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The company's chief executive officer and co-founder, Joachim Roos, claims the flash memory servers are more reliable because they are solid state and do not have moving parts as hard-disk based servers do.

One criticism that we got from many users is that we were forcing them to buy commercial synthesis tools and do substantial manual work on the design,” said Lauro Rizzatti, vice president of worldwide marketing and general manager of EVE-USA, who added that customers have said ZeBu is not an easy-to-use emulation system compared with competitive offerings. We knew we had a drawback, have been working for more than a year to fix it.”

The result, according to EVE (Palaiseau, France), is an RTL front end to ZeBu Compiler that maps an RTL design into an array of FPGAs, automatically handling all the required tasks – including RTL parsing, synthesis, partitioning, clocktree, bus and memory handling, and place-and-route. The new front end not only supports parallel and incremental synthesis and place-and-route for fast re-compilation of design changes, but also enables RTL debugging by preserving RTL names in the design database, according to the company.


In addition to the RTL front end, EVE is also unveiling the latest release of its ZeBu-UF (ultra-fast) platform, which claims a significant capacity advantage over its predecessor, introduced last September.

The latest release, ZeBu-UF4, employs four Xilinx Virtex-4 LX2000 FPGAs to accommodate designs of up to 6 million gates, according to EVE, whereas predecessor ZeBu-UF2 used two Virtex-4s and offered a maximum capacity of 3 million gates. Like ZeBu-UF2, the latest version of the platform is a PCI card that ships with partitioning and debugging software.

Depending on the design structure, when performing in-circuit emulation or executing synthesizable test benches, ZeBu-UF4 can achieve a maximum performance of 20 to 40 MHz on real designs, according to EVE. In co-emulation at the transaction level, it can reach 20 MHz, the company said.


According to Rizzatti, while ZeBu-UF4 can be used for strict hardware verification and prototyping platforms, the platform is really targeted at engineers doing hardware-software co-verification. Users tend to buy one copy for hardware verification, Rizzatti said, and multiple copies for software. In fact, he said, EVE offers discounts on multiple orders.

Rizzatti said that there are various estimate in the market, but that roughly only 10 percent of designs currently employ emulation. EVE, he said, believes that this will grow substantially as designers recognize that ZeBu-UF4 offers substantial performance and ease-of-use at lower cost than competitors. ZeBu-UF4 is priced at $60,000, while the new RTL front end is priced at $10,000. Both are shipping now.


EVE, which was co-founded by engineers from Meta Systems, has raised three rounds of venture capital funding totaling $16.4 million.

Performance Technologies introduced a complete ATCA application-ready platform with AdvancedMC functionality and 10Gb Ethernet fabric. The offering, which includes a next-generation ATCA 10Gb Ethernet switch, two AMC compute modules and a new ATCA 10Gb AMC carrier blade, is the latest addition to the company’s platform product line. The products, which are also available individually, add to the company's industry-leading family of blade products.


LONDON — Sensitive Object SA, a startup based on using the characteristic sounds emitted when everyday objects are tapped, has appointed Piero Martinotti as chairman of the board of directors.

Martinotti, currently an advisor to STMicroelectronics is also chairman of Media Lario Technologies (Pascolo, Italy) and was formerly general manager of ST’s venture capital group.

Sensitive Object (Boulogne, France) was formed in 2003 by scientists from CNRS and University of Paris 7, to promote a user-interface for domestic equipment based on touch. Inexpensive sensors connected to the audio input of a computer, can detect and characterize a simple given to an object. Once that characteristic sound is associated with a given action it can be used repeatedly and accurately the company claimed.

This could be something as simple as tapping a wall to turn on the light. The company has also produced a more complex application. A virtual 98-key, keyboard based that works using the recognition of characteristic tapping sounds is thin and light. Sensitive Object is already selling this keyboard at a price of 250 euro (about $315).

For more information, on TI's software development kit, see DaVinci technology development kit simplifies design for video apps.”

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