Agilent adds synthesizable ARM cores for communications, imaging ASICs News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced it has licensed two synthesizable RISC cores from ARM Ltd. for integration into communications and imaging ASIC products. The ARM7TDMI-S and ARM946E-S are being delivered in software form--as "soft" vs. "hard" cores--which offers additional flexibility for ASIC designers, according to Agilent.
TSMC launches analog synthesis initiative for 0.18-micron process News & Analysis 11/15/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE--Continuing an aggressive push into analog and mixed-signal ICs, silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. today disclosed it has begun transferring process technology information to suppliers of design synthesis tools under a new initiative to expand its business communications applications. TSMC said the analog synthesis campaign shares mixed-signal process data with U.S.-based Antrim Design Systems Inc., Barcelona Design Inc., and Neolinear Inc.
EDA suppliers search for ways to gain respect News & Analysis 11/9/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The electronic design automation industry could get a little more "respect" from investors, EDA customers, and potential employees, according to a blue-ribbon panel at that met this week at the International Conference on Computer Aided Design 2000 (ICCAD-2000). But the panel largely spoke of the need for change in several industry areas, ranging from better licensing schemes to a broader and potentially more exciting vision of EDA.
Web startup e*ECAD offers pay-per-use access to design tools News & Analysis 11/6/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Proclaiming a revolution in the way EDA tools are bought and used, startup e*ECAD Inc. this week will go live with a Web site that offers pay-per-use and pay-per-hour access to a range of chip design software. The site aims to eliminate EDA licensing as it's practiced today, letting designers download tools and pay typical usage fees of under $10 per hour.
BTA, Ultima plan merger to combine tools for system-on-chip designs News & Analysis 11/6/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE--In a move to combine and expand their design software for next-generation ICs, BTA Technology Inc. here today announced it will merge with Ultima Interconnect Technology Inc., a supplier of interconnect analysis and synthesis tools based in nearby Sunnyvale. The new company will be called BTA-Ultima Inc.
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.