News – 2008.05.28

TI Announces 5 Experimenter, Application Specific Development Kits
Making it easier to jump-start 32-bit based digital power and embedded control designs, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced five new experimenter and application-specific development kits for its TMS320F28x digital signal controllers (DSCs). To accelerate development of software controlled digital power applications, the Digital Power Experimenter’s Kit will be free to attendees of the one-day digital power workshops being held worldwide.

STMicroelectronics Expands STM32 MCU Family with 28 New Devices
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a world leader in microcontrollers, has increased both the scalability and peripheral options of its breakthrough 32-bit STM32 MCU family. The company is now expanding the family to provide up to 512 Kbytes of on-chip Flash, larger SRAM and extra features for displays, sound, storage and advanced control. The STM32 family is built on the 32-bit ARM® Cortex[tm]-M3 CPU.

pls Announces ARM9 Linux Support Option for Universal Debug Engine
pls Programmierbare Logik & Systeme announces immediate availability of the ‘ARM9 Linux Support’ add-on as an option for its Universal Debug Engine. The new add-on enables kernel and application debugging in parallel under one user interface. By simultaneous use of two debuggers, also errors in the boundary between operating system core and application can be easily detected.

MAZeT Announces Naked MTI04C Programmable Sensor Signal Amplifier
The MTI04C signal amplifier has 4 TIA-based amplifier channels integrated on a naked chip. It makes it possible to amplify signals for multi-channel optical sensors while requiring only little space and ensuring high functionality. The ability to set the trans-impedance of the MTI04C to 8 different levels offers the customer added scope to make adjustments in accordance with the application requirements, while at the same time giving the amplifier a higher dynamic range.

Avnet Debuts EXP High Performance SerDes Module for FPGA Applications
Avnet (NYSE: AVT), and National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: NSM) have launched the EXP high-performance SerDes module for use with low-cost Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) applications. Based on National Semiconductor’s new serializer and deserializer chipset, the new EXP high-performance SerDes module from Avnet and National is the first to enable the use of low-cost Xilinx Spartan-3 FPGAs to help customers add high-speed, high-performance capability to their designs.

Emerson Network Power Rolls Out 600 WATT MTC600 MicroTCA Power Modules
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity[tm], has launched a series of compact self-contained power solutions for MicroTCA systems. Fully compliant with the PICMG MicroTCA.0 Revision 1.0 specification, the new MTC600 series power modules are available in ac-input and dc-input versions, and can support shelves, cubes and other system implementations.

Ramtron FM24CL64 Serial F-RAM Memory Meets AEC-Q100 Automotive Standard
Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR), a leading developer and supplier of nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (F-RAM) and integrated semiconductor products, has expanded its line of AEC-Q100-specified F-RAM memory devices, qualifying the FM24CL64 64-kilobit (Kb) serial F-RAM to operate over the Grade 3 automotive temperature range of -40ºC to +85ºC.

NemeriX Receives Single-Chip Multi-Band GNSS RF Receiver Patent
NemeriX, a leading fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra low power, high-performance A-GPS solutions for GPS and location-based service (LBS) products, announced that it has been granted a patent for its new single-chip multi-band GNSS RF receiver technology that enables GNSS devices to acquire parallel signals in all frequency bands from the GPS, GLONASS and Galileo systems.

edXact Improves Jivaro, Comanche Tools
Backend verification specialist edXact SA announced that Jivaro, its netlist reduction tool and Comanche, its IC interconnections analysis tool, are now based on a common proprietary parasitic database. This further boosts each tool’s performance and enables a seamless combination to explore, analyze or reduce huge RLCK parasitic networks.

Synopsys Releases VMM Methodology for SystemVerilog to Open Source
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing, announced it has released the source code for its complete implementation of the proven VMM verification methodology for SystemVerilog, including the VMM Standard Library and VMM Applications, under the popular Apache 2.0 open source license.

Texas Instruments Joins EnOcean Alliance
The EnOcean Alliance and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced that TI has become a full member and participating company in the recently established EnOcean Alliance. The Alliance was founded last month to establish a global standard for sustainable buildings based upon EnOcean’s revolutionary energy-harvesting wireless technology.

Verific Comments on Open Source Release of Synopsys VMM Methodology
Verific Design Automation announced ongoing support for the VMM methodology, originally developed by Synopsys and released into the public domain today. As the primary supplier of SystemVerilog, Verilog and VHDL software front ends to electronic design automation (EDA), field programmable gate array (FPGA) and semiconductor vendors, Verific has offered VMM support in its SystemVerilog analyzer and elaborators since 2006. It was an early VMM Catalyst Member.

OSCI Announces Symposium on Electronic System-Level Design with SystemC
The Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI), an independent non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing SystemC(tm) as an industry-standard language for electronic system-level (ESL) design, announced the 7th Symposium on Electronic System-Level Design with SystemC. Co-located with the Design Automation Conference (DAC), the event is free to industry professionals and the press. 7th Symposium on Electronic System-Level Design with SystemC will take place June 8-9, 2008.

Real Intent to Demonstrate EnVision Verification Software at DAC
Real Intent Inc., the leading supplier of verification software for electronic design, announced that the newest release of the company’s EnVision[tm] family of verification software will be demonstrated at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) 2008, Booth 2540, with significant productivity improvements, called Speed3. Speed3 refers to speedups from invocation to verification signoff and includes speed of setup, speed of analysis and speed of debug.