News – 2008.03.31

IAR Embedded Workbench Features ThreadX RTOS Support for ColdFire
Express Logic, Inc., the worldwide leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), and IAR Systems, the world-leading supplier of tools for 8-, 16-, and 32-bit microcontrollers, announced that IAR Embedded Workbench now supports Express Logic’s ThreadX RTOS. Developers using ThreadX now can elect to use IAR Embedded Workbench IDE for their ColdFire software development tools.

Ambric Releases Latest aDesigner Software Development Tool Suite
Ambric®, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company delivering TeraOPS-class of highly scalable, massively parallel processor array (MPPA) devices, has released a new version of its aDesigner(TM) development tool suite. The new Ambric aDesigner is a tool suite that uses structured object programming model (SOPM) to make software development practical for embedded application developers facing the challenges of programming massively parallel processor-based systems

Synopsys Introduces Design Compiler Graphical Synthesis Product
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) unveiled its new Design Compiler® Graphical synthesis product that shortens implementation time for system-on-chip (SoC) devices by helping RTL designers avoid wire-routing congestion problems that typically occur during detailed route. Design Compiler Graphical is the industry’s first synthesis solution that predicts circuit congestion “hot spots” early in the design flow.

TI OMAP-DM510 Multimedia Coprocessor Improves Mobile Imaging, Video
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) has expanded its OMAP(TM) processor portfolio to include a line of coprocessors that boost the multimedia and imaging performance of mobile phones. The newest device in this family is the OMAP-DM510 coprocessor which improves the user experience of advanced handset capabilities with support for up to eight mega pixel still images and DVD-quality video capabilities.

Virtutech Debuts Simics 4.0 Deterministic Multithreading VSD Platform
Virtutech, Inc., the leader in virtualized software development (VSD), announced Simics 4.0, the new release of the company’s flagship VSD platform. Simics 4.0 embraces a completely new approach to delivering performance and scalability improvements to simulation capabilities as well as additional APIs to support more use cases and a repository that leverages the thousands of models accrued since Simics’ first release.

Synopsys Star-RCXT Extraction Product Offers Dual-Core Support
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) announced that its Star-RCXT(TM) parasitic extraction product offers customers a near 2X performance boost over the previous release with dual-core support as part of the company’s comprehensive multi-core initiative. The Star-RCXT product works seamlessly with popular commercial grid computing management software maximizing efficiency across multi-core processors as well as multi-processor compute farms.

Texas Instruments Announces NaviLink 6.0 GPS, Bluetooth, FM Solution
Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN) (TI) announced its NaviLink 6.0(TM) (NL5500) solution, the industry’s first single chip that combines assisted global positioning satellite (A-GPS), Bluetooth 2.1 and ultra low power technologies, as well as FM receive/transmit capabilities. The highly-integrated and cost-effective solution enables manufacturers to introduce sleek, affordable and high-performance handsets with GPS capabilities.

CommAgility Debuts AMC-D1F1-1200 Module for DSP-FPGA Signal Processing
CommAgility announced its AMC-D1F1-1200, a high-performance mid-size AdvancedMC module which includes a Texas Instruments (TI) TMS320C6455 digital signal processor (DSP) running at 1.2 GHz and a Virtex-4 FX100 FPGA from Xilinx. The new AMC-D1F1-1200 module is optimized for applications requiring high-end signal I/O bandwidth in a compact mid-height AMC form factor, such as wireless baseband, image processing, defense and aerospace.

Ricor Cryogenic Acquires InnerSense, Smart Wafer Technology
Ricor Cryogenic & Vacuum Systems, a manufacturer of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, announced the acquisition of InnerSense Ltd. Ricor thus expands its activities from cryogenic equipment and purging solutions to diagnostic systems. InnerSense has developed the “Smart Wafer” technology that provides engineers the means to record the forces acting on a wafer as it is handled by wafer fabrication equipment.

ABI Research Publishes Wi-Fi IC Market Share Analysis and Forecasts
New market data released by ABI Research shows that about 440 million Wi-Fi chipsets will be shipped over the course of 2008. This represents a tenfold increase over the number shipped in 2003; but over the same five-year period, the revenues they produced have multiplied by only five.

Design Automation Conference Announces Keynote Speakers
The Design Automation Conference (DAC) has announced the three keynote speakers for the 45th DAC: Justin R. Rattner, Chief Technology Officer, Intel, a Vice President and an Intel Senior Fellow; Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, Chief Operating Officer and President, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Group; and Jack Little, President and a co-founder of The MathWorks.

Lockheed Selects LDRA Tool Suite for Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle
Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMCO) has selected the LDRA tool suite to enable developers on the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) program to achieve its software development goals. Aimed at safely transferring astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS), the Moon, Mars and other destinations beyond low earth orbit (LEO), the Orion CEV is a state-of-the-art human space flight system.

InterNiche Technologies Announces NicheStack v3.1 Embedded Protocol
InterNiche Technologies has announced the release of its v3.1 product line and introduced implementations of RTP/RTCP for transport and control of real-time data and the SNTP time synchronization protocol as part of its core TCP/IP stack releases. As with all of its modules, RTP and SNTP have been designed specifically for use in embedded devices and to be portable to all microprocessor architectures and operating systems.

Cypress Announces Book: Introduction to Mixed-Signal, Embedded Design
“Introduction to Mixed-Signal, Embedded Design,” a new textbook written by Dr. Alex N. Doboli and Dr. Edward H. Currie is now available. The textbook, which focuses on PSoC® mixed-signal array design, is written for upper division undergraduate and first-year graduate curricula and focuses on defining the characteristics of embedded design, embedded mixed-signal architectures, and top-down design. It also presents optimized implementations of these designs.

VI Technology Introduces Multimedia Test System
VI Technology announced the Multimedia Test System offering the fastest path to analog & digital audio and video measurements for multimedia devices. No other system on the market today offers the combination of a full-featured set of measurements, minimal configuration time, low price and cost of ownership, and minimal footprint.