EDA News – 2007.12.05

Agilent Announces Expanded DisplayPort Test Solution
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) announced that it expanded its DisplayPort test solution with the most flexible, comprehensive solution for design, characterization and debug, as well as compliance testing for source and sink. This allows engineers to speed up the development cycle and time to market of new personal computer displays.

Tek Debuts DPO-DISPLAYPORT-Tx for DisplayPort Transmitter Test Automation
Tektronix, Inc., a leading, worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced early adopter software that fully implements and automates the tests identified in the DisplayPort physical layer source compliance test specification. The software adds predefined test sets that are automatically executed, reducing test time and minimizing user intervention. The new DPO-DISPLAYPORT-Tx software runs on the recently announced DPOJET Jitter and Eye Diagram Analysis software application for DPO7000 and DPO/DSA70000 Series oscilloscopes – the highest bandwidth, longest record length real-time oscilloscopes in the world.

Amazon Publishes Report on Amazon’s Kindle and ASUS’ Eee PC
Amazon’s new “Kindle” reader device and ASUSTek Computer’s ultra-mobile “Eee PC” are conspicuous examples of a whole new class of Internet-connected products which will become popular over the next five years. Hailed by some as “the first improvement to the book in centuries,” Kindle is a portable document reader that accesses the Internet via a 3G cellular connection and allows quick purchase, download, and reading of all kinds of books and documents. The Eee PC, a tiny, rugged computer with WiFi 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi access, is aimed a lowering the threshold for consumers to enjoy an online life anywhere, at any time.

Concurrent Technologies Rolls Out AM 110/10x AdvancedMC Module
Concurrent Technologies announce their latest, very high performance Advanced Mezzanine Card (AdvancedMC®) single width full height processor module suitable for AdvancedTCA®, MicroTCA(TM) and proprietary platforms. The AM 110/10x supports either the 2.16 GHz or 1.5 GHz Intel® Core(TM) 2 Duo processor to provide high performance processing, and the Intel® 3100 chipset to support up to 8Gbytes of DDR2 ECC SDRAM. The AM 110/10x is designed for use in a variety of applications including wireless base stations, Voice over IP, media-servers, blade-servers within the communication market as well as projects within the defence, security, and industrial markets. For embedded types of applications there is an option for an onboard application flash disk (up to 8 Gbytes). Accordingly, the AM 110/10x supports a variety of industry standard operating systems.

Cadence Joins HyperTransport Technology Consortium
Garnering support from one of the industry’s leading innovators in electronic design automation (EDA), the HyperTransport(TM) Technology Consortium announced that Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDNS) has joined the Consortium. Cadence plans to offer the industry’s lowest latency, customizable HyperTransport 3.0 interconnect PHY cores as part of its Cadence Services business, making them accessible to customers in a wide range of markets including consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment and computer systems.

Cypress, Mobilygen Create Reference Designs for Video-Over-USB
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY), the market leader in USB, and Mobilygen Inc., a leader in low-power H.264 codecs, introduced two reference designs to convert any video file to H.264 format in mobile devices. The new Crusher and Crusher-Capture reference designs use Cypress’s EZ-USB® FX2LP USB controller and Mobilygen’s MG1264 H.264 Codec to accelerate the H.264 video encoding process up to 5X faster than real-time. Offering equivalent video quality to MPEG-2 at half the bit rate, the H.264 video standard is growing in popularity for applications such as the Apple® video iPod®, the Sony® PS3 and PSP, HD DVD and Blu-ray disc-players, and more.

TI Unveils DAC8881 DAC for Industrial Process Control, Test Equipment
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced a 16-bit, single-channel, buffered voltage-output digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with excellent linearity (1 LSB max INL), low noise (24 nV/rtHz) and fast settling time (5.0 uS). Combined with low-power consumption (5mW), the DAC8881 is an attractive option for industrial process control, automatic test equipment, data acquisition systems and communications applications.

Virage Logic Announces Technical Lunchinar
Virage Logic Corporation (NASDAQ:VIRL), the semiconductor industry’s trusted IP partner and pioneer in Silicon Aware IP(TM), announced that it will host a free technical lunchinar and demonstration entitled, Accelerating Silicon Success with Silicon Aware IP for Yield Acceleration & Time-to-Volume, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Room 203/204 on December 11, 2007, at 11:30 a.m.

Embedded Market Forecasters Publishes Embedded Linux Total Cost Report
Embedded Market Forecasters (EMF), a strategic consulting and embedded research firm, released a new research report entitled “Embedded Linux Total Cost of Development Analyzed.” Based on interviews with more than 1,300 embedded developers, the new study compares the outcomes of hundreds of design projects that used embedded Linux to those that used commercial RTOSes (real-time operating systems), and further compares project outcomes using commercial embedded Linux with non-commercial “roll your own” embedded Linux. The findings provide device manufacturers with empirical information to support decision-making on embedded OS selection.

Ambric Debuts aDesigner for Programming Massively Parallel Processors
Ambric®, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company shipping the world’s first teraOPS-class processor, announced that it has released aDesigner(TM), a software development tool suite for the Ambric Am2000(TM) family of highly scalable, massively parallel processor arrays (MPPAs). Ambric aDesigner is a comprehensive, easy-to-use tool suite that uses Ambric’s award-winning(a) structured object programming model (SOPM) to make software development practical for embedded application developers who need to harness the power of massively parallel processor-based systems. Ambric is a privately-held company headquartered in Beaverton, Ore., with funding from ComVentures, OVP Venture Partners, and Northwest Technology Ventures.

Xilinx Announces Programmable Solutions India
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) announced that it will host Programmable Solutions India 2007 with Xilinx India sales representative company CG-CoreEl on December 11, 2007 in Bangalore and December 13, 2007 in Hyderabad. Back by popular demand for the third year in a row, Programmable Solutions India offers a full-day, complimentary line-up of keynotes, presentations, demonstrations and solution centre exhibits at each location to showcase industry-leading programmable solutions.

INtime RTOS Supports Intel Integrated Performance Primitives Library
TenAsys Corp., a leading provider of real-time OS and virtualization software, announced the Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives (Intel® IPP) Library is now supported by the INtime RTOS, TenAsys’ real-time operating system for Intel® Architecture processors. The Intel® IPP library provides software developers with a comprehensive set of SSE optimized functions to exploit the Intel® Streaming SIMD Extensions (Intel® SSE), delivering performance far beyond that of an optimized compiler. The library contains vector/matrix arithmetic, imaging and signal processing, cryptography, and speech recognition functions, as well as audio and video codec components for use in a variety of data and signal-processing applications.