High Bandwidth Systems for High Performance DSP Applications News & Analysis 12/17/1998 Post a comment What do you do when your future applications are more complex, and involve handling lots of data in real time while managing computationally demanding processes. More processors, faster processors, more memory, and of course, a faster system bus. Or multiple buses handling multiple tasks. This article by Mercury Computer Systems' Gerard Vichniac talks about the RACE architecture and how it is likely to evolve in the marketplace over the next year or two.
Interview: Core pioneer head looks ahead News & Analysis 12/14/1998 Post a comment While the mainstream semiconductor industry is enduring hard times, ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) and a pioneer of intellectual-property core licensing through its series of ARM 32-bit microprocessors, has had a barnstorming year.
Qualis debuts Web-based design reuse guide News & Analysis 12/14/1998 Post a comment A new resource for system-on-chip design debuts this week, as consulting firm Qualis Design Corp. announces a user-configurable, Web-based Reuse Methodology Field Guide. The document represents a novel approach to Internet-based publishing.
Sharp taps Cadence for processor core News & Analysis 12/11/1998 Post a comment Cadence Design Systems Inc. will redesign Sharp Corp.'s Data Driven Media Processor (DDMP) into a reusable core compliant with the Virtual Socket Interface Alliance standard as part of a long-term agreement between the two companies announced last week. The project is due to be completed next October, though the two companies will release tentative results in June.
Philips rolls out design reuse strategy News & Analysis 12/9/1998 Post a comment Philips Semiconductors is rolling out a corporate-wide "platform strategy"that seeks to deploy a common design methodology and common process technologies among all groups within the company. The strategy is a linchpin of Philips' effort to build a successful business model for reusable hardware and software.
Web-based metric evaluates IP cores News & Analysis 12/8/1998 Post a comment Synopsys Inc. has released its Web-based IP Catalyst Measure of Reuse Excellence (More) rating system, which looks to give customers a metric for evaluating the quality of cores.
Group confronts commingling of configurable cores News & Analysis 12/4/1998 Post a comment A new group is quietly forming to address what members believe is overlooked work: the software development required to create a common platform for the delivery of configurable cores from multiple vendors. Executives from ten companies will try to hammer out a plan when they convene at the DesignCon conference here in February.
Feature: Japan struggles with design reuse in SOC era News & Analysis 12/3/1998 Post a comment At a time of economic uncertainty and slumping demand for commodity semiconductors, Japan's electronics giants have turned to the system-on-chip (SOC) model as their saving grace. And they've put reusable intellectual property (IP)-developed in-house or acquired-at the top of their agendas to tackle ever-increasing design complexity for deep-submicron devices.
Analysis: Japan steel giants steer new semi course News & Analysis 12/2/1998 Post a comment In the early 1990s Japan's mammoth steel companies looked to semiconductors as a broad avenue for diversification. But the companies never achieved the revenue levels of the semiconductor giants, and the recent memory price plunge has battered many chip divisions. The steel majors now are exploring various strategies to reconstruct their semiconductor businesses. But whatever path they choose, they are not likely to find it easy going, analysts warned.
Feature: Europe builds core libraries for 'new' designers News & Analysis 12/1/1998 Post a comment Today's chip-design groups are becoming the intellectual-property (IP) core library builders of tomorrow. At least, that's the way it seems, with the design community splitting between core developers and a new class of engineer who brings those cores together quickly to create yet more complex ICs.
Feature: Design reuse is a matter of methods and tools News & Analysis 12/1/1998 Post a comment With the current emphasis on system-on-chip design, almost every new EDA tool seems to carry a "made-for-intellectual property" label. But users are finding that what's really important is not the tools themselves, but the methodology they permit.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ 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.