EVE's ZeBu supports TLM-2.0 Product News 5/31/2010 Post a comment DAC is around the corner, and EVE SA (Palaiseau, France) said it has added TLM-2.0 support to its ZeBu hardware-assisted verification platforms.
Activist investor Icahn says Mentor undervalued News & Analysis 5/28/2010 2 comments Activist investor Carl Icahn disclosed owning nearly 7 percent of EDA vendor Mentor Graphics, requested a meeting with the company's management and said its shares are undervalued, it was widely reported.
US researchers hack automotive electronics Special Report 5/28/2010 Post a comment In a shocking paper, a group of US-based researchers has proved that it is possible to compromise the security of the entire in-car electronic landscape. The scientists were able to take over the control over a vehicle via OBD-II and telematics interfaces and even to access and manipulate the most relevant safety features.
Magma sharply narrows annual loss News & Analysis 5/27/2010 Post a comment EDA vendor Magma Design Automation again topped its own sales target for the quarter ended May 2, but the company posted another loss in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The company's annual loss for the fiscal year narrowed sharply compared with the previous year.
Doing Moore with less Blog 5/27/2010 Post a comment For years, Numetrics has helped leading semiconductor R&D groups improve their development productivity. Today, it is launching a free trial product for EE Times readers that showcases some of the capability those R&D organizations use before they start their design projects.
Code Coverage Convergence in Configurable IP Design How-To 5/26/2010 Post a comment The authors of this paper have defined a method to generate code coverage reports for multiple configurations which reduces additional verification cycles. This methodology has been applied to verify the configurable USB 2.0 HS OTG DesignWare IP Core. The results are provided in the paper which shows significant improvement in the coverage numbers without any additional verification cycles.
SOFTWARE TOOLS: MetaCase and itemis to offer software dev automation based on DSM News & Analysis 5/25/2010 Post a comment MetaCase, provider of domain-specific modeling environments, and itemis AG, consulting firm in the field of model-driven software development, are joining forces to offer software development automation solutions based on Domain-Specific Modeling (DSM). DSM increases the productivity of software developers by raising the level of abstraction and introducing automation.
Help Erach Desai's daughter Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 5/25/2010 Post a comment Erach Desai, a longtime analyst in the EDA and semiconductor community, is facing his worst nightmare. His 16-year-old daughter, Jacqueline, has been diagnosed with stage IV osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. They could use a helping hand.
EdXact enhances parasitics reduction, analysis tools Product News 5/25/2010 Post a comment Post-layout verification specialist EdXact SA said it will release version 5.0 of Jivaro netlist reduction platform for analog circuits and version 3.2 of Comanche post-layout analysis tool at this year's DAC in Anaheim. Enhancements include interactive debugging capabilities, hierarchical file handling and improved selectivity features.
IMEC to open Shanghai R&D site, says report News & Analysis 5/24/2010 Post a comment European research institute IMEC is planning to open a site in the Zhangjiang High-Tech Park in Shanghai, China for microelectronics training, licensing and technology transfer, according to a report by The Next Silicon Valley.
Bringing MEMS into the IC design flow Design How-To 5/21/2010 Post a comment This article describes the traditional MEMS design flow, discusses requirements for a “structured” and automated design flow, and shows an example flow that links a commercial MEMS 3D design environment with a custom IC design and simulation solution.
Enabling software reuse using successful component-based development practices Design How-To 5/21/2010 Post a comment Software development techniques have evolved over the past 40 years from machine code to high-level languages and tools for system modeling and configuration. New technologies and platforms such as Java, .Net, CORBA and XML have helped practices such as Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), software reuse and Component-Based Development (CBD) become commonly accepted and practiced in the software development industry. This paper describes four examples where organizations have created and success
Debugging SuperSpeed USB software using virtual prototypes Design How-To 5/21/2010 Post a comment This white paper describes how virtual prototype use models for hardware/software verification and the integration of the LeCroy analyzer software into Synopsys' DesignWare SuperSpeed USB verification environments help solve SuperSpeed USB IP development challenges.
Tabula selects ColdFire for 32-bit architecture News & Analysis 5/20/2010 1 comment Programmable logic startup Tabula has selected the ColdFire embedded controller from IP vendor IPextreme as the 32-bit processor architecture of choice for Tabula's ABAX three-dimensional programmable logic devices, known by the company as 3PLDs.
Tanner EDA sets foot in Southeast Asia News & Analysis 5/19/2010 Post a comment With product demand increasing in Southeast Asia, Tanner EDA said it has named Advinno Technologies Pte. Ltd. of Singapore to provide sales and support for its HiPer Silicon full-flow analog IC design tool suite in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Protecting FPGAs from power analysis Design How-To 5/18/2010 1 comment This article introduces static power analysis and dynamic power analysis attacks, discusses how these vulnerabilities apply to FPGAs, and provides guidance about the types of countermeasures that can be implemented to protect FPGAs against these attacks.
SpringSoft joins Si2 OpenPDK Coalition News & Analysis 5/18/2010 Post a comment SpringSoft, Inc. announced it has become a founding member of the Open Process Design Kit Coalition (OpenPDK) sponsored by the Silicon Integration Initiative, an organization focused on the development and adoption of standards to improve IC design.
Leipzig University students use Altium Designer Product News 5/18/2010 Post a comment Australian design tool provider Altium Ltd. said masters students at the Institute of Process Automation and Embedded Systems at Leipzig University of Applied Sciences for Technology, Economics and Culture are using Altium Designer as part of their “Embedded Systems” module to improve their skills in circuit design, analysis and testing.
Pulsic joins industry groups News & Analysis 5/18/2010 Post a comment Pulsic Ltd. (Bristol, England) announced it has simultaneously joined the Si2 Open PDK Coalition and the Interoperable PDK Libraries (IPL) Alliance to drive the development of more industry standards directly applicable to the custom design segment.
Magma's Titan supports TSMC's 40nm iPDK Product News 5/17/2010 Post a comment Magma Design Automation Inc. said it has qualified its Titan full-chip mixed-signal design, analysis and verification platform for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp.'s 40nm Interoperable Process Design Kit (iPDK).
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times