News – 2008.05.21

Qualcomm Invests in ip.access
ip.access, the developer of femtocell and picocell solutions, announced that Qualcomm Incorporated has made a strategic investment in Qualcomm’s European investment fund. Terms of the investment were not disclosed. Qualcomm joins existing investors – Cisco, Intel Capital, ADC, Motorola Ventures, Scottish Equity Partners, Rothschild Gestion and Amadeus Capital Partners – to provide funding support for ip.access’ breakthrough Oyster 3G’ femtocell system.

Low-Power Intel IVI Reference Design Features Xilinx Automotive FPGA
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) announced availability of an integrated Xilinx(R) Automotive (XA) field programmable gate array (FPGA) and intellectual property (IP) solution that is included in the Low-Power Intel(R) In-Vehicle Infotainment Reference Design (Low-Power Intel(R) IVI Reference Design) targeting automotive head units. The combination of the XA solution and Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor in the design provides system developers with improved levels of performance.

SafeNet Optimizes Femtocell Security Solutions to Secure Networks
SafeNet, Inc. a leader in information security, announced that the industry-proven QuickSec/IPSec Security Toolkit and family of SafeXcel IP Packet Engines for ASIC and FPGA implementations have been optimized for fast, easy, and affordable integration of security features into home base stations and the next-generation chips they require. Commonly known as femtocells, these small, low power cellular access points plug directly into existing broadband connections.

Xilinx Sponsors TD-SCDMA Evolution and LTE Summit, Shanghai 2008
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) announced plans for the TD-SCDMA Evolution and LTE Summit, Shanghai 2008, taking place from May 31 through June 1 at the Shanghai International Conference Center. A Diamond Sponsor for the event, Xilinx will deliver an executive keynote, host a half-day workshop, and demonstrate leading edge programmable solutions for wireless applications.

Ethernet Direct to Showcase Industrial Networking Solutions at Computex
Ethernet Direct Corporation, a provider of industrial networking and communication solutions, is pleased to announce its participation at the Computex 2008 Exhibition to be held in Taipei from June 3rd to June 7th, 2008. Computex is held annually and as Taiwan’s information technology industry continues to provide innovation, Computex has since rapidly expanded and become an important showcase for IT industry. Now, it has become one of the largest exhibition in Asia.

Xyalis Launches GTmask Integrated Mask Data Preparation Suite
Xyalis, the layout finishing solution’s company, announced GTmask, a fully integrated environment dedicated to complex wafer masks building. Based on Xyalis’ existing tools, GTmask offers new capabilities fully meeting mask teams’ demands, covering wafer assembly and floorplanning for chip arrays, multi-project wafers and multi-layer reticles; CMP metal filling; automatic frame generation; and optimized GDSII and jobdeck files generation.

Magma Announces Hydra Automated Floorplan Synthesis Product
Magma(r) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of chip design software, announced Hydra(tm), an automated floorplan synthesis and hierarchical design planning product with physical optimization capabilities that delivers superior predictability. Unlike existing floorplanning and prototyping tools, Hydra takes timing, power, congestion and area into consideration and generates an implementation-ready floorplan, reducing turnaround time of very large designs.

Opera Software Rolls Out Opera Widgets SDK Beta
Opera Software released the Opera Widgets SDK beta, enabling Web developers to deploy Web applications on any device. The Opera Widgets SDK is based on open, W3C-set standards to employ common web technologies such as HTML, CSS and media queries, JavaScript and Ajax, in creating advanced Web applications. The SDK features an emulator, libraries, documentation and Opera Dragonfly for debugging.

IPextreme Licenses ColdFire Architecture to IP Square
IPextreme®, Inc., the company bringing IP (intellectual property) to system-on-chip designers worldwide, and IP Square, a company specializing in internet protocol and security, announced that IP Square has licensed the ColdFire® Architecture for use across their product line. Needing to upgrade from their current 8-bit microprocessor core to a more powerful 32-bit solution, IP Square performed extensive research and chose the V1 ColdFire as the replacement. Publishes Smart Fabric Components Report Publications, the electronics industry market research and knowledge network, announces the availability of a new report entitled “Wearable Electronics Systems Global Market Demand Analysis: Infotainment Solutions.” As the market for wearable infotainment systems is nascent, there is little defined structure to the industry. There are a limited number of products currently on the market, resulting in limited success to date.

Design Automation Conference Features 14 Workshops
Attendees to the 45th Design Automation Conference (DAC) will be able to participate in 14 workshops at this year’s conference. The workshops cover a wide variety of design technology areas as well as business-related topics. The 45th DAC will be held June 9 – 13 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.