- NEC Reduces Power Consumption with New 55nm Cell-Based IC
NEC Electronics introduced CB-55L, a cell-based integrated circuit (CBIC) that utilizes the company’s 55-nanometer (nm) UX7LS process technology. The latest addition to NEC Electronics’ ASIC lineup has superior power consumption characteristics, demonstrating a 40 percent reduction in power consumption from the previous 90-nanometer CB-90M. CB-55L also offers more than double the density of previous devices, and offers very high reliability by resolving parameter variations often encountered at advanced process technology nodes. This combination of features makes the CB-55L ideal for portable battery-operated devices such as digital still cameras and digital video cameras, which have stringent power consumption requirements.
- Virage Logic, Tensilica Offer Power Optimization Web Seminar
Virage Logic Corporation (NASDAQ:VIRL), the semiconductor industry’s trusted IP partner and pioneer in Silicon Aware IP(TM), announced that it will partner with Tensilica to present a free online technical webinar titled “Optimize for Performance or Power with Tensilica and Virage Logic Core-Optimized IP Kits.”
- Microchip, Labcenter Debut MPLAB IDE Plug-in for System-Level Simulation
Microchip Technology Inc. [NASDAQ: MCHP], a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, and Labcenter Electronics Ltd, a world leader in embedded simulation tools, have collaborated to integrate a version of Labcenter’s Proteus VSM package into the free MPLAB(R) Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The VSM plug-in enables users of the MPLAB IDE to debug their firmware on a system-level simulation of their product, in the same way that they would work with a physical prototype using a traditional in-circuit debugging tool. The VSM simulation models not only the PIC(R) microcontroller itself, but also any analogue or digital electronics that are connected to it.
- CoWare Names Scott Kleinberg as CFO
CoWare(R), Inc., the leading supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services, announced that Scott Kleinberg has been selected as the company’s new CFO. Kleinberg is responsible for accounting and financial management for CoWare worldwide and reports to CoWare president and CEO, Alan Naumann.
- EDA Revenue Grows to $1.3 Billion in Third Quarter 2006
The EDA Consortium’s Market Statistics Service (MSS) announced that the electronic design automation (EDA) industry revenue for Q3 of 2006 grew to $1,309 million compared to $1,122 million in Q3 2005. This increase reflects both the continuing growth of the industry as a whole and the growth of the MSS program, which enjoyed a net increase in the number of participating companies compared to the same quarter last year. The MSS average annual growth rate comparing the most recent four quarters to the same four quarters in the prior year was 12 percent. When comparing the same quarter in 2005, revenue in Q3 2006 jumped by 17 percent.
- NEC Develops EMMA LSI Chips for Digital Consumer Applications, HD DVD
NEC Electronics has introduced its newest generation of its renowned EMMA(TM) series of high performance system LSI chips for digital consumer applications. The EMMA(TM)3 series is optimized for systems such as HD DVD players and recorders that handle the processing of next generation DVD content.
- Cadence Gives Common Power Format Parser Code to Si2 Low Power Coalition
In response to a Request for Technology issued last week, the Low Power Coalition (LPC) of Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) announced that Cadence Design Systems has provided full source code for a Common Power Format (CPF) version 1.0 parser to the LPC. The parser, which is TCL based, will enable LPC members to more quickly bring products to market that support CPF, which was approved as a Si2 Specification last week.