News – 2006.10.02

  • Xilinx Offers ESL for FPGA Workshop
    Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) today announced the first ever ESL for FPGA workshop to be held in San Jose, Calif., on November 6, 2006. The event will provide an opportunity for the design community to experience first hand the value and immediate benefits of the emerging electronic system-level (ESL) methodologies as they apply to field programmable gate array (FPGA) design.
  • Semiconductor Sales Grows by 10.5% to $20.5 Billion in August
    Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached an all-time monthly record of $20.5 billion in August, an increase of 10.5 percent from the $18.6 billion reported in August 2005, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported today. Sales increased by 2.1 percent from July 2006, when total semiconductor sales were $20.1 billion. The previous record for one-month worldwide chip sales was $20.4 billion in November 2005.
  • Force10 Receives Patents for 100 Gigabit Ethernet-Ready Backplane
    Force10 Networks(R), the pioneer in building and securing high performance networks, today announced that it has been awarded two patents for its advanced 100 Gigabit Ethernet-ready backplane. The unique, patent-protected backplane of the Force10 TeraScale E-Series(R) family of switch/routers has been tested up to five Terabits per second, delivering 330 Gigabits per second (Gbps) to each slot. Force10 now holds 15 patents with 45 patents pending.
  • TI Drives Over 300 Watts on Single Channel with PurePath Digital
    Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today introduced two new PurePath Digital(TM) power stages. The TAS5261 provides OEMs with the industry’s highest power single-chip digital amplifier power stage, capable of driving more than 300 watts (W) into a 4-ohm speaker, while the two-channel TAS5162 digital amplifier power stage can drive 200 W per channel at 6 ohms and 125 W at 8 ohms. The devices enable higher efficiency and sound quality in a variety of audio applications, including many previously restricted from using digital amplifiers due to power requirements, such as high-end DVD receivers and mid- to high-end audio/video receivers (AVRs).
  • Ardence, Intel Accelerate Development of Embedded Virtual Technology
    Ardence, the global leader in developing software platforms for the on-demand world, today announced a collaborative effort with Intel to accelerate the development of virtual technology in embedded environments. Ardence said it will begin testing its market-leading embedded software products in conjunction with Intel(R)’s Virtualization Technology (VT) in various OEM-usage scenarios to develop performance data that will be used to enhance next-generation embedded systems. In addition, this data will be utilized by the developers of next-generation embedded systems to further understand and promote best practices in order to optimally leverage Ardence and Intel technologies.
  • Cadence, Brion, Clear Shape Create Lithography-Aware Design Flow
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, today announced that it has created a lithography-aware design flow and has defined an interface that will link resolution enhancement technologies (RET) with physical design and verification. Cadence has collaborated with Brion Technologies and Clear Shape Technologies in developing this flow which addresses critical lithography-induced yield problems and mask-design challenges.
  • Displaytech Selects Synopsys Design Compiler Tool for FLCOS Microdisplays
    Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, today announced that Displaytech Inc., a world leader in ferroelectric liquid-crystal-on-silicon (FLCOS) microdisplays, has moved to the Synopsys Design Compiler(R) synthesis tool in designing its next-generation FLCOS backplane for high-resolution, high-speed microprojection and holographic data storage (HDS) systems. These new microdisplays deliver high-speed light switching to produce brilliant, real-life digital images. The advanced timing and power synthesis capabilities in the Design Compiler tool proved crucial in meeting Displaytech’s design goals within schedule.
  • Loterie Nationale Rolls Out Comtech Jackpot Communicator
    Loterie Nationale, the operator of Luxembourg’s National Lottery and Comtech M2M, a leading Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solution provider, today announced the deployment of the Comtech jackpot communicators (“JPCs”) across Loterie Nationale’s full network of lottery retailers.
  • Fastrax Expands in Korea and China
    Fastrax Ltd., a leading provider of open and portable iSuite OEM GPS Software Development Kit environments and programmable iTrax OEM GPS receivers, today announced two new distributor agreements that strengthen the company’s position in the fast-growing OEM electronics market in Asia.
  • DATE Electronic System Show Receives Record Submissions
    DATE, Europe’s premier conference and exhibition for electronic system design, automation and test, has, yet again, received all-time record submissions to the conference programme. For the 2007 event, which takes place in the Nice Acropolis from April 16th to 20th, a record 933 submissions were received for review by the members of the Technical Programme Committee, chaired by Jan Madsen (DTU, Denmark).
  • YOGITECH Debuts Mixed-Language OCP Universal Verification Component
    YOGITECH, the leading supplier of OCP based verification solutions, today introduced the industry’s first mixed-language OCP Universal Verification Component (UVC). Supporting both e and SystemVerilog verification languages, the YOGITECH OCP UVC is the only commercial verification solution to fully support revision 2.1 of the OCP protocol and comply with the OCP 2.0/2.1 Compliant Checks document, including Functional Coverage Guidelines, released by the Open Core Protocol International Partnership (OCP-IP) earlier this year.
  • Sonarics Powers DAB Automotive Industry ClearSignal
    Sonarics Labs, the industry leader for DAB/DMB intellectual property (IP) solutions, announces that a ClearSignal-DAB radio can now be ordered as an option in high-end German car models. The Band III and L-band ClearSignal car radios are designed and manufactured by a tier-one automotive infotainment System Integrator who licenses the DAB technology from Sonarics.
  • Court Rejects Injunction on Re-Examination of Synopsys’ Patents
    Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA) announced that a motion by Synopsys Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) seeking to impede a possible re-examination of two patents at issue in the companies’ ongoing dispute was today denied. As a result of this denial, issued in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (U.S. PTO) may elect to re-examine the patents in question and could ultimately invalidate them.
  • Xilinx ISE 8.2i Includes Support for World’s Largest 65nm FPGA
    Xilinx today announced immediate availability of a downloadable extension to the 8.2i Integrated Software Environment (ISE(TM)) Foundation tool suite allowing access to the Virtex(TM)-5 LX330 FPGA, the industry’s largest 65nm FPGA. ISE Foundation 8.2i delivers a unique, integrated timing closure environment and new productivity-enhancing features to fully exploit the performance and power advantages of Virtex-5 devices, delivering a 30 percent performance advantage over previous generation FPGAs. ISE 8.2i provides an implementation environment optimized to leverage the superior routing architecture of the Virtex-5 family including its enhanced diagonal routing which supports block- to-block connectivity with minimal hops.