Across the Network – 2007.10.12

SCADE 6: Requirements Driven, Model Based, Safety Focused
Avionic, railway, and high-end automotive systems have become too complex to develop and coordinate without the assistance of a design environment that connects all of the developers through their participation in the execution of the engineering process. The more efficient solution in this case is to use a model-based design tool. The adoption of Model-Based Design brings several benefits such as…

Introduction to Serial IO Workshops
The full day “Introduction to Serial IO” workshops introduce the GTP RocketIO transceiver available in the new Virtex 5 LXT family of Platform FPGAs. The training covers the basic architecture of the GTP_DUAL primitive and provides a basic explanation of functional blocks and their roles. Attendees will use COREGEN and Chipscope to generate, implement, download, and test a GTP design.

Cadence SoC Functional Verification Kit
The Cadence (NASDAQ: CDNS) SoC Functional Verification Kit is a comprehensive verification kit for wireless and consumer system-on-chip (SoC) design. It enables engineers to adopt advanced verification techniques with reduced risk and deployment effort and meet time-to-market requirements. The Cadence(R) SoC Functional Verification Kit provides a proven end-to-end methodology that extends from block-level verification to chip- and system- level advanced verification and includes automated methodologies for implementation and management. The kit provides complete example verification plans, transaction-level and cycle-accurate models, design and verification IP, scripts and libraries—all proven on a wireless segment representative design and delivered through applicability consulting.

MontaVista Mobilinux 5.0 Webinars
MontaVista(R) Software, Inc. is offering three webinars featuring their new Mobilinux 5.0 operating system (OS). Mobilinux is the industry’s most-deployed Linux OS for mobile devices. The 60-minute web seminars have been scheduled at convenient times for developers located in different time zones around the world. All three sessions will be presented live, with time for questions from the audience. Admission is complimentary and all information will be presented via the Internet, with both computer-streamed audio and telephone access available.

IBASE IB530 Single Board Computer
The IBASE IB530 is a 3.5-inch single board computer with integrated AMD Geode LX processors. The IB530 SBC is ideal for applications such as digital signage, thin clients, mobile Internet and industrial automation and for designs demanding an extended temperature range of -20 degrees to +70 degrees C. The AMD Geode LX processor on IB530 delivers premium performance with very low total system power. These processors operate at a maximum power of 5.1W (LX900@1.5W), 3.6W (LX800@0.9W) and 3.1W (LX 700@0.8W). It comes coupled with the AMD Geode(TM) CS5536 companion device, the combined chipset, offering a complete set of features for full computing functionality. Two highly integrated Realtek RTL8100C 10/100 Ethernet controllers feature remote wake-up to increase cost-efficiency in network maintenance and management.

Trends in Critical Systems Seminars
Aonix(R) is offering a series of joint seminars titled, “Trends in Critical Systems.” Speakers for the events are from Aonix, Wind River, Objective Interface Systems, and Verocel. The seminars will cover new technologies targeting the Aerospace & Defense and Security markets and will include industry standards updates affecting safety-critical certification, such as DO-178C and security systems like Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS).

Zilog Z8F083A Flash Microcontrollers
Zilog’s (Nasdaq: ZILG) Z8F083A Series Flash microcontroller (MCU) is the latest addition to its Z8 Encore! XP(R) portfolio. The new solution delivers embedded design engineers the best cost/performance ratio for fan control and universal motor control applications by offering an optimized feature set, scalability, and the lowest bill of materials (BOM) cost in the market today. The new series also offers a single-pin On-Chip Debugger (OCD) port for in-system Flash programming and debugging.

8GT/s PCI Express 3.0
PCI-SIG(R), the Special Interest Group responsible for the PCI Express(R) industry-standard I/O interconnect technology, approved 8GT/s as the bit rate for the next generation of PCIe(R) architecture, PCIe 3.0. This represents the second speed increase since the initial launch of this I/O interconnect standard in 2003.

SNOWBUSH microelectronics’ 6-bit, 2.5 GSPS ADC IP core is ideal for the most demanding data-conversion applications. The ADC is compact, low-power, and by utilizing its high bandwidth sample-and-hold front-end, it maintains excellent dynamic performance throughout the full range of input frequencies. The ADC features INL of 0.59 LSB, DNL of 0.51 LSB, and ENOB of 5.2 or greater for sampling clock frequencies up to 2.5 GHz. The ADC occupies a silicon area of 0.43 square millimeters.

SEMI August 2007 Book-to-Bill Ratio
According to Semi, the North American manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.39 billion in orders in August 2007 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.83. A book-to-bill of 0.83 means that $83 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

AXIOMTEK SHB110 System Host Board
The AXIOMTEK SHB110 is a new PICMG 1.3 full-size CPU card. The SHB110 features the Socket M Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Mobile based processor with a 533/667 MHz front side bus. The card uses the Intel(R) 945GME+ICH7M-DH Express chipset, which consists of the Intel(R) 82945GME Graphics Memory Controller Hub and the Intel(R) ICH7M I/O Controller Hub. It delivers high system performance through high bandwidth interfaces such as PCI Express x16 graphics or I/O ports, Serial ATA II, and high-speed USB 2.0. In addition, the new Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 950 graphics core is also built into the Intel(R) 945GME chipset, which offers excellent graphics performance. The SHB110 is an ideal platform for ATM, DVR, medical equipment, gaming machine, and more.

Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) Market
According to a report by SEMI and Yole Developpement, the market for micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) totaled $40 billion in 2006, and is expected to reach $72 billion by 2011. The MEMS market includes products like as automobile airbag systems, display systems, and inkjet cartridges.

IBASE ET910 ETX 3.0 CPU Module
IBASE’s ETX CPU module supports the Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo and Celeron M processors. The ETX CPU module is built around the mobile Intel(R) 945GM/ICH7M express chipset that features intelligent power management and greater performance per watt. At 95mm x 114mm, the ET910 ETX module is a full-function solution that enables shorter time to market and minimizes risks. Its compact size allows it to be integrated into small custom baseboards that can be designed to meet the demands of various applications in the medical, infotainment, gaming and industrial automation fields.