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Rhines keynote spotlights EDA 'discontinuities'
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1/31/2001   Post a comment
Five "discontinuities" that may lead to explosive EDA growth were highlighted in a keynote speech by Wally Rhines, Mentor Graphics president and chief executive, at this week's DesignCon 2001 conference. What may be most controversial, however, is Rhines' belief that physical synthesis — one of the hottest topics in EDA — does not represent a discontinuity.
ARM unruffled by cellular slowdown
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1/31/2001   Post a comment
On the back of strong processor intellectual property (IP) sales, for the last year ARM reported its "largest growth in revenues for the last few years,"
5GHz Wireless LAN Technology Enables the Real Internet
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1/30/2001   Post a comment
The simultaneous pairing of a reliable transmission mechanism and low cost CMOS fabrication will fundamentally change the way people think about wireless networking technology.
Practical IC Design in the Subwavelength Regime
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1/30/2001   Post a comment
The demonstrated success of subwavelength lithographic processes has created the demand for a more roburst, comprehensive design flow.
Cadence moves towards better data exchange among PCB tools
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1/30/2001   Post a comment
As part of a move to integrate the tools in its PCB design line-up, Cadence Design Systems is working on a database converter that can take files from the Orcad products that the company bought in 1999 and import them into Allegro.
FPGA tool embraces software and speeds up routing
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1/29/2001   Post a comment
Altera has updated the development software for its FPGAs, bringing in support for third-party software tools and speeding up the core place-and-route algorithms.
Parthus to combine GPS and Bluetooth
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1/29/2001   Post a comment
Parthus Technologies is combining its Bluetooth and GPS satellite navigation hardware and software into a single platform called Bluehand, according to Kevin Fielding, chief operating officer.
Synopsys pulls VHDL and Verilog together and boosts speed
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1/29/2001   Post a comment
Synopsys claims to have pulled ahead of the pack on both gate- and RTL-level simulation with a reworked VCS and has made the Scirocco VHDL simulator work with the tool.
Cadence is downgraded despite fourth-quarter bounce
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1/26/2001   Post a comment
Claiming to have achieved its "best quarter ever," Cadence Design Systems Inc. announced fourth-quarter revenue of $391 million last week, beating analyst expectations. Nevertheless, Credit Suisse First Boston analyst Erach Desai has downgraded the company's stock from buy to hold.
Intel and Synopsys invest in Canadian analog design startup
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1/25/2001   Post a comment
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Intel Corp. and Synopsys Inc. are among new investors pumping $8 million into Analog Design Automation Inc. here. The startup is applying intelligent systems technology to synthesizing analog and mixed-signal IC designs.
Field-solving tool extended for ASIC market
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1/22/2001   Post a comment
OEA Technologies Inc., a small company noted for its Sematech work on parasitic extraction, is taking its Net-AN field-solving tool to the ASIC market.
Avanti tool overhaul: breakthrough or 'me too'?
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1/18/2001   Post a comment
Avanti Corp. (Fremont, Calif.) this week released details about five new IC physical-design products it claims offer a next-generation solution for ultradeep-submicron system-on-chip (SoC) design. Competitors, however, characterized the Avanti offerings as "me-too" incremental improvements rather than revolutionary breakthroughs.
Bottom-up approach takes aim at physical synthesis
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1/17/2001   Post a comment
Avant has taken aim at the physical synthesis IC design environments developed by Cadence and Synopsys with a successor to its Apollo place-and-route tool.
Board-support package eases testing
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1/16/2001   Post a comment
Real costs drive new board designs
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1/16/2001   Post a comment
Switch fabrics eliminate bus delays
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1/16/2001   Post a comment
Avanti readies launch of Astro layout tools
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1/12/2001   Post a comment
In a long-awaited response to competing IC physical design system suppliers, Avanti Corp. will roll out its next-generation IC layout tools at a press conference on Tuesday (Jan. 16).
Atmel signs deal to distribute Protel's PLD software
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1/11/2001   Post a comment
Adding depth to its programmable logic efforts, Atmel Corp. has struck a deal with Australian EDA vendor, Protel International Ltd., that will allow it to distribute Protel's PLD design software.
Design automation posts quarterly revenue gains; IP segment drops
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1/9/2001   Post a comment
SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Results for fiscal 2000 are showing a slow but steady recovery for the EDA industry, while the IP industry is on the decline, according to EDA Consortium's Market Statistic Services (MSS), which announced that the EDA industry posted revenues of $920 million in the third quarter of 2000, growing 12% over Q3 of 1999.
Artisan takes ownership of Synopsys' design library group
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1/5/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Artisan Components Inc. here today announced it has completed the purchase of Synopsys Inc.'s Silicon Library Business group for cash and common stock worth $24.5 million.
Cadence will buy CadMOS to strengthen layout verification offering
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1/4/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Cadence Design Systems Inc. here today announced an agreement to acquire CadMOS Design Technology Inc. to expand its design automation software for verification of physical layouts and signal integrity.
Avanti says inductance tool handles 25 million-gate chip designs
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1/2/2001   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- Avanti Corp. here today claimed availability of the industry's first inductance analysis tool capable of handling 25 million-gate IC designs.

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