EDA News – 2008.03.26

ViASIC Technology Reduces ASIC Tapeout to Two Weeks
ViASIC Inc., an electronic design automation (EDA) company that offers breakthrough tools, IP and services for reconfigurable semiconductor fabrics, has achieved a significant, proven advancement in ASIC design – reducing the traditional eight-to-12-week turnaround time from “design freeze” to “silicon in hand” to two weeks.

SolidWorks Acquires Priware, CircuitWorks
SolidWorks Corporation announced it has acquired Priware Limited, the developer of CircuitWorks(tm) software, which bridges the gap between electronic CAD and mechanical CAD software. The acquisition gives engineers a platform to integrate electronic and mechanical designs.

Networking Connections Become Necessary in Consumer Electronics
According to ABI Research, in coming years home network connections will no longer be an optional feature for many consumer electronics products, as digital content, social networking and IP services delivered through embedded network connections will be demanded by consumers in the devices they buy.

QuickLogic to Make Multimedia Phone Presentation at CTIA Wireless
QuickLogic® Corporation (NASDAQ:QUIK), announced that it will be presenting at a technical session at the Smartphone Summit conference, held in conjunction with CTIA Wireless 2008. QuickLogic will present “Better Visual Experience with Longer Battery Life – Nirvana of Multimedia Phones.”

CoWare, Sonics Announce ESL 2.0 Upgrade of Integrated Design Flow
CoWare® Inc. and Sonics Inc. announced availability of the ESL 2.0 upgrade of their joint flow. The integration provides designers a single flow with advanced debugging and analysis capabilities for platform architecture design and platform verification using Sonics SMART interconnection solutions.

Cypress EZ-Color HB LED Solution Supports DMX512 Protocol
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) introduced support for a new protocol in its award winning EZ-Color(tm) design solution for high-brightness (HB) LED intelligent lighting systems. The EZ-Color solution now includes drivers for the DMX512 protocol.

Crossware 8051 Development Suite Supports Silicon Laboratories MCUs
Crossware has enhanced its 8051 Development Suite by adding support for an additional 64 chips across 10 families in the Silicon Laboratories mixed signal microcontroller (MCU) range. The chips supported include the recently-introduced C8051T610 family of small form factor low cost 8-bit MCUs.

TI Rolls Out TUSB6020 USB 2.0 On-the-Go Dual-Role Controller
Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced a high-speed Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 On-The-Go (OTG) dual-role controller that provides flexible architecture to meet a multitude of customer-defined applications.