Mercury Computer Systems introduced the Echotek Series RFM-251-XMC Tuner and the Wideband DCM-V6-XMC Digital Transceiver. Both products feature a Xilinx Field-Programmable Gate Array. The Mercury mixed-signal modules offer outstanding SWaP characteristics for demanding RF applications. The new small form factor-based solutions detect, locate and capture signals in real-time across an extremely wide range of frequencies. The RFM 251 XMC Tuner and DCM-V5-6416-PCIe Digital Receiver improve the ability to anticipate threats and protect warfighters.
Lattice Semiconductor rolled out version 6.2 of their PAC-Designer mixed signal design software. PAC-Designer 6.2 features updated support for Lattice’s Platform Manager, Power Manager II and ispClock devices, reduced LogiBuilder code size, simplified design flow and better access to external Platform Manager pin-to-pin connections. PAC-Designer v6.2 can be downloaded now for free. PAC-Designer 6.2 software does not require a separate license file.
Lattice Semiconductor introduced version 6.1 of their PAC-Designer mixed signal design software. PAC-Designer v6.1 features updated support for Lattice’s Platform Manager, Power Manager II and ispClock devices. The tool is also now integrated with Diamond 1.3 design software tools to increase digital design options for Platform Manager products. PAC-Designer 6.1 is available now for free download. Once downloaded and installed, PAC-Designer 6.1 software requires no license.
Fusion mixed signal FPGA device, from Microsemi, are now available with 100% temperature screening from -55 degrees C to +100 degrees C. The extended temperature Fusion field-programmable gate arrays are ideal for military, avionics, and defense industries, where highly reliable operation at extreme temperatures is needed. Extended temperature grade Fusion mixed signal FPGA devices are now available.
Lattice Semiconductor introduced the Platform Manager mixed-signal devices family. Platform Manager devices integrate programmable analog and logic to support many common functions, such as power management, digital housekeeping and glue logic. Platform Manager devices are available in commercial and industrial temperature ranges, and are available in environmentally friendly Lead-Free/Halogen-Free packages. High volume pricing for the LPTM10-1247 device in a 128-pin TQFP package is $3.75. Samples are available now.
SynaptiCAD rolled out an upgraded version of WaveFormer Lite. WaveFormer Lite is an entry level tool that can generate VHDL and Verilog stimulus-based test benches for the Actel Libero design software and other FPGA/ASIC vendor flows without requiring any special runtime engines. WaveFormer Lite fits seamlessly into Actel’s design environment, automatically extracting signal information from your HDL design files, and producing HDL test bench code that can be used with any standard VHDL or Verilog simulator.
Analog Devices (ADI) and Xilinx announced the MS-DPD (mixed-signal, digital pre-distortion) development platform. MS-DPD helps multi-carrier cellular base station manufacturers reduce engineering resources and improve time to market. Xilinx’s Virtex-6 FPGA ML605 (field-programmable gate array) Evaluation Kit connects to the MS-DPD board through an industry-standard VITA-57 FMC connector. Using this system, the FPGA can be used to implement required radio algorithms leveraging the ADI signal chain available on the MS-DPD. The ADI MS-DPD development boards are available now for $3,995 each.
Actel introduced their Mixed Signal Power Manager (MPM) Solution for the SmartFusion intelligent mixed signal FPGAs. The power management solution includes a complete reference design with graphical configurator to enter power sequencing and trimming requirements. The design is targeted to the MPM Daughter Card, which can be used with either the SmartFusion Evaluation Kit or SmartFusion Development Kit. The Mixed Signal Power Manager enables the integration of power rail management into embedded designs.
Actel will host a webinar titled, Designing with SmartFusion Intelligent Mixed Signal FPGAs. The webcast will take place 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (PDT) on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. SmartFusion integrates an FPGA, a hard ARM Cortex-M3 based microcontroller subsystem (MSS) and programmable analog, offering full customization, IP protection and ease-of-use.
Actel introduced the Core1553 Development Kit, which is essentially a self-contained benchtop 1553 bus development system. The kit enables the development and testing of MIL-STD-1553B development using Actel’s Core1553BRM IP core. The Core1553 Development Kit (part number CORE1553-DEV-KIT) is available now for US $3620. The Core1553BRM core is licensed separately and is not included in the kit. The Core1553 Development Kit is ideal for military and aerospace engineers.