News – 2007.03.08

Arasan Rolls Out IP Cores for Mobile Industry Processor Interface
Arasan Chip Systems, Inc. (“Arasan”), a leading supplier of reusable Intellectual Property (IP) cores, semiconductors and design services, announced the availability of a suite of IP Cores that support the emerging MIPI(TM) (Mobile Industry Processor Interface) standards. The new products available include the Display Serial Interface (DSI) IP Core, the Camera Serial Interface (CSI-2) IP Core, and the D-PHY IP Core. The SLIMbus(TM) IP Core (Serial Low-power Inter-chip Media bus) supporting the preliminary draft specification is also available. In addition to the hardware IP, Arasan provides Software drivers and stacks for a number of the interface protocols.

Micron Debuts HD Sensors for Digital Cameras, Camcorders
Micron unveiled two new CMOS image sensors for mainstream digital cameras and camcorders. With its new sensors, Micron brings exceptional picture quality and ultra-fast burst modes to point-and-shoot digital cameras, features typically found only in high-end digital, single-lens-reflex (D-SLR) cameras. Additionally, the new sensors enable true high-definition (HD) video capture for point-and-shoot cameras, a feature that is typically found only in high-end camcorders.

CEVA Unveils Bluetooth 2.0+EDR IP
CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA)(LSE: CVA), a leading licensor of innovative intellectual property (IP) platform solutions and DSP cores for wireless, consumer and multimedia applications, unveiled a new platform solution for Bluetooth Specification Version 2.0 + EDR, providing Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) performance to chip designers looking to embed Bluetooth in consumer or automotive integrated circuits. Leveraging on the Company’s silicon-proven and fully certified Bluetooth 1.2 solution, CEVA’s low power Bluetooth 2.0+EDR IP provides full flexibility in the choice of CPU, Bluetooth radio chipset and operating system. This fully adaptable architecture offers customers a range of system configurations when incorporating Bluetooth into their designs, a crucial selection factor when choosing Bluetooth IP.

ST Introduces Two SPEAr Configurable SoC ICs
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a world leader in system-on-chip technology, announced two new additions to its SPEAr(TM) family of configurable System-on-Chip ICs. The dual-core SPEAr Plus600, complemented with a single-core variant, SPEAr Head600, represents a market-unique solution that enables printer, fax, point-of-sale (POS) and other equipment manufacturers to develop complex yet flexible digital engines at a fraction of the time and cost required by a full-custom design approach. Additionally, the possibility to choose between a single- and a dual-processor device with the same footprint and architecture will enable manufacturers to address different market segments for the same application.

TI Unveils Digital Still Camera Reference Design
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN) has leveraged its digital still camera (DSC) silicon and expertise to offer a production-ready software reference design, based on DaVinci(TM) technology. Manufacturers can use the reference design to bring the type of burst capture performance found today only in digital single-lens reflex (D-SLR) cameras to low-cost, point-and-shoot digital cameras. In addition, by enabling high-definition (HD) video on digital cameras priced as low as $99, TI is setting a new bar for DSC performance at competitive retail prices.

Echelon Sets Standard for Household Appliance in Europe
CECED, the European Committee of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, has adopted Echelon’s technology as part of its Household Appliances Control and Monitoring – Application Interworking Specification (AIS) standard. The CECED AIS standard defines Echelon’s control networking technology platform as one of the technologies for communication among household white goods such as ovens, washers and dryers. The creation of a CECED approved standard is an important step towards a mass market for smart appliances and home automation and control in Europe. Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ:ELON) is a global networking company providing technology and solutions for controls, smart metering, and energy and environment management, and LonMark(R) International, a non-profit trade association.

Mentor Graphics Synthesis Products Support Xilinx Virtex-5 SXT FPGAs
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced that its suite of advanced synthesis products supports the newly introduced Virtex(TM)-5 SXT field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) from Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX). Synthesis support for Virtex-5 SXT FPGAs is available now in Precision(R) Synthesis, release 2006a Update 2. Support within the LeonardoSpectrum(TM) tool suite will follow.

Crossware ColdFire Supports Freescale MCF532X, MCF537X Chips
Crossware, a leading embedded software ools developer, has enhanced its ColdFire(r) Development Suite by adding comprehensive support for Freescale Semiconductor’s MCF532x and MCF537x ColdFire microprocessors. Developers using these powerful embedded controllers can now work within Crossware’s totally integrated and easy to use GUI-based environment to get their programs up and running quickly and efficiently thereby speeding up the whole development process.

Five Companies Join Si2′s Low Power Coalition
Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) announced that AMD, ARM, Freescale, Golden Gate Technology and IBM have joined Si2′s Low Power Coalition (LPC), increasing the total to 17 members. In addition, Gill Watt, engineering manager at AMD, has been elected as Chair of the LPC. Tony Luk, director, Industry Alliances at Cadence Design Systems, was elected LPC Vice-Chair.

ACE Introduces OpenCoSy Community Initiative
ACE Associated Compiler Experts, developers of the leading professional compiler development tool system CoSy, announced the introduction of OpenCoSy. This compiler community initiative aims to enable and encourage users of CoSy to share advanced compiler technology components and to co-develop leading-edge compilers. Providing a unique, modular and open compiler generator framework, CoSy offers the perfect environment for development of custom compiler components and exchange of compilation technology IP.

Code Generation Conference
The theme of the Code Generation 2007 conference is “Run models – not your code!” The event will be held in Cambridge from 18th-20th May. In the session, entitled “Putting models (not code) at the heart of the enterprise” Tony Clark of Xactium Ltd. notes that enterprise modelling is increasingly becoming a standard technique with more organizations modelling more of their business than ever before.

Pulsic Appoints Sanjiv Kaul to Advisory Board
Pulsic Limited, the leader in custom design automation(TM) for memory, announces that Sanjiv Kaul has joined its advisory board. The appointment of EDA veteran Kaul further strengthens Pulsic’s distinguished advisory board, which includes Roy E. Jewell, president of Magma Design Automation Inc., and Peter Harverson, former vice president of Cadence Europe.