September 22, 2003
What Goes Around Comes Around
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Should be interesting to see how all of this plays itself out over the next several years
In related news releases:
design rule checking (DRC).”
is in progress and release of fully silicon-validated libraries is expected by the second quarter of 2004.
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing and Synopsys, Inc. announced that Synopsys has developed silicon libraries for Chartered's NanoAccess 90-nanometer SoC manufacturing technologies. In addition, the two companies say they are qualifying chip design tool flows for the NanoAccess 90-nanometer process. In addition, Synopsys has joined Chartered's NanoAccess Alliance as an inaugural member. The 90-nanometer libraries consist of standard cells, I/O components, and memory compilers, which are optimized for Synopsys' Galaxy design and Discovery verification platforms. The Synopsys offering includes multiple standard cell libraries characterized for multiple voltage thresholds, as
well as new signal integrity and power management design views. Run-set and technology files are optimized for Chartered's 90-nanometer process and Synopsys' physical design tools. The two companies say they have also begun validation of a joint 90-nanometer reference design flow.
Industry news - Tools and IP
Accelerated Technology, the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics Corp., announced that its Nucleus RTOS was used to develop the Air Data Test Set (ADTS) 505 remote hand terminal by Druck Ltd. The ADTS 505 test set was specifically designed for use with civil aircraft and allows aircraft technicians to check the performance and readout of vital instrumentation in an aircraft cockpit.
The Press Release comments: “With the skies becoming ever more crowded, a standard has been set up to allow approved aircraft to fly closer together. The RVSM (Reduced Vertical Separation Minima) standard requires that rigorous checks of the altitude-measuring instruments are not only desirable but also mandatory. These checks require a pneumatic test instrument (ADTS 505) to be attached to the pressure-sensing ports located on the outside of the aircraft. The cockpit instruments can then be checked while applying test pressures. The ADTS 505 hand terminal has transformed a time-consuming two-man operation (one technician outside with the ADTS 505 and the other in the cockpit) into a
one-man operation.” The test technician sits in the aircraft cockpit with the terminal and passes a cable through the cockpit window. From there he is able to read the measurement data regarding outside pressures. The technician is therefore in full control of the “flight pressures” required for any test scenario on aircraft ranging from a Cessna to a Concorde.
Accelerated Technology also announced in conjunction with Xilinx, Inc. support for MicroBlaze - which Xilinx describes as “the industry's fastest FPGA-based soft processor” - with the release of the Nucleus RTOS from Mentor Graphics. The companies say that MicroBlaze core developers in the networking, telecommunication, data communication and consumer markets now have access to a complete family of RTOS products from which to build their embedded application.
Also from Accelerated Technology (AT) - The company announced support for the Motorola PowerQUICC III processor family, beginning with the MPC8560 processor, with the Nucleus RTOS, Microtec C and C++ compilation tools, and the XRAY Debugger. The company says that now embedded developers have a “complete software solution available from one vendor in which to build, compile and debug their communication and networking applications.” The Nucleus RTOS can scale down to as small as 23KB, for both code and data, on the PowerQUICC family of processors.
Meanwhile, Insignia Solutions and Accelerated Technology (AT) announced that Insignia has licensed its Secure System Provisioning client software technology to AT to be included with its Nucleus RTOS for mobile phones. The new agreement is such that phone manufacturers using the Nucleus RTOS will be able to ship a platform with Insignia Secure System Provisioning features such as Over-The-Air Repair and Dynamic Capabilities built-in. Insignia's SSP Client, which is being licensed by AT, is a software component embedded in the terminal that enables its system software to be securely updated.
Finally, and probably most importantly - Accelerated Technology announced the release of Nucleus 802.11 STA to developers requiring 802.11b or wireless Ethernet support to build their wireless application. The company says the addition of 802.11b to the Nucleus RTOS product line will allow users of the Nucleus RTOS to easily add wireless capabilities to their devices.
without the limitations of physical wires.”
Robert Day, Director of Marketing for Mentor Graphics Embedded Systems Division, is quoted in the Press Release: “Wi-Fi, which has been a hit on the desktop is quickly becoming a must-have technology for many of our embedded customers, especially in the consumer electronics space. Because the Nucleus software dominates the commercial-off-the-shelf market for operating systems in this area, the addition of 802.11 technology to the Nucleus family of products was an easy decision to make.”
Aldec, Inc. announced that it has entered the embedded systems market with a hardware/software co-verification platform, CoVerT, developed for FPGA designs using soft-core microprocessors. The company says the news product combines Aldec's HDL design entry and verification software, Active-HDLT, with the new CoVer technology, which allows hardware and software teams to work in parallel on the same configuration of the design from the start of a project.
direct event or transaction-based communication between the hardware and software design sections allowing reliable and efficient debugging and verification. It eliminates the need for cables, lab time, and "stub code" and does away with having to continuously make new hardware prototypes for the software team.”
Aptix Corp. announced that it is shipping “the only reconfigurable hardware platform to run at multi-megahertz speeds and offer high-performance transaction-based emulation based on the Accellera SCE-MI standard-Aptix SoC Validation Lab .”
The company says the new product incorporates technology from Zaiq Technologies, including Zaiq's libraries of verification IP. Charlie Miller, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Aptix, is quoted in the Press Release: “Our Aptix SoC Validation Lab speeds up embedded electronic system validation by 1000's of times, and its use of the Accellera SCE-MI standard supports interoperability. On a 400,000 gate network-processor design, we see speed-ups of up to 4000x over a Verilog software simulator running on a Sun Ultrasparc 60. On larger designs, the improvement is greater.”
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