News – 2008.05.20

Renesas Develops 32-bit RX600 Series CISC Microcontrollers
Renesas Technology Corp. announced the development of the RX600 Series microcontrollers (MCUs), re-defining performance capabilities of CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computer) based MCUs. The new devices, scheduled for sample shipment in the second quarter of 2009, will be the first 32-bit products to incorporate the next-generation ‘RX’ CPU architecture and offer CPU performance of up to 200MHz, with the industry’s fastest single-cycle flash access capability (100MHz).

Tower Semiconductor Acquires Jazz Technologies
Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM, TASE: TSEM), an independent specialty wafer foundry, and Jazz Technologies, Inc. (AMEX: JAZ), a leader in Analog-Intensive Mixed Signal (AIMS) foundry solutions, announced the signing of a definitive agreement by which Tower will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Jazz in a stock-for-stock transaction valuing Jazz at a fully diluted equity value of approximately $40 million, based on Tower’s closing price on NASDAQ on May 19th.

Wind River, Intel Team on Open Source Platform for Automotive Industry
Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO), announced it is collaborating with Intel Corporation to create an open source Linux platform for the automotive industry. Wind River, working with Intel, is developing an open source platform for the in-vehicle infotainment market. The open source platform will be optimized for the Intel® Atom[TM] processor.

Freescale Announces Multicore MSC8112, MSC8113 StarCore DSPs
Developers and designers of unified communications systems can leverage the computing power and flexibility of two advanced Freescale DSP devices based on high-performance StarCore® technology. Extending the reach of the Freescale quadcore MSC812X family of DSPs, the dual- and tri-core MSC8112 and MSC8113 devices provide a lower cost, pin-compatible and lower power solution featuring direct Ethernet interface technology and up to four independent TDM modules.

Wind River Debuts Commercial Linux Platform for In-vehicle Infotainment
Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIND) announced an infotainment platform based on an automotive-optimized commercial Linux that will significantly accelerate time-to-market of innovative applications for the in-vehicle infotainment segment of the automotive industry. Wind River’s commercial Linux platform, Wind River Linux Platform for Infotainment, is expected to be available in the third quarter of Fiscal 2009.

LDRA Tool Suite Meets CERT C Secure Coding Standard
LDRA, provider of automated software verification, source code analysis and test tools covering the full development lifecycle, has enhanced the capabilities of the LDRA tool suite to assist in identifying security vulnerabilities and enforce security standards for development and deployment. LDRA’s adoption in this area demonstrates the company’s commitment to ensure their clients are able to comply fully with the latest security standards and certifications.

DS2 Rolls Out DE21P Embedded Powerline Modem Reference Design
DS2, the leading technology innovator and global supplier of high-speed powerline communications technology, announced the availability of a new compact reference design, the DE21P module for embedded powerline communications applications that will help drive widespread acceptance of high quality powerline enabled connectivity for home networking and IPTV applications.

National Instruments Unveils NI ELVIS II Prototyping Platform
National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) announced NI ELVIS II, the latest version of the design and prototyping platform that educators worldwide have adopted for hands-on, project-based learning. Based on the powerful LabVIEW graphical system design software, NI ELVIS II gives educators 12 new USB plug-and-play instruments and complete integration with Multisim 10.1 software for SPICE simulation to simplify the teaching of circuit design.

Spatial Introduces EDA 3D Analysis Suite
Spatial Corp., a market-leading provider of 3D components for technical applications, announced the availability of the EDA 3D Analysis Suite which enables rapid development of 3D analysis and visualization features within current EDA physical design flows. The software component suite provides unique productivity and time-to-market (TTM) advances to tool developers with an integrated set of modeling, visualization and meshing utilities accessible through a unified API.

RapidIO Trade Association Gains Seven New Members
The RapidIO® Trade Association, dedicated to driving the development and adoption of the RapidIO interconnect standard, announced several milestones underscoring its position as the preferred choice of embedded designers, including members, its latest technology roadmap, and a new Marketing Working Group Chair.

Synplicity Synplify Pro, Premier Support Altera Stratix IV FPGAs
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing, announced that the FPGA synthesis solutions from its Synplicity® Business Group, Synplify Pro® and Synplify Premier, support Altera Corporation’s 40-nanometer (nm) Stratix® IV Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). Synopsys’ Synplicity synthesis solutions deliver exceptional value to customers through efficient mapping technology.

Toshiba Selects Calibre DFM Platform for Device Extraction Flow
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced that Toshiba Corporation has selected the Calibre DFM Platform for its Device Extraction Flow aimed at controlling manufacturing variability at 45nm and beyond. “Taking actions at the design stage to minimize manufacturing variability is essential to maintaining competitive advantage at advanced process nodes,” said Dr. Fumitomo Matsuoka, senior manager of Advanced Logic Technology Department, System LSI Division.

EVE to Feature Transactor at Design Automation Conference
EVE, the leader in hardware/software co-verification, will showcase an expanded library of standard transactors and a new custom transactor development tool during the 45th Design Automation Conference (DAC) in booth #301 June 9-12 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. EVE is adding two new transactors to its extensive library of the most common standard protocols, an AXI Master/Slave transactor and a PCIe Gen 2.0 16x transactor.

WiMAX World EMEA 2008 Taking Place in Munich
Trendsmedia announced that industry-leading vendors will be showcasing breakthrough WiMAX products, services and technologies at the 2008 WiMAX World EMEA Conference & Expo taking place May 19 to 21 at the ICM, in Munich. “WiMAX World EMEA is an important independently produced event that brings together WiMAX industry ecosystem leaders from throughout the EMEA region,” said Eliot Weinman, conference founder, co-chair, and president of Trendsmedia.