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European Design Automation Association 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award honors Symtavision’s Prof. Dr. Ing. Rolf Ernst

The European Design Automation Association (EDAA) Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals who make innovative contributions to electronic design, automation, and testing of electronic systems. Symtavision Board member Prof. Dr. Ing. Rolf Ernst has had a major role in automotive systems, HW/SW co-design, and as chair of many conferences.

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EDA News – 2008.06.05

Synopsys Supports Sun Solaris 10 OS x86_64 Platforms
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing, announced broad support across its advanced electronic design automation (EDA) product lines for Sun Microsystems’ Solaris[TM] 10 Operating System (OS) on x86_64-based systems.

Cypress Hosts Communication Interfaces for Lighting Networks Webinar
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) announced a free online seminar that reviews communication interfaces for intelligent lighting networks and presents tools to simplify the design process. The 60-minute webinar is entitled “Communication Interfaces for Intelligent Lighting Networks.”

HeedSoft Licenses Nlview Visualization Engine, T-engine Schematic Generator
Concept Engineering announced that HeedSoft S.A.R.L., developer of the TLL[tm] advanced transistor abstraction tool, has signed a worldwide OEM license for Concept Engineering’s Nlview[tm] visualization engine and T-engine[tm] transistor-level schematic generator.

DSM Somos Impact Tests Rapid Prototyping Materials
As rapid prototyping (RP) moves closer toward direct manufacturing, stereolithography (SL) resin leader DSM Somos is working to increase industry awareness around the impact testing of SL resins for the better evaluation of material performance.

Takumi Rolls Out Enhance-RO Layout Optimization Tool
Takumi Technology Corporation announced the availability of its new layout optimization tool — Takumi Enhance-RO for automated enforcement of recommended rules and critical area optimization.

Dongbu HiTek Creates First 0.18-micron BCDMOS Process
Dongbu HiTek launched the industry’s first BCDMOS (Bipolar/CMOS/DMOS) process at the 0.18-micron node, thereby setting the stage for fabless companies to reduce the size of typical 0.35-micron BCDMOS solutions by up to 40 to 60 percent, and in many cases eliminate the need for multiple chips.

MagnaChip Announces TA7502 Driver Chip for TFT-LCD Displays
MagnaChip Semiconductor Ltd. announced the launch of its driver chip (TA7502) for TFT-LCD displays. The TA7502 driver chip integrates QVGA resolution (320×240) and supports TFT-LCD displays that produce 262,144 colors.

EDA News – 2008.06.05 Late Edition

Innovaide Unveils SenseNet Packet Processing, Traffic Management IP
Innovaide Inc. announced the availability of key packet processing and traffic management engines targeting the Carrier Ethernet equipment market. The SenseNet[TM] family of reusable Intellectual Property consists of three hardware blocks – Classification Engine, Forwarding Engine, and Traffic Management Engine.

Altos Variety LX Timing Library Models Qualify on UMC 65nm Process
Altos Design Automation Inc. announced that UMC has qualified Altos’ statistical timing model generator, Variety LX on UMC’s 65nm standard cell library. Statistical analysis and optimization play an important role in helping to overcome many of the challenges associated with designing at advanced process nodes.

MIT Team Wins MEMOCODE Co-Design Contest with Bluespec Synthesis
A five-member team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) won the top honors in the second annual hardware/software co-design contest sponsored by the ACM-IEEE International Conference on Formal Methods and Models for Co-Design (MEMOCODE 2008).

Sequence Design to Present Low Power Design Tutorial at DAC
PowerArtist, the latest in a long line of technically advanced power-reduction tools from Sequence Design, takes center stage at this year’s DAC as the company asks, “What color is your RTL?”

Workshop for Women in Design Automation Sponsors Students to DAC
The Workshop for Women in Design Automation (WWINDA), part of the 45th Design Automation Conference (DAC), announced that, thanks to generous sponsorship support from companies within the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) community, 12 sponsorships were awarded to graduate students from local universities.

STMicroelectronics Unveils STv0986 Mobile Image Signal Processor
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) has introduced a new high-performance, stand-alone Image Signal Processor with dual-camera support that brings DSC-like performance to mobile imaging applications.

CLK Design Automation Introduces TSSTA for TSMC Reference Flow 9.0
CLK Design Automation, Inc. introduced transistor statistical static timing analysis (TSSTA) for TSMC’s Reference Flow 9.0 to lower design obstacles, improve design margins, and increase 40-nanometer (nm) technology yields.

ACT/Technico SATA PMCDisk Simplifies Mass Storage Requirements
ACT/Technico offers a SATA-based mass storage PMC that simplifies data storage requirements while incorporating advanced serial storage technology for increased data transfer rates. The cost-effective RoHS-compliant SATA PMCDisk replaces hard drives and disk modules that require external fixtures or system slots.

Spectrum Microwave Offers Wideband Switches with High Isolation, Frequency
Spectrum Microwave introduces their newly expanded line of switches now offering SPDT to SP5T designs with a wide bandwidth from 100 MHz to 22 GHz. These high performance switches feature an integral TTL driver and are available with fast switching speeds.

KLA-Tencor Unveils Archer 200 Overlay Metrology System for 32nm Design
KLA-Tencor (NASDAQ:KLAC) introduced its latest overlay metrology system, the Archer 200, featuring an enhanced optical system that provides significant performance improvements that are critical to help customers meet the much tighter overlay requirements for double-patterning lithography at the 32nm design rule node.

EDA News – 2008.06.05

Averant Launches New Verification Engine
Averant Inc., a leading provider of advanced verification technology for RTL designs, announces the development of significant new technologies, continuing its First In Formal[tm] leadership in formal property verification.

Berkeley Design Announces Analog FastSPICE Co-Simulation for Verilog
Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. announced the availability of true SPICE accurate analog/RF mixed-signal verification based on co-simulation of its award-winning Analog FastSPICE[tm] circuit simulator with leading Verilog® HDL simulators.

Open Verification Methodology World Summit to be Held at DAC
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) and Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ: MENT) announced that the inaugural Open Verification Methodology (OVM) World Summit will be held Thursday, June 12 aligned with the Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Anaheim, Calif.

Electronics Production Declines in US, Japan, Western Europe
Electronics manufacturing in the US, Japan and Western Europe accounted for under 50% of electronics output for the first time in 2006 as the migration of volume manufacturing to low cost locations continues, according to a new market research report available at Publications.

MAC-1G PCS IP Core Powers Evatronix Gigabit Ethernet MAC Controllers
Evatronix SA, announced the MAC-1G PCS – a Physical Coding Sublayer IP core – brings the proven Evatronix Gigabit Ethernet MAC Controllers into the world of fiber-optic networks and assures a seamless integration with third-party optical transceivers through the Physical Medium Attachment (PMA) sublayer.

Enea Joins Board of Communications Platforms Trade Association
Enea (Nordic Exchange/Small Cap/ENEA) announced that it has been named as a board member at the Communications Platforms Trade Association (CP-TA). Enea has been a member of CP-TA since 2006. CP-TA is an association of communications platform and building block providers.

VIA Technologies Announces Mini-ITX 2.0 Mini PC Standard
VIA Technologies, Inc announced a new standard for Mini-ITX boards to ensure an optimized multimedia and computing experience in small form factor desktop PCs. Mini-ITX 2.0 is a set of minimum specifications for the next generation of Mini-ITX boards.

Wind River, Intel to Develop Moblin Linux Platform for MID Market
Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIND) announced that it is collaborating with Intel Corporation to accelerate the Mobile Internet Device (MID) market segment. Wind River, with support from Intel, will develop an open, extensible Moblin-based Linux platform for the MID market.

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Introduces WANic 5434 Packet Processor
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms announced the WANic[tm] 5434 packet processor. The company’s first packet processor to feature PCI Express, with four lanes of PCI Express bus providing high speed communication with the host, the WANic 5434 is a powerful yet thermally efficient device.

LDRA Enhances Tool Suite for MISRA C++:2008 Standard
LDRA has enhanced the capabilities of the LDRA tool suite to comply with the released version of the MISRA C++:2008 standard from the Motor Industry Software Reliability Association (MISRA). Although a standard directed by the automotive industry, MISRA has gained widespread acceptance in other vertical markets.

EDA News – 2008.06.04 Late Edition

DreamWorks, Boeing, NASA, WSU Offer Insights to Verifying Complex Systems
Experts from DreamWorks, Boeing, NASA and Washington State University will offer their insights into “Verifying Really Complex Systems: On Earth and Beyond,” during a panel session at the 45th Design Automation Conference (DAC).

Apache Design Solutions DAC Booth Features Methodology Presentations
Apache Design Solutions will host methodology presentations by designers from Broadcom, IBM, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, and TSMC at this years’ 45th Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Anaheim, California.

Z Circuit Automation Breaks Barrier in Cell Library Characterization
Z Circuit Automation, Inc. has broken the one minute barrier in cell library characterization. By adding new high-speed technologies to the ZChar characterization system, users can now characterize complex flip-flops in less than one minute, at least a 20X improvement over other characterization systems.

Onespin Creates First SVA Solution for Gap-Free RTL Verification
OneSpin Solutions announced the industry’s first verification solution that features gap-free RTL verification using SystemVerilog Assertions (SVA). This solution represents a major technical breakthrough in verification technology employing standard verification languages.

TSMC Reference Flow 9 Includes Azuro PowerCentric Clock Tree Synthesis
Azuro, Inc. announced that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) Reference Flow 9.0 includes Azuro’s PowerCentric[tm] Clock Tree Synthesis (CTS) solution. PowerCentric lowers clock power, reduces clock area, and improves clock timing.

Calypto, HD Lab Enable System Level Design Flow in Japan
Calypto[tm] Design Systems Inc. has signed a partnership agreement with HD Lab of Shin-Yokohama, Japan, where HD Lab will provide sales, support and services for designers using the Calypto SLEC[tm] (Sequential Logic Equivalence Checker) product family.

STMicroelectronics Selects Globetech Verification IP for IEEE P1149.7
Globetech Solutions announced availability of an IEEE P1149.7[tm] design verification intellectual property (VIP) product, along with a metric-driven compliance management suite for the latest IEEE test and debug standard.

Mercury Computer Systems Selects Bluespec High-Level Synthesis Toolset
Bluespec Inc., developers of the industry’s only general-purpose, high-level synthesis solution, announced that Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. has adopted Bluespec’s high-level synthesis toolset for creating its next-generation advanced computing IP for FPGAs.

Tzero Technologies Adopts PowerTheater for Low-Power Design Flow
Sequence Design, the EDA leader in Design for Power (DFP) solutions, announced that Tzero Technologies, the leader in Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology and wireless video products, has adopted PowerTheater as a key component in its low-power design flow for high-performance, ultra wideband silicon.

Enea, CEVA Announce OSE ck RTOS for CEVA-X, CEVA-TeakLite-III DSP
Enea (Nordic Exchange/Small Cap/ENEA) and CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA); (LSE: CVA) announced the availability of the Enea OSE ck real-time operating system for two CEVA DSP architectures: the CEVA-TeakLite-III and the CEVA-X.

Timesys Optimizes Real Time Linux Kernel for Atmel Microprocessors
Timesys Corporation announced the availability of a Linux kernel, optimized for real time applications on Atmel Microprocessors. Available through a LinuxLink subscription, the optimized kernel is provided along with complete Linux reference distribution, integrated and tested for select Atmel reference platforms.

Solomon Systech Introduces SSD1961 Graphic Controller
Solomon Systech (Distribution: Gleichmann Electronics) has introduced the SSD1961 graphic controller for mobile applications including smartphones and portable media players (PMPs), but also for energy sensitive applications such as room temperature controllers or controls for window blinds.

ADLINK Technology Rolls Out ExpressCard to PXI Extension Kit
ADLINK Technology Inc. (TAIEX:6166) introduced a new multi-slot ExpressCard®-to-PXI extension system consisting of the EC-8560 ExpressCard® and corresponding PXI-8565 PXI card.

Texas Instruments Clusters DSPs with Tundra Tsi574 RapidIO Switch
Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN) announced that Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI) has selected the Tsi574[tm] RapidIO® Switch to cluster TI’s wireless infrastructure optimized DSPs on their TMS320TCI6484 AMC evaluation platform.

EDA News – 2008.06.04

GreenSocs Announces DAC Transaction-level Modeling Tutorial
GreenSocs[tm] Ltd announced it will host a technical tutorial during the Design Automation Conference 2008 in Anaheim CA. The tutorial is titled, Writing Efficient TLM 2.0 Models with GreenSocs.

EVE to Break the Billion Cycle Barrier with ZeBu at DAC
Design Automation Conference (DAC) attendees who stop by the EVE booth (#301) during the conference will learn how to “break the billion-cycle barrier” with ZeBu, EVE’s system-on-chip (SoC) hardware and embedded software co-verification solutions.

Extreme DA Adds MXO Capability to GoldTime Timing Analyzer
Extreme DA[tm] announced the addition of multi-dimensional optimization (MXO[tm]) capability to its GoldTime[tm] timing analyzer. GoldTime MXO provides the fastest way to analyze complex digital SOC designs with the smallest number of computer resources.

CAST, SoC Solutions Build FPGA System with Synopsys ReadyIP Flow
CAST, Inc. and technical partner SoC Solutions LLC recently proved the effectiveness of a new FPGA design capability from Synopsys’ Synplicity Business Group by developing a complete 32-bit processor-based system in just three and a half days.

Synopsys Supports TSMC Reference Flow 9.0
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) announced that it is delivering comprehensive support for TSMC Reference Flow 9.0 targeting 40-nanometer (nm) processes, including 40G and 40LP. The two companies also extended the scope of their library distribution agreement.

Tensilica, SPIRIT DSP Team on Mobile Multimedia Audio, Voice for Xtensa
SPIRIT DSP and Tensilica,® Inc. announced that they have formed a strategic partnership and can now deliver 18 optimized, high quality digital audio and voice software packages that run on Tensilica’s HiFi 2 Audio Engine, an increasingly popular audio architecture for system-on-chip (SOC) designs.

CoWare, Doulos Team on ARM System Design Training
Doulos and CoWare® Inc announced they will broaden the scope of their successful collaboration on SystemC and transaction-level modeling (TLM) education to encompass the market-leading Doulos ARM training capability.

4DSP Introduces FM577 FPGA High Density Platform
Low power consumption without compromising performance is promised by the FM577 FPGA platform introduced by 4DSP. The innovative design company has created the new PMC based on a dual ALTERA® Cyclone III FPGA devices architecture. This maximizes performance while keeping costs low.

Renesas Unveils E100 Emulator for 8- to 32-Bit CISC Embedded Systems
Renesas Technology America, Inc. announced the E100 full-spec emulator, an expansion of its extensive line of development tools for engineers designing embedded systems that use microcontrollers (MCUs). The E100 improves the system design process.

Aptina Imaging Accelerates JPEG Performance with Scalado SpeedTags
Aptina Imaging announced that it will integrate Scalado SpeedTags(TM) technology into future mobile 3 MP and above multi-megapixel SOC designs. Scalado’s technology will be included in Aptina’s SOC sensors and assists in managing the larger files produced by the high resolution image sensor.

Toshiba, Sarnoff Expand License Agreement for TakeCharge ESD Protection
Sarnoff Europe announced its expanded license partnership with Toshiba Corporation in Sarnoff’s TakeCharge® electrostatic discharge (ESD) solution. Sarnoff has developed ESD protection solutions for five consecutive generations, ranging from 180 nanometers (nm) to 45nm, of Toshiba CMOS process technologies.

Pachira IP to Represent Innurvation for Semiconductor Patent Licensing
Pachira IP and Innurvation, Inc. have reached an agreement granting Pachira the exclusive right to license the semiconductor patents owned by Innurvation.

EDA News – 2008.06.03 Late Edition

TSMC Reference Flow 9 Includes GoldTime Statistical Timing Analysis
Extreme DA[tm] announced that TSMC Reference Flow 9.0 covers the GoldTime[tm] Statistical timing analyzer. Supporting 40nm process technology, Reference Flow 9.0 is the latest generation of TSMC’s design methodology to increase yields, lower risks, and reduce design margins.

IMEC, AIXTRON Grow Uniform AlGaN/GaN Heterostructures on 200mm Wafers
IMEC and AIXTRON have demonstrated the growth of high-quality and uniform AlGaN/GaN heterostructures on 200mm silicon wafers. This demonstration is a milestone towards fabricating low-cost GaN power devices for high-efficiency / high-power systems beyond the silicon limits.

CLK Design Automation Introduces Amber FX Analyzer for TSSTA
CLK Design Automation, Inc. announced the Amber[tm] FX Analyzer as the industry’s first transistor statistical static timing analysis (TSSTA) solution. Chip designers can now validate the performance and margins of leading-edge designs with more accurate statistical analysis.

DAFCA, Denali Software Team on FlashPoint Platform Improvements
DAFCA Incorporated and Denali Software, Inc. announced a collaboration focused on various feature improvements to Denali’s NAND Flash memory controller, as part of the recently announced FlashPoint[tm] platform. The collaboration focuses on accelerating the system-level transaction, function, and protocol validation.

Si2 Design For Manufacturability Coalition Gains Takumi Technology
Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) announced that Takumi Technology has joined the Design-For-Manufacturability Coalition (DFMC). Si2 also announces that there will be an “Open Door” session at the DFMC meeting at the Design Automation Conference, on June 10 next to the Anaheim Convention Center.

ICCAD 2008 Offers Details of Submissions, Keynote, Workshops
With continued strong participation from around the world, including North America, Europe, and Asia, the International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD) received nearly 500, high-quality technical paper submissions.

Interra to Exhibit MC2 Memory Development System, EDA Language Analyzer
Interra Systems will exhibit MC2, the Memory Development System and EDA language analyzers during the 45th Design Automation Conference June 9-12 in the Anaheim Convention Center at booth #1937.

Bluespec to Showcase FPGA-based Models, Testbenches at DAC
Bluespec[tm] Inc. will demonstrate a synthesizable model and testbench running at 35,000 times faster than event-based simulation and its new development workstation in Booth #2367 during the 45th Design Automation Conference (DAC).

Laird Technologies Selects Ansoft HFSS DSO 3D Simulation Tool
Laird Technologies, Inc. announced the deployment of an advanced 3D simulation tool that aids in the design of electronic devices. The company is currently using the tool in rigorous 3D simulations for the design of complex mobile devices and advanced antenna systems.

AMCC, Silicon Image Team on Network Attached Storage Reference Designs
Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ: AMCC) and Silicon Image, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIMG) announced a working alliance to provide Network Attached Storage (NAS) reference designs based on AMCC Power Architecture based processors and Silicon Image’s SATA controllers and port multipliers.

Connect One Releases Mini Socket iWiFi Embedded Serial-to-WiFi Module
Connect One[tm] released Mini Socket iWiFi, a new embedded serial-to-WiFi module that quickly and easily connects embedded devices running machine-to-machine (M2M) applications to 802.11b/g wireless LANs with minimal programming.

Pentek Debuts RTS 2721 Portable Signal Recording, Playback Instrument
Weighing only 23 pounds and measuring just 16″ W x 5.7″ D x 11.5″ H, nevertheless, Pentek’s Model RTS 2721 Portable Signal Recording and Playback Instrument delivers truly remarkable performance.

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.

EDA News – 2008.06.02 Late Edition

Semiconductor Chip Sales Grow by 5.9% to $21.2 Billion in April
Worldwide sales of semiconductors of $21.2 billion in April were 5.9 percent higher than the $20.1 billion reported for April 2007, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported. April sales were essentially flat sequentially with the $21.2 billion reported for March 2008.

The MathWorks Announces DAC Keynote, Panel, Tutorial
At this year’s Design Automation Conference (DAC), The MathWorks will be in Booth 741 to show how Model-Based Design accelerates electronic system and embedded software development through interactive demonstrations of workflows for system and algorithm design, code generation, and verification.

AMCC, TeamF1, Senao Unveil 802.11n WLAN Access Point Reference Design
Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) (NASDAQ:AMCC), TeamF1, Inc., and Senao Networks, Inc. announced a comprehensive hardware/software reference design kit, based on the company’s PowerPC 405EX processor and designed to accelerate customer time-to-market for Enterprise 802.11n Wireless Access Points.

Coherent Logix Achieves First Pass Success with Extreme DA GoldTime
Extreme DA[tm] customer Coherent Logix achieved first-pass silicon success for the hx2100, the latest in its line of HyperX-based digital signal processors (DSPs). Coherent Logix used Extreme DA GoldTime[tm] exclusively for full-chip timing analysis of its design before manufacture.

Oticon Selects Synopsys IC Compiler for Hearing Aid DSP
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) announced that Oticon has taped out part of its next-generation digital signal processor (DSP) chipset for hearing-aid devices using Synopsys’ IC Compiler design planning and place-and-route product, which is part of the Eclypse[TM] Low Power Solution.

Solarflare Deploys Arithmatica CellMath Designer Datapath Synthesis Tool
Arithmatica, Ltd. announced that Solarflare Communications, Inc. has successfully deployed Arithmatica’s datapath synthesis tool, CellMath Designer[tm], to optimize the datapath sections of Solarflare’s new 10GBASE-T PHY product.

IGEL Technology Releases Latest Microsoft Windows XP Embedded Firmware
IGEL Technology announced the availability of its latest Microsoft Windows XP Embedded firmware on the broadest and most powerful range of thin clients on the market. The latest firmware gives users increased choice of hypervisors for virtual PCs, improved device management and further energy saving capabilities.

Virage Logic Debut RTL to Test Floor Embedded Memory Test, Repair Subsystem
Virage Logic Corporation (NASDAQ: VIRL) announced the availability of a completely open register transfer level (RTL) to test floor embedded memory test and repair subsystem based on the latest release of its flagship Self-Test and Repair (STAR[tm]) Memory System and the recently introduced STAR[tm] Yield Accelerator.

Freescale Unveils 50-Volt LDMOS RF Power Transistor for L-Band Radar
Continuing to push the boundaries of high-power radio frequency (RF) technology, Freescale Semiconductor has unveiled the world’s first 50-volt LDMOS RF power transistor line-up for L-Band radar applications.

Ubicom Introduces StreamEngine 7000 Processors for Digital Home
Ubicom®, Inc. has introduced a new family of StreamEngine® processors for home networking and connected media devices. The StreamEngine 7000[tm] family is software-compatible with the popular StreamEngine 5000[tm] family and delivers higher performance with lower power in a smaller package.

Freescale Symphony DSP Features Multi-Channel Dolby Volume
Freescale Semiconductor’s Symphony[tm] family of audio digital signal processors (DSP) are the first DSPs in the market to integrate multi-channel Dolby® Volume intelligent audio processing technology.

TeamF1 Announces Managed Access Point Solution for AMCC Makalu
TeamF1, Inc. announced that its Managed Access Point Solution (MAPS) is the first software solution available on Applied Micro Circuits Corp.’s (AMCC) (NASDAQ:AMCC) newly released PowerPC 405EX-600MHz “Makalu” network appliance reference hardware design platform.

Wavesat, Compal to Develop Mobile WiMAX USB Dongle with Odyssey 8500
Wavesat announced that Compal Communications, Inc. (CCI), a leading ODM for handheld devices, has selected Wavesat to co-develop products for its Mobile WiMAX product line, starting with a USB Dongle. The collaboration between the two companies will leverage Wavesat’s multimode Odyssey 8500 4G Broadband chipset.

I-View Selects Tundra PCI Express Bridge, AlogicsPCI One Chip Decoder
Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX: TUN ) and Alogics have been selected by I-View Communication Inc. (I-View) to provide PCI Express® (PCIe) Bridges and PCI One Chip Decoders to enable I-View’s PCIe DVR video capture cards for next generation surveillance systems.