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China has designs on local IP prowess
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Virtual Component Exchange draws mixed reviews
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10/30/1998   Post a comment
The Virtual Component Exchange (VCX), launched this week at the IP98-Europe conference and exhibition, has met with a mixed response among semiconductor companies and providers of intellectual property.
Palmchip offers controller core, design kit
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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
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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.
Update: Synopsys acquires place-and-route vendor Everest
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10/27/1998   Post a comment
Pushing deeper into physical-design, Synopsys Inc. said today (Oct. 27) that it will acquire place-and-route startup Everest Design Automation Inc.
Motorola spins PowerPC line for comm, embedded apps
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10/26/1998   Post a comment
Motorola Inc.'s networking systems division has used a special PowerPC 603e core to develop a new family of microprocessors aimed at communications and general-purpose embedded-computing applications.
Foundation laid for IP clearinghouse
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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
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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.
ARM10 positioned for the consumer challenge
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10/15/1998   Post a comment
ARM Ltd. announced details of its next generation core, the ARM10 Thumb, at the Embedded Processor Forum on Thursday (Oct. 15).
Startup launches timing characterization tool
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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
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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
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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.
CMOS core encroaches on GaAs turf
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10/8/1998   Post a comment
The march of silicon CMOS into high-performance territory continues with Texas Instruments Inc.'s 2.5-Gbit/second transceiver core.
Fujitsu unfurls technology, product initiatives
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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.
Lexra's MIPS core runs on Altera FPGA
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10/6/1998   Post a comment
Lexra Inc. has developed a MIPS 3000-class processor core that runs at 33 MHz in a Flex 10K FPGA from Altera Corp.
VSI expands standards mission
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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
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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
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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
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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.


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