Extreme Engineering Solutions introduced the CX-DP COM Express Development Platform for the development and rapid prototyping of COM Express and XPand6000 Series-based systems. The CX-DP includes all of the functionality of the XPand6000 series, including support for a COM Express module, a PMC or XMC, and a SSD. The X-ES CX-DP makes the transition from development to the target XPand6000 Series system or custom COM Express carrier card easy.
Synopsys introduced an integrated hybrid prototyping solution. The out-of-box solution features Synopsys’ Virtualizer virtual prototyping and Synopsys’ HAPS FPGA-based prototyping. By integrating the strengths of Virtualizer virtual prototyping with HAPS FPGA-based prototyping using the UMRBus physical link, Synopsys enables designers to develop fully operational SoC prototypes much faster and earlier in the design cycle, and accelerate software development and full system validation. The Synopsys hybrid prototyping solution is available now to early adopters.
Microchip Technology and Digilent introduced the Cerebot MX3cK, Cerebot MX4cK and Cerebot MX7cK development boards. The 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller-based boards feature prototyping capabilities for the Arduino compatible chipKIT development platform. The MX3/4/7 boards offer a single, general-purpose development platform for users to develop a wide range of 32-bit MCU applications using the free, Arduino-compatible chipKIT IDE (called the Multi-Platform IDE, or MPIDE). All three boards are available now. The Cerebot MX3cK board is priced at $39, the MX4cK board is $79, and the MX7cK board is $99.
TotalHistory, from GiDEL, is a software only solution that enables engineers to have visibility of any signal in their designs, for virtually unlimited trace depth, with no or minimal degradation in performance. TotalHistory is available with GiDEL’s PROC_SoC ASIC Prototyping Systems and PROC Boards FPGA-based High Performance Computing (HPC) accelerators.
Synopsys will host an online synposium from August 31st to September 2nd. The virtual event will feature Synopsys’ EDA software, IP, prototyping, and services for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing. During the event, engineers can chat with Synopsys technical staff and view product demos, webinars, and technical papers. Designers can view synposium materials on-demand through December 3, 2010.
Texas Instruments (TI) announced the C6EZFlo graphical software development tool. C6Flo can be used in conjunction with TI’s Code Composer Studio IDE or other DSP-based development tools. The C6Flo EZ tool enables developers to generate prototype software on TI DSPs without learning new programming languages or specific DSP architecture. The applications can be used as-is or as prototypes to accelerate conventional C-language development. The C6EZFlo graphical software development tool is available for download free.
Blue Ridge Numerics announced two live webinars on Digital Prototyping in a Flow and Thermal World. The first webcast will take place on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. ET and cover the importance of flow and thermal simulations from within the CAD environment. The second online seminar will place on Thursday, April 29, at 12:00 noon ET and will cover the importance of thermal simulations from within the CAD environment with a focus on the LED lighting industry.
Synopsys announced the HAPS-60 series of ASIC rapid prototyping systems for complex SoC design and verification. The HAPS-60 series is an easy-to-use and cost-effective rapid prototyping system that enables early hardware/software co-verification and system-level integration at near-real-time run-rates, using at-speed, real-world interfaces. The HAPS-60 series is built with Xilinx Virtex-6 devices.
Imec and Altos Design Automation will to set up a library re-characterization service based on Altos characterization tools. imec will extend their ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) prototyping and volume fabrication service with library re-characterization, which is essential when designing in 65nm and 40nm nodes.
National Instruments introduced the LabVIEW Robotics 2009 development platform for designing robotic and autonomous control systems. NI LabVIEW Robotics 2009 features an extensive robotics library with connectivity to standard robotic sensors and actuators, foundational algorithms for intelligent operations and perception, and motion functions for robots and autonomous vehicles.