News – 2008.04.15

Macraigor Systems Debuts Eclipse Compliant Embedded Debugging Solution
Macraigor Systems announced the immediate availability of a free Eclipse-compliant embedded debugging solution with sample Eclipse projects that run on many standard evaluation boards for hosting on the Linux platform. This provides embedded systems engineers with an integrated platform for developing and debugging embedded systems using the widely supported Eclipse platform.

Microchip Announces New 32-bit USB On-The-Go PIC32 Microcontroller
Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced that, with the addition of a new low-cost family member with integrated USB 2.0 On-The-Go (OTG) functionality—and by bringing the first seven general-purpose members to volume production—the PIC32 family now provides customers with 12 options to solve their growing requirements for more performance, more memory and advanced USB OTG connectivity.

MontaVista Introduces Mobilinux for TI OMAP3430 Processor
MontaVista® Software, Inc., the leader in embedded Linux® commercialization, has unveiled a new MontaVista Mobilinux package to optimize the development of Linux-based mobile devices on the high-performance Texas Instruments (TI) OMAP3430 applications processor. In MontaVista’s booth, developers will be able to interact with Mobilinux integrated with a leading mobile software stack running on an OMAP3430 processor-based mobile phone board.

Mentor Graphics Optimizes Nucleus Software Platform for Atmel MCUs
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced a software platform based on the Nucleus® Operating System (OS) that is integrated, validated and optimized for Atmel® AT91SAM9 ARM926EJ-S(tm)-based microcontrollers. Unlocking the full performance of Atmel silicon, the platform provides developers with an out-of-the-box foundation upon which to more rapidly and cost-efficiently create, integrate and deliver innovative “smart” user interface applications.

Microchip Introduces PIC24FJ256GB1 USB Microcontrollers with OTG
Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the 12-member PIC24FJ256GB1 microcontroller (MCU) family, which is the lowest power (100 nA standby current) large-memory (up to 256 KB Flash and 16 KB RAM) 16-bit USB microcontroller family in the world. The PIC24FJ256GB1 makes it cost effective and easy to add advanced USB features to embedded designs.

Express Logic ThreadX RTOS, USBX USB Support Stellaris Cortex-M3 MCUs
Express Logic, Inc., the worldwide leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), announced that Express Logic’s ThreadX® RTOS and USBX(tm) USB Host/Device stack now support Luminary Micro’s new Stellaris® LM3S3000 Series and LM3S5000 Series ARM® Cortex(tm)-M3-based microcontrollers (MCUs), also announced. ThreadX and USBX for the new Stellaris devices are designed for use with the ARM/Keil RealView® tools from ARM.

4i2i Launches 4media Media Processing Platforms at NAB 2008
Accelerating new product introduction and lowering cost without compromising video quality are critical for success in the Broadcast industry. To meet the requirements of this challenging market, award-winning 4i2i is launching at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show in Las Vegas April 14 – 17 at Booth N3638 the 4media family of board level solutions.

Macraigor OCDemon Supports Debug Communications Channel on ARM Embedded ICE
Macraigor Systems announced it has added to its proprietary On-Chip Debug Technology (OCDemon) the ability to access the Debug Communications Channel, or debug communications channel (DCC), which resides in the ARM Embedded ICE. The DCC is accessed by the host via JTAG while the target processor, running in real time, accesses the channel via coprocessor instructions. This allows for additional methods of debug and real-time sharing of information.

VMETRO FPE650 VPX Engine Supports FPGA Mezzanine Card Standard
VMETRO, a leader in embedded computing solutions based on standards such as VXS and XMC that utilize multi-gigabit serial interconnects, announced one of the industry’s first FPGA processing engines with support for the new FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC/VITA 57) standard. The FPE650′s innovative design integrates four Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs with two FMC I/O sites and VPX high-speed serial backplane connectivity, allowing I/O and processing capabilities in a single 6U slot.

LatticeECP2M FPGA Supports JESD204 High Speed Serial Specification
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced the successful interoperation of its LatticeECP2M(tm) FPGA family with the Linear Technology LTC2274, 16-bit, 105Msps, high-speed ADC (Analog to Digital Converter) in support of the JESD204 high-speed serial specification from the JEDEC group. This capability has been demonstrated utilizing standard evaluation boards from both companies.

Digi Unveils XBee ZB, XBee-PRO ZB ZigBee Modules with ZigBee PRO
Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) released the low power XBee ZB and extended range XBee-PRO® ZB ZigBee modules based upon the ZigBee PRO feature set. The ZigBee PRO feature set enables deployment of larger, more stable and interoperable ZigBee networks with advanced features. The ZigBee PRO feature set provides significant advances in interoperability, node density management, data load management, and frequency agility.

Synplicity Debuts System Designer IP Integration Tool for FPGA Design
Synplicity®, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNP), a leading supplier of innovative IC design and verification solutions, introduced System Designer(tm), a device-independent intellectual property (IP) configuration and system-level assembly environment that has been added to Synplicity’s Synplify Pro® and Synplify® Premier FPGA design implementation tools.

Digi Rolls Out 900 MHz XBee-PRO XSC with 15 Miles RF Line-of-Sight
Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) introduced the XBee-PRO® XSC, a powerful, cost-effective 900 MHz embedded RF module that provides up to 15 miles RF line-of-sight transmission in the postage-stamp sized XBee form factor. Customers can now choose 802.15.4, ZigBee and long-range point-to-multipoint platforms in the XBee form factor.

Synplicity Announces ReadyIP Program for FPGA Implementation
Synplicity®, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNP) announced the ReadyIP Initiative, a program that takes aim at simplifying the access, evaluation, and use of intellectual property (IP) for FPGA-based system design. The ReadyIP program delivers the industry’s first and complete universal, encrypted design methodology for FPGA implementation, allowing users to incorporate and easily integrate IP from several third-party vendors within their designs.

Synplicity ReadyIP Program Gains ARM Cortex-M1 Processor
ARM (LSE:ARM) (NASDAQ:ARMH) and Synplicity®, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNP), a leading supplier of innovative IC design and verification solutions, announced the availability of ARM IP through Synplicity’s ReadyIP Program. The ReadyIP program gives designers easy and secure access to the ARM® Cortex(tm)-M1 field programmable gate array (FPGA) processor for quick evaluation, free of charge.

Tensilica Becomes Member of Synplicity ReadyIP Program
Synplicity®, Inc., (NASDAQ:SYNP) a leader in configurable processor technology, announced that Tensilica has joined Synplicity’s ReadyIP Program and that Tensilica will provide the Diamond Standard 106Micro processor core – the industry’s smallest licensable 32-bit processor core based on an industry-standard architecture – free of charge through Synplicity’s ReadyIP program.

LDRA Launches TBvision for Standards Compliance Testing
LDRA® (Booth 3016), the leading provider of automated software verification, source code analysis, and test tools, has launched TBvision, a brand new product which provides companies with the ability to easily see that how the source code performs against security vulnerabilities, fault-detection and adherence to the required quality standards.

RTI Data Distribution Service 4.3 Supports Lossy Networks
Real-Time Innovations (RTI), The Real-Time Middleware Experts, announced support for lossy networks in RTI Data Distribution Service 4.3. Lossy networks — those that have uncertain or sporadic connectivity — are common in a variety of applications, such as defense, unmanned vehicles, oil production and other resource-management applications.