News – 2007.10.23

Tensilica Offers Webcast on Selecting Video IP for SOC Design
Tensilica, Inc. will present a live webcast, “Selecting Video IP for SOC Design: Ask the Tough Questions,” highlighting the issues around selection of hardware and software IP (intellectual property) used for decoding and encoding video. The seminar will touch on the tradeoffs between packaged and configurable IP blocks, and focus on ten key questions SOC (system-on-chip) designers must ask when evaluating and selecting video IP.

Sharp Creates Industry’s Thinnest LCD for Mobile Devices
Sharp Corporation has successfully developed a 2.2-inch super-thin LCD for mobile devices with a thickness of only 0.68 mm, the industry’s thinnest[1]. Mobile devices such as mobile phones and digital cameras are rapidly becoming thinner as manufacturers strive to improve portability and offer consumers more stylish designs. As a result, thinner embedded components such as LCDs are also increasing in demand. In addition, the increase in demand for One-Seg (terrestrial digital broadcast) compatible handsets is leading to demands for greater visibility and higher image quality in displays intended for mobile devices.

Synopsys Introduces Odyssey Design-for-Test Module
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing, announced general availability of the Odyssey Design-for-Test (DFT) module for use by design organizations worldwide. The Odyssey yield management software has been widely adopted by leading semiconductor manufacturers to correlate and analyze diverse datasets needed for product yield enhancement. The TetraMAX® automatic test pattern generation (ATPG) solution creates high-quality manufacturing tests and identifies logic in a design that could contribute to observed tester failures. TetraMAX failure diagnostics data is exported to the new Odyssey DFT module to facilitate comprehensive failure analysis and rapid yield improvement of fabricated devices.

Mentor Graphics Debuts Serial ATA PHY IP for SMIC 130nm Generic Process
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced the immediate availability of a Serial ATA (SATA) PHY Intellectual Property (IP) core for Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation’s (SMIC) 130nm Generic (G) process. The IP core significantly accelerates development of SATA storage solutions while minimizing power and design footprint.

TTP Controller IP Supports Altera’s Cyclone FPGAs for Aerospace
TTTech Computertechnik AG announces support for Altera® Corporation’s Cyclone® II and Cyclone III FPGAs with their Time-Triggered Protocol (TTP®). Aerospace customers using this combined solution will benefit from reduced system complexity and strictly deterministic communications for aerospace applications.

Liquavista Launches ColorMatch FreeStyle Consumer Electronic Displays
Liquavista, the company pioneering mobile multi-media displays, are set to radically change the world of design for Consumer Electronics products with the launch of their latest displays. The display range called FreeStyle, gives designers unparalleled ability to translate their product vision without compromise. The color, size and shape of the active segments/pixels can all be chosen to blend seamlessly with the overall product concept enabling differentiation and value for the whole product to flow from the display.

Digi DialServ Connects Legacy Phones to Cellular IP Networks
Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) introduced the Digi DialServ, a phone line simulator that integrates with Digi’s cellular gateways to allow legacy devices with built-in modems to easily drop-in to cellular IP networks. Remote legacy devices with built-in modems include devices like programmable logic controllers (PLCs), security panels, automated teller machines and point-of-sale devices. Digi DialServ extends the life of existing remote equipment by allowing devices to communicate with a centralized location as if they were TCP/IP devices. Replacing old phone lines with IP communications eliminates the cost of additional phone lines and speeds transaction times.

Court Rules in Favor of Renesas in Translogic Patent Infringement Lawsuit
Renesas Technology Corp. announced that the company has won the patent infringement lawsuit filed by Translogic Technology, Inc. against Renesas Technology America, Inc., Hitachi, Ltd. and its affiliates. Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) upheld a ruling of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that the patent (No. 5,162,666) issued to Translogic Technology is invalid. In addition, the CAFC ordered the dismissal of the patent infringement suit, overturning the judgment of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, which had awarded Translogic Technology $86.5 million (plus interest) in damages and to suspend sales of products incorporating the disputed technology.

Bitstream Debuts ThunderHawk for BREW, Java 2 Mobile Browser Upgrades
Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ: BITS) announced the release of the ThunderHawk mobile browser for the BREW application development platform, as well as updates to the Java Edition. The company is demonstrating ThunderHawk at CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2007 today through Thursday, at Bitstream booth #434.

Addonics Unveils Quad PCI Adapter with Support for 4 RAID CF Cards
Addonics Technologies announced a PCI adapter that can add as many as four Compact Flash (CF) cards to any system with RAID redundancy support. The Addonics Quad CF PCI adapter (AD4CFPRJ) is Addonics’ newest solution for creating a low cost large capacity SSD (solid state drive). The adapter fits into any PCI slot, either standard height or low profile, and allows as many as four Compact Flash media of any capacity to be used like an ordinary hard drive.

Bitstream Creates QTopia Font Plug-In for Embedded Linux Devices
Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ: BITS) announced the release of the QTopia Font Plug-In, which utilizes the Bitstream Font Fusion® rendering engine to deliver sophisticated text display capabilities on Linux devices. The company is demonstrating the plug-in at CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2007, today through Thursday, in Bitstream booth #434.

ASSET InterTech Supports Intel IBIST Embedded Instrumentation
ASSET InterTech is expanding its ScanWorks® system by adding signal integrity analysis applications that support Intel’s next-generation embedded instrumentation technology, Intel® IBIST (Interconnect Built In Self Test). ASSET is a solutions provider for embedded instrumentation applications such as signal integrity analysis through margining, bit error ratio testing (BERT) and pattern generation testing, as well as boundary-scan (JTAG/IEEE 1149.1) test, in-system programming (ISP) and design-for-test (DFT).

Fanfare Launches iTest Team Test Automation Software
Fanfare, delivering innovative testing solutions to network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and service providers (SPs), announced that it has launched its latest test automation software product – Fanfare iTest(TM) Team. iTest Team is the latest product offering in the iTest suite of products designed to simplify and accelerate product and system testing for NEMs and SPs alike.

Collabora Joins ACCESS Connect Ecosystem Partner Program
Open source development experts Collabora announced that it is supporting the ACCESS Linux Platform(tm) by joining the ACCESS(tm) Connect Ecosystem (ACE) partner programme. Through the ACE programme, Collabora will use its expertise in real time communications, notably with the Telepathy project and its unrivalled multimedia experience in the GStreamer framework to drive forward mobile Linux and help fuel the growth of converged technologies and devices. Collabora will provide its software development skills to organisations looking to develop applications on the ACCESS Linux Platform. Other members of ACE include ARM, Mentor Graphics, Movial, Orange, OpenedHand and Fluendo.

Nu Horizons Electronics Creates Third Party Nu Solutions Network
Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. (NASDAQ:NUHC), a leading distributor of advanced technology semiconductor, display, illumination, power and system solutions, announced the formation of a new third party program created to simplify the process of choosing and implementing today’s leading edge technologies. The Nu Solutions Network focuses on providing solutions that target the engineering design cycle, including evaluation and development boards, development tools, intellectual property, and modules.