EDA News – 2008.04.28 Late Edition

eASIC Announces $30,000 Worldwide Placement Design Challenge
eASIC Corporation announced a $30,000 placement design challenge. This challenge is designed to inspire innovation in the area of placement algorithms. eASIC will offer a total prize of $30,000 to the individuals or groups that can implement the most efficient placement algorithms.

TranSwitch Develops first 10.5 Gbps HDMI 1.3 PHY IP Core
TranSwitch Corporation (NASDAQ: TXCC) announces the first HDMI 1.3 Intellectual Property (IP) cores operating at up to 10.5 Gbps (3.5Gbps per channel). The HD-PXL-1.3 transmitter IP core extends TranSwitch’s existing offerings in high-performance video interconnect applications and is available in 90nm CMOS.

Agilent ADS 2008 Update 1 Speeds Planar 3-D Electromagnetic Simulator
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) announced a 10x speedup of its planar 3-D electromagnetic (EM) simulator, which is part of the Update 1 release of its Advanced Design System (ADS) 2008 EDA software platform.

CSR BlueCore5 Multimedia Powers i.Tech Clip D-Radio Bluetooth Headset
i.Tech’s Clip D-Radio Bluetooth headset features CSR’s industry leading BlueCore5-Multimedia silicon. The Clip D-Radio is the first stereo headset to support v2.1+EDR of the Bluetooth specification and provides the wireless streaming of high quality audio from a handset, music player or its built in FM radio.

CSR Selects Virage Logic Semiconductor IP for BlueCore, UniFi
Virage Logic Corporation (NASDAQ: VIRL) announced that CSR of Cambridge, United Kingdom, a top global supplier of single chip wireless communications products, has licensed Virage Logic’s semiconductor intellectual property (IP) to enable its next-generation technology.

MIPS Technologies Creates European University Program for Engineers
MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NasdaqGS: MIPS) announced it is teaming with the Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP), a leading school of engineering in Portugal, to further innovation and technical advancement in microelectronics.

Digi International Acquires Sarian Systems
Digi International® Inc. (NASDAQ: DGII) announced the acquisition of Sarian Systems, Limited. a privately held U.K. based corporation and a leader in the European wireless router market. The acquisition is a cash transaction for approximately $30.5 million for all the outstanding ordinary shares of Sarian.

Texas Instruments Rolls Out Hot Swap Power Management Controller
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced the industry’s first single-chip, dual-slot hot swap manager for Advanced Mezzanine Cards (AdvancedMC[TM[) used in wireless, telecom and computing systems, including custom, AdvancedTCA (ATCA) and MicroTCA systems.

Impulse C Compiler Supports Xilinx Virtex-5 FXT FPGA
Impulse Accelerated Technologies Inc., the leader in ANSI C to FPGA optimizing compiler technology, announced that its Impulse C(tm) compiler fully supports Xilinx’s just released Virtex(tm)-5 FXT field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) with their available embedded PowerPC processor.

Elma Electronic Rolls Out Type E37 Dual Concentric Encoder
Elma Electronic, a leading designer and manufacturer of rotary components and electronic packaging products, offers a new series Type E37 that is two encoders in one switch. The encoders are used in various industrial, communications, mil/aero, medical, and audio applications.