News – 2007.12.06 – Early Edition

Jasper Design Automation Joins SPIRIT Consortium
Jasper Design Automation, the leader in successful deployment of production proven formal verification solutions, announced it has become a Reviewing member of The SPIRIT Consortium, a standards organization focused on IP/tool integration and laying the foundation for design flow integration. The Consortium has made great strides with its IP-XACT(TM) format, an Extensible Markup Language (XML) Schema for meta-data documenting Intellectual Property (IP) used in the development, implementation and verification of electronic systems. Jasper Design Automation has also used XML in the development of its GamePlan(TM) Verification Planner, a widely-adopted free tool for enabling structured verification planning. As a member of The SPIRIT Consortium, Jasper intends to champion development of a standard data set, using a format based on XML, for support of structured verification planning industry-wide, regardless of the chosen tool flow.

Kontron Announces OM6040 Open Modular MicroTCA Platform
Kontron introduced the Kontron OM6040, a compact and modular MicroTCA platform that is ideally configured for the design of small, compact and highly integrated multiprocessor systems based on either PCI Express (PCIe) and Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) packet switching backplane technologies.

Kontron Rolls Out CP-Pocket/CP307-V Ready-to-Go CompactPCI System
Kontron introduced the Kontron CP-Pocket/CP307-V, the latest addition to the CP-Pocket line of CompactPCI systems, which now includes a more powerful processor board for both outstanding performance and value. The CompactPCI system with integrated Kontron CP307-V 3HE CompactPCI CPU board comes with the 1.86 GHz Intel® Celeron® M 440 processor. Its three front-access slots (optionally equipped with Kontron CompactPCI I/O boards) make the CP-Pocket system ideal for modular and configurable machine controllers or for the development of compact servers. Thanks to the front-access, CompactPCI boards can be easily swapped, thereby streamlining adjustments made by systems integrators and maintenance personnel.

Kontron Launches CP307-E2 3U CompactPCI Multi-Core CPU Board
Kontron introduced the CP307-E2, an extended temperature version of the highly popular Kontron CP307 3U CompactPCI CPU board. Based on the Intel® Mobile 945GM Express chipset and ICH7-R Southbridge, this latest Kontron 3U CompactPCI board incorporates PCI Express for high I/O bandwidths achieving unprecedented performance-per-watt values even in the extended temperature range of -40°C to + 85°C.

Kontron Introduces KISS-2U Short Industrial Silent Server
Kontron unveiled the new short version of the Kontron Industrial Silent Server KISS-2U Short at the SPS/IPC/Drives in Nuremberg, Germany (Hall 7 / Booth 7-306). This extremely compact and ultra quiet 19 inch / 2U industrial server packs multi-core performance and layout flexibility into a reduced installation depth of only 350 mm.

AVX Develops Tantalum Capacitors for Embedded Control Systems
AVX Corporation has developed a broad range of tantalum capacitors ideal for embedded control systems. Used in a wide variety of ECU (Electronic Control Units), embedded systems operate industrial, telecommunication and other applications where long operation time and stability of parameters are the essential design parameters. Embedded systems are designed to operate continuously for years without failures and to recover automatically if a failure does occur.

Excel Software Ships QuickUML 3.0 UML Modeling Tool
Excel Software is shipping QuickUML 3.0 to design object-oriented software with a highly integrated, core set of UML models. QuickUML MacOSX is a Universal Binary application optimized for both PPC and Intel based Mac OS X computers. QuickUML Windows support all computers from Windows 98 through Vista. Version 3.0 adds new diagram presentation features, code generators, integrated help system, printed and PDF manual. QuickUML adds a Windows Vista friendly installer and runs in a Standard user account.

Arrow, Altera Offer Ultra Low-Power FPGAs Applications Webcast
Successfully keeping field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) designs on a tight power budget is the subject of a webcast sponsored by Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW), in conjunction with Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) and Linear Technology. The webcast, “Real World Solutions for FPGAs in Ultra Low-Power Applications,” details how to leverage the latest technology from Altera and Linear Technology to design a low-power FPGA system.

Avnet Announces New Xilinx SpeedWay Design Workshop Series
Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has launched a new series of SpeedWay Design Workshops(TM) featuring Xilinx® technology. The workshops are available in locations across the U.S. through March 2008. Avnet’s factory-trained field applications engineers (FAEs) have developed materials for the full day SpeedWay Workshops with support from Xilinx’s applications engineers. Based on practical experience and the latest technologies that highlight proven design techniques, attendees will leave these workshops armed with design knowledge and information that can be applied immediately to current projects.

ViClaro III Video IP Development Kit Features Cyclone III FPGA
Tapping into the high functionality, low power and low cost of Cyclone® III FPGAs from Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR), Microtronix Datacom Ltd. has released the newest member of its ViClaro family of video intellectual property (IP) development kits, the companies announced. Developed in cooperation with Altera, the ViClaro III HD Panel Display Interface – Video IP Development Kit helps high-definition (HD) video display designers proficiently build highly integrated, next-generation HD 1080p, 100-/120-Hz frame rate conversion television sets or panel display systems.