The EDA Consortium’s Market Statistics Service (MSS) announced that the electronic design automation (EDA) industry revenue for Q2 of 2007 grew 11.4 percent to $1,408.8 million, versus $1,264.8 million in Q2 2006. The four-quarter average growth rate, which compares the most recent four quarters to the same four quarters in the prior year, was 14.6%.
As a result of the partnership between Zuken and Aldec, a brand new collaborative product for complete FPGA design and verification has been launched. CADSTAR FPGA combines Aldec’s Active-HDL Lite verification tool and Zuken’s desktop PCB design suite, CADSTAR, allowing engineers to perform mixed language simulation for vendor neutral FPGAs within the CADSTAR environment.
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), a leader in storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions, launched the Marvell® Discovery(TM) VI, the industry’s most highly integrated and most powerful system controller for PowerPC® processor based solutions. The newest member of Marvell’s widely adopted Discovery family is optimized for a wide range of applications, from sophisticated routers, switches and wireless base stations to high-volume laser printers applications. The Discovery VI has received broad support from IBM, the industry’s leading PowerPC CPU vendor.
SiliconSystems, Inc., a world leader in advanced storage technology, announced its new SiliconDrive USB Blade solid-state storage product. SiliconDrive USB Blade is a breakthrough storage solution in an environmentally-rugged and ultra-small form factor, providing improved storage design flexibility in applications where board space and performance are critical design considerations. With an innovative industry-first form factor, SiliconDrive USB Blade is based on SiliconSystems’ next-generation storage technology platform which includes advanced versions of the company’s patented PowerArmor, SiSMART and SiliconDrive Secure technologies that deliver the high performance, high reliability and multi-year product lifecycles embedded storage applications demand.
The HomePlug® Powerline Alliance announced that the joint proposal, submitted by HomePlug member companies and Panasonic®, is the sole MAC/PHY proposal remaining in the IEEE P1901 work group process for creating an international standard for in-home and access powerline communication technologies. At a meeting held two weeks ago in Boston, the voting process implemented by members of the IEEE P1901 work group voted to support the HomePlug/Panasonic proposal over competing proposals, paving the way for industry unification and greater market growth.
CSR has launched a USB Bluetooth dongle design that will enable stereo or mono Bluetooth headphones to be used with a PC for Voice over IP (VoIP) calls, as well as the wireless streaming of music. CSR has designed the low cost Music’n'Voice (MV) Bluetooth dongle to allow users to switch seamlessly between listening to music and taking a VoIP call. The MV Dongle design is available now from CSR, including BOM, reference design and software development kit (SDK).
Lime Microsystems, a fabless semiconductor company specialising in digitally configurable transceivers for the next generation of wireless broadband systems, has launched the world’s first reference design for a MicroTCA broadband wireless transceiver. Targeted at small cell WiMAX base station applications – femtocells and picocells – the transceiver has 6 user-selectable channel bandwidths from 1.5MHz to 14 MHz and can be digitally configured to operate in bands from 2 to 4GHz.
MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer, networking, personal entertainment, communications and business applications, announced its entry into the burgeoning, performance-driven 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) market. With a broad array of processor cores and a comprehensive, diverse library of proven analog IP blocks gained through its recent acquisition of analog IP leader Chipidea, MIPS Technologies has the largest offering of both processor and peripheral IP from a single supplier-providing customers with a total system solution for 32-bit MCU applications.
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced a low-cost, small-footprint functional tester designed for automotive test markets. The Agilent TS-5040 automotive functional test system includes the essential capabilities needed to accelerate test-solution development and deployment, helping manufacturers get their products to market faster.
Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO), announced VxWorks® 6.6 with Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) support will be available on all Wind River VxWorks-based platforms in late 2007. Already the most widely used and thoroughly tested commercial real-time operating system (OS) in the market today, VxWorks 6.6 SMP support for multicore processors will further empower developers to exploit the strengths of multicore processors in their products while reducing risk, development effort and cost. Additionally, Wind River will include SMP support capability in its Workbench development suite and Workbench for On-Chip Debugging solutions, enabling faster deployment of complex multiprocessor solutions, and strengthening the company’s position as a leading DSO company for multicore development.