News – 2008.02.19

NI Unveils LabVIEW 8.5 Control Design and Simulation Module
National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) announced the release of the NI LabVIEW 8.5 Control Design and Simulation Module, an extension of the LabVIEW graphical system design platform that helps engineers and scientists analyze open-loop model behavior, design closed-loop controllers, simulate systems and create real-time implementations.

Express Logic Rolls Out NetX Duo IPv4/IPv6 Dual Stack
Express Logic, Inc., the worldwide leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), announced the availability of NetX Duo(tm) its new dual IPv4/IPv6 TCP/IP stack. NetX Duo is built upon the solid field-proven foundation of Express Logic’s NetX TCP/IP stack, an IPv4-only solution. Now, as developers recognize the greatly expanded demands of Internet enabled devices, NetX has been extended to support IPv6 as well.

Critical Link Introduces MityDSP Customizable CPU Platform
Critical Link, LLC, a Syracuse, NY-based electronics development consulting firm, announced a high-speed, high-end processing edition of its customizable CPU platform, the MityDSP®. This latest member of the MityDSP family — the MityDSP-Pro® — collects, processes and delivers data at CPU speeds up to 1.2 GHz. The MityDSP-Pro has been designed specifically for the most data and processing-intensive applications, including embedded radar control and signal processing.

NI Creates PROFIBUS Interfaces for Industrial Control Systems
National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) announced new PCI and PXI PROFIBUS interfaces to add compatibility and flexibility to industrial systems. PROFIBUS is an industrial communications bus with more than 20 million installed nodes worldwide in manufacturing, process control and automation applications. With the new interfaces, PROFIBUS engineers now can integrate NI LabVIEW software into benchtop, real-time and device test PROFIBUS networks.

Mentor Graphics Precision Synthesis Integrates with CHIPit Manager Pro
ProDesign Electronic GmbH, the leading supplier of high-speed ASIC verification platforms, announced the signing of a worldwide OEM partner agreement with Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasadq:MENT) to integrate the Mentor Graphics Precision® Synthesis tool into ProDesign’s new CHIPit Manager Pro software suite. ProDesign will bundle a customized version of Mentor’s Precision RTL Synthesis software tool with its CHIPit ASIC Prototyping environment.

Altera Rolls Out Automotive-Grade CPLD, FPGA, Structured ASIC
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced it will begin shipping automotive-grade devices for selected members of its CPLD, FPGA and structured ASIC device families. The automotive-grade specification meets stringent automotive-specific quality and reliability standards. Using programmable logic solutions, automotive products can accommodate feature needs that are changing faster than typical automotive design cycles and faster than ASSP products.

TI Announces TMS320C2000 Fixed-point Digital Signal Controllers
Embedded control engineers prefer the simplified programming provided by floating-point architectures, but are often deterred by the higher cost. Addressing this paradox, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced the first fixed-point digital signal controllers (DSCs) that are entirely compatible in hardware and software with high-performance floating-point DSCs.

Actel Announces IGLOO AGL015, ProASIC3 A3P015 FPGAs for 99 Cents
Directly addressing design requirements for programmable solutions that meet ever-tightening power and cost budgets, Actel Corporation announced the addition of two new members to its award-winning IGLOO and successful ProASIC3 field-programmable gate array (FPGA) families starting at just 99 cents. The new IGLOO AGL015 and ProASIC3 A3P015 FPGAs provide a lower cost, lower power alternative to low-density FPGAs and CPLDs.

GE Fanuc Offers Extended Availability for Small Form Factor Platforms
Demonstrating once again the company’s unparalleled understanding of the real concerns of customers, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms announced that, in future, key products in its range of small form factor embedded computing solutions designed for a range of industrial applications will carry the assurance of extended availability.

uClinux Operating System Ports to LatticeMico32 Microprocessor
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) expanded its commitment to open source embedded system design by releasing an implementation of the uClinux Operating System (OS) targeted for its LatticeMico32(tm) embedded soft core processor. The new OS support allows developers to rapidly implement control systems in a design flow that builds on Lattice’s open source embedded solutions approach.

OSCI Transaction-Level Modeling Draft 2 Review Period Ends
The Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI), an independent non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing SystemC as an industry-standard language for electronic system-level (ESL) design, announced that over 1,400 users from around the world have downloaded its new draft standard for transaction-level modeling (TLM). The OSCI TLM-2 Draft 2 kit has responded to users requests by significantly increasing the scope of TLM-1.

Research and Markets Publishes FPGA Prototyping by VHDL Examples
Research and Markets has announced the addition of “FPGA Prototyping by VHDL Examples: Xilinx Spartan-3 Version” to their offering. Hardware Descriptive Language (HDL) and Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) devices allows designers to quickly develop and simulate a sophisticated digital circuit, realize it on a prototyping device, and verify the operation of its physical implementation.

Peregrine Rolls Out UltraCMOS PE42641 SP4T Antenna Tuning Switch
Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation, a leading supplier of high-performance RF CMOS and mixed-signal communications ICs, released the UltraCMOS(tm) PE42641 SP4T antenna tuning switch delivering an unparalleled IMD performance of -110 dBm, making it ideal for converged designs requiring high linearity and low distortion.

IMEC, AddictLab to Bring Science, Technology to Life
Addictlab and IMEC are launching a new call for ideas and visions on future applications of emerging technologies in the field of art, design, architecture, fashion, communication, environments, health and well-being. The Addict and IMEC partnership is also aimed at creating a brand new international platform for creative views on nanotechnology applications and ideas.