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Toshiba collaborating with DFM startup
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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.
ZigBee-compliant software stack and development kit simplifies wireless home automation
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5/31/2006   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor hopes to ease customers’ development of ZigBee applications with its BeeKit wireless connectivity tool kit. BeeKit provides an easy-to-use interface and framework for developers to configure parameters for their point-to-point, 802.15.4 and ZigBee applications.
Panelists explore system-to-silicon link
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Bluespec CEO: time to design, verify IC halved
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5/30/2006   Post a comment
Electronic system level (ESL) EDA startup Bluespec is claiming a new approach to SystemC behavioral synthesis with its ESL synthesis extensions.
IP reuse on the rise, says Synopsys CEO
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5/30/2006   Post a comment
Chip design companies, in particular startup companies in China and Israel, are increasing their adoption of reusable IP, according to Aart de Geus, chairman and CEO, Synopsys.
A bridging model for ESL synthesis
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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
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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.
Laser cuts automotive template cost
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5/26/2006   Post a comment
Laser scanning eliminates physical templates, chopping cost and development time. Benefits also include greater accuracy and quicker engineering changes.
Delaware judge denies pair of Synopsys motions
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5/26/2006   Post a comment
A U.S. District Court judge in Delaware issued a ruling denying two motions filed by Synopsys in a patent litigation against archrival Magma Design Automation.
Verification vet named Jasper CTO
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5/25/2006   Post a comment
Rajeev Ranjan (shown), a 13-year veteran of formal verification, has been promoted to chief technology officer of EDA startup Jasper Design Automation.
TSMC, UMC ready for 65-nm X Architecture designs
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5/25/2006   Post a comment
The world's top two silicon foundries have validated Cadence Design Systems' X Architecture for 65-nanometer production.
World first: silicon vendor ships ESL synthesis libraries
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5/25/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics certifies and ships libraries for Mentor's Catapult C electronic system level (ESL) synthesis engine.
Magma buys back debt
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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.
How to become a hot commodity (if you're a signal integrity engineer)!
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5/24/2006   Post a comment
SI engineers ensure first time success of very high speed systems (read fast edge rates) through the proper combination of theory, simulation, and measurements.
Dongbu, Cadence offer RTL-to-GDSII reference flow
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5/24/2006   Post a comment
South Korean foundry Dongbu Electronics said has collaborated with EDA market leader Cadence Design Systems to jointly develop an RTL-to-GDSII reference flow.
PCB tool offers integration with PADS, OrCAD
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5/24/2006   2 comments
Precience announced new integration that delivers seamless board design flow for Mentor Graphics' PADS2005 printed circuit board layout software and OrCAD Capture (CIS) 10.5.
Wind River rolls reference for auto telematics/infotainment
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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.
EDA startup snares $4.5 million in funding from Intel, others
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5/24/2006   1 comment
EDA startup ArchPro Design Automation has raised $4.5 million in Series B funding from Intel Capital, Entrepia Ventures and Sage Technology Ventures LLC.
Ansoft posts record fourth quarter
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5/23/2006   Post a comment
EDA vendor Ansoft posted fiscal fourth quarter net income of $8.3 million in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, up 75 percent year-to-year.
Magma acquires assets of ReShape
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5/23/2006   Post a comment
Magma Design Automation has acquired the assets of startup ReShape for an undisclosed price, EE Times has learned.
Altium Designer release claims smoother migration
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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.
Giga Scale IC becomes Chip Estimate
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5/22/2006   Post a comment
Giga Scale Integration has changed its name to Chip Estimate, the company said.
Denali rolls verification IP for consumer electronics storage
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5/22/2006   Post a comment
EDA and intellectual property vendor Denali Software announced the availability of a new verification IP package to address the wide range of storage device standards used in consumer electronics products.
How assertions can be used for design
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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.
Sequential logic equivalence checker claims huge speed boost
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5/22/2006   Post a comment
Electronic system level EDA startup Calypto Design Systems released version 2.0 of its SLEC sequential logic equivalence checking product family, claiming a breathtaking 100x increase in capacity over previous releases of the tool.
Initiative seeks common IC power format
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5/22/2006   Post a comment
Power Forward, an EDA industry coalition led by Cadence Design Systems, promises to address IC power management problems with a Common Power Format.
Wipro enlisted to help develop Vast peripheral models
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5/20/2006   Post a comment
Wipro Technologies, the global IT services business of India's Wipro Limited, has become a certified development partner of Virtual platform provider Vast Systems Technology Corp.'s peripheral models.
ASIC prototyping product adds SCE-MI interface
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5/19/2006   Post a comment
Verification platform provider ProDesign plans to unveil a standard co-emulation modeling interface for transaction-based verification for its CHIPit ASIC prototyping product line.
QuickWorks v9.8 design tools accelerate PolarPro FPGA development
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5/18/2006   Post a comment
New features in QuickWorks version 9.8 include support for precision synthesis, advanced I/Os, and configurable clock managers.
Startup Jasper joins OCP-IP
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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.
Synopsys buy a step toward embedded software development
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5/18/2006   Post a comment
One day after Synopsys announced the $15 million acquisition of virtual platform vendor Virtio, executives sought to play it as a nod toward the converging worlds of hardware and software development.
Synopsys buy a step toward embedded software development
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5/18/2006   Post a comment
One day after Synopsys announced the $15 million acquisition of virtual platform vendor Virtio, executives sought to play it as a nod toward the converging worlds of hardware and software development.
Synopsys Q2 results brighten EDA outlook
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5/17/2006   Post a comment
Synopsys CEO Aart de Geus announced strong fiscal second quarter financials Wednesday, and Synopsys executives provided more details about their recent purchase of Virtio Corp.
Open source is business, not charity, Sun exec says
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5/17/2006   Post a comment
Open source is a business model, not a charitable contribution to mankind, according to Sunil Joshi, senior vice president of design tools, performance and OpenAccess at Sun Microsystems' scaleable systems group.
Rethinking System-on-chip design at 65 nanometers and below
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5/17/2006   Post a comment
Mirabilis CEO Deepak Shankar takes up the SoC hardware/software challenge issued by Mentor Graphics Wally Rhines and AMD’s Robert Ober.
Synplicity unveils visibility enhancement technology
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5/17/2006   Post a comment
EDA tool vendor Synplicity Inc. will launch a visibility enhancement technology by the end of the year.
Synopsys acquires virtual platform vendor
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5/17/2006   Post a comment
EDA vendor Synopsys has acquired Virtio, a creator of virtual platforms for embedded software development. Fincial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
ARM-Synopsys Galaxy reference methodology available
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5/16/2006   Post a comment
Synopsys Inc. announced the availability of the ARM-Synopsys Galaxy Reference Methodology (RM) with support for Synopsys' Design Compiler topographical technology.
Cost of engineering is only one consideration, says Infineon CEO
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5/16/2006   Post a comment
The idea that all IC design soon be done in emerging markets like India and China is off base, according to Infineon Technologies CEO Wolfgang Ziebart (shown), who said innovation is still more important than cost.
Easy- and fun-to-use schematic-driven logic simulator is now freeware!
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5/16/2006   Post a comment
I've long been impressed with the MMLogic simulator from Softronics, so I was delighted to discover that folks can now get it for free!
Agilent's RF design software adds features
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5/16/2006   Post a comment
Improvements have been made to simulation, tuning, optimization and integration through file-format export.
EDA vendors line up to support Virtex-5
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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
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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.
Denali rolls first embedded software product
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5/15/2006   Post a comment
EDA and intellectual property supplier Denali Software rolled out its first embedded software product offering, the Spectra flash file system.
Virtutech technology to create virtual model of switch chip
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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.
EDA startup snags $14 million in funding
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5/15/2006   Post a comment
EDA startup Sierra Design Automation said it has received $14 million in Series B venture financing from Artiman Ventures, Telesoft Partners and Evercore Ventures.
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