News – 2008.04.28

Aeroflex Rolls Out Test Suite for C.S0044-A Specification
Aeroflex has further enhanced its comprehensive support for CDG Stage II interoperability and CDG Stage I signalling conformance testing with the early availability of a test suite for the C.S0044-A specification. The C.S0044-A specification is a revision of the previous C.S0044-0 standard and focuses on EV-DO operation typical of a deployed multi-revision EV-DO Rel 0 / Rev A network.

CPU Tech Unveils Acalis CPU872 Field Programmable MultiCore PowerPC
CPU Technology, Inc. (CPU Tech) announced the immediate availability of the Acalis® CPU872 System-on-a-Chip (SoC) with embedded DRAM and tamper protection for qualified customers. The Acalis CPU872, a Field Programmable MultiCore (FPMC), directly addresses the need for a tamper-resistant, trusted supply of high-performance processing devices for use in vital applications.

Alereon Debuts AL5350 BaseBand Processor Plus Media Access Controller
Alereon, Inc., the Certified Wireless USB technology leader for Ultra Wideband (UWB) WiMedia solutions, announced the latest addition to their AL5000 worldwide product family, the new AL5350 BaseBand Processor (BBP) plus Media Access Controller (MAC). The new chipset features both a USB and PCI Express interface designed for high performance PC embedded Half-MiniCard Wireless USB applications, docking stations, wireless monitors and wireless connections from laptops to HDTVs.

National Instruments Hosts Automated Test Summit 2008
National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) announced the fifth annual Automated Test Summit, an online event featuring technical sessions focused on identifying trends and overcoming challenges in automated test. The Automated Test Summit 2008 will be hosted live on the Internet on June 5 and will be presented in the Americas, Europe and Asia, giving attendees the opportunity to speak with experts in various languages.

4Blox, AMCC, Tehuti Team on Embedded 10GbE ISCSI Storage Solution
4Blox(tm) Inc., dedicated to improving iSCSI SAN performance, announced that the company is collaborating with Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) and Tehuti Networks to demonstrate enhanced iSCSI performance on AMCC PowerPC-based embedded processors. The companies will showcase the iSCSI storage solution with 10GbE connectivity at Interop Las Vegas being held on April 28-May 1 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center – AMCC booth #458.

Lattice Introduces ispMACH 4000ZE Complex Programmable Logic Devices
Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced its new, ultra low power Complex Programmable Logic Devices (CPLD), the 1.8-volt ispMACH® 4000ZE family. This second-generation in-system programmable CPLD family is ideal for low power, high volume portable applications, with typical standby current as low as 10µA. Samples of the first two devices, the 32-macrocell ispMACH 4032ZE and the 64-macrocell ispMACH 4064ZE, are available now.

Altera, HCELL Engineering Debut DO-254 Nios II Embedded Processor
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) and HCELL Engineering announced the development of a safety-critical version of Altera’s Nios® II embedded processor. The embedded processor core complies with the objectives and requirements of the DO-254 hardware avionic standard and meets the highest design-assurance levels. This safety-critical version of the Nios II processor is offered through HCELL Engineering to customers who must comply with DO-254 requirements.

Aldec DO-254 Compliance Tool Set Supports Altera FPGA, HardCopy ASIC
Aldec, Inc. announced a comprehensive in-hardware verification solution that supports Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) customers with DO-254 compliance projects. The global partnership combines Altera’s FPGA and HardCopy ASIC devices with Aldec’s DO-254 Compliance Tool Set (CTS), creating an in-hardware verification solution addressing Level A and Level B compliance requirements of the RTCA DO-254 specification.

Altera Announces DO-254 Global Partner Network
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) launched a DO-254 Global Partner Network. Altera, together with Aldec, Geensys, HighRely and HCELL Engineering, provide a comprehensive environment of DO-254-certifiable intellectual property (IP) cores, in-hardware verification flows and documentation. The partners provide specialty solutions and services that enable Altera FPGA and HardCopy ASIC solutions to be quickly approved and implemented in avionics and military applications.

Quickfilter Rolls Out QuickfilterPro Software 2.0 for Filter Design
Quickfilter Technologies, Inc. announced Version 2.20 of the QuickfilterPro software. The QuickfilterPro software is used to design filters that will be implemented in the Quickfilter QF1D512 Simple and versatile FIR engine (SavFIRe) programmable digital filter. The Version 2.20 update software provides an enhanced user interface, several new filter types, a free form filter drawing tool, and the ability to create inverse transfer functions with one button click.

Synopsys Introduces DesignWare PHY IP for 5.0 Gbps PCI Express 2.0
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing, announced the availability of the DesignWare PHY IP for PCI Express 2.0 (Gen II), based on the PCI Express 2.0 base specification. This product release further extends Synopsys’ IP leadership by providing designers with the IP industry’s only complete, silicon-proven PCI Express 2.0 IP solution, including digital controllers, PHY and verification IP from a single vendor.

Apache Design Solutions Unveils PakSi-E 8.1 Extraction, Analysis Tool
Apache Design Solutions, the technology leader in power, noise, and reliability (PNR) signoff for chip, package, and system designs, announced version 8.1 release of PakSi-E, its IC package and System-in-Package (SiP) extraction and analysis tool. This latest version delivers over 10X faster runtime performance than previous versions with a next generation capacitance extraction algorithm.

Cypress EZ-Color Features ColorLock Optical Feedback for LED Designers
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) announced significant enhancements for its award winning EZ-Color(tm) design solution for intelligent color and white LED lighting systems. The new ColorLock(tm) feature enables designers to use optical feedback to automatically ensure precise color points over time and temperature for applications such as LCD backlighting, architectural lighting and more.

IBM, Matheson Tri-Gas Team on Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM) and Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc., the largest subsidiary of Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation, Japan, announced that they have signed a unique, four-year agreement to jointly develop new manufacturing materials and processes that will enable the next generation of semiconductor technology for 32nm and beyond. The agreement marks the first time Matheson Tri-Gas/Taiyo Nippon Sanso and IBM have collaborated on semiconductor technology.

Infiniscale Joins Organic Electronics Association, Partners with Sofileta
Infiniscale, provider of innovative EDA tools on the analog semiconductor market, joins the Organic Electronics Association (OE-A) and enters in a partnership with Sofileta for development of their printed electronics technology platform. With this move, Infiniscale positions itself as a leading supplier of advanced modeling solutions for the Organic Electronics industry.

Envis Reveals Strategy for Design Power Management in IC Implementation
Envis revealed its strategy for meeting the challenges of design power management in integrated circuit (IC) implementation. The company intends to broadly deploy electronic design automation (EDA) products based on unique, proprietary technology that will enable designers to rapidly and accurately estimate, and further make strides in reducing the power consumption through analysis and optimization.

ABI Research Publishes Report on Navigation Satellite Positioning
GPS satellite technology is becoming increasingly important as it is being embedded in an ever-wider range of mobile consumer devices to enable navigation and Location Based Services. Industrial applications such as network timing, land surveying, and machine control are quickly gaining momentum. By 2013 Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) end-user devices and systems will generate yearly revenues of $240 billion.