Embedded and EDA Highlights – 2007.12.21

Enea dSPEED Platform
The dSPEED Platform, from Enea, is high availability platform designed to manage clusters of Digital Signal Processors (DSPs). dSPEED is a pre-integrated software platform for data plane processing targeting communications infrastructure line cards.

Nextreme Copper Pillar Bump for Flip Chip Packaging
Nextreme has integrated cooling and power generation into the widely accepted copper pillar bumping process used in high-volume electronic packaging. The innovation in flip chip process technology addresses two of the most serious issues in electronics today – thermal and power management constraints. Nextreme’s approach uses proven, fully scalable technology to deliver new, enabling functionality in flip chip applications.

Renesas RX Family of Microcontrollers
Renesas Technology recently announced a new CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computer) CPU architecture. The new architecture will improve code efficiency, processing performance, and power consumption. CISC microcontrollers (MCUs) based on the new architecture will be branded as the ‘RX’ family (RX stands for Renesas eXtreme). The new RX architecture will unifying Renesas’ existing CISC architectures into a single platform. The new platform will be compatible with existing CISC products. The first of the enhanced MCUs are expected to become available in the second quarter of 2009. The primary target markets include office automation, digital consumer electronics, industrial systems, and other embedded applications.

Webcast: Evaluating Implementation Choices for Low-Power Digital Sound in SOCs
Tensilica has an on-demand webcast entitled, “Evaluating Implementation Choices for Low-Power Digital Sound in SOCs.”

IAR YellowSuite for ColdFire Microcontrollers
IAR YellowSuite(TM) for ColdFire® microcontrollers integrates several tools to produce a working design in the shortest possible time. The development tools included in IAR YellowSuite for ColdFire microcontrollers consist of: IAR Embedded Workbench®, for building and debugging the application; IAR visualSTATE®, for design, validation, test and verification of the control logic; IAR PowerPac(TM) RTOS, file system and associated middleware; and an IAR KickStart Kit(TM), to test the application on real hardware.

Linux in the Embedded Systems Market
According to Venture Development Corporation (VDC), a significant portion of embedded software and systems engineering teams continue to adopt Linux as their primary target operating system. VDC’s research also suggests that this migration may be lasting, as the majority of current Linux users surveyed plan to use Linux again as their primary operating system on future projects.

Mosaic Industries 24/7 Data Acquisition Wildcard
Mosaic Industries’ 24/7 Data Acquisition Wildcard is ideal for applications that require high resolution measurements. It accepts low level signals directly from transducers, amplifies and conditions them, and converts them with 24 bits of resolution with no missing codes. Mounted on any of Mosaic’s single board computers, it provides a high performance analog front end, offering exceptional resolution, stability, and noise rejection.

World Markets for Microcontrollers in Automotives
According to Frost & Sullivan, the proliferation of electronic content in automobiles aimed at reducing human errors as well as the growing number of automobile safety features such as additional radars, ultra sonic sensors, cameras, and automatic parking assistance are increasing demaind for microcontrollers. In addition, the introduction of multiplexing in the automotive industry has triggered sales of high performance microcontrollers by amplifying the need for additional processing power and intelligence. According to a Frost & Sullivan report, the automotive microcontroller market generated revenues of $5.83 billion in 2006 and will reach $9.52 billion in 2010.

Telelogic Rhapsody For Automotive
Rhapsody For Automotive, from Telelogic (STO:TLOG), is a SysML and UML solution designed and customized to address the needs of automotive systems engineers and software developers of automotive electronics. Rhapsody For Automotive is based on Telelogic’s Model Driven Development (MDD) environment.

2006-2012 Worldwide Handset Semiconductor Forecast
According to In-Stat, semiconductor components in handsets are the largest semiconductor market in the world by volume, if not in total revenue. In 2007, total revenue from handset semiconductors will exceed $31 billion worldwide.

Physik Instrumente P-737 PIFOC Piezo-Z Stage
PI’s (Physik Instrumente) P-737 PIFOC Piezo-Z Stage is a high performance nanopositioning Z control system. The P-737 is specifically designed for biotech research microscopes utilizing deconvolution and 3D imaging techniques. The P-737 PIFOC specimen Z-stage features up to 250 µm travel, millisecond responsiveness, and nanometer precise motion under closed-loop control.

Embedded Ethernet Applications Market
Ethernet semiconductor vendors will continue to reap benefits from existing fast Ethernet (FE) and gigabit Ethernet (GE) product lines during the 2007-2012 forecast period. However, the more attractive opportunity is the embedded Ethernet applications segment, particularly blade switching and storage networking. With a worldwide CAGR of 6.3% through 2011, this segment will encourage the long-awaited adoption of 10GE technology and provide additional, more robust revenue streams.

Analog Devices Precision Digital-to-Analog Converters
Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI) recently introduced four new precision digital-to-analog converters (DACs) that significantly improve the reliability of industrial process control applications in harsh factory environments, including those operating under extreme temperatures or high compliance voltages. The offering includes four 12-bit to 16-bit single-channel DACs that integrate user-programmable current source and voltage output, making them ideally suited for factory process control, distributed control, and smart transmitter systems. By eliminating the need for bulky discrete analog circuitry and mechanical pin-strapped configurations, the DACs reduce board space by as much as 70 percent compared to competing solutions, enabling system design engineers to deliver more cost- and space-efficient industrial equipment.