News – 2007.04.23

L-3 Acquires Geneva Aerospace, Global Communications Solutions
L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced that it has acquired Geneva Aerospace, Inc., a leading provider of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology, and has agreed to acquire Global Communications Solutions, Inc. (GCS), a leading provider of portable satellite communications equipment and products. Both companies will be included in L-3′s Specialized Products segment.

GateRocket Creates First Device Native Verification for FPGAs
GateRocket(TM) Inc. announced availability of the industry’s first Device Native(TM) verification product that gives Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) designers the power to validate designs with one to two orders of magnitude faster simulation, and realize actual device behavior early in the design process. RocketDrive(TM) is a hardware and software solution that adds significant value to existing design verification environments without a change in design flow or verification methodology.

Summit Announces Four-Channel Programmable Power Manager ICs
Summit Microelectronics has expanded its family of Programmable Power Manager (PPM) integrated circuits (ICs) with two new devices targeted at higher-power applications. The SMB113A and SMB117 continue Summit’s unique approach to power supply design by enabling ease-of-use, unparalleled flexibility and high-performance. Using Summit’s PPM ICs, system designers can digitally program the entire multiple output power supply and associated power management functions with a few clicks of a mouse compared to the tedious iterative hardware design of conventional, “hard-wired” analog power solutions.

Renesas Unveils 960-MIPS, 800 MFLOPS Dual-Core Microcontrollers
Renesas Technology America, Inc. announced five new SuperH(R) 32-bit microcontrollers that use multi-core technology to achieve the high levels of performance required by many embedded system applications such as consumer products, industrial equipment, and car audio and navigation systems. The SH7205 and SH7265 devices incorporate two superscalar SH2A-FPU CPU cores and a comprehensive set of on-chip peripherals that includes USB, ATAPI, and image processing engine functions. When the dual-core microcontrollers are operating at their 200 MHz maximum operating frequency, each CPU delivers 480-MIPS (million instructions per second) processing performance in the Dhrystone v1.1 benchmark, and 400-MFLOPS (mega floating point number operations per second) floating-point operation performance.

Aonix Ports ObjectAda to Ardence’s Phar Lap ETS RTOS
Aonix(R), a provider of solutions for safety- and mission-critical applications, announced that ObjectAda V8.2 has been ported to the latest Ardence ETS real-time operating system (RTOS). This advanced version of ETS, Version 13, offers many new features, including kernel-level memory protection, a critical feature for Aonix’s customers who need to bring real-time, secure memory applications into the Windows environment.

Cypress Debuts Kits for PIR Motion Detection, I2C Port Expansion
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) introduced two new evaluation kits for its fast-growing PSoC(R) mixed-signal arrays. The kits, which address pyroelectric infrared (PIR) motion detection and I2C port expansion, give designers easy-to-use tools to quickly and efficiently complete PSoC designs for a variety of applications.

Adeneo Develops Windows Embedded CE 6.0 BSPs for LPC3000 MCUs
Adeneo, a Microsoft Windows Embedded Gold Partner with facilities in Europe and in the USA, announced the beginning of a strategic partnership with NXP around LPC MCUs. The first joint action linked to this partnership is the development of the reference Windows Embedded CE 6.0 BSPs for LPC3000 MCUs family. A preview of this development has been revealed by NXP and Adeneo, running on phyCORE LPC3180 module from PHYTEC company.

Cadence Rolls Out Latest Encounter Digital IC Design Platform
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), unveiled its latest software version of Cadence Encounter(R) digital IC design platform with industry-leading features including chip optimization, mixed-signal design support for very large 65nm-and-below designs, diagonal routing using the Encounter X Interconnect Option, and previously-announced support for Si2′s Common Power Format (CPF) 1.0-enabled low-power design. Available in L, XL and GXL offerings, the new platform provides greater ease of use, shorter design time and improved performance for advanced semiconductor design.

RTI to Showcase SIMWARE Modeling and Simulation System
Real-Time Innovations (RTI) and NEXTEL Engineering Systems, SL, will be demonstrating—for the first time at any public event—a working SIMWARE modeling and simulation (M&S) system showing integration between High-Level Architecture (HLA) and Data Distribution Service (DDS) real-time middleware nodes in a distributed missile-simulation application. The objective is to show the real-time performance boost gained by the use of the open-standard DDS middleware within a configuration that remains fully interoperable with existing HLA modules. This provides a completely commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) based environment supporting HLA-based legacy system architectures while enabling predictable, scalable real-time performance, particularly in large and complex distributed designs.

Strategic Test Describes How to Optimize Host PC for Fastest Streaming
Strategic Test has just published an Application Note that describes how to optimize the configuration of a host PC to obtain the fastest streaming to or from hard disks when using Digitizer or Arbitrary Waveform Generator PCI cards. Continuous gap-free streaming of up to 200 MBytes per second is possible using COTS motherboards, RAID controller and fast S-ATA hard disks. For example, such a system would make it possible to record or generate a single 200 MSample per second analog signal with 8-bit resolution for up to 1 hour, or a 10 MSample per second signal for 20 hours. Currently, the only other products offering this performance are based on high-end disk controllers costing at least $8000.

OpenMake Meister Enables Predictive Release Deployment Analysis
OpenMake Software demonstrated integration of its Meister build-to-release management offering with CA’s Configuration Management Database (CMDB). This technology enables automated predictive analysis of enterprise-wide application release and deployment based upon Build Forensics generated by OpenMake Meister when components are constructed.

Echelon Controls China’s Streetlights
Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ:ELON), a leading provider of networking technology that is used to manage and reduce energy consumption, announced that several major highways and bridges in the Yangtze River Delta, one of the fastest growing regions in China, have chosen Echelon’s LonWorks(R) technology to better manage highway and bridge lighting systems for increased security, beautification, and reduced energy consumption. The lighting control system will be installed and managed by Echelon’s Authorized Network Integrator Nanjing Lianhong Automation Co, Ltd.