News – 2008.01.21 Late Edition

Semtech Rolls Out SX8723 Ultra Small Data Acquisition Device
Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq:SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, announced the SX8723, an ultra-small data acquisition device that uses the company’s ZoomingADC(TM) signal amplification circuitry to lower the cost of implementing portable sensing systems by allowing manufacturers to use lower-cost sensors without sacrificing accuracy.

Blackhawk Introduces USB2000 Controller for TI C2000 DSC
Blackhawk(TM), a leading maker of digital signal processor (DSP) hardware and software development tools, unveiled the USB2000 Controller for Texas Instruments’ (TI) TMS320C2000(TM) digital signal controllers (DSC). The new model is based on Blackhawk’s proprietary design and will be available from a worldwide network of industry resellers. Target applications for the USB2000 include automotive, digital motor control, digital power supply, consumer products, medical and industrial controls.

Atmel AT91SAM9RL64 ARM9 MCU Supports Real Time Smart Control Panels
Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), announced its AT91SAM9RL64 ARM9-based interactive GUI microcontroller with high throughput, ideal peripherals and OS support to implement “smart” control panel applications that can provide access to content including user manuals, video clips and audio, as well as offering a robust interface to system control functions. The SAM9RL64 can be used as the main processor in a system or as the co-processor dedicated to the user interface. A USB High Speed link provides the bandwidth to transfer streaming video between the host- and the AT91SAM9RL64 co-processor.

Magma, Mentor Graphics, Synopsys Create Tools for Unified Power Format
Magma Design Automation Inc. (NASDAQ: LAVA), Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) and Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) announced that the three companies are now delivering low power EDA tools based on the Accellera-developed Unified Power Format standard, UPF 1.0. This includes a broad range of implementation and verification products from the three companies. This new UPF product support further enhances key low power capabilities in the companies’ tools while expanding industry interoperability, especially when compared to other available options.

Arithmatica Grants Exclusive Read Channel IP License to Siglead
Arithmatica, the datapath design company, announced that it has licensed its read channel intellectual property (IP) exclusively to Siglead, a Japanese startup that is developing semiconductors and IP for the hard disk drive industry. Siglead will acquire ownership of Arithmatica’s read channel IP if certain performance milestones are achieved. The two principle engineering resources at Arithmatica that developed the read channel IP will join Siglead. The total value of the licensing is $1.7M.

IPextreme’s Online Core Store Features Freescale V1 ColdFire Core
Freescale Semiconductor has expanded its ColdFire® licensing program by offering its 32-bit V1 ColdFire core to the embedded community through IPextreme, a semiconductor technology licensing specialist. Using a ground-breaking business model, IPextreme’s newly launched Core Store will enable customers to license ColdFire cores online at a fraction of traditional licensing costs. For as little as $10,000 (USD), customers can obtain a license for the V1 ColdFire core, giving them exceptional design flexibility using proven microcontroller (MCU) technology based on three decades of evolutionary development.

CSR, Samsung Reduce Cost of GPS Modules for Mobile Devices by 50%
CSR announced that it has halved the cost of embedded GPS solutions through a collaboration with Samsung Electro-Mechanics Company (Samsung). The resulting products, based on CSR’s GPS software and Samsung’s module hardware, bring best in class location-based services to mobile phones, media players and personal navigation devices, while taking the guesswork out of GPS RF design and allowing OEMs an exceptionally short route to market.

Vitesse Announces VScope Embedded Waveform Viewing Technology
Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (Pink Sheets:VTSS) is providing system designers with new possibilities to redefine the dynamics and economies of backplane design, signal integrity analysis, test & measurement equipment, and remote monitoring in communication systems with the introduction of VScope(tm), a revolutionary Integrated Circuit (IC)-based waveform viewing technology. VScope embeds the oscilloscope function into the receiver of ICs used in communication systems, thus offering direct viewing of signal characteristics similar to traditional lab oscilloscopes.

AMD Introduces ATI Radeon E2400 for Embedded Systems Graphics
AMD (NYSE: AMD) introduced the ATI Radeon(tm) E2400, a high-performance graphic processing unit that delivers the latest 2D, 3D and multimedia graphics performance to the embedded market in a solution that reduces footprint, reduces design complexity, and helps speed time to market. The benefits of the ATI Radeon E2400 make it ideal for demanding embedded graphics applications such as test and instrumentation, human machine interfaces (such as Kiosks, Point-of-Sale, and Automated Teller Machines), display walls, patient monitoring, casino and arcade gaming, and various multi-display applications. The new graphics technology is backed by a planned five-year availability and long-term support offering reliability for a variety of applications on operating systems featuring Microsoft DirectX® 10 and OpenGL 2.0.

Timesys Offers Linux Support for Xilinx Virtex-4 FX FPGA
Timesys Corporation, a premier provider of embedded Linux software solutions, announced Linux support for high-performance Virtex(tm) FPGAs from Xilinx (Nasdaq: XLNX) with LinuxLink, the leading service for enabling developers to assemble their own customized embedded Linux platforms. Starting today, Timesys is offering LinuxLink subscriptions for the Xilinx Virtex-4 FX platform, which provides up to two PowerPC® 405, 32-bit RISC processor cores in a single device. Additional support for other Xilinx FPGAs will be available in the coming months.

UAlbany CNSE, IMEC Team on Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography Research
The world’s two leading centers for next-generation nanoelectronics research and development (“R&D”) – the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (“CNSE”) of the University at Albany in Albany, NY and IMEC in Leuven, Belgium – announced plans to jointly perform extreme ultraviolet lithography (“EUVL”) experiments in order to accelerate the introduction of EUVL into manufacturing. The first set of collaborative experiments will be carried out at CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex, with future joint studies to be conducted at CNSE and IMEC, depending on throughput and/or availability of the tools.

Danish Technological Institute Selects SystemCrafter for SystemC Study
The Danish Technological Institute has successfully used SystemCrafter to demonstrate the benefits of a SystemC design flow. SystemC and SystemCrafter were incorporated into a design flow from functional specification to implementation. The DTI found that this approach resulted in fast protoyping and verification, reuse of test benches at different design stages and simulation 10-100 times faster than pure RTL.