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IEEE standardizes 'e' verification language
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
The "e" hardware verification language developed by Verisity Inc. has been ratified as the IEEE 1647 standard, EE Times has learned.
Madhavan to keynote OpenAccess+ Conference
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
Magma CEO Rajeev Madhavan will be the featured keynote speaker at the Silicon Integration Initiative's eighth OpenAccess+ Conference April 11.
C-Language techniques for FPGA acceleration of embedded software
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
This paper presents a set of examples showing how computationally-intensive algorithms can be written, analyzed, and optimized for increased performance in FPGAs.
Synopsys on track for solid quarter, says de Geus
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
With a $1.9 billion backlog in orders, the near-term outlook for electronic design automation vendor Synopsys Inc. looks strong, according to its chairman and chief executive Aart de Geus.
Synplicity cuts structured ASIC tools, 8% of workforce
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3/30/2006   Post a comment
Synplicity said it would phase out its cell-based and structured ASIC design tools and reduce its global workforce by roughly 8 percent, or about 24 positions.
Mixed-signal ICs take the home audio experience on the road
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3/30/2006   Post a comment
Automotive audio quality has to be very high to compensate for a less-than-ideal listening environment, which means excellent performance is demanded under variable noise, vibration, and temperature conditions. Here's why mixed signal processors, separate from DSPs, are so effective.
Simucad intros 'multicore-optimized' parasitic modeling tools
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3/30/2006   Post a comment
Privately held EDA vendor Simucad Design Automation announced the availability of a multicore-optimized family of three-dimensional TCAD-based interconnect parasitic modeling tools.
Chartered, IBM, Samsung announce 65-nm DFM support
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3/30/2006   Post a comment
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, IBM, and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced the availability of design-for-manufacturing (DFM) technology, models, design kits and data files to support of the companies' 65-nanometer (nm) Common Platform technology.
Chartered, IBM, Samsung announce 65-nm DFM support
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3/30/2006   Post a comment
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, IBM, and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced the availability of design-for-manufacturing (DFM) technology, models, design kits and data files to support of the companies' 65-nanometer (nm) Common Platform technology.
Translators ease migration to Mentor's PCB design flow
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics announced the availability of new translators to enable the migration of Protel, P-CAD and OrCAD designs and libraries to the company's PADS Windows-based printed circuit board design flow.
Ponte rolls model-based yield analysis tool
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
Ponte Solutions released version 2.0 of its Yield Analyzer model-based yield analysis tool, an analysis technology for automated yield analysis and design optimization prior to tapeout.
Ponte rolls model-based yield analysis tool
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
Design-for-yield-focused startup Ponte Solutions released version 2.0 of its Yield Analyzer model-based yield analysis tool, described as an analysis technology for automated yield analysis and design optimization prior to tapeout.
RF chip maker adds design center in New England
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
RF CMOS chip supplier Peregrine Semiconductor opened the company's third engineering design site, the New England Design Center.
Award-winning pc board tool enhanced
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
Printed circuit board EDA tools startup DesignAdvance Systems rolled out the latest release of its CircuitSpace auto-interactive component-placement tool, featuring enhanced auto-clustering and replication technologies.
Commentary: Litigation threatens innovation, growth
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
EDA patents are overly restrictive, disrupt the flow of innovation and will further complicate legal matters as foreign EDA vendors become significant players, writes Gabe Moretti, veteran editor and technologist.
Zuken offers tool for RF microstrip routing
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
Zuken has joined with Finland's Inca Systems to launch a specialist routing interface tool, iMstrip, for handling microstrip routing for RF design within Cadstar environments.
Agilent ships 802.11n wireless library
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
The library works with Agilent’s ADS environment to streamline design and verification of multiple input multiple output (MIMO) circuitry.
Agilent offering 802.11n wireless library
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies announced the availability of the 802.11n wireless library for use with Agilent’s Advanced Design System EDA platform.
Device software tools shorten development cycles
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
CoWare Inc.’s new Virtual Platform product family offers tools that support the creation, distribution, and use of virtual hardware platforms for device software development and validation. The virtual hardware platforms are models of the device hardware and the environment they evolve in.
Using S-parameter data effectively
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3/27/2006   1 comment
S-parameters are increasingly important part of the designer's EDA/CAD toolbox, as RF becomes part of more designs
Design and simulation tool expands its MOSFET library
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Fairchild's FETBench on-line design and simulation tool has an expanded library of low-voltage MOSFETs for computing, ultraportable, and DC/DC converter applications.
Firm offers DFM optimization tool for analog ICs
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Analog IC EDA tool provider Anasift Technology rolled out the beta release of Ampso-OADFM, a design-for-manufacturing optimization tool for analog design.
Yield management system porting to Microsoft SQL Server
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Process-design integration technology provider PDF Solutions is now porting its dataPower product characterization products for enterprise-wide data and yield management to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 using the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0.
Sigrity builds on Encore capabilities
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Signal integrity EDA startup Sigrity unveiled a chip packaging physical design product billed as automating difficult and time-consuming tasks associated with flip chip and wire bond designs.
Startup adds to transistor-level optimization product family
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Design optimization technology Zenasis Technologies has expanded its ZenTime transistor-level optimization product family with the additions of ZenTime-GT, ZenTime-AT and ZenTime-PT. The products are intended to automate standard cell design optimization for timing, area and leakage power, respectively.
ESL providers move into software development
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Gearing up for next week's Embedded Systems Conference, two leading electronic system level design providers are expanding into the software development tool market with "virtual platforms."
SystemVerilog reference verification methodology: Introduction
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
In this first article in a series of tutorials based on the SystemVerilog Verification Methodology Manual, authors from Synopsys and ARM discuss constrained-random stimulus generation, coverage, and assertions.
Multicore 'painful,' but necessary, panelists say
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3/24/2006   Post a comment
The migration to multicore processing, though fraught with challenges, is the only plausible way to achieve the computing performance required in the not-to-distant future, concluded a panel at the Multicore Expo Thursday.
Startup enhances flagship interconnect synthesis product
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3/23/2006   Post a comment
Silicon Design Systems introduced an enhanced version of its interconnect synthesis product, K-Route, featuring fine-grained multi-mode/ multi-corner analysis capability to support conflicting design constraints and variability.
Automotive signal conditioning ICs go green
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
As the deadline for implementing green, lead-free electronics packaging approaches, automotive system engineers must consider how they will accommodate the constraints and specifications of such new standards in their designs.
Mentor expands availability of auto electronics specialty tools
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics announced North American availability of its VeSys Electrical Series suite of software applications for the design, analysis, manufacture and service of electrical wiring systems for specialist vehicles.
Fast FPGA-based modules prototype logic on your PC
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a fast Xilinx FPGA-equipped tool to help get a logic circuit up-and-running, with a bonus of controlling and interactively monitoring your circuit while it runs. Software permits you to program your design---using a PC graphical interface---into the FPGA, then run, control, and observe it. You can even save your design for automatic FPGA configuration at power-up.
ARM says deal underscores ESL growth
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
Seventeen months after beefing up its RealView electronic-system level design tools portfolio through the acquisition of Axys Design Automation, ARM's ESL product manager said the company is experiencing "tremendous growth" in ESL tool sales.
Analog Spice simulator claims higher performance
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Analog IC EDA tool provider Anasift Technology announced the beta release of the AASpice simulation tool targeted for high-performance analog ICs used in a number of applications.
Fairchild's MOSFET design tool integrates BSIM 3.1 models
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
FETBench has added more of the company's low-voltage MOSFETs and now allows engineers to store designs.
Muliticore generator toolkit generates cycle accurate simulation models
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Mirabilis Design Inc. has just released the first in a series of hardware and software model generators for the VisualSim Architect support detailed cycle-accurate simulation models of microprocessors, microcontrollers, DSP and application-specific processors in less than one day using only parameters.
Express Logic offers an enhanced version of ThreadX for MIPS 34K core
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Express Logic has created an enhanced version of ThreadX for the MIPS32 34K multi-threaded processor cores.
Performance no longer driving node migrations, de Geus says
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Technology node migration is being driven now by SoC integration, not performance increases, said Synopsys Chairman and CEO Aart de Geus.
Synopsys claims first complete SystemVerilog flow
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
Top-tier EDA vendor Synopsys laid claim to being the first EDA vendor to provide a complete SystemVerilog flow, saying the language is now supported throughout its suite of design and verification products.
A technical overview of the CE-ATA storage interface
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics' Mohamed Salem provides a technical introduction to the new consumer electronics advanced technology attachment (CE-ATA) interface, and shows why it provides a useful storage standard.
Modeling environment provides export to Simulink
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3/17/2006   Post a comment
Maplesoft, a Canadian provider of software tools for engineering, science and mathematics, has introduced a mathematical modeling environment that provides automated export to The MathWorks' Simulink platform for multi-domain simulation and model-based design.
Firm offers system verification component for Serial ATA
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3/17/2006   Post a comment
Design and verification service provider Expert I/O is now offering a system verification component specifically designed for thorough verification of Serial ATA port multipliers, port selector ASICs and FPGAs using both random and directed simulation.
Mohsen acquitted of murder solicitation, guilty on other counts
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3/16/2006   Post a comment
Former Aptix CEO Amr Mohsen was acquitted of trying to solicit the murder of a federal judge, but found him guilty of two lesser charges. Mohsen's legal team plans to appeal the guilty verdicts.
Power amplifier claims lowest current consumption
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3/16/2006   Post a comment
Avago Technologies has rolled out an enhancement-mode pseudomorphic high-electron-mobility transistor power amplifier specifically designed for IEEE 802.11b/g mobile wireless local area networks.
Mohsen reportedly acquitted of murder solicitation charge
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3/16/2006   Post a comment
A federal jury acquitted former Aptix CEO Amr Mohsen of trying to solicit the murder of a federal judge, but found him guilty of two lesser charges, according to a report.
Simucad releases compact Spice models
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3/16/2006   Post a comment
Simucad Design Automation, a privately held EDA vendor targeting an initial public offering later this year, announced the availability of LDMOS and HV MOS compact Spice models for its SmartSpice analog simulator and SmartSpiceRF harmonic-based simulator.
Denali tools to support designs using CoreConnect
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3/15/2006   Post a comment
Denali Software will develop and deploy a verification and compliance software toolkit for developers of Power Architecture-based designs that use the IBM CoreConnect on-chip bus technology, under the terms of an agreement announced this week.
GDA unveils smart phone reference platform
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3/15/2006   Post a comment
GDS Technologies Inc. has unveiled a modular phone reference board design intended to cut development time for multimedia-capable cellphones.
IEEE recognizes Cadence for SystemVerilog contributions
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3/14/2006   Post a comment
The IEEE has recognized Cadence for its contributions to the IEEE 1800 SystemVerilog standard, awarding nine Cadence technologists for improvements during the development of the standard.
Tensilica offers free Diamond Core development, modeling tools
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3/14/2006   Post a comment
Tensilica announced the immediate availability of free evaluation versions of the Diamond Standard Software Toolkit, the advanced software development and modeling environment for the Diamond Standard processor core family.
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