Verisity adds spec-based verification News & Analysis 11/30/1998 Post a comment Verisity Design Inc. has added temporal language support to its Specman test-bench development software, embracing a new methodology it calls "spec-based verification." The company's Specman Elite brings some of the advantages of formal model checking into a familiar simulation environment.
India hosts VLSI design conference News & Analysis 11/23/1998 Post a comment A number of high-level speakers will address current topics in chip design at the 12th annual Conference on VLSI Design, scheduled at this resort location January 7-10, 1999. While the conference has been held in India on an annual basis, this year's selection of speakers and topics is especially notable, organizers said.
STM tosses DSP core into cell-phone fray News & Analysis 11/20/1998 Post a comment STMicroelectronics is preparing a major thrust into mobile phones with a fixed-point DSP core that's expected to support three instruction sets, including a 128-bit very long instruction word format.
IMEC may license design-flow tool to CoWare News & Analysis 11/20/1998 Post a comment CoWare Inc. is in discussions to license and take to market technology within the "Ocapi" design flow from the Interuniversities Microelectronics Center (IMEC). CoWare (Santa Clara, Calif.) was spun out of IMEC in 1996 to market the N2C hardware-software codesign technology, which was originally developed at IMEC.
Electronica: PowerPC licensing deal opens options to core users News & Analysis 11/12/1998 Post a comment The licensing deal between IBM Microelectronics and Mentor Graphics Corp. involving PowerPC cores puts a new twist into the intellectual property (IP) publishing business by giving designers a far wider range of manufacturing options than currently exist for high-end embedded microprocessor cores.
Xemics adds 16-bit DSP to Cool cores News & Analysis 11/11/1998 Post a comment Xemics SA (Neuchatel, Switzerland) has reached agreement with DSP Group Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) to apply its 0.25-micron CooLib low-power library technology to DSP Group's Teak 16-bit fixed-point DSP core.
Chip makers stress software solutions News & Analysis 11/10/1998 Post a comment The maturing global semiconductor industry will increasingly rely on software for systems design as process technology peters out, top European semiconductor executives said Tuesday (Nov. 10) at an industry forum here.
PowerPC picked for Mentor core library News & Analysis 11/9/1998 Post a comment IBM has licensed the PowerPC 401 and 405 microprocessor cores to Mentor Graphics Corp. for Mentor's Inventra libraries, the companies will jointly announce on Monday (Nov. 9). The partners tout the deal as the first time a 32-bit core will be available through an independent intellectual-property provider. It also marks Mentor's first serious microprocessor offerings through its two-year-old cores program.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times