News – 2006.12.05

  • Xilinx Introduces Spartan-3A I/O-Optimized FPGAs
    Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable solutions, unveiled its Spartan(TM)-3A family of I/O-optimized field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), an extension of its low-cost, high volume Spartan-3 Generation. The Spartan-3A platform provides a cost-reduced solution for applications where I/O count and capabilities matter more than logic density. With support for the industry’s widest range of I/O standards (26) and unique power, configuration capabilities and anti-cloning security advantages, Spartan-3A FPGAs provide a flexible and cost-saving solution to new high-volume applications within consumer and industrial segments, such as display panel interfaces, video/tuner board interfaces and video switching.
  • Freescale Wins Gold with BeeStack Wireless Communication Software
    Manufacturers now are able to leverage an all-in-one ZigBee(TM) solution from Freescale Semiconductor. According to TUV Rheinland of North America and NTS, designated independent testing and assessment service providers of the ZigBee Alliance, BeeStack(TM) wireless communication software is one of the first to conform to the latest ZigBee Alliance specification and to achieve golden unit status. BeeStack software has set the standard of excellence for future platforms requiring certification testing.
  • Vector Fields Launches Concerto Electromagnetic Modeling Tool
    Vector Fields launches a major evolution of its high-frequency electromagnetic package, Concerto. Many additions to the electronic design automation (EDA) software including new and enhanced solvers, sophisticated model parameterization and an enhanced scripting capability, provide the means to rapidly create and optimize the most complex radio and microwave designs.
  • Renesas Achieves Highest Efficiency with Integrated Driver-MOSFET
    Renesas Technology America, Inc. announced the R2J20602NP, a highly optimized power solution that achieves the industry’s highest efficiency level. The device integrates a driver IC and high- and low-side(1) power MOSFETs in a 56-pin QFN package that conforms to the integrated Driver-MOSFET (DrMOS) package standard. The driver-MOSFET product is ideal for voltage regulators, DC-DC switching power supplies, and point-of-load (POL) converters essential for providing the stable low-voltage DC power needed in PCs, servers, and many other types of electronic equipment.
  • Synplicity Pro FPGA Synthesis Supports for Xilinx Spartan-3A Devices
    Synplicity, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNP), a leading supplier of software for the design and verification of semiconductors, announced its industry-leading Synplify Pro(R) FPGA synthesis software provides optimal support for Xilinx(R) new low-cost, high-volume Spartan(TM)-3A family of I/O-optimized FPGAs.
  • SMIC Adopts Mentor High-Speed USB 2.0 PHY in .13 Micron Process
    Mentor Graphics Corporation (“Mentor”, Nasdaq: MENT), a leader in standards-based semiconductor intellectual property (IP), and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”, NYSE: SMI, HKSE: 0981.HK) announced the development and adoption of the Mentor Graphics(R) High-Speed Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 physical layer (PHY) in the SMIC 0.13um process. The PHY can be integrated with a USB controller, serving as a bridge between the digital and modular parts of the design. Mentor’s USB PHY (MUSBPHY) provides very low power consumption and minimal die area, making it an ideal solution for consumer products, such as digital cameras, game consoles, set-top boxes, mobile devices, digital printers and scanners.
  • MegaChips Improves Design Team Verification Process with Incisive Xtreme
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) announced that MegaChips LSI Solutions, a subsidiary of MegaChips Inc., has chosen the Cadence(R) Incisive(R) Xtreme(R) Desktop for its overall design and verification flow. The new hardware acceleration and emulation system will initially be targeted to shrink the verification cycle of MegaChips Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM) decoder LSI for Terrestrial Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting (ISDB-T). MegaChips noted that the Xtreme system shortened the overall time allocated for verification by up to two-thirds—a key factor in MegaChips decision to adopt the system for their design team.
  • Mentor Graphics Offers Synthesis Support for Xilinx Spartan-3A FPGAs
    Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced that its suite of advanced synthesis products supports the newly introduced Spartan(TM)-3A field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) from Xilinx, Inc. This new, I/O-optimized family of FPGAs is an extension of the Xilinx low-cost, high-volume Spartan-3 generation. Synthesis support for Spartan-3A FPGAs is available now in Precision(R) Synthesis, release 2006a. Support within the LeonardoSpectrum(TM) tool suite will follow.
  • Xilinx Ships Record 26 Million 90nm FPGA Devices
    Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) announced it has set a programmable logic industry record with total shipments of more than 26 million 90nm devices, fueled by broad adoption of its flagship product families: Spartan(TM)-3 and Virtex(TM)-4 FPGAs. Xilinx supplies approximately 70 percent of the world’s 90nm FPGAs, based upon cumulative revenues, commanding a two-year market lead over its nearest competitor at 90nm.
  • Superman Flies with NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 SDI, PNY Technologies
    Scott Anderson, Academy Award(R) winning visual effects supervisor and founder of Digital Sandbox, chose the NVIDIA Quadro(R) FX 4500 SDI by PNY Technologies(R) graphic board as a key component to the Superman Returns DI pipeline and digital workflow. Superman Returns, the latest blockbuster from Warner Bros., was shot using Panavision’s Genesis(R) Digital Camera System. The unprecedented use of this camera for a major feature film meant that a new digital workflow needed to be established. Anderson used Globalstor’s ExtremeStor-DI workstation with the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 SDI by PNY Technologies graphic board and ASSIMILATE’s SCRATCH(TM) Data-Centric Workflow Solution as the backbone for the film’s digital film-to-film workflow.
  • Patent Office to Re-examine Another Patent in Synopsys-Magma Dispute
    Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA) announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) will re-examine U.S. Patent No. 6,725,438 (the’438 patent), one of three patents at issue in a lawsuit between Magma and Synopsys Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) pending in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. With this decision, the PTO is now in the process of re-examining two of the three patents in the lawsuit, and the PTO will soon decide whether it will re-examine the third.
  • Optima Introduces First Modular MicroTCA Cabinet Enclosure
    Optima EPS, an Elma Company, has announced a cabinet enclosure specifically designed for MicroTCA applications. The modular cabinet features a stacked arrangement of open card cages, fan trays, and heat exchangers. Without top or bottom covers, the open card cages allow air to flow through multiple stacks of MicroTCA shelves. The fan trays and heat- exhangers cool the cabinet in this modular configuration. Various implementations of card cage shelves, fans, and cooling units can be configured in the cabinet.
  • QUALCOMM Acquires Bluetooth Assets from RF Micro Devices
    RF Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio systems and solutions for applications that drive mobile communications, announced it has signed an agreement to sell the majority of its Bluetooth(R) assets to QUALCOMM (NASDAQ: QCOM) for $39 million. The pending transaction is expected to provide QUALCOMM access to next-generation Bluetooth technology. RFMD anticipates the transaction will enable it to increase its focus on its highest growth wireless business opportunities, including cellular transceivers, cellular power amplifiers, wireless local area network (WLAN) power amplifiers, global positioning system (GPS) components and Gallium Nitride (GaN) high power amplifiers.
  • QNX Creates New Class of Visualization Tools for Multi-Core Systems
    Leveraging its technology leadership in multi-core embedded systems, QNX Software Systems introduced a new class of visualization tools that radically simplify the job of migrating, debugging, and optimizing software for multi-core processors.
  • Alcatel-Lucent Acquires UMTS Radio Access Business from Nortel
    Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) announced that it has signed an agreement with Nortel to acquire its UMTS radio access business (UTRAN) and related assets for USD 320 million (Euro 250 million). This agreement follows the Memorandum of Understanding Alcatel and Nortel signed on September 1, 2006.
  • LSI Logic Acquires Agere Systems for $4.0 Billion
    LSI Logic Corporation (NYSE: LSI) and Agere Systems Inc. (NYSE: AGR) announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which the companies will be combined in an all-stock transaction with an equity value of approximately $4.0 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Agere shareholders will receive 2.16 shares of LSI for each share of Agere they own. Based on the closing stock price of LSI on December 1, 2006, this represents a value to Agere shareholders of $22.81 per share.
  • Cadence Contributes Common Power Format to SI2′s Low Power Coalition
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) and Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) announced that Cadence(R) has contributed the Common Power Format (CPF) to Si2′s Low Power Coalition (LPC). The contribution, provided before its anticipated date of January 31, 2007, was made as a result of significant customer input. The move accelerates a unified effort to create one common format for low-power design, implementation and verification.
  • Cypress Speeds Tapeout of Mobile Phone IC with Synopsys Primerail
    Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has successfully taped out its West Bridge(TM) Antioch(TM) peripheral controller multimedia 3G/3.5G mobile phone integrated circuit (IC) using the Synopsys Galaxy(TM) design platform RTL-to-GDSII low-power solution, including the PrimeRail dynamic power network analysis solution. The multithreshold CMOS (MTCMOS) power gating feature in the Galaxy design platform enabled Cypress to complete its ultra-low-power design with world-class performance and optimized standby current. PrimeRail, a key component of the Galaxy design platform, enabled peak current analysis for the multiple power domains of the Power Gating-based design during physical implementation.
  • True Circuits Rolls Out Analog and Mixed-Signal 65nm Timing IP
    True Circuits, Inc. (TCI), a leading provider of analog and mixed-signal intellectual property (IP) for the semiconductor, systems and electronics industries announced the availability of a new line of silicon-proven TSMC 65nm Phase-Locked Loop (PLL) and Delay-Locked Loop (DLL) hard macros targeting high-speed timing applications. True Circuits has already licensed this IP to customers who have incorporated it into products that will begin shipping in 2007. True Circuits has also been working closely with other leading silicon foundries and IDMs on the porting and silicon testing of its PLLs and DLLs in their 65nm processes.
  • Sequence Design, Dongbu Electronics Reduce Leakage Power by 240X
    Sequence Design, EDA’s power-aware SoC design technology leader, and Korea’s Dongbu Electronics Inc., one of the world’s largest pure play wafer foundries, announced test results demonstrating a 240X reduction in leakage power using their jointly developed, advanced MTCMOS power-gating flow. Power-gating design techniques significantly reduce leakage power which can easily consume up to one-half of a modern SoC’s power budget if left unchecked.