News – 2007.09.18 – Late Edition

Atmel, TimeSys Offer Free AT91SAM9 Linux Board Support Package
Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) and TimeSys(R) announced a free Linux(R) Board Support Package (BSP) for Atmel’s ARM9-based AT91SAM9 Microcontrollers. Supporting the entire range of SAM9 products, this BSP includes Atmel’s Linux kernel and drivers, BusyBox utilities for basic commands and features, and a Linux host/cross toolchain capable of re-building the Linux kernel and the basic packages included in the BSP. Together with a full documentation set and support services, this offering provides a ready-to-use package to validate Linux with Atmel microcontrollers.

Analog Devices, NI Offer Free Spice Simulation Software
Today’s product development teams are strained from the dual challenge posed by narrowing market windows and highly integrated, labor-intensive system designs. Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, announced the availability of a free, downloadable circuit design environment that simplifies and speeds product design by allowing developers to capture schematics and simulate circuits for evaluation of ADI’s world-leading operational amplifiers (op amps) and other linear circuits.

Luminary Micro Introduces 34 Stellaris Microcontrollers
Luminary Micro, creator of the award-winning Stellaris family of ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-M3-based microcontrollers (MCUs), introduced 34 new Stellaris microcontrollers (MCUs), bringing innovative networking and expanded control capabilities for real-time applications in motion control, fire and security, remote sensing, HVAC and building controls, power and energy monitoring and conversion, network appliances and switches, factory automation, electronic point-of-sale machines, test and measurement equipment, medical instrumentation, and gaming equipment.

Luminary Micro Announces 2 Stellaris Evaluation Kits
Luminary Micro, creator of the award-winning Stellaris family of ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-M3-based microcontrollers (MCUs), announced the immediate availability of two new Stellaris Evaluation Kits, along with a 12% price reduction on two other Stellaris Evaluation Kits. Designed for the new classes of Stellaris integrated communication MCUs and high pin count, low power MCUs, these compact and versatile evaluation kits take advantage of the capabilities of the new Stellaris microcontrollers with more memory, more GPIOs, enhanced power management, and the addition of combined integrated 10/100 Ethernet MAC and PHY and CAN communications. In addition, pricing has been reduced on the Stellaris Evaluation Kits that support the LM3S2000 series of CAN-connected MCUs and the LM3S6000 series of integrated Ethernet MCUs.

Si2 Forms Design-For-Manufacturability Coalition
Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) announced the formation of the Design-For-Manufacturability Coalition (DFMC) which will build on previous efforts to ensure that ICs can be manufactured in accordance with the original design. Founding members include Cadence, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Ponte Solutions, Samsung, Sagantec, ST Microelectronics, and Texas Instruments. Other members are expected to be announced soon.

Mercury Computer Systems to Roll Out Ensemble MPC-102 AMC Module
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), the leading supplier of RapidIO(R)-based AdvancedTCA(R) solutions, announced availability and pending shipment of its newest Serial RapidIO-based AMC (Advanced Mezzanine Card), to a customer in the telecom equipment market. The Ensemble(TM) MPC-102 is a high-performance AMC module that combines dual-core processing power, flexible I/O, and a choice of RapidIO or PCI Express(R) connectivity for AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA(R) platforms. These platforms are ideally suited for numerous applications that include telecom, radar, sonar, and image inspection. The MPC-102 will be featured in the RapidIO Trade Association booth at the AdvancedTCA Summit Europe 2007, to be held September 18-19 near Paris, France.

AdaCore Rolls Out GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition for Servers
AdaCore, provider of the highest-quality Ada tools and support services, announced its second High-Integrity Edition product GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition for Servers. The High-Integrity Family was first introduced in June of 2007 with the release of High-Integrity Edition for DO-178B, a product that supports safety-critical avionics and similar standards used in embedded software development. The new GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition for Servers is fashioned to directly support DO-278, ESARR 4 and 6 and CAP670/SW01, the US, European and UK ground Air Traffic Management (ATM) safety-critical standards. Its capabilities can also be used to support any safety-critical, mission-critical or high reliability system requirements to run on a native platform.

IntegrIT Introduces NatureDSP IT2400 Software Modem
IntegrIT announced a new software modem ideally suited for digital voice transmission over HF channels using inexpensive commercial radios with reduced bandwidth. It supports 1200/2400 bps data rates in reduced audio bandwidth 600…2400Hz. IntegrIT’s proprietary waveform incorporates the best advantages of traditional military waveforms designed for HF data transmission such as MIL-STD-110A and MIL-STD-110B. Built-in vocoder interface provides glueless means for integration in digital voice solutions.

Adeneo Ports .NET Micro Framework for Atmel AT91SAM9 Microcontrollers
Adeneo, a Microsoft Windows Embedded Partner Program Gold member with facilities in Europe and in the USA presented, during the Embedded Systems Conference East, its port of the .NET Micro Framework onto Atmel’s AT91SAM9261 ARM9-based microcontroller. This port shows the ability of Adeneo to provide strong support and engineering services to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) looking to build products on the .NET Micro Framework.

Raza Microelectronics Supports Intel Geneseo PCI Express Technology
Raza Microelectronics, Inc. (RMI(R)), a leading supplier of processors for communications and consumer applications announced that RMI will support the broad market attach strategy of Intel Corporation that involves using Geneseo (next generation PCI Express) technologies in the integration of RMI’s XLR and XLS Processors into Intel-based products to provide unparalleled performance. Currently the high-performance acceleration capabilities of RMI’s Scalable Processor Solutions(TM) Processor families can be integrated into an Intel Platform to produce solutions providing the ultimate in features and performance. RMI will be showcasing its XLR532 PCIX-I Card as part of the “Wall of Accelerators” at the Intel Developer’s Forum in San Francisco from September 17-20, 2007.

Nallatech Creates Early Access Program for FSB-FPGA Module
Nallatech, the domain expert in high-performance FPGA computing solutions, announced at the Intel Developer Forum the launch of the early access program for its ‘Slipstream(TM)’ FSB-FPGA module. Shipments of this innovative product will be made in 4Q07. This high performance computing solution will supply high speed direct access to the Intel(R) Xeon(R) 7300 multi-processor server allowing users to significantly accelerate the performance of computationally intensive algorithms whilst reducing latency.

pure::variants Announces Connector for IBM Rational ClearQuest
pure-systems has announced the availability of a new extension module for the pure::variants variant management tool. pure::variants Connector for IBM(R) Rational(R) ClearQuest(R) simplifies the management of tests and defects in the development and maintenance of variant-rich products and software product lines – families of similar-but-different software systems typcially found in the embedded domain.

Broadcom Joins LiMo Foundation
Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, announced that it has joined the LiMo Foundation as one of its first semiconductor suppliers. Broadcom joins a prestigious group of founding members (Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics and Vodafone) that have collaborated to create a unified Linux(R)-based operating system for mobile devices. As part of the group’s charter the LiMo Foundation is delivering a globally consistent software platform and unified applications programming interface (API) to enable open source contributions that will help to drive smartphone capabilities and developments.

pure-systems Connector for BIRT Simplifies Product Variant Reporting
pure-systems has announced a new extension module for the pure::variants variant management toolset – Connector for BIRT. Reporting on portfolios of software variants, commonly found in embedded systems development, becomes significantly easier with the addition of this new module.

AAI Upgrades T25 SECTElectronic Combat Trainer with AdaCore, GNAT Pro
AdaCore, provider of the highest quality Ada tools and support services, announced another successful deployment of a mission-critical system using its GNAT Pro development environment. AAI Services Corporation utilised GNAT Pro as part of an overall upgrade to the U.S. Air Force T25 Simulator for Electronic Combat Training (SECT) system. The T25 SECT system is a software-based training aid that uses interactive combat laboratory exercises and simulated training missions to teach the principles of electronic countermeasures. As part of the upgrade, AAI Services updated one processor on the system’s student station from an SGI VME-based computer to a single board computer running Windows. The original software for the updated processor was ported to a different host and a new development station was added to the existing Training System Support Centre.