EDA News – 2008.02.19

Actel Announces IGLOO AGL015, ProASIC3 A3P015 FPGAs for 99 Cents
Actel Corporation announced the addition of two new members to its award-winning IGLOO and successful ProASIC3 field-programmable gate array (FPGA) families starting at just 99 cents. The new 15,000-gate devices offer power consumption as low as 5 microwatts (5µW), 10 times less static power than more expensive CPLDs.

TI Announces TMS320C2000 Fixed-point Digital Signal Controllers
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced the first fixed-point digital signal controllers (DSCs) that are entirely compatible with high-performance floating-point DSCs. The TMS320F282x DSCs combine the affordability of a fixed-point architecture with the faster software development inherent to floating-point devices.

Mentor Graphics Precision Synthesis Integrates with CHIPit Manager Pro
ProDesign Electronic GmbH announced the signing of an agreement with Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasadq:MENT) to integrate the Precision® Synthesis tool into ProDesign’s CHIPit Manager Pro software suite. This integrated solution will enable ProDesign to serve as a one-stop-shop for scaleable ASIC prototyping platforms.

GE Fanuc Offers Extended Availability for Small Form Factor Platforms
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms announced that, in future, key products in its range of small form factor embedded computing solutions designed for a range of industrial applications will carry the assurance of extended availability.

NI Unveils LabVIEW 8.5 Control Design and Simulation Module
National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) announced the release of the NI LabVIEW 8.5 Control Design and Simulation Module, an extension of the LabVIEW graphical system design platform that helps engineers analyze open-loop model behavior, design closed-loop controllers, simulate systems and create real-time implementations.

Express Logic Rolls Out NetX Duo IPv4/IPv6 Dual Stack
Express Logic, Inc. announced the availability of NetX Duo(tm) its new dual IPv4/IPv6 TCP/IP stack. NetX Duo is built upon the solid field-proven foundation of Express Logic’s NetX TCP/IP stack, an IPv4-only solution.p>

Critical Link Introduces MityDSP Customizable CPU Platform
Critical Link, LLC announced a high-speed, high-end processing edition of its customizable CPU platform, the MityDSP®. This latest member of the MityDSP family — the MityDSP-Pro® — collects, processes and delivers data at CPU speeds up to 1.2 GHz.

NI Creates PROFIBUS Interfaces for Industrial Control Systems
National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) announced new PCI and PXI PROFIBUS interfaces to add compatibility and flexibility to industrial systems. PROFIBUS is an industrial communications bus with more than 20 million installed nodes worldwide in manufacturing, process control and automation applications.

uClinux Operating System Ports to LatticeMico32 Microprocessor
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) expanded its commitment to open source embedded system design by releasing an implementation of the uClinux Operating System (OS) targeted for its LatticeMico32(tm) embedded soft core processor.

Altera Rolls Out Automotive-Grade CPLD, FPGA, Structured ASIC
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced it will begin shipping automotive-grade devices for selected members of its CPLD, FPGA and structured ASIC device families. Unlike ASICs and ASSPs, these platforms are easily differentiated across various vehicle classes.

Peregrine Rolls Out UltraCMOS PE42641 SP4T Antenna Tuning Switch
Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation released the UltraCMOS(tm) PE42641 SP4T antenna tuning switch delivering an unparalleled IMD performance of -110 dBm, making it ideal for converged designs requiring high linearity and low distortion.

Research and Markets Publishes FPGA Prototyping by VHDL Examples
Research and Markets has announced the addition of “FPGA Prototyping by VHDL Examples: Xilinx Spartan-3 Version” to their offering. Hardware Descriptive Language (HDL) and Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) devices allows designers to quickly develop and simulate a sophisticated digital circuit.

IMEC, AddictLab to Bring Science, Technology to Life
Addictlab and IMEC are launching a new call for ideas and visions on future applications of emerging technologies in the field of art, design, architecture, fashion, communication, environments, health and well-being.

OSCI Transaction-Level Modeling Draft 2 Review Period Ends
The Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI) announced that over 1,400 users from around the world have downloaded its new draft standard for transaction-level modeling (TLM). Public review of the TLM-2 Draft 2 kit was completed January 31. Feedback by the SystemC community has been overwhelmingly positive.