Cadence Unveils Holistic Approach to Silicon Realization
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), a global leader in electronic design innovation, today introduced a new holistic approach to Silicon Realization that moves chip development beyond a patchwork of point tools to a streamlined end-to-end path of integrated technology, tools, and methodology. This approach represents a stark turn from the discrete and compartmentalized ways semiconductor and systems companies have traditionally achieved Silicon Realization, the term that refers to all the steps required for bringing a design to silicon and a key component of the EDA360 initiative.
STMicroelectronics Launches Microcontroller Application Design Contest; Prizes exceed $10,000
The Americas Region of STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a world leader in microcontrollers, today launched the STM32 Design Challenge (www.stm32challenge.com), a contest for the design of innovative microcontroller applications across different industry segments. The three-phase competition, acknowledging the most creative, design-efficient and useful embedded system concepts built around ST's cutting-edge 32-bit microcontrollers, will run for 6 months and offer in excess of $10,000 in prizes to qualified participating residents of the United States and Canada.
Agilent Technologies' Software Fundamentally Improves, Automates STMicroelectronics' Device Modeling On-Wafer Measurements
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced that its IC-CAP Wafer Professional (WaferPro) software has been successfully deployed at STMicroelectronics. WaferPro adds new capabilities to Agilent's Integrated Circuit and Analysis Program (IC-CAP) software platform to enable efficient, automated on-wafer measurements for device modeling applications.
Cypress Announces ARM Cortex-M3/PSoC 5 Design Challenge
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) today announced the ARM® Cortex™M3/ PSoC® 5 Design Challenge, a contest to find the most innovative and useful designs from the millions of possibilities available to designers using the Cypress PSoC 5 architecture powered by the ARM Cortex-M3 processor.
Fujitsu’s IO-Link Starter Kit Simplifies the Development of Automation Solutions
Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe has launched an IO-Link starter kit, which is designed to provide developers of automation solutions with a quick and easy introduction to all aspects of IO-Link as well as support IO-Link communication in both master and slave mode. The board was developed in collaboration with Technology Management Group (TMG) and Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG (ZMDI).
Arm - Streamline Performance Analyzer Targeting Linux Developers
ARM has introduced Streamline Performance Analyzer, a powerful tool for optimizing Linux applications running on ARM powered devices. Streamline automates the collection of performance data and the generation of intuitive graphical reports, which enable software developers to easily locate application hot-spots, multi-threading issues, and inefficient usage of system resources.
SynaptiCAD's BugHunter Supports 64-bit ModelSim & Incisive Simulators
SynaptiCAD has released an updated version of it's VHDL and Verilog testbench generation and debugging tool, BugHunter Pro, with support for 64-bit versions of Mentor Graphics ModelSim and Cadence Incisive simulators. Other new features include faster waveform capture (so simulations run 8x faster while being debugged), new methods for fast searching through the design hierarchy tree, support for capturing waveform data from VHDL types such as enums and time values, and functions for quickly changing the scoping level when using interactive debug commands.
AWR Launches Hebrew Microsite and Schedules Seminar in Tel Aviv to Support Growing Israel Market
AWR Corp, the innovation leader in high-frequency EDA, announced today that it has launched a Hebrew microsite on its corporate website to help RF/microwave engineers in Israel find company- and product-related information pertinent to AWR. The microsite also contains technical papers, white papers and industry news, events and resources in general as well as contact details for AWR's local sales support provider RDT Equipment and Systems Ltd.
Channel Oriented PLC design with EPLAN Electric P8 New Version
EPLAN launched the new version of EPLAN Electric P8 2.0 in August 2010. Extended CAD functions in the area of free graphics now guarantee clear production specifications. Trimming and chamfering as well as perpendicular and tangential design are only some of the functions that support detailed representations for mechanical production. To place graphical objects XY coordinates can now be directly entered in EPLAN Electric P8. This lets you quickly create operators' desks and flange plates, with all the information needed for trouble-free production, and saves engineering time and speeds up enclosure construction.
University of Texas at Austin Adds Plasma-Therm VERSALINE DSE Tool to Research Facility
The Microelectronics Research Center (MRC), ofthe University of Texas at Austin (UT at Austin) hasrecently increased its facility capabilities by installinga Plasma-Therm VERSALINE® DSE™system.The addition of leading deep silicon etch technology enables process advances in MRC's micro, nano and opto-electronics research.
Synopsys' DesignWare STAR ECC IP Helps Reduce Embedded Memory Transient Errors
Synopsys announced the availability of the DesignWare STAR ECC (Self-Test and Repair Error Correcting Codes) IP as a part of its DesignWare STAR Memory System® product family. The new DesignWare STAR ECC IP offers a highly automated design implementation and test diagnostic flow that helps system-on-chip (SoC) designers to quickly reduce the number of embedded memory transient errors, such as soft errors, that occur in emerging semiconductor process technologies. Targeted at applications such as automotive, aerospace and high-end computing, the DesignWare STAR ECC IP enables designers to achieve high performance and high field reliability while improving time-to-market.
MapleSim 4.5 offers Modelica import capabilities and an enhanced simulation engine
Maplesoft has announced the release of MapleSim 4.5, the latest version of the high-performance physical modelling and simulation tool. Based on advanced symbolic computation technology, MapleSim, available from Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts), is an advanced engineering software tool for design, modelling and high-performance simulation, including real-time and hardware-in-the-loop applications. Unlike traditional, numeric-based modelling tools, the unique symbolic approach of MapleSim exposes and provides access to the model equations.
Atego releases Aonix Perc Ultra for VxWorks MILS 2.1
Atego, the leading independent supplier of industrial-grade, collaborative development tools for engineering complex, mission- and safety-critical architectures, systems, software and hardware, announces the release of Aonix Perc Ultra® with support for execution on Wind River's VxWorks MILS Platform 2.1. Aonix Perc Ultra for VxWorks MILS responds to the need for Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) that enables deployment of embedded and real-time Java™ applications where applications with different security levels can execute within the same system.
Synopsys’ silicon-proven DesignWare HDMI 1.4a Tx controller and PHY IP receive HDMI certification
Synopsys announced that Synopsys' DesignWare High-Definition Multimedia Interface(tm) (HDMI(tm)) 1.4a Transmitter (Tx) digital controller and PHY IP solutions in the 40nm process node have achieved certification from an HDMI Authorized Training Center (ATC). The DesignWare HDMI PHY IP achieved HDMI 1.4a compliance by passing all process, voltage and temperature variation tests, which are key certification requirements for environmental robustness. Synopsys' fully compliant HDMI 1.4a Tx solution is now available in more than 10 process technologies, ranging from 90nm to 40nm. With support for the latest HDMI 1.4a specification features such as all eight 3D formats, HDMI Ethernet and Audio Return Channel (HEAC) and real-time content signaling, the DesignWare HDMI 1.4a Tx controller and PHY IP enable system-on-chip (SoC) designers and device manufacturers to quickly incorporate advanced functionality into their multimedia source applications with less risk and improved time-to-market.
IP Technology enhances Utilisation of chip-embedded Test and Debug Instruments
At the 2010 International Test Conference (ITC), GOEPEL electronic introduces ChipVORX, an entirely new in-system technology for the configuration and control of chip embedded test, debug, and programming functions. In its core this powerful solution is based on the utilization of a new communication interface in the software platform SYSTEM CASCON™, combined with special function libraries (ChipVORX® models) structured as intelligent IP. As a result, ChipVORX® enables the control of chip-embedded test and debug instruments in interaction with Boundary Scan operations and control of externally coupled instruments within one cohesive system platform.
Synopsys Expands Synthesis-Based Test Technology to Increase Designer Productivity
Synopsys announced plans to expand test technology embedded in Synopsys' RTL synthesis to address the need for higher defect coverage, lower test cost and faster yield analysis while simultaneously minimizing the impact on design goals and project schedules. Design teams currently using Synopsys' RTL synthesis and test solution are able to quickly implement compression to lower digital logic test costs, handle pin-limited test methodologies and execute on-chip testing of high-speed blocks like USB and PCI Express® cores. Commencing today and continuing over the next twelve months, Synopsys is rolling out expanded synthesis-based test technology to provide defect coverage of embedded memories, lower test cost significantly with higher compression for pin-limited test and extremely large designs, and enable designers to rapidly analyze defective silicon devices. As with Synopsys' widely-deployed DFTMAX™ compression, the new test technology will enable designers to achieve optimal quality-of-results and eliminate time-consuming iterations between design and test.
Express Logic Announces ThreadX RTOS for CEVA-TeakLite III DSP Core
Express Logic, Inc., the worldwide leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), today announced that its popular ThreadX RTOS now supports CEVA, Inc.'s (NASDAQ: CEVA); (LSE: CVA), CEVA-TeakLite-III™ DSP core. The CEVA-TeakLite-III targets SoCs used in consumer, mobile, networking, and office automation applications, strongly complementing Express Logic's market focus.
Express Logic Announces Availability of Network File Sharing Software for ThreadX
Express Logic, Inc., the worldwide leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), and Blue Peach Software, a leader in network file sharing software, announced today that Express Logic's ThreadX® RTOS now has support for the CIFS network file sharing protocol made possible through integration with Blue Peach's Blue Share™ CIFS protocol. In addition, for a limited time, this software stack will be provided free of charge and is delivered with support for Express Logic's NetX™ TCP/IP stack and FileX embedded file system components. This offer is available to new and existing licensees of Express Logic's ThreadX and NetX packages.
TRACE32 supports Windows Embedded Compact 7 with SMP
Lauterbach recently extended its support for the Windows CE RTOS family. In addition to supporting versions 4, 5 and 6, it now also supports the latest version "Windows Embedded Compact 7". The "TRACE32" debugger also understands the SMP kernel for multicore systems which has been introduced in version 7. Therefore TRACE32 provides an integrated environment for easy development and test of kernel, drivers, processes and DLLs, running on either a single core or in SMP mode.
Electromagnetic field simulator helps speed characterisation of innovative hybrid magnet
Cobham Technical Services' Opera 3D electromagnetic field simulator is playing a vital role in the design of an innovative hybrid magnet being developed by the USA's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) in Tallahassee, Florida.
Synopsys' Silicon-Proven DesignWare HDMI 1.4a Tx Controller and PHY IP Receive HDMI Certification
Synopsys, Inc. today announced that Synopsys' DesignWare High-Definition Multimedia Interface 1.4a Transmitter (Tx) digital controller and PHY IP solutions in the 40-nanometer (nm) process node have achieved certification from an HDMI Authorized Training Center (ATC). The DesignWare HDMI PHY IP achieved HDMI 1.4a compliance by passing all process, voltage and temperature variation tests, which are key certification requirements for environmental robustness. Synopsys' fully compliant HDMI 1.4a Tx solution is now available in more than 10 process technologies, ranging from 90-nm to 40-nm. With support for the latest HDMI 1.4a specification features such as all eight 3D formats, HDMI Ethernet and Audio Return Channel (HEAC) and real-time content signaling, the DesignWare HDMI 1.4a Tx controller and PHY IP enable system-on-chip (SoC) designers and device manufacturers to quickly incorporate advanced functionality into their multimedia source applications with less risk and improved time-to-market.
Atego launches new version of its Atego Exerpt requirements data synchronization solution
Atego has launched Atego Exerpt 2.2, a new version of its requirements data synchronization solution. Atego Exerpt 2.2 improves requirements synchronization performance by up to 30% compared to previous versions and also includes new and enhanced productivity features to significantly improve the requirements data synchronization process.
LDRA Delivers ISO 26262 Compliance for Automakers
LDRA supports the current implementation of ISO/DIS 26262, a functional safety standard for road vehicles. With the increased use of electronic systems, the ISO 26262 draft addresses safety concerns specific to the electrical, electronic and programmable electronic (E/E/PE) systems in vehicles. LDRA's early adoption of automotive standards demonstrates the company's strong commitment to helping automakers improve software quality and decrease the tremendous cost of recalls and vehicle warranties.
Meet PandaBoard: Low-cost, open OMAP 4 processor-based mobile software development platform
Mobile software developers now have an accessible, well-equipped open source development tool based on the high performance OMAP™ 4 platform in the form of PandaBoard. This new, low-cost board provides unprecedented access to the OMAP 4 applications processor platform from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI), which is power- and performance-optimized for Smartphones and other mobile devices. A growing online community of Linux experts supports PandaBoard developers designing on various mobile open source software distributions such as Android, Angstrom, Chrome, MeeGo and Ubuntu.
Electrical Engineers and Electronic Products’ Designers and Manufacturers Working in the .NET Environment Can Now Incorporate Rigorously Tested Numerical Routines ---NAG Library for .NET
Electrical engineers and electronic products' designers and manufacturers who develop applications in the Microsoft® .NET environment and program in C#, Visual Basic, Visual C++ or F# can now incorporate the methods from one of the most extensively tested and comprehensively documented numerical libraries in the world, The NAG Library, by using a new version developed specifically for that environment (http://www.nag.com/numeric/DT/DTdescription.asp)
Synopsys Power-Aware Test Speeds Time to Volume Production at Realtek
Synopsys announced that Realtek Semiconductor Corporation, one of the world's leading network and multimedia IC providers, deployed Synopsys power-aware test to avoid power issues during test and accelerate production testing of its new digital media processor. Excessive power consumption during manufacturing test leads to overheating, IR drop, and other effects that can cause devices to fail, impacting profitability and delaying production ramp. Designers at Realtek avoided these issues by reducing the device power consumption at test time using advanced power-aware capabilities in Synopsys' DFTMAX compression and TetraMAX ATPG tools, integral components of the Galaxy™ Implementation Platform. As a result, Realtek delivered high-quality parts in volume quantities weeks earlier and at lower cost than previously possible.
AdaCore Releases Major New Version of GNAT Programming Studio
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.
Axell Corporation Chooses Forte’s High-level Synthesis and Design IP
Axell Corporation of Tokyo has selected Cynthesizer™ SystemC high-level synthesis software and CellMath intellectual property (IP) from Forte Design Systems™ for development of its multifunction graphics and audio system-on-chip (SoC) designs.
LynuxWorks to Showcase Real-World Demonstrations of Both Safety Critical and Secure Virtualization Products at MILCOM 2010
LynuxWorks, Inc. will be premiering its latest secure virtualization technology and high performance safety critical software at MILCOM in San Jose, CA, October 31- November 3, 2010. Both the LynxSecure virtualization technology, designed to meet the highest levels of security certification, and the LynxOS-178 safety critical real-time operating system (RTOS), certified to DO-178B level A, will be demonstrated live on real-world systems in the LynuxWorks booth.
Unit test tool supports Code Composer Studio V4
Hitex Development Tools announces the availability of Tessy V2.9.32. Tessy is a tool to automate module/unit and integration testing of embedded software.
Himax Standardizes on Synopsys Implementation, Verification and IP Solutions for Video SoC Products
Synopsys announced that Himax Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of advanced semiconductors for flat panel displays, has selected Synopsys' Galaxy™ Implementation and Discovery™ Verification Platforms for its video system-on-chip (SoC) products. As part of an expanded business agreement to establish Synopsys as its primary EDA partner, Himax has also extended its use of Synopsys DesignWare® IP.
Knowledge is power in embedded designs
Knowledge is power, except, of course, for embedded designs, where knowledge of the peripherals and features of each microcontroller can mean significantly lower power consumption. Brant Ivey, of Microchip Technology Inc., explains.
AMD Fusion APU Codenamed “Llano” Demonstrated at 6th Annual AMD Technical Forum & Exhibition 2010
At the 6th Annual AMD Technical Forum & Exhibition 2010, AMD showcased for its ecosystem partners the first public demonstration of the forthcoming AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) codenamed "Llano", designed for notebook, ultrathin and desktop PCs. AMD demonstrated the accelerated single-chip processing muscle of Llano by simultaneously processing three separate compute-and graphics-intensive workloads.
AMD Aims to Deliver “Perfect Graphics Cards” for Gamers with New AMD Radeon™ HD 6800 Series
AMD today introduced the next generation of PC gaming, the AMD Radeon™ HD 6800 series, designed to be "perfect graphics cards" for gamers by delivering unprecedented game performance starting at $179 SEP.2 The new AMD Radeon™ HD 6800 series graphics cards provide more than 30 percent greater game performance than competing products, harnessing AMD's second-generation Microsoft DirectX® 11-capable architecture, best-in-class energy efficiency, and an unmatched feature set, including AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology. The AMD Radeon™ HD 6800 series is available immediately from etailers worldwide.
Timesys® Announces LinuxLink for Rich Multimedia User Interface Development
Timesys Corporation today announced the addition of a new solution, LinuxLink for Rich Multimedia User Interfaces (Rich MUI). The new solution allows developers to easily build multi-media UI-based devices and reduces platform and application development startup time from months to days.
Esterel Technologies and SYSGO Integrate Products to Solve Critical Industrial Software Challenges
Esterel Technologies and SYSGO 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).
Mercury Releases OpenSAL - Open Source Version of Scientific Algorithm Library
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. announced the availability of OpenSAL, an open source version of its award-winning Scientific Algorithm Library (SAL) for vector math acceleration. SAL is a high-throughput, low-latency signal processing library containing efficient algorithms with the fewest possible instructions and computing resources. OpenSAL provides a robust API, C code reference design and documentation for over 400 SAL math functions.
Agilent Technologies Adds New Devices to Chipset Software, Expands Percello's Femtocell SoC Capabilities
Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced that its N7309A chipset software now supports RF IC and MxFEs (mixed signal front ends) converters from Analog Devices, including the ADF4602 and AD9963.
Carbon Design Systems Launches IP Web Portal to Streamline Access to Virtual Platform Building Blocks
Carbon Design Systems today unveiled Carbon IP Exchange, a web portal with a rich library of system-level models from a variety of intellectual property (IP) vendors to streamline the creation of virtual platforms for architecture analysis, performance optimization and pre-silicon software development.
STMicroelectronics and Green Hills Software announce software support for SPEAr microprocessor families
STMicroelectronics and Green Hills Software, Inc., the largest independent vendor of embedded software solutions, has announced software development tools and operating system support for the STMicroelectronics SPEAr300 and SPEAr600 family of microprocessor units (MPUs). Green Hills Software's INTEGRITY® real-time operating system (RTOS), which is designed for use in embedded systems that require maximum reliability and absolute security, is now available for the SPEAr300, SPEAr310, SPEAr320 and SPEAr600 devices.