News – 2006.08.21

  • Actel Introduces Silicon Sculptor 3 FPGA Programming Tool
    Actel today introduced Silicon Sculptor 3, a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) programming tool that delivers high data throughput and promotes ease of use, while lowering the overall cost of ownership. The Silicon Sculptor 3 includes a high-speed USB 2.0 interface that allows a customer to connect as many as 12 programmers to a single PC. Further, Silicon Sculptor 3 is compatible with adapter modules from Silicon Sculptor II, thereby preserving a customer’s investment and enabling a seamless upgrade to this latest generation of the tool.
  • Xilinx Platform Studio Tool Suite v8.2i for Embedded Processing Design
    Xilinx today announced immediate availability of version 8.2i of the Xilinx Platform Studio tool suite for embedded processing design. The tool suite is part of the Xilinx Embedded Development Kit (EDK) and introduces early access support for the company’s new 65nm Virtex(TM)-5 LX domain-optimized FPGAs. The latest release of Platform Studio 8.2i incorporates design enhancements to optimize embedded processing development and debug.
  • TI TPS40140 DC Controller Enables Power Supplies to Scale to 320 A
    Texas Instruments introduced today a highly flexible, power management integrated circuit (IC) that turns power supplies in data centers and telecommunications equipment into fully scalable, stackable power systems with greater load-handling capability and maximum efficiency.
  • KUKA Robotics Rolls Out High Speed SCARA Robots
    KUKA Robotics, a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, today announced the introduction of its KUKA KR10 SCARA robot family. The new high speed SCARA robot family is designed for customers needing highly reliable an precise automation solutions of long reach tasks. The new 4-axis robots when combined with KUKA Robotics’ user friendly PC-based control platform gives customers an extremely easy to learn and use pick and place automation solution. The new robots broaden the KUKA product line to include compact space-saving robots that are among the fastest and most reliable robots in their class.
  • Microchip Debuts Single-Chip 1.5A LDO with Shutdown, User-Programmable Power Good, Bond-wire Compensation
    Microchip, a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced the industry’s first 1.5A LDO that incorporates shutdown, power good, programmable power good delay and bond-wire compensation, all on a single chip. The MCP1727 is a highly efficient, low-power LDO that provides high output current and low output voltage in small, thermally capable packages (8-pin SOIC or 3 mm x 3 mm DFN). With this combination of features, the MCP1727 is ideally suited for powering a variety of high-performance embedded processors and next-generation logic cores.
  • Cypress’ Latest PSoC Express Design Tool Requires No C or Assembly Coding
    Cypress Semiconductor, today introduced Version 2.1 of PSoC Express(TM), the innovative development tool for PSoC(R) (Programmable System on Chip(TM)) mixed-signal arrays that dramatically simplifies embedded design. The new release includes third-party development capabilities that allow software developers to write modules for specific functions. It also adds many new device drivers that designers can select to easily implement functions within a PSoC device, including 7-segment displays, thermocouples, accelerometers, I2C remote monitor and control devices, distance sensors, and ambient light sensors.
  • CoWare Platform Architect Provides Optimal Architecture for Kawasaki
    CoWare(R), the leading supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services, announced that Kawasaki Microelectronics (K-Micro), Chiba, Japan, selected CoWare Platform Architect and services for the design of its next generation multi-function printer system-on-chip (SoC). CoWare Platform Architect will provide K-Micro with the optimal architecture for its ASIC customers, which will dramatically reduce turnaround time. All K-Micro’s customers have individual requirements and require unique ASICs. The flexibility of the tools will enable K-Micro to provide optimized solutions beyond multi-function printers as well, and K-Micro will expand this technology into the communications equipment industry.
  • SST, TSMC Team on Next-Generation 90nm SuperFlash Technology
    SST (Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.), a leader in flash memory technology, and TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) today announced the two companies have signed a new technology development and licensing agreement that will offer the first licensable 90nm embedded flash technology. Under terms of the agreement, TSMC will license SST’s next-generation 90nm SuperFlash technology as part of TSMC’s embedded flash memory portfolio.
  • Jungo’s USBware Embedded USB Stacks for Atmel’s Smart ARM Microcontrollers
    Atmel(R), a global leader in the development and fabrication of advanced semiconductor solutions, and Jungo(R) Software Technologies, a leading provider of USB/PCI software solutions, announced today the availability of Jungo’s USBware(TM) Embedded USB Software Stacks for Atmel’s Smart ARM(R) Microcontrollers. Compliant with the USB specifications, Jungo’s host and device stacks provide high quality, production ready, and fully featured implementations of the Universal Serial Bus standard protocols and device class drivers.
  • Progate Adopts Synopsys’ Design Compiler Topographical Technology
    Synopsys, a world leader in semiconductor design software, today announced that Progate Group Corporation (PGC), one of the largest SoC/ASIC design service providers in Taiwan, has adopted Synopsys’ Design Compiler(R) topographical technology to help accelerate time-to-market for its products. Topographical technology accurately predicts post-layout design performance early in the design cycle, enabling designers to identify and fix issues during RTL synthesis. By eliminating time-consuming iterations between RTL synthesis and physical layout, PGC designers are able to close on their performance goals quickly and more efficiently.
  • Altera Supports High-Performance Computing Research at Universities
    Altera today announced the development of a new university program to support academic research into high-performance computing. AMD, Sun Microsystems and XtremeData are participating in the program that will donate $1 million in workstations and development software to universities. Using the workstations, participating universities will be able to research and drive the adoption of FPGA co-processing for high-performance computing applications such as medical imaging, data analytics, text searches, network security, bioinformatics and energy.
  • Samsung Electronics Creates 70-inch LCD Panel for TV Screens
    Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest provider of thin-film transistor, liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels, has developed the first 70-inch LCD panel for use in the consumer TV market. Currently, the largest LCD TV screen size is 65 inches in diameter. The company will unveil its 70-inch LCD HDTV at the International Meeting on Information Displays (IMID) 2006, which will open in Daegu, Korea on August 23.
  • University of Rochester Researches Ballistic Deflection Transistors
    Computer designers at the University of Rochester are going ballistic. “Everyone has been trying to make better transistors by modifying current designs, but what we really need is the next paradigm,” says Quentin Diduck, a graduate student at the University who thought up the radical new design. “We’ve gone from the relay, to the tube, to semiconductor physics. Now we’re taking the next step on the evolutionary track.”
  • The Portland Group to Release v6.2 of PGI Compilers, Development Tools
    The Portland Group(TM) (PGI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics, and a leading supplier of compilers and development tools for High-Performance Computing, announced that version 6.2 of its PGI C/C++ and Fortran compilers and development tools will be generally available on August 24, 2006. The latest release of the PGI Workstation compilers adds native support for 32-bit Windows platforms to an existing tool suite that already supports 64-bit Windows and is the reference standard on both 32-bit and 64-bit Linux systems. PGI compilers and tools are widely used in high-performance technical computing (HPTC) and other application areas that require parallelization and optimization capabilities to extract maximum performance from the latest multi-core processors from AMD and Intel.
  • Wireless Technology to Grow 26% in Manufacturing
    Wireless technology, now the networking backbone in homes and offices worldwide, is about to see widespread adoption where it will have, perhaps, its most profound impact: on the plant floor and out in the field. The worldwide market for wireless technology in manufacturing is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26% over the next five years. The market was $325.7 million in 2005 and is forecasted to be over $1 billion in 2010, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study.
  • A Move to Secure Data by Scattering the Pieces
    NY Times: “Mr. Gladwin developed a set of software routines that would copy the data stored on his PC into a large number of fragments, or slices. The mathematics of his solution had an additional benefit: the original data could be reconstructed from a majority of the slices. The design made it possible to retrieve a complete set of his original data even if some of the disks that held portions of the data failed or went offline.”
  • The Right Mix of Flexibility and System Integration
    Over on the TI blog: “Based on my example in my last blog of Lifesize’s video conferencing application, it’s clear that best-in-class compression is one of the issues that has to be taken into account when implementing HD. But it is not the only one.”