EDA News – 2008.01.28

Sybase iAnywhere Unveils Blue SDK 3.0 Embedded Bluetooth Development
Sybase iAnywhere announced the availability of its Blue SDK 3.0, the latest version of the company’s leading embedded Bluetooth® software development kit. The new SDK provides support for the Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR specification enabling the use of the newest radio devices from companies such as Atheros Communications, Broadcom Corporation, CSR, Marvell, Qualcomm, STMicroelectronics, and Texas Instruments.

NetLogic Microsystems Launches NL9000 Hybrid Knowledge-based Processor
NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETL)announced the introduction of the NL9000 knowledge-based processor as part of the launch of its fifth-generation knowledge-based processor family. The NL9000 processor is the industry’s first fully-programmable “hybrid” knowledge-based processor that features the convergence of high-performance, massively parallel knowledge-based processing with the superior low-power efficiency and flexibility of algorithmic Sahasra(tm) technology.

Agilent, Altera Design Transceiver Model Library for Signal Integrity
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) announced the availability of its first-ever transceiver model library, developed in a collaboration with Altera Corp., for use with Agilent’s Advanced Design System EDA software. This multi-gigabit transceiver library reduces development costs and increases productivity compared with classical analog simulation methods for multi-GHz printed circuit board and backplane signal integrity design and analysis.

Pentek Rolls Out VME/VXS Board with AltiVec PowerPC, Virtex-4 FX FPGA
Pentek, Inc., one of the pioneers of VME board-level technology, released its Model 4207, the company’s flagship product for high-performance digital signal processing and data-acquisition systems. Building upon the success and wide market acceptance of Pentek’s previous processor board designs, this new board employs Freescale’s MPC8641D Dual Core PowerPC AltiVec Processor and a Xilinx Virtex-4 FX Series FPGA.

Ambarella A390 SoC Captures Simultaneous High-Res Stills, HD Video
Ambarella, Inc. has introduced the A390, a system-on-a-chip (SoC) that simultaneously captures 8Mpixels still pictures while generating and compressing high-definition (HD) video in either 1080p60 or 1080i60 formats. The device stores still images in either RAW or compressed formats, implementing the JPEG standard at a rate of one picture per second without interrupting full HD-video recording.

Lattice Debuts Service Pack 2 for ispLEVER 7 FPGA Design Tool Suite
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced the immediate availability of Service Pack 2 for Version 7.0 of its ispLEVER® FPGA design tool suite. The release adds additional usability and accuracy enhancements to the Power Calculator, new versions of Synplicity’s Synplify synthesis and Mentor Graphics’ Precision RTL synthesis, and new support for the LatticeMico32(tm) embedded open source microprocessor.

AMI, IMEC Team on Next Generation Smart Power Technologies
AMI Semiconductor (NASDAQ:AMIS), a leading designer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art mixed-signal and digital products for the automotive, medical, industrial, aerospace, and high-voltage communication markets, has entered into a new two-year collaboration program with IMEC – Europe’s leading independent research center in the field of nanoelectronics – to develop AMI Semiconductor’s future Smart Power Technologies.

Aonix Releases ObjectAda Eclipse Framework for Solaris Platform
Aonix®, a provider of solutions for safety- and mission-critical applications, announced the release of ObjectAda for Solaris products. ObjectAda V8.3 for Sun’s popular Solaris platforms running on SPARC and Intel processors provides a complete enterprise-level environment for the development of native Unix applications using the Ada programming language.

Alenia Aermacchi Develops Flight Control System with Artisan Studio
Artisan® Software Tools has announced that Artisan Studio®, the all-in-one UML, OMG SysML and Architectural Framework tool suite used by teams of engineers for the analysis, design and development of complex, mission critical systems, has been chosen by Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company, as the preferred tool for its new OMG SysML/UML-based software requirements, design, development and analysis process in the flight control systems area.

Actel Introduces MIL-STD 883 Class B Qualified RTAX4000S FPGA
Achieving another milestone in its overall strategy to help designers to maximize reliability, minimize power consumption, and save board space and weight in mission-critical space systems, Actel Corporation announced it has completed the stringent MIL-STD 883 Class B qualification of its four-million gate radiation-tolerant RTAX-S field-programmable gate array (FPGA).

Xilinx Announces XtremeDSP Development Tools Package, Development Kit
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading provider of programmable solutions, announced immediate availability of the new XtremeDSP(TM) tools package along with the availability of a new XtremeDSP development kit based on the Virtex(TM)-5 SXT FPGA platform. The new bundle and kit offerings include new package pricing that makes it easier for algorithm and system developers who use MATLAB(R) to create high-performance DSP systems using Xilinx(R) FPGAs.

Altera Showcases, Presents at DesignCon 2008
At DesignCon 2008, Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) will showcase how its FPGA architectural innovations and technologies enable high-speed I/O performance, best-in-class signal integrity and low power consumption. Altera senior vice president of research and development, Dr. Misha Burich, highlights the company’s participation at the show by delivering a keynote presentation on February 5.