Space Codesign® Systems announced the support for ARM-based FPGA design in its SpaceStudioTM 2.2 virtual platform technology. Pioneering hardware/software codesign technology enables electronic engineers to enjoy a higher level of abstraction and executable representation for embedded systems design in commercial multimedia applications. System architects and design engineers can now efficiently exploit the high performance ARM Cortex-A9 dual MPCore, and easily define which code can be moved from hardware to software using sophisticated hardware/software partitioning based on their needs.
S2C announced it has experienced very strong growth in 2010. According to S2C, 2011 is shaping up to be another record year. “I am very pleased with the number of repeat customers like Acton Semiconductor that we are seeing,” stated Mon-Ren Chene, Chairman and CTO of S2C. “This validates that we are continuing to deliver value to our customers. We are focused on growing our rapid FPGA prototyping infrastructure but adding Prototype Ready[TM] accessories, IP and platforms.”
Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) announced it has acquired Avalon Microelectronics Inc., an industry leader in flexible Optical Transport Network (OTN) IP, for use in its FPGA and ASIC products. With the acquisition of Avalon, Altera expands its portfolio of customizable IP solutions for OTN applications, supporting data rates at 1.2G, 2.5G and 10G, as well as 40G and 100G.
Silicon Laboratories Inc. (NASDAQ: SLAB), a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs, announced support for a range of Xilinx development platforms that increase flexibility and performance in applications such as digital broadcast video. Xilinx, a leader in complete programmable logic solutions, leverages Silicon Labs’ frequency-flexible timing IC solutions in a number of its latest development platforms, including the new Spartan-6 FPGA Broadcast Connectivity Kit, where Silicon Labs’ low jitter technology maximizes link integrity.
RF Engines Limited (RFEL) has extended the range of its Digital Down Converter (DDC) technology so that it can now process up to 1 GHz of bandwidth (2Gsps ADC rate) input and provide a narrower band output. This technology can operate with fixed frequencies and bandwidths or be fully flexible as required. One of the main application areas is for Electronic Surveillance in military digital receivers, where this approach enables a desired signal band to be extracted from a wide slice of the spectrum in order that further analysis of the signal content can be carried out.
Reaffirming its leadership in the space market, Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) announced the first fully qualified flash based FPGAs for space flight applications. Actel’s RT ProASIC®3 family successfully passed the extensive testing required for MIL-STD-883 Class B qualification. Building on its 17 year heritage and leadership of providing antifuse FPGAs for system critical applications, Actel ushers in a new paradigm in the space market with the qualification of its flash-based RT ProASIC3 devices.
Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) announced that its radiation-tolerant RTAX-DSP FPGAs have completed qualification in accordance with the military and aerospace industry standard MIL-STD-883 Class B specification. This qualification expands Actel’s support of high-speed signal processing applications for space payloads and exemplifies its ongoing innovation and commitment to serve designers of spaceflight systems.
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced that it has released more than 90 reference designs optimized for the MachXO[tm] and ispMACH® 4000ZE PLDs. Reference designs enable the quick and efficient design and deployment of commonly used functions such as general purpose I/O expander, I2C bus master / slave, LCD controller and SD Flash controller, as well as other interfaces, in a variety of markets including consumer, communications, computing, industrial and medical. The reference designs, coupled with complete documentation and design source code, are fully customizable and enable designers to reduce design time, boost productivity and accelerate time-to-market.
Impulse Accelerated Technologies announced that Hella Aglaia has completed a design for a Hella Aglaia computer vision 3D automatic passenger counting system using Impulse C to FPGA tools and Xilinx FPGAs in an ASIC prototyping flow. Based on 3D-Sense Technology Hella Aglaia’s self contained Automatic Passenger Counting System AVC 1 offers a counting accuracy greater than 98%. It is possible to verify all results at any time, through the comparison with video recordings.
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) announced six new development kits as part of its Targeted Design Platforms for enabling developers to focus on innovation and differentiation when designing with FPGAs. These development platforms for the Virtex®-6 and Spartan®-6 families significantly shorten the time it takes to reach optimal levels of system performance, while ensuring low levels of power consumption during system-on-chip (SoC) development. The new kits target embedded processing, DSP and the building of systems that require high-speed serial connectivity by providing design teams with optimized tool suites tuned to their design flow, fully functional IP, and Targeted Reference Designs common to their areas of expertise.