News – 2007.05.07

ChipX, Beyond Semiconductor Offer 32-bit Processors
ChipX Incorporated, provider of the broadest range of next generation ASIC solutions, announced a partnership and license agreement with Beyond Semiconductor for a family of 32-bit processors. Many custom designs require 32-bit processing power in order to run real time operating systems, process data or modify data on the fly. Although there are a number of 32-bit processor solutions available, these are often burdened with inflexible architectures or unfavorable licensing agreements. With ChipX, designers can have access to the processor RTL for silicon validation in a FPGA and software development well in advance of the ASIC design. This approach reduces risk, eliminates porting efforts from one processor architecture to another and speeds time to market.

Toshiba Publishes Digital-to-Analog Converter White Paper
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC), a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, announced the publication of a new white paper entitled “Building a Digital-to-Analog Converter Box with Toshiba TC90407XBG-Based Solutions.”

NEC Introduces 4 New Sunlight-Readable LCD Modules
Responding to customer demand for systems that can clearly display vivid colors in environments with high ambient light, NEC Electronics America, Inc. introduced four new amorphous-silicon thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) modules featuring NEC LCD Technologies’ proprietary super-transmissive natural light TFT (ST-NLT) technology. The new products include two 10.4-inch modules with video graphics array (VGA) resolution, as well as 15- and 12.1-inch modules with extended graphics array (XGA) resolution. With wide operating temperature ranges, the new modules are well suited for use in automated teller and ticket machines, vending machines and point-of-sale (POS) systems.

TI Rolls Out Next-Gen Fusion Digital Power System Controllers
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced its third-generation Fusion Digital Power(TM) controllers and new plug-in modules that more intelligently manage today’s power systems. The highly configurable and feature-rich products digitally manage up to four independent digital-control loops and up to eight phases, while improving energy efficiency up to 30 percent during light load conditions.

Bluespec Expands AzureIP Foundation Library
Bluespec(TM) Inc. added system-level building blocks to its AzureIP(TM) Foundation Library, a family of pre-packaged and verified intellectual property (IP) and design reuse capabilities to accelerate electronic system level (ESL) design and verification. New blocks include ARM(R) AMBA(R) AXI(R) and AHB and Open Core Protocol (OCP)-IP interface bus component libraries comprising parameterized bus structures, bus interface transactors and data type libraries.

Bluespec, EVE Introduce ESL Verification, Modeling Platform
Bluespec(TM) Inc. and EVE announced immediate availability of an integrated solution of electronic system level (ESL) synthesizeable transactors and models that run directly on EVE’s hardware-assisted verification platforms. The link between Bluespec’s ESL synthesis and EVE’s ZeBu hardware-assisted verification platform of accelerators, emulators and field programmable gate array (FPGA) prototypes offers high simulation speed with hardware accuracy early in the development cycle for architectural exploration, virtual prototyping, modeling and verification. The result is a single development environment for models, transactors, implementations and synthesizable verification testbenches, and a rich foundation library of intellectual property (IP).

TI Debuts DOCSIS 3.0 Based Cable Modem Architecture
Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to delivering the most advanced cable technologies and driving industry innovation, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) [NYSE: TXN] announced a DOCSIS(R) 3.0 specification-based cable modem architecture that enables fast adoption and deployment of advanced DOCSIS 3.0 specification-based products. With a DOCSIS 3.0 network, cable operators can offer enhanced features and superior performance, enabling them to best compete with emerging technologies and deliver the Internet Protocol (IP) services consumers demand. TI’s Puma 5 architecture leverages the company’s extensive experience in the cable industry by building on TI’s existing Puma family of cable modem technology to deliver the first DOCSIS 3.0 specification based product to the market, featuring download speeds of 160 Mbps in the low-cost residential configuration and 320 Mbps in business services configuration.

Acrosser Unveils Pentium M Gaming Control Board with JAMMA Interface
Acrosser, a global leader in IPC components, system design, and manufacturing, is releasing its newest gaming Single Board Computer, the AR-B5290. The AR-B5290 includes the functionality of a SBC, as well as, gaming I/O and security features. Acrosser’s AR-B5290 follows the mini-ITX standard hole locations, providing mounting flexibility for gaming applications as well as offering great performance. The AR-B5290 supports the Intel(R) Pentium(R) M, Celeron(R) M CPU, combined with dual channel DDR memory up to 2GB.

Open Source Targets Embedded Hardware
There are very few engineers who are not aware of Linux and the impact that its development has had on the global software community. Linux has provided software engineers with a low cost operating system solution that can easily be adapted and expanded. In the Cambridge region of the UK, this same open source approach is now being applied to embedded hardware.

IBM Accelerates ASIC Designs with Synopsys Design Compiler
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that IBM has added support for topographical technology in its 90-nanometer (nm) and 65nm-based application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design kits. Synopsys’ Design Compiler(R) topographical technology enables IBM’s ASIC customers to achieve tighter correlation between design results such as timing and power seen during synthesis and the results achieved after layout. This eliminates the need for time-consuming iterations between synthesis and layout to achieve design closure, thus significantly accelerating overall design time.

Lattice Semiconductor Opens Online Store
Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced the immediate availability of its comprehensive online shopping service and powered by its distribution partner, Mouser Electronics. The online store is particularly helpful for those customers looking for programmable logic devices that are readily available and do not require a minimum order quantity. Customers also can use a credit card, which makes the purchase process both quick and convenient.