News – 2007.06.26

Freescale Introduces Flexis Microcontrollers
Breaking new ground in 8- and 32-bit compatibility, Freescale has introduced the first two members of its new Flexis(TM) series of microcontrollers (MCUs). The MC9S08QE128 based on the S08 core, and MCF51QE128, the first device based on the ColdFire(R) V1 core, are the industry’s first 8- and 32-bit MCUs with pin-for-pin compatibility and a common set of on-chip peripherals and development tools.

Atmel Creates Secure Microcontroller for e-Tokens, Embedded Systems
Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), announced the availability of the AT91SC192192CT-USB, a FLASH based, ARM(R) SC100 powered, secure microcontroller. The AT91SC series is a family of low power, high-performance 32-bit RISC secure microcontroller with ROM or FLASH program memory, advanced EEPROM data memory and powerful cryptographic accelerators. These products target applications that require high computing power, high-speed communication interfaces and seamless connection to very large memories.

Xilinx Rolls Out Spartan-3AN Starter Kit
Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable solutions, announced immediate availability of its low-cost Spartan(TM)-3AN Starter Kit, ideal for prototyping high-volume non-volatile applications where higher system integration or security is critical such as broadband access, digital displays, set top boxes, data acquisition and low-power mobile and handheld devices.

Freescale ARM9 i.MX27 Processor Increases Design Options
Engineers looking for high resolution video, security, design flexibility, excellent power management and re-use in one general purpose multimedia applications processor now can purchase the Freescale ARM9(TM)-driven i.MX27 processor. Freescale is featuring the i.MX27 processor at its annual technology forum in Orlando, Fla., June 25-28.

Mentor Graphics Solves ARM Verification with iSolve Emulation IP
Mentor Graphics Corp. (Nasdaq:MENT) extends support of iSolve(TM) emulation-based intellectual property (IP) products for ARM processors to enable the high-speed verification of wireless and multimedia applications. Mentor’s iSolve products take full advantage of the high-performance system verification capabilities of Mentor’s recently announced Veloce(R) hardware assisted verification platform.

Verigy Unveils V93000 Consumer Mixed Signal Test Solution
Verigy (NASDAQ:VRGY), a premier semiconductor test company, introduced the V93000 Consumer Mixed Signal test solution for performing both wafer sort and final test across a broad range of highly integrated consumer devices. Semiconductor designers and high-volume manufacturers are constantly striving to strike a balance between the breadth of performance requirements and the need for effective and economical test. This is especially true for price-sensitive consumer mixed signal devices common in applications such as ODD (optical display devices), DVD, DTV (digital TV) and STB (set-top boxes); these devices are becoming increasingly integrated to include ePMIC (embedded power management IC) and embedded flash memory. Using the most advanced test methods to ensure the highest accuracy and test quality, the Consumer Mixed Signal solution achieves high single-site and multi-site throughput in both wafer sort and final test of these highly integrated devices.

Advanced Knowledge Associates Unveils ARM9-based Smart Logic Module
Advanced Knowledge Associates (AKA) – the leaders in miniaturized, reconfigurable, fully self-contained and high-performance system-on-module (SOM) technology – introduced the newest member of its logic module (LM) family, the high-performance LM150, which combines a 32-bit ARM9-based MCU and high-density Xilinx Spartan 3E Series FPGA fabric, as well as all associated interfaces and power circuitry Designed to facilitate accelerated advanced Embedded System Design, the LM150 supports a wide range of standard interfaces and includes multiple on-board functions, simplifying the system integration process.

Verigy Announces Port Scale RF for V93000 SoC Test Platform
Verigy (NASDAQ:VRGY), a premier semiconductor test company, introduced the Port Scale RF solution for the V93000 SoC Test Platform. This new solution provides the cost-effective, reliable RF measurement capability required to test emerging high-integration devices containing integrated RF, mixed signal, digital, power management and embedded or stacked memory, as well as low-integration RF transceivers. Verigy developed the Port Scale RF solution for the V93000 SoC test system to meet the current and future requirements of semiconductor fabless design companies, integrated device manufacturers, and outsourced semiconductor assembly and test companies.

Freescale, Mocana to Secure Next Generation Connected Devices
Freescale Semiconductor and Mocana have formed a relationship to offer Freescale’s networking customers exceptional encryption performance. Freescale plans to integrate Mocana’s Device Security Framework with most PowerQUICC(R) II, PowerQUICC II Pro and PowerQUICC III encryption enabled products.

Xilinx Ramps Up Spartan-3A DSP Devices
Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the world’s leading programmable logic device (PLD) provider, announced the availability of production qualified Spartan(TM)-3A DSP devices. Shipping in production a month ahead of schedule, the Spartan-3A DSP platform offers 20 GMACs for under $30 for a wide range of low cost, data intensive applications including wireless, video surveillance, personal medical and consumer applications. The Spartan-3A DSP platform is part of the Xilinx XtremeDSP(TM) solutions that provide developers with a complete portfolio of programmable logic devices, IP, development tools and third party DSP ecosystem.

OpenCores for Sale
OpenCores announced that is looking for a strategic partner within the semiconductor and EDA industry. This initiative will strengthen OpenCores as world’s largest community for development and distribution of open source Verilog/VHDL soft cores. As part of this initiative, the OpenCores brand and web site will be sold to a strategic partner.

MontaVista Joins Community
MontaVista(R) Software, Inc., a leading provider of Linux(R) for intelligent devices and communications infrastructure, has joined the community at the sponsoring membership level. As a sponsor, MontaVista will support the mission of to develop, enable, and promote Power Architecture technology as the preferred open standard hardware development platform for the electronics industry.

BAE Systems Prefers ARTiSAN Studio for OMG SysML Modeling
ARTiSAN Software Tools, a global leader in the provision of UML 2 and OMG SysML-based real-time systems and software modelling tools, has announced that BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies (Insyte) has chosen ARTiSAN Studio as its preferred tool for the implementation of its OMG SysML-based systems engineering processes. BAE Systems’ choice of ARTiSAN Studio follows a far-reaching investigation into the potential benefits of adopting OMG SysML to underpin its overall systems engineering methodology and an extensive evaluation of the available SysML tools.