China has designs on local IP prowess News & Analysis 10/31/1998 Post a comment The essential underpinnings of a world-class electronics industry are emerging in China, driven by a huge consumer market and an insatiable hunger for technical know-how. Market-oriented government leaders and a new cadre of technocrats here hope to forge an indigenous design capability that would complement the nation's growing consumer-electronics industry and allow it to create and hold the intellectual property that is the coin of the realm in the Information Age.
IP issues complicate joint ventures in China News & Analysis 10/31/1998 Post a comment Between the lines of China's growing list of joint ventures with foreign high-tech partners is a growing unease about how the inevitable intellectual-property issues will be sorted out. Many foreign executives here and in Japan said few, if any, IP issues have been resolved with their Chinese partners. At the same time, most of the joint ventures are proving expensive, and many are unprofitable.
Synopsys launches $40M venture fund News & Analysis 10/30/1998 Post a comment In an effort to accelerate system-on-a-chip technology, Synopsys Inc. has announced a venture capital fund aimed at emerging intellectual property (IP), EDA, and design services providers.
VLSI will let cache cores be customized News & Analysis 10/30/1998 Post a comment Indicating a trend toward soft cores in the system-on-a-chip era, VLSI Technology Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) plans to give customers the ability to customize cache memory for ARM microprocessor cores.
Palmchip offers controller core, design kit News & Analysis 10/28/1998 Post a comment Palmchip Corp. is adding a configurable memory controller to its roster of synthesizable IP cores. The company also has developed what it claims is the first-ever hardware design kit for systems-on-a-chip.
Move is on for parameterized cores News & Analysis 10/28/1998 Post a comment The IP98-Europe conference and exhibition held here this week witnessed one discernible trend, that of an increased offering of parameterized IP cores and associated compiler software as a way to help engineers move up system-level design.
Foundation laid for IP clearinghouse News & Analysis 10/26/1998 Post a comment Ten major electronics companies will lay the groundwork for a new way of doing business in semiconductor intellectual property (IP) this week when they announce the formation of the Virtual Component Exchange. Set to be formally launched at the IP98 Europe conference, which opens today, the VCX will function as a kind of clearinghouse to ease the trading and use of IP.
Million-gate FPGA reaches toward ASICs News & Analysis 10/26/1998 Post a comment Xilinx Inc. has pushed the nominal capacity of programmable-logic devices to the million-gate level. With today's announcement of its Virtex FPGA architecture, Xilinx has staked out with a relatively conventional, sea-of-cells design a position as provider of the most capacious part in an industry otherwise evolving toward an ASIC model.
Startup launches timing characterization tool News & Analysis 10/13/1998 Post a comment Silicon Metrics Corp., formerly known as Taveren Technology, is announcing its first product, CellRater, this week. A timing characterization tool for deep-submicron cell libraries, CellRater promises a new level of accuracy and throughput compared with existing solutions, the company said.
VSI turns heads with Open Library API adoption News & Analysis 10/8/1998 Post a comment The Virtual Socket Interface (VSI) alliance has plunged into a potentially controversial arena by deciding to embrace emerging standards, according to speakers at Wednesday's VSI member meeting. In particular, VSI raised some hackles with its decision to adopt the Open Library API (OLA) standard.
Asynchronous ARM core nears commercial debut News & Analysis 10/8/1998 Post a comment A German telecommunications company, Hagenuk GmbH, is taking steps to help ARM Ltd. add Amulet3, an asynchronous implementation of the ARM Thumb processor, become a part of ARM's portfolio of licensable cores.
Fujitsu unfurls technology, product initiatives News & Analysis 10/7/1998 Post a comment Undeterred by the worst semiconductor downturn in more than a decade, Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc. has unfurled a series of initiatives to strengthen its hold in computing and telecommunications and to push deeper into deep-submicron technology.
VSI expands standards mission News & Analysis 10/5/1998 Post a comment The Virtual Socket Interface (VSI) alliance is taking a more active approach toward adopting emerging standards, according to Howard Sachs, newly elected VSI president. Sachs will describe new standards-adoption guidelines and discuss VSI's work with the emerging Open Library API (OLA) at this week's VSI membership meeting here.
Latest reorg roils Motorola's IP, discrete operations News & Analysis 10/2/1998 Post a comment Motorola Inc. is reorganizing its Advanced System Technology Laboratory (ASTL), which was set up only months ago as a repository for the company's intellectual-property cores and as the heart of the company's emerging system-on-a-chip design business.
Felix tools pushed in research project News & Analysis 10/1/1998 Post a comment A European research program is starting work on designs in the areas of digital video broadcasting and industrial control. The program also plays a key role in helping Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) develop tools to handle codesign of hardware and software under its Felix initiative.
Obstacles emnumerated for commercial IP News & Analysis 10/1/1998 Post a comment Hope for intellectual-property (IP) companies might be short-lived, based on the views of a panel of analysts who convened here this week. Commodity IP isn't a sustainable business model, and only a rarefied few IP companies will be blessed with large-scale success in the future, speakers said.