member of its ispLeverCORE(TM) Connections program, Oregano Systems Design and Consulting. Oregano has ported their IEEE 1588 IP core for clock synchronization over Ethernet to the LatticeXP(TM) and LatticeXP2(TM) FPGA families. This IP core implements a popular IEEE standard that is used for many Industrial Ethernet applications to ensure that the various nodes in a network have synchronized real time clocks. The combination of Oregano Systems’ Industrial Ethernet solutions experience, and Lattice’s non-volatile, instant-on LatticeXP and LatticeXP2 FPGA devices, enables Oregano to provide a range of IP delivery options and also offers customers a secure, small footprint solution.

RTI, Northrop Grumman Team on DDS-compliant Interface to CLIP System
Real-Time Innovations (RTI), The Real-Time Middleware Experts, announced its collaboration with Northrop Grumman Corporation to develop a Data Distribution Service (DDS)-compliant interface to the Common Link Integration Processing (CLIP) system. CLIP enables the exchange of information between Air Force and Navy platforms that natively support incompatible tactical data links (TDLs). CLIP also provides TDL processing for platforms that do not currently have a data link by bridging the legacy host mission computer’s software to the new TDL radio/terminal. DDS provides a standards-complaint mechanism for accessing data using commercial off-the-shelf DDS software, which is already broadly used within defense systems.

Ramtron Receives EDN Innovation Award for FM22L16 FRAM
Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR), a leading developer and supplier of nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (F-RAM) and integrated semiconductor products, has announced that it has received the Leading Product accolade in this year’s prestigious EDN (Electronic Design News) China Innovation Awards. Ramtron’s FM22L16, the semiconductor industry’s first 4-megabit (Mb) nonvolatile F-RAM memory, was selected by a panel of judges and thousands of EDN China readers as a Leading Product in the Digital IC and Digital Logic category.

SYSGO Rolls Out ELinOS 4.2 Embedded Linux for Industrial Applications
SYSGO, leading supplier of software solutions for the most demanding safety and security applications, announced the release of ELinOS 4.2, its Embedded Linux environment especially designed for industrial applications. Launched in 1998, ELinOS was the first industrial grade embedded Linux solution. By assisting early adopters in their projects, especially at the beginning in the industrial automation sector, SYSGO acquired an invaluable experience that has been built into the product. Making the customers’ life easier and ensuring the industrial quality of their applications are the key factors that expanded the use of ELinOS in other sectors like avionics, defense, transportation and medical.

Technosoft Announces IBL2401 Intelligent Minidrive with CANopen
Technosoft presents the new IBL2401, a remarkably compact intelligent minidrive based on the MotionChip(TM) DSP Control Technology. IBL2401 is only 58 x 44 x 16 mm and weighs just 60 grams. Despite these minimal dimensions it embeds motion controller, drive and PLC functionalities in the same compact unit and controls brushless, step, DC or linear motors up to 25 W (24 V, 1 A). The drive can be mounted right beside the motor, all cables and maintenance thus being significantly reduced.

ThreadX RTOS Supports Tensilica’s Diamond Standard 106Micro MCU Core
Express Logic, Inc., the worldwide leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), announced ThreadX RTOS and middleware support for Tensilica’s new Diamond Standard 106Micro 32-bit microcontroller core. With the addition of support for the new 106Micro, Express Logic continues to provide ThreadX for the entire line of Tensilica’s Xtensa configurable cores and its Diamond Standard series of preconfigured cores.

Texas Instruments Introduces TMS320DM6467 DaVinci Processor
To allow consumers to seamlessly move content across their video end products, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) is offering a new DaVinci(TM) technology digital media processor for video transcoding in media gateways, multi-point control units, digital media adaptors, video security DVRs and IP set-top boxes. Wrapped with a complete offering of development tools and digital media software, the new TMS320DM6467 DaVinci processor is a DSP-based system-on-chip (SoC) specifically tuned for real-time, multi-format, high-definition (HD) video transcoding. Integrating an ARM926EJ-S core and 600 MHz C64x+(TM) DSP core along with a high-definition video co-processor, conversion engine and targeted video port interfaces, the system solution delivers a 10x performance improvement over previous generation processors to perform simultaneous, multi-format HD encode, decode and transcoding up to H.264 HP@L4 (1080p 30fps, 1080i 60fps, 720p 60fps).

RipCode, TI Team on DSP-based Internet Video Transcoding Appliance
RipCode, Inc. announced their collaboration with Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) to deliver the industry’s first digital signal processor (DSP)-based video transcoding appliance for Internet video. Built on a robust, scalable and configurable multi-DSP platform using open architecture standards, RipCode’s V4 video transcoding appliance utilizes TI’s DaVinci(TM) technology specifically tailored for efficient, quality digital video systems. TI’s high performance processors give RipCode the ability to replace between 10 – 20 GPP transcode servers with a single RipCode appliance, improving bottom line revenue through significant energy and cooling cost savings.

IPextreme Offers Multiple Reference Clock Generator IP
IPextreme, Inc. announced that the company is bringing advanced Motorola clock generation technology to market in the form of licensable semiconductor intellectual property (IP). The Multiple Reference Clock Generator (MRCG) is a patented digital clock synthesis technology developed by Motorola and is now offered to the global semiconductor market through IPextreme.

IPextreme CEO Warren Savage Chairs IP Standards Panel
IPextreme Inc, the company bringing famous IP (intellectual property) to system-on-chip designers worldwide, announced that CEO Warren Savage will be chairing a panel on IP standards at the IP-based Electronic System Conference and Exhibition in Grenoble, France on December 5th.