EDA News – 2008.02.06 Late Edition

Holst Centre Makes Breakthrough with Organic RFID Tag
Holst Centre and TNO presented a plastic 64-bit inductively-coupled passive RFID tag operating at 13.56MHz. With a record 780bit/s data readout of 64 bits over 10cm, the device approaches item-level tagging requirements. The tag generates a 5-fold higher bit rate compared to state-of-the-art plastic RFID systems.

University of Florida, TI Create Highest Frequency Circuit
Engineering researchers from the University of Florida (UF) and Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) have crafted the world’s highest frequency circuit made with a common type of semiconductor transistor, a step that could slash the price of detectors useful in medicine, environmental monitoring and military applications.

Jazz Semiconductor Announces MOS Varactor Model Libraries
Jazz Semiconductor® announced the release of MOSVAR model libraries in its 0.13 and 0.18-micron AIMS technology platforms targeting wireless and other communication products. The new model improves simulation accuracy reducing product development time and is integrated as a standard component in Jazz’s Design Enablement platform.

NXP, Azingo to Develop Open Mobile Platform for 3G Linux Handsets
Azingo (formerly Celunite) and NXP announced that they will collaborate on the development of a new open mobile platform for manufacturers and operators of 3G and 3.5G Linux-based mobile phones.

Intel, STMicroelectronics Sample Phase Change Memory Prototypes
Intel Corporation and STMicroelectronics reached a key industry milestone as they began shipping prototype samples of a future product using a new, innovative memory technology called Phase Change Memory (PCM).

SanDisk to Roll Out 3-Bit-Per-Cell NAND Flash Memory
SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) announced that it expects to start mass production of the world’s first commercial three-bit-per-cell (x3) NAND flash memory in March/April 2008. The new x3 flash architecture has been in development for the past two years.

Semtech Rolls Out SX8725 Single Channel Data Acquisition Device
Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq:SMTC) announced the SX8725 data acquisition product platform. The SX8725 features one differential input but delivers very high precision through its ZoomingADC(TM) functionality.

IMEC Introduces Prototype of 60GHz CMOS Multiple Antenna Receiver
IMEC introduced its prototype of a 60GHz multiple antenna receiver, and invites industry to join its 60GHz research program. The 60GHz band offers massive available bandwidth that enables very high bit rates of several Gbits-per-second at distances up to 10 meters (about 33 feet).

IMEC Presents 3 ADC with Record Power Efficiency
IMEC presents three ultra-low-power analog to digital converters (ADC) with record figures of merit targeting wireless SDR, 60Ghz communication and sensor networks applications. Future research of IMEC targets even faster ADCs with higher resolution at better power efficiency, to answer the need of future wireless communication products.

Agilent, Comsys Communications to Speed Mobile WiMAX Handset Production
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) and Comsys Communications and Signal Processing Ltd. announced that Agilent’s Wireless Networking test set will be used to help roll out Mobile WiMAX-compliant chip sets.

Open SystemC Initiative Announces DVCon Events
OSCI, an independent non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing SystemC(tm) as an industry-standard language for electronic system-level (ESL) design, announced its major DVCon 2008 events.