News 2008.10.27

Cypress Creates CyFi RF Low-Power Solution for Embedded Control
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) introduced a complete 2.4-GHz solution for the embedded market. The new CyFi[tm] Low-Power RF solution delivers the industry’s leading combination of reliable connectivity, power-efficiency and superior range, and is supported by the flexible and easy-to-use PSoC® programmable system-on-chip. The solution is optimized for low-power wireless sensor networks and human-to-machine interfaces in a broad range of applications.

Netrino Publishes Embedded C Coding Standard
Netrino announced publication of the “Netrino Embedded C Coding Standard” and a companion “Developing Effective Coding Standards” training course. Built upon Netrino’s extensive experience in designing embedded software, the coding standard incorporates enhancements that have been proven to increase firmware quality by keeping bugs out — while also improving maintainability and portability.

Renesas Unveils 14 M16C/5L, M16C/56 16-bit CISC Microcontrollers
Renesas Technology America, Inc. introduced 14 new 16-bit CISC-type microcontrollers (MCUs) in the M16C/5L and M16C/56 groups. These versatile devices allow improved performance and greater functionality in automotive body and chassis control systems. The company also announced preliminary details of the M16C/5M group, now in development. The new MCUs are members of the M16C/Tiny series in the M16C family, and are successors to the devices in the M16C/28 and M16C/29 groups.

Analog Devices Introduces Blackfin BF51x Convergent Processor Family
Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI) unveiled the Blackfin® BF51x series, the newest members of the signal processing pioneer’s convergent-processor family. The new offerings continue to demonstrate the superior ability of the Blackfin convergent-processor architecture to reduce cost, power consumption, software complexity, and development schedules in a broad spectrum of mobile lifestyle, industrial and instrumentation, portable medical diagnostic and VoIP telephony applications.

Mentor Graphics Introduces Nucleus Platform Media Player
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced availability of the Nucleus® Platform Media Player, a multimedia application reference design which enables the rapid development of differentiated multimedia devices such as portable media players (PMP), personal navigation devices (PND), mobile internet devices (MID), mobile phones, digital picture frames and in-car entertainment systems.

Altera, Arrow Electronics Custom Logic Solutions Group Offer Workshop
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) and Arrow Electronics Custom Logic Solutions Group will be presenting a technical workshop that focuses on leading-edge FPGA transceiver technology at 8.5 Gbps and beyond at the 40-nm process technology node. The performance and capabilities of Altera’s new Stratix® IV FPGA, as well as a discussion of specific target applications and a review of market trends will be covered.

Actel Launches IGLOO nano, ProASIC3 nano FPGAs
Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) introduced nano versions of its IGLOO(R) and ProASIC(R)3 FPGAs, targeted at high-volume, portable consumer markets. Actel takes power consumption down to as low as 2 microwatts, and package size to as small as 3×3mm; extends its commercial temperature range to sub-zero, and offers zero lead time delivery of packaged goods. Actel also shatters the FPGA price barrier by offering more than 50 variants of its nano FPGAs for less than $1.

Express Logic, Virtutech Debut ThreadX on Simulated Development Platform
Express Logic, Inc. and Virtutech, Inc. announced the availability of Express Logic’s ThreadX® RTOS on a simulated development platform created by Virtutech’s Simics®. Using Virtutech’s full-system simulator, Express Logic was able to provide engineers and developers interested in developing for the ThreadX RTOS with the necessary architecture to create applications for the Renesas Technology SH-4A, a high-end CPU core, before the physical hardware is available.

Protecode Developer IP Assistant Tool Supports QNX Momentics
Protecode Inc. and QNX Software Systems announced that developers can now use Protecode’s preventive real-time software governance and Intellectual Property (IP) management tool on the QNX® Momentics® Tool Suite for embedded systems based on the QNX Neutrino® Real-time Operating System (RTOS). Protecode’s Developer IP Assistant tool extends support and interoperability to the QNX Momentics Tool Suite by accelerating managed adoption of open source code in a simple, painless process.

Sony Achieves 8.5 Gbps with Express Logic NetX TCP/IP Stack, ThreadX
Express Logic, Inc. announced the stunning results achieved by Sony Corporation engineers using Express Logic’s NetX[tm] TCP/IP network stack and ThreadX® RTOS. The paper “Network Processing on an SPE Core in Cell Broadband Engine[tm],” recently presented at the 16th IEEE Symposium on High Performance Interconnects reports that Express Logic’s NetX and ThreadX RTOS achieved near-wire speeds reaching 8.5 Gbps, surpassing what they were able to achieve using Linux.

AWR, UMS Introduce Incentive Program for GaAs MMIC Design
AWR and United Monolithic Semiconductors (UMS) announced “Try the Power,” an incentive program to allow new customers to bring gallium arsenide (GaAs) microwave monolithic integrated circuit (MMIC) design prototypes to market quickly and easily using AWR’s Microwave Office electronic design automation (EDA) software and the UMS PPH25X foundry process design kit (PDK).

Altera Licenses MunEDA WiCkeD DFY Tool Suite
MunEDA announced Altera Corporation has signed a long-term licensing agreement for MunEDA’s leading–edge DFY tool suite WiCkeD[tm] for interactive and fully automatic analysis, modelling and optimization of integrated analog, mixed-signal & digital circuits and IP libraries. Altera is using WiCkeD in their design and library development groups worldwide to enhance design efficiency and productivity as well as product yield and reliability.