News – 2007.02.27

ST ARM7 Motor Control Development Kit Simplifies Vector Drive
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) announced a new motor control kit, built around the recently-announced 32-bit STR750 microcontroller, which enables the rapid development of high-performance vector-control applications, using both Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PMSM) and 3-phase AC Induction Motors, for cost-sensitive appliance, industrial and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) markets. The kit includes all the necessary firmware and hardware – including a 24V DC permanent magnet motor for initial evaluation – to allow the user to be up and running within minutes, and to continue through to development of the target application.

GE Fanuc Embedded Systems Rolls Out EP2A Military SBC
GE Fanuc Embedded Systems announced the EP2A 6U VME single board computer, the latest in the EmPower family. Featuring a Freescale PowerPC MPC7448 processor and 1 Gigabyte of DDR SDRAM, the EP2A also includes the latest Marvell Discovery V integrated system controller for leading-edge performance. The EP2A is not only a highly cost-effective solution, but also offers a unique I/O set with its four fast HDLC-capable serial ports (enabled by a PowerQUICC 2 device) complementing its Gigabit Ethernet, USB and GPIO capabilities. Outstanding flexibility is achieved by the provision of two PMC sites as well as GE Fanuc’s unique AFIX (Additional Flexible Interface Xtension) card site that allows custom functionality to be added to the board at minimum cost and in minimum time.

WIN Enterprises Rolls Out PL-01033 2U Network Appliance
WIN Enterprises, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of embedded controllers and platforms for OEMs, announces the PL-01033. The new high performance, 2U network appliance has a total of ten GbE ports. It provides OEMs with a powerful, but flexible 2U 19″ rack-mount network security platform. Applications include use as a high performance Intrusion Detection / Intrusion Prevention System, firewall, VPN gateway, and Unified Threat Management (UTM) platform.

Kontron Introduces MOPS-PM PC/104-Plus SBC
Kontron introduced the the MOPS-PM PC/104-Plus card, the industry’s first fully PC/104-Plus compliant single-board computer equipped with Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processors. The new Kontron MOPS-PM emphasizes the company’s long term commitment to PC/104-Plus which utilizes PCI and ISA busses.

Micrel Unveils 4A MIC68400 LDOs
Micrel Inc., (Nasdaq: MCRL), an industry leader in analog, high bandwidth communications and Ethernet IC solutions, introduced the 4A MIC68400, the latest addition to its MIC68000 family of LDOs designed specifically for powering FPGA, CPLDs, DSPs and microcontrollers. The devices are aimed at applications such as broadband modems, routers, servers, storage networks, and wireless base stations. The MIC68400 is currently available in volume with pricing starting at 2.50 for 1K quantities.

Synopsys Proteus OPC Optimizes Intel Core Microarchitecture
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that its industry-leading Synopsys Proteus optical proximity correction (OPC) software has achieved substantial processor and memory improvements when optimized for and deployed on Intel Core(TM) microarchitecture-based server products. Compared to competitive tools running on special-purpose custom platforms, Proteus has demonstrated price/performance superiority on Intel architectures, such as the Intel Dual-Core Xeon(R) Processor 5100 series (formerly called Woodcrest), enabling chipmakers to significantly lower their turnaround time (TAT) and overall cost of ownership (CoO). This translates into a significant CoO advantage for Proteus OPC users.

Xalyo Debuts XS-2000 integrated ATM, IP PCI Telecom Mezzanine Card
Xalyo Systems announced XS-2000, a highly integrated ATM and IP PCI Telecom Mezzanine Card (PTMC) based on Wintegra’s WinPath2 Network Processor. Featuring a configurable mix of four OC-3/STM-1, two OC-12/STM-4, and three 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, XS-2000 is the perfect interface to handle both ATM and IP simultaneously. XS-2000 provides exceptional media flexibility with software selectable I/O ports and use of SFP transceivers.

Wavecom Rolls Out Fastrack Supreme Wireless CPU
Wavecom (Paris:AVM) (NASDAQ:WVCM) (ISIN:FR0000073066) introduced the new Fastrack Supreme Wireless CPU(R). This Plug & Play family product evolution keeps the same versatile form factor as the previous Fastrack product packed with a host of new features that will carry customer applications well into the future.

IBM Selects Magma’s QuickCap NX as Golden 3D Extraction Standard
Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, announced that IBM(R) (Nasdaq: IBM) has expanded use of Magma’s QuickCap(R) NX parasitic capacitance extraction software as its golden 3-D extraction reference standard for advanced process technologies. IBM is also using Magma’s QuickInd(TM) as the standard for comparing inductance extraction of IBM layout parasitic extraction (LPE) decks.

MathStar, Mentor Graphics Focus on FPOA Design Tools
MathStar (Nasdaq:MATH), a fabless semiconductor company specializing in high-performance programmable logic, and Mentor Graphics (Nasdaq: MENT) announced a development partnership for design tools that MathStar’s customers use with MathStar’s Field Programmable Object Arrays(TM) (FPOAs). MathStar also announced immediate availability of the version 2.0 release of its design tools for the company’s Arrix(TM) family of FPOAs based on the Visual Elite(TM) System Design tool from Mentor Graphics.