News 2008.12.15

Texas Instruments Debuts DA830, DA828 Aureus Digital Audio Processors
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced its third-generation DA830 and DA828 Aureus[tm] digital audio processors. The highly-integrated, dual-core DA8x product line offers the combined features of an ARM-based applications processor and an audio digital signal processor (DSP) core, as well as a wide range of peripherals. This compilation results in a high-performance, cost-effective solution for consumer products.

Synopsys Unveils Confirma HAPS-A31 ASIC/ASSP Rapid Prototyping System
Synopsys, Inc. introduced the newest addition to the Confirma[tm] ASIC/ASSP Rapid Prototyping Platform, the HAPS-A31 system which contains an Altera® Stratix® III FPGA. The HAPS-A31 system is a single-FPGA prototyping board in the PCI Express® (PCIe) form factor equipped with an Altera Stratix III SL340 FPGA. The HAPS-A31 system is the first HAPS[tm] board to contain an Altera device and the first to adopt the PCIe format, which will permit the board to be plugged directly into any 4-lane PCIe slot.

TI Unveils USB Tools for Piccolo 32-bit TMS320F2802x Microcontrollers
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced two new USB-based tools for Piccolo[tm] 32-bit TMS320F2802x microcontrollers (MCU). The new evaluation and development tools make it easier for designers to evaluate Piccolo MCUs and develop more energy-efficient, real-time control applications such as solar power micro-inverters, LED lighting, white goods appliances and hybrid automotive batteries. In addition, the first Piccolo-based devices, the F2802x series, are now available for sampling.

Sundance Announces Cadre CT-JPEG04 Cores for DSP FPGA Multiprocessors
Sundance announced that is has extended its partnership with Cadre Codesign, a specialist provider of IP and embedded FPGA design solutions, to deliver Cadre’s CT-JPEG04 core across a range of it’s modular DSP FPGA multiprocessor hardware solutions. Based on the JPEG ISO/IEC IS 110918-1 standard image-compression algorithm, the core compresses images of 1280 x 1024 pixels resolution at a rate of 500 frames/sec and can sustain an input of one 8 bit pixel every 660MHz.

Lattice Semiconductor Introduces ispLEVER v7.2 FPGA Design Tool Suite
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced Version 7.2 of its ispLEVER® FPGA design tool suite with advanced place and route algorithms that deliver higher performance results in as much as 30% less time. The ispLEVER 7.2 software also now supports Lattice’s “clock boosting” flow for the LatticeECP2[tm] and LatticeECP2M[tm] FPGA families. Clock boosting can result in up to a 5% increase in FMax with no additional user input.

Altera Rolls Out 40nm Stratix IV EP4SGX230 FPGA
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) announced silicon availability of the industry’s first 40-nm FPGAs. Targeting customers in a variety of markets, including communications, broadcast, test, medical and military, Stratix® IV FPGAs offer the industry’s largest density, highest performance, highest system bandwidth and lowest power among high-end FPGA solutions. The first device available is the EP4SGX230, offering 230K logic elements (LEs), 36 embedded transceivers operating up to 8.5 Gbps, 17 Mbits of RAM and 1,288 embedded multipliers.

Barco Silex BA511 ARINC 429 IP Core Receives DO-254 Certification
Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) announced that the Barco Silex BA511 ARINC 429 IP core, targeted for Actel’s ProASIC(R)3 FPGAs, has been DO-254 certified through implementations in multiple safety-critical avionics applications. Actel’s ProASIC3 A3P1000 devices, featuring Barco’s BA511 ARINC 429 IP core, were selected for a total of four DO-254 certified implementations in commercial aviation programs, including two at the highest Design Assurance Level (DAL-A), and two at the second highest level (DAL-B).

Xilinx Ships Virtex-5 FXT FPGA with RocketIO GTX, embedded PowerPC 440
Xilinx (Nasdaq: XLNX) announced the Virtex(R)-5 FXT FPGA platform with 6.5 Gbps RocketIO(TM) GTX transceivers and embedded PowerPC(R) 440 processor cores has begun shipping in production, while samples of its new transceiver-optimized Virtex-5 TXT FPGA platform are now available. As the industry’s most widely adopted 65nm high- performance FPGAs, only the Virtex-5 family gives designers a proven programmable solution for high-speed serial and high-performance embedded designs.

SANYO Electric Selects Xilinx for VCC-WD390 Surveillance Cameras
Xilinx K.K. (Art Village Osaki Central Tower 4F, 1-2-2 Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo; president Sam Rogan), the Japanese arm of the programmable logic solutions leader Xilinx, Inc., announced that SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (2-5-5 Keihanhondori, Moriguchi-shi, Osaka; president Seiichiro Sano; Securities Identification Code: 6764; hereafter “SANYO Electric”) has adopted the low-cost Xilinx(R) extended Spartan(R)-3A family for SANYO’S VCC-WD390 next-generation wide dynamic range surveillance cameras.