News – 2008.03.07

CAST Rolls Out Embedded Internet, USB Subsystems IP
Silicon Intellectual Property (IP) provider CAST, Inc. announced the availability of embedded subsystems that make it easier to integrate Internet connectivity or a USB controller in system-on-chip (SoC) designs. The two new system IP products combine IP cores for an 8051 processor with an Ethernet MAC controller core and with a hi-speed USB 2.0 device controller core. Verified TCP/IP and USB software stacks are also included, and a development boards are available.

Atmel Unveils ATmega16U4, ATmega32U4 AVR Microcontrollers
Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), announced new AVR® microcontrollers combining USB controller and high performance analog features. The ATmega16U4 and ATmega32U4 reduce system cost in battery powered devices. Battery powered devices can take advantage of being connected to a USB port to recharge. However, modern batteries require sophisticated algorithms to accelerate and optimize charging, while USB brings further constraints on the battery charging.

Tanner Tools V13.0 Features HiPer PX, Verilog-A
Tanner EDA, the leader in PC-based analog and mixed-signal IC design tools, announced the release of HiPer PX and Verilog-A, two new powerful tools as part of Tanner Tools V13.0. HiPer PX reduces design errors and shortens the design verification process by generating highly accurate RC models for interconnect parasitics that include higher-order moments and are guaranteed to be accurate up to a user-defined signal frequency.

Micrologic Releases nanoRV Interactive Reliability Aware Design Tool
Micrologic Design Automation, Inc., a leading provider of EDA (Electronic Design Automation) solutions for nanometer IC design, announced the production release of nanoRVInteractive(tm), Interactive Reliability-Aware design environment for custom and semi-custom IC’s layout. nanoRVInteractive(tm) is a nanometer range EDA tool that interactively eliminates reliability issues during the construction of an integrated circuit’s physical design.

ITOX Introduces BL330-BR, BL330-B microATX Embedded Motherboards
ITOX, a leading provider of embedded x86 products, announced the introduction of two new motherboards supporting Intel® Core(tm)2 Duo and Quad processors. The BL330-BR and BL330-B high-performance microATX form factor boards are designed specifically for embedded applications requiring a stable revision-controlled platform, with long-term availability. Utilizing the Intel® Q35 Express chipset, each product offers guaranteed availability through December 2014.

STMicroelectronics Debuts L5961 Integrated MOST Power Management Chip
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a world leader in automotive semiconductors, announced the launch of the industry’s first integrated power-management solution for MOST (Media Oriented Systems Transport) networks. Optimized for in car multimedia and infotainment applications, the MOST network was originally developed for the automotive industry, but also has a wide range of applications in many other industries. MOST technology primarily allows for a range of multimedia devices.

DATE 2008 Features Panel on Concurrency in a Multiprocessor World
Market Analyst Gary Smith of Gary Smith EDA will moderate a panel discussion titled, “Concurrency in a Multiprocessor World,” during Design Automation & Test in Europe (DATE) at ICM in Munich, Germany. The panel will be held Wednesday, March 12, at 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Theatre. Simon Davidmann, chief executive officer and founder of Imperas Ltd., will discuss the recently announced Open Virtual Platforms (OVP).