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.