Toshiba collaborating with DFM startup News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Toshiba will apply startup Takumi Technology's automated layout modification methodology to its mask data preparation design flow in advanced IC manufacturing under the terms of a collaborative agreement between the two companies.
Panelists explore system-to-silicon link News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Panelists at the Medea+DAC conference in Germany offered suggestions for designing system-level silicon, including formal specifications, abstracted hardware-software interfaces and the use of regularity in silicon fabrics.
Cosmic rays damage automotive electronics Design How-To 5/31/2006 Post a comment While the concept of bombardment of neutrons from space sounds like something straight out of Star Trek, neutron-induced errors are a dangerous reality for many types of automotive electronic equipment.
Tensilica touts contributions to EDA reference books News & Analysis 5/30/2006 Post a comment Book publisher Taylor & Francis is offering a two-book reference that provides an overview of the design automation algorithms, tools and methodologies used to design integrated circuits, according to Tensilica, employer of technologists who made major contributions to the books.
IXYS, Atmel release light ballast demo kits News & Analysis 5/30/2006 Post a comment IXYS released dimmable and non-dimmable demo kits for light ballast applications. These kits are the result of the cooperation between IXYS and Atmel Corp. to develop design tools and speed up the implementation of ballast solutions for the lighting market, IXYS said.
Denali opens up register language News & Analysis 5/30/2006 Post a comment The SystemRDL language is replacing the open-source Register Description Language and is available free of charge from Denali Software, which uses the language in its Blueprint product.
A bridging model for ESL synthesis Design How-To 5/29/2006 Post a comment Threads and events make electronic system-level (ESL) synthesis difficult, says Bluespec CTO Rishiyur Nikhil. He presents an alternative "bridging" approach based on declarative rules.
ARM9-based MCU line touts upgrade path from ARM7 devices Product News 5/26/2006 Post a comment Atmel’s AT91SAM9260 is the first member of the pin-compatible ARM926EJ-S -based MCU family that shares the same integration levels and programming models as the company’s ARM7-based devices, allowing direct migration between controllers based on different ARM cores.
Magma buys back debt News & Analysis 5/25/2006 Post a comment EDA vendor Magma Design Automation said it has repurchased $40.3 million "face amount" of convertible notes due in May 2008 through private transactions.
Wind River rolls reference for auto telematics/infotainment News & Analysis 5/24/2006 Post a comment Design software optimization vendor Wind River Systems and Freescale Semiconductor have announced the availability of the Wind River Platform for Automotive Devices product evaluation and demonstration kit, Wind River's first pre-integrated solution reference for the automotive telematics/ infotainment industry.
Altium Designer release claims smoother migration News & Analysis 5/23/2006 Post a comment Windows-based EDA tool vendor Altium released version 6.3 of its flagship Altium Designer, which offers new features targeted at accelerating the design process and includes upgraded translation capabilities for migration from other systems, the company said.
How assertions can be used for design Design How-To 5/22/2006 Post a comment Assertions are too good to be reserved for verification only, says verification guru Brian Bailey. He shows how assertions can be used for such tasks as on-chip diagnostics, error logging, or usage management systems.
Startup Jasper joins OCP-IP News & Analysis 5/18/2006 Post a comment EDA startup Jasper Design Automation has joined the intellectual property plug and play organization Open Core Protocol International Partnership.
EDA vendors line up to support Virtex-5 Product News 5/15/2006 Post a comment EDA vendors Mentor Graphics., Magma Design Automation and Synplicity moved swiftly to announce tool support for the Virtex-5 LX FPGA from Xilinx in the wake of the No. 1 programmable logic vendor's announcement that it has begun sampling the 65-nanometer parts to customers.
Aldec tools validated for Lattice devices News & Analysis 5/15/2006 Post a comment Mixed-language simulation and EDA tool provider Aldec said that programmable logic supplier Lattice Semiconductor has validated Aldec's Riviera and Active-HDL simulators for use with Lattice devices.
Virtutech technology to create virtual model of switch chip News & Analysis 5/15/2006 Post a comment System simulation technology provider Virtutech said that Swedish integrated network device vendor SwitchCore AB will use Virtutech's Simics full system simulation technology for software development and testing of its next-generation Xpeedium3 switch chip before silicon availability.
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.