News – 2007.06.18

ArchPro Design Automation Merges with Synopsys
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that it has acquired ArchPro Design Automation Inc. ArchPro’s technologies enable engineers to address power management challenges in multi-voltage designs from chip architecture to RTL and gate-level design. These technologies allow verification of modern power management techniques such as power gating, substrate biasing, dynamic voltage and frequency scaling, and extend Synopsys’ leadership in low power design and verification. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed at this time.

AMI Intrdouces Sensorless Single-Chip Driver ICs for Stepper Motors
AMI Semiconductor (NASDAQ:AMIS), a leading designer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art mixed-signal and digital products for the automotive, medical, industrial, and military/aerospace markets, has announced two new single-chip stepper motor driver ICs that will significantly reduce component count and bill of materials (BOM) cost in dynamic motion applications. The AMIS-30521 and AMIS-30522 allow engineers to eliminate the need for switches, Hall sensors, flyback diodes, and many passive components in applications ranging from headlamp positioning systems and surveillance cameras to automated pick-and-place systems, vending machines, textile machines, stage lights, and much more.

Freescale, Virtutech Simplify Multi-Core Development
To address growing demand for technology that simplifies development within increasingly complex multi-core environments, Freescale Semiconductor and Virtutech, Inc. have collaborated to dramatically shorten development cycles and help developers unleash the full potential of embedded multi-core technology.

DDC-I Debuts Eclipse-based Scorpion Java for Hard Real-Time Applications
DDC-I, a leading supplier of development tools for safety-critical applications, announced the industry’s most responsive Java(TM) solution for hard real-time applications. Known as Scorpion, the new Eclipse-based tool set delivers two orders of magnitude lower latency than competitive real-time Java solutions. Scorpion is also the first Java solution to support mixed language development, which makes it possible to combine Java with other languages such as C, Embedded C++, and Ada.

Texas Court Supports Moore Microprocessor Patent Portfolio
The TPL Group and Patriot Scientific Corporation (OTCBB:PTSC) applauded the Markman ruling of the US District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, which broadly confirmed the strength of the Moore Microprocessor Patent(TM) (MMP) Portfolio jointly owned by the two companies.

mITRON RTOS Supports LatticeMico32 32-Bit Soft Microprocessor
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced that it has validated the operation of the TOPPERS open source implementation of the mITRON 4.0 Real Time Operating System (RTOS) with its LatticeMico32(TM) 32-Bit soft microprocessor. This announcement expands the RTOS options available to users of the LatticeMico32 microprocessor, and is particularly significant because mITRON represents the de facto RTOS for embedded applications designed within Japan.

Cypress Rolls Out EZ-Color Controllers for High-Brightness LED
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) introduced a complete design solution for high-brightness (HB) LED intelligent lighting systems that offers unprecedented ease-of-use and performance. Cypress’s new EZ-Color(TM) family of HB LED controllers is supported by PSoC Express(TM), the industry’s first embedded visual design tool. For the first time, engineers can simply input the selected LEDs, choose a color, and the combination of the unique EZ-Color architecture and PSoC Express software delivers a complete design solution for growing applications such as architectural lighting, general signage, rechargeable flashlights, entertainment lighting, emergency vehicle lighting and more.

Actel Improves Libero IDE for Field Programmable Gate Arrays
Underscoring its commitment to deliver and support power-efficient solutions, Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) has enhanced its Libero(TM) Integrated Design Environment (IDE) to further ease the system-level design process when using its field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). With SmartDesign, a new design entry capability that enables users to design at a higher level of abstraction, Actel’s Libero IDE v8.0 significantly reduces FPGA design and development time, thus speeding customers’ time to market. The enhanced tool suite supports all the company’s FPGAs, including the flash-based, low-power ProASIC3 and 5 Micro Watt Actel IGLOO(TM) FPGAs, as well as the company’s single-chip Actel Fusion(TM) Programmable System Chip (PSC), a mixed-signal power management FPGA.

IDT Optimizes Pre-Processing Solution for 3G Base Stations
IDT(TM) (Integrated Device Technology, Inc.)(NASDAQ:IDTI), a leading provider of essential mixed-signal semiconductor solutions that enrich the digital media experience, announced its second generation pre-processing switch, the PPS Gen 2, an innovative, off-the-shelf solution that addresses the interconnect and acceleration needs of 3G and beyond. Leveraging the serial RapidIO(R) (sRIO) interconnect standard, and offering a reduced port count together with a richer feature set, the PPS Gen 2 is optimized for the support of smaller DSP clusters that are commonly used in micro and pico base stations. The IDT PPS family now provides the needed scalability and flexibility to move up and down across a range of base station applications, enabling a high degree of hardware and software reuse. Today, customers can deploy the modular, low cost, scalable and flexible macro, micro, and pico stations for the cost-effective proliferation of 3G communications.

DDC-I Unveils Quick-Turn, Low-Cost JOVIAL-to-C Conversion Service
DDC-I, a leading supplier of development tools for safety-critical applications, announced a new high-speed, low-cost service for converting legacy JOVIAL programs into C code. The new service, utilizing high-speed conversion technology, enables DDC-I to quickly translate standard JOVIAL programs into well structured, highly readable C programs that can be maintained entirely in C. DDC-I has already used the new service to convert over 500,000 lines of JOVIAL code.

TI Digital Signal Controller Powers SONIA’s Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
Developing higher performance autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) that are smaller and less complex, Team SONIA, comprised of students from the École de technologie supérieure (ETS) in Quebec, Canada, have integrated Texas Instruments Incorporated’s (TI) (NYSE: TXN) TMS320F28x digital signal controller (DSC) technology into their new vehicle, which will compete in the 10th International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition in San Diego, July 12-15, 2007. The SONIA autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) will compete in complex tests designed to advance subsurface navigation technology for use in dangerous, difficult and expensive real-world underwater applications.

NEC Selects Altera Stratix II GX FPGA for ExpEther Interface
Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) announced that Tokyo-based NEC System Platforms Research Laboratories has selected Altera’s transceiver-based Stratix(R) II GX FPGAs and Nios(R) II embedded processor for implementing its new high-speed ExpEther interface. ExpEther is a PCI Express (PCIe)-to-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) interface that makes data transfer on PCIe available via the GbE networking protocol. It extends the internal bus connection to LAN-connected devices and facilitates system expansion, meeting requirements for next-generation networked platforms.

Aeroflex, Beijing StarPoint to Develop TD-SCDMA Conformance Test System
Aeroflex and the Beijing StarPoint Telecommunication Software Company have announced an agreement to jointly develop the first, full TD-SCDMA protocol conformance test system. TD-SCDMA is the 3G technology standard being developed by the Chinese Academy of Telecommunication Technology (CATT) that is expected to be the primary 3G technology in use during the forthcoming Beijing Olympics.

ARTiSAN to Showcase OMG SysML Capability at INCOSE
At INCOSE 2007 – the 17th international symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering to be held in San Diego, USA 24th-28th June 2007 – ARTiSAN Software Tools will demonstrate its comprehensive support for OMG SysML in ARTiSAN Studio, its UML 2 and SysML-based real-time systems and software modelling tool suite. SysML is the internationally recognised, general purpose graphical modelling language for developing complex systems jointly specified by the Object Management Group (OMG) and International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). By reusing a subset of UML 2.1 and extending it to meet the explicit needs of system engineers, it represents the natural evolution of existing UML techniques into an internationally adopted standard.