News – 2007.10.02

Synopsys Acquires Sandwork Design, Gains AMS Verification Solutions
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that it has acquired Sandwork Design, Inc., a privately held, Mountain View, Calif.-based provider of analog and mixed-signal (AMS) verification solutions. Sandwork’s approach to verification enables engineers to efficiently analyze and debug complex AMS systems-on-chips (SoCs). Sandwork’s products, combined with Synopsys’ industry-leading Discovery(TM) AMS solution, deliver a comprehensive environment for verification and debug. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

GE Fanuc Embedded Systems Introduces CC11, CL11 Single Board Computers
Once again demonstrating the company’s commitment to leveraging the latest technology while providing its existing customers with a clear and cost-effective upgrade path, GE Fanuc Embedded Systems announced the CC11 and CL11 3U CompactPCI single board computers. Featuring a choice of Intel® Celeron® M (1.06 GHz), Core(TM) Duo (up to 2.0 GHz) or Core(TM)2 Duo (1.5 GHz) processors and up to two Gigabytes of onboard DDR2 SDRAM, each can be ordered as either a system slot or non system slot device.

ThingMagic Unveils M5e-Compact Embedded Reader Module for Handhelds
ThingMagic, Inc., a leading developer of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, introduced the M5e-Compact®, the embeddable RFID engine for printers, handheld readers and other portable RFID applications. ThingMagic’s M5e-Compact was specifically designed for mobile, portable and handheld RFID applications and is ideal for applications that require economy of power and space. Utilizing ThingMagic’s powerful Mercury OS software and providing a transmit power of +23dBm (200mW), the M5e-Compact provides state of the art performance. The M5e-Compact is EPCglobal Generation 2 DRM compliant, and is optimized for Generation 2 RFID tags. The embedded reader also combines multi-region capability into a single module, enabling immediate, locally compliant deployment of any M5e-Compact in North America, South America (countries adopting the FCC frequency plan), Europe (including TG34), South Korea, Japan and China.

Intel Ranks First in Evans Data Embedded Systems Development Survey
More than twice as many developers are using Intel tools for multi-core development than tools from any other vendor, according to the new Evans Data Embedded Systems Development Survey, just released to subscribers last week. Nearly half (46.1%) of all embedded systems developers were using tools from Intel for multi-core work – far more than those using tools from other vendors including AMD, Wind River, Green Hills, QNX and others.

Radicom Launches USB Modems for Linux, Windows, Mac
Radicom Research, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of dial-up and wireless modems for embedded systems applications, introduces its new line of USB hardware modems. Available in modular and standalone configurations, these modems process data using their own hardware and do not utilize any processing power of the host computer. These modems are CDC-compliant and are supported by Microsoft CDC modem drivers and Linux CDC-ACM drivers. They work with Linux, Windows and Mac operating systems.

AXIOMTEK Unveils GOT-3570T 5.7-inch QVGA Fanless Touch Panel Computer
AXIOMTEK, a leading supplier of applied computing platforms for industrial and human machine interface applications, is pleased to introduce a newest 5.7-inch TFT fanless touch panel computer, the GOT-3570T, which equipped a CISC-based low power consumption processor, AMD Geode LX800. Responding to the expansion demand, the PC/104 and Mini PCI slot are reserved for expansion availability. Thus, the GOT-3570T is the best choice for applications, of factory automation, machinery maker, building automation and semi-conductor.

WIN Enterprises Debuts PL-01041 Network Appliance, MB-09043 Control Board
WIN Enterprises, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of embedded controllers and platforms for OEMs, announces a high performance 2U network appliance, the PL-01041, and its control board with flexible Ethernet module design, the MB-09043. The control board and appliance feature Intel Dual Xeon processors and the Intel R E7520 chipset providing FSB 800MHz, plus Intel’s Extended Memory 64-bit Technology (EM64T).

Korenix Powers WiMAX Base Stations with JetNet 4706/ 3706 PoE Switches
Enterprises, Internet Service Providers, and Mobile Network Operators are all looking for cost-effective ways to move voice and data among multiple, separate locations at broadband speeds. Copper and fiber optics solutions often fall short due to up-front costs, recurring leases from telecommunications companies, and a lack of flexibility to scale with the operating organization. Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) in WiMAX technology has emerged as a means to fill these gaps and to provide a lower total cost of ownership than wired solutions.

Aeroflex, Sequans Team to Speed WiMAX Test
WiMAX test leader, Aeroflex, and Sequans Communications, a leading developer of WiMAX semiconductor solutions, have entered into a test technology partnership for WiMAX. Within the context of the technology partnership, the two companies will collaborate closely to further speed the ongoing development of their respective WiMAX test and WiMAX semiconductor solutions.

Westinghouse Rail Systems Verifies Prototype with XJTAG Boundary Scan
XJTAG, a leading supplier of IEEE Std. 1149.1 compliant boundary scan development tools, announced that Westinghouse Rail Systems, a world leader in railway signalling and control technology, has selected the XJTAG boundary scan development system to verify the integrity of its prototype hardware designs, which are destined for use in safety critical automatic train control applications.

Tensilica to Make Low-Power Presentation at Portable Design Conference
Steve Leibson, Technology Evangelist at Tensilica, will present “Reduce Power and Energy Consumption in Low-Power SOCs Through ISA Extension.” Tensilica, Inc. is recognized as an industry leader with its low-power, benchmark proven configurable processors.

Hanson Robotics Sponsors RoboDevelopment Conference
Robotics Trends and EH Publishing announced that Hanson Robotics has joined the RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition as a sponsor and that Hanson Robotics will demonstrate their groundbreaking new Zeno humanoid robot at a Robotics Networking Reception. The RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition, which takes place at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California Oct. 25-26, 2007, is the international technical design and development event for the mobile robotics and intelligent systems industry.

Parasoft Rolls Out SOAtest 5.5 SOA Testing Solution
Parasoft Corporation, the leading provider of automated solutions and infrastructure services that improve software quality and the development process, announced the availability of Parasoft SOAtest 5.5. Parasoft SOAtest 5.5 adds new testing capabilities to its comprehensive and collaborative test suite and is designed specifically to increase productivity and efficiency for development teams working in complex Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), including those working in the Microsoft .NET environment.

ICCAD Previews Technical Tutorial Program
The International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD), the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry’s top technical conference, is now previewing its technical tutorial program which includes both in-depth EDA and embedded tutorials delivered by leading speakers.