Microsemi has achieved National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) algorithmic certification on their U.S.-developed EnforcIT Cryptography Suite of National Security Agency (NSA) Suite B algorithms. The EnforcIT Cryptography Suite was validated by InfoGard Laboratories, Inc. and certified by the NIST. The certification is expected to be posted to the NIST website later this month.
Synopsys introduced the HAPS-70 Series FPGA-based prototyping systems for system-on-chip (SoC) designs. The HAPS-70 FPGA-based prototyping systems are available now in nine model variants. Capacities range from 12 to 144 million ASIC gates. The series consists of the HAPS-70 S12, HAPS-70 S24, HAPS-70 S36, HAPS-70 S48, HAPS-70 S60, HAPS-70 S72, HAPS-70 S96, HAPS-70 S120 and HAPS-70 S144. The S denotes ASIC Gate count support.
Altera recently introduced their Cyclone V GX FPGA development kit. It is based on the industry’s lowest-power, lowest-cost 28nm FPGA. Altera’s 28nm development kits increase designer productivity by offering the tools and resources necessary to get 28nm FPGAs developed and integrated into systems. The 28 nm development kits include FPGA boards, hardware and cables, and development software that provide access to a variety of IP cores, reference designs and documentation. The Altera Cyclone V GX FPGA Development Kit is available now for $1,199.
Xilinx has acquired PetaLogix, which is a provider of embedded Linux solutions. In the past, PetaLogix has provided a Linux distribution for Xilinx’s MicroBlaze and PowerPC processors. Recently, the company released a Linux distribution and tool chain for the Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC. The PetaLogix commercial Linux distribution and the Embedded Linux SDK tool help developers get their jobs done without becoming deep Linux experts or be tied to a fixed BSP model.
Maxim Integrated Products introduced a reference design that will protect Xilinx Spartan-6 field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The reference design features security software (from Maxim or Xilinx) and the Maxim DS28E01-100 1-Wire secure memory device. Engineers can easily add a level of design security to products with the Maxim DS28E01-100 1-Wire secure memory device. In the future, the reference design will support Artix-7, Kintex-7, Virtex-7 and the Zynq-7000 FPGA devices.
Blue Pearl Software Suite now supports Synopsys’ Synplify Pro FPGA synthesis software for VHDL and SystemVerilog designs. Blue Pearl Software collaborated with Synopsys to create an optimized flow that works with Synplify Pro FPGA synthesis software. VHDL and SystemVerilog designers are now able to automatically generate an exhaustive set of constraints that address false and multi-cycle paths and that work with Synopsys’ synthesis flow.
Aldec rolled out ALINT 2012.01. The latest version features documentation support that addresses the strict guidelines placed on various safety-critical industries such as DO-254 for avionics, IEC 61508/61513 for nuclear and ISO 26262 for automotive. The ability to generate a report with complete analysis of detected violations and justification of waivers can help engineers decrease the effort in documentation and reporting. ALINT 2012.01 with support for VHDL or Verilog DO-254 design rule plug-in is available now.
Lattice Semiconductor launched their HDR-60 Video Camera Development Kit, which is a production-ready High Definition (HD) video camera development system based on the LatticeECP3 FPGA family. The HDR-60 kit helps camera manufacturers jump start their FPGA-based high definition camera programs. The kit features Aptina 720p HDR sensor, on-board DDR2 memory, two USB ports, RJ45 Ethernet port, Broadcom Broadreach PHY, and built-in BNC connector. The Lattice HDR-60 Video Camera Development Kit is available for $399.
Last week, eASIC launched their new Value Shuttle program, which is suppose to lower the entry cost for 45nm ASIC designs. With the Value Shuttle program, designers will receive forty-five (45) eASIC Nextreme-2 NEW ASIC prototypes for only forty-five thousand dollars ($45K), which is smaller than the cost of competing ASIC solutions. The 45nm eASIC Value Shuttle makes it financially practical for engineers to use ASIC instead of FPGA for prototyping designs.
Xilinx introduced three new industrial Targeted Design Platforms: (1) PROFINET, (2) Motor Control, and (3) GigE Vision. The new platforms are based on the low-cost Spartan-6 FPGA family. The design platforms help engineers increase performance and reduce time to market for PROFINET real time networking, advanced motor control, and GigE Vision industrial imaging applications. The PROFINET Targeted Design Platform, Targeted Design Platform for motor control and GigE Vision Targeted Design Platform are available now.