News – 2007.07.31

EDA Industry Revenue Grows by 10% to $1.345 Billion in Q1 2007
The EDA Consortium’s Market Statistics Service (MSS) announced that the electronic design automation (EDA) industry revenue for Q1 of 2007 grew 10 percent to $1,345 million, versus $1,223 million in Q1 2006. The four-quarter average growth rate, which compares the most recent four quarters to the same four quarters in the prior year, was 15 percent. This increase reflects both the continuing growth of the industry as a whole and the growth of the MSS program.

Texas Instruments Creates Smallest 2.25-MHz Step-down DC/DC Converters
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced its smallest 2.25-MHz high-performance, step-down DC/DC converters, which support low-power DSPs and microcontroller-based portable electronics. Extending battery life in Bluetooth headsets, cell phones and other Li-Ion battery-powered applications, the high-performance converters save valuable board space.

Connect One Unveils II-EVB-600 Evaluation Board for iChip CO2064
Connect One(TM), the Device Networking Authority(TM), announced the release of the II-EVB-600, an evaluation board for programming the iChip CO2064, Connect One’s low-cost, small footprint Internet Protocol (IP) controller that targets cost- and resource-constrained machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, where encryption and security is required. The II-EVB-600 supports many upper layer Internet protocols using either AT+i commands or the iChipConfig Utility, and can be used for evaluation and development of secure WiFi, LAN, cellular or dial-up networking, offering developers maximum flexibility in connectivity.

NFC Forum Reveals Four Tag Types for Near Field Communication
The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of near field communication (NFC) technology, announced the publication of four tag type technical specifications. The specifications are available to the public for download at no charge from the NFC Forum Web site.

CEVA Announces Embedded Engineering Symposium in Shanghai
CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA); (LSE: CVA), announced it will host a Technology Symposium for the embedded engineering community in Shanghai, China, August 14, 2007, at the Sofitel Jing Jiang Oriental Pudong Hotel. The full-day event will provide attendees with technical insight into CEVA’s latest technologies, solutions and methodologies used to develop highly differentiated and competitive System-on-Chips (SoCs) deployed by many of the world’s leading semiconductor companies and OEMs.

Volkswagen Uses Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder for AUTOSAR Deployment
The MathWorks, an AUTOSAR Premium Member and active work package participant, announced that Volkswagen has integrated a fully AUTOSAR-compliant comfort and convenience electronic control unit (ECU) into an existing Volkswagen ECU network for the first time by automatically generating the compliant software from Simulink(R) models with Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder(R).

RadiSys Promentum Media Resource Module Features Tundra Serial RapidIO
Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), the leader in System Interconnect, has announced that RadiSys Corporation, a leading global provider of advanced embedded solutions, has selected the Tundra Tsi578(TM) Serial RapidIO(R) Switch for its Promentum(TM) ATCA-9100 Media Resource Module. RadiSys recently launched the Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) Digital Signal Processing (DSP) blade, which uses the Tsi578 as its Serial RapidIO interconnection for large-scale DSP aggregation.

Daesung-Eltec Selects Ramtron for DSP-based Car Audio Platform
Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR), a leading developer and supplier of non-volatile ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) and integrated semiconductor products, has announced that Daesung-Eltec Co. Ltd. of Korea has designed FRAM memory into its new digital signal processing (DSP)-based car audio platform. Daesung-Eltec selected the FM24C64 – a 64-kilobit FRAM with 2-wire serial interface – to enable sophisticated memory functions such as storing audio, channel and favourite artist/song settings, as well as the resume play and the favourite artist/song alert features. FRAM’s non-volatility, No Delay(TM) writes, virtually limitless endurance, small footprint and cost effectiveness make it the ideal memory technology for advanced digital automotive audio systems.

Cinea Licenses H.264 Codec Technology from Vanguard Software Solutions
Vanguard Software Solutions Inc (VSS), a provider of high performance codec technology for the professional video market, announced that Cinea Inc., a subsidiary of Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB), has licensed VSS current and future H.264 technology for its Running Marks(TM) video watermarking solution. The patented Cinea(R) architecture separates the processing-intensive image analysis stage from the message insertion stage, requiring a technology with extensible APIs to efficiently handle the complex H.264 decoding and encoding.

ICS Triplex to Launch Safety, Control System at Offshore Europe
ICS Triplex, a Rockwell Automation company, will be at stand E4 at the Offshore Europe Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition (4-7 September) to unveil its new groundbreaking safety and control system. Designed to provide users with greater levels of choice and flexibility than is available in any current solution, it is expected to give ICS Triplex a significant competitive advantage in its sector.

PDSi Receives Repair Contract for Storage Devices
Pinnacle Data Systems, Inc. (PDSi) (AMEX:PNS) announced that it has been awarded a new contract to be the sole repair depot within Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for a line of storage devices of a major computer Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). These contracted services include screening, out-of-warranty repair, and management of original vendors for in-warranty repair, and will begin to ramp up in the third quarter of 2007 and is expected to continue through 2009.

Arrow Offers Development Systems for Integrating Motorola MicroTCA
The North American Components (NAC) business of Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) announced the availability of development systems that integrate Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) MicroTCA(TM) products for North American customers. The development systems are designed to help engineers speed the building and testing of their network with an application-ready platform.

National Technical Systems Increases Aerospace Test Capabilities
National Technical Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: NTSC) (NTS), a leading provider of engineering services, announced the addition of a new high power variable frequency programmable power supply capability at their Tinton Falls, NJ test laboratory. The AC/DC programmable power supply is capable of supplying 45 kVA. This capability is necessary to support RTCA/DO-160D/E, MIL-STD-704D/E and ABD0100.1.8 (Airbus) requirements. Similar capability with up to 90 kVA output was added at the NTS Fullerton, CA facility in January of this year.