EDA News – 2008.03.11 Late Edition

Cadence Design Systems Acquires Chip Estimate
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic design innovation, announced that it has acquired Chip Estimate Corporation, a leader in delivering IC planning and enterprise-level IP reuse management solutions.

NXP TJA1080A Transceiver Passes FlexRay Physical Layer Conformance Test
NXP, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, announced that the TJA1080A has passed the FlexRay Physical Layer Conformance Test, the industry standard for FlexRay products, making it the first transceiver to comply with this test. TJA1080A will be commercially available in the second quarter in 2008.

General Purpose High Level Synthesis Using Parallel Atomic Transactions
Rishiyur S. Nikhil, CTO of Bluespec Inc., developer of the only ESL synthesis for control logic and complex datapaths in chip design, will present “Bluespec: General-purpose High-Level Synthesis Using Parallel Atomic Transactions” at DATE 08 workshop entitled “The New Wave of High-Level Synthesis.”

TI Rolls Out SN75DP122, SN75DP128, SN75DP129 DisplayPort Switches
Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced three compact DisplayPort devices that provide connectivity between personal computers and video displays. The low-power devices support data signaling rates up to 2.7 Gbps to accommodate DisplayPort and high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) speeds.

Altair Semiconductor Rolls Out ALT2150 Mobile WiMAX Processor
Altair Semiconductor (Altair) announced the release of the ALT2150 mobile WiMAX baseband processor to leading handheld device and module manufacturers. The ALT2150 implements full WiMAX Forum(tm) Wave-2 physical (PHY) Layer and Media Access Control (MAC) functionality.

Fairchild PF1007-1009 IntelliMAX Switches Protects Portable Electronics
Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS) offers design engineers a series of advanced load switches with multiple slew-rate options that protect circuits from undesirable voltage and current transients. The FPF1007-9 series has been specifically designed to protect applications with capacitive loads.

Skyworks Selects Berkeley Analog FastSPICE Circuit Simulator
Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. announced that Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:SWKS) has selected the company’s Analog FastSPICE(tm) circuit simulator for full-circuit functional simulation and complex-block characterization of its multi-mode multi-band analog and RF transceivers.

Newark Announces PowerWise Synchronous Buck Regulators
Newark announced that it is now stocking National Semiconductor’s new PowerWise® family (LM20XXX) of full-featured synchronous buck regulators, which provide high-efficient DC-DC power conversion for point-of-load power supply designs in communication, data storage, industrial and automotive applications.