EDA News – 2008.04.20

Freescale Bundles CodeWarrior into Tools Suites
Freescale Semiconductor will now package CodeWarrior(TM) tools into suites designed to make it easier for customers to migrate across the Freescale product line, reduce their development expense and increase flexibility in how they use their CodeWarrior tools’ licenses.

Opal-RT Improves TestDrive OP6000 Engine ECU Testing Platform
Opal-RT Technologies Inc. unveiled a series of improvements to the TestDrive(tm) OP6000 Engine ECU Testing System. Based upon RT-LAB(tm), TestDrive OP6000 is a powerful system for improving Electronic Control Unit (ECU) quality throughout the entire production process with real-time open- or closed-loop simulation.

Sundance Announces SMT8121 Communications Development Platform
Sundance announced availability of its second generation, high performance SMT8121 communications development platform. The announcement coincides with a decision by the UK’s communications services regulator Ofcom to permit the use of mobile phones on aircraft.

Opal-RT Unveils RT-LAB Orchestra Real-Time Framework for Co-Simulation
Opal-RT Technologies Inc. introduced RT-LAB Orchestra, a Real-Time framework for heterogeneous software co-simulation. Successful Real-Time simulation of complex systems often requires heterogeneous models to be integrated into a single co-simulation environment.

Freescale Debuts ColdFire MCF5227x LCD Processor with Touch Controller
Liquid crystal displays (LCDs) with touch-screen interfaces have enhanced the ease of use of countless consumer electronics products. Freescale has introduced ColdFire® LCD microprocessors with an integrated touch-screen controller.

Silicon Image Debuts 12MP Camera Processor IP Core for Mobile Devices
Silicon Image, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIMG) announced the availability of its 12 megapixel (MP) camera processor IP core for integration into system-on-a-chip (SoC) semiconductors. This technology delivers professional picture quality and advanced camera functionality once only found in digital still cameras (DSCs).

Quatech Rolls Out Airborne Embedded 802.11 Radio for M2M Market
Quatech, Inc. announced the availability of its new Airborne Embedded 802.11b/g Radio Module at the 2008 Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley. The new Airborne radio module is Quatech’s first product to include an SDIO/SPI host interface.

Freescale Launches mobileGT MPC5123 Dual-Core Processor
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced a highly integrated dual-core system-on-chip (SoC) device. The MPC5123 device is designed to simplify embedded Linux® OS-based product development and reduce power requirements and system cost for industrial and consumer applications.

TI Introduces Z-Accel CC2480 ZigBee Wireless Network Processor
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced the first product from the company’s new Z-Accel family of 2.4 GHz ZigBee-certified network processors. The CC2480 provides engineers complete ZigBee functionality without having to learn the complexities of a full ZigBee stack.