EDA News – 2008.06.03

Marvell Announces Shiva Embedded CPU Technology
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) raising the bar on performance and low power consumption for embedded CPU applications. Shiva will be integrated in a broad range of Marvell® system-on-a-chip (SoC) products spanning mobile, consumer and enterprise infrastructure applications.

Microchip Announces Application Specific PICtail Plus Daughter Boards
Microchip Technology Inc. announced 10 new and existing application-specific PICtail[tm] Plus daughter boards for the popular Explorer 16 Development Board platform. The Explorer 16 Development Board ($129.99) supports Microchip’s 16-bit PIC24 microcontrollers (MCUs) and dsPIC33 Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs).

MathWorks Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder Passes AVS
The MathWorks announced that its Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder product for MathWorks Release R2007b successfully passed the Automotive Code Validation Suite (AVS). AVS provides an independent test suite for validating embedded code generators.

Marvell 88F6000 SoCs Feature Shiva Embedded CPU Technology
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) introduced the Marvell 88F6000 series, featuring Shiva[tm] embedded CPU Technology. These System-on-Chip (SoC) devices bring low power, high performance application processing to next-generation digital home gateways and are designed to expand consumers’ entertainment and personal content choices.

Broadcom Introduces Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Solution for Mobile Handsets
Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM) announced its next generation Bluetooth® Version 2.1 + EDR single-chip solution that provides significant performance upgrades and enhanced features, including lower power consumption, smaller chip size and improved radio performance.

Marvell Launches 88NV8120 PCI Express NAND Flash Controller
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) announced Marvell’s entry into the solid state controller market with the introduction of the ultra-slim Marvell® 88NV8120 PCI Express (PCIe)-based NAND flash controller, the first Marvell product in a planned range of solid state storage controllers.

Freescale Selects CoWare ESL 2.0 for Virtual Platforms
CoWare®, Inc. announced that Freescale Semiconductor is delivering virtual platforms to Continental’s Chassis & Safety Division using CoWare ESL 2.0 solutions. The virtual platforms are being used for pre-silicon software development of the industry’s first triple-core automotive microcontroller (MCU).

CSR BlueCore7 Combines Bluetooth, Low Energy, eGPS, FM
CSR (LSE:CSR) announced the launch of its seventh generation BlueCore silicon. BlueCore7 is the world’s first device integrating Bluetooth v2.1+EDR, Bluetooth low energy, eGPS (enhanced Global Positioning System), and FM transmit and receive technologies on a single chip.

Micro Magic Adds OpenAccess Support to Free MAX-View Layout Viewer
Micro Magic announces that their popular MAX-View Layout Viewer now supports OpenAccess. For a limited time, MAX-View will be offered for free. MAX-View has been a very popular product, with more than 150 companies now using MAX-View since its introduction one year ago.

Virage Logic Announces TSMC Power Trim Service Compliant IP
Virage Logic Corporation (NASDAQ:VIRL) announced it is the first IP provider to support TSMC’s Power Trim Service[tm]. The “Power Trim compliant” Virage Logic IP can enable significant power leakage reduction through TSMC’s Power Trim Service without area penalties, while maintaining chip performance.

Liga Systems NitroSIM Accelerates Digital Logic Simulation by 10x
Liga Systems, Inc. announced availability of NitroSIM[tm] release 1.0. Since 2006, the company has been working successfully with half a dozen beta sites on applications including graphics processors, networking and broadband digital broadcasting in both single chip and multi-chip verification efforts.

TSMC Announces Reference Flow 9.0
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (TSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM) introduced Reference Flow 9.0, the latest version of TSMC’s industry-leading design methodology to lower design obstacles, improve design margins, and increase yields of its 40nm process technology.

Aldec Rolls Out Riviera-PRO 2008.06 Mixed HDL Language Simulator
Aldec, Inc. announced the release of Riviera-PRO 2008.06, a behavioral, structural and mixed HDL language simulator for multi-million gate ASIC and FPGA designs. Riviera-PRO 2008.06 includes Verilog® simulation performance enhancements, increased SystemVerilog support, seamless SystemC/C/C++ and HDL co-debugging.

ARM, Renesas, Synopsys Team on Low-Power Verification Methodology
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) announced that it has collaborated with ARM and Renesas Technology to define the industry’s first methodology to address the rapidly increasing complexity of low power verification.

TSMC Characterizes 40nm Libraries with Altos Liberate Library Creator
Altos Design Automation Inc. announced their cell characterization tools are used for TSMC’s 40nm standard cell library development. TSMC uses the Altos tools to characterize its 40G and 40LP low power libraries.

NetEffect Verifies Advanced Network Processor with Breker Trek
Breker’s Coverage Model approach to verification reduces the testbench development effort while increasing verification efficiency and accuracy.

Design Automation Conference Reveals Student Design Contest Winners
The Design Automation Conference (DAC) revealed the winners of its annual student design contest. The awards will be presented on June 9 at 12 p.m. in the Pavilion Panel (Booth 364) on the show floor with each winner receiving travel costs to DAC courtesy of this year’s sponsors.

National Electronics Week to Take Place in London
National Electronics Week (NEW) will take place at London’s Earls Court from 17-19 June 2008. More than 300 UK-based companies and trade associations have signed up for the show.