IntegrIT's Math Library Now Available for Tensilica's HiFi Audio DSPs
Tensilica today announced that the NatureDSP Math library from IntegrIT DSP Design House, a leading supplier of DSP and VoIP software solutions, is now available for Tensilica's HiFi Audio DSPs for system-on-chip (SOC) design. The IntegrIT NatureDSP Math library simplifies the software development process for design teams that want to port their own software codecs to the HiFi Audio DSP. The IntegrIT Nature DSP Signal+ is a collection of signal processing routines needed for implementation of typical digital signal processing functions which efficiently utilize the HiFi Audio DSP architecture. It contains highly optimized routines for filtering, FFT, matrix, trigonometric and other math operations.
Lattice’s “Power 2 You” Can Help Designers Reduce Board Design Cost And Complexity
Lattice Semiconductor announced the availability of a hard copy print version of the "Power 2 You" book that provides designers with 150 pages of technical details and design considerations for implementing common circuit board power management functions. The author is Srirama ("Shyam") Chandra, a widely published author and recognized authority on power management.
Forte Design Systems’ SystemC High-Level Synthesis Selected for Fujitsu Semiconductor’s ASIC Reference Flow
Forte Design Systems announced today that Cynthesizer high-level synthesis software has been selected for use in Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited's application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) Reference Flow for the new 40-nanometer (nm) process technologies, along with 90- and 65nm.
Zarlink Simplifies Design of Wirelessly Enabled Implanted Medical Devices and Monitoring Equipment
Zarlink Semiconductor introduced a new application development kit that helps customers speed the design and evaluation of wireless telemetry systems linking implanted medical devices and home monitoring and programming equipment.
Xilinx Extends Comprehensive DSP Portfolio with New Spartan-6 FPGA and Virtex-6 FPGA DSP Development Kits
Xilinx announced the availability of three new development kits that further extend the ability of digital signal processing developers to easily adopt FPGAs in order to reach the highest levels of signal processing performance, optimize for cost and power and relieve system bottlenecks through co-processing. As Xilinx Targeted Design Platforms are made possible through work with industry-leading distribution, design services, tools and hardware partners, the new additions to the Xilinx DSP portfolio give developers the hardware, tools and reference designs to ensure a productive design flow across a diverse range of DSP applications.
Nuvoton Announced NuMicro M051 Series Learning Kit— Nu-LB-M051
Nuvoton announced a new learning kit the Nu-LB-M051 for NuMicro M051™ series microcontrollers. This learning kit is designed for those who would like to learn or evaluate the M051 series MCU. The Nu-LB-M051 learning kit is very easy to install by connecting the USB interface to PC for software developing, debugging, and download.
Cadence to Present and Showcase Technology at RTI's 3D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packaging Conference
Cadence Design Systems today announced that the company will be presenting a paper and showcasing its technology at RTI's 3D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packaging conference. The conference will be Dec. 8 to 10 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Hotel in Burlingame.
Micrium RTOS Supports Cypress PSoC® 5 ARM® Cortex™-M3 Development Platform
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and Micrium, Inc. today announced that Micrium's uC/OS-III RTOS (Real-Time Operating System) supports Cypress's PSoC 5 development platform.
Customizable Motor-Mounted Module Enhances Flexibility and Time to Market for Next-Generation Industrial Automation
STMicroelectronics today announced an industry first with the unveiling of a customizable high-end motor-control module that is small enough to mount directly on the motor, in addition to providing connection via industrial Ethernet. The new module will enable faster delivery of elegant cost-effective industrial solutions such as multi-axis robotics, conveyors, packaging machines, and process automation equipment.
RF Micro Devices Teams With Freescale To Deliver High- Performance Zigbee Solutions For Smart Energy Applications
RF Micro Devices, Inc. announced today it has teamed with Freescale Semiconductor to deliver ZigBee solutions for a broad range of smart grid applications.
Arrow Electronics' BeMicro SDK Provides Software Engineers a Risk-Free Way to Evaluate Embedded Soft-Core Processors
Offering an easy-to-use, low-cost way to evaluate soft-core embedded processors, Arrow Electronics has announced its BeMicro software development kit (SDK). The BeMicro SDK enables software developers and hardware engineers to easily evaluate Altera's Nios II embedded processor and help simplify their embedded designs.
Magma’s New Talus 1.2 Features Faster, More Advanced Routing, Timing and Extraction Technologies to Accelerate Next-Generation SoC Implementation
Magma Design Automation Inc. today unveiled Talus 1.2, a next-generation integrated circuit implementation solution that accelerates the design cycle of systems on chip. The new Talus system enables engineers to implement 1 million to 1.5 million cells per day on large designs or blocks of 2 million to 5 million cells – with crosstalk avoidance, advanced on-chip variation (AOCV) and multi-mode multi-corner (MMMC) analysis enabled. Already silicon-proven at the 40-nanometer (nm) node, Talus is currently in use for complex 28-nm designs. With these latest enhancements, Talus is primed to handle the challenges of designing at the 20-nm process node and beyond.
Magma’s New Talus Vortex FX Offers Unmatched Capacity and Throughput for Multimillion-Cell Designs
Magma Design Automation Inc. today unveiled Talus Vortex FX, the first and only integrated circuit implementation solution to fully utilize distributed computing for place and route. Talus Vortex FX is up to three times faster than Magma's new Talus 1.2, which was also announced today. Talus Vortex FX significantly increases productivity and provides higher capacity, enabling designers to implement multimillion-cell designs flat and to generate 2 million to 5 million cells per day with crosstalk avoidance, advanced on-chip variation (AOCV) and multi-mode multi-corner (MMMC) analysis enabled – while using existing hardware resources. Talus Vortex FX is the ideal solution for very large, complex advanced-node designs.
Icera and Magma Collaborate on 28-nm High-Performance, Low-Power Flow to Accelerate Turnaround time for Next-Generation Soft Modem Chipsets
Magma Design Automation Inc. and Icera Inc. today announced joint development of Icera's 28-nanometer (nm) high-performance, low-power system-on-chip (SoC) design flow for its next-generation chipsets. Icera devices are used by OEMs globally to deliver extremely small, fully software-based multimode 4G LTE/3G/2G cellular modems for smartphones, and mobile broadband devices such as USB sticks, tablets and netbooks. Icera chose Magma's Talus platform because it provides a highly integrated flow that enables Icera to address 28-nm design complexity, improve area efficiency and reduce power consumption while accelerating turnaround time.
IAR Systems becomes the first independent tool vendor to support the ARM Cortex A5 core
IAR Systems today announced support for the ARM Cortex-A5 core within IAR Embedded Workbench. Adding to the extensive list of ARM cores already supported by IAR Embedded Workbench, this is the first of the Cortex 'A' high performance application processor cores to benefit from the features of this comprehensive tool chain.
LDRA Speeds Medical Device Design with IEC 62304 Compliance
LDRA has integrated IEC 62304, a standard for software design of medical products, into automated software verification, source code analysis, and test tools. The standard, recently adopted by the European Union and the United States, harmonizes both European and American medical standards, ensuring that development teams improve their software quality, while minimizing the time and cost of development and maximizing market coverage.
Freescale and CriticalBlue expand collaboration on multicore software development environments
Freescale Semiconductor and CriticalBlue Limited have expanded their relationship with an alliance focused on streamlining embedded multicore software development for Freescale platforms. CriticalBlue's Prism development environment will support a broader range of Freescale's QorIQ and Power Architecture-based multicore products. In addition, the companies will co-develop tools, extensions and methods to help customers more easily migrate software developed for single core targets to multicore platforms, and to optimise parallel compute performance once the software has been migrated.
Melfas Uses Magma’s Talus and FineSim SPICE to Tape Out Low-Power, ARM Cortex Processor-Based Mixed-Signal SoCs
Magma Design Automation Inc. today announced that Melfas, a leader in capacitive-sensing touch input solutions, has used the Talus platform, including Talus RTL, Talus Vortex and Talus Power Pro, and the FineSim™ SPICE circuit simulation tool to implement two of its next-generation MCS-8000 touch sensor chips, which feature ARM Cortex processors. The Melfas ICs are used in mobile phones, smartphones, MP3 players, monitors and other consumer electronics. With the Talus platform and Magma's RTL-to-GDSII reference flow for ARM Cortex processor-based designs, Melfas was able to reduce power by over 5 percent, area by 20 percent and turnaround time by 50 percent, compared to their previous implementation flow. FineSim enabled Melfast to complete top-level, post-layout analog circuit simulation 10 times faster, without sacrificing accuracy.
Green Hills Software ships world's fastest trace probe with largest storage capacity
Green Hills Software has announced SuperTrace Probe v3, the fastest trace probe with the largest storage capacity ever built. Starting with 4 gigabytes of trace, expandable to higher capacities, and a sustained JTAG download speed of over 10 megabytes per second, SuperTrace Probe v3 once again resets the standards for all trace probes. SuperTrace Probe v3 is tightly integrated with Green Hills Software's award-winning, patented MULTI® TimeMachine™ debugging suite, allowing developers to fix bugs faster, optimize with ease, and test with confidence with the most advanced trace tools available.
CST Announces Joint Marketing Agreement with Cadence Design Systems
As world leaders in their respective fields of layout and 3D full wave simulation, Cadence and CST are collaborating in order to offer an effective workflow for PCB and package layout co-design in high-speed and mixed RF systems. Cadence and CST applications teams will be working together to address customer requirements and offering best in class solutions.
Magma’s FineSim Deployed by Toshiba Corporation for Advanced Flash Memory Sign-off Simulation
Magma Design Automation Inc. announced today that Toshiba Corporation has deployed the FineSim platform for sign-off simulation. Toshiba uses FineSim Pro with the native multi-CPU technology for its NAND flash memory development.
Ophir's Laser Power/Energy Software Adds Support for COM Object Technology
Ophir Laser Measurement Group, the global leader in precision laser measurement, today announced a new version of StarLab, laser measurement software that converts a PC into a multi-channel laser power/energy station. The newest edition incorporates Microsoft® COM Object technology, a programming language-neutral way of implementing objects across applications, even across machine boundaries.
Build a Better Prototype with Three Interactive Webcasts from National Instruments UK & Ireland
National Instruments UK & Ireland invites engineers and scientists to join three interactive webcasts to gain valuable tips on creating a prototype and learn about tools to save money and achieve a faster, high-quality product to market.
Kontron Embedded Application Programming Interface: Unified middleware for simplified access and control of hardware resources
Kontron is premiering its new cross-platform middleware, Kontron Embedded Application Programming Interface (Kontron EAPI), at this year's SPS/IPC/DRIVES fair in Nuremberg, Germany. With this launch, Kontron has standardized the access and control of hardware resources for embedded applications.
AWR Adds Product, Application and Tutorial Videos to Engineering TV
AWR Corporation, the innovation leader in high-frequency EDA software, today announced that it has added nearly 55 product, application and tutorial videos on Engineering TV, expanding its social media outlets beyond the current AWR.TV and AWR Channel on YouTube.
Safety library eases certification
For safety-critical applications in compliance with SIL (IEC 61508) or ASIL (ISO 26262) Hitex now offers the safety library SaveTcore for Infineon's TriCore microcontrollers.
Freescale enables EtherCAT on QorIQ, PowerQUICC and i.MX processors
Freescale Semiconductor has collaborated with four top protocol and operating systems vendors to offer safety-certifiable industrial automation reference solutions featuring the EtherCAT protocol on QorIQ, PowerQUICC and i.MX processors. Selected processor versions operate without fans in rugged industrial environments.
MPC Data demonstrates a Renesas Electronics MS7724 booting Linux in less than one second
Renesas Electronics, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, and its Platinum Alliance Partner MPC Data Limited have announced a demonstration platform showing a Renesas Electronics MS7724 platform booting a Linux kernel and graphical QT application in less than one second.
TI’s new motor driver evaluation platform spins brushed DC, stepper motors
Texas Instruments today introduced the first in a new line of scalable evaluation platforms for spinning motors. The DRV8412 evaluation kit (DRV8412-C2-KIT) includes all of the hardware and software needed to spin two brushed DC motors or a single stepper motor out of the box.
Synopsys' New LightTools Enhances Lighting Design Capabilities for the Development of Luminaires
Synopsys announced the availability of enhancements to its LightTools® illumination design and analysis software. LightTools version 7.1 delivers new analytical capabilities that speed the development of luminaires, particularly for general lighting and automotive applications. In addition, new user interface features maximize working area and flexibility to help boost designers' productivity throughout the design and verification process.
Renesas Selects SYSGO for CPU Virtualization Technology
Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, and SYSGO, a leading supplier of certifiable operating systems, today announced its collaboration to jointly develop basic software supporting CPU virtualization technology suitable for real-time control applications.
New SYSGO's ELinOS 5.1 available now
SYSGO, leading supplier of software solutions for the world's most demanding safety and security applications, announces the release of ELinOS 5.1, the latest version of the first commercially available embedded Linux product. This new release of Industrial Grade Linux offers integration of several major kernel releases, including 2.6.34 with full 64-bit target support, latest GCC 4.4 toolchain, and support for major architectures such as Intel, PowerPC, ARM, MIPS64 and SPARC V8.
Esterel Technologies and SYSGO Integrate Products to Solve Critical Industrial Software Challenges
Esterel Technologies, the leading worldwide provider of model-based development solutions for critical systems and software, and SYSGO , a leading supplier of software solutions for the world's most demanding safety and security applications, join efforts to build a seamless environment for model-based development and deployment of critical applications. This joint model-based concept to deployment solution for critical embedded software developers generating industrial and defense/aerospace related applications is being built within the framework of the European FP7 INTERESTED Project (INTERoperable Embedded systems Tool chain for Enhanced rapid Design, prototyping and code generation).
Wind River Introduces Fourth Generation of Market-Leading Commercial Linux Platform
Wind River, a world leader in embedded and mobile software, introduces its fourth-generation commercial embedded Linux platform based on the recently released Linux 2.6.34+ kernel, cross-compiling toolchains GCC 4.4, EGLIBC 2.11 and GDB 7, and support for leading ARM, Intel, MIPS and Power architectures. Wind River Linux 4 is also on track for compliancy with forthcoming Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) 5.0 standards for high availability and serviceability and Linux Standard Base (LSB) 4.0 certification requirements for application portability.
Autodesk Brings AutoCAD Back to the Mac
Autodesk announced that AutoCAD for Mac is now available for purchase. This version of AutoCAD software, one of the most widely used applications for professional design and engineering, makes powerful AutoCAD features and functionality available to customers who choose to work natively on the Mac. Autodesk is making a free* 30-day trial of AutoCAD for Mac available for download and will offer free* educational licenses to students and educators.
Zuken Adds ST Microelectronics Components to CADSTAR Library
Components from ST Microelectronics are now available as part of Zuken's extensive CADSTAR parts library. Customers with current maintenance contracts for CADSTAR, Zuken's desktop schematic and PCB design software, have full access to this library of over 250,000 different parts. The CADSTAR library is continually maintained and expanded to save design time for users.
Synopsys' IC Validator Completes Qualification for TSMC's 40-nm and 65-nm iDRC/iLVS Physical Verification
Synopsys announced that its IC Validator physical verification product is qualified for TSMC's 40-nm and 65-nm interoperable DRC/LVS runsets, and is immediately available to TSMC customers. IC Validator, part of the Galaxy™ Implementation Platform, is an ideal add-on to IC Compiler for In-Design physical verification. By enabling physical verification within the implementation flow, IC Validator enables place and route engineers to accelerate time to tapeout and improve manufacturability. TSMC's qualification of IC Validator brings the unique advantages of the In-Design flow to the broad range of design teams utilizing TSMC's 40-nm and 65-nm process technologies.
Synopsys Expands EDA's Largest Users Group to Include Conferences in Ottawa and Austin
Synopsys recently expanded the SNUG program to include events in Ottawa and Austin, making the conferences more accessible and relevant to a greater number of its customers. Bringing SNUG to the backyards of additional customers underscores the value that Synopsys sees in these popular gatherings, and the strong attendance numbers and enthusiastic participation confirm that users also find value in participating in these live events, says Al Czamara, director of hardware engineering with Test Evolution, and technical chair for SNUG Boston, Ottawa and Austin.
AdaCore releases GPS 5.0
AdaCore, a leading supplier of Ada language tools and support services, today announced the release of GNAT Programming Studio (GPS) 5.0. This new major version of AdaCore's graphical Integrated Development Environment (IDE) offers enhanced support for C and C++, more powerful source editing, simpler use, and integration of GNATstack (a static analysis tool that determines a program's maximum stack requirements). GPS is provided with GNAT Pro on most platforms, for both native and embedded software development.
Open-Silicon Achieves Ultra High Performance Using Cadence Silicon Realization Technology to Tape-Out Breakthrough 2.4 GHz ASIC Processor
Cadence Design Systems (India) Pvt Ltd., a subsidiary of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), announced that Open-Silicon, Inc., a leading semiconductor company focused on ASIC design, develop-to-spec, and derivative ICs, has successfully taped out a breakthrough high-performance processor at over 2.4GHz under typical conditions utilizing the Cadence® Silicon Realization product line. Open-Silicon completed the entire design using Cadence's integrated end-to-end Encounter® digital design, implementation, and manufacturability signoff technology.