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EDA 2Q revenues grew 11.4 percent
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10/31/2007   Post a comment
EDA industry revenues grew 11.4 percent in the second quarter to more than $1.4 billion, the EDA Consortium reported.
A mathematical approach to designing capacitor arrays for switching converters
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10/31/2007   Post a comment
Understand how to size the capacitors in a switching power converter
Embedded design without hard barriers
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10/31/2007   Post a comment
When coupled with the right tools, an FPGA-based platform allows embedded designers to go from development to production without the need for custom hardware design.
NASA expands Altium tool use
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10/30/2007   Post a comment
NASA's Johnson Space Center has selected Altium Designer as the standard to unify electronic design for NASA's leading spaceflight-related research center.
Altera FPGAs featured in PROC algorithm acceleration boards
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10/30/2007   Post a comment
GiDEL utilizes Altera's Stratix FPGA families in latest PROC algorithm acceleration development systems.
Expanding the DFM market
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10/30/2007   Post a comment
Apache's acquisition of Optimal is another clear signal that the EDA industry is adapting to provide designers with tools that allow them to work on the entire system, not just parts that have different physical characteristics.
OIS announces complete robotics middleware solutions
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10/29/2007   Post a comment
Objective Interface Systems (OIS) Robotics Platform provides high-performance, highly reliable communications infrastructure in tiny footprint.
Altera ships first Arria GX development kit
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10/29/2007   Post a comment
New Arria GX development kit from Altera is targeted toward low-cost FPGA transceiver-based designs.
Accelerating Functional Verification
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10/29/2007   Post a comment
Rising design complexity coupled with increasingly intricate hardware/software interactions and customers' rising demand for lower power operation are placing new demands on SoC functional verification strategies. Together these trends are threatening SoC predictability and product development schedules.
Apache to Acquire Optimal Corporation
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10/29/2007   Post a comment
Apache Design Solutions today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Optimal Corporation.
FPGA-based XMC card for high-performance signal and image processing applications
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10/26/2007   Post a comment
The XMC-442 provides systems integrators with a powerful FPGA-based computing engine for I/O or sensor processing or algorithm acceleration.
AMIS rolls out process automation transceiver reference design
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10/26/2007   Post a comment
AMI Semiconductor's reference design enables Fieldbus H1 and Profibus PA users easily integrate the AMIS-49200 Media Attachment Unit, a processing automation transceiver, into their safety-critical designs.
Startup Vayavya unveils automated device driver generator
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10/25/2007   Post a comment
Vayavya Labs is launching an automated device driver generator framework that the company claims will bring discipline through its formal language-based approach.
Design tip: Model instruments to improve signal integrity simulation
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10/25/2007   Post a comment
When it comes to signal integrity design, getting measurements and simulation results to agree takes special considerations.
Accellera VHDL Standard
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10/25/2007   Post a comment
The article describes the salient features of the Accellera VHDL STandard 1076-2006-D3.0
TrellisWare fields new RapidFire development platform
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10/25/2007   Post a comment
Stratix II FPGA-based development platform provides a seamless migration path to HardCopy II Structured ASICs
Altera and BittWare develop software programmable reconfiguration platform
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10/24/2007   Post a comment
New platform from Altera and BittWare provides the military SDR market with a portable, MicroTCA-like environment for rapid waveform development.
FPGA-based hardware acceleration of C/C++ based applications - Part 4
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10/24/2007   Post a comment
This article spans a variety of topics, including the process of developing an algorithm using a high-level language compiler.
FPGA debugger works at full speed
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10/24/2007   Post a comment
EDA startup EDAptability has announced the availability of its FPGA and ASIC debugging tool TotalScope. With a combination of RTL level elaboration, model extraction and modification techniques with simulation, the tool offers unrivaled signal visibility, the company claims.
IEEE Council of EDA to Sponsor Panel on Ethics
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10/23/2007   Post a comment
The IEEE Council for Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) will sponsor a lunch panel titled, "Ethics During Transitions," during the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD).
Synopsys Brings IC Design and Manufacturing Test Closer
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10/23/2007   Post a comment
Synopsys introduced tools for mnnufacturing test that improve low power management and yield analysis.
Ensuring Power Designing Works at 65nm
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10/22/2007   Post a comment
TSMC and Cadence developed a pilot project to validate CPF in conjunction with power-gating techniques. The results are reported here.
Altium adds LatticeSC/M FPGA support to Altium Designer
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10/22/2007   Post a comment
Developers using the Altium Designer environment can now target designs for LatticeSC/M FPGAs with full synthesis support.
Virage Logic leverages 65-nm design successes
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10/22/2007   Post a comment
Virage Logic is expanding its 65-nm IP products, with an eye towards tackling today's complex IC-design challenges. The products are based on more than two years of early 65-nm silicon successes.
Viewpoint: RTL-ers should move to ESL
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10/19/2007   1 comment
While RTL design was and still is an important engineering methodology development, new technologies and standards are forcing continued evolution.
Using the third dimension
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10/19/2007   Post a comment
IMEC has announced its intention to open a 3D-SOC design program. Using the third dimension is a promising way to improve integration.
Cadence links up with Europe's research centers
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10/17/2007   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems' European unit is forming an academic network to promote the proliferation of advanced design technologies at European engineering universities.
Magma Unveils Talus ATPG and Talus ATPG-X
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10/15/2007   Post a comment
Magma Unveils Talus ATPG and Talus ATPG-X " Expands Design-for-Test Capabilities with Physically Aware ATPG and On-Chip Compression. Advanced ATPG products support simultaneous analysis of multiple fault models, leverage multi-threading and on-chip compression to improve quality and reduce turnaround time and costs of nanometer ICs.
In-System Silicon Validation and Debug
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10/15/2007   Post a comment
This is the third and final article in a series about silicon validation. Part 1 described the silicon validation problem and the basic requirements of an effective and scalable solution. Part 2 introduced the new approach and its basic applications. Part 3 presents the experience provided by four commercial devices implemented with the ClearBlue solution.
EDAC hosts seminar on export controls
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10/15/2007   Post a comment
Kritzer, the Director of the U.S. government's Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls, will address a broad range of issues related to technology transfer at an Oct. 18 seminar in San Jose.
Green Hills Software supports Fujitsu's FR MCU series
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10/14/2007   Post a comment
Green Hills Software has announced that its product suite, including the MULTI version 5.0 IDE, TimeMachine tool suite, Green Hills compilers, and SuperTrace Probe, are now available for the Fujitsu FR60, FR70, and FR80 32-bit RISC microcontrollers.
Another advance in high-level synthesis
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10/12/2007   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics and Altera announce Catapult C Synthesis accelerated libraries for high-performance DSP hardware in FPGAs.
Low Power Designs from a CPF Perspective
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10/11/2007   Post a comment
Cadence provided a look at how the Common Power Format (CPF) is being used in IC design by hosting a web seminar featuring members of its Power Forward Initiative.
IC verification tool maker sets up in Europe
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10/11/2007   Post a comment
Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., the specialist developer of circuit analysis tools for analog and RF integrated circuits, has established a European sales office in Farnborough, England.
Altium opens up unified design to DxDesigner users
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10/9/2007   Post a comment
New migration tool lets more engineers use Altium Designer's unified design environment.
Micro Magic Announces MAX-3D
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10/9/2007   1 comment
Wafer stacking is becoming more ubiquitous for two principal reasons: shrinking space on the PC Board, and process requirements for mixed technology designs. A new product from Micro Magic aims at aiding the integration of various dies into one IC package.
AWR and NXP Release LDMOS Simulation Library
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10/9/2007   Post a comment
Applied Wave Research, Inc. (AWR) has released a Microwave Office® 2007 design software simulation library that features NXP Semiconductor's sixth-generation laterally-diffused metal oxide semiconductor (LDMOS) devices.
Signoff for Manufacturability
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10/8/2007   Post a comment
Designing at the 45nm node combines huge risks with the potential for huge rewards. In order to take full advantage of 45nm process capabilities, it is important to understand and quantify process and manufacturing variations to improve accuracy, reduce pessimism, and support informed decisions about yield and performance tradeoffs.
ARM debuts tool for embedded software analysis
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10/3/2007   Post a comment
ARM has started shipping a tool specifically designed to enable non-intrusive analysis of software performance and code coverage of real system workloads running over minutes, hours or days.
Service Pack 1 now available for Lattice ipsLEVER 7.0 FPGA design tool suite
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10/2/2007   Post a comment
ispLEVER 7.0 now includes full design support for LatticeXP2 FPGAs, Reveal Logic Analysis/Hardware Debug, and Power Calculator Tools.
Altera releases Quartus II FPGA design software Version 7.2
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10/2/2007   Post a comment
New release of Quartus II FPGA design software from Altera claims a 20 percent reduction in compile times when running on a multi-processor computer.
Embedded Software: it's the Firmware of old and powers your SoC
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10/2/2007   Post a comment
Generating embedded software from MATLAB is a major step forward in implementing true ESL.
Mentor to Address Manufacturing Test Requirements for 65/45nm ICs
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10/2/2007   Post a comment
Mentor has announced new technology in its TestKompress automatic test pattern generation product to address the industry's increasing demand for scan test compression.
New error comparison scheme proposed for design rule checking flows
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10/2/2007   Post a comment
A new flow to vastly simplify the task of comparing design rule checking errors between two tools, tool versions, or runsets while simultaneously helping design automation teams hike productivity several times (already tested by design teams in Intel) has been proposed at a recently held VLSI design and test meet.
In-System Silicon Validation and Debug: Part 2
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10/2/2007   Post a comment
This is the second in a series of three articles on silicon validation, introducing a new approach and some basic applications. Part 1 presented the silicon validation problem and the requirements of an effective and scalable solution. Part 3 will analyze the silicon results of four devices designed with the approach described here.
MathWorks rolls MATLAB C generator
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10/1/2007   Post a comment
MATLAB users can now generate embeddable C code from M-files using Embedded MATLAB, a subset of the MATLAB programming language.


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