EDA News – 2008.03.31

Ricor Cryogenic Acquires InnerSense, Smart Wafer Technology
Ricor Cryogenic & Vacuum Systems, a manufacturer of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, announced the acquisition of InnerSense Ltd. Ricor thus expands its activities from cryogenic equipment and purging solutions to diagnostic systems. InnerSense has developed the “Smart Wafer” technology.

Design Automation Conference Announces Keynote Speakers
The Design Automation Conference (DAC) has announced the three keynote speakers for the 45th DAC. DAC will be held June 8 – 12, 2008 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

ABI Research Publishes Wi-Fi IC Market Share Analysis and Forecasts
New market data released by ABI Research shows that about 440 million Wi-Fi chipsets will be shipped over the course of 2008. This represents a tenfold increase over the number shipped in 2003; but over the same five-year period, the revenues they produced have multiplied by only five.

Synopsys Star-RCXT Extraction Product Offers Dual-Core Support
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing, announced that its Star-RCXT(TM) parasitic extraction product offers customers a near 2X performance boost over the previous release with dual-core support as part of the company’s multi-core initiative.

IAR Embedded Workbench Features ThreadX RTOS Support for ColdFire
Express Logic, Inc., the worldwide leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), and IAR Systems, the world-leading supplier of tools for 8-, 16-, and 32-bit microcontrollers, announced that IAR Embedded Workbench now supports Express Logic’s ThreadX RTOS.

Synopsys Introduces Design Compiler Graphical Synthesis Product
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) unveiled its new Design Compiler® Graphical synthesis product that shortens implementation time for system-on-chip (SoC) devices by helping RTL designers avoid wire-routing congestion problems that typically occur during detailed route.

Virtutech Debuts Simics 4.0 Deterministic Multithreading VSD Platform
Virtutech, Inc., the leader in virtualized software development (VSD), announced Simics 4.0, the new release of the company’s flagship VSD platform. Simics 4.0 embraces a completely new approach to delivering performance and scalability improvements to simulation capabilities as well as additional APIs.

Texas Instruments Announces NaviLink 6.0 GPS, Bluetooth, FM Solution
Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN) (TI) announced its NaviLink 6.0(TM) (NL5500) solution, the industry’s first single chip that combines assisted global positioning satellite (A-GPS), Bluetooth 2.1 and ultra low power technologies, as well as FM receive/transmit capabilities.

Ambric Releases Latest aDesigner Software Development Tool Suite
Ambric®, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company delivering the world’s first TeraOPS-class of highly scalable, massively parallel processor array (MPPA) devices, announced that it has released a new version of its aDesigner(TM) software development tool suite.

TI OMAP-DM510 Multimedia Coprocessor Improves Mobile Imaging, Video
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) has expanded its OMAP(TM) processor portfolio to include a line of coprocessors that boost the multimedia and imaging performance of mobile phones. The newest device in this family is the OMAP-DM510 coprocessor.

CommAgility Debuts AMC-D1F1-1200 Module for DSP-FPGA Signal Processing
CommAgility announced its AMC-D1F1-1200, a high-performance mid-size AdvancedMC module which includes a Texas Instruments (TI) TMS320C6455 digital signal processor (DSP) running at 1.2 GHz and a Virtex-4 FX100 FPGA from Xilinx.

Lockheed Selects LDRA Tool Suite for Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle
Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMCO) has selected the LDRA tool suite to enable developers on the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) program to achieve its software development goals. The Orion CEV is a state-of-the-art human space flight system.

VI Technology Introduces Multimedia Test System
VI Technology announced the Multimedia Test System offering the fastest path to analog and digital audio and video measurements for multimedia devices. No other system offers the combination of a full-featured set of measurements, minimal configuration time, low price and cost of ownership, and minimal footprint.

Cypress Announces Book: Introduction to Mixed-Signal, Embedded Design
“Introduction to Mixed-Signal, Embedded Design,” a new textbook written by Dr. Alex N. Doboli and Dr. Edward H. Currie is now available. The textbook, which focuses on PSoC® mixed-signal array design, is written for upper division undergraduate and first-year graduate curricula.

InterNiche Technologies Announces NicheStack v3.1 Embedded Protocol
InterNiche Technologies has announced the release of its v3.1 product line and introduced implementations of RTP/RTCP for transport and control of real-time data and the SNTP time synchronization protocol as part of its core TCP/IP stack releases.