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ICCAD keynote reaches for cloud computing
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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.).
In-system emulation technology support for the MPC85xx
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Goepel electronic announced the development of a special model library for Freescale processor types MPC85xx to support its in-system emulation technology VarioTAP.
NEWS - Rapid configuration of AMBA NIC-301 enabled by CoWare/ARM partnership
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
New CoWare SBL-301 SystemC Bus Library for CoWare Platform Architect provides configurability, visibility and rapid turnaround time, enabling system designers to efficiently optimize AMBA NIC-301 network interconnect-based designs.
Arasan integrates IP into Cadence verification kit
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Cadence will engineer Arasan's MIPI design IP into the Cadence Incisive Verification Kit, which incorporates Cadence-developed MIPI-based verification IP, example flows, user workshops and documented best practices.
Cadence and SMIC unveil 65-nm Low Power Reference Flow 4.0
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (San Jose, Calif), has delivered a comprehensive low-power design flow for engineers targeting the 65-nanometer process at Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation.
Cadence shrinks Q3 loss, beats revenue views
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems reported third-quarter sales of $216 million, in line with the company's guidance for the quarter and slightly above consensus analyst estimates for the period.
I/O Design Flexibility with the FPGA Mezzanine Card
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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.
Nvidia licenses Synopsys' yield management tool
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Graphics chip vendor Nvidia Corp. has licensed Synopsys' Yield Explorer, a yield management tool said to expedite the discovery and mitigation of yield limiters in leading-edge ICs, to reduce time-to-volume.
Viewpoint: IP cores are in their own world
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
A recent informal survey of several sellers, buyers and users of semiconductor IP cores produced an interesting view of current business conditions and what the future might bring.
EDA industry stunts its own growth
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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.
Circuit Design Hint: Calculating Corner Independent Timing Closure
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
By studying the different library cells at different process, voltage and temperature levels (PVTs) and their delay variations, it is possible to ensure a violation at one PVT corner will be a violation at the other, helping in the calculation of convergence during timing optimization
Trident adopts Mentor's Veloce emulator
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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.
Freescale, Synopsys broaden collaboration to cut IC verification cost
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and Synopsys, Inc. announced they have expanded their multi-year verification collaboration.
Matching your socks. . . and your inputs
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10/26/2009   2 comments
Understand the important of matching and balancing input impedance in analog circuits
Small WiEx cellular phone repeater solves large problem
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
In the case of the WiEx, the other challenging dimension lies in identifying design details in a fairly discrete RF circuit implementation.
Ixia to acquire Agilent's N2X product line
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10/23/2009   Post a comment
Ixia has signed a definitive agreement with Agilent Technologies to acquire Agilent's N2X Data Networks Product Line for $44 million in cash.
Opinion: M'soft must do better with Windows 8
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10/23/2009   17 comments
I think Microsoft owes it to the PC industry from which it—along with Intel--sucks the lion's share of profits to do better than it has with Windows 7, so let's start our wish list for Windows 8.
OSCI again picks Intel manager as new chairman
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10/22/2009   Post a comment
The Open SystemC Initiative has elected Eric Lish Chairman of the Board, succeeding his Intel colleague, Ken Tallo.
Wind River's Klein on Intel , multicore, embedded Linux
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10/22/2009   Post a comment
It is most definitely not "business as usual"; it is "better than usual," proclaims Ken Klein, president of Wind River.
ARM CTO: power surge could create 'dark silicon'
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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 ....
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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
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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.
Why verification engineers are like football players
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10/20/2009   1 comment
Verification projects, like football games, are won when the team operates at peak performance.
Synopsys optimizes high-performance energy-efficient ARM processor-based designs for mobile devices
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Synopsys, Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) has created an optimized reference implementation methodology for the ARM Cortex-A8 processor that claims to achieve greater than 2 GHz (4000 DMIPS) at 540 mW.
ICCAD examines cloud computing, energy, publishing
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
The 2009 International Conference on Computer-Aided Design is going out of its familiar territory in presenting a couple of talks on cloud computing and energy conservation.
Hybrid cloud-based web security solution
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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
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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.
Groups aims to create a Woodstock of engineering
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
An ad hoc alliance that promoted discussion of science issues in the U.S. presidential election has announced plans for a national science fair it hopes could become "a Woodstock of science and engineering."
ARM, Xilinx to collaborate on programmable systems
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
FPGA vendor Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) and ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) have announced they are collaborating to enable ARM processor and interconnect technology to be implemented within Xilinx FPGAs.
Book Excerpt--Microwave and RF Design: A Systems Approach (Part 1 of 8)
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
Enhance your understanding of transmission lines and microstrip structures, in theory and practice
Leti's planar SOI technology suits low power 22nm node
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
The Electronics and Information Technology Laboratory of the CEA (CEA-Leti) of France claimed that its planar SOI technology meets requirements for low-power 22-nm node devices.
Nokia wins ruling in 3G patents dispute
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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
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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
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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.
Slideshow: Silicon Saxony expands its horizons
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
Germany, like many countries with a strong electronics infrastructure, formed an industry association of about 300 technology companies to promote their research and product development. Here's our slideshow.
SMIC stretches 45-nm process to 40-nm, 55-nm
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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.
Tata ports ROS-ES operating system to Tensilica processors
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
ROS-ES, a real-time operating system for embedded systems, developed by Indian design services company Tata-Elxsi Ltd. (Bangalore, India), is now available for the Xtensa and Diamond processors from Tensilica Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.).
How to reduce memory power in SoC designs
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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
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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.
Network operators feel growing pains of smartphone users
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10/15/2009   1 comment
Smartphones generate eight times the network signalling load of a USB dongle-equipped laptop when they transmit the same volume of data, according research from infrastructure equipment provider Airvana.
Premier Farnell ups focus on India electronics design
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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."
Viewpoint: Solving the nanoscale IC design paradox
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10/14/2009   Post a comment
There is a paradox brewing in the layout of integrated circuit (IC) designs at nanometer nodes. IC design teams are choosing between layout automation vs. full custom design techniques.
Time Warp
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/14/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor's flashy new PSoC Creator IDE is heavily based on the company's old Warp VHDL development software.
TSMC, SVTC collaborate on fast-track chip design
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10/14/2009   Post a comment
A new industry alliance will seek to speed the introduction of new chip design and manufacturing advances.
FPGA design and verification in mechatronic applications
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
The VHDL-AMS language is an undiscovered asset for FPGA designers--a powerful tool to define and verify requirements in a non-digital context
Battle of the Brains software competition encourages smarter software creation
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
In a global Battle-of-the-Brains software competition announced by IBM and ACM-ICPC, student computer programmers from universities around the world will battle for a spot to attend the World Finals of the 34th annual Association for Computer Machinery International Collegiate Contest.
Counterpoint: Synergies could trigger a Synopsys-ARM merger
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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
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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.
Altera announces enhancements to MAX II CPLD family
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
Altera said it is enhancing its MAX II CPLD family by offering industrial-grade temperature ranges and lowering the power of its MAX IIZ devices.
Mentor to acquire pc board software firm for $82M
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
EDA vendor Mentor Graphics will acquire Israel's Valor Computerized Systems for about $82 million in cash and stock under the terms of a definitive merger agreement announced by the companies.
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