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Mentor extends offer for IKOS, says it owns 9% of stock
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12/26/2001   Post a comment
WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. today (Dec. 26) extended its unsolicited cash takeover offer for IKOS Systems Inc. until midnight Jan. 25, New York time, because it wants to give the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) more time to review the proposed purchase and merger.
Cadence to invest $50 million in China to expand design automation business
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
BEIJING--Cadence Design Systems Inc. today announced it will invest $50 million in China to enhance its sales, support, and services for electronic design automation in the country's booming EDA market.
Formal verification link goes through Verisity language
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12/17/2001   Post a comment
French design automation company TNI-Valiosys has licensed Verisity's e verification language as part of a project to link formal verification techniques with traditional simulation-oriented design checks.
SVR partnership yields lower-priced ASIC tools
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12/14/2001   Post a comment
Silicon Valley Research Inc. has partnered with an unnamed ASIC synthesis tool company to offer an ASIC synthesis place and route combination priced below $100,000.
Antitrust concerns could delay Synopsys' purchase of Avanti
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12/14/2001   Post a comment
Legal firms representing investors have voiced concerns that Synopsys Inc.'s bid to buy Avanti Corp. may raise antitrust issues with the Federal Trade Commission.
Circuit Semantics says new design analysis tools support customization
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12/13/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Circuit Semantics Inc. today announced new features and an option to its IC-design timing and characterization software, which are aimed at allowing users to customize tools by an application program interface.
How to verify ADSL chips
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12/13/2001   Post a comment
Asymmetric digital subscriber line technology, delivering more than 100 times the performance of today's analog modems, is revolutionizing the market for remote access devices.
Modular ASICs ease test problems
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12/13/2001   Post a comment
The largest FPGAs available today can implement close to 1 million (real ASIC) logic gates.
Testing mixed-signal Bluetooth designs
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12/13/2001   Post a comment
The Holy Grail: Create a Bluetooth system-on-chip (SoC) that fully integrates processor, programmable logic, SRAM, EEPROM and the RF transceiver for less than $5.
Coverage analysis essential in SoC design
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12/13/2001   Post a comment
Coverage analysis is as easy to adopt and integrate as it is essential to ensuring consistent, high-quality verification results.
Assertions speed processor core verification
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12/13/2001   Post a comment
Most of today's complex system-on-chip devices contain embedded processors; indeed some analysts insist that a chip must contain a processor even to qualify as an SoC.
Memory subsystems called 'next challenge' for system designers
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12/13/2001   Post a comment
Networking has benefited from advances in system-on-chip design, notably in terms of specialized intellectual property including network processors and on-chip buses.
ATE struggles to keep pace with VLSI
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12/13/2001   Post a comment
The cost of testing complex system-on-chip designs will soon surpass the cost of manufacturing them.
Dense wires snarl verification plans
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12/13/2001   Post a comment
Deep-submicron silicon technology makes it possible to implement increasingly complex system-on-chip designs, but it is also introducing new design and verification challenges.
Electromagnetic-Compatibility Analysis Using TEM Cells
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12/10/2001   Post a comment
Transverse-electromagnetic (TEM) cells are important structures for analyzing the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) of electronic components. Kresimir Malaric of University of Zagreb, Croatia discusses the design and analysis of several types of TEM cells available for emission testing of small equipment, calibration of RF probes, and biomedical experiments.
Mentor offers to buy IKOS for $102 million in move to block Synopsys
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12/7/2001   Post a comment
WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. here today announced an unsolicited offer to acquire IKOS Systems Inc., a supplier of design verification technology, for $102 million in cash. San Jose-based IKOS had agreed in the summer to be acquired by Synopsys Inc. in a deal that is not expected to close until August 2002 (see July 2 story).
LogicVision strikes alliances to extend embedded test capabilities
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12/5/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- LogicVision Inc. here has struck a couple of design-automation partnerships to expand the use of embedded test technology, including an agreement with Atrenta Inc. enable validation of test requirements early in IC development.
Synopsys to acquire Avant in all-stock EDA deal
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12/4/2001   Post a comment
In the largest and most strategically significant acquisition in EDA history, Synopsys will acquire Avant. Mutual customers of the companies were pushing for the acquisition, said Aart de Geus, president and CEO of Synopsys.
Synopsys to acquire Avanti for nearly $780 million in stock
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12/3/2001   Post a comment
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Synopsys Inc. today announced an agreement to acquire Avanti Corp. for nearly $780 million in stock. Synopsys said it will exchange 0.371 of its shares for each outstanding share of Avanti under the agreement.

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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