News 2008.10.30

Data Translation Unveils DT9818 Embedded USB Data Acquisition Board
Data Translation announces the latest addition to its line of high performance, multifunction USB data acquisition boards for OEM’s. The DT9818 is aimed at embedded applications rather than the more common USB approach of connecting externally to the PC. Importantly, users do not need an external power supply since the module runs completely on USB power while at the same time offering ±500V galvanic isolation, a critical feature for industrial embedded systems.

Concept Engineering Offers Free Graphical Engine for EVE Platform
EVE, the leader in hardware/software co-verification, and Concept Engineering announced that they have signed a long-term, worldwide partnership agreement. Under terms of the agreement, Concept Engineering will offer a free, time-limited usage license of its graphical viewing software to design teams employing EVE’s popular emulation platforms.

Synopsys Unveils DesignWare SATA PHY IP for SMIC 130nm Process
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) announced the immediate availability of the silicon-proven DesignWare® SATA PHY IP for SMIC’s popular 130 nanometer (nm) process technology, for use in host and device applications such as mobile internet devices, set-top boxes, solid state drives and optical disk drives. Synopsys has expanded the SATA IP portfolio by introducing the SATA PHY IP for the SMIC 130-nm technology, therefore enabling a comprehensive SATA solution.

Questa Multi-view Verification Component library Supports IEEE802.3-2005
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced that its unique verification IP solution, the Questa® Multi-view Verification Component (MVC) library, has been extended to support the IEEE802.3-2005 Gigabit Ethernet standard. Using Questa MVCs, electronic systems companies can reduce the development effort for verification environments required to validate and verify System-on-Chip (SoC) designs integrating high-speed Gigabit networking.

3Q 2008 Mobile Handset Shipments Continues to Grow
While mobile phones can be viewed in part as fashion accessories, they also impart other value propositions that are highly valued by end-users. Substantial improvements in key functional areas (e.g. memory, battery life, data speed, processor speed) are being noticed by end-users. Still, many are opting to remain on open contracts rather than upgrade their handsets and lock themselves into down payments for new phones and potentially expensive monthly commitments.

Mentor Graphics Chairman to Keynote GSA Semiconductor Leaders Forum
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced that Walden C. Rhines, Chairman and CEO, will be giving the keynote address at the GSA Semiconductor Leaders Forum on November 5, 2008 in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Rhines will present “Common Wisdom versus Reality in the Semiconductor Industry.” which will address the widely held belief that the electronics industry is entering a mature phase and the glory days of the high tech innovation are over.