Xilinx offers migration kit to Altera customers News & Analysis 4/30/2001 Post a comment Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) will introduce an Altera-to-Xilinx design migration kit this week that will allow users of Altera Corp. parts and Max+plus II software to transfer their designs to Xilinx's Integrated Synthesis Environment (ISE) tool flow.
ChipPac offers IC packaging design, analysis service on Web site News & Analysis 4/26/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- ChipPac Inc. today announced an automated IC packaging design service that uses the company's Web site and addresses device performance and reliability issues. The design system addresses simulation and analysis of electrical, mechanical, and thermal characteristics.
Silicon foundry PolarFab inks deal with Cadence News & Analysis 4/25/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Silicon foundry PolarFab Inc. and Cadence Design Systems Inc. here announced an electronic design automation tool that will accelerate the manufacturing flow in PolarFab's BiCMOS-based wafer fab.
The companies announced the availability of the Process Design Kit (PDK), a product that promises to accelerate the time-to-tapeout for customers. The PDK is based on Cadence's analog, mixed-signal, and radio-frequency (RF) IC design tools.
Timing tool learns to deal with crosstalk News & Analysis 4/16/2001 Post a comment Synopsys has combined its PrimeTime static timing analysis tool with a crosstalk analysis engine. The company decided to combine the two to reduce the time it takes to get information about timing effects caused by crosstalk.
EDP speakers find analog flow lacking News & Analysis 4/12/2001 Post a comment The current analog/mixed-signal design flow has a lot of gaps and is in need of a substantial overhaul, according to speakers at the Electronic Design Processes (EDP) workshop Tuesday (April 10). But the road to a top-down analog design flow won't be an easy one, speakers warned.
Magma lays off almost a quarter of work force News & Analysis 4/9/2001 Post a comment EDA startup Magma Design Automation Inc. has laid off close to 25 percent of its staff, EE Times has learned. Roy Jewell, Magma's new chief operator officer, confirmed the layoffs, but insisted that the company's revenues and backlog remain strong.
MoSys, TSMC to develop double-density and low-power 1T-SRAMs for embedded use News & Analysis 4/9/2001 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- MoSys Inc. here today (April 9) announced a series of new licensing pacts for its 1T-SRAM technology, including a joint-development agreement with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. to create new low-power and double-density derivatives of one-transistor memory cells for TSMC's 0.13-micron foundry processes.
TSMC announces 'manufacturability-focused' design reference flow News & Analysis 4/6/2001 Post a comment HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. here today (April 6) announced it has worked with design automation partners to create a IC design reference flow that will help accelerate product development by emphasizing "manufacturability" in 0.25- and 0.18-micron processes.
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.