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EDA News – 2008.06.02

Logic, TI Announce Zoom Medical OMAP35x Development Kit, SOM
Logic and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) released a new development kit specifically designed to quickly bring new medical products to market. The new Zoom[TM] Medical OMAP35x Development Kit and companion System on Modules (SOMs) use TI’s OMAP35x processor.

Carbon Model Studio Supports STARC Transaction Level Modeling Guidelines
Carbon Design Systems[TM] announced that Carbon Model Studio supports STARC Transaction Level Modeling Guidelines. Carbon Model Studio gives design teams a way to easily move between RTL code and system models but without sacrificing any of the accuracy required for effective system validation, according to STARC.

SIA Panel to Address the Future of Microelectronics
Scientists and engineers in the chip industry frequently talk about “red brick walls” – key problems or obstacles rooted in the laws of physics that are potential “showstoppers” for the continuous advances we have come to expect under Moore’s Law for more than 40 years.

CoFluent Design to Demonstrate at Validation Loop Solutions at DAC
CoFluent Design is demonstrating a proven solution for closing the validation loop between ESL use cases and cycle-accurate test cases at the 45th Digital Automation Conference (DAC).

eSilicon to Discuss Value Chain Producer (VCP) Model at DAC
eSilicon Corporation will be discussing its pioneering Value Chain Producer (VCP) model for the semiconductor industry at the upcoming 45th annual Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Anaheim, California.

Timesys Offers Embedded Linux Support for Tensilica Processor Cores
Timesys® Corporation and Tensilica,® Inc. announced a strategic alliance that will provide developers of innovative electronics products using Tensilica’s Xtensa® configurable and Diamond Standard processor cores with embedded Linux via Timesys’ LinuxLink.

Cypress Launches OvationONS II Programmable Laser Navigation SoC
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) announced its second generation laser navigation product family, which is the first in the industry to integrate a laser navigation sensor and programmable Flash based microcontroller on one die.

TimeSys, Embedded Alley Support Embedded Linux 2.6, GNU Tools
Tensilica,® Inc. announced that Embedded Linux 2.6 and GNU tools based on GCC 4.2 is now backed by Embedded Alley Solutions, Inc. and Timesys.

Microchip Rolls Out PIC18F13K50, PIC18F14K50 USB Microcontrollers
Microchip Technology Inc. announced a new family of 8-bit PIC® microcontrollers (MCUs) for USB applications. The PIC18F13K50 and PIC18F14K50 (PIC18F1XK50) are the lowest-cost USB MCUs from Microchip and provide a host of features not normally found on inexpensive 8-bit MCUs.

Embedded Alley Announces Linux Support for Tensilica Processor Cores
Embedded Alley Solutions (EA Solutions) announced Tensilica® will utilize its unique Silicon Vendor Partner Program to provide embedded Linux support for the Diamond Standard and Xtensa configurable processor cores.

TRANGO Virtual Processors Extends Virtualization to Symbian OS
TRANGO Virtual Processors® announced it has partnered with Symbian to support the growing market for Symbian OS[tm] mobile phones, extending the benefits of virtualization to the Symbian ecosystem. Symbian develops and licenses Symbian OS, the market leading open operating system for mobile phones.

SiliconBlue Optimizes iCE FPGA Devices for Handheld Applications
SiliconBlue[tm] announced a revolutionary new class of single-chip, ultra low-power FPGA devices, that set a new industry standard for price, power and space along with unprecedented ASIC-like logic capacity for battery-powered, handheld consumer applications.

Microchip Offers Complete Family of USB Microcontrollers
Microchip Technology Inc. announced the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of 8-, 16- and 32-bit USB microcontrollers (MCUs) supported by a single integrated development environment — the free MPLAB® IDE.

Showa Denko Rolls Out 80 lm/W Ultrabright AlGaInP Red LED Chips
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has started commercial shipment of aluminum gallium indium phosphide (AlGaInP) ultrabright red LED chips with luminous efficiency of 80 lumen per watt. The luminous efficiency of the new product represents a 40% improvement over SDK’s existing grade.

Partron PND, Mobile Handset Components Feature NemeriX GPS Solutions
NemeriX announced a partnership with Partron to incorporate NemeriX’s high-performance GPS solutions into Partron’s components.

EDA News – 2008.05.30

Javelin Design Automation Debuts j360 Floorplanning, Prototyping Platform
Javelin Design Automation unveiled its j360[tm] with TrueFit, TruePlan and TruePro specification-driven virtual silicon prototyping platform tool suite for the enterprise customer. Javelin’s j360 can realistically predict and optimize designs for implementation feasibility and quality-of-results (QoR).

Xilinx Announces 3GPP LTE Turbo Encoder and Decoder LogiCORE
Xilinx Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) announced immediate availability of performance-optimized programmable turbo coding solutions for LTE wireless systems. The new Xilinx 3GPP LTE Turbo Encoder and Decoder LogiCORE(TM) offerings deliver throughput speeds of up to 200 Mbps.

Synopsys Unveils HAPS-51T High-performance ASIC Prototyping System
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) is introducing a new addition to the HAPS (High-performance ASIC Prototyping System) product family from the company’s Synplicity Business Group. The HAPS-51T leverages the advanced capabilities of Xilinx’s Virtex-5 LX330T devices.

Certess, STMicroelectronics Offer Hands-on Tutorial at DAC
Certess, Inc. will partner with STMicroelectronics and Brian Bailey Consulting to give a hands-on tutorial on the functional verification and integration of design IP at the 45th annual Design Automation Conference (DAC 2008) in Anaheim on June 9th.

Apache Design to Hold IP Validation Hands-On Tutorial at DAC
Apache Design Solutions will host a hands-on tutorial at this years’ 45th Design Automation Conference (DAC), titled “IP Validation for Macro and Embedded SoC.” The tutorial gives attendees first-hand experience in running Apache’s products.

Tela Innovations to Demonstrate On-Grid, Straight-Line Chip Design
Tela Innovations will showcase its innovative chip design technology at two upcoming industry events. The company will make presentations and demonstrate its technology at the Applied Materials Technical Symposium at IITC (International Interconnect Technology Conference) and at the Design Automation Conference.

Pyxis Technology to Feature 45nm Design Closure at DAC 2008
New game, new rules, new technology – that’s how Pyxis Technology describes design closure at 45nm. Pyxis will be demonstrating how its correct-by-construction, high-performance integrated circuit (IC) routing software helps designers.

TSMC Becomes First Foundry Member of IPL Alliance
The Interoperable PDK Libraries (IPL) Alliance announced that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has joined the Alliance as the first foundry member. The IPL Alliance is an industry-wide collaborative effort to create and promote interoperable process design kit (PDK) standards.

Ethernet Direct Announces Industrial Networking Seminars at Computex
Ethernet Direct Corporation is offering FREE brief product seminars focusing on Industrial Ethernet Networking and communications. These seminars will be held in Agora Garden Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan in connection with the Computex 2008 Show event.

2008 International Conference on Computer Aided Design
The International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD) received nearly 500, high-quality technical paper submissions. Final acceptance notifications will be distributed on June 25, 2008, and the final program will be published on the website in August 2008.

TDK Develops GBDriver HS1 microSATA Solid State Drive Controller for SSD
TDK Corporation announced that it has completed development of the GBDriver HS1 solid state drive (SSD) controller for SSDs used in laptop PCs and industrial system hardware that employs PC platforms and completed commercialization and began shipments of the HS1 series of SSDs equipped with this controller.

Adeneo, Atmel, Microsoft Offer Windows Embedded CE 6 Training Session
Adeneo announced with Atmel and Microsoft a Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Training Session in Paris – FRANCE from 23rd to 27th of June 2008. This event is the perfect opportunity for OEMs willing to start a Windows Embedded CE on a powerful platform like Atmel ARM9 based on AT91SAM9261 chip.

EDA News – 2008.05.29 Late Edition

Nangate Releases 45nm Open Source Digital Cell Library, Second Edition
Nangate announced that it has released a second edition of the open source 45nm standard-cell library. The new release of the library has been updated with several new user-requested cell variants, CCS and ECSM timing models as well as a DFM kit for yield sensitivity analysis.

Power Flow Integrates Calypto PowerPro CG, Cadence Encounter RTL Compiler
Calypto[tm] Design Systems Inc. announced the availability of an RTL power optimization flow to integrate Calypto’s PowerPro CG product with the Encounter® RTL Compiler from Cadence Design Systems, Inc. The integrated flow provides an automated, single-pass sequential analysis capability.

DAC 2008 Features AMS Tutorial, Seminar from Solido Design
Solido Design Automation will be demonstrating solutions to head off statistical and proximity variations in analog/mixed-signal, custom digital and memory ICs in Booth #660 at the Design Automation Conference (DAC), Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California from June 8th to 13th, 2008.

EnOcean Alliance Standardizes Wireless Controls for Sustainable Buildings
A group of key companies across North America and Europe have united to form the EnOcean Alliance. The Alliance’s mission is to enable intelligent green buildings based on EnOcean energy harvesting wireless technology. The Alliance has selected Lightfair 2008 as the platform for its official launch.

Ralink Announces RT3052, RT3050 802.11n Access Point, Router SoC
Ralink Technology Corporation announced the industry’s first 802.11n single chip AP (Access Point)/routers SoC (System On Chip) with integrated five-port 10/100 Ethernet Switch and PHY. The RT3052 is an 802.11 b/g/n, 2T2R single chip with USB OTG, RGMII, SPI, PCM, I2C and UART interfaces.

Interface Masters Rolls Out Niagara 2266 Gigabit Ethernet Bypass NIC
Interface Masters Technologies introduced the 6 port Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express Internal Bypass Network Interface Card (NIC). The NIC’s are designed to support Gigabit rates and throughput for inline Internet Security appliances, WAN Acceleration Systems, Packet classification, QoS, Gateways and network servers.

PEEDI JTAG/BDM Emulator, Flash Programmer Support PowerQUICC II Pro MPC83XX
Ronetix announced the availability of the new firmware of its high speed, low cost JTAG/BDM Emulator and Flash Programmer. The new firmware adds support of debugging and FLASH programming of PowerQUICC II Pro MPC83XX family from Freescale.

AXIOMTEK Announces IMB110 Industrial Micro ATX Motherboard
AXIOMTEK is pleased to launch an industrial-grade Micro ATX motherboard, the IMB110, which supports a Socket 478 Intel® Pentium® M/Celeron® M processor with a 400/533MHz front side bus, and is equipped with an advanced Intel® 915GME+ICH6M chipset.

AXIOMTEK Introduces IPC221, IPC421, IPC423 Rackmount Computer Systems
AXIOMTEK introduced three ATX motherboard based rackmount computer systems, the 2U front access I/O IPC221, 4U cost-effective IPC421 and 4U high quality IPC423, which support a LGA775 Intel Core[tm]2 Duo/Pentium D/Pentium 4/Celeron D processor with four DDR2 667/800 MHz DIMM sockets up to 8GB memory.

Analog Devices Advantiv Powers Hitachi TP-WL700H Wireless Video Hub
Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI) announced that Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501) is using ADI’s Advantiv[tm] advanced television solutions ICs to drive high-end wireless functionality, flexibility and seamless high-definition (HD) connectivity in Hitachi’s new consumer wireless transmission hub, the TP-WL700H.

EDA News – 2008.05.29

Step-by-step Functional Verification with SystemVerilog and OVM
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) and Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ: MENT) announced the publication of the industry’s first book covering the widely adopted Open Verification Methodology (OVM). Step-by-Step Functional Verification with SystemVerilog and OVM is written by Dr. Sasan Iman.

Oki Electric Spins Off Semiconductor Business to Form OKI Semiconductor
Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:6703) announced that the Board of Directors approved the spin-off of its semiconductor business through a company split to establish a new company, OKI Semiconductor Co., Ltd., effective Oct. 1, 2008.

Extreme DA to Demonstrate GoldTime at Design Automation Conference
In booth 1364 at the 45th Design Automation Conference (DAC), Extreme DA[tm] will exhibit the newest version of its next-generation timing sign-off solution, GoldTime[tm], now with multi-dimensional optimization (MXO[tm]).

Denali Announces First Full DDR3 DIMM IP Solution
Denali, Inc. announced the immediate availability of its Databahn(TM) DRAM memory controller and hard PHY IP with full DDR3 dual in-line memory module (DIMM) support designed for bulk-memory and caching applications, including networking, storage and personal computing.

Intel, Micron Develop First Sub-40nm NAND Flash Memory Device
Intel Corporation and Micron Technology, Inc. introduced the first sub-40nm NAND memory device, unveiling a 34nm 32 gigabit (Gb) multi-level cell chip. This process technology was jointly developed by Intel and Micron and manufactured by the companies’ NAND flash joint venture, IM Flash Technologies (IMFT).

MCCI Achieves Simultaneous Wireless USB Embedded Device Class Support
MCCI announced advanced support for complex, multi-function devices over Wireless USB for major consumer electronics markets. This breakthrough brings the full richness of wired USB functionality to wireless support for mobile handsets, digital photography, navigation devices and media players.

TI Unveils INA210 Zero-drift, Bi-directional Current Shunt Monitors
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced a family of high- or low-side measurement, bi-directional current shunt monitor integrated circuits (ICs) in SC70 packages. The INA210 family provides outstanding accuracy up to 1 percent over the -40C to +125C temperature range.

Kontron Introduces KISS PCI-759 Multi-core Industrial Servers
Kontron announced its latest range of 2U and 4U KISS industrial servers that bring Intel Core 2 Duo processor performance to PICMG 1.0 based PCI/ISA applications. These long term available, ultra quiet (<35 dB) industrial servers are especially designed for applications that require high data processing performance.

MAZeT Introduces JENCOLOR True-Color Color Sensors
MAZeT GmbH presents its highly temperature-stable and uniquely precise JENCOLOR True-Color color sensors. These quality features necessary for color controlling RGB-LEDs have been confirmed in comprehensive testing.

VMETRO to Ship Additional Central Electronics Chassis to Northrop
VMETRO announced it was awarded a second low-rate initial production contract by Northrop Grumman Corporation for components for its Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS). Under the terms of the contract, VMETRO will provide an additional three Central Electronics Chassis (CEC) to the ALMDS program.

EDA News – 2008.05.28 Late Edition

Power Forward Initiative Publishes Practical Guide to Low-Power Design
Sequence Design’s Tom Miller, Vice President and Head of R&D, Front-End Products, is one of the featured authors in a new book, “A Practical Guide to Low-Power Design – User Experience with CPF,” that has been released by the Power Forward Initiative (PFI).

Virage Logic Debuts Intelli DDR2/3 PHY+DLL High-Performance DDR Solution
Virage Logic Corporation (NASDAQ: VIRL) announced its Intelli[tm] DDR2/3 PHY+DLL, an all-digital PHY+DLL high performance DDR solution. Supporting speeds of up to 1066 Mbps in 65nm G processes, the Intelli DDR2/3 PHY+DLL achieves performance and resolution levels that were previously only possible with analog solutions.

Zensys Selects Analog FastSPICE from Berkeley Design Automation
Berkeley Design Automation Inc. announced that Zensys, developer of the award-winning Z-Wave wireless home control standard and a family of low-cost, low-power integrated transceiver chips embedded with Z-Wave, has selected the company’s Analog FastSPICE[tm] circuit simulator.

Mentor Graphics to Moderate ESL Symposium Panel at DAC
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced that Walden C. Rhines, chairman and CEO, will moderate the 6th annual Electronic System Level (ESL) Symposium panel during the Design Automation Conference (DAC) 2008 in Anaheim, California.

DAC Professional Development Fund Awards Over $170,000
For the 15th year, the Design Automation Conference (DAC) in conjunction with several sponsoring societies is awarding more than $170,000 in development funds to students and professionals in the EDA field. More than $2.2 million have been awarded since the inception of the Professional Development Fund.

Si2 Members to Demonstrate at Design Automation Conference
Seven companies and organizations will be demonstrating their Si2 project-based products and solutions in the Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) Booth #1614 at the Design Automation Conference on June 9-12, in Anaheim, CA.

ClioSoft to Demonstrate SOS Design Data Collaboration Platform at DAC
ClioSoft, Inc. will be demonstrating the Enterprise Edition of its widely-installed SOS Design Data Collaboration Platform in Booth # 1655 at the Design Automation Conference (DAC), Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California from June 8th-12th, 2008.

Gauda Forms Advisory Board
Gauda, Inc., the first company to offer the technology to accelerate computation for OPC (optical proximity correction) using GPUs (graphical processing units), has formed a business and technical advisory board.

Emerson Network Power Introduces SpiderWareM3 Intelligent Platform
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity[tm], announced SpiderWareM3 platform management software designed for remote management, monitoring and maintenance of multiple IPMI-compatible platforms.

Tundra Rolls Out Low Power Tsi572 Serial RapidIO Switch
Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN) announced the Tundra Tsi572[TM] Serial RapidIO® Switch. This scalable, low power switch, adds another processor aggregation solution to Tundra’s industry-leading portfolio of RapidIO products.

Emerson Network Power Enhances MicroTCA Portfolio
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity[tm], announced a broadening of the company’s MicroTCA[TM] portfolio through increased software support, new and enhanced products and a wider range of operating system choices.

TeamF1 Deubts Add-ons to Managed Access Point, Secure Gateway Solutions
TeamF1, Inc. announced the availability of advanced features in its software platform, enabling comprehensive solutions for service providers’ customer premise equipment (CPE) gateways.

EDA News – 2008.05.28

Synopsys Releases VMM Methodology for SystemVerilog to Open Source
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) announced it has released the source code for its complete implementation of the proven VMM verification methodology for SystemVerilog, including the VMM Standard Library and VMM Applications, under the popular Apache 2.0 open source license.

Texas Instruments Joins EnOcean Alliance
The EnOcean Alliance and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced that TI has become a member in the recently established EnOcean Alliance. The Alliance was founded to establish a global standard for sustainable buildings based upon EnOcean’s energy-harvesting wireless technology.

edXact Improves Jivaro, Comanche Tools
edXact SA announced that Jivaro, its netlist reduction tool and Comanche, its IC interconnections analysis tool, are now based on a common proprietary parasitic database. This further boosts each tool’s performance and enables a seamless combination to explore, analyze or reduce huge RLCK parasitic networks.

Verific Comments on Open Source Release of Synopsys VMM Methodology
Verific Design Automation announced ongoing support for the VMM methodology, originally developed by Synopsys and released into the public domain today. Verific has offered VMM support in its SystemVerilog analyzer and elaborators since 2006. It was an early VMM Catalyst Member.

OSCI Announces Symposium on Electronic System-Level Design with SystemC
The Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI), an independent non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing SystemC(tm) as an industry-standard language for electronic system-level (ESL) design, announced the 7th Symposium on Electronic System-Level Design with SystemC.

Real Intent to Demonstrate EnVision Verification Software at DAC
Real Intent Inc. announced that the newest release of the company’s EnVision[tm] family of verification software will be demonstrated at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) 2008, Booth 2540, with significant productivity improvements, called Speed3.

NemeriX Receives Single-Chip Multi-Band GNSS RF Receiver Patent
NemeriX announced that it has been granted a patent for its new single-chip multi-band GNSS RF receiver technology that enables GNSS devices to acquire parallel signals in all frequency bands from the GPS, GLONASS and Galileo systems.

STMicroelectronics Expands STM32 MCU Family with 28 New Devices
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) has increased both the scalability and peripheral options of its breakthrough 32-bit STM32 MCU family. Unveiled in June 2007, the STM32 MCU has since reaped significant success with design wins and production ramp-up at many industry leaders in a wide range of high-volume applications.

TI Announces 5 Experimenter, Application Specific Development Kits
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced five new experimenter and application-specific development kits for its TMS320F28x digital signal controllers (DSCs). The modular kits enable rapid prototyping of DSC based communications infrastructure.

MAZeT Announces Naked MTI04C Programmable Sensor Signal Amplifier
The MTI04C signal amplifier has 4 TIA-based amplifier channels integrated on a naked chip. It makes it possible to amplify signals for multi-channel optical sensors, such as arrays or color sensors, while requiring only little space and ensuring high functionality.

Avnet Debuts EXP High Performance SerDes Module for FPGA Applications
The Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas business of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), and National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: NSM) have launched the EXP high-performance SerDes module for use with low-cost Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) applications.

pls Announces ARM9 Linux Support Option for Universal Debug Engine
pls Programmierbare Logik & Systeme announces immediate availability of the ‘ARM9 Linux Support’ add-on as an option for its Universal Debug Engine. The new add-on enables kernel and application debugging in parallel under one user interface.

Ramtron FM24CL64 Serial F-RAM Memory Meets AEC-Q100 Automotive Standard
Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR) has expanded its line of AEC-Q100-specified F-RAM memory devices, qualifying the FM24CL64 64-kilobit (Kb) serial F-RAM to operate over the Grade 3 automotive temperature range of -40ºC to +85ºC.

Emerson Network Power Rolls Out 600 WATT MTC600 MicroTCA Power Modules
Emerson Network Power has launched a series of compact self-contained power solutions for MicroTCA systems. Fully compliant with the PICMG MicroTCA.0 Revision 1.0 specification, the new MTC600 series power modules are available in ac-input and dc-input versions.

EDA News – 2008.05.27 Late Edition

Verigy, Cadence Host Seminars for Improving Yield
Verigy (NASDAQ:VRGY) and Cadence Design Systems, Inc. are hosting a seminar series for semiconductor designers and manufacturers on how to improve product yield economics. This series of half-day seminars will include presentations by Cadence and Verigy representatives on technologies and techniques for yield learning.

NI TestStand 4.1 Test Management Software Supports Multicore Processor
National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) announced NI TestStand 4.1, the latest version of the company’s test management software, which now helps engineers develop faster test systems with multicore processor support.

Duolog Offers OCP-Conductor Transaction Analysis Tool to OCP-IP Members
Duolog Technologies and OCP-IP announce that Duolog will provide its OCP-Conductor Professional transaction analysis tool free of charge to members of OCP-IP. The Tool is an innovative, detailed OCP transaction viewer that enables fine-grained analysis of bus transactions.

OCP-IP Releases Part 2 of Network on Chip Benchmarking Specification
OCP-IP announced that part two of the Network On Chip (NoC) Benchmarking specification is released to member review. Part One of the NoC spec was published in March 2008. Part Two contains sections on Architecture Definition, Traffic Configuration, Measurement and the Micro-Benchmarks Set.

IPL Alliance to Host Luncheon Workshop at Design Automation Conference
The Interoperable PDK Library (IPL) Alliance announced that it will host a free luncheon workshop at the Design Automation Conference in Anaheim, California on Monday June 9, 2008. The workshop is entitled, Interoperable PDK Libraries: The Proof is In the Pudding!

OCP-IP Announces Early June Release of OCP 2.2 Revision A
OCP-IP announced the early June release of OCP 2.2 Revision A. The latest version of the specification now includes several consensus profiles. Consensus profiles provide company engineers with standardized configurations of OCP options for specific system use cases.

Cellular Modem Industry to Exceed 200 Million Units by 2013
Boosted by 3G network deployments, cellular modems are providing wireless connectivity to laptops, UMPCs and even desktop computers. 2007 data contained in a new study from ABI Research reveals that cellular modem sales increased more than 300% compared to 2006.

MathStar Shuts Down Chip Development, Systems Level Businesses
MathStar, Inc. (Nasdaq: MATH) announced it has committed to a plan to discontinue its field programmable object array (FPOA) chip development and its board-level systems development businesses. The Company decided to do so to preserve the Company’s assets while it considers strategic alternatives.

Fairchild Develops Power Supply Reference Design for 400W Ecodesign
Fairchild Semiconductor’s (NYSE: FCS) system-power experts from the Global Power Resource Center in Fuerstenfeldbruck, Germany have developed the industry’s first power supply reference design for 400W ecodesigns.

Timesys Offers LinuxLink Support for Atmel AT91SAM9G20 Microprocessor
Timesys Corporation announced LinuxLink support for the Atmel® AT91SAM9G20 Embedded Microprocessor. LinuxLink for the SAM9G20 leverages the increased processor performance and reduced power consumption offered by the new Atmel SAM9 platform.

XJTAG Introduces 3U PXI Boundary Scan Module
XJTAG has introduced a 3U PXI (PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation) XJTAG module, which provides a high speed interface to the boundary scan chain. This new PXI card will enable users of PXI chassis to leverage XJTAG’s ability to debug, test and program complex ball grid array (BGA) populated printed circuit boards.

TEAC Selects eSOL PrFILE2 Middleware for TASCAM Solid State Recorders
eSOL announced that TEAC Corporation has selected its PrFILE (R) 2 FAT file system for their TASCAM-brand Solid State Recorders “SS-R1″ and “SS-CDR1″. Both the SS-R1 and SS-CDR1 use the CompactFlash(R) memory card as storage media to record/playback audio data.

EDA News – 2008.05.27

SonicsStudio 4.8 SoC Development Tool Features JEDA OCPchecker
Sonics, Inc. and JEDA Technologies announced the interoperability of their products. The newly released SonicsStudio 4.8, Sonics’ SoC development tool, includes the JEDA OCPchecker, a SystemC based OCP compliance checker to pinpoints protocol violations under virtual platform simulation environments.

Infiniscale Debuts TechYielder Model-based Parametrical Yield Optimizer
Infiniscale SA announced TechYielder[tm] a unique powerful yield optimizer targeting advanced complex Analog Designs. For the first time, Infiniscale model-based parametrical yield optimizer offers designers the opportunity to maximize both yield and robustness in record time.

Synopsys Introduces Zroute Multi-threaded IC Compiler Router
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) unveiled Zroute, a new multi-threaded router fully integrated into IC Compiler. Driven by leading-edge early users in the microprocessor, consumer, wireless and computer-graphics markets, Zroute takes full advantage of the newest multi-core microprocessor architectures.

VIA Debuts OpenBook Mini-Note Ultra Portable Notebook Reference Design
VIA Technologies, Inc introduced the new VIA OpenBook[tm] mini-note reference design targeted at the rapidly growing global market for ultra-portable notebooks. The VIA OpenBook mini-note reference design introduces a host of new innovations, including the next generation of VIA Ultra Mobile Platform.

EVE Launches DW-FPGA DesignWare Foundation Library for FPGA Synthesis
EVE announced availability of DW-FPGA, a DesignWare® foundation library for use with field programmable gate array (FPGA) synthesis software. DW-FPGA offers register transfer level (RTL) source code for the most commonly used DesignWare Foundation Library intellectual property (IP) components.

NI Measurement Studio 8.5 Supports Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) announced Measurement Studio 8.5 to add test and measurement functionality to the latest Microsoft development environment with a complete set of .NET class libraries, tools and NI data acquisition driver support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008.

JTAG Technologies Announces JT 2147/AGP Module for Aeroflex ICTs
JTAG Technologies, a leading provider of boundary-scan test tools and an Aeroflex technology partner, announces the availability of the JT 2147/AGP boundary-scan interface for use with Aeroflex high-performance In-Circuit Testers (ICTs).

SpyLinks Industry Alliance Program Leverages Atrenta SpyGlass
Atrenta Inc. announced the formation of a broad industry alliance program focused on better integration of the various members of the semiconductor supply chain. The ultimate goal of the SpyLinks program is to promote the benefits of Early Design Closure throughout the semiconductor community.

Stealth Computer Rolls Out SV-2400 Rugged 24-in Widescreen LCD Monitor
Stealth Computer released a new Model: SV-2400 Industrial Grade, Panel Mount LCD monitor. The 24″ all steel enclosed touch screen LCD Monitor is built to withstand the demanding effects of harsh environments typically encountered in industrial plant floor and Human Machine Interface applications.

Pebble Bay Unveils PowerPC LynxOS 5 RTOS for GE Fanuc Quad PPC8641D SBC
Pebble Bay has announced the industry’s first commercial realisation of the LynxOS 5.0 RTOS for PowerPC, with a fully supported Board Support Package (BSP) developed for GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. The BSP enables GE Fanuc’s quad-8641D based DSP220 and DSP230 military single board computers.

STMicroelectronics, Ericsson Team on Analog Baseband for EMP Platform
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) announced the intention of ST and EMP (Ericsson Mobile Platforms) to, within the existing partnership, also develop an analog baseband for a future high-volume EMP platform.

Korenix to Demonstrate Industrial Networking Solutions at Computex
Korenix is pleased to announce its participation in the Computex 2008 tradeshow, which will be held from June 3 to 7 in Taipei, Taiwan. Korenix will be exhibiting its industrial computing & networking solutions. Visitors will be able to assimilate the cutting-edge embedded system technology.

Real-Time Innovations Targets Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles
Real-Time Innovations (RTI) summarized its success in providing real-time messaging and data distribution technology to unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs). RTI also emphasized its commitment to future UAV design and development advancements.

GE Fanuc to Present Harbor Surveillance Paper at UDT Europe 2008
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms will present a poster session entitled “Technical Needs and Challenges in Harbor Surveillance.” At the GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms booth (Hall 4, Booth 128), three key products will be highlighted.

EDA News – 2008.05.26

CoFluent Studio V3 Leverages Eclipse Modeling Framework, Ecore Standard
CoFluent Design announced version 3.0 of CoFluent Studio[tm], the world-first ESL graphical modeling and simulation framework built on Eclipse technologies. CoFluent Studio V3 leverages the Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF) and the Ecore standard to define its meta-model format, the internal description of models created by users.

STARC STARCAD-CEL 2.0 Features Sequence PowerTheater, CoolTime Tools
Sequence Design announced that its PowerTheater and CoolTime low-power tools have been integrated into the latest release of the Japanese Semiconductor Technology Academic Research Center (STARC) advanced design flow. STARCAD-CEL Version 2.0 addresses the challenges of very advanced process technologies including 65nm and 45nm.

Electronics.ca Publishes Wearable Electronics Systems Demand Analysis
Electronics.ca Publications announces the availability of a new report entitled “Wearable Electronics Systems Global Market Demand Analysis: Health Care Solutions.” Wearable solutions being developed today to support monitoring of biophysical conditions can address many of these emerging issues across a broad cross-section of user groups.

Power.org to Debut New Tools at Power Architecture Conferences
Power.org will demonstrate three new tools at its Power Architecture Conferences. The Power.org Solutions Portal, the Power Architecture Early Tools Development Matrix, and the Power.org Target Debug Capabilities Specification, developed through the collaborative efforts of the Power.org community, will help speed the creation of high-performance, next-generation electronic products.

Actel to Present Power Management Solutions at MicroTCA Summit
Speakers from Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) will explore power management challenges and integrated system management at the MicroTCA Summit, being held May 28-30. At its booth (#107), Actel will showcase its Fusion-based Micro Telecommunications Computing Architecture (MicroTCA) solutions.

STMicroelectronics Rolls Out 65nm SPEAr Basic Customizable Chip
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) announced a new member of its SPEAr® family of configurable System on-Chip ICs. Manufactured in state-of-the-art low-power 65nm process technology, the new SPEAr Basic device addresses a wide variety of embedded applications, including entry-level printers, fax machines, digital photo frames, Voice-over-IP and other equipment.

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ST Selects Mentor Graphics Calibre LFD for Litho Variability Analysis
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced that STMicroelectronics has selected the Mentor Graphics Calibre DFM (design for manufacturing) platform with the Calibre LFD (Litho-Friendly-Design) system for its Litho Variability Analysis solution aimed at controlling manufacturing variability at 65 nanometer (nm) and beyond.

Magma Announces Demonstrations for Design Automation Conference
Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of chip design software, announced a line-up of demonstrations for the 45th Design Automation Conference that will show how engineers can use Magma’s broadened line of software to create electronic products that innovatively address today’s consumer demands.

NEC Rolls Out EMMA3SL/HD, EMMA3SL/SD Image Processing Solutions
NEC introduced two new image-processing solutions based on NEC Electronics’ enhanced multimedia architecture (EMMA) platform. The new EMMA3SL/HD and EMMA3SL/SD devices enable users to build set-top boxes (STBs) and digital TVs (DTVs) with next-generation H.264 video compression standard, which offers twice the compression ratio as the current MPEG2 standard.

STMicroelectronics Introduces VIPer17 Off-line Switched Mode Converter
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) has introduced the VIPer17 off-line switched-mode converter, which integrates an 800V avalanche-rugged MOSFET as well as numerous features to save external components and ensure efficient operation during standby mode.

Texas Instruments Debuts Multi-Channel, Simultaneous Sampling ADCs
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced two multi-channel, 16-bit, delta-sigma analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), which combine outstanding DC accuracy and AC performance with cost-effective integration. The ADS1174 (4-channel) and ADS1178 (8-channel) provide a simultaneous-sampling measurement system for demanding signal acquisition applications.

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors Announces CERAMOS Reflector LED
The new CERAMOS[tm] Reflector LED from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors provides unprecedented high brightness and power in a very small package, the ideal solution for backlighting mid-size (5″-20″) LCDs. Specifically designed for light guide-based backlighting of displays in high ambient light conditions.