EDA News – 2007.12.17

LeCroy Upgrades 6Gb/s SAS/SATA Host, Device Emulators
LeCroy Corporation, a leading supplier of oscilloscopes and serial protocol solutions, announced a major upgrade to the industry’s only 6Gb/s traffic-generation emulators for SAS and SATA protocols. Designed to run on the popular LeCroy STX-460 platform, the emulators are the industry’s first to enable developers to generate valid and invalid traffic at data rates up to 6Gb/s. The new enhancements add additional capability to support connection multiplexing for both hosts and devices, as well as for the new SMP commands and emulating two hosts or two drives simultaneously.

ReyesSoft Introduces OpenEDA Toolkit for UNIX-based OS
Those in the electronic design automation (EDA) world know that to use the Open Source software they need on the UNIX systems they prefer, they have two options: write the source code binaries themselves, or opt for costly programming development – until now. ReyesSoft has just introduced its OpenEDA Toolkit 1.0, designed to bring the power of Open Source software to the EDA community.

Altera Reveals Winners of Nios II Embedded Processor Design Contest
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced the winning design teams of its annual Nios® II Embedded Processor Design Contest. First prize winners include design teams from Beijing Jiaotong University in China; I-Shou University in Taiwan; National Institute of Technology, Trichy in India; and Inha/Hongik Korea Aerospace University in Korea. The winning teams displayed their innovative designs at Altera’s recently held SOPC World 2007, which took place in different venues throughout Asia Pacific.

LatticeXP2 FPGA Makes EDN’s Hot 100 List
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced that EDN magazine has selected the LatticeXP2(TM) family of non-volatile FPGAs as a 2007 “Hot 100″ product. Recognition as a Hot 100 product is particularly coveted because there is no nomination process: instead, EDN’s editors select those products that in their judgment are particularly noteworthy.

Lattice Ramps Up LatticeECP2M FPGA Devices for Volume Production
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced that all five of its LatticeECP2M(TM) FPGA devices, ranging in density from 20K LUTS to 95K LUTS, have been qualified and released to volume production. Announced in late 2006 and developed on advanced 90nm CMOS technology utilizing 300mm wafers, the LatticeECP2M devices are the industry’s first low cost FPGAs to offer high-speed embedded SERDES I/O, plus a pre-engineered Physical Coding Sublayer (PCS) block. Previously, high-speed embedded SERDES serial I/O with speeds over 3Gbps had been available only on relatively expensive high-end FPGAs. Integrating this capability into a low cost FPGA fabric has made this higher performance interface technology accessible to a much broader range of applications in rapidly emerging, cost-conscious markets such as high volume communications, consumer, automotive, video and industrial equipment. The LatticeECP2M FPGA family has effectively bridged the price/performance gap between low cost and high-end FPGAs, and was named 2006 “Product of the Year” by Electronic Products magazine.

Enterpoint Rolls Out Darnaw1 FPGA Module with PGA Pinout
Darnaw1, the new Spartan(TM)-3E FPGA module from Enterpoint, enables the use of modern FPGA technology in lower technology manufactured products. Encapsulating all the elements to support operation of the FPGA, the module has a simple to solder PGA pinout and operates for a simple single 3.3V power supply.

Lambda Announces Medically Approved SWS1000L 1000W Power Supply
Lambda has expanded its already hugely successful SWS series of single output AC-DC power supplies with the introduction of medically-approved 1000W units. The new SWS1000L can be supplied with a choice of 5, 12 or 24V output, and has a peak output power of 1224W on the 24V model. Lambda will extend this series soon to offer more output voltage selections between 3.3V and 60V. SWS1000L models have 4kVAC input to output isolation and low leakage current (<300µA) whilst retaining curve B conducted and radiated EMI performance.

In-Stat Publishes Report on Worldwide Market for WiMAX
WiMAX continues to make gains, with network trials becoming commercial deployments, and well known vendors adding the technology to their product portfolios, reports In-Stat. Despite many positive events over the last 12 months, however, WiMAX still faces much uncertainty, the high-tech market research firm says.

Qualcomm Acquires SoftMax
Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions, announced that it has acquired San Diego-based SoftMax Inc., a market leader in noise reduction for mobile devices. SoftMax brings leading-edge, multi-microphone noise suppression and echo cancellation expertise to Qualcomm, broadening the audio and voice capabilities of the Company’s product portfolio for integration into devices such as mobile handsets, Bluetooth® headsets, VoIP phones and notebook PCs.

Actel Introduces Battery-Powered Icicle Kit for Portable Design
Further highlighting the advantages of the industry’s lowest power field-programmable gate array (FPGA) for portable solutions, Actel Corporation announced the new Icicle(TM) Kit. Leveraging the company’s 5-microwatt (µW) IGLOO(TM) FPGA, the kit showcases the ultra low-power attributes, flexible implementation options and battery-saving advantages of IGLOO for portable applications. The $99 kit allows designers to easily and rapidly program, evaluate and modify their low-power IGLOO-based portable designs. Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the 1.4″ x 3.6″ Icicle evaluation board consumes less than one-seventh the power of competitive FPGA development solutions in a design the size of a small cell phone.