News – 2008.02.27

Intel Rolls Out New Processors for Embedded Systems
Intel Corporation announced expanded offerings for embedded market segments with new processors with extended, 7-year life cycle support, a new chipset and a carrier-grade server. The processors, based on Intel’s revolutionary high-k, metal gate transistor formula and manufactured on the company’s 45-nanometer (nm) process, include the Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® processor 5400 Series and Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® processor 5200 Series.

Atmel Unveils ATmega16M1, ATmega32M1 Microcontrollers for Motor Control
Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced the availability of a new family of AVR(R) 8-bit microcontrollers dedicated to motor control applications for automotive. The ATmega16M1 and ATmega32M1 are the first devices developed for the control of sensor and sensorless brushless DC (BLDC) motors for automotive applications.

CoWare Creates Solutions for Android Mobile Platform
CoWare®, Inc. announced its solution for the rapid design and development of chipsets, handsets and software applications built to support the Android(tm) Mobile Platform. The introduction of Android marks a shift towards software-driven design. It requires new design and development methods that provide the ability to rapidly and efficiently introduce differentiated chipsets and handsets as well as the ability to develop, integrate and test a massive new set of applications.

BSQUARE DevKits Offer Windows CE Support for TI OMAP35x, OMAP25x
BSQUARE Corp. (Nasdaq: BSQR) announced that it is launching two new OMAP(tm) DevKit hardware development platforms to support TI’s OMAP35x(TM) and OMAP25x(TM) platform. The DevKit OMAP35x and DevKit OMAP2530 each include a production-ready Windows® Embedded CE 6.0 board support package (BSP), and is the only development platform available supporting OMAP(TM) processors running Windows CE.

congatec Debuts conga-CMEN COM Express Module with Intel Menlow
congatec AG, a leading innovator in embedded computing, has introduced conga-CMEN, the electronic industry’s first COM Express module based on Intel’s latest low-power platform for mobile computing, the Intel Menlow. Fabricated using the latest 45nm process and Hi-K dielectric technology, the Intel Menlow platform comprises the Silverthorne processor, coupled with the Poulsbo chipset with integrated 3D graphics.

Avago Licenses 90nm, 65nm Embedded SerDes IP Cores to eSilicon
eSilicon Corporation announced that it has reached an agreement to license Avago Technologies’ 90nm and 65nm embedded SerDes cores on a limited basis. The cores support a broad range of popular industry standards such as PCI-Express, Fibre Channel, XAUI/CEI-6G, and XFI, and are suitable for both chip-to-chip and backplane applications.

Trolltech Qt Integrates with Industrial Control Design Platform
Industrial Control Design AS, a leading software provider for development of advanced control systems, and Trolltech with the leading cross-platform development tool Qt, announced a technological partnership with regard to the integration of Qt on ICD’s Control Design Platform. At Embedded World in Nürnberg, ICD presents how they have integrated their Control Design Platform (CDP) with Trolltech’s Qt.

Toppan Photomasks, Anchor Semiconductor Announce DFM Tool
Toppan Photomasks, Inc. introduced a new DFM tool that will shorten cycle time and reduce risk in chip design through an exception dispositioning process for identifying and analyzing defects and design errors. The tool was developed in collaboration with Anchor Semiconductor Inc. and is an extension of that company’s NanoScope(tm) DFM platform. It allows designers and tapeout engineers to review “exceptions” found during the processing of customer data and masks.

PRQA Teams with Headway for Software Architecture Management
PRQA and Headway Software announced the integration of Structure101 with QA|C and QA|C++ representing the initial phase of joint technology and product collaboration. PRQA’s core technologies include advanced language parsing engines for C and C++ that power their QA|C and QA|C++ products. PRQA pioneered the use of this static analysis technology to automatically enforce coding standards and are the dominant player in the coding standard enforcement space.

Synopsys, SMIC Reduce IC Design, Test Costs with 90nm Reference Flow
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) (NYSE: SMI)(SEHK: 0981.HK) announced the release of an enhanced 90-nanometer (nm) hierarchical, multi-voltage RTL-to-GDSII reference design flow that benefits from advanced synthesis, design-for-test (DFT) and design-for-manufacturing (DFM) capabilities.

Kontron Debuts COM Express Compliant ETXexpress-690 Computer-On-Module
Kontron introduced the high-performance, low power and long life COM Express(TM) compliant Kontron ETXexpress®-690 computer-on-module based on the latest AMD M690T + SB600 embedded chipset and AMD Sempron(tm) single core and AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 dual core processors. The COM Express compliant Kontron ETXexpress-690 computer-on-module supports the latest embedded processors from AMD that deliver extreme performance with up to 16 Lane Hyper Transport(tm) support.

Mercury Introduces 1U Dual Cell-Based System 2, MultiCore Plus SDK
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), a leading provider of high-performance computing solutions for HPC and embedded computing markets, announced its Dual Cell-Based System 2 and new-generation MultiCore Plus(tm) SDK (Software Development Kit), at the SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium in San Jose, California.

Kontron Rolls Out CP6014 CompactPCI Processor Board
Kontron debuted the Kontron CP6014, a 6U CompactPCI processor board featuring two 45 nanometer quad-core Intel Xeon L5408 processors complemented by the power-optimized Intel 5100 Memory Controller Hub (MCH) chipset & Intel I/O Controller Hub 9R. The significance of eight processor cores on one board now opens up market opportunities that never before existed and, likewise, gives new and existing CompactPCI customers tremendous system upgrade opportunities.