IP99: Irish startup unveils DSP cores News & Analysis 3/25/1999 Post a comment A company with plans to leverage DSP algorithm R&D conducted in Ireland into a leading position in the intellectual-property (IP) cores market presented a series of innovative DSP coprocessor cores at IP99.
IP99: Exec extols free-library model News & Analysis 3/25/1999 Post a comment A rousing defense of the "free library" business model was presented by Jim Ballingall, vice president of worldwide marketing at the UMC Group (Sunnyvale, Calif.), in a keynote address at the IP99 Conference. Ballingall said the business model, under which foundries pay royalties to third-party library vendors, is beneficial for library providers, foundries and end users.
IP99: U.K. design house tunes in to digital-radio library News & Analysis 3/24/1999 Post a comment A U.K. design house has rolled out a functional library for building Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) receivers. Using those libraries, Ensigma Ltd. (Chepstow, England) is developing its own receiver chip that it expects to field by the end of the year for Europe's emerging market for digital-radio receivers.
IP99: Opportunity beckons, but few can follow News & Analysis 3/24/1999 Post a comment New consumer applications open an era of tremendous opportunity for providers of silicon intellectual property (IP), said John Bourgoin, chairman and chief executive officer of MIPS Technologies Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.), in a keynote speech at IP99. But it has already become very difficult for newcomers to follow in the footsteps of successful IP firms such as MIPS, ARM and Rambus, Bourgoin said.
IP99: Synopsys aims to make design reuse practical News & Analysis 3/24/1999 Post a comment Taking steps to make design reuse more practical for its users, Synopsys Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) released a broad suite of tools for intellectual-property (IP) creators and integrators at the IP99 Conference. Synopsys also announced the addition of complex IP blocks, including a PCI core, to the company's DesignWare library for free distribution to Synopsys Design Compiler users.
IP99: Panelists debate core values News & Analysis 3/24/1999 Post a comment Intellectual property cores have real value, but determining that value is no simple matter and may involve a host of business models, according to a panel of industry experts who debated the topic Tuesday (March 23) at IP99.
IP99: de Geus calls for core quality News & Analysis 3/24/1999 Post a comment Developers of intellectual property (IP) cores must tend to the quality and completeness of the design files representing their cores or risk undermining customer confidence in design reuse, according to Aart de Geus, president and chief executive officer of Synopsys Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.).
IP99: Panel sees licensing as only hope for IP profits News & Analysis 3/23/1999 Post a comment A distinguished panel of semiconductor and IP executives predicted on Monday (March 22) that the licensing of intellectual property and collection of royalties on its use is the only profitable IP business model, but that it only shows positive results over time.
IP99: Simplex unleashes storm of tools
News & Analysis 3/22/1999 Post a comment Simplex Solutions Inc. has reorganized its Thunder & Lightning analysis tool into four offerings for deep-submicron physical design. One of them, VoltageStorm 2.0, claims a threefold speedup for static and dynamic full-chip analyses of IC power grids.
IP99: Synopsys readies IP-reuse tools News & Analysis 3/19/1999 Post a comment A new suite of tools that could greatly simplify the creation and use of soft intellectual-property cores will be announced at the IP99 Conference by Synopsys Inc. next week, EE Times has learned. Synopsys is also expected to release a tool that should assist with portability of hard IP.
That's topping a pint with precision News & Analysis 3/16/1999 Post a comment When topping a pint of Guinness this St. Patrick's Day, bartenders of the highest caliber will pour beer into a glass, leaving four inches from the top. It is said they wait 119.5 seconds, then exact the "top up," adding the Shamrock on the head, and waiting another 119.5 seconds for the vicar's collar: one inch of head. That's a perfect pint!
Japan urged to address system-on-a-chip, IP issues News & Analysis 3/11/1999 Post a comment As industry and research groups in the United States and Europe work to hammer out issues related to system-on-chip design, Japanese companies risk falling behind if they don't soon start to study design methodologies and open the way for intellectual property (IP) trading, according to Taro Okabe, executive researcher at one of Japan's overarching semiconductor industry research groups.
Synopsys plans IP reuse tool News & Analysis 3/10/1999 Post a comment Synopsys Inc. is planning to release tools that facilitate the development and distribution of configurable silicon intellectual property (IP), according to discussions at the recent Intel Developer Forum. The yet to be named tools will leverage the graphical user interface technology that Synopsys uses to develop and deploy its own cores.
VCX adds four member companies News & Analysis 3/4/1999 Post a comment Virtual Component Exchange (VCX), an industry organization set up to ease trade in intellectual property (IP) cores, has added Hitachi Ltd., UMC Group, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and ARC Cores Ltd. as members.
Sun offers open licenses to picoJava, Sparc cores News & Analysis 3/2/1999 Post a comment Adopting the open-source model of the software industry, Sun Microsystems Inc. said the source code for its picoJava processor would be available free-of-charge to developers by the end of this month. And later this year Sun will make its 32-bit and 64-bit Sparc and UltraSparc cores a part of its new Community Source Licensing Model.
VSI recasts patent policy to lure IP titans News & Analysis 3/1/1999 Post a comment Standards to let chip designers mix and match silicon intellectual property (IP) will leap closer to reality this week, as the Virtual Socket Interface (VSI) Alliance announces long-sought changes to its patent-protection policy. For the first time, the group is shifting to a policy that will encourage companies with large IP portfolios to actively participate.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Timesí Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.