News – 2007.11.13 – Late Edition

Socle Debuts ARM 9 Development Kit for Chartered’s 65nm Low-Power Process
Socle Technology Corporation, a leading SoC design services company in Taiwan, announced the availability of a development kit for designers targeting the ARM 9(TM) family processor for the 65-nanometer (nm) low-power (LP) manufacturing process available from Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd.(NASDAQ:CHRT) (SGX:CHARTERED). The kit features a hardened ARM926EJ-S(TM) processor, capable of operating at more than 500MHz, and all the necessary peripheral IP to create a feature-rich high-performance, low-power ARM®technology-based SoC.

Agilent Introduces Advanced Design System 2008 EDA Software
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) announced Advanced Design System release 2008. Advanced Design System (ADS) is an industry-leading high-frequency, high-speed electronic design automation (EDA) software platform. This release contains productivity breakthroughs for faster communications product design.

Mentor Graphics, TSMC Introduce 65nm RF Process Design Kit
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq:MENT) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM) announced the release of a 65nm RF process design kit. The design kit combines the latest 65 nanometer (nm) mixed-signal and RF process technology from TSMC with Mentor’s new ICStudio(TM) custom integrated circuit (IC) design platform.

TI Creates MSP430 Microcontrollers for Handheld Medical Applications
Low-power embedded technology reaches a new level of integration and affordability as Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announces a system-on-chip (SoC) microcontroller unit (MCU) that provides a complete signal chain for handheld medical applications. The new MSP430FG4270 MCU integrates a comprehensive range of functions needed to design low cost portable medical diagnostic equipment. The generous on-chip memory and a full suite of integrated analog peripherals keep component costs and system space to a minimum in portable applications such as personal blood pressure monitors, spirometers, pulsoximeters and heart rate monitors.

Impulse Announces C-to-FPGA Compiler Support for Xilinx MicroBlaze
Impulse Accelerated Technologies, Inc. announced C-to-FPGA compiler support for the Xilinx® MicroBlaze(TM) v7 processor with MMU. The Impulse software tools allow embedded systems developers to create hardware-accelerated, single-chip applications that take advantage of the new MicroBlaze processor features and C-to-hardware acceleration for complex, performance-critical applications.

Advansus Launches 7 Scalable Barebone Systems at Embedded Technology
Advansus, a joint-venture company of ASUS and Advantech, is introducing seven new system products, and a series of industrial motherboards at Embedded Technology 2007, November 14-16 in Tokyo, Japan. Simultaneously, Advansus is excited about demonstrating its line of digital signage and surveillance solutions, all in collaboration with three industry-leading companies:

Network Vision Creates IntraVUE Lite for Control Networks
The explosion of Ethernet devices at the control and I/O level has created a need for a cost effective and scalable diagnostic tool that can be used by control engineers and technicians. Network Vision has responded by adopting a version of IntraVUE which will be targeted at Control or I/O networks, as well as many OEM systems.

Opal-RT Launches HILBOX FX FPGA Accelerator for xPC Target
Opal-RT Technologies Inc., the leading provider of PC-based distributed real-time simulation and hardware-in-the-loop testing systems, announced HILBOX FX, an FPGA processor-based solution that integrates industrial computer systems using xPC Target from The Mathwork Inc.

Xilinx Announces Next Generation Embedded Processing Solutions
Xilinx(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading provider of programmable solutions, announced its next generation Embedded Processing Solutions, providing design teams with enhanced system level performance, expanded flexibility and increased design environment productivity covering a broad range of applications. Anchored by an enhanced 32-128 bit Processor Local Bus (PLB), a component of the IBM CoreConnect(TM) bus standard, the platform delivers increased performance and scalability for future performance and feature requirements from Xilinx. The award-winning MicroBlaze(TM) 32-bit processor now includes the industry’s only configurable Memory Management Unit (MMU) that enables commercial-grade operating system (OS) support and is supported by a host of upgraded IP and design tools delivered with the Embedded Development Kit (EDK) version 9.2.

Synopsys Offers Altera’s Nios II Processor Core for ASIC Designs
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) and Synopsys, Inc., (NASDAQ: SNPS) announced that Altera’s popular Nios® II processor core will be available for licensing through Synopsys’ DesignWare® Star IP Program. Expanding on Altera’s existing FPGA and HardCopy® structured ASIC product deployment options, this new offering enables Nios II users to migrate their designs to standard cell ASICs. The Nios II processor core is the most widely used FPGA-based processor, with more than 5,000 electronics manufacturers—including the world’s top electronics OEMs—in the customer base.

PHYTEC Releases phyCORE-i.MX31 SBC with Adeneo Embedded CE 6.0 BSP
PHYTEC announces the release of its new phyCORE®-i.MX31 Single Board Computer (SBC) subassembly. The phyCORE-i.MX31 is an ARM-11 based, small form factor, OEMable module populated with the Freescale i.MX31: a high performance multimedia applications processor. Graphics acceleration, state-of-the-art power management, Floating Point Unit, and rich peripherals such as Ethernet, High Speed USB, and integrated LCD controller make this module the ideal candidate for Windows® Embedded CE device applications.

CipherOptics Selects RMI’s XLR Processor for CipherEngine
Raza Microelectronics®, Inc. (RMI), the leading supplier of multi-core multi-threaded processors for networking, communications and consumer applications, and CipherOptics®, Inc., the leading Innovator of Compliance Grade Data Protection Solutions, announced that CipherOptics has selected RMI’s XLR Processor as part of its CipherEngine Solution.

Faraday Adopts Cadence Voltagestorm Power Analysis Technology
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, and Faraday Technology Corporation (TAIEX: 3035), a leading fabless ASIC and silicon intellectual property (SIP) provider, announced that Faraday has adopted the Cadence® VoltageStorm® power analysis technology for low-power signoff and to support Faraday’s leading-edge low-power designs. Faraday uses VoltageStorm’s static and dynamic power analysis to validate its advanced low-power design methodology, which includes power gating, de-coupling capacitance optimization, and multi-supply, multi-voltage (MSMV) scaling.

TSMC Reduces Design-to-Mask Cycle-time with Synopsys PCX Technology
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing, announced that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (TAIEX: 2330; NYSE: TSM) successfully implemented Synopsys’ new PCX technology to reduce design-to-mask cycle-time for its advanced process technologies. Proteus-CATS® data eXchange (PCX) technology is a highly scalable parallel interface technology designed to reduce data communication overhead and turnaround time between Synopsys’ Proteus optical proximity correction (OPC) and CATS mask data preparation (MDP) software. The advantage of TSMC’s in-house mask services can be further enhanced by shortening the mask making cycle time, which will be difficult for the merchant maskshops to match.