The Synopsys DesignWare Data Converter IP is available now in the 28-nanometer process node. The data converter IP portfolio includes DesignWare analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), digital-to-analog converters (DACs) and integrated PLLs. The broad DesignWare IP portfolio includes complete interface IP solutions consisting of controllers, PHY and verification IP for widely used protocols, analog IP, embedded memories, logic libraries, processor cores and subsystems.
Mentor Graphics’ Questa Verification IP (VIP) now supports several MIPI Alliance specifications. This includes CSI, DSI and the recently announced LLI. Questa VIP is a comprehensive solution for SystemVerilog OVM and UVM test benches. Questa VIP support for MIPI protocols is available now for select customers.
Data Translation rolled out version three of their LV-Link virtual instruments library. LV-Link 3.0 VI library enables National Instruments LabVIEW programmers to access the data acquisition features of DT-Open Layers-compliant USB and PCI devices. The software helps engineers to quickly and easily measure and control analog I/O, digital I/O, quadrature decoders, and counter/timer signals, and stream data at full-speed. LV-Link 3.0 is provided free and can be downloaded now.
Cadence Design Systems and TSMC teamed together on a library characterization reference kit. The Cadence Library Characterizer (Altos Liberate) reference kit for TSMC’s standard cell libraries is now available to TSMC customers for download on TSMC-Online. As a result, TSMC customers can now leverage the same technology used in-house at TSMC with the same setup and constraints, helping them address the specific design challenges created through changes to their standard cell libraries.
Kontron announced the Kontron Embedded Application Programming Interface (Kontron EAPI), which is a cross-platform middleware. Thanks to Kontron EAPI, access and control of hardware resources for embedded applications has been standardized. Kontron EAPI is compliant to the PICMG’s EAPI but independent of form factors and operating systems and offers an extended feature set. The first products to feature the new Kontron EAPI are the Kontron embedded motherboard KTQ45, the Kontron COM Express Computer-on-Module nanoETXexpress-SP and Kontron’s MICROSPACE MPCX line of industrial PCs.
Mercury Computer Systems introduced OpenSAL, which is an open source version of their Scientific Algorithm Library (SAL) for vector math acceleration. SAL is a high-throughput, low-latency signal processing library. It features algorithms with the fewest possible instructions and computing resources. OpenSAL provides a robust API, C code reference design and documentation for over 400 SAL math functions. OpenSAL V1.0 is available now for download under open-source license GNU GPLv3.
Silicon Laboratories launched a web-based library of schematic symbols and printed-circuit board (PCB) footprints. The online symbol library features PCB footprints and schematic symbols that are available for download in a vendor neutral format. The library speeds the development of embedded system applications based on Silicon Labs’ embedded mixed-signal products.
Zocalo Tech has added new assertion-based verification capabilities to the Zazz product family. The new options are Zazz Bird Dog, Zazz Metrics, Zazz Visual SVA and user-defined assertion library support. The capabilities simplify and support the adoption of an ABV methodology to improve electronic design and Intellectual Property (IP) quality and increase verification productivity. Zazz Bird Dog, Zazz Metrics and Zazz Assertion Library Support are available now. Zazz Visual SVA will be available in October.
Microchip Technology introduced three development kits for the rapid design of accessories for iPod and iPhone using Microchip’s PIC microcontrollers. The kits provide examples of the hardware and software required to implement applications, such as digital-audio sound systems, docking stations and a multitude of new accessories that can leverage the infrastructure for iPod and iPhone.
Analog Devices announced a video primitives library for use in real time video analytics applications. The free software modules are optimized for the Blackfin processor family and include image processing task level primitives to enable faster development cycles for video analytics applications. The software modules are available in object code or a C source wrapper. They provide advanced video design functionality such as video filtering, transforms, color operations and utilities suitable for a wide range of applications, including video surveillance, automotive vision systems and industrial vision.