ICCAD keynote reaches for cloud computing News & Analysis 10/31/2009 Post a comment The IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation and Cadence Design Systems will offer a live webcast of the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design Keynote Monday, November 2, from 9-10:30 a.m. (P.S.T.).
I/O Design Flexibility with the FPGA Mezzanine Card Design How-To 10/28/2009 Post a comment The FPGA's inherent flexibility has proven indispensable for the creation of external I/O interfaces. However, unless I/O is implemented on a daughter card (mezzanine module), replacing the physical I/O components and connectors requires changing the FPGA board design. The FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) standard, developed by a consortium of companies ranging from FPGA vendors to end users, specifically targets FPGAs, increasing I/O flexibility and lowering costs in a broad range of applications.
EDA industry stunts its own growth Blog 10/27/2009 Post a comment Last week I received two press releases from Apache Design Solutions. One informed me that the company had achieved record bookings and revenue in Q3, while maintaining profitability.
Trident adopts Mentor's Veloce emulator News & Analysis 10/26/2009 Post a comment Consumer chipmaker Trident Microsystems has selected Veloce hardware emulator from Mentor Graphics Corp. for the system-level verification of its next-generation digital TV SoC chips.
ARM CTO: power surge could create 'dark silicon' News & Analysis 10/22/2009 Post a comment Without fresh innovations, designers could find themselves by 2020 in an era of "dark silicon," able to build dense devices they cannot afford to power, according to the chief technology officer of ARM Ltd. at the company's annual tech conference where FPGAs and netbooks were also hot topics.
Symbian opens source microkernel, ahead of schedule .... News & Analysis 10/21/2009 Post a comment Symbian has released the platform micro kernel, and supporting development kit, under the Eclipse Public License, proving, the pioneer in mobile operating systems says, that the Symbian Foundation is shifting to an open source model faster than anticipated.
Forum split on future of chip startups News & Analysis 10/21/2009 1 comment A discussion panel organized here by Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) revealed some of the dynamic tension between the fabless chip startup community and their key suppliers the EDA companies and the foundries. Held immediately before an evening meeting intended to put hopeful startups in front of venture capitalists, the round-table aired a number of issues facing startups but drew few conclusions.
Hybrid cloud-based web security solution News & Analysis 10/20/2009 Post a comment Finjan launches what the company claims to be the industry-first hybrid cloud web security solution, addressing the needs of enterprises as well as Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs).
'Embargoed' productivity news Blog 10/20/2009 Post a comment Synopsys' Synphony High Level Synthesis product purports to increase design and verification productivity up to 10 times higher than traditional RTL flows for communications and multimedia applications.
Nokia wins ruling in 3G patents dispute News & Analysis 10/19/2009 Post a comment Nokia has been exonerated by the U.S. International Trade Commission in the case against InterDigital when the agency confirmed an earlier decision that the Finnish phone maker did not violate some of the King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based wireless IP group's UMTS based 3G patents.
Mentor wins DFM gig at GlobalFoundries News & Analysis 10/16/2009 Post a comment EDA company Mentor Graphics Corp. (Wilsonville, Ore.) has entered into a multi-year software and services agreement with foundry chipmaker GlobalFoundries Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) which includes the provision of Calibre software for the design of 32- and 28-nm chips.
Silicon Saxony grows beyond silicon News & Analysis 10/16/2009 Post a comment Infineon, Globalfoundries, and, until recently, Qimonda these large chip vendors have shaped the image of the 'Silicon Saxony' area around Dresden as one of Europe's largest electronics innovation clusters. But there is more than silicon in Saxony: A number of renown R&D institutes and high-tech universities forms a fertile soil for a vivid start-up scene. A travelogue.
SMIC stretches 45-nm process to 40-nm, 55-nm News & Analysis 10/16/2009 Post a comment Foundry chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., which is fighting to catch up with the leading-edge semiconductor technology pace set by its rivals, has said it plans to extend its 45-nm bulk CMOS to 40-nm and 55-nm geometries.
How to reduce memory power in SoC designs Design How-To 10/16/2009 Post a comment Unlike regular design registers that only dissipate dynamic power when they are written, memories dissipate dynamic power when they are either read or written. As such, removing redundant reads or writes can result in significant dynamic power reduction.
IEDM offers most recent research nuggets News & Analysis 10/15/2009 Post a comment Research in semiconductor technology will be featured at the 55th International Electron Devices Meeting and two trends stand out: challenges for creating ever-decreasing feature sizes in next-generation processing nodes and integration of application-specific devices.
Premier Farnell ups focus on India electronics design News & Analysis 10/15/2009 Post a comment At a recent media briefing in Singapore, Harriet Green, the Premier Farnell CEO, along with David Shen, senior VP of Global eCommerce and Technical Marketing, presented market trends and their company's focus on the web, including a new community web site called "element14."
Counterpoint: Synergies could trigger a Synopsys-ARM merger News & Analysis 10/13/2009 8 comments Semiconductor intellectual property (IP) is a way for chip makers to share the cost of developing standard designs so that they can invest more in the differentiating features of their chips. For ARM to be controlled by any one of its customers or even a small group of its customers would break the IP business model.
Eve ZeBu-Server supports clever debug methodology Product News 10/13/2009 Post a comment EVE (Emulation and Verification Engineering), provider of hardware-software co-verification, announced a debug environment that comes standard with its ZeBu-Server, a scalable emulation system capable of handling up to one-billion application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) gates.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.