EDA News – 2008.04.21

Renesas, IMEC to Research 45nm Reconfigurable RF Transceiver
Renesas Technology Corp. has entered into a strategic research collaboration with IMEC to perform research on 45nm RF transceivers targeting Gbit/s cognitive radios. To this end, Renesas has joined IMEC’s software-defined radio (SDR) front-end program.

Enea Acquires IP Devel
Enea® (Nordic Exchange/Small Cap/ENEA) announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire IP Devel SRL. IP Devel is specialized in embedded systems development and advanced test services. The company is profitable and has grown quickly since 2000.

SMIC, ASTRI Team on Dual Mode UWB MAC ASIC
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC — NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 0981.HK) and the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) jointly announced their partnership to provide the world’s first dual mode UWB MAC IC using SMIC’s 0.13um mix-mode CMOS technology.

AMCC Unveils Arches Reference Design Kit for PowerPC 460GT Processor
Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ:AMCC) announced the availability of a comprehensive dual-processor reference design kit, “Arches,” for its Power Architecture 460GT processor.

IAR Systems Announces Embedded Workbench for AVR XMEGA
IAR Systems has announced the launch of Version 5.10 of IAR Embedded Workbench® for AVR®, which now supports the new AVR XMEGA(tm) family of 8-bit microcontrollers from Atmel®. This latest release is the result of a close partnership with Atmel.

TapRoot, Freescale Team to Integrate Windows Mobile with 3G Chipset
TapRoot Systems Inc. has been selected by Freescale Semiconductor to accelerate the commercialization and integration of Microsoft’s new Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system with Freescale’s latest 3G chipsets.

Northwest Logic Debuts PCI Express 2.0 Solution for Xilinx Virtex-5FXT
Northwest Logic announced the immediate availability of a high-performance, hardware-proven PCI Express® 2.0 solution for Xilinx’s Virtex®-5 FXT platform. The solution enables high-performance, multi-DMA engine PCI Express 2.0 designs to be quickly developed for the Virtex-5FXT FPGAs.

Cornet Unveils VME PowerPC Conduction Cooled Single Board Computer
Cornet Technology, Inc. introduced its first conduction cooled VME PowerPC single board computer, the Celero(TM) CVME-7448ST-CC. This latest member of the Celero CVME 7448 family provides a versatile processing platform for signal intelligence applications.

NI Introduces PXI-8104, PXI-8183 Low-Cost PXI Embedded Controllers
National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) announced two new low-cost embedded controllers – the PXI-8104 and PXI-8183 – that deliver exceptional performance for value-based test, measurement, and control applications.

Ramtron Creates First FM6124 F-RAM Based Event Data Recorder
Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR) has launched the FM6124, the semiconductor industry’s first F-RAM-based Event Data Recorder (EDR). The FM6124 is an integrated event monitoring solution that continuously monitors state changes, stores them in the F-RAM, and alerts the system to the changes.

Evatronix Launches SDIO-HOST Controller IP Core
Evatronix SA, has announced the launching of a new SDIO-HOST Controller IP core to handle MMC and SDIO type cards and devices. The SDIO-HOST Controller is fully compatible with SD Memory version 2.00, SDIO version 2.00 and MMC version 3.31 protocols.

Lattice Semiconductor, Synplicity Expand OEM Agreement
Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ:LSCC) and Synplicity®, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNP) announced an expansion to the companies’ existing OEM agreement. Under the terms of the new agreement, Synplicity will be Lattice Semiconductor’s exclusive synthesis partner.

Aeroflex, Innowireless Accelerate Development of 3GPP LTE Mobile Devices
Aeroflex and Innowireless have announced that they have entered into a technology partnership designed to accelerate the development of 3GPP LTE mobile devices for subscribers. The new 3G LTE mobile test tool is expected to be available in Q4 2008.

Actel Licenses Sarnoff TakeCharge Electrostatic Discharge Solution
Sarnoff Europe announced that Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) plans to implement Sarnoff’s TakeCharge on-chip electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection solutions into their next-generation programmable products.