News – 2008.04.03

Altium Introduces Innovation Station Electronics Design Environment
Electronic devices are in most products that we use today – from toys to power stations – and demand for smarter, connected devices is escalating, even in non-traditional electronic product areas. Historically, electronics design has been based on a “hardware first, software second” approach which puts the choice of the physical form of the product (the hardware) first, and the development of the intelligence (the software) second.

IBASE Launches MI932 Athlon Mini-ITX Motherboard
IBASE Technology, a world leader in industrial computing platforms, releases another Mini-ITX motherboard, MI932, supporting AMD’s 940-pin AM2 socket for single-core Athlon 64 and dual-core 64 X2 processors. Featuring lower or equal to 35W power consumption, these processors, as announced by AMD, will be available on the market at least for the next five years (embedded long life cycle support).

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Debuts Proficy HMI/SCADA CIMPLICITY 7.5
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, announced the latest version of its industry-leading supervisory control solution, Proficy® HMI/SCADA – CIMPLICITY® 7.5, offering more diagnostic tools, security, development tools, connectivity and flexibility than ever before. “CIMPLICITY 7.5 extends the product’s ability to develop and improve supervisory monitoring and control projects,” said Gimmi Filice, CIMPLICITY Product Manager for GE Fanuc.

Novelics Unveils Single Transistor SRAM for 65nm SoC Design
Novelics, a leading provider of system-on-chip (SoC) embedded memory intellectual property (IP), announced the availability of its one-transistor SRAM for 65-nanometer semiconductor design, the only SRAM-1T memory available to SoC designers in bulk CMOS using the standard silicon wafer process. Novelics’ coolSRAM-1T is designed to optimize memory-intensive applications in computing, networking, wireless, multimedia, graphics, automotive, consumer electronics products.

pls Announces Universal Debug Engine for Freescale MPC5510 MCU
pls Programmierbare Logik & Systeme announces immediate availability of its Universal Debug Engine (UDE) for Freescale’s MPC5510 Power Architecture(TM) 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) family. The high-performance automotive MCUs, with an operating frequency of up to 80 MHz, are – depending on the device type – provided with: one or two Power e200z cores, up to 1 Mbyte of Flash with Error Correction Coding (ECC) and up to 64 Kbytes of SRAM.

hueggenberg Offers Course on DSP Theory, Algorithms, Architectures
hueggenberg gbr, the experts for technical training courses, are offering a technical course on theory, algorithms and architectures of digital signal processing. The course is taking place from April 22nd to 25th, 2008, in Munich. The complex mathematical theory associated with digital signal processing is presented in an intuitive and straightforward style.

Signametrics Releases SMU2055 USB Digital Multimeter
Signametrics Corporation, a leader in plug-in Digital Multimeters and Switches, announces the release of the SMU2055 USB Digital Multimeter. At 8 ounces and dimensions of 5″ X 7″ X 1.3″, it is a 90% reduction in size and power from bench-top DMMs. The SMU2055 is powered directly from the USB connection, and consumes only 1-1/2 Watts. It is ideal for use with a laptop, opening up new possibilities for portable applications.

Electronic Design Automation Industry Grows 6.7% in Q4 2007
The EDA Consortium Market Statistics Service (MSS) announced that the electronic design automation (EDA) industry revenue for Q4 2007 grew 6.7 percent to $1,602.7 million, versus $1,501.9 million in Q4 2006. The four-quarter average growth rate, which compares the most recent four quarters to the same four quarters in the prior year, was 9.1 percent.

Tensilica CEO Joins EDA Consortium Board of Directors
Chris Rowen, president and CEO of Tensilica, Inc., was elected to the Board of Directors of the EDA Consortium, the international association of companies developing EDA tools and services that enable engineers to create the world’s electronic products.