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Mentor Graphics sees weak Fiscal Q1 sales
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics Corp. reported strong revenue and profit growth for its fiscal fourth quarter but sees weaker-than-expected performance for the current period on softer seasonal demand.
Magma acquires analog IP specialist Sabio Labs
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Magma Design Automation Inc. said it has acquired Sabio Labs Inc., an analog intellectual property provider.
Software and RTOS synthesis: The next step in software development?
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2/27/2008   2 comments
To investigate the use of software synthesis technology, the authors set out to use the SynthOS software synthesis tool to generate an embedded real-time operating system (RTOS).
Magma Releases a Titan
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
Magma Design Automation Inc. today announced Titan, a full-chip mixed-signal design, analysis and verification platform.
Power mode technologies verify today's SoCs
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
The power architectures on today's power-cycled system-on-chip designs can be distressingly complex.
Advanced algorithmic synthesis for Xilinx FPGAs
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
Synfora and Xilinx chart new direction for algorithmic synthesis targeted at Virtex and Spartan FPGAs.
DAC -- An Accelerator of Electronic Design
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is among the most important accelerators of the electronic design industry.
Cadence Limits Participation in DAC
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
Cadence announces it will noy exhibit at the Design Automation Conference or at DATE this year.
Complex SoC Testing with a Core-Based DFT Strategy
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
Using a core-based test strategy combined with scan compression offers one of the most effective ways to limit both huge data volumes and high power consumption of complex SoC tests.
Start-up Tela draws straight lithography lines
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
Tela Innovations is unveiling a computational lithography technology that addresses the challenges of fabricating 45 nm and smaller chips.
IBM qualifies Mentor's 45-nm tools
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
IBM Corp. has qualified Mentor Graphics' Calibre nmOPC and OPCverify computational lithography tools, which are accelerated with IBM's Cell processor technology, for production at 45 nm and smaller process nodes.
Micro-Robotics : Display starter kit comes with 160-page tutorial guide
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
Micro-Robotics, manufacturer of custom and off-the-shelf embedded control solutions and components, introduces a display starter kit.
CANopen tool dramatically saves development time, Infineon claims
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
With a CANopen development kit, Infineon addresses developers of cost-sensitive, networked real-time motor control systems using the company's XE-166 16-bit microcontrollers. The kit will speed time-to-market by up to one year, the vendor promises.
Synopsys Introduces the Eclypse Low Power Solution
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2/25/2008   Post a comment
Synopsys has introduced a new design flow that supports Low Power solutions implemented in CMOS. The Eclypse solution supports the industry-standard Unified Power Format (UPF) language, which is used to capture low power design requirements.
Rhines to EDA: End 'endless verification'
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2/22/2008   Post a comment
Walden Rhines of Mentor Graphics used DVCon to call for a combination of formal methods, transaction level modeling techniques and intelligent testbenches to lower the cost of design verification.
Ansoft releases latest 3D parasitic extraction software
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2/22/2008   Post a comment
Ansoft Corporation has announced Q3D Extractor v8, the latest version of the company's 3D parasitic extraction software.
DVCon Conference Sets Records
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2/22/2008   Post a comment
Steve Bailey, General Chair of this year's DVCon conference, announced that both attendance and exhibition square footage have surpassed last year's figures and set a new record for the event.
Comparing IP integration approaches for FPGA implementation
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
Avoiding the fixed routing and timetable of a standard bus can open up new avenues for design and restore a bit of glamour and creativity to an otherwise mundane project.
More about decoupling and bypass capacitors, power-supply rails, models, and their interactions (Part 5.1)
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
The final(?) word: Understand the subtleties of bypass-decoupling capacitors, power-supply rails, and models
IBM shows interest in Indian prototype fab
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
IBM Corp. has shown interest in setting up a prototype fab in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata designed to help fabless chip companies test designs before committing to expensive foundry production.
Lattice announces uClinux support for open source embedded systems design
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
New operating system complements recent enhancements to the LatticeMico32 embedded processor system and LatticeMico8 microcontroller.
Mentor raises SoC verification intelligence
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics is offering new tools to speed up verification and improve verification coverage of system-on-chip designs.
Review Period for Draft Standard for TLM Closes Successfully
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
The TLM-2 Working Group is reviewing the feedback to the Draft Standard with the goal to publish the final standard by June.
Accelerating MATLAB using MEX-files
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
This article gives a quick overview of the different techniques available for speeding up MATLAB code. It covers the basics of performance profiling, vectorization, and turning MATLAB code into compiled MEX-files.
Multi-language Functional Verification Coverage for Multi-site Projects
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2/18/2008   Post a comment
A significant part of the design cycle now involves managing and automating much of the SoC level integration that comes from the various sites. This poses significant challenges for the overall verification effort.
Mentor Delivers Higher Verification Intelligence
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2/18/2008   Post a comment
Mentor expands Questa Functional Verification Platform with Questa Multi-view Verification Components and inFact Intelligent Testbench Automation.
New FPGA-based compute accelerator from GiDEL
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2/18/2008   Post a comment
GiDEL announces capacity increase for PROCStarIII FPGA-based accelerator for SoC prototyping and ASIC emulation based on Altera Stratix III 340L FPGAs.
A resource you can trust
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2/16/2008   Post a comment
EDA DesignLine, with the collaboration of Gary Smith, has launched a reference tool that you can find at the top of the Product Center section of the portal.
EDA Tools Vendors Reference Chart
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2/15/2008   Post a comment
The WallCharts published by Gary Smith provide a quick reference guide to EDA tools and vendors.
Web-based tool from Mirabilis allows creation, simulation, and analysis of hardware and software models
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2/15/2008   Post a comment
Architectural models written in a multitude of languages can be published for viewing, simulation, and analysis using a web browser from any Internet location without a local software installation.
Cadence and Mentor Enhance Open Verification Methodology
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2/15/2008   Post a comment
Cadence and Mentor announced an enhanced release of the source-code library and user documentation for the Open Verification Methodology (OVM).
Agilent Announces New Antenna Design, Optimization Features
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2/15/2008   Post a comment
New version of AMDS includes Scripting Feature to Design Complex Antennas and Antenna Systems.
Cadence and Mentor enhance Open Verification Methodology
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2/14/2008   Post a comment
OVM World Community extends from website to worldwide events - Cadence and Mentor enhance OVM and expand community activities to support rapidly growing user base.
IC Design Tools Vendors Reference Chart
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2/14/2008   Post a comment
Reference chart for IC design tools. Courtesy of Gary Smith EDA.
Analog and Mixed-Signal Design Tools Vendors Reference Chart
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2/14/2008   Post a comment
Reference chart of tools for Analog and/or Mixed-Signal design. Courtesy of Gary Smith EDA.
ESL Tools Vendors Reference Chart
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2/14/2008   Post a comment
Chart of ESL tools grouped by application areas courtesy of Gary Smith EDA.
PCB Tools Vendors Reference Chart
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2/14/2008   Post a comment
Reference chart for Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design tools. Courtesy of Gary Smith EDA.
Xilinx Virtex-5 User-Guide Lite
Design How-To  
2/13/2008   5 comments
As opposed to wading through more than 1,000 pages of Virtex-5 User-Guide documentation, this "User Guide Lite " boils all the key details down into a few easily-digestible pages.
Viewpoint: How to manage a billion cycles
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2/12/2008   Post a comment
After years discussing verification strategies with hundreds of ASIC designers, it finally occurred to the author: We're at the point where designers are trying to manage billions of cycles of simulation.
Web TV
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2/12/2008   Post a comment
Web TV is a new medium that is receiving lots of attention. Is it really an improvement over the written word?
Simplifying PLL Design
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2/12/2008   1 comment
Phase lock loops (PLLs) play a key role in today's thriving RF industry. While they seem simple enough in structure and function, PLLs present some unique design challenges.
Avnet Electronics Marketing launches new Xilinx "On-Ramps"
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2/11/2008   Post a comment
These technical sessions feature live presentations and demonstrations that are free of charge for qualified Avnet customers.
ST rolls out STM32 motor control starter kit
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2/11/2008   Post a comment
Based on its STM32 microcontroller, STMicroelectronics announced a three-phase motor-control development kit that provides all the necessary hardware and firmware to enable users to evaluate the 32-bit device, and to begin development of their own sensorless motor-control application.
Synfora Introduces PICO Extreme
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2/11/2008   Post a comment
Synfora, Inc. has announced the availability of PICO Extreme, and called it a breakthrough in algorithmic synthesis technology.
AWR takes RF EDA on the road
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2/7/2008   Post a comment
AWR worldwide seminar series tours North America and Australia to demonstrate RF EDA tools for MMIC, PCB, and communication design flows.
Altium Expands Its Products Line
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2/6/2008   Post a comment
Altium is elevating the abstraction level of board design with the introduction of a new design environment and the extension of its NanoBoards family of products.
A code-free approach to touch and proximity sensing for embedded systems
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2/6/2008   Post a comment
This "How To" tutorial shows how to incorporate capacitive sensing features into a simple embedded system without having to write a single line of code.
Xilinx and the Mobile World Congress 2008
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2/6/2008   Post a comment
Xilinx will be unveiling solutions for mobile phone base stations at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 11-14, 2008.
Lattice captures DesignVision award for its LatticeXP2 FPGAs and design tools
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2/6/2008   Post a comment
International Engineering Consortium recognizes Lattice's advanced technology achievements in FPGA hardware and design software.
Altium launch Innovation Station featuring the Desktop NanoBoard
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2/5/2008   Post a comment
Innovation Station - the combination of Altium Designer and the Desktop NanoBoard - from Altium may be a quantum leap in embedded design technology.
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