News – 2007.03.06

Mentor Introduces PADS2007 for Windows-based PCB Design
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT), the market leader in printed circuit board design (PCB) solutions, announced the availability of the next generation of PADS(R) flow with the introduction of PADS2007. This newest release offers layout designers and engineers the ability to implement RF and microwave circuitry using highly automated functionality, perform design for fabrication (DFF) checking early in the design process, and optimize performance with advanced high-speed analysis/verification functionality, thus significantly improving their productivity and design quality.

Magma Rolls Out FineSim Pro Parallel Manager for Fast-SPICE Simulation
Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, announced the availability of FineSim(R) Pro Parallel Manager, the first parallel fast-SPICE simulation capability available to the semiconductor industry. Built on Magma’s proprietary Native Parallel Technology(TM), this parallel fast-SPICE option to FineSim Pro changes the landscape of analog design by making possible the verification of very large, complex mixed-signal systems on chip (SoCs).

PikeOS, Windows XPE Run Concurrently on Dual-core Board
SYSGO and Microsoft demonstrate the use of dual-core technology by mixing full-featured Windows XP Embedded and PikeOS, the hard real-time separation microkernel from SYSGO. This demonstration presents a solution that will combine the best of the two worlds: safe and secure partitioning provided by PikeOS, SYSGO’s flagship product, and the full-featured and widely used Windows XPE.

WIN Enterprises Unveils MB-07303 PC/104-Plus CPU Module
WIN Enterprises, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of embedded controllers and platforms for OEMs, announces the MB-07303, a PC/104-Plus CPU module with AMD(R) Geode(TM) LX800 processor at 500MHz. MB-07303 features CRT support, 18-bit or 24-bit TTL LCD and digital I/O functions that include 2 COMs, four USB 2.0 ports, one Ultra ATA-66 interface, CompactFlash. Low power consumption, low heat production enables fanless operation in a wide temperature range.

Rabbit Debuts Wireless Control for Remote Monitoring
Rabbit Semiconductor(R), Inc. introduced the Wireless Control Application Kit which provides a development reference to interface a low-cost, license-free 900 MHz or 2.4 GHz wireless data modules from Maxstream(R) to a Rabbit-based embedded system. The system illustrates the versatility and simplicity of adding wireless connectivity to embedded applications such as remote monitoring, proximity sensor readings, wireless I/O control, and wireless data transmission.

Arasan Optimizes USB IP Cores for Actel FPGAs
Arasan Chip Systems, Inc. (“Arasan”), a leading supplier of reusable intellectual property (IP) cores, semiconductors and design services, has joined Actel Corporation’s CompanionCore Alliance Program. Arasan has optimized its USB 2.0 Host, USB 2.0 Hub, USB 2.0 Device and USB OTG IP cores for use with Actel’s flash-based, single-chip Actel Fusion, IGLOO, ProASIC3/E and ProASIC Plus field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). With these USB IP offerings, system designers have access to proven building blocks to streamline design and development, shorten time to market and reduce design costs and risks.

Kontron CP601264 CompactPCI 6U Board Features Intel Core 2 Duo
The Kontron CP6012 CompactPCI processor board is now available with the Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processor in addition to the Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo processor. Renamed the Kontron CP601264, this latest Kontron CompactPCI board meets the highest performance standards and, in combination with the Intel(R) E7520 chipset, manages data throughput with server quality. The PICMG 2.16-compatible Kontron CP601264 features an L2 cache that is twice as large (4 MB), a much improved internal architecture, and 64-bit Intel(R) technology for increased performance over the Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo option.

TSMC, Synopsys Offer CCS Model Support for 65nm Process
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (TSMC; NYSE: TSM), the world’s largest semiconductor foundry, announced the immediate availability of Composite Current Source (CCS) models for use in the TSMC 65-nanometer (nm) and 90-nm process technologies. Used in conjunction with the Synopsys Galaxy(TM) Design Platform, the high-accuracy CCS timing and noise models allow the designer to reduce guard-band margins during design implementation and sign-off, thus improving quality of results and reducing design iterations. CCS models are proven to deliver signoff-level accuracy to within 2 percent of HSPICE(R) simulation as seen at leading semiconductor companies.

Actions Semiconductor Reduces Test Costs by 90% with Synopsys DFT MAX
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd has adopted the Synopsys DFT MAX scan compression automation solution for its 0.13-micron systems-on-chip (SoC) designs, resulting in a 90-percent reduction in tester-related costs. DFT MAX implements scan data compression on-chip to significantly reduce the amount of test time and test data required to execute high-quality manufacturing tests.

IPWireless Integrates ARC Processors into 3G Broadband Products
ARC International (LSE:ARK), the world leader in configurable subsystems and CPU/DSP processors, announced that IPWireless – an ARC(R) customer since 2001 – has integrated ARC’s configurable processors into three generations of wireless broadband products. These ARC-Based(TM) chips from IPWireless now are shipping to consumers globally in devices such as T-Mobile’s dual band TD-CDMA plus quad band EDGE product that fits into most laptop computer PCMCIA slots.

Enuclia to Create Flat Panel Chips with Tensilica’s HiFi 2 Audio Engine
Enuclia(TM) Semiconductor, of Beaverton, OR, has selected Tensilica’s Xtensa LX processor with the HiFi 2 Audio Engine for its next-generation flat-panel TV integrated circuits. Enuclia is developing chips that produce the best possible picture on analog and digital televisions whether they are displaying standard or high-definition content.

Lattice to Present Paper, Showcase 90nm FPGAs at ESC
Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ: LSCC) will demonstrate its award winning low-cost 90nm LatticeECP2M(TM) and LatticeSC(TM) Extreme Performance(TM) FPGAs at the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley, San Jose Convention Center, April 3-5, in Booth 642. New mixed signal devices for clock and power management, particularly well suited for embedded applications, also will be featured, as well as the LatticeMico32(TM) 32-bit soft microprocessor and the Lattice ispLEVER(R) software design tool suite.

DSM Computer Rolls Out 96M1542F NanoServer
The 96M1542F NanoServer from DSM Computer’s E1 range is available either as a simple controller unit or as a measured value and communications server. The embedded system, implemented for tough industrial environments, has a C7 VIA processor C7, which functions without a fan at a maximum clock frequency of 1.0 GHz. The main memory can be extended with 533 MHz DDR2 RAM up to a capacity of 1 GB.

Widgets Drive Opera Community
Opera users have created over 1001 Widgets since the launch of Opera 9 last year. Widgets are small and powerful Web applications that add unique and convenient functionality to browsing with Opera. Widgets improve and personalize the user’s browsing experience, resulting in increased interest and usage for these powerful content sharing tools.

Acrosser to Showcase Embedded PCs, Network Security, Gaming platform
Acrosser will present its latest Embedded PC, network security and gaming platforms at CeBIT 2007, from 15th-21th March in Hannover. CeBIT which has been going since 1986, is the worlds leading trade fair in 2007, for development and trends in the information and communications technology market. Acrosser wants to open up further market opportunities with their presence at CeBIT: embedded SBCs, embedded system, networking platform for network security and gamming control platform, whose applications are focused on PC-based embedded control Network security and Gaming machines.