EDA News – 2008.03.17

IBM Researchers Creates Tiniest Nanophotonic Switch
IBM (NYSE: IBM) scientists took another significant advance towards sending information inside a computer chip by using light pulses instead of electrons by building the world’s tiniest nanophotonic switch with a footprint about 100X smaller than the cross section of a human hair.

Power Forward Initiative Announces Low-Power Design Methodology Guide
The Power Forward Initiative (PFI) announced online publication of “A Practical Guide to Low-Power Design — User experience with CPF.” The guide captures thousands of hours of actual design experience from many of the 26 PFI-member companies across a variety of low-power designs and products.

TSMC Qualifies Synopsys IC Compiler Routing for 45nm Process
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) announced the qualification and immediate availability of Synopsys’ IC Compiler for designs targeting TSMC’s latest 45-nanometer (nm) process. The qualification by TSMC offers designers an assured path to design- rule-correct physical implementation.

VaST, NEC Develop Models of V850-based Microcontrollers
VaST Systems and NEC Electronics America, Inc. announced the availability and development of virtual models of NEC Electronics’ 32-bit V850(tm)-based microcontroller units (MCUs). VaST models of V850-based products are production-proven at leading OEMs and tier-1 suppliers in Japan and North America.

Microchip Creates MPLAB Starter Kit for dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers
Microchip Technology announced the MPLAB Starter Kit for dsPIC DSCs, which comes with complete development software and hardware for only $59.98, including the USB-powered Digital Signal Controller board with integrated debugger and programmer, the MPLAB IDE and MPLAB C30 C complier software, and sample programs.

Staccato Debuts Ripcord1 Development Kit for Wireless USB Devices
Staccato Communications, an Ultra Wideband (UWB) wireless technology pioneer and Certified Wireless USB leader, announced the availability of the Ripcord1(tm) Development Kit (DVK). Staccato’s Ripcord1 DVK is a completely integrated development environment that accelerates native Wireless USB device designs.

Freescale Unveils S08SG16, S08SG32 8-Bit MCUs for Automotive Market
Freescale Semiconductor, the leading supplier of semiconductors to the automotive industry, has expanded its popular 8-bit S08SG microcontroller (MCU) family to provide more scalable performance and memory options for cost-sensitive automotive body and chassis applications.

Kontron KISS 4U KT965 Industrial Server Features Four 64-bit CPU Cores
Kontron extends its family of ultra quiet KISS industrial servers with a 4U version that has up to four 64-bit CPU cores. The new long term available Kontron KISS 4U KT965 with an integrated embedded ATX motherboard from Kontron comes with the Intel® Q965 Express chipset and LGA 775 socket.

OKI Rolls Out ML610Q431/Q432 8-bit Flash Microcontroller
Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:6703) announced the development of “ML610Q431/Q432,” an 8-bit flash microcontroller (MCU) that incorporates 1.1V flash memory based on OKI’s proprietary low-power technology and a fine power-management function, achieving one of the lowest power operation in the industry.

Xilinx Announces Virtex-5 FPGA Solution for XAUI Protocol
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable logic solutions, announced availability of a Virtex(TM)-5 solution for designers using the XAUI communications protocol. The complete solution includes a reference design and XAUI protocol characterization report for GTP transceivers.

Actel Introduces IGLOO PLUS Low-Power, I/O-Optimized FPGAs
Broadening its portfolio of low-power programmable solutions for power-conscious designs, Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) introduced IGLOO(R) PLUS, a new family of low-power field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) with the industry’s best power-, area-, logic- and feature-per-I/O ratios in a programmable device.

Microchip Introduces 34XX02 SPD EEPROMs for DDR2, DDR3 DIMM Modules
Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced a series of Serial Presence Detect (SPD) EEPROM devices that support the latest Double Data Rate 2 (DDR2) DIMM modules used in today’s high-speed PCs, as well as future DDR3 DIMM modules.

D2 Technologies Announces vPort VoIP for Freescale PowerQUICC II Pro
D2 Technologies announced the availability of D2′s vPort VoIP software on Freescale Semiconductor’s MPC8323E PowerQUICC® II Pro System on Chip (SoC) platform, aimed at today’s most advanced integrated access devices (IADs) for the small-to-medium-size business and home-based office.

D2 Technologies Rolls Out Latest vPort Embedded VoIP Software
D2 Technologies, the market leader in embedded software platforms that power IP communications, announced that its flagship embedded VoIP product, vPort, has increased its universal mobility capabilities by resolving the problem posed by firewalls and Network Address Translation (NAT) traversal.

ZTE Selects Altera Stratix II FPGAs for TD-SCDMA Remote Radio Unit
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) announced its Stratix® II FPGAs have been selected by ZTE for its new TD-SCDMA Remote Radio Units (RRUs). In the ZTE RRU, the Stratix II device performs all major digital intermediate frequency (IF) functions.

MontaVista to Present at UK Embedded Masterclass
MontaVista Software, Inc., the leader in embedded Linux commercialization, will give a presentation at the next UK Embedded Masterclass, discussing how the Linux kernel can deliver true real time functionality and performance by itself, without resorting to techniques such as a separate microkernel.

ADLINK Unveils GEME-12000 Ultra-Compact, Fanless Embedded Controller
ADLINK Technology announces the GEME-12000, an ultra compact, fanless embedded controller, equipped with the ultra low power consumption AMD Geode LX800 processor. The GEME provides a fanless and completely sealed design to prevent dust contamination and to increase reliability which ensures operational stability.

ATEME Rolls Out Kyrion File Encoder 2.0 for MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Video
ATEME(tm) SA (Bièvres, France), an acknowledged leader in MPEG-4 video compression solutions, announced the release of Kyrion® File Encoder 2.0. Kyrion File Encoder 2.0 is a complete solution for MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 content production.