News – 2008.06.03

Marvell Announces Shiva Embedded CPU Technology
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), a leader in storage, communications and consumer silicon solutions, introduced Shiva[tm], the company’s next-generation internally developed CPU technology, raising the bar on performance and low power consumption for embedded CPU applications. Shiva will be integrated in a broad range of Marvell® system-on-a-chip (SoC) products spanning mobile, consumer and enterprise infrastructure applications.

Microchip Announces Application Specific PICtail Plus Daughter Boards
Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced 10 new and existing application-specific PICtail[tm] Plus daughter boards for the popular Explorer 16 Development Board platform. The Explorer 16 Development Board (part # DM240001, $129.99) supports Microchip’s 16-bit PIC24 microcontrollers (MCUs) and dsPIC33 Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs), and the 32-bit PIC32 MCUs, through numerous processor-specific plug-in modules.

MathWorks Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder Passes AVS
The MathWorks announced that its Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder product for MathWorks Release R2007b successfully passed the Automotive Code Validation Suite (AVS). AVS provides an independent test suite for validating embedded code generators. According to the report from TÜV Rheinland Industrie Service, ASI, “A successful validation using AVS shall be considered as proof of validation to a recognized procedure according to IEC 61508-3:1998, clause 7.4.4.”

Marvell 88F6000 SoCs Feature Shiva Embedded CPU Technology
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), a leader in storage, communications and consumer silicon solutions, introduced the Marvell® 88F6000 series, featuring Shiva[tm] embedded CPU Technology. These System-on-Chip (SoC) devices bring low power, high performance application processing to next-generation digital home gateways and are designed to expand consumers’ entertainment and personal content choices by enabling video, audio and photos from multiple network and in-home sources.

Broadcom Introduces Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Solution for Mobile Handsets
Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM) announced its next generation Bluetooth® Version 2.1 + EDR single-chip solution that provides significant performance upgrades and enhanced features, including lower power consumption, smaller chip size and improved radio performance. Developed in a highly advanced 65 nanometer CMOS process, the new system-on-chip (SoC) solution targets mobile handset applications.

Marvell Launches 88NV8120 PCI Express NAND Flash Controller
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), an industry leader in storage, communications and consumer silicon solutions, announced Marvell’s entry into the solid state controller market with the introduction of the ultra-slim Marvell® 88NV8120 PCI Express (PCIe)-based NAND flash controller, the first Marvell product in a planned range of solid state storage controllers.

Freescale Selects CoWare ESL 2.0 for Virtual Platforms
CoWare®, Inc., a supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services, announced that Freescale Semiconductor is delivering virtual platforms to Continental’s Chassis & Safety Division using CoWare ESL 2.0 solutions. The virtual platforms are being used for pre-silicon software development of the industry’s first triple-core automotive microcontroller (MCU) and to enable more efficient collaboration between Freescale and Continental..

CSR BlueCore7 Combines Bluetooth, Low Energy, eGPS, FM
CSR (LSE:CSR) announced the launch of its seventh generation BlueCore silicon. BlueCore7 is the world’s first device integrating Bluetooth v2.1+EDR, Bluetooth low energy, eGPS (enhanced Global Positioning System), and FM transmit and receive technologies on a single chip. CSR’s BlueCore7 significantly reduces the power, size, cost and complexity of adding multiple radios into a mobile phone and demonstrates the company’s continued expertise in embedded wireless technologies.

Micro Magic Adds OpenAccess Support to Free MAX-View Layout Viewer
Micro Magic announces that their popular MAX-View Layout Viewer now supports OpenAccess. For a limited time, MAX-View will be offered for free. MAX-View has been a very popular product, with more than 150 companies now using MAX-View since its introduction one year ago. Chip designers have enjoyed the ability to view and error-check their largest chip designs instantly. Micro Magic will be demonstrating MAX-View at the upcoming Design Automation Conference – DAC – in Anaheim CA June 9 through 12, at booth 764.

Virage Logic Announces TSMC Power Trim Service Compliant IP
Virage Logic Corporation (NASDAQ:VIRL) announced it is the first IP provider to support TSMC’s Power Trim Service. The Power Trim compliant Virage Logic IP can enable significant power leakage reduction through TSMC’s Power Trim Service without area penalties, while maintaining chip performance. Virage Logic was the first commercial IP provider to release its 40nm SiWare product portfolio on TSMC’s 40nm manufacturing process with memory compilers and logic libraries.

Liga Systems NitroSIM Accelerates Digital Logic Simulation by 10x
Liga Systems, Inc. announced availability of NitroSIM release 1.0. The company has been working successfully with half a dozen beta sites on applications including graphics processors, networking and broadband digital broadcasting in both single chip and multi-chip verification efforts. Powered by its revolutionary VLIW coprocessor optimized for digital logic simulation, NitroSIM v1.0 compiles gate-level netlists to accelerate digital logic simulation by 10 times.

TSMC Announces Reference Flow 9.0
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (TSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM) introduced Reference Flow 9.0, the latest version of TSMC’s industry-leading design methodology to lower design obstacles, improve design margins, and increase yields of its 40nm process technology. Reference Flow 9.0 is also one of the key collaborative components of the company’s recently unveiled Open Innovation Platform[tm].

Aldec Rolls Out Riviera-PRO 2008.06 Mixed HDL Language Simulator
Aldec, Inc. announced the release of Riviera-PRO 2008.06, a behavioral, structural and mixed HDL language simulator for multi-million gate ASIC and FPGA designs. Riviera-PRO 2008.06 includes Verilog® simulation performance enhancements, increased SystemVerilog support, seamless SystemC/C/C++ and HDL co-debugging in common environment, and new support for SVA and PSL assertions in the Waveform Viewer.

ARM, Renesas, Synopsys Team on Low-Power Verification Methodology
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) announced that it has collaborated with ARM and Renesas Technology to define the industry’s first methodology to address the rapidly increasing complexity of low power verification. The companies are documenting the methodology in a new book titled “Verification Methodology Manual for Low Power Designs” (VMM-LP) that will enable rapid and broad deployment of industry best practices for comprehensive verification of low power designs.

TSMC Characterizes 40nm Libraries with Altos Liberate Library Creator
Altos Design Automation Inc. announced their cell characterization tools are used for TSMC’s 40nm standard cell library development. TSMC uses the Altos tools to characterize its 40G and 40LP low power libraries. Specifically, TSMC uses Liberate to generate CCS (current composite source) and ECSM (effective current source model) views for timing, noise and power. Variety is used to create SSTA (statistical static timing analysis) models for multiple SSTA tools.

NetEffect Verifies Advanced Network Processor with Breker Trek
In today’s design centers, designing, verifying, implementing and producing ICs is increasingly difficult. Functional failures continue to account for more that 70% of silicon re-spins. To verify state-of-the art designs, new verification approaches must be taken to meet shrinking design schedules and increase functionality. Breker’s Coverage Model approach to verification meets these needs by reducing the testbench development effort.

Design Automation Conference Reveals Student Design Contest Winners
The Design Automation Conference (DAC), the electronic design automation (EDA) industry’s premier event, revealed the winners of its annual student design contest. The awards will be presented on June 9 at 12 p.m. in the Pavilion Panel (Booth 364) on the show floor with each winner receiving travel costs to DAC courtesy of this year’s sponsors. Winning submissions also will be displayed as posters at the DAC University Booth on the exhibit floor.

National Electronics Week to Take Place in London
National Electronics Week (NEW), the UK’s premier electronics industry exhibition, will take place at London’s Earls Court from 17-19 June 2008. More than 300 UK-based companies and trade associations have signed up for the show including Aeroflex, AFDEC, Agilent Technologies, BAE Systems, the Electronics Knowledge Transfer Network (E-KTN), Fuji, Intellect, the IPC, National Instruments, Pace Europe, Panasonic and Samsung.